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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thufsdoy, Scplember 30, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 13 Kidnap-murder crisis may have political implications lor Quebec MONTREAL (CP! Spec- ulation has been active since last October's kidjiap-murdcr crisis on what may be the po- litical implications in Quebec. An aura of history lingers around the tragic October story and makes it a special case. Yet it is perhaps well to remember that not one but several crises have hit Quebec since Liberal Premier Robert Bourassa was sworn in May 12, WO. The political scene undoubt- edly has changed but offifials when they belong to the same disa- gree on what will be the long- term outcome. Some authorities report a disenchantment with politics among the young in Quebec, where iB-year-olds have the vote. Students have turned In numbers to the more obscure spheres of social action and street work rather than the broad field of politics. One sociologist says French-Canadian youth is less overtly nationalistic now than a few years ago. But that might simply be because two- thirds of students up to age 25 or so have Ihe "psychological feeling" that independence has been already attained. NOT RADICAL ft also is maintained in some quarters that modern youth, preoccupied with sweeping social reform, feels that Rene Levesque and his Parti Quebeiiois, seeking Quebec sovereignty in a Cana- dian common market, lack sufficient radical spirit for the 1970s. The pcrJonnantfj of Mr. Bourassa, meanwhile, li a s pained some wbo regard him as the darling of federalists. However, the p r c m i e r 's June "no" to tile Victoria con- stitutional charter agreed upon bv Prime Minister Tru- deau and all the other provin- cial premiers also implied a hopeful since he held the door open for another try and explicitly reiterated lhat federalism is the best course for Quebecers. Supporters are anxious to see whether Mr. Bourassa can regain the momentum of the economic growth p r o g r a in which carried him to office but from which he was di- verted by emergencies and agonizing events last year. It was many moulds before tlie premier could turn his at- tention fully to unemploy- ment, investment, taxation and the whole field of econom- ics. SEEKS CAPITAL Mr. Bourassa appears to be every opportunity for fence-mending trips around the province, following jour- neys to the United Stales and Europe to seek investment capital, particularly for his 86 billion James Bay hydro pro- ject. The question of making French more completely the working language of Quebec, which alarms many of the English-speaking vo'lers who supported the Liberals, appar- ently is in abeyance pending the report of a royal commis- sion into the whole question of language. Trying to estimate separa- tist strength was a tantalizing game in Quebec even before the conversion of Mr. Le- vesque in 1967 gave the move- ment new wallop. A limited test was seen Feb. S in a byeleclion held in Chambly, south of Montreal to fill the seat left vacant by the kidnap-assassinalion of Labor Minister Pierre La- porlc last Oct. 17. Jean Cournoyer, Hie newly- appointed labor minister and government candidate, won with more than 63 per cent of the vote, compared with the 57 per cent captured by Mr. Laporte in the general elec- tion of April 29, 1970. MORAL VICTORY But Pierre Marois, the same PQ candidate who had opposed Mr. Laporlc. also in- creased his :14 from 32 per lie regarded as an "mormons" Jiioral victory. The Union rationale did not contest the constituency, which has an English-speak- ing population of about 20 pel- cent and can be termed a mi- crocosm of the province in this respect. So, standings in the lOS-seat national assembly remained at Liberals 72, Union Nation- ale 17, Credifisle p.irli Qnehecois 7. But the standings were far out of line with Ihe popular vote partly because of the long-oulmofled electoral map, which Jlr. Bourassa without on election nighl lo racisc. The revision now is in progress. The Parti Quehecois won 23 per cent of the popular vote in the 1070 election, next nic Liberals with 45 per cent, while Ihe ruling Union Nnlion- alo fell lo 20 per cent. The CreditLsles 12 per cent. The Chambly poll little comfort lo those fedprnl offi- cials who predicted thai, the kidnap-murder crimes of (lie revolutionary Front de Liber- ation du Quebec would de- stroy the separatist move- ment. Void's clearly dislin- g u i s h e d between the PQ, which seeks change by consti- tutional means, awl the viol- ence-oriented FLQ YOUNGEST PREMIER Besides, much had hap- pened between the optimistic spring of 1970 and the byelec- tion. Several factors had contrib- uted to a widespread feeling in the spring of 1970 that a new and happy leaf was being turned in the history of Quebec within Confederation. At 36, Air. Bourassa was the youngest premier ever and the first economist to gel the job. Mr. Bourassa hammered on the llieme of economic ad- vance and French- Canadian nationalism. Like Mr. Tru d e a u, Mr. Bourassa was a new boy. Both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Bourassa sjienl relatively short periods as legislators before becoming party lead- ers. Both enjoyed financial in- dependence. it was common place to hear in the following months that Quebec now was surely poised for a break-through, with a frankly federalist Lib- eral premier and a French- Canadian Liberal prime min- ister in Ottawa, not to men- tion a federal cabinet heavy with French-Canadians. SHOWED TOUGHNESS Quebec, it seemed, had dropped its traditional tend- ency to put an Ottawa-fighter i in charge in Quebec City even w hen a French-Canadian ruled in Ottawa. The young Bourassa team showed toughness when trou- ble erupted on the home front. Labor Minister Laporlc brought in stern legislation after Premier Bourassa was forced to call a special session of the national assembly July 3 lo end a crippling construc- tion strike. A 49-year old veteran of cabinet service when the Lib- erals held power during the Quiet Revolution of the early 1960s. Mr. Laporte soon showed himself the ablest par- liamentarian on Ihe Bourassa side. Health Minister Claude Cas- tonguay, short on political ex- perience but long on public service, was a formidable fig- ure when he brought in his medical care bill. Stiff opposi- tion by the medical profes- sion, however, forced another emergency session. But first, disaster. The FLQ kidnapped British envoy James Cross last Oct. 5 and on Oct. 10 abducled Mr. Laporle. a half-hour after Jus- tice Minister Jerome Cho- quetle broadcast a refection of the main FLQ ransom lerms. winch included release of 23 so-called political prison- ers. Politically, Ihe lid blew off after Ihe Laporte kidnapping when suddenly. the air was filled with rumors of govern- ment, collapse f.nd plans to set up a provisional regime at Quebec City. Oct. a statement by Membersliip expansion proposed SASKATOON (CP) Th( Royal Canadian Air Force As socialion should grant member snips lo individuals actively in lerested in aviation, says Ai Marshal Hugh Campbell, grand president of the association He told the opening of the as sociahon's three day conven tion that an organization thai can do no holler than mainlaii 'he s I a I u s quo "ovenlualK passes into a decline position1 "Let's lake another look a the avialion companies for asso- cialr members NAME niANGU He also recommended thai tlie association consider Chang "if! its name lo Ihe air force association. Air Marshal Campbell said he cannot accept the argument that Canada no longer needs a strong military as a deterrent to war. "Yon need strong, efficient military forces whose existence is recognized and can he seen visibly by any would be ar- Rrossor nation in exactly I he same manner lhat we" need strong efficient police forces in our cities to deter aggression between neighbors." CITY FOUND TRI, AVIV (AP) A com- plelc Canaanilc city dating back years lias been unearthed near Arad in Israel's Ncgev DC sort, snid archcologisU at Hie Israel Museum. 10 prominent cluding leaders of the largest labor a more humane approach by government and exchange of the so-called political prison- ers for the kidnap captives. The statement, whose co- signers included publisher Claude Ryan of Le Devoir and Mr. Levesque, declared: "Another delay would mean the abolition of social and po- litical liberties in Quebec. The solution can be found here and not outside the province "Certain outside altitudes and ilie rigid and almost military atmosphere now seen in Ottawa, seems to risk ridi- cule for Quebec and its gov- ernment in its tragic impot- ence.'' Public opinion polls indi- cated majority support for the wartime measures invoked by PREMIER BOURASSA On llic spot RENE LEVESQUE Losing ground Prime Minister Trudeau im- mediately after Premier Bourassa and Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau repo.'tcd a con- dition of .'mprehcndcd in- surrection" in Quebec. Mr. Levesque charged, how- ever, that a wildly-inflated danger had simply been used as an excuse lo "clamp down" on dissident elements in the province and city. Mayor Drapeau demolished His opposition in a fecurity- stiff municipal election held Sunday, Oft. 25. Another big question is whether UIG Union Nalionalc's new leader. Gabriel Loubier, 38, can restore tlie fortunes of "le bon vieux parti" formed in the ]330s by the laic Maur- ice Duplessib. Mr, Lmibier lold reporlcrs in raid-August following a parly caucus be plans lo re- build from the ground up, holding regional policy confer- ences this falJ, followed by a full-scale pnlicy convention next February. ALL 1V1LL KNOW During the last provincial elections the Union Nation- ale's stand on separatism was "neither fish nor said Mr. Loubier. "Nobody knew where stood. I can asauje you after our policy convention every- bodv will know." Though now the official op- position in the national assem- bly. Ihe Union Nationals has been upstaged by the Parti Qucbocois. Tins may indicate that the much-discussed polarization j of Quebec politics bclueen federalists and separatists indeed, taking place. But many prominent cluding Mr. alternate parties lo survive. In their thinking, the of Quebccers remain anti-sep- aratist but should be given choice of parlies for uhich lo vole. Besides, a protest vote would have nowhere to go but to the separatists under A fully polarized situation. CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS Barbara THE DAY THEY BOMBED THE PRAIRIES The Trudeau Papers, by novelist Ian Adams, tell-, whal could happen if Canada was used as a nuclear allack larget in a closh be ween the superpowers. And lei Is it in a coldly graphic way, Ihrough eyes of a U.S. Cenlral Intelligence agent. For a starlling sample of thi? Ficlion-tlial-could-becomc-truth, be sure to read The Day They Bombed The Prairies, Ihis Salurday. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE TOHONTO. September prepared" has always been a Rood mrjifo: That's why I make MIIC 1 Ivivc bit. RJWLKITS EXTRACT Or WILD STHAWHKHKY mi my shelf. Then it one rjf my family suddenly the nausea, tramps and weakness of diarrhea, Dr. Fowler's. is on hand to hi'ilif; gcnlle. relief. Formnlaled from rnols and herbs, il riuiekly relieves embarrassing swjiphims and restores intestinal bah'.ncc otic H immune... all tend lo over- indulge at limes men :i thiiiisc; of climate or can be the culprit. 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