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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SCATTERED-SHOWERS FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 45-50. The LetKbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 132 UlULHiK, ALBKKTA, TUESDAY, MAY 18, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTION'S 48 PAGES JOHN CONNALLY Reaches out of crowd to fire at Wallace Another U.S. national tragedy Hy KOD CURH1E WASHINGTON (CP) The attempted assassina- tion of George C. Wallace lias thrown (.he U.S. pres- idential campaign into disarray, again moved the issue of violence, in America to centre-stage and east an clement of fear over the camps of other candidates. Aside from expressions of sympathy tor Wallace, the shocked comments of friend and foe reflected also a revived sense of national tragedy that the American political process again lias been disrupted by violence, Wallace, shot as he campaigned Monday in-nearby Laurel, Md., lay critically wounded and partially paralysed in hospital as Maryland Michigan voted to- day in Democratic primary elections which the ex- perts generally had predicted would provide the last big lift lo his campaign before the party convention showdown in Miami Beach in July. For most Americans the attempt on the life o! the fiery little right-wing governor of Alabama revived afresh memories of the Kennedy assassinations and that of Negro leader Dr. Martin Luther King images they hoped had passed from the American political scene. But beneath the pervasive feeling of tragedy, the realities of political life raised numerous questions of which (here were no ready answers. There was lot, of speculation, much of hinging on whether Wallace will recover sufficiently to rejoin the campaign trail. His press secretary said he will continue his bid for the1 Democratic presidential nomination. Protection ordered President Nixon immediately ordered Secret Ser- vice protection for lesser candidates not "previously el- igible under the law because they had not registered the required five-pcr-ccnl in popularity polls. Wallace's principal opponenls, Senators Hubert H. Humphrey and George McGovern, cancelled indefinitely scheduled campaign appearances. The shooting introduced a sense of caution among political organizers generally and there was specula- tion candidates would at least curtail the type of wide- open public appearance at which Wallace was shot while shaking hands with crowds after a rally in a Laurel shopping centre. Security arrangements for the Democratic national convention in Miami Bench, Fla., already are so strict that new? correspondents have been advised they will need separate passes for each session. In Hie past, press credentials issued at the start of the convention permit- ted reporters to enter and leave the auditorium pretty much at will throughout the convention. Although Wallace had done remarkably well in earlier state primary elections, the vote in Michigan loday offered possibly his greatest prize his first win in a northern industrial state in his three attempts at Ihe presidency. !n the third-party candidate of his Am- erican independent party, he had openly courted the support (if many white voters alarmed over Ihe inte- gral ion of blacks into previously while schools, neigh- borhoods and the like. This time he has concentrated much of his campaign on opposition to school busing. Ihc transporting of children from their neighborhoods to force greater racial balance in predominantly while or predominantly black schools. Many blacks also op- pose busing. This issue has won him considerable support, so far in Ihe northern stales whereas in the past, his power base was confined lo southern slates. Still political analysts said before the shooting that Wallace's chances in oilier forthcoming primarics- pariicularly in Ihe big slates of California am! New York- were virtually non-existent. If he did well in today's voting, they insisted, it would bo his cam- paign's "last hun'.ih.11 Alabama Governor George Wallace Cornelia Wallace kneels over wounded husband man traffic victim An overnight single-vehicle accident on a gravel road south of Coaldale has resulted in the death of Michael Fachko, 68, of 12fiO 6th Ave. S. Mr. Fachko was Ihe driver and only occupant of the car, which is believed to have gone out of control and overturned in a roadside ditch. Paralysed Wallace likely to reco U.S. treasury WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon made a surprise per- sonal announcement today that Treasury Secretary John lower of strength for the resigning. Nixon told reporters Ihst he will nominate George P. Shullz, former secretary of labor a currently director of Ibe office of management and budget, to succeed Connally at treasury To take over from Nixon will name the dcptuy director. Caspar Weinberger. Connally said politics didn't figure in his decision to leave the cabinet after 18 months. Seen and heard About town JVEW non-smoker Bob Har- rison wondering what to do with a pipe valued at which he won in a contest just before he stopped snio.iir.g Lil Campbell greeting an early morning visitor with the explanation, we had a party last night five-year- old Cheryl Whitney, contem- plating the so-called advan- tages of Mother's Day. ask- "Is there a Little Girl's Asked: what role he might play in the fall election cam- paign, he replied, "I don't know." He has been the only Demo- crat in President Nixon's cabi- net. MIGHT HL'N WITH NIXON Although Connally declared that "I have no political aspira- tions and no particular ambi- tions." he declined to rule out the possibility that be might an- swer the call should Nixon ask him to be his vice-presidential running mate in this year's el- ection. The departing treasury chief said he didn't think such an offer would be forthcoming and asserted: "I don't want to en- gage in that type of specula- tion." Connally served as secretary of the navy under President John F. Kennedy, resigning to run for the governorship of Texas. While serving as gover- nor he was wounded by Ihc as- sassin who killed President Ken- nedy. Nov. 22, 1963. The tall, silver-haired Texan said he is leaving the treasury with "nothing but the profound- est admiration for the presi- dent." Nixon was equally lavish in praising Connally, describing him as "the architect of tho new economic policy" and a tower of strength in the admin- istration. SILVER SPRING, Md. (CP) Gov. George C. Wallace ot Alabama, crippled by an assas- sin's bullet lodged near his spine, spent, a quiet and peace- ful night in hospital, his doctors reported today. However. Wallace was para- lysed irom 'the waist down by the bullet near his spine which surgeons decided not to remove during emergency surgery. Four or five bullets from the as- sassin's .30-cdibre pistol struck him Monday while campaigning in Maryland. Police quickly arrested the man who allegedly fired the shots, and identified him as 21- y e a r -o 1 d Arthur Brcmer, a stocky, short-haired blonde from Milwaukee. He was wres- tled lo the ground by members of the crowd. Dr. Joseph Schanno, vascular surgeon at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring outside Wash- ington, said the 52-year-old Wal- lace's condition is satisfactory, but he still is on the critical list. NOT OUT OF DANGER "Nobody with this kind of in- jury is completely out of danger for several days. He is a very vigorous patient. He is doing re- markably well considering the magnitude of his condition." "1 think the governor is going to make a Dr. 'Stop our ships, would you Nixon. Take That and Schanno said. "Now what disa- bility he has as a result of his wounds is difficult to evaluate at this lime. We're all very opti- mistic at this point." The 52 year old segrega- tionist governor was g u n n ed down from almost point blank- range as he plunged into a crowd of supporters after a campaign speech at a shopping centre in Laurel, Md., near Silver Spring and just a few miles from Washington. Today was to have been the brightest of his long-shot presi- dential campaign to win the Democratic party nomination and oppose President Nixon in the November general election. He is favored in today's two primaries in Maryland and Michigan. Wallace, onetime G o Iden Gloves boxer, was in the opin- ion of a neurologist faced with permanent paralysis but h i s press secrctai-y insisted that Wallace would continue h i s campaign even from a wheelchair. "I feel very optimistic about Wallace's wife. Cornelia, said after the surgery. "As you know, his nature, he didn't earn the title of the 'Fighting Little Judge' for nothing, and I expect him to continue in the same vein." Tliree other persons were wounded in the assassination attempt a woman c a m- paign worker, an Al b a m a state policeman and a Secret Service agent. All were report- ed recovering today. NIXON PHONES President Nixon called it a "tragic incident" and tele- phoned Mrs. Wallace at the hospital to offer prayers and hope for Wallace's recovery. Nixon also ordered Secret Service guards for Senator Kennedy. Representative Shir- ley Chisholm and Representa- tive Wilbur Mills. Mrs. Chis- holm and Mills are announced presidential candidates. Ken- nedy has repeatedly insisted he is not a candidate. Jobless figures OTTAWA (CP) The num- ber of unemployed persons in Canada dropped by from mid-March to mid-April, revers- ing the pattern of the last two years. Statistics Canada and tire manpower department reported today that there were unemployed last month, down from 642.000 the previous month and a year earlier. In both 1971 and 1970 unem- ployment rose slightly in April and had its big drop in May as warmer weather stimulated the economy. Unemployment and unemploy- ment rates fell in every region, with Ontario showing (he big- gest drop. The number of unem- ployed in Ontario was 161.000 in April, down from 186.000 Ihe previous month and 205.000 a year earlier. The Ontario labor force declined to from in March. Widespread labor disputes in Quebec helped bring total em- ployment there down to from in March. But the April figure was still higher than the employed a year earlier. QUEBEC JOBLESS DOWN There were 216.000 Quebec un- employed last month, down from "220.000 in March and 234.000 in April, 1971. Unemployment in the Atlantic Provinces dropped (o 73.000 from the previous month and a year earlier. The Prairies had unemployed in April, down from in March and in April, 1971. British Columbia unemploy- ment fell to 71.000 last month from 82.000 the previous month and a year earlier. Actual unemployment rates were 10.9 per cent in the Atlan- tic Provinces, down from 12.1 per cent in March and 11.6 per cent in April, 1971: 9.2 per cent in Quebec, down from 9.3 and 10; 4.9 per cert in Ontario, down from 5.6 and 6.5; five per cent on the Prairies, down from 5.4 and 5.4: and 7.5 per cent in British Columbia, down from 8.6 and 8.1. PUNCH STEPS DOWN George Punch Imlach, 51, on the mend after suffering a heart attack, called it ctuits as coach of Buffalo Sabres loday. hu: said he would con- tinue as general manager of the .National Hockey League dull. No successor was nam- ed, h u t Tinlaeh said 11) e coaching job had been offer- ed tn Joe Crosier, fil'ed in for hnlnelt after his heart attack Jan. 0. Alberta Bill of Rights first of its kind By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON The Alberta Bill of Rights, described by Premier Peter Lougheed as the "first and only provincial bill of its was presented to tho legislature Monday for second reading, approval in principle. Debate on second reading approval in principle for the. Alberta bill of rights and iis sister bill, I h e Individual's Rights Protection Act will con- tinue Wednesday. They are to he given third reading .'it Ihc fall session. KEY LEGISLATION I'rescnled by Ihe premier "Key" legislation, and horaldo.l by Opposition House Lr. it d e r Gordon Taylor as the single most important bill at the cur- rent session of Ihc legislature, the Alberta bill of rights, when passed will protect six "human rights or fundamental free- doms." The right of the individual (o liberty, security and enjoy- ment of properly, and the right, not lo be deprived thereof ex- cept by due process of law. The right of the individ- ual to equality before, the law1 and lo protection by the law, Freedom of religion, Freedom of speech. Freedom of assembly and association. Fiveiluni o! the press. Premier l.ougheed said ibe bill as it. stands is ccrlain In cause bis government and fu- ture administrations embar- rassment and inconvenience by limiting government powers. There will be no attempt to review all existing laws to get them in line with the proposed bill of righls. hut rather cases of established regulations he- ing inconsistent wilh the new bill will be taken as they arise, and all new legislation bo assessed against Ihe freedoms and righls hill. The eve r-increasing author- ity and complcxily of govern- ment makes it essential that in- dividual rights be protected against Ihe stale, he said. While the proposed statute wiin'l preM'iil arbitrary us? of government power, at use misuse ol power will V. n- (.1 rained, said tiro premier. Albert Ludwig (SC Cal- grtry Mountain View) attacked the proposed bill of rights for its failure to spell out in enough detail the individual freedoms that should be protected in law. Mr. Ludwig described the bill as a "nice popular bill" that will not. offend anybody, SERVICES ABUSES "There have been some se- rious abuses of civil rights in Canada, including the uproot- ing of Japanese Canadians from Ihe west coast during Ibc Second World War and Ihe dis- criminatory trealment of llut- terilo colonies in Alberta." NDP leader Grant Notlcy com- moniod. A government committee is lookng into the iiutterite land holding situation and is lo re- port by the fall. The commu- nal properties act is tem- porarily suspended pending a review by the legislature. ANDERSON WRONG Pointing to the large amount of conjecture that already sur- rounds the possible affects the proposed bill of rights wilt have on established procedures and laws in Alhcrla, Premier Lougheed said John Anderson (SO Lethbridge East) was probably wrong when he inter- preted Ihe bill in opposition In compulsory membership in Ihc Alberta Teachers Association. Mr. Anderson, in a letter t n Hires teachers in his con- stituency, offered the opinion that compulsory membership in (lie ATA would be in viola- tion lo freedoms under the Al- berta bill of rights. Premier Lougheed said that interpretation is probably in- correct because there is noth- ing in the teachers association membership rogulnlion that discriminates against an in- dividual. li'iwpver. Iho premier said if compulsory membership tin; association is ruled in violation to the new bill by Hie courts, then the government, has two choices accept the court in- Icrprclalinn or amend Ihc bill lo allow compulsory member- ship regulations by k u c h proups.. ;