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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuttdiy, February 18, 1975 News In brief PM pension age lowered MPs fry Whelan in egg scramble rehash OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau, 55, will be able lo retire on a prime ministerial pension in 9Vz years under changes proposed Monday in federal govern- ment pension legislation. A bill introduced by Treasury Board President Jean Chretien would lower to 65 from 70 the age at which a retired prime minister is eligible for pension. The pen- sion is not paid to former prime ministers who con- tinue to sit as MPs or as sena- tors. Senator Laing buried VANCOUVER (CP) Senator Art Laing, leader of the British Columbia Liberal party from 1953 to 1969 and a cabinet minister in the governments of Prime Minister Trudeau and Lester Pearson, was buried Monday after a funeral service attend- ed by more than 700 people. Senator Laing, who died at the age of 70 last Thursday in the B.C. Cancer Institute, was first elected MP for Van- couver South in 1949. He returned to B.C. four years later to become provincial Liberal leader. Governors oppose Ford WASHINGTON (AP) Many governors gathering here to discuss the economic crisis in the United States say their states can't afford Presi- dent Ford's budget cuts and generally disapprove of his energy program. In a survey of governors ar- riving for the conference, a big majority said their states could not pay for programs where federal support was be- ing trimmed or held constant in the face of rising costs. OTTAWA Egg mar- keting was the subject on the Commons order paper Mon- day, but Eugene Whelan seemed to be the specific preoccupation of MPs. II 10% jobless rate predicted MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) AFL-CIO President George Meany says a 10-per-eent unemployment rate by mid- summer is inevitable, regardless of what action Congress and the admin- istration take in the coming months. "No matter what they do, they will not turn it said Meany. He told a news conference Monday, as the AFL-CIO ex- ecutive council opened a week-long meeting, that the jobless rate might go even higher. But he declined to provide an estimate. Two Nova Scotia Jazz Band members offer a duet during one of the band's many performances here during the Canada Winter Games. Barbara Tanton on saxophone and Andionna Hrestak on horn are two members of the band. It is performing today Brassy duet before the volleyball competitions at the University of Lethbrldge. Wednesday the band will play for Premier Peter Lougheed at a government reception in the evening after playing at a p.m. concert in Taber. Soviets send MiGs to Egypt WASHINGTON (AP) The Soviet Union has started send- ing Egypt some of the latest Soviet jet fighters, the first such shipment of advanced weapons since the 1973 Arab- Israeli war. United States intelligence sources said six supersonic MiG-23 Flogger fighters reached Alexandria recently aboard a Soviet freighter. 'Soviets will not be excluded' from Henry's Mideast efforts Turk troops get citizenship UNITED NATIONS (AP) The Greek-Cypriot govern- ment says the new Turkish- Cypriot state in northern Cyprus is giving-citizenship to Turkish invasion troops and their families. The charge was contained in a letter Monday night asking for a meeting Wednesday of the United Nations Security Council to take up the proclamation of the new state last week. However, it was not known whert Ambassador Huang Hua, the Chinese presi- dent of the -council for February, would schedule the meeting. ZURICH (AP) U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger gave a public assurance today that the Soviet Union will not be excluded from his efforts to achieve a Middle East set- tlement. "I hope the Soviet Union will understand that any step toward peace is in the interest of Kissinger told reporters at Heathrow Air- port outside London. "We have always asserted that a final settlement will re- quire the participation and co- operation of the Soviet Un- said. Kissinger then flew here for lunch with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran. "As you all know the shah is an old, trusted and valued friend of the United Kissinger said on arrival at Zurich airport. The shah interrupted a four- week skiing vacation in St. Moritz to meet Kissinger. The Middle East and Prime Minister Harold Wilson's trip to Moscow dominated Kissinger's talks in London. He told reporters that "we French nuclear blast hinted TOKYO (Reuter) The Japanese foreign ministry said today it has received a warning from the French government to keep vessels clear of an area in the South Pacific. The warning gave rise to speculation that France plans to conduct underground nuclear tests in the region. Kissinger 'impressed' with Margaret Thatcher U.S. depression expected NEW YORK (AP) The Harris poll reports 42 per cent of the persons surveyed do not believe there will be an ecd- BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329.4722 COLLEGE MALL nomic depression in the United States a' year from now. Thirty six per cent are convinced there will be, and the other 22 per cent are not sure. However, 85 per cent of the adults surveyed said they believe the U.S. is in a recession today.and most of 60 per it still will be a year from now. WINTER GAMES RED GRILLE SPECIAL FUVNIf HI FIIEI CHICKEN Tender, flavor-rich, golden brown fried chicken, served with French fried pota- toes, tomato slices on lettuce or cole slaw and a roll and butter. A treat for all' College Shopping wt nEstnve THE BIOHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES LONDON (AP) U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger held breakfast talks Brezhnev still the chief MOSCOW (Reuter) After weeks of rumor and specula- tion, party leader Leonid Brezhnev has resurfaced as the undisputed captain of the Kremlin team. "If that is a sick man, I would hate to have to negotiate with a healthy said one British official who took part in talks during the last few days between Brezhnev and Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Several Britons said Brezh- nev, 68, performed with great vigor and energy throughout with no sign of tiring. In public appearances after he emerged Feb. 13 from seven weeks of unexplained absence from the official arena, he displayed a bounding and jovial manner, which seemed to establish that any health problem he had suffered was not serious. "He was absolutely on top of every subject we dis- one senior official from London said. "He made his points with plenty of force and vim. He seems to have the sort of energy a lot of much younger men would envy." Another commented: "He did 98 per cent of the talking for the Soviet side. And at no time did anyone get even the slightest feeling that he was holding himself back. He was going flag out, and he obvious- ly enjoyed it." Western reports that Brezh- nev had been seriously ill or in political trouble were de-i nounced as "false rumors and' inventions" by his chief press spokesman. with Margaret Thatcher today and gave the newly-elected leader of Britain's Conser- vative party her first taste of top-level diplomacy. After the 55-minute meeting consider the British visit ex- tremely successful and a contribution to the relaxation of tensions." British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan lauded Kissinger's efforts to arrange a Sinai settlement between Israel and Egypt. "There is a good prospect for another step being taken and that is cer- tainly our he said. However a Lebanese con- fidant of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat reported in a Beirut newspaper that Kissinger had reached a "dead end" in his efforts toward a new Israeli- Egyptian disengagement. Bassan Freiha, editor of Al Anwar, said in a dispatch from Cairo that Kissinger might call off his scheduled trip to the Middle East next month. Freiha is regarded as an authoritative voice on of- ficial Egyptian thinking. In Cairo, the Middle East News Agency said Sadat sent his secretary of foreign rela- tions, Ashraf Marawan, to Zurich today with a message for the shah. Kissinger and the shah were expected to discuss oil prices and the possibility of an Ira- nian guarantee to continue shipping oil to Israel if the Israelis return the Abu Rudeis oilfields in the Sinai Desert to Egypt. The Iranian ruler entertain- ed French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing at lunch Tuesday and told reporters afterward that oil prices could be reduced if "prices for agricultural and industrial products needed by oil- producing countries are also lowered." The gruff agriculture minister came in for praise and blame as MPs rehashed arguments about the Cana- dian Egg Marketing Agency Mr. Whelan was absent when Progressive Conser- vative James McGrath (St. John's East) led off the one- day debate by saying a special Commons investigation of egg industry problems "failed to lay the problem where it belongs, that is, squarely on Rebel bombs kill five at Phnom Penh PHNOM PENH (AP) Khmer Rouge insurgents fired two rockets into a village near Phnom Penh airport today, killing at least five persons and wounding 12, say reports from the scene. Most of the victims were children. The village is two miles west of downtown Phnom Pehn. A third round of rockets fell on a nearby military helicopter landing pad, caus- ing no casualties, the reports said. Three other rounds struck the airport area earlier but there were no casualties. Phnom Penh has been under daily rocket and artillery at- tack since New Year's Day when the insurgents began their current offensive. Military sources say 100 per- sons, mostly civilians, have been killed and nearly 250 wounded. In northwestern Cambodia, government forces launched a drive to retake a district town and rice depot, the Cambodian military command said. the shoulders of the minister of agriculture." But he returned in time to leaf deliberately through papers on his desk as respon- sibility for CEMA was laid at his doorstep by Liberal Herb Gray, a former cabinet colleague. Between the criticism by Conservatives and Mr. Gray and praise from other Liberals and a Social Credit MP, Mr. Whelan assured the House that the agency which last year destroyed 2.5 million dozen eggs now seems to be operating properly. The agency, a producer-run group formed in 1973 to buy surplus eggs from provincial marketing boards, now "is getting a grip on surplus he said. It was surplus eggs, rotting in storage, which CEMA destroyed. The committee that in- vestigated CEMA after the rotten-egg incident recommended that non- producers be appointed to the agency's board. Mr. Whelan said he hopes to announce the appointments within 10 days "with no political strings or regional loyalties." Introduction of a computer system to monitor producers' flocks had been proposed to help "tailor the supply to meet demands." "We are only a year away from having one of the most sophisticated planned products systems in the whole world." Conservatives speaking on Mr. McGrath's motion to con- cur in the committee report were not entirely satisfied. Jack Murta (Lisgar) called the minister's comments "soothing in some but said the agriculture com- mittee should resume investigation of egg marketing. Mr. MeGrath, who also favors further investigation, used the motion merely as a way to get debate on the sub- ject. The debate ended without a vote and the motion is dead unless the government decides to reintroduce it. Nixon indictment would have created 'dilemma9 saw Mrs...... and commented: "The talks were private, but I was very impressed." After Thatcher left, Foreign Secretary James Callaghan took Kissinger to the airport where he caught a plane for Zurich. He had arrived in Britain Monday night for talks with Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Callaghan. Thatcher, the first woman to lead a major British political party, and Kissinger posed for photographers, but refused to fake a "breakfast table picture." Ministers to examine housewives CPP issue OTTAWA (CP) Welfare ministers will again grapple with the question of whether housewives should participate in the Canada Pension Plan when-they meet here today and Wednesday. Marc Lalonde, federal health and welfare minister, said in an interview Monday that reports prepared by the pension plan advisory board and the status of women coun- cil will be released at the clos- ed two-day meeting. The groups were instructed last year by Mr. Lalonde to reach agreement on a plan for introducing housewives into the Canada Pension Plan. However, the minister said Monday the federal govern- ment has not yet decided whether housewives should be entitled to participate-fully in the plan. "We would have to develop this in agreement with the provinces." The matter was discussed a year ago at the federal-provin- cial welfare ministers' 'conference in Edmonton, but no conclusions were reached. FORT WORTH, Tex. (AP) Leon Jaworski, former special Watergate prosecutor, says a lawyer for Richard Nixon once insisted it was useless to indict the former president because he would never receive a fair trial. Jaworski said if Nixon had not been pardoned by Presi- dent Ford, a historic con- stitutional dilemma would have occurred. "And the dilemma would have been Jaworski told a news conference Mon- day before addressing the Texas Daily Newspaper Association. Jaworski said Nixon's lawyer Herbert Miller con- tacted him concerning the possible indictment of Nixon in the Watergate scandal. .He said Miller asserted "in substance that in view of the massive publicity of the im- peachment proceedings as well as the-president's resignation, a fair trial under the constitution could not be given Nixon and, accordingly, that it was useless to return an indictment of him." In his speech to the news ex- ecutives, Jaworski said un- precedented news coverage surrounding Nixon's resigna- tion could have precluded his ever receiving a con- stitutionally guaranteed fair trial. "What if no longer a sitting to be indicted for obstruction of justice? What about his constitutional right to a fair He said that question had to be considered at the time of Nixon's resignation, but the subsequent pardon by Ford eliminated the possibility of an indictment and trial. Jaworski said he advised Ford prior to the pardon that in the event of an indictment, a delay of nine months to a year would have been necessary before jury selec- tion could have begun. Jaworski said, however, he was not taking a position on the pardon, although he said it was-constitutionally proper. Jaworski told the news con- ference he. believed Nixon probably could have survived the Watergate scandal as president if he had destroyed the White House tapes shortly after their existence was dis- closed and before his credibility was lost. Prisoner releases hostage NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CP) A guard at the B.C. penitentiary was releas- ed early today after being held at knife point for almost four hours by a prisoner. Herb Reynett, deputy regional director of Canadian Penitentiary Service, said in a telephone interview that the prisoner, Michael Wayne Plapko, 27, pulled a knife on the guard at about p.m. PST in the prison's recreation area. Mr. Reynett said Plapko ex- plained that his condition for release of the unnamed guard was that a taped interview be- tween himself and local broadcaster Gary Bannerman .of CKNW be broadcast. He asked Mr. Bannerman, who was at the penitentiary Mon- day night, to act as his mediator. Officials granted Plapko's request and a 40-minute tape was recorded and broadcast on station CKNW. School trustee groups claim Bill 22 contrary to BNA Act Herald Ottawa Bureau MONTREAL The Quebec Associa- tion of Protestant School Boards an- nounced Monday it had asked Ottawa to refer Act 22, Quebec's language legislation, to the Supreme Court of Canada. The association wants the Supreme Court to issue a judgment on the con- stitutionality of the law. If the court finds that the law is con- stitutional the association wants Ot- tawa to disallow it. Among other groups supporting the request are the Canadian School Trustees Association, the Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations, the Saskatchewan School Trustee's Association, the Ontario School Trustee's Council, and the Alberta School Trustee's Association. Robert Stocks, the association lawyer, noted that the group's objec- tions to the. Act are of a very broad nature. If the court receives the association's petition, Mr. Stocks feels it would have to examine each section of the law in detail. The association thinks the court should look at the Quebec law for several reasons. In their brief they say that the law which makes French the sole official language of Quebec violates the British North America Act which makes both French and English official languages for Quebec courts and the provincial legislature. Section 93 of the BNA Act, the brief says, prohibits any provincial law that "prejudicially affects any right or privilege with respect to denominational education which any class of persons had by law in the province "at the time of Confederation." At the time of Confederation, the brief says, Protestant school boards in Quebec had the right to choose the language of instruction, and the Quebec law violates this right. Act 22, while guaranteeing the ex- istence of an English-language school system, provides controls over its growth and limits easy access to it to those Quebecers who speak English at home. All others have to pass an ex- amination showing they, have a suf- ficient knowledge of English. The test is also required for transfers from English schools to the French The association did not limit itself to fighting the education parts of the act, spokesmen said, because school boards are also employers and conduct com- mercial business. Therefore the brief goes oh to argue that sections of the act dealing with the language of communications with other governments in Canada, the language of labor relations and the language of business contracts as they apply to the federal government, federally chartered companies or companies in- volved in interprovincial trade are un- constitutional. ;