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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Freeloaders stir federal vote fever By RICIIAKD ANCO TORONTO (CP) Unemployment Insurance free- loading, or whatever you call it, seems to have stirred the election fever of the ordinary Canadian more than any other campaign issue in the Oct. 30 federal elec- tion. It lias been labelled a national scandal by the Con- servatives. Prime Minister Tnideau has promised a steady crackdown. No political party has missed a chance to take a swipe at it. It dates back to June, 1971, when new unemploy- ment insurance regulations gradually increased tha maximum benefit to a week from ?W and eased the qualifications for obtaining payouts. Since then, and especially during ihe current cam- paign, critics have blasted .nway at the new program, charging that benefits are so generous and the ad- ministration so loose that people ae being discouraged from taking jobs. Defenders have shot back that the whole tiling hag been blown out of perspective. Sure, there are abusers, it is said, but there will always be some in any such programs. They represent only a "minute proportion" of those receiving benefits and they arc being caught and gradually dropped from the rolls. Proof either way is hard to come by. Tnere are no available statistics. Not many cheaters The let It bridge Herald Low tonight 30-35; high Sunday near 60 "Scrufnf South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." VOL. LXV No. 253 LETHURIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1972 Price 15 Cents F 0 U RSECTION P AGES Manpower Minister Bryce Mackasey has estimated that only four per cent of tbusc currently drawing bene- fits are clisalcrs. That's roughly people among Uie registered for unemployment insuranco bene- fits. The rate gone up to five or six per cent in the first few months of the new program has come down and compares with an eight-per-cent cheater rata in the United Stales. "Obviously have a better sys- tem of delecting said the minister. lion' do you determine whether a person is on un- employment insurance because he prefers not to work? How do you measure willingness to work? The line is thin, different in almost each indiridual case. There are some out-ancl-dried examples, reported lately in the media, but officials of the Unemployment Insurance Commission insist they arc being weeded out. Various checks are made on claimants to find out If they are "available, capable and willing to said Ivan Charlebois, director of public affairs for the UJC in Ottawa. .Mr. Macka-sey said that in Ihe 12-month period to last Aug. 1 about 185.008 Canadians seeking unemploy- ment insurance payments were declared ineligible. This was an increase of 89 per cent over the previous period and resulted from "more rigorous examination of eli- gibility." The U1C will increase its investigative staff to 307 from 227 by mid-November. A computerized detection system tested in the Ottawa-Hull region should bccoma national this winter. Peace -yes or 110? WASHINGTON (AP) Tho White House has left open the possibility of significant move- ment in the secret Vietnam ne- gotiations during the next few weeks while labelling two cur- rent stories "totally spec- ulative." Presidential Press Secretary Ronald Zieglcr applied the la- bel Friday to published reports from Saigon arxl London, but cVd not issue a flat denial. Offi- cial policy is not fo comment on the private talks between presidential adviser Henry Kis- singer and Hanoi's Le Due Tho. Off the record, other adminis- tration sources used stronger language to discount the stories acknowledging that ele- ments mentioned in them may have been involved in the se- cret talks in Paris. The Saigon account, a United Press International story attrib- uted lo informed sources, said the U.S. and South Vietnam will make a new peace offer before the Kov. 7 U-S. election. The new offer, the account said, would call for South Viet- nam's president, Nguyen Van Thieu, to resign and for North Vietnam to end its infiltration of South. The story sent the stock mar- upwards during the day and Democratic nominee George McGmvrn to say he'd "gladly sacrifice this election if we can end this war one day earlier." U.S. officials agree this in- dicates "there is something go- Cleaning it up Random interviews with some claimants registered at a UIC office west of Toronto showed all were aware of a general lightening up. None wanted Iheir names reported because, as a 30-year-old unemployed secre- tary said, "you might spoil my chances of collect- Ing." Three women insisted they are not "they should weed Ihem out; they'll spoil it (or the rest of us." Business and management people have reacted most filrongly lo jobless abuse, although even the typical unskilled worker wonders why he should be paying into a system that pays someone who avoids work. There is a nagging tendency to feel dial if there are a few admitted freeloaders there might be many, many more. And with that comes a .stigma attached to those who legitimately claim unemployment insurance. Sweat factories Mackasey career on fund SAFE AGAIN Mrs. Rex Howarth hugs daughter, Denise, 5, offer reunion Saturday at police station in Lancefield, north of Melbourne, Australia, Denise was one of six children who along with fheir teacher were kid- napped from school Friday afternoon. The children and their leather managed to escape from a van in which they were he I a1. (AP Wirephoto) ing though don't know or can't say what. they just Mr. Mackasey said it's the unwillingness of some "sweat factories''to pay a decent wage that keeps employees away. And ho welcomes any upward push unemployment insurance has on general wage scales. It is difficult to find any consensus on what is a fair and reasonable scale of benefits for the unemployed. Is a maximum of SlOO a week loo high. Should it be cut to or How many more people would this force into jobs? None of the women interviewed at (he UIC office collected near ihe SlOO maximum in payments. They are entilird lo two-thirds of the insurablc salary they e-'imcd Mhi1c working. In Ilicir cases Ihcy were golliiif; a ueck in 1 tone-fits, minus for income tax. Mr. Charlebois said the average UIC payout weekly for the more than registrants is about This compares with an average of under the previous program. Only about R.fl per cent of present claim- mils .ire pelting the maximi-rn a week "and in no way is this easy living when you consider many were- making much more than on Lhcir jobs." U.S. moves to improve relations By EDWARD COWAN New York Times Service WASHINGTON......In a move to improve (ho strained relations between the United States and Canada, ttio state department announced Friday the creation of the job of deputy assistant secretary for Canadian affairs. Jiufus Z. Smith, the feputy chief of mission at the United Slates embassy in Ottawa, has been selected for the job and is expected to begin at the turn of the year. Canadians have long felt that they have heen taken for grant- ed as dependable, compliant neighbors by tlis United States people and action announced Friday intended' lo give a greater sense of recognition. Creation of the new position also reflects, n state depart- ment spokesman said, "the im- portance and multiplicity" of relations between the two coun- tries. Other officials noted that problems the t w o countries have increased in re- cent years, notably in the en- vironmental and trade fields. "Hie fact that we have se- cure oil probably has a bearing on a Canadian suggested in a reference to this county's mounting inability to satisfy its oil and natural gas needs from tlomcstic reserves. Other consideration that argued for improving relations with Canada were said to be cxpirntlot of the Xorth Ameri- can Air Defence C o m rn and agreement next May and Can- ada's strong objections to the use of Puget Round as an un- loading point i'or tankers car- rying oil from Alaska. saves s MELBOURNE, Australia (AH) A plucky 20-year-old music teacher, realizing it was "now or kicked her wiy out of a locked truck and led six young pupils to safety through bush country today after two gurnnen kidnapped them at gunpoint from a tiny village school and demanded million ransom. Mary Gibtw and her six girls escaped from the truck, parked 40 miles north of here at dawn, 15 hours after lieing abducted. Twelve m'les away, Victoria state Education Minister Lind- say Thompson wailed in a po- lice car with the ransom in suitcases in the Irunk. But the kidnappers failed to show up to claim it. No Herald on Monday The Herald will not pub- lish Monday, Oct. 9, Thanks- giving day. Full cove rage of the holi- d weekend news events will be carried in Tuesday's edifion. Commandeer bus EVERETT, Wash. (AP) FBI agents ami the State Patrol were searching today for three men who command- eered a Greyhoun (I bus nea r the Enohornisli Skagil county line and escaped the valu- ables of ii.s 30 passengers. The SealUe to Vancouver, B.C., bus was hoarded late Fri- day by nn armed man who made off with an undcrtermin- cd amount of cash, jewelry and other personal effects, AHU patrol said. The drama staried at Friday afternoon when Miss Gibbs and the girls, aged be- tween 5 and 11, were playing musical chairs in the one-room school at Faraday, 70 miles north of Melbourne. The music stopped as the two men, one anned with a sawed- off shotgun, came in the room. One of them said: "School is over. You nre all coming with us. You are being kidnapped." THOUGHT IT JOKE Miss Gibbs said: "At first tho girls thought it was a practical joke. We were scared, terrified when we realized Ibis was serious. "Tii etncn put us in the back of a red van and drove us to a place where we stayed (he night." The Iddnappers gave potato chips lo Miss Gibbs and the girls. Christine Ellery, 10, Lynda Conn, 9, and her sister Helen, ti. and three sisters, Kobyn Ilowarth, 11, Jillian, 8, and Denise, 5. Back at the school worried parents reported to the police that the teacher and their daughters had disappeared, Al- most simultaneously an anomymous telephone caller told a Melbourne newspaper re- porter that gone .Dick Grurnunlri raking and burn- ing leaves. ILVROLD LEE ;