Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
CLOUDY Forecast high Friday 10*15 below The Lethbndge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 28 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES King of Canada appointment advocated By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer Suggestions for an appointed "King of Canada," the placing of education firmly under federal jurisdiction and a new formula for appointing the Senate were raised Wednesday night at a public forum of the parliamentary committee on the constitution. About 250 south Albertans attended the 4V4-hour meeting in the Kate Andrews Building on the University of Lethbridge campus. By the end of the meeting, the crowd had dwindled to about 50. The recommendation that a King of Canada be appointed came from Dr. W. J. Cranley, Lethbridge physician and a candidate for the presidency of the Alberta Liberal Party. Dr. Cranley said the head of state "should be a Canadian and reside in Canada." He suggested the ruler be "above politics" and be selected by Parliament or by the provincial legislatures for a regular term of office. He said he was not recommending abolition of the present monarchy since the monarchy is a British institution and "Canadians have no say in the government of another country." A submission from students of the U of L department of political science proposed bringing education under federal rather than provincial jurisdiction would allow easier student movement among institutions in different provinces and would standardize criteria for granting degrees. Cleo Mowers, editor-publisher of The Herald, suggested a new, revamped Senate could comprise about 250 persons. These would be all persons resigning from provincial or federal cabinets, three appointees of each provincial premier and 30 of the prime minister, and one representative from non-political groups, designated by other senators. Ten briefs were formally submitted to the committee on constitutional reform and one was promised. Of these, two obviously raised the hackles of the committee, 23 members of which appeared in Lethbridge. Sharp rebuffs The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce came in for some sharp rebuffs for its contention that "in the opinion of many citizens in the West ... the creating of a second official language is going to do more harnTtHan good to'the unity of Canada." Senator James Haig, Progressive Conservative from Manitoba, said the chamber's opinion on language frights "doesn't represent the views of the Canadian-Chamber of Commerce. I personally disavow anything you say about a second official language doing more harm than good." Quebec MP Marcel Prud'Homme suggested "other ethnic populations are in no position to wreck Canada, while French-speaking Canadians, if it is proved they have no place in Canada, do have that power." A submission from the U of L department of political science queried the entire purpose of the committee. The brief, delivered by faculty members, questioned if the committee was an example of participatory democracy or if it was appointed "to lend respectability to a fait accompli." MP Lincoln Alexander (Hamilton West-P.C.) said he was dismayed at the "cynical approach of the questioners. "It leaves me utter amazement' that witnesses can say this (meeting) is not an example of participatory democracy. If this is a facade, how can participatory democracy work?" Other submissions were given by Catholic Central High School students, Blood Indian Frank Cotton, James Penton, U of L associate professor of history, and J. A. Spencer of Magrath. Winston Churchill High School students promised to submit one by mail. Separatism feeling high WASHINGTON (CP) - Predictions by a Chicago university professor of further separatist eruptions in French-speaking Canada and probably further "self-defeating" repression by Ottawa have been entered into the Congressional Record here. In an issue dated Jan. 2 which became available Wednesday, Senator Vance Hartke of Indiana commended to his fellow congressmen an article written last Nov. 1 by George Anastaplo, a professor of political science, and published Nov. 26 in the Chicago Daily News. Hartke called it "perceptive and judicious" after expressing the Senate's "concern and sympathy" for the October events in Canada. Anastaplo wrcte after a visit to Montreal that he was surprised by the mildness of federal measures but also by the extent of separatist feeling among French-speaking Canadians. He predicted that "acts regarded as expressive of" separatism "can be expected to erupt again and again, with the tacit acquiescence of much of the French-speaking community, as soon as Hie immediate deterrent of federal intervention is removed. "A federal show of force may smother temporarily the expression of separatist .extremism. But the separatist inclination itself is neither co-ordinated nor superficial enough to be reversed by such displays." The article, entitled Canada and the Dilemmas of Decent Men, said the "statesmanlike alternative" to force-removing the causes of separatism-"may be impossible for a generation or two, if at all, "because of historic resentment among French-Canadians and resistance by English-Canadians to further concessions to Quebec" Chinook heading this way It appears southern Alberta will be granted a reprieve from the eeld weather alter all. A warm Pacific front which has for the past week been unable to badge the cold Arctic high lying over the province, is reported moving eastward. The system should arrive late Friday or early Saturday. Temperatures In the 15-de-gree below lero range should soar to about 35 above with the arrival of the front. Bread-winners bear brunt of unemployment increase may Bucher he freed RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuter) - The stage was set for the release of kidnapped Swiss Am-bassador Giovanni Bucher today after the Brazilian government flew 70 political prisoners to freedom in Chile. The prisoners arrived safely in Santiago early this morning and their arrival was expected to end Bucher's 38-day ordeal as a hostage in the hands of left* wing guerrillas. In Santiago, the freed prisoners shouted revolutionary slogans and cursed the Brazilian government as they left the Boeing 707 that brought them. Later, the refugees were told they could not make political declarations which might dam* age relations between Chile and Brazil. The Swiss ambassador was kidnapped Dec.(7 on his way to work and the 70-man ransom agreed for his release was tho highest price paid by any country in exchnge for a kidnapped diplomat. Howard enters NDP race OTTAWA (CP) - Frank How-ard (NDP-Skeena) today became the fifth candidate for the leadership of the New Democratic Party and one of his prime objective, he told a news conference, is "getting the party back in the hands of the people." Seen and heard About town OILOT of aircraft carrying the House of Commons - Senate joint constitutional committee, leaning out of his cockpit window to ask the local airport welcoming committee "do you have a ramp?" so the 23 MPs and senators could be unloaded . . . Enid Pepper letting her car idle so long during the current cold spell that she ran out of gas and had to call a taxi . . . Norma Douglas and Irene Lindsay wondering if "cheese" or "sex" was the most modern way to extract a smile for a photograph. Baker surrenders LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Bobby Baker surrendered today to begin a prison term of one to three years for cheating the government. OTTAWA (CP) - Unemployment jumped sharply last month to an estimated 538,000 from 476,000 in November and 383,000 a year earlier, with men over 20- mostly family bread winners-bearing the brunt. The manpower department and the Dominion Bureau of Statistics said in a joint statement that tho jump was "a normal seasonal increase," but there was an above-average increase in unemployment among mature men. EAR MUFFLERS - Sounds of �nowflakes falling, sounds of icicles growing, sounds of snow tires slipping and maybe even the sound of its own defrosters are getting to this little Lethbridge vehicle. Damn that 35-below freezel Thank goodness for the ear-muffler*. They only take a minuter And they're nice and warm, too. Crown to appeal FLQ acquittal MONTREAL (CP) - The Crown was expected to appeal today the acquittal verdict in the seditious libel case of Robert Langevin, 21-year-old student charged in connection with Quebec terrorism. Langevin smiled with relief Wednesday when acquitted by a 12-man jury on a charge of publishing seditious libel on or about Oct. 11, 1970. But Bruno Pater as a Crown prosecutor, told a reporter later he would appeal the decision today. Meanwhile, Langevin, a junior college student from suburban Longueuil, was to reappear today for trial on three related charges. Also scheduled to appear today-in connection with the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec was Jean Boisjoly, accused of seditious conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms. membership in the FLQ and communicating statements on behalf of or as a representative of the FLQ. Michel Lamarre, Langevin's lawyer, did not contest the Crown's contention that Langevin was responsible for "writing and distributing" a plan for the violent overthrow of the Quebec government. But he argued that it was the work of an "impressionable" young man and "should not be taken seriously." GIVEN TO FRIEND Evidence showed that Langevin wrote the plan for revolution in a school exercise book and gave it to a friend, Come Leblanc, also being held on FLQ charges. Two other persons were present when the plan changed hands, but it was not determined in court whether they saw it. . .And don't forget to wait for a reply!' Nursing home fire kills 9 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -Fire swept a nursing home for the elderly containing 94 persons early today and a coroner said at least nine were killed. The blaze broke | out at Westminster Terrace, a Presbyterian home in nearby Buechel. 40 PER CENT HIGHER The number of unemployed last month was more than 40 per cent greater than a year earlier. The increase in unemployment among young people-aged 14 to 24-was smaller than average last month, though it had risen markedly the previous month. The increase last month sent both unemployment figures higher. The actual rate, as a percentage of the labor force, rose to 6.5 for December from 5.7 in November and 4.7 in December last year. The seasonally-adjusted rate, calculated to take into account the holiday season and other factors which tend to upset the monthly count, rose to 6.6 per cent last month from 6.5 in November. It had been falling for three months, despite higher monthly estimates of the numbers of men and women without jobs. SURVEY HOUSEHOLDS The figures are compiled by DBS on the basis of a monthly survey of 30,000 households, and interpreted in the joint report by the manpower department. The employment picture in brief (in thousands): Dec. Nov. Dec. 1970 1970 1969 Labor force 8,329 8,400 8,095 Employed 7,791 7,924 7,712 Unemployed "$$.j478 U83 Unemployment in all regions of Canada except British Columbia. In actual terms, it rose to 8.3 per cent of the labor force in the Atlantic region, from 6.3 in November and 7.2 in December, 1969. Other increases were to 8.4 per cent from 7.2 and 6.7 in Quebec, to 4.7 from 4.0 and 3.1 in Ontario, and to 5.3 per cent from 4.7 and 3.3 in the Prairie provinces. Unemployment in British Columbia fell to eight per cent of the labor force last month from 8.6 in November, but this was still sharply higher than 5.5 per cent in December last year. DECLINES UNUSUAL Both the labor force and the number of persons employed declined last month by more than usual amounts for the season. The drop in the labor force to 8.3 million from 8.4 million was sharpest among women and young people, probably indicating discouragement with job-hunting. The 538,000 unemployed last month consisted of 218,000 in the 14-24 age bracket, 259,000 men over 24, and 61,000 women over 24. The sharpest increase for the month was in the family-head age-group of men, up from 202,000 in November and 190,000 in December last year. LOWEST IN ALBERTA Lethbridge has not been hit by an increase in unemployment as a result of the recent cold weather, according to Mike Brennan of the Canada Manpower Centre. The outlook for employment this spring and summer is excellent, he said. Though exact figures are not available, it is believed that the unemployment rate for Lethbridge is the lowest in Alberta. Stanfield blames Govt. WINNIPEG (CP) - Conserv-ative Leader Robert Stanfield, at the first stop on his cross-, country tour to publicize unemployment, said today the federal government has deliberately created the current situation. He said Prime Minister Tru-deau's government has "run down the economy and there are hundreds of thousands of Canadians paying for this." Unemployment in Canada was "massive." "As far as I know, this Is the first time a Canadian government has deliberately created unemployment. Our unemployment rate is the highest of any developed country in the western world." Mr. Stanfield, speaking on a local openline radio show, said unemployment cannot' be justified by the battle against inflation. "Mr. Trudeau says inflation has be**i tfeked. Wall, of course, that it'absurd." Unemployment was the wrong weapon to use against inflation, he said. Commonwealth conference off to amiable start Canadian ideas incorporated in document By DAVE McINTOSIf SINGAPORE (CP) - Some Canadian ideas are incorporated in a proposed Commonwealth declaration of principles presented today by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia at the opening session of the 17th Commonwealth prime ministers' conference since the Second World War. The conference got off to an amiable start by deciding to put off until Monday or Tuesday debate on the projected sale of British Arms to South Africa. Tliis will give delegations time to discuss this knotty issue in private during the weekend. Prime Miautsc Trudeaa bsf not yet decided when to make his. first intervention at the conference. He may speak Friday or Saturday on world political and economic matters. In December when Trudeau's foreign affairs (roubleshooter Ivan Head was in Tanzania to discuss the Commonwealth conference he was given a copy of Kaunda's proposed declaration of principles by President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. Head took it back to Trudeau who responded to Kaunda's and Nyerere's requests for suggestions. Some of these ideas are included in the declaration but Canadian officials said categorically today Um dsdaratfcn be- longs to Kaunda and Kaunda alone. SHOWED IT TO HEATH Trudeau also showed the document to Prime Minister Heath of Britain in Ottawa during their December meeting. It was the first Heath had known about it. The declaration espouses multi-racialism and the rule of law and the Canadian delegation supports it enthusiastically. After Tanzania, Canada was per haps the first nation to know of it. Canadian sources said there was a ''questioning" in Canada-British relations last summer altar the Trudeau letter to Heath opposing the arms sale to South Africa was leaked in London. But the two recent meetings between Trudeau and Heath in Ottawa and New Delhi had been frank and cordial and there now is no misunderstanding between the two governments. Trudeau begins a round of private meetings here Friday with a lunch for Nyerere. Trudeau's item on the conference agenda to come up late next week is entitled "comparative techniques of government including planning and operating procedures and the adminis-trelion of Justine," Aii* Canada cuts back on staff MONTREAL (CP)-Air Canada announced Wednesday it will lay off 415 employees in Canada and the U.S. within the next few days because of slow traffic growth and "continued inflationary pressures." Employees affected will be given notice sometime this week. About half of them are in temporary or part-time positions. A total of 375 are based in Canada with the remainder in the U.S. and the Caribbean area. Air Canada has a total labor force of 17,700. Kaunda's proposed declaration will be dealt with under the agenda item called The Commonwealth in the 1970s. Tliis will come after the main debate next week entitled Problems of Southern Africa. BREAKUP 'STUPID' Commonwealth Secretary-General Arnold Smith of Canada said in an interview it would be "enormous stupidity" to allow the Commonwealth to break up on the aims issue. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore warned in an opening speech, however, this would happen unless the issue were bandied cWketely. Two freeze to death HOPE, B.C. (CP) - A husband and wife and their two-year-old daughter were recovering today from severe frostbite after spending three days huddled in the snow in a wilderness tragedy that cost two lives. A five-year-old son and a young brother of the woman froze to death on the lonely road to Ross Lake about 100 miles east of Vancouver. Everett Davidson, his wife Alice, their daughter and son and Mrs. Davidson's brother, all of Surrey, a Vancouver suburb, turned off the Trans-Canada Highway Sunday night on to the Ross Lake road. They intended to go ice-fishing on the lake, on the Canada-U.S. border. About halfway to the lake Mr. Davidson's truck went off the road and became stuck in deep snow. He tried to get the vehicle out in several attempts, but his battery failed. Supermarket struck TORONTO (CP) - Officials of the A and P supermarket chain said today they expect to keep most of their stores open despite a strike by 2,000 employees in 97 southern Ontario tores.