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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-11,Lethbridge, Alberta TrudéBU scknowlBdgos Csnodu socrsts shstBd with qIIIos OTTAWA (CP) - Canida coUecU intelUgeMe infornuUofl to prot«ct daUomI Mcurity and someUmes sham secrets with alU«f, but no agenta^re sent abroad to spy on otinet countries, Prime Minister Trudeau said Thursday. “We have never to iqy knowledg*. certainly ttoi under my fovemment, enfafed la any ea-pionafe abroad in the senae that we have been losing for Infonnatloii in an undercover way,” he told the Coinnwns.    ^ ^ His remarits WH« proitqMed by oppoBitHn ■ questions about a CBC tdewision prosram on in' tetligence gatheriitg. The program, shown Wednesday, was branded “mischievous and mtdeadiog” Iw Extmial Af* fairs Minister Mitchell Sharp. Former prime minister John Diefenbaker said it might harm Canada-United States relations. Mr. Trudeau said he knew some of the -allegations in the program were false, but no government spokesman dismissed it as entirriy inaccurate. The program said the communicatiwis branch of the Natl<Hial Research Council functions as an intellifeace ai^ and has close ties with ^ UniliJSUtHNatSonalSecuritvAg^ (NSA). NSA has eoaBBCtloiis with the U S. Central iMetUfnce Agency (CIA). OneNSA oiiTcer said during the program t^t there is an agreement between Canada, Australia, Britain and the Untied SUtM to maailw communications in all parts of the world. And a former state department spcieaman alleged that the Distant Early Want' SuTdEW) line of radar stations across northern Canada also is used for this purpose. Defence Minister James Richardson denied that the U.S. uses the DEW line V> collect information, but be would not elaborate «1 the uses Canada makes of it. He would say only that the defence department has a responsibility to iutow of any threat to national security. A spokesman for the research council said he does not know whether the group is involved in communications intercepUon. An RCMP official said the force keeps two men i<i Washington to work with police and intelUgence agencies, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps a man at the U.S. embassy here for the same porposa. Neither Mr. Shaip nor Mr. IVudeau would answer reporters’ questions outside the Commons.    . Mr. Sharp said he would respond to precise questions in the Commons, but off-the-cuff answers might lead to “trouble with our friends and others who depend on us for their security.” In Washington, a senior CIA official denied that any foreigners have access to tightly-guarded CIA headquarters near the U.S. capital He said he is acquainted with two men interviewed on the broadcast, Victor Machetti and John Marks, but would say little about their comments.    ^ Both are Involved in a court action against the CIA and U.S. government to force rflease for publication of a book called The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence.    , Mr. Trudeau told Erik Nietoen (PC-Vuk«) that Canada always has gathered information available in its territory but said it would not be in the public interest to elaborate. He said the government has admitted that such operations take place and that some infor-nution is exchanged with friends and allies. Mr. Nielsen asked a series of questions last year on a research establishment at nearby Shirley’s Bay. The government, citing national sacurity as the reason, declined to reply at the time. Mr. Nielsen asked ‘Hiursday whether the government would reply in light of “relevations” in the CBC program. “My answer is that we do not answer that kind of question and we do not intend to,” Mr. Trudeau said. Joseph Clark (PC—Rockv Mountain) asked whether Canada has an intelligence treaty with the U.S., Britain and Australia. If the reference was to a treaty called U.K.U.S.A., Mr. Trudeau replied, “the answer is Uiat we are not a party to such a treaty.” Meanwhile, former agriculture mimster Alvin Hamilton disclosed that the Diefenbaker government, in office from 1957 to 1963, gave the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations details on all Canadian wheat sales abroad. The information was given on the agreement that the U.S. would not dump cheap or free wheat in countries where Canada was trying to n^otiate commercial sales, the Qu'Appelle-Moose Mountain MP said in an interview. He was commenting on a report that the U.S. had contacts in the Canadian government during the early 1960s to relay details on wheat sales with the People’s Republic of China. If this were the case, Mr. Hamilton said, the effort was a waste of money. ‘ I personally informed them (the Americans) about all the dealings with Peking.” The report was a Washington interview with Mr. Machetti, the same individual quoted in the CBC telecast. A former assisUnt to the director of the CIA, Mr. Machetti said Canada was reluctant at the time to give the U.S. free access to all its information on China and the U.S. mounted "an intelligence operation against the Canadians to find out just what in hell they were doing."The letHbrîdae Herald VOL. LXVII - 25 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 1974 28 Pages 10 Cents School support extended Children now being denied a kindergarten education because of a lack of facilities in this city were given hope today by the provincial government. The province announced it will now support pre-school programs to aU children in the to Wi age group in all kindergartens which meet the established government guidelines. Prior to the announcement, only kindergartens who were operating by January, 1973 or earlier qualified for the preschool program grants. Most Lethbridg'e kindergartens now operating quaUfied for the grants but there was little h«^ of new kindergartens starnng iw to relieve àie long waiUng lists ^f children wanting a preschool education. , The province also announc^ ed it will extend its support to handicapped children to include the 3^ to 4^ age group, also effective in September. me current program only supports pre-school programs for handicapped children years and older. The department of education will also develop a program to train parents as teacher aides and develop and distribute resource materials Record cold grips South By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Motorists were picking up shivering citizens from bus stops, if they could get their own vehicles started, and taxi business was booming as Lethbridge weathered its coldest cold snap in three years today. Residents who were barbecuing in the backyards at Christmas last year were caught in the grip of 35-below zero temperatures last night. It was the coldest level in the city since it was 37 below on Jan. 13 in 1971. The foggy cold brought Lethbridge shivering to its knees Friday m the coldest weather in three years. Kissinger shuttle lubricates Mideast From AP'Reiiter ■ U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger headed for the Middle East today with hopes that he can "grease the way” for an agreement between E^t and Israel to pull back their armies intermingled around the Suez canal. A senior official accompanying him said in Madrid that Kissinger may emerge with a formal proposal to put before the Geneva peace conference, but even it he does not he expects to bring the two sides close enou^ together to negotiate a disengagement. Kissinger stopped off in Spain to meet Pedro Cortina, the new foreign minister in a government substantially revised following the assassination Dec, 20 of Premier Luis C^rrero Blanco. The Egyptians already have made several concrete British trains nearly normal LONDON (CP) - Britain’s trains ran almost normally today as engineers called off a work-by-the-book slowdown. But they continued a ban on overtime and Sunday work, and threatened a one-day strike Tuesday unless the National Railways Board resumes wage negotiations. There was also slender hope of progress toward ending the coal miners’ slowdown that forced Prime Minister Heath to put 16 million of BriUin’s 2$ million workers on a three-day work week Jan. 1. Reversing a previous rejection. Heath and his top economic ministers met with union leaders to discuss a proposal bw the Trades Union Conipus (TUC) to get the mines back to full production. The railwaymen said they were suspending their alow- down to get the rail board back to the negotiating table. The board, which previously had said it would not negotiate under duress, said it would consider the union move today.    ' The rail board said most trains were back on schedule by 3 a.m. after wedcs of curtailed service and a nearstandstill in the London area Thursday when the board took disciplinary action against some engineers and most others walked off the The walkout halted all but 56 of the S32 commiiter trains normally running in the London metropolitan area. Commuters took to Uieir cars and traffic was jammed for 50 miles out of the city. The miners decided formally tliursday to press on with their overtime ban, now in its thim month. proposals and Kissinger received “a pretty good idea” of Israel’s position from Defence Minister Moshe Dayan last weekend in Washington, the U.S. official said. Now he is ready to shuttle between Egypt and Israel during the next few days to try to overcome their mutual distrust and smooth out “technical issues.” If his middleman role is productive, Kissinger will visit other Middle East capitals and stop in Brussels on the way home to brief European ministers. Initially, Kissinger had planned only three days on the road but his trip evidently will expand to at least one week. “What we expect to do on this trip, is to see whether we can transform the general ideas that have up to now been advanced into a concrete proposal," Kissinger told a Washington news conference Thursday. The next scheduled destination after Spain was the southern Egyptian city of Aswan where President Anwar Sadat is recuperating from bronchitis. Accompanying Kissinger on his third Mideast trip since October was veteran diplomat Ellsworth Bunker. After sounding out^ Sadat on Israeli concepts for militan disengagement, Kissinger will go to Jerusalem Saturday. He and Prime- Minister Golda Meir will go over the Egyptian reaction and thMi the American secretary returns to Egypt. Inside , / ,    Classified....... 22-25 ' * / d Comics............19 , a -- Comment.......... 4 /    District............17 , Family........ 20, 21 • Joan Waterfield____ 7 ■ / / » Local News .... 15, 16 Maiitets...........26 • ,/A/ Sports......... 12,13 Tiieatres........... 7 Travel.............11 TV...........6, 9, 10 Weather........... 3 At Home.......... 8 LOW TONIGHT -IS, HIGH SAT. 5; FEW CLOUDS, COLD Energy problem ‘a crossroads* WASHINGTON (CP) - The United States has proposed unprecedented diplomatic cooperation to solve an unprecedented global energy problem and says the world’s prosperity and stability is at stake. President Nixon, in a letter to oil-producing countries released Thursday, said the worid stands at a crossroads between co-operation and 8t«n and iMtrd About town ★ ♦ ★ Frustrated Boanie and Brenda Ball and Debbie ARderMw driving around the block backwards when their car stuck in reverse gear... a miniature Socred conférence including MLAs Dick GnciiwaM and Ray Speaker and party Hou>e leader IM Clark on a freezing city stneet comer. “increasing political and economic conflict.” In another letter, inviting the industrial, oil-consuming countries to a meeting Feb. 11 in W.ashington, Nixon said this would be “a first and essential step toward the establishment of new arrangements for international energy and related economic matters.” Nixon said a meeting between consumers and producers would be held within 90 days after the Feb. 11 meeting. Elaborating on the plans at a news conference, State Secretary Henry Kissinger said still another meeting would be planned in between, bringing together both the industrialized and the developing oil-consuming countries. Meanwhile, the U.S. Export-Import Bank announced it has authorized loans and loan guarantees of up to f 100 million for construction of a 30(V-mi1e crude-oil pipeline in Egypt. "They’re just going like crazy, that’s aU.” said the Star Taxi dispatcher. At United Cabs, six cars could not keep up with business three cars usually handle. Fifteen Albetta.. Motor A»oci8tion emerfi^ Mr-vice trucks, wèté imîilng one to two boon late fUs nomlng as motorials abandoned their frozen vebÜËles to waUi or take' the bua^tS'Work. <^The Lèllibridge Transit -^stem was coping with the passenger load increased by 25 pei,ew»t.over warmer days but wi^ keeping its fingers crossed^' . “We could sure use the three buses due next week, today,” said John Frouws, transit superintendent. “There are no major breakdowns yet but we are keeping our fingers crossed.” The system carried about 14,000 adult and school age Mssengers packed buses Thursday, causing overcrowding in some school buses. But both the city school systems and county system reported no unusual plant problems or attendance problems. City hospitals, police and the RCMP all said no particular problems were being caused by the weather. “But it's a good Job, we haven’t got a 30 miles per hour wind from the northeast,” said a city police spokesmen. Police and hospital emergency departments reported no cases of exposure or frostbite. Meanwhile, the provincial department of highways reported all major routes clear of snow and virtually free of any icy patches. The termometer is expected to plunge to 20 below tonight and was to creep only as high as five degrees below zero earlier today. Some relief may be in store for the weekend. The low Thursday morning approached the 1916 record for the date of 38 below. There have been colder days in January — it was 45 degrees below in 1969 and 1943. However, temperatures so far this January are running 20 to 30 degrees below normal. Isolated complaints of frozen pipes were received by the city’s public works department, but the department said the concerned pipes froze because windows were left open and did not include any major water mains. Lethbridge natural gas consumers gulped 39 million cubic feet of gas from Canadian Western Natural Gas over a 24-ho^r period ending Friday, or about 1.6 million cubic feet per hour, "Everything’s about wide open when you get to 30 below, ' said Alan McCasklU, Lethbridge district manager. Senate^ MP cíasK loams OTTAWA {CP)^— Commons frustration with the Senate exploded on two i^nts Thursday, forcing Libéral senators .into a special caucus today to ireconsider their position on the controversial wiretap bill. Opposition MPs rallied Thursday around a New Democratic Party motion to reject a Senate amendment to the wiretap bill, and shortly after all parties refused the upper house the power to veto energy emergencies declared by the government. Progressive Conservatives joined the NDP to reject the wiretap amendment, explaining they did not trust the government to withstand a threatened NDP filibuster of the controversial clause. Suspecting the government Same rate CALGARY (CP) - The provincial government will not likely lift the 7>/ie-per-cent ceiling on mill rate increase for municipalities in the near future, Roy Farran, minister of telephones and utilities said Thursday night. The City of Calgary is asking the provincial government to lift the ceiling on mill rate increase. It said it anticipates a deficit of il4 7 million on the proposed city budget for 1974.' might drop the bill entirely, they decided to join the NDP in sending the original (Commons bm back to the Senate, An NDP motion to return the bill to the upper house was carried 114 to 94 with Social Credit and Conservative support. The quick one-two punch against the Senate came too late for the upper house to express a formal opinion on its position. The 74 Liberals in the Senate were to meet today to consider their next move on the wiretap bill, but indications were they would bend before the will of the elected Commons. Senator Carl Goldenburg (L— Quebec) said it was likely the senators would pull in their horns on the wiretap bill and his view was echoed by Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield Mr. Stanfield told reporters he did not think the appointed Senate would go against the view expressed twice by the Commons. Justice Minister Otto Lang said he did not know what the Senate would do. but he expected no major dispute over the role of the upper house CLARK PREDICTS FALL ALBERTA VOTE Social Credit House Leader Robert Clark is predicting a fall election in Alberta. Mr. Clark, in an interview here Thursday, said the Lougheed Progressive Conservative government would probably go to polls in the fall. He declined to say whether he was in favor of a fall election, three years into the five-year mandate of the government which ousted the Socreds from power in 1971. Mr, Clark also said there was a “slight possibility ” the Conservatives might call an election immediately after the national energy conference in Ottawa later this month. But, the MLA for Olds-Didsbury said, an election so soon is likely only if the Alberta government felt It had been badly “scuttled” by the federal government at the conference. It could use that as an excuse to call for a renewed mandate. If an election call came that eariy, the spring sitting of the legislature, now scheduled to begin March 7, would be delayed if h^d at all, ■ Mr Clark was in the south to address a Taber-Wamer constituency meeting in Milk River Wednesday night. It was cancelled because of cold weather and has been rescheduled for after the provincial Social Credit annual meeting in Calgary Jan. 17 to 19, Mr, Clark Is expected to address the rescheduled constituency meeting ,.risci-ivfs O' ;