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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-05,Lethbridge, Alberta FLQ kidnappers want to return? JACQUES TRUDEL MARC CARBONNEAU OTTAWA (CP) - A Con-semtive MP says he has leannd the Front de Libera* tion du Quebec (FLQ) kidnappers of James Cross want to return to Canada from exile . in Cuba. Paul Dick (Lanark' Renefrew*Carleti>n) said in an interview Friday the kidnappers of the former British trade commissioner in Montreal would prefer to face charfies in Canada than remain in Cuba wheiv they were granted exile in December, mo. Mr. Diclt said he learned from a reliable source that negotiations took place last September between the kidnappers and external affairs officials over the possibility of their return to Canada. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp has said he does not know of any such negotiations and Prime Minister Trudeau says any return would necessarily involve the four kidnappers facing charges. The four men, two of their wives and one child were given free passage to Cuba after they released Mr. Cross in December, 1970, two months after he was kid-. napped from his Montreal home. His Oct. 9 abduction came five days before the kidnapping of Pierre Laporte, Quebec tabor minister later strangled by his kidmmn. Tbe two FIX) cells involved in tbe kidiian>ini* demanded the release of so-called politicat prisoners and a large ransom as oonditiois for safe release of tbe two'men. BORED INXUBA Mr. Dick said he has heard the Cross kidnappers are bored in Cuba and have been forced to join other political exiles in performing manual labor. The four men are Jacques Cossette-Trudel, Jacques Lan> ctot, Marc Carbonneau and Yves Langlois. With them when th^ were flown by the Canadian Armed Forces to' Cuba were the wives of Cossette-Tmdel and Lanctot and the Lanctots’ child. The Lanctots have had an<‘ otiier child since their arrival in <^ba, Mr. Dick’s statement that the kidnappers want to return to Canada comes only days before an eight-man parliameittaty delegation is |o leave for a wedc-loog visit to Cuba. The eight MPs leave Jan. 15 and will stay at the Havana hotel where the kidnappers were reported to be housed. Mr. Dick said his Commons question to Mr. Sharp on tbe rumored negotiations had nothing to do with tbe im- pending^l^trip., ‘ Maurice Foster (L — Algoma), one MP going to Cuba, said In an interview tbe possibility of encountering the kidnappers bas not been discussed at brlefliig sessions on tbe trip. Mucb 6f tbe delegation’s time in Cuba will be qient on orgaoind tours, mainly outside Havana, he said. “I would think tbe Cuban govemmeit will try to show us the country and would want to avoid any kind of incident” Mr. Dick said he opposes readmissim of tbe kidnappera to Canada. They liad chosen exile and should be forced to aWde by heir decision. In Quebec City, a spokesman for Justice Minister Jerome Choquette said the kidnappers could return to Canada but would have to face five charges under the Criminal Code. Those charges are con-™racy to commit a kidnap, iUegal entry with the intention of committing a cHminal^ct, kidnapping, extortion and possession of firearms. tatUfd^, JWNUry 1,1t74—THt LtTHIfHOQC HERALD-3 West provinces replace Quebec as ‘bad boys’ OTTAWA (CP) - Western oil-producing provinces have replaced Quebec as tbe “bad bto of Confederation," Max Saitsman (NDP—Waterloo) said in the Commons Friday. ' Quebec never has taken a position against tbe federal ^emment as adamant as that hdd by Alberta and, to a lesser extent, Saskatchewan, Mr. Saitsman said. “If Quebec had ever behaved in such a way, there would have been such an uproar... it would have been hard to put down," be said during debate on the government’s bill to tax crude oil exports. He arg the bill should be an>roved before tbe Jan. 22>23 first ministers’ energy conference to l[ive Ottawa a strong voice to counter the provinces’ con-stitutionat rights oQ energy matters. Mr. Saitsman said the federalist position should be one of sharing resources and diminishing selfishness. “To say that any individual, OTOvince or even country can do what it wants with resources to the detriment uf others wwild be wnmg.” He-said Canada, for example, shoiild not charge tbe United States the same price for oil charged by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Canada sltould keep its prices perhaps 10 to 15 per cent below those charged by the OPEC members. “One country hasn’t the right to squeeze the hell out of another country, even if it is in the position to do so.” The bill would approve the export tax effective since October and provide for a charge to be imposed on crude oil exports after Feb. 1. The tax was pegged at 40 cents 3 barrel for October and November, $1.90 a barrel in December, $2.20 this month and is scheduled to hit f6.40 a barrel in February. Purpose of the tax is to (Obtain international prices for Canada’s petroleum products on foreign markets while maintaining a lower domestic price LOUISE TRUDEL EXPANDS QUEBEC PLANT TORONTO (CP) — ERCO Industries Ltd has announced an expansion to its Buckingham. Que., plant to produce an additional 5.000 tons of sodium chlorate a vear JACQUES LANCTOTAlberta farm income SALES PACT SIGNED MONTEVIDEO (AP) -Brazil and Uruguay have signed a bilateral trade agreer ment to cover the sale of about 30 categories of products under preferential terms GENERAL FARM Presents The THRIFTY RITCHIE STOCK WATERERS Electric heated waterers for cattle, hogs and sheep. Most sizes available at 1973 prices. General Farm Supplies CoutU Hifhwair-Box 1202-Phone 32M141 AMA road report as of 8 a.m. today: Highway 3 east, Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, slippery throughout with driving lanes mostly bare. Highway 3 west, Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and B.C. border, packed snow with slippery sections throughout. Highway 4, Lethbridge to Coutts has occasional slippery sections with drifting snow throughout. Highway 5, Lethbridge to Cardston and Waterton is generally bare with some slippery sections. Highway 6, Pincher Creek to Waterton has occasional icy sections. Highway 2 north, Fort Macteod, Calgary and Edmonton, is generally bare with occasional slippery sections. Highway 2 south, Fort Macleod to Cardston and Carway has occasional slippery sections with light ice crystals this morning. Highway 23, junction to Vulcan and High River is mostly bare wiA occasional slippery sections. ' Highway 36, Taber to Brooks has snow with plowing in progress. Highway 1, Trans-Canada east, Calgary to Medicine Hat and Swift Current is mostly bare with slipmry sections and occasional sections of black ice near Medicine Hat. Hi^way 1 west, Calgary to Banff, Roger’s Pass and Revelstoke, Calgary to Banff IS mostly bare and motorists are advised to watch for black ice. POR're OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing Times); Carway 9 a m to 6 p.m.; Chief Mountain closed; Coutts 24 hours; Del Bonite 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m. ton^dnight; Wild Horse8a m. to5p.m.; Ro«sevil!c8a.m, to midnight. Logan Pass closed. Store razed B.C. reverses decision Highest in history Weather SUNRISE SUNDAY 8:28    lows near zero, bighs near IS SUNSET 4:47    above. H L Pre    Calgary — Sunny today Lethbridge......IT -13 .02    becoming mainly cloudy Pincher Creek... 12 -15 .09    tonight and Sunday, light Medicine Hat ... 15 -15 .02    snow, lows zero to 5 above, Victoria........ 39 30 ,.    highs near 15. Vancouver...... 38 20 ..    MONTANA ' Edmonton ...... 16 -9 ".03    East of Continental Divide Saskatoon....... 6 -17 -.03    — Continued cold with snow at Swift Current ... 10 -20 .04    times west and south today Moose Jaw ..... 9 -18 .08    and most sections tonight and Winnipeg....... -S 18 ..    Sunday. Highs both days'zero Toronto......... 23 7 .    to 10 above. Lows at ni^t aero Ottawa......... 25 4 .02    to 15 below. Montreal ....... 23 7 .01    West of Continental Divide Chicago ........ 21 6 ..    — Continued cold with widely New York ...... 35 22 .    scattered snow today tonight Los Angeles..... 49 44 1.90    and Saturday. Hi^s both days San Francisco ... 44 41 .01    zero to 10 above. Lows at nigjit Phoenix ........ 58 50 .60    zero to 15 below. Las Vegas....... 33 2$ ..    Columbia Kootenay Region Oil-    — Today and Sunday: Sunny ' liuefkhr^ge-MedtclKe Hat —    wi^ a few cloudy periods. Mainly sunny today with    Continuing cold. Highs both * Increasing cloudiness tonight    days 5 to 15. Lows tonight 10 and Sunday, light snow after    below to 20 below except 5 midnight, winds W15-20, and    below to 5 above in the west gusty near Crows Nest pass,    Kootenays. BARRHEAD (CP) - Fire destroyed the Warehouse Discount Food Store Friday in a blaze that lasted about two hours. Barrhead is about 60 miles northwest of Edmonton. An explosion started the blaze about 6 p.m. when employees were cleaning brushes after an afternoon of interior painting. Fumes from the paint were believed to have reached the op«i flame of a hot water heater nearby. No one was injured. The volunteer brigade of about 20 men were unable to do more than prevent flames from spreadii^ to a nearby bakery next door. to go on daylight time ByOene Fawcette A (30LP COURSE near has introduced A UNIQUE WAYCP TRANSPOHTINS A PLAYER'S CLUBS. AVCI^RAIU S'lSTEM, RUNNING PARALLEL TD THE FAIRWAY, CARRIES SMALL CARTS Tmr hold 1XE BAGS... A SfíECfAl StJiHWCOOL-£ß/W &iX/^A4&S tVMfCH te^ñS€B£\ñ£fíASSOWS ootvfofírtovfísí VICTORIA (CP) - The British Columbia government today reversed its decision to go on daylight time this weekend. In “the face of mounting protests from the forest, industry, airlines, financial institutions, and school organizations. Provincial Secretary Ernie Hall, who said only Thursday that B.C. would stick to its decision to follow the United States onto daylight time on Sunday, said today, however, that the province will remain on standard time at least for another month. “We have beenjprompted by the information fTom all sectors of the province and particularly In (he north that, while the introduction of daylight time is fully acceptable, our decision came too soon,'’ Mr. Hatl said. New target date for going on daylight time is Sunday, Feb. 3, but Mr. Hall said that date also isn’t firm and is open to reconsideration. . “We have to keep an open mind,” he told reporters at a hastily-called news conference. “We will not be a dog in the manger on this.” WON’T FOLLOW U.S. Until Friday’s decision, B.C. was the only province in' Canada planning to turn clocks ahead an hour Sunday when the U.S. switches time in an attempt to save energy. Mr Hall said he had received about 15 telegrams and 30 letters on the decision to go on daylight time, but he told reporters that when he made his statements Thursday he hadn’t seem a second file which ran heavily against the move. Earlier, he said most of his mail was in favor of daylight time. Telegrams from Air Canada, the Employers Council of B.C., the construction industry, and earlier protests bv the International Woodworkers of America, the Vancouver Stock Exchange and parents of school children friio would have had to walk to school in the dark tipped the balance, Mr. Hall said. Firm not negligent in gas well blow-out EDMONTON (CP) - The Energy Resources Conservation Board said Friday in a i^rt that Sun Oil Ltd. was not negligent in the Oct. 2 blow-out of a gas weU near New Norway, Alta. The incident 40 nriies south of Edmonton, involved the release of deadly hydrogen sulphide gas and resulted in the evacuation of farmers and other residents of the area. The board cleared tbe oil company of n^ligence which might have contributed to the blow-out but added tbe firm should have been more aware of the potential hazards of trying to recondition a well which had been out of production for several wars. Rod Edgecombe, assistant manager of the board’s development department, said the report, based on a public inquiry Oct. 19, may result in (frilling firms having to improve blow-out protection equipment. Hurlburt fails in bid to get work idea heard By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt Friday attempted to get the House of Commons to consider an idea to give special incentives to Canadians to work for a living rather than “ripoff” the Unemployment Insurance Commission. The Progressive Conservative MP told the Commons that there is "widespread resentment" by the majority of working Canadians to wilfully jobless Canadians who prefer living on unemployment insurance. So, backed by Saskatchewan MP iJoug Neil, Mr, Hurlburt tried to put a motion before the Commons on a matter of KEN HURLBURT Senior Citizen Bus Passes Are Aveiiebie as.of Jan. 2 at the Information Lethbridge Office Located In th* YATES CENTRE For Further Information Call 329-0636 “urgent and pressing necessity” prodding the government to induce Canadians to work rather than to goof off. Under his plan, income tax exemptions would be raised by $100 a month for each and every month a person held a job longer than six months- Basically, this would mean that a shigle man with no dependents earning about 112,000 a year would take home an extra fSO a month. Mr Hurlburt urged that the standing parliamentary committee on manpower and immigration consider the feasibility of such a “work incentive” idea. But Mr. Hurlburt failed to get unanimous consent from all MPs in the Commons and so his motion couldn’t be put before the House for an official vote. Bell named new chairman EDMONTON (CP)-Dr. G. E. Bell has been named chairman of the department of entomology, replacing Dr. Brian Hocking who is stepping down, the University of Alberta board of governors announced yesterday. Entomology is the study of insects. The department falls under the faculty of agriculture. Dr. Bell will serve a five-year term. He said a “hydraulic preventer” rather than a manually operated device could,have allowed the operators to crimp the. pipe and stem the flow when the blow occurred as the result of a sudden surge of pressure from the pipe. Tlip board now may ^consider making such hydraulic' devices jnandatory, he said, adding the units cost $30,000 each and muld substantially add to drilling contractor’s costs. “Sun Oil acted in a pretty responsible manner,” during the following clean-up operation, Mr. Edgecombe said.    - But he was critical of the firm’s communication with the news media because an “unwarranted atmosphere of panic” was created after misinformation was provided. He said a "deadly cloud/’ identified as hydrogen sulphide rolling across farm lands was, in reality, mostly water vapor. Hydrogen sulphide is invisible and amounts of the gas monitored in^the area were «nerally far below hazardous levels.    ' Meanwhile, farmers in'the area have planned a meeting Jan. 11 to protest the length of time it is taking to receive compensation from Sun. Oil for the loss of woricing time and inconvenience caused by the incident. Roger Egglestone of Calgary, Sun’s conservation officer, said many of those who incurred hotel and restaurant bills after being evacuated have been compensated and the firm now is studying the legitimacy of other claims. He said all who had submitted claims would receive replies within two weeks. EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta’s gross income from a^culturelast year was the hipest in history but is ex- ChrUtmm celebration backfires CALGARY (CP) -Celebrating Christmas, the “back-home tradition” has cost a Lachine, Que., man ?50. Robert LeBrun was fined 950 in provincial court aft» he pleaded guilty to firing a shotgun three times from the balcony of his Calgary apartment Christmas eve. “It‘s a back-home tradition to fire a gun on Christmas eve,” he told the court. “We’ve always done . it. After J called home that night, I decided to do it here.” pected to be surpassed in 1974, Dr. Glen Purnell, deputy agriculture minister, said yesterday. Dr. .Purnell, in a news release, said gross farm income reached |1.2 billion in 1973 with net income of |715 million, "a little better than half the total income."- He said he expects prices to be strong in 1974 for almost every agricultural commodity because of the world demand for Alberta food products. Tbe major concern this year remains the rising costs of farm inputs such as seed, chemicals, packaged bees, binder twine, fertilizer and other commodities, he said. 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