Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY NEAR 33 ABOVI The Lcthbridfie Herald VOL. LXV No. 33 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Budget hassle blows up in Alberta EDMONTON (CP) A dispute over money erupted Wednesday into the first major political blowup in Alberta sdnce the Aug. 30 provincial election. The Progressive Conservative government, which defeated Social Credit, struck the first verbal blow, saying that the previous administration was guilty of "obvious underestimating" of the current year's budget requirements prior to the election. Opposition Leader Harry Strom fought back sev- eral hours later with a statement calling the Con- servative approach to government two-faced, dishonest and inexperienced. Deputy Premier Hugh Horner contributed to the battle by saying in an interview tftat Mr. Strom's government had manipulated the budget for political expediency before a provincial election. "Never in Alberta history has there been so much deceit as was practised by the Strom he said. Says cut deliberate Dr. Horner said the former government deliberate- ly cut its budget estimates "to give the appearance of balanced budget in an election year." The battle began Wednesday when the Alberta cabi- net approved million in special which, they said, arose "directly from financial commitments incurred by the previous administration, but not In- cluded within last year's budget estimates." Special warrants, UK government said, are nor- mally used only to finance new programs introduced since die last budget. However, Social Credit underesti- mating has forced the new government to provide total of million in special estimates in five mouths, the Conservatives said in a statement. "Due to the magnitude of the underestimate of the expenditures by the previous government, the new ad- ministration has been hampered and restricted at this stage hi developing new budgetary directions for the province." Opposition Leader Strom replied that Social Credit submitted "an honest budget" in 1971. .He-then accused tie Progressive Conservatives .trying to "cover up the massive amounts of funds they spending over and above the amounts approved by the last session of the mil- ton." The argument that the Conservatives are honoring Social Credit commitments is just a political cover-up, Mr. Strom said. Many of the Social Credit commit- ments, such as a new university, an urbanization re- view and an Edmonton hospital and Calgary court- house had been "uncommitted" by the Conservatives. Time to inform "It is time that the citizens of Alberta were in- formed about the Lougheed government's ability to balance budgets. Over the last'five months they have cancelled programs which by 1773 will sam the tax- payers of the province less Uian million while spend- ing in special warrants over million." Since the election, Mr. Strom said.-there has been a 'Tory two-faced full employment but freeze capital construction and thus not honor Social Credit commitments; increase the costs of welfare by upping the rales; lay off government personnel." "It is blatantly obvious that the Conservatives' li- experienced and dishonest approach Can no longer use the previous administration as the scapegoat. They must take full responsibility for the serious problems facing the province. "The hit-miss Tory approach to finances is a farce like crazy, tell the public a sales tax is imminent and blame the .past government. "It is obvious that the next step will be to attempt to alter the budgeting system for the 197Z-73 year by splitting operating and capital costs and then make no reference to any deficit. This type of deceit cannot be tolerated by a public that has grown used to an honest government." Strom signs release The Social Credit statement was signed personally by the opposition leader, an unusual action fa a press release. The Alberta government statement was unsigned, but attributed many of the comments to Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely. Mr. Miniely said It appears that the former gov- ernment had full knowledge of the commitments that had to be covered by special warrants. "The amounts should have been included in the current year's operating budget requirements. "The result would have been a ?65-million deficit on operating account, rather than a very small sur. plus as was stated fa the estimates printed by the previous government and approved by the legislature during April, 1972." Grant Nollcy, New Democratic Party leader ind his party's only elected member, said in an interview that he agreed with the Conservatives that the former Social Credit government was Inept fa financial ad- ministration. But, he said, the Conservatives also were wrong in not calling a special fall session to deal with book- keeping. The government's announcement that a special war- rant was needed Is a preliminary to "some form of restrictive sales lax that will eventually become a Urtight wles Mr. Notlcy Hid. No interference now in strike OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said today the government has no immediate plans to recall Parliament to deal with the strike of air traf- fic controllers. There would be no interfer- ence, at the moment at least, with the bargaining process, he told reporters on his way into the regular Thursday morning cabinet meeting. Mr. Trudeau said the cabinet would discuss the strike. Transport Minister Don Jamieson and C. M. Drury, president of the treasury board which is negotiating on behalf of the government, both declined comment. The strike has grounded vir- tually all commercial ah- traffic in Canada since Monday. RESUME BARGAINING The cabinet met at the same time as negotiators for the gov- ernment and the Canadian Air BETSY CLIFFORD RETIRES Wearing casti on bolh her legt, Btliy Clifford Mill re- porters the hat retired from compctitivt :ikiing Wednesday. At a news conference in Ottawa, Mill father, John, tells how'bis daughter fractured both heels in a practice downhill run in Switzerland last weekend. Britain plays for time as riots rock Rhodesia LONDON (CP) Foreign Secretary Sir Alex Douglas- Home was described in the Commons as "A twopenny ha'penny washerwoman" as the Labor opposition seethed over Ian Smith's strong-arm stactics in the Hhodesian settlement cri- sis. But while demands pile up that the Pearce commission, testing African opinion on An- glo-Rhodesiari settlement'terms, Seen and heard About town POLLUTION cam- paigner David Balfour wondering whether artificial turf will replace the natural beauty at Suffield after Brit- ish troops finish with Suf- field in the distant future university employee .John Kenward discussing the tea sibility of a snowmobile trail leading to the west campus railwayman Arthur Gar- diner claiming to have once had a thing about mode] air- should be brought home, Sir Alec appears to be desperately playing for time, apparently hoping the black riots can be quelled. As the foreign secretary sent his top Rhodesian expert to find out what is going on in Salis- bury, reports flowed of continuing riots with chanting Africans roaring out "no" to the terms which would legalize Rho- desian independence. The British national press split on the question of whether Lord Pearce and his opinion samplers should be recalled though the majority concludes that Rhodesian Premier Smith has dishonored his agreement to allow normal political activity during the commission's tour. The Commons erupted Wednesday after Smith jailed fonr.er Southern Ilhodesian pre- Train off track JASPER, Alta. (CP) Ca- nadian National Rail ways' main line was blocked by the derailment of two or three diesel units and 26 empty cars of a coal train 40 miles east of here. mier Garfield Todd and his 28- year-old daughter, Judith, in what he described as a security measure. British opinion in and out of the Commons is that the Todds were detained because they are sympathetic with the anti-settlement campaign. British jobless figures top million-mark LONDON (AP) The num- ber of British jobless jumped more than this month to go above the million-mark for the first time in 25 years. The department of employ- ment said today there were persons without work on Jan. 10 in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The last time the total was above a million was during freak winter conditions fa Feb- ruary, 1947, when there were idle. The number out of work in England, Scotland and Wales alone, the department said, was 977.538--1.3 per cent of the total work force. Traffic Control Association started their fourth day of talks HTder mediator Noel Hall of Vancouver. In negotiations that have gone late into the night there have been no Indication of a narrow- ing of critical differences over pay claims. Representatives of both sides gave muttered "no comment" when asked late Wednesday about progress. Cabinet discussion on the Strike had been expected to cover several possibilities aimed at ending the dispute that has virtually closed 116 Cana- dian airports. These were a request for re- sumptions of Parliament, now in recess; authorization for a beefed up treasury board offer, Imposition of a deadline for talks or a decision to let the collective-bargaining process continue unhindered. LAST NEEDED IN 1966 Back-to-work legislation was last required in 1966 to end a national railway strike. Outside the secret negotia- tions in a downtown office tower, an association spokes- man said the union bargainers are not likely to change their bargaining position until the treasury board improves its most recent offer. The union originally asked a 60-per-eenl increase to similar to the paid to top controllers fa the United States. Canadian controllers now earn up to a year with super- visors making a top salary of During bargaining, however, the union lowered its demand to a 30-per-cent raise in a 27-month contract, union President J. R. Campbell said Tuesday. tlP MAKES REQUEST A request for emergency ser- vice was made to the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, by Bud Orange, Liberal mem- ber of Parliament for the Northwest Territories. He ask- ed that all flights to Northern Canada be restored immediate- ly. James Allarycc. a national vice-president of the union, re- piled that the union had already agreed to permit mercy flights, including the movement of es- sential food supplies. Western Canada controllers already have warned that small- plane flights are endangering emergency traffic at major air- ports. John Shepert, a spokesman for controllers at Calgary, said air controllers maintaining a voluntary watch over Calgary International Airport have had to intervene several times to prevent collisions. He said he has asked the transport department in Ed- monton to keep 'a closer watch on aircraft flying by visual Air strike has impact on Great Falls GREAT FALLS', Mont. (AP) Canadian air traffic con- trollers' strike has made a de- cided impact on the Great Falls International Airport. "With all the buses waiting outside, it looks more like a bus depot than an said one observer. All Canada bound commer- cial flights In this region are forced to terminate at Great Falls, and buses are moving travellers between Great Falls and Canada. Government doubles cost of driver's licences Wartime document reveals danger in B.C. Anti-Japanese outbreaks feared EDMONTON (CP) The government has doubled the cost of a driver's licence to for five years from The Increase in the fee was contained in a cabinet order-in- council Wednesday. Clarence Copithorne, high- ways and transport minister, had said earlier that the govern- ment was considering an in- crease because the did not cover administrative costs. The cost of a licence is ac- tually set out as an annual fee a year under the new rate licences are usually issued for five-year periods. However, the government will be departing from this proce- dure during 1972 and issuing li- cences for one, two, three, four and five years on a random basis. This is because almost half the driver's licences come up for renewal this year due to a change made in 1967. Meanwhile, Opposition leader Harry Strom called the in- crease a retrograde step. "It is another indication that the Lougheed administration must raise substantial taxes in order to have the funds to ful- fill a few of the lavish promises made during the election cam- said the Social Credit leader. He said it appears the Con- servatives intend to increase spending and to hit the tax- payers harder. Nixon: military spending to rise WASHINGTON (Reuter) President Nixon told Congress today United Slates military spending will rise in 1972-73 be- cause he needs a strong defence establishment to help him reich peaceful agreements with the Communist powers. V He announced his necktonmi- arms spending in his annual State of the Union address to a joint-session of the Senate and House of Nixon, who is standing for an- other four-year White House term, called on the election-year Congress to give him bipartisan support at home and abroad. He pleaded with members to forget presidential politics and resist the pressures of polling day in November in the inter- ests of prosperity, national unity and world peace. The president did not disclose the size of the new defence pro- gram, which is included in the over-all federal budget to be sent to Congress Monday. But he said he would ask for an extra ?2 billion for the navy and an additional million for military research and devel- opment. He would allocate more than million to improve. sea- based nuclear deterrent forces. Government sources have said that current military spending of billion is ex- pected to rise to about bil- lion fa the new financial year beginning July 1. The president, in remarks prepared for personal delivery to Congress, said there has been encouraging progress in stra- tegic arnfc-liniitation talks with the Soviit and he hopes there cto eventually be .agree- ment otf a mutual reduction of tans. "Until there is such an agree- ment we must maintain the strength necessary to deter he said. Strong military de- fences are not the enemy of peace; they are the guardian of peace. "There could be no more misguided set of priorities than one which would tempt others by weakening America and thereby endanger tile peace of the world." Nixon's personal report on the state of the coun- try was accompanied by a written message in which, apart from discussing world affairs, he stressed 90 leg- islative proposals he submitted in the first three years of his four-year presidency and on which Congress has not acted. The president dealt only briefly with developments over- seas, leaving his views on major foreign policy problems for a special message to go to Congress Feb. 8. Road closed at Sparwood after blinding snowstorm OTTAWA (CP) In the af- termath of the outbreak of war with Japan Canadian authorities were concerned less with possi- ble subversion by Japanese Ca- nadians on the West Coast than by possible outbreaks against them by the white population. This is revealed fa minutes of the Canadian cabinet war com- mittee, just made public. The documents also show that Prime Minister Mackenzie King anticipated Japanese action against the Allies in the Pacific well over a year before Pearl Harbor. However, he apparently bo- licvod that the Japanese thrust would be aimed primarily Britain rather Uuu against Britain and the U.S. combined. At a war committee meeting Dec. 29, 1941, British Prune Minister Winston Churchill, a visitor fa Ottawa, asked about the Japanese population fa Brit- ish Columbia. Some years pre- viously they had caused "a good deal of trouble." FEARED RACIAL REACTION Gen. H. D. G. Crerar, chief of the general staff, replied that ha had just returned from the Pa- cific coast. Members of a spe- cial government committee, as well as military, police and local authorities, were less con- cerned about the possibility of MbvMricn UNO toe danger at "serious anti-Japanese out- breaks." That was lliree weens after the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. The minutes also show that In September, 1940, Premier Duff Patlullo of British Columbia sent a letter to Mr. King ex- pressing "grave concern" about the consequences of calling Jap- anese- or Chinese-Canadians for military training programs. The cabinet disliked the Idea of discriminating for or against racial groups, but also agreed that provincial views must be treated with respect. t Accordingly, it mi dwididU) omit Japanese and Chinese fa British Columbia from the first call for military training. On Jan. 16, 1941, the cabinet accepted a recommendation of the special up of H. L. Keenleyside of the external affairs department and Assistant RCMP Commissioner F. J. Mead-calling for registra- tion of all B.C. residcnls of Jap- anese origin. After the attack on Pearl Har- bor, Canadian authorities began Impounding Japanese-owned fisliing boats on the West Coast and interning allegedly danger- ous citizens. Later, wholesale took place from coMMmutotbtiobrM-. SPARWOOD (HNS) High- way 3 was closed from p.m. to midnight Wednesday following a 12-vehicle pile-up that took place fa a blinding snowstorm. One woman was injured and Michel Hospital authorities said today she is "doing fine" but would not release her name or the extent of her injury. Her two children were not in- jured. A Cranbrook man, Terry Beamish, suffered a sb'ght fa- jury but was not detained at hospital. Sparwood RCMP said today a total of 22 vehicles were left on the highway overnight. Driv- ers sought refuge from the storm in a nearby motel and many slept fa the halls of the Michel Hospital. Fred Sowchuk of Fernie was brought to the scene and with his front-end loader managed to clear the blocked highway by midnight. GETTING THROUGH "We're getting cars through this morning but we have Ui close the road off at times as we try to remove some of these said an RCMP mem- ber. Snow started falling heavily again this morning. The road was plugged with vehicles in a one-half mile stretch cast of Spanvood. RCMP said the road could be doted agtfa toddy. "VWblUty U ooor dml want to risk any more pilc- a constable said. The staff at the Michel Hos- pital worked a double shift to try and cope with the problem. Today only the administrator and one nurse were able to get to Residents up the Elk Valley were snowed in. School at Sparwood is open but many pupils didn't show up. Miners and office workers at Kaiser Resources Ltd.'s giant coal mines near here were stranded at the mine site and a busload of 30 school children were unable to return to their homes fa the surrounding area. They were billeted fa Sparwood for the night. 'If very lucky, UOtfe.