Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
WINDY FORECAST HIOH SATURDAY 15 ABOVE The Lethbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 41 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 22 PAGES Alta. parties load guns for final session By WALTER KREVENCHUK EDMONTON (CP) - There may be a few preelection surprises but indications are the Social Credit government will concentrate on improving the environment and social services during the forthcoming session of the Alberta legislature. The session, which opens Thursday, Feb. 11, will almost certainly be the last before a provincial general ' election. The 10 Progressive Conservative members in the 65-seat house will attempt to show the 55 Social Credit members can't cope with the problems in the 1970s. The last election was in 1967. Social Credit, in office since 1935, is expected to introduce some 120 pieces of legislation. The Opposition is expected to counter-attack with its own legislation as Conservative leader Peter Loug-heed strives to convince the electorate his party is a viable alternative. High on the government list is a proposed department of environmental improvement in response to what Premier Harry Strom calls "the growing recognition that the problems of pollution and conservation are increasingly the foremost problems which government, industry and society as a whole will have to come to grips with in the 1970s and 1980s." Industries polluting the environment could be closed by the department, which would be responsible for all pollution-control programs in the province as well as land use, and would maintain a balance between industrial development and conservation. Planning fund A byproduct could be a planning fund based on the concept every municipality contribute to the control of pollution, preservation of recreation areas and on finding the most suitable locations for nuisance industries. Municipalities would pay into the fund on a sliding scale. Highways Minister Gordon Taylor intends to introduce a bill to put a deposit, probably two cents a container, on non-returnable bottles and cans containing soft drinks. The government has already applied a refundable deposit of 30 cents a dozen to imported beer in bottles and cans. The government is expected to set aside specific areas in the foothills as wildlife areas in which nativity would be restricted. It plans to merge the departments of health and social development and to establish a hospital services commission. The commission would be responsible for all active treatment hospitals, auxiliary hospitals, nursing homes and senior citizens' lodges. It would have the power to approve additional hospitals and set and pay grants for hospital operating budgets and capital budgets. Health Minister James Henderson plans to produce legislation to limit hospital spending, a step that has already been taknn in education. If hospital costs exceed provincial aid by more than 10 per cent, local authorities would have to hold a plebiscite to obtain the extra money. The merger of the health and social development departments is designed to improve social services coordination and reduce costly duplication. Social Development Minister Ray Speaker's budget has already soared $10 million above its original $55 million 1970-71 estimate. Mr. Speaker said a system of regional boards is the government's answer to rising costs. The boards would initially control hospitals, their financing, nursing homes and senior citizens' residences. Later, if a number of pilot projects succeed, board control could be examined to include welfare and preventive social services. The ultimate would be a "composite health and social development" board elected by voters in various regions of the province. Auto insurance Compulsory automobile insurance, with private companies doing the selling and a legislative committee niaintaining a watch on the program, will be introduced. Premier Strom said licence plates in 1972 will be issued only after an applicant furnishes an insurance certificate. The plan will end Alberta's green-card system which allows a driver to operate without insurance if he contributes $20 to the province's Unsatisifed Judgment Fund. Treasurer A. O. Aalborg is determined to come up with a balanced budget for 1971-72 without an increase in tax rates. But there will be at least one new tax: 10 per cent on the gross revenues of lotteries and sweepstakes in the province. Alberta had a record deficit of $142 million in the first half of tho current fiscal year ending March 31. But Mr. Aalborg said he is optimistic spending restraints and a declaration in capital projects will bring about a year-end financial position close to the budget prediction of $112 million in borrowings and contributions from provincial reserves to meet a $1.13 billion spending program. The legislature will probably receive several reports, among them studies into expropriation procedures and into the broader aspects of the management of all tlie province's energy resources. Attorney-General Edgar Gerhart, who will replace Municipal Affairs Minister Fred Colborne as government house leader, is expected to propose that the age of majority be lowered to IB or 19 from 21, that the age of minors be raised to 18 from 16 and that offences under the Narcotics Control Act be brought under provincial control. Other Hems expected to be mentioned in the Speech from the Throne are a provincial police commission, plans for cultural, lesiure and recreational programs, a new slock inspection act to give police and brand inspectors more power, and industrial tax-sharing with municipalities. Hurrah! we've made it over the 40,000 hump Lethbridge's population, unofficially at least, is now 40,844. The tally, which hasn't yet been officially verified, was completed late Thursday. It marks an increase of 1,292 from last year's figure of 39,552. Working on the basis of an annual increase of about IVz per cent, city officials had expected a jump of about 1,000. Started Jan. 11, the census was completed last Friday. Since that time a crew at city hall has been busy counting up the numbers. The population count is used as the basis for the city's borrowing capacity through the Alberta Municipal Financing Corporation. Last year's figure of $1,977,600 will now have an extra $64,600 tacked on. Lawsuit thrown out TORONTO (CP) - Mr. Justice Lloyd Houlden of the Ontario Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a $104 million damage action brought against Prime Minister Trudeau and Energy Minister J. J. Greene by financier Stephen B. Roman and Roman Corp. Ltd. Mr. Roman's office said today his lawyers have been given instructions to launch an immediate appeal to the Ontario court of appeal. The suit concerned government action in blocking the sale of shares in Denison Mines Ltd., a Roman Corp. subsidiary, to a company controlled by U.S. interests, Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas Ltd. "It would be a serious matter if members of Parliament were accountable in courts of law for such actions," said Mr. Justice Houlden. "Legal proceedings are expensive and time-consuming." "In my view it would be prejudicial to our system of gov-crtuiteni'if litigation of this type were permitted to proceed." In a statement of claim, Mr. Roman and the Roman Corp. said that a legally binding oral agreement was negotiated with Hudson's Bay last February for sale of Denison shares to the oil company. The principal shareholder in Hudson's Bay is Continental Oil Co. of Delaware. GOVERNMENT CONCERNED Mr. Trudeau informed the Commons shortly thereafter that the federal government was concerned Uiat a substantial interest in Denison, a major uranium producer, might fall into U.S. hands. Mr. Roman, chief executive officer of both Roman Corp. and Denison Mines, said the sale of shares was necessary to obtain extra financing for Denison, which owns rich deposits in the Elliot Lake area of Northern Ontario. Heavy water plant study is primed OTTAWA (CP) - Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. has been authorized to spend $300,000 on a study of the cost of bringing into production the inoperative Deuterium of Canada Ltd. heavy water plant at Glace Bay, N.S., Resources Minister J. J. Greene announced in the Commons today. Mr. Greene said the agreement with Deuterium and the Province of Nova Scotia, which has taken over the $115 million plant, involves no agreement by either the federal government; or AECL to commit further funds to the Deuterium plant, bring it into production, or operate it. Seen and heard About town rONTR ACTOR Frans Feytcr, informed tliat' Sandi Swihart was cooking dinner, claiming "that is the reason I brought my own lunch" . . . Bill Havinga noting that if his wife doesn't stop cooking such good meals he'll have to invest in a pot holder ... An anonymous worker at the new university site proclaiming that "this crazy weather is going to crack tho building before we finish it," Nixon turns back on own pledge to beat red i WASHINGTON (CP) - President Nixon proposed today record government spending of $229,200 million in fiscal 1972 as he unveiled a budget that showed 1971 to be the second worst red-ink year the United States lias seen since the Second World War. Turning his back on long-held Republican economic - orthodoxy and his own pledge to balance the budget, Nixon presented to Congress a package indicating massive deficits this year and next totalling at least $30,200 million. GRIM SCENE-A sheriff's officer at St. Paul, Minn., was shot to death and a young intern was held hostage for nearly an hour by a young hospital patient who demanded to leave shortly before he was to be discharged, authorities said. The grim scene is reflected in door glass at the left. The intern was held hostage for an hour. Spacemen taper off training CAPE KENNEDY (AP) -The Apollo 14 astronauts taper off their training today as the countdown for Sunday's noon launching enters a critical phase with the loading of super-cold liquids aboard the command ship. After devoting several full days to practice in the spaceship trainers, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa planned to spend only a few hours at this work today and to devote more time to flight plan review. In a delicate operation, the launch team is to pump liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen into tanks that service the command vessel's fuel cells, these two frigid liquids combine in the cells to produce electricity. Liquid oxygen must be main- tained at 297 degrees below zero and liquid hydrogen at minus 423. Otherwise they would turn to gas. The countdown is ticking toward a liftoff of the Saturn V rocket at 3:23 p.m. EST Sunday. TRAINER CRASHES HOUSTON (AP) - A rocket-powered craft used previously by astronaut Alan B. Shepard to train for the Apollo 14 moon-landing next week crashed today during a routine flight. The pilot escaped injury. The craft, called the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle- LLTV-exploded and burned on impact, officials said. Stuart M. Present, the space agency pilot, ejected and parachuted to safety. No other details were immediately available. NO NEW TAXES Even this calculation is based on optimistic forecasts of economic recovery that many economists consider unrealistic. Nixon asked for no new taxes for the new fiscal year starting July 1. With unemployment and inflation uppermost in his mind, Nixon said the budget demonstrates his administration's role in restoring."prosperity without war and without runaway inflation." The theory goes this way: "The full employment budget idea is in the nature of a self-fulfilling prophecy. By operating as if we were at full employment, we will help to bring about full employment." MISCALCULATION SHOWN The budget testifies to a vast fiscal miscalculation in the current budget year, for which Nixon had forecast a $1,300 million surplus. The actual deficit of $18,600 million acknowledged in today's budget represents a misfire of nearly $20,000 million. Two of the main big-spending proposals were defence outlays that showed an increase of $1,600 million to nearly $75,000 million-if Congress approves- and a six-percent cost-of-living increase in social security payments to the elderly. This increase would be retroactive to Jan. 1. Thereafter, Nixon urged, there should be annual, automatic increases to match inflation. Nixon trimmed federal spending sharply in the fields of space and the Peace Corps, cutting the volunteer agency's budget by 21-per-cent to $71.2 million. The space program, which peaked at $5,900 million in 1965, was budgeted at $3,368 million this year and at a proposed $3,151 million for fiscal 1972. Despite Congress' rejection of the American supersonic transport plane project, Nixon showed no signs of giving up and asked for $261 million to bring two of the controversial SST prototype planes close to completion in 1972. SEEKS INCREASES Elsewhere, Nixon asked for hefty increases for water pollution control, elementary and secondary education, a 32-percent increase in funds for law enforcement, for more intensive policing by the consumers' affairs office, and for greater attention to the needs of the poor through the food-stamp program under which the needy may purchase food cheaply. The budget provides federal subsidy funds for the new U.S. postal service. The budget assumes higher mail rates will take effect May 15, presumably including an increase in the first-class letter rate to eight cents from six. If private forecasts of economic activity prove right and the government is wrong, Nixon's 1972 deficit will be larger. Alaska highway project talks expected to start OTTAWA (CP) - Negotiations between Canada and the United States for the paving of the 1,525-mile Alaska highway are expected to get under way early this year. The negotiations are the result of a bill passed by Congress in December which approved tlie huge project in principle and authorized President Nixon to begin negotiations with Canada, A public works department spokesman said Thursday that the Americans have yet to make any approaches. But the Congress bill calls for a presidential report on the matter by the end of 1971. Tbe road, which begins at Dawson Creek, B.C., and snakes through more than 1,000 miles of Canadian territory before reaching the Yukon-Alaska border, was built by tlie Americans during the Second World War as a measure of continental defence. Since 1946, tlie Canadian government has been responsible for maintenance of the portion of the highway located in Canada. An analysis of the economic benefits of paving the road, prepared in 1965 by the Stanford Research Institute, for the northern development department, recommended against paving. . "The total discounted benefits that could be derived from the proposed improvements p r o-gram of the Alaska highway would amount to $46,901,000 over the next 20 years, as against a discounted net cost of $84,051,000 under the most favorable construction alternative," said the report, Estimated cost of the panng job is about $200 million. This would include the necessary upgrading of the road, relocating parts of it and replacing bridges. Canadian interest in a road link to its Arctic is on the increase because of tlie need for trucks to bring in materials for any oil or natural gas pipeline in the Mackenzie area. 'And where do you think you're going?' Planes clip in air SYDNEY, Australia (Reuter) - A Hans Australia Airlines Boeing 727 jetliner tonight clipped a landing Canadian Pacific Airlines DC-8, tearing off half its tail. Airport officials said no one was injured and the Australian jet taking off on a domestic flight at the time continued to climb and circled for 30 minutes jettisoning fuel in the sea before landing safely with faulty hydraulic gear which was damaged in the collision. There were 135 passengers aboard the CP Air jet from Vancouver and 90 aboard the other jet. WEDS JAMAICAN LONDON (AP) - George Drummond, 28-year-old banking heir, has secretly married Rachel Manley, the daughter of Jamaican Opposition Leader Michael Manley in Barbados, The Daily Express says. Trudeau cools heels By DAVE McINTOSH TEHRAN (CP) - On the final stop of his 24-day Asian tour, Prime Minister Trudeau had one of the most unnerving experiences since he assumed office in 1968. He was left cooling his heels by the Shah of Iran this morning, m Trudeau had to stand In line with some of his officials awaiting the Persian monarch's arrival. When the Shah finally appeared, the king passed down the line shaking hands with each Canadian. The meeting took place in the Shah's magnificent palace where some ante-room carpets cost $40,000 apiece. During the small talk, Trudeau mentioned he had been in 'Singapore. "I don't like Singapore at all," the Shah said, and that ended that part of the conversation. The Commonwealth may have some reason to appreciate that Trudeau was in Singapore, however. Using some words provided by Australia, Trudeau sold the other Commonwealth leaders on a compromise which resulted in unanimous agreement on the declaration of principles, including a clause against helping regimes which practise racial discrimination. His final call today In Iran was mainly for stopover purposes. From there he flew to Lahr, the Canadian base in West Germany, and men to Ottawa after a few hours stop. In all, he flew about 30,000 miles, the equivalent of more than once around the world. WESTERN WELFARE MINISTERS - Provincial welfare ministers Philip Gaglardi, left, of B.C., Ray Speaker, right, of Alberta, and C. P. MacDonald, in background, of Saskatchewan, novo an informal discussion at the federal-provincial welfare ministers' conference In Ottawa.