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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY fORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 25-30 YOU No. 57 The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TVi'O PAGtl New govt. program outlined before picketed parliament OFF FOR PEKING-President and Mrs. Nixon wave from the doorway of a presidential heli- copter on the South lawn at the White House jusf before taking off for a flight lo Andrews Air Force Base Thursday to start their historic (rip mainland China. (AP Wirephoto) Funded debt increases in Alberta EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's funded debt rose to .V203.'l million during the last nine months of 1971, Provincial Audilor C. K. Huckvale reported today. Tliis is an increase of million over the funded debt registered a year earlier, Mr. Huckvale said in en interim financial statement for the nine months end- ed Dec. 31, 1971. In addition lo direct debt, the province also was guaranteeing SI.4 billion in loans. The statement showed that when ended, Uie province had S50.2 million cash in Ihe bank and in- vestments of million for total cash and invest- ments of JI94.9 million. Iliis was a decrease of million from mil- lion on Dec. 31, 1970. This figure had climbed lo million when Mr. Huckvale released his 12-month statement on March 31, 1971. Poliliccd storm Earlier this monlh a political storm blew up over jusf liow much the province had in cash and invest- ments. Premier Peter Lougheed confirmed a report Uial the amount of surplus inherited from the former So- cial Credit government was nowhere near million. Social Credit was toppled by the Progressive Con- servalivc party in the Aug. 30, 1971 election after 36 years of rule. The sion' raised the ire of Social Credit Leader finny Slioni who called for an immediate session of Ihr In determine the "facts.'' He said (ho won-milliiin ligurc was based on figures supplied by Mr. Huckvale. Mr. Longhecd had said an independent report en Alberta'? surplus was being undertaken and would bo ready about Feb. 21. He refused to say at that timo how much he the surplus was. Mr. liuckvalc snid loday Ihe province's deficit, at K7 million, was 57.0 million less than the year pre- vious. licroipls during Ire nine months totalled ?774.S mil- lion, up million from the last three quarters ol HITII, while were million, up J83.3 million, Production up The main reason for the increased receipts was more oil and gas production which gave the govern- ment million in royalties, an increase of ?23.7 million during Ihe same period in 1970. Rentals and fees from the petroleum and natural gas industry also million to .tf2.7 mil- lion. However. Ihe sale of crown reserve leases and res- ervations for nil and gas exploration was down million. The industry paid the government S1G.S million for lands compared with million during the last nine months of 19'rO. The rcmaimlpr of the rise in receipts came from gains in income lax, hospilnl insurance, liquor and min- eral I axes and licence fees. Health and social development were responsible for n large part of increased expenditures. General lios- pilal costs rose 20.6 million, nursing homes absorbed iir.nlluT million and public assistance increased J3.fl million. Another added cost, for Uie [wind wna M.ftW Inr tins provincial election. Fat women die after surgery TORONTO (CP) Dr. H. B. Cotnam, Ontario's supervising coroner, said Wednesday he has ordered an inquest following Die deaths of five ing two underwent surgery for obesity in Ottawa. Dr. Cotnam said the inquest, set for March 21 in Ottawa, will investigate Ihe death of Denise Seguin, 32. last Dec. 21 follow- ing an operation performed by Dr. J. P. Drouin, chief of sur- gery at Montforl Hospital. Mrs Segutn's sister Fleurette Croisetierc, 48, died Aug. 23 after the same operation, in the hospital, described as an intes- tinal bypass. Dr. J. 0. V. Eellegarde. medi- cal director of Mordfort, said the operation is no longer being performed at (he hospital. Mrs. Eeguin's husband Ar- mand, a father of six, said both sisters bad the same operation, developed as a means of helping obese persons lose weight. The women, be said, each weighed more than 20Q pounds. Airport crisis eases By THE CANADIAN PRESS The situation brightened somewhat for air travellers across Canada today but delays of up lo four hours were still re- ported for commercial flights slowed by a strike by elec- tronics technicians. Air Canada said 108 planes were expected to leave Toronto today with only 43 cancellations compared with GO Wednesday, There were 13 Air Canada can- cellations out of Montreal today. CP Air anticipated no cancel- lations in either city. Airports across (he country have slowed operations for safety's sake. In Toronto, lire number of takeoff? and landings an hour has been reduced to 10 from Ihe usual Meanwhile in Ottawa, media- lion talks continued in an at- tempt to sellle the wage dispute between the 2.200 member Local 2228, International Broth- erhood of Eleclrical Workers and the federal treasury board. Air Canada and CP Air have maintained most of their long- range and international runs. HOWARD HUGHES Where Is lie? OTTAWA (CP) Parliament, beset by pickets, opened a new session today with government promises of more housing, com- pensation for victims of crime and tederal participation hi pub- be legal aid. The session is expected to be abbreviated, probably cut short bv a general election. The gov- ernment promised in (he Ibronc speech to give top priority to its family income security program allowances for larger and poorer families. Striking CBC technicians marched at the gates of Parlia- ment Hill and CBC news report- ers would not cross their lines to report the event. It was the first lime in 17 years that the CBC did not broadcast the opening ceremony in the Senate chamber hy radio and television. Its technicians, members of the National Asso- cialion of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, have been .striking for higher pay and shorter hour? Orn.TNES LEGISLATION The speech outlining Hie gov- ernment's legislative program also promised policies lo ensure r IS Train derailed near Kdnionlon KDMONTON (CP) Twenty cars of a HG-rar CNR freight (rain were derailed loday about 12 miles south of Ihe city The derailed cars were among 70 loaded with grain on a northbound freight from Camrose to Edmonton. Bus driver dragged out and killed BELFAST (AP) Terrorists In Northern Ireland murdered a part-time militiaman and killed another British soldier Wednes- day night, raising the country's death toll in 'K years of viol- ence to at least 245. Thomas Callaghan, a Roman Catholic member of the mostly Proliant Ulster Defence Regi- ment, was dragged from the bus he was driving in London- derry's Creggan District as his passengers screamed. The gun- men bundled him into a car, shot him through the head anci dumped his body at the edge of a road on Ibc other side of the cily. Colleagues said he had been warned lie would be shot. Tlie soldier died in Belfast when terrorists riddled a jeep with machine-gun fire. He was the 51st British soldier killed in Northern Ireland. NASSAU, Bahamas fAP) Billionaire recluse Howard Hughes returned in secrecy to the United after nearly 15 months in seclusion in the Baha- mas, a government official indi- cated today. The report could not immedi- ately be confirmed, but it came frcm a Bahamian government official who declined lo be iden- tified. 11 u g b c s' whereabouts were urlniown. Meanwhile, an official of Par- adise Island Ltd. said Hughes may have left the island as early as last weekend with a few members of his staff. Paradise Island Lid. owns the Britannia Beach Held. the CS-year-oId industrialist has been reported Ihing since leav- ing Las Vegas, Nov., Nov. 24, 397H. In Los Angeles, Richard Han- nab, publicity chief of Hughes Tool Co., said he thought, Hughes left Ihe hotel Tuesday. DICCL1NK COMMENT Hannah said he did not know where Hughes went. The U.S. customs bureau in Washington declined comment on whether Hughes had been processed through customs in his reported re.'.urn lo the United States. Hughes has not been seen publicly since 1953. A carun left Nassau this morning loaded with furniture and other items removed from Hughes' ninth-floor suite o[ the hcicl Wednesday. The landed 30 minutes later at Fc-rt Lauderdale Inter- national Airport and Ihen look off for an unknown destination. Balfron Bclhcl. a Bahamaian government official, said Hughes himself had net been or- dered to leave the Bahamas. But when asked whether any members of Hughes' staff had been asked to leave. Bethel scid: "Mr. Hughes staff, like any other staff of anyone else, must comply with immigration rules and procedures of the Ba- hamas. "We have carried out a rou- tine investigation with regard to persons who are allegedly em- ployed by Hughes without pro- per immigration Be- thel added. Reliable sources reported im- migration officials raided Hughes' hotel suite Tuesday lo determine whether members of Uie staff had work permits. Some Hughes sources said il Tvas doubtful that Hughes would return permanently to the United States because of legal actions over his holdings and the purported Hughes autobiog- raphy by author Clifford Ining. Peking Toms BANGKOK I Ileulcr) China experts in the U.S. state depart' menl now are known as "Pe- king says Leonard Unger, U.S. ambassador (o Thailand. In a lighthearted ad- dress to the American Chamber of Commerce, Unger said an old state department saying once defined an optimist as a foreign service officer who studied Rus- sian, and a pessimist as one who was studying Chinese. Maniac kills sleeping kids during hospital rampage BLACKPOOL. England A knife-wielding maniac ran nmok among sleeping children in a Blackpool liospiLal early loday and escaped after slab- bing throe children lo death as they slumbered in their cots. Two n u r b c s were badly wounded and another child suf- fered minor stab injuries in the attack on the children's w.ird of Uip OfiO-hrd Vielnria Hospital. More than 200 police combed the hospital p-ounds and a nearby park for (he berserk killer, described a.s a Mil young man with dark hair and a for- cigr accent. Roadblocks were set up on even' highway leading out of Uiis holiday resort on England's northwest coasi'. Police said the intruder walked into the ward ott llic h o s p i 1 nl 's second floor at .1 a.m., claiming lo be a mem- IIPT of I ho slaEf and asking for sleeping tablets. the equality of women to Cana- dian society, an extension of public housing programs with community participation and es- tablishment of three new na- Lional parks in the Far North. Legislation t o strengthen anli-combines law and amend federal labor in the last session and subjects ol public be rein- traduced in modified form. The speech was read hy Gov.-Gen. Roland Michener Lo senators and MPs assembled in the scarlet and walnut Senate chamber. DETAILS NOT GIVEN It said "protective steps" would taken in a number of areas of wide concern to Cana- dians, including Ihe non-medical AND THEN BANG Informed sources hinted Lo- day that the government wants Parliament lo approve two pieces of legislature and 3 budget before a general election call. Tie two pieces cf legisla- tion src 'A new family income security plan, and new fiscal arrangements with the prov- inces. These I wo items and a bud- get wilh possible tax cuts hold top priority in the new session. use of drugs, compensation for victims of crime, and the prot- ection of privacy. But it did not ppoll mil in any detail what these steps would be. "The Government is commit- ted as well to federal participa- tion in legal aid subject to satis- factory cost-sharing and admin- istrative details being worked it said. Policies will also be an- nounced during the. new session "lo ensure the equality of women in Canadian the speech added. The 3.700-word speech, longer than usual, swept over nearly every aspect of national affairs, stating Ihe government's philos- ophy about the need to bring everyone into active participa- tion. "Every one of us is enriched through involvement in this stimulating process we call Can- ada." Ihe speech said. ELECTION EXPECTED The fourth session of the 23th parliament, elected in is expected lo he the last before a general election later this year. As is usual wilh pre-election throne speeches, Ihis one held out promises for bor, management, farmers, fishermen, consumers, men, women and children. 11 put emphasis on the eco- nomic challenges facing Can- ada. In what appeared to be. a reference to the recent interna- tional financial crisis if. said "we learned IhaL Canada and Canadians possessed the stamina and the resilience to overcome this form of a diver- sify as Overcoming unemployment remains ''a primary focus o! at- tention and action1' and the gov- ernment will work to ensure a favorable business clunalc. A federal government official told reporters that 10 govern- ment bills will be introduced in the next few days, and six min- isters will participate in the throne speech dehale. The de- bale s tart s Friday wilh speeches by Prime Minister Tnnlpmi and parly leaders. Strike threatens Heath's market plans JL LONDON (AP) The eco- nomic crisis rc.suHing from Uie Brili.'h coal strike today Ihrcal- encd Prime Minister Edward Heath's plans to lead Britain into the European Common Market. If also provided a sombre. prelude for the British leader's talks Iliis weekend vni'.i Presi- dent Georges I' o m p i d o u of France on the future of allied Europe. A three-day dehale in Iho House of Commons ends tonight with a vole on the European Communities Bill, key legisln- (ion lo accomplish Britain's erlry into the Common Market next year. The Conservative government expects In win, bill, the eirciiinslanccs in which Britain now can link up wito Europe have worsened danger- ously. II had been Heath's aim (o lead a slrong, buoyant, thriving Britain inlo the Common Mar- ket. Until last monlh Uie prospects seemed bright. The pound sterling was riding hiph. British exporls were hum- ming, easily outstripping in> ployed. ports. It seemed as if Heath's unyielding resistance lo infla- tionary wage claims was work- ing, opening the way to an ex- port-led boom dial would soak up I he one million British unein- Coal miners blockade oil supplies LONDON (AP) Striking roal miners blockaded oil sup- plies from two of Britain's big- gest refineries loday in a bid lo intensify blackouts cur- tailing industry, darkening homes and making idle millions of workers, Tit hloclt supplies to oil-fed rk'dririly generating plants, the miners threw up picket lines nl. Llic refineries on the Thames cud Tend rivers nncl railway workers rcfu.sixl lo cross them to oil. Virtually ro oil left. Ihe refineries. Most of Britain's power planls run on coal, and their supplies nre expected In h? gone by the end of the month. But Prime Minister I'Mward Heath's gov- ernment is iThmg on nil-fuelled sli'il.ion.s lo mainl.'iin a; Irasl L.TI per cent of normal electricity output when the coal runs out. With factories cut to half because of the blackouts, three government mediators worked overtime in the hope of Ihe strike that, thrcnlens !o bring British industry to a halt in two weeks. The Ihrco-mnn court I'.' inquiry hendcd by Ixird was expected lo an- nounce ils Friday for .settling the .six-week walkout by 2RO.OOO miners de- manding higher pay. Had such conditions' continued Britain would have been able lo f.tce with confidence Ihe rigors of life in I lie enlarged Common Market despite Ihe big new fin- ancial burdens of entry and membership. But lasl month things began going vrronp. exports Marled sliding, leaving January's lrr.de in the rtr. 1 rising. Oniput the Insl four Jiioiuhs slumped while in- dustrial investment remained Mngu.'iiil. came the coal strike inlo Ihe si; pgering elec- tric power crisis that has j-luil- leivd hopes of A yearly eco- nomic expansion. Highlights of throne speech Action to control Uic eco- nomic environment, including foreign ownership, in terms of both national identity and ben- efit to Canadians. New competition legislation, replacing present anti-com- bines law, after fuiiher con- sultation with industry and other groups. Wider credit for exporters, including encouragement to the private sector to finance export activilic.s. Pnlicies to promote tourism. O'liLinued encouragement o[ northern economic develop- merit, but rot at the expense of northern residents ajid with safeguares for the environ- ment. Improved income for fisher- men. iTilli guarantees Uial; benefits of price support pro- grams go to individual fisher- men. Increased payments to whest farmers, by govern- ment rather than consumers, under a system with a higher price for wheat sold domesti- cally than that sold abroad. Wheat payments to be based on grain acreage rather than sclual production. R e v i s i o n of equalization payments by Hie federal gov- ernment to the less-wealthy provinces. Amendments to federal labor code and fair employ- ment laws. Increase in amounts avail- able under student loans pro- gram. Revision of housing policy, will] emphasis on low-cost housing. Policies la ensure equality of women. Law to provide1 compensa- tion to crime victims. Law lo prelect against Inva- sion of privacy. Financial support for legal aid, subject to satisfactory cost-sharing agreement with the provinces. Protective measures con- cerning non-medical drag use. Minimum income guarantee Ihrough increased family al- lowances for poorer families. Creation of Hirer new na- tional parks in North. Legislation to provide wild- life habilals and prelect en- dangered species. Authorization for the CEC to extend broadcast service lo areas not ycl served. Formal ion of Heritage Can- ada to preserve historic build- ings and artifacts. Seen and heard About town jllAYOn And y Anderson arguing that acquiring a second grandson docs not obligate him to hand out cigars Local Greek philosopher Cror.L'i' Spnnlos lolling ou-nbrtix In1 inlcnds lo "rim'1 as iiirinhtT of I'.'tr- h.'iilioiit for Lel.hli] idpe -is soon as somebody nominates him TOII.V Porlioli gol- fing an Kdnionlon hotel's name in n Cnl.uniy context find covering up his error with "Those cities arc so big get mixed im when I gel north of Ilia Oldnian Hiver." ;