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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Fate to be decided this week December 1973 THE LCTHBRIDQE HERALD 23 Gov't in bind over wiretapping bill Cool cat The family perches atop a snowy likeness on a Redwing Avenue home in Ont. Beverly and Roda with a little help from their neighbors made it possible for the frosty feline which purports to be a statue of family snowman. South Vietnamese army morale low By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The Liberal mi- nority government is in a bind over the Senate's action in balking at the controversial wiretapping bill and will decide at a cabinet meeting this week the tate of the measure. That is just one of the several headaches Govern- ment House Leader Allan MacEachen has as he tries to expedite the business before the Commons so Parliament can recess for Christmas next weekend and stay adjourned until sometime in February Debate on the government's energy allocation bill con- tinues to be prolonged into what the New Democratic Party is already suggesting is taking the form of a filibuster by the Progressive Conser- vatives. This is strongly x denied by the Tories. If that bill is not passed this week the House will have to return next week In addition the election ex- penses now at the in the House could consume considerable time before it too is finally passed NDP members have indicated they will propose amendments in the Commons. If they refuse unanimous con- sent Friday when the time comes to rise the House could be sitting Monday Dec. 24 and be back again Dec. 26 after the Christmas day holiday Each in recent years the of sober second labelled by Sir John A. Macdo- nald. has strongly protested the Commons dumping con- troversial legislation on it just before Christmas. The upper house has been warned that if it did not ram through the bills coming from the Commons it would ruin Parliament's Christmas vacation period. This year the Senate describing a section in the wiretapping bill as has refused to be pushed into the corner where it would be forced to give quick approval. Senator Ches Grant summed it up when he said the Senate should not rubber stamp something it did not approve faciliate something the Commons wishes to The section that aroused the objections of the senators was inserted by a narrow vote in the Commons. It requires that persons who have been placed under electronic surveillance be notified officially by the authorities after a period of 90 days following the date on which the wiretap was authorized. Justice Minister Otto Lang in the House of Commons had objected to such a provision. Government members pointed out it would hamstring police in their electronic sur- veillance operations and load the cards in favour ot the criminal element But finally it was approved by the House by a narrow margin with Progressive Conservative and NDP members leading the light to have the clause inserted. Senators giving the measure the second came to the conclusion that this section was They deleted it and sent the bill back to the Commons. This put the cabinet in a real bind Mr. Lang is worried that the move may have killed his bill for this session. He had urged the'Senate to pass the measure pointing out it could be brought back in a year and amended. He was prepared to live with the 90-day section in order to get the legislation on the books so that there would be a penalty for illegal wiretapping. If the Commons decided to reject the recommendation of the Senate it becomes embroiled in a battle with the upper house. If the cabinet decides to try to proceed to get Commons approval to the bill as amended by the Senate it is in for a fight with the Conservatives and NDP. Should the Commons reject the Senate's amendment and reinsert the 90-day warning clause the bill will go back to the Senate for final approval. But in that House the senators have declared they refuse to pass such If the Senate again deletes the section the question is referred to a made up of representatives of the two Houses of Parliament. That committee would hold a conference and try to come up with a compromise. The form of the com- promise that would be accep- table to the Senate or Com- mons at this stage is difficult to imagine This situation has seldom arisen in the past. The senators say that is because they have continually backed down under the insistence of the Commons and have reluc- tantly given their approval to though they did not like it Going to Calgary WINTER RATES STETSON MOTEL 10002 Mactod TrtHS. Clean Comfortibli Units Color TV Automatic phones PhOM-271-3210 Collect Prince Igor has no taste. Prince Igor is vodka. Pure vodka. without a flicker of taste or color or scent. A prince of a vodka. Have the Prince over tonight By JAMES M. MARKHAM New York Times Service SAIGON In almost a year since the signing of the Paris cease-fire the morale of many South Viet- namese fighting units appears to have sagged seriously. The drop in morale tends to be sharper in ordinary in- fantry and militia units than in such elite groups as the air force or the marines. But throughout the one can detect a weariness with the fighting that ap- parently has no com- pounded by soaring prices that make a soldier's lot an even unhappier one than it has always been The strain of the 11 months is beginning to show in the armed as in the rest of South Vietnamese society. Soldiers and militiamen are frequently involved in robberies and casual acts of violence. Suicides are not un- usual. In a corporal in the vice-presidential guard was sentenced to 10 days in the stockade for having gone AWOL. On the fourth day of his he managed to grab an M-16 rifle and shot a Captain. Then he shot himself to death. An army Major who ran out of money burst into the office of his commanding General flashing his asked for a loan. The General com- plied. In some infantry soldiers are reported to be demanding and getting leaves at gunpoint. the most submissive go said an officer with first-hand experiences of this phenomenon others want authorized leaves whenever they want BUDDY SYSTEM Another a observed. the buddy system now. If you want a private to do you just use sweet talk and kindly ask him to do this or that favor If he feels like it. he'll do otherwise just foreget it and never give an the South Viet- namese armed forces total about 1.1 million in a population of 19 million. There are reportedly men in the in the in the air and 000 in the marines. In there is the with men in the well-armed regional forces and in the less important popular most of which operate in their home areas. many units are believed to be chronically un- der strength. Although of- ficially desertion rates have not changed much since January running about 000 a month some Viet- namese say frankly that since the departure of American of- who kept commanders relatively the statistics are no longer believable. And in places where soldiers cannot desert such as the encircled city of An Loc heroin addiction is spreading rapidly. The government has begun to accuse the Com- munists of providing heroin. Sipping beer at an open restaurant a mile from the front line in Tay Nmh four soldiers from the 25th division none of them demonstrably defeatist discussed the best part of the body to be wounded A disabling wound results in discharge from the army. men drafted in their late teens can expect to be soldiers until they are 43. Le Hoang a 24- year-old explained that a year ago he had been shot in the leg. only the bullet had gone a little higher and hit my he said matter of I would have been discharged. That is what we dream Lieng said he would not mind if a foot was blown off by a land mine. could get a new a wooden one. hobble around a get a small job and settle quietly like other he said. In the fighting since the Paris accord. South Viet- namese infantry units have been sluggish in the attack. In an October battle at the city of Khiem 40 miles northwest of the 25th division not one of the ar- my's best had to be lashed into moving against a heavily bunkered Vietcong officer was quite difficult to get the troops off the road and into the bush. It took a lot of shouting to get them As it two bat- talions of the 25th division and three battalions of the regional forces were badly cut up in the attack. Forty men were killed and over 100 wounded or missing. 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