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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta CflLBCR1 FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 15-20 ABOVE The lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 45 LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Ottawa begins all-out drive to woo West Hy PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Tnidcau's government appears to he in the midst of a campaign to woo the west. And sonic people don't like it. For instance, within days of the announcement that tlie government intended to build a new million mint in Winnipeg, an Ottawa newspaper came out with a vigorous and biting editorial that just about summed up many people's feelings here. The editorial de- clared that Canada can only have one capital city. That city must be Ottawa. A policy of wholesale decentral- ization was foolish and would lead to a "muddle of madness beyond all present imagination." It wasn't just the matter of relocating the mint that sparked that editorial. For some time now there has been a growing awareness in Ottawa that no longer will the headquarters and operations of all gov- ernment departments and agencies be located here. Last year the government announced that the Can- ada Development Corporation, thai bold and imagina- tive agency that wiU soon start injecting the first of bil- lions of dollars into Canadian industry, would be lo- cated in Vancouver. That was perhaps the most daz- zling jewel lo appear in the crown for some lime. And Ottawa had expected to keep it. Earlier this year. Otto Lang, tlie minister respon- sible for the wheat board, told fanners the government had decided to give them something they had been de- manding for years, a two-price system tor wheat. What's more, Mr. Lang pointed mil that even though fanners wl! gel s higher price for wheat sold on tlie doirestic market, it wouldn't mean price hikes for con- sumer-. Ottawa will foot the entire bill through direct subsidies. Playing up lo West Within days of that announcement, came another move from Ottawa should till farmers full of glee. Mr. Lang and Tradr. Minister Jean-Luc Pepin announc- ed the selling up or a government market develop- ment prcgiu1" f" grail1- :TC] oilseeds. Under Ibis pro- yrain, P whole range of mclbods lo assisl expansion of the industry will he made available lo various groups and oiganizations. There have been other nioves the Trudeau ad- ministration which indicate a growing aw areness of the West. One was the ill-fated prairie grains stabilization bill. Another was the farm marketing legislation. Of course, these bills have met stiff opposition from cer- tain quarters. But the government stands firm on ils premise that they would aid the. farmer in battling cer- tain economic woes. When u> cabinet ..hiifNr Inle .inn'iary cairn', Uiere was renewed evidence of the prime minister's interest in the West. Mr. Lang, who most people thought was in Mr. Trudeau's bad books, was elevated from being manpower and immigration minister to justice minislcr. What's more, lo show that western interests would still IK served, the Saskatchewan MP held on lo lus wheat hoard responsibilities. Also. Pat Mahoncy, the MP (or Calgary South, was appointed a minister of stale in the cabinet. He had been parliamentaiy secrclary to former finance min- ister Edgar Benson. Mr. Mahoney, of course, comes from some of the most vigorous anti-Liberal territory in the country The home of the oil barons of Alberta, So docs Mr. Lang. In fact, the new justice min- ister, tlie former dean of law at the University of Saskalchcan, is Ihe only MP from that province the Liberals currently have in the House of Commons. Perhaps enough reason to keep Mr. Lang in the cabi- net, but hardly the reason to make him justice minister, Election strategy? Obviously, there arc reasons for Mr. Trudcau's keen interest in the Wosi. Cynics might say it is solely elec- tion slralegy. Wiih (.he exception of British Columbia ivlicre the Literals appear lo be strong and healthy, I ho west has soul only a sparse selection of MPs to populate Ottawa. It miqht be said thai if Mr. Trudeau couldn't capture the West or at least tlie prairie. provinces in thost1 golden days of Ihe sweep, he certainly can't hope1 lo do any better next time unless he gives a con.sidcrahk1 ;mimml. Cynics aside, others, such as Winnipeg South Centre AfP E. B. Osier, claim that the government's current policies simply show thai Mr. Trudoau and his fellow Literals understand Ihe problems of Ihe West belter Ibnn am one Ht-t1. Hoi tor even Mian John Dicfcnbaker during his peak vcar.v Mr. predicts thai (be West 'nil pain much ii'.oro. in future from Mr. Tnideau. However, it is knuun that some cabinet ministers and Liberal election strategists feel frustrated by the West. They can't understand why they can't win seats on the prairies. And they can't understand why Die prime minister insists on spending so much time dis- cussing Wesl's problems. Especially when it is so barren for them. Could it be dial Mr. Trudeau wanU to be all things lo all men'' In the Kasl, he presses forward with his pulley of bilingunlism. That's a policy Westerners can't understand. In I lie We.il, he perplexes Ka.slern MPs by pushing foruard policies nf Whether he does lus eye on tin; or simply hn un- derstands teller than anyone Ihe and needs ol different areas of Canada, one I lung is sure an ad- minislralion keen on building up Ihe West can't do us harm. CANADIANS AT CEREMONY Karen Magnussen leads the Canadian delegation in- to the Makomanai Ice Stadium at ceremony marking the opening of the Winler Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan. Catholics defy appeals to From Al'-REUTF.K BELFAST (CP) Northern Ireland's Roman Cal.iiolic-ba.sed Civil Rights Association defied lonight appeals from priests and politicians and decided to hold a silent protest march Sunday de- spile the risk of more blood- shed. The march will be staged in Newry, a mainly Roman Catho- lic town close Lo the border with Hie Irish Republic The organizers say il is in- tended as a tribute "to lllosc who died (or democracy during a similar march in Londonderry last Sunday." The Newry march, as was that in Londonderry, is illegal under terms of the Northern Ireland government's ban on processions. 13 KILLED Thirteen civilians died in Lon- donderry in an outburst of shooting after British para- troops mom] in and Sunday's march turned inln a riot Kevin McCory. .spokesman for the Civil Rights Association, said any riot or bloodshed in Newny would he the responsibil- ity of the British army. Tlie Brilish government has warned (he civil rights group that it will slick to ils policy of banning all such to protest the Ulster govern- ment's inlerniuenl-withoul-trial if Sunday's proces- Opposition may have bills passed EDMONTON iCP) Opposi- tion MLAs may have their bills debaled and passed in future sessions of the legislature, I-ou Hyndman, government house leader, said Wednesday. Mr. Hyiidman, the education minislcr, said a "sound and worthwhile" bill might be look- ed at by the administration and "possibly become a govern- ment bill He told a service club lunch- eon lhal. the government will look at the possibility ot debat- ing opposition bills in (lie legis- lature. A decision is expected to be reached by tbe end of the next session of the legislature which starts March 2 he add- ed. Allison dies after attack WINNIPEG (CP) W. Car. lyle Allison, fonncr edilnrial and public affairs direclov nf W i n r. i p e g television station C.IAY-TV, died W c d n c s d a y nighl in hospital after suffering a nllack al his home. He was W. Me was a former newspaper man and member of the Uoard of Hrondcasl Governors, fore- runner of Ihe Canadian Radio- Television Commission. sion is held, tlie security lorcos will break it. up. Defence Becreiary Lord of Britain warned in London Uiat such a would he potentially dangcnms. About 30.000 Roman Catholics assembled in Londonderry Wednesday for Ihe funerals of the 13 killed by B-itish soldiers last Sunday. There were emelinnal scenes at the graveside as >'.omeu col- lapsed, wailing their The British cabinet would welcome intervention by world leaders In persuade Roman Catholics lo call off further ille- gal marches in Northern Ire- land, a government source dis- closed in London today. This highly-placed informant said he believes Prime Minis- ter Trudeau can play a special persuasive role because of his own background and his expe- rience in dealing with the Que- bec situation Sadai, seeks Russian, okay to resume limited >var MOSCOW (API President Anwar Sadat of Egypt opened talks v.-ilh Soviet leaders loday, and informed sources in Bcinll paid lie will press for approval for his troops lo resume liinilcd hostilities across Ihe Suez canal. Sadat is also expected lo ask for more military aid, particu- larly offensive weapons tor strikes deep into Israel in view of Hie United Slates agreement lo resume selling Phantom fighter-bombers to the Jewish slate. Wilh anti-Soviet feeling rising in Egypl and Hie Arab world, Sadat is evpcctod lo put the So- friendship and ro-operation treaty of last May lo the lest. He saifl before he Ml Egypl that Ihe Moscow lalks will help him determine when lo lake action In recover Ihe Israeli-occupied Sinai De- sort ai'd Ilia! a decision on an offensive he made on his return. The sources in Beirut said a resumption of limited hostilities across Ihe canal, where a cease- fire has been in effect since Au- gust, 1970, would focus Egyptian and Arab allcntion on the battle with Israel, provide Sadat more lime for manoeuvring and re- furbish his image with Egyptian students demanding military ac- lion. Death threat at Olympics SAPPORO, Japan i to on druq offences Edmonton man dies in fire EDMONTON7 (CP) Peter McCulIoch, 22. of Edmonton died early today in a fire that destroyed his one-storey home. Mr. McC'.illoclis wife and three-nionlh-o 1 d baby were slaying wilh relatives at the lime of (lie lire, which was spoiled by a police constable making bis rounds in the neigh- borhood. 11} PAL'I, JACKSON ller.ild Ollawa luuvnii OTTAWA Alberta's var- ious police forces reported Hint more offences involving LSD occurred in Alberta in 1970 than in any other western prov- ince. The supplied Ixilh Ihe liC.MP and various In i-iil police forces, show thai Ml offences involving! nr- euiTcd in Ihe province in lasl. year for which ,lro The- figures nre those for which police invrstigalion 'proved' to llie salisfaclion of police lhal llie oflenci1 did a< lually lake plai'c. Comiclions are. nol noted. British Columbia had tlie sec- ond largest, number of LSD of- fences al 687. Manitoba was (bird wilh 301, Saskatchewan fourth al nn. On a baMS, po- lice rejKirled lolal of some drug offences iu IB70. Tile offences cover four Ciite- pm-ies of drugs: marijuana, controlled drugs knoun iiddielive opiaU1 like drugs In Ihe west, British Columbia had the liJLiiest combined num- Ivr uf drug offences a! Albcrl.'i was second a! 2.-H10. Saskatchewan Ihird al 8M and Maniloba in last place at 722. On a general basis, mari- juana (eannabis) was the most 'troublesome dnig. British Co- lumbia police forces reported offences. Albcdj I.MO, Saskatchewan Ihird ai fifti and Maniloba again last al In Ihe opiale-hkc drug calc- gon, Brili.sh Columbia again reported more offences Ihan any oilier provinces in the wesl. II reported Ml eases. AI- herla reported 102 cases, Mani- lobn .17 and Snskalchewan .11. Alberta was .igain top ot the li.'.l in "ffcncc.s involving (lie controlled drugs. Tlie prov- ince's various police forecs re- ported 174 offences in Ihis ca- legory. British Columbia re- ported 143, Saskafehean 57 and Manitoba 21. A breakdown of in- die-ales lhal. IB? iidiill Albcrla males were charged wilh of- fences involving marijuana in ami K adiill females were Some 2'2 juvenile fe- males and 12 hoys were also charged witJi offences in this category. In the LSD category, .110 adull Alberta males were charged. :lf) adult females. 14 jmcuile boys and seven girls. Seen and heard About town expert So- phia Harr buying W of banqiiet liekels from Kclna Sam! and asking for all her change Irom a hill in fives (leimmil exilll.- ining his new report card and cmning to llie eor.eliisioii Ihey look imre like cheques ail the lime .lannie den llonn d.niming she doesn't like fishing and she isn't fame so why should she lo l.he. fu-Ji juxi K.mio Ixmquct. ;