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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February in brief AM A supports Stephenson EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Medical Association has offially supported Dr. Bete Stephenson, president of the Canadian Medical Association, in her criticism' of Canada's abortion laws. Dr. Richard Hatfield, AMA president, in a telephone interview from Calgary, said Saturday his board of direc- tors voted unanimously Fri- day to support Dr. Stephen- son's criticism of the abortion laws made recently in a speech at Toronto. "We feel that the statements made in the speech by Dr. Stephenson very accurately reflect the present difficulties which doc- tors are placed in following legislation regarding abor- he said. Elvis 'not seriously' ill MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Singer Elvis Presley has in- testinal blockage from a twisted lower colon but is not in pain and will not require surgery, his doctor said Satur- day. "We have found no evidence of other diseases and certain- ly not hepatitis or cancer or leukemia that some of his con- cerned fans and friends have been worried said Dr. George Nichopoulos. Presley has been secluded in an 18th floor suite at Bap- tist Hospital that he entered at 4 a.m. Thursday. A hospital spokesman said the early hour was chosen to avoid publicity and confusion. Nichopoulos said Presley Will be out of the' hospital "within a few days" and will require further treatment "probably for several weeks." Ulster referendum 'useless' BILL GROENEN photo Only a blanket of snow With only a blanket of snow to keep them warm, two friends wait, backs to the north wind, for the return of warmer weather to their field near LCC. They could have a long wait, according to Kenyon Field fore- casters. They see no change in the current sub-zero conditions for at least the next two or three days. Tax bill needs quick approval Grit asks probe of parole officer EDMONTON (CP) Jack Pickett, president of the Liberal Party of Alberta, said Sunday that Grant Spiro, head of the National Parole Service in Calgary, should be investigated. Mr. Pickett, in a telegram to Solicitor General Warren Allmand, said Mr. Spiro had announced an internal investigation following dis- closure by a Calgary news- paper of confidential parole service documents. The documents showed that Phillipe Gagnon was "ex- tremely dangerous" and "a threat to the community" before his release from prison. Gagnon was killed Dec. 20 in a gun battle with police in Calgary after he kill- ed a detective and wounded six other officers. Mr. Pickett, in the telegram said Mr. Spiro should be investigated because the "public have a right" to the information con- tained in the documents that were released by the new- spaper. He said the documents showed that parole officials in Calgary, Gagnon's psy- chiatrist and a John Howard Society worker were concern- ed about Gagnon's mental condition prior to his release June 18, 1974, from Drumheller Penitentiary. "If information contained in these documents is correct, then Grant Sprio should be asked to explain to the Cana- dian public how Gagnon was Mr. Pickett said. Soldier killed RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE NICOSIA (AP) The United Nations peacekeeping force said Sunday that a Turkish soldier was killed during the night in a "major violation" of 'the Cyprus ceasefire. TEEN BURGER TUESDAY Teen Burger Reg. TUESDAY ONLY Available at Both Locations 210-3rd Ave. South 1607 Mayor Magrath Drive OTTAWA (CP) With an eye on the approaching deadline for income tax returns, the government has set aside this week for debate on its 287-page omnibus tax bill. The pressure is heightened by the fact that the tax return forms, already printed and mailed, contain some provisions net yet approved by Parliament. Returns must be mailed to the government by April 30. "It's that said a privy council spokesman. "It has to be passed and pass- ed bloody quickly." The bill is an amalgam of measures proposed in the Nov. 18 budget. Included are measures aimed at the in- dividual taxpayer as well as at the corporate giants and just about every income level between. The problem lies in the fact that second reading began only last Tuesday, and by week's end there had been less than 10 hours of debate on the proposed legislation. Once second reading, ap- proval in principle, is done, the Commons will sit in com- mittee of the whole for clause- by-clause consideration and possible amendment. There are 142 clauses in the bill, many with complicated sections and sub-sections that could promote lengthy debate. But Government House Leader Mitchell Sharp suggests the bill could have final Commons approval in six or seven days. Finance Minister John Turner, however, he does not want to go through the bill too quickly. The bill would, among other things, reduce personal in- come taxes by a minimum of and a maximum of for 1974 and a minimum of 200 and a maximum of for 1975. It also would exempt from taxation any income, up to 000, from interest on savings accounts, dividends or private pension plans. Taxpayers would be permitted tax-free savings of annually, up to a total of for purchase of their first home. Also included are hotly-con- tested proposals to tax royalties paid by petroleum companies. This led to a con- stitutional battle between Ot- tawa and the oil-producing provinces, but Alberta, the major producer, since has made some concessions. NDP brimming with optimism OTTAWA (CP) The Ulster question will not be included in a referendum to be presented to the British peo- ple sometime in the spring or early summer on Britain's continued membership in the European Common Market, says British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Speaking Sunday on the CTV program Question Period, taped during Mr. Wilson's re- cent visit here, he said a referendum on the British position in Northern Ireland would not decide anything. "Many people in Britain, I think, would vote to say: Oh, to heil with them, let them he said. Mr. Wilson said he could not think of any major political leader "who would feel that was right in a province which is part of the United Kingdom and whose minority as well as majority we have to protect against violence and blood- shed." CALGARY (CP) The Al- berta New Democratic Party ended its 12th annual con- vention here Sunday with the prospect of a campaign war chest 10'times bigger than it had in 1971 and a 50-per-cent increase in party membership during the last 12 months. Grant Notley, provincial party leader and the only NDP member in the 75-seat Alberta legislature, told a news conference following the end of the three-day convention that he feels the party is "more unified than it has ever been." He said he felt the energy and land use policies adopted by the convention were the key achievements of the 463 delegates. Mr. Notley, member of the legislature for Spirit River- Fairview, said Premier Peter Lougheed will be "a mortal politician who can be attacked and beaten" if he calls an election, as expected, this spring. "We will have a full slate of candidates in all the said Mr. Notley: "Our objec- tive is to form the opposition. I think that it is a pragmatic goal, especially since Social Credit is helping us with their every action." He predicted the NDP will pick up some Social Credit votes in Southern Alberta, but that any significant increase in legislature seats probably will come from the "weaker Conservative MLAs in northern Alberta." LARGE WAR CHEST Mr. Notley and party presi- dent Nancy Eng said the par- ty's "war chest" for the next election campaign will total about by June, more than 10 times what the party had available in the 1971 elec- tion campaign. The party leader also said 35 candidates have been nomi- nated in constituencies in all regions of the province. He produced membership records which showed memberships sold to mid- an increase of about since the last convention in March of last year. Mr. Notley said. he isn't afraid of any concerted drive to unseat him by the Progressive Conservatives because voters in his mainly rural northwestern Alberta constituency will turn away from any "big money" cam- paign financed by any party. He said that the party will ask the premiers of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to come to Alberta to help the party during the election campaign. Oil was the central theme for several of the convention's major resolutions. Delegates accepted a party platform which Would allow the conventional oil industry in Alberta to escape nationalization, hut which would place companies under the pricing control of an Alberta energy corporation. Nationalization of conven- tional oil supplies was ruled out because of the limited life expectancy of the supply in Alberta and because of the high cost of acquiring the in- dustry, said provincial party secretary Howard Leeson. Another energy resolution called for the nationalization of Imperial Oil Co. Ltd., the largest oil company operating in Canada, by the Canadian and Alberta governments. Mr. Leeson said nationaliza- tion of the giant oil corpora- tion would give Canada an equal footing when dealing with other oil companies as well as provide some exper- tise in the operation of, a diversified energy company. Dublin nixes IRA demands DUBLIN (AP) The Irish government rejected Sunday the demands of 16 imprisoned Irish Republican Army (IRA) guerrillas who have vowed to fast until death in Portlaoise penitentiary near Dublin. IRA leaders in the Irish re- public and Northern Ireland condemned the decision that further dampened hopes for a new ceasefire. Justice Minister Patrick Cooney said in a radio broad- cast that the government might negotiate some of the demands but "there can be no concessions" on the prisoners' call for treatment as political offenders. Mrs. Maire. Drumm, vice- president of the Sinn Fein, political arm of the IRA, said: "If one of these hunger strikers dies, then the curse of every mother who ever reared a son will light upon them." Veteran educationist dies Sauve dubious about abortion WINNIPEG (CP) En-' vironment Minister Jeanne Sauve told the Canadian Conference on Women and the Law Saturday night that she has great misgivings about any easing of Canadian laws on abortion. Changing the abortion laws would affect "the most in- timate aspe'cts of our Mrs. Sauve said. "To qualify any sucli change as a step forward, or backward, is a risky The federal minister said any law that legislators might draft now would only be per- missive and unsatisfactory, because the legislators don't know just when in pregnancy a fetus becomes a human per- son. Mrs. Sauve said a legislator in a democratic society is not Meeting opens EDMONTON (CP) The long-delayed national confer- ence on native people and the criminal justice system open- ed today with a series of six informal workshops which will lead to a full-dress federal-provincial ministerial meeting Wednesday. a referee. The legislator's prime role is to protect in- dividual rights, to ensure social peace and to promote progress in the community. Some people in the audience registered disagreement with parts of Mrs. Sauve's speech, hissing when the minister argued there is a moral parallel between permissive abortion laws and euthanasia. The convention earlier en- dorsed, by a wide margin, the removal of abortion laws from the Criminal Code, firming a stand taken at the group's first annual conven- tion last year in Windsor, Ont. The conference, which drew about 600 participants, most of them women, was highly critical of abortion laws and passed a resolution calling for the resignation of Justice Minister Otto Lang. Mrs. Sauve drew applause when she spoke of a proposal to change the immigration law, to ensure that when im- migrant males are deported from Canada, their wives are not automatically expelled too. "The idea that if the 'head' of the family the bread- winner goes, so must everyone else, will be eradicated by an alteration in the wording of the she slid. EDMONTON (CP) A former dean of education at the University of Alberta, Dr. M. E. Lazerte, 89, died Sun- day. Born in Iroquois, Ont., Dr. Lazerte began his teaching career in Hardisty, Alta. after obtaining his doctorate from. the University-of Chicago in 1927. He later joined the Univer- sity of Alberta and was named dean of education in 1942. In 1956 he went to the University of Manitoba as dean of education and by 1960 was back in Edmonton, winn- ing a seat on the Edmonton city council. In 1962 he won a seat on the city's school board and served on the board until he retired in 1971. Grit runs for leadership WINNIPEG (CP) Win- nipeg lawyer Charles Huband says he has agreed to stand as a candidate for leadership of the Manitoba Liberal party at its convention Feb. 21-23. Mr. Huband's candidacy, which is expected to be an- nounced formally at a news conference today, ends speculation that the party might postpone the meeting if no suitable candidate had appeared to succeed I. H. Asper as party leader. Mr. Asper has said he will step down effective the end of February. 31 die in Philippine crash MANILA (AP) A Jesuit priest from the United States was among 31 persons killed and another American was critically injured today when a Philippine Airlines (PAL) plane crashed and burned in an open field. The British Avro turbo-prop plane was on a flight from Ma- nila to Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro when one of its two engines caught fire. It went down near a housing pro- ject under construction three miles south of Manila airport while trying to return to the airport. Thieu cracks down on media SAIGON (AP) The South Vietnamese government, clos- ed five opposition newspapers today and arrested 19 of their officials and staff members as "Communist infiltrators." It was the harshest crack- down on the news media in the 10 years President Nguyen Van Thieu has been in power. Earlier, the government banned publication of the Sun- day editions of the five news- papers and four others because they were planning to publish charges of corruption and malpractices in office made against Thieu by Father Tran Huu Thanh, head of the Roman Catholic Anti- Corruption Movement. British Tory leadership derby may split party LONDON Former prime minister Edward Heath is staking his leadership of Britain's Conservatives in an election Tuesday that might split the party. The ballot within the party might also give the Tories their first woman leader with the prospect of becoming the first of her sex to become prime minister. She is Margaret.Thatcher, 49, former education minister and now the party's spokeswoman on economic af- fairs and Heath's chief rival.' The 276 Tory members of Parliament select the new party chief under a voting procedure drafted by Conser- vative elder statesman Lord Home. Heath is still the favorite with bookmakers. Party critics forced Heath to agree to the ballot, only the second in Conservative history, after the Tories lost last October's elections to Harold Wilson's Labor party, the second defeat in less than a year. Heath's opponents have never forgiven him for leading 'the party into defeat in three out of the last four electoral battles with Wilson. There are other hopeful leaders around to take up the fight to oust Heath if Mrs. Thatcher fails in the first round of the complicated elec- tion procedure. The contest is to be held in three stages, if necessary. To win on the first ballot a candi- date must get more than half of the votes of the 276 Tory members in the' House of Commons and must have 15 per cent, or 42 votes, more than the nearest rival. Barring a clear victory Tuesday, a second ballot is to be held Feb. 11 with only a straight over-all majority, 139 votes, needed to win. The sec- ond vote is open to additional candidates to the three con- testing the first ballot. Failing a second-round vic- tory a is to be held among the top three contestants in the second round. The winner is the one with the most first and second choice votes. ;