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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta OVERCAST FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 40 The Lethbtrtdge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 299 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-32 PAGES Tax-change bill debate cutoff set By DAN TURNER OTTAWA (CP) The government took advantage of a divided opposition Wednesday to announce it is cutting off debate on its tax-change bill, before tte Commons since early September. The tool it used was House rule 75-C, a debate- limiting device unused since it became a rule in 1969. The Commons, which has been sitting as a com- mittee for 27 days to examine the bill section-by-section, now has only four more clays to do so. The bill then will move to its final Commons stage- third and final reading. The Senate then would be asked to approve the bill in time to meet the Jan. 1 government deadline for implementation. Although the bill is expected to complete its pro- tracted passage through Parliament before Christmas, there was a warning Wednesday from Senator Jacques Flyim, Senate opposition leader, that the Senate should not have to rubber-stamp the legislation. The Liberal-led Senate banking committee already has studied the bill and issued two latest for extensive arr.endmenls. Even so, informants suggest the bill would be passed. The government announcement that Rule 75-C would be invoked formally today provoked a few opposition catcalls initially and 40 minutes of argument over tech- nicalities. But two hours later, some Conservative MPs staged a delayed-action display of hostility by demanding and winning premature adjournment of the House for the symbolic act of criticism. During the argument over that move, the Commons was in an uproar. Rule 75-C was invoked after the breakdown of behind-the-scenes attempts lo get all-party agreement on time limits, but the opposition parties disagreed. Further, MPs of other parties said the Conserva- tives were divided among leaders fa- voring some limit, but unable to ensure that all their backbenchers would abide by the agreement. Accuse government 8 The Conservatives who forced early adjournment accused the government of using closure. But Rule 75-C is not closure. Closure is invoked under Rule 33. Under it a gov- ernment can act unilaterally at any time, having to give only 24 hours notice that it intends to use the rule. But once Rule 33 is invoked, there are clearly- established time limits over each stage of debate and the rule musl be invoked repeatedly al each slage. Under 75-C the government must give 24 hours warning, but the limits of debate are its to decide. The rule also need be invoked only once to cover all sections of any given piece of legislation. II. also is the (bird of Ihros stages. Rule 75-A re- quires an attempt to gain unanimous consent of Com- mons parties to certain debate-limiting measures while Rule 75-B requires an attempt by at least three House parties to reach agreement on debating limits. Rule 75-C can be invoked only after every avenue under 75-A and 7ft-B have been exhausted. The delayed-action fireworks came late in the after- noon. The Conservatives were infuriated at the treat- ment given a Conservative morion to adjourn commit- tee debate on the bill an hour early as a symbolic protest over the lime limitation. As James A. McGrath John's East) moved the adjournment motion, Conservatives rushed into the House in a pre-planned manoeuvre to generate an op- position majority. If Chairman Prosper Boulanger Mer- cier) had put the motion immedialely, as required un- der Commons rules, Ihc Conservatives would easily have passed whal was little more than a small gesture ot protest. But Mr. Boulanger allowed Revenue Minister Herb Gray to put a point of order, and while he did so several Liberals entered the chamber. Even Mr. Boulanger put the motion, several other Liberals entered even though under Commons rules il is illegal to enter the House after a motion has been put. Win vote Tile Conservatives, with support from the NDP, fi- nally won the vote by 44 to 42, with two Social Q-edit members siding with the government. Standing in the 26'4-scat House: Liberal 150, Con- servative 71, NDP 25, Social Credil 13, Indepcndenl 3, Vacanl 2. Bui the behavior of Ihe government members and Mr. Boulanger infuriated the opposition. Memo pads and envelopes flew, insults rang and the government was acutely embarrassed. Outside the Commons Mr. MacEachcu explained his rationale for cutting off debate on the tax-change bill. "Public he said, "particularly the busi- ness community, wants to end the uncertainly that now prevails as to what, is to be the lax system of this country. "I believe that public opinion would the idea that llic bill has been canvassed fairly thoroughly and it is now lime In lake .some action and move on lo lake some other items that require parliamentary attention.'1 Ctnservjiiive lloii.so leader Jed Baldwin (Peace River) told the llini.se Ihe government should not have "stupidly rejected" Ihr- Conservative offer earlier in Ihc week lo divide fho. bill. Those sections on which most MPs as rate reductions and increased later implementation of others could implemented early. He also expressed concern about the first case of "frC, which ho said could scl a precedent, U.S. surcharge may be lifted by Christmas By KEVIN DOYLE ROME (CP) The United Slates surcharge on imports might bo eliminated before Christinas if a major realign- ment of currencies can lie achieved before then, says Fi- nance Minister Edgar Benson of Canada. Benson made Uie comments at a news conference Wednes- day following conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Group of Ten leading non-Communist countries. The meeting ended without a.ny settlement of current inter- national monetary and trade problems caused by the U.S. de- cision Aug. 15 to impose a 10- per-cenl surcharge on dutiable imports anrl suspend the dol- lar's gold convertibility. But some progress towards a solu- tion appears to have been made. Benson said if agreement on currency realignment can be achieved at a further meeting in Washington Dec. 17 and 18, the surcharge might be lifted imme- diately. But he stressed tlial it is ex- tremely difficult to reach such a ultimately for decisions by national gov- a forum such as the Group of Ten. He also told reporters the Ca- nadian dollar, floating freely in terms of U.S. currency since mid-1970, will not be returned to a fixed rate or revalued up- wards as part of any general re- alignment. The minister made somewhat Similar statements before meet- ings of the ff-ou" in London and Washington since August. One of the major develop- ments from the meeting was an indication bv Economics Minis- ter Karl Schiller of West Ger- many that the U.S. had pro- posed to devalue the dollar by more than five per cent. Schiller told a news confer- ence one member of the group had made an offer of a larger contribution than had been ex- pected and otters felt unable to respond. West German officials later confirmed that he was re- referring to the U.S., represent- ed here by Treasury Secretary John Connally. Sources later said the American proposal was for a dollar devaluation in re- lation to gold or something more than five per cent. European Common Market countries had been insisting on a fivc-per-cc nt devaluation pre- viously and the U.S. had re- sisted this pressure because of Iradilionnt American reluctance to alter the official gold price of an ounce. All ministers, including Ben- son and Connally, said some progress was made at I he meet- ing. Both stressed that (or tha first time ministers had dis- cussed specific figure for re- alignment and agreed to talks aimed at trade over tile next two months between the U.S. and Europe. The discussions between the U.S. and Europe as well as the Washington meeting will be held in a period when President Nixon has scheduled a series of bilateral conferences with major Western leaders, includ- ing Prime Minister Ti'iiuC-uU. Many observers believe no final settlement to the economic problem is possible until these are completed during the next two months. Benson said Canada supports the U.S. in seeking reduction of Inide barriers erected by the Common Market. Canada is particularly concerned about the protection offered to farm- ers in the community. J_ w 51 H if SHIRLEY SUTHERLAND Court frees Douglas' daughter NEW DELHI (AP) Paki- stani planes strafed the capital of India's Tripura State adja- cent to East Pakistan's south- east border today, an Indian government spokesmen an- nounced. The spokesman said the In- dian army had been ordered to take immediate "defensive ac- indicating it would cross the border. The government used the same phrase in connec- tion with the three previous ad- vances into East Pakistan which it has admitted. The Indian spokesman gave this account: Five U.S.-supplied F-86 Sabre Jets bombed and strafed the city of Agartala, 60 miles due east of Dacca, and its airport for 20 minutes this afternoon. A number of Chilians were Canada willing lo aid U.S. solve economic problems killed or wounded, but anti-air- craft guns prevented any dam- age lo the airfield. Agartala has been under heavy shelling since 8 p.m. Wednesday, with artillery shells smashing into heavily populated areas and in the si.uTounding refugee camps for Bengalis from East Pakistan. The shell- ing has killed four civilians and wounded 37. The Pakistani army reported two new Indian ground attacks, but Pakistani military sources said the defenders hold or re- pulsed all assaults. In Parliament, Finance Minis- was looking for something a little on LOS ANGELES CAP) -Charges of conspiracy and possession of hand grenades were dropped Wednesday against Sliirley Jean Sutherland, former wife of actor Donald Sutherland, and a co-defendant, Donald Freed. Mrs. Sutherland, 37, is the daughter of T. C. Douglas, former leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada. Prosecutor Dennis Kinnard said in U.S. District Court that the pair would not be prosecuted, "in the inlerest of justice." The case was scheduled to go to trial Wednesday. Kinnard said the action was taken "with barring future prosecution. He gave no further explanation of the action. The U.S. attorney's office had charged when the pair were indicted in October, 1969, that the grenades were purchased from an undercover police officer and were for the Black Panther (CP) Canada is willing to help tho United Stales solve ils economic {roubles, but isn'l ready to tip ils hand on how far il will go. Prime Minister Trudeau, questioned in the Commons Wednesday on three major economic irritants in replied that final decisions either had not been made or shouldn't be revealed at this time, with his trip lo Washington coming up Monday. And he denied the inference drawn in a Toronto newspaper interview with External Affairs Minister Sharp Wednesday was willing lo nr-ke concessions on the three issues auto pact, the defence-sharing agreement and the disparity in duty-free allowances between Canadian and American tourists. Mr. Sharp, asked in Ottawa about the interview, also denied the inference, telling reporters: "These are not my offerings." Asked directly whether Canada was willing to suspend the safeguard in the aulo pact, which ensure that a slated percentage of cars sold in Canada are built in Canada, Mr. Sharp "Nobody is going to answer that question." The reason for this cagey attitude, Mr. Trudeau told the House, is the need not to tip Canada's hand before the final bargaining Y. B. Chavan said India is prepared for emergencies if the U.S. stops all aid (o India because of the conflicl with Pakistan. Robinson now Dodger PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers acquired superstar Frank Robinson and traded slugger TUchie Allen in separate deals Thursday, The Dodgers swapped the controversial Allen to C h i c a e o White Sox in exchange for pitcher Tommy John and in-fielder Steve Huntz. Then Angeles acquired Robinson from Baltimore Orioles along with relief pitcher Pete Richert in exchange for four players. 1 Scandinai COPENHAGEN (CP) Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin arrived in Denmark today as part of a nine-day Scandinavian tour that will wind up the Kremlin's 1971 "peace program." Outside the strongest security cordon since Nikita Khrushchev's visit in 1964, a dozen persons waved man lour demanding humane treatment for Jews and dissidents in the Soviet Union. Some, of the young demonstrators wore prison garb and were draped with chains. An assassination scare has cropped up oul of a local newspaper reporl saying police had been lipped off thai members of the militant Jewish Defence League in the United States have been dispatched to Copenhagen to kill Kosygin. Police said the report sounds "a little fantastic" but nevertheless were taking no chances. They were malting thorough checks at airports and frontier arrival points and keeping a discreet watch on the movements of East European political refugees in Denmark. Kosygin is scheduled to spend four days in Denmark and five days in Norway, and European security will be one of the main topics of his are the NDP, Liberal candidates win REGINA (CP) The balance 39, a lawyer from Estevan, with of power in Saskatchewan was votes to the recorded unchanged Wednesday night by Ian MacDougall, the two byeleclions which cli- year-old pipeline executive from maxed a month of frantic cam- Estevan who was the Liberal's pajgning by five candidates. hope Mr. Ti101.son got 52 per The New Democratic Party cent of the popular f i They are the uprooted. We can help them through the Cup of Milk Fund. We're damn close to the mark in our march to the goal. We can make it! Bomb victims lying dead; sprawled in pedicabs and on pavements. Countless bo d i e s floating down the rivers. Hundreds of men, women and is grc dren wiUi their worldly be-longings packed in bundles and bags, fleeing from their devastated homeland. The beseeching look in their eyes as they stretch out their emaciated arms to receive rations at refugee camps traffic rfpnilic LONDON (AP) With cries of "shame'' and "bloody dis- issuing from packed opposition benches, the Corn- in o n s approved Wednesday night the Conservative govern- ment's proposals for setlle- menl of tile six-year rebellion of while-ruled Rhodesia. Just before the House voted 297 to 269 after healed debate, Prime Minister las Smith of the breakaway colony told Bri- tish television viewers that po- litical advancement by (lie Khodcsian non-whito majority would depend on the way the majorily acquitted itself. Ho said in an interview broadcast from Salisbury Ira did not think the blacks were in a position to govern the country at the moment and added: 'Whal the position will be In or 1.000 years' time I do not know and it is not easy to pre- dict." picked up in the June 23 provin- cial general election and the Liberals are back to 15. (Each had lost a seat because of a member's death. The ridings, both to agricul- tural southern Saskatchewan, were Morse and Souris-Estevan. The first was held by former premier Ross Thatcher until his death July 23, the other by NDP MLA Rtiss Brown until his death Oct. 17. Morse was won by Jack Wicbe.a 35-y e a r -o 1 d farmer from Herbert who once was campaign manager for Mr. Thatcher. He defeated the for- mer premier's son. Colin, for the Liberal nomination. While it was a fairly easy win for Mr. Wicbe in Morse, Souris- Estovan was a sec-saw battle until many of the 71 polls had reported. The winner was Kim Thorson, miners 41 killed in explosion TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) A gas explosion in a coal mine at Chi Tn. 14.5 miles from Taipei, has cost -11 lives, police rcporled loday. Seven miners suffered serious injuries. EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta Safely Council reported today thai 37 persons died in traffic during Die first 10 months of this year. Tlie council said in a news release that this is nine per cent higher Ihan during the same period last year. Injuries were up seven per cent. The council also reported that the total number of acci- dents reported also increased. Octolicr was blamed for much of the increase in fatali- ties. During that monlh 47 per- sons died in traffic compared with 29 in October. 1970. Seen and heard All TOGETHER NOW Stephen Court, left, Matlhew Brolly and Jeff Hewot, en- courage Ihcir dassmalos to do their bit as they haul a Christmas tree across snow-cover- ed ground Wednesday. The five-year-olds from a Toronto school, worn on a tree-cutting expedition at a farm east of Toronto, About town CARTOONIST K v c r c 11 Sonp erasing a skclch of an Indian Santa Clans be- cause Ilio seralching model was allergic lo syntholic boards Shannon Sullivan iipscl hocaiino she missed p-arl of Ihc plot of a TV pro- gram localise .she had to an- swer the phone Dr. Huliy Larson being informed sho lias to provide her own wino and for an after theatre parly when comment- ing she would like to take in Fiddler on the Roof. These vignettes of stark trag- edy in Bangla Desh, presented to the world by journalists and news photographers, have shocked humanity. Bnl (lie current reign of ter- ror milcased by Yahya Khan's military reign is no less ap- palling than Pakistan's 23-year program of systematic neglect and harsh colonial overlord- ship. Tliis lo a people ethni- cally different from the ruling class. It is the slory of exploil- ation of a region that treasures its own language and culture. The genesis of the trouble, which started with Ihe birlh of Pakisian and the long struggle of the people of East Bengal for a fail', equitable and hon- orable treatment, has been told. What will happen to these refugees? Where will they go? India doesn't want them! They are homeless and hungry. Now then, thank you Christ- ian Reformed Women's Society of Vauxhall. You have given them 250 cups of milk. Thank you, south Albortans. Help the Unitarian Service Conimiltce help. Sond a dime, or a quarter, or a dollar to Tho Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridgc Herald. W h a I you send will case Ihcir suffering. SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS ;