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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Uthbndge Herald VOL LXVII LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY. APRIL 30, 1974 10 Cents 56 Pages 'INFLATION WORST TO COME' OTTAWA (CP) The worst of inflation is yet to come, the finance department said Monday in its annual economic re- view Oil prices are the major factor, but a general round of price increases in basic commodities has created the basis for sharp consumer price increases during 1974, said the review Finance Minister John Turner tabled it without comment Monday in the Commons Most of the document is a recapitulation of 1973 "Large redistributions of income and wealth within Canada are taking place With an increase in the domestic price of oil there will be some temporary adverse effect on the growth of the real income and expenditurs of Canadian households Price increases in major commodity groups during 1973 were food, 31 per cent, fibres, 71 per cent, and metals, 86 per cent Nixon claims transcripts support innocence plea WALTER KERBER photo Lake Lethbridge? This north-side home looked like it could have been trans- N Monday was not planned at all, but it will be a street one day. planted next to the planned lake in West Lethbridge following the For the moment, it is one of the unfortunate sidelights of raw sub- weekend storm Unfortunately, the lake in fromt of 2109 23rd St urban living Socred fears big shots after energy company Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The opposition Monday lined up in favor of a bigger slice of the government's proposed Alberta Energy Company for the little man While New Democratic leader Grant Notley urged the government to take over total control of the giant Suffield gas reserves, Social Credit spokesmen said only the wealthy would be able to invest in provincial natural resources A bill establishing the company, introduced by Don Getty minister of federal and inter-governmental affairs, was under debate To be owned half by the province with Alberta investors given first chance to own the other half, it will be given the Suffield reserves and hold interests in several oil sands plants I really question the wisdom of turning the development of this tremendous field (Suffield) over to the AEC" Mr Notley told the house Only 50-per- cent ot the profits would go to the government "The other 50-per cent will go to those wealthy enough, prosperous enough to invest While he wanted more government participation in resources to "break the stranglehold" of multi- national oil companies, he supported the company as a first step and About town Bonnie West, Magrath, vetoing a suggestion from her husband, Bob, that they name their new son Easton Lil Campbell refusing to accept a collect call from her son, Mark, because she thought it was for him, not from him Leighton Buckwell (SC Macleod) said that by the government allowing shareholders as much as one per-cent control each, "50 other big shots" would eventually take control of the company away from Albertans He said the government should use its expected million in additional oil revenues this year to create the company itself "We have the money now, what better place to invest he said "We're talking about the little people of Alberta They're not used to laying their money out on things they much about These people are not in any position to buy shares in an energy company They have more immediate needs Mr Buckwell said private enterprise could develop the secondary industry that development of the resources owned by the citizens would engender Former provincial treasurer Ted Hmman (SC Cardston) suggested maximum shares of the company could be cut, possibly as low as one- thousandth of a per-cent instead of one-per-cent to spread control around To desk-thumping from Premier Peter Lougheed, he said the incursion into private enterprise by the government could be justified if it insured future development of the province and a share for future Albertans And Jim Henderson (Ind Wetaskiwin a petroleum engineer, said there was absolutely no question Albertans should own their own resources But he cautioned that should not get involved in the operation of the industry It could not possibly compete with private companies because it did not have the initiative "I hope we don't see the government setting up a company to operate gas wells in he said But Roy Wilson (SC Calgary Bow) said the company was only a "highly saleable political gimmick He said he was against it in basic principle The government was trying to ride the fence as a regulator and entreprenuer at the same time Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather I 18-22 23 3 15 :j 17 10-12 S 7 6 ij 3 'The shoe down the road sold for LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH WED. 55; OCCASIONAL SHOWERS Spud farmer pockets M. VAUXHALL (Staff) When Vauxhall potato grower Kay Kitagawa called it a day Monday night, he had more than million in his pocket This figure represents the proceeds from the sale of his IVt-section from 6Vi miles northwest of here and every tractor, truck, potato planter and spmkler system on the place Billed by Perlich Bros Auction Market Ltd as a "gigantic auction it was all that and more He quit growing potatoes because "of labor problems What is he going to do9 "I don't know yet at the moment Probably look around until next spring anway Figure on buying a dryland farm or ranch or something Right now don't know which way I will go He's come a long way since 1946 when he moved to Vauxhall from the West Coast Says auctioneer Tony Perlich "We have never experienced anything of the kind in our lives really It had to be something new, something different, something big It was the biggest machine equipment volume sale-we have ever had." Buyers came from Saskatchewan, central and southern Alberta, British Columbia and Montana Mr Kitagawa had sold his land to Okuma and Tashiro Farms of Vauxhall WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon, in sending to the House of Representatives judiciary committee edited r transcripts of many of his taped Watergate-related conversa- jndlCin tions, said through his lawyers today that the tapes do not once make it "appear that the president of the United States was engaged in a criminal plot to obstruct justice A 50-page submission to the committee considering Nixon's possible impeachment, prepared by defence counsel James St Clair, also concluded that "the raw material of these recorded confidential conversations establishes that the president had no prior knowledge of the break-in" at Democratic national committee headquarters in the Watergate building here in 1972 "and that he had no knowledge of any cover-up prior to March 21, 1973 The pages of the edited transcripts were to be made public later in the day but the St Clair document repeatedly quoted from the transcripts And at points comparisons were made between the content of the transcripts and sworn testi- mony by ousted White House counsel John Dean who has been the president's chief public accuser succeeds MacEwan Holds onto tapes Nixon is not turning over the tape recordings, drawing com- plaints from Democrats on the committee and at least one Re- publican The president said Monday night, in a radio and television address, he would deliver the transcripts, "blemishes and all and expects the American public to find in them proof of his innocence Nixon, in announcing his plans to release the edited tran- scripts, said "I am placing my trust in the basic fairness of the American people In the 50-page submission, a Nixon-Dean conversation of March 21, 1973, was acknowledged by the White House to be "important in assessing the conduct of the president Nixon has repeatedly contended he knew nothing about the Watergate cover-up until Dean informed him of it at that session However, the submission said that even at the March 21 meeting there were "significant matters which Dean did not report to the including a Dean order for the destruction of documents from the White House safe of convicted Watergate burglar Howard Hunt, Dean's handling of money that went to Watergate defendants, and that "Dean had authorized promises of executive clemency" for the defendarits One excerpt from the transcript quoted Dean as telling Nixon on that day you are not involved in it (the cover-up) and it is something you shouldn't Nixon is said to have responded "That is Dean also was quoted as telling Nixon early in the The reason that I thought we ought to talk this morning is be- cause in our conversations I have the impression that you don't know everything I know and it makes it very difficult for you to make judgments that only you can make on some of these things and I thought that Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The appointment of a treaty Indian as Alberta's new lieutenant governor was expected to be announced today Ralph Stemhauer, a farmer in the St Paul area north of Edmonton, is expected to succeed Lt Gov J Grant Macewan, who is retiring Mr Stemhauer has been active in native organizations and is a member of the Northern Alberta Development council Ottawa was expected to make the announcement today and no comment was immediately available at the provincial government level Hush money At another point, Dean said, according to the transcripts "I know, sir, I can just tell from our conversation that there are things you have no knowledge of The White House submission did not fully spell out the con- troversial discussion on March 21 between Nixon and Dean about the payment of hush money to Hunt It said "The president expressed the belief that the money could be raised, and, perhaps, even, a way could be found to deliver it However, he recognized and pointed out that blackmail would continue endlessly, and in the final analysis would not be successful unless the Watergate defendants were given execu live clemency which he said, adamantly, could not be done There was no verbatim context for the president's remark As Nixon acknowledged in his speech Monday night, various options were discussed in considering how to deal with Hunt's demand for money, the'document said But it said the conclusion of the meeting was "not ambiguous It quoted former White House staff chief H R Haldeman, who had joined the meeting while it was in progress, as telling Nixon "John's point is exactly right The erosion here now is going to you, and that is the thing that we have to turn off at whatever cost We have to turn it off at the lowest cost we can but at whatever cost it takes The excerpt indicated that Dean said at that point That's what we have to do 'Great danger' Lumsden floods turning REGINA (CP) For the first time in more than two weeks there is opt ism in most parts of Saskai-hewan that the worst of the flooding is now past All areas of the province, from flood surrounded Lumsden, 18 miles north of here, to the fishing lakes chain downstream in the scenic Qu'Appelle Valley, flood waters are either holding steady or continuing to recede Heavy equipment at Lumsden was called on overnight to combat few problems except for sporadic seepage in the business area The problems were handled easily, and flood fighters said they have not had "such an easy night since this mess began Businesses in Lumsden began to reopen Monday and by dusk today all stores in the town of should have reopened It will be 10 days or more, however before the 140 evacuated families at Lumsden can move back into their homes Town officials said the evacuation order will not be lifted until the waters of the Qu Appelle River recede below the level of the James St Bridge which connects the north and south sides of the town Nixon then is quoted The erosion is inevitably going to come _, here, apart from anything and all the people saying, well the Wind rain Watergate isn't a major issue It isn't, but it will be It's bound to Delaying is the great danger to the White House area We don't, I say that the White House can't do it Right'" The excerpt did not clearly indicate what Nixon was saying the White House could not do but the implication was that he referred to the payment of hush money At the outset of the document, St Clair noted that in the tran- scripts "expletives have been omitted in the interest of good taste, except where necessary to depict accurately the context of the conversation lashes Rome ROME (AP) Wind and rain lashed Rome and a wide surrounding area today, flooding dozens of homes and knocking down trees, chimneys and billboards No casualties were reported P.E.I. Grits sprint to easy victory By BRIAN McKENNA CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) A homespun campaign bios somed into a crushing election victory Monday for Premier Alex B Campbell and his eight-year-old Liberal administration Mr Campbell, who travelled more than miles in a quiet meet-the- people campaign, was ahead from the opening poll and never looked back as his Liberals scored their third straight victory Final Standings 1974 1970 Lib 26 27 PC g 5 With 95 per cent of the polls reported, the Liberals led in the popular vote with 54 per cent while the Conservatives had 40 per cent The fledgling NDP, which entered only 20 candidates, had six per cent of the total "The Liberal party has tried to reflect the grassroots com- munity of interest in the prov- the smiling premier said ip explaining his party's success "Conservatives and other opposition groups, perhaps, honed in too much on the specific complaints of minority groups SUPRISED BY MAJORITY Mr Campbell, 40, who first came to power in 1966 when he ousted the Conservative government of Premier Walter Shaw in a close fight, said he never expected to score such a large majority He told reporters he had two speeches prepared for after the election "I'm glad I could use the positive speech as leader of a new government Some of the individual ridings were of them being won by less than 100 votes Opposition leader Melvm McQuaid, who has been de- feated in three of six attempts for election in his Kings 1st riding, edged Liberal Francis White by 79 votes Education Minister Bennett Campbell retained his Kings 3rd seat with a 37-vote margin He came the closest of 10 cabinet ministers to losing The voters elected two women WOMAN WINS EASILY Mrs Jean Canfield, a minis- ter without portfolio who be- came in 1970 the first woman ever elected to the legislature, won handily over Progressive Conservative and NDP chal- lengers in Queens 1st Catherine Callbeck was elected for the Liberals in Prince 4th All 16 ridings are two-mem- ber constituencies, each represented by a councillor and an assemblyman Prior to the 1966 election, only property owners and certain others could vote for councillors, although the pnviledges of both members are identical I can't explain what hap- Mr McQuaid said in a post-election interview "We had excellent policies and a slate of excellent candidates But, quite obviously they didn t go over well with the people 'However, we're quite willing to accept the decision of the voters The Conservative leader later congratulated Mr Campbell as they both stood smiling and clasping hands before photographers You're not going to dis- appear are Mr Campbell said as the two shook hanas "Oh Mr McQuaid replied You're not going to get rid of us that easy ALEXCAMPBELt ;