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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Bonus plans death ends House drama By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) Members of Parliament are head- id for belated summer early electioneer- ordering an end to a port strike on the St. Lawrence and watching a new baby-bonus plan dis- appear into at least temporary oblivion. Parliament went into a 12-week summer recess at pm. EOT Friday after emergency legislation to end the St. Lawrence dock strike became law. The MPs thus ended a parliamentary sitting that started Feb. 17 and was more noteworthy for its elec- tioneering than for the government legislative pro- gram that emerged from it. Paul Hellyer a former Liberal cabinet minister, provided suitable drama for the end of a silting by single-handedly scuppering the government's family allowance plan. Mr. Hellyer used a procedural tactic to stop de- bate on the would give larger baby bo- nuses to the poor, none to the rich and less to those in thus prevent passage of the bill. He said he himself was opposed to the highly con- troversial bill and even some Liberals had asked him to oppose it. The bill would have passed had it been allowed to come to a vote. The Liberals and Conservatives would have supported it and the New Democratic Party would have opposed. Health Minister John Munro, who had fought for passage over a long period, said Mr. Hellyer's action was irresponsible and he was flaunting the will Parliament. Stanley Knowles, NDP House Leader, said Mr. Hellyer stopped debate from the wrong motives and for the wrong reasons but that he had done the peo- ple Canada a service. By next summer the government had hoped to Increase the fcize of family allowance payments under the new plan to five of 10 families in Canada under a complicated formula that took into account the size of family and income. Will appear again Mr. Munro said If Parliament, sits again Sept. 28, as scheduled, the legislation will appear again. The Lib- eral party was committed to it. But otters expressed doubt that the legislation will ever see the light of day again in its present form. It is known that some Liberals, even cabinet mem- bers, and some Conservatives were opposed to it be- cause it would take payments away from many in the middle class and because of bureaucratic tangles that many expected would result from the necessity of de- termining the income of applicants. The government had hoped to jam the bill through the Commons as it sat an extra week to deal with legislation that ended tha dock strikes in Montreal, Trois-Rivieres and Quebec. With general agreement from the opposition. Bio slop-strike legislations slipped through all stages from introduction by Labor Minister Martin O'Connell Wed- nesday to royal assent Friday afternoon in just over 72 hours. It is now law. There was little criticism of the legislation, with the exception of powers conferred on an arbitrator, and the bill became effective in time for employers at the ports to plan to have some of the longshore- men back at work Monday. As the legislation was going through the fi- nal phases of the Parliamentary process, shipping ex- ecutives, importers and exporters in Montreal were questioning whether the three ports would ever regain all the business lost by the ports in the eight-week strike And the NDP was wondering whether the land- mark job security provisions, included in the contract signed this spring between the International Longshore- men's Association and the Maritime Employers Asso- ciation were going to be tinkered with by the arbitra- tor. The unity of the Commons in the quick passage of the docks legislation was unusual for the House this session. Only 16 of the 35 bills introduced by the gov- ernment have been passed since February. Left hanging were such major pieces of legisla- tion as the controversial foreign takeovers legislation, the long-promised bill to limit election expenses and measures dealing with housing and urban renewal. Bill unpassed Bother bill left unpassed was one dealing with the expenditures of Air Canada and the Canadian National Hallways. Every time that hill came up, opposition mem- bers howled nbout transportation policies, or the lack of them, in Canada and the government decided to turn to other business. The government did not feel that it could attempt to gain passage of Bill C-158 which would have estab- lished Iho official English and French versions of O national anthem. Perhaps it feared a re- peat of the flag debate of 1964. Many of the measures that were passed were rou- tine. The government, after seeing its important leg- islation hitting roadblocks, recently indicated that it was satisfied with the result of the sitting because leg- islation extending the DxMimon-proviccial agreements thst provide, among other things for equalization pay- ments for the poorer provinces, had passed. Other major legislation that passed included Crim- inal Code amendments that made hijacking aircraft an offence and labor code amendments that allow union and management representatives under union ju- nsdiclion to take account of technological change in contract negotiations. Now MPs are heading hack to their constituencies wondering whether they will get one more sitting of the 27th Parliament under their belts More an elec- tion. A widely held assumption when Parliament re- sumed in February was that this was the last silting, but Prime Minister Trudeau kept everybody guessing right up to Friday. Twice during the sitting he shot down election speculation, the last time with an in- vilnlmn to talk to him at the end of the summer. Even during the last week he threw remarks across the floor of Iho House that could bo read n.i indicating the House would not be sitting in, September nnd Ihal Iheic would be n brief fall session. That 1072 election possibility certainly is in Iho minds n[ many Airs as they return home. HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 70-75 The Letlibridge Herald "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 176 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JULY 8, 1972 FOUR SECTIONS 58 PAGES million earmarked to aid South irrigation By RUDY HAUGENEDER Herald Staff Writer A dollar deal with the federal government design- ed to rehabilitate irrigation ia southern Alberta, was announc- ed in Lethbridge Friday by Al- berta Environment Minister Bill Yurko. The money, which represents 35 per cent of an million to million costsharing ar- rangement between the Alberta government and Ottawa, will PROTECTION FOR THE CANDIDATES John Doyle of West lafoyeHe, closes the gate of a barbed wire lopped security fence around the trailer to be occupied by Sen. George McGovern adjacent to Convention Hall in Miami Beach. Doyle is with the McGovem Campaign. The fence surrounds the area where the candidates' trail- ers are located. McGovern challengers ready for 4big' battle By CART T. LEUBSDORF MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) Senator George McGovern's presidential challengers, buoyed by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that tossed the California cre- dentials case before next week's Democratic national convention, worked today to chip away at the South Dakota senator's mas- sive delegate lead. On the scene ahead of Me- Cuban exiles plan protest at Democratic convention MIAMI, Fla. (AP) De- spite spirited opposition from within their own ranks, top leaders of Miami's Cuban exile colony of 300.0DO have called for "a massive demon- s t r a t i o n" Tuesday at the Democratic national conven- tion. Carlos Prio Socarras, for- mer Cuban president and the demonstration's chief organ- izer, said Friday that he ex- pects up to refugees to march "peaceably and with good intentions" outside Con- vention Hall. "We are not protesting against Prio said, "only against the idea that Cubans in this country have no right to do anything to over- throw Fidel Castro." Prio heads a coalition group which includes Bay of Pigs veterans, his own Cuban Rev- olutionary party, students and others. Opposed to the idea of dem- onstrations, but planning to stage their own mini-cam- paign of "information and ac- is another coalition refugee group calling itself the Committee for Liberation. Jet may hoist oil out of Arctic EDMONTON (CP) Tho government is studying the concept of an aircraft, capable of lifting 2.3 million pounds with 12 jet engines, being used in the Arctic to bring resources to southern Canada, Brig.-Gcn. Max Frcidl said Friday. Ho said the design proposal from Boeing Aircraft Corp. is only one of .several versions being studied. key Jo mak- ing such a plane a paying op- eration in the Arctic would bo how much flying it did, he add- ed. Gen. Freidl told the Edmon- ton Airport Association the air- craft could be used to carry liquified natural gas or oil, minerals, wheat or chemicals, Tho idea, he would be to hnvc two pods, the of a Boeing 747 fuselage. Each rod would split in half with one part bolting to the front of the wing and the other half bolting to the back half. The landing gear to hold the immense weight would have 48 wheels on eight legs spread across 230 feet fo the 478-foot wingspnn. Gen. Friedl sjud the aircraft would have duplicated systems and electronics to prevent the plane from being crippled nnd forced to ground. The aircraft would have full maintenance! and engineering facilities built in the fuselage. He said 43 aircraft flying 500 miles for 18 hours a day could carry two million barrels of oil in civ round trips each. To purchase 50 aircraft, cost, varies from billion In K.15 billion. Govern tn meet with delegates in this resort centre were con- tenders Senators Hubert Hum- phrey, Edmund Muskie, Henry Jackson, and Representative Wilbur Mills. They hailed the high court's 6-to-3 ruling Friday night. It stopped a lower court from restoring 151 dispuled Cal- ifornia delegates to McGovem. Preparing to fly here today to take personal charge of his quest for the nomination, Mc- Govern said in Washington he was confident "the American sense of fair play will win out in Miami" and give him back tho California delegates. His political operatives, who spent much of the day planning for the floor fight expected Mon- day night on the California cre- dentials case, said they ex- pected to win by at least 50 in a showdown that could have a decisive impact on the fight for the nomination itself. "The nomination is Monday night. It's not Wednesday commented Harold Him- melman, a Cleveland lawyer who is a McGovern political aide If McOnvprn wins the Califor- nia credentials fight, he would be about 50 votes away from winning the nomination, accord- ing to a tally by The Associated Press. If he loses, he would be more ban 200 votes short. He needs votes to win tha nomination. In its ruling, the Supreme Court in effect reinstated the decision by the convention's cre- dentials committee, which voted 72 to 66 to divide the 271 Califor- nia delegates proportionately according to votes in the June 6 primary, rather than following (he state law giving them all In the winner. MeGovero. In a second case, the court refused to take action on Chi- cago Mayor Richard Daley's ef- fort to overthrow a credentials committee ruling that ousted him and 58 other Illinois dele- gates for violations of reform selection rules. That dispute, too, will go to Iho convention floor. That left McGovom with first-ballot ahead o[ Humphrey's 507, Gov. Ocorgn 387 and Mudde'i 237, be paid out over a 10-year per- iod. Mr. Yurko made the an- nouncement at the windup ban- quet of the annual convention of the Canadian Water Re- sources Association. The province is to contribute another 32 per cent of the mon- ey, with the balance paid by irrigation districts and muni- cipai governments. OUTLINES DEAL Mr. Yurko said the federal deal includes 2 million to the provincial government for the assets and responsibilities of the Bow River project; million to the province for re- construction of Western Irriga- tion District headworks, Bas- sano Dam, Brooks aqueduct, and the Carsland weir, current- ly under construction; and S5 5 million to help offset the cost of a program of rehabilitation of secondary irrigation works. "Approximately million of the million could be re- quired to complete the rehabil- itation of the Bow River Proj- ect and St. Mary he said. The federal government will also pay million for recon- struction and engineering ser- vices which have been com- pleted at some secondary irri- gation works in the past two- years. Tne provincial government will "as a matter of policy" in- crease its direct financial con- tribution in the future, "by in- creasing the allocations through the irrigation he said. Mr. Yurko said the size of the increase will depend on budgetary considerations and cannot be determined at pres- ent. Of local contributions to the cost sharing program, he said: "It remains to be seen whether or not the irrigation districts, in cooperation with municipal governments, are prepared to undertake their responsibility in carrying their share." Alberta wants own health plan EDMONTON (CP) Alberta wants to opt out of any new shared-cost arrangement with Ottawa to pay medical and hos- pital costs, Provincial Treas- urer Gordon Miniely told Fi- nance Minister John Turner Fri- day. Instead, Alberta w a n ts the federal government to turn over the income tax points that would allow the province to pay for health programs itself. Mr. Turner said he felt Alber- ta's proposal would bring tha whole question of federal-pro- vincial cost-sharing back to "square one" while his immedi- ate problem was to develop a new health financing formula that would curtail rising costs. Mr. Miniely said he rejected any interim formula. Health care is a provincial re- sponsibility under the constitu- tion and Alberta wants to take that responsibility, he said. However, it needs the financial capacity through the transfer of income tax points from Ottawa to the province to do it. Alberta now receives about million from the federal government under the 50-50 cost sharing arrangement covering health and hospital costs. Mr. Turner blamed the rapid increase in costs to three main factors: of high-cost Intensive care some cases cheaper facilities such as nurs- ing homes could be used. calling for doctors at too many points of treatment Labor contracts In pitals. Earlier, he said his visits to provincial treasurers are not substitutes for federal-provin- cial conferences. DISCUSS PROBLEMS He felt the provinces could discuss problems that con- cerned them on a bilateral level rather than have them sub- merged in the formality of a federal-provincial conference. Mr. Turner also said he was asking provinces to limit foreign borrowing and was "seeking an arrangement to set up an infor- mation centre in Ottawa to gather provincial requirements in advances." Provinces were being asked to do their borrowing on the Cana- dian market and to notify tha government in advance so bor- rowings could be spread over the year. Between April and June the provinces had borrowed million on the foreign market, which, along with million in short-term borrowing, had caused upward pressure on the dollar. Alberta had not contributed to the Canadian exchange prob- lems because it had not been borrowing. He had been assured by Mr. Miniely that Alberta "has no intention of complicat- ing the situation for the balance of the year." Barricades dismantled in Belfast From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) Protestant street barricades erected around areas of Belfast over- night started to come down this morning and more were sched- uled to be removed tonight. Most of the temporary bar- riers were being taken down fol- lowing negotiations between tha British army and leaders of the Protestant Ulster Defence Asso- ciation. One of the areas where barri- cades were dismantled this morning was just outside Bel- fast in Lisburn, headquarters of the army. The barricade building has been a regular feature in recent weekends as the Protestants protest the existence of Roman Catholic "no-go" enclaves in Londonderry. Earlier thjs week, the UDA told tha British government it would erect one more perma- ncait "no-go" srea this weekend along with scoies of temporary street barriers. But after tha weekend, the government would have two weeks of "peace and grace" during which a march would take place. Fears of a widespread barrier building operation failed to ma- terialize Friday night although at OK3 point about 1700 UDA men masked and armed with truncheons and riot shields con- fronted British troops in Belfast. shutdown under way TRAIL, EC. (CP) Com- inco Ltd., Friday began an or- derly shutdown of its smelter and refinery operations in the British Columbia interior as the United Steelworkers of Am- erica prepared to go on the pic- ket lines. A Cominco spokesman said shutdown procedures were ini- tiated according to plan so that there would be no damage to equipment when the men left their machinery. The union called a strike of Steelworkers employed at Comtoco operations here and in Kimberley and Benson Lake to start at 7 a.m. today. Union of- ficials Friday drew up rosters for picket duty. The union served strike no- lice Wednesday in its contract dispute with Cominco and the union membership Thursday followed their leaders' recom- mendation and rejected the company's latest wage propos- als. The offer included a wage in- crease of 15 per cent over two years plus to a range of be- tween and S3.70 an horn- by next July 1. Under the old contract, which expired June 30, the range was ?3.40 to an hour. Former king dies CAIRO (Reuten Former King Tallal Ben Abdulla of Jor- dan o7ed at dawn today, the Egyptian news agency reported, quoting Radio Amman. The former king reigned for barely a year after his fcther, King Abdullah, founder of the Hashemite dynasty in Jordan, was assassinated in 1951. Biefenbaker continues battle for lower freight rates By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Burcan OTTAWA An old familiar cry was heard in the House of Commons Friday. "Freight rates arc hurling tho economy of western that was the oft-repeated com- plaint that was voiced once again in the House by John Diefenbaker Al- Transport Minister Donald Jamieson said he was entirely in sympathy with the attitude of Western Canada towards high freight rates, but nt this stago there is not much he can Mr. Diefenbaker pointed out that rapcsecd today is becoming a major element in the western economy. The western prov- inces ns n result find them- in a position whcro unfair freight rates against prairia processed finished products, web u ndian money ulso has alee, nlcklu and dimes. ;