Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Finally free ... Marc Cayer waves after arrival in Saigon After 5 years Cayer will see again By RAY DICK The Canadian Press SAIGON - Canadian volunteer teacher Marc Cayer, looking pale and drawn and wearing clothes a couple of sizes too large, arrived in Saigon today on his way home to St. Raymond, Que., after five years of detention by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. Walking slowly and flanked by Canadian military police and other officials, he strolled slowly at first across the tarmac at the nearby Tan Son Nhut air base to a waiting Canadian limousine. Once he waved to reporters after alighting from the International Control Commission ICC aircraft that brought him to Saigon from Hanoi, with a one-night stopover-'hi" the' Laotian capital of Vientiane But he spoke to no one, and at one point when he was chased by about 50 photographers and reporters covering his arrival, he looked on the verge of tears. He was driven from the airport to the villa on the new International Commission of Control and Supervision ICCS in downtown Saigon, accompanied by two Canadian political advisers, V. G. Turn' er and Ross Francis. He will stay at the Canadian delegation's villa until he flies home to Canada, probably Monday. Francis said Cayer will be checked by the Canada ICCS doctor alt that he has made it clear that he does not want to meet the press before he returns to Canada. For Cayer, it was only his fifth day of freedom since he was released by the North Vietnamese Tuesday into the custody of the Canadian ICC commissioner in Hanoi, Nicholas Etheridge. Cayer, an agronomist, was employed at the time of his capture by the International Volunatry Services. IVS, a private non-governmental organization similar to the Peace Corps. He was captured near Hue during the 1969 Tet offensive. At that time he was 22. Now he is 27. He is single and will be going home to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aurelien Cayer of St. Raymond, Que. When he began his confinement he could speak hardly any English. Now Canadian officials say he speaks English pretty well and has forgotten some of his French. He'filled in some of his time during confinement by learning English from the American prisoners and in turn holding French classes for them. One of his first requests when he got to Vien-tiant, where he stayed with Canadian ICC Com' missionsr John Hammill of Hamilton, was to speak to repsesentatives if the IVS, his- former employer, His second request was for a Canadian beer and a sandwich. During the trip from Vientiane, he seemed relaxed, in good health and in good spirits He talked of several things, but mostly about his confinement,, and read magazines. Mill rate hike unnecessary, minister tell citie s f Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON - Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell remained firm Friday that none of Alberta's 10 cities should have to raise their mill rates this year, despite mounting evidence that some councils are having trouble keeping within provincial guidelines. The cities of Edmonton and Medicine Hat have issued cries of concern that their mill rates may go up. In Lethbridge, finance director' Alister Findlay said he won't start budget calculations until Monrhy so he didn't know whether the city mill rate will rise or not. The municipalities have said they want more clarification from the provincial government about what a proposed 7% per cent annual budget increasa ceiling will cover. Incentive grants are available under the new property tax reduction plan to municipalities that remain within the 7% per cent limit. In the legislature Friday, Bill Wyse (SC-Medicine Hat-Red-cliff) suggested that Medicine Hat may have a mill rate increase this year of six per cent. Dave Russell, the minister of municipal affairs, said if calculations in the Farran report on municipal-provincial finance relations are correct, no municipality should have to raise its mill rate this year. The provincial government will provide $43 million - $6 million or 14 V2 per cent more. than last year - to the muni- cipalities In grants, said Mr. Russell. City councils that have calculated an increased mill rate for this year must have used last year's formula, he said. There is a new formula this year for figuring municipal taxation, he said. "To the best of our knowledge as a result of those changes no. municipality should have to levy an additional mill rate," Mr. Russell said. Mr. Findlay, said in a telephone interview that there is considerable confusion about whether the Vk. per cent limit covers the mill rate or the total budget increase. Terry Roberts, an assistant in Mr. Russell's office, told The Herald that the 1\k per cent only applies to mill rate calculations...................... VOL. LXVI - No. 58 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS - 60 PAGES Socreds attach EDMONTON (CP) - Federal controls on the export of crude oil are not necessary, Alberta Mines Minister William Dickie, told the legislature Friday. "We have voiced strong objections to those controls" he said in reply to a question from Roy Farran (PC - Calgary North Hill). Mr. Dickie said he has met with 17 companies representing crude oil purchasers and feels the industry will be able to supply refineries with the oil they need in March and April. "I am satisfied that there will be no problem in the Canadian purchasers supplying to the Canadian refineries , the quantity of crude that is required for the Canadian refineries." Premier Peter Lougheed, replying to Art Dixon (SC-Calgary Millican, said he hoped the National Energy Board would hold planned public hearings on the controls in Alberta. However, he said, his government would not approach the energy board, but would make its representations in a "government-to-government" basis. The controls were announced in Ottawa Thursday night and Mr. Lougheed said he doesn't have a! the details yet. But, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Don Getty said earlier the Alberta government hopes bo have sonsultatioms with Ottawa in a week to 10 days on the situation created by the decision to impose controls on oil exports. Alberta wants to have a say on bow the National Energy Board will develop regulations controlling oil exports and to ensure they do not damage the province's future oil development, Mr. Getty said. Alberta agreed with Ottawa that Canada's oil requirements should get priority but felt this could be achieved by voluntary means rather than federal controls. Helping hand Joe Lougheed, seven-year-old son of Premier Peter Lougheed, inspects medals of Lt.-Col. J. H. Quarton, aide of Lieut.-Gov. Grant MacEwan, after official opening of the Alberta Legislature this week. Algeria interested itterness in over Canadian oil curbs New York Times jService WASHINGTON - The state department said today that Algeria, which has provided a haven to some American hijackers, has shown interest lately in concluding an anti-hijacking agreement with the United States, perhaps similar to the one signed in Washington and Havana Thursday. Ch a r 1 es W. Bray, the department's spokesman, said the United States had been "in regular contact" with Algeria on the subject, and that Friday the Algerians were given a full briefing on the Cuban - American accord. By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) - Canada's decision to bring crude oil experts under controls, at a time when the United States is battling recurrent fuel shortages, aroused concern here Friday that it could aggravate American fuel problems. There was no surprise, however, and no criticism of Ottawa's move. Canadian diplomatic sources said the state department had been advised in advance of the, decision and knowledgeable U.S. officials had known for at least a month that Canada might be building up to fuel shortages of its own. An official of the interior department said that, with U.S. refineries failing to keep up with "really abnormal demands" for heating oil this winter, "any large cutback in Canadian supplies is going to be very serious," Darrell M. Trent, acting director of the president's office of emergency preparedness, said a special U.S. government board on fuel supply is evaluating the Canadian move to determine its potential effect, adding that the decision "adds another dimension to an already tight distillate problem." 'SIMPLISTIC VIEW Beth Canadian and American sources said there is little or no likelihood that the oil controls would be viewed here as an attempt by Ottawa to introduce a new element in the larger economic and trade relations be- eal Viet truce still a New York Times Service SAIGON - American officials and Western diplomats have privately, expressed surprise and some concern during the last few days about the continued fighting in South Vietnam three weeks after the official cease-fire. These analysts and observers had drawn up a scenario of sorts early in the cease-fire in which the fighting would decline steadily so that by now there would be little more than isolated exchanges of small-arms fire and occasional clashes of minor consequence. For the first 10 days or two weeks, that expectation appeared accurate. There had been a fairly steady drop in fighting to the point at which there was little combat beyond minor skirmishing and isolated flare-ups. But since then, there have been spasmodic surges in battlefield activity that have puzzled some of the analysts. "I expected after a week or 10 days we would be down to sniping and small-arm fire," said an American military analyst, with some exasperation, "I didn't really expect the artillery expenditure that we're seeing." This analyst was equally surprised and concerned by the failure, up to now, of either the Saigon authorities or the Vict-cong to issue orders to their troops to cease firing. As before, the American analysts still dismiss most of the thousands of cease-fire violations alleged by the Saigon government as what one analyst way off called "niggling." They continue to attribute the high casualties on both sides - running to more than 15,000 killed in the three weeks since the truce was proclaimed according to Saigon figures - as not so much the product of heavy fighting as of what an American official call" ed "the cumulative effect of widespread if small actions." Nevertheless, it is evident that, with the experts scenario faltering, there is some concern about when, if ever, an actual cease-fire will take effect here. government on 5 tween the two countries. A senior state department official said there is "no basis" for the view, which he termed "simplistic" and one which would not be accepted by those familiar with Canada-U.S. relations. diaries W. Bray, official state department spokesman, told reporters the U.S. has "known for some time that Canada is at present producing oil at a maximum rate and that Canadian government looked for assurances that domestic needs will be met." The U.S. assumes all present commitments by Canadians will be met, Bray said, and added: "Obviously the availability of substantial additional amounts of Canadian oil for American markets must be doubtful unless large new discoveries are made in Canada." Most senators and congressmen were away from Washington Friday during a congressional recess, but Senator Jennings Randolph (Dem. W.Va.), a senior member of the Senate interior committee wrhich has studied the fuels shortage, commented: "We need Canadian oil and gas to help fill our country's energy void. But I would not be critical of the Canadian government for adhering to its long-established policy of exporting only those quantities of energy supplies which are clearly surplus to Canada's domestic requirements." By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - Behind a forceful new house leader, the Social Credit opposition Friday hit the Conservatives hard with accusations of wrong-doing. The new opposition leader, Jim Henderson, called for limitations on the police "to guarantee that in the future the RCMP will not be used as a vehicle for investiating private citizens for political purposes." It was an obvious reference to the controversy generated when Attorney-General Merv Leitch approved the use of the RCMP to gather information about three Slave Lake residents who had criticized government policies. While the motion was disallowed, it sparked a heated exchange, particularly between strong debaters - Mr. Henderson and Deputy Premier Hugh Homer. Earlier, veteran Socred MLA Gordon Taylor accused Bob Dowling, the minister who had chaired a committee investigation of Hutterites, with threatening the brethren to. 'keep their mouths shut or else.'':' Mr. Henderson called for an adjournment in the throne speech so the 75-member assembly could consider " a matter of definite, urgent public importance." He moved that "in the interests of assuring that freedom of speech and freedom of the press provided in the (provincial) Bill of Rights is not further jeopardized, it is of urgent, puiblki impoirtanoe ibr this house to sat out immediately the contractual limitations between the Government of Alberta and the RCMP to guarantee that in the future the RCMP will not be used as a vehicle for investigating private citizens for political purposes," Mr. Henderson argued that because the Bill of Rights was paramount legislation in the Lougheed government's first sitting of the legislature, this human lights issue demanded immediate consideration. Deputy Premier Horner argued that there is ample room during the throne speech debate to discuss humian rights, and Speaker Gerry Ameron-gen accepted Dr. Horner's argument. Earlier Mr. Taylor accused Mr, Dowling of violating the freedom of speech of Hutterites. Mr. Dowling replied he had merely cautioned members of the religious sect to be "careful when discussing matters anywhere in public." Pom ting to a recent Lethbridge Herald interview in which Mr. Dowling admitted telling a Lethbridge area Hut-terite elder not to engage in public debate, Mr. Taylor de-clpred "I want to know whether the minister t61d the Hutterites to keep then' mouths shut ... not to talk about Hutterian matters publicly." Mr. Dowling replied, "No Raising Ms voice, Mr. Taylor demanded "did the minister have a conference with the Hutterites and indicate to them that they should not make public statements?" Mr. Dowling again replied "No ... I told them that they should be careful when discussing matters anywhere in public .. . that they should be very careful that they don't say .anything that could be confused or misunderstood." Mr. Taylor shot back "is that not a threat to the Hutterites that they either keep thed'' mouths shut or else?" 'sclie iile strike vote CALGARY (CP) - Teachers in rural Southern Alberta plan a strike vote Feb. 26, 27 and 28 as the result of a breakdown in mediation talks, W. A. Casanova,. Alberta Teachers' Association bargaining agent, says. Trustees have not budged from offering a 6.2-percent salary increase recommended earlier by a conciliation board and refused by the teachers. Mr. Casanova said the teachers seek large salary increases and school board contributions to Alberta health care. Blue Cross and Alberta School Employees' Benefit plan. The district includes 1,350 teachers in an area south of Vulcan to the United States border between the British Columbia and Saskatchewan borders. It excludes Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. Seen and heard About town * * * BOY JENSEN ordering two strawberry root beers at the A and W. . . Cathy Shnek, Chinook Winter Carnival queen contestant, insisting she wasn't excited as she absent - mindsdly lit two cigarettes. Central Alberta reaction to Winter Games decision ...................... Page 5 Vulcan meeting told land sales trend will kill small rural communities......Page 17 Classified..............26-30 Comics ............... 23 Comment.............. 4, 5 District................3, 10 Family ............... 20-22 Livestock ................ 24 Local News .......... 17, 18 Markets ............... 25 Religion .............. 8, 9 Sports ................. 13-15 Theatres .................. 7 TV .................... 6 Weather ................ 2 LOW TONIGHT NEAR 30, HIGH SUNDAY NEAR 40; SUNNY BUT WINDY "Where's Stan field gone?"