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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta rPork barrel polities'1 spark lively debate By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - Charges of "pork barrel -r^litics" were hurled across the floor of the legislature Thursday during a lively two-hour debate in which the opposition demaned! the names of companies receiving loans from the $30 million Alberta Opportunities Company. The government fired back charges that Social Credit was a "hbllier-than-thou party that used to suggest they never did anything for political purposes." The government proposed an amendment that an opposition motion make public the money loaned from the industrial incentives fund, but that the names of companies be kept secret. The debate ended without coming to a vote and will likely continue Tuesday under non-government notions. Albert Ludwig (SC-Calgary-Mountain View) charged that '.'the Conservatives have aroused more suspicion (of political patronage) in 14 months than we have in 36 years." He said "I'm not accusing you (Conservatives) of porkbarreling, but the set-up is there." To opposition heckling, Deputy Premier Hugh Horner blasted hack with " ... . that was one of the great white-washes thrat the people of Alberta had for 36 years . . . that Social Credit never did any patronage." In rising tones he said "I could list at some length the patronage 'that was handed out by the former government, political roads that were built, orders in council that were passed in the middle of August 1971 when certain honorable members over there were in slightly deep political trouble and they quickly passed orders in council for no good reason and gave out the people of Alberta's money in locations according to how well it would suit their political purposes and how many votes they might gain . . ." Mr. Ludwig, former public works minister, leaped to his feet and shouted "The deputy is a very confused man and he can't prove anything he said. I think he's telling us an untruth ..." Speaker Gerry Amerongen had Mr. Ludwig withdraw the allegation that Dr. Horner had "knowingly said an untruth." Dr. Horner said he will table in the legislature today an order in council of August 1971 passed by the Socrecls to authorize a $15,000 grant "in an area for strictly political reasons in the middle of an elec tion campaign . . . and it's generally acknowledged as such." He said there is more proof he can reveal of Socred patronage if the opposition cares to hear it. Assembly in uproar The assembly broke into an uproar and was called to order repeatedly by the speaker. Dr. Horher yelled "The people that brought forward the intimation of pork barrel politics were my honorable friends over there . . . now if they want to start thia kind of ball game they better stay in and play or go home ... if it's too hot in the kitchen go home . . ." The debate started with a motion for a return asking for the names, locations, terms and other information about "80 fourist oriented individuals and companies" that Bob Dowling, minister in charge of tourism, has said several times have received loans from the industrial incentives fund set up last year by the Conservatives. Mr. Dowling told the legislature the ihformation cannot be made public because fund regulations assure confidentiality to borrowers. Opposition leader Jim Henderson charged; that the "veil of secrecy" suggests pork barrel politicking. The Conservatives were attacked last year for appointing prominent party supporters to government boards and commissions and giving government automobile insurance to companies run by party members without public lender. Dr. Horner said the opportunities fund is the.equivalent of the federal Industrial Development Bank and IDB loans are not made public. Industry Minister Fred Peacock, the minister in charge of the new fund, said money is loaned at "above prime rate" to customers who can't get money anywhere else. He said the names of borrowers will be provided to any MLA who asks privately. Ted Hinman (SC-Cardston), a former provincial treasurer, declared that the rumors and suspicion that surrounds secrecy can be more damaging to a company than public disclosure. The Lethbridq e Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 63 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1973 PRICE: 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES Government considers tighter gun controls : irron mackie j n i Ottawa Bureau ottawa - The federal government is considering tightening, by regulation, the sale and registration of guns, Solicitor General Warren Allmand told the Commons Thursday. He was replying to Eldon Woolliams (PC-Calgary North) who said many Canadians were gravely concerned over the increase in crimes across the country. Mr.Woolliams sadd that the number of crimes involving the use of hand guns and other weapons was on the increase. Sportsmen who use guns for hunting however are worried about the possibility of the federal government moving to tighten up the possession of guns, he said. He asked Mr. Allmand if it is the government's policy to "toughen up by regulation the sale and registration of guns. Mr. Allmand said, "This is being considered." Mr. Woolliams asked if there are any new regulations that were passed under the amendments to the Criminal Code. He said  that the amendments brought into effect in 1969 and 1970 empowered the government to pass regu.'r.tions for the sale of registration of weapons. Mr. Allmiand said there are no new regulations "at present." The solicitor general is working hard behind the scenes in cabinet to get gun control regu- lations passed. He presented to the commons last year, when he was a backbencher, a private bill proposing new federal gun control regulations. Stuart Legaitt (NDP - New Westminster) has presented an almost identical private member's bill to this session of parliament. In the senate the fight for tig-her gun controls is being carried forward by Senator Donald Cameron (Ind. Lib.-Alberta). The senator introduced a bill identical to Mr. Allmand's bill when he spoke earlier this month in the upper house. Senator Cameron told the upper house that more strict gun control laws would curb the rising crime rate. There is division in the cabinet however on tighter gun controls. Justice Minister Otto Lang told newsmen recently that he is not enthusiastic about stricter gun control laws. The bill introduced originally by Mr. Allmand as a backbencher, represents a tightening of federal gun legislation passed in 1970. Under that legislation the sale and ownership of hand guns, automatic weapons and sawed-off shot-guns and rifles is restricted to persons granted permits by police or provincial attorneys general. There is no restriction on the ownership of regular shotguns or rifles for hunting purposes. Jacques Rose is flanked by his father and his mother outside a Montreal courtroom Thursday after being ac- Rose a free man quitted by jury of the murder of Pierre laporte. Gold fever may force new crisis By CLYDE II. FARNSWORTH New York Times Service PARIS - New speculation has broekn out in Europe against the dollar less than two weeks after its second devaluation in 14 months ago. Signalling the renewed un- Record high temperatures registered Record high temperatures for Feb. 22 were established at Lethbridge, Pincher Creek and Medicine Hat yesterday. Thursday's high of 63 degrees above zero at Lethbridge beat the previous Feb. 22 record of 59 above set in 1958. Pincher Creek's high of 60 beat the 1970 record of 52 and Medicine Hat's high of 56 beat the 1954 record of 53. The outlook is for continuing good weather into next week. rest is the rapidly increasing demand for gold, which at one point Thursday sold as high as $90 an ounce in the markets of Zurich, London, Frankfurt and Paris. This represents an increase of nearly .$10 an ounce over the closing price Wednesday. Never before has there been such a sharp mcrease in the price of the metal. Normally gold moves by a few cents an ounce. Dollars were being sold to buy gold. Dollars were also being so'd to buy other currencies. As a result the dollar's value hi the foreign exchange markets weakened considerably against such other monies as the Swiss franc and the German mark. Because of profit talcing gold prices actually closed Thursday at less than $90. The price retreated in late dealings to between $86 and $87 an ounce. What's happening now to cause the gold fever and the new rush out of dollars? Is this the beginnng of a new crisis? Bankers, even those who believe that gold has been bid up to ridiculously high levels (and there are many of these), report that there is still little confidence that the United States can redress its balance of payments deficit Interest conflict planned rules FLQ case court decision applauded vows to continue fight MONTREAL (CP) - Jacques Rose returned to his home in nearby Longueuil Thursday after two years in jail, vowing to continue his fight for the independence of Quebec. Rose was acquitted Thursday of murdering Quebec labor minster Pierre Laporte in October, 1970. Less than two hours later, be was released on condition he remain in the province, keep the peace, not communicate with witnesses at his trial and report to court March 5 to have a trial date set lor the remaining charges facing him. Mr. Justice Claude Bisson of Court of Queen's Bench said he could see no reason to refuse Rose a conditional release as the charges still pending-complicity after the fact and detain. inR Mr. Laporte against his will-were "relatively less substantial" than the previous charges. Complicity alter the fact of kidnapping is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Forcible confinement carries a five-year jail term. It was Rose's third trial on charges stemming from the October 1970 kidnapping and murder of Mr. Laporte. He was acquitted at his second trial on the kidnapping charge in December after his first kidnap trial ended in a hung jury. The verdict Thursday came after 13 hours of deliberation by the jury of nine men and three women. When the verdict was announced, Rose reddened, then tears came as his lawyer, Robert Lemieux, all but jumped into the prisoner's dock, wrapping his arms around Rose. MOTHER WEEPS People in the courtroom applauded and Mrs. Rosa Rose, his mother, bolted from her second row seat, tears streaming down her cheeks, but was grabbed by a security guard. First to break through to Rose was a Montreal reporter who shook his hand and later said "Ms hand was all wet." Rose thanked the jurors and told them "the verdict will go down in history." "You have understood what solidarity is. Solidarity is the life essence of a people. I thank you." In an interview at his home later, Rose said he was surprised about his conditional release. "I thought for sure thev would object to my bail and find another excuse to keep me in." He said he would continue to fight for Quebec independence but did not plan to bring his fight into traditional politics. "I will always work for the independence of Quebec. How? One day you will see." ARRESTED TOGETHER The 25-year-old former mechanic was arrested in December, 1970 with his brother, Paul, and Francis Simard in an underground hiding olace at a farmhouse near St. Luc, 20 miles southeast of Montreal. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - Premier Peter Lougheed told the legislature Thursday he will announce guidelines concerning conflict of interest by cabinet ministers. The statement will be made in the legislature "toward the latter stages of the spring session" which is likely to end late in April or early May. Alberta Ludwig (SC - Calgary Mountain View) asked the premier if the government plans legislation to deal with conflict of interest by ministers. Mr. Lougheed replied that he will make a statement, but does not intend legislation. Outside the assembly, Mr. Ludwig said conflict of interest policy is required to assure that no minister takes "unfair advantage" of his office for business purposes. He mentioned the resignation of the Ontario minister of municipal affairs last year over a suspected conflict of interest involving property owned by the minister. "It has been known that politicians have made profits by virtue of prior knowledge obtained because of being a minister of the crown," he said. feeling flares anions Indians ' OTTAWA (CP) - Debate on who should and who should not have Indian status raged in the Supreme Court of Canada and on Parliament Thursday and will continue on both fronts today. The issue is whether Indian S�en and heard About town �LEVE ? hill, gift to Mrs. presenting John Ellis, wife "of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce president, with the remark: "Behind every successful man there is a surprised woman" . . . Fay Coleman pleaded with husband Murray to leave the teachers' convention banquet before midnight , Alberta coal town probe announce EDMONTON (CP) - A public inquiry into the problems of the troubled young community of Grande Cache, was announced Thursday by Premier Peter Lougheed. Mr. Lougheed told the legislature that N. R. Crump, 68, former chairman of the Canadian Pacific Railway, has been appointed chief commissioner of the inquiry. Two other commissioners would be named soon. The inquiry, he said, would determine the economic viability of the centre of 4,000 and of Mqlntyre-Procupine Mines Ltd., which has coal-mining operations in the area. The inquiry would also ascertain the extent of representations or undertakings made by the com-, pany to employees concerning . lonjg-term employment sec#-ity. -\ / /V' Late in January, Mclntyre-Porcupine announced it was laying off 148 miners to save money. It bjas been estimated that the layoffs will result in a net population loss to the town of 450. Grande Cache, 230 miles northwest of Edmonton, is one of Alberta's newest towns. It was established hi September, 1966, because of the rebu-th of the province's coal industry. Mr. Lougheed said the community has experienced problems from the outset, despite substantial expenditure of public funds "in terms of social capital and facilities." "Our government has been frustrated in its attempt to determine appropariate courses of action to solve these problems by lack of information and hard facts regarding the history and development of this community, so that the degree of provincial government responsibility and obligations can be assessed accurately." The inquiry, he said, also would review provincial government actions in providing support for the community and recommend future government policies and programs in the area. Mr. Lougheed said the government has written Mclntyre-Porcupine, expressing concern at the lack of layoff notice given employees. The company asain had been asked to provide information regarding the re-negotiation of contract prices for coal sold to Japanese interests. When the layoffs were announced, it was revealed that Mclntyre-Poreupine had losses of more than $15 million since April 1971. The company is controlled by Superior Oil of the United States but most of its stock is held in Canada. Alberta police Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - Fort Mac-leod is to be the focus of a $2.3 million three-year-Alberta government program to celebrate the lOGtfa anniversary of the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police in this province, Bob Dowling, minister in charge of tourism, announced today. Mr. Dowling said the events would form part of a three-year celebi-ation, beginning this year with the centennial of the RCMP in Canada and concluding in 1975 with celebrations to mark the founding of the City of Calgary. The provincial program will be "dovetailed" with federal celebrations. that will concentrate on May to the end of August tins year - the 100th an-niversary of the formation of the force. Mr. Dowling said details still have not been worked out, but that "we want to involve the communities very heavily." Mr. Dowling said the government is trying to convince the Blood Indians at Standoff., to hold the centennial of signing of their 1877 treaty this year so that they can combine their celebrations with the police centennial. Celebrations are not primarily aimed to promote tourism, he said. They are to involve youth groups, cultural and ethnic organizations, schools, universities, churches, all levels of government as well as business and industry. A major objective of the 1974 project is to instill in Alber-tans, particularly young peo-� pie, "an appreciation and knowledge of the role of the RCMP and of the historical circumstances and  events which have contributed to the quality of life in Alberta and to the promise of its future." women lose their status when they marry white men. The court case has brought hundreds of Indians to the capital and both sides of the issue are represented. Chiefs from Alberta and representatives of other brotherhoods say that if the women win their case, then the special protection Indians enjoy for their culture, tradition and lands will disappear. Ill-feeling flared among the hundreds of Indians linuig up for the 40-odd seats in the Supreme Court courtroom Thursday. Harold Cardinal, president of the Indian Federation of Alberta, told the Commons Indian affairs committee he has the green light from Indian Affairs Minister Jean Clu-etien to hammer out a new Indian Act which will clarify the issue of Indian status. 'it's Mr. Trudeau, Classified .......... 22-25, 23 Comics ................ 6 Comment..............4 District ................ 3 Family .............. 12, 13 Joan Waterfield .......... 5 Local News .......... 17, 13 Markets ................ 21 Sports ............ 14, 15 Theatres ................ 5 Travel ................ 26 TV ................5, 7-10 Weather ................ 2 Workshop ............. 27 LOW TONIGHT 25-30. HIGH SATURDAY NEAR 10; SUNNY, WARM ;