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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuetday, April 17, 1973 THI LETHBRIDCE HERALD Lougheed's decision 'a bluff Hard-hitting speech President Nixon, in a hard hitting speech Monday in Washington before the AFL-CIO National Legislative and Safety Conference said those who would cut the defence budget have to take the responsibility for "sabotag- ing" the forthcoming negotiations on nuclear arms limita- tion and mutual reduction of forces in Europe. EDMONTON (CP) Prem- ier Peter Lougheed's decision last week to delay two natural gas export permits was uncon- stitutional, says New Demo-1 cratic Party leader Grant Not-! ley. The premier delayed grant- ing two export permits be-! cause contract prices of nat-j ural gas in the permits were i at least ]0 cents below what' he considered fair. j Mr. N o 11 e y acknowledged i Premier Lougheed's right to tix' the price of natural gas, but, said that attempting to drive prices up by threatening to in-, terfere with the movement of natural gas was contrary to the, Canadian constitution. "This constitutes regulation of interprovincial trade, some-j thing which is clearly beyond the authority of the province He called the premier's deci- sion a bluff, but "if the govern-: merit of Canada or any provin-j cial government calls cur bluff. we v.ill find ourselves in con- stitutional hot water.'1 The government is keeping. Albertans in the dark by refus-' ing to identify the constitution- al experts consulted in the delay decision or to table their opinions in the legislature, said Mr Nolley. He suggested a simpler and less reckless way to increase the field price of natural gas would be to sharply increase royalties. Chinese diplomats in happy mood as they depart for Washington Nixon proposes stockpile sale WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon asked Congress Monday to permit him to sell billion from the national stockpile of strategic mat- erials no longer needed for security reasons, but vital in the fight against inflation. He said the demand for indus- trial commodities has increased so that prices have gone up in some cases more than 30 per cent in the last year. "These increases will even- tually be felt in higher prices for the American consumer if v.e do not act decisively Nixon said. "By disposing of unneaded items in the strategic stockpile we can strike a criti- cal blow for the American con- sumer." Nixon said he plans to take full advantage of the new stock- pile surplus to stabilize prices in the metals marketing where prices for many commodities such as mercury, platinum, ca- dium and silver have advanced more than 30 per cent during i the last year and items such as copper, zinc and cobalt are up more than 20 per cent. The present strategic steck- piia of some 90 commodities, ranging from metals, minerals and rubber to industrial dia- I monds and iodine, was set up after the Second World War. The aim was to keep the coun- try ready for a possible conflict. It now totals billion worth cf material. Under the current (lew Nixon has the authority to jsell about S1.9 billion from the i stockpile. But he nesds congres- sional authorization for the ad- j ditional billion he now 1 wants to unload. i Nixon said in the special mes- sage to Congress that his new I proposals and guidelines for j sale of 16 major commodities 'would still have the United Stales with a stockpile suf- ficient "to cover our material requirements for the first year of a major conflict in Europe and As.a By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald i first Chinese! diplomats assigned to the United States in a generation were in an enthusiastic mood Monday as they departed Pe- king on the first leg of their1 journey to Washington. A beaming Han Hsu. the 40 year-old leader of the group, j clasped his hands above his i head in a boxer's salute to a crowd of diplomats, relatives and friends before boarding the t Soviet-built jet that carried the party to Shanghai Han. formerly chief of proto- col in the foreign ministry, is to be the deputy chief of the Chi- i nese liaison office in Washing-' ton. whose establishment was j agreed when US. presidential adviser Henry Kissinger visited i Peking. Alfred Jenkins, leader i of the U S. diplomats who are, already here to establish the! U.S. office in Peking, was among the diplomats who turnsd out to bid the Chinese! party farewell. i IMPRESSIVE FIGURE j Han. an impressive figure with close-cropped hair salted i with grey, displayed his linguis- tic abilities by chatting with! U.S.. French and Japanese dip- lomats in their own languages. which he speaks in addition to Russian. He was accompanied aboard the flight by Chien Ta-Yung. 47. until now the head of the U.S. division of the foreign minis- try's American department, and by Chi Chao-Chu, 43, a Har- vard-educated official who has. worked for several years as an i interpreter and assistant to Pre-1 mier Chou En-Lai. The three men, all fluent English speakers, were to be, join'ed in Shanghai by seven I others who had flown on ahead, i with all 10 spending the night j there before resuming their' journey to Washington today via Tokyo, Honolulu and Los' Angeles. i Normally, Chinese officials travelling to North America fly west-bound through Paris, but the Washintgon group is taking advantage of a special flight j carrying" 'a Chinese friendship group to Tokyo, where it v.ill board a scheduled U.S. flight! for the journey across the Pa-1 cific. The three diplomats spent an hour before the departure chat-' ting and joking with a group of weiiwishers led by Wang Hai- i Jung, a niece of Chairman Mao who ranks as an assistant for-! eign minister, breaking away in' the last few minutes for fare- wells with their families. GREAT PLEASURE A group of top Chinese lead- ers, including the recently reha- bilitated vice-premier, Teng Hsiao-Ping, was at the airport to see the Chinese friendship delegation off. However, the two groups were separated, so none of the leadership figures spoke to the diplomats. Chi. who emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1939 and lived there until 1950, whan he returned to j China, told correspondents it! was "a great pleasure to be re- turning to America Chien, who met Presideent Richard Nixon last >ear when he visited the White House with the touring Chinese table tennis team, set other Chinese officials at the airport laughing hen he, confided to newsmen that "I don't play ping pong, onlv ping pong diplomacy." DELAYS DEPARTURE No departure date has been announced yet for Peking's nominee to head the Washing- ton office. General Hunag But it is expected that General Huang, a Red Army veteran who was formerly Chinese am- bassador to Paris, will delay his departure until Han and his col- leagues have established suit- able quarters fv the office, probably some time in ear.'y summer The U S office here probably will open its doors offi- cially with the arrival in early May of David Bruce, the 75- year-old diplomat named by President Nixon to be its chief. Although not officially an am- bassador. Mr. Bruce, like all Americans and Chinese as- signed to the two offices, will have diplomatic status. TOPS IN ROCK Mc-ic David Gcla'mon accompanied "Ths Canada's Number One rock group on a tour of Ontario. Don't miss his report on what it wos travelling with With photos by Frank Prazak. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAOAZINI Wesliern Briefs Schmidt critical of government CALGARY 'CP) Alberta's would not benefit citizens. Progressive Conservative gov- Mr. Long told the federation proposed ernmeni is displaying contempt annual meeting the for the authority of the Jegis- I legislation would nol curtail the lalurc. ie-rier I'arly Mr. Sciirnid; said ia an in'cr- that Bob Dwiiiie. minic- says Werner Schmidt. of the guns for criminal of the Social Credit purposes but would inflir: r.ercssary red -ape upon abiding owner.'- "The pro.'ejNio lal jjanMer would not be aficclcd." also responsible for tourism. Mr. Lang "Gangsters use auto- had "involved himself in a malic weapons nnw and 1 h f breach of privilege" in the les- i fact that 1hey are illegal doesn't islaturc because he did not pro- deter re- ter of consumer affairs who is proper information qjjesied by members. BODY FOUXP The Social Crcdil leader HIGH