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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Uthbridqe Herald VOL. LXVII 22 LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1974 40 Pages 10 Cents Oil tax rate power clipped Faulkner campaigns for grass-root aid Chilly huff BELFAST (AP) Brian Faulkner, the Protestant chief of Northern Ireland's new government, says he will cam- paign for grass-roots Protes- tant support of his policy of sharing power with the Roman Catholic minority. Faulkner resigned Monday as head of the Unionist party, for 50 years Northern Seon and htard About town TEACHER Peter Clamp showing up for the first day of school after the Christmas break with odd-colored socks, Fred Heatley wondering what to do next as he watched his car teeter high-centred on a pile of snow plowed across the driveway to Henderson Lake golf course. Ireland's governing Protes- tant party, because the party council repudiated his policy last week by a vote of 457 to 374. But he continued at the head of the new Protestant- Catholic coalition government and said the vote against him did not reflect the true feeling in Ulster. "During the next few weeks we will be rallying he said. "We will get new machinery to run our party. "I believe my policies are the correct ones for Northern Ireland, and regardless of what has happened I will not change them." Faulkner insisted he was not breaking away from the Unionist party. But some sup- porters are already talking about a "New Unionist party" or "Progressive Unionist par- ty" of moderates that would break away from the hard- liners that now apparently have a majority on the party's council. The "party vote last week specifically rejected Faulkner's agreement at a conference in London last month to join Northern Ireland and the Irish republic in a Council of Ireland. The council will have almost no power, but to the hard-liners it represented' the first step to- ward union with the republic. Meanwhile, there was tem- porary letup in the communal warfare. These diesels at the Lethbridge rail yards could well be huddling together for warmth. A high pressure area over the region is stubbornly sticking around to keep temperatures well down. However, indications are the Pacific ridge pressing on the thermometer is weakening. A miniature Chinook at Pincher Creek may foreshadow warmer weather but not for at least the next couple of days. Parole near for Watergate trio Heavy airport guard remains LONDON (AP) Troops and police maintained a heavy special guard for the fourth day today at London's Heathrow Airport, on the lookout for Arab terrorists with stolen anti-aircraft mini- rockets. Special precautions were taken for the arrival today of Gideon Rafael, Israel's new ambassador to Britain. Rafael and his wife arrived without incident aboard an El Al plane. Uniformed and plain-clothes police swarmed around the airport. More than 400 heavily- armed tropps, armored vehicles and police continued to ring the airport. Home Secretary Robert Carr confirmed in an inter- view that the unprecedented precautions were taken because of reports that Arab terrorists are believed plann- ing to use stolen SAM-7 rockets against an airliner taking off or landing at Lon- don's big international air- port. The Soviet rocket is small enough to fit inside a suitcase when dismantled, is fired from a shoulder launcher and homes on the heat of a plane's jet exhaust. "I hope the public generally will feel pleased that when we press the button, things can happen quite Carr said. "I hope equally that those who are hatching plans for attacks on aircraft using British airports will feel a lit- tle less pleased." But the chairman of the 500 British airline pilots said the show of force will not deter terrorist attacks. "If there is one more outrage there will be an instant 24- hour strike by every British pilot, and we hope other countries will follow suit." Inside Classified....... 20-23 Comics...........18 Comment........ 4, 5 District............15 Family 16, 17 Local News 13, 14 Markets...........It Spo.ut.........f-io-il Theatres........... 7 TV................ 7 Weather........... 1 LOW TONIGHT HIGH WED. SUNNY, VERY GOLD Gunman slays two law officers THOMPSON FALLS, Mont. (AP) Two law officers were shot to death when they responded to a disturbance call at a western Montana logging community Monday night. The Sanders' county sheriff's office said that a lumber mill worker who killed the officers was slain by a deputy sheriff in an exchange of gunfire. The dead were identified as Town Marshal Don Williams, about 45, game warden Gene Sara, about 50, and Albert Stout, about 25. The sheriff's office said Williams was shot to death with a high powered rifle after he was dispatched to Sout's mobile home because of a report a man was armed and threatening violence. A short time later, Deputy Sheriff Robert Wolf and Sara arrived at the scene. Sara was shot at close range with a pistol, and then Stout died in an exchange of gunfire with the deputy sheriff, authorities said. Crash beacon shielded EDMONTON (CP) The emergency radio beacon on a Elane that crashed Dec. 12 tiling four people worked perfectly but the plane wasn't found for three weeks, an investigator said Monday. But the beacon's signals were shielded by the fuselage of the wrecked aircraft and never did reach the of search planes that logged 600 flying hours in the hunt, said Jerry Saull of the tran- Ht said an on-the-site investigation of the crash of the Saskatchewan govern- ment plane hat been com- pteted. Bit the Ml invettifa- tion Into the cause of tht acci- dent had only Just WASHINGTON (AP) Three Cuban exiles whose arrest in Democratic national committee headquarters was the start of the Watergate case are scheduled to be paroled March 7. The U.S. parole board voted Monday to release the three from the federal prison camp at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida after they have served about 15 months of their one- to four-year sentences for con- spiracy, burglary and wiretapping. Eugenio Martinez, Frank Sturgis and Virgilio Gonzalez, all from Miami, were the lowest ranking of the seven men originally convicted in the Watergate conspiracy. Three other Watergate con- spirators, Bernard Barker, Howard Hunt and James McCord are free on bail pend- ing the outcome of appeals. The seventh man, Gordon Liddy, is serving a term for contempt of court and has an appeal pending of his Watergate conviction. Meanwhile, the Senate Watergate committee return- ed to court to get its civil suit against President Nixon mov- ing toward a decision. Com- mittee lawyers filed a brief 'contending that jurisdictional problems have been resolved by an act of Congress and ask- ing the court to begin con- sideration of the legal issues raised in the committee's sub- poena of White House tapes. The White House has until Jan. 17 to file a response to the committee brief. FUEL TALK POSSIBLE SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (CP) President Nixon is considering inviting represen- tatives of industrialized countries to Washington next month to try to co-ordinate policies in dealing with Arab oil producers, Reuters news agency reported Tuesday. Quoting White House sources, the agency said such a meeting was one'of a number of possibilities under consideration by Nixon as he attempts to deal with the current international oil shor- tage. OTTAWA (CP) The bat- tered crude oil export tax won final Commons approval Mon- day after Finance Minister John Turner bowed to opposi- tion pressure and deleted a major section from the bill. Faced with heavy Progressive Conservative and New Democratic Party resistance, he abandoned a provision that would have made the tax permanent and would have empowered the cabinet to change the tax rate on its own. Instead, the House approved a compromise measure put forward by Op- position Leader Robert Stan- field. The altered bill raises the tax rate from' a barrel for January to for February and March, in line with government plans, but contains .no provision for ex- tending it beyond these two months. Mr. Stanfield objected to making the tax permanent be- fore the Jan. 22-23 federal-pro- vincial conference on energy. The government now must present a new bill to Parlia- ment before March 31. The original bill would have changed the tax to a so-called charge effective Feb. 1, and the cabinet would have been authorized to raise or lower the rate each month to keep Canadian export prices in line with international rates. The government made only one condition in accepting the Stanfield proposal and it was approved by the Conservative caucus before the Commons met Monday. It dealt with sharing the huge revenue generated by the tax. Until Feb. 1, the govern- ment is committed to giving the oil-producing provinces 50 per cent of all revenue raised and to spending the remaining federal share on development of new energy sources in the same provinces. Mr. Turner still plans to give producing provinces one-half the revenue in February and March but the government will not be bound by the previous commitment on spending the federal share. Several government spokes- men have indicated the government will use part of its share after Feb. 1 to finance an oilsubsidy program in Quebec'and the Atlantic provinces where consumers are almost totally dependent on high-price imported oil. Most of Ontario and all four western provinces are supplied by domestic oil, frozen at a barrel by an arrangement between the government and major oil companies. Rising overseas prices have pushed gasoline and heating oil costs in the five eastern provinces above rates in the rest of the country. By the end of January, when the latest Arab and Venezuelan price boosts begin to take effect, the difference is expected to be about 20 cents a gallon. The subsidy program for eastern consumers will be a major topic when Prime Minister Trudeau and provin- cial premiers meet here later in the month. Meanwhile, the late-1975 deadline for completing the Montreal extension of the interprovincial pipeline was questioned by opposition energy spokesmen after Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald disclosed that National Energy Board hearings, man- datory for all pipeline pro- jects, will be delayed until spring. Hearings had been schedul- ed to start this month or in February and construction was to begin in the spring. The delay will push this timetable back to the summer or fall, Mr. Macdonald said. Stanf ield lists Tory fuel plan OTTAWA (CP) Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield watched the government energy position soften Mon- day, then moved in with his own 10-point program for a short-term national oil policy. His 10-point program was perhaps the most comprehen- sive energy statement by the Conservatives and came after weeks of charges by the Liber- als and NDP that his party lacks an energy policy. Mr. Stanfield called for na- tional self-sufficiency in oil, a better financial return to oil- producing provinces, agree- ment on a fair domestic oil price, federal-provincial un- derstanding on a flexible mechanism to administer petroleum export prices and price shelters for Canadians dependent on expensive foreign oil. Tax and royalty rates should eliminate windfall profits but take into account the need for new oil discovery and produc- tion incentives for private companies, he told the Com- mons. Mr. Stanfield called for use of increased government revenues from oil in boosting Canadian ownership and development of new energy resources, federal incentive programs to ensure a minimum 90-day oil supply at all vulnerable communities and conservation of existing oil resources. Dollar strength trims oil price GENEVA (AP) The price of Persian Gulf oil may drop as much as six per cent Feb. 1 because of the United States dollar's new strength, the Ira- nian finance minister said today. Jamshid Amouzegar pointed to reporters that un- der oil contracts the posted price for crude oil, on which producing countries calculate the tax that buyers must, pay, rises and falls under a for- mula tied to the strength of the U.S. dollar. The current posted price in the gulf, where 35 per cent of the world's oil is pumped, is a barrel. This may drop by as much as 65 cents, Amouzegar said. A lower price would not please Iran, sources at a con- ference of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said. When the current prices were set in Tehran Dec. 23, Iran had hoped for a much higher level, they said. Oil companies pay taxes of 60 per cent of the posted price. On a price of the tax was Production costs about 11 cents, making the cost of oil to the companies about a barrel, without transport charges. Each barrel contains about 35 gal- lons. If the posted price drops to as Amouzegar suggested, the tax would drop to This plus production costs would bring the cost to the companies to Then it would be up to the companies to decide whether the savings could be passed along to con- sumers. A final decision whether to apply the monetary correction is expected to be made during the current OPEC meeting Heath says U.K. can weather mine demands through spring By ALVIN SHUSTER New York Service LONDON Prime Minister Edward Heath is prepared to keep Britain on a three-day week at least until spring rather than yield to the wage demands of the nation's coal miners. In a wide-ranging interview, held appropriately in a dim and chilly drawing room at 10 Downing Street, Heath took a decidedly tough line on the issues in the controversy, the worst industrial crisis here in years. The 57-year-old prime minister, who is taking a major political gam- ble in his tight with the miners, was interviewed as Britain went into its sepond three-day work week. There was no sign of an end to the dispute, which roae after the miners refuted to work overtime, thus reducing vital supplies of coal by nearly 40 percent. Heath made ctarhlt belief that the miners bad already been offered a "specially favorable" deal and mutt now settle within the of the anti-inflation law. He said the present emergency measures, which threaten large-scale un- employment, would "carry us through spring" when the demand for power drops. The number temporarily laid off by the crisis today reached nearly the government announced. This figure represented an 18 per cent increase over last Friday's figure. The total affected by the three-day week is expected to rise into the millions if short-time work- ing continues through next month. By his tone, manner and words, Heath underscored his reputation as a man who refuses to compromise on what he as matters of prin- ciple. He denied that Britain always in Until the present dispute, he said, "we have had a period of very great industrial peace and we have been extremely successful" in dealing with inflation stemming from higher "We aren't in a state of continual he taid. "I know anybody reading the American press will think this was the case because this is all that has been reported for the past two weeks. They have shown no interest in Britain for months and years, ever since the war, now all they do is describe Britain as being in a state of decay and one of perpetual crisis, which does not bear any relationship to the facts." He also made the following points: The miners. To yield to their demands and allow them to breach the legal curbs would open the way for exorbitant by other workers and destroy his Conser- vative government's campaign against inflation. The Common Market. He acknowledged disappointment that, after first year in the European Economic Community, many people were still ditillutioned about the value of membership. He thought this would fade in time, but said Britain had to solve present labor to expand and take advantage of market membership. The Middle East crisit. He suggested that there was no reason for American officials to have become upset over the failure of European allies to support American policy in the Arab-Israeli war in October. "There has not at any time since 1945 been a common policy between the United States and European countries on the Middle he said. "This has nothing whatever to do with the creation of a European community, the enlargement of the European community, or the development of a European entity It seems clear that Heath is counting on a suffering British public to put pressure on the miners to accept the wage offer, which is estimated at a rise of some 16 per cent. In pressing their demands, the miners argue that they are entitled to be treated as a special case out- side the legal because of the dirty work they do, the increased importance of the industry in view of the energy crisit, and their inability to keep pace with other workers in British society ;