Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 3, 1988 · 3
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Saturday, December 3, 1988
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CALGARY HERALD . Sat, Dec. 3. 1988 A3 " PAGE THREE Time for Broadbent to make way for a western leader BRAID EDMONTON It's time for Ed Broad-bent to find himself a new line of work. In his place there should be, at long last, a western leader of the national New Democrats, to reflect the simple fact that this is a western party. Westerners and northerners returned 33 of the NDP's 43 MPs. Ontario, Broadbent's own province, pro- Don Braid duced only 10, a drop of three from 1984. The party didn't win a single riding in Quebec, despite Broadbent's frantic efforts, or in Atlantic Canada. Broadbent has shown clearly that he isn't a national leader. He should make way for someone who is, or might be B.C.'s Nelson Riis or Saskatchewan's Lome Nystrom, for example. The argument that Broadbent must stay because he's bilingual doesn't wash. His French is so shaky that he makes Joe Clark sound like Rene Leves-que. There must be a dozen members of Broadbent's caucus who could do better if they applied themselves. Besides, the bilingualism issue is almost irrelevant. Quebecers have shown in every election since 1968 that they will only support a native son. Fluency is almost secondary to Quebec credentials. These views are very current among western New Democrats, including many in Alberta, where the party scored a breakthrough by winning one seat. There's a growing feeling that Broadbent's moment has passed; that it's time to get back to the party's real western roots (the CCF was founded in Calgary, in case you'd forgotten.) You won't hear these arguments from western NDP leaders not yet, anyway. Officially, they still say Broadbent is the best leader for the federal party. But they, too, are showing that they're no longer in lockstep with Broadbent. The litmus test is the Meech Lake Accord. After Manitoba's Gary Doer said his caucus won't support it, the other three leaders began expressing doubts about the accord, and suggesting it might be improved. Ray Martin, the Alberta New Democratic leader, says this makes sense because the accord can't pass without the support of Manitoba and New Brunswick. "So why not find a better agreement that everyone can support?" he asks. Martin adds that his MLAs "held their noses" and supported the pact in the legislature "because it was going to pass, and this deal was better than no deal." Roy Romanow in Saskatchewan and Mike Harcourt in B.C. were in the same spot. The leaders don't mention, however, that they were under powerful pressure from Broadbent not to break ranks. His rock-solid support after the deal passed Parliament was to be a central campaign theme in Quebec. Dissident western voices could have been very damaging. Yet this uncomfortable stance didn't help the party one bit in Quebec. And the westerners had to stand by while Premier Bourassa not only supported the Tories on free trade, but insisted that Meech Lake should pass without one comma changed (a "bully tactic", Martin says.) .:,.,?" - '; V-) 'i'- 3: vV ( .. v- vsvrv'v, It: ':-y -)" a w fjv i "lA f t '''' I i h H Q' m i hV y iv"v : f , . JL3 f ' Gas seeps into Stoney wells, engineer says Associated Press TAKING THE OATH: Pakistani President Ghulam Ishaq Khan administers the oath of office to Benazir Bhutto Bhutto pledges sweeping reforms By Ben Tierney (Southam News) ISLAMABAD Newly named Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto promised her countrymen a sweeping program of. reform Friday, vowing that Pakistan would one day take its place among the strong and developed nations of the world. Blasting late president Zia ul-Haq as a dictator who devoted 11 years of rule to self-preservation, she called on .the people to devote their collective efforts to reconstruction. "We will choose the path of law," she said after being sworn into office. "We will eradicate hunger and poverty, we will give shelter to the shelterless, give employment to the unemployed, and we will educate the illiterate. . .We will heal the wounds and overcome the problems with patience and determination. . ." Speaking to the nation for the first time since being nominated as prime minister on Thursday, Bhutto said Zia's economic policies had taken the country to the brink of crisis. But disaster could be averted with the willpower of a new generation served by good government, she said. "If money is not wasted on bribes, if it doesn't go into the pockets of the wrong people, if it goes to the poor people, it could lead to miracles." Bhutto promised to scrap all laws denying equality to women in overwhelmingly Moslem Pakistan. She promised new freedoms for the press, for labor unions and the students unions banned under Zia. "When people are governed at gunpoint, youth gets the impression that real power is in the gun, not the law." She also promised that all political prisoners in Pakistan jails will be free within a matter of days. Touching on foreign policy, Bhutto promised co-operation with the United States and the Soviet Union, as well as China. She also promised co-operation with the Third World and the Islamic world, specifically the people of Palestine, saying: "Their cause is our cause." Bhutto offered a small olive branch to neighboring India, even though it is now in the process of expelling Pakistani diplomats for alleged spying. "I hope we can work together to reduce tensions between us," she said. There was an olive branch as well for the Pakistani military the generals who are widely believed to be extremely nervous at her acquisition of power. "We give great importance to highly-trained and well-equipped armed forces." Shuttle on way to 'secret' spy mission CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off into a bright but windy sky at the last possible minute Friday a spectacularly public act to start a secret spy satellite mission high above Earth. Not a word was heard outside the NASA and air force control rooms from commander Robert Gibson or the four other military crewmen who are carrying out a highly classified mission to spy on the Soviet Union. NASA waited out the same kind of fierce, high-altitude winds that caused the postponement of the flight Thursday, found a momentary calm, and set Atlantis flying from the Kennedy Space Centre. Liftoff time was 7:30 a.m. MST less than 90 seconds before the end of the three-hour launch opportunity period. The flight is expected to last three or four days with landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Gibson is accompanied by air force Lt.-Col. Guy Gardner, the pilot; Col. Richard Mullane and Lt.-Col. Jerry Ross of the air force, and navy Cmdr. William Shepherd. The outlines of their mission no longer are a secret even to the Soviets. not By Mark Lowey (Herald writer) Hundreds of water wells on the Stoney Indian reserve west of Calgary are contaminated by sour gas, the federal government has learned. Bill Bishop, an engineer with Indian Affairs, said the Stoneys' engineer informed him that about half the wells supplying drinking water to the 2,500-member tribe are affected. "I think it would be worthwhile for them to have some kind of study done," Bishop said Friday. He said he had no idea of the problem until he contacted the tribe's engineer after a story in Thursday's Herald. It reported some Stoneys' complaints of tap water that stinks of sulphur. Bishop said the tribe has apparently been aware of the problem for at least 18 months. "They've been responding to it. It's not a new thing." The tribe has been hauling drinking water from a fire hydrant to affected homes, and installing filtration equipment in some residences. Tribal administrator Jack Tully says the Stoney leadership was never told the problem was so widespread. "It has never been a big issue at the tribal council," he said, although he agreed the water truck "is always very, very busy." But Hanson Twoyoungmen, a member of the Stoneys' Chiniki band, says the tribe's engineer and the administration has known about the problem for at least seven years. Twoyoungmen said that is when he first complained. The tribe's engineer was unavailable Friday and earlier in the week. "They should have brought the matter up seven years ago, not now," said Twoyoungmen, whose family hauls water from the nearby mountains rather than drink the tap water. He said that even though the water smells and tastes bad, some people have been drinking it every day for years. An Energy Resources Conservation Board spokesman says the sour gas may be seeping from natural underground deposits into the wells. "It's possible," said Stu Sly-man, supervisor in the regulatory board's south area office. Slyman said this is the first he has heard of the problem on the Stoney reserve. But he noted that the rock formations underlying the reserve are full of cracks and holes, similar to the geology of the Turner Valley area. "We know we've got some seeps there" in Turner Valley, he said. The amount of gas seepage is sometimes so large it must be burned off. Slyman said there are also several gas seepages in the Moose Mountain area, about 30 kilometres southeast of the Stoney reserve. Seepage there has turned surface water a milky yellow. Slyman said the seepage can continue forever and there's no cure for it, other than filtering tap water before using it or finding another water source. Ed Brushett, the ERCB's head of environment protection, says another cause of the problem especially since the water table under the reserve has been dropping may be an increase in bacteria in wells. Naturally occurring bacteria can produce hydrogen sulphide, which has a distinct rotten:egg smell, Brushett said. Tully said the tribe's new administration elected Friday will be raising the water quality problem and other issues with Indian Affairs next week. Tot found beaten beside slain mom (Edmonton Journal) EDMONTON Tina Jasmine Ozga was probably beaten with the same blunt weapon that was used to kill her mother, a medical examination found. The two-year-old was in stable condition Friday at Misericordia Hospital with a fractured skull, said police spokesman Randy Kilburn. The girl had been found the night before in a west-end apartment, crying beside the body of her slain mother. Witnesses said the girl's blond hair was covered in blood. Kilburn said the child had been struck at least once in the head and labelled the attack "vicious." An autopsy has found that 34-year-old Debby Ozga who also used her maiden name Verstrate died of massive head injuries she received in her apartment at 10145 161st St. Her badly decomposed body was found on a bed in the apartment and police believe the child was left to fend for herself during the two to three days that elapsed between the slaying and a social worker's discovery of the grisly scene Thursday night. The worker had been called by a neighbor who after hearing the tearful wailing for more than 24 hours complained that a child was being neglected in the apartment. Homicide detectives have no suspects in the slaying and are asking for the public's assistance in tracing Ozga's movements over the last week of her life. The slaying and the circumstances surrounding it has prompted concerns from a former foster mother about the role played by Alberta Social Services. "One has to wonder about the care she was receiving in the last little while," the woman said. Although Social Services officials asked the foster mother not to talk to the media pending their investigation, she told The Journal Ozga liked the "party life" and appeared unwilling to accept the responsibilities of parenthood. The woman is an acquaintance of the dead woman and her ex-husband Dave and now plans to seek custody of the child. She asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals from Ozga's assailant. IE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 10:00 A.M. VEHICLES SHOP EQUIPMENT RESTAURANT EQUIP. & FURNISHING OFFICE FURNITURE & EQUIPMENT SEMI-ANNUAL SAILS of our name brand fashions SHOES, BOOTS, HANDBAGS AT LEAST 70 OFF ALL (Mister Grant's A So Casual Inventory Approx. $60,850) Men's Wean Suits Jackets Sport Jackets Coats Sweaters Sport Shirts Dress Shirts Tuxedo Shirts Pants Ties Cltne A Co. Christian Oior Leo Chevalier Gam Etc. Ladies' Wear Oresses Suits 0 Skirts Blouses Pants Panty Hose Breckenridge Jantzen Como Etc. 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