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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 10; high Saturday 10. The letlibtidge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 1973 VOL. LXV No. 299 LETHBRtDGK, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES 'Drastic overhaul for jobless fund OTTAWA fCP) Facing a hefty S890 million deficit that must be paid out of. public revenues, the Lib- eral government announced today that drastic changes in the unemployment in- surance plan are planned. One of them is a higher pay-in, starting next Jan. 1, by both employers and employees, a move desig- nated to generate an extra S10 million for the fund dur- ing 1973. Robert Andras, who took over the manpower portfolio in last Monday's cabinet shuffle, repl- acing Bryce Mackasey, said a number of steps to "tighten ad- ministration'1 of the program and repair some shortcomings also would be announced. Main changes would be set out when the povemment an- nounces i's. legislative program t FAST ACTION A Cordston juvenile was lo appear in court today in connection with a bi- zarre motor vehicle accident that occurred Thurs- day Police say a car, [oter discovered to be stolen, crashed into two parked vehicles in the 1500 block of 3rd Ave. N. shortly after U p.rn. The driver of the stolen vehicle then yump- ed from the car and attempted to flee but apprehended by two passers-by. The rar, own- ed by Kruze of 1607 15th Ave. S., wasn f reported as stolen until about 15 minutes after the Occident occurred, police say, The vehicle at right is ins ccr. Liberal gotft Guerrilla commander's plea falls on deaf ears mi last too By COLIN FROST DUBLIN (AP) 1HA com- mander Sean MacStiofain's ''hunger strike'' diet now con- sists of water, with milk and sugar and or- ange juice, all spied with glu- close. reliable sources at the military hospital where he is held reported today. The sources said the chief of staff of the Irish Reoubi'c-n By VICTOR MACK1E Herald OF.tawa Bureau warning was sounded at the Literal caucus this week by Government House Leader Allan MacEacben that the Trjdeau minority government might be out of office in the fiist week of the new Parliament., The master strategist on (he government side. Mr. MacEachen was called on to give the Liberal members of Parliament a run-do'A-n on v.'hat to expect in the new arid how long the minority government might bo able to continue in power. Het made it clear to the caucus, according to sev- eral Miiirces. that no one knew what to expect. "Any- thing could happen." The government could be "de- feated" d'Jring one of the first two voles in the throne speech debate, a Liberal member said was the message left with the caucus. A quip in an Ottawa Journal editorial commenting on the cabinet changes as like "re-assigning the deck chairs on the Titanic'' has had its impact on the Liber- als, ar.d was being ruefully quoted by some Grits. During the day-long caucus meeting Wednesday Fevera! ministers addressed the Liberal MP's after hearing the merr.bers sound off IK some suggestions for improving the unemployment insurance program ard economic measures including tajc changes. Contrary to published reports there were no pro- tests voiced in the caucus over alleged of senior Quebec cabinet miriisters in the re-organized cabir.et structure. Nor v.as, there any criticism raised over party leadership. Or.e prominent Liberal when asked if there had been any suggestion in the caucus about the possi- bility of a leadership convention replied "No, none at Tr.ere was sorr.e discussion the allocation of cabir.ct to various provinces in proportion to their in the house. But complaints about so-called demotions for French ministers? "No said another Liberal. Mr. MacEachen in the caucus explained that on the day of the throne speech debate the NDP will likely have an smer.dmtnt that will be voted on in the house. On the fourth day of the debate the Progres- sive Conservative amendment is voted on and might see the government defeated. Army's Previsions! ring is "in reasonably good shape" after 12 tisvs without solid food. He had said after his arrest on Nov. 19 thr.t he would take neither food nor drink until released, but he began taking liquids on Tues- day. A bowl of ice cubes also was reported by MacStlofain's bed- side, to east a burning sensation he had reported in his tends. But "there is nothing to stio him popping or.e in his mouth at any a senior army of- ficer said. The military sources at the army's Curragh Base Hospital, where MacStiofain is held, dis- Searcli continues after all EDMONTON 'CD A politi- cal decision in Ottawa sent five Canadian Forces aircraft wing- ing into the arctic barrens to- day to resume the search for a mercy aircraft missing since Defence Minister James Rich- ardson said Thursday he had decided to reactivate the search by forces aircraft because of the Intense concern about res- cue efforts voiced by people fly- ins in the north, r'o'jr Eskimo patients, a pilot and a nurse- have been missing since they left Cambridge Bay, S'.W.T. in a Gateway Aviation Bec-chcraft K on a flight to Yellow knife, N.W.T. The search was suspended Mondav by air-sea dais after" about souare rniles of territory were covered in about hours of flying. counted re-ports in London that he was taking solid nourishment in the form c-f glu- cose tablets. But they said glu- cose contained in the vari- ous liquids bsLng given him. wss sentenced last Saturday tn mc-n'hs Li jail. He had vowed to fart until death or the government re- leased him. DubUners Thursday night re- jected an -Eppcs! from Ihe nlla commander (o take to the in protest his detention. turned out for a rally held by Sinn Fein, the po- litical arm of the Irv-h Republican Array. Budget "In the name of God, v.ani the people out of the protesting on my said the guerrilla cMef'cJn in a statement issued by his lawyer. The failure of his appeal re- flected an apparent groundsvrell rA anti-IRA feeling in the Irish rep'jh'ic. once the urjcergrourd army's sanctuary in it? v.-ar to drive the British from Northern Jre'.and. On V.'ednesdav night, oniy 2.- to of'Dubiin'a 6W.OOO jxiopl e turned out f or an other protest rally, and it had Ber- nadetre Devlin's fiery oratory 25 an attraction- Opposition is grov-ins? in the republic to trie bloody bombing campaign that MacStiofain's Provisional Vang of the IRA is waging in the North. The belief is also spreading that unless the are crushed, their at- tacks will spread to the South. VOTE EXPECTED The Dail, the Irish parlia- ment, s.vas expected to vote tonight on a government bill in- creasing powers against the IRA. There vere signs that the opposition Fine Gaei party v.as ready to compromi-e after tv-o rJays of heated debate, provided the government made so.Tie amendments. ?uch as puling a time limit, on the additional p-rjv.ers it seeks to jsil IRA men. A Ke liters correspondent reportc-d t observc-rs 1 the government faces riefeat by a margin of only vo'es and a general election before mas seems the likely outcome of the vote. Informed sources disclosed Thursday the British rejection of at least three approaches for a ceasefire in Ulster from the IRA's Provisional wing. Mac- Stiofain is the diehard Provi- tionals' chief of staff. The wing's Belfast Brigade denied it had put out any truce fe-ekrs, although it said "weli- intentioned local people'1 had made approaches on their own initiative. Tne British insisted the overtures came from the IRA through intermediaries. Army commanders in Belfast ix-lieve security forces have mauled the IRA so badiy, with an estimated 530 men rounded up or killed in the last four months, that a ceasefire would only give the guerrillas time to regroup and rearm. Bootleg sing of wheat 'declining' CALGARY (CP1 Tne ill- egal tralfick in surplus West- ern Wheat has been much re- duced this fall compared with previous years. Justice Minis- ter Otto Lang said Thursday. Mr. Ixing, responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, told a news conference he also not had to order any prosecu- tions against farms who over- delivered grain under the wheat boards's puotas. The strong export markets for wheat have left the farm- ers with prn-iv-cts of high quot- as and prices, making bottleg- ging less attractive. When grain was in surplus, Saskatchewan farmers were hauling it across the provincial boundary to Alberta feeders where they were geiUng m to 40 cents a bushel. The price now has risen to three or four times that level, "As for the bootlegging situ- ation. I am getting letters from farmers now asking me why I didn't warn them of the orice increase for grain.'' he said, "Tney could have made more money than having to take bociic-g prices for it." In the new Commons starting Jan. 4. Also announced in a news conference by Mr. Ar.dras and Guy Cousineau, chairman of the Unemployment Insurance Com- mission, was a r.ew top-limit benefit payout by the to S107 a week from trie ciirrerjt SIM. This is starting Jan. 1 the ceiling under the act for incur- able earnings will go to 5160 a week from the current SIM. Since maximum benefits are two-thirds of weekly salary, the top benefit goes to S107 weekly. Benefit are subject to income NEW LEVELS Employee ar.d employer con- tributio.is are being set at new levels. From W cants a wesk per of insured earnings for the worker, the amount goes to Si starting Jan. 1. For employ- ers the rate goes to 51.40 a week per Sl'Xi oi salary paid from S1.26. Despite the higher top benefit, Mr. Ar.dras said" the higher col- lections should provide a "net benefit'' to the fund of about SIM million during 1973. Total cost of the program, wb'.ch was a prime issue in the for the Oct. 30 elec- tion that saw the Liberals slide trj a minority from a Commons ir.alority, will top S2 billion for 1972. the government estimates. Tnis is made up of a total benefit payout of S1.9 billion and another million for ad- ministrative costs, Mr. Andras: declined to say what specific changes to the plan the government will an- nounce once the Commons meets. But in reply to questions he indicated some of the areas that are under consideration. And he said the emphasis, for a program that is as generous as this one, will have to be on providing protection for persons who are legitimate members of the labor force who have lost jobs, not on a sort of social wel- fare aspect. One matter under considera- tion is the qualifying the time a person must work iid to the pltr be- fore beina able to draw bene- fits. Another point for examination is the figure of national unem- ployment above which the gov- ernment takes over responsi- bility for all benefits. This was set at four pe-r cent of the labor force for 1972, a year in which unemployment nationally has ranged between six and seven per cent. APPEARED HIGH Mr. Andras said the four-per- cent figure was based on stud- ies carried out about 1W3 and, when the new legislation was in preparation, it appeared "ex- traordinarily high." TWO W BE NEEDED FOR NIGHT SHIFTS EDMONTON to be tendered Mr. Trudeau and not just because the Liberals were reduced to r-evcn MPs vest in Marv- loba, Mr. Lang in Saskatche- wan and the other four in Brit- Columbia. The conversations also vill reflect the fact lhal the western provincial leaders on their records are pretty forthright spokesmen. There is consitlcr- able evici'.-ncc of a revival of v.'.lh the it fi-jls it is dealt in Canadian family. It Is perhaps significant Uvat Mr. Trudeau's office ic rof. promising any prepared lest of the dinner adclrcM. That indicates the r-pe.--rh may rcriec-. what gocs on at a meeting with I, H. Asper .'Manitoba. D, G. Steuarl of Sas- katchewan, Bob Russrli of Al- berta and David ArXerfon of B.C. The leader? will have had a private meeting in ai'var.re of Mr, Trudeau's arrival. Mv. Saiiai't. :.n "Liberals in want to take n much more sc- dtcis'.ons of the federal Liberal party and it seems Hie to fin trjs is through a united front." He said they -Aould discuss common areas of concern. UTTLR BETTER OH' One such area of concern is the fact that the provincial Lib- erals in !he four western prov- inces are little better off than t'-ie AJI i- Saskatchewan v.hero Mr. S'.euai-t heads a IJ-memiv.-r poiitior to the NCM Democratic J'arty govemmtnt. Mr. has only t'riree col- leagues in the Manitoba legisla- ture. Ti-.eie are no Liberal MLA's in Aiberta and Mr. An- derstti leads a five-member group. Only Mr. Steuart L? an opposi- tion leader. However, western Lit-erals feve been busy saying what they think should be done feder- revive the party. (i1.03pcs Mr. TvvdeiisJ has he is prepared io li-ten. There may be a lot to bear. New York Times Service announced Thursday a series of measures aimed at punishing Uganda's Geri. Idi Amin for his recent expulsion of 20.000 Asians arid possibly at deterring other Afri- can nations from doing the same thing. Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the foreign secretary', the House of Commons that a S2i million credit, which Brilain had previously suspended, would now he cancelled. Tne British Technical Assis- tance Program, under which some 1.000 teachers and agri- cultural advisers w o r I: in Uganda, will be phased out over the next two years, he said. Brilain pays nearly half the salaries of the personnel, and this vil! now be nit off as their expire Officials said it was expect- ed that most, if no: all, would return to Britain. A third measure announced by fir was rlcoiFi-n not to replace, for the time be- ing, the British High Commis- sioner in Kampala. When the p rev: o u f high Richard Slater, lef; Utar.da in Ociober after virtually being forced out by Amin, he was re- placed by an official with the title of acting high-commission- er. Tiiis official. John Hennings, has not left, and the commis- sion office will be left in charce of a lesser-ranking offi- cial." Sir Alec did not expand CD the reasons for these actions, but other officials made it clear it was in retaliation for the ex- pulsion of the .Asians who, be- cause they held British pass, ports and" nationality, chose to flee to Britain. "We expect." one official said, the Ugandan economy will drift back down to the vil- lage level." Seen and heard About town it rpZIOTOTALryP. Ing- rsm E bit siro-eer" to help fifih' Ihe season's first cold Caen Bly rescuing her iron-, the repair they u-e the only thi'nss is-.at ge; broken Ibis winter. ;