Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
High forecast Saturday 75. VOL. LX1V No. 59 The Lcthbrukie Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Defence help for Norway next move By JOHN BEST OSLO (CP) A northward reorientation of Cana- dian defence planning under NATO appears to be tak- mfsbape in tte wake of Defence Minister Donald Macdonald's recent five-day visit to Norway. Macdonald, in interviews with accompanying Ca- nadian reporters, left no doubt that he considers tin allied northern flank worthy of much greater attention from Canada than it has received in the past. He told reporters that he personally regards assis- tance to the Norwegians as of "far more value pro- portionately than Canada's contribution to the defence of Western Europe. "We can provide a presence that they wouldn't necssarily look to other states said the minister. And indeed, Norwegian officials went out of their way to intimate that for a variety of reasons this sparsely-populated Nordic country sees Canada as one of precious few NATO states from which it would wel- come might reasonably expect additional defence MPThe Norwegians base the need for such help on a continuing, adverse imbalance between Soviet and allaed land forces in the northern theatre and the Soviet naval buildup in waters near the Norwegian coast. Canada's present commitment to the northern flank consists of a 700-man standby battalion which would be rushed from Canada in the first week of an emergency: a brigade, of battaUon is the forward echelon, which would be dispatched within about a month; and a destroyer earmarked for the standing allied naval force in the Atlantic. Part of reserve The brigade forms part of an allied strategic re- serve, held in readiness in six different countries be- cause Norway does not permit the stationing of foreign troops on its soil in peacetime. Canada is considering boosting its commitment try assigning a squadron of CF-5 jets to Norway on a standby basis. Based at Bagotvffle, Que., the planes could be deployed to Norwegian airfields in less than two days in an East-West crisis, with the aid of armed forces Boeing 707s converted to refuelling tankers. The plan has been to use the CF-5 for close sup- port of combat troops. But in current tests involving five of the Canadian-produced aircraft, a possible ad- ditional role has suddenly opened up-anti-shipping op- erations, including both attack and reconnaissance against the ubiquitous Soviet fleet. _ The Norwegian Air Force already is using its ver- sion of the same plane in this role. Assignment of a CF-5 squadron to Norway would at once delight the Norwegians, help NATO and assist Macdonald in making good his earlier undertaking to find useful work for the controversial plane. Though most of the 115 CF-5s ordered by the de- fence department several years ago have now been delivered, the majority still are without a role and many are in storage. Home Oil sale deal still UD in the air Can't read minds -Says Trudeau LAO LIBERATION ARMY Caption for this radio- photo from Hanoi, received in Warsaw, Poland, says it shows "a Loo Liberation Army unit after a battle." Bail application bids turned down MONTREAL (CP) Mr. Jus- tice Roger Ouimet today refused, for the second tune in six weeks, bail applicaltas from author Pierre Vallieres and teacher Charles Gagnon, both arrested and detained since Oct. 16 under the War Measures Act. However, Mr. Justice Ouimet urged the Crown to give priority to. the cases of both men, charged with membership in the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec. Their trial.is to be held at the spring assizes, which start March 1. Mr. Justice Ouimet said that while each individual has a not an absolute right bail, the public also has the right to be protected. Vallieres and Gagnon, who have been in jail for much of the last five years awaiting trial and serving time for man- slaughter convictions, showed displeasure at the decision. Vaffleres, his hands shaking as he held a the judg- ment, said he is innocent until proven guilty. As he walked out accompa- nied by police, Vallieres raised his hand in a salute to about 20 people in the courtroom. Gagnon asked if there really is equal justice for all. France eyes students NATO again protest jailing OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said today he can- not read the minds of the prov- inces on their future intentions about language rights. He also said in the Commons in reply to Conservative ques- tioners that there was no agree- ment at the last constitutional conference on protecting lan- guage rights in provincial courts. The Conservatives based their questions on press reports from Quebec that a new Canadian constitution would not guaran- tee, as the British North Amer- ica Act now does, English-lan- guage rights hi Quebec provin- cial courts. The Montreal Gazette quoted Premier Robert Bourassa of Quebec as saying in an inter- view that a new constitution would end 102 years of discrimi- nation against Quebec hi this re- gard. Only in Quebec courts was bi- lingualism now recognized. No other province recognized two languages in its courts. N.B. LAW NOTED In the Comons, J. Patrick Nowlan Valley) noted that New Brunswick has passed a law French as-well as: English as an' official language in the courts of the province. Mr. Nowlan asked how Mr. Trudeau could expect to extend biBnguah'sm across the country while language rights were being restricted in some prov- inces. Gerald W. Baldwin, Conserva- tive House leader, asked whether the last constitutional conference here Feb. 8 and 9 decided on a replacement for Section 133-the language the NBA Act. Mr. Trudeau said the commu- nique issued by the conference "desn't enlighten us on this sub- ject." He added that he could not read the minds of the provinces in this respect. OTTAWA (CP) Energy Minister J. J. Greene told Parliament repeatedly Thursday night he is con- fident Home Oil Co. of Calgary will remain under Can- adian control. But in reply to a point-blank question at the end of a four-hour emergency debate, he said he could not guarantee the success of current private negotiations with potential Canadian buyers bidding against Ash- land Oil Inc. of Kentucky. LEGISLATION' HINTED He added in answer to the question from Doug Rowland that the govern- ment has not decided what it would do if the Canadian-pur- to th? U.S. company is Immi- nent, Mr. Greene earlier ex- pressed confidence in the ulti- mate success of bids by "more than one Canadian company." He added that if those bids chase negotiations'fainhrough. fall through, against his expec- Speaking in the face of re- tations, retroactive legislation ports that sale of the major Ca- might be necessary to keep nadian-controlled oil producer Home Oil Canadian. J. J. GREENE Still optimistic Board Soviet ship HALIFAX (CP) Federal fisheries department, personnel boarded a Russian fishing traW- ler off Nova Scotia within Can- ada's 12-mile territorial waters limit Thursday, it was learned today. The Russian ship was spotted by an 'aircraft from the nearby Shearwater naval base which reported the vessel was within the 12-mile limit. The aircraft circled overhead while the Russian ship was boarded by the fisheries offi- cers. The Canadian destroyer Terra Nova was also sent to the scene. Regional Fisheries Director Robert Gordon could not he reached for comment and no other details were immediately available. PARIS (AP) France seems to be moving closer to military co-operation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that the late Gen. Charles de Gaulle The latest indication is a report that the French army would like to provide its two divisions hi West Germany with Pluto nuclear missiles that can be mounted on tanks. They have a range of about 60 Such a step would require the consent of tbe West German government and would imply vastly greater co-operation with the NATO military command in West Germany. The explanation that the French army is circulating for its interest in taking nuclear weapons across the Rhine is that France cannot count on NATO's resolve to strike quickly at the start of any invasion of West Germany. This reasoning was cited by Jacques Isnard, mili- tary correspondent of the newspaper Le Monde, whose writing often reflects French army thinking. Quotes general Isnard also quoted Gen. Michel Fourquet, the chief of the French defence staff, as saving such an atomic deployment would permit France "to choose the most favorable moment for raising the bids" in an atomic confrontation. Non-French analysts say that France's primary concern in moving nuclear weapons, available no earlier than 1972, to West Germany is drawing a battle line outside France in which the short-range missiles and Mirage fighter-bombers could be effectively used. This follows from chanaes in French military think- ing that now accepts NATO's theory graduated nu- clear strikes instead massive retaliation. Last month, Fourquet met with Gen. Andrew Good- pastcr, supreme European allied commander, at NATO headquarters in Belgium. It was the first meeting of its kind since France pulled out of NATO in 1967. This month, French naval units are playing a role in Operation Sunny Seas, a NATO exercise off Portugal. The French air force and navy also have been fur- nishing a consistently greater volume of information on tire activities of the Soviet fleet in the Mediter- ranean. France has asked to participate in NATO s com- munication satellite network and has made inquiries about how much, membership will cost. PARIS (Reuter) Thousands of high school students defied a government ban on street dem- onstrations today with a mass street sit-in which brought traf- fic to a halt in the heart of the Left Bank student quarter. The students blocked the busy Boulevard St. Michel to protest the jailing of an 18-year-old col- league, Gilles Guiot, on charges of punching a policeman during a street rally. Killed fixing stalled track CALGARY (CP) Robert Bruce Hampton, 30, of Calgary was killed Thursday when the stalled tanker struck he was helping repair was hit by a half-ton truck that had been hit by a truck loaded with lumber. The tanker apparently was stalled on Highway 2 north of the city and mechanics had taken the smaller vehicle to lend assistance. Legislature backs move for divorce new deal EDMONTON (CP) A resolution seeking a study into the feasibility of legislation that would give each party in a divorce an equal share in the assets accumulated during a marriage received support in the Alberta Legislature Thurs- day. Dave Russell (PC-Calgary- Victoria Park) suggested the government should go even fur- ther and launch a study into the full spectrum of women's lights. NULLIFIES PROTECTION The resolution was proposed by Keith Grench who said the new federal divorce act nulli- fies some of the protection and rights in provincial legisla- tion for married women after a divorce. Bob Simpson who seconded the mo- tion, said the law now "miser- ably fails to acknowledge the economic contribution a wom- an makes to a marriage." Mr. Russell, who said he can approach the subject objective- ly because he is a bachelor, suggested the government should study the reasons for a substantial increase in the number of divorces and "do something positive about it." Seen and heard About town T ETHBRIDGE AUXILIARY Hospital administrator D. J. Schindler, after consid- ering hospital financing sug- gesting the hospital board ob- tain a sugar beet contract and plant the site of the pro- posed nursing home, and board member Lillian Parry suggesting rapeseed is more profitable OH Erdos making a fast and unexpect- ed trip home to get his tie alter he arrived at the office without it. There were also other social problems in need of study, such as property rights, employment rights, the woman's role hi public life, day-care centres and the particular problems of the province's native women. WOMEN'S BUREAU He urged the government to do something more meaningful with the Alberta Women's Bu- reau. Mr. Russell said the govern- ment could "provide more than lip service to the women of Al- berta" by expanding the bu- reau, which now is little more than an information service. Edward Benoit toks-High River) suggested Uiat couples be required to come to an agreement on a property settlement before they could get a divorce. Bill Dickie Glen- more) suggested a community- of-property law in which the husband and wife would share equally in the marriage assets, with a clause allowing a person to contract out. Conflicting stories on Laos drive From AP-Rcutcr SAIGON (CP) Conflicting reports rose today about the success of the ll-day-old South Vietnamese incursion into Laos. The Associated Press quoted the commander of the South Vietnamese forces in Laos as saying his troops have occupied 25 miles of Ilio Ho Chi Minh trail, liculcr news agency quoted South Vietnamese command spokes- man as saying the incursion was behind schedule and had come to a halt. Lt.-Gen. Hoang Xuan Lam said in an interview with The AP that the incursion has been satisfactory. He was backed by Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, the commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, who said the South Vietnamese "are doing well." However, Reuter quoted the South Vietnamese command spokesman as saying: "Bad weather and enemy anti-air- craft fire are holding up the operation." Renter said the spokesman contradicted reports from field commanders who said South Vietnamese forces have cut the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos, One commander had Not pinned down The Cfmmons thus failed to pin down the minister precisely on the debate's main whether the government would act to keep Home Oil under Ca- nadian control if private Cana- dian bids fall through. By reiterating inside and out- side the House that he is confi- dent a Canadian takeover bid will succeed, Mr. Greene went a step beyond the hopes he had been expressing in previous statements. He said at one point: "I have been confident from the nature of the discussions I have had both with the vendor, Mr. Brown (Home Oil president Robert and with the Ashland company and with po- tential buyers that we can work this out together in confidence. so as to maintain this as a Canadian company without any legislation being passed which has a retroactive nature to it. The debate ended on that note after midnight following de- mands from both sides of the House for quick government ac- tion on the foreign-ownership Opposition complains It also featured bitter opposi- tion complaints after Mr. Greene, who had rejected re- peated cries for him to speak early in the debate, left the House to talk to reporters and appear on national television newscasts. 'After Mr. Greene returned to the Commons, several opposi- tion MPs said his action in speaking to reporters on the matter before addressing the House was an indication of con- tempt for Parliament. Jack Horner (PC-Crowfoot) at- tempted a motion of contempt on a question of privilege but drew no reaction from Speaker Lucien Lamoureux. Until that time, news reports of the debate had featured de- mands for government interven- tion and proposals on how it could act to keep the oil com- pany m Canadian hands. New Democrat Leader T. C. Douglas, whose procedural ac- tions earlier led to the debate, said the government had the power to act now. "If Horns Oil is sold into for- eign control it will close vir- tually the last chance for Cana- dians to get a piece of the ac- tion in he said. Talk, talk, talk Eldon Woolliams (PC-Cal- gary North) said Liberal gov- ernments have been talking about foreign ownership since 1963, but they have done nothing and still have no policy. Mr. Douglas had expressed a different view when the debate opened with only 30 of the 264 MPs present. Attendance fluc- tuated in subsequent hours but numbered only 29 when Mr, Greene started speaking. Mr. Douglas said the govern- ment could forbid sale of con- trol in Home Oil as it did last spring to prevent a similar U.S. takeover of Denison Mines Ltd. of Elliot Lake, Ont, a uranium mine. If a potential Canadian buyer lacked capital, he said, funds could be advanced from the fed- eral Industrial Development Bank. Panarctic Oil Co., in which the government has a 45-per- cent interest, could take over Home Oil, he suggested, or a Crown corporation could buy it for ultimate takeover by the proposed development Corp., a state investment company. Burma chief ill KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) Gen. Ne Win, Burma's chief of state has postponed a visit to Nepal because of a "sudden ill- the foreign ministry an- nounced Thursday. He had been due Friday for an unofficial visit. No information was avail- able on the illness. said: ''We are sitting on the trail and strangling it." The spokesman quoted by Renter said some branches of the North Vietnamese supply line have been cut, but not all of them. Asked if Hanoi is still mov- ing supplies down the trail, he replied: "It is possible." He said South Vietnamese forces had advanced IS miles into Laos and DOW are stationary, COAXED TO SAFETY A 36-year-old woman clings to the girders of the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia 180 feet above the St. Clair River. For 90 minutes she re- mained poised above 1he water and at one point both her shoes fell into the river below. She was finally coaxed to safety by a bridge official and a passerby and token to a hospital.