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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THAT TASTES GOOD-Susan Tecber of St. Ont., tastes sap from rnaple tree as it drips into wooden bucket at the Niagaro Peninsufa Conservation Authority's sugar bush at Ont, Throughout" March local school children visit the sugar bush to learn about the process of collecting maple syrup. At weekends the area is open to the public. Election won't solve Italy's Ills By DAVID WILLEY IjOniinn Observer Service ROME Italy is going to (he polls a year ahead of schedule on Ihe fii-st Sunday in May in an effort to shake off the politi- cal crisis that appears to be bringing tho country to a stand- still. The four-party coalition of lire Centre and Left that has been stumbling along for in any montlis, finally fell apart after the Presidential election last December. The new President, Signor Giovanni Leone, went through (lie motions of consultation to try to find a replacement, but after several more weeks of poh'lical dilhering it became apparent that the centre left coalition formula, which has governed Italy lor most of the past decade, was dead. So Pres- ident Leone dissolved Parlia- ment and started the costly million) and lengthy (10 weeks) general election process that is normally held only once every five years in Italy, and was not due until the spring of 1973. There are nine political par- UCH! r'_ m K 1J CFCN-TV's NEW SEASON" TONIGHT GOOD LOOKING CFCN TELEVISION The LetMnridgc Herald THIRD SECTION Lcthbriclgc, Alberta, Thursday, March 23, 1972 Pages 23-28 Popularity declining yearly Nationalist party on slide V ties in Italy: two giants, the as a oarlv of i-p.simnsihilitv Christian Democrats, who to respect the constitu- spite valiant attempts h a v if they are ever allowed into not yet succeeded in seat of They suc- off the heady shadow of the wooed the main So- ican on their policies, ar.d out of the previous j Communists, the largest coalition, but they munist Party in Western need to pick up a lot of ope; and one medium in order to be able to party, the Socialists. Tho thinking of leading an al can be classified as minor Government. ties polling well under 30 soul searching which cent of the vote and include on in the party after the two breakaways from tho invasion of Czechoslo- cialists, the Liberals, the lias been largely forgot- publicans, the Monarchists It is slill the best-rung finally the Neo-Fascisls, in Italy, and the leader- cially called the Italian Social Movement, upon whose will be watching anxiously to see if the handful of left- mance all eyes will be members expelled in 1969 on 7 formed the MANIFESTO The Neo-Fascists appear manage to field candi- be taking the place of the and syphon off votes. The munists as the party of Marxists have in Italy. They made some up a new and appar- prising gains in local successful daily newspa- last year, and in Rome which in a country whore parts of Sicily are now the people read newspapers largest party. There is, practically anywhere else theless, little chance of a Europe is a remarkable cist revival in Italy. Even if Neo-Fascists pick up a just over a third of extra voles, which they electorate, 12 million peo- well do in the present climate of political frustration and voted for the Christian Democrats, and the party is un- lessncss, they will still be far too weak to form an administration alone and will be to lose its predominance in 1972. A minority Christian Democrat administration is in as potential coalition partners by both Left and taking Ihe country into the eleclion, but the party is not in It is a crime under Italian law lo try to revive the Fascist Party and the activities of shape. It is suffering from stateness after over 20 years of almost continuous office, alone neo-Fascist fringe groups havo been the subject of police action recently in Milan. Extremist violence in the cities in something Italians have come to live with, Molotov cocktails are llirown at Neo-Fascist Part y headquarters by left-wing different partners, and it is hopelessly split into factions ranging from those who would not he averse to trying an arrangement with the Communists to right wingers who arc making overtures to the Neo-Fascists. onstrators, who are then selves attacked with stones broken Street demonstrations are was new ficially banned now in but police often have to (Renter) up illegal student, processions and gatherings. The climate Chairman Leonid Brezh- tension between extreme call for equality in eco- and extreme Right is hound relations between East mount during the election West Europe was a marked paign and maintenance of security is going to present problems in some from past Soviet aloofness towards the European The Communist Party, Market, U.S. officials polled voles in the Tuesday. The rest o( election, will be holding their election congress in Milan in mid-March to determine speech Monday to the Soviet trade union congress was standard formulations of egy, but it is already clear that they will bo Kremlin's foreign policy, the officials said. Here are the for your NEWS PART 1, 1-b; 2-Folse, March 24th, 3-c, 4-True; PART II: 1-b; 2-d; 3-c; 4-e; PART J.c; 2-a; 3-d; 4-e; PICTURE QUIZ, Jeon-Claudo By STANLEY TJYS London Observer Service CAPE TOWN Ever since 1966, the ruling Nationalist Party in South Africa has been on an electoral decline. There was nothing particu- larly pronounced about this de- cline until 1970 when for Hie first time in the 2! years it had been in office the party sud- denly lost eight parliamentary seats to the opposition United Party. Then, six months later, in general provincial elections, the party lost another handful of seats, and the party leadership sat up and took notice. It de- clared that the parly organiza- tion would be overhauled and the party's image improved. It acknowledged that alarm bells were ringing. But little was done. The party still held 118 seats in the lower House of Assembly against the combined Opposition's -18, and the prospect of defeat seemed remote. Now the party has suffered a nasty jolt in a parliamentary by-election at Brakpan, a large- ly working class constituency on (he Witwatersrand. Its ma- jority came tumbling down to such a point that Government newspapers described it as a "spectacular a "great and on "intensification of tile suing towards the Opposition." Even cautious observers have conceded that there is a trend in the country now against the government, and that at the rale at which this trend is growing Mr. Balthazar Vors- ler's government could lie put out of office in the foreseeable future. The next election is due in 1975. The franchise in South Af- rica is confined to the whites, of course, and the parliamen- tary struggle in spile of gal- lant efforts by Ihe Progressive Party to imprint itself on the political scene is mainly he- ttveen (he Nationalist Party, the medium through which the Afrikaner nationalist movement lias seized piwcr, and the Unit- It gave them their republic, presided over their emergence from poor whiteism, gave llwm favoured treatment wher- ever possible, and encouraged their self-confidence. Having achieved all that it is no longer indispensable. Not only that, ed which is composed but it lias drifted into financial of English speaking South; scandals, fallen a prey to bur- Africans, a considerable num- eaucracy, and now is losing her of non-Nationalist Afrikan- control of the economy, ers, and oilier white South, A survey conducted by a gov- Africar.s. jernment newspaper amorg lirak- Beeanse of its nationalistic character, the Nationalist Party has IKCD able to bind its sup- porters to it with emotional ties. The fact that these ties arc weakening is significant. Many Nationalist Party suppor- ters, it seems, became disen- chanted with their party a long time ago, hut could not break the emotional bond. Now that they are breaking it the Na- tionalist Party has for them outlived its purpose. pan voters shows that economic fa dors arc this most important reason for the dramatic drop in the Nationalist candidate's ma- jority: high living costs, inade- quate and expensive housing, low and so on. A basic discontent is spreading among the electorate. Curiously, race politics play- ed very little part in (lie Urak- pan by-election. This is not to say that Mr. Vorsier's policies are working out successfully: f on the contrary, he is gelling j into deeper and trouble with them. The apartheid polili- ca] institutions that he has cre- ated for Ihe 15 million Afri- cans and two million Coloured people of mixed race descent are turning against him. But those were not (ho issues that Ic.-t him vnlcs. Tiie leaders are shocked and confused by the Brnkpan result. It has been hinted that drastic changes are on (heir way, and that a Cabi- net reshuffle would not be un- welcome. But it is difficult to sec what the Nationalist lead- ers can do. Certainly they can- not change their race policies significantly. The Nationalist Pai'iy is embedded in these pol- icies anil any change of direc- tion, to Ihe Ixift or tile Right, would bring a whole intricate network of checks and balances into operalion that would dead- lock all initiatives. liy LAWDAY PARIS (Reuler) When a Frenchman lifts his fork or wine glass he may be stowing his political leanings as much as his gastronomic tastes. A unique survey of eating and drinking habits in this food-conscious country shows that a man's table habits can give solid clues to his political leanings. Communists invariably opt for cheese rather than sweet desserts, Gaulhsts wine drink- ers mostly prefer Bordeaux to fieaujolais, independent re- publicans usually plump for sicak in preference to any other main course. One in two Frenchmen ac- knowledges that he eats and drinks too much, but the so- cialists are far more critical of such national self-indulg- ence than followers of any other party. The Communists on the other hand have a higher opinion than their political op- ponents of that traditional French character, the "bon vivant" who publicly relishes his food and drink. POLL GIVES INSIGHTS These are some of the re- vealing insights into French gastronomic life gathered by a national opinion poll carried out by the Sofres organization and published by the Gault- Millau food guide. Th2 survey, billed as the first close look at a French- man's table habits, provided the intriguing information that three in four of the popu- lation rarely or never visit a restaurant. Forty per cent said they eat out only a few times a only four per cent snid they do every day. This is net because tliey dis- like restaurant fare but be- cause they have high regard for most home espe- cially if done by an older woman. Easy 4-4 Choice FIVE STAR CANADIAN RYB WHISKY JOSEPH E. SEAGftAM 4 SONS LIMITED WATCRIOO. ONTARIO, CANADA 25 or. i The smooth taste of quality that is unmistakably Seagram's. Seagram's FIVE STAR Canada's largest-selling rye whisky. Blended and botlicd by Joseph E. Seagram Sons Lid., Waterloo, OnL ;