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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Cries of 'Watergate' echo through legislature over bugging claim EDMONTON (CP) The government was bugged Friday over allegations that Vs office of Mayor Rod Sykes of Cal- gary had been bugged with an electronic listening device. A cry of "Watergate" was beard in the legislature. Roy Wilson Calgary Bow) asked the attorney-gener- al if he had "received any re- ports of alleged electronic bug- ging of Mayor Sykes's office as broadcast on (radio station) CFCN this Attorney General M e r v Leitch replied that he had not received any such reports "to mv knowledge." Mr. Wilson did not let (lie matter rest there, continuing lo question ministers. lie said outside the legisla- ture he understands there is a solid basis for the radio sta- tion's report. The Calgary radio station said the alleged bugging of a telephone in the mayor's office occurred during the disnute over the hiring of ChaHes of Oakland, Calif., as Calgary's police chief. Chief Gain later resigned after a wave of pro- test that a Canadian should have been given the job. Mr. Wilson asked in the lee- is'ature if the minister would advise who was responsible for bugging the mayor's office last August. The question was ruled out of order, Mr. Wilson then asked Roy Farran. minister of tele- phones and utilities, what in- volvement Alberta Government Telephones had regarding "the electronic bugging of Mayor fykes' office." as far as I know, ab- solutely the minister replied. Mr. Wi'son asked Mr. Leitch if it was "common practice" for the police to use electronic listening devices. "There are some occasions when electronic devices are Mr. Leitch replied. "I would have to do some check- ing to answer specifically." Speaker Gerard Amerongen said a further question about how many legal applications have been made to plant elec- tronic listening devices should be placed on the order paper under written questions. Mr. Wilson got a "no" an- swer from the attorney-general and the telephones minister to another question. "Has the minister any re- ports from Alberta Government Telephones regarding the dis- covery of electronic listening The Lethbridcje Herald VOL. LXVI No. 117 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 62 PAGES Watergate mess labelled scandal of the century Compiled from The New York Times Service, Canadian Press and Associated Press Patrick Gray has resigned under fire as head of the FBI as the Watergate case continues to cause grave problems for the Nixon administration. President Nixon named a temporary successor to Gray Friday and then flew to the seclusion of his mountain top retreat at Camp David, Md., apparently to consider what action to take on the scandal arising out of the break in and bugging of the Democratic national headquarters during last year's presidential election campaign. Nixon's embattled aides, domestic adviser John Ebrlichman and chief of staff H. Pi. quent companions on such problem solving mained behind amidst reports they are fighting for their jobs. In a strange turn, the Watergate case labelled by one White House confidate as the "scandal of the cen- tury" threatened to disrupt the Pentagon Papers' trial of Daniel EUsberg and Anthony Russo in Los angeles, official disclosure that two Watergate defendants burgled the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist for his rec- ords. Ruckelshaus meanwhile said he had asked for and had received from the president assurances that "no matter who is involved there would be no sparing of anyone." Gray's resignation followed reports that he had de- stroyed documents obtained from a key conspirator in the Watergate case after receiving them at a meeting with two ranking White House officials. Gray said he was resigning "as a consequence'1 of reports that he had destroyed without reading two files taken from E. Howard Hunt Jr.. a White House con- sultant who "was convicted of plotting to spy on the Democrats last year. The Hunt files, according to Gray's statements to associates, had been given to him during a June 28 meeting vnth John D. Ehrliohman. assistant to the president for domestic affairs, and John W. Dean, counsel to the president. Gray has indicated to friends that when Dean handed them to him Dean suggested that the papers "should never see the light of day." One of the documents in question purports to be a 10 year old state department cable dealing with American policy toward former South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem was in the possession of T. Howard Hunt Jr., in the summer of 197r. The document, dated three days before Diem was killed in a 1963 coup, takes the form of an instruction from high officials of the Kennedy administration to Henry Cabot Lodge, the U.S. ambassador in Saigon, that Diem should not be given political asylum once Ire was deposed. It was not known whether or not the cable was authentic. Meanwhile. Dean has told federal prosecutors that he will not testify about the alleged wrong doings of his colleagues Ehrlichman and Haldeman without be- ing granted immunity from further prosecution, sources close to the case told The Times Friday. Dean's friends and associates have told nevrsmen that he has evidence linking both Haldeman and Ehrlichman lo a project to obstruct the federal inquiry into the break-in last June at the democratic national committee headquarters in the Watergate office build- ing. Haldcman is known to be under current grand jury investigation to determine v.-hethcr his office had a role in the initial bugging operation or in any subsequent at- altempts to obstruct the inquiry. Several ol Nixon's closest ad'risors. both inside and outside the White House, have strongly urged him in recent days to conduct a thorough houseclcaning of his staff, without waiting to Fee which of his aides, if any, will be indicted by Ibc Watergate grand jury or ultiaiatcly convicted. Classified Comics ___ f Comment 1 District Family News 1 MarMs if j I Sports 26 4, 1 if 'i ifi-ja T U 9 o. n >ri m -'U Travel 27 1 1 0 Weather F IjOW TONTGIfT 1 1 HIGH 5L WET 45: It's time for Daylight Saving Time No, this photo is not a promotion for a nSw sensual movie or for even a new kind of dock. It's simply a pleasant reminder that Alberta is about to switch to Day- light Saving Time for the second year. At 2 a.m. Sunday, many a man may fancy a Bonny Wright in his clock, but its more 'ikely thnt all he'll see is a clock that is one hour too fast if he hasn't set it ahead tin hour before then. Readjust your clock before going to bed tonight end stay in tune with your neighbors come Sunday morning. LOTTERY TAX WILL BE DROPPED Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Gambling in- creased slightly in respectabil- ity Friday with a bill introduc- ed in the legislature to elimin- ate the 10 per cent provincial tax on lotteries. Horst Schmid. Culture. Youth and Recreation Minister, intro- duced an amendment to the Amusements Act to "strike out taxation of lotteries and there- by help numerous charitable organizations in the The tax, which has netted the provincial treasury about a year, is to be elimin- inated by July 1. In interview Mr. Schmid said the tax is to be elimin- ated because it posed a hard- ship on smaller lotteries that were for worthwhile commun- ity projects, but rftcn didn't make much of a profit. In exchange, the aUoroey- gcneral's department proposes tp increase of licencing of IrWcries. However, details of I he new licences are not yet available. Abolition of the lax amounts to about 25 cents for Jbc province on a S2 ticket amid a jzcneral review of lotteries in Alberta. Four more states disaster areas ST. LOUIS. Mo. (AP) Ten million acres of the United States from Wisconsin to Mis- sissippi remained covered by floodwaters today as the swol- len rivers of the Mississippi ba- sin forced hundreds more from their homes. President Nixon designated four additional states as dis- aster areas, paving the way for quick federal aid and cheap federal loans for the repair of damage to public and private facilities. Agirculiural and property damages mounted into the hun- dreds of millions of dollars. In Arkansas and Mississippi, officials said that if the large Iskes standing where cotton should be sprouting dry in time. cotton farmers could plant a soybean crop in a month or so. Upstream, the Mississippi Rivei continued to swell, smashing a levee to bury a 600-acre island south of St. Louis. North of that city, sandbag levees were thrown up to keep the Missouri River from cut- ting a new channel and linking up with the Mississippi 15 miles north of their present conflu- ence. A? the president flew over the southern reaches of the flcodwaters. Friday, damage estimates climbed to more than million: and Arkansas, Louisinana. Ohio and Wiscon- sin joined Missouri, Illinois and Mississippi as declared disaster areas. VIET CONG DENY ATTACK ON COPTER SAIGON (Reuter) The Viet Gang denied today for the first time that any of their soldiers shot down a helicopter belong- ing to the international cease- fire commission in which nine persons died when it crashed April 7. Col. Duong Dinh Thao, a Met Cong spokesman, told a news conference that Communist u-iits in the area the heli- copter crashed near Khe Sanh were questioned and it was found that none of them fired on the helicopter. He said the cause of the crash has not yet been positively de- termined, but suggested that if the helicopter was "shot down by a missile then it was the South Vietnamese who were respon- sible. Labor leaders are eligible for parole says Bourassa IN'DP seeks more power for QUEBEC Premier Robert Bourassa says Quebec's iarcc jai3cd union leaders iniJi be eligible for parole in a few days and could be released if thry apply for parolr. The premier said in an intcT- r, r Nan- aimo HP T. r. Douglas said Friday the govern- ment's Food Prices Review Board is a key issue with the NDP's relationship with the minority Liberal government "It'll be a waste of taxpav- cr's if the Nisrr! is orl> going 1i lei] IK that the of living 3-s going Mr. Douglas said is an antes-view. of CWcArratwri car but verc released while they appealed. They rctnrred to jail early in February after the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Su- preme Court of Canada rejected appeals. T1 e of the three o.qjlitd a cf labor that rocked the provioca for nearly two weeks 3ak May. Davey case Taylor not giving up f EDMONTON (CP) A judicial inquiry has cleared the Alberta government of any wrongdoings in its treatment of a 36-year-old surveyor. But a veteran MLA appears unwilling to abandon his claim that the man was a "political prisoner." The findings of a judicial inquiry, released Friday in the legislature, stated there was "no misconduct or improper act" by the cabinet or other Alberta officials Davy of Edmonton. "There is no foundation what- soever for thinking Mr. Davy was a political prisoner in any said the report, pre- pared after 10 days of hearings. The hearings were conducted by Chief Justice J. V. H. Mil- vein of the Alberta Supreme Court, who formed a one-man board of inquiry. Several cabi- net ministers were among the 39 witnesses who testified. The inquiry was called to in- vestigate charges made in the legislature by Gordon Taylor who has held various cabinet pasts dur- ing his 33 years as an MLA. HELD 35 DAYS Mr. Taylor said the surveyor hsld for 35 days in the Al- berta mental hospital because he was annoying the govern- ment in his battle to get com- pensation for injuries he suf- feied in industrial accidents. Mr. Taylor speaking outside the legislature after the findings were tabled by Premier Peter Long heed, maintained his charge. Deputy Premier Hugh Homer said outside the legislature the opposition front bencher should resign for misleading the house. a long history of parliamentary tradition saying he should resign. An apology (to the legislature) is not good enough. "MLAs have to appreciate the seriousness of their positions. They have to be responsible for whai they fay." Mr. Taylor said1 the demand for his resignation is "baloney." DISPUTES CHARGE "If anybody should resign, the government should for ganging up on one "It was all -government government doctors, police, lawyers right down the line versus one individual." Mr. Davy injured his back and knee while working as a surveyor in Quebec during 1971 for a Calgary-based firm. He subsequently asked for a pension advance from the work- men's compensation board so he could start a small store. The board gave him a rehabi- litation grant of Witnesses at the inquiry said he continued to battle for a big- ger grant, making a "great circle" at the legislative build- ing, visiting offices of cabinet ministers and other officials. Ths findings of the inquiry said all government people in- volved acted "bona-fide and reason in the handling of a very difficult situation which re- sulted in the admission of Mr. Davy Witnesses said Mr- Dave sent abusive letters lo government Compensation board officiate relayed their concerns about Mr. Davy's behavior !o tiie at- torney-general's department. Mr. Davy was examined Dec. 19 by a doctor from the Alberta hospital. The doctor decided that Mr. Davy needed farther cxam- iral'ion and he was committed under a .section