Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
MEDAL COUNT Medal standings after the eighth day of competi- tion at the Canada Winter Games: Gold Sil Br Quebec........ZZ 17 14 Ontario........14 18 '12 B.C............10 12 6 Weightlifting causes first Games flap Weightlifters are playing a waiting game at the Canada Winter Games. Nine muscular young from Newfoundland, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec and On- tario won 'medals in the weightlifting compeUUon Wednesday but may not get to keep them. It all hinges on the outcome of backroom meetings of officials trying to decide whether terms of qualifica- tion for the 1975 Games will be changed or not. The original rules said each province or territory would be limited to one contes- tant in each of nine weight classes, or if a team put more than one lifter into a class it would have to drop one from another bracket. In addition, if two lifters from a province or territory competed in the same class, both could earn medals but the performance of only one would be counted in team points. 'I When ths went :t% Bow Island' in southeastern Alberta, where the competition was to be held, they decided didn't like the rules. Tneir federa- tion argued with Games officials until midnight Tuesday without resblv- ing their differences. And they were teck at it Wednesday night. The weightlifters, after talking about withdrawing from the Games, decided to go ahead with their com- petition. Champions were declared in three classes and medals were formaljy presented. But as far as Games officials we're concerned, the results remained unofficial as long as the deadlock continued. The possibility remained that if the weightlifting were washed out, they might ask that the medals be returned. Meanwhile, official gold medals were being awarded in judo and figure skating as those sports went on Alberta .837 Manitoba......5 12 4 N.W.T.........Z 0 2 Saskatchewan ..1 3 12 Newfoundland 1 1 1 Nova Scotia 0 0 3 New Brunswick 002 P.E.I. Yukon 0 ,0 0 .009 POINT TALLY Point standings after the eighth day of competition: Pts Quebec............. Ontario............. 134 British Columbia 131 Alberta............. 1Z5 Manitoba 114 Saskatchewan........ 102 Nova Scotia......... 89 New Brunswick 75 Prince Edward Island 59 Newfoundland....... 53 Northwest territories 23 Yukon.............. The Lethbridae Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1975 15 Cents Disgruntled Taylor bolts Socred ranks Ottawa budget restraint dies of inflation peHebertof anac, Ont., won the 147-pound judo competition with Darryl Dong of Vancouver se- cond and David Carter of Halifax third The figure skating, in which Ontario and B.C. the two hotbeds of the sport, are expected to dominate, went as expected. Alberta at a glance HOCKEY Lethbridge Native Sons won their fourth consecutive game defeating New Brunswick 6-2. FIGURE SKATING Alberta competitors Marcie Brolund and Timothy Tone finished fifth in the Dance B event. Arvid Cassel was seventh in the Men's B competition at the Sportsplex. BOXING Randy Johnson and Frank Pruden won their bouts but Alvin Mills of Cardston, Gary Larson and Gordon Decoteau lost theirs. VOLLEYBALL Our women are one of three teams still undefeated while our men have two wins and three losses. Our women defeated Nova Scotia and 15-1 while our men lost 15-10 and 15-5 to British Columbia and 15-4. and 15-12 to New Brunswick. TABLE TENNIS _, Alberta is 3-0 after three rounds, defeating Saskatchewan 15-5, Newfoundland 17-3 and Yukon 20-0. No Albertans made the quarter-finals in the Wednes- day action. Scott Tanner of Lethbridge won two of four matches while George Graham of Ranier lost his first two matches. GORDON TAYLOR Coroner's juries on way out? EDMONTON (CP) Juries at coroner's inquests could soon be a thing of the past, Dr. J. C. Butt, Alberta's chief cor- oner, said Wednesday. Dr. Butt, speaking at a meeting of the officials from the coroner's office and the members of Edmonton media, said he expected a new provincial coroner's act to be law sometime late this year. Based on the recommenda- 'Tlion of the Kirby Com- mission's review of lower courts, the new .actjvill abolish juries at inquests and i introduce a new' system call- ing for medical examiners to i replace coroners, he said. i Though he declined to elaborate on how the inquest would function, Dr. Butt said the medical examiner, after investigating the death would give testimony as a witness at the inquest Without a jury, the decision on the cause of death would be entirely up to the provincial judge presiding on the by the medical examiner and- the other witnesses. Dr. Butt said medical ex- now are being recruited in Calgary. He said two examiners will be ap- pointed-at Calgary and two in Edmonton. Syria puts pressure on Egypt By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Drumheller MLA Gordon Taylor today bolted the ranks of his Social Credit party at the most damaging moment possible for his colleagues. Mr. Taylor, 64, told an Ed- monton press conference he will run as an independent Social Credit candidate in the riding he has represented for 35 years. "I have been unhappy with the caucus Mr. Taylor said. He said he could not support the caucus' stand on the Syncrude oil sands ven- ture and in the energy confrontations between Ot- tawa and the Progressive Conservative provincial government. Social Credit's chief strategist for this election, Bill Johnson, immediately said the party will run a can- didate against Mr. Taylor in Drumheller. But Werner Schmidt, provincial party leader, said he was not sure that the party would contest against the veteran MLA. For more Games coverage see Pages 9-12, 17, 1B The ASSOCIATED PRESS Syria is trying to drum up Arab pressure 'on President Anwar Sadat of Egypt to get him to make a new Egyptian- Israeli agreement dependent on an Israeli troop withdrawal on the Syrian front. Arab diplomats in Beirut said Syrian foreign. Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam is visiting Algeria, Libya and Morocco to seek backing for his government's demand that any Israeli pullback in the Sinai desert be simultaneous with a withdrawal on the Golan Heights. The diplomats said Khad- dam headed across North Africa after returning Tues- day from Saudi Arabia. Reporters who .accom- panied U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger on his visits to Cairo, Damascus and Jerusalem last week said he is worried that President Hafez Assad of Syria may thwart the Israeli-Egyptian agreement he thinks he can negotiate when he returns to the Middle. East next month. U.S. officials said Kissinger is exploring ways to link a Sinai agreement to the Syrian drive for another Israeli withdrawal on the Golan Heights. "I would suggest that Gordon will be rejoining the Social Credit caucus in the near Mr. Schmidt said from his parents' home in Coaldale. Both Bob Clark, Social Credit House Leader, and former premier Harry Strom lauded Mr. Taylor's contribu- tion as an MLA. Mr. Taylor has served under three Social Credit pretniers as? an MLA, and cabinet miiiister holding the highways, telephones and youth portfolios. But he has been uncomfor- table in the ranks of the Op- position, and disappointed in a party leadership bid.- In .the last two sessions "of the legislature he has voted with the government on occasion, and recently stopped attending Social Credit caucus meetings. He had "no input into caucus in the last session of the legislature. I stopped attending Mr. Taylor told reporters. In a telephone interview, the Drumheller MLA told The Herald he has not yet thought about crossing the floor of the legislature to join government ranks. "I can hardly run for the Syncrude project with the Social Credit Party taking a stand against he said. The Opppsition should also back the premier against Ot- tawa, he said. "Because I cannot support the Social Credit caucus' stand on these two important election issues, I find it inv. possible to stand as a can- didate for Social Credit in this election. While strategy chairman Johnson said it is the party's policy 'to run 75 candidates, a full slate, Mr. Schmidt said the decision will be made in consultation with the Drumheller constituency association. Mr. Taylor told the press conference he has the full backing of the association, and his con- "The Conservatives have Diefenbaker, the Liberals have Herb Gray and we have our differences of Mr. Clark said in a telephone interview from Car- stairs. Mr. Clark said he agreed with Mr. Taylor that his constituents come first. Mr. Taylor is the second veteran MLA to bow out of the party because of dis- agreements with the leadership. But he is. on the opposite side of the fence from former house leader Jim Henderson who resigned the party because of dis- agreements with Mr. Schmidt. Mr. Taylor, now a Schmidt supporter, told reporters Mr. Schmidt has told him "things will change" if Mr. Schmidt wins a seat in the house March 28. An evening for fun Premier Peter Lougheed and wife Jean descendPfrom the Dauiiinn Wednesday night after the premier's brief speech to volunteerslnd members invited to the premier's dinner. See story on Page 17. Highway cost doubles Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Finance Minister John Turner appear to have lost the battle of restraint in the cabinet. They have apparently thrown in the towel and they blame their capitulation on inflation. Their capitulaton was sig- nalled in the main estimates for government expenditures in the fiscal year 1975-76 tabled in the Commons Wednesday. Mr. Trudeau and Mr.. Turner have preached "restraint1' as a foundation plank of the government's economic policies aimed at combatting inflation. It was mentioned frequently in the fi- nance minister's last budget brought down in November. But Treasury Board Presi- dent Jean Chretien in tabling the Blue Book of the main estimates provided for spending totalling billion in budgetary items and J1.3 billion in loans. The loans are about the same level as last year but the budgetary total is billion greater. Government spending appears to have spiralled out of control. The bureaucracy has grown so large that the treasury board seems in- capable of curbing spending programs to the extend prac: Used by the board up to the latter part of the Opposition House Leader Ewalter Baker the P.C. mem- ber, for Ottawa's Greenville- -Carleton riding likened government spending to that of suckers springing out of a tree trunk. 'He says it has taken on a life of its own and no' one appears capable of applying the pruning shears. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield said the estimates tabled Wednesday plus the supplementary estimates to be tabled'by the government throughout the year 1975-76 would bring the government's proposed spending in the com- ing fiscal year up over the billion mark. He predicted that because of the inadequate rules for providing a proper examination of the government's spending plans the estimates would be probably passed without j-educed by a single dollir. The examination by parlia- ment of the spending program under present rules "would be farcical if it were not tragic in its implications for the Com- mons and the Canadian cautioned Mr. Stan- field: Herald. Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The building of Prime Minister .Pierre Trudeau's frontier-opening, dream highway along the Mackenzie Valley in the western Arctic will cost at least million, or almost twice as much as originally expected. And federal officials with the department of Indian af- SMD and heard About town Lethbridge Labor Council president Larry Mead asking Letter Carrier Union delegate Bob Brown why his notice of a meeting took five days to move through the city Charlie Virtue and Doug Dinlop and wives being barred from the premier's Winter Games roast beef feed by a zealous security guard because they failed to bring their official invitations. fairs and northern develop- ment in charge of the Mackenzie Highway say there is still no government decision on when the highway will be completed. When announced by Prime Minister Trudeau, the highway (really a gravel secondary road) was intended to be totally completed before the proposed Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline construction would begin. That would mean completion of the road by 1978 or 1979. But if for regulatory or other reasons the Arctic pipeline is delayed, federal of- ficials say the Mackenzie Highway to Inuvik might not get completed until the mid 1980s-especially if it is decid- ed to give the native people the most job opportunities. The 670-mile highway, which many Canadians may have forgotten even exists, was announced by Prime Minister Trudeau in April of 1972. It was intended to be the backbone of a proposed Mackenzie Valley develop- ment corridor for pipelines and other northern projects.. Actual construction started in May of 1972. Since then, close to ISO mil- lion have been spent in total and an average of 100 jobs created each winter work sea- son for native people. As a result, a 30-mile sec- tion north of the starting point at Fort Simpson is 80 percent completed. CMliC drops lending rate OTTAWA (CP) The Central Mortgage and Hous- ing Corp. has dropped its direct lending rate to 10 per cent from 10.75 per cent, a CMHC spokesman said today. The interest rate which af- fects federally-financed hous- ing programs such as assisted home ownership has been reduced following a de- cline in other housing interest rates. Inside 32 Pages Classified........28-31 Comics............26 Comment.........4, 5 17-19 Family.........22, 23 Markets...........27 Sports............9-14 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 Youth..............8 Low tMlght Zi high Frl. 45 CklMWk windi.