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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Energy resource development top priority' say businessmen OTTAWA (CP) The federal cabinet was told-today the Canadian Chamber of Commerce considers development of energy resources the most significant issue now affecting business. Chamber president J. E. King listed the six was No. chamber consider! most important, as determined by a survey of members. In a statement to the cabinet, he also outlined policies the chamber wants the government to adopt. These include: Continuation of lower tax rates for manufacturers, adoption of a ceiling on government spending, and opposition to wage and price con- trols. The Montreal-based chamber represents about 700 community organizations and, in the opening paragraph of his text, Mr. King had this terse comment: "Perhaps it is of more than passing interest that there is at least one community chamber and usually several in every electoral riding in Canada." The survey showed that after energy and inflation, the issues .concerning businessmen were, in order of importance, government expenditures, strikes in essential services, incentive to work and taxation. In a separate statement to the cabinet, the chamber asked for speedy adoption of a long-term policy on energy. It also endorsed construction of a natural gas pipeline from the Arctic along the Mackenzie River Valley and extension of a pipeline to carry western crude oil to Montreal refineries. Mr. King said the chamber supported many current government policies to fight inflation, including income supplement payments, tax cuts and the floating Canadian dollar. The chamber proposed that lower tax rates for manufacturing and processing industries be extended permanently and that a fast write-off allowance on capital spending be continued "until such tune as the full review currently being done on all capital cost allowances is completed." Mr King said the chamber commended attempts to revise the social security system but it had certain reservations. "In view of the increases in old age pensions and family allowances resulting from cost-of-living indexing, on top of the mounting costs of the unemployment insurance program, one must seriouslv question the seemingly endless spiral of costs involved." The chamber said people on fixed incomes needed aid but said this would only be possible if the economy were strong. "We recommend that the federal government seize the initiative and set a ceiling on its spending, which would include transfer of payments to prov- inces and individuals." WANTS ESTIMATE The chamber asked that cost estimates for social security programs be prepared for the next three years. Mr. King urged the government to not increase taxes because they would be inflationary. "Move attention should be paid to the raising and allocation of revenues as it pertains to the junior levels of govern- ments, particularly the munici- palities." The Lethbrutoe Herald VOL LXVII 67 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1974 PRICE: 10 CENTS 24 Pages U.K. Liberal favor surges LONDON (AP) Jeremy Thorpe's moderate Liberal party, the tortoise of British politics for 40 years, has surged in popular favor, three Troubled Golda to quit? JERUSALEM (AP) Israel's tangled political threads left Premier Golda Meir scant hope Sunday of forming a coalition cabinet before the official Wednesday deadline. Some of her colleagues feared she might quit in despair. The stalemate between Mrs. Meir's Labor party and its traditional coalition partner, the National Religious party, seemed" to most political experts- to be insurmountable. Some Labor members privately expressed concern that the ailing 75-year-old Mrs. might refuse to ask for an extension of the 21-day period 'given her by law to form a coalition after an election. No party got a majority in the Dec. 31 election. The Labor party took SI seats a loss of five in the 120-seat parliament and the National Religious party 10. The right- wing Likud opposition won 39, and splinter groups got the rest. HEALTH NOT GOOD Mrs. Meir has been suffering from shingles, an illness that brings on painful blisters. The illness attacked her abdomen and then her eyelids. She also has been annoyed by public discontent with her handling of the October Mideast war. A refusal by the premier to seek more time for coalition building would amount to a resignation, since 'the state president would then have to give the task to another Labor leader. S0MI MM IMM0 About town Bob Breaelle calling zmoke signals a form of transportation to fit the letter Z in a word game city police Patrol Sgt. Steven sporting a cast on his finger after breaking it playing basketball. weekend opinion polls showed. A poll taken by the Opinion Research Centre, the only accurate barometer in the 1970 election, said 21 per cent of those questioned would vote Liberal. That was five per centage points more than last week. Independent Television's Marplan poll gave the Liberals 15 per cent of the vote, up three percentage points over a week earlier. The Sunday Telegraph's Gallup poll gave the Liberals 14 per cent, up three over a week before. Each poll showed Prime Minister Edward Heath's Conservatives in front by a narrow margin. The Liberals held only 11 seats of the 630 in the last Par- liament. If neither the Conservatives nor Harold Wilson's opposition Labor party gets a majority in Parliament, the Liberals could be important in a coalition. Increasing the chances of the Liberals is a vote boycott by a group of right-wing Con- servatives dissatisfied with Heath's leadership. The Liberals, heirs of the once great party of Gladstone and Lloyd Ccorge, want co- ownership in industry to give workers a share in running businesses, decentralization of government with regional parliaments in Scotland and Wales and a stronger welfare state. Bomb kills BUENOS AIRES (AP) A rightist Peronist leader was killed today when a bomb he was carrying in a suitcase ex- ploded near the Argentine fed- eral court building here, police sources said. They said a janitor, a news vendor and a pedestrian were injured in the blast. Earlier, they reported the janitor had been killed, but later said he is still alive in hospital. The Peronist leader was identified as Alejandro Giovenco, who represented a conservative faction in the predominantly left-wing Peronist Youth organization. It was believed that Giovenco was allied to the secretary-general of the 2.5 million-member General Labor Confederation, the backbone of President Juan Peron's political following. Officials said Giovenco's arm was all but torn off by the explosion. He was apprehended by police as he tried to flee out died later, the sources said. Technicians challenged: Explosion aftermath police remove body from Vancouver house. Gunman dies after grenade sparks blaze VANCOUVER (CP) Two policemen are recovering from gunshot wounds in the aftermath of a shooting, an explosion and a fire that left a 30-year-old gunman dead in the Kerrisdale district of Vancouver. Constables Ernie Berube and Jack McCaig were shot Saturday when they answered a disturbance call after Bridgette Madden telephoned her sister to say her six-year- old daughter, Debbie, had been threatened by Fred Sagehem, who had lived in a basement suite of their bouse for more than a year. The Maddens left the house before the police came. Constable Berube, shot in the right forearm when be and Constable McCaig advanced into doorway to the basement suite against Sagehem's directions, was released from hospital Saturday night. Constable McCaig, hit in the left leg, underwent surgery at Vancouver General Hospital, and-was reported in satisfac- tory condition Sunday night. Police sealed off the area, evacuated neighbors, and lob- bed tear gas into the house when Sagehem failed to give himself up. A gas grenade sparked a blaze, followed by an explosion and a fire. Firemen extinguished the blaze in an attempt to prevent it from spreading upstairs. Sagehem's badly-burned body was found inside the basement door. Nearby was a scorched rifle, its stock burned away. Police also found three shotguns, two of them loaded, and a quantity of ammunition. Sagehem came to Canada in 1968 from Sweden and had worked as a logger. Neighbors said he bad always been quiet and well behaved. One said be had been working in town in the last few months but had recently lost his job. Hearst plans food program bad for taping9 KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Questioning the findings of a committee of experts it helped select, the White House says a much- publicized gap in one of President Nixon's Watergate tapes probably was caused by -a defective recording machine Nixon's chief Watergate lawyer, James St. Clair, issued a statement Sunday night disclosing that the White House made its own technical investigation, which did not support the earlier indication by tape experts that the erasure was deliberate. St. Clair said erasure marks found on the tape of a June 20, 1972, between Nixon W g. R. Haldeman, then his staff well have been, were causJrd by. Ihe admittedly defective recording machine." The court-appointed com- mittee found that a defective part in a recorder apparently accounted for a hum on the tape but suggested the Nixon- Haldeman conversation was obliterated by someone pressing the machine's record button five to nine tiiries. St. Clair and White Bouse counsel Fred Buzhardt were flows to- Florida Sunday aboard an air force jet to meet with top Nixon aides on the continuing tapes controversy. The White House said the president was aware of St. Clair's statement but did not confer with the two lawyers. TO ATTEND RALLY Nixon was ending a five-day Florida stay today, flying to Huntsville, Ala., to join Gov. George Wallace at an Honor America Day rally before re- turning to Washington. St. Clair's statement marked the first time the White House had pointed to the recorder as the probable cause of the tape gap. Rose Mary Woods', Nixon's personal secretary, testified she might have accidently caused about five the gap; but said-She jasaonsible for the full mbytes. ISe experts who a deliberate erasure were ap- pointed by U.S. District Judge John Sirica after being chosen by the White House and office of Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Those who made the later technical investigation cited by St. Clair were not immediately identified by the White House. A spokesman said their names and credentials will be presented to Jaworski and to the court- appointed committee. In his statement, St. Clair Helicopter pilot handed to army Mica Mountain avalanche kills skier from Montreal VALEMOUNT, B.C. One man was killed and six other skiers injured, two critically, Sunday when an avalanche tore through a group of 40 skiers on Mica Mountain, 160 mites north of Kamloops. The RCMP identified the dead man as Geoffery B. Taylor, 44, of Montreal. Taylor's body was found ander three feet of heavy, wet snow less than 20 minutes after the avalanche swept down. He was the only skier completely buried by the slide. Two other skiers were flown to hospital hi McBride. B C.. 90 miles west of Valemount One, a Montreal doctor, was listed in critical condition with severe head and leg injuries. A woman was also in critical condition with chest injuries. Four other skiers were treated for minor injuries hi Jasper, SO miles east of the avalanche site, and in McBride. Four helicopters were used to remove the skiing party from the ran. The area is used by two helicopter skiing companies. The RCMP said the skiers in groups of 16 on the mountain when the upper level of snow fractured and crashed down the slope. Taylor was the only skier buried by the avalanche the force of which threw the injured skiers against trees. The avalanche tore a skiing party orga Canadian Mountain Holidays, police said. A second group in the area, organized by Associated Helicopters of Calgary, was not affected. Helicopters from both companies took part in the evacuation of the injured skiers. BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Randolph Hearst will announce today a food- giveaway program involving "a substantial amount of money" in an effort to win his kidnapped daughter's freedom, a family spokesman said Sunday night. Jay Basworth, the family spokesman, said the announcement of toe program could be expected before 3 p.m. PDT Monday. Bosworft appeared brieflv before reporters at the" family's home at Hillsborough. An announcement today will beat by one day a Tuesday deadline set by the revolutionary Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) for the beginning of a program of food giveaways to the poor, aged and paroled in California. FAMILY OPTIMISTIC The Sunday night announcement by Boswortfi, who is Hearst's son-in-law and a reporter for toe family- owned San Francisco Examiner, came amid increasing optimism by the family and a coalition of activist groups that Miss Hearst eventually will be returned unbanned to her family. Saturday night the kidnappers, who took Miss Hearst from her apartment 14 days ago, told Hearst they would be satisfied with "a sincere effort on your part" to set up a program of food giveaways to the His daughter assured him in the same tape recording that be is not expected to spend the sum-up to 9400 million. Guard ends WASHINGTON