Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Washington Post 'White House tapes could convince public Nixon covered up' WASHINGTON The White House has prepared summaries and transcripts of key presidential conver- sations but has decided not to release them because of the Senate Watergate committee's effort to gain broad access to presidential sources report. A group of White House staff members was well along in preparation of the transcripts and summaries when Nixon's lawyers were jolted by the Sen- ate committee's subpoena for tapes of about 500 presidential plus scores of documents. Key presidential advisors decided that release of material based on transcripts of White House tapes could seriously hurt the President's stand in the fight against the committee's SUD- poena. The Washington Post reports that the decision to forego disclosure was reached Wednesday after Nixon and his senior advisers concluded that the con- tents of the if could convince segments of the public that the President was involved in a con- spiracy to cover up the Watergate af- though the tapes might not le- gally incriminate him. The Post story is attributed to un- named. White House sources. The newspaper reports that senior presidential aides Said the White House tape recordings indicate a knew of the cover-up at least several days before March the date Nixon says he nrsi learn- ed of it. The Post says two presidential who consistently maintained Nixon was not involved in the conspiracy to cover up the affair have now told the new- spaper they are no longer convinced. The Post does not identify the two aides. Earlier this the White House said it would make disclosures on Watergate and other allegations before Congress adjourned. But adjournment came without the and presidential spokesmen began saying they did not know when the papers would be issued. Sources said Nixon was angered by the scope 01 me mittee's viewing it as an attempt to wreck the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches. The White House has said formally it would refuse to comply with the committee's subpoena. That announcement is expected to come within a week. The Post says instead of publicly releasing the Nixon and his aides decided Wednesday that any such material would be nude available in the future only to the House of Representatives judiciary which has begun a preliminary inquiry into the possible impeachment of Nix- on. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 14 DECEMBER 28. 1973 24 Pages 10 Cents 'Albertans will be unhappy but High and deep Warm temperatures moved into Montreal- Wednesday and this was the scene in city Thursday as residents skirted snowbanks left over from last week's heavy snowfall and ice and slush resulting from a combination of freezing ram and Truce talks convene Jan. 2 warmer air. City roads department crews had difficulty removing the snow which fell last week due to an overabundance of parked cars on city side- streets. Inside From AP-REUTER GENEVA Israeli and Egyptian negotiators agreed today on some of the principles to govern separa- tion of their armies along the Suez the United Nations announced. Plane downed says report BEIRUT An Is- raeli plane was shot down by Egyptian air defences today over the southern sector of the Suez canal the Middle East News Agency reports. Quoting an Egyptian military spokesman the agency said several planes violated our air This is the first such inci- dent reported since the open- ing of the Geneva peace conference a week ago. Venezuelan oil price up CARACAS second largest ex- porter of oil to the United said today it is boosting its tax reference price for crude oil and refined products to an average of a a record high A meeting lasting two hours and 10 minutes produced on some of the principles of said the announcement was a further frank exchange of views on other principles. Clarifications were sought by both sides re- garding details of these prin- The announcement gave no clue to the points on which the Israelis and Egyptians agreed and those over which they dis- agreed. The negotiators agreed to meet again on Jan. two days after the Israeli elections. No Herald New Year's The Herald will not publish New Year's Day. Regular editions will resume Jan. 2. Display advertisers are reminded of the special deadlines. Ads to appear Wednesday must have been received by noon today. Ads to appear Thursday must be received by 5 p.m. today. Ads for next Friday must be received by a.m. Satur- day. Classified advertisements received by noon Monday will appear in Wednesday's edition. I lv Classified........18-21 Comics...... .6 Comment ..........4 District.....15 23 Local News 14 Markets.........17 11 Theatres.........5 Travel.............9 8 Weather............3 At Home 24 LOW TONIGHT -5 HIGH 15 LIGHT SNOW and here is our most precii vs... eau de Gasoline.' Mr. Justice Laskin to head Supreme Court OTTAWA Appoint- ment of Mr. Justice Bora Las- kin as chief justice of Canada was announced today by Prime Minister Trudeau Mr Justice suc- ceeds retired Chief Justice Gerald Fauteux. He has been a member of the Supreme Court of Canada since Justice Laskin was associate editor of Dominion Law Reports and Canadian Criminal Cases. He was presi- dent of the Association of Canadian Law Teachers in 1953-54 and president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers in 1964- 65. native of Thunder Ont. Mr. Justice Laskin was a law professor until his ap- pointment in 1965 to the Court of Appeal of Ontario. A graduate of the University of Osgoode Hall Law School and Harvard Law he taught law at the University of Toronto and Os- goode Hall. From 1943 to Mr. Sean and heard About town Secretary Maria Siegl claiming her Italian background shows through at Christmas when the wine makes all things just a little bit happier Cup of Milk at This will be our last Cup of Milk story this year. Unlike many stories in this it's a happy one. In it is a deeply moving and inspiring story. To it indicates the people of Southern Alberta and southeastern B.C. are very wonderful people. It shows us just what can be together. It very definitely shows that faith and action can move a lot of milk to hungry little children in Bangladesh. Today we have in the Cup of Milk Fund. We have filled the cup of human kindness to as we hoped and believed we would. enough to buy 1.3 carloads of powdered skim milk for the children of Bangladesh. Special thanks today to the Sisters of St. ad- ministrators of St. Michael's General for a nice to Mr. and Mrs. Sven to the wonderful people who organized and sup- ported the Buck Krispy Music nnn P v I r a v a na n 7a to St Augustine's Junior to W. R. Myers High School at Taber and to the Old Elm Hutterian Brethren and the New Elm Magrath. There are so many Unitarian Service Committee friends in this part of the world that we just simply can- not thank them individually. But you know you did the job. You know you helped. So Haonv New Year to all of you. Ottawa proposes tripling oil tax THE CANADIAN PRESS The federal government moved Thursday to increase the export tax on crude oil to about a barrel Feb. decision that might bring billion a year in revenue for Canada. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said the tax will rise from its present a barrel unless some other arrangement is made at the federal-provincial premiers' conference in late January. The conference will focus on the key issue of how provinces will share the proceeds of the tax on petroleum exports averaging a million barrels a yielding tax revenue of 5 million a or about billion a year. At an Ottawa news confer- Mr. Macdonald said the rate will close the gap between the frozen domestic price of crude about a and the going rate on world markets Recent doubling of oil prices by Middle East producers and similar plans forthcoming from Venezuela will raise the pnce of imported crude to about 50 a barrel at Montreal he said. Canadians living east of the Ottawa rely almost exclusively on im- ported will have to pay about 12 cents more for a gallon of gasoline or heating Mr. Macdonald said. The minister said the extra cost to easterners will be more than his department forecast two weeks ago and it appears almost certain that the government will adopt some form of subsidy for Canadians dependent on im- ported oil. He also indicated the government will use funds from the export tax to finance whatever subsidy program is decided for Eastern Canada. Albertans will be rather unhappy but it's a difficult situation Mr. Macdonald had pre- viously said that all revenue from the petroleum export tax would be in one form or to the oil- producing Manitoba and British Columbia. At Thursday's news confer- ence he said the commitment to return petroleum tax revenue to oil-producing provinces applies only until Feb 1. the date when the tax technically ends and is replac- ed by When the tax went into effect Oct. it was fixed at 40 but rose to Dec. 1 It will be a barrel effec- tive Jan. 1. A bill now before the Com- mons would allow the National Energy Board to change the price monthly to take world price trends into account The bill also changes the levy from a formal tax and makes' it charge on im- ported he added. The premiers' scheduled for Jan. will attempt arrangements to share the tax revenue from petroleum exports and a favorable agreement might avoid the necessity for a rate as high as a he said. going to be hell in Feb- ruary unless we have some the minister said. nothing happens at the it will be a barrel at the first of February. Prime Minister commenting on plans to in- crease the petroleum export told reporters Alberta and Saskatchewan will line up against the federal govern- ment at the conference. other provinces will fall somewhere in he said. Premier Gerald Regan of Nova Scotia said Ot- tawa should use general government revenues to finance any assistance program for Eastern Canadians. In an Ottawa Mr. Regan said he cannot accept the principle that revenue from an export tax should be used for a specific purpose. In opposition to Mr. Macdonald's suggestion of a levy came from industry spokesmen EDMONTON The Alberta government is taking Ottawa's move to nearly tri- ple the export tax on crude oil in Don minister of federal and intergovernmental said today. He declined to saying the provincial govern- ment will save discussion for the federal-provincial conference in Ottawa next month. Mr. Getty said the Alberta government has scheduled no special meetings to deal with the subject. l i I i Alberta cattle feeding industry death predicted By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The multi-million dollar Alberta cattle feeding industry is in its im- mediate future is in doubt and skyrocketing beef prices for the consumer are predicted. Dick Gray of president of the recently-formed Alberta Cattle Feeders has told the board of directors that unless some stability returns to the cattle the feeding industry will die very soon. Within the food the cattle feeders buy young cattle in the 400 to 700-pound range and feed these animals until they reach a marketable weight of about pounds. Cattle feeders in Alberta now ac- count for about 30 per cent of Canada's total beef production. Mr. Gray said extremely high feed costs and high prices for the cattle bought for the feedlots have hit the cattle feeders at a time when the prices for slaughter animals are depressed. The feedlot operator is losing a minimum of per head and as high as for every animal sent to he said. losses are forcing the in- dustry out of Mr. Gray said cattle feeders normally finance their operations with large bank loans but the situation is critical as the cattle sold won't return enough even to pay off the loans. Feeders gone under a some feeders have already gone under. Right we need some guarantee on loans to get these feeders back in business if and when the market Chris secretary of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association in predicted Thursday that cattle on feed during the past summer will never bring a profit for the feeders and this trend will continue for at lest two months. But the high price of feed caused by a world-wide shortage and a devalua- tion of Canadian and U.S. is playing havoc with the Canaidan cattle in- dustry. He feels there definitely will not be a shortage of beef for in fact an in- crease is likely. But there will be a decrease in the number of cattle fattened in Alberta. And this is bad for Alberta. With the high price of feed farmers are sell- ing the feed grains on the international market rather than feeding it to cattle. They are guaranteed a good return by sell- ing the feed grains to an elevator. This will result in more feeder cattle be- ing exported to the U.S. Then to keep the slaughter facilities in Alberta these same cattle will have to be brought back to the adding considerably to the cost of the finished beef product. Mr. Mills said there would definitely be less beef supplied to the eastern Canadian markets from Alberta taking away yet another market for a processed product. Freight rates Adding to the problem of the cattle in- dustry is the system of rail freight rates for primary agricultural products. Mr. Mills said through the Crowsnest rail feed grains are shipped to Van- couver and Thunder Bay cheaply. This means the Canadian wheat board can offer farmers more for the grain since there is less freight involved in getting the grain to export position. But the local cattlemen also has to pay the higher feed grain actually com- peting with cattlemen in other parts of the world the grain. Farmers aren't going to sell their grain crops for less money just to keep the cattlemen he said. Tnis is also causing many grain farmers to drop their cattle feeding es- pecially in Saskatchewan. The farmers there would rather spend their winters curling than working day and night feeding cattle for a loss. The Canadian consumer might start to feel the real crunch in said Mr. Mills. i g I I s I I 8 Keep homes 6 degrees cooler WASHINGTON Energy chief William Simon has ordered a six-degree cut in home heating in the United. States and put service stations' last in line for starting Jan. 15. Simon signed regulations controlling and virtually rationing distribution of oil and its products just before the midnight Wednesday night legal deadline. A copy was ob- tained by The Associated Press. Rules for butane home heating oil and diesel fuel take effect Jan. replacing existing programs in effect until then. The other regulations now are effective and all of them are to be fully applied beginning Jan. 15. The official regulations include many revisions since they were proposed last Dec. but the gasoline-allocation system is virtually un- changed. It assigned top priority to essential services purchasing gasoline in second priority to other businesses purchasing in bulk and the lef- tovers to all others including the service stations.