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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Judge rules charges covered too long a period of time MONTREAL (CP) The jometimes tulmultuous trials of five Quebecers charged with seditious conspiracy took a surprising turn here when Mr. Justice Roger Ouimet quashed the charges in Court of Queens The judge, whose impartiality ind fitness to preside at the trial had been challenged in its earlier stages, stunned the cowtroom when he brought down his ruling. In his 17-page written statement in which he reviewed the defendants' petition to quash, he luted that the charges covered too long a period of time, were in then- wording and lacked sufficient details. The accused, all arrested Oct. 16 under War Measures Act invoked to deal with Quebec's two political kidnappings, were labor leader Michel Chartrand, lawyer Robert Lemieux, author Pierre Vallieres, teacher Charles Gagnon and broadcasting producer Jacques Larue-Langlois. The five were accused of seditious conspiracy by advocating the overthrow of the Quebec governments between Jan. l, and Oct. 16, 1970. ARRESTED OCT. IS All were arrested Oct. 16 under the act and only Lame Langlois released in December obtained bail. After Mr. Justice Ouimet finished reading his judgment, the Crown immediately asked for an adjournment to get "further instructions" from the Quebec justice department. After the adjournment, Mr. Justice Ouimet granted a Crown request for postponement of further charges against the five until the spring assizes which open March 1. The five still face charges ol being members of the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec which claimed responsibility for kidnapping British diplomat James Crossr Oct. 5 and for the Oct. 10 abduction of Pierre La porte, Quebec labor minister found strangled a week later. After the postponement, Lem ieux applied for bail for the fou still in custody. Mr. Justice Oui met said he will hear the appli cation his judgment, Mr. Justice re Ouimet said that the accused Ox vere before him on a preferred indictment which bypasses pre- tb minary hearing procedures. or "In fact, as there was no pre- aj iminary hearing, one cannot at know what the Crown alleges R against them and they are justi ied in claiming they are unable L, o guess what they are accused in of during a period of three jj mars." pi The judge noted that the peti- m tion argued that the Criminal a, Code must give an accused a "reasonable information" con> ji eerning the act to be proved against him. The men were charged with tl having been parties to a con- spiracy aimed at changing the s Quebec government by "advocating force without lawful au- c thority." j The judge asked how "can y one conspire by carrying out the process of advocating." How could the accused "hopo to prepare a full and complete r defence against such a vague t and imprecise i "How can it be claimed that j the indictment contains, with i Cnititn-rin-n fcpv regard to the circumstances of ie alleged offence, sufficient ills resonably to inform accused about the acts or ommissions to be proved! against them and to identify the I affair j REJECTS SOME ARGUMENTS Defendants V a 1 li e r e s and jemieux took hurried notes as. in the first part of his judgment. ii Justice Ouimet cited juris- inidence to reject some argu- i menU presented by the defend- ants. Their arrest, detention and arraignment under the War Measures Act, he said, was "perfectly legal." But when he began criticizing the charges, Vallieres and Lem- ieux dropped their pencils in surprise. After a brief adjournment, Chartrand rose and told the judge he had "nothing against your judgment insofar as the last part of it is concerned." But he said be could not agree with the rejection of the argu- ment that the War Measures Act violated the British North America Act by usurping the powers of the judiciary. He added he would continue rf support the courts even hough the judge had disagreed with his view for "after all .hey do render some good judg ments." 15, 1971 UtHMlDGI HWAID Breunen to speak Jon achievement TABER (HNS) Executive director for Junior Achieve- ment, Herbert Brennen of Cal- i garv, will speak at a noon I meeting of the chamber of commerce council Wednesday, Feb. 17. Local businessmen and oth- ers interested in the program of establishing small business ventures for young people in the community are requested to attend. High school princi- pals have been invited. The meeting will take following lunch at Petrie's Pan- try. Arrangements for Mr. Jrennen's visit were completed by W. R. Myers High School jrincipal James L. George. HERE'S HOW-Keeping order In Karachi, here's how Pakistani officials handle dh- A policeman goes at civilian with a club during period of rioting in the city. NOW TAKE A GENTLE LAXATIVE From the makers of Take gentle-actint; Nt... Nature's Remedy! There Is, no leJdown.ro uncomfortable _ _ _ ft after-feeling. Nt to an all-vegetable laxative.Forovw m t. been giving folks" pleasant, J relief overnight. Nt tonight... tomorrow alrigWJ UGUUR'CHOCOUTE COATED _ in major financial dispute CALGARY (CP) Robert A. Brown Jr. of Calgary has managed to avoid personal publicity while being a key figure in a major financial controversy. Bob Brown, 56, is president and major owner of Home OU Co. Ltd., Canada's largest independent oil company, which has a net interest in more than 350 oil and 50 gas wells and Petroleums L t d., Mch had about 60 producing ells, and United Oils Ltd. a >lding company with most of B Federated stock. Mr. Brown quickly negotiated re first producto loan in Ca-adian million from ie Canadian Bank of Com-lerce to buy producing oil ells from Imperial Oil Ltd. oil action by buying ares in Atlantic Richfield urp. which helpel make the orth Slope discovery but Hie lares now are 'half their value that time. The Calgary Herald says this rop in value has put pressure tt Home to find additions acking because of million i debt and interest charges of of more than million. Mr Brown has remained Valley. Mr. Brown began a month. Mr. Brown controls Home lent amid reports he is selling part of his interest in Home Oil to Ashland Oil Inc. of Kentucky It has stirred protests at Oil shares on the open larket and by 1952 had effec-ve control of the company. He uerged Federated and Home Cygnus Corp., a holding ompany of which lie has 49 per ent of the stock. Cygnus owns 1 nQlion shares of Home voting prospect of Americans gaining control of another to form the present com-lany. Then he went on an a little less than half but till effective control. firm. Mr. Brown is described as a bard-driving executive who goes not for the good -deal, but for the big deal with high risks but tremendous potential. Be stepped into the oil industry behind his father, also R. A. Brown, one of the moving forces in the 1930s with the drive. The result was fields at West-vard Ho, Harmattan-EJkton, Jarstairs, Virginia Hills and Swan Hills. Swan Hills is among ie three largest fieMs in Can-Ida. Starting in 1957i Home Oi -pent million to acquire 14 per cent of TransCanada a preliminary financial tatement for 1970, Home re-lorted operating earnings of or 58 cents a share in iddition to an extraordinary gain of on sates of to-lurffifis. Gross revenue was up i.3 per cent to million from 969 when earnings were mil- ment of Alberta's first or 73 cents 2. snsrc. field at Turner Valley. GOT COLLEGE DEGREE The younger Brown took a commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1936 and learned the financial MILLION IN DEBT But in 1960, the oil industry was in the doldrums, Home was million in debt and its stoc market value of TransCanada was down to raising money to drill wells with his father. He joined the Canadian navy in the Second World War Brown guided the company through this rough perio and began moving, as Home 0 of Canada Ltd., into served as an oil procurement officer. After his father died in 1948 he took control of the family's interests. These the North Sea. Natural gas discoveries followed and marketing has started in Britain. In 1970, Home jumped into (CNP Bureau) A piano teachers' workshop is to be held in the Isabelle Sel-lon School Blah-more Feb. 19 20th. Professor Louise Chapman, Quebec the University of Leth-bridge will be instructor. Topics to be discussed at the will include contem- twist chiefs music and method of teaching and the study of Bach and his contemporaries. fee of for the three ses- OTTAWA (CP) Sources the congress the will be levied and inter- the Quebec wing of the is to hold in Quebec parties may obtair. more Progressive Conservative party indicate that formation of spring. POSITION bv contacting Mrs. Beatrice Costigan at 562-2290 independent bloc" is being Alie said the position of the federal party regarding sidered unless the Quebec wing wins a few concessions from is not said Quebec federal party. Such an independent block would support the federal party under the leadership of a decentralized federalism which will respect the aims and aspirations of plunges Stanfield, but only if it was granted more autonomy in noting that the separatist Parti Quebecois had feet resenting the aims of interest in fielding conservatives and if the in a federal election, B.C. (CP) Three partv clarified its position regarding the status of said that in some respects the aims of the two parties were killed when a truck in which they were driv- A reliable source said inn mllidorf ivith R CBf demands were contained in a recent letter to Mr. Stanfiel( from Fernand Alie, president o the Quebec wing. Mr. Alie and a spokesman foi Mr. Stanfield acknowledged tha a letter did change hands bu each declined to discuss the de have fundamentally the same objectives." he said. "We say a federal state is formed ol a group of sovereiffn states." I Roch LaSalle, MP for Joliette 1 and one of four Conservative MPs from Quebec, said forma tion of an independent Ouebe groun would be the ideal down a 400-foot embankment near this community in the southern British Columbia interior. Dead are James Henry Pat-. erson, 45, of nearby Spences Bridge. Stanley Joe, 40, of Mer-. ritt, and Enid Jumbo. 28, of Mr. Alie. in an interview for Quebecers who Montreal recently, said, "centralist policy" of ever, that formation Minister Trudeau's Liberal Quebec block is to be emment. COULD SHOW FEELINGS Such a Quebec block would MaY's FUNNY O 1 1 to account to the anowshocr feelings of the Asselin, PC after Charlevoix, said he discuss the matter with GENESEE. Alta. (CP) bers of the Quebec wing's 16-vear-old Halifax youth ntive council before after completing a 35-m i 1 snowshoe stand. George J. Valarie. Markas Jannasch was a mem- for Montreal her of the St. John's agreed in principle with team of Selkirk. Man., stand expressed by Mr. Alie was racing a tcair, from said the matter must still v Vi John's School of Warburg, discussed at the executive i He said however, that A spokesman for his scho paid the exact cause of was a "natural is now known and an twcen Quebec and the V 1 will N: country and that "those 1 Alberta won the race for do not acknowledge this BimtrmfciK. v__ third consecutive AGT, part of (QTrwis-Canida Telephone System It seems that only yesterday she left town to live on her own. So don't let another day slip by. Phone. LONG DISTANCE makes the grow fonder ;