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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, February 27, 1975 Huge tax bill takes last lap in Commons OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment's huge income tax bill takes its last lap in the Commons today, but it has to clear the Senate before tax- payers can receive income tax refunds. The Senate expects to start on the 287-page omnibus tax bill next Monday night. Both Senator Ray Perrault, government leader in the up- per house, and Senator Jac- ques Flynn, the Opposition leader, say the Senate banking, trade and commerce Ford decries Arabian blacklist WASHINGTON (AP) -The government is considering steps to prevent discrimina- tion against Jews by com- panies seeking to improve their relations with the Arab world. At a news conference in Hollywood, Fla., President Ford said: "Such discrimina- tion is totally contrary to the American tradition and repug- nant to American principles. "Any allegations of dis- crimination will be fully in- vestigated and appropriate action taken under the laws of the United States." Meanwhile, Senator Frank Church, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on multi-national corporations, has released a list of U.S. businesses and or- ganizations boycotted by Saudi Arabia for having some connections with Israel. committee has been studying the income tax bill for some time, which should speed things up. But neither will predict how long the bill will be before the Senate. Thousands of 1974 income tax refunds are sitting in the revenue department awaiting the approval.. Senator Flynn said the bill is important and should not be hurried even' though the government considers it urgent. "The Senate doesn't want to be pushed around. We will not forego the rules for the sake of the bill having royal assent two or three days before it normally would." Senator Perrault said: "There isn't any tendency for us to say we'll pass it sight un- seen." But he foresees no major holdup, because of the work already done by the banking committee. Today will be the 21st day of Commons debate on the bill. It was introduced Dec. 20. The bill basically is proposals from Finance Minister John Turner's Nov. 18 budget. It contains measures aimed at the in- dividual taxpayer as well as the corporate giants. It would reduce personal in- come taxes by a minimum of and a maximum of for 1974, depending on the in- dividual's income. These would increase to and this year. It also would exempt from taxation any income, up 000, from interest on savings accounts, dividends or private pension plans. Taxpayers would be permitted tax-free savings of annually to a maximum of for purchase of their first home. A hot topic in the Commons has been the six clauses affecting taxation of royalties paid by resource companies. Rocky rules out presidential bid WASHINGTON Nelson Rockefeller virtually ruled himself out of presidential politics forever today. Citing his advanced age and a desire to keep Presi- dent Ford's trust, Rockefeller said "I'm just not a competitive factor with the rising stars" on the Re- publican political front. Rockefeller, 66, insisted that Ford is "bound to run and be a candidate" for re-election in 1976. So "you've got to be talking about 1980" as to his own chances for the Rockefeller said. "And that's crazy." He also said he is "fed up with that politics." "This is no time for it. I bitterly resent people who talk about politics in the future when we've got tremendous human problems today. It's in poor taste and offensive to the American people. "I have no prospects, no thoughts and no plans for Rockefeller's remarks came during an hour-long, post-midnight session with reporters aboard Air Force Two as he returned to Washington from a speaking engagement Wednesday night before automotive engineers in Detroit. Bill almost certain to end Time, Digest publications OTTAWA (CP) Tax legislation to be introduced within a few weeks will make it "extremely difficult" for the Canadian editions of Time BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEOE 1974 Trudeau vacations cost taxpayers OTTAWA (CP) Three holidays taken by Prime Minister Trudeau in 1974 involved air transportation that cost the tax- payers at least the Commons learned Wednesday. The most expensive trip was an April 12-17 Easter vacation in the Caribbean, on which Mr. Trudeau's family accompanied him. This cost The information was a written answer to Tom Cossitt (PC It showed that the government jet used by the prime minister consumed gallons of fuel at 42.5 cents a gallon, a total of The remaining included crew and general aircraft operating costs of an hour. The other two holiday trips, to Antigua and Switzerland, in- volved commercial aircraft outside 'Canada, and apparently paid for by Mr. Trudeau. But costs of the government aircraft which flew Mr. Trudeau to catch his overseas flights totaled brazier llunch magazine and Reader's Digest to continue publishing, Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner said Wednesday. Both U.S.-owned magazines will face a series of stringent ownership, licencing and con- tent requirements that will al- most certainly prove unaqcep- table to their publishers, Mr. Faulkner said in an interview. He said the government is determined to press on with legislation to eliminate special tax status for Time and Reader's Digest adver- tisers despite a "massive lob- by" by the publishers to sway public opinion against the move. The impending legislation will hit hard at publishers' hopes of having Canadian editions of the two magazines qualify as domestic publications whose ad- vertisers can continue claim- ing tax deductions for adver- tising costs, Mr. Faulkner said. He said both publications will have trouble meeting the independent. Canadian ownership, control and con- tent requirements but that Time's Canadian edition will be especially vulnerable because it imports large amounts of news content directly from the U.S. parent company, Time Inc. of New York. At the same time it "poses as a Canadian he said. Reader's Digest faces different problems because of the licencing agreement which requires out-of-country approval of editorial content in the Canadian edition. He said the effect of the legislation will be to "get rid of Time" but that the main aim is to "eliminate excep- tions in the tax law so that Canadian magazines will have the maximum impact" in attracting advertising revenues. The legislation will eliminate sections of the In- come Tax Act permitting advertisers to claim tax deductions for advertising costs in Time, Reader's Digest and seven smaller publications. MFC allows river valley campground Development approval was granted Doug Neilseh Wednesday by the Municipal Planning Commission to build his river valley tourist campground. The approval clears the way for construction of the campground just off highway 3 West to get under way this spring. The application was review- ed by the Community Services Advisory Committee, Oldman River Regional Planning Commission planners and the city health unit, before approval was granted by the MPC. It's approval follows a lease agreement for the site reach- ed earlier this year between Mr. Neilsen and city council. Mr. Neilson plans a campground with 162 spaces, including 86 fully serviced stalls and 68 spaces for tenters, as well as a swimm- ing pool and other amenities. In other business Wednesday, the planning com- mission approved a subdivi- sion application for expansion of Bridge Villa Mobile Home Park on the city's north end. The subdivision creates several duplex lots along 13th Street N. from 23rd to 26th Avenues, as well as the large parcel for expansion of the mobile home court by 138 un- its. Bridge Villa still has to get commission approval for the actual court expansion development itself. The commission. Wednesday also approved an application by the Alberta Public Works department to build an addi- tion to the fish and wildlife warehouse at 525 30th St. N. It turned down an applica- tion by Costanzo's Day Care Centre to establish a day care centre in the Christian Alliance Church at 1204 3rd Avenue S., ruling the location was unsuitable. News in brief Trudeau in Netherlands THE HAGUE dian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau arrived in the Netherlands today for a two- day official visit as part of a tour of four European Economic Community (EEC) member countries. Trudeau told a Dutch tele- vision interviewer on the eve of his arrival that the main purpose of his visit to Europe was to discuss problems concerning Canada's relations with the EEC. OPEC prepares for talks VIENNA (AP) A minis- terial conference of the oil-ex- porting countries approved a small price cut in one member state and completed a draft policy for talks with the world's major consumers, a senior delegate announced today. The delegate, Iranian Interior Minister Jamshid Amouzegar, who handles Iran's oil negotiations, said the 13-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) gave the go-ahead for the United Arab Emirates to reduce ,tne so- called "gravity premium" it charges on top of the basic oil price for high quality oil. U.S. planes watch skirmish SEOUL (AP) Four United States warplanes took to the air Wednesday night during a tense situation in- volving North and South Korean fighters and a sea chase south of the demarca- tion line, U.S. officials said today. A 50-ton North Korean boat sank in a collision with a South Korean naval vessel, the South Korean defence ministry said. The ministry said a dogfight almost resulted between "dozens" of North Korean MiGs and South Korean and U.S. fighterbombers, with planes of the two sides coming within 17 miles of each other. 'Jailer killed in rape try' RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Joanne Little, charged with murder in the killing of a jailer she said tried to rape her, left North Carolina's women's prison Wednesday on bail, free for the first time in six months. She was released after for her bond was rais- ed by several groups across the United States. Miss Little, a 20-year-old black, is charged with first- degree murder in the slaying of a white jailer last year in Washington, N.C., where she was being held on a breaking and entering conviction. LaForce under IRS fire Asmara refugees said starving RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) Inventor Edward LaForce, under fire from the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday his controversial internal combustion engine will be on the market within a year. LaForce, of Richmond, said he has worked out a licensing agreement with two Duluth, Minn., businessmen that will allow him to pay more than in withholding taxes and penalties due the IRS by Friday. JJairu vUeen BIG brazier, FRIES AND SMALL SHAKE Tonight, Friday and Saturday Make a lunch date at your DAIRY BRAZIER store! Plan to stop in between 11 a.m. and 2.p.m. Monday thru Friday this week. Enjoy a BIG BRAZIER famous char-broiled BIG BRAZIER patty topped with BRAZIER sauce, served on .a sesame bun, plus crispy BRAZIER fries and a small for 1.29 Don't miss Scrumpdillyishus BRAZIER Lunch Week at participating DAIRY QUEEN BRAZIER stores! Quebec civil servants' 'phones bugged' MONTREAL (CP) Paul Desrochers received police transcripts of tapped telephone conversations of top Quebec politicians and civil servants while "special ad- viser" to Premier Robert Bourassa, a government in- quiry was told Wednesday. Rene Gagnon, a former ministerial aid whose conver- sations were he learned of the wiretapping early in 1971 from- Claude Desrosiers, then chairman of the Quebec Liberal Party's organizing committee. Desrosiers, now party presi- dent, was in close collabora- tion with Desrochers, testimony showed before the three-man commission head- ed by Judge Robert Cliche. Gagnon testified Desrosiers told him extensive wiretapp- ing began after the October, 1970, crisis. He said Desrosiers also told him Desrochers had received a volume of transcipts of telephone conversations. ADDIS ABABA (AP) Some refugees are reported threatened with star- vation in Asmara, hostages of the war between Ethiopia's military rulers and secessionist rebels in Eritrea province. Homeless since fighting broke out in the province's capital nearly four weeks ago, they sleep in pews and cor- ridors of churches, schools and mosques. Many, terrified by reports of army atrocities against civilians, refuse to leave their shelters during the day. Relief experts say the refu- gees have enough food to keep them alive for a week or two. The ruling military junta has barred relief agencies from sending them food and medicine from Addis Ababa. The military strongman, Maj. Mengistu Haile Mariam, was reported to. have'said the refugees do not need help. Independent sources say the ban on relief shipments is meant to prevent trained for- eign observers from witness- ing the war. Foreign reporters also have been barred from Eritrea. Asmara residents say mili- tary authorities recently re- moved red flags from the refugee shelters that marked them as havens from the fighting. The residents add that the refugees are, in- effect, hostages subject to reprisals. Reliable sources say relief agencies spent to buy food for the refugees in Asmara markets. Now little food is available in the city of which is under virtual siege. Apart from parcels smuggled aboard the daily military supply flights, the last food and medicine to reach the refugees was a 10- ton shipment two weeks ago. Teachers accept wage pact contract. CALGARY (CP) Calgary's public school teachers voted Wednesday night 95 per cent in favor of accepting a wage package calling for a pay increase of 21.5 per cent over a one-year The agreement, retroactive to Jan. 1, 1975, had earlier been approved by negotiators for the school board and the teachers. Fleeing ship sighted QUEBEC (CP) govern- ment icebreaker is "within sight of the Answer and stay- ing astern of a spokesman for the federal transport department said today. Reginald Towers said in a telephone interview from Halifax that the icebreaker John A. Macdonald made visual contact with the vessel early today about 60 miles southeast of the Gaspe. "She doesn't appear to be in any difficulty, otherwise she would have acknowledged the radio signals from the Macdonald, which she hasn't done so far." "There are many options open to the RCMP should they want to divert the he said. "They could use helicopters from Summer- side, P.E.I., or even the helicopter carried by the Mac- donald to arrest her and bring her back to the nearest port." Congressmen ready urge gas tax hike Fire cuts phone service to WASHINGTON (AP) Senate and House of Representatives Democrats are ready to recommend at least a five-cent gasoline tax increase and perhaps a larger one as part of their Com- prehensive alternative to President Ford's energy pro- gram. Study groups made up of Democrats in the House and Senate are scheduled to make the program public today after meeting to iron out differences that include a dis- pute over how much the gas- oline tax should be increased. The federal tax now stands at four cents a gallon. The Democratic study groups also have discussed oil import quotas, tax incentives for buying economy cars and for insulating private homes. The Senate members were reported holding out for a small gasoline tax increase while the House members were said to be arguing for increases of 16' to 18 cents a gallon over a three-year period. NEW YORK (AP) A fire in a New York Telephone Co. building in lower Manhattan today injured more than 60 firemen and civilians and knocked out service on police emergency lines and on nearly private telephones. A telephone company of- ficial described the fire as a major communications "catastrophe." Unemployed demonstrate NEW YORK (AP) Thou- sands of construction workers, protesting the loss of jobs, milled around city hall today blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge and paralys- ing traffic in downtown Manhattan at the height of the morning rush hour. Several fights broke out be- tween police and demonstrators and at least one person was arrested. Barrett budget 'a surprise' Dairij Queen U.S. Pat. Off., Am. D.Q. Corp. (c) CopvriStlt 1975, Am. D.Q. Cora. Native coroner's jury urges alcoholism plan VICTORIA Dave Barrett will bring down his government's third budget Friday and he says it will sur- prise the doomsayers. There have been few hints of what the budget will con- tain but it no doubt will call for expenditures slightly higher than last year's record billion budget, British tradesmen hired ON SALE TONIGHT FRIDAY SATURDAY NORTH SIDE STORE ONLY ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE (CP) An all-native coroner's jury was told Wednesday that RCMP of- ficers were informed two men had been drinking gas-line antifreeze befor? they died last Jan. 12. The jury of five men and one woman ruled the cause of death of Dewey CrookedJegs, 22, and Elvis Bremner, 17, was methyl hydrate poisoning and handed down three recommendations. Both men were residents of the O'Chise Indian Reserve, 75 miles west of Red Deer. Mr. Bremner died on the evening of Jan. 12 at Red Deer General Hospital and Mr. Crookedleg! died earlier the same day at Rocky Mountain House Hospital, SO miles west of Red Deer. They were taken to. hospital late in the evening of Jan. 11. The jury deliberated for more than an hour before recommending a program to combat alcoholism be initiated for native people in the Rocky Mountain House area. The jury also recommended that native per- sons suspected of drinking methyl hydrate or similar substances should be taken to hospital and that an am- bulance service be readily available for native people at Rocky Mountain House. SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) Omega Pipefitters Ltd. of Saint John said today it had hired 310 British tradesmen to work on an Irving Oil Ltd. refinery expansion here because Canadian workers will not move to this area to fill job vacancies. Omega Manager Ed Thistle said in an interview welders and pipefitters who are out of work elsewhere in Canada cannot be enticed to come to this area. Dalhousie dean dies HALIFAX (CP) -Dr. Horace Emerson Read, dean emeritus of the Dalhousie University law school and a former vice-president of the university, died Wednesday at the Victoria General Hospital here. He was 78. Shortly before his death, he completed a history of the law school at Dalhousie. In 1973, he was one of two Nova Seotians appointed to the Order of Canada. ;