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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta K; Defence plan I 1 thrashed out I i In hotel room Mortgage interest rates expected to rise I Labor unrest Indeed the newspaper suggests that the meeting was held in Montreal at the time of wide-spread labor unrest and a provincial general strike and that the hotel rooms could have become an emergency headquarters with little difficulty An interesting side-light was attendance at the meeting of two British officers who outlined their experience in dealing with civil unrest in Northern Ireland "The British the newspaper explained British methods used to control clashes between Protestants and Catholics Their thesis was simple At all times, the military counter-punch must be instantaneous It must also be strong and violent and of a maximum size In particular one must react at the slightest alert Le Jour says the Canadian officers expressed some doubt as to whether or not the Canadian government would permit such methods in Canada Behind the exercice lay the traumatic October crisis of 1970, a crisis with which the government had no adequate tool to deal except the War Measures Act Statistics indicate it was ineffective About raids were conducted to get 465 suspects, 62 of whom were charged and only 30 of whom were convicted Flexible response The large number of regular troops in Quebec at the time showed remarkable self-control and discipline but several soldiers have privately expressed their personal distaste for the tasks which, however well they were performed, were not what they had been trained for Conclusions drawn from the exercise, according to the newspaper, included the need for full and accurate information, constant training, better co-operation between all levels of police and government involved and a well-planned flexible response The newspaper also suggests that much of the thinking behind the exercise was based on belief in the existence of a coordinated international terrorist movement, a thesis it refuses to accept And the conclusions from Exercise Neat Pitch, Le Jour says, can be reflected in part in the report of the federal Crisis Management Study Group under Maj Gen M R. Dare presented to the Commons in March Mr Richardson told newsmen "I'm pleased to have it known that the armed forces are involved in contingency planning and I see nothing wrong with that being reported Quebec Justice Minister Jerome Choquette said.he saw nothing reprehensible m "the army taking measures to be able to intervene efficiently if the government of Quebec asked for their intervention I By ROB BULL Herald Quebec Bureau MONTREAL Reaction has been distinctly subdued to a series of articles published last week by Le Jour about a 1972 theoretical army exercise on possible military aid to a provincial government The newspaper itself had a diffcult time making up its mind about the significance of the story The first segment was introduced by reporter Gil Courtemanche with the sentence, "The Canadian army's plan for occupying a province and, more particularly Quebec, exists The next day he wrote "In fact the soldiers did not prepare a plan for the occupation of Quebec We never claimed they did "They tried to find practical solutions and a strategy which could be applied to a situation which they felt could occur elsewhere than Quebec only with some difficulty Le Jour is this city's newest daily, a rapidly-growing newspaper whose editorial policy favors Quebec independence and social democracy Given this point of view one can understand the word occupation applied to the movement of the Canadian army to what most people still consider a part of Canada, the province of Quebec But the newspaper did reveal a fascinating glimpse of part of the process by which Canada's defence policy is arrived at Exercise Neat Pitch occurred in a centre-town hotel April 18 and and has been described by Defence Minister James Richardson as "a normal contingenvy planning meeting to work out strategy in aid of the civil power Not normal What was not normal was the high level of the participants including eight generals, 14 colonels and 24 hetuentant colonels The newspaper says the officers spent two days looking for solutions to such problems as the protection of important people in times of crisis, the surveillance of buildings and strategic places, tactics of dispersion and confrontation, coordination and control of head- quarters functions, and troop deployment Le Jour says the conclusions reached by the 65 senior officers present contributed, in the longer term to an overall plan in which the army no longer had the resources to keep the peace Mr Richardson says the meeting covered all the provinces, "not just Quebec To reach their conclusions, the officers m Exercise Neat Pitch dealt with a fictitious province called Regina whose capital was Queenstown Despite Mr Richardson's statement that the exercise involved no province in particular, the mythical province bears a remarkable resemblance to Quebec There is a body of water bisecting it called Lake St Lawrence, the proportion of land covered by fresh water is roughly equivalent to that of Quebec and the major civil police force is the provincial police, a force which exists only in Quebec and Ontario More significant, perhaps, is the scenario of events leading up to the appeal by the province for help from the army, events which include bombings, demonstrations and riots, economic uncertainty and police forces, over-extended in fighting crimes all of which could have applied to Quebec m one way or another I By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Mortgage interest rates will start climbing again the Commons was warned Tuesday by opposition members peppering the government with housing questions arising out of the latest increase in the bank rate Finance Minister John Turner said he could give prospective home owners or those already paying olf mortgages no assurances that the rates would not go up. A demand that the govern- ment give some guarantee to people purchasing homes under the housing policies of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, that the present mortgage interest rates will be frozen was voiced in the house. The government must not allow the rates to rise any further said John Gilbert (NDP- He forecast a rise of one per cent in mortgage interest rates as a result of the latest bank rate increase. The rate was boosted over the weekend by Bank of Canada Governor Gerald Bouey. Concerned over the expanding money supply the bank raised the rate to per cent, the highest it has ever been Mr. Gilbert said the expected increases in mortgage interest rates of one per cent will make a mortgage at per cent interest cost an additional This increases the monthly mortgage payments by 45 a month for a period of 25 years Mr Turner said he could not give assurances that the mort- gage rates would be frozen However he did assure the op- position that the housing pol- icies of his colleague Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford "will continue to achieve the results they are achieving. "Yes, high prices and more interjected Con- servative and NDP members Mr Turner said the first quarter results show housing starts are again at a record level. "And record said Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield The finance minister recently told the Commons finance committee that he doubted that the suggestion for reducing mortgage rates to six per cent from their then level of 10 per cent would work It would lead to in- creased demand and the hous- ing demand is already at a high peak without adding to the pressures The Lethbrickie Herald VOL. LXVII 105 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1974 10 Cents' 52 Pages Labor unrest growing wider Plucked from Henderson Lake Sidney Brumsma, 10, 1052 Fern Crescent, looks at the rubber dinghy that capsized and dumped him into Henderson Lake Tuesday afternoon. Police credit Ken Holberton, 23, 2019 18th Ave. N., and Bruce Ross, 16, 2201 13th Ave S with saving Sidney's life when they pulled him out of the frigid water. Mrs. Brumsma said her son found the dinghy on the lakeshore while fishing. Nixon candidate defeated SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) The Democratic victory m Michigan's special congressional election was seen today as a blow to President Nixon's hopes of demonstrating political popu- larity to Republican members considering impeachment m the U S. House of Representatives Previous Republican setbacks in elections in Johnstown, Pa Cincinnati, Ohio, and Grand Rapids, Mich have made many Republicans fearful of an electoral disaster Many congressional observers feel this has increased the likelihood that many Republicans may seek political safety by voting for an impeachment resolution The Traxler victory, in a district the Democrats last won in Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1932 landslide, was being read as a further sign of weakness on the part of Republicans and the president Inside Classified 40-44 Comics Comment 4 S District 15 S: Family.....35-37 g Local News Markets 39 Sports 23-25 3 Theatres 27 TV 26 x Weather 3 :x LOW TONIGHT 35; 8 HIGH THURS. GO; and here's one for you.' MAINLY SUNNY jj By THE CANADIAN PRESS Labor unrest continues to threaten or disrupt services on land, in the air and along a major Canadian waterway as workers, unhappy about wages and working conditions, are supporting their demands with strike action. Postal workers in scattered areas across the country are stalling the movement of mail in a protest over working conditions that began in Montreal last week Firemen at airports in Hali- fax, Winnipeg, Edmonton and 10 airports in British Columbia remain off the job in a fight to win wage parity with municipal firefighters Walkouts began in Vancouver last week and spread eastward Threatening to close down Canada's major airports are the members of the Air Traffic Controllers Asso- ciation who have voted SI per cent in favor of a national strike if their wage demands are not met by Friday. Shipping services in the Gulf of St Lawrence between Montreal and Anticosti Island have been curtailed by a strike by river pilots seeking a 15-percent wage increase to parity with West Coast workers In southwestern Ontario, Union Gas Ltd employees are in their third month of a strike while the company struggles to maintain services sometimes unsuccessfully NO BUS SERVICE Quebec City has been without municipal bus service for more than a month because 443 transport workers are on strike In the postal workers dispute, the trend toward a national walkout by inside workers in support of a wildcat strike by their Montreal counterparts gathered momentum Tuesday Work stoppages were re- stricted to central Canada Tuesday but workers in post offices in the West and Halifax were only awaiting a signal from national union officers to leave their jobs Walkouts in Nova Scotia began early today and in the West in Edmonton and Sas- katoon The problem started Thurs- day in Montreal where several workers arrived for work wearing T-shirts bearing legends urging people to boycott the automated postal code system proposed in two years for the city They were suspended Spokesmen for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers say the men fear loss of job and wage security in the face of the proposed'automation. Police were called to clear workers Tuesday from Post Offices in Toronto and Montreal where union members reported for duty but refused to work MeariVthile, airport firemen in the dissident locals are unhappy about a government offer to raise their salaries by annually from the now paid to a first-class fireman The air traffic controllers have rejected a 14 5-per-cent increase over a two-year contract and are demanding additional increases for controllers who actually operate equipment Most controllers now earn between and Lang pleading for more grain OTTAWA (CP) Prairie farmers were urged today by Otto Lang, minister responsible for the wheat board, to increase production of wheat, barley and rapeseed this year In a news release, Mr Lang said the increases will be necessary if Canada is to maintain its present marketing position and take advantage of sales op- portunities The plea follows his annual "pre-seedmg" message in March, in which he recom- mended a four-million-acre in- crease in wheat production over last year Also recommended was a million-acre increase in barley and 1 5-milhon-acre increase in rapeseed, coupled with a 25-percent reduction in summerfallow acreage Last year's wheat production, including durum, was 23 9 million acres and Mr Lang would like this increased to 28 million Other J974 acreages in mil- lions with their 1973 counter- parts in brackets, were Barley 13 rapeseed 45 (3D, flax 2 oats 6 5 (6 rye 06 (05) and summerfallow 21 5 (28 5) LANG WORRIED A recent Statistics Canada survey indicated farmers may not be planning initially to in- crease seeded acreage and Mr Lang is concerned about this possibility 'If Canada is going to be able to maintain adequate supplies on hand while having enough grain to meet all domestic and export selling opportunities, the higher in barley and be required "I want to issue a special plea for an extra mil'ion acres of barley and of rapeseed above the Statistics Canada predictions which fall short of even last year's acreage figures Patty labelled common criminal WASHINGTon (AP) Attorney-General William Saxbe said today he is convinced that Patricia Hearst "was not a reluctant participant" in a San Fran- cisco bank robbery and that he considers her a common criminal Saxbe told reporters at his weekly news conference that and htard About town Petroleum engineer Joe Yanchula, who helps prepare NDP oil policy, saying the oil companies don't give him much business Kay Vaselenak complaining that she missed a streaker because she needs new glasses he was expressing his personal views about the 20- year-old newspaper heiress reported kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army more than two months ago In response to questions, Saxbe said 'it would appear to me that she was not a reluctant participant in this robbery. In San Francisco today, Saxbe s view was bolstered by bank guard Edward Shea, who said Miss Hearst "was full of curse words" during the rob- bery Shea, 66, who was disarmed during the holdup, said Miss Hearst "absolutely was a par- ticipant" in the bank heist Monday in which two passers- by were shot "She wasn't scared, I'Jl tell you he said "She looked as though she knew what she was doing She had a gun and looked ready to use it (See other story Page Ontario interested in oil sands project CALGARY (CP) The whole range of Alberta's planned industrial growth and details of energy supplies available for other provinces were discussed with Ontario cabinet ministers Tuesday, Don Getty, Alberta minister of intergovernmental affairs, said following the closed meeting One highlight of the meeting, which Ontario Energy Minister Darcy McKeough attended, Mr. Getty said involved develop- ment of the vast Athabasca oil sands in northeastern Alberta I think Ontario is interested in at least getting more details on how they might participate in oil sands he said in an interview "We advised them that the Alberta government's oil sands development guidelines would be coming down sometime this summer And as soon as they are available we would look into the possibility of Ontario participation and what form that participation might take The latest oil sands extraction plant, being built by Syncrude Canada Ltd has- thousand "cubic feet effective been estimated to cost Nov 1 and to 73 cents Nov 1. million and further extraction plants are being considered at a cost of approximately billion each The Alberta government is interested in having Ontario participate in this kind of development if it wishes to do so, Mr Getty said The Alberta minister said there wasn i much discussion of a recent provincial arbitration award which increases the price of Alberta natural gas to 60 cents a 1975 'Ontario said they had not had an opportunity to fully as- sess the new prices So we said 'complete- your assessment of the decision and we'll get together again "But I think it would be fair to say Ontario is more con- cerned with supply than price I think it finally dawned on them that complaining about price is probably the wrong thing to be concerned about The minister said they should really be concerned about supply of oil and natural gas "and at the right prices of course, Alberta :s prepared to make sure they have a supply On the matter of trans- portation and freight rates, Mr Getty said it was pointed out that too manv things cost far more in the West than in eastern Canada ;