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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, January 24, 1975 News In brief CNR services suspended Gray wants splitting of competition bill By THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian National Railways' transcontinental rail service was suspended Thursday night after trains were cancelled in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and the West because of walkouts of locomotive engi- neers. Alberta and British Colum- bia were the most severely af- fected, with the CNR suspend- ing virtually all freight and passenger services in the two provinces, effective today. Sadat buying French arms The Associated Press Egyptian President Anwar Sadat plans to conclude a deal to buy French jets, tanks, missiles, helicopters and radar systems when he visits Paris next week, the Beirut newspaper An Nahar says. The paper says King Faisal of Saudi Arabia agreed to pay a major share of the cost dur- ing his visit to Egypt early this week. Gunman still welcome LONDON, Ont. (CP) George and Donna Field, whose eldest son Robert was held hostage for 34 hours by a gunman, say they know the' man so well they once con- sidered adopting him and still would welcome him to their home. The man, Donald Wayne Cline, 22, was captured early Thursday after seeking refuge in a London townhouse. Bob- by, 12, had been released un- harmed shortly before. Cline was remanded Thurs- day on a charge of armed rob- bery and will appear today for a bail hearing in Woodstock, Ont. Asbestos mine stable ASBESTOS, Que. (CP) A spokesman for Canadian Johns Mansville Ltd. said late Thursday earth movements had stabilized near the edge of an open-pit Asbestos mine in this community 85 miles northeast of Montreal. Company spokesman Marc Gosselin said 20 families were evacuated from their homes Thursday as a precautionary measure after four houses had into the 950-foot-deep pit and municipal police said two other houses were threat- ened. Heath to test leadership LONDON (Reuter) has led the Conservatives Edward Heath agreed Thurs- since 1965, increased within day to put his leadership of the the party following its defeat Conservative party to a vote J, A; t- of the party's members of ln the October Parliament on Feb. 4. tn'rd 'oss out of four elections Pressure to oust Heath, who for Heath.' Wheat advisory board election worries West GATT talks set OTTAWA (CP) Canada will' pursue vigorously negotiations in the new Tokyo- trade talks under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade which begin next month, Finance Minister John Turner said Thursday. Mr. Turner said in the Com- mons the talks will pave the way for economic expansion and will cover non-tariff trade barriers and tariff policies. They also would include agri- cultural and industrial goods. EDMONTON (CP) An election to name an 11- member advisory board to the Canadian wheat board has prompted concern from the agricultural community of the Prairie provinces. Otto Lang, minister respon- sible for the Canadian wheat board; has announced than an estimated grain producers will elect a board in April. Prairie farm organizations, however, are concerned that the election, by its very nature, will become political. Dobson Lea of Edmonton, president of UNIFARM, Al- berta's largest farm organ- ization, says he is concerned about the political aspect. Evelyn Potter of Saskatoon, former women's president of the National Farmers Union said the election "sure could get political, and this is a real concern." A spokesman for the Sas- katchewan Wheat Pool in Re- Airline reimbursed Rebates attract more car buyers ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled today that an insurance company must reimburse Northwest Airlines for 000 of the lost in the "D.B. Cooper" hijacking in 1971. The company carried a "blanket crime policy" with Globe Indemnity Co., New York, with deductible. A passenger identified as D.B. Cooper hijacked Northwest Flight 105 Nov. 24, 1971, threatening to blow up the plane unless he was given and a parachute. Property suit dismissed VANCOUVER (cp> The British Columbia Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a million property suit by Mother Cecilia Mary Dodd and four sisters and declared that the five plaintiffs are no longer members of the Roman Catholic Society of the Love of Jesus. Mother Cecelia and the four sisters, who operate the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter near Victoria, sued the society for declaration that they now are the only remaining lawful members of the society and as such are entitled to exclusive use of the property. DETROIT (AP) The de- pressed United States auto in- dustry reported a significant, increase in sales during mid- January as it used cash rebates on selected new models to lure customers. But employment in the industry remained down. Deliveries in the period Jan. 11-20 increased 41 per cent from the exceptionally low levels of early January. They trailed year-earlier levels by 15 per cent and were the lowest for a mid-January since 1961. There still is a record 100- day supply of unsold models in dealer hands, and U.S. auto companies have 11 plants shut and of their hourly workers on layoff this week. There were new an- nouncements of layoffs by Chrysler and American Motors, although Chrysler and General Motors will have fewer workers off the job next week. Auto executives said Thurs- day the companies' recent of- fers of rebates apparently spurred sales in mid-January. They said models covered by the discounts of to showed the biggest gain. Sales normally rise in each succeeding 10-day period of a month as dealers bargain harder to meet end-of-month bills, but industry analysts said the typical increase is only seven per cent. gina said the pool will not be- come actively involved as an organization in the election but its board of directors has given permission to two of its members to stand as can- didates. Basically, the concern re- volves around the attitude of each organization to the oper- ation of the wheat board. The Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta wheat pools, United Grain Growers and the NFU all sup- port the concept of orderly marketing of grain under the wheat board. Other groups, such as the Pailiser Wheat Growers Association in Sas- katchewan, believe grain trading should be moved more into the open market and away from government control. Spokesmen say this could lead to political conflict in many of the 11 districts that will each elect one member to the advisory committee. The Prairie region has been into two districts in Manitoba, in Saskatchewan and in Alberta. One district covers northwestern Saskatchewan and northeastern Alberta. There are an average of about wheat board permit book holders in each district. Provision for. an advisory board is made under the Cana- dian Wheat Board Act in- troduced in 1935. RICK ERVIN photo Playground lull All's quiet at this Lakeview fortress lookout wait- ing out the winter. The legion of youngsters who man its parapets the summer long won't be back for a few months yet. Only the weak January sun is left to mark time between its walls. Rumors of resignation nonsense, says Turner Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner dismiss- ed as "nonsense" suggestions Thursday that he may be threatening to resign in protest against the government's failure to curb spending in line with his re- straint program. He acknowledged that in his arguments against rising ex- penditures in cabinet he wins some battles and loses some. But he dismissed as "non- sense" rumors printed in a Toronto financial paper and carried on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that he has threatened to resign. The reports claimed that he might leave the cabinet to ac- cept appointment as president o j the World Bank in Washing- ton. To that he also replied "non- sense." On his way into cabinet he was asked if there was anything to the reports that he was greatly disturbed by the large spending plans of some of his cabinet colleagues. It was pointed out that they ap- parently were not following his restraint program. He was asked if he had writ- ten to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in protest, suggesting he might resign. He said he had had no corre- spondence with the prime minister on such a subject. OTTAWA (CP) Legislative dawdling has made a good case for splitting the government's competition bill and taking quick, separate action against foreign interference in Canadian trade, Liberal Herb Gray said Thursday. "Definitely a case can be made for separate presenta- tion" of the bill's sections that deal with the application of foreign laws in Canada, said Mr. Gray, minister responsi- ble for the competition policy until being dropped from the cabinet last summer. "If it were possible to get the whole bill through in a matter of weeks, this would be preferable. But obviously, this is not going to happen." The Windsor West MP and former corporate affairs minister said in an interview the government's reluctance to push the bill in this Parlia- ment lends weight to a plan by Robert Stanbury Scarborough) for separate ac- tion on sections of the bill dealing with the foreign laws. Mr. Stanbury, who lost his revenue portfolio in the' same shuffle that ousted Mr. Gray, said Thursday he will introduce a private member's bill today to get quick action on the relevant sections. Approval of the sections would strike directly at a United States trading ban, af- fecting U.S. subsidiaries in Canada, which has threatened some export deals with Cuba and other Communist countries. In Winnipeg, External Af- fairs Minister Allan MacEachen said he has started talks with U.S. authorities aimed at ending the interference. A change in U.S. attitude on exports to countries such as Cuba was needed to go along with the proposed legislation. Mr. Gray said the govern- ment's apparent reluctance to tackle the U.S. on the issue is not acceptable. "It's no answer for Cana- dian authorities to say they're waiting for an American he said in reference to a proposed office equipment deal with Cuba. A U.S. subsidiary in Toronto is awaiting a U.S. ruling on the proposed sale. "That's contrary to Cana- dian sovereignty." report criticizes police' Calgary chess tourney eyed CALGARY (CP) The Chess Federation of Canada is voting this week on an application by Calgary to host both the 12th Canadian open chess championship and the 59th closed Canadian chess championships, the president of the federation said Thusday. If the application is accepted, and president Kalev Pugi said there has been no opposition to the plan, it will be the first time both chess championships have, been held in one city at the same time, and only the third time the championships have been held in western Canada. Iceland seeks trade pact WINNIPEG would like to sign a trade agreement with Canada to allow more regular trans- actions between the two countries, Prime Minister Geir Hallgrimsson said Thursday. "Right now, there are no direct, regular sailings between the countries, and the possibility of trade is he told a news con- ference. Planes collide, 7 die MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) Two planes collided over Mogadishu Thursday then plunged to earth, destroying 25 houses, killing seven persons and injuring 132, the Somali news agency said. The agency said the pilots of both planes were among the dead. It did not identify the planes, but said they were not passenger aircraft. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FHEE PhofwOt-4722 coueoeMAU. Deaths THE CANADIAN PRESS St. Oscar Huber, 81, Roman Catholic priest who administered the last rites of the church to John F. Kennedy; of a heart attack. Communists attack near Phnom Penh From REUTER-AFP PHNOM PENH (CP) Communist gunners continued their rocket attacks early to- day on areas around Phnom Penh, killing two civilians and injuring six, the Cambodian military command said. It said nine rockets landed in the southern suburbs, 14 at Prek Pney, six miles north of the city, and five hit the air- port, which remained closed today. Details of casualties and damage in the airport attack were not immediately known. In Saigon nine, Americans demonstrated outside the United States Embassy in pro- test against "the U.S. govern- ment's continued military in- volvement and intervention in the internal affairs of South Vietnam." The men. and two come especially from the United States for the demonstration. Canadian supplies used in Vietnam, says paper TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says it has ob- tained United States defence department documents that contradict Canada's official position that it never has supplied the Americans materials for the Vietnam war. The newspaper says the documents confirm that although Canada maintains a ban on export of arms and military equipment to areas involved in warfare, the country has ignored, shipments of Canadian- produced material to Vietnam by the U.S. The U.S. buys military equipment and supplies in Canada through the defence production sharing agreement. The newspaper says the confirmation of indirect Cana- dian involvement in the war is contained in computer prin- touts of all prime contract awards made in Canada by the U.S. department of defence. Copies of the documents for the U.S. fiscal years of 1972, 1973 and 1974, the newspaper says, show the tapering off of war-related purchases coin- cided with the winding down of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. House trying to block Ford's plans WASHINGTON (AP) House of Representatives Democrats are hurrying to block President Ford's energy program in the face of his renewed appeals for public backing and continued hard stand against gas rationing. The Democrats, seeking to delay Ford's increase of oil tariffs, plan to add a delaying measure to a bill raising the legal ceiling on U.S. govern- ment debt, which the House ways and means committee will begin considering today. The bill is considered almost veto-proof as, without it, the government cannot borrow money after Feb. 18. Ford, meanwhile, said after signing a proclamation for a tariff increase Feb. 1 that congressional delay would be "a backward step." CALGARY (CP) Radio station CFCN says a still- secret report on the Dec. 20 gunbattle between police and a barricaded gunman criticizes police procedures and says that police officers were acting without any central direction. Calgary police commission chairman Jack Prothroe refused to comment on the report, compiled by a special two man team named by the commission to study the shoot-out. A veteran police detective and the gunman were killed in the two-hour battle, which in- volved an estimated 200 police officers and which ended only after a Canadian Forces ar- mored personnel carrier smashed down a garage in which the gunman was hiding. Mr. Prothroe admitted the radio report, broadcast Thurs- day morning, was "surprisingly accurate." The only copies of the report are in the hands of Mr. Prothroe and Police Chief Brian Sawyer. The final report, due in March, will be made public. Former police deputy chief Gordon Gilkes and police commissioner John Salus are investigating the gunbattie. The report carried by the radio station indicated there were too many police officers at the scene of the battle, and that there were three separate groups of police of- ficers involved in the operation. The radio reports said the police report found the three groups were under no central command, and that only two of the three units had direct radio communication with each other. The number of officers at the scene of the shooting left the rest of the city vulnerable, the radio station said. The manpower shortage made it difficult for the department to deal with other crimes reported during the same time as the shoot-out. The radio station also said the report found that too few officers at the scene had ade- quate training to deal with the situation, and that the few with special weapons and tac- tic training were not properly used or armed. Guns stolen EDMONTON (CP) Two masked men, one armed with a sawed off .22 calibre rifle, tied up a shopkeeper and stole eight handguns from his downtown engraving shop here Thursday morning. Police said the two robbers entered Gurney Engraving Method Ltd. at about 11 a.m. and bound the proprietor, Frank Gurney, before remov- ing the guns. Tory MPs testing leadership waters Meanwhile the south military command accused the Viet Cong of ceasefire violations and said soldiers on both sides had been killed since the Paris peace agreements for Viet- nam were signed Jan. OTTAWA (CP) A number of Progressive Conservatives appear to have a toe in the leadership waters testing the temperature before deciding whether to take the plunge. They can be identified by the expression, "it depends on who else runs." With Robert Stanfleld plan- ning to step down late this year, there is no shortage of potential candidates to succeed him. But few members of caucus have given firm indications and ap- pear to be watching to see who takes the plunge first. "Outside of Stanfield and myself, each one is says former John Diefenbaker. Most of the in-caucus speculation centres on eight or nine of whom openly admit to temperature testing. Eldon Woolliams, 54, (Cal- gary North) has made it clear on several occasions that he is interested in the job. It is generally assumed that the race will attract both Flora MacDonald, 48, (Kingston and the Islands) and Howard Grafftey; 46, Neither has discounted the idea. Jack Homer, 47, (Crowfoot) the p.lain-talking Alberta rancher, says he is "looking over the country and it's look- ing pretty good to me." Another name frequently mentioned is Sinclair Stevens, the 47-year-old lawyer- businessman from York- Simcoe and the Conservative finance critic. "I would still have an open mind on the subject. It would be premature to decide before the convention date is even announced. And I'd be interested in seeing who else is in the running." Joe Clark, 34, MP for Rocky Mountain and a former presi- dent of the party's student federation, is another possibility. "I am not planning to said the fluently bilingual Al- bertan. "But I don't rule out anything that might develop." Most members are confi- dent that Claude Wagner, 49, the former Quebec justice minister and MP for St.- Hyacinthe, will be at the starting gate. But he offers lit- tle information on the subject. "I haven't even thought of it. I am busy trying to do the best job I can where I ara." ;