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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta MUCH WARMER FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 35 ABOVE The LetMnridgc Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE PAGES Premier faced death threat in cemetery MONTREAL TCP) Premier Robert Bourassa of Quebec says there apparently was an intention to "carry out an assassination" when he visited the grave of Pierre Laporte on Ihc anniversary of the death nf Mr. Bourassa's labor minister at the hands of terror- ists. "It seemed lhat somebody wanted to carry out an the premier said in a Quebec City in- terview with The Star. Mr. Bourassa visited Mr. Laporte's grave last Oct. 17, one year after the minister was strangled at the height of Quebec's 1970 Front de Liberation du Quebec terrorist crisis. "Nobody warned me but there was considerable Mr. Bourassa recalled. "Imagine. The cemetery. It was an ideal place." Police information does not indicate any danger of a crisis in the near future but "isolated cases that are inevitable and imforseeabie" always present a problem, he said. Trudean stood out The premier said bis approach to Ihe crisis may have made him look "less effective and less popular" compared with lhr> stronger presence of Prime Minis- ter Trudeau, but Mr. Bourassa thought this was neces- sary. Quebec asked Ollawa to invoke Ihe War Measures Act because "that was all we had available al, the time" and the police needed drastic powers of search, arrest and detainment lo gather information about terrorist activity. "If we had lo do if again over, we would be better informed this lime than we were then." "As for political violence, we arc much better pre- pared lo face a new crisis. Perhaps that's one 'of the reasons why there are fewer disorders, because people know what will happen if they try again." Mr. Bourassa often makes casual visits to restaur- ants, discotheques, taveras and other gathering places to help "stay in touch" with people. Oiien gel threats Authorities often receive notes threatening the premier's assassination from people he termed "crack- pots." He said terrorists might try to kill him as llie single spectacular alternative to a drawn-out wave of fomented unrest. "Logically speaking, for a larger impact after the murder of a minister. 1 would have to be the target." The premier said he deall with the terrorist crisis that began in October 1971 in tbe only way he could. He was prudent and refused to be provoked by the kidnapping of Mr. Laporte, he said. As he described Ihe kidnapping of Mr. Laporte tbe premier's voice rose. "No one can ever criticize me for that any time. Say what you will but you can never criticize me for that." Aware of danger I'm aware of the danger of closing yourself up in an ivory tower. That's why I try to avoid it by increasing my contacts with the people." On impulse, he decided one night to drop into a Montreal bar frequented by 'separatists. He walked in casually, sat down al a table and said "hello" lo his stunned table companions. The regulars looked al him silently for a wiulp. Then Ihey began lo sing a parody of Mr. Bourassa's election promise lo provide jobs for Quebecers. "One hundred thousand the song went, "one hundred thousond beers." Found frozen in alley VAUXHALL Results of an autopsy held this morning into the death of 65-year-old Vaux- hall man found frozen in a back alley early Sunday were not available at press time. KCMP said Cecil Robert Allison was believed to have died of a heart attack. No de- cision for an inquest has been made. Guards walk out DRUMMONDVILLE, Q u e. (CP) Quebec's 35 provincial prisons were manned by super- visory personnel today after guards walked out Sunday to protest lack of progress in con- tract lalks with the provincial government. The walkout, called for 6 p.m. Sunday al a day-long meeting of 800 members of the Provincial Peace Officers Association, spread quickly across (he prov- ince. Guards, joined by autoroute policemen, game wardens and highway inspectors, all associa- tion members, were streaming to this city, 75 miles east of Montreal. By Sunday evening more than men of the association were at a meeting hall here but a government spokesman said order was being maintained in the jails. Leopold Legros, president of the brotherhood of senior prison personnel, urged supervisory personnel to leave their posts and come to the Drummondville meeting. The guards earlier re- jected his proposal that supervi- sors remain to insure minimum surveillance. OCCUPIED JAILS Last weekend, guards occu- pied six provincial jails for 18 hours to protest stalled contract talks. The occupation ended when .lustice Minister Jerome Choquetlc intervened lo get ne- gotiations going. Mr. Clroquelte was not imme- diately available for comment following Ihe walkouts. Heath watches Ulster By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Prime Min- ister Heath wants to watch the situation for a further period be- fore taking any major political uiitiative on Northern Ireland, a well-placed British official said today. With a lull developing after the peaceful Newry march Sun- day, some British national newspapers are urging that Heath should take advantage of the situation and launch new po- litical moves that might end the biiter Ulster struggle. In a speech in Harrogate, England, Heath appealed to the Ulster RomanCatholic minority Sunday to meet with other "le- gitimate representatives'' o f Northern Ireland "to discuss row conditions of peace can be restored throughout the prov- ince." However, spokesmen for the Ulster Civil Rights Association, which staged the Newry march, said Uierc will be no talks until internment of alleged members of the Irish Republican Army and their sympathizers is ended. The British official indicated that Heath is prepared lo dis- cuss the internment question as part of a solution agenda but he will not bow to pressure by Roman Catholics that include violence. TOTAL PARALYSIS Officials of the Civil Rights Association, terming the latest demonstration of protests against the Ulster government a complete success for their cause, are planning what they term a total paralysis o'f Northern Ireland for Wednes- day. Meanwhile. Irish External Affairs Minister Patrick Hil- lery said Sunday night he would like Canada to help per- suade Britain to stop its "mili- tary policies'' in Northern Ire- land. Tlie Irish republic foreign minister arrived in Ottawa for a one-day visit in the course of which he will confer with Can- ada's External Affairs Minis- ter Mitchell Sharp and hold a news conference. Canadian airports hit by another walkout HAPPY SKATERS-This is bow Karen left, of Canada and Jane. Lynn of tbe US. reeded as rudges scores were pasted in Sapporo, Jopan, Monday night giving tbem silver and bronze medals, respectively, in women's Olympic figure skat- rng event. It was Canada's firs) medal of Winter Olympics. (See story in sports Karen, eyes Calgary meet SAPPORO, Japan (CP) A beaming Karen Magnussen, who had just skated her way to an Olympic silver medal, proba- bly the only medal Canada will get at the llth Games, stood in a crowded arena hallway to- night and tried to tell how it felt. "I felt as though someone had me on a string and was whirling me around (he ice." the 19- year-old Vancouver girl said. "I felt good." She didn't watch Beatrix Schuba of Auslria, who had a lead of 141.3 poinls going inlo i Seen and heard About town owner Reese Burketl looking for the engine in his new mid-engine Porche Ray Leach travelling to Florida to go fishing for a week and being rained in for the entire trip Ski resort manager Dan McKim pack- ing all of the slopes and then wishing he could find some moguls to ski on. Joey's successor: no election push Has three more HAIFA I'AP) _ Mrs. Mureira Wahbi. 33-y e a r -o 1 d Israeli housewife who has 10 children including two sets of twins, has given birth to triplets, hospital authorities announced Sunday. ST. JOHN'S. Nfld. (CP) Edward M. Roberts won the leadership of the Newfoundland Liberal party Saturday and he- came head of Ihe strongest op- position in the provincial legis- lature since Confederation in 1949. But the 31-year-old farmer health minister said there would be no imediate push for an el- ection as long as Premier Frank M o o r e s 's Progressive Conservative government acts in the provinces's best interests. "We said lhat we believed Newfoundland needed a period of political we would use our strength in Ilic house lo achieve this. "Our responsibility is all the greater because we can defeat Grave-marker recorder has to wait for one OTTAWA (CD Wilson Arthur Stewart, who spent Ihe last IS years of his life crossing the country recording tombstone epitaphs, has to wait for one of his own. His death Oct. 10 in the National Defence Medical here wen! almost unnoticed. Then aged 53, he had a long way In po in his efforts to record the inscriptions on each nf Canada's 'Ai million crave mar- kers, (inly about two n'lll were preserved in his files. lie was fmiii'lcr .inn1 adniinislralnr nf liimcslcmc (Vmolcry and (ienealogical Society, and juft before his death he was planning a national con- venliini ol genealogists and graveyard culhusiasts Mr. Stewart's place of birlh is not contained in tils file kept by the department of affairs. During his years of headstone study he lived in King- ston, Out, Edmonton and Ollawa lie is buried in the soldiers' plot at Ottawa's Boechwood Cemetery, where Ihe uniform headstones are ordered in batches of SO. Until his row is filled nexl tew months, Mr. Stewart's own rest- ing spnl will go unmarked His only epilaph will be name, age and former rank winner in Ibr. Itoyal r.iundian Artillery, Prisoners for pullout swap was turned down WASHINGTON (APi Ha- noi's chief negotiator at, the Paris peace talks says the United States was offered a straight prisoncrs-for-pullout swap last year but President Nixon refused. Minister Xuan Thtiy added, however, that such an exchange can no longer be discussed wifh- out linking if lo the fulure of President Nguyen Van Thiou of South Vietnam. Tbuy was asked in nn inter- view in Paris with CfiS's Face the Nation: "Will you agree In a simple swap of American troops out. (or American prisoners He replied: "It is not a swap here. We put the question of prisoners within the military question. You should re- member lh.it this approach was advanced in III7I. It was earnest desire to see Mr. Nixon rapidly settle Ihc Viet- nam problem peacefully. "That is lo say .In wilh- draw U.S. forces and to chanED the Thicu administration. Through the election of Oct. 3, 1371, it was a very opportune occasion to do so, and it would have allowed Mr.Nixon to get out of the war very honorably. But Mr. Nixon refused to do that" NOW O.NK (U'ESTION Asked specifically whelhcr the Hanoi posilion new requires handling of Ihc political and mililary problems as a singli> question, Thny replied: "As 1 said, Ihe luo crucial poinls, lire two key poinls, .should be settled, and the sotile- ment of Ihesc two points will fa- cilitate the settlement of the other points." CBS followed the Tlniy inter- view taped Friday, with live, questioning of Slate Secretary William P. Rogers in Washing- ton Sunday. Asked whelhcr Tlmv hud ever offered a prisoncr-for-pullout trade. Rogers replied: "There was never (my discus- sion of that kind. In every sessionfhat we had with the North Vietnamese, they made it clear that Ihey would not talk about a military solution, except in the contexl of an over-all po- lilical solution. "So it is not possible for us to work out any military solution unless we, in effect, give them exactly whaillicy said. "And Dial'would mean a defeat lor the Inited States.. a slroam of criticism from North Vietnam and the Vie Cong, Rogers sid, ho Communists still have nol re- jected Nixon's latest eight-point peace plan. "They have nol rejected Iho proposal as the secretory said. "They haven't used that word. "They've criticized it olv vioiisly Inn 1 think they ted lhat Ihcre arc dcmonls nf that proposal which could be HID basis for ,1 negotiated selllc- meut." the government al any time." Mr. Roberts, an unmarried lawyer who has never practised law, succeeded Joseph R. Smallwood, 71. Mr.Smallwood retired after serving as leader since he led Newfoundland into union with Canada. His Liberal government re- signed Jan. 18 after losing a court battle over a disputed seat won by the Conservatives in the Oct. 28 provincial election. Mr. Smallwood left soon after cast- ing his vote and was not present when tbe result was made known. GETS 501 VOTES Mr. Roberts received 564 of the 663 voles cast by delegates to Ihe parly's two-day leader ship convention here. Tom Burgess, former New- Labrador Party leader relumed in Labrador Wesl in the Oct. 28 election who switched to the Liberals and entered the leader- ship race last week, got 82 votes. Fourteen delegates voted for Rod Moores, a 22-year-old uni- versity student, and three votes went to Vincent Spencer. 44, a Windsor, Nfld., businessman. the filial free-skating competl- (ion. "We went out for the warm- up and said to each other: 'Good skate vour besl.' "I felt Ihe best I've felt on my program for years. Now we get ready for Calgary." The three Schuba. gold: Miss Magnussen, and Janet Lynn. United States, meet again March 6-12 in the Alberta city in the w o r 1 d championships. Then Miss Schuba, the world and Olympic queen, will retire. SEEKS ONE MORE MEDAL "I will finish after Ihe world's." Miss Schuba said later. "The change in the judg- ing system has nothing to do with it. I want to win the gold medal again, then retire." Next September, the figure- skating program will change, allowing 40 per cent for figures, 40 per cent for free skating and 20 per cent for a specified pro- gram of free exercises. At present, which Miss Schuba is the best in the world -are worth 50 per cent, equal to (he free marks. Linda Brauckmann of Van- couver, Karen's coach, said they arrived al the arena early. She said Karen's Gershwin's Concerto in not as slirring as Jancl Lynn's program "and that is" my fault." Traffic still moving OTAWA (CP) Major Ca- nadian airports have been hit by another one by electronic week after air traffic controllei s ended a walkout that grounded commercial air traffic fo 11 days. But the technicians' strike, which began at 6 p.m. EST. Sun- day and was followed soon after by a breakdown in mediation talks, is not expected to have the same crippling effects as tbe previous dispute. There was no immediate ef- fect on air traffic at Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Oltawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonlon or Vancouver despite picket lines in many centres. The technicians are mainly members of Local 2223. Interna- tional Brotherhood of ICIectriral Workers. About 1.200 service radar, navigational and oilier communications equipment lor Ihe federal transport depart- ment. Others work fo other government departments and still others service equipment at Canadian embassies in 26 coun- tries abroad. Of the techiucians. 456 are. classified by the government as esential workers and must re- main on the job to keep equip- ment working safely. Vice-Pres- ident Patrick Carstens of the Toronto unit said the men would remain at work'Tor the safety and security of the public." BARGAIN 36 IIOVRS In Ottawa, mediator Gordon Simmons, a professor at Queen's University in Kingston, said Sunday talks broke off after ,16 hours of "almost contin- uous" bargaining. The union and federal bar- gaining agent from the treas- ury board had been unable to reach agreement, primarily on salary levels, but will meet again early in the week. Mediation began when ths union rank-and-file voted to re- ject a conciliation board recom- mendation raising their wages 15.5 per cent over 28 months. In the category used by tile union for bargaining EL 5 techni- cians earn S10.000 annually. Top salaries reach a year. The technicians want their salaries more closely aligned to those of air traffic controllers, who currently earn up to SIB.600 a year. Controllers are guaran- teed at least 17.1 per cent over 27 months. Despite the initial minimal ef- fect on air traffic. Mr. Carstens said the strike could eventually mean "air traffic controllers will refuse to work on equip ment Uiat is not being serv- iced." The government Mill eventu ally be forced to tell the puhlir public lo "fly at your own risk." Three-month labor dispute settled 5. EDWAUD MONTREAL (CP) A bitter three-month labor dispute sel- llcd. journalists and clerical staff began trickling back to their jobs at La Prcsse early today. All of the newspaper's employees were to be called back in stages in preparation for re.sumnlion of publication, suspended by management Ocl. 27 when incident4; of violence were increasing in the long-sim- mrring dispute. A 3 p.m. parade was planned by union leaders lo escort the first ivlurning composing-room crow from an east-end square to La Prcsse where they were to uork r! 4 p.m. The sdllcd by votes of 11 unions al meelings Sun- day, slated among roein unions and eventually in- volved everyone connected with the newspaper. Vinccul Prince, an assisiant lo Ihe pwspnpor's managing odilor, said he experts all 160 reporters and M clerical work- ers to be back on the job by the day's end. Mr. Prince, speaking for llw editorial department and not management as a whole, said the newspaper is expected to be back on the streets Thursday. La Presse was North Amer- ica's largest French-language daily newspaper when it sus- pended publicalion. II had a cir- culation of in miti-1971 when Ihe labor dispute which sparked demonstrations, com- mon labor fronts and the shut- down, broke out The contract for journalists and other support personnel in ths nlilori.il department is of two years duration and is retro- active lo las; Jan. 1. U povides for increases of for Ihe first year, for the firs! half of Ihe second year and for Ihe last half of the second year. A reporter wiih five years ex- perience is lo receive a lu.sie salary of n week at (lie Hart of the new contract. ;