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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 25-30; high Wed. 40-45. The LetKbrtdge Herald VOL. LXV No. 270 JSTHBKIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Liberals face overhaul job in the West By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudcau and Liberal strategists have a major task on their hands in trying to rebuild party strength in Western Canada. Not that there ever was very much strength in the four Western provinces. In the federal election, the Liberals won five seats in Manitoba, four in Alberta, two in Saskatch- ewan, and 16 iii British Columbia. They later lost one in Saskatchewan and one in British Columbia as the result of to the New Democratic Party. On Oct. 30, the Liberals came away with nothing in Alberta, just one in Saskatchewan, two in Manitoba and four in British Columbia. A not very impressive total of six wins out of a possible 68. In fact, it was almost as taking redis- tribution into 1965 when the federal Lib- erals only managed to pick up eight seats in the West, seven in British Columbia and one in Manitoba. Obviously, it's going to be difficult for the Lib- erals to know where to start. But there are some bright spots if one looks for them. Bleakest spot Bleakest spot on the map is Alberta. Many of tha Conservative candidates there came away with ma- jorities of between and votes. Indeed, oil- man Peter Bawden who whipped cabinet minister Pat Mahoney had a majority in the region of voles. The Liberals arc in particularly bad shape in tho Itocky Mountain province, not only because each of the 19 seals went Conservative, but because the pro- vincial Liberal organization is virtually dormant. When Premier Peter Lougheed's revitalized Conservatives swept the Social Credity party out of power a littlo more than a year ago, the Liberals failed to win one seat in the provincial legislature. Even the New Dem- ocratic Pally won one seat. It's interesting to ncte too that Mr. Lougheed's provincial strategists regard the NDP, rather than the Socreds or Liberals, as being the major provincial threat in the years to come. The feeling is that in lime, perhaps tv.o or three elections away, there Mill be a PC government and a NDP opposition. In Saskatchewan the picture is almost as bleak. Only Justice Minister Otto Lang, with a laudable show- ing of a majority of about voles, came out o[ the election alive. Here again, although the Conserva- tives still have considerable strength in the wheat and potash province, Ihe NDP, backed up by a strong NDP provincial government, is going to make it tough for the Liberals lo build anything up in the next year or so. It's obvious that the vote in Mr. Lang's riding was a vole of confidence in him, not ill his govern- ment. More trouble The Liberals can't regard British Columbia, where they came down from 15 seats lo four, with loo much optimism. Already, Parliament Hill observers are sug- gesting thai a new election in the coming months would see Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford and Environ- ment Minister Jack Davis in bad trouble. A strong provincial NDP organization and government adds to the difficulties. It may well take a lot of new faces and n new image before Liberal fortunes in (his prov- ince look brighter. In Manitoba tilings arc not quite as bad. And there's some hope. True, the Liberals lost three of their Manitoba seats on Oct. 30th, but Supply and Ser- vices Minister James Richardson, in Winnipeg Soulh, and Joe Gnay in St. Boniface, showed that even when the tide is running against a party the personal popu- larity of individuals can win through. Mr. Richardson is in a particularly interesting po- sition here. He's injecled a strong Western voice into Mr. Trudeau's cabinet without being painted as a Tru- dcai.'ilc. His speech of a few months ago calling for Western provinces lo be given a greater chance to fill federal government purchasing requirements down well with What's more, unlike Mr. Lang who "with his academic background finds it difficult to relate to Ihe every day wishes and needs of the man in the street, Mr. Richardson lias the background and personality to rclalc (o and inspire he wants lo. lie also lias some pretty solid contacts. Also in Manitoba, Ihc Liberals do have something they lack in Ihe other three Western provinces, an am- bitious, enthusiastic and intelligent provincial leader. Of course. t.hc provincial parly hasn't much strength but it al least does have n well known figurehead. Apartment for senior citizens included Public Housing projects approved Two housing projects, includ- ing a 75 unit, five storey senior citizens' apartment building and 30 public housing units for low income families, were ap- proved in principle by city council Monday. The proposed senior citizen's apartment would v owned and operated by tl'.i city in the city in the downtown area. A specific location lias not been designated. The low income housing, consisting of 4 two bedroom, 14 three bedroom and tw four bedrom units, would be constructed and operated by the Alberta Housing Corpora- tion, either downtown or in a residential area. The corpora- tion would pay the full price for the land on which the pub- lic housing is built. COST SPLIT Financing of the construction would be on a 10 per cent fed- eral per cent AHC basis. The city will pro- vide 10 per cent subsidy of the operational costs, and the AHC would look after the other 90 per cent. Although no figure has been suggested to indicate the cost of tne two projects, an AHC of- ficial has said a 50 unit com- plex would cost about stressing the units would not be of inferior quality. Rent would be based on Z5 per cent of the family income, which means a family earning per month pays per month for rent, including heat and water. Unemployed ranks continue to swell OOPS! President Nixon bends down in his voting boc.lh to pick up ballot he dropped while voting at the Concordia Elementary school in San Clemente, Colif, this morning. (AP Wirepholo) OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment rose again last month, to compared with in September, increasing in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and British Columbia, Statistics Canada reported today. The October estimate of job- less was 5.4 per cent of the la- bor force, compared wilh 5.2 per cent in September and 5.1 in October last year. However, the underlying trend showed some improve- ment from the lu'gh level recorded in September. The seasonally-adjusted rale of unemploymenl declined to 6.9 Americans cast ballots WASHINGTON (CP) Rich- ard Nixon in San Clemenle, Ca- lif., and George McGovern in Mitchell, S.D., join an anlici- palcd C5 million olher Ameri- cans at voting booths across the Uniled .Slates Icday lo de- cide who will guide the country for [he next four years. Although rain was forecast for many pai-ls of Ibe Ir.bly Ihe Deep South, the West Coast and a central belt from New Orleans to weather was not expected to be severe enough anywhere to keep a determined voter away. A record turnout seemed as- sured Absentee ballots were reported to have been filed in unprecedented numbers in many states, an indication of voter interest, and about 25 million young people over the If comes loud and clear mill be toppled PHU NHUAN, Soulh Viet- nam (AP) A Vietnamese sorceress has heard it loud and clear from the spirit world that" Senator George McGovern will win the U.S. presidential election. This will be bad for peace and bad for said Madame Sishawnlh, who spenl 50 minutes in deep med- ilalion on Ihe American c'.ection afler the artillery died down Monday night. She said she gave her pre- diction both the Cambodian "burning cand'e mythology" and Ihc incense-burning lest but did not use Ihe splashing water mythology ''beer.UFe that is for broken hearts." Peering over her gold-rim- med spectacles, the Cam- bodian trained soothsayer predicted an unhappy fulure for Ihe McGovern adminis- Iralion and a worry-free re- tirement for President Nixon. "Between March and Sep- tember of next year will be the dark months for Senator McGovern." Mine. Sishawath warned. "His administration will fall from favor. His dy- nasty will be in danger." Afler studying Ihe birth dates of Ihe Iwo candidates and performing some Bud- dhist rituals, she began lo get vibralions from the spirit world. She .caw Nixon and McGovern as "Iwo fiercely contending ligers. McGovern wins but later falls inlo a li- ger trap." age of IB have become eligible to vote for the first lime in a presidential election. U.S. election al a glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Facts on today's United Slates eleclion: Offices lo be filled include those of presidcnl, vice-presi- dent, Id governors, all mem- bers of the House of Repre- sentatives, and a third of the Senate. The major-party candidates for president and vice-presi- dent: Republicans Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew; Democrats George McGovern and Sargent Shriver. The 18 governorships lo be filled are held by eight Re- publicans and 10 Democrats. Governors not up for election include 12 Republicans and 20 Democrats. The 33 Senalc seats lo be filled now are held by 19 Re- publicans and 14 Democrats. The Democrats currently con- trol the Senate. 55 lo 45. All seats in the House, which Ihe Democrats now control 255 lo 177, with Ihree vacancies, are to be filled. Estimated vote: 80 million lo 85 million, of the estimated 108 million registered voters. Poll closing hours range from 2 p.m. MST tcday until 2 a.m. EST Wednesday. in October from 7.1 in Septem- ber. Statistics Canada said the in- crease in the tolal labor force, lo nearly 8.88 million from 8.84 million in September, was about normal for this time of year. The increase in unem- ployment was somewhat less than usual. WORKERS UP The number of workers em- ployed in October rose to more than C.39 million from 8.30 mil- lion in September. In October last year, the la- bor force was nearly 8.7 mil- lion, the number employed was a.25 million and the number unemployed was The latter wss 5.1 per cent of the labor force. The statistics bureau said that unemployment rose last month for young workers, aged 14 to 24, and for mature women in the labor force. Men aged 25 or brcsd-winners, for Ihe most Ihe same de- gree of unemployment last mcnlh as in September and in October last year, 3.8 per cent cf that group. Penrsou tesied 9TTAWA (CP) Former prime minister Lester Pearson has been admitted lo Civic Hos- pital here for a series of lesls, it was lea-ned Tuesday. Mr. Pearson is 73. Out of touch, Already, some Western Liberals are blaming Ihcir own dcfcals on Mr. Trudeau himself and Ihc advico he received from his Western lieutenants and particu- lar his chief Alne.rln advisor Ivan Head. llu Harries, for instance. Ihe former of eco- nomics al the University of Alberta and one of fho Liberal MPs defeated Oct. SO, has charged that Mr. Head misinformed the prime minister and so put him completely out of touch wilh the situation. In TI way Ibis is ironic since Mr. Harries himself was noted for one lliing during his four year stint on Parliament was never around Ottawa. Some observers sny Ihc one Ihing Mr. Trudeau needed in Oltawa was a sl.rong Western one Unit would speak (till about silualion.s Mr. Trudeau and Ihe of bis caliincl might prefer not lo know about thai Mr. Harries, who has continuously criti- cized Ihc prime minister's economic policies, failed lo make bis presence fell in Ihe House of Commons. Others say that when Mr. Tnideim failed lo ap- poinl Mr. Harries lo n cnhincl position he quickly lost Inlcresl and decided lo work mainly al Ihc con- stituency level. LONDON (Reulcr) Shop- keepers who raise prices or un- ions which call tlriki's over pay may lace, heavy penalties slarl- ing today as a result of Ihe gov- ernment's new price and in- come freeze. P rime Minislcr Edward Heath clamped 110-day freeze (in prices, pay. rails and divi- dends and said Monday that this would be followed by spe- cific ruili-inllalion laws. Two government deparlmcnls .set up special hot lines r.nd in- vited housewives lo report im- mediately any illegal price in- creases. .Shopkeepers were anything except fruit, vege- tables, meat and fish, which are subject lo seasonal vari- ations, Ilealli made his move follow- ing the failure of his altcmpls to get unions and industry lo agree on voluniary controls lo ball Ihc country's spiralling in- flation. Talks which bad lasled for months broke down Thursday. All pay increases and im- provements in hours and holi- days were frozen. All prices on goods ranging from cars lo brer were frozen. Rents and company dividends were also 'Here conies the P.M. Construction starts at Tne Herald rv.sslrurlion starts Thurs- day on a M32.000 addition ID The Leihbridge Herald building, 5th Ave. and 7lh St. S. The new section, lo cover the feet between the present building and Ihe Alberla Motor Association, will contain a full basement and ground floor. A new offset printing press will occupy Ihe west half of both levels. A spokesman for Boychuk Construction Lid., successful bidder for the job, said comple- tion is scheduled for May 1. Herald officials are looking fo: the root lo be on by Feb. The first editions of The Herald aid from the new offsel presses expected lo be run off July 1. providing a "more atlrac- live" newspaper, publisher Cloo Mowers said. Bridge design study is ratified Dolails of an mii'comonl hc- Iwi'cn Ihe city mid Slanloy As- sociates Kngincering Lid., (or a JI7C.OI10 engincerini! study and design for Ihe filh Avc. S. hridgo to West Lctlibridgo, were ap- proved by city coueil Monday. A timetable for Ihe design phase has been ret to allow for construction of Ihc bridge lo go lo tender before Dec. HI, 197.1. The city's share of Iho design cosls will he The prov- ince will pay Ihe rest. Hcforc Ihe delails were rali- fiecl. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff suggeslcd public acceplancc of the bridge Is low and that If the question of whether n bridge should be huill were put to a plebiscite, il could lose. Aid. Hembroff snid the city should ho doing more lo tot tho. public know why the bridge is needed. Mayor Andy Anderson snid Ihe question will come up again when council considers priori- lies on the capital budget. A preliminary capilal budget released lasl week showed an estimated cily expenditure of million toward construc- tion iif Ihe bridge in lBrl-73. Council atsi) approved a expenditure for a route lo- cation and funclioual design sluily for upgrading St. Crowlhor and Partners Lid. will be Ihe consultants. Cosls for Ihe -13rd SI. sludy will be split on a 7.ri-25 basis Iho province, paying the lariicr share. German treaty clears hurdle OTTAWA (CP) Both Con- s e r v a I i v e Leader Robert Slanfield and New Democral Leader David Lewis today called en Prime Minister Truceau to bring Parliament logelhcr in December to deal wilh the unemployment situ- ation. "We've got to slop fooling Mr. Slanfield told re- porters, a few hours after Sta- tistics Canada reported that unemployment rose last month to from a month earlier. "We face a very hard winter of said Mr. Lewis. 5Ir. Trudeau should call Par- liament together early in De- cember, after the election writs are in, and produce both long- range and short-range pro- grams to deal with unemploy- ment, he said. "A massive expenditure of perhaps half a billion dollars" is needed as an immediate step. BONN (AP) The West Ger- man cabinet and the govern- ment of East Germany ap- proved loday a reconciliation treaty designed to normalize relations between the two Ger- man states. East German approval, re- ported by the official East Ger- man news agency from Berlin, came shortly after West Ger- man Willy Brandt's ministers in Bonn had given a po-ahead for signing the treaty Wednesday. A draft of the treaty was ap- proved Monday night following two years of negotiations. The Bonn cabinet authorized Egon Balir, state secrelary who nego- tiated for Brandt, to initial it "shortly" wilh East. German negotiator Michael.Kohl, the quesitcn will come up again fn the wake of the conclusion of the treaty, Danish Foreign Minister Knud Andersen an- nounced that his government as well as those of Sweden and Korway expected to complete arrangements for diplomatic recognition of East Germany in two or three weeks. Denmark and Norway as well as West Germany are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organ- ization. Besides selling up some type of diplomatic recognition, the pact clears the way for the two German slates to apply for United Nations membership. One Wesl Berlin newspaper gave this outline of the treaty's main points: Germany will send an ambassador to Bonn and Bonn mil send a minister to East Berlin, each to be called a "plenipotentiary." Germany will state thai it wiD represent West Ber- lin in all matters except those of status and security, which are reserved to the United Stales, Britain, France and tha Soviet Union as the occupation powers. East Germany will ac- cept llrs pc.nt. Germany will main- lain (he fame Irade privileges ,as before, treated as a favored partner on the basis of a na- tional whole as proclaimed by West Germany. Homer critical CALGARY (CP) Alberla agriculture minister Hugh Homer criticized the Canadian wheat board for its restrictions on the movement of grain lo processing plants in the prov- ince. "One thing we don't intend lo do is accept the board's con- trol of Alberta grown grain go- ing for processing in Albe-la. "If grain processing makes jcbs in Alberla want the grain retained here without fed- eral inlerference. Feeding cal- lle is one way that grain may be processed and produce jobs and revenue." Mr. speaking to a conference of m e a I producers, packers and relailers. was re- ferring lo the board classifica- tion of oilseed crushing plants as elcvalors, bringing them un- der Ihc quota system. Rapesoed meal is used as cal- Ue feed and many rapeseed growers in the southern part of the province have been chargd with over-quota deliveries lo a Leihbridge plant. The minister said his govern- ment intends to "stay away from any legislation or regula- tions unless absolutely neces- sary." "The hardest thing fo? a gov- ernment to do is write help- ful legislation. The easiest thing is lo write legislation that re- stricls people's aclivilies." The ZOO delegales were also told (hat although Canada Is a importer of beef, produce's sl-.ould proceed cautiously with expansion of herds. Charles Gracey of Toronto, secretary manager of the Ca- nadian Calllemen's Associalion, said an increase in ihe per capita consumplion of beef which now is 90 pounds annual- ly and is expected to reach 100 pounds by favors ex- pansion. Now York Times Service WASHINGTON A high ad- ministration official said wilh- oul qualification Monday thai efforts to resume negotiations wilh North Vietnam on ending the Indochina conflict wore "on trark" and lhat some movement would become ap- parent in a few days. The official declined to bo specific, bill he left Ihc im- pression, in a conversation, Lc Due Tho, the Hanoi polilburo mcmlier, had signal- led privately thai he would Mion Ic.ivo Hanoi for another round of talks wilh llonry Kis- singer, President Nixon's chief foreign policy r.dviscr. It is presumed lhat. the ses- sion, sought by the United Stnles lo resolve dolails II con- tends still remain, will be held 'in Paris whore the other priv- ate lalk.s have been held. Meanwhile, in another devel- opment, the stale department said that contingency planning for post war relief and re- habilihlinn in Indochina was now going on at ''very high levels." Seen and heard About town Jnhn Km- nody ndding all kinds of doors and locks lo Fort Mac- Icori's new sporl complex 7.00 Rourassa Sr. opting for his trusty curling broom af- ler a suggestion Uiat he start using a vacuum cleaner .1 n n o I Holmes entering an exil door and being attacked the door. ;