Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Low tonight 15-20; high Thursday 35-40. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 285 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 FIVE SECTIONS 64 PAGES Schmidt leads in leadership race-so far By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON Only two contenders for the leader- ship of the Alberta Social Credit party have thus far stepped onto the stage. A number of others are in the wings waiting their cue. Harry Strom, 58, premier when the Socreds were tossed out of office last year, is stepping aside to let a new leader run a still potent political force. So far, Werner Schmidt, 40, has an edge in declared support in his bid for the leadership. However the race will not start in earnest until the legislature adjourns later this month. The other publicly-declared candidate is Gordon Taylor, 62, opposition house leader, runner-up to Mr. Strom in the leadership contest and dean of the legislature. Three other Socred front bench MLAs are giving serious consideration to tossing their hat into the ring. They are expected to make known their intentions later this month. They are: Dr. Walter Buck, 41, (Clover Ear) who also sought the leadership in 1968; Robert Clark, 35, (Olds-Didsbury) former minister of education and Roy Wilson, 40, (Calgary-Bow) a first-term MLA. Other names arc not being mentioned seriously at this stage. Whether Social Credit can return to centre stage in Alberta politics mil be entirely in the hands of who- ever the party chooses as leader. A leadership convention has been scheduled for Feb. 1 to 3 here, but may be rescheduled to predate the spring session of the legislature, also likely to start about the same time. Chances of a revitalized Socred party taking the spotlight away from the new Conservative government of Premier Peter Lougheed seem relatively slim. It could be that the days of powerful political force, fashioned in Alberta in 1935 by William Aberhart, and in 1952 in British Columbia by W. A. C. Bennett, are numbered. Mr. Schmidt, the Coaldale-born vice-president of Lelhbridge Community College, has gathered im- pressive early support. Support city man Bill Johnson, president of the ABERTA Social Credit League, and Ray Speaker, former minister of social developmenl, have both joined the camp of the Leth- bridge candidate. Mr. Schmidt's strength will be Ills new face, a good television image and a personality characterized by moral sincerity. Yet, it will be an uphill struggle to the convention. He sits outside the legislature, defeated in Edmon- ton Belmont by Labor Minister Bert Hohol in the 1971 provincial election. And, he is virtually unknown in the political arena. Mr. Taylor, on the other hand, is Uie most ener- getic Socred in the legislature dispite his age and would surprise few by whining the leadership nod. The former school teacher is an able parliamentar- ian and Iras :2 years service to his Drumheller consti- tuents under his hell. Yet he is likely fated to be forever the bride's maid, never (lie bride. Mr. Taylor Iras one large mark against him age. That is certain to loom large lo delegates at the convention who will see Taylor as too much associated with the 'old party.' More than anything else, perhaps, the Socreds need a new youthful image that will attract young people and new supporters into the fold and create a base on wlu'ch to build future strength at the polls. Thus, an edge has to be given to Dr. Buck, a Fort Saskatchewan dentist who gathered some political I.O.U.'s at the last convention. His brash 'city kid' behavior has put him out of favor with party insiders, but may be the key to ap- pealing lo voters in the growing urban sectors like Calgary and Edmonton. Mr. Clark, while young in years, is cut from the old cloth. A farmer and former teacher, he is more in tune with (lie old Social Credit values. Clark's former cabinet rank and diplomatic char- acter is likely to rally some support inside caucus. Harry Strom, who will continue to sit as the MLA for Cypress after handing over the leadership, says he will remain strictly neutral during the leadership fight so that he will he free to deal with party issues that arise before and after the new man is chosen. The formula for a new Alberta party will be a bright new lender, plenty of hard work and a firm grasp on the issues of the day. Of five Southwest Alberta Socred MLAs questioned by The Herald, only I.cighton Buckwell (Macleod) ad- mitted he favored a candidate Mr. Schmidt. The other four said I hey would have to wait until all the candidates have declared themselves before de- citing. Any opinion at this poinl. they said, as to who might win I he leadership would be only a wild guess. Mr. Buckwell said he'd like lo see Mr. Schmidt get I he. job. although not being an MLA will be a definite disadvantage. John Anderson (Lethbridge East) said Mr. Clark has a 'tremendous' following throughout the province and will he a strong contender. Mr. Anderson said if the new leader is Mr. Taylor, the parly will have to re- place him in a few years because of his age. Chru-lic Drain (Pinchcr Crcek-CrowsnesU said Clark Schmidt, and Taylor arc front runners, and that Buck snd Wilson don't have rnough support lo Iw considered front runners. Dirk Gnienw.ikl I Wesl) said Urn candi- date who pets his vote must propose new directions for the party 'if it's more of the same, we're not going to make it.' Tod Hinman (Cardston) put Clark and Taylor out front but said there Is likely lo bo a lack of Interest in Hie convention bwniiso of the parly's poor showing at the last provincial and federal elections. 'Wo won't lie choosing a premier this he added. tmattusiw. MARKET HITS NEW HIGH Traders on the floor of Ihe New York Stock Exchange raise their hands above their heads as the Dow Jones average of 30 industrial stocks climbed to Tuesday. It was the first time in 44 year history cf the Dow average that it reached the mark. (AP Wirephoto) New Mideast peace launched WASHINGTON (Router) The United Stales government prepared today to launch a re- newed effort to achieve an in- terim peace agreement, in the Middle East afte- receiving an optimistic assessment of the sit- uation there from Israeli De- fence Minister Moshe Dayan. Dayan, who conferred with State Secretary William Rogers and presidential adviser Henry Hitman bombs handed over to police From HKt'TEB-AI' BELFAST (CP) British sol- diers stopped two boys for ques- tioning in West Belfast today and found themselves talking to two "human bombs." The boys, 15 and 1C, were car- rying 4Vi pounds of gelignite, a detonator and fuses. They were handed over to po- lice. Earlier, a loaded pistol and 150 rounds of ammunition were found in a school in the city's Roman Catholic Falls Road area. A 33-year-old mother of four children was dragged at 4 a.m. from her Belfast home at gun- point by guerrillas Tuesday and beaten la- the second time in four days. Her assailants, a man and a woman, claimed she was spying on Catholic neighbors for Brit- ish troops. The attackers burst into Agues Griffiths' home, hustled into the street and beat her. They said she should leave the Adroyne district within 48 hours. Mrs. Griffiths, a Catholic, crawled to an army post sev- eral hundred yards away where she told her' story and was lakon lo hospital. Kissinger, told reporters after- ward ho be'.ievcs "the Egyptian inclination to -csumc fighting is weaker than before and gener- ally speaking all things seem more peaceful today than be- fore." The Israeli defence chief said the Middle East situation is far better than a yea" ago, and added: "The Russians have left Egypt, Lebanon is ready today more than before to fight Pale- stinian guerrillas, the Jordanian repime seems to be quite stable. It is mere than hvo years since a U.S. initiative brought about a ceasefire in the Middle East, said in a tele- vision interview earlier this month lhat the United States would try again soon to bring Israel and the Arabs together on terms for an interim peace agreement. Attack alined at secret contacts NEW YORK (Reuter) The terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics which left 11 Israeli athletes dead may have been aimed at stopping direct, secret contacts between Israel and Egypt toward opening peace ne- gotiations, the New York Times says. In a dispatch from Paris, The Tunes, quoting an authoritative Western diplomatic source, says that Israel and Egypt agreed to the contacts slightly more than one week before the Palestinian attack in Munich. The source said it was the first time that neither nation had refused a proposal for a secret meeting. The Times says no firm date had been set, as far as is known, but the guerrillas at- tacked the athletes to creale an atmosphere in which such a meeting would be impossible. 'Eenio. maeni, minee. mo. You're the one that las to go...'. Greek ships collide ATHENS (AP) A giant Greek oil tanker, on a trial run without, cargo, and a Greek Navy t-onp ship collided today in the Saronic Gulf. The navy ship sank and shipping sources said 46 sailors were missing. Thirteen others were rescued. The tanke" was identified as the World Hero, owned by C-'-cok shipping mag- nate Stavros Niarchos, Thr1 mil- i ary ve'sel was reported lo be the Merlin. There were no reports of cas- ualties on UK tanker. Price controls remain on shelf By VICTOR MACKIE OTTAWA There is little or enthusiasm within the fed- eral cabinet for the Imposition of a program of wage and price controls at this time, it was learned from government sources today. Wage and price controls are not regarded as the answer to Canada's problems and con- sequently the contingency plans for such a program will remain on the shelf. Finance Minister John Turner Is expected to take the lead this week in explaining why the fed- eral government wants no part at this point in time of a costly and complicated freeze pro- gram such as the United States and United Kingdom have in operation. Facing the uncertainties in- volved in a minority govern- ment situation and the added complications of operating such a program' in a federal state, the cabinet is going along with the advice of its key economic government personnel. It is canvassing other possibilities rather than embark on a wage and price freeze plan. The word is being quietly passed around Parliament Hill that controls are not the answer for inflation in Canada at this time. The Canadian government feels that the inflationary situ- ation in this country is not as desperate as some people would appear to believe. It is admitted that the U.S. has a slightly better record than Canada on consumer prices since imposing controls. In the U.S. consumer prices have increased 3.3 per cent as against 5.3 per cent in Canada. However in the United King- dom consumer prices in Sep- tember were up seven per cent compared to Canada's 5.3 per cent increase. of won't ban Klan EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta Bill of Rights does not need to ban such organizations as the Ku Klux Klan because the "good sense and decency" of ordinary people will even- tually drive the klan out of the province, Attorney-General Merv Leitch told the legislature Tuesday night. He was speaking during com- mittee study of the proposed Bill of Rights, introduced by Premier Peter Lougheed as supplementary legislation to the Canadian Bill of Rights. "I'm confident there isn't a member in this house who doesn't find the philosophy, presence and activities of the Klan within Alberta thoroughly reprehsnsible. Undoubtedly, tho vast majority of people in Al- berta feel the same way. "The question is: Do we toler- ate them or do we endeavor to legislate them cut of exis- Mr. Leitch said legislation would outlaw o.' control groups like the be- lieves in racial strengthen rather than weaken them. If provides "the ex- citement of doing the prohib- ited; it tends to them un- derground where their activities are not exposed to the light of day." CITES EXAMPLE The attorney-general said a good example of this was the banning of the Communist party in the U.S. "I think everyone will agree lhat that party in the United States has caused more diffi- culty, has greater strength and more vitality than it has in Can- ada. I suggest thai a great deal of that difference be traced to the fact that in one country they were outlawed and in an- other country they weren't. "I believe the most reliable test of the freedom of the people and the quality of the society in which they live is (her willingness to tolerate the unpleasant, the repugnant and the reprehensible in thought, speech and the philosophy. "I would say that the meas- ure of a people's freedom is the extent to which they will toler- ate the intolerable." Mr. Leitch said the best con- trol of such activity is better left to "the good sense, the de- cency and the judgment" of or- dinary Albertans. This would "put the Klan out of existence" more quickly and more effec- tively than legislation. The Ku Klux Klan of Alberta was incorporated under the Provincial Societies Act last spring. Its headquarters are in Calgary but it's now known how many member it has in the province although the total is believed small. The bill moved through com- mittee with a couple of minor amendments and now only needs the formality of third reading and royal assent. Predicts Liberal OTTAWA (CP) George Hees. Conservative caucus chairman in the last Parlia- ment, predicted Wednesday the Trudeau government will" sur- vive only two months "at the outside" when it faces the House again. Mr. Hees, interviewed before the start of the first Con- servative caucus since the Oct. 30 election, said a government defeat in Parliament likely would result in Opposition Leader Robert Slanfield form- ing a government without an election and then going to the people by next spring "at the latest" for a mandate of his own. We would ask for a mandate and get one and, with a proper majority, give this country good government." HELPING BACK Blair Foster gets a ride on the back of Jim Millycrd after the two loaded furniture from the collage in background into tho van. The cottage, on Erie Beoch, southwest of Chatham, was surrounded by high water from Lake Erie following a storm Tuesday. (CP Wirephoto) NDP hammers out list of demands Auto pact liuddle delayed OTTAWA (CP) Talks be- tween the United States and Canada on the future of the auto pact have been postponed indefinitely because of the polit- ical situation in Canada, in- formed sources said Tuesday. However, officials of the two countries will get together in Washington at the end of this month to talk about world trade, it was disclosed. A trade department spokes- man said the agenda of'the coming meeting has not been fi- nally settled. Nor has tho makeup of the Canadian delega- tion, though it may be headed by a deputy minister. The spokesman described Ihe Washington Inlks as a meeting to di.scu.ss the world trade situation." A U.S. embassy source said the talks probably will centre on multilateral negotiations scheduled to take place in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) next year. They will permit representa- tives of the two countries lo compare notes with a view pos- sibly to reaching common posi- tions on issues lo come before the GATT meeting. The trade department spokes- man said arc no imme- diate plans for the resumption of talks on Canada-U.S. trade differences. The talks, which have been adjourned in dead- lock since February, were to have resumed about this time. Prime Minister Trudeau said Nov. 2 Hint his Liberal govern- ment will not enter into any binding agreements until it lias received a vo'.c of confidence in the House of Commons. By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A list of eight or nine demands will be laid be- fore Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his minority Lib- eral government, by the New Democratic Party, as the price for its support in Parliament, Stanley Knowles, NDP House leader said here today. There will be considerable ne- gotiations behind the scenes, he said, to ascertain just he many of the NDP "demands or "objectives" the Trudeau government will be prepared to accept. Mr. Knowles conceded that the NDP would be prepared to negotiate on its list of demands and would not necessarily insist that, the entire list had lo be ac- cepted by the Literal minority government. The list includes one demand for a .substantial increase in the old age pension and a require- ment that tile pension be made available at age CO for those who leave the labor market. The NDP will also insist on strong measures being taken to easa the unemployment prob- lem. Tax reform moves will be in- cluded in the list. Preparing the list in detail proved more difficult than origi- nally expected. The work was carried on in Ottawa Tuesday. NDP Leader David Lewis may make the list of "objec- tives" or "demands" public at a press conference later this week. Seen and heard About town RANTIC mother Lorraine Grigg managing to get her three daughters to ihe photographers all together for family portrait only to dis- cover that, her appointment for next week Leon- ard Hr.ney saying he and his wife r.re still friends, even after 26 years of marriage. New peace signs encouraging WASHINGTON Oleuler) New signs of flexllvlily by North and South Vietnam arfi encouraging U.S. officials to be- lieve remaining obstacles to peace in Vietnam can be swept away within weeks, probably by the end of the year. Presidential adviser Henry Kisr.inyer's next meciinf; wilh North Vielnamese officials in Paris, expected to begin later this week, may be all lhat is needed tn negotiate a final ap.recmrnt. said. When a breakthrough towards peace was disclosed by North Vietnam last month and con- firmed by Washington, Kissin- ger asserted one more meeting was all that was needed lo tie up loose ends. Since then. .South Vietnam hr.s balked at some of the terms of a settlement and the Wlu'te House backed away from its po- sition that, jnsl one more round of negotiations was needed. Bui now officials appear in- creasingly optimistic that po.icc is close. Some suggested that. the of caution expressed recently by the While House was a in c.iso anything wont wrong in the next and, it is hoped, final nego- fi.ijing session. Despite S.iic.on'8 expressions of concern with some of tho terms of Uw tentative agree- ment worked out, by Washington and Hanoi, it is confidently ex- pected by U.S. officials that the South Vietnamese government will agree to accept the peace agreement. The present manoeuvring may designed In part to give Ihe impro.-sion tho Saigon re- gime is giiiing the best terms possible and In strengthen Pres- ident Nguyan Van Thicu's standing with his people, ob- servers believe.