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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 37 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 25. 1974 26 PftQftS PRICE: 10 CENTS Oilman denies disclosure CALGARY (CP) John Poyen, president of the Canadian Petroleum Association, today denied Premier Peter Lougheed had disclosed confidential information to him about the closed door session at the national energy conference in Ottawa Wednesday. Reports Thursday said ques- tions were being asked in Ottawa about the ethics of participants in the closed session revealing supposedly confidential information. Mr. Poyen was quoted after the conference ended that the Alberta premier had provided him with the background, adding that he was not "at liberty to discuss the background." Mr. Poyen, in an interview today, said the background he referred to concerned provincial, not national, oil concerns. "There was no confidential information regarding the conference discussed in any way, as a matter of fact I had no interest in knowing anything that went on behind the he said. Mr. Poyen said the conference was not discussed with Mr. Lougheed other than in generalities and "we chatted about what its results were." The conversation about provincial policy was "another of many" he had during the last few weeks and months "regarding the relationship of the industry to the province, including such various concerns as royalties, incentives and land tenure systems." Mr. Poyen said that following Prime Minister Trudeau's announcement of the cotnnromise negotiated during a closed session he also talked with Newfoundland Premier Frank ttvores, Premier Richard Hatfielfl of New Brims wick, Premier Dave Barrett of British Columbia and Premier Richard Regan of Nova Scotia. In Edmonton, a spokesman for Premier Lougheed said today the sole purpose of the meeting with Mr. Poyen was to seek continued voluntary support from the oil industry maintaining the price freeze on Alberta crude oil during February. Mr. Poyen added that he was satisfied with the compromise agreement. U.S. fuel forecasts 6too true' WASHINGTON (AP) Federal energy chief William Simon.said today predictions of a 20-per-cent shortage of gasoline in the United States are "becoming only too ac- curate." However, Simon declined to make any new predictions on the likelihood of gasoline rationing. Testifying before the Senate permanent investigations sub- committee which is looking into the US energy crisis, Simon said he is encouraged with the trend of public conservation efforts and cited figures showing a 9.8-per-cent saving in gasoline consump- tion for the last week. Simon declined to endorse any of the current legislative proposals for a rollback in the price of domestic crude oil. In face of strike threat, U.K. keeps 3-day work week LONDON (CP) The British government announc- ed today that the three-day work week is to be main- tained. Energy Minister Patrick Jenkin told the House of Com- mons that the threat of an all- out strike by Britain's coal miners has ruled out government hopes of a signifi- cant relaxation of restric- tions. The announcement followed Thursday's decision by the miners' executive to call for a strike vote among the miners Their leaders expressed con- fidence that the vote will show a majority for a strike. Jenkin said that because of the further threat to coal sup- plies implicit in the decision by the miners' leaders, the government believes it would be imprudent to ease the three-day working week. But one change will be in- troduced, he said. Starting next week, those now using electricity supplies on Thurs- day to Saturday will work Wednesday to Friday, thus ob- viating the need for Saturday working. Some British companies have found working on Satur- days irksome, partly because of the difficulties encountered by working wives with, children to look after. The Wednesday-to-Friday shift will mean a one-day overlap with companies work- ing from Monday to Wednesday. The decision by the 27-man executive of the national miners union to call a strike vote also rekindled specula- tion that Prime Minister Edward Heath will call a general election to determine "who runs the government or the unions." Economic forecast Dangerous stickhandling Dwarfed by a laker docked In for the winter, a skater stickhandles his way across Hamilton harbor. He may be in for an unexpected major penalty, however. Harbor police say the ice Is only Inside Classified........24-27 Comics............22 Comment...........4 District............17 Joan Waterfield.....7 Local News.....15, 16 Markets...........23 Sports..........12, 13 Theatres............7 Travel.............19 TV............6, 9, 10 Weather............3 At Home ...........8 LOW TONIGHT 10; HIGH SAT. 25; CLOUDY PERIODS. two Inches thick from the west end to halfway along the Hamilton side much too dangerous for skating. Turner predicting bad weather ahead Police protection too close to home Ralph Nader, We were just talking about you.' Arctic gas line talks 'needed immediately9 By THE CANADIAN Press Canada and the United States should begin talks im- mediately to plan construction of a pipeline to carry Canadian Arctic and Alaska gas south, a spokesman for Canadian Arctic Gas Study Ltd. said Thursday. William Wilder, chairman of the consortium of 26 U.S. and Canadian companies, said a Mackenzie Valley pipeline would have to carry gas to both countries to be economic. He also urged the govern- ments to begin negotiations for the security of supplies shipped by each country through the other. "Ontario in particular should Mr. Wilder told the Empire Club in Toronto. "Ninety per cent of this province's oil supplies and 40 per cent of its natural gas supplies are shipped by pipeline from Western Canada across the United States." However, a spokesman for Interprovincial Pipe Line Co. Ltd., operators of the crude oil pipeline from Edmonton to Samia, said exports to the U.S. will have to be cut when the planned Montreal exten- sion is completed in late 1975 Arthur Jones, manager of planning and economics for the oil-industry owned pipeline operator, said in an interview that with barrels daily projected to go to Montreal, "we think we can reduce deliveries to export markets without major expen- ditures (to the Edmonton- Sarnia) line." In other developments. opposition leader Jacques-Yvan Morin said that province's government should set up a permanent energy board as soon as possible to oversee the marketing of energy products arid regulate prices. EDMONTON (CP) The co-owners of a city auto body shop who earlier, this Vttek demanded better .police protection after their shop was broken junto twice in 10 days got more than they perhaps bargained for Thursday. City police made four arrests after investigating the robberies, including Cliff Alexander and Stan Wagner, both 26, co-owners of Spruce Acres Auto Body. They were to appear in provincial judges court later today on a joint charge of possession of stolen property. Police said the arrests were made when they found that a motorcycle engine one of the items stolen in the robbery at the body shop was itself apparently stolen in the first placet Dale Anton Aliosio, 24, and Darryl Dale Allan, 18, both of Edmonton, were charged with break and enter and a joint charge of possession of stolen property valued at more than .during the first robbery at the body shop Jan.' 10, stole stock and equipment valued at In the second incident last Sunday, worth of tools and supplies were taken and damage done to vehicles in the shop for repair. Mr. Alexander, after the second robbery, described the area in which the shop is located as "the worst (police) patrolled area in all of Edmonton." "I've got no confidence in the Edmonton city police, none at he said. Tuesday night, Mr. Alexander and Mr. Wagner mounted an armed vigil on their premises saying that haphazard police protection left them no alternative in order to protect their business. Pompidou takes Arab oil producers to task and About town Guest speaker Harrold Osmond desperately searching for a clean hockey joke to tell at the LDS father and son banquet Saturday Bob Grant of Toronto labelling Lethbridge the jew- el of the West. POITIERS, France (Reuter) President Georges Pompidou accused the oil-producing countries Thursday of setting excessive prices for their oil and com- plained that France is the chief victim. Announcing plans for a new government program to meet the situation caused by the energy problem and other difficulties, Pompidou conceded that for half a cen- tury the European in- dustrialized countries had profited by low oil prices fixed by the oil companies. "But it seems to me the pro- ducing countries have gone beyond their he added "They have gone to ex- cessive prices in terms of both absolute value and the speed with which they have been raised." His comment on oil prices marked one of the rare occa- sions on which the French have assailed the policy of the Arab oil-producing countries. The French government has often championed the Arab cause in the Middle East crisis. Pompidou reaffirmed that the huge oil bills now confronting France were a dominant factor in last weekend's decision to float the franc, in effect devaluing it against a strong United States dollar. By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister John Turner gave a gloomy view of the economy for 1974 and rejected an On- tario plea for more federal tax money Thursday at the annual federal-provincial finance ministers conference. He said rising fuel prices will slow the growth of ex.- ports because foreign customers will not have the cash to increase demand. Con- sumer prices would: continue to rise, and unemployment would diminish little if at all. Asked whether there was any break in the economic bad weather ahead, he replied that "bad news is relative." There still would be sub- stantial economic growth and the country would fare better than many others hit by high fuel bills and energy shor- tages. Investment in domestic energy, including the propos- ed Montreal oil pipeline, would increase under the attraction of higher prices. But he doubted that would offset the fall in export growth. Much of the talk at the closed-door conference, which continued today, dealt with provincial demands for more of the national tax take. NEED MORE Ontario Treasurer John White said his province, and especially its municipalities, need more money to pay for the services they provide. He said federal taxes and spending are taking an increasing share of the gross national product. But Mr Turner told reporters Ontario could raise another million to million simply by raising its sales taxes to the level of the other provinces. Mr White told a news conference "it would be madness" for his government to raise taxes. He said Ontario will lose million this year under the new federal system of index- ing tax brackets and exemp- tions to offset the effect of inflation Under the system, tax brackets are raised yearly to match the previous year's inflation rates, so the govern- ment does not cash in on in- comes that rise just because of inflation But Mr White pointed out that provincial revenue is col- lected as part of federal taxes. He wanted Ottawa to give On- tario the extra million it would, have collected without indexing. Mr. Turner refused He said it is too early to de- cide how the government should change its taxing and spending policies to meet the energy price problem. He did not expect a budget until April or May. Meanwhile, federal and pro- vincial governments would have to work out details of the oil pricing policy arranged by the first ministers at their conference Wednesday. "Who is going to pay for the price shelter" of a single do- mestic oil price would have to be decided. The premiers and Prime Minister Trudeau agreed to maintain generally fixed oil prices for domestic oil until March 31, with a federal sub- sidy for eastern regions buy- ing high-priced imported oil. Many provinces want both the subsidy and the equaliza- tion payments that would nor- mally flow to them as a result of higher royalties to Alberta after its oil prices are per- mitted to rise. But Mr. Turner said Thurs- day he opposes windfall equal- ization just as he does wind- fall profits to the oil com- panies. British Columbia Premier Dave Barrett called for a na- tional public enquiry into the taxes not all resource industries. Mr. Turner rejected the proposal, but Ontario and Quebec ex- pressed sympathy for the idea. France plans more nuclear tests TOKYO (AP) France plans a new series of nuclear tests around Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific again this year despite sharp protests from New Zealand, Australia and other countries, the Maritime Safety Agency reported today It said it was informed of the planned tests by the of- ficial French Gazette issued Jan. 5 by the French navy A nne to test climate in Quebec By JOHN OTTAWA (CP) For the first time since the October crisis of 1970, a member of the royal family is to venture into Quebec. f Princess4nne and her hus- band, Capt. Mark Phillips, are to arrive here today for a three-day visit and one item in their itinerary is a service club midget hockey tourna- ment in Hull, Que., across the Ottawa River. The visit to Quebec will be the first for a member of the royal family since Prince Phillip spent a short time in St. Laurent, Que., during a 1969 tour. The Queen hasn't been in the province since she and the prince visited Expo 67 in Mon- treal during centennial year. Before that, noisy demonstra- tions and booing had marred a royal visit to Quebec City in 1964. Since the terrorist crisis of 1970, the royal family's visits have been quietly scheduled to skirt Quebec. Some observers here look on Princess Anne's visit as a quiet" testing of the waters It is the first to Canada for the princess since she married Capt. Phillips. Her last trip to Canada was in 1971, when she, the Queen and Prince Charles travelled to Britisli Columbia for that province's centennial celebrations. The princess and Capt lips are to spend Friday with Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger and Mme Leger before a whirlwind round of local tours, luncheons and the hockey tournament Saturday. Sunday the royal couple are to attend a special church service before their depar- ture. The Queen arrives Sun- day evening to refuel her air- craft and pick up Princess Anne and Capt. Phillips for a flight to New Zealand and the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch In a snit over map, Fernie talks of joining Sunny South FERNIE, B C. (CP) A British Columbia map- maker forgot to put this town on the map, so the angry townspeople want to secede from B.C. and join Alberta. It's all part of the area's anger with B.C. for ignoring the far southwestern corner of the province. The Fernie Board of Trade, angered by the map prepared for distribution at Expo 74 in Spokane, Wash., voted unanimously this week to ask Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed to annex the region. The map ends at Cranbrook, 100 miles west of here, thus removing the coal-rich Crowsnest Pass area from B.C. The feeling of being being ignored by Victoria is real and strong in the East Kootenays, Fernie mayor Vein Uphill said Thursday. But he doubts that most of the town's 000 residents wouM vote to secede. Dave Russell, Alberta's municipal affairs minister, reacted to the proposal with surprise Thursday night. In a tele-phone inter- view from Edmonton, he said the redrawing of provincial boundary would raise "horrendous" con- stitutional and legal dif- ficulties. However, "we're always glad to welcome people to Mr. Russell said. And in Pincher Creek Thursday, the Pincher Creek Crowsnest Provin- cial Progressive Conser- vative Association voted unanimously to welcome Fernie into its con- stituency or see it become the 76th constituency in Alberta Pincher is 70 miles east of Fernie. Telford Dicks, a board of trade member who propos- ed the secession move, said the proposal is serious. In fact, Fernie lawyer George Majic is investigating how to go ahead with the plan for the board, he said. 'AT. Majic said Dave Barrett's administra- tion is not enthusiastic about developing the coal resources of the area and Fernie's economic outlook is dim. The map was just the final straw "just another indication of how Victoria ignores this part of the Mr. Dicks said "We get nothing from Victoria They pay no attention to us except to collect taxes, so why belong at all" Mayor Uphill said most of the people in the Fernie Elk Valley area are already tied to Alberta in economic life He said most of the peo- ple in southeastern B.C shop in the Alberta centres of Blairmore, Lethbridge and even Calgary to avoid British Columbia's five- per-cent sales tax Geographically, Alberta centres are closer (o Fer- nie than British Columbia's lower mainland, he said. Calgary is 200 miles away, while Victoria 700 miles to the west "I'll bet more people in Calgary know where Fer- nie is than they do in Van- couver and Victoria put the mayor said. The board also wants the offending map withdrawn, but B.C. deputy travel minister R. C. Colby says it's all a misunderstanding. He admitted the map ends at Cranbrook, but "how many places can we name in two inches of Mr. Colby said the map also omits such well-known towns as Rossland, home of skier Nancy Greene, and the government has "already had to apologize to them" Mr. Colby said he wouldn't like to see Fernie leave B.C "I'm very fond of he said. "It has tremendous ski fields and one of these days will be one of the great places to visit." O VU or ;