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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Uthbtulgc Herald VOL. LXVII 97 LETHBRIDOE, ALBEflTA. SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1974 Labor supporters stunned Land scandal threatens Wilson HeraM Ltmtn Bareai LONDON This week of blazing about land speculation in a dreary area of Lancashire between Liverpool and Manchester has severely damaged (he credibility of the governing Labor party. There is stunned disbelief among Labor MPs that close associates of Harold Wilson could have been so politically naive as to become involved in the very activity that Labor has been vociferously attacking for months. And disillusion is spreading among Labor party supporters in the country as time passes with no unequivocal explanation or action by the prime minister. Wilson's early actions of issuing libel writs against two newspapers and seeming to support those involved in the speculation during a Common's question period have gone down very badly with the country. Harold Wilson's future as prime minister and leader of the Labor party is in question this weekend as politicians argue that if Nixon is held responsible for the activities of his subordinates than the same judgment must fall on Wilson. The irony is that the transactions carried out by the participants are not illegal, although a large question mark hangs over the matter of an alleged letter on Wilson's notepaper that is said to bear his forged signa- ture The prime minister had no personal involvement in the scheme It is a moral of feace of which the I ______ in the eyes of the Labor party and many British people embittered by the huge profits made in the past three years by property speculators. When Harold .Wilson and his lieutenants angrily denounced the scandal of nigh mortgage interest costs and buildings kept empty.to await sale at higher prices, they touched a chord in the electorate. Five weeks in office has built solid credibility for Labor, seen as the party that got ttie miners back to work, ended the three-day week, brought in a tough but fair budget, cooled the growing row with America, demanded a better deal from the Common Market and placed new emphasis on Commonwealth ties. Now the result of an early election the Tories were dreading as this week began is an open question. The Con- servatives could well decide to bring the government down and go to a bewildered country on the straight issue of who really are the speculators friends. Undoubtedly, part of the reason for the vengeful nature of some of the parliamentary attacks lies in the controversial personality of a central figure, Mrs. Marcia Williams, private secretary to the prime minister. This 41-year-old divorcee has been feared and disliked by some Labor MPs and civil servants during her long reign as aide to Harold Wilson. Her behavior in filtering out callers has led to comparisons with Bob Haldeman, former chief of staff to Richard Nixon. .50 oil price only average THE CANADIAN. PRESS The federal government ac- cused Alberta Friday'of raising some of its oil prices higher than the level agreed to last month, but Premier Peter Lougheed had an explanation. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said in Toronto that Alberta has decided to allow increases of five cents a barrel above the 16.50 level on oil that is more -expensive to produce. This is oil extracted from natural gas and from the Alberta oil sands. Alberta decided to raise the price by five cents "without consulting he said. World leaders bid Pompidou solemn adieu PARIS (CP) Princes, presidents and prime ministers gathered under a broad French flag inside the Cathedral of Notre Dame today to pay solemn tribute to Georges Pompidou at a requiem mass. At least 40 countries were represented by heads of state or heads of government. Prime Minister Trudeau represented Canada. President Nixon of the United States stood a short distance from -Soviet President Ni- Jcolai Podgorny. A 96-foot-long tricolor sus- Jniform. iPrince Philip pended from the vaults of the Queen Elizabeth. 13th-century church marked off the pews reserved for the officials. Ceremonial dazzling brass the St. lie St. Louis in Paris where the 62-year-old president died Tuesday of can- cer. In the crowd of mourners was Premier Kakuei Tanaka of Japan, dressed in top hat and tails. Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany, who was to have met Pompidou later this month, was visibly moved. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco were there, as were Queen Juliana of Holland and King Baudpuin of gium, wearing a military A tear for Pompidou Prime Minister Trudeau at memorial service in Notre Dame Cathedral today Province negotiating rail line's future Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta will request an extension of the freeze on rail line abandonments into next year only if negotiations -break down with the federal government, Fred Peacock, minister of industry and commerce, said Friday. A technical group studying the abandonments will not have its recommendations reviewed until the fall. "If the studies and resultant negotiations with the. federal government are not satisfactory with regards to abandonment, we will request an he said. Abandonments are now frozen until the end of the year The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Friday ratified a recommendation of a task force on transportation that the freeze be extended for five years Planes defend Israeli position THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel said a Syrian ground force today attacked an Israel position on Mount Hermon, the strategic northern tip of the Golan Heights front, and was repelled by Israeli aircraft and artillery But Syria said Israel began the fighting and sent two Israeli planes to attack a' nearby Syrian position twice in 30 minutes. The planes caused no damage, Syria said. Unwanted exposure DARWIN, Australia (Reu- ter) A man who streaked nude down one of Darwin's mam streets Friday night on a bet with a friend arrived back at his car to find his disapproving wife had locked out and his clothes in. Police arrested him for indecent exposure It was the first time Israeli planes have been called in since the Golan, Heights front became the scene of daily fighting 26 days ago. An announcement in Tel Aviv said the force struck about a.m. and Israeli "aircraft were brought into action to stop the Syrian column The Syrians withdrew 30 minutes later, a communique said Israeli forces have been on a high alert for the last week or more along the embattled Golan Heights front which includes' the 30-square mile wedge of land captured from Syria in the October war. Israel prepared to celebrate Passover at sundown tonight, but its troops were kept on alert and a special siren that was to have signalled the start of the feast was silenced. The country still remembered that the last Middle East war broke Oct. 6 on the dawn of another major holiday, Yom Kippur. guards in helmets and white breeches stood attention along the walls as Francois Cardinal Marty, Archbishop of Pans, celebrated the mass. Alain Poher, who as Senate president became interim president upon Pompidou's death, headed the official mourners Pompidou's widow, Claude, did not attend the service. Trudeau was scheduled to meet Premier Pierre Messmer of France this afternoon in a courtesy visit More than 80 kings, queens, princes, presidents or heads of government attended the Other countries sent special representatives or ambassadors. By contrast, only Pompidou's family and cabinet attended funeral services Thursday at a small church near his apartment -on Libyan strongman toppled CAIRO (Reuter) The Libyan revolutionary command council has relieved Col. Moammar Khadafy of his political, administrative and traditional the Egyptian Middle East news agency reported today. Jrhe news agency said the council's decision to strip Khadafy of his head-of-state powers was communicated by the Libyan foreign ministry to all diplomatic missions in Tripoli on Friday night. The council said Khadafy will devote his time to ideological and mass re- organization work only. Inside Classified.....32-36 Comics............28 Comment v District...........21 Family 23-25 Local Markets 29-31 Sports........11-13 7 think he said he wants a Theatres...... TV.......... Weather....... LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGH SUN. M, SUNNY PERIODS The federal go is "faced withi breaking the But Mr. M vernroent now accepting it or eral officials will not likely in- sist on a reduction at the risk of destroying the agreement, reached in negotiations with the prime minister aifd leaders from the H> provinces. .In Edmonton, Premier Lougheed of Alberta said the price agreed to in the negotiations is only an average price. Thus, prices might vary among production of con- ventional oil and oil from the oil sands and oil from natural gas. Mr. Lougheed said no dis- cussions with Ottawa on the price are scheduled. Prices for oil derived from natural gas and from the oil sands have traditionally been higher than conventional oil prices. The premier was replying in the legislature to the opposition and was not available for elaboration on his statement. CALLS INCREASE SMALL- In Ottawa, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, speaking in the absence of Prime Minister Trudeau and Mr Macdonald, said the price increase on the newly-issued lists from Alberta is so small "we are not prepared to question it." "The basic agreement is still 50 Alberta has decided to allow certain premiums on certain kinds of oil." In Toronto, Ontario Energy Minister Darey McKeongh said the federal government forgot to include higher-priced oil from the oil sands and natural gas in the new agreement. However, he added "that Ontario was not involved in the computations which one published report says could cost Canadian consumers million. Mr. Macdonald said the fed- eral government did not forget to include the premium oil m the agreement. "In the system that existed up to May 1, the two premium commodities were never treated as being different he said. In future the federal govern- ment would be "more careful" in dealing with Alberta. Oil revenues to finance new industry base By JOHN DODD EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government says it doesn't know what to do with all of its new oil money. The province's financial planners say government revenue from energy in 1974-75 is expected to be billion, added to non-energy revenue of billion. Government spending was estimated at billion, leaving Alberta with a billion surplus. But the planners realize the oil wells eventually will dry up and the province be left as it was before 1949 with a have-not agricultural economy. So Provincial Treasurer Gordon Mimely warns Albertans not to expect any massive tax cuts or substantial expenditures on any project that comes along. Today's energy bonanza must be used for a major economic reshaping of the province, he says. The province must be strengthened to avoid a fall when the oil runs out in perhaps as few as 15 years, Mr. Minielv savs. This means development of secondary industry "The new oil revenue will be aimed at reducing our depend- ence on the oil and gas industry, improving job opportunities for Albertans items you would classify as investments for the the treasurer says. He says the province hasn't determined yet how it will spend this money since the extent of the new energy revenues wasn't learned until an oil-price deal was concluded in Ottawa March 27. The government will announce spending guidelines later in the current session of the legislature. Some of the new revenue will be spent on needed long-term projects such as public buildings, highways and parks. But the bulk is expected to go into a trust fund which last year earned more than nine-per-cent interest on about million Ffom' the trust fund, the government says, may come money to finance the Alberta Energy designed to ensure public participation in long-term resource developments such as the Athabasca oil sands. Initially, the new energy company will get million from the Alberta government and million from puttie jiajes of shares. r Alberta aJsti is expected to advance some of its trust, fund money to its own" Crown corporations, such as Alberta'Gov- ernment Telephones. This could mean cheaper financing stace the corporations could stay away from the expensive open markets when they have to borrow But more money likely will go into the Alberta Resources Growth Co., to be unveiled this fall, which will act as a catalyst for development of secondary industry. It could be the government's vehicle for launching Alberta's own petrochemical and steel industries. The Alberta Opportunity Fund is expected to make loans for development and expansion of small businesses and industries A similar fund will be used to encourage increased processing of agricultural products in Alberta Airport firemen's strike threatens to spread VANCOUVER (CP) Fire- men at Vancouver International Airport defied a court injunction ordering them back to work and continued their walkout today They returned to work briefly to allow a plane carrying an ill man from Quesnel, B.C., to land, but walked off their jobs again as soon as the plane had landed. The firemen shut down vir- tually all commercial air traffic in British Columbia at 8 am. Friday when they walked off the job to back up their demands for wage parity with municipal who they say make annually, about more than the airport men. Firemen at other B.C. air- ports joined the walkout to support the Vancouver men, closing down all commercial air traffic in the province. The Federal Court of Canada granted the injunction, requested by the ministry of transport and the treasury board, with Mr. 'Justice Patrick M. Mahoney issuing the back-to-work order, which affects all B.C. firemen. The transport ministry said it, as well as other government agencies and private businesses, were losing "immense amounts of money" because of the shutdown. The ministry esti- mated its monthly revenue loss would be mainly in lost landing fees. The Vancouver firemen's statement that they wouldn't return to work defied both the injunction and orders from their own negotiators in Ottawa. Don Duthie, president of the Vancouver local, said the men have too much at stake to give up now. "We've been slipping.for eight years. We're holding firm said Mr. Duthie. adding that the walkout will spread across the country. In Winnipeg, firemen at Winnipeg International Airport said they would walk out today to support the Vancouver men and the injunction issued against the B.C. workers made no differ- ence. twwd About town Rev. Rra Hint of Fort Macleod telling members of the John Howard Society that at the next provincial meeting out-of-town members will be btlletted in the jail and the inmates in hotels May HuttM hanging up her apron for good now that husband BUI is taking cooking lessons. Great Lakes clean-up drowns in morass of U.S. red tape Herald Washington Unreal WASHINGTON Almost two yean from the day that President Nixon signed a treaty with Canada aimed at cleaning up the Great Lakes, the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission (IJC) acknowledged Friday that the United States is lagging behind in its efforts. Christian Herter, the American co-chairman of the IJC, told reporters that delays are the result of an "administrative morass" caused by the stiff provisions of the 1970 U.S. Water Quality Act He denied that the impound- ment by President Nixon of funds appropriated by Congress for the job bad had any immediate effect on the work of cleaning up the Great Lakes. "To date, it {impoundment of funds) has not had an said Mr. Herter. However, he stated: "I am not sure the extent to which it may have an effect down the road, in the next four or five years." The great Lakes Water Quality agreement signed in Ottawa in 1972 by Mr. Nixon and Prime Minister Trudeau, calls for the United States to co-operate with Canada on the clean-up job. At the time, government officials in both countries estimated that the American share of the cost would be about million for Canada. The greater U.S. contribution was proportionate to the amount of pollution originating on the American side of the Great Lakes. It was anticipated that the anti-pollution projects envisaged in the treaty would be substantially completed in 1975. Since his Ottawa visit, Mr. Nixon has impounded funds appropriated for numerous U.S. projects, In- .eluding the cleanup of the Great Lakes. Maxwell Cohen, the Canadian IJC co-chairman, agreed with Mr. Herter that delays so far in toe American effort have been caused by "the complexity of administrative procedures" and "political processes." But, the former McGMl University law dean-appointed to the IJC earlier this not comment on the effect Admitting that many Cana- dians think there has been an undue delay" by the United SUMS, he said "there is also a fair understanding that the de- lay is not a question of will." Mr. Herter said that U.S. delays in its commitments to clean-up (he Great Lakes have been due so far "primarily to the very complicated proce- dural requirements that the Congress have Inserted in the .legislation (Water Quality Act of The Environmental to getovt regulations for the sub- of appUcationc for fi- nancing of mnidpal sewage systems, have to have been given public bearings, these in turn have to be agreed to by the states, and the states are just now beginning to get through what you might call this administrative said Mr. Herter "I to my own knowledge know that administrator (Russell) Train (of the Environmental Protection Agency) set up a task force about two months ago to do precisely this: try and move these procedures ;