Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
WINDY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY MID The Utltbrukje Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 1972 PAIGE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 46 PAGES Vegetable industry in trouble By GREG McIMYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON In 1971 Southern Alberta farmers were paid to destroy 580 acres of potatoes because of lack of markets for them. Doug Miller (SC Taber- Warner) said in the throne speech debate Tuesday. "We've heard the lamentable stories of the Hun- gry Thirties and how great volumes of potatoes were dumped into the ocean in the United States while thousands went said the MLA. "I don't know to what extent the people of Al- berta are suffering for lack of potatoes but I do feel we could have helped both the producers and the peo- ple if Albertans were buying Alberta goods instead of Idaho, Washington or California vegetables." Mr. Miller proposed a department of industry-spon- sored advertising campaign to promote the purchase of Alberta goods by Albertans. Market shrinking He said 200 employees at Vauxhall and Taber pow- dered potato producing plants have been notified they will be out of work soon if the market for processed potatoes does not improve. "The frozen and canned vegetable industry is shrinking in Alberta year after year there are less acres planted." The reasons given by Mr. Miller for declining vegetable markets locally included: of packing plants, eastern products in the west, freight rates from the east to the west, absence of Alberta labels on products. "Canada packers bought out Alberta Canning at Magrath, then stripped it of the equipment and offer- ed it for the southern Alberta MLA charged. "Cornwall Canning at Taber is owned by the same company, and if they continue to reduce the size we wonder if the same fate will come to the Taber plant." Cornwall Canning was the first successful canning plant in Alberta and has operated without government help so far, he said. Mr. Miller asked the government to act to stop the apparent-disappearance of the vegetable process- ing industry. He also said in his speech that the new govern- ment is on the right track in decentralizing industry. He suggested social welfare services would be more efficient if administered locally. Ottawa's spending watchdog stuns MPs Cool reception for peace plan SETTLEMENT AREA Black section on Middle East map, shows area that would turn the occupied west bank into an autonomous Palestine state federated with Jordan. (AP Wirephoto) 112 believed dead in airlijie crash From AP-Rcuter AMMAN (CP) King Hus- sein formaly put forward pro- posals today for linking the two banks of the River Jordan in a new federal kingdom. The 36-year-old king an- nounced his controversial blue- print for the future at a special meeting at the royal palace at- tended by about 500 Jordanian officials and leaders, represent- atives from the Israel-occupied West Bank, and reporters. The king's Arab opponents joined in rejection of the plan, communicated to the Arab gov- ernments Tuesday. Radio and press commentators in Egypt, Syria, Libya, and Iraq charged it was the first, step toward a separate peace agreement with Israel. Heated debate before TV turned on EDMONTON (CP) A Social Credit opposition play was checked by Premier Peter Lougheed's Pro- gressive Conservatives early today as the time for legislature afternoon in Alberta neared on a color tele- vision network. An opposition motion, introduced by Gordon Taylor (SC, Drumheller) sparked a heated debate during the Tuesday night sitting which dragged on until a.m. MST, 2% hours longer than the usual night ad- journment. It criticized the government for "misusing public money to pay government task forces which are nothing more or less than conservative party caucus commit- tees." The motion was defeated 42-20 with NDP leader Grant Notley (Spirit River Fairview) voting with the Social Credit opposition in favor of the motion. During the debate 28 of the 75 members in the legislature spoke on the motion, 18 opposition members and 10 government members. Social Credit attempts to adjourn debate were thwarted by the shouting of government members and the parade of speakers spiralled past the usual p.m. night sitting close. Opposition leader Harry Strom said the opposition wanted to go on TV with their argument but the gov- crnmennt, apparently "convinced they can get away with it, had decided Television begins The first live color telecast of assembly proceedings is scheduled at p.m. MST today. CFCN-TV cam- eras were in position Tuesday night for the hour-long program which was to be shown to 87 per cent of the province's residents on a temporary network. Mr. Taylor said every government has caucus com- mittees "but this is the only government that has pre- sumed to pay those caucus committees expenses out of public funds." He said the Social Credit opposition had no objec- tion to such caucus committee because it also had them, "but we don't get paid for them" "We're not asking for pay and we think the caucus committees on that side should be doing the work under the indemnity which they already are being paid." Alberta MLAs get an annual indemnity of and an allowance of The government caucus committees are carrying out Progressive Conservative party research, Mr. Tay- lor told the assembly. Deputy Premier Hugh Homer, in response, said the Conservative government was one of 48 members that was saving money by using MLAs to do studies that shape government policy and that the Social Credit party, which spent thousands of dollars on commissions when in power, was "not quite used to the idea that they now are the opposition." Premier Lougheed, defending the government's ac- tion, said the decision to bring the debate to "finality tonight" was made because motives had been impugned. DUBAI (Reuter) A Danish airliner with 112 people aboard of them tourists returning from a vacation in Ceylon- crashed in a remote mountain area near the Persian Gulf late" Tuesday night. A helicopter pilot who flew over the wreckage this morning reported he saw no sign of life. Earlier, it had been reported that a survivor of the crash, believed to be the pilot of the Caravelle, had reached Kalba, a small fishing village. But it later emerged that it was the pilot of a helicopter of the Abu Dhabi defense force, forced down by heavy rain, that had stumbled into Kalba. The super Peace talks to resume PARIS (Reuter) Hanoi and the Viet Cong agreed today to resume the Vietnam peace talks Thursday after a three-week suspension due to a Communist walkout and a boycott by the United States and South Viet- nam. ported missing after being cleared to land at Dubai airport -to Sterling Airways and was flying the holidaymak- ers back to Copenhagen. An.intensive air, sea and land search was launched at first light today. WRECK SPOTTED Wreckage of the plane was spotted by helicopters in a deio- late area of the Musandam Pen- insula at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Aboard the plane were 68 Danish passengers, 12 Norwegi- ans, 20 Swedes, four Finns and two West Germans. Seen and heard About town POUR-YEAR-OLD Dawn Arneson helping her h a i rdresser mother, Vivian, to shampoo a customer Bill Havinga purchasing a new type of cheese, only to have his wife and kids eat it before he did Alderman Vaughan Hembroff suggest- ing the city wait for another snowfall to cover the sand on the streets, instead of re- moving it. Palestine guerrilla leaders agreed to set up their own gov- ernment-in-exile in retaliation, guerrilla sources said. A guer- rilla statement termed Hus- sein's proposal "a plot designed to kill the commando movement and liquidatethe Palestine cause for ever." First unofficial- reaction in Is- rael was cautiously favorable. Under Hussein's plan, the kingdom of Jordan would change its name to the United Arab Kingdom. The kingdom would consist of two regions: region of Palestine, consisting of the West Bank and any other liberated Arab-territo- ries whose population wished to join it. region of Jordan, com- prising the East Bank area. Amman would be the capital of both the Jordan region and the federal kingdom. Jerusalem would be the capital of the Pal- estine region. Drury feud over MAXWELL HENDERSON seeks freedom Governor Wallace rides to victory alright. It's one of ours.' MIAMI (AP) The Demo- c r a t i c presidential campaign has been scrambled by a Flor- ida primary in which Gov. George Wallace won by a land- slide, Senator Hubert Humphrey claimed victory in second place and Senator Edmund Muskie suffered a drubbing. Humphrey, declaring himself the leader of the national Demo- crats after Tuesday's primary, said: "We now have a whole new ball game." Wallace, who rode to victory on his opposition to school bus- ing and his pledges to bear down on crime and tax. the wealthy, proclaimed he now can capture the Democratic presi- dential nomination. With his 42 per cent of the Democratic vote, he won 75 of the state's 81 dele- gates to the party's national convention; Humphrey won six with his 18 per .cent. Twenty-two more primaries remain for contenders to test public opinion and pick up dele- Clocks will go ahead April 30 EDMONTON (CP) Day- light time will go into effect in Alberta April 30 at 2 a.m. Alberta is the last prov- ince to adopt the time change, which in essence creates an extra hour of day- light during the summer months. Attorney-General Merv Leitch told the legislation Tuesday that the govern- ment has issued a proclama- tion in keeping with the of the province's res- idents expressed in a pleb- iscite last August. M. DRURY agrees Private members bill a first move GEORGE WALLACE new ballgamc gates before the nominating conventions this summer. The election is Nov. 3. School "busing" was the top issue of the Florida campaign. Voters, in a straw ballot which has no legal effect, overwhelm- ingly registered opposition to court-ordered school busing to achieve integration. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) In a stunning move, the. defence and prosecution in the Angela DP.VIS murder-kidnap trial ac- cepted an all-white jury of eight women and four men Tuesday. Miss Davis, a co-counsel in her own defence, said she. be- lieves "the women and men sit- ting on the jury will put forth their best efforts to give me a fair trial." The lawyers now must select four alternate jurors for the trial which is expected to last four to six months. Harris said each side will have four peremptory chal- lenges in the selection of alter- nates. Miss Davis is charged with murder, kidnap and conspiracy in the Aug. 7, 1970, Shootout at the Marin County Civic Centre in which a judge and three other persons were killed. Although not accused of being present at UM Shootout, Miss ANGELA DAVIS all white jnry Davis is accused of furnishing the four guns used. The Herald offers new tabloid The Chinook, a tabloid insert edition published twice month- ly, will appear in Thursday's edition of The Herald. Designed to cover extensive- ly rural and district southern Alberta, The Chinook will fea- ture agricultural news, feature and human interest stories and a complete account of eco- nomic and social life in Leth- bridge's trading area. A portion of the regular edi- tfon of The Herald, The Chi- nook will offer businessmen in the readership area an oppor- tunity to advertise with a mass circulation. There will be issues published for the regular paper and an additional for alternate distribution. EDMONTON (CP) An amendment to the Motor Ve- hicle Accident Claims Act be- came the first private mem- ber's bill in the Alberta leg- islature to be formally accept- ed as a piece of government legislation. The amendment, introduced by Graham Harle (PC Stet- tier, became part of the gov- ernment's legislative program on a motion by Highways Min- ister Clarence Copithorne. "This is the first time in Can- ada a government has done Mr. Copithorne said out- side the House! RULE CHANGED The legislature last week ap- proved a rule change that al- lows backbenchers to pilot gov- ernment bills through the House. The amendment, provides for the appointment of an adminis- trator and allows a judge to "make any order he considers just" in an action against the motor vehicle accident claims act. Attorney General Merv Leitch introduced a bill con- taining "technical and proce- dural" amendments to the cor- oners act. A third bill mtroduced by the government would amend the Department of Education Act to give responsibility to the minister of advanced edu- cation for vocational and tech- nical schools or institutes. The responsibilities f o r m e r ly be- longed to Education Minister Lou Hyndman, who introduced the amendment. OTTAWA (CP) Auditor- General Maxwell Henderson stunned the Commons public ac- counts committee Tuesday by suggesting that he and C. M. Drury, treasury board president, are in general agree- ment that the auditor-general's office should be granted more independence from the govern- ment. Mr. Henderson and Mr. Drury have been feuding since Mr. Drury said on television late in 1970 that perhaps a different kind of man should be auditor- general. Just last Thursday, Mr. Hen- derson had said in an interview that he didn't have any argu- ment against anyone in that fel- low at treasury board." But Tuesday, after pressing his grievances against the gov- ernment, Mr. Henderson said he and Mr. Drury have had "some very interesting conversations" within the last few days con- cerning the need to entrench in- dependence for the auditor-gen- eral in new legislation. The 63-year-old auditor-gen- eral, responsible for screening government bookkeeping and generally exposing out-of-Iine expenditures, predicted that Mr. Drury "will" speak very well" when he appears before the committee Thursday. The 'committee sessions re- sulted from opposition criticism of government treatment of Mr. Henderson. WORK HAMPERED Mr, H e n d e r s o n has com- plained that his work has been hampered by a government re- classification of his senior staff "in 1969-freezing their salaries and making staff turnover more because he isn't allowed to hire his own staff. He says hiring through the Public Service Commission is too slow. He stuck to his guns on these points throughout four hours of committee hearings. Tuesday. But in the last half hour he left the impression that he considers them mere symptoms of a phil- osophical flaw in the whole set- up. Asked what he wanted, be said: "Surely you realize that the auditor-general in this country can never be independent as long as government pays for his tools. "That's the point .of this whole discussion." At present the auditor-general is told bow many staff members he may employ in a year and must recruit them through the Public Service Commission. Evidence before the tee was that his staff Emit been raised to 293 from 250 actual strength has gone 265 from 233. Toenail operation fatal to B.C. father of five VANCOUVER (CP) Robert Wilfred Webster, 32-year-old father of five from suburban Richmond, died Nov. 12 after receiving an anesthetic for sur- gery on an ingrown toenaih The death was described by Coroner Glen McDonald Tuesday night as a surgical misadventure. Mr. McDonald found at fault the anesthetists, Dr. D. G. Arm- strong and Dr. Elmer Ratzlaff, and Dr. R. G Tate, who was to have performed the operation. "There was insufficient physi- cal examination of the patient prior to the decision to proceed with the coroner said. He referred to evidence at an inquest that the anesthetists had difficulty inserting a breathing tube in the patient's throat be- cause of a misplaced larynx. pi i i Llaeny Lranom dies in hospital blaze CRANBROOK, B.C. (CP) An elderly patient died and two others suffered burns Tuesday night when a table around which they were sitting caught fire in Cranbrook and district hospital. One of the survivors was re- ported in critical condition while the other suffered severe teg burns. A police spokesman said the three patients were sitting at a table in the lounge of the hospi- tal's extended care unit when the table top, made of linoleum, burst into flames. The fire came at a time when the unit's staff was occu- pied in another part of the hos- pital, the spokesman said. Before members of toe staff reached the table, all three had been burned and an automatic fire alarm had summoned the fire department. The spokesman sai1 the staff helped control heat by fighting the fire with extinguishers and blankets, "but it was too late to save an 80-year-old woman." Names of the victims wert being withheld.