Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Trudeau Washington junket achieved few tangible results By PAUL WH1TELAW Herald WASHINGTON-Prime Minister Trudeau and President Ford apparently said little that was unexpected when they met here this week, with the likely net result that Canadian-American relations are neither better nor worse than before the visit. Their first meeting lived up to its advance bill- ing as a 'get acquainted' affair, providing an op- portunity to answer questions about their countries' plans and problems face-to-face. In achieving that limited aim, the visit by Mr. Trudeau .will probably be counted a success in .Ottawa. But it did little or nothing to dispell American apprehension over Canada's in- creasingly independent attitude toward the United States, particularly in its energy policies. It is this latter so than trade or other Ottawa and Washington, and was the prime motivation for the get-together. Predictably, the White House went out of its way to stress that relations with Canada are marked by "friendship and candor." "All in all, it was a very positive and cordial noted assistant secretary of state Arthur Hartman when he briefed reporters. After this required diplomatic nicety had dispensed with, however, Mr. Hartman made no attempt to hide American unhappiness over Ot- tawa's decision to phase out its oil exports. Speaking at a news conference before be returned to Canada, the prime minister noted that Mr. Ford "expressed strongly" the ad- ministration position. There may be some suspense about just how, strongly that concern was expressed in the private of the Oval office, but it would appear the administration accepts there is little it can News analysis practically do to make Ottawa change its decision. Certainly, the kind of retaliation being ad- vocated by a number of angry senators and congressmen will not be considered by Mr. Ford. These realities were known and accepted in advance. So with no expectations that either leader would say other than what was well- known to both governments, Mr. Trudeau's trip must be seen as much as an exercise in public relations and salesmanship as it was a 'get ac- quainted' chat. From Canada's point of view, as much may have been accomplished by a Thursday press conference as the White House meeting and a breakfast the prime minister had with ten senators. The news conference, held in a down- town hotel ballroom, was widely-covered by U.S. newsmen and reported on American network television news Thursday night. In a low-key, almost professorial manner, the prime minister reiterated Canada's argument that it has placed a high export tax on its oil only because the country buys as much crude from overseas as it sells to the United States. Justifying the planned export phaseout, Mr. Trudeau also told the press conference that Can- ada "had to look down the road to the point six or seven years from now" when there won't be enough oil to meet domestic needs. He said he had been telling the Americans that their choice was between gradual time to ad- continued high levels of Canadian ex- ports followed by a sudden turn-off of the oil "spiggot." It is evident to any Canadian living in this capital that Canada hasn't done a very good job of selling these until now. The Trudeau visit was undoubtably a step in the right direction, although it has apparently to calm Washington's jittery nerves. Report claims Syncrude threat to environment By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer The federal government has concluded that the giant Syncrude plant in the Alberta oil sands is a serious en- vironmental hazard after be- ing refused access to informa- tion on the project. Jeanne Sauve, federal minister of the environment, issued the warning to Alberta Environment Minister Bill Yurko in a letter dated Oct. 11. The letter and a confidential memorandum from Ottawa to the Alberta department of the environment were released today by Grant Notley, Alberta New Democratic Par- ty leader. Syncrude is building a billion-dollar oil extraction plant in the northeastern Alberta oil sands. Mr. Yurko earlier answered federal criticisms of an en- vironmental impact study by Syncrude by stating that the study was only a preliminary one. However, the documents made public today made the point that Syncrude is keeping environmental information secret from Ottawa. "When asked for more detailed information, the proponent (Syncrude) stated it was confidential and could not be a memoran- dum from her department to Mme. Sauve says. Information denied Federal officials experienc- ed "great difficulty due, to in- formation says the memorandum from Jean Lupien, senior assistant depu- ty minister of environment services. In a letter attached to the memorandum, both of which were forwarded to Mr. Yurko, the federal minister says: "In the context of the in- complete information provid- ed by Syncrude Canada Ltd and the confidentiality of the tar sands process technology, the comments presented in this report must not be con- sidered to represent a thorough review of the sub- ject. "It does appear, however, from an examination of the available information, that Syncrude has failed to appreciate the real scope of environmental concerns and has also failed to address the question of environmental protection in either a realistic or adequate manner." we believe that there is a likelihood for major en- vironmental Mme. Sauve says in requesting that the province and Ottawa meet to discuss joint action on the- concerns. Concerns listed by her department include: Inadequate waste water management, a finding bas- ed on data compiled for the Great Canadian Oil Sands operation now under way; A "simplistic" assess- ment by Syncrude of sulphur emissions to the atmosphere, not taking into account poor weather or the effect of other plants in the area; The possibility of widespread fog, which, com- bined with sulphur dioxide emissions, could produce a "serious human health A serious problem presented by extensive tailings ponds for migrating wildfowl. Lack of a contingency plan for an enfironmental emergency. Yurko ''apologist9 Mr. Notley said he released the information "because it is important that the issue of en- vironmental protection in the oil sands be debated by all the- people of Alberta in the open not by a few mandarins in Ottawa, or provincial politicians in Edmonton behind closed doors." He, said the federal findings represent "an unbelievable in- dictment of the province's approach to environmental management." "It exposes Bill Yurko as little more than an apologist for he charged to- day at a Calgary press con- ference. Mr. Notley told a meeting of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs Thursday that an independent monitor- ing agency should be es- tablished to watch over oil sands development. He also said the sands should be developed at a "measured pace" and that Alberta and Ottawa should finance a joint takeover of the Syncrude project. "There is massive evidence to indicate development could create an environmental wasteland in one fifth of the NDP leader told a Lethbridge nomination meeting Thursday night. A dike breaking on one of the tailing ponds at an oil sands project would be much more serious than a dam on the Peace River protested by the Conservatives several years ago, he said. "One of those tailings ponds breaking loose would be nine million times worse." "Yurko and the provincial cabinet have been totally asleep when it comes to protecting the environment of northeastern Mr. Notley said. (See related story on Page The Lethbrtdge Herald LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1974 15 Cents MO SMOKIN6 EYOMO THIS DEFENSE OE AIHW.A MONTREAL INSPECTOR ERIC EATON CHECKS BANGLADESH SHIPMENT Settlement gives grain exports chance to move OTTAWA (CP) A ten- tative contract settlement clearing the way for normal grain exports has been approved by government food inspectors, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) announced today. Andy Stewart, PSAC execu- tive vice-president and- chief union negotiator, told a news conference that operations, including bogged down domestic grain shipments, now are back to normal. He said union policy is not to release ratification figures, but he expects signing of the contract with the treasury board early next week. Glen Gaskell, a poultry in- spector in Lethbridge, said to- day beef graders here" have returned to work and are voting on a tentative settle- ment to end their dispute with the federal government. Details will be announced from Ottawa after the vote, he said Maurice Simpson, manager of the Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. packing plant in the city, said conditions are back to normal with no problems. Jack Waterhouse, superintendent of the 1.25 million bushel Canadian Government Elevator here, said a unit train of 82 govern- ment hopper cars could be fill- ed today, and another next week. A half million bushels of grain had sat idle during strike. Terrorists strike Israeli kibbutz ROSH HANIQRA, Israel (AP) "He thought his dog was trying to get in the door, but it was terrorists. They shot him in the chest, neck and throat. His wife screamed and a neighbor ran out and started shooting in the air, but he couldn't see the terrorists in the dark." An Israeli security officer recounted the early-morning Arab guerrilla attack on this kibbutz that left two Israelis wounded and one raider dead. Open your heart and save a hungry child We're so rich and they're so poor. Let's get busy and send them some food. Will there ever be an end to. man's inhumanity to man? You poor, wretched little children of Bangladesh how can We ignore you? Your' swollen bellies, the haunting look in your eyes. Can the Lethbridge Herald's Cup of "Milk fund do any good? Of course it does. We implore you to help. Take time to give to these hungry children. Write Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. When they die, the world is diminished, and we are less for losing them. No man is an island. We're all in this together. It's one world. We don't see them. We don't hear their pleas. But we can't ig- nore them. Suffering doesn't advertise itself. Some people care and spread the story. Let's have compassion on them. What did we do to have the gift of this wonderful country? Our grievances are petty com- pared to the horrible burden of troubles they face each day. Walk with them. Comfort them. Give them your hands and open your hearts to them. When Christmas comes, you'll be glad you remembered the least of them. The world is terribly con- fused. Our technology is meaningless if we lose our souls and turn our backs on hungry children. Keep the hope alive. Write Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. The money will go straight to Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova and the Unitarian Service Committee, every penny of it. Your goal is The milk costs more this year. The need is greater. We must send more. For list of contributors see Page 2. SIU donation probe rejected WINNIPEG (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau said today he has no plans at present for a special inquiry into political contributions from the Seafa- rers' International Union Replying to questions at a news conference, the prime minister said the matter is al- ready under RCMP investiga- tion and said the accusations levelled by his political oppo- nents in recent days have been too vague to warrant further action "If specific allegations and accusations are made, there may be something to he said. Mr. Trudeau said, he has been advised that he did not receive any campaign donations from the union, but added: "Quite frankly, if I had, I wouldn't be worried about it." Labor Minister John Munro and Solicitor-General Warren Allmand have been under fire in the Commons from Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats because of contributions from the un- ion. However, Mr. Trudeau noted that the purpose of re- cent changes in eleciiuiia CA- penses legislation was that political contributions be made public, not that they be banned altogether Labor Minister John Munro said in Ottawa he knew about one complaint of violence by the Seafarers' International Union when he accepted a donation from the union dur- ing the July 8 election cam- paign. He told the Commons the complaint was made before he became labor minister in 1972 and he was satisfied that it had been dealt with ade- quately. He said the incident was not uppermost in his mind when he decided last September that the SIU donation might be misunderstood and he returned it to the union. His main motivation in returning the money was the awareness of internal squabbling within the union, something he learned about during the Great Lakes' shipp- ing dispute last summer, he said. All MPs accept contributions to run their political campaigns and peo- ple gave them credit for hav- ing enough integrity not to be corrupted by them, he said. Mr. Munro repeated that there was no reason at the time to suspect the SIU. He was not prepared to condemn individuals or groups "on the basis of no evidence." The money was returned eventually, he noted, but it might as well not have been because opposition MPs were "still imputing motives." Sinclair Stevens said five charges, including assault and dangerous use of firearms, have been laid against SIU members. He asked whether the government would order an inquiry on the basis of this information. Government House Leader Mitchell Sharp said no evidence of this kind has been given to the government. STUDENTS SNATCH U THANT'S BODY RANGOON (Reuter) The city government agreed today to the principal demand of Burmese students who seized the body of former UN secretary-general U Thant just before it was to be buried in a private Buddhist ceremony at a city cemetery yesterday. The Rangoon city corporation said it will provide a plot of land for a mausoleum for U Thant's body. As a crowd of looked on, the students snatched the body and carried it to the convocation hall of Rangoon University They said they wanted a more fitting funeral for U Thant, who died of cancer in New York Nov. 26, and a special mausoleum to be erected in his honor. An official announcement tonight said the city corporation decided to provide a plot of land near the Shwedagon pagoda for the mausoleum. The students' reaction to this offer was not immediately known. Macdonald rebuttal widens energy rift OTTAWA (CP) The rift between Alberta and Ottawa widened Thursday night when Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, facing a pack of hostile Progressive Conser- vatives, had harsh words for Premier Peter Lougheed and Dismissed ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) The Ethiopian military government has dismissed Foreign Minister Zewde Gabre-Selassie, a cousin of former emperor Haile Selassie, Ethiopian Radio an- nounced today. Seen and heard About town Dr. John Walker being told the funny lines he cracks at of- ficial meetings don't measure up to his unsanitary dinner jokes Lethbridge East provincial Progressive Conservative candidate Dick Johnston admitting that governments hold "carrots" in front of voters prior to an election. his senior minister, Don Get- ty- Mr. Macdonald said Mr. Lougheed was vicious and Mr Getty was "dripping with venom" in their attitude toward the federal government, which wants a larger share of oil royalties. His denunciation of the two Alberta politicians came on the eve of his participation here in a meeting with his provincial counterparts. He said a speech earlier this week by Mr. Getty, provincial intergovernmental affairs minister, was evidence of the growing antipathy about the growing energy requirements of Central and Eastern Canada Mr. Getty, at his nomina- tion meeting for a provincial election expected in 1975, rapped Ottawa for what he said was a carefully calculated 18-month program designed to give the federal government a firm grasp on the province's natural wealth. Parts of the speech were read in the House Thursday by Doug Roche (Edmonton one of a series of Progressive Conservatives doing all they can to delay the almost inevitable parliamen- tary approval of the proposed petroleum administration act. 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