Winnipeg Free Press, May 2, 1968

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May 02, 1968

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 2, 1968, Winnipeg, Manitoba MANITOBA, growing to beat '70! Final Edition VOL. 75 NO. 185 PRICE IOC THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1968 Sun Ftisei a.m.; Moon Rises e.m. Sun a.m. Moon Sets a.m. FORECAST: SUNNY; 40 and 60 MASKED GUNMEN HUNTED Postmaster Family Tied And Gagged At Home As Fort Rouge Raided Three armed men bound and gagged a Winnipeg postmaster and his family in their home late Wednesday, then stole an estimated worth of cash, stamps orders. was at the Fort Rouge postal station, 929 Corydon Avenue Willam The postmaster, says a fourth H. man' may be involved. Mr. and Mrs. Mclnnes and their daughter and son were bound, and gagged at their home at 687 Oxford Street. v Mrs. Mclnnes said in a telephone interview that two of the intruders "were very gentle. They were only interested in obtaining the (post office) keys and combinations (of the post office "Otherwise, they we're two' very nice boys was what I thought. They weren't miserable, or unkind. "It's like something you hear aboutin the movies. But none of us was hurt at all. That's 'the main thing." Here's how' the Winnipeg police department figures the robbery was committed: The postmaster was in 'the downstairs rumpus room of his home watching 'television at about p.m. when 'he heard noises coming from the rear door. He went upstairs to find three men armed with pistols and wearing skin-tight masks or silk stockings over their faces. The three men were described as: Please See POSTAL Page 5 New Mitt to Locate At Selkirk Million Textile Plant To Employ 100, Says Spivak A million textile mill that will employ 100 people will be built at Selkirk, Industry Minister Sidney Spivak told the Manitoba legislature Wed- nesday. The new factory, which will ,produce .knit fabrics for the garment industry! will be built by Electro-Knit Fabrics (Canada) Limited of Montreal, in a new industrial park in the town of Selkirk, 20 miles .north of Winnipeg, Mr. Spivak said. The plant is expected to be in operation this fall, Mr. Spivak .said. It will be the first textile mill of., its kind in Western The minister said' the plant will be established in the province as a direct result' of participation by local business- men in the provincial govern- ference here in January. The plantj, will specialize, in the' manufacture of fabrics which are used .by the garment HOSPITAL COSTS BLAMED Dollar Drain Plugged By DENNIS ORCHAR D OTTAWA (CP) A strong trad e, performance, restored confidence in the dollar and a government move against so- called' swapped deposits have checked the drain on Canada's exchange reserves. Despite unfavorable seasonal factors, official holdings of gold and U.S. dollars increased to on April 30 from on March 31, a fi- nance department statement re- vealed Wednesday. The gain impressively wrote Canada's exchange crisis into the past as a three-month phenomenon. Before the t u r n a b o u t, re- serves had fallen in January, in Febru- ary and in March. The losses represented sales of UiS. dollars from the 're- serves as the Bank of Canada supported the 92.5-cent ex- change rate of the Canadian dollar in the exchange market. See Page 6 .Greene Draft Fails industry. Please See NEW MILL Page 4 Juba Appeals For Aid By JOYCE FAIB BAIRN _OTTAWA, taX "I" Stephen Juba of .Winnipeg, Wednesday appealed ,t6 the federal government cover the City of Winnipeg's outstanding payment for last year's Pan- American Games. Mr.' Juba's request is now being considered by Health Minister Allan the" federal, minister responsible for physical fitness and amateur sport. (It was reported that the fed- eral cabinet discussed Mr. Juba's plea at a meeting today Family Rate Jumping To From Bigger Payroll Deductions Start In June By SHELLEY CHUSID An cent increase iri'Manitoba hospital insurance plan premiums, effective Jan.; 1, 1969, was announced, in the provincial legislature Wednesday afternoon by Health Minister C. H. Witney. The rate for single people will be a month, up. from the present ?2 rate. The rate for families will be up from the present at the new 'ratesffor the compulsory cover- age this year. Mr. Witney" made the an- nouncement as he introduced the health department's 1968-69 spending estimates. A Manitoba hospital commis- sion three-year forecast of costs and financial requirements, which Witney had distribu- ted to house members as he began his speech, shows that the announced increase wUl meet'. the (Commission's require- ments to the end of 1971. The present and rates have been in effect since the pre-paid hospital coverage plan's inception in 1959, except for one six-month, benefit period in 1961, was raised to and the family, rate to Please See PREMIUMS Page 4 Stanfield Promises No Tax Hike Pledge 6A Lie' By SHELLEY CHUSID Liberal health-- critic Larry Desjardins has accused the pro- vincial government of lying when it said Manitobans would fiice no tax increases during the present legislative session. The 80 per cent iricrease in Manitoba Hospital Services Plan premiums "'-announced in the house by Health Minister C. H. Witney amounted to a a year tax increase for every family "in the province, the St Eiomface MLA said Wednesday. "To give proper service will cost money. This is a fact we must recognize. But it 'should have been recognized during the budget debate." In the speech from the throne the government said there would and a decision is expected Top photo shows house at 687 Oxford Street where postmaster William Mclnnes and .his family were bound and gagged while in cash, stamps and money orders was stolen from- the Fort Rouge postal station, 929 Corydon Avenue Forest Fire Peril High Manitoba's "long hot has started earlier than normal, says Natural Resources Min- ister Donald W. Craik. He made the statement here1 Wednesday at a press confer- ence. Forty-six potentially danger- ous fires had already broken out by April 30, he said, though the forest fire season doesn't nor- mally start until mid-May. Fire danger throughout the province is, considered high and worsening. Over-all conditions for the season are expected to be extreme. Please See FOREST Page 4 Warm Air Snaps Record An attempt by Manitoba's Liberals to persuade Agriculture Minister J. J. (Joe) Greene to take on Duff Roblin in. the coming federal election has failed. Joesph K. McLaughlin, presi- dent of the Winnipeg South Centre Liberal association, saidi Thursday Mr. Greene had turned down an offer for the nomination in the riding. McLaughlin said the agriculture minister had been approached and expressed a "momentary interest" in the constituency but had decided that, in vie wof the limited time available, a riding in Eastern Canada would be more suitable. As a result, the south centre Liberals are still a party hopeful who will give the former Manitoba premier some stiff competition .dux-ing the forthcoming campaign. Please See GREENE Page 6 Features TODAY North Stats Force 'Rubber' March 17 TODAY'S INDEX Classified 27 to 42 Comics 24, 25 Deaths 9 Finance 46 to 48 Jumble................ 29 Movies..................45 Sports 17 to 23, 41 Television 44 Women 12 to 15 Cttv Zone Total 9M46 NEARLY EVERYONE READS the FREE PRESS Wednesday set a record for May 1 in Manitoba with the mercury soaring to 83.9 degrees. According to the Domi- nion Public weather office, the previous high for Winni- peg on May 1 occurred in 1939 when the temperature reached 82.8 degrees, but a spokesman warned that Thursday evening would be a cool 35. Wednesday's short lived heat wiave was caused by a narrow tongue of warm air which moved up the Red River Valley. The office said the high temperature did not extend far beyond Greater Winnipeg. Thursday's forecast calls for sunny skies with after- noon cloudy periods. The predicted high is 65. North- westerly winds at 20 will continue Thursday, becom- ing light in the evening. Friday will be cooler. Ottawa Protest Hinted OTTAWA (CP) The cabinet ;oday was discussing the form of a Canadian protest to France concerning France's reception of Quebec as an independent state at an international educa- tion conference in Paris last month, informants said. Prime Minister Trudeau has already indicated that Canada will deliver a written note to France on the subject but has not said when this will be or when the contents will be dis- closed. Please See OTTAWA Page 5 The mayor paid a whirlwind visit to the capital Wednesday and, during the afternoon, spoke with no fewer than six federal cabinet ministers. These included Trade Minister Charles M. Drury, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, Agriculture Minister J. J. Greene, Revenue Minister Jean Chretien, and Veterans Affairs Minister Roger Teillet. He had a lengthy meeting with Mr. MacEachen on the possibility of Ottawa paying the Games operating deficit. Mr. !Juba was pleased with the reception given him by the ?tO Drive To Cost Mr. Desjardins also took the ealth minister to task for not indicating in his introduction of is departments 1968-69 spend- ng was, going to ake over the Manitoba Medical ervice after July 1. Against a background of boos rom New Democratic Party ouse members, Mr. Desjardins uggested that ia the face of ontinually increasing hospital osts, it was time the govern- ment looked at the possibility of ntroducing a utilization or leterrent He, indicated the proposal .was dsr own, not Liberal party jolicy. You. won't win any popular- ty contests 'with this, but you an't go on. raising premiums. ?he plan should be financed in another way." ,Mr. later, at ..a, press conference that a utiliza; ion fee-wasn't being- considered 'or the province. He .said he thought Mr., Desjardins' view vas legitimate but that studies Vad shown utilization fee's don't deter people from using hospital aoilities. In Alberta and British Colum- bia, where utilization fees are in effect, it was possible for a person to insure himself against hem and there was no "indica- had had deterrent By BOB LISOWAY The Manitoba government's Growing to Beat '70 promotiona -pampaign will cost foi advertising this year, according to an order for return tabled in the legislature Wednesday by Industry Minister Sidney Spivak. And another promotiona health minister. Please See JUBA Page 5 Wit Former prime minister Lester Bowles Pearson, in 'an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, has reviewed highlights of his career and given opinions on some aspects of domestic and international affairs. This five-part series starts today on Page 8 of the Free Press. scheme, the Manitoba busines summit conference held i Winnipeg last January to creat interest in the province's indus trial potential, cost the govern ment another Mi Spivak reported. The minister tabled figures on the cost of the Growing to Bea '70 campaign in answer t tion they effects. TORONTO (CP) Conserva- tive Leader Robert 'Stanfield Wednesday night warned against substituting "slogans or style, for substance" in the 'cam- paign for the June 25 election. While his .own .campaign'will not open officially until May 21, Mr. Stanfield set the tone for it in an address to a national gath- ering of publishers at'the an- questions by Gordon E. John ston la Prairie: and on. the cost of the summi conference in answer to ques tions by Russell Doern (NDP 'Elm Mr. Johnston also asked wha the government was expected t ;spend on the "growing" cam paign in 1969 and 1970, but Mr.- said the figures weren't available yet. The government will spend on promotional advertis- ing-of'the "gr.owing" campaign in Manitoba media, and in publications printed outside the province. Largest single expenditure is for advertising in magazines published outside the province, at a total cost of Manitoba magazine publishers Please See '70 DRIVE Page 4 nual dinner of The Canadian Continued Press.; Please See GOVT. Page 4 He promised: a basic approach of reform and. responsibility, and said the campaign could pene- trate apathy and cynicism and raise the country's, sights. On the other hand, it could make ,'r-the country somewhat smaller by creating a climate of sballowness and pretence: and substituting; slogans or style for substance. Canada needs unifying and in- spirational leadership but its ex- pectations too often have been built up only, to be let down, Mr. Stanfield said. An inevitable period of disillu- sionment, recrimination and po- litical stagnaton followed. Mr. Stanfield did not mention Prime Minister Trudeau as he discussed the tone of the cam- paign, but lie criticized him di- Please See STANFIELD Page 6 Indian Hearings Postponed .VANCOUVER Indian Affairs Minister Laing said Wednesday the June 25 federal election has caused a, postpone- ment .of national hearings on a proposed new Indian act. "I do this with considerable Mr. Laing told a news conference. "I believe there is a strong Reeling in the minds of all MPs. that funda- mental improvements to the In- dian act are. ovedue." Hearings were to have opened at Prince George in north-cen- tral British Columbia May 6. BEFORE THE FIREWORKS Peking Dances, Sings By COLIN McCULLOUGH PEKING We stood on ;an elevated grandstand at one side of the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the news- paper correspondents, mem- bers of the army, and foreign guests. Below us, 20 feet down, was a canal, with bats fluttering in and out of the darkness. Beyond that: Tien An Men Square and Chinese waiting for the culmination of the an- nual celebration of May Day. By in the evening the square was filled with people, hundreds of Red flags flying above them. And the buildings around the square the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of the Resolution, the Cen- tral Post Office, An Chen were outlined against the night by strings of white lights. The people were patient, but their wait was eased by groups of, entertainers per- forming on raised platforms placed throughout the square singers, dancers, musicians. And, of course, groups in the crowd were singing revolutionary songs on their own, and reciting quotations from Mao Tse- tung. All across the square were flashes of light, reflec- ted from glass-covered por- traits of Mao being vheld aloft. The white bars from 30 searchlights encircling the square leaned against the sky. Earlier in the day it had been quiet. I did not see the Please See PEKING Page 5 Legislature "Growing to Beat '70" campaign costs Page 1. l 100 people to be em- ployed at new Selkirk, fac- tory. Page 1. Government will prob- ably start sitting longer. Page 8. D. M. McGregor, PC member, won't contest fed- eral election. Page 8. Manitoba hospital prem- iums to rise by 80 per cent. Page 1. Desjardins accuses gov- ernment of lying. Page 1. LOOKING FOR OAT SEED? This, want ad under Farm Produce (18) RUSSELL OATS, 80C, A1ANI- toba wheat Both cleaned xand from registered seed. Phone JU is among the hundreds of bar- gain? in today's classified sec- tion. No. matter what you need, shop and save in Free Press want ads. CBC Set For TV Debates OTTAWA (CP) The CBC announced Wednesday night it is prepared to broadcast televi- sion debates among leaders of political parties planning to have candidates in more than 176 of the 264 ridings for the June 25 federal election. The campaign headquarters of Prime Minister Trudeau, Con- servative Leader Stanfield and NDP Leader Douglas were informed of the, policy Wednes- day night, the spokesman said. No response had been received. The three men, in response to an earlier CTV invitation, have indicated their willingness to de- bate on television subject to cer- tain conditions. In addition .to coast-to-coast coverage of election night re- sults, a major CBC television news special is scheduled for Sunday, June 23, to give a com- prehensive review of campaign issues and personalities. Please See CBC Page 5 ;