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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 50-55 The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 79 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1973 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Constitutional solution may herald vote By DAVE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) A federal offer to Quebec which may herald a general election and a renewed attempt at constitutional revision was unveiled Monday by Prime Minister Trudeau. In a March 9 letter to Premier Robert Bourassa, tabled in the Commons, Mr. Trudeau offered Quebec the power to change, within limits, the amounts family allowance payments to Quebec residents. The limits appear firm enough to offset any pos- sible charge of the federal government catering to Que- bec demands. One is that Quebec would get no more might get Ottawa for family allowances than if the plan continued to be administered solely by the federal authority. Another is that Quebec would have to meet na- tional standards for minimum allowances. And the province would have to put up at least 15 per cent of the combined federal-provincial amount for family allowances in the province. Open to all provinces Mr. Trudeau also wrote all the other premiers out- lining the offer to Quebec and saying that it is open to all provinces. Agreement can be made with Quebec without ap- proval of any other province or provinces. Mr. Bourassa has already approved the federal of- fer and authorities here said that in effect only ad- ministrative details remain to be ironed out. But these might take months. Political observers said they saw the Trudeau pro- posal as a key factor in the Liberal campaign for re- election. It would naturally appeal to Quebec as, in Mr. Trudeau's words, flexible federalism without bringing on any major backlash from the other provinces. Mr. Trudeau said the offer may lead to a new round of constitutional talks aimed at full Canadian control of the a British an agreed formula to amend it. Mr. Trudeau's letter said that where these and oth- er conditions were met, the province could determine the amounts of monthly benefits, the levels of income at which the reduction of full benefits would take effect and the rates of such reduction. This will mean that the provincial legislation, within the ambit of certain limits related to national standards, will determine the design of the federal pro- gram operative in the the letter added. Sidetracked pact Quebec torpedoed a June constitutional agreement in Victoria because it did not meet the province's de- mand for increased control of social security, unem- ployed insurance and health. Mr. Trudeau and his aides made it clear that after the June experience Ottawa will not press for con- stitutional reform. But would be willing to pursue any suggestion for further constitutional review from Quebec or any other province. Authorities said agreement between Ottawa and all provinces appears close. The federal proposal to Quebec on family allow- ances has been regarded as a forerunner to introduc- tion in the Commons of family income security leg- islation. This legislation would increase payments to larger and poorer families and reduce them for the well-to-do. Officials said the legislation could appear this week. The opposition already has promised quick passage. Browning Unemployed families ranks thin OUt Alberta budget evacuated BROWNING, Mont. (AP) Ten families were evacuated Monday from the east side of Browning, on the Blackfoot In- dian reservation, because of high water from nearby Wil- low Creek. A Red Cross spokesman said aboiit 70 persons were involved. Houses in the area had from two feet of water in them. PRESIDENT NIXON President Nixon to visit Canada OTTAWA (CP) President and Mrs. Nixon will visit Can- ada April 13-15, Prime Minister Trudeau announced today. A similar announcement was made by the White House. The Ottawa announcement said the visit will give the two leaders an opportunity to review recent developments on the in- ternational scene and to carry forward discussions on Canadi- an-United States relations. Radio stations struck MONTREAL (CP) The Na- tional Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians launched a nation-wide strike against CBC radio stations this morning and said it would last until Monday. Fred Pedneault, a spokesman for NABAf's headquarters here, said the strike began at 9 a.m. EST and affected about 525 NABET members in all prov- inces and the Northwest Territo- ries working for CBC radio sta- tions. He said the strike, latest de- velopment in protracted labor turmoil involving the corpora- tion and the union, was to pro- test the pace of contract talks. Britain, China closer The Nixons will stay at Gov- ernment House as the guests of Governor-General and Mrs. Mchener. It is understood the visit is confined to Ottawa though the details have not been worked out. Mr. Trudeau last saw Mr. Nixon in Washington in early December. They conversed mainly on trade matters and Mr. Trudeau later told report- ers he had achieved a "fantas- tic breakthrough." He described this break- through as a Nixon promise that the U.S. did not want a trade balance with Canada each and every year. Since then, the U.S. has re- jected a fcrade package proposed by Canada and Treasury Secre- tary John Connally has said the trade imbalance with Canada must be reduced. Gerald Warren, White House press spokesman, said the visit, first promised last summer, fol- lows two visits to Washington by Trudeau since Nixon, took of- fice in January, the spring of that year again- last Dec. 6-7. Nixon made an unofficial visit to Canada in June, 1969, during IC'th anniversary celebrations of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the two leaders meeting first at Massena, N.Y., and flying by helicopter to Montreal. -'Likely topics on the Mxon- Trudeau agenda, however, would be the strained trade and economic relations, including specifics such as Canadian pol- icy toward foreign "investment, the C a n a d a -U .S. automotive agreement and defence-produce tion sharing. Informed sources here also have inlicated in the past that it is probable the two leaders will sign an agreement setting into motion a large-scale attack on pollution in the Great Lakes. OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment declined to an estimated last month, with the un- derlying trend showing the best improvement in two years. Statistics Canada reported today the mid-February figure was down from in Janu- ary and its record peak of 000 in February last year. The unemployment rate was down to 7.3 per cent of the labor force, from 7.7 in January. February unemployment fig- ures are frequently the highest for the year, because of the harshnes of the Canadian win- ter which puts an end to many seasonal outdoor jobs. However, this year, the statis- tics bureau said, more jobs were taken up last month by men aged 25 and more. Women and younger workers of both sexes dropped out of the labor force, whereas there usually are increased numbers of them looking for work in February. The unemployment picture in brief, with figures showing esti- mates in thousands: Feb. Jan. Feb. 1972 1972 1971 Labor force Employed Unemployed 627 665 675 The figures showed continued growth of the labor force as a whole, up or 2.4 per cent from a year earlier. Employ- ment was up while un- employment was down by 000. Regionally, the seasonally-ad- justed figures showed improve- ment, with unemployment in the Atlantic provinces dropping to 7.5 per cent last month from 9.4 in January and 10.2 in Decem- ber. The Quebec rate declinted 7.7 per cent in February from 8.2 in January and eight in De- cember. Ontario's rate to 4.5 last month from 4.8 in January and five in December. The Prairie rate edged down to 4.1 in February from 4.2 in January and 4.3 in Decem- ber, and British Columbia's rate was down to 6.5 last month from seven in January and 6.9 in December, Three-per-cent unemployment is generally regarded as "full employment" in Canada, though the Economic Council of Canada has said an immediate goal of 3.8 should first be achieved. EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta budget, the first pre- pared by a Progressive Con- servative government, will be presented to the legislature Friday night, Provincial trea- surer Gordon Miniely said Monday. Mr. Mmiely said he will start to read the budget speech at 8 p.m. MST. KING HUSSEIN full agreement Jordan, Israel break deadlock BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) King Hussein has reached a full peace agreement with Israel, Baghdad radio reported today. Earlier the royal palace in Amman announced Hussein would make a "statement of tremendous importance" Wednesday concerning the terri- tory Israel seized from Jordan in the 1967 war. The Iraqi broadcast said the agreement provides that the oc- cupied territory on the West Florida votes From REUTER-AP MIAMI (CP) More than two million Florida voters, emo- tionally stirred by an issue with racial overtones, cast ballots today for a field of seven candi- dates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Alabama's Gov. George Wal- lace is regarded as the runaway favorite after a campaign in which he stressed opposition to "busing" school children as a means of racially integrating public schools. BACK IN CANADA Convicted wife sloyer Yves' Geoffrey with his new wife, the former Carmen Parent, ere shown. (AP Wirephoto) Geoffroy, bride face courts Lougheed's reaction The decision to allow distribution of family allow- ances according to terms of a provincial law has im- portant implications, Premier Peter Lougheed told the Alberta legislature Monday. He said a "great deal of study and assessment" has to be made of a letter from Mr. Trudeau which appears to involve some "new directions and relation- ships" with the provinces. Mr. Lougheed, who tabled the letter, said it does indicate there is "a crack in the door in the matter of greater provincial involvement in occupational train- ing and manpower centres." "Quebec gets what it That was the curt comment from Phil Gaglardi, British Columbia minister of rehabilitation and social welfare, when he learned Monday the federal govern- ment had bowed to Quebec demands for a free hand in distributing family allowances. "Every time Mr. Bourassa sneezes, Mr. Trudeau goes to wipe his said the minister. Premier W. A. C. Bennett of B.C. wasn't quite as ecstatic about the announcement, which lists certain guidelines Quebec and other who wish to join must follow. Holding out his crossed fingers, he said: "Tnideau and Robert Bourassa are just like that." "Trudeau is in an awful lot of trouble and he knows Mr. Bennett added. "He is just playiaf games." PEKING (Reuter) Main- land China and Britain signed an agreement Monday to ex- change ambassadors and close the British consulate on Taiwan. The agreement raised the level of diplomatic relations be- tween the two countries to em- bassy status for the 'first time since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949. Vice-Foreign Minister Chiao Kuan Hua of China and British Charge d'Affaires John Addis signed the agreement, climax- ing talks lasting more than a year. The appointment of Addis as ambassador was announced at the same time. The three-point agreement recognizes the government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government of China. Killer slide strikes NARVIK, Norway A Norwegian soldier was kill- ed and another injured today when five military vehicles were swept off the road by a huge avalanche more than six miles long in the Salangdalen Valley 37 miles north of here, police said. They could not say immedi- ately how many vehicles were hit by the avalanche that came thundering down the mountainside while the vehicles were returning to base after a NATO exercise code named Cold Winter. Jet-engined train jumps the tracks MANTES-LA-JOLIE, France (Reuter) A jet-eagLoed ex- press train jumped the rails at high speed and caught fire near this town 35 miles west of Paris today, killing four persons and injuring 41, railway officials said. The derailment was the first accident in France involving a turbo-train, first introduced two years ago. The 10 turbo locomo- tives now running are all in service on the Paris-Caen-Cher- bourg line. The adapted jet engine which powers the turbo-trains is of the same type which powers France's Alouette helicopters. See photo on page two. MONTREAL (CP) Yves Geoffrey and his wife, Carmen, pleaded not guilty in sessions court today to three charges connected with his Christmas Eve flight from a life term in prison. Mrs. Geoffrey was released on five conditions after pleading not guilty to procuring a false passport for Geoffrey and aid- ing his flight. Seen and heard About town T ETHBRIDGE Communi- ty College agriculture instructor Dr. R. D. Clark being cautioned during a board of governors meeting to watch what he says about his wife or it will appear in Seen and Heard George Bota claiming the Oldman River is three feet high and rising Brace Cooper en- joying an 8 a.m. coffee break before going to work. Royal family may visit Macleod By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Fort Mac- leod may put on her best bib and tucker to welcome the Royal Family in 1973 or 1974. The Alberta legislature Mon- day gave unanimous approval to an invitation to Queen Elia- beth, Prince Philip and mem- bers of the Royal Family to join in celebrations of the for- mation 100 years ago of the Royal Canadian Mounted Po- lice. Fort Macleod, which became the first home of the Mounties in the country in 1874, will play a key role in celebrations to re-enact the story of the force. A royal visit could bt the greatest event in the history of the resident community, says Leighton Buckwell, Social Credit MLA for Macleod. If the Queen accepts the in- vitation, she would likely stay at Calgary or Edmonton and come to Macleod by plane for the day. The Queen has already been invited to Canada next year to participate in the 100th anni- versary of Prince Edward Is- land's joining Confederation. FOCUS ON SOUTH A royal visit could be exten- ed to Alberta or arranged sep- arately. Alberta government plan to celebrate the RCMP Centen- nial will focus on Fort Macleod and Lethbridge. Tbt was formed in 1971 as the Northwest Mounted Po- lice in order to bring law and order to the western prairies. The initial orders to the force were to stop the American in- trusions over the border. In- dian battles and the illegal whisky trade at Fort Whoop-Up near Lethbridge. Mr. Buckwell said it would be a 'crowning achievement' to have the Queen the sym- bolic head of the Mounties at Macleod for the celebra- tions. The community's plans are tentative at present. They en- visage at least one major at- traction during each month in the summer of 1973 and 1974. INVITATIONS SEiVT Invitations have been sent to mow than former dents in all parts of the world to come back for a civic birth- day party aimed for July, 1974. Mr. Buckwell said if the Queen comes "she would prob- ably want to participate in these festivities rather than something particular for her visit." If the royal party cannot come, he said, invitations will be sent anyway to the premier and the lieutenant Governor of Alberta and the prime Minister and governor-General of Can- ada. A committee has been form- ed, with Frank Smith and Jack Lakie of Lethbridge as chair- man and vice-chairman to steer plans for the police cele- brations among southern Al- berta communities. Gecffroy pleaded not guilty to escaping lawful custody. Preliminary hearing for both was set for March 21. Mrs. Geoffrey was released on condition that her father sign a bond, she lives with her parents, she informs the court of any change of address, her paisspart be turned over to po- lice and she reports every 15 days to Quebec Provincial Po- lice detention headquarters here. The former Carmen Parent, she.married Geoffroy Dec. 24, the day he was let out of St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary on a 50-hour pass. The Geoffreys disappeared after the wedding and were arrested March 6 in Barcelona, Spain, after an inter- national police search. They were returned home Monday after a week in Spanish jails. Yves Geoffrpy was serving a life term in prison here for mur- dering his first wife in 1969. Earlier, Geoffrey said he re- ceived no assistance in the planning of his own and his bride's departure from Can- ada. He told his police escort ing the seven hour Madrid- Montreal flight: "Never, at any time, from near or far, from inside or out- side tte prison walls, did any- one knowingly assist either my wife or myself in the escape plans." told a CBC reporter he "took a chance and and decided not to oppose ex- tradition from Spain once he was arrested. Bank of the River Jordan, and the Gaza Strip which Egypt oc- cupied before the war, be- come an autonomous Palestin- ian state federated with Jordan in a United Arab Kingdom under Hussein's Hashiinite throne. The old Arab quarter of Jeru- salem or part of it is to be the capital of the new Palestinian state. Baghdad radio said. But Israel's leaders have said re- peatedly Jerusalem is now a united city under Israeli rule and will never be divided again. At United Nations, mean- while, Jordanian Ambassador Abdul Hamid Sharaf denied to- day reports that a secret agree- ment has been reached between his government and Israel over the future status of the Israeli- occupied west bank of the River Jordan. The radio gave these high- lights of the' agreement: of a new fed- -al state under Hussein to be called the United Arab King- dom. kingdom Is to be made up of two autonomous states, Palestine and Jordan, each of which will have its own govern- ment for internal affairs. Palestinian government will have jurisdiction over the entire West Bank of Jordan which Israel captured in the 1967 war and over the Gaza Strip. federal government, based in Amman, will have over-all authority on the new kingdom's foreign policy, J- fence and economic affairs. de- Wiretap claim spiked OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau denied Monday that the RCMP or the govern- ment is listening in on MPs' tel- ephone calls or opening their mail. Erik N y e 1 s o n said he could not accept Mr. Trudeau's answer because his source for information that such activities are going on is "much too highly placed to be wrong." Mr. Nielsen raised the issue in the Commons last Friday, while Mr. Trudeau was on a trip to southeastern Quebec. The prime minister replied at the opening of Monday's sitting. He said Mr. Nielsen has a "clear responsibility" to turn over any evidence he has of such activities. The government is responsible for the mails. The Commons Speaker has authority over the telephone system on Parliament Hill. Regina teachers stay away REGINA (CP) About students at four schools in the city got a half day holiday to- day as 150 teachers stayed away from morning classes as part of a rotating series of "study sessions" to back con- tact ;