Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Quiet election campaign in Newfoundland By IAN DONALDSON ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) - "Something will happen -you wait and see," said the roan near the back of the hall. But it dWt. t , , . _ There was no fiery assault, no heckling ana no fist shaking. Even the lectern wasn't pounded more than ooce or twice. It was another low-key political meeting m Into low-key provincial election campaign, the seventh for Newfoundland voters since the province joined Can-aria in 1949. Even some of the participants say if s the quietest rnfflp^g" Newfoundland has seen, and they expect it to stay that way for the most part until polling day next Thursday, Oct. 28. _ Not only does the campaign lack fire, it seems to nave no predominant issue. Joseph Smallwood, the only man to serve as Newfoundland premier, sees the campaign tempo as proof that the people want him for a seventh straight term. "They've made up their minds," says the 70-year-old premier. "I'm going back.' Liberals silent The opposition Progressive Conservative party, which along with the incumbent Liberal government is contesting all 42 seats, accuses the Liberals of conducting "a silent campaign." Frank Moores, 38-year-old PC leader, says the Liberals' silence is understandable. "They've got a lot to be quiet about," he says. The New Democratic Party, which has never elected a member to the Newfoundland house, is running 17 candidates. Its theme has been that it's time for something other than the "two old-line parties." The New Labrador Party is running three candidates and there also are three Independent Liberals and one independent, for a record total of 106 candidates. Despite a rash of defections, including the departure of four former Smallwood cabinet ministers, personalities have not been a major issue. Long accused by political opponents of being a dictator and a one-man government, Premier Small-wood is being described in similar terms this time. The Liberals counter by saying that Newfoundlanders, because of their experience before Confederation, have learned "never to trust a Tory." Addresses few rallies Mr. Smallwood, who is not encouraging reporters to trail after him during the campaign, has addressed a few rallies but believes that his'unannounced bopping from outport to outport, in a s'nall bus-like vehicle equipped with amplifying gear, is more effective.. Mr. Moores is criss-crossing the provir�-'between. , his home riding of Humber West on the west coapt and St. John's in the east. Travelling by light plaie ami helicopter, he is visiting most ridings in the vast central interior and southern coastal areas. John Connors, 26-year-old NDP leader, has been concentrating his campaign in central Newfoundland where he seeks personal election in the paper town of Grand Falls. NDP spokesmen concede that with only 17 candidates the party cannot form the government, but they say four or five NDP winners would give the province its best opposition since Confederation. Tom Burgess, who sat as an Independent Liberal after being elected as a Liberal in the 1966 election, formed the New Labrador Party which is running candidates in the three ridings in the Labrador section of the province. Since 1949 there have been eight federal elections and seven Newfoundland elections-an average of one campaign every 18 months-and some political observers say this may be one reason this campaign is so quiet. But the campaign has not been completely without personal issues. Mr. Smallwood refers to former Liberals who have joined the PC ranks as "traitors" with the "colossal vanity" to expect the voters to switch along with them. The Liberals also say a leadership struggle is splitting the PC ranks between supporters of Mr. Moores, elected party leader last year, and John Crosbie, a former Smallwood cabinet minister and now a PC candidate in a St. John's riding. Mr. Crosbie's brother, Andrew, is the premier's campaign chairman. Mr. Smallwood says recent Canadian provincial elections are of no significance in Newfoundland. Defeats of governments such as in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick mean nothing here, he says. Neither does the re-election Thursday of Ontario's Conservative government. But Mr. Moores says the trend toward government defeat is as significant here as anywhere in the country, while the Conservative victory in Ontario served to show the 265,000 eligible Newfoundland voters that "the PCs don't have horns as Mr. Smallwood would lead us to believe...." The Conservatives interpret their Newfoundland gains in the 1968 federal election-the PCs won six of the seven Newfoundland House of Commons seats- as voter repudiation of Mr. Smallwood. 'Vote against Trudeau9 The premier says this wasn't the case. "It was a vote against Mr. Trudeau," says Mr. Smallwood, adding that Newfoundland "wasn't ready for Mr. Trudeau in 1968." Kbt all the switching in party allegiance has been from Liberal to PC. Dr. Noel Murphy, who led the Conservatives in a bitter campaign against Mr. Smallwood in 1966, now is a member of the Liberal cabinet and seeking election as a Liberal. Admitting that "I was one of those who called Mr. Smallwood a dictator," Dr. Murphy says he has come to see the premier as "an honest, hard-working and dedicated man." The Conservatives were soundly thumped In the 1966 election, winning only three seats. The Liberals scored their biggest victory ever with 39. . with winds up to 115 miles an hour, causing widespread destruction and leaving thousands of Vietnamese homeless. The storm swept in from the South China Sea and hit hardest in Quang Ngai province on the east coast 300 to 400 miles northeast of Saigon. Quang Ngai with a population of nearly 15,000 reported many homes were damaged or destroyed and the city itself flooded by heavy rains. By late afternoon, as the typhoon moved westward across South Vietnam toward Laos, one death was reported. war preparations Two killed in accident Two persons were killed and three injured when the car in which they were riding left Highway 41 east of Medicine Hat, near Empress, struck a road embankment and rolled over shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Killed were the driver Wesley Stabler, 16, and a passenger Barry S'tickelmeir, 17, both of Burstal, Saskatchewan. Brian Stickelmeir, 14, also of Burstal. is in serious condition in the Empress Hospital. Ricky Stabler, 14, the brother of the driver, is in satisfactory condition in the Empress Hospital and Stewart May, 15, also of Burstal, was reported in satisfactory condition in hospital in Medicine Hat. FIVE MEET DEATH ORILLIA, Ont. (CP) - Five members of a Sudbury, Ont., family were killed Friday night when their car and a tractor-trailer unit collided on Highway 69, about 40 miles northwest of here. Dead are George Albert Shorer, 35. his wife Beryl and their three daughters Elaine, 9, Leslie. 8. and Vlctte. B. i NEW DELHI (AP) -India mobilized its military reserves today to strengthen its forces along its borders with Pakistan, where both countries have massed their troops in a show of force. An Indian defence ministry spokesman said all army reservists and air force and navy reservists with specialized skills were being called to active duty. The spokesman said he did not know the strength of the reserves, which were last activated in the 1965 war with Pakistan. The word to report for active duty, be added, had gone out in the last 24 hours or so. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi also scheduled a country-wide broadcast for today in which she is expected to outline India's latest position on the crisis with Pakistan. The Indian government radio network formally announced the broadcast, which will come only 12 hours before the prime minister's scheduled departure on a three-week trip to Western Europe and the U.S. "No, madam! This is not the game *J* that wrote *Xhm Scnniousjroma%'ln Wrong queen gets headlines ISTANBUL (AP) - The Turkish press has been giving prominent page one play to the visit of Queen Elizabeth, but one provincial paper apparently wasn't quite sure who she was. Yesil Cotanak (Green Cluster), the newspaper of the Black Sea farming centre of Giresun, printed this headline: "England's Queen Elizabeth Taylor Coming to Turkey." The Queen arrived today in Instanbul, last stop on bee eight-day visit, v to the hotel, where the Russian party is occupying two floors. There were no i n c i d e n t s. Three rabbis, dressed in prayer shawls, held a religious service in the hotel lobby as Mr. Kosygin's plane approached Vancou-ver and 65 demonstrators awaited his arrival outside carrying a placard reading "Save Russian Jews." But inside the Pacific Coliseum only one banner was visible. It said: "Welcome Premier Kosygin." The Russian leader, accompanied by Premier W. A. C. Bennett of British Columbia and Public Works Minister Arthur Laing, arrived at the Coliseum in a 15-car procession a few minutes before game time. The party's limousines were driven into the building at the ground-floor level in an area under the bleachers, cordoned off and heavily guarded by police. Only reporters were allowed into the area as Mr. Kosygin was introduced to Poile and his wife and captains Henri Richard of the Canadiens and Or-land Kurtenbach of the Canucks, who had just completed warmups on the ice. Token gifts were exchanged, Mr. Kosygin giving each of the captains a souvenir-sized hockey stick autographed by members of the Russian national team, plus cufflinks, a tie bar and a medallion. The prime minister's spokesman said Mrs. Gandhi is still going ahead with the trip. According to the 1970-71 annual report of the Indian defence ministry, the army has been maintained at its authorized strength of 828,000 men. The total strength of India's armed forces, including naval and air force units, is estimated at 930,000 by the authoritative Institute of Strategic Studies in London. First quints are bom in Israel JERUSALEM (AP) - A 22-year-old woman who had been taking fertility pills gave birth to quintuplets today. She was in her seventh month of pregnancy and the delivery was by caesa-rean section. The mother and babies-three girls and two boys-were doing well, first reports said. The state radio said they were Israel's first quintuplets. TRYING HIS HAND AT IT - With a hockey stick in one hand, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, through an interpreter, talks with Montreal Canadiens team captain Henri Richard before hockey game in Vancouver Friday night. Center background is Bud Poile, general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Effective Monday Bank of Canada cuts rate OTTAWA (CP) - The Bank of Canada followed trends Friday night and pulled its bank rate down to pre-inflation levels, announcing that it would be lowered Monday to 4.75 per cent from the current 5.25 per cent. The move would check international pressures that were threatening Friday to force the Canadian dollar above par with the U.S. dollar-which would increase unemployment in Canada by forcing up export prices. At the same time, the federal monetary authority was giving the go-ahead to easier domestic credit as a stimulus to business activity and employment. Bank Governor Louis Rasmin-sky said in the usual terse statement accompanying bank rate changes that the new one would be "more suitable with respect to both the domestic and the external situation." The new rate is the lowest since September, 1967, when the central bank rate began a steady rise-in an effort to check spending and stabilize prices-that culminated in a level of eight per cent through much of 1969 and 1970. With unemployment rising, the prime concern recently has been to stimulate spending, thus the rate has been dropping. Seen and heard About town IIEROIC Rex Little coming down with a cold after jumping into an irrigation ditch to save his dog... David Dodd, transplanted from Leth-. bridge to Ottawa saying he threw his vote away in the Ontario provincial election because "the Conservatives didn't need it and anyone else couldn't use it" . . . curious city police constable Lome Wittig wondering what he has to do to get his name in, Seen and Heard, U.S. confident on Taiwan bid UNITED NATIONS (CP) -After weeks.of intensive manoeuvring during which the United States carefully avoided predictions as to the outcome of its bid to keep Taiwan in the UN, the Nixon administration now says it is confident of victory. U.S. Ambassador George Bush met in Washington with President Nixon Friday night and following their meeting, administration spokesman said Bush and State Secretary William P. Rogers both told Nixon they were "confident that the RepnbUc of China will maintain its seat in the United Nations." A spokesman here said earlier Friday the U.S. now is confident it has a "definite" majority for the most important part of its proposals. The debate on Chinese representation is nearing its end and a U.S. spokesman said Friday there is a "definite majority" for the most important part of U.S. proposals. The debate on who shall represent China here will end Monday with the United States and Albania statins their opposiD| opinions.