Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbridge Herald LXVIII-34 LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1975 to go 15 Cents Clark to push for sharing of oil revenue 1 HOME WRECKER g STOCKPORT, England (AP) Mary Adams g brought the house down Tuesday when she slammed her front door. jij; One side of the two-storey house fell sideways into w the River Mersey. Most of the rest of the building collapsed into rubble. w The house, at the end of a long row of old buildings, adjoins a bridge that carries heavy traffic over the Mersey. Mrs. Adams said later: "The door was a little stiff S so I gave it a good bang. I was amazed." Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The opposk lion will plunk for a share of resource revenues and income taxes for municipalities at- this session of the Alberta legislature, Opposition Leader Bob Clark said today. Mr. Clark said' the Social Credit opposition will attempt to present one alternative per week to Conservative govern- ment programs. A warning from the Syncrude consortium that the oil sands project will be shelv- ed by the end of the month un- less additional financing is found will dominate debate for the first portion of the session, Mr. Clark predicted. "Syncrude was extremely ill-advised to put a gun to the heads of the government and the people of Alberta. No government of any kind should knuckle under to that." The government had been "extremely inept" not to keep track of escalating costs at the project, he said. But Mr. Clark'warned that it would be "extremely unfor- tunate if Canada got into the position of the United States where they are using the ex- cuse of an energy crisis to wipe out the productive en- vironmental programs of the past five years." He urged the government not to continue its "piecemeal approach" to municipal finan- cing. "Municipalities should have a right to a portion of the income tax returned by' the federal government (to the "They have a logical and legitimate right to resource he said in urging that the Tories set spending priorities for huge petroleum revenues. "We're extremely hopeful that a sizeable portion of the housing budget will be available for low interest, six to seven-and-a-half per cent loans tied to the level of in- he said. The opposition is also hopeful more money will be put into law enforcement programs. But. more, uni- forms are not thw answer." The money should help police departments "become meaningfully involved in com- munity help programs." Mr. Clark said he wanted the government members to be made aware of what the government had done to the role of the legislature since coming to. power. Action, not just debate, is needed this ses- sion on a report recommending safeguards against cabinet abuse of power. "We-hope we'll see a move away from this preoccupation with energy he said. While he conceded the province could do little about solving inflation, Mr. Clark said the opposition will con- tinue to press for increased aid to senior citizens and others on fixed incomes "to help them cope with the wretched effects of inflation." Budget main feature of 1975 legislature Sparks ignite fire Sparks fly from the burning roof of the Arctic Transit Mix and Concrete Products Ltd. building, 600 30th St. N., as a fireman on a ladder truck aims a hose at the blaze. Believed to have started by sparks from a welder who had been working nearby, the'rire caused damage. Lethbridge firefighters put the blaze out shortly after it was noticed by a fireman on his way to work. Operations at the plant, which Is still under construction, were not hindered. The building was insured. Special warrants abuse of 'All those who say Me lower the price of oil to help the world, raise their Inside 48 Pages Classified....... 32-35 Comics........... 40 Comment.......... 4 13-15 Family......... 37-39 Markets.......... 28 Sports.......... 25-27 Theatres........... 8 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH THURSDAY 50, MOSTLY SUNNY Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Granting of million in special warrants by the Conservative government in the last year is a flagrant abuse of the legislature and calls into ques- tion the effectiveness of the provincial treasurer, Opposi- tion leader Bob Clark charged Tuesday. Special warrants can only Shell eyeing Syncrude TORONTO Shells Canada Ltd. said Tuesday it will be unable to make a deci- sion by Jan. 31 on whether to join the Syncrude Canada Ltd. project to extract oil from Alberta's Athabasca oil sands. C. William Daniel, Shell Canada president, confirmed in a statement reports that the company "is actively evaluating the possibilities of participation in the Syncrude project." be granted when the legislature, which opens Thursday, is not in session. Mr. Clark charged that the Tories' spending by warrants reached an all time high last week when they topped million. While million of that figure went to the government's share of the Alberta Energy Company, it could have been included in the last budget when the public participation company was formed, or could have waited until thisi budget .to be brought down Feb. 7, Mr. Clark said in an interview. The spending spree was not subject to debate in the legislature as it should have been, he said. "It's the most flagrant abuse of the legislature that I've seen in 14 years es- pecially for a party that decried the use of special warrants when it was in op- position." Included in the money spent by cabinet through warrants were increased highway construction costs anticipated by other provinces and farm damage costs which were known before the last budget, he said. "It calls into question Mr. Miniely's (Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely) influence with his cabinet the Socred leader said. "It demonstrates they have no priorities and don't know where they are going, and ah increased disregard for the legislature." The Opposition leader said the Tories complained when they came to power that they had to pass million in warrants because of poor budgetting by the Socreds. IRA bomb BELFAST (Reuter) A series of bombings apparently has signalled the end of a ceasefire by the Irish Republican Army Feed grain price hits farm income OTTAWA (CP) Feed grains, a commodity most Ca- nadians consume by the hun- dreds of pounds every year al- though they may not be aware of it, are emerging as the big- gest stumbling block to lower food prices and decent in- comes for farmers. World stocks of the grains- including corn, barley; rye, oats and oilseed substantially in 1974 and are expected to decline again in 1975, pushing up demand and prices. The two-day- 1975 agriculture outlook conference, which ended Tuesday, heard spokesmen for many segments of the farming industry warn that producers' costs, because of the feed grain shortage, will climb accordingly. Feed grains, are used to fatten cattle, hogs and poultry as well as keep egg-laying chickens busy and enrich the diet of dairy cost reflected not only in milk, but also in milk products such as' butter and cheese. But Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan, closing, the conference, said farmers could overcome the threat by careful management. In the farming in- dustry have done the impossi- ble before and I'm sure you can he told delegates from the federal and provin- cial governments as well as groups from the United States, Britain and France. Gunman frees three hostages, flees with boy THAMESFORD, Ont. (CP) A gunman still holding a 12- year-old boy as hostage today fled from the farmhouse where he had held four children since Tuesday after- noon in a late-model car provided by Ontario Provin- cial Police. With Donald Wayne Cline, 22, an escaped convict, were Robert Field, 12, Cline's girl friend, Gail Guest, and two unidentified friends. The car was reported to be a 1973 brown Dodge heading south. Radio station CKSL. Lon- don, said three men drove up to the farmhouse and joined Donald Wayne Cline, 22, and his girlfriend, Gail Guest, who were holding the four children of Mr. and Mrs. George Field. Subsequently, one- of the men and three children, Donald, 11, Kim, 7, and David, '4, came out of the house with an unidentified man. The gunman, identified by police as.Donald Wayne Cline, 22, said in several telephone interviews during the night he had no intention of harming the children. He said repeatedly, "the only ones who can harm these children are the police." He said if the police co-oper- ate with him the children would remain safe. Despite that, the police were taking a hard line against the man. "One of us will have to Insp. Alsop said. The refusal to comply with the gunman's demands came after a long, cold vigil through the night as heavily-armed po- lice officers, wearing bullet-, proof vests surrounded the farmhouse. Reporters and photographers huddled in their cars at a police roadblock about IVt miles west of the farmhouse. The news media were band- ed from the area, however, following a bizarre early- morning incident. The host of a London radio talk show telephoned the gun- man, preventing police from getting in contact with the man at the same time, and taped an interview with him. At one point in the inter- view, the announcer asked the gunman why he had asked for only a ransom. Startled, the gunman said he had not thought of it and thanked the radio host for sug- gesting the idea. "Why don't we go for the big "the gunman said The flustered broadcaster tried frantically to change the subject during the rest of the' interview, but outraged police officials ordered photographers and reporters away from the area after hearing the broadcast. Dollar drops LONDON (AP) The United States dollar hit a record low against the Swiss franc today. By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A major statement on the petrochemical industry, a report on revamping the ad- ministration of lower court justice, and possible election year tax cuts are on the agenda of the Alberta Legislature opening Thursday. A new Lieutenant Governor Ralph Steinhauer will make his first appearance in the legislature as will the first report by a new provincial Ombudsman Randall Ivany. The Progressive Conser- vative government will bring down 45 to 50 pieces of legislation, but most eyes will be on the budget to be presented Feb. 7. "There are two pillars to any session of the legislature, the speech from th'e throne and the says Lou Hyndman, government house leader. "This year the budget will probably be the key." The budget is in the final stages of being drafted and will probably include provin- cial tax cuts and help for home buyers in the form of low interest mortgages, low down payments or some other vehicle. The statement on petrochemicals, promised almost weekly since late last year, could come as soon as next week. It may well affect such projects as a huge fer- tilizer plant proposed for Raymond. "It will probably be a pretty good guideline of the government's Mr. Hyndman says. But guidelines for investing upwards of a billion dollars in oil revenues will probably not be in the budget or position papers this session. Premier Peter Lougheed has said he is not unhappy to allow the revenues to accumulate good interest while their future is determined. The Kirby commission's report on the administration of justice is expected to be tabled for debate.. The com- mission has already reported its recommendations to alter the provincial coroner's system, and the government has started implementing them. "But the substantial part of the report, on the future -and efficiency of the lower courts, is to Mr. Hyndman says. The government's legislative package does not hold many surprises. A Medical Professions Act, from the fall session, will be debated. It would require foreign doctors to pass Cana- dian standard examinations and give the public a voice in the college of physicians and surgeons. Olympics committee sees red QUEBEC (CP) While Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau stressed before a government committee Tues- day that the 1976 Olympics would not incur a deficit, the head of the Games' organizing committee spoke of a minimum deficit of mil- lion. And while Mayor Drapeau told the committee that con- struction of a seat sta- dium with a retractable roof could be finished on time, the organizing committee has commissioned studies on the possibility of transporting an already-built stadium and reassembling it on the Olym- pics site. Roger Rousseau, president of the organizing committee, told the standing committee on municipal affairs that as of Jan. 17, the committee an- ticipated revenues of million and expenses of million. Revenues from the sale of commemorative coins, origi- nally estimated.at million, now are expected to drop to between and million, he The Olympic lottery is ex- pected to provide revenues of up to million, more than six times the original es- timate of million. But construction costs have grown to million from an original million estimate, Mr. Rousseau said. Administration and oper- ations, first estimated to amount to million, will in- crease to million. An Unfair Trades Practices Act, amended after suggestions from consumers' groups, will be re-introduced. It would enable consumers to seek the government's help in suing- businesses they feel have chated them. A new Pipeline Act will be introduced to cover the thousands of miles of pipe for rural natural gas co- operatives and petrochemical transportation not envisioned when the act was rewritten 10 years ago. Benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act will be increased, but.Mr. Hyndman isn't saying how much. SMnandrward About town Rev. Derek Hoskia claiming Anglicans can have 16 wives "for better, for worse, for .richer, for poorer" Alu Hnt and BUI Billock rolling in the aisles after office mate Lone Owei 'described how he spent an hour locked in a women's washroom at the Sportsplex. 'Palestinian soldiers gathering in Lebanon7 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli security sources say that thousands of Palestinian soldiers trained in Syria have moved into southern Lebanon, threatening to increase fighting in that area. The number of reinforce- ments was not given but the sources said there were at least several thousand in three Palestinian units. Israel and guerrillas have been fighting a running border war in the area, with Israel threatening retaliation against Lebanon if guerrilla raids continue. Lebanon's ambassador to the United Nations, Edouard Ghorra, charged Tuesday that Israel had turned Kfar Shouba "into a deserted village" with artillery and mortar fire and four troop assaults within a week. Israel says the border town is. a forward base for guerrilla commandos. Ford, at a Washington news conference, said the danger of war in the Mideast "is very serious" and "we are maximizing our diplomatic efforts with Israel and several'Arab states." He defended the sale of U.S. arms to both Israel and some Arab countries by saying it was to maintain an- "equilibrium" while diplomacy continues.