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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lcthbridcie Herald LXVIII-64 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1975 15 Cents III II I News analysis Cambodian rebel victory likely By WILLIAM L. RYAN The Associated Press On the eve of its fifth anni- versary, the Lon Nol govern- ment that took oyer Cambodia in 1970 may be at the end of its Prince Norodom Sihanouk, who ran the country until 1970, is in Peking hoping for the end. Cambodia is sliced to pieces only massive United States military inter- most unlikely save Lon Nol from defeat by the Com- munist-backed Khmer Rouge. All Indochina would feel the impact of defeat. South Viet- nam would have another hostile state on its border, one with 763 miles of common frontier, and Saigon's situa- tion might become precarious should North Vietnam mount a major offensive. Some in the West subscrib- ed to the domino theory that if one state falls under Hanoi's domination, so will the rest, meaning Laos and South Viet- Strike imminent in 'Pass as cable plant talks fail COLEMAN Picket lines are expected to go up at Phillips Cables Ltd. plant at Sentinel, two miles west of here, at midnight tonight. The probable strike by 188 members of Local 2 Canadian Association of Industrial, Mechanical and Allied Workers (CAIMAW) follows a breakdown late Tuesday in contract talks between union and company negotiators. No contract talks were scheduled today. While company officials contacted this morning declin- ed to comment, CAIMAW local president Frank Houda said "the company is not mov- ing whatsoever. "They told us it was our move now. But there's no way, our people won't Mr. Houda said today. He said the company, which manufactures communication cable at Sentinel and several other Canadian plants, is offering workers hourly wage hikes of effective Feb. 13, over 18-months. The union is countering with a request for a 12-month contract to" replace the previous agreement, which expired two weeks 'ago, with hourly increases averaging Base rate at the Sentinel plant is an hour Tonight's expected strike, which derailed an election plant tour Tuesday by Solicitor General Helen Hunely, follows a government-supervised strike vote Monday i'n which 90.5 per cent of Phillips' workers voted to strike. CAIMAW representative Kathy Walker of Vancouver, a member of the union bargain- ing committee, faulted Phillips for a "hard-nosed" attitude. Dean says Nixon planned to go on wielding power MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) John Dean says a foundation established to build a library bearing the name of Richard Nixon was intended as a vehi- cle for the former president to continue wielding power "for as long as he wanted to." Dean told students at Montclair State College on Tuesday night that it was to be "not merely a Nixon library, but through the collection of contributions there was a plan afoot for Richard Nixon to perpetuate himself as a force in American politics. "He would have been such a force in support of candidates and with the media that he would have been powerful in the Republican party and per- haps even more broadly in the 1976 elections and all other elections thereafter." Dean, the former president's chief accuser in the Watergate scandal, did not elaborate on how Nixon might have wielded political power through the library foun- dation. Plans for the library were discontinued and the founda- tion dissolved after Nixon's resignation. And a decision in tortured little Cambodia can set the stage for yet another round of big-power shoving and tugging. Sihanouk, then on a visit to Moscow, was deposed March 18, 1970, by his premier, Lon NoL the Russians, not caring to surrender the advantages of an embassy in Phnom Penh, were so ambiguous toward Sihanouk that he denounced them regularly from his exile in Peking. But after the United States bombing of Cambodia ended in August, 1973, Moscow reas- sessed the prospects, evident- ly concluding that Lon Nol had a short career ahead. Three months later, Moscow dis- mantled its Phnom Penh em- bassy staff, as if preparing to influence whatever should succeed the Lon Nol regime. It looks now as if the U.S. military carried with it the kiss of death. About 45.days after Lon Nol took .over, the Nixon administration ordered U.S. troops into Cambodia in support of a South Vietnamese invasion against North Viet- namese and Viet Cong hideouts. Thereafter, Cam- bodia was ensnarled in a seemingly hopeless conflict that brought thousands of casualties. Sihanouk expects to be re- called to Cambodia. He also expects that eventually the Khmer Rouge will dump me out like a cherry pit." Meanwhile, Sihanouk, 52, is a key to any provisional settle- ment, even should he no.t last long thereafter. Given the complex relationship of the Chinese, Russians and Americans on the Asian con- tinent, however, yet another Geneva conference on In- dochina might be in the of- fing. Weather no problem As the warm winds passing through Lethbridge this week took away most snow it also took away the ice for the "fastest game on earth." But it hasn't seemed to take away, any fun from this group who with a few sticks and a tennis ball keep the game lively despite a lack of ice. Here goalie Tom Shardlow stretches to stop a shot from far winger Charles Cockerill. Waiting for a rebound is Garth Tyssen, left, and helping on de- fence is Doug Tyssen, right. Waiting for some action at the other goal is Don Marker. eight bodies down, two bodies left and that's downtown Inside 48 Pages Classified........30-33 Comics ......'......26 Comment...........4 ....13-16 Family..........35-38 Markets...........27 Sports...........23-25 TV.................6 Weather............ 3 Low tonight 25 high Thurs, 45 continuing mild. Strike halts shipments of grain By THE CANADIAN PRESS Most of the country's grain movement is at a stand- still and postal service in several cities has been dis- rupted as no sign appeared of a break in the impasse between striking blue collar workers and the treasury Radiation search spreads to West OTTAWA (CP) Buildings in five provinces are being checked by inspectors for pos- sible danger from radiation, an official with the Atomic Energy Control Board said Tuesday night. A.E. Nolan, chief of the ad- ministration division, said the checks involved buildings where radium-luminous com- pounds were used during the Second World War. Most of the companies were small manufacturers and jew- ellers who received small amounts of the compound, he said. 'Most of the companies now are defunct, he added. Five or six locations are be- ing checked in each of British Columbia, Alberta and Mani- toba, about 25 locations in On- tario and about 20 in Quebec, he said: He declined to list the exact locations .of the buildings in question, saying the public would be advised if dangerous radiation levels were found. Another official said earlier "if we would tell the names of the places, it would cause un- due alarm." The locations of the com- panies which used the radium compound come from the board's files. Companies which currently use radioac- tive material are checked regularly, Mr. Nolan said. U.S. wants UN peace force to guard Sinai withdrawal WASHINGTON (AP) -The United States has asked Israel and Egypt to consider allow- ing a United Nations peacekeeping detachment to enforce the next Sinai dis- engagement for the length of the agreement, diplomatic sources say. The tentative proposal also would prevent the removal of the force without the express approval of the UN Security Council, where the U.S. has a veto. This would differ from the peacekeeping arrangement set up last year which provides that both sides must agree to an extension every six months. Israel is sensitive about al- lowing expulsion of the UN force at the will of Egypt be- cause the late Egyptian presi- dent Game! Abdul Nassar SMD and heard About town Lethbridge County Reeve Dick Papworth cautioning Mayor Andy Anderson prior to his city welcome to members of the Provincial Agricultural Service Board Conference. "This is not a bilingual meeting." threw out the peacekeeping troops prior to the outbreak of the 1967 Middle East war. Therefore, a plan to insure the presence of the UN units during the length of the next settlement term has merit in Israel's view. However, diplomatic sources say such a proposal is only one part of what Israel might accept, .and is not a replacement for some sort of Egyptian pledge to refrain from war in the future. The dihlomatic sources de- scribe Israel as also sup- porting such' options as full demobilization of the Sinai area, easing of the economic boycott and opening of the Suez canal to Israeli goods. Meanwhile, striking federal labor and trades employees gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today to protest a failure of contract talks and what un- ion representatives call inflexibility by the treasury board. More than striking workers from Ottawa and Kingston participated in the mass demonstration. Almost all the labor and trades workers in the Ottawa area and 500 mint employees were on strike today as the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) began to escalate its series of revolving strikes now in their ioth day. Reports from across the country indicated that the 600 member union was stepp- ing up strike action, today in an effort to get federal government representatives back to the bargaining table. In Vancouver, where no grain has moved since Feb. 18, Bill Janes, PSAC spokesman, also said strikes were to escalate. The demonstrating workers on Parliament Hill were to continue their protests all day, spokesman said. The workers carried placards while circling in front of the Centre Block and chanting. Meanwhile, blue collar workers represented by the PSAC resumed picket lines outside Toronto post office entraces today, ending a 36 hour truce initiated to sort and deliver government social assistance cheques. In Halifax, about 200 workers walked off jobs today at one of the country's largest defence establishments, including Maritime command headquarters, the naval ar- mament, the former Stadacona naval base and the naval dockyards. In Winnipeg, workers set up picket lines at the city's main post office and all substations. But most letter carriers crossed the lines and reported for work. Meanwhile, about 270 workers returned to their jobs at the naval air station in Shearwater, N.S., and at the nearby naval ammunition magazine in Bedford. Halifax and Sydney airports continue to be affected by the walkouts. In Toronto a PSAC spokesman said it took workers only 24 hours to 'sort the some 1.5 million social assistance cheques not the 60 hours the post office said it would take. "The post office claimed to need 60 hours to get the che- ques said the spokesman. "Now we find that in 24 hours they've been able to get the cheques out, and other mail as well." About of the cheques were expected to be delivered today in the Toronto area. t Falling prices may prompt end to U.S.-Canadian 'beef--war9 Herald Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Falling beef prices in Canada have prompted Canadian officials to propose a new meeting with the United States aimed at ending the so-called "beef war." As prices drop, waring the lower American level, the quotas Ottawa imposed last August to keep cheaper U.S. beef from flooding Canadian markets are no longer necessary. Indeed, estimates that Canadian prices might plunge below the U.S. level by this summer would make it highly advantageous for Canadian farmers if Ottawa's the retaliatory quotas imposed by Washington last removed. The Canadian proposal for a new meeting to discuss the "beef war" was confirmed Tuesday by officials here and in Ottawa. They pointed out no date for the talks had been set, although it ii likely a meeting would take place soon. However, the officials were guarded in talking about what results a meeting might produce. Tom Burns, an assistant deputy minister of trade and commerce in Ottawa, confirmed jn a telephone interview that Ottawa has proposed another meeting. He would not reveal what would like to make. "I think both governments would like to review the Mr. Bums commented. A U.S. State Department offical in Washington said he believed "the Canadians are now anxious to agree on a lifting of the quotas" because of the narrowing of the price differential between U.S. and Canadian markets. However, he also declined to predict whether a solution to the trade dispute is at hand. The desire of the U.S. government for a lifting of the quotas as soon m possible was reiterated Tuesday by Clayton Yeutter, an assistant secretary of agriculture. We'd be pleased to see the quotas ended even if the situation may soon reverse, with Canadian producers anxious to sell their cattle in a higher priced American Mr. Yeutter said in an interview. "We believe that in the long run, a free market or at least a freer market is the best interests of both noted the assistant secretary. Canadian cattlemen, who pressured Ottawa to limit the import of lower-priced U.S. beef last summer, are now. anxious to see quick end to the "beef war." Charlie Qracey, general manager of the Cana- dian Cattlemen's Association said Tues- day that he is anxious the dispute be resolved quickly because he fears "the U.S. may not want to remove their own quotas this summer if their prices are higher." In a telephone interview, Mr. Gracey said at his Toronto office that Canadian producers "have an excess of feeder cattle that we didn't have at this time last year." He added that Canadian cattlemen would like to sell some of this surplus in the U.S. Mr. Gracey said that officials of the CCA were consulting with members so that an official res- olution could be drafted asking the Canadian government to work for ah end to the quotas. t ;