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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 75. The Letttbiridge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 228 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Socreds meet to discuss future plans JL Hy WALTER KKENCIIUK CALGARY (CP) A backroom meeting was held hero today to discuss (he future of tlie .Social Credit Party in Alberta following its shattering defeat in the Aug. 30 general election. The meeting, similar to one in Edmonton last week, was called to plan a political comeback some observers believe will be unsuccessful. Defeated Premier Harry Strom and candidates, or- ganizers and key workers from the 13 Calgary'Con- stituencies allended (he meeting. "We've got to get started a Social Credit spokesman said. "If we hold off for a year, then good- bye Social Editorial writers and political opponents feel noth- ing will help. They predict Social Credit, which gov- erned the province for 36 years, will slide into ob- livion. Social Credit spokesmen naturally disagree but concede some rebuilding is needed. BUI Johnson, president of the Alberta Social Credit League, said the parly will have to vigorously re- assess its outlook to meet the voters' cry for change. That cry elected 49 Progressive Conservatives Aug. 30. Social Credit salvaged 25 seals in the 75-seal leg- islature and Grant Motley. I he .12-year-old leader of the New Democratic Party, look the olher. "We must he a constructive opposition, something new and different for us. but we must show the voter we are still the Mr. Johnson said. Mr. Nolley said the Conservative victory was "Ibo first slop towards the fundamental political realignment that is necessary ini Albei ta.'1 of course, means the end for Social Credit." He predicted the Social Credit Party will split into three opportunists who will defect to the Conservatives; Uie hardcore members who will join the federal party; and "the die-hards" who will hang around Mr. Strom until he retires. Mr. Johnson said the defeat will probably bring cries of disaffection from the old-line Social Creditors but indicated Uicil none of the party's elected mem- bers will switch "We are the. official opposition by a pretty uidc margin awl command a broad base of said Eric T.inirnnii. a senior fulIUme league organizer, Miii'e admitl C-ed'l will ;..ert a "re- build job." The inability of Social Credit to win urban sup- port was a topic at Uie Calgary meeting. They lost 29 of 38 urban seats, including all 16 in Edmonton and nine of 13 in Calgary. were crusading for people who were around 35 years ago bul now are in hospitals and nursing one parly member said. "These people can't swing an election anymore." Strom's position, The position of Mr. Strom, a 57-year-old farmer, as party leader may be challenged but one Social Credit MLA said "it would be belter to wait and get the first legislature session over with before we do any- thing about lire leadership." "We've got the nucleus of a good opposition group, and our first job will be lo get that organized." The Social Credit shadow-cabinet will probably be dominated by men such as Education Minister Robert Clark, Environir.eiil Minister James Henderson, High- ways Minister Gordon Taylor and Ray Speaker, min- ister of health and social development. Newcomers such as Hoy, Wilson, Calgary Bow, and George Ho Lem, Calgary McCall, arc expected to carry heavy workloads. The Calgary Aibertan, in an editorial, said (he elec- tion not only dislodged Social Credit from power after 3G years, it also raised some large questions about Uie future of all four of Ihe province's political parlies. The editorial said one problem facing Ihe Social Credit parly is that, as a small-c Conservative entity, it is fundamentally from the Con- servative Parly which toppled it from power. "It poses for (he Social Credit Party the challenge of demonstrating, in its new role as the official op- position, that it is a credible alternative to the which means credible in terms of personalities and styles. If it cannot Uiat during (he next four years it m.-.y indeed go inlo irreversible decline." The Albeiian said the NDP established a beach- head in the legislature will) Ihe election of Mr. Notky and "Iherc is a good chance that NBP will henrc- forlh be able to play a useful role as a philosophical foil lo Ihe mainstream parlies, much as it has done at the federal level tor decades." Bob Russell, Ihe 40-year-old Liberal leader, said his party's reconstruction was set back four years but the Social Credit collr.pse augurs well for Ihe future. "It's difficult do anything liom outside the leg- islature." Mr. Russell said. "But without a federal base Social Credit will fade out of the secne and pretty soon people will be looking for an allcrnalive lo Con- servatism.'' The Liberals will lake the first slep toward their comeback at an Oct. 2 executive committee meeting in Kdmonton, al which Mr. Russell will recommend for- of a political ni'lion romnviUce. Mr. Ru.sseil said the Liberals "must swing a bit lo flic left." lie said Social Credit, .seats in Iho i.slafuve. is m frmihlr hociuisc it. is "without effective leadership and wilhoul. a philosophy people can accepl. The only hope for S.'icial Credit, he snid, is that a flyrMmic new leader will emerge to attract Ihe kind (it II." i .illy n.'al., Senator Manning, the seccnd of (lie three- p.i niers lo lead Ihe Social Credit government since said Ihe election resull had nothing to do wilh the fvicial t'mlil Parly being out of date. "Whal 1 think Alberta has is a new voice, a face, a nnv Srnaloi1 Manning said. "The province's politics me. flill basically the- sumo." IRA continues violence wave REBEL KISSED Sadie O'Donnell, left, and Lilly Murphy plant kisses on Ihe cheek: of Joe Caliill, Irish rebel leader, as he prepares to return to Ireland from Kennedy International Airport at New York. The United Slates government refused entry to the controversial Irish leader who had planned a five-week fund-raising lecture lour, and he was ordered deported. BELFAST (CP) A British soldier was killed today when a bomb he was defusing at a church hall exploded. He was the 101st victim of Northern Ire- land's two-year wave of reli- gious-political violence. Two other soldiers were in- jured in the blast, the army said. The explosion in Belfast came after British troops, bracing for a threatened "offensive" by the Irish Republican Army, came under a hail of sniper fire in Londonderry early today. More lhaji 100 bullets liit an army post in the Roman Cath- olic Creggan district of Lon- dondeiTy, Northern Ireland's second-largest city. Troops returned Uie fire and. gun battles raged for two hours after midnight Wednesday night the time set by mili- lant provisional wing of the IRA for a new upsurge of vio- lence in the streets. The midnight deadline was part of an ultimatum by the provisional demanding the breakup of the Prolestant- based Ulster government. Authorities ignored the ulti- matum and troops were placed on special alert for renewed guerrilla operations by the rebels, who want to drive Brit- Deported from U.S. IRA head detained by police By ANTHONY' GOODMAN DUBLIN (Reulcr) Joe Cab- in, the Irish Republican Army leader deported from Ihe United Slates, was detained by police after arriving back in Dublin today. Detectives led him away after he stepped off the Irish Interna- tional Airlines (Aer Lingus) jet- liner flight from New York. Police said Cahill was being held for questioning but de- clined to give further details. Authorities laler announced lie vas being held on suspicion of belonging to an illegal organi- zation under a measure that permits imprisonment without trial. The IRA is illegal both in the Irish Republic and in North- ern Ireland. Detectives had boarded Uie airliner named St. Patrick when it stopped over at Shannon air- port in the west of Ireland to ac- company Cahill on the last stage of his journey. Although wTanted in Northern Ireland as a self-confessed IRA there is no known charge outstanding against Mm in the Irish Republic. SPEAKING TOUR FOILED During his flight to Dublin Cahill said that another IRA stalwart would shortly take over his abortive U.S. speaking mis- sion. "The arranged lour is going ahead and a deputy will arrive in America to take my Cahill said ir an interview. Cahill, tagged the "Emerald Pimpernel" for his close es- capes from police and troops in Belfast, said las replacement will stump the country "giving the lie lo British propaganda." The Belfast-bom Cahill said he did not think his mission dep- uty would run intc the kind of visa trouble which kept him penned up inside a New York detention centre for the last week. An immigration hearing Wednesday finally ruled that he must be deported since his visa had cancelled by order of the U.S. stale department.-His conviction for his part in the murder of a Belfast police- man figured prominently in the immigration proceedings. The mild-mannered father of seven has spent about 12 of his 51 years in jail. Ky, Tliieu rift mounts steadily Evacuate families from fire area HAY RIVER, N.W.T. (CP) About 12 families were moved from the outskirts of tlu's sub- Arclic (own late Wednesday as a forest fire ap- proached their homes. Another 20 persons were moved earlier from Paradise Valley, about 18 miles south of Hay Hiver. Parts of the fire were a little more than a mile from build- ings on (he outskirts this morn- ing and three lo 3'.i miles from the town centre, said Rudy Stei- ner, emergency measures co-or- dinalor for the Northwest Terri- tories, but there were no imme- diate plans to evacuate the town of 3.500. City woman killed in car crash One woman is dead and another is in serious condition in St. Michael's General Hos- pital in Lethbridge following a Wednesday afternoon two car collision at the intersection of Mayor Magralh Drive and 10th Avenue S. Edna 76. of 232 2fllh SI. S. died in hospital Wednes- day night of injuries received while a passenger in a car driven bv Florence Douglas, of 1322 Avenue N., who is in serious condition. Driver of the second car, Barry Christian Sorenson, also of Lethbridge, suffered minor injuries and did not requiro hospital treatment. Lethbridge police are still in- vestigating the accident which rcsii'ied in the city's second traffic falalily this year. Anyone who saw llie accident is asked lo contact cily police immedinlolv. "I don't know of any buildings burned yet. There's just two we couldn't get too much smoke." He said the persons who have moved are staying with friends and relatives. The pubb'c weather office in Edmonton predicted lighter winds for the area today with temperatures in (lie low 60s. Rain expected Wednesday had been stalled north of Great Slave Lake and skies were ex- pected to be sunny. HAS SOME PROTECTION The lown, built largeiy on a peninsula jutting into Great Slave Lake, is protected by water on three sides. But on the, southwest, thick stands of pine and spruce are adjacent to the edge of town where an in- d u s t r i a 1 park and modern homes and shopping facilities have been built. That area was developed after floods in the late 1960s de- stroyed parts of what is re- ferred lo locally as the old tow-n. three miles away, much of which still is occupied. The two highways out of the town were blocked and only firefighting traffic was allowed. The fire was threatening a bridge over the Hay River on one highway, to Pine Point 60 miles east where a fire last week came near that mining community. Uiefenbaker improving LONDON (CP) Former prime minister John Diefenba- ker spent a comfortable night in a Welsh hospital and his condi- tion remains satisfactory, the hospital reported today. The 75-year-old Diefenbaker is undergoing tests for a stomach disorder which hit him Saturday while he was holidaying in Wales with his wife as guests of Brig. Michael Wardell, former publisher of the Fredericton Gleaner. He is in hospital at Wtcxham, north Wales. The hospital said Wednesday he is expected to be kept for a few days more. SAIGON (Reuter) The lift between South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Tliieu and Vice-Presidenl Nguyen Cao Ky is danger- ously so. The staffs of (he two men stu- diously avoid speaking to each other inside the presidential pal- ace and their attitudes point up the problems of the war-rav- aged country's present political crisis. Their relationship has often Close tabs kept on hurricanes MIAMI (AP) Hurricane Edith threatened (lie coast of Honduras and Nicaragua with 115-mile-an-hour winds today, while weather officials kept close tabs on Hurricane Fern as she stalled with her 90 m.p.h. winds 210 miles east of Brons- ville, Tex. In an the National Hurricane Centre said Edith was 150 miles southeast of Cape Gracias, Honduras, and moving west at about 18 miles an hour. Edith was expected lo deliver hurricane-force winds to Cape Graeias by mid-day. Residents of northeast Nicara- gua and eastern Honduras were warned to expect gale force winds and possibly winds of hurricane 75 mid-day. been strained. President Tliieu. 48, a former army general prominent in the coup against the late Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963, gained the presidency in an el- ection in 1967 only after a power struggle wilh Ky. A flamboyant pilot and air v i c e -m a r s h a 1, Ky, 41 next month, was at the time pre- mier. He reluctantly bowed out of the race and accepted the vice-presidency. Now a new power struggle eeerns to be developing in Ihis Thieu. country, of more than 15 million people, most of whom have known only a war situation. Presidential elections are set for Oct. 3 and President Thieu is the only formal candidate. Ky, originally a candidate again for the presidency, found his nomination first challenged on legal grounds. When that hurdle was crossed he an- nounced IK: was withdrawing, accusing President Thieu of electoral fraud. No date in wage change freeze Cyclist killed BLUFFTON. Alia. (CP) Harry James Mann, 7, of Bluff- ton was killed Wednesday when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a truck on a rural road near here. Bluffton is 65 miles southwest of Edmonton. ain out by force and unite ths north with the Roman Catholic- dominated Irish Republic, On the political front, there was optimism over the pros- pects of a three-way summit meeting on the Ulster crisis, bringing together the prune ministers of Britain, the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. Jack Lynch, leader of the Dublin government, said Wed- nesday night lie will seriously consider the proposal made by British Prime Minister Ed- ward Heath at their talks near London Monday and Tuesday. Previously Lynch had insist- ed on the presence of North- ern Ireland's Catholic opposi- tion at any meeting with Heath and Prime Minister Brian Faulkner of Northern Ireland. In the barrage of gunfire in Londonderry, the army said it suffered no casualties. The shooting became sporadic as tht night wore on. In Belfast, the Ulster capital, two shots were fired at a mih'- tary patrol in Ihe Catholic Falls Road area. The bullets went wide. A policeman's wife and her five children escaped unhui, when a bomb blasted the po- lice station where they live in Lisburn, near Belfast. The sta- tion was extensively damaged and windows in the immediate area shattered. The children, two girls and three boys, were doing their homework at the time. "This is another example of a murder- ous attack on the lives of inno- cent commented a po- lice spokesman. A man was slightly injured when a parcel bomb, thrown from a car, exploded at a Bel- fast railway freight yard. Two men in the car escaped. Parliament recalled on Irish crisis LONDON (Reuter) The British Parliament will be re- called from summer recess for a two-day debate on the North- ern Ireland crisis starting Sept. 22. The decision, announced af- ter a cabinet meeting, follows a renewed demand for such a debate by Opposilion Leader Harold Wilson. Parliament is not normal- ly due to reconvene until Oct. 10. The decision to recall Parlia- ment is a reversal of a previ- ous refusal to accept a Labor opposition demand for a two- day debate, made soon after internment-wilhout-trial policy was introduced in Northern Ireland last month. WASHINGTON CAP) Presi- dent Nixon told Congress today the current 90-day wage-price freeze in the United States will not be extended. But he said it will be followed by some other "system of wage-and-price sta- bilization" to be worked out after consultation with leaders of Congress, business, labor and agriculture. In an address prepared for an unusual joint session of Con- gress and broadcast live via tel- evision and radio, Nixon said be would be meeting within the next few days wilh a cross-sec- tion of leadership from in and out of government. Nixon, whose first fuch ses- sion will be held Friday with AFL-CIO P r e s i d e n L George Meany and other union repre- sentatives, said those he has in- vited to confer with him already have agreed to do so. Nixon gave no hint as lo the type of stabilization program he will favor once the current freeze expires Nov. 13. How- ever, he did say: CRTC reaffirms stand on basic content rules Seen and heard About town RiKPARATE school trus- lee Paul Malisz .pro- claiming "1 was wrong once" during a school busi- ness discussion, wilhout men- tionini; when his lapse look place lli'llv (ial going into seclusion for her fin is. OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian Radio-Television Commis- sion has reaffirmed its Cana- dian content regulations for tel- evision. The commission (oday an- nounced it will continue to stand by its basic ronler.t rules though it is prepared lo hear views on "minor modifications in Hie im- plementation of these regula- tions." Briefs on the Canadian con- tent regulations will be heard at Toronto hearing b e, ginning 21. The commission Insl April modified the rules on for- eign programming though it re- tained iLs Canadian content re- quirements. In its aiiniiuncemenl I o d n y Ihe CliTC said private television Hill still be required In provide nl. per cent Ca- nadian programming in the broadcasting year begining Oct. 1. This will be raised lo 60 per cent in Hie 1972 broadcasting year. The CRC already has mot the 60 per eenl requirement first announced by Ihe CRTC in May, Probe sliooling FOliT ST. JOHN, B.C. (CP) UCMP arc investigating the death of a 2.1-ye.irold man whose body was found at Mile ill of Ihe Alaska Highway near here Wednesday nighl. I'olite .said the innn was shot through Ihe head and his body was found liesido the highwax. His name vos withheld. 1970. Tlie commission allowed private stations a two step rise per cent in 1971 and 60 per cent in 1972. The commission was deluged by letters from Canadians who thought flic CKTC w as abandon- ing its Canadian content rules after an April annoimceiiienl re- laxing Ihe rules on foreign pro- gramming. Today's announcemenl Is un- derstood In be n reply io these fears. The April announcement al- lowed private slriljons lo buy up lo per cent of Iheir programs from MIC foreign country. The limil had previously Ix-en 35 per cc-nl. The eoniini.s.sion said al Ibat lime il was allowing Ihe chance of economic difficulties o( pnv.ilc. Malions. PANTHERS ON THE MOVE Black Panther Minisler of defence Huey Newlon announced loday in a nowt conference at Atlanta, Ga., Ihal ho would move ihs of Iho Black Panthers from Oakland Cnlif.r to Allanin, Go., within six monlhi. ;