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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thunday, January 23, 1975 Gov't transport policies Tories' new target OTTAWA (CP) The Pro- gressive Conservatives picked a new political target Wednesday, drawing bead on government transportation policies as the-Commons resumed work after a four- week recess. The issue was largely ig- nored before Christmas as op- position MPs focused on other subjects such as inflation and conflict of interest. They won't ignore these is- sues in the weeks ahead, but Conservative members decid- ed at a warm-up caucus Wednesday to give transporta- tion increased attention. In the first question period of the resumed session, they Ottawa won't accept loans from Arabs OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister John Turner said Wednesday the government would welcome some private investment of Arab money in housing but would not accept loans to government agencies financing housing. He said he would prefer that any Arab investments of new oil wealth be in the form of mortgages and not purchases of housing here. Urban Affairs Minister Barney Danson said last week that up to billion in Arab money is available for mort- gage loans. He had said pre- viously that such money might be funnelled through government agencies or private lenders. Mr. Turner, speaking to re- porters outside the Commons, said the government has be- tween billion and billion in its bank accounts and does not need to borrow. Convoy reaches Phnom Penh PHNOM PENH (AP) A small convoy made it up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh today with 4-.000 tons of ammunition, but one of the tugs was hit by a rocket in front of the former royal palace. One crew member was kill- ed and two were wounded. Three sailors On a naVy patrol boat were wounded during the voyage up the river. Khmer Rouge insurgents opened fire from across the river opposite the city, and one rocket hit the tug Harumi. attacked the government for allowing a temporary freeze on rail freight rates to expire during the recess. The railways applied for a 25-per-cent rate increase when the freeze was lifted and the Canadian Transport Com- mission approved half their request effective Jan. 1 with the rest effective March 1. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield said the freeze should have been continued until release of a long- promised comprehensive government transport policy. Transport Minister Jean Marchand said the freeze was imposed originally as ah anti- inflationary measure. But it affected only a portion of freight moved in the country and caused distortion with un- frozen trucking rates. Don Mazankowski accused the minister of obscuring the reasoning behind the freeze. Inflation was not the main reason, he said. Rather, it was designed to allow time for solutions to freight rate problems and complaints in Western Canada. Jack Murta said Mr. Marchand, who called transportation a mess, should resign from the cabinet. A study of western freight rates was authorized 18 months ago following the 1973 Western Economic Oppor- tunities Conference in Calgary. Mr. Marchand said the report is ready but he has not released it because the western premiers are not satisfied with it. Their com- plaints should be heard be- fore the document is made public, he argued. A transport department spokesman said later that both government levels agree that freight rates should be designed to encourage regional economic expansion. But they are at loggerheads over details. WftYlte Floor job It's on again off again with the floor that covers the ice at the Lethbridge Sportsplex. In this photo, it's off again, following a trial run of the opening ceremonies for the Can- ada Winter Games. Re- hearsals for opening cere- monies of each event, closing ceremonies and medal presentations are being undertaken. Enthusiasm greets plan to regulate oil tankers l l i >n Pi KlllPfC 1-1UM H111CI S MONTREAL (CP) A with Com- munity police department said Wednesday the city's un- derworld killers of BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL no secret the mob the detective said Wednesday night. "I'm pretty sure the mob knows who is responsible for the killings and wants to get rid of them to ease the pressure of our investigation." The early-morning killings were discovered after firemen quelled a blaze in the deserted Gargantua Bar- Salon. Thirteen bodies were found in a padlocked, six-by 10-foot storage room that had been barricaded by a heavy juke box. Two of the men had been shot. The manager of the night club, Rejean Fortin, 43, died from a bullet wound in the heart. Another victim, Pierre Lamarche, 29, was shot in the stomach but died of asphyxiation, as did the other 11 victims, when a fire was started outside the closet. Herald Washington Bureau WASHINGTON A plan by Washington state Governor Daniel Evans to steer oil tankers away from hazardous inland waters was greeted with enthusiasm here Wednesday. "Very good said one, U.S. official who has been in- volved in tanker negotiations with Ottawa. That's really said a Canadian official also in- volved. An aide to Senator Henry Jackson, the Washington state' Democrat, said that Evans's plan was "in keeping" with Jackson's view. Washington's other senator, Warren Magnuson, added that he is "pleased" that the government has taken an ac- tive interest" that seemed to be in line with Magnuson's stand against increasing tanker traffic in Puget Sound. Evans proposed state legislation Wednesday which would block construction of any new oil terminal facilities east of Port Angels, would allow a new state agency to build an offshore terminal and a pipeline serving refineries, and establish a tax on crude oil delivered by tankers. An outline of the legislation was given to Canadian and U.S. officials at the meeting here last Friday. The only part of the Evans energy package which raised questions here was the tax proposal a four cent levy FBI can't purge Congress files DAY SALE TONIGHT! FRIDAY SATURDAY! January 23-24-25 brazier. onW Fries Shake Dairy Queen brazier. Bomb blasts Belfast hotel BELFAST (CP) A bomb exploded today in the lobby of the Europa Hotel in Belfast, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, the British army reported. Most foreign and British reporters covering the violence in Northern Ireland stay at the hotel. At Killeen, near the border with the Irish republic, a booby-trapped tailor's dum- my, hooded, clothed and originally thought to be the body of a man, blew up as British troops inspected it. The military said none of the soldiers were hurt. WASHINGTON (AP) Clarence Kelley, director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation says he cannot legally purge the agency's files of derogatory and uhproven allegations against members of Congress. He said in an interview Wednesday he has no plans ei- ther to suggest or to oppose legislative changes restricting the future collection of such material or allowing destruc- tion of that already in the files. "I can only say we abide by the law and will abide by any restrictive Kelley said. Kelley and other officials said that the FBI, like all government agencies, cannot destroy official records without specific written approval from national archivist James Rhoads. Kelley gave no indication he would seek such approval. Rhoads' deputy, James O'Neill, agreed that present laws would not permit the de- struction of most records kept by the FBI on members of Congress and others. A HOUSE of Representatives judiciary subcommittee has scheduled hearings beginning Jan. 30 on the FBI practice of keeping information about members of Congress. The subcommittee may consider legislative changes. Kelley acknowledged that some of the unproven allega- tions in the files deal wifh the personal lives of members of Congress. He noted that the files con- tain data on congressmen who have been the subjects of criminal investigations and on those who have been con- sidered for other federal jobs. Housing programs in trouble News In brief Price index beats U.S. OTTAWA (CP) For the first time since last May, the consumer price index here has gone up at a faster year- to-year rate than in the United States. The U.S. index in December was 12.2 per cent above December, 1973, U.S. authorities reported Tuesday. Statistics Canada had reported earlier that the December-to-December in- crease was 12.4 per cent. However, the annual average in Canada was slight- ly lower than the annual average in the U.S. Who's paying for PM's pool? OTTAWA (CP) Two MPs tried without success to deter- mine in the Commons Wednesday who is paying for the prime ministerial swimm- ing pool at. 24 Sussex Drive. Stanley Knowles (NDP-Winnipeg North Centre) called for an investigation to determine the names of private donors fi- nancing the estimated cost of the 20-foot by 40-foot enclosed pool. His motion, requiring unani- mous consent to come to a vote, was lost in a chorus of "Nos" from Liberal MPs. A similar attempt by Tom Cossitt was rul- ed out of order by Speaker James Jerome. 'Summit meet not needed' WASHINGTON (AP) Progress so far in the Geneva conference on European security does not warrant a summit conference, a state department spokesman said Wednesday. "Our position continues to remain that the timing and level (of a final meeting) will be determined by the results of the Press Of- ficer Robert Anderson said at a news conference. Soviets outspending U.S. NEW YORK (AP) U.S. Defence Secretary James Schlesinger said Wednesday the Soviet Union is out- spending the United States on military power by at least 20 per cent and warned this ul- timately might force a dramatic U.S. spending in- crease. Schlesinger also said a continuation of present military spending trends might lead to an upsetting of the worldwide military balance. on each barrel of oil to be paid into a pollution control fund. It was pointed out that states are not permitted to impose levies which could be termed discriminatory interference with interstate commerce. But this might be avoided, one official suggested, by calling the tax a "safety fee." Terrorists bomb newspaper CORDOBA, Argentina (AP) About 30 right-wing terrorists today took over a plant where a moderate new- spaper is printed, held employees at gunpoint and blew up a press with timed explosive charges, newspaper officials said. One policeman was injured trying to stop the terrorists. The explosion sent debris hurtling hundreds of feet into the air and set fire to paper and other combustible materials in the plant, which prints La Voz Del Interior, one of Argentina's 'oldest provincial newspapers. More families evacuated ASBESTOS, Que. (CP) About 50 families were evac- uated from this community 85 miles northeast of Montreal after four homes slithered into a 950-foot open-pit asbestos mine. Another 25 families are expected to move today. A seven-block area of the town's main street has been blocked off and municipal and provincial police are guarding against looting of the aban- doned homes. Edmonton man convicted LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) A jury here has found a 26- year-old Canadian guilty of first-degree murder in the knife-torture slaying of a San Jose, Calif., couple. The verdict against Lloyd Paulette of Edmonton was re- turned Wednesday. The jury also recommended that Pau- lette serve a life sentence in the Nevada state prison without possibility of parole. Huge feedlot nearly broke OTTAWA (CP) Federal programs for co-operative and non-profit housing are facing serious problems with much of the program budget remaining unspent, says a Canadian Council on Social Development report. The report, released today, says co-operative and non- profit groups have trouble getting their projects approv- ed by the Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. partly because the corpora- tion expects these amateur groups to be as efficient as private developers. AMARILLO, Tex (AP) Wheatheart Feeders Inc., operators of the World's se- cond largest cattle feedlot, has filed for relief under the U.S. bankruptcy act. But the company says it will continue normal operations and "does not contemplate an interruption or liquidation" at this time. The company listed no specific reason for its finan- cial problems, but industry sources said all U.S. feedlot operators have been caught in a squeeze between the high cost of feed and the low cost of beef. Nixon defence fund short WASHINGTON (AP) Richard Nixon's legal defence fund, almost broke after pay- ing another in lawyers' fees, is appealing to foreign contributors for help in rais- ing million to aid the former United States Regular 1.60 Ford, Congress bump heads over oil tariff president. Rabbi Baruch Korff, head of the President Nixon Justice Fund, handed the che- que Wednesday to a secre- tary for the Washington law firm representing Nixon in a range of legal entanglements. Welders held in Manila fire Big Brazier packs a Vt Ib. of beef into a Jumbo toasted sesame seed bun, our regular milk shake with choice of flavours, and a I generous serving of golden Fries. Treat the family and save! North Store Only Slttttk Strut (toft 327-4155 WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford and the Democrats who control the United States Congress are rushing into battle over new oil import tariffs the presi- dent plans to proclaim today in his campaign for U.S. energy independence. Ford, directly challenging Congress, said Wednesday night he will sign his proclamation today for higher tariffs on imported oil beginn- ing Feb. 1 in a bid to curb U.S. oil consumption, The tariff increase is a key part of the F'ord administra- tion plan to curtail petroleum consumption by increasing prices. Opponents of the increase claim it will fuel inflation' without cutting con- sumption. The president told a banquet of the business-sponsored Con- ference Board: "I am going to sign the declaration tomorrow to force action by the Congress so the country will have action and not limitations in the months ahead." Hours earlier, Represen- tative Al Ullman (Dem.Ore.) new chairman of the House of Representatives ways and means committee, called a special hearing today for ac- tion on legislation forcing a to- day delay in Ford's tariff plan. Ullman argued that the president's tariff plan would impose "a hardship on the American and predicted Congress will block Ford's plan. Ullman said he thinks there are enough votes to override any presidential.veto of such congressional action. Ford had advised Congress last week he would use presi- dential powers to raise the fee on all imparted crude oil and petroleum products, increas- ing tariffs by a barrel Feb. 1, an additional effective March 1 and another on April 1, for a total boost. As his committee began hearings Wednesday on tax- cut legislation, Ullman said Ford had turned down his re- quest for a delay on the tariff. MANILA (AP) -Policeare holding two welders today they say may have accidental- ly started the fire that killed at least 42 persons in a five- storey factory building 15 miles east of Manila. Investigators ruled out ar- son, but the chief of the Marikina criminal investiga- tion division said the welders might be charged with reckless negligence resulting in homicide. 'Aide influenced hiring' MONTREAL (CP) A gov- ernment inquiry into the con- struction industry was told Wednesday that a top aide of Quebec Premier Robert Bou- rassa influenced the hiring of workers for the James Bay hydroelectric project. Michel Guay, who said he is soon to be the premier's ex- ecutive assistant, testified he had worked for Paul Desrochers, cabinet aide. assistant was to accom- modate persons who called the premier's office seeking jobs at James Bay. He said he also acted as a troubleshooter in the premier's home riding of Mercier. Guay said one of his prin- cipal functions as Desrochers' Guay said finding jobs on the project was made easier by the appointment of his "trustworthy" friend, Yvan another top, D. Bergeron, as director of the Quebec manpower department's job bank James Bay, for ;