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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta uecemovr IB, 18.4 mt LfciHBRluvit HERALD 25 Pierre Laporte cleared QUEBEC (CP) A report by the three-man commission into organized crime clears Pierre Laporte, the former labor minister who was kid- napped and murdered in October 1970, of any links with underworld figures. The 148-page report, tabled in the national assembly Tuesday by Jud- tice Minister Jerome Cho- quette, says "the evidence did not establish any link between Pierre Laporte, Nicholas Di lorio, and Frank Oasti or between Pierre Laporte and other members of the un- derworld, based on a single meeting, April 16, 1970, where he (Laporte) assisted in a passive man- ner." It says the meeting took place at the insistence of Jean-Jacques Cote, a Montreal tavern owner and Liberal party organizer, to discuss the April 29 pro- vincial election. Also at the meeting was Rene Gagnon, at the time a Liberal party candidate who subsequently was defeated in the election and then became executive to Immigration Minister Jean Bienvenue. While the meeting was ostensibly called to discuss the election, the report concludes that most of the 35 minutes Laporte was in the Sherbrooke St apart- ment were spent discuss- ing Di lorio and Dasti's problems with the police. The two operated an il- legal gambling club called the Victoria Sporting Club and constantly complained of police harassment, the report says. It says the only words Laporte told the two were- "Settle it with Cote." It adds that both Gagnon and Laporte were not aware of whom they were to meet at the meeting. The gambling club has since been closed. Di lorio is in jail serving a one-year contempt of court sentence for refusing to testify at the commission hearings and Dasti is in a New Jersey penitentiary serving 20 years for drug trafficking While the report clears Laporte of any in- volvement, it criticizes Gagnon, Cote and Guy Le- duc for their dealings with Dasti and Di lorio Indians pledge court funds CALGAftY (CP) Calgary Indians and their supporters have announced the formation of a committee to raise funds to cover the court costs for two Indian leaders charged in connection with the occupa- tion of the department of In- dian Affairs office in Calgary last month. The department last week laid charges against Ed Burn- stick of Edmonton, Canadian director of the American In- dian Movement, and Roy Lit- tle Chief, head of the Calgary Urban'Treaty Alliance. It was the first time that charges were laid in connec- tion with militant actions by Indians in Canada. The charges fall under a section of the Criminal Code which says a person commits mischief if he "obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property." Calgary city police had earlier refused to lay charges, saying the three-day occupa- tion oy about Indians, who were protesting government policy, was peaceful. The Burnstick Little Chief defence committee also wants to maintain a national base and be responsible to all natives in need of legal aid, a spokesman for the committee said after its formation meeting at the University of Calgary. Snowmobile accident kills girl EDMONTON (CP) An eight year old Athabasca girl died in hospital yesterday from injuries received earlier that day in a snowmobile ac- cident. RCMP said Brenda Lee Smith was injured when her scarf caught in the starter of a snowmobile near her home about 100 miles north of Ed- monton. She died eight hours after the accident. Christmas shoppers jam stores in late rush By THE CANADIAN PRESS Christmas shoppers, at first reluctant to begin their annual holiday spending spree, are jamming stores in a late rush which might give Canadian merchants record profits. Retailers interviewed said they expect to add 10 to 15 per cent to the record 14.083 billion in sales registered last December. Demand for sportswear, small appliances, leather coats and clock radios is brisk. Costlier items such as television sets and major appliances are moving slower than last Christmas. Mild fall temperatures and Concern over general business conditions kept many persons out of the Christmas mood earlier in the month and many shoppers were turned off by high prices on everything from Christmas trees to egg nog. Toymakers say material shortages earlier this year have increased toy prices by 15 to 20 per cent. But many ex- pensive ones are still being snapped up. Rising paper costs have pushed up the price of Christ- mas cards. Manufacturers say they will reap record profits this year people are sending fewer cards, they are paying more for them. Canadians spend about million cards and wrapping every year, those in the industry say. "Even when people can't af- ford to buy gifts they can still buy says Ron Will- cocks, vice-president of Gibson Greeting Cards. "We like to think we're recession- proof." The Christmas tree which sold for last December now is in most cities across Can- ada. Some people are driving into the bush to cut their own tree but that idea has been dampened by hefty fines. Brit- ish Columbia warns of a fine for cutting a tree on Crown land. Liquor prices have gone up as the result of recent federal tax measures and the cost of brewing q batch of Christmas cheer is even more inflated when you consider that a quart of egg nog which sold for 75 to 80 cents last Christ- mas is edging closer to a quart. Anyhow police forces are stepping up their campaign to pull drinking drivers off the road. 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