Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
TRUDEAU AND LEWIS ARE STILL POLITICAL BEDMATES By DOUG SMALL 'OTTAWA Prime Min- ister Trudeau and the New Democratic Party have reaffir- med the relationship that has maintained the minority gov- ernment in office since the 29th Parliament began last January. The prime minister responded agreeably Tuesday to renewed New Democrat demands for fast action to deal with rising living worked out during a two-day NDP caucus session. The he told re- porters after an afternoon cabi- net would convene Parliament to legislate measures aimed at casing costs. it would continue to take administrative actions for the same purpose. Two hours New Democrat Leader David Lewis again promised his party's sup- port for the government if ac- tion were taken in or of four sensitive living- cost areas. His caucus urged the govern- ment to recall Parliament sometime before its scheduled resumption Oct. by the middle of to take steps aimed at ening the food prices review subsidizing basic food forcing down interest rates and helping people on fixed incomes. Mr. Trudeau replied that the government was already subsi- dizing milk and bread the tune of a couple of hundred mil- but that additional sub- sidies would depend on much taxpayers are prepared to pay to subsidize The government was more in- terested in the general but the poor living on fixed incomes. for his ad- mitted there was no easy solution to the cost of liv- ing But the will and deter- governments can ef- fectively take steps toward a demand that the govern- ment do so Mr. Lewis added. when we make de- mands on the we mean The New Democrat program unanimously endorsed by the 26 MPs at the meeting reflects party policy adopted at an an- nual convention in Vancouver last month. But it is far weaker than an increasing number of card-carrying New Democrats would they are reported to feel that the NDP should pull the rug out from under the gov- erning Liberals and force an election. WANTS PLUMPTRE OUT More the caucus agreed that chairman Beryl Plumptre of the food prices re- view beard be removed and that the board be given power to roll back unjustified price in- creases. New legislation should make provision for penalties against corporations found gouging con- sumers. Subsidies on fluid bread and meat should be used to keep prices at a reasonable level without encouraging farm- ers to cut back food production because of lower returns. The Letftbridge Herald VOL- LXVI NO. Z13 AUGUST 1973 PR-ICE 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES Alberta government looks at gas business It's nice to tava a little help that first day. Rormi Worboysf that first trek to Fleet- wood School-4his morning with a little support -from her and a policeman directing traffic. About 10.000 Leth- bridge students reported for 1he first day of classes two weeks ahead of their rural counterparts. Terrorist bombers strike in Britain NIXON A LIAR SAYS SIHANOUK Special to The Herald PEKING Prince Norodom describ- ing President Nixon as a denied last night that his government had ever acquiesced in the secret bombing of Cambodia as alleged by the president in a New Orleans speech on Monday. The prince said it was possible that members of the government who conspired in his subsequent ous- including Marshal Lon had a secret agree- ment with Mr. Nixon but he himself was much of a to allow foreigners to bomb his country. In a wide-ranging interview correspondents here the prince also said that ammunition shortages and renewed American intervention have per- suaded the Communists to put off any attempt to take Phnom Penh until the beginning of the dry season in December at the earliest. On the bombing the Prince said he had made repeated protests in formal messages to the U.S. Em- bassy in Phnom Penh and in a published white paper that included a list of the targets under attack and photographs of the damage. know Nixon has lied many the Prince declared. has lied about Watergate and now he is lying about the The Prince's rebuttal came less than 24 hours after the in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign defended the bombing and said the secrecy was necessary to obtain the acquiescence of the Cambodian then headed by Prince Sihanouk. LONDON Terrorist bombers struck Britain today for the fourth day. Two unex- an incendiary and a booby-trapped were found in London. Six suspected letter bombs were discovered in a sort- ing office in 30 miles north of London. Police said five had fictitious addresses. Sorters became suspicious be- cause the white all addressed in the same hand- were heavier than usual. Explosive experts were called in. A bomb squad defused the cigarett e-pack incendiary planted among rolls of cloth in Dickins and a leading department store in London's bustling West End. It was the 15th fire bomb discovered in a London department store since Saturday and the second for Dickins and Jones. A London-based unit of the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army is believed responsible for the bombings. Police have been put on alert throughout B'ltain in case the bombing steads. No one has yet been injured by and of the blasts. By AL SCARTH Herald Writer The Alberta gov e r n inent should be ia the gas business at Suffield by next a senior government official said Tuesday. A. G. director of resources and development for the department of federal and Service resumes at sea VICTORIA The Brit- ish Columbia ferry system re- sumed operations today after striking unlicensed ferry work- ers voted 88 per cent in favor of a new contract. The ferries had been idle since Friday -when unli- censed the marine branch of the B.C. Government Employees walked off the job to contract de- mands. Some ferry crews began work Tuesday night in preparation for resumed and line- ups began at terminals on Van- couver where thousands of motorists had been stranded by the strike. lYansport Minister Robert Strachan and representatives of the unlicensed workers reached agreement and the pro- posed contract went to the crews for ratification. The contract provides an across-the-board increase of a month. This represents an in- crease range of from 12 per at the previous top level of a to 22 per cent at the previous base level of a month. we didn't break the civil service said union business agent Norm Thomber. Still no settlement in railway disputes side you mean that Classified___26-29 Comics 36 Comment......4 District 31 Family 23 Local News Markets 24 Sports......a-10 Theatres......7 TV............7 Weather......2 LOW TONIGHT HIGH THURS. PEW SHOWERS By ALAN BARTLEY OTTAWA Labor Min- ister John Munro got some good news and some bad news Tues- day as he led negotiations aimed at settling rotating strikes by members of non-op- erating railway unions. The good news was the sup- port of the New Democratic Party for the government's han- dling of the strike and the promise of continued NDP sup- port for the minority Liberal governmnet in pro- viding something is done about rising food prices. The bad coupled with the prospect of future labor dif- ficulties among other railway was the failure to reach a settlement between the com- panies and representatives of the Association of Non-oper- ating Railway Employees meet- ing here. Meetings with the companies and unions were expected to continue this morning in the Chateau Laurier Hotel though no definite time had been an- nounced. The adjournment of dis- cussions late Tuesday night came after a long day of meet- ings by a haggard-looking Mr. He met with rail company ne- gotiators in the held a short meeting with union repre- sentatives after then went to a cabinet meeting. Re- turning from the minis- ter met with the then his advisers and again with the unions before calling it a day. Federal officials authorize arrests NEW ORLEANS Fed- eral authorities have authorized the arrest of several persons in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate President a New Orleans television station has reported. Station WVUE-TV said Tues- day night author- which are less formal than have been is- sued in the case. The station said two one of whom had a high-power discussed the killing and several others knew of the dis- cussion. Secret Service and po- lice department officials re- tn confirm thft The Secret Service revealed the existence of the alleged plot before Nixon's visit to New Or- leans Monday to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Secret Service spokesman Jack Warner said late Tuesday the agency's investigation of the alleged plot is but he refused to reveal details of the investigation. He said no warrants have been and he declined to say how many conspirators are being sought. The Secret Service said it has issued a warrant for Edwin Gaudet after a witness alleg- edly identified Gaudet as the man who threatened Nixon's life during a discussion in a Ca- nal rinicstnrft last week. intergovernmental said in a telephone interview with The Herald it is 99 per cent certain that drainage drilling by the government would be necessary to prevent seepage to adjoining privately owned leases. you can see million going down the drain and you can stop it and make money on it you've got to be in favor of he said. A resource study banded to the government last December recommended it spend 89 mil- lion to go into production of gas from two areas in the giant military block affected by seep- age. The province owns 95 per cent of the mineral rights in the block. The government has already accepted the study's first rec- ommendation that it spend million to evaluate the reserves which could increase the prov- ince's total gas reserves by 10 per cent. The first stage of tliat 77- well evaluation 15 now under way with 18 of 27 wells to be drilled this summer. The re- mainder will be drilled this winter and the government will know by spring how rich the field is. Mr. McDonald said oil com- panies in Calgary had protest- ed development of the drainage areas by the province. when it was explained to they agreed it was the best he said. Until the province decides on 9 final plan for development of the the resources study cf mineral rights in drainage areas by traditional cash bonus will not solve the present drainage problem. The drainage prob- lem is simply shifted inward from the present The study estimated total drainage losses to the province would reach million by annual losses there- after totalling Mr. McDonald said the prov- ince is not setting up an oil company and would only be in- volved in the gas business a limited The cabinet has not yet approved this in- terim involvement. As for total development of the the government is considering three alternatives setting up a Crown corporation to develop the field itself the study recommended entering an agree- ment with a public comcany that might make shares avail- able to or proceed- ing as allowing a private company to withdraw the gas. Preliminary negot i a t ions with the federal government for access to the military ing area for production will be- gin this Mr. McDonald said. Further negotiations will take place in the spring when the province knows better what its needs will be. don't expect any problems but technical he said. If the reserves prove Mr. McDonald said the ment could begin work in the field by the summer of One source in the oil industry predicted government could be producing by the end of 1974. a pretty hectic program but certainly feasi- he said. A major stumbling block to production Is military activity. It is relatively simple to sched- ule drilling of wells in an area not devoted to military uses in the summer and then switch to the military area after the troops leave in October. But at least one expert be- lieves once production no military activity could be allowed. It would be too expen- sive to bury gas well heads and change other facilities to pro- tect them from tanks or other he believes. Medicine Hat has made proposals for petrochemical developments in the area that could use Suffield gas. The city's utilities com- mittee has been negotiating in- centives to industry with the government for a able period of commit- tee chairman Ted Grimm said Tuesday. have presented specific proposals but I can't specify he said. ''We are talk- ing about potential develop- ment more than about indus- tries that exist Mr. Grimm said the city has been approached by various in- dustries about locating near natural gas supplies. The city's approach to the government that gas should be used to benefit Alberta industries. gas is in this area and should be used for industry in the area. It is better than sell- ing it down the he said. One incentive to industry could be lower gas prices. Lethbridge might share in benefits Lethbridge will experience a large share of the estimated billion dollar impact develop- ment of Suffield natural gas will have on the city's economic development officer said Tuesday. Dennis O'Connell predicts the city will attract much of the trade in goods and services that will accompany the influx of money into the provincial economy from development of the field. Spin-off in the form of more industry and jobs would in- crease enrolments at city aca- demic institutions as he said. New developments in the downtown and more shopping centres would enable the city to take better advantage of the he said. A study commissioned by the province last year estimated development of the gas reserve an undiscounted dollar impact of more than billion over its productive life'1 40 R. G. of Foster Eco- nomic Consultants in one of the authors of the gov- ernment said Tuesday it is impossible to tell exactly how much Lethbridge might benefit. But he said the provision of goods and services from Leth- bridge substantial even to- The study predicted Med- icine Hat woud gain mil- lion in future primary and sec- ondary benefits. acts as a sup- plier of goods and services into the Medicine Hat Duffy and would there- fore benefit. Development would see million pumped into the pro- vincial economy as a the study said. The _ Alberta government would gain million in revenues and the federal government mil- lion. Socreds promise caucus opinions By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer The Social Credit caucus will bave an in the choice of a new House Alberta Socred Party Leader Werner Schmidt said today. Jim Henderson resigned as Tuesday. if the caucus will choose a new Mr. who is not an don't so although I think they will have an in- put. I think it is a decision that will involve a variety of peo- Mr. Schmidt denied a report that he has already chosen Ray Speaker as new House leader. It was an inter- nal party he and it is premature to make any comment. The caucus meets Sept. 11 Mr. Henderson is expect- ed to explain the reasons for his resignation. He has said only it is time for lot of by party mem- bers. The caucus should choose the new Opposition bridge West Socred MLA Dick Gruenwald told The Herald to- day. Schmidt has some rights as leader to start choos- ing but it would be a mistake in judgment not to consult cau- cus. The caucus will not be re- he said. is not leader of the opposition by any stretch of the imagination he is lead- er of the He said he was surprised but not shocked by Mr. Hender- son's resignation. always had the feeling that he didn't want to continue as leader. He chose not to run in the first place the last leadership convention which chose Mr. Mr. Gniemrald said Mr. Hen- derson is a very direct and honest not about to be a mouthpiece for anyone else. Lethbridge East Socred MLA John Anderson said two men can't lead the party he's not in the and heard About town f OLPHER Doug Brown tak- ing home another golf trophy after winning the Seed Squeezer Open at Waterton cattle and grain producer Dick Clcmis claiming he has some time free from 2 to 4 each after- noon when lie wants to take up editorial writing.