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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Mday, July 18, THI HTHMIDOI HMALD Good attendance at Commonwealth meeting expected By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) With most heads of government waiting al- most until the last moment to confirm their plans to attend, planners for the Commonwealth conference still expect nearly all of them to be here when the sessions start Aug. 2. Certain to send his regrets is aging Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, who has been limiting his trav- els to his own country, confer- ence officials say. Indira Gandhi of India, just returned from a visit to Canada last month, will likely also stay away because of pressing busi- ness at home. But the Indian Trudeau car cost OTTAWA (CP) The car used by Prime Minister Trudeau cost the Commons was told Wednes- day. The price included "se- curity and technical equip- ment." In a written reply to ques- tions from Sinclair Stevens Supply Minister Jean-Pierre Goyer said the Cadillac was pur- chased from General Mo- tors of Canada and modi- fications were made by an Ohio firm. Tenders were not invited. The automobile, used by (be Queen and other visiting beads of state, has bullet- proof glass and is armor plated. It also has two phones. Court ruling affects early retirement OTTAWA (CP) The Su- preme Court of Canada has ruled that compulsory, unilat- eral retirement is not a form of dismissal subject to arbitra- tion under collective work- ing agreement. The court allowed an appeal by Befl Canada Ltd. which bad given L. V. Garvin, an em- ployee of almost 36 years, re- tirement under the company pension plan. Mr. Garvin was 61 when be was retired in April, 1970. Mr. Garvin, a member of the Office and Professional Employees International Un- ion, submitted a grievance say- ing be had been dismissed without sufficient or reason- able cause. Arbitrator Paul C. Weiler later determined that the re- tirement was a form of dis- missal and it was arbitrable under the union's working con- tract with Befl. Bell appealed but the lower courts upheld Mr. Wefler's decision. The Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Weiler erred in his finding and that bis decision was made without jurisdiction under ton working agreement The court decision was written by Mr. Justice WjJfred Judson and concurred in by three other justices. Dissenting was Mr. Justice Bora Laskm, a labor law ex- pert, who said Mr. Garvin sim- ply was put out of work. Mr. Justice Lesion said Mr. Garvin did not retire, but was lain renrea. The majority decision said dismissal, suspension and re- tirement on pension are three different and distinct concepts. decision affects other employees who say they have a right to a job in the face of compulsory early retirement under a company pension plan. Appointment under attack in Montana HELENA, Mont.