Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 54 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 22 PAGES . Out cold A member of the combined services color guard lies prone in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after he passed out during ceremony on the 164th anniversary of the birth of former President Abraham Lincoln. Old-age pension rates going up Fort Macleod ' ;'J too late By PAUL JACKSON . ^A' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau admitted in the Commons Monday that while he had promised an Alberta MP he would send a special communique to Buckingham Palace the message was never sent. Mr. Trudeau told the Commons and Ken Hurlburt (PC-Lethbridge) that it was too late to sent the communique and that Queen Elizabeth would not visit Fort Macleod, first home of the Northwest Mounted Police, when she visits Alberta July 1. The prime minister also said he had discussed the Queen's visit with Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed and that agreement had been reached with Mr. Lougheed and the Palace that Calgary would host the Queen. COMMENTS CONFLICT Mr. Trudeau's comments also conflict with those of Mr. Lougheed who has been quoted in Alberta newspapers as saying the choice of Calgary was made by the prime minister "despite the Alberta government'3 recommendation that Fort Macleod and Edmonton would also be visited by the Royal couple." Mr. Hurlburt first made an official plea in the Commons Jan. 19 for Queen Elizabeth to visit Fort Macleod. At that time Mr. Trudeau expressed some doubts about adding Fort Macleod to the Queen's points of visit - but he promised he would send off a communique anyway. Under questioning by Mr. Hurlburt Monday the prime minister admitted the request never went off. At first, Mr. Trudeau seemed to indicate in reply to a general question from Mr. Hurlburt that the Alberta MP's request was passed on to London. Said Mr. Trudeau: "The honorable member's representations were taken into account. The upshot is that the palace feels it really would be impossible in the one short day that will be spent in Alberta in order to celebrate the centennial of the RCMP to meet every request for her presence in every part of the province." But when Mr. Hurlburt got doT to specifics and asked whether a communique left the prime minister's office for Buckingham Palace anytime after the Alberta MP raised the matter, Mr. Trudeau admitted one had not. Mr. Trudeau said Mr. Hurlburt's request wasn't passed on as promised because the "question of Fort Macleod had already been discussed and the solution had been arrived at." By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - A married couple, both of pensionable age, with no income, will receive a maximum amount of $297.82 under the new automatic increases in the old age security pension and the increase in the income supplement commencing April 1. � At present the maximum total that a married couple could receive is $185. The cheques the pensioners receive at the end of Aoril will contain the increase which was provided in legislation passed by the last parliament tying the pensions to the cost of living. The basic old age security pension will rise to $86.61 a month commencing with the April 1 effective date. While it becomes effective on that date it will not show up in their cheques until the end of the month. The increase in the basic old age security pension amounts to $3.73 over the current flat rate for the basic pension of $82.88. The guaranteed income supplement to the pension at present provides a maximum rate for the single pensioner of $67.12. That amount will risie to $70.14 under the automatic built-in increase effective April 1. The maximum income supplement is available to pensioners with no income. A single pensioner with no income stands to pet a total of $156.75 a montl* after April 1 in hiding the basic old age security payment and the guaranteed income supplement. In the case of a married couple, who are both of pensionable age the guaranteed income supplement will rise from $59.62 to 62.30 for each of them. The increase in the pension to match the.rise in cost of living is determined by taking an average over a year for the cost of living increase. Health and Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde has promised a "substantial" increase soon in the basic pension, bui would nr.t say when it will be announced, when he was questioned in the house. Auto firm fined for false reports Inside /Li Classified .... 16-19 Comics ......... 14 Comment......4, 5 District ...... 3, 6 Family ......... 15 Local News ., 1.1, 12 Markets ........ 21 Sports .;...... 8, 9 Theatres........ 7 TV .............. 7 'Mitch. For the fast time there's no category for Acting Prime Minister!' LOW TONIGHT � HIGH WED., 10; SNOWFLURRIES 10, WASHINGTON (AP) - The Ford Motor Co. was fined $7 million today on charges that its employees illegally tampered with 1973 Ford cars un- Final grain payments announced WINNIPEG (CP) - The Canadian wheat board Tuesday announced final payments for the 1971 - 72 croop year averaging 12.3 cents a bushel for wheat and 7.9 cents for oats. As indicated earlier, there will be no final payment on barley. The wheat and oats payments will total $64.8 million and will apply to the 510 million bushels of wheat and 28.4 million bushels of oats delivered by farmers during the 1971-72 crop year which ended last July 31. The payments are in addition to the initial price received by ' producers when deliveries were made to country elevators. For wheat, final payments was 13.6 cents a bushel for No. 1 Canada western on top of an initial Drice of $1.46, for a total of $1.59. These prices are on the basis of in - store in Thunder Bay or Vancouver, with freight and elevator charges deducted. NEW TWIST TO DOLLAR CRISIS Nixon ans tough trade legislation dergoing anti-pollution tests, the U.S. justice department said. Ford filed a no-contest plea to a 350-count criminal information, filed in the U.S. District Court in Detroit by the justice department, and signed a consent decree concluding a civil suit. The court proposed the maximum fine of $3.5 million in the criminal case. It also approved a $3.5 million penalty agreed to by Ford and the government in the civil case. In addition, Ford was enjoined from committing similar violations in the future. The matter goes back to last April and May when Ford submitted its anti-pollution test data required for federal certification of its 1973 cars. On May 16, the firm withdrew its applications and told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) they had been based on tests which included unauthorized and previously unreported maintenance. Ford resubmitted its applications and repeated the testing. The EPA turned over to the justice department its evidence and asked Attorney-General Richard G. Klcindienst to take appropriate action. The EPA said the fact that Ford executives voluntarily reported the problem did not excuse the alleged violations. The Clean Air Act and EPA regulations make it a criminal offence knowingly to submit false information on testing and reporting of maintenance on prototype engines. WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-dent Nixon said today devaluation of the United States dollar must be followed by tough trade legislation erecting some barriers "to get a fairer shake" for U.S. businessmen and ease the country's chronic trade defi� cit. The president also indicated a sterner U.S. stance in' trade talks with other countries, saying efforts will be made to erase restrictions on U.S. sales abroad. In comments about 12 hours after the United States devalued the dollar by 10 per cent, Nixon said the tough trade legislation is needed to "get other nations away from their discriminatory policies." "Devaluation of the dollar . . is at best only a temporary solution" to pressure on the dollar, the president said. He added that "trade legislation must follow." Nixon's remarks came as photographers and reporters were ushered into his office to record the start of a meeting between Nixon and Treasury Secretary George Shultz. The President, in his conversation with Shultz, said that "for a great majority of the American people," the 10-percent devaluation "does not affect the value of their dollars." GAVE NO SPECIFICS Then, talking to Shultz but with phrases obviously intended for reporters to hear, the president turned to trade legislation. He gave no specifics on his legislative proposals but said he was "not talking about another round of lowering barriers." "We must go up as well as down," he said, because that is "the only way to get a fair shake for American abroad." "Only by being able to go up" in some trade categories "will we be able to get others to come down," he said. He and Shultz discussed the impact of American markets being flooded by foreign-produced goods and the president said that in some cases the imports can "drive a U.S. business right out of existence." "To get a policy of freer trade we must always have in the background protection," rT'"on said. In Ottawa, Finance Minister John Turner confirmed that the Canadian dollar will continue to float, or find its own value on f o r e i g n-exchange markets. Turner had been advised in advance of the U.S. decision Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie predicted the Canadian dollar will follow the drop of the U.S. dollar in relation to other currencies. The Japanese yen will join the list of floating currencies, it was announced, and is expected to undergo a change larger than the 10 per cent in relation to the American dollar. Floating currencies are expected to follow the American dollar downward in relation to the few major currencies still being pegged. FOLLOWS U.S. DOLLAR When the U.S. last devalued its currency in December, 1972-an effective devaluation of about 11' per cent-the Canadian dollar followed more or less in step despite the publicly-expressed anticipation of U.S. officials that it would not fall as much. News analysis mean Does it new depression? JOHN TURNER . . . dollar floats By ARTHUR L. GAVSHON LONDON (AP) - More and safer jobs, social progress, value for money, security from the womb to the tomb? Or another 1929 Great Depression, with mass unemployment, hunger marches and general unrest? These are the political issues at the heart of the current international financial crisis, the seventh since Britain devalued the pound in 1967. In the years since, govern- U.S. dollar move best for Canada By IRVING C; WHYNOT CP Business Editor All things considered, the U.S. move to devalue the dollar was probably the best of many courses as far as Canada is concerned. " That is based on the expectation that the floating Canadian dollar will settle close to par with the U.S. dollar when the initial flurry in international markets settles down. If that is the case, Canada's trading position in relation with the U.S. will remain virtually unchanged. And that is the major concern for Canada, which does more than two-thirds of its trade with the U.S. There may be some short-term moves that will affect the average Canadian-such as the possibility of a slight upward movement in interest rates. Forrest Rogers, economic adviser to the Bank of Nova Scotia, says short-term rates in Secret admirer comes through with Valentine TORONTO (CP) - An unknown, globe-trotting admirer has mailed Meryl Dunsmore of Toronto a Valentine card-for the 46th consecutive year. This year's card, mailed from Amsterdam Feb. 7, was received by Mrs. Dunsmore Monday, signed as usual: "Your secret admirer." Mrs. Dunsmore, a 61-year-old office supervisor, has been receiving the cards from all over the world every Valentine's Day since 1928 but has no idea who is sending them. "It!s nice to know he hasn't forgotten me," she said Monday night. "I really look forward to getting them." the U.S. "should tend to strengthen a bit." If they do, the increase will eventually slop over to the Canadian scene. "The timing has been the problem in the Canadian picture," Mr. Rogers said in an interview today. "This would speed it up a bit." The price of some imported goods-especially those from countries other than the U.S.- also will go up in price. One area where Canadian consumers likely will see the result is in the price of Japanese cars which went up about 10 per cent following the earlier realignment of world currencies. NO CHANGE The United States is going to have to pay more for Al-ber.ta's oil and gas exports, Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely said in Edmonton. "I can't see any change," he said, commenting on devaluation of the U.S. dollar and the resultant increase in exchange value of the Canadian dollar. meats sometimes have treated money troubles as if they were the cause, not the symptom, of the world's economic imbalance. Other times they have dillied and dallied for fear of taking drastic remedies that would hurt their political prospects. But whether it's been Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon of the United States, Charles de Gaulle or Georges Pompidou of France, Harold Wilson or Edward Heath of Britain, or Eis-aku Sato or Kakuei Tanaka of Japan, just about every national leader of modern times has tended to put the interests of his country above those of his overseas partners. And few, if any, have been prepared to abandon their pet policies unless forced to do so by grim economic realities. The familiar clash of national interests is clearly detectable in the current money crisis. U.S. leaders, their European allies and the Japanese share the., same broad political aims and ideals. All are dedicated to democracy as a form of government. All are determined to resist the spread of communism. But none seems to be sure how, united, they can reconcile these political objectives with fair trading practices and a fair sharing of the defence burden. The Nixon administration, for instance, has been telling Japan it must liberalize its import policy further. To do so would help bridge the huge gap in Japanese-American trade. The Americans, perhaps less vehemently, also are insisting the nine members of the European Common Market should quit discriminating against U.S. food and other imports. Six successive U.S. administrations have warmly supported the movement toward a united Europe. But Nixon's men don't think much of the methods the Europeans are using in the trade sector to achieve this. LONDON (AP) - Most foreign exchange markets remained closed today and only a few governments took immediate action to compensate for the devaluation of the United States dollar and the floating of the Japanese yen. . The Italian government freed the lira to float, and Israel,' South Korea and Indonesia devalued their currencies to match the dollar's drop. Seen and heard About town rROWN prosecutor Jim Langston thinking back on his days as a disc jockey with a Medicine Hat radio station . . . Fanny Hopkins introducing Bonny Schile with "she's too young to be called Mrs. Schile." Snow storm paralyses deep south CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -Rising temperatures were expected to aid completion of snow-clearing operations o n South Carolina highways today and free the last of more than l'),000 stranded motorists. Gov. John West asked President Nixon to declare 31 of the state's 46 counties a disaster area because a storm dumped up to 23 inches of snow on the state. Meanwhile, another major storm struck California today, spreading heavy rains over southern areas, creating mud slides and posing threats from flooding and rock falls. Canadians are alive in captivity SAIGON (CP) - Canadian supervisory force representatives here have been officially informed by the Viet Cong that two Canadians are alive and being held in captivity. Although no time has been set for their release, speculation here is that it will be soon. This was the first acknowledgement of several representations made by Canadian Ambassador Michel Gauvin who has asked both the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese representatives to release any Canadians being held. Although both men-Marc Ca-yer of St. Raymond, Que., and Lloyd Oppel of Courtenay, B.C.-were listed as prisoners by Hanoi, this was the first verification in writing given to the Canadians. "We are hopeful about both men," said V. G. Turner, senior political adviser to the Canadian delegation. Cayer, a volunteer teacher, was captured near Hue during the 1968 Tet offensive. Oppel was working with a missionary group in northern Laos when he was captured in October. Gauvin has requested that the Canadian prisoners be released, if possible, through Canadian channels. This would likely involve turning the men over to Cana- dian representatives who are still in Hanoi and Laos on duty with the old International Control Commission. "I'd suggest this was not a condition," said Turner. "The main thing is to get the men back." The Canadian government will pay the costs of bringing home two Canadians held by Communists in Vietnam, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said Monday.