Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Thursday, February 20, 1975 News in brief Stiff gun sentence sought Tax bill moves sluggishly through House OTTAWA (CP) Citing a "carnival of murders" across the country, former prime minister John Diefenbaker in- troduced in the Commons Wednesday a bill that would provide a minimum five-year sentence for anyone carrying a firearm to commit a crime. Under the proposed amend- ment to the Criminal Code, carrying a firearm while com- mitting an offence, or with the intention of committing one, would become a separate charge. Mr. Diefenbaker said the five-year minimum sentence would be added to the sentences for other offences. Tory MP eyes leader's post LONDON, Ont. (P) He- ward Grafftey, member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Brome-Missisquoi, said Wednesday that he intends to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party when and if Robert Stanfield steps down. Mr. Grafftey said he has promised Mr. Stanfield not to say anything officially until the leader makes his inten- tions known. He was speaking to a group of University of Western Ontario students. Federal employees increase OTTAWA The num- ber of persons holding federal government jobs grew to 258 in 1973 from 1965, the Commons learned Wednesday. Information tabled in the House also listed these annual totals for the years in be- tween 1973 and 1965: .v OTTAWA (CP) Tax- payers awaiting delivery of 1874 income tax refunds probably will have to wait un- til at least early next month for their money. The Commons continued to wade through the 287-page omnibus income tax bill Wednesday, but has covered only about one-half of its 142 clauses. Revenue department of- ficials say income tax forms are being processed and re- fund -cheques have been prepared, but cannot be mail- ed until Parliament approves the tax bill. About refunds had pil- .ed up by late last week and revenue officials expected the number to double by the end of this week. Bilingualism enforced OTTAWA (CP) Any bilingually designated civil servant who refuses to speak both official languages will be suspended, Treasury Board President Jean Chretien said in the Commons Wednesday. He promised to investigate complaints by MPs that, some Unemployment Insurance Commission employees in Montreal refuse to work in both languages, sticking to either English or French. Queen leaves Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Reuter) Queen Elizabeth ended a two-day visit to Bar- bados by knighting a West In- dian cricket star Wednesday before a crowd of at a racetrack here. Garfield (Garry) Sobers, 38, became Sir Garfield St. Aube- ron Sobers as the Queen laid the dubbing sword on both his shoulders. Bye-bye, blackbirds f the millions of blackbirds, starlings, The detergent-water combination will strip the birds condemned ,to death by of their natural insulation and cause them to freeze I swarm in trees near Fort Campbell, Ky. Army to death. The birds are reported to be flocking in Ottawa's bilingualism program to cost million in '75-76 Oil barge runs aground SEATTLE (API A barge carrying about one million gallons of heavy diesel fuel ran aground today on a stretch of sandy beach Wnidbey Island, 35 miles north of Seattle, the Coast Guard said. A spokesman said the barge was upright and did not appear to be damaged. It was not determined if any oil was leaking. Late Wednesday night the crew of the tug relief, which was towing the barge, radioed that the relief was in danger of sinking in 50-to 60-knot winds and eight- to 10-foot Taylor vows cheap energy EDMONTON (CP) Nick Taylor. Alberta Liberal leader advocates a cheap energy policy for Canada as one of his campaign platforms for the March 26 Alberta election. World energy prices are not in Alberta's or Canada's own long-term interest, Mr. Taylor said Wednesday in an interview. Mr. Taylor's second cam- paign thrust is his alternative to Premier Peter Lougheed's industrial dream built on a world-scale petrochemical in- dustry for Alberta. OTTAWA (CP) The federal government's bilingualism program will cost about million in fiscal year 1975-76, according to main estimates tabled in the Commons Wednesday. Cost of the program includes payments to provin- cial governments in support of language training in schools, translation costs, grants in aid of research and federal public service training. The similar expenditures in the current fiscal year, ending March 31, are forecasted to cost close to million. The largest single amount for the next fiscal year is for the language training grants to provinces. In 1975-76, the main estimates forecast spending of million, compared with million in 1974-75. Language training in the federal public service is set at million, the same as last year, while translation costs are expected to mount to million in the coming year from million in 1974-75. Grants to help provide bilingual services in provin- cial public services will total in the coming fiscal year the same as this current year and funds to the private sector for training and for language research will be the same, The Commissioner of of- ficial Languages in the public service, who looks after language complaints from federal employees, will see an increase in his budget to from in 1974-75. The amount actually set out for dealing with com- plaints, as opposed to ad- ministrative costs and expen- ditures on special studies, will rise to from in 1974-75. Grants provided by the gov- ernment to universities to help train translators will decline to in 1975-76 from forecasted costs of 000 in 1974-75. English and French minor- ities in various areas of the country are expected to receive total grants of 000 in the coming fiscal year, up from in the current year. MacEachen to tour West Africa TORONTO (CP) Exter- nal Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen will make a West African tour in April to dis- cuss, among other things, Canadian views toward an emerging and increasingly important Africa. The minister announced the trip Wednesday night in an ad- dress in which he said Canada's relations with African countries are entering a new phase. Mr. MacEachen told a Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies that multilateral connections with Africa through such organizations as the Com- monwealth no longer are enough. There must be contact be- tween Canada and African countries away from the con- frontation of international or- ganizations. It was essential for Canada to consider the particular needs of each country with which it had diplomatic relations. "There is some urgency, in my view, to expose and dis- cuss more formally with African leaders the Canadian government views on these he said. Wendesday was the 15th day of Commons debate on the bill. With an opposition- requested debate on Canadian International Development Agency spending scheduled for today, and the short five- hour sitting on friday, there appeared to be little chance of the bill passing this week. The bill might clear the Commons next week, then go to the Senate, making final approval before March 1 doubtful.- The sluggish movement of bills through the House prompted back-bencher Ed Lumley (L-Stormont- Dundas) to suggest Wednes- day that members consider extending sitting hours until legislation is cleared. But despite prolonged desk- thumping approval from all sides, Speaker James Jerome said he could not accept the suggestion as a motion of "ur- gent and pressing adding that ample machinery exists to change Commons procedures. Finance Minister John Turner won applause from both sides of the House Wednesday when he announc- ed that a government plan to make the. first of savings interest income tax- free will be broadened for the 1975 tax year. The' proposal, announced in the November budget speech, unintentionally discriminates against some unincorporated businessmen, farmers and others with loans for machinery and equipment, said Mr. Turner. "Canada should Senate presure may force Ford to compromise plans Jury indicts Nixon's Farm land sale curb sought appraiser, tax lawyer ATHABASCA Notley, Alberta New Democratic Party leader, Weanesday urged the provin- cial government to prohibit the sale of farm land to foreign investors pending the BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. 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DeMarco, 49, and Newman, 63, were charged with con- spiring to backdate illegally a deed for Nixon's pre-presiden- tial papers that were donated to the government. The indictment handed down in U.S. district court here said the purpose of the false backdating was to give Nixon a tax deduction he would not have otherwise received. DeMarco prepared the tax return for the signatures of Nixon and his wife, and Newman examined the Nixon documents and estimated their value. Edward Morgan, 36, a depu- ty counsel in the Nixon White House, has pleaded guilty to similar charges and is serving a four-month prison term. He has agreed to provide evidence in the case. When the Nixon tax return was prepared in 1970, Morgan worked directly for John Ehrlichman, the White House domestic affairs chief and close Nixon adviser. Ehrlichman is scheduled for sentencing Friday along with three other Nixon aides con- victed in the Watergate cover- up trial. Documents and testimony gathered by the House of Rep- resentatives judiciary com- mittee impeachment inquiry showed that Ehrlichman played a continuing part in arranging for preparation of Nixon's tax returns. However, sources say that no additional persons face prosecution in the tax case. Nixon, for one, is invulnerable to any such investigation un- der the pardon granted him by President Ford, although he theoretically could appear as a witness in the tax case. Communists shell Viet bridges SAIGON (AP) Com- munist-led forces shelled pop- ulation centres, blew up bridges and struck at regional headquarters of the inter- national peacekeeping force today, the South Vietnamese command reported. It said more than 60 per- sons, mostly civilians, were either wounded or killed in the various attacks. The assault on the regional peacekeeping headquarters, in My Tho, 35 miles south of Saigon, destroyed a water purification plant, a warehouse and a garage, and wounded a Vietnamese guard, the command said. On the political front, in- formed sources said the U.S. congressional trip to South Vietnam and Cambodia that President Ford hoped would generate support for more American aid has been ten- tatively postponed. Meanwhile, in Saigon, secret police clashed with about 30 demonstrators protesting the shutdown of five opposition newspapers and the arrest of 18 WASHINGTON (AP) The margin of the Senate vote blocking the first part- of President Ford's energy- conservation program could increase pressure on the president to compromise. Ford repeated his promise to veto the bill, which would block for 90 days his barrel special tariff on im- ported oil, after the senate approved the measure Wednesday 66 to 28. The House of Represen- tatives earlier approved the tariff-delay bill by a 309-to-114 margin. It generally is conceded that the House will override Ford's veto but the Senate vote could go either way by a margin of one or two votes. Senator Henry Jackson a sponsor of the delay bill, predicted the Senate would override by one vote. Majorities of two-thirds of those voting in both chambers will be required to override the veto and delay the tariff. The 66-to-28 margin by which the bill was passed was three more than the ma- jority needed to override with 94 senators voting. The vote probably would have been 70 to 29 if the five absentees had been present, but it is not unusual for some senators who favor a bill to later uphold a president's decision to veto it. The most surprising factor in Wednesday's vote was that only two Long of Louisiana and Howard Cannon of against the bill. Ten Republicans voted for it. SUPPORT OVERRIDE The success of the effort to override the veto could de- pend on whether those Republicans and a half-dozen southern conservative Democrats who voted for the measure will support the override. Even before the Senate vote Wednesday, the White House was indicating an increased willingness to at least discuss compromise with the Demo- cratic-controlled Congress. Press secretary Ron Nessen said the president has promis- ed thlt the bulk of the fuel- price increases resulting from his energy program will be on gasoline, rather than on heating oil. This emphasis is similar to a tentative Democratic- sponsored program that would require automobile drivers to pay most of the short-range costs of energy conservation. OTTAWA (P) Cuba's top banker sidestepped questions on interference of American law with Canadian exports Wednesday, indicating that it is up to Canada to protect its Cuban market. Raul Leon, president of the Central Bank of Cuba, dis- played no concern in a news conference over the fact that the U.S. Trading with the Enemy Act had hampered ex- ports from U.S. subsidiaries in Canada to Cuba. Asked about the situation, he would say only that Cuba's trading corporation gives companies in several countries a chance to supply goods. It was always interested in hearing from Canadian companies. But Cuba was independent Guards shaved prisoner, ----------__ 1 of U.S. trade and technology .and would trade with any country. He gave the same answer when he was asked what found guilty of assault NEW WESTMINSTER B.C. (CP) Seven British Columbia Penitentiary guards were found guilty Wednesday in provincial court on charges of assaulting a prisoner when they attempted to shave his beard against his will. The charges arose from an incident last April when nine guards attempted to shave William George Brown at the maximum security New Westminster Penitentiary Judge Phillip Govan said he would pronounce sentence Feb. 28. Found guilty were Thomas Berrie, Roy Swanson, Keith Denton, D. Maclndoe, M. Collins, S. Haslin and Albert Fouquette. The charge against an eighth guard was dismissed for lack of evidence and a ninth, Michael Osborne, did not appear for trial. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Testimony during the trial revealed that Brown had been ordered to shave a two-month growth of beard. When he refused, at least seven guards handcuffed him and placed him on a table. His face was lathered and Collins attempted to apply the razor. Brown received cuts to his neck and the attempt was abandoned. Judge Govan said it was ironic that Collins, the guard who attempted to use the razor, wore a beard, as did Dragon Cernetic, the peniten- tiary director. would happen to Canadian sales to Cuba if the United States lifted its embargo and started trading with the Caribbean country. While Mr. Leon was in Can- ada, officials in Washington gave the go-ahead to a sale un- der wfiich an American sub- sidiary in Toronto will sell worth of office equip- ment to Cuba. The sale was held up for months because of the Trading with the Enemy Act. Canadian exports to Cuba last year jumped 80 per cent to million. Canadian of- ficials talking about the visit to Ottawa this week of Mr. Leon expressed desire to con- solidate Canada's position in that market in advance of any relaxation of the U.S. attitude to Cuba. Pat blames Haldeman for making Nixon tapes NEW Y9RK (AP) Mrs. Richard Nixon was convinced that H.R. Haldeman did many things without her husband's knowledge, including the tap- ing of presidential conver- sations about Watergate, says a friend quoted by the Ladies' Home Journal. Mrs. Nixon was "appalled" when she learned how deeply Watergate reached into the White House, the friend is quoted as saying. "She couldn't believe the stupidity says the friend, who asked to remain anonymous. "She said the tapes should never have been used in the first .place-it's something you just don't do." Saying that Mrs. Nixon blamed Haldeman, former White House chief of staff, for the (apings, the friend contin- "They weren't the best of friends. She was convinced that Haldeman did many things without the president ever this waj just another. She never saw Haldeman again after the business of the tapes." Written by Kandy Stroud, the article also says other friends deny reports that Mrs. Nixon has become a recluse. It says that although she rare- ly leaves San Clemente, there are exceptions. "Disguised in a dark wig, she made one Christmas shopping trip to Los Angeles with her friend Helene Brown and, at a Christmas party, sipped champagne with local volunteers who help with the the magazine reports.