Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
WARMER forecast high Saturday 25-30 The Herald VOL. LXI1I No. 300 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PACES Budget selects work projects of personal tax cuts JAMES CROSS 60-day ordeal over MRS. CROSS reads happy news Grand design to woo Quebec speeded up By CARL MOLLINS OTTAWA (CP) The federal budget speeds up the Trudeau government's gran'd design to woo Que- becers back to contentment in Confederation. The additional spending on anti-recession projects catalogued by Finance Minister already known, some national programs that will ben- efit high-unemployment provinces from British Colum- bia to Newfoundland. But Quebec will collect the major share of the extra spending in the wake of the separatist scare generated by the Front de Liberation du Quebec and the emer- gency public-order regulations. The infusion of money for Quebec, presented as a formal budget rather than as a spending statement like many in recent weeks, made the move dramatic. Quebec and its citizens stand to collect almost half the total additional funds allocated in the budget, put- ting more hard, federal cash behind the federalist Que- bec administration of Premier Robert Bourassa. Mr. Benson made no point of that in his budget speech. But in a statement to the Commons three weeks ago he referred to "a significant change in the political climate in Quebec, which is reflected in the election to office of a provincial government pledged to place a new emphasis on promoting healthy economic growth." The support for Quebec ranges from the direct grant of million for public works at Ste. Scholastique air- port, through help for shoemaking and both prominent Quebec industries to the automatic benefits of grants and loans related to regional unem- ployment. Quebecers, who constituted 38 per cent of Canadian unemployed in October, thereby should collect about Sao million of the extra million in unemployment benefits to next June. Almost half Ihe million from lire new public- vorks fund for the Bourassa go to Quebec. The Montreal area, newly designated as a region qualifying for incentive grants to new industry, will get Ihe lion's share of million earmarked for that pro- gram in the next few years. That could help raise job-making investment in a provincu that last year received only 02 per cent as much investment, as (he average for Ihe country as a i> Imlc, By IRVING C. WHYNOT Canadian Press Business Editor OTTAWA (CP) The federal government has chosen make- work projects.rather than per- sonal tax cuts to pump new life into the Canadian economy in the next year. In las Thursday night budget, Finance Minister Edgar Benson announced a string of measures designed to funnel more money into public and private projects in an effort to stimulate the economy and reduce unemploy- ment. His announcements included: 10-per-cent increase in un- employment insurance benefits starting Jan. 3. new loan fund of mil- lion to help finance provincial public works projects. incentive plan to save business about million next year and encourage plant con- struction and expansion. spending of million on federal job-creating projects, million for roads and services for the new Mont- real airport and million for Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. to encourage home con- struction. of government programs aimed at assisting in- dustry in certain slow-growth areas where unemployment is highest. The loan fund to encourage new works in the provinces is to be allocated on a formula tied to the unemployment rate, thus putting the majority of the new jobs where they are most needed. It could lead to creation of to year-long jobs. The budget was the second this year. The first, last March, came when inflation was the main concern and Mr. Benson said Thursday that tlu's danger lias not passed. NEW SCALE PROMISED The increase in unemploy- ment insurance benefits will run until the end of June, when a re- vised, higher scale of payments becomes effective. The interim increase, the first since June, 1968, will provide an extra monthly to unem- ployed workers whose earnings while they worEed were a week or more. About half of those now unemployed fall within this range. The program of loans and grants for public works projects by federal, provincial and mu- nicipal governments pumps an extra million or so into re- gions where jobs are scarce. About half goes to Quebec. The major scheme is the million loan fund from which the provinces can borrow at low interest for long terms. Tied to a regional unemployment for- mula, it provides amounts rang- ing from million for Quebec and million for British Col- umbia to million for Prince Edward Island. An earlier program designed to cool off commercial building in fast-growing areas will be al- lowed to lapse on schedule in the coming year. In a new move to encourage spending on expansion or con- struction of plant facilities, manufacturing and processing companies will be allowed to claim depreciation on 15 per cent more than then- actual cost of machinery, equipment and buildings between now and April 1, 1972. The general tone of the budget, Mr. Benson said, is to get more growth and more jobs without causing renewed infla- tion. The budget was a sharp suing deficit and, together with heavy dependence on new government lending, means the government must raise more cash through borrowings. MORE STORIES PAGE 10 From a 1909-70 surplus of million for the fiscal year ended March 31, the government's budget went to an expected defi- cit of million for the cur- rent fiscal year. DEFICIT COULD SOAR If carried forward without change into the 1971-72 fiscal year, the new budget could re- sult in a deficit then of mil- lion. But Mr. Benson warned that he will keep the economy under steady review and introduce further budgets any time neces- sary. In summary, however, he was optimistic about the future, cit- ing strong international trade, growth of housing starts and a slow rate of price increases to back up his optimism. "Investors from all over the world are obviously willing to place their bets on Canada. "My strong advice to Canadi- ans everywhere is that there is no better bet." JOURNEY INTO EXILE A giant armed forces Yukon aircraft seconds before takeoff for Cuba with seven people believed to have taken part in the abduction of James Cross Oct. 5 stands at Montreal International air- port Thursday. The group under the tail assembly of the aircraft are police and the seven deportees. Franco crisis Ireland clamps down DUBLIN (AP) The Irish Republican government tonight assumed sweeping powers to in- tern any citizen because of what if. called "a secret armed con- spiracy" against the state. Prime Minister Jack Lynch said in a statement that Ire- land's police forces had uncov- ered a plot to kidnap prominent personalities, cany out raids on banks and even attempt murder of leading officials. He said he was taking Ireland out of the European Human Rights Convention in order to intern suspected citizens with- out trial. MADRID (Heuter) Head of State Francisco Franco sum- moned his cabinet into session here today to tackle grave prob- lems ranging from the kidnap- ping of a West German honor- ary consul to a wave of unrest over the trial of 16 alleged Basque .nationalist guerrillas. It was Franco's 78th birthday but the of the thorniest to confront him since coming to power in the 1930-39 civil the usual quiet, family celebrations .of the occasion. The cabinet meeting raised speculation a state of emer- gency might be declared, at least in the Basque region of northwest Spain. The Basque which six of the men face possible death sentences over the 1968 killing of a political police chief before a military court in Burgos Thursday amid pro- test strikes involving about workers in Basque areas. Linked to the trial, which should last five nr six days, ap- parently is the fate of the kid- napped consul, Eugsn Beihl, 59, snatched from his San Sebastian home Tuesday night and not heard from since. MONTREAL (CP) James Richard (Jasper) Cross, a free man today after being held a prisoner by kidnappers for 60 days, rested in a hospital where doctors say he is in good physi- cal and mental health. The 49-year-old British trade commissioner was taken to Jewish General Hospital today after his terrorist abduc- tors and their immediate family members landed in Cuba by plane. Four men, two women and a child were flown to Havana in a government plane, winding up a dramatic and tense day of nego- tiations on a deal that sent the kidnap suspects on a flight to Cuba in exchange for the safe release of Mr. Cross. In an interview late Thursday the British envoy described Thursday as "one of the happi- est days in my life." "It's almost like being out of purgatory would be a better expression." He had spent eight weeks cooped up in a windowless room of a duplex in suburban Mont- real North. Thursday was his first look at sunlight since he was forced at gunpoint from liis fashionable Montreal home Oct. 5. LOST 22 POUNDS Doctors at the hospital said Mr. Cross had lost 22 pounds while in captivity. Dr. David Costom, his per- sonal physician, and Dr. Leon- ard Brandt, the hospital's physi- cian in chief, gave him a brief checkup early today. They said the British diplomat is expected to remain in hospital for at least a day for a more thorough examination. After that, he would probably be flown to London Saturday. Of Royal wedding set COPENHAGEN CAP) Dan- ish King Frederik's nephew, Prince Christian, 25, is planning to marry a commoner, Anne Dorthe Maltoft Nielsen, who works as a department store sa- lesgirl. Doctor Dealh brings death HASTINGS, N.Z. (CP) Wrestling referee Lewis Wells, 64, collapsed and died Thursday night after dis- qualifying a masked wres- tler with the ring name Doc- tor Death. Charges would be pressed if kidnappers returned of milk fund OTTAWA (CP) Officials of the justice department said today that if the kidnappers of James Cross return to Canada at any time, they must face criminal charges. Don Christie, assistant deputy attorney-general, said an ob- vious charge against some of those flown to Cuba Thursday is one of kidnapping. "Because it is an indictable Even donation offence and carries a sentence of jail for life, the statute of limitations does not apply in their Mr. Christie said. "If they want to come back at Eny time, they would do so at their own said Mr. Chris- tie. Jacques Lanctot, 25, and Marc Carbonneau, 37, among the seven flown to Cuba in re- turn for the release of Mr. Cross, are said to be subject to kidnap charges. 'Hat hoy killed Seen and heard About town II jlJALE members of a local office circulating a pe- tition to keep Jwly Babincau on staff permanently aflcr she spent three days thp.ro part of hor business course Mary Leister scraping off the passenger side of the windshield and husband Fred saying it was nice she coiild see out but he was driving and still couldn't see a thing Donna Sheldrake ex- citedly praising a friend's lovely flowers until her ef- forts to smell them made it obvious they wnru plastic. Hector Vittevrongel, 11, Medicine Hat was killed at Thursday's donations to of The this morning as a result of Letlibridge Herald's Cup accident involving a car Milk Fund totalled E. D. Fryett, Lelh. by David Wayne ing the total to date to One dollar provides a starving child with a cup of milk a day for 100 days in India or Korea. One dollar provides Rainford Family, Pincher Creek Farren, Cory and Mark Guesf, Femie Mr. and Mrs. W. Cullen, PI. Maclcod Georqe McKiilop. Lelh. C. Diebert, 2.00 3.00 5.00 5.00 5 23, of Medicine Hat. The accident occurred 514 miles west of Hsdcliff as the boy was crossing the highway meals for slum dwellers in a waiting schoolbus. cutta, India. One dollar John Owen, Colenian Order Eastern Star, at the time was vides eight days full food rations for the most destitute Chapter No. P er Creek Isabefle Sellon, 10.00 DAYS due to snow 2nd the Kodai Mountains, south Dykstra, Leth. T niPTCTlf A C VJIIHIO 1111.10 Dr. E. 6. F. Skinner oee a dollar can _, advised an inquest will be Send your contribution today TOTAL S but no date has been set. C UNITED NATIONS (Renter I United Nations special mis- sion to Guinea reported unani- mously today that the invasion of Guinea last month was car- ried out by Portuguese armed forces in conjunction with Cui> ncnn dissidents. The five-member m i s s i o n, which visilctl Guinea last week, said it believes ships used to ignese blamed for Guinea raid transfer the invaders to Gui- nean waters were manned by predominantly white Portuguese troops and commanded by whits Portuguese officers. The report, addressed to the Security Council which set up the mission, .said the forces con- sisted of P nr I n g u e s c mills, mainly African It-pops from Portuguese Guinea, under the command of regular white Portuguese officers. There also were contingents composed of dissident Guineans trained and armed on the terri- tory of Portuguese Guinea. The members of (he mission were the chief UN delegates of Finland, Colo m b i a, Poland, Zambia and Nepal, The Security Council, which sent the mission to Guinea, was reported considering meeting it 4 p.m. to discuss the report, a UN spokesman said. Informed sources said mem- bers of Ihe council are pushing for a resolution condemning Portugal's role in UK iuvatiou. his impending departure from Montreal, he said in a television interview Thursday night: "I've enjoyed enormously nry three years here and it's a bit sad that we ended up on this note.... It may be difficult for me to return to Montreal." In I.o'iiJ-n, Mr. Cross is ex- pected 1.6 be reunited with his wife Barbara, who left her Montreal home Nov. 6 to stay with friends in Bern, Switzer- land. She was in the house when the kidnappers, pretending to deliver a birthday present fu- tile diplomat, forced their -way in and whisked her husband away. NEVER GAVE UP HOPE Mrs. Cross told a news confer- ence at the Bern residence of British Ambassador Eric Midg- eley: "I am deliriously happy after these long weeks of tension dur- ing which, like my husband, I was my own prisoner. But I never gave up hope." She said she was "too ex- cited1' to remember her hus- band's first words when he tele- phoned her Thursday following his release into custody of the acting Cuban consul at the St. Lawrence River island site ot Expo 67. In line with terms of the safe- conduct offer by the Canadian and Quebec governments, Mr. Cross remained in the custody of the Cuban diplomat until word was received that the Ca- nadian Armed Forces Yukon plane had delivered Uie seven persons to Havana. Fifty minutes later he arrived by car at the west-end hospital. Mr. Cross suffers from a blood-pressure ailment, but ap- parently had medication for the condition during his captivity. His release brought a happy ending to a suspense-filled drama in which troops stood guard with automatic weapons in Quebec province and Ottawa and police powers were strengthened with special pow- ers of arrest and detentions under the War Measures Act. CRITICIZES TRUDEAU DUBLIN (CP) Trevor Dagg, brother-in-law of James (Jasper) Cross, voiced criticism today of Prime Minister Tru- deau's handling of the kidnap case and added that he thought the now-released British envoy will want to leave Canada as fflsf as possible. Dagg, a school principal in the Irish republican capital, had earlier told news commentator Reginald Bosanquet of the Inde- pendent Television News in Lon- don of what Cross' nc.xt move might be. "I probably have an idra." said Dagg. ".And I'd say 'Ihat the first, plan is to get (lie hell out of Canada." Change of pace BRIVE, France (AP) After years as a dentist. Maurice Filliol found the prospect of re- tirement bcring. At Uie age of 73, ho has jusi been called to the bar as a lau-ver.