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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 25-30; high Wed. 40-45. The Letlikidge Herald VOL. LXV No. 278 .ETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTi TWO PAGES Liberals face overhaul job in the West By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau 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 1968 federal election, the Liberals won five seats in Manitoba, four in Alberta, two in Saskatch- ewan, and 16 in 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 the 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 votes. The Liberals are in particularly bad shape in tho Rocky Mountain province, not only because each of the 19 seats 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 little more than a year ago, the Liberals failed to win one seat in the provincial legislature. Even the New Dem- ocratic Paily won one seat. It's interesting to note 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 two or three elections away, there will 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 votes, came out of the election alive. Here again, although the Conserva- tives still have considerable strength in the wheat and potash province, the NDP, backed up by a strong NDP provincial government, is going to make it tough for the Liberals to build anything up in the next year or so. It's obvious that the vote in Mr. Lang's riding was a vote of confidence in him, not in his govern- ment. More trouble The Liberals can't regard British Columbia, where they came down from 15 seats to four, with too much optimism. Already, Parliament Hill observers are sug- gesting that 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 a new image before Liberal fortunes in this prov- ince look brighter. In Manitoba tilings are 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 South, and Joe Guay 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 injected a strong Western voice into Mr. Trudeau's cabinet without being painted as a Tru- deainte. His speech of a few months ago calling for Western provinces to be given a greater chance to fill federal government purchasing requirements went down well with Westerners. What's more, unlike Mr. Lang who with his academic background finds it difficult to relate to the every day wishes and needs of the mail in the street. Mr. Richardson lias the background and personality to rclalc lo and inspire he wants lo. He also has some pretty solid contacts. Also in Manitoba, the Liberals do have something they lack in Ihe oilier three Western provinces, an am- bitious, enthusiastic and intelligent provincial leader. Of course, the provincial party hasn't much strength but it at least does have a well known figurehead. Out of touch Already, some Western Liberals are blaming their own defeats on Mr. Trudeau himself and Ihe advice lie received from his Western lieutenants and particu- lar his chief Alberta advisor Ivan Head. Hu Harries, for instance, the former dean of eco- nomics at the University of Alberta and one of Ilia Literal MPs defeated Ocl. 30, has charged that Mr. Head misinformed the prime minister and so put him completely out of touch with the situation. In a way this is ironic since Mr. Harries himself was noted for one thing during his four year stint on Parliament was never around Ottawa. Sonic observers say (he one thing Mr. Trudeau needed in Oltawa was a strong Western one Hint would speak nut about silualions Mr. Tnidenu and Ihe rest of his caliincl might prefer not lo know about that Mr. Harries, who has continuously criti- cized Ihe prime minister's economic policies, failed lo make his presence fell in the House of Commons. Others say that when Mr. Tnideau failed lo ap- point Mr. Harries In a cnbincl. posilion he quickly lost interest and decided lo work mainly the con- stituency level. 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 )e owned and operated by tin- city in the city in the downtown area. A specific location has 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 the 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 J5 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.th to pick up ballot he dropped while voting at the Concordia Elementary school in San Clemente, Calif, this morning. (AP Wirephoto) 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 with 5.2 per cent in September and 5.1 in October last year. However, the underlying trend showed some improve- ment from the high level recorded in September. The seasonally-adjusted rate of unemployment declined to 6.9 Americans cast ballots WASHINGTON (CP) Rich- ard Nixon in San Clemente, Ca- lif., and George McGovern in Mitchell, S.D., join an antici- pated 85 million other Ameri- cans at voting booths across the United Slates today to de- cide who will guide the country for the next four years. Although rain was forecast for many parts of the tably the Deep South, the West Coast and a central belt from New Orleans lo 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 It comes loud and clear will be toppled PHU NHUAN, South 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 Sishawath, who spent 50 minutes in deep med- itation on the American e'.ection after the artillery died down Monday night. She said she gave her pre- diction both the Cambodian "burning cand'e mythology" and the incense-burning test but did not use the splashing water mythology that is for broken hearts." Peering over her gold-rim- med spectacles, the Cam- bodian trained soothsayer predicted an unhappy future for the McGovern adminis- tration 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." Mme. Sishawath warned. "His administration will fall from favor. His dy- nasty will be in danger." After studying the birth dates of the two candidates and performing some Bud- dhist rituals, she began to get vibrations from the spirit world. She raw Nixon and McGovern as "two fiercely contending ligers. McGovern wins but later falls into a ti- ger trap." age of 18 have become eligible to vote for the first time in a presidential election. U.S. election at a glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Facts on today's United States election: Offices to be filled include those of president, vice-presi- dent, 18 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 Senate seats to lie filled now are held by 19 Re- publicans and 14 Democrats. The Democrats currently ccn- trol the Senate, 55 to 45. All seats in the House, which the Democrats now control 255 to 177, with three vacancies, are to be filled. Estimated vote: 80 million to 85 million, of the estimated 108 million registered voters. Poll closing hours range from 2 p.m. MST today until 2 a.m. EST Wednesday. in October from 7.1 in Septem- ber. Statistics Canada said the in- crease in the total labor force, to 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 8.39 million from 8.38 mil- lion in September. In October last year, the la- bor force was nearly 8.7 mil- lion, the number employed was 8.25 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 bread-winners, for the most the same de- gree of unemployment last month as in September and in October last year, 3.8 per cent cf that group. OTTAWA (CP) Both Con- s e r v a t i v e Leader Robert Slanfield and New Democrat Leader David Lewis today called en Prime Minister Truoeau to bring Parliament together in December to deal with the unemployment situ- ation. "We've got to stop fooling Mr. Stanfield 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. Mr. 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 lo deal with unemploy- ment, he said. "A massive expenditure of perhaps half a billion dollars" is needed as an immediate step. Pearsou tested OTTAWA (CP) Former prime minister Lester Pearson has been admitted to Civic Hos- pital here for a scries of tests, it was lea-ned Tuesday. Mr. Pearson is 75. LONDON (Reuter) Shop- keepers who raise prices or un- ions which call t'riki's over pay may face heavy penalties start- ing today as a result of the gov- ernment's new price and in- come freeze. P rime Minister Edward Heath clamped