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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-24,Lethbridge, Alberta First ministers bougitt time witlì iast-minute pact OTTAWA (CP) - The 11 Canadlin first mlnisten left the eneriy conferenc« Wednesdiy without a hop«4-for national eoerfy poltcy. Instead tlie fadinl |ovtrn> ment and the 10 provine« reached a last-minute tfree-ment that bought them Hnw time bv postponing vital energy decisions. They gave owne r«lief to consumers worried about the cost of heating their homes for the rttt of the wlntar. but offMvd Uttle hou for thoae hwl^ b^ood March 31. niat hope was dampmwd by the rfamnnjitiM of what was clear even before Uw confer-ettce^-«U pclcet will increaw, if not at the pi pwnpa then on their tax returns. Tbe patchwork «freement extending the price Tree» on most dofne«tlc crude oil until the end of March was hammered out In a etand roeeUif after Prime Mlaisier Trttdwu ud tbe prtmlcn abMdMMd iMr attanwt to forge a deal before a national ttlavtfica MNttioct. Under the anMineat, the govemmeot-Uidustry frees* on the price of domeetic crude oil-44 a birr«l it the weU-hend-wlll conttnue through March 31. TMi is a month Her than established in September. Saskatchewan may raiae it* crude price to tS or H a barr^ durtng the At tlM iUDe time Ottawa will Mbiidlie eonturoen in and *Mt o( the Ottawa Valley at a nt« of It to 13 cMla a ■aUen to abeorb a scbadnled UKNtaa of that amount In tin price of Importad erada oil •Urtine F«b. 1. lUa lubaMy will be covered In part by Ot> Uwa's half of th* «port tax on oil, which rltet from the current H.H) a barrel to | a barret Feb. 1. Whatever form of policy eventually emof_ the deUberattaoa of the two levels of fovamment In tbe next W days will be ci«ci«l and subeequeBt taUu the cornerstone of kntnttfe plan* nlng. The provincei’, refusal to deal immediately with the complicated pricing policy tugmted to the conference by federal Eneigy Minister Donald Macdonala points to hard bargaining ahead. Weatetn premiers said the pi^opoeal was far too compiei to analyse during the conference.    - However, it will be a prime topic for consideration when preparaUons begin for further tallu which Alberta PrWlcr Peter Lougbc«d said will surt at square one.    ~ Mr. Loutfieed, whose province accounts for 8S per cent of national crude oil production, said Alberta made no long'term commitments or loM Tlie freeae would have ended P«b. 1 If Alberta and Saskatchewan had not to hold back on price Increaaes. While not entirely happy with the interim agmment, Mr. Macdonald said Ottawa can Uve irith it. He was relieved the freete wak maintained for another two months and tiiat the conference did not collapse completely. Mr. Tnidciiu described the agreement to institute a na* tkHul onei>ríce oil system when tbe freeae expires as a mi^ breakthniugh, diwtt* lack of agreement on bow such a system will work. Behind the diiagreement on implementation or a price pol* icy was the Issue of who will get the revenue from energy resources and bow big that return will be. This still remains unresolved.The LetHlnridge Herald VOL. LXVII — 36 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. THURSDAY, JANUARY 24. 1974 24 Pagas 10 Ctntt Rebozo on stand next week WASHINGTON (AP) - The $100,000 campaign gift from billionaire Howard Hughes atxi a subsequent reversal of position by tbe United SUtes justice department to let Hughes buy a Las Vegas hotel are expected to take c^tre stage as the Senate Watergate committee reopens hearings next weeli Sources said the donation, held and later returned to Hughes by President Nixon’s friend C. G. (Bebe) Reboio, carne as Hughes was seeking approval to purchase the Dunes hotel and casino. The justice department’s antitrust division had blocked the purchase, but sources said then Attorney-General John Mitchell overruled the division after a meeting with Hughes aide Richard Danner. But the sources added that the Senate investigators have been unable to prove Mitchell Knew about the 1100,000. Deputy Counsel Rufus Ed-misten said Rebozo will be among the witnesses called in next week’s hearings. The sources said there also is a good chance that Herbert Kalmbach, NixOn’s former personal lawyer and campaign fund raiser, will be recalled to discuss receipt of a donation from the dairy industry m 1S69. The committee, noting that Nixon had never responded to its various requests for a meeting with him, also renewed its request for a face-to-face meeting. Ha» this Australian staaplajack loat his way? Is way employaas can climb tha city hall ladder? Or Is MIchaal Varzarl of 1022 14th St. N. looking for a the Whoop-Up Days parada? “OK, guys, tha coast Coast i$ clear thli tha only    go for coffaa,” Jokas Mr. Vartarl. Tha aarlous work In hand Is city toranfian    rarouttng alactrlc powar ctblas around tha Lathbrldga Canira apot to vlfw    davalopmant schema downtown. la clear let’»    RicKeRviNpnoto Hurlhurt reports Cubans put our cattle to good use By HENRY HEALD Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA — A delegation of seven Canadian MPs returned from a week in Cuba wowed by the hospitality, worn out by the Mce of the round of meetings and trips, )ut convinced that prospects for trade with the Latin American communist country are excellent A hiKhli^ht of the trip was the three hours that Prime Minister Fidel Castro spent with the Canadian MPs at a reception Monday night in the Canadian embassy in Havana. External affairs officials in Ottawa agreed that it was an unusual gesture on the part of the Cuban dictator. Ken Hurlburt. MP for Lethbridge, Alta., and one of two Conservatives in the delegation, said the thing that impressed him most was the crash program under way to build schools and educate the young people There was a 90-per-cent Illiteracy rate before the communist revolution 15 years ago The campaign to mechanize agriculture is now dependent upon more expertise and education Is the key. Mr Hurlburt thinks Canadian educators should go down to have a look at the Cuban expenement Despite the fact that agriculture is the major preoccupation of Cubans and the key to their economy, the Canadian delegation spent most of thair time visiting schools and housing projects. They got to see some of the state farms and the ranches where Canadian cattle are being used to upgrade the Cuban dairy and beef industries But Mr. Hurlburt said he was not able to talk lo any private farmers, didn’t see a sugar processing plant and couldn’t find out what the private farmers were paid for their sugar cane The Cuban officials, however, were critical of Canada’s handling of its sugar trade Cuba doesn't enjoy the Commonwealth preferential Urlff so it can’t compete with sugar from Jamaica or Australia. Mr. Hurlburt feels the Cuban complaint is legitimate. At present trade between Canada and Cuba is running about |H million a year in Canada’s favor with Cuba selling 120 million worth of goods in Canada and Canada selling t?0 million worth of exports to Cuba. As a rancher and feedlot operator and owner of Fort Macleod stockyards, Mr. Hurlburt was interested in the Cuban use of Canadian cattle. About 30,000 head have been purchased by the Cubans in the past number of years and Mr. Hurlburt feels the Cubans are putting them to good use. “It takes a while to get them acclimatli-ed to living in the tropics, but in due course Cuba will be exporting them to the rest of Latin America,” he said. The delegation, headed by Deputy Speaker Gerard Laniel, included three liberals, two Conservatives, one NDPand one Social Credit. "But when you leave Canada you drop party politics,^’ Mr. Hurlburt said. "You are there as a representative of Canada.” It was Mr Hurlburt’s first visit to a tropical country so he took his wife along (as did several others) at his own expense. There wasn’t much time for holidaying. The only break in their routine was one afternoon to relax on the beach. There were plenty of Russians on the beach, but not many Cubans Th)e whole tourist structure built with American money during the prerevolutionary days is falling Into decay. Mr. Hurlburt saw streets at hotels and shops boarded up or converted to housing. The only privately-owned cars are American models that have managed to hold together for the IS years since Castro took over. New cars are Russian, Japanese or Italian and all officially owned. All heavy equipment and farm machinery is Russian or Japanese and only about 10 per cant of farming Is mechanlstd. Seventy-par-cent of the farming is don« In stale farms. Private farms are limited to 67 hectacres (about a quarter section) and if production lags the sUte may take it over. ' Lethbridge county out of SASAA bargaining regional bargaining ageni the south — claiming It By WARREN CARAOATA Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge County school division has withdrawn from the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association — the agent In can negotiate better on its own. Reeve Dick Papworth, who had represented the county school board as a SASAA director, said the decision was made because the county felt it was being forced off the bargaining committee. A notice of motion had been presented to SASAA directors calling for the chairman and vice^ihalrmtin of the association to appoint the negotiating committee. The committee is now elected by the directors The motion was designed, Mr. Papworth charged, to get him off the committee. “Because I am an exteacher, they thought I was Bombs dropped in Ulster STRABANE (Reuter) ~ A low-flying hijacked h<rilcopter dropp^ two bomba on the police station in this Northern Ireland border town today. The bombs did not ekjirfodc. The bombing followtd a re> cent threat from the Provlalonal winf of the Trlih RepiiMtcan Army. too pro-teacher," Mr. PMWorth said The net negotiating committee doesn’t function as it should, he said, claiming Ray Clark, SASAA, can bargain more effectively on its own with its 300 teachers, Mr. Papworth said. The Lethbridge school committee, the biggest unit in SASAA, can bargain ore effectively on its own with Its 200 teachers, Mr. Papworth said. The reeve accused Mr. Gark of being too hard in his approach to uie teachers. In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Clark said he was sorry to learn o' the county’s decision, and hoped the school committee could be persuaded to change Its position. The withdrawal doesn’t weaken the association, but such decisions could weaken the concept of regional bargaining, he said. The Alberta Teachers Association has never liked regional bargaining, and for the first several years, negotiations will be easy as the union attempts to break up regional bargaining districts, Mr. dark said. He denied he was any harder in approach than other negotiators, on either side of the Ubie. Last year, when rural teachers went on strike, Mr. Clark admitted he was tougher than usual, but only because the ATA was "out to destroy me, and the Idea of regional bargaining." But this year, m dalnted, the settlement was fairly generous to tetchtn. SMffi and h«trd About town * # Tir MLA Cal Lee telling Lethbridge Conservative Gary Bowie that Saskatchewan is cutting short its education system lest children learn to read road maps and come to Alberta ... Friends receiving a Christmas card Wednesday from former Lethbridge resident Mri. Pat Gourlay, now of South Africa Compromise allows East oil subsidy The county’s decision takes effect immediately, but a settlement on a 1974 contract has already been reached within the SASAA framework. OTTAWA (CP) - A compromise aneement to hold down national petroleum prices until March 31 and search in the meantime for a permanent one*price marketing system was reached Wednesday in the final hours of the natitmal energy conference. The agreement, which Includes a subsidy program for eastern consumers and a shorter-than-planned price freeze for the rest of the coun* try, was negotiated ^behind closed doon. Prime -Xinisier Trudeau and th<i 10 provincial premiers, deadlodced after m days nationally-televised negotiating, hammered out the compromise during a 3^-hour lunch break. Mr. Trudeau told a news conference th« compromise represents only a short-term solution and “the poetry that goes with the plot” will be negotiated at continuing meetings of federal and provincial energy officials. is be r^iaced April 1 by a national single-price system that almost definitely will mean higher gasoline and heating oil prices for western consumers. There was near-unanimous agreement at the conference that western crude oil must rise from the t4-a-barrel froten price that has been in effect since September. How far it should move toward the current international selling price of more than $10 will be the crucial question facing negotiators between now and the end of March. Domestic crude oil is used in all markeu west of the Ottawa Valley while all consumers in and east of the valley are dependent on high-cost imported oil. The subsidy plan will shield eastern consumers from a gasoline and heating oil increase of 12 to 13 cents a gallon scheduled for Feb. 1. The program will not lower prices or erase the gap of six to eight cents a gallon that now exists between the eastern and western regions of the country. However, the two-month saving on heating oil alone would be about $60 for a family using 250 gallons a month The subsidy will be paid at the refinery level to avoid the elaborate administrative ar- Insid« Classified... .... 10-23 Comics . . ..... 18 Comment... .....4, 5 District ____ ..... IS Family . . .. 16, 17 Local News . ... 13, 14 Markets . .. . 1« Sports...... .. . 10-12 Theatres ... ....... 7 TV ....... ...... 6 Weather . .....3 Youth ..... ...... 9 If a permanent solution found, the Interim plan will I LOW TONIGHT IS; HIGH FrMay MAINLY CLOUDY. \JV rangements necessary to apply it at the retail level. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said the fovem-ment will check oil company boo^ to ensure that no ripw benefits go to oil corporations. The March 31 expiry date for the price freeite Is a month C^er than Ottawa wanted. AddltlMialslitlei OD pages 3 aid 3. Rapeseed * shortage' in midst of plenty A shortage of rapeseed suitable for processing for use in Canada could cause employee layoffs at Western Canadian Seed Processors in Lethbridge. A spokesman for the plant said today there is enough rapeseed in Canada but it contains more erucic acid than the limit Imposed by the federal government, and therefore cannot be processed for use in this countiy The government limit of five per cent erucic acid was introduced Dec 1, 1973 — after varieties of rapeseed with erucic acid contents low enough to meet the limit were already inadvertently mixed with high-content varieties. And it is impossible now to separate the two, said Hugh Michael, president of Western Canadian Seed Processors. The result is a large stockpile of rapeseed that can only be exported and a severe shortage of the low-content acid variety that can be processed for use in this country. The mixing of the two varieties of rapeseed occurred at various stages of tbe production process, on the farms, en route to the elevators and at the elevators. The mixing could have prevented had farmers and handlers known about the government limitation earlier, Mr. Michael said The government introduced the limitation after it considered evidence that high erucic level rapeseed had caused death in rats To ensure that the plant in Lethbridge will be allowed to continue some operation. Western Canadian Seed Processors Wednesday arranged for the purchase of 90,000 bushels of soybeans He said the 90,000 bushels is just to test equipment. If it works, the plant couki end up using one-half million bushels of soybeans, all from the United SUtes. The first shipment it scheduled for Feb 1. Mr Michael said there Is a possibility of a reduction of the scale of operation of th« gl^t^, including employee ;