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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 L.ETHBRIDGE HERALD December 1973 News In brief 'Blackmail' tires Whelan Ont. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan predicted the Liberals will gain a majority or seats if opposition parties force a winter federal election don't give a damn if the government is he said in an referring to a Progressive Conservative non-confid.'.nce motion to be introduced in the Commons Monday fight them on the hustings over energy Here to speak to a dinner at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Univer- Mr Whelan said that if the opposition parties want to put the country into the throes of an that's their business. sick and tired of being he said. Safety Week toll at 84 By THE CANADIAN PRESS Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island are the only provinces still without reported traffic deaths during National Safe Driving Week with only today and Friday to go New Brunswick dropped from the fatality-free ranks when the death Tuesday of a Dec. 13-year-old boy was reported Nfld. Wednesday. P.E.I. Across a total of N.S. five road deaths was recorded N.B. bringing the toll Que. for the first five days of the Ont. safety campaign to 48. Man Last accidents took 52 Sask. lives during Safe Driving Alta. Week. B.C. Ontario has 19 road deaths. Totals the worst record in the current followed by Quebec with including three Wednesday. British Columbia is third with six fatalities. Following is a day-to-day unofficial record this year with last year's seven-day 1 2 3 4 5 '73 '72 0003143 0000000 0010017 0001011 6 1 0 1 3 11 6 5 11 1 2 0 19 12 1010021 0000001 1002144 1 2 1 2 0 6 17 14 14 4 11 5 48 52 Cambodia expulsion deferred UNITED NATIONS The general assembly Wednesday deferred until September a Chinese led bid to expel the Cambodian government of Lon Nol from the United Nations and give its seat to the regime of exiled Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The decided by a narrow margin of three came at the initiative of Liberia on the second day of debate on the Cambodian issue together with 32 other had sponsored a resolution to have the general recognize the prince's royal government of national union as sole un- lawful representative of the Cambodian people and of the state of Prince Sihanouk was depos- ed in and has since been living in Peking. Both Cambodian regimes claim to control most of the territory and population of the country. The subject is oil Saudi Arabia oil minister Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani met with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Wednesday at the State Department in Washington. Yamani said his government would relax its oil embargo in phased steps with Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands. Conference seeking All-Ireland Council MacDonald wants pipe start TORONTO Energy Minister Donald MacDonald said Wednesday night he hoped to see construction started next year to extend the Interprovincial Pipe Lines Ltd system to Montreal from Ontario Speaking to the Toronto Society of Financial Mr. Macdonald also noted Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield had been reported as saying Canadian crude oil prices should be increased over a period of time From REUTER-AP LONDON A three- cornered conference on Ireland opened today with Bri- tain holding out hope of early release for some of the prisoners detained without trial in Northern Ireland Prime Minister Edward Heath made the offer in an opening speech to a meeting which brought together repre- A Man's World of Fashion sentatives of Northern Ireland and the Irish republic. The talks are aimed at setting up an All-Ireland Coun- cil which would provide of- ficial links between the north and south of Ireland for the first time since they split apart in 1921. Militant Protestants in Ulster are boycotting the and resorted to violence in the Northern Irish assembly at Belfast Wednesday. Heath said Francis Britain's new secretary for Northern io be able to bring into use his statutory powers of selective release in time for a number of detainees to be released before Christmas Detention without trial is one ol the biggest grievances among Northern Ireland Catholics. At present 688 are in custody. In a previous con- ciliation drive last year Bri- tain freed hundreds but had to round many up again when the trouble got worse. The Irish republic prime Liam said his government go a long way towards meeting the preoccupation of those whose concern is with the attitude of the republic to Northern This was interpreted as a hint that the republic might move nearer to official recognition of the North's separate status. It has always refused to do saying that Dublin has theoretical sovereignty over every part of Ireland. Northern Ireland politicians at the talks have made clear that without recognition they could not agree to a council. TOOK 50-YEAR BREAK Similar talks on forming an Irish council were suspended TliA vu J u D spokesman at those talks was Cosgrave's father. The conference is taking place at a country mansion east of London near Ascot race course. Guards with dogs patrolled the grounds and a police helicopter watched for Irish terrorists. Northern Ireland's delega- tion includes former prime minister Brian Faulkner of the Protestant Unionist party and Gerry of the Catholic Social Democratic and Labor party. They are the designated chief executive and deputy chief of the coali- tion government planned for the province. Laporte met underworld men HYDE PARK CLOTHES Add some zest to your suit collection by choosing one of HYDE PARK'S newest arrivals from McGuires. Wool all will give you an exciting new image that's yet casual and masculine. Stop in soon and take your pick of the quality fabrics by Hyde Park You'll be glad you Priced from only __ People Going Places Shop at. MONTREAL Jean- Jacques Cote testified Wednesday he organized a meeting attended by Pierre Laporte and two alleged un- derworld but that Mr. Laporte did not know in ad- vance that the two would be on hand. Mr. then a Liberal party organizer in Montreal St. Jacques told the Quebec Police Commission in- quiry into organized crime the meeting was held 14 days before the April 29. Quebec election. Disastrous drought CHARGEX forecast Downtown On 5th St. South Open till 9p.m. and Frl. NlghUI WASHINGTON A series of North American droughts is due this decade posing potentially disastrous world food problems since the United States and Canada are the world's major grain an economist said in a news conference Wednesday. Lester Brown of the private U.S. Overseas Development said the droughts are part of a 20-year cycle. Brown said that while worldwide grain reserves 12 years ago amounted to a 94- day the projection for 1974 showed only a 29-day supply. He said he set up the meeting and attended it with Nichola Di lono and Frank hoping to show Mr Laporte the seriousness of a report that irregularities were planned on election day by persons whom Mr. Cote did not name in his testimony. Rene Liberal candidate in Montreal St. Jac- also Mr. Cote said. He organized the meeting after hearing that a and telegraph system was being set up in Mr. Gag- non 's riding and in ridings on the south-shore of the St. Lawrence across from Montreal Mr. Laporte was responsi- ble for organizing 12 south- shore ridings. A telegraph system involves people going from poll to poll on voting voting in the name of registered electors who are do not plan to vote or have changed addresses. DIDN'T STAY LONG Mr. Cote said Mr. Laporte did not remain long at the meeting in a downtown Montreal apartment and after talking about the report concerning the telegraph system left saying it is well Jean Cote will take care of D'Asti is serving 20 years in a New Jersey prison on a nar- cotics conviction. Di lorio has been described before the in- quiry as a Montreal un- derworld leader. NDP resist 'energy insurance9 OTTAWA Energy Minister Donald Macdonald tried to sell the Commons energy insurance Wednesday but ran into resist- ance from the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democratic Party. T. C. Douglas Cowichan-The said NDP support for new energy measures hinges on how the government intends to control oil and gasoline prices after the voluntary price freeze ends Jan. 31. Speaking after Mr. Macdo- nald described the bill as oil and gas insurance for this win- the NDP energy critic called for a statement a day or on what price structures the government will introduce when the five- month freeze expires. The NDP position on the bill and on the minority Liberal government's over-all energy policy would depend on the post-freeze price policy. Any announcement on Woolliams question hits oil Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Calgary North MP Eldon Woolliams scored a couple of points and a stir in the House of Commons Wednesday when he gol Energy Minister Donald Macdonald to admit thai provinces governed by the New Democratic Party have been no easier to deal with on energy matters than Progressive Conser- vative Alberta. For federal New Democratic Party leader David Lewis and other senior socialist MPs have been talking about how Alberta is on energy matters and how Premier Peter Lougheed's government is allowing the multi-national oil com- panies to the Canadian consumer. Wednesday Mr. Woolliams quietly popped up to his feet during the Commons question period and asked Mr. Macdonald whether Saskatchewan NDP premieV Allan Blakeney had agreed under any conditions to sell crude petroleum produced in that province at less than the price at which it will be sold out of Alberta. Mr. have no such agreement with that Continued Mr. wonder if the energy minister dis- cussed any form or method with British Columbia Premier David Barrett when he doubled the price of natural gas to con- sumers the reduction of that that premier of tak- ing advantage of the province's consumers who are Canadians Mr. Macdonald said he hadn't discussed the matter with Mr. but he had discussed it with another official of the B.C. New- Democratic Party government and was told the decision to increase the price of natural gas by 81 3er cent was to stand. Shouts of socialist and energy critic and former Saskatchewan premier Tommy broke out in the Commons as VDP members sat in em- silence to laughter from both Conser- vative and Liberal jenches. Mr. knowing he'd got his point sat back with a wide and satisfied smile on his face. Metis sit-in continuing REGINA -Theorder- ly occupation by about 25 dis- gruntled members of the Metis Society of Saskatchewan of the group's main office was continuing to- day as the protesters called for an immediate audit of the association's financial records. not leaving until an auditor gets down said a spokesman for the mainly officials of society locals in southern Saskatchewan. They charge that President Jim Sinclair has mismanaged funds. prices within the period re- quested by Mr. Douglas would come just before Monday night's Conservative non- confidence motion on the energy situation. Before debate on the energy bill all parties attempted to pave the way for the non-confidence motion by rushing five bills through the House. The attempt was scuttled by Jack Homer who said could not consent to debatt free passage of a bill to ex- empt certain religious groups from Canada Pension Plan contributions. He opposes the bill because he feels it would be unfair to exempt he said do not accept the loyalties and responsibilities assumed by other citizens. All party action to clear the bills followed behind-the- curtain negotiations and another attempt was expected today to have at least some of them passed. The Conservatives hope pushing through the remain- ing legislation will increase the chances of NDP support on the non-confidence motion. The NDP has voted frequently with the minority saying important legislation remains on the order paper. Opening second-reading de- bate Mr. Macdo- nald stressed the precautionary nature of the bill and called it to an insurance Transplant makes mishap uncertain SANTA Calif. A municipal court judge has dropped a manslaughter charge against a rul- ing that the death of a 12-year- old girl may have resulted from a heart transplant and not an auto accident. With the legal definition of death at Judge Frank Passalacqua dismissed the charge against Joe of Santa Rosa on Tuesday. Flores was charged with ve- hicular manslaughter in the death of Colenda whose heart was donated last September for a transplant operation at Stanford Univer- sity. followed the law as it is Passalacqua said. the girl and eight other persons were injured in a traffic crash near here Sept. 15. Police said Flores was driving on the wrong side of the highway. Passalacqua said he did not certain about the scien- tific of a three- doctor panel which pronounc- ed the girl dead under the Anatomical Gifts Act. The act allows doctors to declare a patient dead for heart and kidney transplants Dr. John head of the neurology department at Stanford Medical testified Colenda was the vic- tim of meaning her brain was not performing its normal func- tions. The question of what con- stitutes legal death has been raised by the spread of trans- plant operations. The issue is surfacing in a forthcoming murder trial in Alameda County Superior Court. Defense attorneys for Andrew Lyons contend he can- not be charged with murder because the alleged victim was pronounced dead with his heart still beating but his brain functions dead. The heart was removed and transplanted. Haig awaits reworded Watergate question WASHINGTpN A cryptic question left unan- swered overnight awaited President Nixon's top aide to- day upon resumption of the Watergate tapes hearing in federal court. Alexander White House staff expressed puzzlement Wednesday when assistant special prosecutor Richard BenVeniste asked if he had familiar with or involved considerations of compromising on the tapes litigation with the special prosecutor's office. Judge John Sirica adjourned the session after suggesting that Ben-Veniste reword his query to clarify it. 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