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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4. 1974 20 PAGES 15 Cents SOUTHSIDE SHOW HOME IS WAY OVER THE CEILING AT NORTHSIDE BUNGALOW WILL GO FOR Home grant 'a laugh' for city buyers RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Housing industry spokesmen in Lethbndge describe Ottawa's cash grant to first time buyers of new homes as "a laugh" and a "token ef- fort" to keep an election promise Lethbndge Housing Association President Keith Bickerton said today his association will ask Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation to raise the price ceiling here for eligible homes The grant, announced last week by Urban Affairs Minister Barnett Danson, applies only to first time purchasers of "moderately priced" homes costing un- der Mr Bickerton said local builders cannot build a single family dwelling for less than adding the industry average is roughly Meanwhile, Lethbndge Real Estate Board presi- dent Ian Hamilton told The Herald this morning the grant is "not going to do a clarn thing "It's a laugh What we really need is for the government to put more money into CMHC for lower mortgage interest rates He described his reaction to news of the grant as "disappointment The federal government is keeping an election promise, he added, "but we're right back where we started What first time buyers really need, he said, is lower interest rates from CMHC "so young couples can buy a resale house for five or 10 per cent down Building industry spokesman Bickerton said the only houses qualifying in the grant scheme are semi detached, or side BUYERS JUMPED AT PRICE FOR NORTHSIDE DUPLEX by duplex units The ceiling for a "moderately priced" house "doesn't make sense The closest we can come (to the ceiling) is and that's as low as we can get Nem year it's going to be even worse Mr Danson said in Ot- tawa Friday that the grant will apply to a duplex unit, condominium, row house, sectional or mobile home provided it is the principal residence of a first time buyer The grant applies to homes bought from Nov 1 this year until Nov Watergate, inflation draining GOP support Inside WASHINGTON (CP) Campaigning reached a peak across the United States today, the eve of a national election which is expected to shake the Republican party to its already-strained roots Every significant poll in- dicates major Democratic party gains in Tuesday's elec- tion, which involves 35 of the 50 state governors, 34 of the 100 U S senators and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives President Gerald Ford, weary after completing miles of cross-country cam- paigning in recent weeks, rested and played tennis Sun- day, then scheduled only routine White House business for today The presidency is not at stake in this off-year election Throughout the US. in- dividual candidates tailored their final day's efforts to the fitness of their campaign purses and the relative desperation of their own positions Most areas re- ported a continuing heavy bar- rage of televised appeals Ford and most other politi- cians devoted a substantial part of their final message to getting out the vote The same polls which report a sharp swing to the Democrats also find a disturb- ing alienation among voters from politics in general The stage seemed to be set for a partial repeat of the 1972 election when Richard Nixon won the presidency by an overwhelming majority of those who voted, but in which nearly half the voting-age pop- ulation stayed home Political analysts here see the Democrats retaining most of the votes of their traditional supporters, bolstered by a majority of the independents who voted for Nixon two years ago The Republicans, meanwhile, fear their dwindl- ing ranks of supporters will be templed to abstain in protest against two years of political scandal and turmoil, coupled with a relentless slide in the economic outlook Turnout is chronically poor in off-year elections in the United States, but the com- bination of disillusion and resentment might bring the poorest voting percentage Tuesday in nearly 30 years Among those who are ex- pected to vote, the swing has been heavily toward the Democrats The Republicans have been left to appeal for voters to keep alive the two- party system and not impose a "legislative dictatorship" of Democrats in Congress Late surveys confirmed these trends Democrats might win between seven and 10 gover- norships now held by Republicans, approaching or surpassing the record 39 state executive offices they held in 1939 candidates are likely to take between five and seven Senate seats oc- cupied now by Republicans, boosting their current 58-to-42 edge in the upper house gain of between 30 and 50 seats is possible for the Democrats in the House of Representatives, where they currently hold 248 seats to the Republicans' 187 The results in the gover- nor's races might be the most significant of all, returning Democratic governors to an influential role in their party's presidential fortunes at a time when the Senate has failed to develop a clear favorite for 1976 Representative Hugh Carey. 55-year-old widower and father of 12. is headed for a landslide victory in New York over incumbent Gover- nor Malcolm Wilson, the conservative and unspec- tacular successor to Nelson Rockefeller A Carey victory would end 16 years of Re- publican rule in the second most populous state In the biggest state, Califor- nia, 36-year-old Jerry Brown seems certain to take the governorship once held by his father. Pat Brown, after eight years under Republican Ronald Reagan Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather 16-20 5 4 13 15 14 8-10 7 6 3 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH TOES. 60; SUNNY, WINDY. 'It has what every Watergate lawyer needs A fat pocket1' MPs say they're underpaid OTTAWA (CP) More than 80 per cent of MPs who responded to a recent poll about their salaries say they are underpaid Eighty-one of the 264 mem- bers of the 30 per to a questionnaire distributed by The Canadian Press asking their opinions on the question Of the 81 who responded, 65 favored a pay raise, Nixon better LONG BEACH, Calif (AP) Former president Richard Nixon is off the critical list after complications from phlebitis surgery, but medical officials say there is no word on when he may leave the hospital Dr John Lungren, Nixon's personal physician, said Sun- day that his patient is now receiving "sub-intensive care less than eight per opposed, and another seven had no opinion Two proposed other measures, such as remission of income tax or payment for their Ottawa residence MPs now receive in salary plus a tax-free expense allowance of for a total of The current levels result from a raise in June, 1971, from a salary base of plus tax-free ex- pense allowance Now there is increasing talk of a further increase, and MPs favoring it said on the ques- tionnaire that it is justified by inflation and the increasingly- onerous duties of MPs The specific reasons most often cited were the increased cost of living, the need for MPs to maintain two residences, the need to attract competent persons to federal politics and the right of MPs to an income at least equalling that of many senior civil ser- vants The MPs who oppose a raise, however, said members are not in any financial dis- tress, their credibility it at stake when they vote themselves a salary increase, and it is up to them to set an example in the fight against inflation and heard About town Hockey fan Jimmy Wells thinking of taking up basket- ball for the winter to keep in shape Val Peterson com- ing home to find her mother wedged between the wall and refrigerator after trying to plug a radio cord into a wall socket behind the unit World food council urged By LESLIE H. GELB New York Times Service WASHINGTON When Secretary of State Kissinger steps before the world food conference in Rome on Tuesday, he will be addressing many who now believe that mankind's biggest challenge is not so much to avert a nuclear holocaust as to assure economic survival Kissinger is expected to propose meeting the challenge by increasing world food production and by establishing a world food council responsible to the secretary general of the United Nations his Quebec farmers continue protest In a late draft of his speech obtained by the New York Times, Kissinger recommends limiting the council's authority primarily to overseeing the activities of four groups of technical ex- perts, that would deal, respectively, with food aid, trade, production and reserves. Administration officials are divided over whether Kissinger's speech will spark action to assure survival and whether it will stress suf- ficiently the idea that scarce resources should be used as more than an instrument of national policy At issue in whether the speech confronts this new reality that food and fuel are changing the shape of world politics just as surely as nuclear power did in the 1950's and industrial potential in the 1960's In a time of scarce resources and almost inescapable 'economic interdependence, political power is regarded here as stemming from self suf ficiency Throughout the Ford ad- ministration, but especially in the U S department of agriculture, the view is ex- pressed that world leadership must be exercised by promoting increased food production Some officials, particularly those working closely with Kissinger, hope that pledges in Rome of sizable but un- specified American contributions to a joint effort, coupled with appeals to other countries to do their share, will lead the delegates into careful consideration of food prospects in coming decades But others, consisting of of- ficials who have worked on the food problem for years, emphasize the advantages of American self sufficiency, which, they emphasize re- quires self sacrifice The late draft of the Kissinger speech is divided into three sections The beginning sketches the magnitude of world food shor- tages and describes in somber terms a world caught by inflation, soanng fuel prices, diminishing resources and continuing population growth Then the draft proceeds to outline steps that it says the United States is prepared to take and what the United States expects other to do These include A pledge, originally given by President Ford, of a major increase in American food aid No figure, however is specified A call for "nationally held" food reserves, without indicating whether these reserves would be stored b> governments, private traders or fanners, or how they would be controlled THE CANADIAN PRESS Hundreds of fanners in sev eral Quebec regions drove their tractors onto the roads during the weekend in the con- tinuing protest against low produce prices In Portneuf county, about 25 miles east of Quebec City, po lice scuffled with angry farmers who blocked a highway Sunday Two men were arrested The farmers handed strand- ed motorists and spectators leaflets which read "We have to be crazy to work 60 hours a week, seven days a week, 365 days a year and not be able to meet our production costs Their complaints were dra- matized by the killing of 600 calves last week by 1 200 farmers at St Bruno 120 miles north of Quebec City Saturday, 400 farmers plow ed up the front lawn of the country home of Gilles Masse, Quebec natural resources minister, before dumping manure dead calves and animal urine on the property About 20 policemen were at the scene, 60 miles southwest of Quebec City, but no arrests were made Mr Masse and his family were away Several hundred farmers blocked traffic for four hours Saturday in St Jean, 20 miles east of Montreal and protests took a similar form Saturday and Sunday in Plessisville, 100 miles northeast of Montreal At Thurso, 100 miles west of Montreal 50 members of the Agricultural Producers Union slaughtered about a dozen calves Saturday and tied up traffic for four hours with farm machinery decked with dead calves 'We are losing about per head on calves and it is becoming impossible to feed them because of the cost of feed, one demonstrator said 'It s better to slaughter them now than to let them starve The weekend incidents fol- lowed similar protests in other Quebec regions which began last weekend Eugene Whelan federal agriculture minister, an- nounced Friday an inquiry into the beef mdustsrv Arctic wreckage search begins REA POINT, N W T (CP) Divers were to begin an un- derwater search early this week for the wreckage of a Lockheed Electra which crashed through the ice near this Melville Island oil- company supply base last week, killing 32 of 34 men aboard Bob Kutzleb of Falls Church, Va head of the div- inj, :eam said dives into the 28 5-degree water would begin as soon as a decompression chamber is in operation There were fears that the ice surrounding the crash site might break away taking with it some of the debris investigators are trvmg to assemble and identify in a heated hangar on the island The wreckage of the four- engine cargo and passenger plane owned by Panarctic Oils Ltd of Calgary, is in about 110 feet of water The flight recorder and eight bodies are thought to be in the wreckage Co-pilot David Hatton and flight engineer Gary Weyman both of Calgarv, are in satisfactory condition in an Edmonton hospital Tnev have refused to talk with reporters about the crash Thousands stand vigil of death in Bangladesh RANGPUR, Bangladesh