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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridg e Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 51 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Legislature to tackle reform bills By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer Finance reform is expected to highlight the second session of the 17th Alberta legislature which begins Thursday with a throne speech from Lt.-Gov. Grant MacEwan. Education Minister Lou Hyndman, the government's house leader, said in a telephone interview from Edmonton that the coming session will provide "more meaningful discussion" of issues because there will be fewer pieces of legislation than the 1972 spring session - about 70 bills compared with about 120 last time - and business will be spread out more evenly through the sitting. The Worth Report on education planning, the $70 million in taxes on oil reserves to be collected this year by the province and a proposed two-price policy for natural gas will be among major topics of discussion. The legislature will be asked to approve the property tax reduction plan that is to give relief to homeowners and tenants this year, he said. An amended Labor Act is to be debated. NEW COAL LAW EXPECTED A Land Surface Conservation Act and a Coal Conservation Act - both proposed in the 1972 throne speech but not introduced - are expected to be presented at this session, said Mr. Hyndman. Committee reports are expected on professions and occupations, the Elections Act, foreign investment and crop insurance. A report on censorship, presented at the fall, session, is also likely to be debated, he said. "Members of the committee have been canvassing constituents for their opinions on the report." A new three-year education finance plan, with a 7>2 per cent inflation ceiling for 1973, is also to be discussed. ATTENTION ON SOCRED BENCHES With'a new party leader, who is not a sitting member Werner Schmidt of Lethbridge, much attention will be focused on the opposition Social Credit benches during the session, expected to run for 10 weeks. Mr. Schmidt, 41, cannot participate in debate on the floor of the assembly since he is not an MLA.- Current standing in the 75-seat assembly is Conservatives 49, Social Credit 24, New Democratic Parly one and one Independent - former Socred Dr. Dan Bouvier (Lac La Biche-M'cMurray) who bolted the party at the end of the last spring's*session. ALBERTA-OTTAWA SPLIT SERIOUS OTTAWA (CP) - National Energy Board restrictions on the export of Alberta natural gas "have allowed a serious federal-provincial conflict to develop," the Science Council of Canda said today, "Clearly, some neutral forum where such conflicts can be resolved is desperately required," the council says in a report on resource policies. The NEB, the federal agency that regulates export and interprovincial movement of natural gas, rejected an application to export a large volume of natural gas in 1971, and has indicated that no more application will be approved until more gas is produced. The move was intended to assure supplies to meet domestic needs of the future. The council says the conflict between Ot awa and Alberta was created by the NEB "in not providing Alberta with an alterative to the export market, and for failing to convince Albertans that the federal policy is wisest." The council uses the case to show the need to improve co-ordination between federal and provincial governments in the exploitation and use of natural resources. The report does not refer to the current dispute between Alberta and the eastern provinces - particularly Ontario - arising from Alberta government plans to raise the price of gas in the East in order to earn more royalties for itself. Another body removed Rescuers carry a body from the wreckage of an apartment house in Alameda, Calif, yesterday as the death count mounted in the crash of a Navy jet into the building. Plane crash victims 'cremated' ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - "God knows how many were cremated," Alameda Fire Chief Ernest Servente said, surveying the ruins of an apartment house transformed into an inferno in the crash of a U.S. Navy jet fighter. As many as 20 may have died, he estimated. Searchers recovered eight bodies and part of a ninth by late Thursday from the still-smouldering rubble of the four storey 27-unit Tahoe Apartments here, across the bay from San Francisco. FLAMES SPREAD Flaming debris set fire to adjoining apartment buildings after the 20-ton A-7 Corsair crashed. The jet's pilot and only occu-. pant, Lieut. Robert Lee Ward, 28, of Cary. N.C., was on a training flight at the time. He still was unaccounted for Thursday night. U.S. dollar swap rush continues BONN (AP) - The rush to swap United States dollars for marks continued without letup today. West Germany's central bank bought between $700 million and $1 billion in the first hour of trading on the Frankfurt exchange, dealers estimated. The Bonn government appeared determined to keep buying U.S. currency so that the value of the mark would not be forced up. It was also adamant against revaluing the mark upward, the action that the U.S. government wants it to take. In after-hours trading Thursday, the dollar fell to 3.1495 marks, below the 3.15 floor level that the government must maintain unless it increases the value of the mark. Profit-seeking speculators and businessmen hedging against devaluation poured more dollars in this morning, and the opening figure was 3.1*500, bringing the Bundesbank back in to buy. Although the Bundesbank has bought $4 billion since late last week, West German officials vowed to keep the dollar from sinking to a level that would give U.S. exports a new advantage against German competition. "We can hold out longer," Finance Minister Helmut Schmidt said Thursday. The huge purchases of dollars threatened to cause inflation in West Germany. But officials in Bonn said the risk was 'worth taking if they could save thousands of export-trade jobs that would be threatened if they stopped propping up the dollar. ost MPs non-committal on hanging ban decision OTTAWA (CP) - Incomplete returns from a survey of MPs indicate the majority of respondents are at least willing to permit a proposal to extend the partial ban on capital punishment to advance one stage in parliamentary consideration. But the returns from only 71 MPs to a questionnaire submitted to 264 by The Canadian Press a week ago gives little indication of what MPs will eventually do about execution of killers. Responses received indicated deep doubts and that may also account for \ue low rate of replies from MPs. Debate on a government bill that would extend the ban on executing all killers, except the murderers of policemen and prison guards, now is suspended while Parliament deals with other business. At least two attempts will be made to amend the bill during committee stage. Replies from some members indicate they will support those amendments. One of these would abolish capital punishment but would assure that a "first-degree" murderer would stay in prison at least 25 years. The incomplete returns show that 42 MPs would support the bill without amendments at least in second reading and that 28 would vote against it. One did not say how the MP would vote. Britain breaks diplomatic ice BERLIN (Reuter) - Britain today became the first of the Big Three Western powers to establish diplomatic relations with East Germany. The official East German news agency ADN reported that the two countries also agreed to exchange ambassadors. New York Times Service VIENTIANE - A highly informed diplomatic source reported Thursday night that an agreement in principle has been reached between the Vientiane government and the Communist - led Pathet Lao for a cease - fire in Laos, and that a ceasefire will take effect next Wednesday. The source said that a formal agreement on the ceasefire would probably be signed next Tuesday. Prince Souvanna Phouma, the Laotian premier, has been holding long talks each day since last Monday with the Pathet Leo r e p r esentative he'-e, Phoumi Vongvichit. It is felt that the extremely precarious military situation in which the Vientiane forces now find themselves has contributed to bringing the negotiating process to a head. It is expected that the brief visit that United States presidential assistant Henry A. Kissinger is scheduled to pay here Friday night will contribute to the final form the ceasefire agreement takes. Prisoner releases set for Monday SAIGON (AP) - The prisoner releases promised in the Vietnam ceasefire agreement will begin Monday morning, Saigon time, with 27 Americans and 3,-000 North and South Vietnamese to be handed over at three sites in South Vietnam, officials of the International Commission of Control and Supervision announced today. The officials said the date and sites of the PoW transfer were firm. Earlier, both Saturday and Sunday had been mentioned as says that the first groups of it U.S. and Vietnamese prisoners would be handed over. There still was no official word on the release of the first group ot U.S. prisoners in Hanoi. But Pentagon sources in Washington.' indicated that might occur during U.S dential adviser Henry Kissingers' four-day visit to Hanoi, which begins Saturday. The cease-fire agreement sets no schedule for the release c prisoners but says all the Amei icons and other non-Vietnames are to be handed over within lj presi- of days of the signing of the agreement, or by March 20. The U.S. command announced today that another 1,200 U.S. troops have been withdrawn from Vietnam during the last three days, reducing total U.S. strength in the country to 18.000 men, the lowest level in eight years. The South Vietnamese military command accused the Communist side of another I5ii ceasefire violations during the 24-hour period ending at (i a.m. today. Meanwhile the international supervisory force including Canada continues to receive complaints of violations of the cease-lire in South Vietnam while the four parties who signed the ceasefire agreement straggle to get organized for a peace role in the field. Canadian Ambassador Michel Gauvin said tcday there have been at least three recent complaints from the South Vietnamese, a couple from the Americans and one from the Viol Cong. Whopping in food index Irish detained without trial BELFAST (Reuter) - Several Protestants have been detained without trial following Wednesday's bloody riots in Belfast and 14 other towns across Northern Ireland, sources close to the security forces said today. It was the detention of two Protestants under new emergency powers that led to a general strike Wednesday. The strike erupted into riots and ended with five persons being shot to death. The sources could not immediately say how many Protestants were detained or give their names. When word of the detentions reached Protestant areas, a group of women massed outside Belfast prison, where the men are being held. The women joined hands across the roadway and blocked traffic in the area. The British Army said that troops shot one of the gunmen who killed a policeman Thursday night in the town of Dung-annon. SHOT AT ACCIDENT The policeman, the fourth killed in Northern Ireland this year, was shot while he wes on duty at the scene of a traffic accident. An army spokesman said troops arrived at the scene quickly and fired at four gunmen who were operating from atop a Catholic school, hitting one of them. Afterwards they found two rifles on the school roof. The lulling capped another day of violence, with shooting incidents in Belfast, near Clady on the border with the Irish republic, and in Portadown, a Protestant town near the capital. Campaign blamed for Clark loss EDMONTON (Special) - Bob Clark, the heavy favorite for the Alberta. Social Credit leadership, lost it through over-campaigning, according to one of Ms lieutenants at the party convention last weekend. "He had it sewed up," The Kerald was told, "but some of the delegates who came to vote for him deserted him out of resentment against the pressure being put on them." FEELING HIGH Particularly damaging to the Clark campaign, it was stated, was a Saturday morning publicity stunt which backfired. A 1,000 copies of a special edition of the Calgary Albertan were circulated at the convention on the morning of the balloting. Most of the front page was devoted to the Clark campaign, hi conventional news style, with stories about how the candidate was bound to win. A small box suggested the edition was a SDeciai one, purchased by the Clark committee, but. nevertheless, many delegates linked Clark with the press establishment. Anti-es-tablishment feeling was strong, and with enough delegates in the extremely close vote it was stronger than the pro-Clark feeling. "It's hard to tell beforehand at what point campaigning becomes overdone," the informant said. "In this case the Open revolt newspaper stunt seemed good at the time. However, as soon as the paper was being distributed the unexpected hostile reaction began to show. "We should have learned from other elections, especially the provincial one in 1971, that voters don't like being taken for granted. If they are told 'you must vote this way' they are strongly tempted to do the opposite." Werner Schmidt of Lethbridge won the leadership by defeating Mr. Clark 814-775 on the second ballot. OTTAWA (CP) - With a sharp boost from soaring food prices, the consumer price index moved to 144.5 in January from 13.3 in December, sharpest rise between the two months is more that a decade. Statistics Canada reported today. Base year for the index is 1961. The figures mean iti cost $14.45 tills month to buy what $14 33 bought in consumer goods in December and what $10 bought in 1961. The food component of the index, which measures virtually everything consumers buy, showed a whopping two-percent increase in January over December. All major food items registered increases, the statistics bureau said, but lire rise was particularly sharp for beef, pork, eggs, fresh vegetables and milk. Higher housing costs also helped push the index to its new peak. Food and housing are the two most important sectors of the index. Housing accounts for 32 per cent of the consumer's disposable income and food for 27 per cent. The index showed lesser increases in the health and personal care section, for recreation and reading and for tobacco and alcohol. There were slight drops in clothing and transportation costs. Higher prices for both restaurant meals and food consumed in the home pushed the food index up. Beef hi January was up 5.3 per cent over December and pork up 2.7 per cent. Egg prices jumped 7.8 per cent and the cost for vegetables, fresh, frozen or canned, advanced 5.4 per cent. The meat, fish and poultry index in January was more than 15 per cent higher than a year ago. Pork prices alone advanced 28 percent in the year. Eggs this month cost 20 percent more than they did a year ago. The government last spring paid farmers a bonus to kill layers in a move to reduce egg production. Fresh milk prices rose 3.1 per-cent as increases took effect in most Ontario cities and in St. John's Nfld., Edmonton and Calgary. U.S. may impose import surcharge By EDWIN L. DALE JR. New York 'Times Service WASHINGTON - The Nixon administration is understood to have decided to include in its proposed new trade legislation authority to impose an across-t h e-bcard import surcharge when the nation's balance of international payments is in deficit, and parallel authority f o r a uniform cut in tariffs when the balance of payments is in surplus. The proposed authority, which would be completely new in U.S. trade law, has no direct connection with the current monetary "crisis" with its downward pressure on the dollar in Europe. Alberta may get under legal aid agreement m Uru guay MONTEVIDEO (CP) - The army and air force, in virtual open revolt against President Juan M. Bordaberry, seized six radio stations in this Uruguayan capital today and again demanded the dismissal of former Gen. Antonio Francese as defence minister. OTTAWA (CP; - The federal government could pay the Alberta government just over $800,000 to provile legal aid in the provice in the first year of a federal-provincial agreement announced tcday. The federal justice department said In a press release that Alberta is the fifth province to sign a legal aid agreement with Ottawa, following Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Under the agreement, the federal government will pay the province 50 cents for each of its residents each year to provide lawyer's services to people charged with an offence or subject to proceedings under federal laws. The department says that works out to just over $800,000 based on the 1972 census. The provincial administration decides who is eligible for aid. Seen and heard About town TVTATIVE PHILOSOPHER Rufus Goodstriker saying that Indians are becoming civilized like white men: "lie too is beginning to speak with a forked tongue" . , . John Martens supp lying stranded friends with wine and cheese. Bob Lang refusing offer of a sunflower seed alter a sumptuous Chinese dinner, saying lie had no room for it. Inside 'It's going to be one of those days, I can feel it.' Classified.............. 20-23 Comics .................. 18 Comment..................4 District .................. 3 Family .............. 16, 17 Joan Wnterfield .......... 9 Local News .......... 13, 14 Markets................. 18 Sports ................ 10, 11 Theatres ................. 9 Travel ................... 15 TV ..................... 5-9 Weather ............. 2 Workshop ................ 12 LOW TONIHT NEAR 0, HIGH SAT. NEAR 30, SUNNY. MILD ;