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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Winter election hinges on wording of non-confidence motion OTTAWA David Lewis clutched the energy crisis to his political bosom less than two weeks proclaiming it issue which is and possibly the New Democratic Party platform for a winter election. He may have his issue and a general election after next Monday when a Conservative nonconfidence based on the energy is introduced in the Commons. Everything hinges on the wording of the motion and how many hard-liners Mr. Lewis has among his 31 members in the 264-seat willing to fight a February election. Sources say the motion will be worded to embarrass toe NDP into supporting it. The New Democrrats have held the effective balance of power since this minority Par- liament opened Jan. 1. But ob- servers consider this non-con- fidence motion the most serious threat yet to Prime Minister Trudeau's government. One NDP member was ask- ed Monday if there is any possibility the party might adopt the previously-used stance that it would be irresponsible to defeat the government while important social legislation remains be- fore the House. The House still has to approve bills increasing family allowances and tying the Canada Pension Plan to the cost of living. we did one would believe Conservative credibility also is on the line. If they simply use the motion as a grandstand to repeat their energy their sup- porters could be left wondering. Mr. Lewis dropped a not-so- veiled threat Nov. 20 that he would dump the 109-member government if it lifts the voluntary national price freeze on petroleum products at the end of January as scheduled. The Conservatives could use the freeze as part of their mo- tion. once the freeze is gasoline and fuel oil prices will rise west of the Ottawa Valley. This huge area includes a sizeable proportion of the 106 Conser- vative seats and all of those held by the New Democrats. Mr. Lewis has said more voters than ever are accepting the NDP view that energy resources must be like a public rather than be subject to the whims of multi-national cor- porations. NDP caucus chairman Ed Broadbent fanned the fires during the weekend when he told a nomi- nation meeting in that the government had better toe the NDP line if it does not want to be forced into a winter campaign. He said the Liberals should agree to NDP proposals to continue the voluntary start on a -Montreal pipeline from the west and create a national petroleum board. the Liberals don't do then Canadians can start putting on snowshoes in readiness for a winter elec- which he termed dis- tinct would be fought on the fuel crisis and provide the for the first with a nationwide Several cabinet while not accepting inevitable acknowledge that this is the most dangerous motion of the session. Liberal sources say attempts will be made to br- ing forth new oil an- nouncements before next Monday in an attempt to defuse the situation. But the Liberal like other par- is having trouble reaching a consensus on oil issues. so many regional said one almost impossible to satisfy VOL. LXVI 300 The Lethbridge Herald DECEMBER 1973 10 Cents 24 Pages Illegal but fun It's illegal but it appears to be fun nonetheless. City parks superintendent Bill Brown said today the city is thinking about a snowmobile area within its boundaries and Indian Battle Park may or may not be it. is illegal to snowmobile in Indian Battle Park at the he says. This driver and his chum were among several snovvrnobiiers enjoying the sport over the weekend and Monday in the riverside park. Communist tanks lead attack in Viet hills Inside 'It's not necessary to kick his legs.'' Classified....... 20-22 Comics............ 8 5 District............15 Family....... 18 Local News___ 14 Markets...........17 Sports.......... 10-12 Theatres.......7 TV................ e Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH WED. MAINLY SUNNY Sinatra soliciting money for Agnew New York Times Service LOS ANGELES Frank Sinatra is working hard to raise money for his close former vice president Spiro T. according to knowledgeable sources here. The entertainer recently called and wrote to a number jf his asking them to contribute up to to help lefray Agnew's sizeable legal the sources said. If i gift is no larger than he federal taxes do not have o be paid on it. In Agnew has a job as a consultant o a newly formed company hat intends to export American mainly to apan Both developments could help alleviate what by all a difficult financial situation for Mr. Agnew. In Agnew put his net worth at Since then he has lost his regular but retained continuing financial including heavy mortgage payments on his home in the Kenwood section of suburban Maryland. One well-informed lawyer here said that several of his friends had received phone calls from Sinatra. reaction we don't give a damn about but if you want some we'll give it to the lawyer said. SAIGON Large North Vietnamese forces spearheaded by tanks and heavy artillery launched a dozen attacks across a wide area of the Central Highlands of South Vietnam today. They captured parts of a district town and threatened a provin- cial field reports said. Government military spokesmen said major fighting followed the attacks which possibly were the prelude to a general Com- munist offensive government officials have been forecasting for early next year. Military sources said the North Vietnamese launched 11 separate attacks along a 28- mile front from Dak Song southward to the district town of Kien Due near the Cambo- dian border and 90 miles northeast of Saigon. Hand-to-hand fighting was reported in Kien a town of and field reports said North Viet- namese commandos had seiz- ed the national police head- quarters in Kien Due and two points in the which was in danger of falling. B.C. CUTS SCHOOL TAX FORT ST. B.C. Premier Dave Barrett an- nounced here Monday that a plan to eliminate the school tax on residential property in British Columbia will be included in the spring budget. Tim premier saw the five- year school tax plan would a direct dollar saving to the homeowner beginning in and said further savings are expected Cabinet will set future rates Royalty pacts voided EDMONTON The Alberta government is tak- ing on the power to respond to federal energy tearing up long standing contracts with producers of oil and natural gas. The Conservative government of Premier Peter Lougheed introduced legislation Monday at the start of a special energy session of the legislature giving the cabinet power to set royalty a form of tax on at any level it desires for both crude oil and natural gas. It was the government's first move to increase gas royalties since it came into power in 1971. A main feature of the the government is a requirement that holders of the Crown leases that produce 85 per cent of the province's oil sell their product only to an Alberta petroleum marketing com- mission. Another feature is that producers from Crown oil leases must pay their share of royalties delivering to the government a percentage of their to be es- tablished instead of paying the value of this produc- tion in cash. Cash may be asked for in some however. The legislation voids contract held by about 75 per cent of Alberta's stipulating a maximum royalty of 16 2-3 per cent. Attorney-General Merv Lei ten said in an interview the government certainly has the right to break the maximum royalty provisions. with govern- ments is an entirely different legal proposition than con- tracting with private individ- and there were ample precedents for governments voiding contracts they have entered. Premier Lougheed said he hopes the commission will be able to sell oil to the United States at higher-than-current thus eliminating the need for all or part of the ex- port tax. The federal tax was imposed to prevent rising U.S. prices from causing a drain on Canadian oil The premier also seid the commission might sell oil to Canadians at a lower price than to the United provided Alberta still receives for its products. He has said fair value might be the price paid at Montreal for imported crude oil. Mr. Lougheed expressed a desire for a mutually beneficial deal with the federal government. If Alberta agreed to increas- ing prices on oil and natural gas gradually in the interest of Canadian Ottawa and the central provinces should be prepared to deal with the grievances of his province in return. The main he are inequitable freight rates and tariffs secondary industry in the province The premier later launched an attack on TransCanada which has a monopoly on purchases of natural gas for Eastern Canada. he no longer should be allowed to function as a buyer and seller of natural at least in any new contracts but should operate only as a com- mon carrier. WE'LL HA VE MORE THAN ENOUGH GAS EDMONTON Alberta refineries will have an oversupply of gasoline this Bill minister of mines and said Monday. But he added that oil- short areas of Canada may not be able to benefit from the sur- plus. The minister told the legislature that after re- cent consultation with the federal government over oil shortages forecast for Canada this Alberta officials held discussions with refineries in the province about their supplies of diesel fuel and fuel oil. Mr. Dickie said the refineries were un- animous in saying they anticipated an over- supply of gasoline and that supplies of fuel oil and diesel oil would re- main in balance with demand. The refineries it would be difficult to transport surplus supplies of gas- oline to regions of shor- the minister said. There'll be no salt on Lethbridge roads By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City motorists will continue to get a salt-free driving diet for the foreseeable future. Aid. Vera Ferguson's mo- tion at Monday's council meeting that a carefully controlled program using salt on city streets be tried next winter received no support. The use of salt on the streets was recommended by the city engineering department in a report Aid. Ferguson called an excellent document. Aid. Steve disagreed and labelled the report garbage. didn't give all the he claimed. The requested by Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff in said the advantages of using salt outweighed the disadvan- considering the dry local climate. It listed increased traffic safety and a 50 per cent reduction in auto damage due to skidding greater mobility of emergency ser- vice lower fuel con- increased commer- cial and lower ice control and spring clean-up costs. it were chiefly reduced driver visibility due to salt and limited en- vironmental damage. Aid. Kotch said accident statistics quoted in the report Pioneer 10 safe past radiation MOUNTAIN Calif. Pioneer 10 has sailed safely through Jupiter's radi- ation belts and still is trans- mitting important data as it heads for the Milky Way. Jubilant scientists have begun to study data on the shape and nature of the giant planet's magnetic the magnitude of violent radiation belts and the turbulent at- mosphere. said Charles Pioneer project after the unmanned 570-pound destroyed by violent radiation within miles of Jupiter's colorful cloud tufts Monday night. Hurled onward by Jupiter's 2.6 times greater thar earth's Pioneer began voyage which departs tht solar system in 1987 and sub- sequently enters the Milkj Way. Project scientists estimated Monday night that Pioneer's radio might continue to send data for five out to a distance of two billion miles from earth near the orbit of the planet Uranus. included only skidding ac- cidents but not those caused by salt spray on windshields. you've ever driven in you know your windshield wipers can't keep up with he said. smears and eventually you end up with white crap all over all your Salt besides causing metal corrosion also corrodes brake lines and produces other mechanical he added. Aid. Kotch agreed it would be cheaper for the city to use ask people where a lot of salt is used what happens to their carpets and linoleum in their Both Mayor Andy Anderson and Aid. Cam Barnes said they had received several phone calls from persons who said they were adamantly op- posed to the use of salt. never had as many calls on a controversial item as on this said Mayor Anderson. all against he said. are prepared to pay the added cost of the clean-up and the odd dented fender here and there rather than accept salt in Deputy Mayor Hembroff said when all the effects are balanced there seems to be lit- tle difference and since there is little point in change for change's he would vote against the use of salt. Aid. Ferguson said she thought the report definitely showed the advantages of us- ing salt and it wouldn't hurt to try it out for a year. Energy control sought OTTAWA The gov- ernment sought sweeping par- liamentary powers Monday to control distribution of gas- oline and heating oil supplies in shortage-threatened 'primarily Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. Legislation proposed to establish a special energy sup- plies allocation board and to give it power to ration control prices and use rail cars and pipelines on an emergency basis was introduced in the Commons by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. Many of the powers may not he told I but the government must prepare for the worst potential shor- tage of barrels of oil a day out of normal imports of He called for passage of the proposals by Christmas and there were indications the Commons would co-operate. The allocation board's first taks will be to impose ration- ing at the wholesale possibly by Jan. 1. The program will apply only in regions where shortages ex- ist and Will Oblige Wholesalers to distribute supplies on a priority basis. Details have not been worked out but in- stitutions such as hospitals and homes for the aged will come first. At the same the board will have power to fix prices and prevent suppliers from cashing in on heavy demand by raising rates un- necessarily. The proposed legislation sets out stiff penalties for violations of the bill or regulations imposed by the allocation board. They range from to in fines and prison sentences of up to two years. Seen and heard About town BOB SHACKLEFORD ex- plaining to a confused movie patron that the College Cinema is in College Mall and not at the Lethbridge Com- munity College Muriel Jolliffe saying the new dark brown stage paint at the Yates makes actors look like they are running around without shoes In a little helps a lot The Cup of Milk now has 769 in its drive to the goal. Thanks to Lethbridge Herald readers we're well on the way toward success. We'll buy 1.3 carloads of powdered skim milk for the hungry little children in Bangladesh. It's going to be our rhmtmas present to the children. Thanks to the Owen Distributing Coffee Fund. That gives us a big boost. And if you're going without coffee this never mind. It won't kill you. But we can't say the same for the if they go without milk. Thank Ernie and Elsie Van Oostenbrugge of Burdett. Thanks 'for the gift in memory of Gordon and John Petronech. You're tugging al our heart pupils of St. Patrick's Lethbridge. the wonderful Grade 6 pupils know what life's all about. They held a popcorn sale and raised for the Cup of Milk. Now we know the people mean Cathy Robb the Cup of Milk means to help children in Bangladesh. If they don't get they could and to die because of because we wouldn't give three is very selfish. And to I think it is a very good idea. And the mothers who have a baby have no milk to feed for your nice Oh there is a whole bunch of letters here. it to the Cup of Milk and maybe the children of Bangladesh will not be starving as they are writes Steven Milan. Anita Lynne Bluekens think everyone should try to give some money. What if you were in their you'd be wishing you had something to So very Anita. little helps a you Irnsiw Doug Davidson has a nice thought. He would be good to give to the Cup of Milk fund because when the children they can grow up and maybe change the world so it might be a better world to Good Doug. Don't quit now. We need your help. Help it grow. Write Cup of Lethbridge Herald. We'll help the USC get the milk to Bangladesh. list of contributors see ;