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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 12, 1975 THE LETHBHIDGE HERALD 25 Manpower official fingered as crook By FRANK MACKEY MONTREAL The head of one of Quebec's 11 re- gional manpower training commissions was identified at a royal commission hearing Tuesday as the mastermind of an alleged fraud and imper- sonation scheme. Gilles Varin, 32, suspended as director-general of the 'North Montreal commission, was implicated in the scheme, involving the sale of a bulldozer, by five witnesses appearing before the inquiry into construction union freedoms. Three of the witnesses, associated in a company call- ed Les Entreprises Ledo of L.'Annociation, about 130 miles north of Montreal, testified they had paid Varin for the bulldozer in January, 1973. Varin was acting as the middleman in the transaction, Real and Jean-Pierre Rpbidoux and Leo Riopel, said. Varin took the cash to be de- livered to A. Brouillette, the seller of the bulldozer. The sales contract signed by Brouillette, entered in evidence, shows the sale price was Michel Brouillette, son of the former owner of the testified his late father had told him he actual- ly received between and for the equipment. That left the three inquiry commissioners puzzling over what happened to the remain- ing to Moreover, the sales contract was signed by Brouillette senior and by Jean-Pierre Hobidoux, the buyer. Robidoux denied signing the contract. Michel Brouillette, who wrote the contract on instruc- tions from Varin and his father, identified Mario Dex- tradeur, a training commis- sion employee, as the man who signed the name of Robidoux. Dextradeur, called to the witness box, denied forging the Robidoux signature. Riopel, one of the buyers, testified Varin had recommended he purchase the bulldozer. Varin introduced Dex- tradeur to him and his associates as a representative of Brouillette, Riopel said. And Michel Brouillette testified Varin introduced Dextradeur to him as Jean- Pierre Robidoux. Varin was suspended from his job by the labor depart- ment last weekend after the royal commission heard evidence of his involvement in kickback schemes, a charge he has denied. Evidence has shown members of the training com- mission, including Varin, were given payoffs by com-, panies who wanted their equipment rented for worker training courses. In some cases, the com- panies even obtained the free services of student workers. The inquiry, sitting since last Sept. 16, is investigating construction industry problems, particularly the freedom of workers to join the union of their choice. Hearings are scheduled to end by mid-March. Parties nominate RED DEER (cp> Dr. Cecil Speirs, 47, a Red Deer veterinarian, was nominated by acclamation Tuesday night' to contest Red Deer con- stituency for the SocialCredit party in the next Alberta elec- tion. CALGARY (CP) Hiram Coulter, 66, was nominated Tuesday as the New Democratic Party candidate for the Calgary-Currie riding in the next Alberta provincial election. The retired social worker will face Industry Minister Fred Peacock. CALGARY (CP) Jack Haggarty, a Calgary separate school teacher, was nominated Tuesday as the Liberal candidate for the Calgary-Egmont riding, now held by Attorney-General Merv Lcitch. Wilson hopes to sweeten sour Soviet relations HAROLD WILSON By KEVIN DOYLE LONDON (CP) For the first time in seven years a British prime minister this week makes an official visit to Mos- cow, prepared for a long, gruelling debate over the future of East-West securi- ty talks. And as a sidelight, observers in Europe hope Prime Minister Harold Wilson's trip may also solve some of the mystery surrounding the health and political strength of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Wilson last went to the Soviet Union as prime minister in 1968. Another planned visit in 1970 had to be cancelled after Wilson's Labor party was defeated by the Conservatives un- der Edward Heath in a general election. Since then, relations between the two countries have deteriorated sharply. Trade has fallen dramatically and other countries such as West Germany and France have been talking to the Russians on behalf of the Europeans. Now, Wilson seems in- tent on restoring Britain's former influence in the Kremlin despite this country's lessening impor- tance in international af- fairs. Relations with the Soviet Union soured during the last four years primarily because the Heath govern- ment had little time for questions of detente, being far more concerned with getting Britain into the Eu- ropean Common Market and dealing with domestic economic problems. But the sourness turned to hostility in 1971 when the Tory government expelled 105 Soviet citizens, alleged- ly for spying. A measure of the Soviets' consequent dislike for Heath came last week after he had lost his bid to be re-elected Con- servative leader. An official commentary on Moscow radio accused him of having launched a crude anti-Soviet operation "without precedent among civilized nations." Wilson's Soviet hosts, who released a British citizen from prison .after serving half of a two-year sentence for causing a fire as a measure of goodwill before the visit, now are expected to press him strongly on the East-West security issue. A 35-country conference on European security and co-operation is grinding towards its final stages in Geneva and the Soviets are intent on bringing it to a quick end with a formal meeting of heads of governments. We're Here To Help You! t BRITTANY MODEL KITCHEN CABINETS Because we offer our kitchen cabinets Factory Direct to you it means real savings. Our cabinets feature quality construction with sanitary finish'inside and out. 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