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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 10-15; high Wednesday 35. The Lethkidge Herald VOL. LXV No. 254 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS, TWO PAGEi Election music Jobless rolls thinner sweet., sour for Stanfield By THE CANADIAN PRESS The election music was both sweet and sour for Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield on Thanksgiving Day. Premier William Davis of Ontario let ii be known lie will go all out to support Mr. bid to be- come prime minister, even to the exient of campaign- ing in British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick. But Robert Thompson, former Social Credit leader now running as a Conservative in British Columbia, predicted the paHy will look for a leader to replace Air, Stanfield if his forces meet a severe defeat in the Oct. 3 federal election. Mr. Thompson softened the blow somewhat by saying, "We're not going to lose." Later he said that never in Conservative party history "has there been so much unanimity and support as there is for Mr. Stanfield." He also said the Conservatives would consider a co- alition ujtli (he Social Credit party if Mr. Slanfield forms 13 minority government after the election. Mr. Thompson spoke at a Lethbridge, while ftIV. Montreal and a Quebec tour. news conference in Stanfield hea ded for Angry rebuttal Donald Matthews, national president of Ihe Conser- vative party, said in London, Out., that Mr. Thompson should not talk in Iliis manner about Mr. Stanfield. "I happen to be president and not Mr. Robert Thompson. There is no reason to consider a leadership convention. We are going to form the next govern- ment." All w the holiday -____ out of the public eye outwardly quiet at Liberal headquarters on liday as Prime Minister Trudeau spent the da'y Hie public eye. However, his office Milled that (he goodies ho promised in a at Shawinigan, Que., last week would be revealed at an Ottawa news conference today. Mr. Trudeau and Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien were expected to unveil a recreational development program. In Mr. Trudeau's words, it would make those who love nature and limiting and fishing lose their breath. Another announcement made today, Statistics Can- ada's report on employment figures, showed that tha seasonally adjusted rale rose to 7.1 per cent of tha labor force in September, the highest since 1961. Tho actual number of jobless, however, dropped to last month, down from the peak ill January. New Democrat Leader David Lewis predicted that the figures would show Canadians that the country faces its most serious unemployment crisis since John Diefenbaker was prime minister. Ite accused both. Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Stanfield of trying to blame unemployment on those who would rather take welfare assistance than accept available jobs. The NDP leader said there is little or no difference between Liberal and Conservative economic policies. Their only solution was to lavish money on corporations in the futile hope they would solve unemployment. In Montreal, Mr. Slanfield also took another swipe at Liberal employment programs. At a party rally wilh his Quebec leader, Claude Wagner, he promised to continue to press the government for answers to economic problems. He said the Liberals do not want to talk alxnit the economy because it is their weakest point. OTTAWA (CP) Today's unemployment report, the first of tlirec major reports to he is- sued by Statistics Canada be- fore election day, Oct. 30, can be used by both government and opposition campaigners to support their political argu- ments. The report, in brief, says an- other have been trimmed from the unemployment rails, bringing the jobless total for September down lo from its peak of C05.000 last January. This is fuel for the Liberal campaigners. But the report also showed a cutback in the number of people wilh jobs, to 8.38 million in September from the peak of nearly 3.83 million in July. And the rate of unemploy- ment computed by statistical mathematics to show ttie un- derlying impact on the econ- omy rose last month lo 7.1, a peak since the harsh winters of the early 1980s. This, together with the' reduction in the num- bers of people employed, will add lo the opposition Con- seivative. New Democrat and .Social Credit campaigns. J10FIE TVKl. Statistics Canada is sched- uled to release on Wednesday the September index of con- sumer prices. In August it was 141.3, based on 1901 prices equalling 100, showing ?.n in- crease of 4.7 per cent for the previous 12 months. Tho food index stood at 145.7, up 7.2 per cent. Later this month 'Statistics Canada will release August fig- ures on the amount paid out in unemployment insurance. This had run to 51.IB billion by tho end. of July, and Manpower Minister Bryce Mackasey con- firmed last week that the unemployment insurance com- mission needed more money from Ihe treasury. There were 7U2.033 claimants on file in district unemploy- ment insurance offices 'at (he end of .Inly. Statistics Canada said, however, that this figuro was overstated by 20 to 25 per cent five weeks aro allowed to pass before the filo of a person who has found work is removed from among the ac- tive claimants. ANOTHER IIAIID WINTER At Trois-Rivieres, Que. Pro- gressive Conservative leader Robert Stanfield said Ihe fig- ui-es mean another hard winter for Canadians and a possible subslantai rise in unemploy- ment. He told a news confer- ence that the figures the Trudeau government had done nothing in the last year to improve the employment situ- ation. He said more Can- adians were out of work in mid- September this year than a year ago. At Ottawa, "puzzled" Prima Minister Trudeau said today that the government will battle- unemployment by putting more emphasis on policies designed to create jobs directly and less on programs which create work through stimulation of the economy. At Sudbury, Ont. N e w Democratic Party Leader Da- vid Lewis called today for an income tax cut of six to eight per cent to stimulate the econ- omy in the wake of September unemployment statistics. worth of diamonds disappears JERUSALEM (AP) Dia- monds worth have van- ished from an airliner carrying them from Israel to Hong Kong, police said today. Police were investigating the disappearance which took place 10 days ago. Three months ago, worth of stones disappeared en route to Bangkok, police said. WINTER COMES TO ALBERTA Snowstorm strands holiday travellers Destroys unity Real Caouctte, the Social Credit leader, attacked the government welfare system, which he said destroys family unity. Speaking at in Quebec's Port- neuf riding, he said couples can get more money from welfare programs if they are separated than if they ara living together. He said the government pays up to a month for children placed in foster homes while mothers receive much less to feed their children. Kailier in the weekend Prime Minister Trudeau ac- cubed the opposition parties of trying to make Cana- diaa-i think the country is headed for disaster. Tho people are not listening, he said. All leaders except Mr. Ciioiietle devoted most of their weekend campaigning lo Ontario, wilh ils big block of 88 seals in Ihe 2C> scat House of Commons. Mr. Trudeau's opponenls hit hard at tlw rising cost of unemployment insurance, alleging mismanagement hy Iho Liberal government in failing lo provide more job opportnnilies. Today is official nomination day across Ihe coun- try. Candidates must hnvc registered wilh their con- il luency returning officers by 3 p.m. local daylight time if their nnmcs are lo lie on Ihe ballot Oct. 30. Sir John named poet laureate LONDON fAPl Sir John Beljeman was named today as Britain's new poet laureate, succeeding the late Cecil Day- in Ihe distinguished lino dating hack to the 17th century that includes Ben Jonson, Wil- liam Wordsworth. Alfred Ten- nyson and John Maseficld. The office of poet laureate, which is primarily supposed to celebrate the reigning sover- eign in verse, carries a salary of (about a year plus "in lien of a' butt of cask of wine. Seen and heard About town ii JJOWLf, K Marlcnc Har- rows ecslatic after smasliing the 200 mark for the first time in her life AnnR Marie. MacDonalcl dis- covering something missing in her attire after coming lo work Ccralil Snow claim, ing only one force rnnlroN Hie weather and he's not say. fng what's going to happen. A Violent snowstorm struck western Alberta on the slopes the Rocky Mountains Monday and stranded hundreds of. Thanksgiving weekend vacationers away from home. The snow, accompanied by high winds, began in the province's northwest early Monday and was about four inches deep in the Grande Prairie area. It then moved south, dropping three inches at Jasper and Ed- son and between six and seven inches at Banff, the hardest hit region where it was still falling heavily at midnight MDT. ROADS CLOSED Icy road conditions forced closure cf the east gate of Banff National Park for about two hours until work crews could sand and clear travellers were told to seek overnight accommodation. The problem was centred at a long hill where cars iiad slid into the ditch and falling snow had reduced visibility to zero. The Banff Jasper highway was also closed but RCMP in Banff said it was again today but barely passable. Snow plows were working. Tiie storm dropped about Inches of snow and rain on Cal- gary, turning streets into icy sheets. There were numerous minor accidents before sanding crews responded. The bulk of the storm passed Into the extreme southern part of the province by early morn- ing with six inches of snow at Pincher Creek, along the fool- hills, and only a trace at Leth- bridge although more was fall- ing. Highway 1G between Edmon- Ion and Jasper was described as "treacherous" in the Edson region. The Edmonton weather office said the snow was expected to taper off during the night and clearing was expected in tha northwest later today. CANADIANS ARRESTED-Andre Rub-ostler Radely, 21 and Joseph Lucien Gilles Denis, 30, were arrested by Salvadoran authorities lost week in San Cristobal an the Gualemalan border. Gilles Denis masqueraded as a priest, saying mass and performing marriages, authorities said. They are accused of a fraud in Nicaragua and of armed robbery in Canada. (AP Wirephoto) Potato producers suffer heavy blow Talks spur speculation of Vietnam settlement PARIS (CP) Henry Kissin- ger went into an unprecedented tiiird day of talks with the North Vietnamese today, then took time out to call on French Foreign Minister Maurice Schu- mann. The United Stales presiden- tial adviser went to the foreign with Arthur Watson, U.S. ambassador to France. Reports said Kissinger is be- lieved lo have discussed Viet- nam with Schumann. Kissinger conferred with the North Vietnamese envoys lo the Paris peace talks Sunday and Monday and decided to stay over for a third day to continue the meetings. A Saigon newspaper, with links to President Nguyen Van Thieu's chief adviser, said there had been no major change in the U.S. and South New parks scheme gets green light OTTAWA (CP) A new gov- ern ment parks progra m la- belled "byways and special places" was unveiled today by Prime Minister Trudeau and Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien. Heart of Ihe program is a system of historic land and wa- ter routes tracing paths of ex- plorers and settlers. A thirrt new plan involves re- habilitation of out-of-the-way roarls anrt development of low- speed parkways along scenic land routes. lUr. Trudeau and Mr. Chre- tien also included existing pro- grams in their news conferenre announcement. They include reslora t io n of E aster n Can a an canals, development of marine parks, protection of "small hut unique wonders of nature" and creation of parks along untamed, wild rivers. Jn a prepared statement, Mr. Chretien said the byways will "reopen large parts of Canada for travel by boat or canoe, by bicycle or horseback, on foot or meandering parkways which lie lightly on the land." "They provide new pathways for travellers who otherwise are denied the pleasure of na- ture and history." All-woman jury acquits man of rape BAY, N.W.T. (CP) An all-woman jury has- acquitted a Spcnce Bay, N.W.T. man of rape in what is believed to one of the first rape cases heard hy a female jury in Can- ada. The six-woman jury, howev- er, found Joe Pudlock guilty of common assault in a case heard by the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. Mr. Justice William Morrow had ordered the trial held hero because of the possibility of not finding an jury at Spcnce Bay. Vietnamese positions In the se- cret Paris negotiations. Tin Song said there was no changes in the U.S.-South Viet- namese proposal calling for withdrawal of U.S. forces within four months after a ceasefire and the release of all American prisoners of war, and a presidenrial election within six months of an agreement. Thieu would resign a month be- Xore the election. U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker met for 45 minutes with Thieu in Saigon but the sub- stance of the talks were kept secret. Referring lo the decision to extend the talks, White House press secretary Ronald Ziegier said Monday: "Apparently they have something lo talk about." The prolongation of their clos- ed-door contracts, announced by the White House, has given rise to a fever of speculation that knotty points are slowly being unraveled in the search for a Vietnam settlement. The latest scries of secret talks have spurred speculation of a new shift in Indochina peace bargaining. There were indications that the latest talks have focussed on President Nguyen Van Thieu's future. The Commun- ists have demanded his depart- ure as a condition for the peace that has eluded nearly a dec- ade of U.S. commitment in Vietnam and 4 years of sterile discussions in Paris. Killing frost swept through southern Alberta last night causing a S2.5 million loss for 115 potato producers in the re- gion. Phil Thomas, secretary-man- ager of the Alberta Potato Commission, said this; morning that harvest operations on 400 acres in southern Allicrta were only to 70 per cent complete when the frost hit. Continued coirl conditions arc forecast through Wednesday. He quoted a conservative fig- ure of 40.000 tons still in the ground which likely won't he harvested for the fresh potato or processed potato market Producers could make money from the starch industry if tho weather warms by Wednesday, lie said. HARDEST 1IIT Farmers in the Taber, Coal- dale-Lcthbridge and Bow Is- land growing regions are tho hardest hit as harvest opera- tions in these areas are least advanced. Only 50 per cent have been harvested in Bow Island while the other areas report up to 65 per cent completed. There are acres or one third of south- ern Alberta's potato acreage grown in these areas. Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd. were gradually closing oft the harvest of sugar beets this morning and mil not be receiv- ing beets by late afternoon. Gerald Snow, agricultural Fku- pervisor for CSF, said the har- vest operation is about one half complete with beets hauled to receiving stations from acres. He said that it is considered only a temporary stoppage with harvest operations resum- ing as soon ss weather condi- tions permit. Corn producers, on [he other hand, are welcoming the cold weather as long as heavy vet snow doesn't accompany it. The cold v.-eathcr actually helps the corn plants to dry out, cutting on costly drying operations once the corn Is har- vested. Grain producers In the area will not feel the impact as heavily since harvest opera- tions have been virtually com- pleted. Ralph Trimmer, plant industry supervisor for the Al- hei-ta department of agricul- ture in Lethbridge, said the ce- real crop harvest has been up to 90 per cent complete. He said flax is the only crop with any large percentage still left to thresh. Rapeseed crops have been finished for some time. All-time low record in sight For those of you who like to lie part of history, the oppor- tunity may come your way to day. We could set an all tune record low for Oct. 10, The record is 10 degrees above zero, set in 1919. Tho weather office predicts the tomperalure will be 10 15 above tonight, so the record could be broken. the high temperature for this date is 86 degrees, sel in As far as snowfall goes, Leth- bridge won'l be nil too hard. About one inch is expected. However, further '.est the- situation is drastically dif- ferent. Pincher Creek had six inches of sr.ow on the ground this morning while Ihe Blairmoro area was stuck under IS inches and Ihe snow was still falling heavily late this morning. The temperature M-as 14 degrees above zero. 'Now hear iliis. General election for Australians CANBERRA CAP) A gen- eral election will be held in Australia 2, Prime Minis- lor William McMahon an- nounced loday in Llio House o( representatives. NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE U.S. advisor Henry Kissinger, centre, complclec! a sec- ond day of talks wilh the North Vietnamese in Paris Monday and scheduled on un- precedented third day of negotiations U.S. spokesmen in Washington and Paris have de- clined comment on progress of Kissinger's talks with Politburo member tn Due Tho, led, Xuan Thuy, right, chief of the Norlh Vie! namese delegation to the Paris peace talks. (AP Wirephoto) ;