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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta PRESIDENT NIXON GEORGE McGOVERN Great loser may become great winner By PETER BUCKLEY The Canadian Press WASHINGTON Once considered one of the great losers of United States political history, Nixon could be headed for a victory of historic proportions in Tuesday's presidential election. The most bullish of the president's Republican ad- visers foresee their candidate winning a majority of votes in every one of the 50 states. Their principal fear is that voter apathy and cynicism will keep poten- tial Nixon supporters at home. Democratic nominee George McGovern. insisting steadfastly that he will beat Nixon, has had few people to share his optimism. A Las Vegas bookie has quoted odds against him. Even his home state of South Dakota seems doubtful. The polls have said Nixon is likely to attract voters of almost every stripe, including many who had long been given up as lost to the Republican party-union members and college students, Jews and Roman Catho- lics, the hungry poor and the limousine liberals, inde- pendents and life-long Democrats, the solid South and the industrial North. And all of this although Nixon lias barely budged from the Wlu'te House to show the colors, and has not allowed McGovern's name to cross his lips. Backing a mystery Few political observers, however bold, have pre- tended to understand why so many voters say they will, support Nixon. Undoubtedly part of Nixon's backing will come from people whose main motivation is distaste for Senator McGovern The Democratic challenger has had trouble estab- lisliing himself as a viable alternative to Nixon, thanks to some allegedly radical policy stands, developments in Vietnam, organizational troubles and the demolition work of Republican campaigners. Another important part of the Nixon vote is pre- dicted to come from the homeless Conservative sup- porters of Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who won 16 per cent of the total vote for president in 1968 but was forced out of the 1972 running in May by a would-be assassin's bullets. However, such projections leave much unexplained, especially in light of what has been made public about voter opinions. In-depth surveys indicate that the president is still not much loved. He has not convinced majority thai he is a groat leader. He is not regarded as particularly capable in dealing with, pocket-book issues. And he is still identified uncomfortably with the privileged and big business. Yet the same surveys imply that he could end up with more voter support than did Lyndon Johnson, Dttighi Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt or almost any notable vote-getting president hack to George Wash- ington. Trips abroad help It is a truism of American politics that foreign policy doesn't win votes. Yet the Nixon trips to Peking and Moscow are constantly cited by voters as one of their main reasons for supporting the president. It has been a vain exercise for his opponents to remind voters that Richard Nixon himself, as congress- man and senator and vice-president, was in the fore- front of those Cold Warriors and who had helped make it politically suicidal for earlier presidents to improve relations with China or the Sov- iet Union. Apart from foreign policy, such issues as the war hi Vietnam, the fight against crime and narcotics, school busing, economy in government and above all national pride appear to have been pre-empted by Nixon. Elected president when the United States seemed exhausted by race riots and anti-war discord, Nixon now presides over n country that looks as calm as a millpond by comparison. Ills Conservative Supreme Court appointment, his Insistence on law awl nnlcr as opposed lo "per- and hi.s expanded fedcrni nnli crimo Imdgcls appear lo have answered a widespread public concern about mushrooming crime statistics and the spread of addiction. Although American lives continued te be lost, in Vietnam and American tombs continued lo lay waste that wretched country, Nixon's highly visible pcnco negotiations through adviser Henry Kissinger seem to hiivc convinced many Hint the president Is ending tlio wnr. The LetKbridge Herald Lows tonight 30-36; highs Sunday 40-45 "Serving Smith Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 276 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1972 FIVE SECTIONS 80 PAGES Britain BACKDOOR VISITORS BANNED Hutterite bill faces curbs LONDON (Reuter) Specu- lation abounded today over what form of wage and price controls Prime Minister Heath might introduce Monday to curb inflation. The prime minister is consid- ered certain to disclose a pack- age of statutory measures when he addresses the House of Com- mons on Britain's economy. But there has been no official indication as to its contents. He met for three hours with his cabinet Friday to put the finishing touches on measures already worked out on a contin- gency basis before government talks with industry and the trade unions failed Thursday night to produce a voluntary agreement. Finding such an agreement had been a top government pri- ority and the breakdown of the talks was felt by observers to leave compulsory controls as the inevitable next step. Many observers considered the most likely action would be a temporary freeze on wages and at least limits on would last several months until a more elaborate system of statutory controls could be devised. Hc-Eth is not expscted to have trouble getting the package through Parliament, although strong opposition can be antici- pated from the Labor party un- der former prime minister Har- old Wilson. Hussein talks peace PARIS (AP) King Hussein of Jordan said in a newspaper interview published Friday that he is ready to conclude a "total peace" with Israel, if necessary through direct negotiations. Interviewed by Eric Rouleau, Arab affairs specialist of the daily Le Monde, Hussein said Jordan is prepared to accept "minor frontier adjustments on the basis of reciprocity." But he would reject any Israeli an- nexation of Jordanian territory, including the Jordan sector of Jerusalem, he added. Rouleau recalled the Israeli position that a peace settlement could be achieved only through direct negotiations, long re- jected by all Uie Arab leaders. Plan election iii Bangladesh DACCA (Reuter) Prime Minister Mujibur Rahman an- nounced today that a general election will be held in Bangla- desh March 7 under a new con- stitution passed today. Tills would mark the second anniversary of the date when he launched his non-co-oper- iiUon movement, which led eventually to the Indo-Pakistan war and the crealion of the new state of Bangladesh. Sheik Mujib said that the con- stitution will take effect Dec. anniversary of Paki- stan's defeat in the war. slams immigrant door details set out EDMONTON (CP) A bill which would end decades of re- strictions on the land-buying power of the Hutterite sect in Alberta was introduced in the legislature Friday. Entitled an Act to Repeal the Communal Property Act, Bill 119 was introduced by Munici- OTTAWA (CP) Immigra- tion Minister Bryce Mackasey announced Friday that visitors to Canada no longer are per- mitted to apply for landed im- migrant status without first leaving the country. He told a news conference the new rule is intended to pro- tect "naive and gullible" people abroad who have been sold air- plane tickets with the promise that they could come to Canada as visitors and qualify as immi- grants latei The change suspends a provi- sion in the 1969 immigration law that allowed visitors to stay in Canada while their ap- plication to immigrate were processed. The provision gave visitors an advantage over those who apply for immigration from their home countries. Mr. Mackasey said it also en- abled "unscrupulous people" to take foreigners' life savings in return for a trip to Canada. In Toronto Thursday, immi- gration officers turned back 44 people from India who had ar- rived on a flight organized by Indian agents. DENIES CONNECTION Mr. Mackasey denied that the new rule stems from Monday's election results, or from the campaign in which immigration became an issue. He said he had been aware since he took the immigration portfolio last winter that it was a controversial matter. But abuses had increased recently because foreigners an- ticipated tighter immigration regulations in legislation prom- ised for the fall. The minister said the suspen- sion of the right to apply for immigration from within Can- ada is temporary, but would last at least until the new law is passed. Prime Minister Trudeau listed immigration as one of the areas where the Liberals "got a message" during the election that cut the party from a Com- mons majority to a minority tie with the Conservatives. The new ban took effect Fri- day. No visitors who did not ap- ply by noon Friday will be ac- cepted as landed immigrants, he said. While denying any link be- tween the new rule and the election, Mr. Mackasey ac- knowledged that visitors await- ing appeals for immigration seek work "to the detriment of Canadians who need employ- as well as to them- selves. But he did concede that the welcome the government of- fered to more than Asians expelled from Uganda might have hurt the Liberals in the election. "I have been told that the bringing in of Ugandans cost at least one person his seat, and I say too bad for that person. I'd do it all over again even if I knew it was going to cost him his feat." He refused to name the MP involved. LOVE KNOWS NO BARS Two-year-old mole giant ponda Kong Kang right, eyes his constant companion Ian Lan, a three-year-old female at their quarters in Tokyo's Ueno Zoo during .their press debut. The bears were given 1o Japan by Communist China to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries. (AP Wirephoto) War issue warms up WASHINGTON (CP) Pres- ident Nixon said Friday that a basic agreement has been reached for a ceasefire through- out Indochina. George McGovern, Nixon's Democratic opponent in next Tuesday's presidential election, said that Nixon has betrayed U.S. hopes for a Vietnam settle- ment by pursuing a course that "is not a path to peace, but a detour aroundt election day." The Indochina war issue con- tinued to be debated as McGovern and Nixon, the Re- publican president seeking a second term in the White House, neared the end of their campaigns. U.S. rushes military aid in biggest Viet buildup Free prisoners EAST BERLIN (Reuter) A total of 30.000 prisoners will be released from East German prisons under an amnesty which began Nov. 1, informed sources said Friday. SAIGON (AP) The United States rushed more planes to South Vietnam today in tha war's biggest military aid ef- fort. U.S. sources said the buildup will make the South Vietnamese air force the third largest in the world, with more than aircraft. U.S. military sources re- ported North Vietnam also was building up war stockpiles just north of the demilitarized zone. The sources said the North Vietnamese are repairing the Ho Chi Minh supply route in Laos after recent monsoon rains. But the sources said there were no indications of any major movement of sup- plies tlie trail and no large infiltration of troops. Meanwhile, China and North Vietnam assailed the Nixon ad- ministration for staging a big buildup in the South while de- laying the signing of a cease- fire. In his speech Friday night, Nixon talked of a breakthrough he said he had accomplished in Vietnam peace negotiations. "We have reached agreement to have a ceasefire throughout Indochina, not just Vietnam, but in Cambodia and he said in Providence. K.I. This assertion went beyond the nine-point draft peace plan disclosed by the North Viet- namese. That statement re- ferred only to a ceasefire in South Vietnam. Nixon offered no elaboration on the status of a ceasefire agreement, but "we are working out those details we will succeed we sre go- ing to end this war in a way that will lay the foundations for peace in the years to come." PROMISES SUPPORT Nixon also said that win or, lose next Tuesday he will port "what is best for Amer- ica" after the election. "If the verdict of the people of this nation should go to our Nixon said, "then 1 will support what is best for America ard not take the position that only if I win are we going to support who- ever is president." "Once the campaign is over let us have the statesmanship to pull this country together and work Nixon said. McGovem lias said he would r.ot ask Americans to support Nixon if the Republican presi- dent is re-elected. Trudeau faces tricky cabinet juggling act OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau has lo do some tricky juggling with regional in- terests, politics and person- alities in rebuilding his cabinet. He said at his news confer- ence Thursday night that he will be announcing Ills post- election cabinet, soon, so his mi- nority government will he ready lo face Parliament somo time aflcr Doc. S. The cabinet has lo work out a legislative program for the opening of the 29th Parliament, but there are five departments without a minister. In addition, Minister of Slate Patrick Maho- ney, who assisted with finance department, programs, was de- fcalcrt in Monday's r.U'cllon. Killing five or six empty cabi- net chairs will present prob- lems in fulfilling the cabinet- making tradition of represent- ing all regions while heeding grumbles that Tnideau cabinets have been top heavy with Queheccrs. Simultaneously, the cabinet maker must try to pick the best probably a the jobs. HKI.l' WANTED Vacancies include the impor- tant posts of labor, defence and agrlcullurc as well as master-gencrol and veterans affairs. 0[ the cabinet, members before the from Paul Martin, government lender in the dropped out and three were de- feated K. .1. Benson went from the defence ministry to chairman of the Canadian transport com- mission. Jean-Pierre Cote and Arthur Laing left the post office and veterans affairs respec- tively for (lie Senate. Defeated in Uie election were Agriculture Minister H. A. Ol- son, Labor Minister Martin O'Conncll and Air. Mahoncy. Jean-Luc Pcpin, minister ot Industry. Irnde and commerce, is clinging lo his Commons scat nt the moment by a five-vote fingernail and faces a recount thai might favor his Social Credit opponent. Mr. Pepin an- nounced before Monday's elec- tion that It wonlrl be his last. ritAlRlKS HAKE In trying to produce a c.nbinet Hint is regionally representa- tive, Mr. Trudeau finds tiis Prairies almost hare of Liberal candidates. Alberta voters wiped out the Liberals, including Mr. Olson and Mr. Mahoncy. Justice Min- ister Otto Lang survived as the sole Liberal MP from Sas- katchewan. Supply Minister James Richardson and SI. Boniface MP Joseph Guay were the only Liberals elected in Manitoba. It would be possible, but un- usual, for Mr. Trudeau to turn to the Senate for an Alberta to Senator Harry Hays, former agriculture minis- ter. But that would run Into op- position arc supposed to be answerable to the elected representatives In the Commons. Mr. Lang or Mr. Richardson might be persuaded to switch to the agriculture portfolio, al- though there is no rule requir- ing that post to be filled by a Prairie MP. J. J. Greene, now an Ontario senator, was agri- culture minister from 1965 lo 3968. Pickings are thin generally in the four Western provinces, where Liberal strength in the Commons was reduced to seven scats from 25 out of the four- provincc total of 08. Four of the survivors are from British Columbia, in- cluding Urban Affairs Minister Ron Bnsford and Fisheries Min- ister Jack Davis. The others are MPs Len Marchnnd and Douglas Stewart pal Affairs Minister Dayc- Rus- sell less than 16 hours after a copy of the proposed legislation had been leaked accidentally to the press. It had been left on a counter in the legislative clerk's office where it was spotted by several reporters. A report on which the bill is based had not been tabled in the legislature and it appeared that the Progressive Con- servative government of Peter Lougheed had made up its mind to repeal the act before reading the report's recommen- dations. However, the report was ta- bled Friday by Bob Dowling, minister without portfolio who was chairman of the nine-mem- ber committee which included members from both sides of the 75-seat house. WOULD CONTROL BUYING In effect, it would lift restric- tions which went into effect in the 1930s, aimed at controlling bulk buying of rich farmland by religious groups such as the Doukhobors which have since settled in British Columbia. The original legislation fol- lowed complaints by small farmers who feared the reli- gious groups, because of their communal way of life, could af- ford to buy the best land and leave smaller farms in a diffi- cult position. There also were fears that the groups would not buy goods in villages and small towns; that they would buy in bulk from cities and weaken the economic structure of smaller centres. The existing legislation re- quires communal terites are the only such group in the get per- mission from the communal property control board before buying land. It also stipulates the size of colonies and their proximity to each other. Mr. Bowling's report had four basic recommendations: the act ba repealed; the prov- ince establish a Hutterite liai- son office; the Hutteriles' edu- cation structure be examined with a view to improving it; and all future legislation of this nature apply to all Albertans. "Toward the end of 1971, it became apparent that the Com- munal Property Act may be in violation of the spirit of the proposed Alberta Bills of the committee said in its report. "Furthermore, there existed some doubt in the minds of ru- ral residents as to what the communal property control board felt was 'in the public in- terest' when recommending the establishment of new colonies." Tlie liaison office recom- mended by the committee would be similar to one already operating in Saskatchewan. It enables the government to keep an unofficial finger on the Hut- terite pulse in the province. (See other story on Page 18) Lougheed sidesteps tax query EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed neatly side- stepped a question from an op- position member who asked in the legislature Friday whether the next provincial budget would contain any new taxes. "I refer with interest to a general or restricted sales tax." said W. R. Wyse cine "I'm sure there's a consider- able amount of re- plied the premie- amidst laugh- ter from both sides of the house. "I suggest you wait until Feb- ruary and hear on the budget." Alberta is the only province without a retail sales tax. Seen and heard About town pOST Office bulletin board advising postmen to wear proper shoes during winter so they won't be "de- fected" iirsslf. Sload dis- covering she had the wrong coat. Ric Maclood asking for a joke, sr.ying ho hasn't hoard one in fix months Cecil Gordon saying he spent vacationing to find out Lothbridge la best place. ;