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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbridge Herald VOL LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1974 20 CENTS 56 Pages Alberta buys PWA Israelis preparing forces for possible war with Arabs ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli Defence Minister Shimon Peres warned today ot a possible war with the Arabs especially Svna which he said is talking war. threaten- ing war and preparing for war He said service for Israeli reservists has been extended and that thousands are being prepare war called to vehicles Peres said Svna demands total Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights expecting us to told up retreat and pan- ic But he said Israel will never relinquish all the Heights because tor 19 years they were bases ot aggression against us Language bill embarrasses federal gov 9t OTTAWA (CP) Quebec's controversial language legislation is shaping up as a political hot potato in Ot- tawa and the government is undecided how to juggle it The legislation, criticized bitterly since it was introduced in the Quebec National Assembly during the spring, became law this week, making French the only official language in Quebec Some opponents argue that it violates the con- stitutional rights of the English-language minority in Quebec and runs against the spirit of the federal Of- final Languages Act. which recognizes both French and English So tar Prime Minister Trudeau has reacted cautiously telling questioners that he wants the Quebec legislation studied thoroughly by federal ex- perls before deciding what, if anything, Ottawa should do Although the act is seen by many as a clear embar- tcissment to the federal government Mr Trudeau is anxious to avoid a messy confrontation with Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa Both are Liberals and political allies The clamor for Ottawa to convince Quebec that the bill should be watered down or abandoned began dur- ing the federal election campaign Several public figures including former prime minister John Diefenbaker have urged invocation of raielv-usod federal constitutional powers to strike down provincial legislation Mr Diefenbaker, at a news conference Friday, call- ed the act the most divisive he has seen in his political all right for a banana republic" but not for a parliamentary democracy Mr Trudeau all but ruled out the use of disallowance powers when questioned at a post-election news conference Julv 16 Neither, he indicated will the federal government attempt to resolve the question of the legislation's ron- stitutional validity by launching a test case in court However, the government might be willing to pre- sent arguments in court if a legal challenge is made from outside the government, he added Mr Trudeau said he would prefer to study the act closely and negotiate with Quebec for changes in any sections found objectionable The legislation not only declares French the only of- licial language in Quebec, but also contains provisions to encourage it as the working language in the province Ft also directs immigrants into the French-language school system and repeals a 1969 bill that allowed parents to choose freely between English or French schools for their children have aggressive plans Peres said 'We do have defensive plans We are readv to continue the dia logue but let there be no doubt of our ability to face any kind of confrontation that is forced upon us The Cairo newspaper Akhbar el Yom quotes Lgvpts chief ol Staff. Lt den Abdel Gamasv, as saying plans are also being im- plemented in Egypt to con- front the possibility of a re- sumption of the Middle East war The papei says Egypt has braced itself for any even- tuality arising from Israeli war preparations It says Israeli leaders have been wag ing a war campaign and that mobilization of Israeli reserves is under way Pro-guerrilla newspapers in Beirut say Russia has agreed to supply the guerrillas with defensive weapons including ground-to-air missiles and anti-armor weapons as part ol a deal with guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat But Lebanon's minister of state Mukheiber said the Lebanese army is responsible for the protec tion ot the country s border and population, indicating Lebanon will not allow sophisticated Soviet arms for the Palestinian guerrillas to enter Lebanon The Israeli defence minister urged the nation to desist from strikes and demands for higher pav and realize it is facing a war emergency- Peres s statement to his La- bor party in Tel Aviv topped a week of similar gloomv fore- casts from senior Israelis such as Premier Yitzhak Rabin and Chief of Staff Lt Gen Mordechai Gur Peres said the Russians disappointed at Egypt s rap- pro vehement with Washington has aligned themselves more closely with the extreme r a b Iraq Libya and the Palestinian guerrilla movement Seen and heard About town Marian Keiver proving after 25 years she can still burn boiled eggs Betty Hamilton reluctantly asking her husband Percy to pull her out of the canal ditch on their farm Guy Pomahac and Jcc fsHirig asleep on the mat at 6 a m. judo practice Dark clouds BILL GROENEN photo Dark clouds over this wheat field near Welling may promise rain, but they don't deliver Each day without ram cuts yields and costs farmers money, and even irrigated land has been affected by the heat The Kenyon Field weather office reports the only chance of weekend ram is m the foothills and temperatures are expected to range from the low 50s to the low 80s Inside Family Local 16 LOW HIGH Gov't to investigate Fieger torture story CALGARY (CP) The external affairs department has agreed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the detention of 23-year-old Les Fieger in a _ Mexican prison. Eldon Woolfams, MP for Calgary North, said Friday Mr Woolhams said he had been told by External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp the department would look into charges of torture and extortion made against prison officials by the man's father, Al Fieger of Calgary His father has said the officials want for their son's release However, a five-page statement issued bv the department in Ottawa Friday said Fieger made no mention of torture to a Canadian consular officer July 9 and that his personal living conditions were relatively favorable Mr Woolhams said he had ro reason to disbelieve statements bv the prisoner's father and that conditions at Carcel Preventive Lecumbern in Mexico City, where Les Fieger has been held eight months on drug charges "are certainly below what they're expected to be The Conservative MP added that Les Fieger's case was not an isolated one Both the United States and the United Kingdom have had similar problems with Mexican prisons The elder Mr Fieger said Friday that the attitude of prison officials had changed 'tremendously" since he began his allegations of torture and payoffs He said Les had told him he appeared in a Mexican court this week and could be sentenced as early as Monday No Herald on Monday The Herald will not pub- lish Monday, a civic holiday A full roundup of weekend news and sports will be carried in Tuesday's edition. Airline deal draws praise Canada lifts U.S. beef ban EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed s announcement Fr av that the Al- berta government has acquired control of Pacific Western Airlines 11 drew quick applause from the Northwest Territories and British Columbia govenrnent leaders But closer to home. Bob Clark, house leader ot Alberta's Social Credit party announc- ed he will demand a full debate in the legislature in the fall on the alive government's move_____________________________________________ The purchase "defies everything this govern- ment stands Mr Clark said Friday night in a telephone interview from his home in Carstairs The Alberta government an nouncement came a day after Don Watson, President of PWA said in Vancouver the airline was recommending that its shareholders accept an offer of a share from 'a group well-established in its field Mr Watson announced the recommendation after National Trust Co made the offer through the facilities of the Toronto and Vancouver stock exchanges on behalf of an undisclosed principal Friday's statement by Pre- mier Lougheed resulted from rumors in the Vancouver busi- ness district that British Columbia s New Democratic Partv government was involv- ed in the takeover bid of the airline third largest in Canada Premier Dave Barrett had refused to comment on the ru- mors but after Mr Lougheed made his announcement the NDP premier said It s curious that Peter Lougheed a premier and head of the Conservative part} would make this move at a time when people are saving that the Conservative partv represents free enterprise But Mr Lougheed shouldn't attacked on ideological grounds for such a sensible move Mr Barrett said, adding that today it is essen- tial for governments to move into transportation In Yellowknife, Stuart Hodgson commissioner of the Northwest Territories also added his congratulations, noting there had been rumors that the White Pass-Yukon group and others were seeking control of the principal airline serving the Mackenzie area The government s move was welcomed by Grant Notlev leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party and Stubb Ross, president of Time Air Ltd of Lethbndge I basically applaud the government s position Mr Notely said in a telephone interview from his home in Fairview "I can certainly understand the government s position of thinking ahead about the province's transportation needs Mr Ross said in a telephone interview from Lethbndge that with the Alberta government controlling PWA Time Air may be "better off than in the past "I would expect that as a private organization we will get better co- operation from (the government-controlled) PWA" OTTAWA (CPi The gov- ernment lifted its ban on U S meat imports Friday and an- nounced import quotas to pro- tect Canadian beef producers, raising consumer hopes for lower prices It also announced a price support program to encourage producers to stick with the in dustry guaranteeing them 42 a hundredweight for beef for the next 12 months a figure the agriculture depart- ment takes in anticipated increases in production costs in the coming year Thc e is a world surplus of bee! and there is a danger that surpluses might be cleared bv some countries on world mar kets regardless of price the department said in a statement We don t want beef to ruin our Canadian industry or to i ide on the back of our domes- tic stabilizator program Therefore we are setting import quotas on live and drcsspd beet coming into the countiv during the this interim stabilization plan From 12 to Aug 11 1975 imports of live cattle will be limited to 82 835 average for the last five years Imports of fresh and frozen dressed beef will be held at 125 8 million pounds in the same period The health department an- nounced that agreement has been reached with Washington on procedures to keep out of Canada meat treated with the growth hormone diethvlstiobestrol iDES) which has been linked to cancer in test animals The government imposed the ban on L S beef cattle mutton lamb and sheep 9 on grounds that no method satisfactory to Canada had been found to ensure imports are tree from DES Lnder the new import procedures meat would be screened U S producers a full-time I' S government of ticial and an accredited veterinarian In addition a US agriculture department veterinarian would check to ensure the producer is accredited to export to Canada and verify that he has received the veterinarian s af- fidavit Donkey plus zebra equals sonkey? HAMILTON iCPi A ze- bra and a donkev at the Afri- can Lion Safari at Rockton just north ol here got toother recently to produce something completely differ- dark brown foal with beige stripes Officials at the park said the foal born to Emily the donkey and sired by a zebra looks like it is wearing pyjamas with pale stripes on its body and pronounced ones on its legs Federation asked by Turk-Cypriots NICOSIA (AP) Turkish- Cypnot leader Rauf Denktash called today for a federation in Cyprus as TurKish and Greek military officers met again to draw up truce lines and United Nations enforced buffer zones on the embattled Mediterranean island Denktash speaking shortly after his arrival in Ankara for talks with Turkish leaders, did not elaborate on the concept but said it would be different from Turkish-Cypnot demands for local autonomy before the July 15 coup toppl- ed Archbishop Makanos as president and led to the Turkish invasion of the island In earlier statements Turkish leaders said the kind of federation thev had in mind would not violate the independence and territorial unity of Cyprus which has about 490 000 Greek-Cypnots and 115.000 Turkish-Cypnots living in separate enclaves Reports said Friday that battles were raging in the northwest of the island and that the Turks moved into four Greek-Cypnot villages in the western Kyrenia range White House cockiness fades By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) In the courts and on Capitol Hill, public judgment un- folded remorselessly this week against Richaid and those who had serv- ed him It was a dark week for Nixon and one of the most dismal in the history ot the I nited States presidency 38 members of the House of Representatives judiciary committee concluded nine months of investigation bv recommending that Nixon be im- peached under three separate articles alleging obstructing of justice, abuse of power and contempt of congress former members of Nixon's inner circle John Ehrlichman and John Dean were sentenced by the courts to jail torm.s and a former Nixon cabinet officer the once-mightv John Connally was indicted by a grand jury Hv week s end the mcreasinglv roc lusive president was said to be still in good spirits Ho was spending much ot his time on a personal review of White House tapes and documents which the U S Supreme Court oidered given to Judge John Sirica tor ihe forthcoming trial of six former presidential aides and cam- paign workers Rut most of the former cockiness was gone trom the White House's public posture The president s aides, toyed openlv for a while with the idea of asking the House ot Representatives to vote for impeachment shifting the debate on ihaiges against the president to the Senate and.speedmg up a resolution of the case But the idea was dropped Even press spokesman Gerald Warren s admission Friday that the White House now faces an "uphill sti uggle seemed an optimistic assess- ment of the president's position In all tho predicting and pon- tificating that followed the judiciary committee votes not a single voice could be heard this week forecasting th.it the lull House would reject the charges against the president The debate became largely a numbers game Of the 435 con- gi as few as 250 or as many as might eventually favor im- peachment depending on who was do- ing the guessing of those counts however represented a clear majority in favor of impeachment In both Senate and House wings of the Capitol building leaders from the Republican and Democratic parties gathered in a series of closed-door meetings to draft the rules of conduct for their historic debates The House is expected to begin its im- peachment session Aug 19 with live television and radio coverage for the two weeks of dav-long debates House leaders hope to wind up by Labor Dav If impeached bv a majority of House members. Nixon faces a trial botoie the Senate later in the fall Ap- pioval by two-thirds of the Senate members present is needed to evict him from office ;