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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Portuguese promised end to long suppression of freedom From AP-Reuter LISBON (CP) Portugal's new ruler, Gen. Antonio de Spinola, said today that all po- litical prisoners will be freed as part of a clean sweep policy aimed at solving the country's problems. Speaking at a news confer- ence 24 hours after a lightning military coup that brought him to power, he pledged a program of national harmony, progress and justice. The 63-year-old general pledged free elections for a new national constituent assembly within a year. Spinola said a major point in the program of his seven-man junta is recognition that a solution to Portugal's 13-year- old struggle against guerrillas in its African territories was political and not military. This is the theme of Spinola's book, Portugal and The Future, which led to his dismissal last month as the armed forces' deputy chief of staff. Spinola is former governor and commander-in-chief of Portuguese Guinea. At the news conference, Spinola also announced the immediate dismissal of President Americo Thomaz, Prime Minister Marcello Caetano and the cabinet. He said Portugal's only legal political National Popular Action the powerful secret police will be disbanded Activities carried out by se- curity police in overseas terri- tories will be limited to military intelligence under army control, he said. The dapper general also an- nounced other measures, in- cluding the abolition of news media has lasted for nearly half a century in of meeting and association, and freedom for trade unions. The formation of "political associations" will be allowed which might be the basis for possible future parties, he said. As Spinola addressed his news conference in an army, barracks outside the capital, troops still surrounded the se- cret police headquarters in Lisbon. Calm returned to the capital today with shops and banks re- opened. The radio broadcast appeals to people to go about their business normally. It also broadcast a message by Spinola thanking the armed forces for their "supreme act of patriotism." The country's airport re- mained closed, and so was the border between Spain and Portugal. Only a few tanks were seen on the streets of Lisbon the day after the army revolt that overthrew the 42- year-old dictatorship and packed Premier Marcello Caetano off to exile on the Atlantic island of Madeira. "This government will guarantee freedom of thought, speech and said Spin- ola in a broadcast Thursday night. Spinola, 64, was retired by the 68-year-old Caetano last month because he advocated an end to the 13-year-old colonial war in Portugal's African territories Besides himself, Spinola's seven-member junta consists of two navy men, Comdr. Antonio Alba Rosa Coutinho and Capt. Jose Baptista Pmheiro Azevedo; Gen Francisco da Costa Gomes, the former chief of staff who sided with Spinola in the dispute over African policy, Brig. Jaime Silveno Marques; Col. Carlos Galvao de Melo; and Gen. Manuel Diogo Neto. The 79-year-old President Americo Thomaz, who surren- dered towards the end of the coup, was flown Thursday to the Atlantic vacation island of Madeira to live in exile He was accompanied by Caetano and four other ministers. Lisbon newspapers listed three persons killed during the coup, including a police in- spector, and 45 injured. Earlier six dead had been reported. But generally Thursday was a day of celebration, with thousands of young men streaming into the streets to cheer the rebel troops, plying them with wine and cigarettes and smashing windows to defy the police. The LetWmdge Herald VOL LXVII 113 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1974 10 Cents 32 Pages Ottawa eyes excess tax on profits By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner confirmed Thursday that he is considering an excess profits tax as part of the budget proposals he will bring in May 6 His statement in the Com- mons followed a remark earlier in the week by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald that the government naturally would consider such a tax as called for by New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis. An excess profits tax was one of four items which Lewis .said Tuesdav the minority Liberal government should include in its budget if it wants the continued support of his party. the House Thursday, Lome Nystrom (NDP Yarkton Melville "noted that Commco reported a lirst quarter profit increase of 174 per cent this year while Sherritt Gordon Mines re- ported a profit of 180 per cent this year. He also stated that dividends in the first four months of this year are reported to have increased by 35 per cent, with most of the benefits going to non- Canadians. "That four-month report is not completely conclusive as to the trend but it will be one of the subjects to which I shall be addressing myself when I am thinking of what I should say in the budget Turner replied. Lewis has stated that a tax on excess corporate profits should apply mainly in the case of large corporations, many of which are foreign- owned, to "discourage npoffs" and prevent profits from being transferred out of Canada Flood prevention money available By THE CANADIAN PRESS Prairie flood fighters, who withstood the most critical stage of recent spring flooding, received indications Thursday that their efforts have not gone unnoticed by federal officials. Environment Minister Jack Davis told the Commons that federal assistance is available for money spent to prevent flood damage, as well as for losses incurred during the floods. His statement cleared up misconceptions that the federal government, under a cost-sharing agreement with the provinces, was unable to. provide aid for flood for flood damage This would have especially affected such centres as Lum- sden. Sask where flood fight- ers worked furiously to protect the town of about against the rampaging waters of the Qu'Appelle River. Work on dike-building and sandbagging was costing about a day for men and machines. Justice Minister Otto Lang toured flood-stricken areas of Saskatchewan by air Wednes- day and was quoted as saying Confined ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) The Ethiopian army confined former government ministers to their homes at dawn today with armed guards outside their houses, military sources said. Jeep loads of steel-helmeted soldiers patrolled Addis Ababa. and heard About town John Hormoth, Iron Springs, wondering whether his sow's 18 piglets is a new record Ron Yoshlhara confiding to one of the men on his work crew that he'd hate to have to work for himself. the existing federal-provincial cost-sharing formula does not cover cost of efforts made to prevent disaster. He later clarified this by saying it is difficult to make a complete statement without knowing what provincial claims will be submitted. Mr. Davis, however, said that the federal relief formula covers preventive measures such as building dikes and sandbagging. The federal formula is geared to provincial populations, making no aid available until damage or costs exceed per capita. After that, Ottawa pays 50 cents on the second and third dollars. 75 cents on the fourth and fifth, and 90 cents on any losses of more than per ca- pita In the Saskatchewan legisla- ture Thursday, Environment Minister Neil Byers announced that an emergency operations centre has been set up in Fort Qu'Appelle to deal with the problem of flood- threatened cottages. The centre will co-ordinate help to the cottage owners, providing sandbags and moving assistance to persons with cottages in flood threatened areas, most of them along fishing lakes. "Costs incurred will be as- sessed against the cottage Mr Byers added Compensation committees have been set up by the Alberta and Manitoba provincial governments to assess damage and recommend what compensation should be made. In Moose Jaw, city council has established a special dis- aster fund to provide assistance to the local flood victims on an interim basis until provincial and federal governments provide aid. Flood damage estimates have been far-ranging, with little accuracy possible until complete assessments have been made. Premier Schreyer quoted an estimate of between million and million for Manitoba, while Alberta Deputy Premier Hugh Homer estimated flood damage may go as high as million in his province. Peace Force staying OTTAWA (CP) Canada has agreed to a six-month extension of its participation in the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Middle East, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp announced Thursday. He said in a statement he had responded favorably to a UN request for the extension. Mr. Sharp had said earlier that he would approve such a formal request. Canada has had about soldiers in the Middle East since last fall City post office returns to normal Mail resumed its normal flow in the city today following announcement in Ottawa early this morning of an end to the national postal dispute. "Everything's back to normal everyone's back to said city postmaster Art Lewis. He said all mail in the city post office would be cleared out today including social services cheques such as family allowance and welfare payments, for which the government had been making special alternate delivery arrangements. 'Open pricing' for feed grains urged by board Announcement of an end to the walkout which disrupted mail service in the country, for two weeks came shortly after 3 a.m. MST today. "Well, gentelemen, at long last I'm very pleased to be able to tell you that this dispute has been mediator Eric Taylor announceed at a news conference shortly after 5 a.m. Ottawa time. Postal workers in some Mail on the move sorted at Lethbridge Post Office by Mits Shimozawa, 1923 8th Ave. N. Nova Scotia probing alleged discrimination other centres began returning to work this morning as well, in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver they are remaining off the job until a ratification vote is taken by local members. The agreement was reached early today after four days of intensive mediation by labor relations specialist Eric Taylor of Toronto. In addition to an end to the strikes, the nounced after an all-night bar- gaining for the setting up of a special committee to discuss job classifications of coding- machine operators. A dispute between unions and the post office over those employees had been a major cause of the walkouts. The agreement also rejects the possibility of legal action or notes on personal workers involved in the strikes, the postal unions and their leaders. The question of reprisals, including a threat of legal action against the unions, had been a major stumbling block in the mediation talks during the last day. Post office department spokesmen in Ottawa said today that the government probably would use casual and part-time help and pay overtime to regular workers in larger centres to help clear the massive backlog of mail "It will be like Christmas for the post said one official, who added that authorities expect a lot of to be posted by the public today. Normal post office policy is to use casual and part-time employees first, then call in regular workers for overtime. Mail services probably would reach normal activity today, he added. OTTAWA (CP) The federal prices and review board Thursday recom- mended the development of an open-market' pricing system for all domestic feed gram sales. The recommendation comes less than four months before the federal government has pledged to announce its new policy on feed grains. Under an interim policy an- nounced last summer, feed grains in the Prairies are priced on a basically open- market system while British Columbia and eastern Canadian prices are partially subsidized. The Prairies produce about 80 per cent of all feed grains. The long-term goal of the government policy is an equal base price for feed grains across the country, alleviation of depressed prices at the producers' level and Edmonton park costs million EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government today un- veiled plans for a provincial park in this capital city that will cost up to million. Premier Peter Lougheed announced at a news conference that it will to be known as Capital City Recreation Park and will involve creating a nine-mile- long lake on the North Sas- katchewan River covering an area from the downtown core to the eastern city limits. encouragement of growth in hve-jicck and feed grains accuiJMg to the natural potential of various regions The board recommended that the Canadian wheat board, federal marketing agency for wheat, barley and oats, obtain its supplies "directly from producers through delivery quotas, with the latter participating in a revenue pooling system on these sales- Other recommendations in- clude- movement of feed grams and feed products across all provincial boundaries. of an oper- ating futures market on tne Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and formation of a constituted street pricing committee delivery quotas on domestic feed grains sales on an annual basis, but maintenance of short-term delivery quotas to allocate handling and transportation space when capacity is limited Removal of import controls on foreign feed grains and feed products, as well as a reduction or removal of the eight-cent-a-barrel tariff on corn imports from the United States. for storage facilities in grain deficient Maritimes and British Columbia ensure operating supplies throughout the entire year. of feed freight assistance in major livestock producing regions, equalization of feed freight assistance payments on Ontario corn and western feed grains and gradual adjustment of these pay- ments to the Mantimes and eastern Quebec. NEW GLASGOW, N.S. (CP) An investigation has begun into an incident of alleged racial discrimination in the federal Young Voyageurs program, George McCurdy chairman of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission said Thursday The investigation was the result of 3 demand from the Pictou -nty Affirmative Action C ;