Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetKbrldge Herald VOL. LXVII-63 LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1974 10 Cents 20 Pages Jerusalem recovery 'paramount' request RICK ERVIN photo Thar she blows Fireman Larry Watkins of Redcliff gets it in the face as teammate Gerald Bezler tries to connect a hose during the annual Letnbridge hose laying competition held Saturday at me Exhibition Pavilion. Story on page 11? LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Leaders of the world's Islamic nations have declared that recovery of the Old City of Jerusalem is "a paramount and unchanging prerequisite for lasting peace in the Middle East." They pledged "all means available" to the recovery of occupied Arab lands, and termed the return of "full na- tional rights of the Palestinian peoples" as the "essential and fundamental condition" for peace in the Middle East. The statements were in the Declaration of Lahore, issued Sunday at the end of a three- day summit by the leaders of 37 Moslem nations and of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. "No agreement, protocol or understanding which postulates the continuance' of Israeli occupation of the Holy City of Jerusalem, oc its transfer to any non-Arab sovereignty or makes it the subject of bargaining or concessions will be acceptable to the Islamic the Moslem leaders said: r But the final statement did not go as far as a resolution passed Saturday con- demned the United States by name for its support of Israel. The conference set up an eight-nation committee to prepare plans for co-operation to ease the economic problems of poor Islamic states "and to battle ''exploitation" by developed states. Golda delays new government TEL AVIV (AP) Premier Golda Meir is delaying con- firmation of Israel's new gov- ernment until after talks begin with U.S. State Secretary, Henry Kissinger on Mideast peace moves, her aides said today. Officials said that neither the delay nor the uncertainty over the new government would endanger the start of Kissinger's efforts for an agreement with Syria to calm down the tense Golan Heights ceasefire line, Mrs. Meir is to announce her new cabinet Wednesday, the day Kissinger is scheduled to fly from Damascus with a Syrian proposal for separating enemy forces on the heights. But officials said she would not submit the new government to a vote of confidence in parliament until early next week. The present cabinet remains hi office until parliament confirms the administration. A vote of no confidence could force Mrs. Meir to scrap the controversial cabinet and possibly lead to new elections for Israel. The new government is likely to be without Moshe Dayan, the defence minister who said he is quitting because some members of his party blamed him for re- verses suffered in the early days of the October war with the Arabs. Dayan on the weekend re- jected Mrs. Meir's pleas for him to change his mind. MPs back in office OTTAWA (CP) After a six-week recess, most MPs are back hi their offices today ready to open a new session of Parliament and to renew the search for solutions to pressing national problems such as inflation. They meet briefly Tuesday to end formally the old session which opened Jan. and which covered more than 200 sitting days. The new session begins Wednesday with a throne speech outlining the latest government legislative proposals. The speech is expected to focus heavily on economic is- sues, with inflation leading the way. Officials plot oil response and Iward About town Barney WolthUs contemplating a seagull and later expounding on the fact that the birds have very skinny knees newly married Jamie and Conic Kew receiving a novel tanned kangaroo skin from Australia to hang on their wall. WASHINGTON (CP) -Sen- ior bureaucrats from 12 major oil-consuming countries gath- ered at the state department here today to do some organ- izational work on their coun- tries'response to the world oil crisis. The conference, originally scheduled to last two days, now is expected to end late today. Delegates representing Can- ada, Japan and nine European countries came here at the in- vitation of the United States to follow up on the work of a con- ference of ministers held two weeks ago. The state department said today's discussions will "deal strictly with procedures and not substance" France has declined to send a delegation, after being the lone hold-out among the 13 countries attending the earlier conference. All others present at the time agreed on a series of joint measures to meet some of the problems created by rising oil prices and reduced oil supplies. Canada's delegation here is beaded by Michel Dupuy, as- sistant undersecretary for ex- ternal affairs, and includes representatives of the energy and finance departments. The chief U.S. officials were federal energy chief William Simon and William Donaldson, undersecretary of state. U.K. Liberals i eyeing power Classified....... 16-19 Comics............ 9 Comment.......... 4 District............13 Family............20 Local Markets...........15 Sports............6-8 Theatres........... 5 TV................ 5 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 30 HIGH TUBS. 35; SUNNY, WINDY. LONDON (Reuter) Brit- ain's tiny Liberal party, cheered by climbing opinion poll support, talked today of a possible return to power for the first time in half a century. Party leader Jeremy Thorpe told a news conference the Liberals now are "close to or above takeoff point." He defined this as the stage where a small increase in poll percentage starts to yield a dramatic increase hi parlia- mentary seats. "At the very Thorpe said, "there will be a strong contingent of Liberal MPs, sufficient to bring to an end the stagnant system in which two parties alternate in government on the basis of a shared monopoly." Another possibility was the Liberals holding a balance of parliamentary power. "The third possibility that has opened up is that the party could be in a position to form a government, with or without a majority of seats in the House of Thorpe said. SCANNED BY COMPUTER Thorpe said his projections are based on reports by local party canvassers and by run- ning the results of 15 recent opinion polls through a com- puter. The latest poll put party support at 28 per cent. This is nearly four times the per- centage they achieved in the 1970 general election. Some Liberals hopefully estimated that support on this scale might jive Jfae Liberals -anything from 50 to 100 seats In the (OS-member House of Commons-Hfar more than other .but -almost Mr. Heath said during the weekend that a vote for the Liberals would be a vote for chaos, and Mr. Wilson said it would be an evasion of a responsible decision. Few analysts care to predict how much support Prime Minister Edward Heath will elicit with" his appeal for a mandate to make trade union militants bow to legislation enacted by Parliament. 'Sttow job award' for environment boss EDMONTON (CP) Environment Minister Bill Yurko has been given a "snow job award" by the Alberta Fish and Game Association. Paul Morck of AFGA secretary manager, said Saturday the award was presented because a report to the department by the Vegreville Fish and Game Association on contamination of the Vermilion River by feedlot operations has been kept confidential and no action taken on it. The Vegreville group received from the department last year to do the study but had to agree to keep the results confidential, Mr. Morck said. A simulation of the report was displayed, trussed in chains at the AFGA's annual convention Friday. The chained report was jdisplayed with photographs 01 feedlots along the river bank. Solzhenitsyn eyes Norwegian rtftreat LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) Exiled Soviet writer Alexander Selzhenitsyn inspected the mountain retreat that the Norwegian government has offered him as a permanent home but -made no decision, certainly enough to Hold a power balance in the House of Commons. The Liberals' computer result predicted an eventual 27-percent poll in the actual voting Thursday, Feb. 28. a list of.his Date steps should'lie obtain a share of power. These included a swift settlement of the miners' coal strike and a restoration of foD work days in 'Britain's fuel-starved industry. Sunday. Per Egil Hegge said Sol- zhenitsyn spent 22 hours during the weekend at the home of the late Norwegian Nobel 4Prize winner Signd Undset. "No decision about taking permanent residence in Norway has been Hegge said. The author of the Gulag Ar- chipelago, which details life in Stalinist prison camps, was expelled, from the-Soviet Union Feb. 13. He plans to send for his family hi Moscow after setting up a household and literary establishment. Lin Piao campaign continues surge Revamp unlikely VANCOUVER (CP) Transport Minister Robert Strachan said at the weekend that renegotiation of the Columbia River treaty would be just about impossible. "The premier has held discussions with federal people, but I don't think it's possible to he said. Speaking at Simon Fraser University in the fifth of a series of seminars on the treaty, the former NDP leader estimated that the decision of the Social Credit government to sell all the downstream power benefits to the U.S. has probably cost B.C. 1667 million, not including the cost of relocating residents and the re-routing of roads and rail lines lequiied by the Libby Dam. He said that by selling the flood prevention benefits to the U.S. for million tin province forfeited millions more in revenue. TOKYO (AP) Premier Chou En-lai said Sunday the Chinese people are determined to carry the "surging" nationwide campaign aginst Lin Piao and Confucius "through to the end." It was his first public remark on the campaign against the late, disgraced defence minister and the ancient Chinese philosopher since it began months ago. There has been speculation the campaign might be directed against Chou himself. The New China news agency- said Chou made the remark at a banquet given by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, who arrived in Peking Thursday on an official visit. "At present, the Chinese people, tempered in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and fighting with high spirit and militancy, __ have, under the leadership of TO nnll Chairman Mao Tse-tang, u Pu" launched a surging nationwide campaign to criticize Lin Piao and Chou said. "Lin and Confucius were both reactionaries who tried to tarn back the wheel of history. The present campaign is a continuation and deepening of the movement to criticize Lin and rectify the style of work. "The Chiang Kai-shek clique (in Taiwan) which has long been repudiated by the Chinese people is vehemently abusing our criticism of Lin Piao and Confucius and has staged numerous farces in worship of Confucius. "Social-imperialism and foreign'diehards hostile to the Chinese people are also viciously attacking this campaign. This shows that we are doing the right thing. The Chinese people are determined to carry this campaign through to the end." The campaign against Lin and Confucius started last au- tumn. Lin, accused of plotting to overthrow Mao, was publicly denounced last August, nearly two years after Chinese leaders said he had died in a plane crash while fleeing to the Soviet Union. HALIFAX (CP) Premier Gerald Regan will seek a mandate Tuesday, April 2, to continue his fight against rising fuel prices and the two opposition parties will try to topple the Liberal government by criticizing Nova Scotia's Secession talk 'just a joke9 say B.C. mayors i J: VANCOUVER (CP) The mayors of the southeastern British Columbia communities of Fernie. Golden and Kimberley said in telephone interviews Sunday that talk of their towns seceding from B.C. and joining Alberta is just a joke But Jack White, president of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, denied there was any humor in the proposal. "We are very be said in an interview. "We are obtaining the facts and figures on benefits and so on if we were to become part of Alberta instead of B.C. "Then well canvass and later hold a plebiscite. We are poshing it as far as we can." Tbe stand taken by tne Fernie Chamber of Commerce has been supported by chambers at Golden and Kimberley. They claim the provincial government ignores OK East Kootenay district. Last week a delegation from the Fernie chamber attended a meeting of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Wrote letters Telford Dicks, past-president of the Fernie chamber, told a packed meeting: "We wrote letters to Premier Lougheed and Premier Barrett Jan. 25 telling them of our wish to secede. Lougheed replied a week later, but Barrett still hasn't answered and that's an example of how the B.C. government has ignored us for the last 40 years." Mr. Dicks added: "We've been treated like second-class citizens... just a work force to mine the coal so Barrett can make his grandiose deals." Mr. Dicks said the nutter came to a bead when it was discovered Fernie, with a population of about was left off a provincial government map prepared for distribution at Expo 74 hi Spokane, Wash. He claimed the town has been left off B.C. goveiiuneiil provincial maps twice before. Fernie Mayor Vernon Uphill said Sunday the proposal is just a joke. "If they (chamber of commerce) had an open meeting here they'd be chased out of town. It's an ont-and out political move. Tbe chamber is 98 per cent Liberals or Conservatives. Same at said Mr. Uphill. Mr. Uphill said tne citizens of Fernie are far better off by being in B.C. "Better pensions, better compensation, everything." Growth 'stifled' The main complaint of the chamber of commerce at Golden is against the New Democratic Party government, which, it feels, has stifled development of the town. But Mayor Walter Zazolak of Golden said be would not present the demand to council unless he receives a petition with 800 signatures. Mr. Zazulak said he thought the chamber of commerce should have formed a committee and sought a meeting with Premier Dave Barrett before taking its present action Hesaid the town has not been ignored by the provincial guveiiuiieiil. In Kimberley the chamber of commerce also voted to start secesskmal action to become part of Alberta About 35 attended a meeting but only 12 were eligible to vote. Eight voted for secession. Kimberley Mayor James Ogilvie said: "We are not going to get involved unless we get more direction from the community."