Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
SNOW FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 10 ABOVi The Letkbtidge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3. 1971 BUSINESS AS USUAL Prime Minister Trudeau (bottom) and Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield Leak to reporters in Ottawa following Mr Tru- New oil system backed TEHRAN (AP) Ten oil-pro- ducing countries backed a pro- posal by the Shah of Iran to- night that they legislate to raise the price of their oil unilater- ally. The shah told a news confer- ence the legislation would be based on the one recently adopted by Venezuela but it did not mean all countries would in- crease prices and taxes by the same figure. Addressing a special meeting of the Organization of Petro- leum Exporting Countries, the shah said the six Persian Gulf oil states were demanding a price that would raise their in- come from a barrel of oil to The gulf countries currently earn about a barrel on a posted price of The shah's proposal followed the breakdown of price negotia- tions between the gulf countries and the world's oil companies. The shall said that in view of the breakdown, "I now suggest that the countries of this region should adopt a system which would be rational and reasona- ble." He said it is a system that has "precedents in other areas" and ensures the stability and confi- dence which is the objective of consuming countries. He said it is a system in ac- cord with United Nations safe- guards of sovereign rights and independence. Sharp tongues blister govt. revamping problem crops up APOLLO 14 EVENTS Diagram shows two events which will take piace Thursday during the Apollo 14 lunar voyage. The Saturn rocket which boosted Apollo 14 to- ward the moon was fired Sunday toward a lunar collision Thursday. The spacecraft is scheduled to go into lunar orbit Thursday, preparing the astronauts for exploration the next day on the moon's surface. OTTAWA (CP) Ths opposi- tion threw some of its sharpest tongues into the fray Tuesday before stopping to catch its breath in Commons debate over the government's reorganization bill. The bill received second read- ing after six days of withering criticism from all opposition pa-ties, but not before Opposi- tion Leader Robert Stanfield and former prime minister John Diefenbaker delivered some last-minute shots. The wide-ranging piece of leg- islation would allow the govern- ment to create up to five new ministries without the approval of Parliament. Mr. Diefenbaker said it was another step towards turning Woman's body encased in ice identified CALGARY (CP) The body of a woman who was found en- cased in ice on the city's out- skirts Sunday has been identi- fied as that of Elaine Smith, 38. She was reported missing 2% months ago. Police did not say where she was from or how she died. sneak to reporters m deau's from the Commonwealth Conference in Singapore. Mr. S.anfield reminded the prime minister of the challenges at home earlier in the Commons. U.S. irritation mounts Thant War Measures paws- way Act may heal Quebec split By IAN PORTER OTTAWA (CP) Secretary of State Gerard Pel- letier believes use of the War Measures Act last October may leave public opinion in Quebec less badly split than it was following the provincial election six months earlier. "Polarization of opinion" has been a theme recently emphasi2ed by Quebec critics of the War Measures proclamation and attendant police action. In an interview this week, however, Mr. Pelleher answered that most Quebec citizens appear to have ac- cepted the government action as an exceptional re- sponse to an exceptional situation. "I don't think the trauma will have he said "The damage was not of a major nature." Even the critics, he suggested, are finding that "the danger to freedom was not as serious as they believed." Danger remains At the same time, he added, the danger remains that the Front de Liberation du what- ever's left of attempt to force the government to maintain emergency police powers beyond the April 31 deadline set by Parliament. The minister said he had heard that young uni- versity theoreticians now are talking of the need to prevent the fall crisis from disappearing into history as merely an episode and to provoke a continuing climate of repression. "If there should be a new flare-up of terrorism, forcing the government to prolong the emergency powers, then we could reach a danger he said. The possibility is there if only because it is easier lo organize a political kidnapping than, it is to solve unemployment, he said. But meanwhile, federalism in Quebec might be in an even stronger position than it was following the election victory of Liberal Premier Robert Bourassa last April 29. At that time the separatist Parti Quebecois won close to 24 per cent of the popular vote. An election held now, Mr. Pelletier said, might show the separatists to have lost voters. For himself, Mr. Pelletier said his conclusion that the government would have to take decisive action was reached in the "painful 24 hours" following the kid- napping Oct. 5 of British trade commissioner James Cross. His Icgic was similar to that of Prime Minister government could not afford to negotiate with the terrorists for the release of common-law criminals in exchange for Mr. Cross. The question he put to friends in Montreal was whether they could en- vision "the government going through this every two Mr. Pelletier said ho was "fully conscious of the consequences" of the decision. "I was always confident we would pet back Cross, but not Pierre Laporte." Mr. minister of labor in Quebec, was kid- napped a week later and found murdered Oct. 17. Both Mr. Laporte and Mr. Pelletier had worked as journalists in Quebec before entering politics. Mr. Laporte, Ilic minister said, "was my first boss when he was a dcskmati at Montreal's Le Devoir." UNITED NATIONS (CP) Secretary-General U Thant has provided the machinery under which the Middle East ceasefire that is to end at midnight Fri- day night can be extended. The secretary-general issued a carefully-worded appeal Tues- day which did not mention a tune limit for a continuation of the "quiet" of the Suez canal that has lasted since last Au- gust. Diplomatic observers felt that Thant's action probably was enough to assure the continua- tion of the ceasefire. It was made after intensive negotia- tions during the last few days and virtually at the request of Egypt. Egypt, however, refused to give any indication Tuesday night what its response, if any, will be. SHOWS SOME HOPE Thant expressed in his state- ment cautious optimism about the Middle East negotiations under Gunnar Jarring, the UN's Mideast envoy. Thant's statement called on all parties in the Middle East to "withhold fire, exercise military restraint and to maintain the quiet which has prevailed in the area since August, 1970." The ceasefire had a three- month deadline when it started in August and when it was ex- tended in November. It had a one-month limit after its exten- sion Jan. 5. WASHINGTON (Reuter) Irritation mounted in .Congress today at the U.S. government's continued silence on events in Indochina, where South Viet- namese and U.S. forces are be- lieved poised to widen the war in Laos. Concern at developments in the war was strongest in the Senate foreign relations com- mittee, some of whose members fear President Nixon is on the point of escalating the conflict. Government officials pers- isted in their refusal to discuss what is happening on the border between South Vietnam and Laos, where South Vietnamese troops are reported massed for an invasion of Laos with the aid of U.S. air power. The Washington Post reported today South Vietnamese ground troops were massed near the Laotian border Tues- day, "preparing to raid Viet- namese Communist bases and supply lines in Laos with U.S. air support. "Operating with them, U.S. sources unofficially acknowl- edged, is a screening force about American troops, who are under instructions to halt at the Laotian border when cross-border operations the newspaper said. The impression left by reports Hinton go on strike HINTON (CP) Employees of the Woodlands division of Northwestern Pulp and Power Ltd. went on strike today. Woodlands divisio- manager Jim Clark ssaid the 217 affect- ed employees "are not working in the bush." The strike officially started at 6 a.m. when truckers did not appear for work. that have filtered out of the war zone and the hints and remarks of officials here was that, up to Tuesday night, the thrust into Laos had not yet begun. U.S. Defence Secretary Mel- gress Tuesday, emphasized that "there will be no American ground combat forces operating in Laos or Cambodia. But State Secretary William .ogers, Laird and others have _ -.Lcuiijr ntci vin Laird, while refusing to S said there are no restrictions on shed light on what is going on the use of U.S. air power any- when he was button-holed by re- porters in a corridor of Cos- Seen and heard About town fARTH BOUND Francis Weasel Fat telling Caen BIy, "I'll play goalie for a girls' hockey team if you guide me to the net." Cathie Stead receiving a rose for her birthday only to have it eaten by the cat. til's UOO vit v.tj, where in Indochina. FULL SUPPORT SAIGON (AP) The United States is providing air support to South Vietnamese ground forces in a new drive to crush North Vietnamese and Viet Cong base camps and sanctu- aries inside Cambodia, it was disclosed tonight. South Vietnamese officials said the U.S. has given full air support, including helicopter gunships, medical evacuation helicopters and aerial supply drops. There are no U.S. ground troops taking part in the opera- tions, the officials said. Parliament into a "decorative nullity." It would also permit the gov- ernment to add a dozen or more parliamentary eral MPs who receive an extra 000 a year for helping minis- ters-to the government's cur- rent list of 16. Mr. Stanfield called them "jobs for the boys." Another section would give pensions of varying sizes to pub- lic sen-ants retiring or being laid off after the age of 50. Stanley Know'es nipeg North Centre) called it "mean, ugly and despicable" because it meant the govern- ment could get rid of employees at 50 by paying them only 20 per cent pensions. Even what has been called the motlrahofld section of the bill creation of a department of the on barbed words. Frank Howard called it 'win- dow-dressing." The bill will undergo clause- by-clause analysis in committee of the whole, starting today. D1EF GLOWERS Mr. Diefenbaker, glowering and pointing with menace afore- thought to the government front benches, called the bill "another rtep in the direction of a deliberate and calculated deg- radation of Parliament." Not satisfied with the largest cabinet in Canadian history, the government was now setting up "the greatest political gravy train in Canadian history." Those Liberal backbenchers who would be rewarded with po- sitions as parliamentary secre- taries would be "those who practise obsequious cringing and servile inde- pendence of government MPs would lose more ground to "that supine majority that bows to the prime minister." "The sun will not shine for those who disagree." The government, he said, had tried to deceive Canadians by introducing such Machiavellian legislation connected to an anti- pollution measure, but he would not be bamboozled. Mr. Knowles said he was in favor of public servants being eligible for retirement at 50, but the fact that the government could force these people to re- tire on a 20 per cent pension was depiorabie. The government would use the pension to justify its layoffs, he said. HOUSTON (AP) Abnormal battery readings were recorded in the Apollo 14 lunar module tcday hut ground controllers were not immediately sure whether they signalled a prob- lem or were just faulty read- ings. The problem was revealed while astronauts slept, just hours before their ship was to swing into orbit around the moon. The command ship and the lander were in the grasp of lunar gravity and heeded to- ward a Thursday morning orbit. Mission Control Centre said the astronauts might be awak- ened ahead of schedule today and that two of them might be sent into the module to check the No official announcement was made but sources reported the difficulty was with one of two batteries in the ascent stage of the module the astronauts call An tares. The batteries are the power source for the flight that is to lift the astronauts from the lunar surface Saturday after- noon. The word came as astronauts Alan B. Shepard, Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Ropsa started a nine-hour sleep period, resting for the gruelling days ahead in the vicinity of the moon. Shepard and Mitchell earlier today had entered the lunar ship through a connecting tun- nel, and after a inspec- tion Shepard pronounced it "im- maculate." Workers own to bits BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) A blast and fire ripped through a Thiokol Chemical Co. munitions factory today and a number of persons were killed or injured. Private planes and helicopters were pressed into service to fly survivors to hospitals. One pilot estimated that about 30 persons were "blown to bits" but there was no way to con- firm this immediately. Survivors at the plant esti- mated about 100 were injured. Trudeau cools off red-hot debate OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau appears to have taken some of the heat out of a red-hot debate over a million government proposal aimed at hiring 250 French-speaking uni- versity graduates in the public service this year. The prime minister, fielding questions on the issue for the first time Tuesday, faced a for- midable display of Commons opposition before running head- long into curious reporters fol- lowing a later cabinet meeting. The opposition accuses the government of conciving and carrying out in secret an unan- nounced plan to spend million of the taxpayers' money on a special program to recruit 250 French-speaking graduates this year. Mr. Trudeau gave the same Slapped soldier dies MSHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) Charles H. Kuhl, an American soldier Gen. George S. Patton slapped in a Sicilian hospital during the Second World War, has died in the obscurity he sought for 27 years. Kuhl, a sweeper in a factory here, died Sunday of a heart attack but his death was made public only Tuesday. He was 55. "I tried to forget Kuhl said in an interview last March after the movie Patton had spotlighted him again. The colorful Patton lost command of the United States 7th Army as a result of the slapping incident. He spent six months in England, then became commander of the 3rd Army and again made headlines in an armored dash across Europe that helped crush the German enemy. Patton was killed in an auto accident in December, 1M5, after the war had ended. "I think he was a great gen- Kuhl said in the inter- view. "I think he went a little bit over his needs, personally, I mean he was a glory hunter. I think at the time it hap- pened, I think he was pretty CHAULES KUHL well worn out pretty well shot himself. I think he was suffering a little battle fatigue himself." Kuhl said as he remem- bered the incident that Patton came to his hospital bed in Palermo in late 1943 and told him: "I don't know how a mother could raise such a sissy or coward." Kuhl, who had served in the North African invasion and later was a part of Ihe Nor- mandy invasion, said Patlon slapped him with a pair of riding gloves and "kicked me in the fanny." He said it was discovered later that he was suffering from malaria, and that Pnttnn apologized to him personally and told him he hadn't known how sick Kuhl was. Kulil is survived by his wife Garnet, whom he married 13 years after the slapping inci- dent. basic reply in the Commons that he later gave reporters. The government had decided last November-in make up to million available if an acceptable program for re- cruiting French-speaking gradu- ates could be developed. The plan was kept secret because it would take effect only if suita- b 1 e recruitment procedures were found. The public service commis- sion then began carrying out cabinet's decision by issuing a confidential memorandum ask- ing how this plan could best be executed. The memo, which contained a caution that the plan was not to be announced, was leaked to a reporter, seized on by the oppo- sition and used as ammunition against the government last week while Mr. Trudeau was returning from the Singapore Commonwealth prime minis- ters' conference. Mr. Trudeau told reporters that the issue was not a "very good wicket" for the opposition. A total of graduates would be hired in the public service this year and only 250 French- speaking graduates were cov- ered by the proposal. A reporter told Mr. Trudeau that in his absence last week cabinet ministers did not seem to know anything about the plan. "Well, I didn't either, and no you don't under- stand anything. The ministers didn't know anything about the plan. The plan was a secret do- cument of the public service commission trying to work out a suitable arrangement." Alberta never in free trade deal EDMONTON (CP) An agreement to set up a free trade area in the three Prairie Provinces lell through because Alberta was waiting for im- plementation of the federal marketing act, Premier Harry Strom said here. Earlier, Premier Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan said the agreement, proposed last December at a meeting of the Indians stone buildings in plane blast protest Prairie Economic Council, fell through because Alberta back- ed out. "We were never Mr. Strom said. He said his province was not going to let Saskatchewan or Manitoba poultry products into Alberta and "create chaotic conditions for our farmers." Mr. Strom said Alberta had not agreed to the proposal, but had only agreed to consider it. Premier Thatcher said the free trade area, to be effec- tive, would need to include all three prairie proinvces and that Manitoba and Saskatche- wan could not successfully op- erate it aione. NEtf DELHI (AP) Several hundred Indians stoned the Pak- istan high commission building today in protest against the de- struction of an Indian airliner by Kashmiri hijackers in West Pakistan. In Jammu, Ihe winter capita! of Kashmir State, a protest closed all shops and schools. A Pakistani spokesman said several members of the high commission staff were hurt but none seriously. Police drove the demonstrators away with tear gas. India banned nights by Paki- stani military planes over its territory in retaliation for the destruction of the airliner. Pakistan's foreign office de- plored the hurnin.c of the 51.14 million aircraft at Lalwre air- port Tuesday night as it was negotiating for its release and return to India. The incident set off a new cri- sis in relations between Mia and Pakistan, which have fought too wars over Kashmir. The ban on Pakistani military nights further isolates the two parts of Pakistan, separated by miles of Indian territory, but apparently civilian aircraft were not affected.