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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Provinces denied share in our rising oil wealth OTTAWA (CP) Federal and provincial finance ministers have reached a standoff on provincial demands for federal equaliza- tion payments to reflect Alberta's rising oil royalties and its share of the oil export tax. Finance Minister John Turner told reporters Friday after the two-day ministerial meeting that the issue "is closed for the but acknowledged it will form part of the federal provincial negotiations on future oil pric- ing policies. Saskatchewan and Atlantic-province ministers argued at the conference that they should get higher equal- ization payments as Alberta raises its oil royalties after March 31. Royalties are among the provincial revenues on, Much equaliza- tion based. Mr. Turner he opposes raising the payments in line with royalties. Only Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia do not get the equalization payments from the federal treasury. The receiving provinces have also argued that the half of the oil export tax that Ot- tawa turns over to the produc- ing provinces should also be counted in calculating the equalization payments. The payir.er.ts tu the seven provinces are expected to total billion in the current fiscal year, not counting any agreement on the royalty and tax issues. The federal government dis- tributes to the seven provinces an amount equal to a third of all Alberta's royalty income up to billion, and 77 per cent of royalties above that Mr. Turner said he agreed to take to cabinet the proposal of British Columbia Premier Dave Barrett for a national public enquiry into the taxes paid by resource industries. But he indicated he opposes the idea. Mr. Barrett told reporters the international oil com- panies "are skinning us." Mr. Turner turned down a plea from Ontario and other provinces for compensation for tax losses under the new federal tax indexing system. reply to the provinces: Raise your own taxes if you need more revenues. Indexing involves raising tax brackets to prevent in- flated incomes from incurring higher tax rates. Implemented this year, it is an attempt to protect tax- payers from paying mart for inflation. It means losses to the prov- inces because their taxes are collected on the same basil as federal taxes. Mr. Turner said com- pensating provinces would mean levying more taxes on the people indexing is intend- ed to help. Regal close-up Princess Anne was dressed for a Canadian winter evening as she arrived at Government House for a three-day visit Friday, shortly after landing at the Ottawa airport with her husband Capt. Mark VOL. LXVIl Phillips. Winter party for royal pair The lethbrtdge Herald 38 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 1974 70 Pages 15 Cents OTTAWA (CP) A radiant Princess Anne and her square- shouldered cavalry-officer husband arrived here Friday for an informal weekend visit. The 23-year-old princess and Capt. Mark Phillips were met by Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger and Mme. Leger in one of the first formal functions performed by the Legers since the new governor-general was install- ed two weeks ago. Princess Anne, wrapped in a full-length mink coat against a chill, damp breeze, chatted briefly 'with Mr. and Mrs. Leger before climbing into a limousine with the governor- general for the short ride to Government House. Capt. Phillips rode in a second car with Mme. Leger. It was the first visit to Can- ada for the princess since she attended British Columbia's centennial celebrations in 1971. She and Capt. Phillips have been travelling almost contin- ually since their pageantry- filled wedding in Westminster Abbey Nov. 14." The royal couple spent Fri- day night resting at Govern- ment House after their flight from London aboard a regular Canadian forces 707 jet that stops at London en route from Lahr, West Germany. Although the aircraft also carried 119 servicemen and dependents, the princess and Capt. Phillips shared a closed- off forward compartment and didn't visit with the other passengers. There was a heavy schedule today, with the first item a tour of the Parliament Buildings conducted by Senate Speaker Muriel Fergusson and Commons Speaker Lucien Lamoureux and Mrs. Lamoureux. Next comes a tour of the National Arts Centre, follow- ing which Princess Anne planned to chat with skaters on the Rideau Canal if the un- seasonable temperatures hadn't left the ice too soggy for skating Then, it was back to Government House for a private luncheon with the Legers The afternoon schedule call- ed for the couple to cross the Ottawa River to Hull, Que., the first time a member of the Coleman miners vote Wednesday Crowsnest Pass Bureau COLEMAN A memoran- dum of agreement has been reached between Coleman Collieries Ltd. and Local 2633 of the United Mine Workers of America, putting miners' wages on par with employees of other heavy industries A special meeting has been called for Sunday in the Roxy Theatre, Coleman, at 1 p.m. to explain the memorandum to union members. The 450 members will vote on the agreement Wednesday. The memorandum calls for a complete job posting and job training program, appren- ticeship program, an increase in the Christmas bonus and vacation pay and a boost of 35 cents an hour above classification rates for un- derground workers. Esner De Anna, District IS representative of the union, said although the negotiating committee did not achieve all its objectives, it has come up with a contract similar to one settled at Kaiser Resources in Sparwood, B.C., earlier this month royal family has visited Quebec since Prince Philip made a brief stopover in St. Laurent in October, 1969. In Hull, the itinerary called for Princess Anne to drop the puck for the official start of a service club midget hockey tournament quarter-final game. After watching the hockey game, the royal couple was to return to Government House for a winter party of tobogan- ning, skating and sleigh rides. While they were expected to go for a sleigh ride and possibly risk the toboggan run, they don't skate. The party's Invited guests represent Canadian young people between the ages of 20 and 30. Sunday morning, the Prin- cess, Capt. Phillips and the Legers are to attend a service at Erskine Presbyterian Church, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Right H. Johnston, moderator orthe 99th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, is to conduct the ser- vice. Depending on the weather, the royal party may helicopter to Harrington Lake, the prime minister's Gatineau Hills residence, for lunch or dine with Mr. and Mrs. Trudeau at their Sussex Drive home in the city. Sunday night, Queen Eliza- beth arrives for a brief, 55- minute stopover on her way to Christchurch, New Zealand. Emperor marks anniversary TOKYO (Reuter) Emperor Hirohito celebrated his golden wedding anniver- sary today with a simple fami- ly gathering. Hirohito, 73, longest reign- ing emperor in modern Japanese history, said he would not feel right if elaborate ceremonies were held at this time of domestic and international problems. "I pray that the people will enjoy happiness he said The bespectacled emperor, a distinguished marine biologist, gave a rare news conference Friday in which he said the Second World War was the thing he most regretted in the last half cen- tury. His most pleasant memories, he said, were of the seven-country European tour he and Empress Nagako made in 1971. Nixon asked to comment on 5 tapes WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge has asked President Nixon to state publicly why he.opposes turning over five subpoenaed tapes to the Senate Watergate com- mtj.l. District Judge Gerhard Gesell ruled Friday that Nixon's claim of executive privilege is too general and is outdated by court rulings that led to surrender of most of the same tapes to the Watergate prosecution. Gesell also threw out a sub- poena the committee issued for all documents of 25 White House and Nixon re-election aides bearing on Watergate matters. .The judge said the subpoena for the documents "is too vague and, conclusory to per-. ul U.K. miners 0ut to rally Winter ice tames Cameron Falls The thunder of Cameron Falls in Waterton Park year. More photos of the summer resort in winter on has been muffled by Jack Frost, but their beauty page 17. comes through with even more sparkle this time of BILL GROENEN photo Private campground operators want government roadside camps phased out Inside EDMONTON (CP) Private campground and resort operators in Alberta have asked the provincial government to phase out its roadside campsites. The re- quest was made in a brief to Donald Hays, director of Travel Alberta, Friday. The Resort and Campgound Managers Association of Alberta said it wants the campsites converted to day use only because they added that if incentives are not provided many private operators will be forced out of business. "The economic position of the private operators is poor and for many the situation is the brief said. "The industry is beset by competition for recreation land by individuals, by the high cost of developing facilities, by a limited season of operation and by a lack of active support from govern- ment and in some cases open opposition Mr Hays declined comment on the brief until he had a chance to consider it but he did say any decision to close down the campsites would have to be made by the Alberta Cabinet. The brief also asked for such things as calculation of property taxes on resorts and campgrounds based on their shortened season of operation and creation of an assistance program "to help private operators advertise. "It is the association's posi- tion that with enlightened government policies, private enterprise is capable of meeting a large share of the forthcoming demand for recreation." However, because of Alber- ta's policies, the brief said: "The association is very pessimistic." Mr. Hays said if each com- mercial venture is to be mark- ed by a highway sign, "It would be momentous." and About town Embarrassed Trudy Rasmussen arriving at work wearing shoes from two different pairs MLA Dick Gruenwald wondering if provincial political involve- ment would be a qualification for a proposed Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year award. quirements appttfetble where a claim of executive privilege has been raised." Gesell asked Nixon to sub- mit before Feb. 6 a statement "indicating whether he still wishes to invoke executive privilege as to these tapes" and the reasons that dis- closure to the committee would not be in the public in- terest. "This statement must be signed by the president, for only he can invoke the privilege at Gesell ruled. He said the statement would be made part of the public record. The committee issued its original subpoenas at about the same time that the special Watergate prosecutor demanded tapes of nine meetings. In response to both the prosecutor and the com- mittee, Nixon claimed ex- ecutive privilege, arguing that turning over the tapes and documents would invade presidential confidentiality. Meanwhile the Senate Watergate committee has decided to postpone a new round of hearings scheduled to begin next week, Senator Sam Ervin (Dem. chairman of the panel, said today. Ervin said the postponement was agreed upon to ensure "that no prejudice be done" to the impending trial of former attorney-general John Mitchell and former commerce secretary Maurice Stans. The two are accused of ex- erting influence on behalf of Robert Vesco, a financier fac- ing a federal suit, in exchange for a contribution to the re-election campaign of President Nixon. The trial was originally scheduled to open on Feb. 19. Ervin's statement announcing the postponement in hearings gave no indication when they might be rescheduled support CONDON (Reuter) Brit- ain's coal miners are holding rallies this weekend to whip up support for a strike which would bring industry to a halt and deal a staggering blow to the economy. The miners' ban on over- time, by reducing coal supplies to power stations, has already forced industry to a three-day work week to save energy. But now the miners' union, feeling there is not enough bite to their claim for a pay in- crease more than the Con- servative government's anti- inflation wage ceiling, have served provisional notice of a national strike beginning Feb. 10. The notice shows union con- fidence that a vote among the miners will receive the required 55-per-cent approval. In the face of the ballot, ex- pected to take two weeks to complete, Energy Minister Patrick Jenkin told Parlia- ment Friday the government is scrapping plans to relax the threenday week. Jenkin said "the govern- ment cannot yield to the brute force of an industrial power to override policies sanctioned by Parliament." Ihe government refuses to break its pay code to meet the miners' demand for between and a week, and has in- stead offered 111 with the promise of more to come when the economy can stand it The last time the miners went on strike, in 1971-72, they stayed out for seven weeks un- til the government sur- rendered and paid a 20-per- cent increase With coal stocks at power stations higher than when the men last went on strike, the government appears able to withstand a longer siege. But the government's final move may be to call an early election to affirm public sup- port for its policies Classified 28-3 Comics 2 Comment 4, District 1 Family 20-2 Local News 17, 1 Markets 26, 2 Religion 10. 1 Sports 13-1 Theatres TV Weather LOW TONIGHT 25 HIGH SUNDAY TO SNOWFLURRIES RCMP investigating clashes at Elkf ord ELKFORD, B.C. (CP) RCMP Friday were in- vestigating two clashes between striking workers and company contractors who passed through a picket line at the Cominco Ltd. Elkf ord Mine Thursday night The mine has been struck for a month by the United Steelworkers of America and Association of Commercial and Technical employees. The Steelworkers said Fri- day the company drove non- union vehicles through a picket line. The company responded with a charge that union members smashed windows and lights in the trucks on company property, injuring two occupants. Cominco spokesman James Cameron said two trucks from Ci-gas Ltd. of Calgary were being brought in with propane gas needed to maintain mine, equipment and prevent it from freezing. He said when the truck crossed a picket line, truck windows were smashed and an attempt was made to stop the trucks The trucks continued, however, but later stalled on a hill on company property because of road conditions. Mr. Cameron said that 12 men, some of them union members, then surrounded the trucks and a security vehicle He said most of the windows and lights in the three vehicles were broken, one driver suf- fered facial injuries and glass in the eye, and a security of- ficer from Base Port Co of Calgary was struck on the head Steelworkers Local Presi- dent Lome Ryder denied all knowledge of the second in- cident, but said that when the trucks passed the picket line, one picketer was injured ;