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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta MUCH WARMER FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 35 ABOVE The Lethbtridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 43 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS-32 PAGES Premier faced death threat in cemetery MONTREAL (CP) 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 the anniversary of the death of Mr. Bourassa's labor minister at the hands of terror- ists. "It seemed that somebody wanted to carry out an the premier said in a Quebec City in- terview with The Star. Mr. Bourassa 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 unforseeable" always present a problem, he said. The premier said his approach to the crisis may have made him look "less effective and 'less popular" compared with the stronger presence of Prime Minis- ter Trudeau, but Mr. Bourassa thought this was neces- sary. Quebec asked Ottawa to invoke the War Measures Act because "that was all we had available at the time" and the police needed drastic powers of search, arrest and detainment to gather information about terrorist activity. "If we had to do it again over, we would be better informed this time than we were then." "As for political violence, are much better pared to 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, taverns and other gathering places to help "stay in touch" with people. Often get 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 the single spectacular alternative to a drawn-out wave of fomented unrest. "Logically speaking, for a larger impact after the murder of a minister, I would have to be the target." The premier said he dealt with the terrorist crisis that began in October 1971 in the only way he could. He was prudent and refused to be provoked by the kidnapping of Mr. Laporte, he said. As he described the kidnapping of Mr. Laporte the premier's voice rose. "No one can ever criticize rne for that any time. Say what you will but you can never criticize me for that." Aivare 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 at a table and said "hello" to his stunned table companions. The regulars looked at him silently for a while. Then they began to sing a parody of Mr. Bourassa's election promise to provide jobs for Quebecers. "One hundred thousand the song went, "one hundred thousond beers." Grave-marker recorder has to wait for one OTTAWA (CP) Wilson Arthur Stewart, who spent the last 18 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 Centre here went almost unnoticed. Then aged 53, he had a long way to go in his efforts to record the inscriptions on each of Canada's 25 million grave mar- kers. Only about two per cent were preserved in his files. He was founder and sole administrator of the Limestone Cemetery and Genealogical Society, and just before his death he was planning a national COB- vention of genealogists and graveyard enthusiasts Mr. Stewart's place of birth is not contained in tils file kept by the department of veterans' affairs. During his years of headstone study he lived in King- ston, Ont, Edmonton and Ottawa He is buried in the soldiers' plot at Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery, where the uniform headstones are ordered in batches of 50. Until his row is filled during the next few months, Mr. Stewart's own rest- ing spot will go unmarked His only epitaph will be name, age and former rank of gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Found frozen alley in 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. RCMP 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 talks with the provincial government. The walkout, called for 6 p.m. Sunday at a day-long meeting of 800 members of the Provincial Peace Officers Association, spread quickly across the 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 Justice Minister Jerome Choquette intervened to get ne- gotiations going.' Mr. Choquette was not imrne' diately available for comment following the walkouts. Heath WcltcJlCS Seen and heard About town owner Reese Burkett looking for the engine in his new mid-engine Porcbe 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. Has three more HAIFA fAP) 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. Canadian airports hit by another walkout By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Prime Min- ister Heath wants to watch the situation for a further period be- fore taking any major political initiative 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 bitter 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 there 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 to 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 then- cause, are planning what they term a total paralysis of 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. The 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. HAPPY SKATERS This Is how Karen Magnussen, left, of Canada and Janet Lynn of the U.S. reacted as judges' scores were posted in Sapporo, Japan, Monday night giving them silver and bronze medals, respectively, in women's Olympic figure skat- ing event. It was Canada's first medal of Winter Olympics. (See story in sports Karen eyes Calgary meet SAPPpRO, 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 the the 19- year-old Vancouver girl said. "I felt good." She didn't watch Beatrix Schuba of Austria, who had a lead of 141.3 points going into Joey's successor: no election push ST, JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Edward M. Roberts won the leadership of the Newfoundland Liberal party Saturday and be- came head of the strongest 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 that we believed Newfoundland needed a period. of political we would use our strength in the house to achieve this. "Our responsibility is all the greater because we can defeat Prisoners for pullout swap was turned down WASHINGTON (AP) Ha- noi's chief negotiator at the Paris peace talks says the United States was offered a straight prisoners-for-puUout swap last year but President Nixon refused. Minister Xuan Thuy added, however, that such an exchange can no longer be discussed with- out Unking it to the future of President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam. Thuy was asked in an inter- view in Paris with CGS's Face the Nation: "Will you agree to a simple swap of American troops out for American prisoners He replied: "It is not a swap here. We put the question of prisoners within the military question. You should re- member that this approach was advanced in 1971. It was cur earnest desire to see Mr. Nixon rapidly settle the Viet- nam problem peacefully. "That is to say to with- draw U.S, forces and to change the Thieu administration. Through the election of Oct. 3, 1971, 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 ONE QUESTION Asked specifically whether the Hanoi position new .requires handling of the political and military problems as a single question, Thuy replied: "As I said, the two crucial points, the two key points, should be settled, and the settle- ment of these two points will fa- cilitate the settlement of the other points." CBS followed the Thuy inter- view taped Friday, with live questioning of State Secretary William P. Rogers in Washing- ton Sunday. Asked whether Thuy had ever offered a prisoner-for-pullout trade, Rogers replied: "There was never any discus sion of that kind. In every sessionthat we had with the North Vietnamese, they made it clear that they would not talk about a military solution, except in the context of an over-all po? litical solution. "So it is not possible for us to work out any military solution unless we, in effect, give them exactly whai they rogers said. "And that would mean a total defeat for the United Despite a stream of criticism from North Vietnam and the Vie Cong, Rogers sid. ha Communists still have not re- jected Nixon's latest eight-point peace plan. "They have not rejected the proposal as the secretary said. "They haven't used that word. "They've criticized it ob- viously but I think they feel that there are elements of that proposal which could be the basis for a negotiated settle- the government at any time." Mr. Roberts, an- unmarried lawyer who has never practised law, succeeded Joseph R. Smallwood, 71. Mr.Smallwood retired after serving as party 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 the result was made known. GETS 564 VOTES Mr. Roberts received 564 of the 663 votes cast by delegates to the party's two-day leader ship convention here. Tom Burgess, former New Labrador Party leader returned in Labrador West 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 final free-skating competi- tion. "We went out for the warm- up and said to each other: 'Good skate your best.' "I felt the 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 world championships. Then Miss Schuba, the world and Olympic queen, will retire. SEEKS ONE MORE MEDAL "I will finish after the Miss "Scbuba 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 worth 50 per cent, equal to the free marks. Linda Brauckmann of Van- couver, Karen's coach, said they arrived at the arena early. She said Karen's Gershwin's Concerto in not as stirring as Janet 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 controllers ended a walkout that grounded commercial air traffic fb 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 the previous dispute. There was no immediate ef- fect on air traffic at Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Vancouver despite picket lines in many centres. The technicians are mainly members of Local 2228, Interna- tional Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. About sendee radar, navigational and other communications equipment for the 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 technicians, 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 the safety and security of the public." BARGAIN 36 HOURS In Ottawa, mediator Gordon Simmons, a professor at Queen's University in Kingston, said Sunday talks broke off after 36 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 the union rank-and-file voted to re- ject a. concilliation board recom- mendation raising their wages 15.5 per cent over 28 months. In the category used by the union for bargaining EL 5 techni- cians earn 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 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 ment that is not being serv- iced." The government will eventu- ally be forced to tell the public public to "fly at your own risk." Three-month labor dispute settled EDWARD ROBERTS MONTREAL (CP) A bitter three-month labor dispute set- tled, journalists and clerical staff began trickling back to their jobs at La Presse early today. All of the newspaper's employees were to be called back in stages in preparation for resumption of publication, suspended by management Oct. 27 when incidents of violence were increasing in the long-sim- mering dispute. A 3 p.m. parade was planned by union leaders to escort the first returning composing-room crew from an east-end square to La Presse where they were to start work at 4 p.m. The dispute, settled by votes of 11 unions at meetings Sun- day, stated among composing- room unions and eventually in- volved everyone connected with the newspaper. Vincent Prince, an assistant to the ewspaper's managing editor, said he expects all 160 reporters and 40 clerical work- ers to be back on the job by the day's end. Mr. Prince, speaking for the 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 publication. It had a cir- culation of 225.000 in mid-1971 when the labor dispute which sparked demonstrations, com- mon labor fronts and the shut- down, broke out. The contract for journalists and other support' personnel in the editorial department is of two years duration and is retro- active to last Jan. 1. It povides for increases of for the first year, for the first half of the second year and for the last half of the second year. A reporter with five years ex- perience is to receive a basic salary of a week at the f tart of the Dew contract ;