Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV7 - No. 62 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1973 PRICE: 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES Indian camps split over women's status Stolen Petain coffin found PARIS (AP) - A military plane returned the flag-drapecl coffin of Marshal Philippe Petain to his traitor's tomh on a lonely island off the Atlantic Coast today even though it may cost the French government rightist votes in the National Assembly elections next month. The coffin was found Wednesday night in a garage in a northern suburb of Paris. It had been left there by a group of rightists who stole it from He d'Yeu Sunday, hoping to force (he government to'bury it in national military cemetery at Douaumont with the other defenders in the First World War Battle of Verdun. Police are holding at. least six men suspected of complicity in the plot, including Herbert Massol, an ultra-rightist candidate for the assembly, and Francois Boux de Cassan, a minister of information in Petain Vichy government. DUPLICITY ALLEGED Jacques Isorni, Pefcain's lawyer at his treason trial, accused President Georges Pompidou's government of getting the marshal's remains back by duplicity. He said the government had intimated to Petain-ist circles that, when the coffin was found, "it would be placed in a location of honor wlule the family decided on the location of the grave." "It was a deliberately false indication." Although Petain was convicted of treason for his collaboration with the Nazis after the French surrender in the Second World War, a sizable rightist faction has for'years demanded that his body be transferred from the island of exile where he died and that he lie among the men he led at Verdun. But a burial with honors for Petain would antagonize the many Frenchmen for whom the wounds of the Vichy era are still open. Dreaming Horst Schamp, 525 19th St. N, sits back and relaxes in the sunshine after landing his first fish of the afternoon a t Henderson Lake Wednesday. Temperatures hitting 60 degrees had Southern Albertans digging out their summer-wardrobes. OTTAWA (CP) - Hundreds of Indians are in Ottawa today to witness the begining of a Supreme Court hearing which already has pitted them against one another and promises to divide them more wheri it is over. The issue is whether a woman born an Indian should retain her official status as an Indian when she married a white or a non-status Indian. The government, through the Indian Act of 1852 recognizes about 250,000 Indians in Canada and accords to those officially registered as such the right to live and own property on re- serves as well as special health, welfare and educational benefits. Women who marry non-status or non-native men and their children lose these rights. Many, depending on the particular tribe, are discouraged or forbidden to set foot on the reserve and deprived of burial rights there. Indian men who marry nonstatus or white women, however, share all their treaty rights with their wives and pass them down to their children. There are an estimated 500,-000 non-status Indians, among them status women who married non-status or white men, Indians knocked off the official government lists for any of a number of reasons-including just not being there when the Indian agent was counting-and their descendants. Testing the points of law involved before the Supreme Court is Jeanette Corbiere La-vel, a 29-year-old Ojibway who lost her treaty rights in December, 1970, when she married a white man. In October, 1971, the Federal Court ruled that to deprive her of her status was a con- travention of the Bill of Rights. Alberta Indian leader Harold Cardinal said Indian women who lost their Indian status through marriage will never be allowed back on reserves in his province. "Thats how strongly we feel about this," Mr. Cardinal told a news conference. Mr. Cardinal warned women liberation groups not to provide "any confrontations' with Aberta Indians. The Indians would not back down, and there could be "violent situations" if the women pushed the Indians too far. Israel rebuked for shooting By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Angry denunciations of Israel echoed around the world today for the shooting down of a Libyan passenger jet at a cost of more than 100 lives. Israel claimed its fighters fired on the Libyan Airways 727 over occupied Sinai Wednesday only after the jets French pilot disobeyed orders to land. But in Cairo, the plane's destination, Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Khader Hatem said Eeypt had no evidence that the pilot ever was In radio contact with the Israeli fighters. The Egyptians produced a tape recording of the pilots last conversation. Israel's air force boss said his jet fighters had not meant to shoot down the airliner but only tried to make it land. Maj.-Gen. Mordechai Hod said the plane was flying over "the most sensitive military area in Israel." The passenger jet was over Israeli military installations along the eastern side of the Suez Canal, occupied since the 1967 war. The last words on the tape, in English and supposedly from the pilot, were these: "I guess we have some serious trouble with both our heading and our ' compass' and then, a few seconds later: "We are shot by a fighter! We are shot by fighter!' CJiina and U.S. set up offices JACQUES ROSE WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and China announced today they will establish official' governmental liaison offices in Washington and Peking to speed up normalization of relations between th: iwo countries. The development was announced in a joint communique issued in Washington and Peking. Presidential aide Henry A. Kissinger said the offices will sen'e as the principal contact points on the expansion of trade "as well as all other matters except the strictly formal diplomatic aspects of tiss between thei countries. Kissinger said the liaison offices will have ful diplomatic privileges but will in no way imply establishment of formal diplomatic relations. Kissinger, who returned Tuesday from four days of extensive Rose after released acquittal Inside 20-23 Classified Comics ..........8 Comment......4, 5 District .. 3, 15, 16 Family .. Local News Markets .. Sports .. Theatres TV .... Weather 10, 11 17, 18 ... 8 12-14 ... 7 ... 6 ... 2 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH FRIDAY 50, SUNNY MONTREAL (CP) - Jacques Rose, imprisoned for two years at the provincial police detention centre, was released today, following his acquittal on a charge of murdering former Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. The acquittal came after a six-week trial and the trial judge said he could not deny Rose's conditional release. The verdict was handed down by a Court of Queen's Bench jury after 13 hours of deliberation, two of them today, and brought cheers from Rose's friends and relatives in the court. M. Justice Claude Bisson said foowing the dedict that, since Rose has been acquitted of both murder and kidnaping in the Laporte ease, "I do not think T would be jusified in denying the conditional liberty of Jacques Rose." Charges of complicity after the fact in the kidnapping and detaining Mr. Laporte against his will are stil pending against Rose but these are "relatively less substantia" than the previous charges. Following delivery of the verdict, Crown prosecutor Fcrnand Cote asked for an adjournment to prepare representations necessary for Rose's release. Rose, acquitted in Decernber after his second trial on the kidnapping charge, thanked the nine-man and three-woman jury for . its decision and congratulated jury members for their "solidarity." His lawyer, Robert Lemieux, said the decision will be "historic for les Quebecois" and immediately pending his March 5 trial on the two charges he still faces. talks in Peking with Communist party chairman Mao Tse-tung and Premier Chou En-lai, also disclosed that: -Two American airmen, held prisoner since being shot down over Clunese territory, will be released in the next few weeks. They are Air Force Maj. Philip E. Smith, a prisoner since Sept. 20, 1965, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert J. Flynn, held since Aug. 21, 1967. -The life sentence o f John Thomas Downey, a Central Intelligence Agency employee held since the Korean War, will be reviewed in the last half of the year. Kissinger said he had been told Downey's sentence could be shortened for good behavior and that he was informed Downey's conduct as a prisoner had been exemplary. -The United States has no immediate plans to withdraw its remaining military forces from the Chinese Nationalist island of Taiwan but the subject will be reviewed periodically, with decisions based principally on Washington's assessment of the danger of war in the area. Kissinger reported that, as part of the exchange effort, China will send to the United States next year its priceless .exhibit of archeological artifacts housed in Peking's Forbidden City. In addition, three scientific groups and a gymnastics team will visit the United States this year. The United States, he said, will send the Philadelphia Symphony, groups of doctors, scientists and elementary school teachers. Congress members and athletic teams to China during 1973. A surviving steward said two rockets were fired. The death toll apparently stood at 105. Libyan officials said 112 persons were on the jet. Israel reported nine survivors had been puled from the wreckage but that two of those, both women, died during the night. Hatem told a Cairo news conference that the attack on an unarmed and clearly marked civilian airliner was "one of the most cowardly, barbaric acts ever committed." He called upon the world to take some appropriate action or else witness "the end of law and order and faith in international society." Egypt asked the International Civil Aeronautics Organization to investigate and is sending mesages to political organizations, parliaments and labor unions around the world setting forth the Egyptian view of what happened. "The time has come when Israel should bear the consequences of her aggression,' Hatem said. He reported that Libya's Revolutionary Command Council was in session to discuss what steps it would take. Elsewhere, especially in the West, dismayed leaders deplored what they regarded as a severe blow to hopes for settlement efforts in the Middle East. President Nixon of the United States sent messages of condolence to Libya and Egypt-a pointed rebuke to the Israelis. But a Lebanese newspaper accused the president of hypocrisy,' likening him to "a murderer who attends the funeral of his victims." Canada expressed "shock and regret." Mowat, Cousins to get degrees at convocation A Canadian author and a retiring Lethbridge educator will receive honorary doctorate of laws degrees May 19 at the sixth convocation of the University of Lethbridge. Writer Farley Mowat, of Port Hope, Ont, and U of L history professor James Cousins will receive the campus honor from university chancellor Dr. James Oshiro. About 250 students will receive degrees at the spring convocation. Mr. Mowat has written at least a dozen books on nature and has presented numerous papers in Canada on ecology. Mr. Cousins, a former Coleman teacher, arrived at Lethbridge in 1950. From 1951 to 1956 ho taught at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute before joining the Lethbridge Community College, 1957 to 1967. he joined the U of L faculty as head of the history department in 1967 and will retire from campus life the end of April. Mr. Cousins was a founder of the local community college and served that institution as dean of the university section at LCC in 1963. FARLEY MOWAT JAMES COUSINS Magazine sales tax urged to aid publishing trade Temperature record set A ridge of high pressure, combined with warm air from the southwest, contributed to a record - setting temperature in Lethbridge yesterday of 60 above - the warmest Feb. 21 since 1902 when the weather office started keeping records. The previous high temperature for that date was set in 1961 when the mercury climbed to 55 degrees. Contrary to other reports though, Lethbridge was not the wannest place in Canada yesterday - Abbotsford, B.C., registered 61 above. The forecast for the weekend indicates a slight cooling trend, with temperatures expected to fall from five to 10 degrees. TORONTO (CP) - An Ontario royal commission proposed today that the provincial sales tax be applied to magazines and a special board set up to screen proposals for foreign takeovers of Ontario-based, Canadian publishing firms. The proposals were among 70 in a final report of the commission on book publishing formed in December, 1970. The Ontario book publishing board, with a minimum budget of $1 million supplied from sales-tax revenues on magazines and periodicals, would administer these funds to the industry, and, to prevent total encroachment by foreign publishers, have power to prevent non-Canadian firms from moving into the province. A screening board is essential to prevent total foreign domination of the industry, the commission said. The industry was facing "insuperable economic pressure" which could reduce it to a regional role in publishing. Without public intervention, markets would favor mora "runs on editions of foreign-published books" and less of Canadian. The new boards budget would be financed by removing the five-per-cent sales-tax exemption on magazines, but not on books or newspapers. S�en and heard About town * ? ? /CREDIT UNION manager Earl Sponholtz claiming a half million dollars is "a fair hunk of change." . . . American-born Jim Burger wondering if the public announcing system would help make his accent more easily understood . . . Kay Smith looking for a Christmas gift already. Violations mar Laos ceasefire VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) -North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao troops captured two towns in southern Laos today after the ceasefire began and made heavy attacks on government positions south of the Plain of Jars, informed sources reported. "There have been massive violations," said one source.' Police files won't be destroyed now By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON - The provincial government does not intend to destroy the police files on three Slave Lake residents - but it is normal police practise that files are destroyed after two yeaa-s, Attorney-General Merv Leitch told the legislature Wednesday. The remark came in the fourth straight day of Opposition attack over an affair the opposition charges is a clear violation of the freedom of speech and freedom of the press sections of the new Alberta Bill of Rights. Premier Lougheed, however, has denied the civil rights legislation has been violated. The controversy surrounds the use of the RCMP to gather information about a weekly newspaper publisher and two other men who have openly criticized the government. ACCUSES NOTLEY Mr. Leitch Wednesday accused NDP leader Grant Not-ley of misinterpreting his remarks in the affair. Nr. Notley asked if the government had disclosed police files to the subjects of the investigation - as Mr. Leitch said was policy. Mr. Leitch said it was not policy to disclose files to the subject of an investigation. He said only if the government intended to take action detrimental to a person, then "Uie policy ought to be that that information wliich was forming the basis of the decision would be made available to him and he would be given the opportunity to refute it." Mr. Leitch said he has written to one of the three subjects of the police check - Bruce Thomas, publisher of the Slave Lake Oiler - apologizing that the RCMP investigation had become public and caused em-bairassment, Jim Henderson, leader of the opposition, asked if the government intends to order the files on the three men destroyed. Mr. Leitch replied no, but that it is police policy to destroy files after two years. In an interview later, Mr. Leitch said the reason he wrote to apologize to Mr. Thomas was that Mr. Thomas had written first to him. He declined to reveal the subject of the two letters. He said however, that he only apologized for the embarrassment caused by the police investigation and not for the use of the police - the point that has become nn issue.