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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 1 SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 25-30 No. 57 The LetKbridge Herald LETEBR1DGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECI PAGES New govt. program outlined before picketed parliament OFF FOR PEKING-Prestdent and Mrs. Nixon wave from the doorway of a presidential heli- copter on the South Lawn at the White House just before taking off for a flight to Andrews Air Force Base Thursday to start their historic trip mainland China. (AP Wirephoto) Funded debt increases in Alberta EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's funded debt rose to S203.4 million during the last nine months of 1971, Provincial Auditor C. K. Huckvale reported today. This is an increase of million over the funded debt registered a year earlier, Mr. Huckvale said in an interim financial statement for the nine months end- ed Dec. 31, 1971. In addition to direct debt, the province also was guaranteeing SI.4 billion in loans. The statement showed that when 1971 ended, tiie province had S50.2 million cash in the bank and in- vestments of million for total cash and invest menls of million. Tliis 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. Political storm Earlier this month a political storm blew up over just how much the province had in cash and invest- ments. Premier Peter Lougheed confirmed a report that the amount of surplus inherited from the former So- cial Credit government was nowhere near million. Social Credit was toppled by the Progressive Con- servative party in the Aug. 30, 1971 election after 36 years of rule. The story raised the ire of Social Credit Leader Harry Slrom who called for an immediate session of Iho lesisl.ihirn lo determine the "facts." He said lira mil linn figure was based on figures supplied by Mr. Huckvale. Mr. Lougheed had raid an independent report on Alberta's surplus was being undertaken and would bo ready about Feb. 21. He refused to say at that time how much he thought the surplus was. Mr. Huckvale said today the province's deficit, at million, was ?7.6 million less than the year pre- vious. Horoipts during Ihn nine months totalled ?774.S mil- lion, up sm.'.i million from the hist three quarters ol 19711, while expenditures were million, up 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 million during the same period in 1970. Rentals and fees from the petroleum and natural pas industry also million to mil- lion. However. Ihe sale of crown reserve leases and res- rryalions for oil and gtis exploration was down million. The industry paid the government. million for lands compared with million during the last nine months of 1970. The remainder of the rise in receipts came from gains in income lax, hospital insurance, liquor and min- eral taxes and licence fees. Health and social development were responsible for a large part of increased expenditures. General hos- pilnl costs rose 20.6 million, nursing homes absorbed 3.2 million and public assistance increased (I million. Another added cost for ttv ptvriod wns for the provincial election. Fat women die after sur gery TORONTO (CP) Dr. H, B. Cotnani, Ontario's supervising coroner, said Wednesday he has ordered an inquest following the deaths of five ing two underwent surgery for obesity in Ottawa. Dr. Cotnani said the inquest, set for March 21 in Ottawa, will investigate the death of Dcnise Seguin, 32, last Dec. 21 follow- ing an operation performed by Dr. J. P. Drouin, chief of sur- gery at Montfort Hospital. Mrs. Seguin's sister Fleuretle Croisetierc, 48, died Aug. 28 after the same operation, in the hospital, described as an intes- tinal bypass. Dr. J. 0. V. Bellegarde, medi- cal director of Montfort, said the operation is no longer being performed at the hospital. Mrs. Seguin's husband Ar- mand, a father of six, said both sisters had the same operation, developed as a means of helping obese persons lose weight. 'The women, he said, eaeh weighed more than 200 pounds. Airport crisis eases By THE CANADIAN PRESS The situation brightened somewhat for air travellers across Canada today but delays of up to 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 wilh 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 the country have slowed operations for safety's sake. In Toronto, Ihe number of takeoffs and landings an hour has been reduced to 10 from the usual 40. Meanwhile in Oltawa, media- tion talks continued in an at- tempt to sellle the wage dispute between the 2.200 member Local 2228, International Broth- erhood of Electrical Workers and the federal treasury board. Air Canada and CP Air have maintained most of Iheir long- range and international runs. HOWARD HUGHES Where Is He? OTTAWA (CP) Parliament, beset by pickets, opened a new session today with government promises of more housing, com- pensation for victims of crime and federal participation in pub- lic legal aid. The session is expected to be abbreviated, probably cut short by a general election. The gov- ernment promised in (he throne speech to give top priority to its family income security program allowances for larger and poorer families. Striking CBC technicians marched at the gales of Parlia- ment Hill and CBC news report- ers would not cross their lines to report the event. It was the first time in 17 5rears that the CBC did not broadcast the opening ceremony in the Senate chamber by radio and television. Its technicians, members of the National Asso- ciation of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, have been striking for higher pay and shorter hours. OUTLINES LEGISLATION The speech outlining the gov- ernment's legislative program also promised policies to ensure Hughes secretly to r Train derailed near Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) Twenty cars of a 1 IB-car CNR freight I rain were derailed today about 12 miles south of the 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 Protestant 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 and dumped his body at the edge of a road on the other side of the city. Colleagues said he had been warned he 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 (AP) Billionaire recluse Howard Hughes returned in secrecy to the United Slates 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 from a Bahamian government official who declined to be iden- tified. H u g h c s' whereabouts were unknown. 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 Ltd. owns the Britannia Beach Hotel, where the Bfj-year-old industrialist has been reported living since leav- ing Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 24, 1970. In Los Angeles, Richard Han- nah, publicity chief of Hughes Tool Co., said he thought Hughes left the hotel Tuesday. DECLINE 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 rcLurn lo the United States. Hughes has not been seen publicly since 1953. A caryn pjMif left Nassau this morning loaded with furniture and other items removed from Hughes' ninth-floor suite of Uie here] Wednesday. The plane landed 30 minutes later at Fort Lauderdale Inter- national Airport and then look off for an unknown destination. Baltron Bethel, a Baharaaian government official, said Hughes himself had not been or- dered to leave the Bahamas. But when asked whether any members of Hughes' staff had been asked to leave. Bethel said: "Mr. Hughes staff, like any other stalf of anyone else, must comply wilh immigration rules and procedures of the Ba- hamas. "We have carried out a rou- tine investigation with regard to persons who are allegedly era- ployed by Hughes without pro- per immigration Be- thel added. Reliable sources reported im- m i g r a I i o n officials raided Hughes' hotel suite Tuesday lo determine whether members of Uie staff had work permits. Some Hughes sources said il was doubtful that Hughes would r e I u r n permanently to the TJniled States because of legal actions over his holdings and the pin-ported Hughes autobiog- raphy by author Clifford Irving. Peking Toms BANGKOK (Ileuler) China exports in the U.K. state depart- ment 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 stale department saying once defined an optimist as a foreign service officer who studied Rus- sian, and a pessimist as one Mho was studying Chinese. Maniac kills sleeping kids during hospital rampage BLACKPOOL. England A knife-wiolding maniac ran amok among sleeping children in a Blackpool hospital early today and escaped after stab- bing three children to death as they slumbered in their cots. Two nurses were badly wounded and another child suf- fered minor stab injuries in the attack on the children's ward of Uio 900-hed Victoria Hospital. More Uian 2WI police combed the hospital groimds and a nearby park for the berserk- killer, described as a tall young man with dark hair and a for- eigr acceni. Roadblocks were set up on every highway leading out o! this holiday resort on England's northwest coast. Police said the i n t r u d e r walked into the ward on the hospital's second floor at I a.m.. claiming to be a mem- ber of the staff and asking for sleeping tablets. the equality of women in Cana- dian society, an extension of public housing programs with community participation and es- tablishment of three new na- tional parks in the Far North. Legislation t o strengthen anti-combines law and amend federal labor in the last session and subjects of public be rein- troduced in modified form. The speech was read by Gov.-Gen. Roland Michener to senators and MPs assembled in the scarlet and walnut Senate chamber. DETAILS NOT GIVEN It said "protective steps" would be taken in a number of areas of wide concern lo Cana- dians, including the non-medical AND THEN BANG Informed sources hinted to- day Ihat the government wants Parliament te- approve I wo pieces of legislature and a budget before a general election call. Tlie two pieces of legisla- tion arc a new family income securily plan, and new fiscal arrangements with the prov- inces. These Iwo items and a bud- get with 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 spell out 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 "to 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 the 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." the speech said. ELECTION EXPECTED The fourth session of the 23th parliament, elected in is expected lo he the last before a general eleclion lalcr this year. As is usual with pre-election throne speeches, this one held cut promises for bor, management, farmers, fishermen, consumers, men, women and children. It pul emphasis on the eco- nomic challenges facing Can- ada. In what appeared to be a reference to the recent interna- tional financial crisis it. said "we learned that Canada and Canadians possessed the stamina and the resilience to overcome this form of a diver- sity as well.'1 Overcoming unemployment remains "a primary focus of at- tention and action" and the gov- ernment will work to ensure a favorable business climate. A federal government official told reporters that 10 govern- ment, bills will b2 introduced in the next few days, and six min- isters will participate in the throne speech debate. The de- bate starts Friday with speeches by Prime Minister Trudeau and opposition party leaders. Highlights of throne speech Action to control the eco- nomic environment, including foreign ownership, in terms of both national identity and ben- efit to Canadians. New competition legislation, replacing present anti-coin- bines law, after further con- sultation with industry and oilier groups. Wider credit for exporters, including encouragement to the private sector to finance export activities. Policies to promole tourism. O'nlinued encouragement of. northern economic develop- ment, but not at the expenss of northern residents and with safeguares for the environ- ment. Improved income for fisher- men, with guarantees that benefits of price support pro- grams go to individual fisher- men. Increased payments to wheat farmers, by govern- ment rafher 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 aciual production. R e v i s i o n of equalization payments by the 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, with emphasis on low-cost housing. Policies to ensure equality of women. Law to provide compensa- tion to crime victims. Law to protect against inva- sion of privacy. Financial support for legal aid, subject to satisfactory cost-sharing agreement with the provinces. Protective measures con- corning non-medical drag use. Minimum income guarantee through increased family al- lowances for poorer families. Creation of thro? new na- tional parks in the North. Legislation to provide wild- life habitats and protect en- dangered species. Authorization for the CEC to extend broadcast service to areas not yel served. Strike threatens Heath's market plans Formation of Heritage Can- ada to presen-e historic build- ings and artifacts. LONDON (AP) The eco- nomic crisis resulting from the Brili.'.h coal slrike today threat- ened Prime Minister Edward Heath's plans to lead Britain into the European Common Market. II also provided a sombre prelude for the British leader's talks this weekend with Presi- dent Georges P o m p i d o u of France on the future of allied Europe. A three-day debate in the House of Commons ends tonight with a vote on the European Communities Bill, key legisla- tion to accomplish Britain's entry into Ihe ('0111111011 Market next year. 'Hie Conservative government expects In win. but. the circumstances in which Britain now can link up with Europe have worsened danger- ously. It had been Heath's aim lo lead a strong, buoyant, thriving high. Until last month the prospects seemed bright. The pound sterling was riding Britain into the Common Mar ket. British were hum- ming, easily outstripping inv ployed. ports. It seemed as if Heath's unyielding resistance to infla- tionary wage claims was work- ing, opening the way to an ex- port-led boom that would soak up the one million British uiiem- Conl miners blockade oil supplies LONDON (AP) _ striking coal miners blockaded oil sup- plies from two of Britain's big- gest refineries loday in a bid lo intensify power blackouts cur- tailing industry, darkening homes and making idle millions of workers. To block supplies lo oil-fed ok'clricily generating plants, the minors threw up picket lines at UK refineries on the Thames end Tens rivers and railway workers refused to cross them to Irrnsporl Ilia oil. Virtually no oil left the refineries. Most of Brilnin's ixnver plants run on coal, and Ilieir supplies nre expected to he gone by the end of the month. But Prime Minister Kdwanl Heath's gov- ernment is reh ing on oil-fuelled slations lo maintain a: least LV> per cent of normal electricity output when the coal runs out. With factories cut to half because of the blackouts, three government mcrlialors worked overtime in the hope of ending the slrike Uiat threolcns !o bring British industry to a halt in Iwo weeks. The thrco-mnn court ef headed by Wilherfni'ce was expected to ;in- n on nee ils Friday for sellling the six-week walkout by miners de- manding higher pay. Had such conditions continued Britain would have been able to face with confidence the rigors of life in Ihe enlarged Common Market despite the big new fin- ancial burdens of entry and membership. But: last month things began going wrong. First, exports slarted sliding, leaving January's trade in the red. Seen and heard About town Oniput during rising. Ihe last four Oniput during Ihe last four momhs slumped while in- dustrial investment remained Magn.'iiil. Then cnmo Ihe coal strike le.-idint; into the si; peering elec- tric power crisis Ih.il has shat- tered hopes of a yearly eco- nomic expansion, Andy Anderson arguing that acquiring a second grandson docs not obligate him lo hand out cigars Local Creek p h i losophor Crorio1 Spoulos telling cvenbmlv he inlrnds lo "run'' as mrniluT of P-'tr- h.'imenl for Lellili! itl.qe .is soon as somebody nominates him Tony Prrlirli got- ling an Ednionlon hold's name in a Calgary context and covering up his error wilh "Those cities arc so big 1 got mixed HP when I pet norUi of Iho Oldman River." ;