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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Commission acts as ombudsman Saturday, OtloW 21, 1772 TH6 IETHBRIDGE HfSMD SASKATOON (CP) The federal government promised Friday that If re-elected it would form an ombudsman commission to protect the people against abuses by Ot- tawa bureaucracy, big busines or unions. A permanent commission would be established under leg- islation Introduced during 1973 to go beyond tlie concept of an ombudsman as currently eslah' llshcd in some provinces, Jus- tice inister Otto Lang told a news conference. present office only in- volves problems between the citizen and the particular pro- vincial he said. "Our commissioners mil be in- terested in problems on a much broader level." Mr. Lang said the commis sioners "will not ponder prob iems but will solve them on an individual basis problems io do with government busi ness, union and socia agencies." It would act as a protector o civil rights and human rights assisting those suffering from discrimination and prolcctin minorities, Mr. Lang said, Tlie minister did not specif whether flie commission woul act only on specific complainl or whether it would move on i own against what it considered abuses. AGENCY He described the propose named th commission on rights and inle ts-as "an active problem- Iving agency." It would also help I" assuring l status for women, Mr. ang said. He described his vision of the mimissioners as people more ke storefront lawyers than udgcs. It was hoped, he said, that olulions will stem from moral ersuasion anil tlie leadership f commissioners. However, enallies would be provided to nsure compliance when per- uasion fails. Penalties would likely be In he form of fines rather than ail terms. "This step is a further move the Trudeau administration o protect those least able to themselves, a move lo- vard greater justice for the in- dividual and legislation de- ilgned to help Mr. Ljang said. David-Goliath battle looms rrpi Rav-! can't ?.o lor a walk on On- MONTRLAL (CI cut. Laliberte, leader ol the 'every GERARD PEU-ETIER Alta. homosexual hounds candidates NDP's Quelrec wing, takes on State Secretary Gerard Pclle- tier in the cast-end Montreal rilling of Hochelaga in the Oct. 30 federal election. This is the David-ancl-CIolialli aspect of a six-way race in the working-class riding where vot- ers at the provincial level elected separatist Parti Que- bccois members to the Quebec national assembly in 1970. In the 1908 federal election, Mr. Pelletier romped back to the commons with voles of the valid votes cast, Tlte Liberals have held the rid- ing for more than 50 years. Tlie Progressive Conservative candidate got voles, the NDP a Crcditiste and a Communist 191. This time Conservative candi- date Jacques Lavoie, a 36-year- old provincial civil servant, ropes to make inroads on Mr. Pelletier with a campaign stressing his local roots. His posters proclaim him Un gar du comic Hoch- a guy from Hochelaga By MARVIN ZIVITZ EDMONTON (CP) Six months ago, Michael Roberts said he would never have any- thing to do with politics. But as the federal election approaches, Mr.Roberfs has HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR 1. tow Down Payment long Term Financing 3. 1 Year Service Warranty 4. Fully Qualified Service riding. Mr. Laliberfe has a realis ranged his position and he's ecome a familiar figure ai lection meetings, pressing can Mates for their views about qual rights' for homosexuals. The 22-year-old native outh Africa, who is a Cana an isn't afraid to le le candidates and voters e's a homosexual. His usual altire includes a bright yellow hirt with the words Gay Al- iance Toward Equality embla- :oned across the back. As regional co-ordtnatov of G.A.T.E., he's one of several ay activists wlio have been after the candidates for their views. "Gays have been getting more and more politically con- scious of he said in an interview. "We feel we can change things within the sys- tem." Mr. Roberts estimates there are about homosexuals of voting age in Canada and the Toronto-based National Gay Election Coalition has sent questionnaires to most candi- dates concerning homosexual rights. The answers will be tabulated before the election, with various homosexual organ- izations telling their members where the candidates stand. QUESTIONER LEADERS Prime Minister Trudeau and Conservative Leader Stan field were questioned by Mr. Rob- erts during campaign appear- ances in Edmonton. Mr. Stanfield said he was in favor of leaving the laws as they are. Mr. Trudeau said his government changed the Crimi- scooter. nal Code to permit any type of sexual act between consenting adults in private, but "he didn't say what else he would do." Mr. Roberts gets mixed reac- tion at campaign meetings. 'When I go to meetings I quite often am applauded by a arge number of the audience. Hut once after I astal my luestion theve was a universal gasp of horror." He plans to continue his cam paign in the next Alberta pro- vincial election and has pre- sented a brief to a legislative conxiittee studying a bill on the protection of individual rights. He is not a candidate in Ihe election. "We don't think the political system has to be' smashed. We're just asking for an end to discrimination against homo- sexuals who are trying to live their own lives the way they see fit without infringing on the rights of others." WANT SOME CHANGES In Ihe national questionnaire, candidates are asked wliefher they would work to end dis- crimination against homosex- uals. delete references (o homo- sexuality in Ihe Immigration Act and remove gross in- decency as grounds for In- diclmcnl as a dangerous sexual tic and reasonable optimism' about taking an increased share of the vote although, hi says, "we don't take it lo granted that we'd win tlie rid ing." Both Mr. Laliberfe and Mr Lavoie are critical of Mr. Pelle tier tor not being in the riding often enough. I Mr. Pelletier says lie ran Into j Mr. Lavoie when filing his nomination papers. rr is1 "I let him know that after seven years as an cabinet minister as also would be criticized tor being absent from the riding. But in urban ridings that is the way it is. Saturday waving my harids in tlie air ami shouting, "Hey, here I am; it's me.' NocheloRa is spread across an area ol Montreal that takes in parts of three .ridings at the provincial level. Two of these Marie and Mai- to Parti Que- becois candidates In the last provincial election. Th6 third, Mercier, was won by Premier louevt Bourassa. Mr, Laliberle apparently has ome hope of picking up votes hat went to the separatist arty in 1970. He re- narks with satisfaction that tlie .ireclor and secretary of Robert Burns' successful Parti }uebecois campaign in 1970 are vorking for him in the current campaign.. The NDP and its predecessor, the CCF, have never won a seat in Quebec province, how- :cr. The other three candidates in the riding are Dr. Jacques Fer ron, a writer, Gerard Contant a grocer, and housewife. All are running as independents. Social Credit Is not running in Hochelaga because the parly' candidate, Roger Hebert, wa 15 minutes late arriving to til his nomination papers and was barred from the race. Instant justice BANGKOK (Reuter) Two Thai youths accused of raping a schoolteacher and murdering her boy-friend were executec here by a firing squad. A gov- ernment spokesman said the two, Picharn Kamhaeng and Suthon Charoensuk, were con-' demned without trial by Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn under his special powers as chairman of the ruling National Executive Council. Jhis tiny ZENITH hearing aid DONT GET PUSHED AROUND THIS WINTER See your DUNLOP Tire Specialist now! Wide range of RADIAL SHOWS stock SELF-TRANSPORT About pupils drive .hemselves to school in Aus- :ralia by car, motorcycle or Zenilh's remarkable Z-70 is just one of 18 quality Zcnilh hearing One ol Ihem might be just righl for you. Al no obligation, test-hear U J a Zemlh bearing aid Ibday. Zenith hearings aids are pticed from r Mul ci biirm irt this coupon (or fe ol JervrtVs "Swnd Hfarmg LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Paramount Theatre Bldg. ANNOUNCEMENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION of ALBERTA I dnn'l think we've been successful in making gay rights an issiw in this elcclion." Mr. Roberts said, "nut we've laid a good base for the future. "Next lime Ihe politicians will have lo listen to us. They'll have to re- alize we're here lo slay and that we plan lo do something about our rights." campaign UTHBRIDCE CHAPTER In view of Ihe wage increase obtained by the Slectfl- :al Workers, following charge-out ratel will in effort from October 1, 1972 to March 31, 1973. BASIC UNION RATE Average for period from Ocl. 1, 1972 to Mar. 31, 1973. FRINGE BENEFITS Vacation Pay Statutory Holiday Ptiy Health and Welfare GOVERNMENT DISBURSEMENTS Workmen's Compensation Unerrfpfoyment Insurance Canada Pension EQUIPMENT Service Truck Tooling and EtjUipinpnl ADMINISTRATION Office Staff Equipment and Supplies Building Expenses Insurance Bonding and Association Duet CONTRACTORS PROFIT .97 SUGGESTED SERVICE CALL Rcsjulnr working hours (one hour or Icis) More than one hour. hr. Per Sr. If you drive on radial tires, then for safe winter driving you should get radial snow tires. It's a fact! 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