Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Report says Westerners not By PAUL JACKSON . Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - Official Languages Commissioner Keith Spi-cer has issued a 278-page annual report containing plenty of evidence to show that Western Canadians are not taking the federal government's bilingual-ism policy quite as seriously as they should be. However, many of the complaints Mr. Spicer notes in his report also contain a paragraph or two showing that moves have been made to 'bilingualize' the situation or action has been recommended to ensure that in the predominantly English-speaking West bilingualism does become a fact. The complaints cover not only government services in such institutions as manpower offices, the post office, airports and national parks but also provincial government services and the odd non-government service. For instance, Mr. Spicer has heard from a French-speaking Canadian who is annoyed because Premier Peter Loug-heed's government in Alberta does not provide services in both official languages. A French-Canadian in Vancouver, B.C. claimed he failed his drivers test because he did not understand English well enough. And French-Canadians in Alberta and British Columbia complained about the lack of French language service from Alberta Government Telephones and the British Columbia Telephone Company. The report spent some time discussing the situation at the Winnipeg Manpower and Immigration offices and noted that "as one might expect" bilingual performance in the Winipeg office was "considerably less" than in Montreal or in Ottawa-Hull. Some complaints come from unlikely places and are backed up with some strength. For example, Mr. Spicer said he received a 5,000-signature petition demanding French television service for the Peace River area of Alberta. Action is being taken "on the request and residents should have that service "in the near future." There were complaints about lack of French language service at the Canadian National station in Edmonton. Signs are being replaced and language courses are being considered for employees in the station. There were complaints about lack of French language service at Air Canada ticket offices in Winnipeg and Regina, and a lack of French language reading material on a flight between Edmonton and Winnipeg. in very seriously The RCMP in Western Canada faces "establishment and expansion of institutional bilingualism", according to the report. A French Canadian in Saskatchewan submitted a brief to a government committee complaining about the lack of French in the Mounties on the Prairies. The man "raised complex questions and the RCMP intended to offer concrete solutions by implementing suitable programs," noted the report. The report contains several pages on national parks and historic sites. Basically, action has or is being taken to fuly bilingualize these throughout the country, including the West. Signs, publications and bilingual personnel are generally the action taken or planned, he is concerned with all aspects of bilingualism, not just the major ones. Even government match booklets should have the term. "Close Cover Before Striking" in both languages so that French-speaking Canadians do not run the risk of burning their fingers, he stressed. Peacekeepers scout sites in Vietnam SAIGON (CP-AP) - The chief delegates of the Joint Military Commission (JMC) met today to arrange security for field teams of the International Com. mission of Controls and Supervision (ICCS) who are to police the Vietnam ceasefire. JMC chief delegates of the United States, North and South Vietnam and the Viet Cong met to take up an agenda which also includes arrangements for the completion of U.S. troop withdrawals and prisoner exchanges. The ICCS observers from Canada, Poland, Hungary and Indonesia are already three days behind the schedule specified in the ceasefire agreement for setting up regional headquarters in Hue, Da Nang, Pleiku, Phan Thiet, Bien Hoa, My Tho and Can Tho. Meanwhile, a mixed team of the ICCs headed out into the field today to inspect proposed regional headquarters. Two men from each country on the commission flew to Hue, Da Nang and Pleiku to check accommodations, transportation and communications facilities. Col. Keith MacGregor of the Canadian delegation told reporters at Pleiku that a full team of about 30 members should be there hi two to four days. Sharp issues warning In Ottawa, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said Thursday Canada will do everything hi its power to make the ceasefire work but no one should assume that Canadian observers will stay beyond the initial 60-day limit set by the government.. "In some iniporlanl. aspects the international observer arrangements are unpromising," Mr. Sharp warned as the Commons debated a resolution giving format approval to Canada's participation in the four-nation group set up to observe the ceasefire that went into effect Jan. 27, "T will not prejudice the government's decision." Both Uie Conservative and New Democratic parties served warning, however, I hat they will not allow the government to act witbouut. parliamentary approval after the 60 days expire. In Washington, presidential adviser Henry Kissinger expressed confidence that Saigon is strong enough to meet most military threats without outside help. He spoke only hours after South Vietnam said it might ask for the return of United States air power if the Communists break the ceasefire. In Peking, Premier Chou En-Lai last night hailed the Vieitnam ceasefire agreement as a great victory for China's Vietnamese allies, and called upon Washington and Saigon to refrain from any acts of "procrastination, expansion and sabotage" that could undermine it. Inside [Ro.wJ] Classified .... 20-23 Comics ......... 18 District .......... 3 Editorials ........ 4 Family ...... 16-17 Joan Waterfield, 9 Local News .. 13-14 Markets ........ 19 Sports ........ 10-11 Theatres ........ 9 Travel .......... 15 TV............ 5-3 Weather ......... 2 Workshop ...... 24 low tonight 25, high sat. 30-35; cloudy, cooler VOL. LXVI - No. 45 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS _ 24 PAGES Down to business Robert Clark uses the floor of the Chateau Lacombe hotel in Edmonton Thursday to paste some of his campaign posters together. Mr. Clark, 35, MIA for Olds-Didsbury since o 1960 by-election, i; one of four candidates seeking the leadership of the Alberta Social Credit party. The party's three-day convention opened Thursday and ends with voting for a new leader to replace Harry Strom Saturday. A 21-year-old Lethbridge man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon and pointing a fire-arm following a bizarre shooting incident late last night. Frank Clark Merrick, of 405 Rideau Court, was to appear today in Lethbridge Provincial Court to plea ."-� to the charges. A man carrying a 12 gauge shotgun walked into the city police station at 11:25 p.m. Thursday wliile police were taking a radio call about a shotgun blast fired through the window of the Leonard Rook residence, 1135 29th St. S. Policemen were told to call to the station a person the gun-toting man was searching for. POINTS GUN When the policemen refused, the man pointed the gun at Sgt. Gordon Stevens who was talking on the radio. Sgt. Donald Hunt tried to reason with the man, who then pointed the weapon at Sgt. Hunt's btoma-ch. Sgt. Hunt finally persuaded the man to put the shotgun yn the counter top. Then, as Sgt. Hunt moved towards the gun, the man grabbed it, and a blast was discharged at the floor. Following a short scuffle, Hie man was subdued and taken to police cells. He had 50 shotgun shells in his pocket when arrested, police said today. John Dudas, 528 13th St. N., told police today that someone fired a shot at his car as he was driving down 3rd Ave. late last night. Police confirmed the driver's side of the Dudas vehicle showed evidence of a shotgun blast. BELFAST (AP) - Shooting, bombing and rioting involving both Protestants and Roman Catholics shook Belfast late Thursday night as Northern Ireland appeared heading for new heights of violence. A British soldier was shot dead and a Protestant civilian was critically wounded as the trouble engulfed three areas of the capital. Violence throughout the day and evening carried Northern Ireland's death toll since 1959 to a known 698 and there was every indication that worse was to come, with Ulster's most powerful guerrilla groups on a collision course. The Roman Catholic-orientated Irish Republican Army has declared virtual all-out war on the extremist Protestant Ulster Defence Association (UDA) following the gunshot, slayings of four Catholics since Monday. * Thursday began with a grenade attack on a Catholic workers' bus that look the life of a' 50-year-old father of five and wounded nine others, two seriously. One government source said: "The attack seems to be an act of blatant sectarian violence. If both sides now escalate their attacks on each other the whole province will undoubtedly slide into civil war." The bus raid was believed the work of a Protestant guerrilla group. Britain's Northern Ireland administrator. William Whitelaw, in Parliament Thursday branded the latest wave of violence as "bestial." He travelled to Belfast late Thursday night for a briefing on the situation. Socreds gear to vote on new leader EDMONTON (Staff) - A sea of posters, brightly - colored hats, ribbons, buttons and badges extolling the virtues of four leadership candidates herald that the 38th annual Alberta Social Credit League convention is more than an ordinary annual meeting. Political enemies have spoken of the gathering as a search for an undertaker to bury the movement that William Ab?r-hart built on the hardships and discontent of the depression and propelled to power in 1935. Thirty - six years and two premiers later, Social Credit was finally ousted from power by Peter Lougheed's aggressive Conservatives. Thursday, Alberta Socreds gathered in Edmonton's teau Lacombe only for th_ ond time in their history choose their fourth leader. Balloting isn't until Saturday afternoon, but subdued hoopla had already broken out on ths Cha-sec-to first day. That is expected to increase Saturday when the bulk of the 2.000 delegates is expected to arrive. About 800 had registered Thursday. FINAL ADDRESS In his final address as leader, former premier Harry Strom, the only Alberta Social Credit leader ever to suffer an electoral defeat, spoke of the transition from a "responsible government to a responsive opposition" and the task to rebuild a fallen party. Mi-. Strom, looking grand-fatherly with short - cropped gray hair and metal - rimmed spectacles, sounded tired as he related that "one of the very pleasant surprises as we travelled from constituency to constituency was that they all planned to send the full complement of delegates." Old party sentiments dominated a resolution session. Resolution one pledged loyalty to the Queen. 1 Resolution two congratulated Mr. Strom for his four years of leadership. Resolution three extended thanks to Orvis Kennedy, who retired last year after many years service in a number of party positions. Another resolution called for an 48 - hour blackout of news and advertising before a provincial election. It recalled the black eye Alberta got for an attempt to muzzle the press during the Manning era. MANNING ABSENT Senator Ernest Manning - who retired in 1968 the undefeated hero of a quarter century of Social Credit government-was absent, although his son Preston is here wearing a Werner Schmidt button. A telegram brought greetings from national Socred leader Real Caouette. Al Hancock, 66, a retired Raymond resident, privately talked ud the contents of a brief called "Social Credit plan for Alberta," but doubted whether his philosophy of mon-tary reform would be any more appealing to delegates than it was in 1988 when he circulated a similar pamphlet. Things picked up Thursday evening when the television lights moved in for an all-candidates forum, lighting placards that read "People first Bob Clark," "Ludwig for Leader," 'It's Schmidt for the Future of Social Credit," and "Al-bertans building together Gordon Taylor." White Schmidt straw hats slightly outnumbered green Clark cowboy hats in the crowded auditorium. Mr. Strom, looking fresher than he had in the afternoon, urged delegates to pick a leader who can "re - organize, re - vitalize and propose policies in line with Social Credit philosophy." Leighton Buckwell, MLA for Fort Macleod, introduced Werner Schmidt as the bright new image needed for the job. Hyiiiii dropped at Socred convention EDMONTON' (CP) - The 33lh - annual convention of the Alberta Social Credit League opened with a new format Thursday. For the first time in the party's history the hymm, ''o God Our Help In Ages Past" was not sung at opening cere-monieis. League president William Johnson said, in an interview, the hymm was deliberately dropped. Some delegates, likely would complain, he said, but there were traditions that couldn't live forever. Another change in the format is that all sessions -this year are open to the news media. In the past, parts of convention programs were restricted to delegates only. Insurance fund low OTTAWA (CP) - The Commons manpower committee rode over Conservative objections Thursday to approve a bill to remove an $800 - million limit on advances to the unemployment insurance account. It now goes back to the Commons for third reading. Justice Minister Otto Lang testified that passage of the bill is urgent because the government will have no funds to pay unemployment insurance claimants after Feb. 7. ]ttawa to assist '-antes projects New police guideline shoot first By DAN SLOVITT Canadian Press Staff Writer A spokesman for Canadian policemen suggests that shoot first and ask questions later could become a police officers guideline when confronting crime suspects. Constable Sid Brown of Toronto, president of the Canadian Police Association, said Thursday night the fatal shooting of a Toronto constable earlier in the day-the second in less than a month and the fourth within the last year-could lead police to think about shooting first and trien asking the questions. Constable Leslie Maitland, 3b\ died from gunshot wounds as lie questioned a bank holdup suspect. The constable's holster was found with his revolver still in it. The police shootings have echoed across the country just as the House of Commons faces a bill that would extend for five years a ban on hanging except, for murders of policemen and prison guards. SAYS KILLING AWFUL In Ottawa, Solicitor-General Warren Allniand said the killing is an "awful thing" and added it may harden opinion about capital punishment. Mr. Allmand was one of a number of MPs who felt that execution of murderers would not stop such killings, that the death penalty was not a deferent. The Commons is expected to vote next, week on whether to give second reading to the governments bill to extend the capital punishment ban except in the case of the murder of police officers and prison guards. Constable Maitland, a six- year veteran of the Metropolitan Toronto police force, died after being shot twice in the chest from four feet away as he questionel a man believed lo have stolen $1,800 from an east-end branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Police are holding Rene Vaillancourt, 24, of Montreal, on charges of capital murder, bank robbery and auto theft. He leaves his wife Pauline, a three-year-old child and another aged lO'monfhs. Mrs. .Maitland is expecting their third child. Rapeseed ruling appealed The test case in which a Trochu farmer was convicted of over-delivery of rapeseed will be appealed. Representative of Charlie Siltata, found guilty Jan. 5 of delivering more rapeseed to a Lethbridge crushing plant than his quota allowed, said today the new trial date will be set in Lethbridge district court; March (i. The. case set a precedent supporting the federal government's quota system. OTTAWA (CP) - . Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa has a s s u re d Prime Minister Trudeau that the federal gov-, eminent will not be responsible for any deficits incurred by the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, and as a result Mr. Trudeau said Ottawa now is prepared to act on a request for special coins and stamps. The Olympic committee had asked for issues of coins and' stamps-along with an anual lottery-to help raise money for the games, now estimated to cost 310 million. The prime minister told the Commons today the question of a lottery is still under consideration. Mr. Trudeau has been saying for some time that the federal government would not approve production of stamps and Coins until he had guarantees that the taxpayer will not; be forced to pick up deficits. He said that between 2,000 and 3,000 dwelling units will be required for the games and this can result in Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation contributing between $26 million and $54 million. Seen and heard About town * * * pR'ANCES MIKLOS, 82 years young today, observing that in all the years she has read The Herald, she has never seen her name in Seen and Heard . . . Des Hamilton warning pedestrians that his wife Fran is learning how lo drive.