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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 36.40 ABOVE The Lcthbridcje Herald LETHHRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1972 PRICE NOT OVER il) CENT5, TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES GET BACK Police slruggle to hold back striking coal miners at Ihe West MidlanU Gas Board coke depot at Saltley, Birmingham, Eng- land, as a lorry drives through the picket lines. Miners ond police have been clashing ot this spot as pickets try to prevent lorries loading and taking away coke. (AP Wire Photo) Canadian electorate in TORONTO (CPi Canadian leaders In the com- ing federal election campaign are going to "have to keep balancing themselves on top of an electorate ui turmoil, a society undergoing Ills most rapid and most radical technological changes in the history of man." Peter Newman, editor of Maclean's magazine, said today. Leaders will have to deal with "an electorate that figures it has a right to know not just what is decided, but how it is not in unc- tuous words, but in he lold the Empire Club. "People particularly young people increasing- ly demand to know not just the news but the action. They don't, want excuses or even reasons. They want results." Mr. Newman said the issues of Canadian national- ism and relations with Quebec are foremost hi the campaign for the election which "I believe will come this spring." The goal of Canadian nationalism "is simply to take control of our industry, our economic life and our educational and cultural institutions into our own hands and curb undue influence by foreigners, whether from the United Slates or any other country. nuiui ssue Mr. Newman "the issue that will really count in this campaign is. of course. Quebec." He suggested Canada faced four majrtr options: perpetuate the status and I suggest that anyone who has the slightest knowledge of what's happening in ripht now, would have to reject this choice ou! of hand." -Fnr Qjjrl-irr lo its "and fl5 a Canadian pMerd thp survival of this country. T .lo. forc mj ;ni nptinn Iv- I- -Tr- nplion 1 T'i nf r'rmfpd'Talion m Mirh a dial Qiirlirr can rummemcilh'.cd as C'hnMiiKis. OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudcau said today the Unilcd States wants a better trade deal Canada tiian tliis country is prepared to give. "Both sides have Mnok to their pun.s." ho told reporters on his into a cabinet meeting which was expected to discuss Wednesday's U.S. rejection of Canada's proposed settlement of trade differences between the countries. Mr. Trudeau maintained that An emergency meeting lias been called for Friday between executive members of the Bri- tish Columbia Wildlife Federa- tion in southeastern B.C. and the minister of lands and for- ests to see what can be done about "alleviating s t a rving conditions" that have develop- in the region for wild, big game animals. Between 350 and 500 moose, deer and elk are said to be in- volved. Only ah-out 100. how- ever, are said to be in a "dis- tress situation.'1 SNOW DEEP Deep. cruMcd f-now in the prime habitat areas is Soid to be responsible for the situation, described as the worst ever seen in the district. So far this winter 206 inches of snow has fallen in the lower Elk Valley area compared with a normal of fit inches. Despite the severe conditions, some elk have started to move to lower elevations and only moose arc expected to "be in trouble'' if cold wintry weather persists. Jack Williams, fish and wild- life officer for the region, said "we are getting some wonder- ful co operation from the sportsmen, particularly those who are members of the Fernie and Sparwood Rod and Gun Clubs and have snow veliicles, EMERGENCY FEED "Only one dead elk has been found so far, but the real win- ter die off won't come until next month unless there is a break in the weather. Emer- gency feed at present consists of four tons of pellet supple- ments brought in from Calgary and aspen boughs which are being cut as far back as eight miles from the feeding areas. "This is where the sportsmen and their snow vehicles are coming in according to Mr. Williams, it. would appear there will be more cutting of aspens until the weather breaks. "Despite the voluntary help, however, we are able to get feed to the animals only about every two or three days. Only the moose have really taken to the pellets so far. However, the elk are starting to move out perhaps not PS fas' as we would like to see them move. Tlie deer herds are located for the most part along the main floor of tile valley from Mor- rissey east and there are few problems with them." .lEA.VLt'C 1'EPIN SCPS U.S. Split JOHN" CONNALLY Hangs Tough Power company rate hike Calgary Power Ltd. will ap- ply to the public utilities board this summer for a general rale increase of about 15 per cent, a company spokesman told The Herald "Thursday. It will be the first general rate increase the company has sought in 60 years. In 1963 and 1965 the company effected gen- eral rate decreases. IL is generally conceded some sort of rate increase will be granted this year. LETHBRPDGE BILL hi 1971 the City of Leth- bridge paid Calgary Power for power. A 15 per cent increase last year would have cost the city an additional Oil Erdos. city utilities direc- tor, said a general 15 per cent increase by Calgary Power would not necessarily mean residents would have to pay 15 per cent more on their electric bill. While the city would have to pay the 15 per cent increase, rates within the city need to be adjusted. Some customers now are paying more than they should and some are being sub- si dizcd. Mr Erdos 5 the city rates to be adjusted so they fol- low a pattern of cost. Until a study is done and the Calgary Power rate increase firmly de- Queen welcomed in Thailand BANGKOK (API Thailand gave a traditional welcome today to Queen Elizabeth. MIR first reigning British monarch to visit, this Southeast Asian na- tion. rlnrj HI Mil: rrnffrmr] firmer petals at the Queen'? frH ,is shr stepp''''! ashore from ,1 roya! barge to 3 greeting by King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikil. The Queen, accompanied by 1'riiK'e Philip and I1 r i n e e s s Anne, will ;it the Grand Palace during their visit to termined, there is no way of telling what rate increase would be passed on to the gen- eral consumer. The Calgary Power spokes- man said the main reason for seeking the increased rate is the high cost of money. T h e power-producing busi- ness is a capital intensive in- dustry, he said, and high inter- est rates are raising costs for normal capital expenditures (estimated at million this Provincial utilities minister Len Werry said there is little outlook for change in the com- pany's battle against rising costs. "The company has indicated there are increased cost pres- sures hi the businesss. I antici- pate that its annual report this year will repeat what it said last year." The company said last year that if it is to continue attract- ing capital investment in the face of high interest rales and inflation, rates would have to be increased. Those conditions are still in effect, the Calgary Power spo- kesman said, and the time is rapidly approaching when the firm will have to seek higher rates. Tax series starts today Once again The Herald is carrying a comprehensive, question and answer ad- vice service, prepared by the national revenue department and designed (o help citizens in the preparation of their in- come form. b'i returns, which must he filed by April arp based on 1971 income, and so are not affected by Ihc recent reform legislalion. The first insiaimcnt iirgiiis today on page 1-1 and the series will run each Thurs- day until Ihe April dead- line. Strom, tells Socreds never claimed, cash reserve ill! 'Groatf It's one of tlto twwer CASTOK iCT" Social Cretlil. never claimed il had a cash reserve. Op- position Leader Harry Strum told l.'iO persons at a byeleeliou .smorgasbord Wednesday. "Never in my wildest dreams would 1 think someone would expeel then- is million ly- ing around for snincburly tn pick Mr. Slrnm said in opening a three-day Ihi'ough Sletllei" ronslituency lo support Galen Morris, the So- cial Credit candidate in Mon- day's provincial byelection. lie said a Calgary newspa- per's contention that Die million reserve was a myth was an attempt lo influence Mm outcome nf the byelection. Iho first since the I'rogresshc Con- servatives' s u r p r i s o victory over Social Credit, in the Aug. .10 Alberta general election. COCNTKItATTACKS CLAIMS Mr. Strom said thai the pub- lie accounts for the year end- ed March 1H7I show Alber- ta dad cash and investment re- serves of JiMM.ri million. This included million in long- term investments .such as fed- eral, p r o v i n cial, municipal, school and hospital bonds. "You can't fairly say the only surplus position is cash you can ivl your bands on right Mr. Strom said. "Surely it should be in- vested for some return." Mr. Strom, a former pre- mier, counterattacked againsL Conservative claims that So- cial Credit overspending has left Ihe province; in ;t tight, fi- nancial posilion. The Social Credit govern- ment had altempted to curb accolcraling expendiiures and upset municipalities, the civil service and school boards. are in difficult- tunes, I'm not arguing that. 1 tried In warn people but 1 don't think got the message across." Mr. Strom said the Conserva- tives will have problems keep- ing their election promises. To remove the cost, of educa- tion from properly lax, for ex- ample, the provincial treasury would have to find an addi- tional million a year. Even with reserves, the gov- ernment would not dan: make (he move without first estab- lishing a long-term alterntaive source of revenue such as n seven-per-i'cnt sales tax. The byelection was called after the death of Conservative member Jack Robertson, who defeated Mr. Norris by 294 votes in (he general eleelion. The Conservative candidate is Klettler lawyer Graham Marie. The Conservatives now hold se.-.ts in Ihe T.Vseat legisla- ture. Social Credit has 2ft seats, the New Democratic Party one find one is vacant. there is "no relevance" between the trade negotiations and his assurances from President Nixon in December. Mr. Trudeau paid after his Washington meeting with Mr. Mxon that the president prom- ised that the U.S. docs not want an annual trade surplus with Canada. Mr. Trudeau at that Lime do- scribed Mr. Nixon's undertaking es a "fantastically now state- a "breakthrough" and words "unequalled by any other president in speaking absut Canada.1' ASKED WHAT HAPPENED Mr. Trudeau was today what had happened to his wi t h Mr. Nixon. He said (here was ''no rele- vance'1 between the Nixon promise and th e current im- passe in trade negotiations. Asked whether he believes there is a split between Mr. Nixon and his treasury secre- tory, John Connally. the prime m i n i s I c r said ihnl question woulr] have lo be pul in Wash- ington. Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin suggested thai there is such a split. He told reporters that Mr. Connally is "obsessed'1 wilh the need for an annual balance of trade between Canada and the U.S. and in each trade field. He said ther is a "discrep- ancy" between Mr. Connally's statement that the U.S. will seek "appropriate means" of reducing trade imbalances with Canada and the "tone" of a Washington news conference by William Eberle, special trade representative to Mr. Nixon. Mr. Pepin had been asked the same question: What had hap- pened to the achieved between Mr. Nixon end Mr. Trudeau in December? DOORS STILL OPEN Mr. Pepin said Mr. Eberle has stated that the trade doors are still open. The minister added that he is "not too pessimistic'" about agreement with the U.S. on a trade package. But he declined to estimate when agreement might be reached. Mr. Trudeau returned Wednesday night from a one- week skiing holiday in Vancou- ver with his wife. Mr. Pepin said Wednesday the next move is up to the United States. He said he agreed with Mr. Connally that lack of agree- ment is regrettable. But the Canadian government fel it had offered a reasonable compromise on issues such as trade in automobiles and de- fence equipment and would wait, for the Americans to take the next step. Mr, Pepin said. In Washington. Mr. Connally said the U.S. "will seek appro- priate means of reducing imbal- ances in trade agreements with tiia Although he did not know what measures the U.S. might impose, Mr. Pepin said the statement "doesn't sound like a good omen.'1 He added, however. tJiat he did no! think the U.S. would withdraw from tJie 1W5 ar- rspgernenf. to protect Canadian fl'iro production because il hns provided benefits Jo both conn, tvir.s. Eilher may withdraw from Ihe figreomcnt a vear's notice. n. s for Britain (AP) nntams .striking coal miners given a pay offer today as the country faeed [he prospect of the worst eleelrie power cuts since the Seeond World War. Blackouts lasting up to four hours twiee a day wei'e due to begin parly Friday on a rotation basis, each affecting one-third of the country's III million homes, factories and offices. Tim cuis. designed to save nearly 10 per cent nf dwindling coal slocks in pouvr stations al- ready low on fuel, were author- under a slate of emergency pmelamalion. A ban also vas imposed on the use of elect rieity for adver- tising displays and lloodlighling for sport and other entertain- ment. ;