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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, May 2, 1973 THE LETH5RIDOE HERAID 37 Young, trendy Pierre getting on in years OTTAWA Prime Minis- ter Pierre Elliot Trudeau the 'old man' of Canadian politics? Perhaps not quite, for, at 77-years-of-age former prime minister John Diefenbaker probably holds the record for being the oldest elected politician in Canada, Fut Mr. Trudeau, who just a handful By Paul Jackson, Heraid Ottawa Bureau of years ago set maidens hearts across the nation flut- tering by appearing to be young and trendy, is certain- ly the oldest leader of any government in Canada. At the age of 53, Mr. Tru- deau is older than any of Canada's ten provincial pre- miers and is. in fact, old enough biologically speaking, to be the father of the na- tion's youngest premier, Ed Schreyer of Manitoba who hails in at a young 37 years. Mr. Schreyer was only 33 when he tcok over the reins of the provincial govern- ment. Despite Air. Trudeau's age his supporters, even those v, ho believe in the concepts expressed in Future Shock and are youth-cu't worship- can take some comfort in the fact that Mr. Tru- deau's chief opposition polit- ical rivals. Progressive Con- servative leader Robert Stan- field 59. New Democratic Party leader David Lewis, 64, and Social Credit leader Real Caouette, 55, are all older than the prime minis- ter. Of course, the man most anxious to take over the reins of the Liberal Party and the person most likely to get it according to political obser- vers is younger than Mr. Tru- deau by a decade. Finance Minister John Turner is 43 years old. Aside from Mr. Schreyer, youngest of the provincial premiers, age-wise Canada's nine other first ministers stack up like this, next youngest first: Premier Robert Borassa and Prince Edward Island premier Alex Camp- bell are both 39 years of age. However, Mr. Bourassa will reach 40 this July, some months before Mr. Campbell does in December. Both are Liberals. p r e m ier Frank Mopres, a Progressh e Conservative, is 40 years old. Mr. Moores polished oft a veteran of Canadian politics, the then 71-year-old former premier Joey Smallwood. Brunswick prem'er Richard Hatfield, who some people suggest is a possible future federal leader of the Progressive Conservatives, is Canada's fifth youngest premier at 42 years of age. another close battle for the sixth position. Ontario premier Bill Davis wins it. The Progressive Conservative leader will turn 44 in July, while Liberal premier Gerald Regan of Nova Scotia reached 44 in February this year. Columbia premier Davie Barrett is in eighth position. The New Democrat- ic Party leader will turn 43 this coming October. Mr. Barrett was another 'young- ster' who finished off a vet- eran Canadian leader. Social Credit Party leader W. A. C. Bennett was 72 years old Mr. Barrett ousted him Still yoiuig at heart-Pierre Trudeau from the premiership of the West Coast province. premier Peter Loupheed, another man men- 'loncd as a possible future leader of the f2derol Progres- sive Conservatives, is 44 years old. Mr. Lougheed is something of a giant killer too, he endad the three-dec- ade rule of the Social Credit government in his province. 'grandpa' of Can- ada's provincial premiers is Saskatchewan's Allan Blake- ney. The wheat provinces New Democratic Party pre- nver is 47 years old. If the public's fascination viih youth hasn't abated in the past year or so, it should spell good news for Mr. Sch- reyer. The whir-kid of Cana- dian first ministers will like- ly take his province to the polls this year and both his nppcnents are older than he is. Manitoba Liberal Leader Izzy Asper, whose party holds four seats in the legislature. is 40 years of age. and Con- servative leader Sidney Spi- vak, with 20 legislature seats, hails in at 44 years. No matter what the results of the Manitoba provincial election currently on the horizon it won't alter the fact that Canada's provincial premiers are made up of rep- resentatives much younger than any man likely within the next or so to sit in the prime minister's seat in the House of Commons. Fascist spectre raised in Italy as violence grows ROME (Reuleri Bombings, violence and strikes throughout Italy have produced fear and anger over the activities of neo- Fascist elements. Although most commentators regard the prospect as remote, the question raised by repeated violence is whether Italy is ap- proaching a path that may eventually lead to a return of Facist rule less than 30 years after the death of dictator Ben- ito Mussolini. Bombs explode in Italian streets with alarming fre- quency, although for the most part they have caused little damage other than injuring the bombers. Strikes are equally prevalent. Recently, violence has as- sumed more tragic overtones with three Incidents stunning the country's conscience. The first was the Milan gang- rape and beating of a left-wing actress, Franca Rame, by five right-wing thugs. Two weeks ago, a young po- liceman was killed in Milan when a grenade was thrown during a neo-Fascist riot. Four days later, political ter- rorists fire-bombed the Rome apartment of a local neo-Fas- cist official, burning his two sons to death. Police at first assumed that the arson was a left-wing re- prisal for the Milan affair. Sub- sequent investigations indicated it might have been the result of an internal rightist squabble. Whatever the result of the in- 1 quiries now under way, the cu- mulative effect of the outrages has been to focus public atten- tion on the growth of Fascism in Italy. Thousands of Romans turned out for the funeral of the fire- bomb victims to hear neo-Fas- cist leader Giorgio Almiranta declare: "We do not intend a vendetta of reprisals but I we do not intend forgiveness.'' Almirante's nep-Fascist party Social Movement- received nearly three million votes, or 8.7 per cent of ballots cast, in the 1372 general elec- tions. It has 56 deputies in the lower house of parliament and 26 senators. Card-carrying members of the MSI and other extremist right-wing groups come from even' walk of life. HOW DID HE DIE? Two young constables had one version of how Fred Quilt, an unknown Indian of the B.C. interior, died on a lonely road. His family had another version, and the ensuing court case caused o furor. Ian Adams reports on th Fred Quilt case this Saturday. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE Gov't. land development criticized FORT McMURRAY. Alta. fCP) A proposed provincial government move into the de- velopment of land for single- family housing in Fort McMur- ray was criticized here by Jack Shields, president of the Chamber of Commerce in the northeastern Alberta commun- y- Dave Russell, municipal af- fairs minister, has indicated that land development by Atha- basca Realtv. a subsidiary of Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.. vould be restricted to allow the government oper- ated Alberta Housing Corp. to develop subsidized lots in Fort McMurray. Mr. Shields, speaking during an opan-line radio program, said the government move could place a "stranglehold" in land in the community, stifle competition and force residents to pay higher land prices. NOW SPECIAL COURSE for Si "ree Instruction Revised regulations under the Canada Explosives Act, issued by the Deport- ment of Energy, Mines and Resources, require lhal all display be fired under the supervision of a "Fireworks Supervisor." To qualify as a Fireworks Supervisor you must be 18 years of age or over and have successfully completed an approved course conducted by an agency authorized by the Explosives Division of Energy, Mines and Resources. WHERE AND WHEN EDMONTON Monday, May 7 ot the Fire Department Training School, 9315-101 Street, from a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Telephone 425-7920 or 425-7665. CALGARY Wednesday, May 9 at f'he Central Fire Station Audi- torium, 4124-11 Street, South East, from a.m. to p.m. Telephone 287-1150. A course manual will be provided and successful candidates will receive a Pegistered Certificate recognized throughout Canada. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, MINES and RESOURCES, OTTAWA DONALD MACDONALD, Minister J. 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