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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 15-20; high Thursday 35-40. The Letlibridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 285 LETHBR1DGIS, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS 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, mnner-up to Mr. Strom in the i'JSB 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 Bar) who slso sought the leadership in 13C8; Robert Clark, 35, (Olds-Didsbury) former minister of education and Hoy Wilson, 40, (Calgary-Bow) a first-lerm .MIA. Other names are not being mentioned seriously at this stage. Whether Social Credit can return lo cenlre stage in Alberta politics Mill be entirely in the hands of who- ever the party chooses as leader. A leadership convention has been scheduled for Feb. 1 lo 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 Ihe new Conservative government of Premier Peter Lougheed seem relatively slim. It could Ire that the days of powerful political force, fasliioned in Alberta in 1935 by William Aberhart, and In 1952 in British Columbia by W. A. C. Bennett, are numbered. Mr. Schmidt, Ihe Coaldale-born vice-president o[ Lelhbridge Community College, has gathered some im- pressive early support. Support city nu Bill Johnson, president of the ABERTA Social Credit League, and Ray Speaker, former minister o[ social development, have both joined (he camp of the Leth- bridpe, candidate. Mr. Schmidt's strength will be liis new face, a pood television image and a personality characterized by moral sincerity, Yet, il Vill be an uphill struggle (o the convention. He sits outside the legislature, defeated in Edmon- ton Belmont by Labor Minister Ecrt Hohol in the 1971 provincial election. And, be is virtually unknown in the polilical arena. Mr. Taylor, on the other band, is Uie most ener- getic Socred in the legislature dispite his age and would surprise by winning the leadership nod. The former school teacher is an able parliamentar- ian and Iras 'M years service to his Drumheller consti- tuents under his licll. Yel he is likely fated lo be forever (.lie bride's maid, never Ihe bride. Mr. Taylor has one large mark against, him age. That is certain lo loom large to delegates at the convention who see Taylor as loo much associated with the 'old parly More than am thing else, perhaps, the Socreds need a new youthful image that will attract young people and new supporters inlo Ihe fold and create a base on wliich to build future strength at the polls. Thus, an edge has lo be given lo 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 lo 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 the old Social Credit values. Clark's former cabinet rank and diplomatic char- acter is likely lo rally some support inside caucus. Harry Strom, who v.iU continue lo sit as the MLA for Cypress afler handing over (he leadership, says he will remain .slriclly neutral during the leadership fight so lhat he will be lice lo deal with party issues thai arise before and after the new man is chosen. The formula for a new Albert a parly will be a bright new lender, plenty of hard work and a firm grasp on Hie issues of the day. Of five Soulliwcsl Alberta Socred MLAs questioned by The Herald, only Lcighlon Buck well (Macleod) ad- mitted he favored a candidate Mr. Schmidt. The oilier four said Ihey would have lo wait until all the candidates have declared themselves before de- citing. Any opinion at this poinl. they said, as to who might win Ihe leadership would be only a wild guess. Mr. Buck well .s'lid he'd like lo see Mr. Schmidt get 1hc job, although not being an MLA will be a definite disadvantage. John Anderson East) said Mr. Clark has a 'tremendous' following throughout the province and will be a slrong conlcnder. Mr. Anderson said if, the new leader is Mr. Taylor, Ihe party will have lo re- place him in a few years Iwcausc of bis age. Chr.rlic Drain (Pineher Crcck-CrowsncsL) said Clark Schmidt and Tnylor arc front runners, and that Buck and Wil.son don't have enough .support lo Ix; considered front runners. Dick (iruemiald I Wcsl) said Iho candi- date, whn pels his must propose new directions for Ihe parly 'if it's more of the same, we're not going to make it.' Ted Hinmnn (Cardslon) put Clark and Tnylor out front bul said there1 is likely lo lw n lack of Interest in Ihe convention IIIY.IUXO of the party's poor showing nt the last provincial and federal elections. won't bo choosing a premier this he Added. MARKET HITS NEW HIGH Traders on the floor of the New York Slock Exchange raise their hands above 1heir heads as (he Dow Jones average of 30 industrial stocks climbed to Tuesday, ll was the first time in 44 year history cf the Daw average that il reached the mark. (AP Wirephoto) New Mideast peace launched move WASHINGTON (Reuter) The United Slates government prepared today to launch a re- newed effort to achieve an in- (erim peace agreement in the Middle East nflcr receiving an optimistic nrsesEinent of the sit- uation (here from Israeli De- fence Minister Moshe Dayan. Dayan, who conferred with Slate Sccretaiy William Rogers and presidential advifcr Henry Hitman bombs handed over to police From HKtTEH-AP BELFAST (CP) British sol- diers slopped two boys for ques- tioning ill West Belfasl loday and found Ihcmselves talking to two "human bombs." The boys, 15 and 1G, were car- rying 4'.2 pounds of gelignite, a detonator and fuses. They were handed over to po- lice. Earlier, a loaded pislo] 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 cliildren was draped at 4 a.m. from her Belfast iiome at pin- point by guerrillas Tuesday and beaten fo'- the second lime in four days. Her assailants, a man and a woman, claimed she was spying on Catholic neighbors for Brit- ish troops. The allackcrs burst inlo Agues Griffiths' home, hustled l.cr into Hie slrcot and beat her. They said she should leave the Adroyne district within 4G hours. Mrs. Griffiths, a Catholic, crawled lo an army post sev- eral hundred yards away where. she Inld her- slory and was lakon lo hospital. Kissinger, (eld reporters after- ward he be'.ievcs "the Egyptian inclination lo -esiime 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 Kgypt. Lebanon is ready today more than before lo fight Pale- stinian guerrillas, the Jordanian regime seems lo be quite stable. It is mo'c than I wo years since a U.S. initiative brought, about a ceasefire in Ihe Middle East, and Rogers said in a lelc- vision interview earlier this month lhat the Uniled Slates would Iry again soon lo bring ]s-ael and the Arabs together en terms for an interim peace agreement, Attack aimed at secret contacts NEW YORK (Reuler) The lerrorist 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 Times, quoting an authoritative Western diplomatic source, says that Israsl 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 dale had been set, as far as is known, but the guerrillas at- tacked Ihe athletes to create an atmosphere in which such a meeting would be impossible. 'Eenie. mnttni, minne. mo. You're the that las to Greek ships collide ATHENS (AP) A giant Greek oil tanker, on a trial run withoul cargo, end a Greek ship collided loday in Ihe Saronic Gulf. The navy ship sank and shipping sources said 46 sailors were missing. Thirteen others were rescued. The tankc" was identified as the World Hero, owned by C-'-eck shipping mag- nnle Slnvros Txi.irchos. Tim mil- i an vi-scl was roporlcd lo be Uie Merlin. There were no reports of cas- ualties on UK tanker. Price controls remain on shelf By VICTOR MACKIE OTTAWA There is little or no 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 k 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, ft 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 B.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 Man out of the province, Attorney-General Merv Leitcb 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 n member in this house who doesn't find the philosophy, presence and activities of the Klan within Alberta thoroughly i eprehansible. Undoubtedly, the 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 which would outlaw o: control groups like the be- lieves in racial strengthen rather than weaken them. Jt provides "the ex- citement of doing the prohib- ited; it lends to them un- derground where their activities arc not exposed to the light of day." CITES EXAMPLE The attorney-general said a good example of this was Lhe banning of the Communist party in the U.S. "I think everyone will agree lhat lhat parly in Hie Uniled States has caused more diffi- culty, has greater slrenglh and more vitality than it has in Can- ada. 1 suggest that 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 Ihe 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. Leilch said the best con- trol of such activity is better left to "the good sense, the de- cency and the judgment" of or- dinary Alberlans. 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. Liberal OTTAWA (CP) George llces. Conservative caucus chairman in Ilie last Parlia- meal. predicted Wednesday the Trudenu government will sur- vive only two months "at Ihe when it faces the House again. Mr. Hees, interviewed before Ihe start of the first Con- servative caucus since the Oct. .10 election, said a government defeat in Parliament likely would result in Opposition Leader Rcbcrt 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, givp this country good government." HEtPING BACK Blair Foster gets a ride on the back of Jim Millycrd afler Ihe Iwo loaded furniture from the collage in background inlo Jha van. The- cottage, on Erie Beoch, southwest of Chatham, was surrounded by high water from Lake Erie following a siorm Tuesday. (CP Wirephoto) NDP hammers out list of demands Auto pact huddle delayed OTTAWA (CP) Talks be- tween the Uniled 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 nt Ihe end of this month lo lalk about world trade, it was disclosed. A trade department spokes- man said the agenda of' tlio coming meeting has not been fi- nally settled. Nor has the makeup of Ihn Canadian delega- tion, though il may be headed by a deputy minislcr. The spokesman described Ihe Washington talks as "jiifl a meeting lo discuss the world trade situation." A U.S. embassy source said the talks probably will centre en multilateral negotiations scheduled lo take place in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) nest year. They will permit representa- tives of Ihe 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 Ihis time. Prime Minister Trudcau said Nov. 2 llni his Liberal govern- ment will enter n'to any binding agreements until it has received a vole o[ confidence in the House of Commons. Ry VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A list of eight or nine demands will bs 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 Parliamenl, Slanley 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 government will be prepared lo accept. Mr. Knowlcs conceded lhat the XDP would be prepared lo negotiate on its list of demands and would not necessarily insist that the entire list had lo he nc- ceplcd by llic Literal niinority gnvernment. The lisl includes one demand for a substantial increase in H'c old age pension and a require- ment that tile be made available at age CO for those who leave the labor market. Tile NDP mil also insist on strong measures being taken to easa Uie unemployment prob- lem. Tax reform moves vill 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 -A- pRANTIC mother Lorraine Grigs managing to get licr Ihree daughters lo the photographers all logeMier for family portrait only to dis- cover tliat her appointment was for rext week Ixtm- anl Ilr.ncy saying he and his wife r.rc slill friends, even after 26 years of marriage. New peace signs encouraging WASHINGTON New signs of flrvih'lily by North and South Vietnam am encouraging U.S. officials lo be- lieve remaining obslacles lo peace in Vietnam can be swept away within weeks, probably by the end of the year. Presidential advisor Henry Kissinger's next mrrliiig wilii iNorlh Vielnamese officials in Paris, expected lo begin laler thi.1 week, may lw nil lhat is r.rrrlcd In nep.otinlr. a final anri'omrnl. sources said. When a breakthrough towards ne.nce was disclosed by North Vietnam lasl month and con- firmed by Washington, Kissin- ger asserted one more meeting was all that was needed lo tie up loose Since Ihon, S.iiuth Vietnam bas balked at some of the terms of a settlement and the Wliite House backed away from Its po- sition Hint jnsl one more round of negolinlions needed. Bul now officials appear in- creasingly optimistic thai pcvice is close. Seme suggested that (he of caution expressed rccenlly by the While House was a in case anything went wrong in Ilie ni'xl and, il is hoped, final ncgo- liaiing Despite S.iipon's expressions of concern with some of Iho terms of Uw laiUUve agree- ment worked out by Washington