Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Forecast high Friday 4045. Lethbtidge Herald ? ? ? ? * VOL. LXIV - No. 76 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS - 36 PAGES New Trudeau image main Ottawa topic By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) - Ever since Prime Minister Trudeau took the plunge last week, all sorts of questions have been asked about bow marriage may affect the public and political image of the former swinging bachelor. No on seems certain of the long-term results, but at the end of his first week of marriage everything is turning up roses. He is basking in the unanimity of editorial congratulations, telegrams and letters of well-wishers from around the world, and an obviously warm response from citizens at large. As an exciting bachelor he is finished but there are many who predict that, politically, this void will be more than filled with a new image of an exciting married couple-like President Kennedy and his wife back in 1960, Although he is 51, the prime minister has always appeared to be on the sunny side of middle-age. And now, with his 22-year-old wife, there seems to be a general impression that Mr. Trudeau is the male half of a young married couple. Expects benefits The unmistakable reaction among opposition MPs is that marriage will increase the political appeal of tthe prime minister with a wide majority of Canadians. Some say the move may be unpopular with some women over, say, 30, and others argue that the opposite is the case. But they all think only a tiny minority would feel this way. The good-looking teller at an Ottawa bank said It was "absolutely disgraceful" that a 51-year-old man should marry a 22-year-old. Earlier she referred to the prime minister as "divine." But no one seems to think there are enough jilted women around to cause the prime minister much harm. Several older women who made frequent appearances whenever Mr. Trudeau was around haven't been seen since the marriage. And you won't find any tears in the eyes,of the security men around the prime minister, There are also few tears in the eyes of reporters who have accompanied Mr. Trudeau on trips and who reluctantly gave "up "many otherwise free evenings trying to track' down the name of his latest date. Contrary to popular belief, the chore was not enjoyed. While Mr. Trudeau was* to a large extent, left alone in Canada to pursue his privacy-except, of course, when he took girls to public functions-his bachelorhood continued to cause problems whenever he visited other countries. Social writers eager During his Pacific tour last year, social writers couldn't wait to see him plant a kiss on a female cheek. And when, in front of thousands, he sat oh a bed with a model at a New Zealand trade fair, the newspapers went wild. "Canadian prime minister in bed with model," said one screaming headline. Had the model been displaying refrigerators instead of mattresses, no one would have noticed. Presumably, this type of publicity has ended. The Canadian public now will pass judgment on a prime minister who claims a young and beautiful wife. "And all we need now," said one opposition MP, "is for the prime minister to enter an election campaign with a young, beautiful and pregnant wife-it'll be tough competition." Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield, only four years older than the prime minister, is an established grandfather. Don't expect change Apart from depriving fortune-tellers of their annual marriage predictions, Mr. Trudeau's new status is not expected to change things much around Ottawa. His personal life, although subjected to severe speculation, actually received little attention except when he infrequently dated some spectacular figure like Barbra Streisand. What he did at 24 Sussex Drive, his official residence, has seldom, if ever, reached print. And what Mr. and Mrs. Trudeau do in their residence in the way of entertaining will probably be equally private. The only real difference with a married Mr. Trudeau, say observers, is how Canadians view it in their own minds. And the initial indications appear highly favorable. Grave situation developing OTTAWA (CP) - Stanley Knowles (NDP-Winni-peg North Centre) asked tlie government in the Commons lo investigate the possible sale of the ownership of 48 Canadian cemeteries to U.S. buyers. He said the possible sale of Memorial Gardens Association of Toronto would deprive Canadians of the chance to be "buried in Canadian soil." Corporate Affairs Minister Ron Basford said the sale of such firms had "nothing to do with the ownership or sovereignty" of Canadian soil. He said he would look into the report, although the anti-combines legislation, which he administers, does not prevent foreign sales. _r Mrs. by wins From AP-REUTER NEW DELHI (CP) - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi won a mandate today-by a landslide -to carry out a peaceful and democratic revolution in India. Voters in the world's largest MRS. GANDHI ... One-sided victory democracy gave their overwhelming support to the 53-year-old prime minister and her governing Congress party in the Ship cattle by air 10-day parliamentary elections (hat ended Wednesday with voting in West Bengal state. With results announced for 319 of the 518 elected seats in the lower house, her wing of the Congress party won 229-one more than its total in the last parliament, and was leadinig in the majority of the remaining constituencies. The one-sided victory assured Mrs. Gandhi that she would be able to govern the country on her own, without depending upon other parties, including the Communists, as she had to do in the last year. Mrs. Gandhi seemed certain of attaining an absolute majority of 261 in the full 521-member Lok Sabba. In the old parliament, the Gandhi wing of the Congress party held only 228 seats. MAY GET TWO THIRDS The only doubt that remained for her was whether she would get a two-thirds majority that would enable her to pass constitutional amendments with ease. The Congress party sweep left all opposition parties in disarray-and there was a strong possibility there would not even be an official opposition party- with at least 10 per cent of the total seats in Parliament. A four-party opposition alliance that had hoped to unseat Mrs. Gandhi coild pick up only 41 of the first 260 seats announced. Mrs. Gandhi scored her victory at the expense of the left-and right-wing opposition, reversing the trend in the 1967 parliamentary elections, when the extremist parties took away votes from the basically centrist Congress. The first plane load of cattle ever to be flown across the Atlantic from the United Kingdom to Canada Is expected to arrive in this country March 16. The shipmen^vcohsisting of-34 head of black Welsh cattle, are for five Alberta ranchers and one from Saskatchewan. The air freight shipment has been made possible through the office of Agricultural Minister Olson and Veterinary Director General Dr. K. F. Wells in Ottawa. The cattle were purchased in Wales last October and were placed in quarantine in Glasgow, Scotland. The ship that was to bring the cattle to Can-nada last November went aground and the ranchers have been unable to find another ship since that time. The ranchers banded together "in desperation" and asked Ottawa for any , assistance possible. The usual procedure has been to bring cattle over by boat because of quarantine regulations. A firm with a military type transport plane, privately owned, was finally located and arrangements made for the cattle to be air freighted to Canada. The plane will land at Quebec city airport, the closest place to a quarantine station. The 32 females and two bulls are owned by Harry Neitz of Stettler Bronc Lund of Duchess, D.C. Lund of Taber, Brin Thompson of Airdrie, Clark Lund of Rosemary and Doug Simpson of Isle, Saskatchewan. Air freight will cost $703 per animal. By the time they reach their destinations, each animal will have cost $2,000. New embassy OTTAWA (CP) - Canada is going to open an embassy in Algeria, a government source said Wednesday. . Soldier executions fan Belfast flames Crisis deepens BRITISH SOLDIERS SLAIN - The slayers of these three young British soldiers were being sought Thursday in Northern Ireland. From left are Dougald McCaughey, 23; Joseph McCaig, 18, and his brother, John McCaig, 17. They were members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, a Scottish infantry brigade. Frightened man hides $500,000 at airport MONTREAL (CP) - More than $500,000 innegotiable bonds and. cash were stolen today by three armed men at an airline cargo area, Air Canada reported. There was no shooting. Air Canada said the hoods were for delivery to several Canadian banks by European banks. The bandits held four employees at bay and took three packages containing the money and bonds. The money was worth $140,600. Police said they did not know how the three escaped, but there were tire marks outside the cargo terminal at Montreal Interna!