Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
LIBERALS INDICATE FOOD PRICES REVIEW BOARD LIKELY OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment cocked an ear toward anxious consumers Tuesday and announced that a food prices re- view board is 'in the offing. Consumers Affairs Minister Herb Gray told the Commons there is a need for such a board, but did not specify tow it would operate. Particulars would be contained in legisla- tion or a detailed statement, likely to be announced before the end of the month, he said. Mr. Gray's announcement cams during debate on a New Democratic Party resolution to adopt the interim report of the special Commons committee on food prices. The 25-member all-party con> mitlee released a report last week calling for a board to re- view food prices. It did not say the board should be empowered to act independently, but sug- gested it make recommenda- tions to Mr. Gray. The 10 Conservatives on the committee have refused to be associated with the report and Tuesday charged it was yet ?n- olher coalition effort of the Lib- erals and the NDP. However, Grace Maclnnis said her party will not be satis- fied with a "toothless wonder" such as the now defunct prices and incomes commission. She said the board must recommend steps to ensure food prices do not increase, or even ask the government to roll back prices. The Conservatives want a 90- day freeze ou prices and in- comes, excluding food at the farm gate. The NDP motion remains on the order paper and could sur- face again later this week. Earlier, "Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde told the House legislation dealing with family allowances will be introduced this session. He was replying to Walter Carter John's who asked whether the govern- ment intends to reintrouuce the family income security plan. The plan, designed to take al- lowance away from the better- off families and give more to low income families, was stalled in the House last year, just before the general election was called. Communications Minister Ge- rard Pelleticr said suspeasion of the latest Bell Canada tele- phone rate increase will last 90 days. The government intends to re- view the 'increase, approved by the Canadian transport commis- sion, and decide whether all, part or none of it should be allowed. More news on prices and in- flation came from Finance Min- ister John Turner. He told the House chartered bank presi- dents have indicated they will not let higher interest rates in- crease the spread between the prime lending rate and interest paid on customer deposits. The Bank of Canada raised its prime rate to 514 per cent from 4% last Friday. Chartered bank presidents have sinco agreed interest rates on depos- its will rise corresponding to any increase in prime lending rates. The LetHbttdge Herald Lougheed VOL. LXVI No. 103 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS FOUK SECTIONS.'-56 PAGES Red Deer man figures in Viet ordeal By HAROLD MORRISON CP Foreign Editor SAIGON (CP) Canadian Army Capt. Eay Par- sons physically lifted a Viet Ccng officer and forced him to an open rosdway to ensure that Viet Cong snipers halted their fire on a grounded truce observer helicopter, Master Cpl. Eobert Laplante said today. Laplante. a survivor of the wrecked and grounded helicopters last Saturday, also said that the United States civilian pilots feared for their lives in Viet Cong territory and sought Canadian protection during the two-day ordeal in the mountainous bushland. "Everybody signed statements in the Viet Cong hamlet except the native of Melocheville, Que., told reporters in his first public statement since he emerged from Communist-held territory early Monday. He said he was not asked to sign anything. Laplante, a communications expert, and Parsons, of Red Deer, Alta., were the two Canadians in the second of two helicopters flying to a projected team site at Lao Bao, on the Laotian border. The first helicopter, occupied by Capt. Charles Laviolette of Quebec City and eight other persons in- cluding two Viet Cong officers, crashed and burned after it was shot down by a heat-seeking rocket. The second aircraft was forced down after it was hit by what Laplante described as large-calibre machine-gun fire. UNDID SAFETY BELT "When we landed en a road about 500 feet from a small hamlet, the PRG Viet Cong interpreter on our helicopter couldn't get Ms safety belt undone and Capt Parsons took his belt Laplante said. "Then he lifted the PRG man on the dirt road and yelled at him to do some talking. were taking small arms fire coming from tha hills. We took cover in a ditch at the side of the road. "The PRG man was scared. The firing stopped soon after the PRG yelled something. Our American pilot and co-pilot were shook up. They didn't want to be left alone. I told them that we came'into Viet Cong territory together and we would go out together." From where he sat in the second helicopter, La- plante said, he had no clear line of vision in front of the chopper, but he had his feet outside the open door- way and could see below. The helicopters flew directly over the Khe Sanh airport and he could see the landing strip and some buildings that appeared to be hangars. TAKES EVASIVE ACTION About 10 minutes later he heard firing and the helicopter began to swerve sharplv in evasive action. When it landed, it had bullet holes "including a two-inch hole in the tail section. "The first helicopter, which crashed, was about mile away. When we landed we were taken to a bamboo hut in the hamlet which seemed to bs an army camp. I asked to use my radio which I was taking to test communications at Lao Bao, but the local people would not give me permission.'' Laplante. a husky soldier taioos on his arms, said that after landing, the PRG man in their helicopter went to the crash scene of the first chopper. He came back to say there were no survivors. "We were well trcalcd. When I asked to gel my cigarettes from my helicopter I found that the Viet Cong had got Jo the cigarettes first. We used our C rations the first day. The Viet Cong gave us hot water and tea. We slept in bamboo beds. They gave us mosquito Inside Classified 36-29, 31 Comics 34 Comment ___ 4 District Family Local News Markets Sports 7 not tolerate further infiltration from the North 3, 5 24, 25 37, 38 22. 23 S-31 TV f. WcaUbcr 2 LOW TONir.HT 35, HIGH TOURS. 55; CLOUDY PERIODS forces gas issue EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed moved Tuesday to place direct pressure on TransCanada Pipelines, regarded as the monopoly buyer of Alberta natural gas, to raise the price it pays for the fuel. Mr. Lougheed told the legisla- ture his cabinet has decided it is not prepared to grant either of two major export appli- cations to TransCanada until the company shows it is ready to pay prices that meet the province's new gas-pricing pol- icy. In a second action, the cabi- net asked Alberta's Energy Re- sources Conservation Board to reconsider a permit issued to Conso'idated Natural Gas for gas exports that have been transferred to TransCanada. The premier said the cabinet will indefinitely delay Trans- Canada applications to export to eastern Canada an additional 410 billion cubic feet and 981 bil- lion cubic feet of natural gas until the pricing requirements are met. The Conservative government has allowed no gas exports from the province over those al- ready contracted for since it took office in September. 1971. GAS DIVERTED Spring reflections Spring reflections abound at Henderson lake as the Prairie sun takes longer each day to set behind the Southern Alberta Foothills. Balmy temperatures Tuesday, expected to continue today, continue to enhance leisurely strolls at dusk through Lethbridge parks and residential boulevards. Foreign exodus begins From REUTER-AP PHNOM PENH A square-mile area on the outskirts of tbis community. 45 irrles east of Ottawa, was evac- uated today after a CP Rail freight train derailed and caught fire after a collision with a truck- Fircmen from four area de- partments rushed to the scene Jo baSHe flames which broic mil in a number of derated cars and yprcsd Jo a rcarby Jwmc hut tbc main concern was a detailed chlorine tanker. A police spokesman said Sifoere was a danger thai fumes coi'ld leak ami threaten area residents. none of the faces of a besieged city. I'OOD PRICES UP Food is abundant in the mar- kets. The prices have risen steeply, but because of runaway inflation, not because of shore- ages. Prince Sihanouk returned to Peking today from a visit to Vietnam and Cambodian areas held by the Communists. The 50-year-old prince has been living in the Chinese capital since a coup in 1970 while he was in Europa. Peking's official People's said his visit to Cambo- dia "eloquently proves once again that Samdech Sihanouk is the head of state supported and loved by the Cambodian reop'c and ths royal govern- rr.eni o" national union of Cam- bodia is the sole legal govern- ment power over the tend of In Ottawa, an external affairs spokesman said there have been no Canadian diplomats posted in Cambodia since 1969 ine International Control Commission withdrew from that country. Suffield plan won't halt army EDMONTON (CP) drilling of test wells on a vast military reserve in Southern Alberta will not likely inter- fere with training exercises planned by the British army, Don Getty, minister of in- tergovernmental affairs, said Tuesday. Ke told the legislature that military spokesmen have sug- gested the British army might restrict its activities if there is a problem "but it appears there will net be on the initial drill- Mr. Getty said Monday the province received permission from the federal government to drill test wells to determine natural gas reserves in the Suf- field block. 30 miles north of Medicine Hat. Replying to Bill Wysc (SC Medicine Hal-Redcliff'. he also said Ibe government will set up a committee lo supervise the driving of the 77 evaluation veYjs. The government seek "request? fcr from 1be oil industry on the drillinc. A tentative sterling date for tbc drilling has not yet been sel. he added. ing Consolidated's gas exports, approved by the former Socsal Credit government in Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie said a rehearing is being asked for primarily be- cause the gas is not going to the place indicated in the initial ap- plication. Consolidated was granted per- mission to remove 2.5 billion cubic feet of gas from the prov- ince for distribution to the mar- kets cf an affiliate company in the United States. However, when Consolidated was unable to get permission frcm the National Energy Beard (NEB) to ship the gas over the Canadian border, it made arrangements for trans- Canada, which serves eastern Canadian markets, to take de- livery of its gas. The NEB's decision not to al- low the additional exports to the U.S. placed TransCanada in a position of being a monopoly buyer. Former Premier Harry Strom said if the NEB had approved Consolidated's application -it vvou'd have injected a signifi- cant competitive force in deter- mining Alberta natural gas prices. Premier Lougheed said iLe wellhead price of natural sas should be raised between 10 and 20 cents a thousand cubic art above today's average 16 caiSs a thousand. Tb? premier, in an intern rw outside the legislature, CrsisolidaJed's pas was leaving AlbcrJa at a price belcnv the government wants to sec in ils new pricing policy. Plant offer made Calgary Power Ltd. made an offer to purchase Lefchbridge's power plant at a meeting with city officials Tuesday. But the amount and other de- tails of the offer, which report- edly offended some members of the city negotiating commit- tee, were not made public. In the meantime the commit- tee has instructed city hall ad- ministrators to prepare a num- ber of studies for comparison purposes with Calgary Power's proposal and to look into all aspects of the power supply problem. City Manager Tom Nutting, who is on the committee along with utilities director Oh' Er- dos, and aldermen Vera Fer- guson. Vaughan Hembroff and Steve Kotch, said Calgary Pow- er's offer was comparable to what administrative studies in- dicated it would be. He said the committee ex- pacts to reply to Calgary Pow- er within four to six weeks. DOOR LEFT OPEN Calgary Power, he said, did not close the door to counter proposals, and negotiations are expected to continue for some time. The city's studies could in- clude making an informal ap- proach to the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board to determine its attitude towards the city continuing or not con- tinuing to operate its river val- ley power plant. Norway minister plans visit to Alberta _i OSLO (AP) Foreign Minis- ter Dagfen Vaarvik of Norway 'saves Thursday for an official two-day visit to Canada. After his official stay in Mon- treal and Ottawa, Vaarvifc will also visit Alberta authorities in Edmonton and see Canadians of Norwegian origin in the prov- ince. Seen and heard S About town TORY COLE, waking up to find a picnic table outside his house sel for breakfast Const. Tom Manion sporting the last re- mains of a fine" black eye. Books closed oil Bormami case Arcb tTcrri band m the One-year delay for rar-makcrs WASHINGTON Thr I'mled Slates Em irenmen- tal Protection Agency an- nounced today it will grant car- mrkers a delay in meeting tough new anrto exhaust standards. The delay means new cars vi1] nil have to meet I ards wntal FRANKFURT 2. iJm. bct-wipen 1 and 3 a.m. on (be Invalkkmslrassc railroad bridge 'in a short time after bis accomplice Adolf Attorney-General Hcrst Gaaf said. He ordered that tbe 28-year search fcr Eormrnn bs Icrmir- and tbe warrant for his arrest lifted. Eormann and Stampfesger amonn seven Nazis broke out of tins Fuehrer's bunker late on the nicht cf May 3. IMS. a day after Hitler conv mi'tcd suicide. Borman. wbo would be 72 if still alive. 1o death in absentia by Ibc Allied mmcs tribunal in in liw; Gauf 1cld a conference Ibat if anyone is arrcyled on suspicion 1hat be is Bormann, "we wi3] be dealing with an in- nocrnt Reports of Bwmann being seen have come repeatedly from other countries since 3945, brrt none haw been confirmed. West German embassies and missions Abroad ncnv will be di- rcclcd to ignore sin- further re- peris. War criminal hunter Simon Wicsenthal attended the neivs conference and told reporters that be is 93 per cent satisfied the skeleton unearthed in But be expressed one per cent continuing doubt, saying "there are still hairs in Ibe soup." STUDIED BONES Gauf and investigator Joa- ch.m RicWcr based their con- clusion en: I. A comparison of the skelo- ion's teeth wiUj an oM from Bonnann's denfeL 2- Skull and bone measure- ments. 3. The discovery of mended fractures in an arm and collar- bone, fractures such as Bor- znann had suffered. 1. Roconstnirtion of Bor- rnaitn's face on tbe basis of Ibe skirtl of tbe skeleton 5. of glass splinters from a capsule like those used by leading Nazis to commit sui- cide by cyanide poisoning. A second skeleton found bur- led in an old fair cround was itfenJjfied as that of Ludwic 5'ampfeecer. tbe last physician in Hitler's bunker wlien Berlin was falling.