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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Convict got passport easier than did mayor's wife By GISIIAIII) McNElL 1 found her.scir ravelled in the red Like lliousanrls or other honest, Ramon George Sneyd-and the Tlay wasn't the first assassin slightly more difficult fo rspics, OTTAWA (CP) Although tape meant lo trip up the spies, citizens, she had to get a notar- second at the Canadian cm- to use a Canadian passport. The the Geoffrey case proves thai Yves Gcoffrov was wrvine a assassins and ganoslcrs who izcd citizenship cerlificale IK- hassy in Lisbon to correct a man who killed exiled Bolshevik the system can still be abused. By G15I1AIII) J OTTAWA (CP) Although Yves Geoffrey was serving life sentence for murder, he found it easier lu s passport Ihnn did Mrs. William Dennison, wife of the mayor of Tornnlo. Someone mailed Geoffrey's pholo, a certified cheque for and D name perhaps plucked from a telephone hook Lo the Montreal passport office. The office mailed the passport to the address DH Uie applica- tion last SepL 20, nnd Geoffrey had it when he fled Christmns Eve while on n 50-hour outside leave to get married. Mrs. Dennison, meanwhile. found herself ravelled in tho red tape meant lo trip up the spies, assassins and gnngslers have made Canadian passports nolorious. She sat down nnd wept last week when refused a passport renewal until she wa? ahle to provide proof of Canadian citi- zenship. She came to Canada P.S an infant in 1010; she has had four previous passports, and her hus- hand, as mayor of Toronto, must be among the country's most prominent citizens. 13ut the required to get legally, easy to come by her. YES, WE'RE OPEN MONDAYS SEE OUR NEW SPRING FABRICS Flock nylons, polyester pique Itnits, printed sheers and many, many others. SEW NOW FOR SPRING] SilkoLina "QUALITY FASHIONS BY THE YARD" 320 7th STREET SOUTH LEAP YEAR SELECTION OF JEANS 24-30" bottoms, button flys, patch pockets, tplif knees Reg. Now 72 SELECTION OF BELTS Reg. to STATUTORY GRAPE 325 7th St. S. 327-3313 Like thousands of other honest citizens, she had lo get a notar- ized citizenship cerlificale be- fore the passport was finally re- newed. CROOKS UNAI'FKCTKI) The paradox of 196D regula- tions "aimed at strengthening the security of the Canadian passport" is that they have made it harder for honest citi- zens to get the document hut no harder for crooks, as Geoffroy proved. The 1069 regulations have made It particularly tough for those not horn in Canada, he- cause they must provide a hirth certificate and proof of citizen- ship. This has entailed difficult searches by mail in many cases. The regulations were initiated after it was found that James Earl Hay, assassin of Martin Luther King, had, during his getaway, picked up two Cana- dian in Toronto under (he name of a policeman, 187 PAIR IADSES' STYLE SHOES Broken sizes. Famous brand names. Mostly AAA nnd AA. All shoss from regular stock. Reg. 11.95 to 23.95 SHOPPER STOPPER PAIR 2 PAIR 79 I i Personal Shopping Only Hurry in for these Outstanding Buysl BENEFIT SHOES LTD. Open Daily 9 a.m. to p.m. Including Monday. Thun. and Fri. Till 9 p.m. 615 4th AVE. S. PHONE 327-7300 Testify mayor lied MONTREAL (CP) Two po- licemen testified here Mayor Jean Drapeau lied to a Quebec Police Commission inquiry when he said he knew nothing of a document allegedly signed by a woman in 1967 and incrim- inating Montreal Police Chief Jean-Jacques Saulnier. Lieut. Emile Ducharmc and Constable Leo Villcneuve the inquiry the mayor lied when lie said he knew nothing about a declaration by Martha Adams and that it was not among Hie mayor's documents. The two policemen said the declaralion had been included in a scries of documents they gave Mayor Drapeau in May, 1967, and had been discussed during a meeting a year later with the mayor "lor about two hours." Confusion reigned In the. courtroom when Constable Vil- leneuve said Mayor Drapeau had lied during his testimony when he said he did not know Miss Adams. The officer later clarified the statement. Tlie clarification made It j clear the constable -was claim- ing Mayor Drapeau v.Tongly de- nied knowledge of the declara- tion, not Miss Adams. RECOGNIZES SIGNATURE Constable VMleneuve, in pre- vious testimony, said Miss Adams had made a declaration incriminating Mr. Saulnicr in I April, Miss Adams later denied having any knowledge of the declaration although she j recognized the signature, as hers. Mayor Drapeau in his testi- mony said he did not recall having seen the declaration and it was not among his docu- ments. Lieut. Duchanne and Consta- ble Villeneuvc reiterated ear- lier testimony that the mayor had been given the documents, including (lie declaration, and it had been discussed in an in- terview wilh the mayor March 3, 1'JCa, which was also attend- ed by Jean-Paul Picard, Ihen president of the Brotherhood ol Montreal Policemen. Ramon George (he second at the Canadian em- bassy in Lisbon to correct a misspelling of Sneyd's name. Sneyd, completely unaware, was chosen from birlli files in a newspaper morgue by Ray be- cause he was aboui the same age. The theory that Ray had co- conspirators w'as based in pail on the ease wilh which he got the passport. The assumption was t h a t a small-time crook from the south m U.S. would have needed sophisticated help in getting a Canadian passport. However an article in this month's Esquire magazine has Phil Canale, prosecutor in the Ray trial, explaining that the procedure for getting a passport illegally in Canada is common knowledge among prisoners in Missouri State Penitentiary, where Ray had served time. "Every convict Ulerc who had served time contemporaneously with Ray was questioned and a whole body of expertise on Can- ada was turned author Bynum Shaw says in the ar- ticle. Ray wasn't the first assassin to use a Canadian passport. The man who killed exiled Bolshevik Trotsky with an ice-pick in Mexico City in 1940 held a pass- port taken by Ilus.siiin agents [rom a Canadian slain in tlio Spanish civil war. Numerous Commuunist spies have lurned up around the world with such most notorious being Gordon Arnold Lonsdale, the Canadian identity used by a Soviet spy tried in England 10 years ago. The real Lonsdale was in Canada in 1924, was taken to Finland by his mother rn 1932 and never heard of again. Although the 1969 regulations, requiring five-year renewal of passports, may make things slightly more difficult fo rspics, the Geoffroy case proves that the system can still be abused. "The only way you could pre- vent this kind of situation would be by requiring personal attendance of every applicant for a passport and requiring him to verify his External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said of the Geof- frey case. Tills would also multiply tho problems for legitimate appli- cants. "I don't think it is possible to prevent this kind of fraud ex-, ccpt by requiring the ordinary law abiding Canadian to go through a sort of procedure I know would not be Mr. Sharp said. ACTIVE TV SERVICE 7238 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-5020 YVES GEOFFROY system abused Saturday, February 26, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 TD bank revenue up TORONTO 'CP) _ Toronto ter ended Jan. 31 of lominion Bank reports bal- an increase of per cent Iron Dominion Bank reports bal- ance of revenue for the quar- Dmg pedlar sent lo prison PORT ALBERNI, B.C. (CP) Roy Eldon Stamp, 2C, for- merly of Calgary, was sen- tenced to 15 months after plea- ding giulty In provincial courl here to a charge of trafficking in LSD. Stamp had 53 caps of LSD In hii possession when arrested by RCMP in this Vancouver Island rammunily on Jan. 20. an increase of per cent from 15.ii22 919 in the corrcsp-jndlng quarter a year errhcr. Balance of revenue after provision for income tax, roughly nut earnings, was Sll.dSMBl or 73.7 cents a snare, up from or 52.8 centi a share. Total assets at Jan. 31, SG.r, billion, up about 17 per cent from a year earlier. POISON HAZARD Canada has tho highest acci- dental poisoning rate of children under one year of age in tha Western world. SAVINGS! ONE CENT SALE ON ALL LADES' SHOES NOW REDUCED TO ONE AND TWO DOLLARS PICK ONE FOR GET THE SECOND PAIR FOR ONLY ._....... MEN'S FIREPROOF PARKAS Pile lined. Mode in Conadc Reg. 17.95 ONLY ____ .72 MEN'S NEW ARMY SURPLUS Reg. 4.75 NOW ONLY .99 NATIONAL DEPT. STORES CORNER 3rd AVE. AND 5lh ST. S. OPEN MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M. Open Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. YOU BETTER BELIEVE SAVINGS LIKE THESE JUST ONCE EVERY FOUR YEAR5I 2-PIECE CHESTERFIELD SUITES MAO BUTTONS NEW YORK (AP) Lapel buttons bearing the imago of Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung have been sell- ing briskly in recent days. In j a n t i c i p a t i o n of President j Nixon's trip lo China, importer j Clinton JieiHy secured Mao liullfm? from lion" Kong _ j and has sold in the bsl I 10 clays for 7r> cents each. In A Selection of Fabrics. Leap-Year Bonus Days 30-INCH ar CAMM'S FEB. 23th and 29th ONLY ALL OUR FAMOUS JOYCE SHOES At One Low Prica 7-PIECE KITCHEN SUITE walnut table and 6 matching chairs. Reg. list 119.00 LEAP YEAR BONUS DAYS Reg. 229.00 LEAP YEAR BONUS DAYS 3'3" CAPITOL DELUXE MATTRESS BOX SPRING AND HEAD BOARD "OVERTURE' In bone red, novy, ond blnrk wot look crinklo patent. "PERFECTO" In bone, nnvy, and block wol look crinklo pnlcnl. "JODY" In nnvy, black, white ond hono wnl look crinkU 4'6" CAPITOL DELUXE MTTRESS AND BOX SPRING Open Mondayi at utunl Wfld., Sal. unlil 6 p.m. Thun. and Fri. until 9 p.m. CAMM'S 403 5lh Street S. SHOES LEAP YEAR BONUS DAYS PtEASE NOTE: MERCHANDISE IS NOT EXACTLY AS IUUSTRATEO OPEN 6 KAYS A WEEK! HOURS: 9 n.m. lo 6 p.m. Dnily except Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m. fo 9 p.m. CONVENIENT TERMS AVAILAB1EI FREE DEIIVERYI Reg. 298.00 LEAP YEAR BONUS DAYS 10 Cubic Foot Westinghouse Fridge 326 5th Street South Phone 327-8578 Reg. 244.95 LEAP YEAR BONUS DAYS ,72 ;