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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVII 1 DECEMBER 1973 56 Pages 10 Cents 6Work blues' strike while prices leap up Worst inflation since 651 continues Tough Opposition leader Robert Stanfield has a few words with Prime Minister Trudeau prior to leaving Parliament Hill at five minutes to twelve Monday. Mr. Stanfield's party in the government and lost Story on Page 2. moved non-confidence the vote 117 to 135. OTTAWA Food prices bounded upward again in November and led a quickened rise in living costs on a broad front that also included sharp hikes for housing and medical care. Statistics Canada reported today. The over-all increase in liv- ing costs was eight-tenths of one per cent and put prices in the past year up 9.3 per continuing the worst inflation since 1951. contributors to the latest month's advance were higher prices for clothing and which increased 1.2 per 1.1 per cent and eight-tenths of one per cent the report said. the component tor health and personal care rose nine-tenths of one per it said. The November price hikes 'Tricky Dick a tight By NORMAN KEMPSTER Washington Star-News WASHINGTON Newly-released documents depict President Nixon as a frugal man in his private financial close with his own money and with an eye for the legal corners that can be cut. ____________ In making an unprecedented disclosure of his personal finan- cial Nixon probably succeeded in rebutting some of the more sensational charges that have been made against him. But he also raised some more mundane questions A news analysis about presidential propriety. There certainly is no evidence in the new papers that Nixon engaged in illegal activities. But in exercising his like that of any under the law to use all legal means to reduce his tax Nixon seemed to invite criticism on grounds of judgment and taste. In a number of questions were raised about whether the although were also Is it proper for a president to drastically cut his own tax bill by scrambling through a tax loophole which congress was in the process of Is it proper for a president to spend for ex- penses only a little more than half of the annual he receives from the and pocket the Can the Internal Revenue Service conduct a truly independent audit of the tax returns of a Was it proper for then Vice President Nix- on to permit Elmer then head of the Warner Lambert Pharmaceutical to establish a trust fund in 1957 for the president's then which ultimately yielded more than Is it proper for a president to maintain private residences far from the capital which would re- quire government spending of more than million to assure him of the communications and security which are also available at the White None of these questions involve criminal conduct. Each transaction apparently was legal. It is also probably true that previous presidents have taken advantage of similar opportunities for private financial gain. But in the post-Watergate such questions are potential sources of embarrassment for the president. Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler implied at a briefing that Nixon had changed his attitude concerning legally available ways to avoid income taxes since the recent round of scandals broke. Freeze query prompts fresh Lougheed blast Canada remains on neutral list OTTAWA Canada is not on Saudi Arabia's oil em- bargo Energy Minister Macdonald said Mon- day. He told the Commons that information gathered by his department indicates that Canada remains on the Arab list of neutral countries and is not affected by a total em- bargo on oil shipments to countries such as the United States. His statement conflicted with comments in a television interview Sunday by Sheik Zaki oil minister for Saudi Arabia. The oil minister said Canada had been cut off total- ly Irom Saudi Arabian oil supplies. clifl Kionffi. cials could not reach Yamani personally but they had talked with one of his staff members Monday morning. The staff member confirm- ed that Canada is viewed as a neutral subject only to partial supply interruptions caused by politically- motivated Arab oil production said the minister. ARABS CONCERNED However. Mr. Macdonald said the Arab official express- ed concern that oil destined for Canada might be shipped to embargoed countries. If this he had it would be fair to as- sume that Canada might lose all oil shipments from Saudi EDMONTON Pre- mier Peter Lougheed was ask- ed Monday in the legislature whether he intends to respect the federal government's ex- tended freeze on oil prices. He replied by attacking the treeze. The whose Con- servative government has in- troduced legislation allowing Hughes linked to scandal WASHINGTON -The Senate Watergate committee is pursuing a theory that the Watergate burglars were seeking information that might have linked billionaire Howard Hughes with the Nix- on administration. The theory is that the break- in at Democratic head- quarters was an effort to determine whether then- National Chairman Lawrence O'Brien had such information and if he planned to use it to embarrass Nixon politically. The committee's chief coun- sel. Samuel said Mon- day the theory was on reliable evidence we have re- This aspect of the Watergate investigation came to-light when a transcript of an executive session the com- mittee held last week was placed in the public record of a U.S. district court hearing here. The transcript had been sought by one of the principal witnesses in that closed-door hearing. Chester lawyer for the Hughes-owned Summa Corp Dash said the break-in theory was discussed when Davis challenged a committee request to be provided with correspondence and other documents between O'Brien and Hughes officials. At the time of the June 1972. O'Brien also was serving as an unpaid con- sultant for the Hughes interests the cabinet to set oil prices at whatever level it did not say directly whether he will respect the freeze once he has the power to go against it he made it clear the government opposes the continuation of the freeze on prices of crude oil from West- ern Canada which had been due to expire Feb. 1. Ottawa last week extended the freeze at least until the end of winter. Mr. Lougheed also replied to an opposition question about criticism of him last week by Prime Minister Trudeau. my reaction to it is that I don't believe in such per- sonal attacks and don't intend to indulge in them and think they are beneath the position of the premier of the province of Alberta Mr. speaking in had called Premier Lougheed inadequate in international oil marketing and accused him of reacting petulantly to the federal tax on crude oil exports. Grant leader of the New Democratic later asked the premier whether he could the assembly the assurance that Alberta will respect the price whatever the duration of the extension The question aroused laughter from both the government and Social Credit opposition benches. Mr Lougheed replied to ap- plause that a vast majority of members of the legislature interested in assuring fair value for the resources tor the people of this province put the government's con- sumer price index up to 155.5 on its 1961 base of 100. The figures mean it took per week in November for typical family living ex- penditures that cost per week a dozen years ago. That was per week more than the previous month and per week higher than a year ago. The steep November rise in tood prices resumed the pattern of sharp hikes that has prevailed in most of 1973 ex- cept for October's first drop in grocery prices in a seven-tenths decline. Food the major fac- tor in the past year's spirall- ing living w 18.2 per cent higher than a year the report said. With one month to the country appeared headed for a total 1973 cost-of-living rise approximately double last year's 4 8 per cent hike and approaching the 10.6 per cent rise in 1951 Last month's housing cost rise of eight-tenths of one per cent was fueled by higher prices for heating oil. mortgage repairs and rent The 1.1 per cent increase in clothing costs was larger than normal for the and brought prices 6.6 per cent above a year ago. Other increases were tor up three- tenths of one per cent for the month and 5.3 per cent for the reading and three-tenths of one per cent for the month and up five per cent for the tobacco and up two- tenths for November and 2.9 per cent for the the report said. Socreds seek royalty details EDMONTON The legislature gave approval in principle Monday to the first of the Alberta energy but the opposition said it will keep pressing until it finds out what use the government plans to make of its powers under the new legislation. The Conservative govern- ment's amendment bill to re- move royalty ceilings of 16 2-3 per cent in most oil and gas leases and give the cabinet the power to set rates at Inside Classified......22-25 Comics............ 8 Comment........ 4. 5 District........19 Family..... 11. 16 Local News 17 18 Markets...........21 Sports...... 13. 28 Theatres........... 6 TV.......... 6 Weather.......-.... 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH WED. MAINLY CLOUDY The President seems to be regaining confidence.' cheque. whatever level it wishes pass- ed second reading by a vote of 64 to 5 Five Social Credit members broke party ranks to vote against the which they oppose because Premier Peter Lougheed has declined to give any indication about what level new form of tax on be set at. Standing in the 75-seat legislature is Conservative Social Credit New Democratic Party one and independent one. Mr. Lougheed said Monday he understands such requests for specific royalty informa- tion but added that changing conditions make any commit- ment to royalty levels im- possible is no question in my mind that the government of Alberta cannot have its hand tied and must have the flex- he said. Robert So- cial Credit house said outside the legislature the Opposition will continue to press for at least some infor- mation about new royalty levels so that the legislature is not. in signing a blank Figures in brief OTTAWA Statistics Canada reported theie job ligures for November actual ligures estimates in thousands Nov. Oct. Nov. 1973 1973 1972 ALL CANADA L.ibor Force 9297 9.311 8887 8.829 8.882 8.363 4B8 429 524 KmpUned Unemploved ATLANTIC Labor lorce 743 747 682 695 Uncmpluvcd 61 52 QUEBEC Ldbor loice Unemploved ONTARIO Labor loi ce Unemployed PRAIRIES Labor force Emploved Unemploved 57 41 BRITISH COLUMBIA Labor force 998 1 013 Emplcned 936 957 Unemployed 62 56 703 644 59 2.552 2.547 2.381 2.395 2250 171 152 188 3 525 3.514 3.371 3.408 3.227 117 128 144 1.479 1.490 1.427 1 422 1 449 1 948 881 67 OTTAWA November consumer price indexes com- pared with Oclober and a vear ago 1973 197Z Nov. Ocl. Nov. Ml 1555 154 3 1423 Food 25 171 8 Ib97 145 1 Housing 156 I 154 9 146 1 Clothing 11 141 8 142 .1 134 9 Tians turn 15 140 1 1397 133 1 Health 5 160 8 159 3 151 6 Recreation 7 148 3 147 8 141 3 Tob-Alc 6 136 9 136 6 133 0 Figures after groups in- dicate their percentage in weight of all items index Letter 'defused' A Lethbndge resident who received a letter postmarked Monday refused to accept it because he was worried about the possibility of a letter bomb. The suspicious letter was turned over to the city police by the post office. S. Sgt. Bill Brummitt took the letter to the police gun range and open- ed it very carefully. The letter contained a souvenir pen. Winter layoffs swell OTTAWA The pre- dictable winter working blues began hitting in November again as the actual number of jobless climbed to 39.000 higher than the total for October. Statistics Canada reported today. Hut the seasonally-adjusted unemployment which takes into account normal sea- sonal factors affecting the work showed a slight dropping to 5.6 per cent from 5.8 per cent in October Both figures showed sub- stantial improvement over the dreary jobless picture of No- vember. 1972. In that month last year there were out of work and the seasonal jobless rate hit 6.6 per cent There also were more Cana- dians working than ever before in November This Novermber 8.829.000 persons were 65.000 more than in the same month in 1972 The climb in November un- employment was reflected in an increase in the actual jobless rate The actual rate jumped to five per up trom 4 6 per cent in October but again sharply below the November. 1972 of 5.9 per cent. The seasonally-adjusted employed labor force grew by 41.000 to in November. The adjusted September to October increase was 74.000 While the total number of men out of work increased to in November from October's the female jobless total dropped by near- ly 20.000 to This is a common pattern between the two months but this year the decrease in female unemployed was con- siderably greater than in the three previous years. Among the major group of married men aged 25 to the jobless total rose in November to 94.000 trom October's NATO consultation problem unresolved BRUSSELS Exter- nal Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said today the NATO ministerial conference recognized the problem of providing effective consulta- tion among member states but did not resolve it. The problem was not solved this time. Sharp told reporters as he described the meeting of the foreign ministers as of the most difficult that I've Canada's worry about being left out of dealings between the United States and the eight European NATO members of the Common Market was only obliquely one paragraph of the commu- nique issued when the confer- ence ended today. However. NATO Secretary- General Joseph when asked about Canada's said the U.S. no interest in excluding Canada during efforts to resolve newly-developed strains between Washington and the Common Market group. Rockefeller resigns ALBANY. N.Y. Nelson Rockefeller announced today he is resigning as gover- nor of New York State effec- tive next but said he has not decided whether to seek the United States presidency in 1976. Rockefeller. 65. said he will not seek a fifth four-year term as governor. Cup of Milk fund reaches quarter mark Seen and heard About town THE girls in the city manager's office wondering why Oli Erdos gave them such a stunted Christ- mas tree for their office Miles Maughan saying friend Barry Willis should name his new son Wilt he's 23 inches Innp The Cup ol Milk Fund has SH in its drnc lo the sjil goal Illk I I 111 pOO- Nmlhnn I l.i .lil'l MI-MI K I Icinks like JUSt Iglll m.iki mil objective I .ci hope so Many loiters and cards spur us on to try to In llns regard. wo thank the i In Mi en nl Assu inpl i i i II I .1 I nil I I 1 ihiii iik- I lie children sent hutch ol letlcls rii n 1mm ihc point Hi v w ni liangladesh children. They suffer over there and our children realize it. A pupil am a poor child ot Bangladesh I am Kaicn I live in Bangladesh 1 have a little sjstor and brother. We verv poor' A eouple ol U'ai's ago some people Irom C.inada brought some lood lor UN il didn't last long are orphans and all wo have to wear is rags and we can sleep on the sand On some cold nights some ol us net had sicknesses We know the Canadians are coming to cure us This is called the C'up nl Fund Thank you. Karen Hcaton. lor letter You tell it like il is Thanks also to Kalhy Koep. l.iiann Vanessa Pittman. Cam Kjeidgaard. and teacher I. Herbst who writes 'Some ol the children 11 ied to imagine what it would he like to be a child in. appealing lor help A Let's listen to th.s appeal Let's we have it good here in Southern Alhoila Let's have compassion this Christmas time. Lei's realize the need and let's do something about it. Together we can make an impression in the light against hunger This is the important message ol modern times Ihousands are dying ol starvation. The story is too big lo grasp. The drought in Kthmpia. the suffering in the hunger in India Bangladesh What did we do to deserve our good lite'1 Nothing' It was an .undent ol birth II there is rhyme or reason to our it must be to learn some com- passion lor our lellow man. lrsii't that what Christmas is all about'1 Thank you lor your Peace on Karlh Christmas children ol the 3H class in School. Thank Patrick. David. Alvssa. Kathv. Luann. Karen and all the other pupils Thank Jacqueline March.ind You know. that 25 got together is worth a million dollars In l.ict. as Mr as right thoughts .mil toolings go. it's worth .ihoul ten million. The Cup ol Milk Fund Vcill .'ill ;