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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald it it ie VOL.-LXI1I No. 301 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES FLQers face uncertain fate in Cuba LONDON (CP) The end of an exercise hi ter- rorist tactics came this weekend with the victim, James (Jasper) Cross, looking forward to picking up his life where it left off and his kidnappers looking into an uncertain future. After 60 days of captivity, Cross, the British trade envoy settled down Sunday night to a tradi- tional British meal of roast beef and Yorkshire pud- ding at Dorneywood, the official country residence of British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home. His kidnappers, three members of the Front de Liberation du Quebec, and two wives and son of one of the men, were reported to have spent the night in a Havana house usually reserved by Cuban au- thorities for visiting workers' delegations from China, Russia and East Germany. Cross, 49, arrived in London Saturday to be met by his wife Barbara and they were whisked off to the country home as guests of the British govern- ment "for as long as he desires." Cross is expected to meet with reporters some time this week before taking a vacation in Switzerland. Headed for fields The FLQ group, say some Havana sources, will probably be asked to go to work in the sugar fields unless they have some special skills to offer Cuba, which, as the only revolutionary government in the Western Hemisphere, has accepted an assortment of revolutionaries, ranging from self-proclaimed exiles to plane hijackers. However observers in the Cuban capital feel the government has been embarrassed by its self-proclaim- ed role as "the first free territory in America" and the Havana press has played down the arrival of the FLQ party, stressing that the country accepted them at the request of the Canadian government. Cross was 20 pounds lighter after spending 60 days in the basement of a Montreal house, guarded by men with sub-machine-guns and at one stage forced to sleep with sticks of dynamite strapped to his body. But one British newspaper says Cross emerged as "the real victor." The Cubans were praised by External Affairs Min- ister Mitchell Sharp of Canada for their role in the release of tight-rope walking affair Thurs- day in Montreal during which Cross, the kidnappers, and Canadian officials rendezvoused with the acting Cuban consul. Flies to London After a check-up in Montreal hospital, Cross flew with his daughter Susan to London Saturday aboard a Canadian Forces jet aircraft to be greeted by his wife, Sharp, British officials and a crowd of reporters. The FLQ party that flew to Havana aboard a Ca- nadian Forces Yukon aircraft, included Marc Carbon- ncau, Jacques Cosette-Trudel, Pierre Sequin, Jacques Lanctot, Lanctot's pregnant wife Marie, their two-year- old son and Cosette-Truders wife Louise. One Canadian official related that Louise wept as Ihe plane took off from Dorval Airport, carrying the Quebecers going into voluntary exile and 12 other persons including crew, government officials and a doctor. When the aircraft landed at Havana, the sep- aratist passengers were whisked away to sep- arate rooms to be Interviewed by Cuban reporters and that was the last the Canadian officials saw of (hem. Maj. J. Parmelec, 48-year-old flight commander, said after returning to Canada he had some sym- pathy for the families of the men involved in the kidnapping, but added: "The others looked like, a pretty weirdo bunch to me." There have been reports in Quebec that the Cross kidnappers were opposed to the killing of former Que- bec labor minister Pierre Laporte, who was kidnapped Oct. 10 and found strangled Oct. 17. The kidnappings of Cross and Laporte are report- ed to have been carried out by different FLQ cells. Kidnappers on tape The weeldy Quebec-Presse Sunday published ex- cerpts from a tape said to have been made by Cross' kidnappers, quoting the tcrroritst as saying: "How can one interpret the categorical refusal, the categorical no, of Trudeau (Prime Minister Trudeau) and Bouras- sa (Quebec premier) and what has been the positive result of our Following Cross' arrival here, the London Ob- server says the FLQ failed in its main objectives, and aroused in Canada "the feelings of revulsion." The newspaper compares tne Cross kidnapping with the abduction last week of a West German dip- lomat in Spain by Basque radicals and concedes in an editorial that there is no difference in the "gansterism" involved. Both the Quebec and Basque movements "have lost some respect by their extremists seizing upon defence- loss and irrelevant covyaro'Iy, stupid and thoroughly barbarous declares the ncwsna- pcr editorially. Sugar beet labor conditions said exaggerated EDMONTON (CP) An in- dependent inquiry into the con- ditions migrant workers in Alberta's sugar beet industry said today that many critics "have exaggerated the short- comings of the growers in re- spect to tile treatment of the workers." This does not mean, how- ever, that the inquiry is satis- fied with current, conditions, said the committee. FAIR DEAL "Far from it. There are too many wretched shacks still housing workers and the pay scale is still too low for us to be satisfied. What it does mean is that many growers do give their migrant labor force a fair deal." The inquiry committee con- sisted of representatives from the Alberta Federation of Labor, Canadian Labor Con- gress, Indian Association of Al- berta, United Alliance for the advancement of Native People, Metis Association of Alberta and Alberta Human Rights As- sociation. They sent representatives to the beet growing areas in the Lethbridge area of southern Alberta earlier this ysar during periods when migrant workers were employed in the fields in large numbers. The inquiry's final report, re- leased today, said that between 1966 and 19G8 an average hour- ly rate paid migrant workers was not including hous- ing, transportation and other benefits. It reoTimended that mini- mum contract rates for hand operations in the sugar beet fields should be set by the fed- e r a 1 provincial agriculture manpower committee and "should reflect more immedi- ately increases in the cost of living and wage increases in other sectors of the economy." CHILD LABOH The committee said school- age children accompany their parents to the fields and are still being employed, although there were fewer last season than in previous years. "The practice of allowing children of the migrant labor force to work in the best fields should be prohibited forth- the inquiry said. "It is a bad practice in principle and can only occur at the expense of its children's education." The report said allegations that the houses provided mi- grant workers are universally substandard and not fit for human habitation were not substantiated. However, it said "there can be no doubt that while many accommodations passed by tha field men are perfectly satis- factory, some do leave much to be desired even when the temporary occupancy is taken into consideration. Kidnap Swiss envoy RIG DE JANEIRO CAP) Terrorists with automatic weap- ons kidnapped the Swiss ambas- sador today after wounding a Brazilian government agent as- signed to guard him. Witnesses reported seeing a blonde woman among the abductors. The terrorists fled with Am- bassador Giovanni Enrico Buchcr, a 57-year-old bachelor and a popular figure in the dip- lomatic corps, after scattering leaflets identifying themselves as members of the National Lib- eration Alliance, an organiza- tion that was believed to have folded with the death of its leader last nronth. Acting with military preci- sion, the terrorists surrounded the ambassador's car en route to the embassy and ordered the driver out. The security guard tried to re- sist and was reported to have been shot. Treaty wounds WARSAW (Renter) Poland and West Germany signed a treaty here today aimed at heal- ing the wounds of the Second World War and opening the way to reconciliation after 23 years of bitterness. The treaty, signed by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Polish Prime Minis- ter Joseph Cyrankiewicz, sets the two nations' scarred rela- tions on.a normal footing and formally recognizes that nearly one-quarter of Hitler's pre-war Reich now belongs to Poland. Police press FLQ search MONTREAL (CP) The combined anti-terrorist squad, which last week flushed out a group holding James (Jasper) Cross in suburban Montreal North, continued operations today in the same general area for the kidnappers of Pierre La- porlc. Police would not divulge any hard information, except to say they have increased activity "not too far'' from where Mr. Cross British trade commis- sioner, was located and freed from his captors Thursday. Police now were concentrat- ing their search for the terror- ists responsible for the kidnap- ping of the former Quebec labor minister, abducted Oct. 10 and strangled to death Oct. 17. Warrants have been issued for Paul Hose, 27, his brother Jacques, 23. and Francis Si- niard, 23. A fourth wanted sus- pect, student Bernard Lortie, 19, was arrested Nov. 6. New deal for women advocated in report OTTAWA (CP) The royal commission on the status of women recommended measures Monday to provide abortion on demand for Canadian women, a vast increase in day-care centres, and equal employ- ment opportunities. Jf The report tabled in the Commons also suggests establishment of a special federal council that would advise and report on progress in improving the status of women in Canada. The commission listed a host of economic, educational and legal measures aimed at facilitating this im- provement. DOES NOT AGREE The report to some extent deals with problems faced by special groups of women and some as the ones on a guaranteed annual in- come for sole-support parents and further liberalization of di- vorce apply to men as well. A strong dissenting note comes, however, from one of the two male commissioners on the. seven-member commission, Prof. John Humphrey of McGill University's law faculty. In a minority report, he disr ciates himself from the entire main body of recommendations, most of which he says he ac- Sesn and heard SHE NEEDS YOUR HELP This little amputee is a victim of war-torn Vietnam. She could have a brighter future if'people in southern Alberta contribute to The Herald's Cup of Milk fund. She is one of millions of the world's unfortunate children. About town AVID curler Betty Jordan exclaiming that her hus- band Joe's last rock was "shottier" than the opposi- tion's, giving her team the win Betty Gat wondering why the fates had decreed her first flat tire should hap- pen on the way to vork dur- ing the season's first cold spell John Van Sluys and Bill Havinga threatening to grow moustaches to match one worn by curling team- mate John Micklos. Cup of milk fund Your help is needed The most hungry, the most suffering and the most lonely children in the Middle East and India will receive help from the Unitarian Service Commit- tee tin's Christmas. The USC does an outstanding job in healing the breach be- tween cultures, working on lira premise that human needs are not bounded by color, race or creed. To the XJSC a starving neglected child needs help re- gardless of political and social problems. How much these children re- ceive in aid will depend on do- nations received from Cana- dians, including readers of The Lethbridge Herald. Donations may be made to the -Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. All donors will receive an un- official receipt from The Her- ald, and the USC will forward an official one following the end of the campaign. So far has been do- nated. The objective is Anonymous Clarence Vos, Granum 3.00 Matilda Lethbridge 3.00 Mrs. Lillian Lethbridge 3.00 Anonymous 3.00 Mrs. J. L. Livingstone, Lethbridge 5.00 Ridgeview Lodas, Raymond 5.00 Mrs. Ivy Tuif, Lethbridge 5.00 Anonymous............... 5.00 Past-Time Sewing Club, Lethbridgs 5.25 Mrs. Irma Smith, Barons 20.03 Anonymous................ 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Walburger, Cardston 10.00 Anonymous............... 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hovan, Milk River.............. 10.00 Jaffray U.C.W., Jallray, B.C.. 10.00 Total 5107.25 TOTAL TO DATE ............S484.51 A Iberta-Montana market in wind No survivors 'First we demand free passage to a place of our in wreckage SAIGON (AP) The week- age of an American C-123 trans- port plane missing since Nov. 27 was found in the mountains of central South Vietnam, (lie U.S. command reported today. It said there were no survivors the 73 persons aboard, GREAT FALLS, .Mont. (AP) A unique "common ntarket" arrangement among Montana, North Dakota, Alberta and Sas- katchewan is in the works. George D. McCarthy, Mon- tana's federal state co-ordi- nator, told the G o v e r n o r's Strategy for the Seventies Con- ference" here that preliminary plans have been drawn up to allow a free exchange of goods and services between the States and Canadian provinces. Basically the plan would re- move the present duty in in- ternational sales taxes that now arc imposed when prod- ucts move from the two states to the provinces and vice versa. Certain products probably would be exempt from tha plan, McCarthy said. "We feel it will provide a new economic base for both Montana and North he added. The benefit (a Montana, Mcs Carthy explained, would be to attract to the slate industries that market products in the provinces and now must pay the duties and taxes. In addition, Montana would receive a tax break on pur- chases of products manufac- tured in Alberta or Saskatch- ewan. A precedent for the plan was established several years ago in arrange ments made by American auto manufacturers to obtain parts manufactured in Canada, McCarthy said. In Edmonton, Attorney-Gen- eral Edgar Gerhart said the proposal "would appear to merit some looking but any plan would have to con- form with federal import-ex- port reslrictions. He said Alberta would bene- fit from a common market ar- langement, being more highly industrialized than Saskatche- >van or tha two U.S, states, A special federal council to advise and report on progress in improving the status of women in Canada. Measures to ensure equal employment opportunities for women. Availability of birth-control information to all. Restriction of marriage to persons aged at least IS years. Liberalization of d i v o r c a legislation to permit a hus- band and wife who have lived s e p a r a t e 1 y for one year, rather than three as now re- quired, to get a divorce, based on marriage breakdown. A guaranteed annual in- come to heads of one-parent families with dependent chil- dren. Eighteen weeks of matern- ity leave with some unemploy- ment insurance benefits. Family life education, in- cluding sex e d u c a t i o n, in school. A significant increase in the number of women appointed to the Senate, judgeships and government bodies. A taxable cash allowance of a year for each child under 16 years of age for the mother tram the fed- eral government. Federal and provincial human rights commissions to investigate the administration of human rights legislation. Rosslancl street crash fatal ROSSLAND (CP) David Wayne Rosso, 20, of Hossland, B.C., died when his snowmo- bile collided with a car on a ttreet here, tually supports. He says the re- port is weakened by some rec- ommendations which, if fol- lowed, would introduce new kinds of social discrimination. The report was also unfair to the married woman at home who, unless she was caring for young children, was "made to appear a social parasite." THE HIGHLIGHTS Here are the highlights: Abortion on demand for any woman pregnant for 12 weeks or less. Abortion on request of a woman pregnant for more than 12 weeks if the continua- tion of the pregnancy would endanger her physical or mental health, and also if there is "a substantial risk that if the child were born, it would be greatly handi- capped, either mentally or physically." of day-care centres. Sterilization on demand for birth-control reasons. HOWARD HUGHES Contact missing tycoon LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) District Attorney George Frank- lin said today he has talked by teleohone with Howard Hughes and. .'quoted the billionaire re- as saying he was simply combining a long-needed vaca- tion with a business trip in the Bahamas. Franklin said it was a three- way talk, also including Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt. Franklin was asked in an In- terview whether Hughes indi- cated there is an internal power struggle for control of his big stake in Nevada gambling and possibly his entire industrial and financial complex. "Absolutely no way; he's tha boss, said Franklin. "He's merely firing a coupla of people that were working for him." Sheriff's deputies searched his penthouse retreat on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday and re- ported they found no trace of Hughes. The search was made amid reports of a power strug- gle among rival factions in the Hughes empire and that Hughes Was ailing. Undersheriff Lloyd Bell, who led a 10-man sweep of the pent- house, said the search was prompted by reports that foul play may have been involved in Hughes' departure. Ford, Union reach pay agreement DETROIT (AP) The United Auto Workers union and Ford Motor Co. announced today they had reached tentative agree- ment on a new contract cover- ing workers. Details were withheld pending a meet- ing of the union's 200-member Ford Council at a.m. Tues- day. Meanwhile the strike against General Motors of Canada Ltd. entered its 84th day today with no talks scheduled. SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS ;