Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Forecast high Saturday 15-20 The Letlibridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 65 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26,1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES THE BURDEN OF WAR-A South Vietnamese trooper carries a wounded bude1/ on his back at the Khe Sanh base in South Vietnam. The wounded soldier was hit by shrapnel during an enemy mortar attack on a South Vietnamese position in Laos. World peace depends on U.S., Russia -Nixon theme Troops wiped Hijacked plane lands in B. C. out By STEPHEN SCOTT UNITED NATIONS (CP) - A theme evident in President Nixon's State of the World address Thursday was that world peace and security are the primary responsibility of the United States and the Soviet Union, and perhaps, in the future, China. Small powers should devote efforts toward regional co-operation-and the president said the various regions should get on with the job. Of course, the president didn't say this in so many words. But the theme is implicit in his call on the Communist giants for co-operation with the U.S. in pursuing world peace. The theme is similar to that of Nixon's speech to the General Assembly last year. While it may be stating the obvious, it does not tend to make small powers comfortable and there have been objections. Canada's speech to the Geneva disarmament talks Thursday is an example of this. Ambassador George Ignatieff called for a partial underground test ban and reports indicated that he will have non-aligned country support for his proposal. In effect, the speech said that the U.S.-Soviet strategic arms limitation talks are important and small powers don't believe that all other disarmament matters should wait for the big powers to come to an agreement. Nixon talked of global partnership in which countries would work for world instead of national interests. But he linked this with regional responsibility in which various areas would take a greater share of definition of policy and bearing the costs of programs. In effect, he was internationalizing the Nixon Doctrine under which countries of Southeast Asia must help themselves with assistance from the U.S. He said it is a truism that international order cannot be secure if China, one of the major powers, is largely outside and hostile to the world community. The U.S. would seek greater dialogue with Communist China, but would not support its UN membership at the expense of ousting the Nationalists. And an "honorable relationship" with Peking would not come at the expense of allies. Nixon said he wanted to work with the Soviets in resolving dangerous situations around the world. He said the United Nations, the organization dedicated to eliminating the source of war, is not working as it should. "Many states find themselves involved in political problems in which their own interests are very often not importantly engaged and their ability to obtain information is limited. "Without self-discipline, this can easily lead the organization to,adopt positions which cannot command the resources or the support required for attainment." Nixon miide an all-out bid to Western Europeans for harmony in dealings with the Soviet Union. In the U.S.'s policy of collaboration among many countries, Western Europe must be the cornerstone, he said. The U.S. and its allies sought detente in Europe. "This obligates our allies and ourselves to conduct our diplomacy in harmony, as we jointly and severally .seek concrete negotiations on the range of issues in order to make detente a reality. .'. ." His obvious worry was that some countries would reach a detente with the Soviets at the expense of others, including the U.S. And he made it clear that the U.S. must not be left out of European affairs for a while. SAIGON (AP) - A South Vietnamese paratroop base inside Laos fell to the North Vietnamese today, ami the 450 defenders were virtually wiped out, military sources said. The North Vietnamese then laid siege to a second paratroop base six miles to the southeast, and field reports said they were inflicting heavy casualties on the South Vietnamese defenders. The fall of the Saigon base on Hill 31 was the second major defeat for the South Vietnamese in the 19-day-old Laotian campaign to disrupt supply traffic down the Ho Chi Minn Trail. Last Sunday a ranger battalion was driven from a base five miles away with 323 of its 450 men killed, wounded or missing. Shortly before Hill 31 was overrun, two downed American pilots were plucked from the fringes of the base after 21 hours hiding in a trench from the 1,500 to 2,000 North Vietnamese besieging the base. The anti-aircraft fire was so heavy it took 75 fighter-bomber strikes to suppress it enough for a rescue helicopter to get in. Two Manitoba byelections date set WINNIPEG (CP) - Premier Ed Schreyer announced today byelections in two vacant Manitoba constituencies will be held Monday, April 5. Opening of the legislature, originally expected next week, will be delayed to April 7. Mr. Schreyer made the announcement at a news conference. The two constituencies are Ste. Rose in western Manitoba, left vacant by the appointment of Gil Molgat, former Liberal legislative member to the Senate; and St. Vital in Greater Winnipeg, where Conservative member Jack Hardy was, who left to take up residence in British Columbia. Standings in the 57-member house are NDP 28, Conservative 21, Liberal three, Social Credit one, independent two and two seats vacant. VANCOUVER (CP) - A 19-year-old United States Army recruit bound for basic training hijacked a Western Airlines jet to Vancouver Thursday night after threatening the blow it up "unless we go to Cuba." The recruit was identified as Chappin S'cott Patterson of Shingle Springs, Calif. The tense sky drama began over Medford, Ore., about an hour after the 92 passengers-including 67 inductees and recruits-and a crew of five had left San Francisco aboard the Boeing 737, bound for Seattle. It ended when the California youth with long black hair and a moustache surrendered calmly to RCMP officers in the emptied plane moments after it touched down at Vancouver International Airport. Police said charges were pending. Few of the passengers knew about the suspense in the cockpit after the youth approached a stewardess in the galley and ordered her to take him to the captain. He told Capt. Bruce DeSpain of Seattle he wanted to go to Cuba. But when he was told the aircraft didn't have enough fuel for the trip, he settled for Vancouver. The pilot said when the plane landed, the youth asked him not to go near the terminal building. He asked to talk to the tower. HAD NO BOMB Capt. DeSpain said the youth told the tower he had no bomb and wanted to give himself up. RCMP and airport security, acting on a request from the FBI, clamped a lid of silence on the whole affair once the passengers and crew were safely off the plane. It was scheduled to land at Seattle at 9:47 p.m. PST and arrived in Vancouver at 10:16 p.m. The recruit, obviously enjoying the excitement, answered hurriedly scrawled questions on scraps of paper through a thick glass partition at a departure lounge. There was no direct communication between the crew and reporters and photographers were allowed to shoot pictures of the crew, only if there were no questions. The only information they gave were their names: Capt. DeSpain, First Officer Gary Gottschalk of San Francisco, Second Officer Allen Pilgrim of Seattle, .stewardess Maureen Greeno and stewardess Linda Laporte. CONSIDER ACTION At Ottawa meanwhile, consultations were under way among three federal departments today to consider possible courses of action in the case. Informed sources said the talks involved representatives of the solicitor-general's department, justice department and external affairs department. Two principal alternatives were said to be under consideration: prosecution or extradition. 2,500 jobs created under Alberta plan New post office in the works? By JOHN MIKA Herald's Ottawa Bureau OITAWA (CP)-Lethbridge isn't mentioned in the thousands of individual capital spending estimates the federal government plans for the next fiscal year - but it's not entirely forgotten. After two days of scanning the specific capital estimates listing new or expanded projects worth more than $250,000 and poking through the nooks and crannies of lump sum figures which cover smaller unidentified items, a squad of government officials brought back negative reports. However, rumors that a new post office and addition to the Lethbridge Research Station are in the works may yet be confirmed even if they' aren't built during the 1971-72 fiscal year. EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta's Social Credit government will launch a series of capital development projects' expected to cost $6.4 million and provide 2,500 summer jobs. PREMIER STROM , . . Unveils program New Canada Grain Act comes into force April 1 'Well, speak of the devil ...we were just thinking about you, Ted.* OTTAWA (CP) - The new Canada Grain Act, approved by Parliament late last year, will come into effect April 1, the agriculture department announced Thursday. The first of new grain grades to be instituted under the act will come into effect next Aug. 1. The announcement said the board of grain commissioners, acting on information about customer demands, has recom- mended five new grades of Red Spring wheat to replace the present eight grades. Starting Aug. 1 a new grade called No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring wheat would be instituted, combining the present grades of No. 1 hard and No. 1 and No. 2 northern. The government also plans to introduce regulations providing for segregating carlots of No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring wheat arriving at terminal ele-' Opposition gangs up on Trudeau OTTAWA (CP) - All three opposition parties today accused Prime Minister Trudeau of contempt of Parliament. He denied the accusation, saying that he had actually been defending Parliament during TRUDEAU the Incident which gave rise to the opposition charge. At the start of today's Commons sitting, the House leaders of the three opposition parties took turns lambasting the prime minister for his remarks Thursday to a group of university students from Montreal and Quebec City. Mr. Trudeau said he was surprised that, the opposition would accuse him of contempt without being aware of the complete circumstances and said they were wasting the time of the Commons by raising the matter as an alleged breach of parliamentary privilege. The prime minister said the students could not get over "how stupid" the opposition was in the use of the daily question period. Ho had defended the pe- riod as extraordinarily important but had agreed the opposition did not use it very intelligently. Gerald W. Baldwin, Conservative House leader, led off by quoting Mr. Trudeau as telling the students that the opposition was blocking the passage of important legislation and was stopping the government from doing anything. He described Mr. Trudeau's remarks as immoderate, intemperate, improper, untrue, scurrilous, slanderous, distortioned, half-truths and perversion of facts. Mr. Baldwin said the prime minister has unfounded delusions of grandeur. Mr. Trudeau's conduct, whether the result of bad advice or bad temper, was not conducive to the passage of legislation. Stanley Knowles, New Democrat House leader, said Mr. Trudeau's "contempt and derision" destroy good will among the parties and slow down Parliament's work. He said Mr. Trudeau.does not understand Parliament. He had not been in the Commons long enough to know what real obstruction was. In any case, the until Speaker Lucien Lamou-reux appealed for order-and got it Mr. Trudeau said he stands by the substance of what he said in a short chat with the students. He said he was met by a slight amount of student hostility and received laughs of derision when he talked about Parliament. CLOSURE HINTED The Commons ruckus today followed some public fuming Thursday outside the House by Mr. Trudeau and Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield. Mr. Trudeau suggested the "guillotine" of closure, limiting the time for debate, might have to be used unless the opposition allowed the parliamentary pace to pick up. Mr. Stanfield countered that Mr. Trudeau has no respect for the opposition's duty to dig in its heels on bad bills and dared him to use closure to end the current debate on the government reorganization bill. Mr. Trudeau told the students "The parliamentary system is crumbling under its obsolescence and is unable to meet its program." vators on the basis of protein content. "This would enable Canada to guarantee customers specific protein levels such as 13 per cent and 14 per cent or levels lower and higher when sufficient quantities are available," the announcement said. MEETS FOREIGN DEMAND Overseas customers for Canadian grain have long sought protein-content guarantees for their purchases. The department said the new No. l Canada Western Red Spring wheat grade would encompass about half the total Red Spring wheat produced on the Prairies. The other new grades would be introduced Aug. 1, 1972. These would be No. 2 Canada Western Red Spring wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring wheat, No. 1 Feed wheat and No. 2 Feed wheat. The new No. 2 Canada Western Red Spring wheat category would be composed of the current No. 3 northern and the best of No. 4 northern. The new No. 3 Canada Western category would cover the rest of the present No. 4 northern and all the No. 5. The two Feed Wheat grades would encompass wheat of non-milling quality. Existing grades of No. 3 northern and lower would continue in force until the other new grades are introduced in 1972, the department said. Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson said in the announcement that the new act would allow "a greater degree of flexibility within the grain handling industry." "Canada must be in a position to be able to respond rapidly to customer demands to hold its place in international grain markets." Premier Harry Strom told the legislature Thursday that one of the projects will be establishment of an Alberta Ecology Corps which will cost $2 million and employ 1,000 students. The corps would be involved in tree planting improvements to provincial parks and in municipal improvement programs, said the premier. It also would take part in camp construction and development of special youth programs combined with outdoor leadership programs for youth and recreation programs for the handicapped and mentally retarded. Other projects include major improvements to Alberta forest service facilities and development of existing provincial parks, roadside brush-clearing and improvements, construction of four new senior citizens homes at $1.8 million, a $280,000 juvenile detention centre at Grande Prairie and a $1.2 million parking structure at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. Totalled, the projects will create 118,000 man-days of work, �aid the premier. Opposition Leader Peter Lougheed said the Progressive Conservatives welcome the announcement and want the government to implement it as soon as possible. "Limited or not ... It has our full support," he told the legislature. BALDWIN KNOWLES rules had been fashioned by the Liberals themselves. Mr. Knowles said there had been agreement, only in the last few days among the four House leaders that three bills would be passed without further debate. MAKES IT TOUGH But is was difficult to make such agreements when Mr. Trudeau made such remarks as he had outside the Commons. Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Knowles were heckled by Liberal backbenchers. Mr. Trudeau was interrupted by opposition MPs Find tunnel under wall WEST BERLIN (Reuter) - East German border guards discovered Thursday a 120-yard tunnel under the Berlin border wall on the eve of a planned escape by 17 East Germans, police said here. The tunnel was dug from West to East Berlin, by what police described as a professional, from the basement of an apartment house at the French sector border with East, Berlin. Anglican dean's case off again JOHANNESBURG (Reuter) - The case against the Anglican Dean of Johannesburg, the Very Rev. Gonville ffrench-Bey-tagh, was delayed again today on charges under the South Af� rican Suppression of Communism Act. It was the dean's second court appearance to face a charge linking him with the outlawed African National Congress and the South African Communist party. At the end of a one-minute formal appearance, the case was postponed at the request of the state prosecution until May 28. His current bail of $7,000 was renewed. The 59-year-old dean's appearance followed widespread police raids Thursday in four major cities as security police continued their probe into alleged subversive activities by the anti-apartheid dean. The dean was first charged Jan. 28 after spending eight days in a police cell. 300 attend Strom's prayer breakfast EDMONTON (CP) - Nearly 300 political and business leaders attended Premier Harry Strom's third annual prayer breakfast today. Mr. Strom welcomed the guests who then were led in prayer by Lieut.-Gov. Grant MacEwan, Marcel Lambert, Progressive Conservative MP for Edmonton West, and Ray Nelson of Lloydminster, Alta., a lumber company owner. Seen and heard About town TJUSY page-turner Bill Ker-gan given a bucket of water by Kay Jensen so he could wet his fingers . . . Joyce McDougall asking a prospective employer, "Do you need a girl Friday? . . . Blushing pet-owner discovering from a veterinarian that she had brought a tomcat in to be spayed. Leaves 50 widows NAIROBI, Kenya (Renter) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of Nairobi, Archbishop Maurice Otunga, officiated Thursday at tlie funeral of his father, a former chief who left 50 widows. Chief Joseph Peter Sudi Nama-chanja, who was 95. had fathered 215 children and had 1,200 grandchildren.