Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Fibruary 14, 1975 News In brief Watergaters denied new trial WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica today denied .requests lor new trials from the [our men convicted in the Watergate coverup trial. Sentencing (or the former high-ranking aides to former president Nixon was set for Feb. 21. Malagasy fighting flares TANANARIVE UP) Shooting broke out again lo- day at the headquarters of the Malagasy Socialist party as troops battled rebel policemen holding out against the military government. The armed forces sealed off the neighborhood, and heavy tiring was heard (or about 40 minutes. Rebel police are accused of asassinatmg Col. Richard Ratsimandrava on Tuesday, only six days after the island republic's military rulers named him president. Congressmen plan Viet trip From AP-REUTERS WASHINGTON (CP) Six senators and seven House Representatives members plan to visit South Vietnam and Cambodia next week as part of a delegation that will attempt to determine whether additional U.S. military aid is needed. And four senators from South Vietnam are due to arrive here Feb. 17 to press their case for the extra help. 'Dead' man eats breakfast MILWAUKEE (AP) Wil- liam Winogrond, pulled back from the brink of death by a blink Monday, ate breakfast Thursday and talked to his wife. Winogrond, 46, suffered a heart attack Monday and was rushed to hospital. His wife, Iris, was told he appeared to be clinically dead. She agreed to have his eyes and other organs prepared for donation. But when small cov- ering on his eyes were taken off in preparation for removal, he blinked. Armored car sale criticized OTTAWA (CP) Two op- position critics have express- ed concern that the Canadian Armed Forces is considering purchasing an armored vehi- cle from military-ruled Brazil. Allan McKinnon (PC-Vic- toria) and Andrew Brewin Greenwood) both have expressed fear that a purchase from Brazil will assist an armaments industry in a dictatorship. Sirhan loses re-trial bid SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Sirhan B. Sirhan, convicted in the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, has lost his bid for a retrial on grounds that new evidence shows he didn't fire the murder weapon. The California Supreme Court denied Sirhan's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which means it refused to reopen the case involving Kennedy's murder in June, 1968, in Los Angeles. Dutch princess engaged THE HAGUE (AP) daughter, Princess Christina, Queen Juliana and Prince to Jorge Guillermo, a native of Cuba who runs a daycare centre in New York City's Bernhard of the Netherlands announced today the engage- ment of their youngest Harlem. Sykes to speak in 'Pass Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Calgary Mayor Rod Sykcs is slated to address a nomination meeting to choose a Social Credit can- didate in the riding Pincher Creek Crowsnest for the next provincial election. The meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Lundbreck Community Hall, says incumbent Socred MLA Charlie Drain. Tax cut bill read EDMONTON (CP) A bill to give Alberta taxpayers a basic 28-per-cent reduction in .personal income tax received first reading in the legislature Thursday. The reduction, announced last Friday in the provincial budget, would give Albertans an average of apiece in tax cuts. Unwilling witness An unwilling unidentified woman is pushed aboard van to be driven to headquarters for questioning early today in the Montreal suburb of Brossard. She and several other customers were in a hotel bar when three masked men entered and shot four other people to death. See shooting story on Page 1. Major bills not likely in .'75 B.C. legislature VICTORIA (CP) Opposi- tion attacks on British Cplum- bia's New Democratic Party government rather than ma- jor legislation will probably be the feature of the next legislative session which opens Tuesday. The fifth session of the 30th B.C. legislative assembly will open at 3 p.m. PST with the speech from the throne read by Lt.-Gov. Walter Owen. The longest session in B.C.'s history will prorogue the day before at 2 p.m. That session, which began Jan. 31, 1974, stretched over 107 days, 44 more than the previous record set in 1916. The. last sitting of the 1974 session adjourned Nov. 26. A total of 62 pieces of legislation were given royal, assent during that session. The NDP government's "Robin Hood budget" for 1974-75, as it was called by Premier Dave Barrett, also made history with a record billion in expenditures. Premier Barrett has in- dicated recently that this year's budget will be even greater. The budget will be brought down Feb. 28 allowing six days debate on the throne speech. Maximum allowable debate on the budget es- timates is 10 days. Premier Barrett, also finance minister, is expected to introduce a new B.C. credit unions act as an alternative to the present banking system which he says is usurious. The premier has repeatedly voiced his support for credit unions and the expected bill will likely be the subject of lengthy criticism by Opposi- tion leader Bill Bennett and his Social Credit members. Attorney-General Alex Macdonald intends to bring forward a new expropriation bill which will strengthen the rights of property owners. Brezhnev lashes Kissinger talks MOSCOW (AP) Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, back in stride after ending a 51-day absence from public view, lashed out today at U.S. Slate Secretary Henry Kissinger's attempts to achieve a step-by- step Middle East settlement Postal code use low CALGARY (CP) Less than half of the mail sent from Calgary is using the postal code but Ihe user rates are even lower in Edmonton. The posl office says 47.3 per cent of stamped mail and 45.9 per cent of metered mail now are using Ihe postal code here, compared with 40.5 per cent and 40.2 per cent in Edmon- ton, respectively. A postal code use tabulation has not been taken in Lethbridge. Dean 'seduced by power blinded by ambition' Gunman eludes police HARVEY, 111. (AP) A was charged with attempted Harvey man continued to murder in the shootings of elude police today after he five policemen, officials said. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEOEMALL Timothy Johnson, 36, was named in two warrants after a shooting spree Thursday in which five officers were wounded, two of them critically, said Police Chief L. L. Lower. OTTAWA (CP) John Dean, convicted Watergate conspirator, told students at Carleton University Thursday night he was blinded by ambi- tion and seduced by power and the trappings of power. Mr. Dean, speaking to a gymnasium crowd of about said he enjoyed the trap- pings of power he had while lie was counsel to former presi- dent Nixon. He found it was possible to summon a helicopter for vir- tually any reason and could use White House telephones to connect him with any place he wished. "American people place more power in their president than you can he told the courteous and recep- tive audience. In answer to a question from the audience concerning his personal standard of living, he said he has in his chequing account and has no plans to get rich on the pro- ceeds of Watergate. and called for the "speediest" resumption of the Geneva peace talks. His remarks, in a luncheon toast honoring visiting British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, came as an official Soviet spokesman said Brezhnev was absent for so long because of "a cold-type illness." It was the first of- ficial, explanation of Brezhnev's absence, which ended Thursday when he met Wilson in the Kremlin. Leonid Zamyatin, director- general of the official Tass news agency, told a news con- ference that the party leader's illness was connected to an epidemic of influenza in Moscow. Reports in the Western press that Brezhnev, 68, was suffering from a more serious ailment were "false rumors and inventions." In his toast, Brezhnev also reiterated the Kremlin's com- mitment to detente. Brezhnev's toast was his first public speech since he disappeared from view Dec. 24. Tax rebate cheques await bill's passing OTTAWA (CP) An esti- mated personal income tax rebate cheques are piled up in revenue department of- fices today wailing for Parlia- ment to approve mailing. Their number is expected to double by next week, revenue department officials said Thursday night. None will be mailed until Finance Minister John Turner's 287-page omnibus tax bill, covering measures announced in the Nov. 18 budget, is passed by Parliament. Revenue officials said 000 income tax returns have been filed and an estimated 85 per cent; or qualify for rebates. "This is just the Bud Cullen, parliamentary secretary for finance, said in an interview. "The number of Asmara fighting breaks out again ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Violence flared again Thurs- day in the Eritrean capital of Asmara after the Ethiopian military government made a Senator Laing dies 'VANCOUVER (CP) Senator Arthur Laing, who spent more than 25 years in- volved in Canadian politics, died Thursday in hospital of stomach cancer at the age of 70: The former federal Liberal cabinet minister and British Columbia Liberal leader was respected and admired by politicians from all parties. Shortly after news of his death was announced, tributes poured in from political allies and opponents alike. Prime Minister Trudeau re- membered Senator Laing "as a person who could light tena- ciously for what he believed in without allowing his personal convictions to blind him to the worth of an opponent's posi- tion." Former prime minister John Diefenbaker said "he was a devoted parliamen- tarian and a good minister." "I knew him for 30 he added. "He was always a gentleman." Ray Perrault, government leader in the Senate, said Senator Laing was "one of the most dedicated public ser- vants in the history of this country.'.' Allister Grosart, deputy opposition leader in the Senate, said "He was ab- solutely outstanding and when he spoke in the Senate he add- ed greatly to everyone's knowledge." Robert Stanfield, Progressive Conservative leader, praised Senator Laing as "a warm and generous man who was always able to see Canada as a whole." Mr. Laing was born at Eburne, B.C., on Sept. and attended the University of British Columbia where he re- ceived a bachelor of agriculture degree in 1925. He worked as a public relations officer for two agricultural companies before becoming involved in politics on a full- time basis in 1949. bitter radio attack on the most prominent spokesman of the Erilrean secessionist guerrillas. Residents of Asmara reported gunfire for about 115 minutes, and a powerful explosion, in the south of the city. After fierce fighting in the city last Monday, the city had been quiet and withoul power for 12 days. In a statement over Radio Ethiopia on Thursday, the rul- ing military council accused the secretary-general of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) of enriching himself at the expense of the Eritrean people. The statement described the secretary-general, Othman Saleh Sabeh, as "the leader of the bandits." The new fighting broke out as the Organization of African Unity (OAU) opened its coun- cil of ministers meeting here. Since the conflict over federal state with a large degree of autonomy before it was made a province of Ethiopia in in virtual civil war late last month, at least persons have died. UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has appealed to the OAU to help prevent further bloodshed in Eritrea. people filing will rise rapidly from here on. It's just the beginning." The deadline for employers to provide T-4 slips is Feb. 28. While the backlog continued to grow, Commons debate on the tax bill dragged through its 12th full day Thursday with no sign that it will be passed before next week. The government blames the opposition for the delay, and the resulting hold-up in mail- ing rebate cheques. But the opposition says the cheques can be mailed legally without passage of the bill. "They could do it if they wanted Conservative fi- nance critic Sinclair Stevens said outside the Commons. "But they're using the bill to put pressure on us to end the debate." He said the opposition has no interest in staging a filibuster, but all MPs have a right to speak against sections they don't like. The most contentious clause would authorize the federal plan to charge income tax on royalties paid by oil and natural gas com'panies to the provinces. These have been exempt in the past. Oilier sections, endorsed by all parlies, would implement tax culs for 1974 and 1975, make the first of interest income tax-free, and exempl up to annually for individual savings toward the purchase of a new home. The royalties-taxation plan, first announced last May by Mr. Turner, has been bitterly opposed by opposition critics, most of the provinces and the oil and natural gas companies. A series of speakers, in- cluding Alvin Hamilton Qu'Appelle-Moose Mountain) and Lome Nystrom urged Ihe government Thursday lo delay the proposal until after the next federal-provincial premiers conference in April. This would give the provinces one more chance to negotiate face to face with Prime Minister Trudeau before the question is settled, they said. Bowling re-introduces unfair practices bill EDMONTON (CP) A bill to protect consumers from un- fair practices in the marketplace was re- introduced in revised form in the Alberta legislature Thurs- day by Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling. The Unfair Trade Practices Act was brought forward last fall, but left to collect reac- tion from the business com- munity and consumer groups. The main change in the revised version is the addition of an "assured voluntary com- pliance" section which would allow suppliers to cease un- fair practices, redress con- sumers and subsequently re- quest that action against the Plumptre optimistic about food price hikes TORONTO (CP) Beryl 'Plumptre, chairman of the Food Prices Review Board, said Thursday there is reason to be optimistic that food prices in Canada won't con- tinue to rise over the long run. "The short term prospect is for continuing high rates of food price she told a seminar on consumer problems sponsored by the Conference Board in Canada. "The longer term is un- clear, but there is room for nptimism." She said lowering the infla- tion rate and good harvests could bring an immediate drop in food prices. "If we have positive results in both these respects, then the present rate of increase in food prices can be expected to moderate significantly as the year goes on." She said recent figures on the consumer price index that showed the lowest increase in food prices since October, 1973 were encouraging "but should not be regarded as a trend." suppliers be dropped or varied. This change was requested by both business and con- sumer groups, said Mr. Dowl- ing in an interview outside the House. It could speed up and drawn out" process through the courts, he ex- plained. The new version of the act also defines new and used goods, such as in the case of cars which have been used only for test drives, the minister said. It adds the provision that any documents taken by the director of consumer affairs from a supplier must be rele- vant to determining whether the supplier has engaged in unfair practices. Mr. Dowling said he believes the bill is properly balanced to deal with fraudulent consumers as well as fraudulent suppliers. The bill still provides that consumers can take com- plaints to the director of con- sumer affairs, who, after in- vestigation, could take the matter to court at govern- ment expense. Consumers can also fake their grievances directly to court, but legal costs then would be their own respon- sibility. Mr. Dowling said consumer complaints would be dealt with through civil; rather than criminal action because criminal charges could leave the consumer without finan- cial competition. To Whom It May Concern Concern Is the hallmark of the Unitarian. Concern for the toial environment, tor the whole of society, for the Individuals whose lives (ouch our own. As a religion, we're toiler at than answers but we never ceaae lo search for Ihe We find thai a fellowship or church or Kindred minds and spirits adds much lo our appreciation of tht Joy living. We lend 10 (elk a lot, worry a lot, laugh, a lol. We'd like to extend our movement lo Include you. If you would be Interested In Joining a Unitarian church or fellowship If one was established In this area, drop a line lo Ihe address below. We'll be happy to respond to your com- munication. Canadian Unitarian Council Room 255, 175 St. Clair Avwiut Toronto, Ont. M4V 1P7 U.S. economy shows sharpest drop since 1937 WASHINGTON (AP) Factories, mines and utilities in the United States reduced their output by 3.6 per cent last month, the worst showing since the Depression era. The Federal Reserve Board said Thursday the downturn extended across the economy, with declines posted in autos, consumer goods, business equipment and industrial materials. It was the sharpest one- month drop since December, 1937, when the output index plummeted by 8.9 per cent, and followed a 3.1-per-cent decline in December 1974. The index now has declined by 9.5 per cent since last Sep- tember and stands at 113.7 per cent of the 1987 base level. The report gave weight lo a government estimate that the over-all economy will decline by 3.3 per cent this year, com- pared with a 2.2 per cent drop in 1974. In other economic and energy developments Thurs- day: Secretary Rogers Morton said President Ford's energy program will increase the price of gasoline by as much as 20 cents a gallon. The administration's previous estimate was 10 cents a gallon. He predicted the price will start rising in April and reach 70 lo 75 cents a gallon by July, going higher still if Ford's planned tariff on Im- ported oil reaches M a barrel. -Ford said the budget deficit he has pro- jected for the next fiscal year can be financed. But he said he couldn't make the same promise if Congress adds to Ihe deficit. labor department re- ported that nearly more persons applied for jobless benefits in the week ended Feb. 1. The figure was higher than had signed up the previous -Despite increased sales for certain models promoted in a price-rebate program, over-all car sales for the first 10 days of February dipped to a 13-year low, the four major U.S. auto makers said. They said the deliveries were J.I per cent below the same period of 1974, when the gasoline shortage was at its peak. President Frank Fitzsimmons said Ford should declare the recession a national emergency. He urged such measures as price controls, a tax cut, gasoline rationing and more public service and construc- tion jobs. single-day volume record was set when 35.16 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Ex- change. And an 11.89 gain pushed the Dow Jones average of 30 industrials to a six-month closing high of 7M.92.