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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 55-60. Lethbridge Herald VOL. LETIIBRIDGE, ALB10HTA, WEDNESDAY, APIilL 12, 1972 TRICE NO'I' OVEH 10 CENTS TJIKKE SECTIONS '10 PAGE1- Nixon on spot Troops during visit to Ottawa stage r TJ.v VICTOH MACKIK Herald OKawa Bureau OTTAWA President Ridiarcl Nixon will ba squarely on Ihc spot be comes to Ottawa Thurs- day lie must say and [lo he is in this country Iliat Mould be interference ur seem to be meddling in the Canadian general election cam- paign. It w-hl require adroit political footwork and fancy tightrope walking Canadian and United Stales spokes- men said here Vi'odiiosdiiy when nsked for a rundown on the talks between the president and Prime Minister Pierre. Tvmlcnu that arc scheduled for Friday. The president and Mrs. N'ison arrive for Hie stale visit Thursday nighl and be the guests of Governor General Micbener ;il Government House, Mr. Nixon will address a joint session o( the sen- ate and house of commons Friday afternoon. Work on drafts of thnt speech has under way for weeks as here again the president recognizing the touchiness of Canadians, will eray word be utters as to Its polilieal impacl. When the late President John Kennedy addressed such n joint session during his last official visit to Canada he lectured Canadians on loroign policy and urged tlie Canadian government lo take an aclive role in the Organization o( American Slates. That advice liad sliavn repercussions in Ibis counlry and probably set back Canada's [wlicinalion in Hie OAS several years. American officials vvilli Dial previous ex- perience in mind will have passed along advice lo the White House M avoid worsening relations between Canada and Ihc U.S. by sleci-Ing clear of subjects Hint mifiht muddy tiie already murky walers. Cana- rtinn and American officials here are wailing eagerly tn hear just whal President Nixon will say when ho Bpcaks lo the senators and members of Parliament. Fingers crossed Balli sides are looking for and hoping for an cas- ing of the growing lension between Ihe two countries as a result of the slate visit. The two leaders will an agreement to clean up Ihc (Jreal Lakes. 11 has been nciwlialcd and only requires their signatures. ,Mi. iN'ixon will liaie miieli on his mind when he comes lo Ottawa. The deteriorating military situation in South Viel Nam putting his Vietnamization policy lo a severe test, is causing grave concern in Washington. There reportedly wus some consitleralion given lo a possible cancellation of Hie Ottawa visit in view of the war's lalesl developments hut (hat idea apparently lias been discarded A cancellalion of (he visil al lime would be a blow lo Prime Minister Ti-udcau. It Mould he exploited by liis political opponents o.-i an indication lhal Canada and ils prime niLiuslcr bad a low rating in the While House. IJbcrals are eager lo have the president make Hie trip lo offset some, of Ihc damage Ihcy believe was done lo tire popularity of tlie Liberal administra- tion by Ihe warmlh of the welcome accorded Premier Alexei Kosygin last Oclober. Federal Liberals wanted Mr. Nixon lo include a visit lo Toronto in his itinerary but this was rejected by the While Rouse. A Canadian government .spoke.smaji said there will be no discussions specifics when Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Nixon meet Friday for private talks. Heads of. governments rarely talk in specilics, he explained, bvlt at Ihe close of the visil it is hoped here lhal Ihe official communique will be so worded as to promolu a resumption ol trade negotiations. The trade talks according lo n recent statement by Paul Vok-kor, U.S. under secretary for monetary affairs, nave reached an impasse. He indicated that no current negotiations are underway. Touchy subjects Touchy subjects bctvcan the two counlries that, could como under general discussion beUveen Ihe two men include: 1. Tlie .stalled trade negotiations and the need lo pet them going again. 2. The controversy over Hie U.S.-Cauada Auto- mobile pact. Bolh Kuvcrnmenls lisluncnl a lirnik could I'O yr.'irs away and Ihc1 is just uudrr coniidcralion. ;