Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THI UTHBKIDGE TiMtdoy, F.bruory II, War of nerves continues in mid-east peace talks UNITED NATIONS (Reuter) Diplomats here expressed hope today that Sunday's state- ment by Israel is not its final reply to Egypt's offer of peace. They also remained confident that Egypt's negative reaction to the IsraeU statement should be interpreted in the light of a war of nerves Egypt now is waging to wring concessions from Israel. Informed sources said the Is- raeli reply to UN envoy Gunnar Jarring would be more specific I and Foreign Minister Abba u.._ jjj expected to be and detailed than its statement Sunday, which said Israel would negotiate a peace settlement but would not withdraw from Arab territory occupied in the 1967 war. But the sources added they doubted that the Israeli answer to Jarring would go very far be- yond the Sunday statement in substance. The Israeli answer is being drafted by Premier Golda Meir delivered before the end of the week. CONSULT U.S. The sources said that the do- cument was being prepared in close consultations with U.S. of- ficials through Gen. Itzhak Rabin, Israeli ambassador in Washington. Rabin attended the series of meetings which preceded the publication of the IsraeU state- Legislature Roundup Tories criticize government on unemployment problems EDMONTON (CP) De- bate on a Progressive Conser- vative motion on unemploy- ment ranged widely hi the leg- islature Monday, touching on educational financing, tourism, pea-packing and, occasionally, unemployment. It was the sixth day of de- bate on the motion which came in the form of a proposed Pro- gressive Conservative amend- ment to the reply to the speech from the throne. It criticized the government for doing noth- ing to ease the problems of un- employment in the province. A vote on the amendment must be made Wednesday un- der the rules and the throne- speech debate ends Thursday after having been virtually monopolized by discussion of million spent on highways EDMONTON (CP) It cost more than million, or 410 a mile, to maintain the 935 miles of primary highways and access roads in Alberta in the 1969-70 fiscal year. The annual report of the de- partment of' highways and transport, tabled in the legisla- ture Monday, shows mil- lion was spent on construction of primary highways. Adminis- tration costs in the construc- tion branch amounted to million. Grant to municipaUties for structures and roads amounted to million, with Calgary getting miUion, Edmonton million, Grande Prairie Lethbridge Red Deer and WetasMwin A total of vehicles were registered during the year ended last March 31, an increase of compared with the previous year. The main increase was in passen- ger car registration, up more than to more than one- half million. he unemployment motion. All of the 10 Progressive Conservatives in the 65-seat raise have had their turn and most of the Social Credit mem- ters who spoke Monday on the issue made only passing ref- erence to unempolyment. Education Minister Robert Clark said property tax no longer bears the major burden of meeting education costs in Alberta, taking up only 38 per cent of the bill. Fifty per cent came from general p r 0 v i n cial revenues and 12 per cent from miscel- laneous income earned by school boards. OVER-SUPPLY Dealing with unemployment, Mr. Clark said there is an over-supply of teachers in some special fields and a shortage in some specific areas but "generally speaking there is not a surplus of good teachers." The government had urged school boards to give Alberta- trained teachers first priority. Ray Ratdaff, minister of in- dustry and tourism, told the bouse that tourists spent miUion in Alberta last year, an increase of seven per cent from 1969. To help tourist zones pro- mote their areas, the Alberta government now provides for every raised for promo- tion under a matching grants formula. Previously the match was 50-50. Douglas Miller (SC Taber- Warner) said the pea-packing industry in southern Alberta is in trouble because of competi- tion from peas shipped in from other areas. The industry would not do any packing this year because it already had a year's supply of peas in star- ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 Antonio Aloisio (SC Atha- >asca) accused the Progres- sive Conservative members of introducing the amendment for nothing more than poUtical iropaganda camouflaged by he unemployment issue. Alberta's unemployment problem there were jeople without jobs at the end of January has been added to by the people who im- migrated to the province be- tween October, 1969, and Octo- ber, 1970, he said. RULED OUT Earlier, Speaker Art Dixon ruled out of order a motion that the House be adjourned to debate the proposed sales of Oil Co. and Banff Oil Co. to foreign interests. The motion by Don Getty (PC Strathcona West) ask- ed the legislature to direct the government to get in touch with officials of the two com- panies to make sure that all xissible steps are being taken keep control of the Calgary- based companies in Canada. Mr. Dixon ruled that the mo- tion was not one "that can come up under the prerogative of emergency debate at this time." No harm will be done by let- ting things carry on as they are the companies wiU continue to operate, he said. Debate was adjourned by Al Bullock (SC Pancake race under way OLNEY. England (AP) Ruth Faulkner, a long-legged 22-year-old English lass won the Olney leg of the great interna- tional pancake race today in the middling time of 68 seconds. The ladies of Liberal, Kan. wUl be racing over a similar 415-yard course later today hoping to level the score in the annual Shrove Tuesday contest which started 22 years ago. Olney now leads 11 races to 10. OPEN TONIGHT GOING CRAZY on your ment. The statement welcomed the Egyptian move but indicated no softening of Israel's attitude to- ward withdrawal and bounda- ries, although it did not mention customary Israeli demands for direct talks with the Arab states on both issues. The document was publicly criticized in Cairo as "an ex- plicit and categorical rejection" of Jarring's reported suggestion that Israel should withdraw its troops from the territories occu- pied in 1967. Egyptian Ambassador Mo- lammed el-Zayyat reminded Jarring Monday that the offer conditional and would only stand if Israel fulfilled the at- ached conditions. DEPENDS ON PULLOUT Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is believed to have com- mitted his country to a peace agreement with Israel only if Is- raeli troops are pulled out from the occupied territories. The Egyptian mission Monday night circulated a statement at- tributed to an authorized source at the Egyptian foreign ministry stating that the members of the Security Council "should not fail to meet their responsibilities with regard to Israel's refusal to abide by the Security Council resolution of November, 1967, which calls for Israeli with- drawal in exchange for recogni- tion of the rights of all Middle East states to live in peace." The statement indicated, how- ever, that Egypt did not intend to convene immediately a meet- ing of the council by Unking council action with the publica- tion of a report on the Middle East situation by Secretary- General U Thant. Thant is expected to publish his report before the current Suez canal ceasefire expires March 7. 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Fares would be essentially unchanged with persons over 16 years paying 25 cents, stu- dents and children 15 cents and senior citizens 12 cents. If a person does not have the correct change, he will be required to pay more and wil receive a voucher for a refunc from a centrarl office. Jobless fund payments skyrocket OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment insurance benefit pay- ments totalled million in December, snowing a sharp in crease from million ir November because of seasona benefits that became effective Dec. 1, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported Monday. The average benefit payment was a week in December compared with a week in November and a week in December, 1969. The start of the seasonal ben efit supplements Dec. 1 also sparked a sharp increase in the number of claimants. It rose to from in Novem her and in December 1969. The benefit payments tola wiU show another sharp in crease when January figure, are released next month. Start ing Jan. 1, maximum rates o benefit were raised 10 per cen to a week for persons without dependents and a week for those with dependents YOUNG WITNESS NEW ORLEANS (AP) Keith Hill, who was involved in an automobile accident, wa subpoenaed as a witness for a court hearing. There were tw problems: He can't w a 1 k anc he can't talk. But then few per sons can at the age of seven months. HEAR Haralan 13 YEARS IN COMMUNIST PRISONS" Hear a Christian Leader from behind the Iron Curtain iHed ty ut 10 hit wrfc- fn H Imprisoned, lortured by the eomrnunlill for 13 years A leader of the "Underground Church" behind Ihe Iron Curtain M Pastor of Proleitant church in communist Bulgaria for over 15 yurs Pastor. Linguist. Bible-Stholsr. Author of "I Was A Comrtruniit Prisoner"