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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDGE April News In brief MLAs take Easter break KDMONTON (CP) The 75 members ol the Alberta legislature began a seven day Easter recess Tuesday. flie legislature was adjourned until April 17, giving MLAs a chance to spend the Easter holiday with their families. Lie detector claim probe KDMONTON (CP) The government will look into the use of lie detectors by employers to check out their workers' honesty. Consumer AM.urs Minister Bob Dowling vi id Tuesday Mr. Dowhng's comment came after Roy Wilson (SC Calgary speaking in the legislature, called for an investigation Mr. Wilson, who named two companies he claims are using lie detectors, said outside the house he is not certain if the employees are being pressured to take the tests. The opposition MLA said Mr Dowhng's department should bring in legislation requiring persons giving the tests to be licensed insurance rejected KDMONTON iCP) The concept ol a government run nn-tau! t a u to-mobile insurance scheme in Alberta was rejected by the legislature Tuesday. NDP leader Grant Notley, called for the creation of the system in a resolution, and on a voice vote appeared to be the only one in favor Health boards get caveat power KDMONTON (CP) Legislation presented by the government Tuesday uouhl give local boards of health the authority to tile a ravi-yi against the title of any property declared unfit or un'sanitary. The hoard could hold up any vile ol the property until the condition has been corrected. Other changes to the municipal government act would allow a municipality to dispose of lost or unclaimed bicycles after 45 days. Under existing legislation, unclaimed bicycles must be kept for 90 days before a public auction is called Edmonton seeks games loan KDMONTON (CPi City (mincil voted Tuesday to the provincial lor a loan to hnance Kdmonton's share of capital costs for the 1978 Commonwealth Games. Mdvor Ivor Dent said informal discussions with government officials led him to believe there was a possibility the government would be receptive to the idea. The city is responsible for a maximum of million of the capital costs of facilities lloffa loses bid to sue Nixon VSHINGTON iRcuter) ledcral judge has ruled .ig.imsl lormer Teamster union president James Holla in his bid to sue not only the I nited States government but 1'iesident Nixon personally Holla, released from prison in 1971 by presidential order with the condition attached th.it he take no leadership position in any union until 1980. has charged that this was. in elfect. a White House- spawned plot to deprive him ol his rights U S. District Judge John Pratt granted on Tuesday the government's motion to have Nixon dismissed as a delendant Troop ship bombed in karbor LISBON (Reuter) A ship carrving more !'rjan troops to the West African territory of Portuguese Guinea was delayed after two blasts ripped holes in the hull Tuesday. Four soldiers were wounded in the blasts which occurred while troops were on deck of ihe 10.742-ton Niassa for a de- parture speech. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Frogmen investigating the incident said the bombs tore two holes about a yard wide in the hull just above the water line Kail strike TOKYO (AP) Workers on the Japan National Railway began a four-day strike today, forcing eight million commuters to find other transport or stay home Another five million commuters were delayed by a slowdown of transport workers who have not yet gone on strike. Since Liberals came to office in 1970. Bourassa firm awarded million in gov't work QUEBEC (CP) Documents released in the national .assembly Tuesday show that a Montreal firm controlled by the family of Premier Robert Bourassa has been awarded almost million in government contracts since the premier took office in 1970. The documents, revealed in the national assembly by Ge- rard-D. Levesque, vice-premier and intergovernmental at lairs minister, show Paragon Business Forms Ltd. filled a total of 262 government contracts totalling between 1970 and 1974 The figures indicate the following amounts. eight contracts totalling seven contracts totalling -1972-73: six contracts totalling The documents further showed that so far during 1973-74, a total of 141 government orders amounting to were filled by the company. Andree Bourassa, the premier's wife, and her brother Claude Simard, provincial minister of tourism, each own 23.7 per cent of Clauremiand Ltee., which in turn owns 73 per cent of Paragon. Another brother, Rene Simard, and a sister, Michele Bernier, also own 23.7 per cent of the stock. The Bourassa Liberals were first elected to power April 29, 1970. They took 102 of 110 national assembly seats in a land- slide election victory last October. The figures revealed Tuesday do not include contracts awarded without public tender. Another document showed that during 1972-73, Paragon filled 57 orders amounting to without submitting pub- lic tender. Reports in Montreal last week indicated Paragon had received contracts of in public tender competitions since the Liberals took power in 1970. Premier Bourassa, who last week called the transactions with Paragon "completely, legal and has ordered a study of federal and provincial conflict-of-interest laws to de- termine if stricter legislation governing conflicts of interest is needed in Quebec. Mr. Simard told the national assembly Monday he would neither resign from the cabinet nor sell his shares in Paragon and indicated he resigned as vice-president of the firm in 1970. "I have had nothing to do with the transaction made with government and I must say ..I have absolutely nothing to reproach myself he said. Budget expected in early May Time out for tie Prime Minister Trudeau turns his back on photographers Tuesday in Ottawa to tie his tie before meeting with Manitoba premier Ed Schreyer. The premier met with several government officials to discuss a wide range of topics. End of good life said in sight UNITED NATIONS (AP) Warnings of famine, inflation and the end of the good life for affluent countries are being sounded at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim and Assembly President Leopoldo Benites of Ecuador told the delegates from 135 countries Tuesday that urgent international co- operation and new approaches are needed to cope with the shortages of food and resources threatening all countries. Waldheim said the special session amounts to recognition of the need to even continues 'til April Single Rolls for the regular price of VINYL- COATED and FLOCKED WALLPAPERS SALE OF WALLCOVERINGS at GENERAL PAINT WALLCOVERINGS STILL GOOD PATTERNS IN STOCK 1020 Third Avenue South Phone 328-9221 the contrast in the world between "affluence and poverty conspicuous consumption and destitution." He asked the assembly to attack six problems that "are all interconnected and have a multiplier poverty, overpopulation, food, energy, military expenditures and the monetary system. FOOD SUPPLY LOW Waldheim said the world's food supply is under the most severe pressure and "never in recent decades have world re- serves been so frighteningly low." The monetary system, he said, has been stricken with "a cancer-like disease, which if not checked will make it impossible for man to best use his limited supply of re- sources Benites said "new ap- proaches, more imaginative and creative solutions" must be found to combat inflation and the high cost of living "if a major disaster is to be averted." Mideast clashes continue TEL AVIV (Reuter) Syrian and Israeli forces clashed on the Golan Heights today for the 30th successive day. The clashes, which the Israeli military spokesman said were started by the Syrians, occurred as Israel's governing Labor party leaders were involved in negotiations to avoid a serious split that might bring down Premier Golda Meir's coalition. The military spokesman said the Syrians shelled the area captured by Israel in the October war and the region taken in 1967. Pacific trade in hands'1 VICTORIA (CP) The fu- ture of Canada's Pacific trade lies in the hands of British Co- lumbia, Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger told members of the men's and women's Canadian Clubs Tuesday. "The maintenance of your identity which is increasingly marked by the Orient is a source of surprise and richness for all of he said. "This factor could weigh very heavily upon us in the next two or three decades. It can but enhance your influence in the councils of your country with respect not only to trade but also to the shape of our national personality." The question, said the governor-general, is whether there is a possibility that trade with the Pacific countries will have as profound an effect on Canada's second century as the development of Atlantic trade had on the first By VICTOR MACKIE OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner promised the Commons Tuesday he will announce the date of his budget within a week after the members return from their Easter adjournment, April 22. Government sources have suggested it will be brought down either the first or second Monday in May. But the first Monday is May 6 and the second Monday is May 13. If Mr. Turner is superstitious he may reject the latter date because of its "unlucky connotations" and opt for May 14. Meantime the official opposition plan moving an amendment to the Easter adjournment motion in the Commons Wednesday. It would call for the naming of an "opposition day" during the last week of April. That would provide the Pro- gressive Conservatives with an opportunity to introduce another motion of non- confidence in the Liberal minority government. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield wants the house to vote on such a motion before the government is given the opportunity to introduce another budget. Ged Baldwin River) Tory strategist ex- plained "We want the govern- ment to earn the right through a confidence vote to bring in another budget- After 18 months in office it has done nothing to alleviate the serious inflation." He said the confidence motion would "clear the air It would provide the New Democratic Party with the opportunity to demonstrate whether or not it meant its recent threats to withdraw support from the Trudeau minority government. "We want Lewis to show whether he means what he says. He is like a tired old watchdog, growling and grum- bling but toothless. He is all bark and no said Mr. Baldwin. The vote of confidence or no-confidence in the government the last week in April ahead of the budget would demonstrate clearly that either the uneasy alliance between the NDP and Liberals is to continue for the next two and one-half years or end immediately in an election, said Mr. Baldwin. He personally doubted that Mr. Lewis and his NDP supporters would vote against the government despite what the NDP leader and other NDP'ers have been threatening in the past week Mr. Turner refused in the Commons Tuesday to name a specific date for the budget. He said that in the week after the Easter recess he will name the specific date. NDP Leader David Lewis in the house was pressing Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Mr. Turner to have the budget introduced before the end of April. The NDP say they would prefer to vote confidence or no-confidence in the government on the budget, rather than on a no-confidence motion a week ahead of the budget. Bangladesh drops atrocity charges against Pakistanis NEW DELHI India. Pakistan and Bangladesh came closer to full reconciliation as Bangladesh agreed to drop atrocity charges against the last 195 Pakistani prisoners of war from the 1971 war and permit them to go home Foreign ministers of the subcontinent's three countries ended five days of intensive bargaining Tuesday night with the announcement that one of the toughest disputes left over from the Bangladesh war of independence has been cleared up A joint statement was ex- pected today. Bangladesh sources reported that in return for settlement of the PoW issue. Pakistan agreed to review the applications of Moslems in Bangladesh who were previously refused admission to Pakistan. The Bangladesh government says about of the non- Bengali Moslems in the lormer East Pakistan want to move to Pakistan now that there is no chance of it regaining control of its lormer province. The pact completed the first phase ol post-war reconcilia- tion a process begun when Prime Ministers Indira Ghandi of India and Zulfikar All Bhutto of Pakistan agreed in July 1972. to exchange territory captured in the conflict Another accord last summer cleared the way for the repatriation of about HOO.OOO prisoners of war and civilians displaced by the war. f But Prime Minister Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh maintained that 195 of the prisoners India was holding must be tried for war crimes. Bhutto refused to recognize Bangladesh until the PoWs were released. The stalemate was broken last Feb. 22 when Bhutto bowed to pressure from Moslem leaders gathered for a summit in Lahore and extended recognition to Bangladesh, setting off a flurry ol similar moves by other capitals Bullet-riddled body dumped in kitchen From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) Terrorist gunmen killed the headmaster of a Northern Ireland school today and left IRS amassed files on tax cheaters WASHINGTON (AP) -The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) until recently was prepared to audit the taxes of anyone attending a rock festival or burning his draft card, says an IRS internal memo. The memo was made public Tuesday by Senator Lowell Weicker (Rep. It is a January, 1973, status report on what was called a special compliance group set up inside IRS to collect intelligence information on all persons or groups advocating so-called extremist views. The unit was set up in the first year of the Nixon administration and by 1973, says the memo, had amassed files on individuals and on organizations. It had collected classified documents and had compiled a list of groups ,or individuals "who fall into the category of posing a threat and probability of tax the IRS memo said. The document said the IRS was collecting information, with the help of law enforcement agencies, on so- called violent groups. It also said members of non- violent groups were being in- cluded. "Included are those who publicly destroy and burn draft cards, destroy selective service records, participate in and organize May Day demonstrations, organize and attend rock festivals which attract youth and narcotics. the memo said. Weicker said Monday the special unit was dismantled in August, 1973, at the same time that allegations were being made before the Senate Watergate committee that the White House had used the IRS to benefit President Nixon's friends and to punish his political "enemies." him riddled with bullets in the kitchen of his home. Police identified the victim as George Saunderson, a former colonel in the Ulster Defence Regiment, Northern Ireland's militia. Saunderson was a British Army officer in the Second World War. He left the defence regiment a year ago and returned to teaching at Teenore, County Fermanagh, near the border with the Irish republic, friends said. He was the 992nd known vic- tim of Northern Ireland's cur- rent troubles. British troops raided republican strooolds in Belfast today after a night of bombing arson and gun battles that left one man dead and 13 persons injured. More than 3G men and women, suspected members of the illegal Irish Republican Army, have been detained in the search-and-arrest operation, ordered after two days of violence across Northern Ireland. Britain's minister of state for Northern Ireland, Stanley Orme, was meeting Northern Ireland's security chiefs today to discuss further measures to halt the guerrilla attacks. A bartender in the Roman Catholic Falls Road area was shot dead Tuesday night by a stray bullet from a skirmish between guerrillas and British troops ;