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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridqe Herald VOL. LXVI No. 179 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1973 TEN CENTS THREE SECTION! 80 PAGBB Nixon lowered boom-Mitchell Railway dispute situation bleak Trailer caravan Though Canada's campgrounds are crowd- ed in the summer they're not as congested as this picture suggests. The Wally Byam caravan of airstream trailers passed through Lethbridge and encamped for the night at the Exhibition Grounds. Herald photographer Harry Neufeld recorded the scene. Prices board defended North pipeline mixed blessing By BUD JORGENSEN TORONTO (CB) Two documents identified as confidential federal government papers published in a monthly magazine say Canadian gas and oil prices will be pulled upward by rising prices in tie United States unless Canada adopts protective policies. They conclude that construction of a northern gas pipeline would put pressure on the Canadian economy and ?'would likely prove to be a mixed blessing." The government papers published by The Canadian Forum magazine predict that construction of the pipe- line would upset Canadian and world financial mar' kets, push interest rates higher, put pressure on the dollar and disrupt Canadian trade, and cause at least some inflation. One report which The Forum says was prepared by civil servants in the department of industry trade and commerce suggests a two-price system for nat- ural gas and oil is needed and that Canada should charge "what the export market will bear." Domestic prices should be "significantly lower." An application is expected later this year from a consortium of U.S. and Canadian firms for permis- sion to build a pipeline to transport natural gas from the North. Hearings on the application are likely to be drawn out, with opposition expected from national' ist groups and environmental organizations. Conclusions in the report as ft appeared in The Forum, include these suggestions: measures should be adopted to en- sure an adequate supply of low-cost energy to meet current and future foreseeable Canadian requirements. to internal trade in energy resources should be removed as expeditiously as possible. very high priority should be given to using energy, and especially indigenous energy resources, as a tool of industrial development The report says encouraging industrial develop- ment "would seem to require" a system for natural gas and oil, full economies of scale in produc- tion and transportation for Canadian use and possibly reserving low-cost energy reserves for domestic use. Concerning exports, the report says measures should be adopted to "optimize the returns to Canada from the export of surplus energy and "ensure that a large share of the gain accruing from exploitation of Canada's energy resources are captured by Canada and by Canadian interests and not by foreign interests." It adds, with elaboration: "Pursuit of these objec- tives concerning exports would seem to require in- creased government intervention. Inside Wow wttyt do we 20-22 ,.....26 4, 5 3, 10, 28 '8, 19 13, 24 8, 9 Entertainment 7 6 2 Youth..........29 LOW TONIGHT SO, HIGH FRIDAY W; WNDY, HOT Classified Comics Comment District Family Local Markets Sports By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau accused members of the opposition in the House of Commons Wednes- day of trying to destroy the credibility of the Food Prices Review Board before it even be- gins its work. He levelled the accusation after Conservative and New Democratic MP's repeatedly urged him to broaden the pow- ers of the. board and deal with rising food costs as a matter of urgency. It was the second day in a row in which the minority Lib- eral government was subjected to criticism in the House on its to deal effectively with rising living costs in Canada- Statistics reported Tuesday that the' cost of living siood last month 8.1 per cent above its level of one year ago, and that food prices had jumped in 12 months by 17.7 per cent. NDP Leader David Lewis asked Trudeau Wednesday if the prime minister has dis- cussed the work of the board, set up on the recommendation of a Commons committee, with the responsible minister, Con- sumer Affairs Minister Herb Gray, and if he wfll instruct Gray to report to the House the progress of the board's work so far. Trudeau replied that he has not discussed the matter either with the minister or with mem- bers of the board, but promised to convey Lewis' suggestion to Gray "and see what the minis- ter plans to do." The NDP leader accused the government of "emasculation" France takes precautions at N-site PAPEETE, Tahiti (AP) French police took precautions today against any attempt by opponents of French nuclear tests to hijack a French plane and fly it over the test site in the South Pacific. With the first explosion in France's 1973 test series appar- ently imminent armed guards were pat on afl French com- mercial planes flying into and out of Papeete. AH passengers and their baggage were closely searched at the airport. In attempts to focus world opinion on the tests and the op- position to them, the New Zea- land frigate Otago sailed into the prohibited zone Wednesday. The American yacW Fri tras reported 40 mile? Mu- ruroa. Al least three more pro- test yachts were en route to the area. One of these is the ketch Greenpeace HI, sponsored bv the Greenpeace Foundation of Canada. It has sailed to Mu- ruroa from the New Zealand port of Whangerei R is cap- tained by David TTcTaggart. 33. of Vancouver and has three other persons aboard. of the board in not giving it powers to take effective action to bring food prices down: "The board is composed of very responsible men and women of the Canadian public. I would not want to subscribe to the type of accusation that has just been levelled against it by the leader of the New Demo- cratic Trudeau snapped. "Having set up this boarjtand having asked various Respon- sible citizens to 'act on this board of the gov- ernment is. that we want to give it a chance to operate before trying to destroy its' credibility in people's minds, as obviously members of the opposition are trying to be added later. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield urged the government to remove the present two per cent annual escalation ceiling in the Canada Pension Plan to help Canadians on fixed in- comes faced with an inflation rate of eight per cent. Trudeau retorted that many old age pensioners are grateful to the Liberal government for increasing their pensions" by 17 per cent this year. OTTAWA (CP) A strike by non-operating railway workers'seems certain" by the last week of July, folldwing the apparent failure of a con- ciliation board to resolve a con- tract dispute, union sources said Wednesday. And any action taken by the non-operating employees could spread to other workers such as sbopcraft employees and trainmen who also are engaged in contract talks. The result could be a national rail strike by July 24 or first since 1966 when Parlia- ment ordered the employees back on the job. The bleak railway labor situ- ation became apparent Wednes- day after Mr. Justice Craig Munroe of the British Columbia Supreme Court submitted a con- ciliation board report to the fed- eral labor-department. Mr! Munroe was chairman of a three-member panel seeking a solution to the non-operating employees con- tract dispute. The workers are employed by CP Rail, Canadian National Railways and smaller rail companies. c Union and company nominees to the conciliation board were to submit separate sign that there may be Me common ground between the members of the panel. The non-operating employees are legally entitled to begin a strike seven days after Labor Minister John Munro receives the, chairman's report. NEED TIME Union sources said this would give them the right to walk off the job Tuesday, but that be- cause of problems of organizing a strike it was- unlikely any such action would be taken be- fore July 24 or 25. Mr. Munro was non-com- mittal about the first day of a legal strike when asked in an interview Wednesday. The seven-day period could start Wednesday, today or Friday, be indicated. The minister said he was opti- mistic a settlement would be reached and added that his de- partment would offer mediation services to the parties in an ef- fort to avoid a strike. Fake information charge hurled Irrigation systems strained WASHINGTON (AP) The Nixon administration was ac- cused today of "making false statements about the proposed Alaska oil pipeline and with- holding information that would promote development of an al- Fire that caused crash started in aircraft From AP-KEUTER PARIS (CP) Survivors from a Brazilian airliner hi which 122 persons died say the fire that apparently caused the crash started in the rear of the aircraft, perhaps in a toilet. The pilot, Captain Gilberto da Silva, radioed that he had a fire aboard his Boeing 707 jet as be approached Orry Airport Wednesday at the end of a 000-mile flight from Bio de Ja- neiro. The big airport was prepared for an emergency landing, but the plane crash-landed in an on- ion field outside the village of Longjumeau, 12 miles south of Paris and six miles short of Orly. Aviation experts said the fire may have caused a power failure that forced da Silva to put the plane down in the field. PILOT RESCUED Twelve of the 17 crew mem- bers, including the pilot, were pulled from the wreckage. But all 117 passengers and the other five crew members were killed as the fire roared through the fuselage. SENATOR KILLED Among those killed were Fi- lenlo MuDer, president of the Brazilian Senate and the presi- dent of the military regime's of- ficial ARENA Party; Agostinho dos Santos, one of Brazil's lead- ing pop singers in the 1960s; in- dustrialist-yachtsman Joerg Bruder and veteran journalist Celso Ribeiro, an executive of the Sao Paulo newspaper 0 Es- tado. Oceans plan announced OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment announced its oceans policy Thursday, declaring that "Canada must develop and con- trol within her own borders the essential elements to exploit off- shore resources." Science Minister Jeanne Sauve, responsible for formulat- ing the new policy, made the announcement in a statement issued after a cabinet meeting. Major points in the policy stress that Canada must de- velop the knowledge and capa- bility of controlling and keeping Canada the industrial develop- ment of fisheries, oil and gas resources, metal resources and transport activities. ternative pipeline route through Canada. Senator Birch Bayh (Dem. Ind.) said in the Senate it is "common knowledge" that the administration has given its al- legiance to the oil companies that want to build the pipeline across Alaska. Bayh cited the state depart- ment's recent letters to mem- bers of Congress "the Canadian government has no strong current interest in the construction of v a .Mackenzie Valley "Our state department in- telligence gathering most be rather poor since Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau said on the floor of the Parliament on May 14, 'our policy is still to indicate that the Mackenzie route is one which we would be prepared to consider if there is an application made in the proper form, and that we would be very happy to follow-up on Bayh said. He said the statement is only one of many expressing positive interest by the Canadian gov- ernment "Yet our state depart- ment, just three weeks ago, provided totally contradictory information to the Senate." ANSWER QUIET The senator also said the state department sought to withheld information "from the Canadian government to ques- tions stat bad asked relative to the possibility of a Mackenzie Valley oil Bayh said the answers to those questions showed Canada "was indeed willing to co-oper- ate with us and expedite an ofl pipeline through Canada." Extreme temperatures, alack of moisture and wind are com- to put a strain on era Alberta's irrigation sys- tems. Bob, Fuller, superintendent for the Mary River Irrigation, District, said today that there is no shortage of available water but fanners are having to wait "a couple of hours" for their water supplies. He said the system is being used to capacity and the only problem now is to move the water from point A to point B. Rick Roes, manager for the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District, reported that there is no water shortage problem a the moment The LNID is sep- arate from the main water sup- pry in Southern Alberta and has the most limited water storage in the area. WASHINGTON (AP) John Mitchell insisted to a skeptical Democrat today that President Nixon had been "towering boom" this year by ousting aides and officials implicated the Watergate and other wrongdoing. The former attorney-general, in his third day of televised tes- timony before the, Senate Wa- tergate committee, said two in that category are H. R. HaWe- man and John Ehrlichman. The president accepted their resignations from the White House staff April., 30, calling them "two of the finest public servants it has been my privi- lege to know." He also said their resignations were not evi- dence of wrongdoing on their part. Senator Daniel Inouye (Dem. Hawaii) asked Mitchell what evidence he saw that the presi- dent had taken action after last March 21, when Nixon says be first heard serious accusations that administration higher-ups were involved in the scandal. "I 'am trying out where the president has, since learning of these activities, lowered the Inouye asked. LISTS NAMES Mitchell mentioned the firing of White House counsel John Dean and the resignations of Hakteman, Ehrlichman, Krogh and Jeb Stuart: J-IUBU Inouye _ said be didn't see much evidence that the boom bad been lowered on anyone but Dean. Mitchell implied tnatlte resignations of HaldenmrVand Ehriichman were not fuHy vol- untary. In response to a question Jy Chairman Sam Br- Mitchell ad- mitted that by not telling Minn what fie inftw of wrongdoing is the White House had had placed Nixon's political fortunes above the president's constitutional duty to uphold the laws. He also said under question- ing by chief counsel Samuel Dash that he would have told Nixon everything he knew about the Watergate matter had Nixon asked him after the elec- tion. "I would have laid out chap- ter and verse, everything I knew about it." But be stuck to Ins assertion Oat the president never inquired about the matter of Mitchell, who had been bis attorney-general and his cam- paign director. Nixon gets last chance to produce documents WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate Watergate committee sent President Nixon a letter to- day that represents the last op- portunity for the White House to provide voluntarily papers the panel wants, committee sources said. The committee wfll vote to subpoena the presidential pa- pers if the White House turns down this last request, the sources said. Nixon last week refused to turn over the papers. The sources said the com- mittee's seven senators agree that an attempt to obtain the presidential papers must be made, but that they hope to avoid the constitutional con- frontation that could result if the White House were to at- tempt to quash the subpoena in the courts. __ Rufus Edmisten, a principal aide to chairman Sam Ervin (Dem. said there was nope of a quick White House re- sponse to the fetter, possftry to- day. ______________ Browning sculptor sees threat CALGARY award- winning rodeo sculptor from Browning, Mont, says mem- bers of the American Indian Movement (A.LM.) are de- manding that museums in the United States return priceless Indian artifacts to native peo- ple. Browning is about 90 miles south of Lethbridge, Atta. Bob Scriver said in an inter- view he was only able to at- tend the Stampede because his home "is under armed guard while Fm gone." Government employees screened onfl nMira About town PROVINCIAL Judge L. W. Hudson giving top non- ore to a prisoner for the talcs he spins as excuses for Ms intoxication arrests Fort Mackod town foreman, George Beta, offering to take on all comers in a game of tiddly winks during the town's centennial in 1974. OTTAWA (CP) Suspected homosexuality, emotional in- slabiMy. sexual abnormality and financial difficulty are among factors the government before clearing aiy fodrral pmployer to handle classified document. This information was tabled in the Commons Wednesday by Prime Minister Trudeau in re- sponse to questions on security asked April 3 by Erik Nielsen How great a bearing such fac- tors have is not made dear, but Ibc information says they are "taken into to deter- mitw whether current or pros- pective employees are "vulner- able to persuasion, coercion or blackmail." The ultimate decision on an employee is usually made by deputy department beads and basrd cm niles adopted by fw- nvr pornr jrdnisJer Lester Pearson in 1963. Mr. Trudeau said policy statement approved in 1963 said the government has an obliga- tion to make "every reasonable assurance'" that employees en- trusted with classified docu- ments are loyal, trustworthy and not susceptible to pressure. RCMP DECIDES Outside the government, the BCMP makes an detisians