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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta duiy I nc LEI noniwuc Watergate committee's final 6Abuse of power' cause of scandal From REUTER-AP WASHINGTON The Senate Watergate committee released its final report Satur- day saying that the Watergate scandal was characterized by fraud and abuse cf power. The three-volume based mainly on last summer's televised concludes that Watergate developed because some in the White House viewed the president's power as almost without limit. Although the committee said it drew no conclusions as to guilt or innocence because of coming trials and the presidential impeachment the report's pages were laced with rebukes for the White House and members of President Nixon's re-election campaign. The presided over by Chairman Sam Ervin made a sweep- ing series of legislative recommendations to try to en- sure there will be no repeti- tion of what it called the most serious scandal in U.S. history. In its unanimous report the committee said the U.S. needs an election commission to su- pervise federal campaigns and a permanent public prosecutor to enforce political laws free from the interference of the executive branch. It said the public financing of campaigns is not needed to assure the ending of financing abuses. The style was markedly dif- ferent from that of the dis- passionate compilation of im- peachment evidence issued by the House of Representatives judiciary committee Wednes- day night and which steered clear of any suggestion of comment. On the the report said that the president and his aides never really gave serious consideration to mak- ing the facts even after former White House counsel John Dean warned Nixon there was a on the It said the president did not follow up warnings about the cover-up as early as July three weeks after the burglary at the Democratic national head- quarters. The report gave some new details of White House efforts to use government agencies to keep the president in of plans to punish White House enemies and reward political friends and of campaign dirty tricks. It also disclosed the results of investigations into the of ambassadorships and illegal use of campaign funds. The sternest comments came in an introductory state- ment that called Watergate one of the most tragic happen- nings in the U.S. characterization of Watergate is based not merely on the fact that the Democratic national com- mittee headquarters at the Watergate was burglarized in the early-morning hours of June it said. it is also an ap- praisal of the events that led to the burglary and its sordid an aftermath char- acterized by fraud and abuse of official It said the Watergate affair reflected an alarming in- difference to concepts of GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge...... 89 61 .03 Pincher Creek 86 55 Medicine Hat 89 65 Edmonton 75 57 Grande Prairie 75 53 Banff........... 84 47 Calgary......... 82 54 Victoria 70 56 Penticton....... 89 58 Prince George 74 47 Kamloops....... 88 56 Vancouver...... 70 54 Saskatoon....... 77 57 Regina 81 60 Winnipeg 78 55 Lethbridge Region Today. Mostly sunny with a few afternoon and evening thundershowers. Highs 85 to 90. Sunny and slightly cooler. Lows near 55. Highs near 80. Medicine Hat Region Today. Sunny and hot with a few evening thundershowers. Highs 90 to 95. Sunny but slightly cooler. Lows 60 to 65. Highs near 85. Calgary Region Mainly sunny with a few thundershowers late this afternoon and evening. Highs near 80. Cloudy periods lows 50 to 55. Highs near 75. Columbia Kootenay To- day and Mostly with a few sjiowers or isolated thundershowers mainly in the afternoon or evening. A little cooler on Tuesday. Highs 80 to 85 and about five degrees cooler on Tuesday. Lows tonight 45 to 50. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Partly cloudy and con- tinued hot with widely scattered afternoon thunder- storms mostly west and central today. Scattered after- noon and evening thunder- storms most sections Tuesday. Cooler west Tuesday. Highs today 90 to 100. Lows tonight mostly 60s. Highs Tuesday 80s west 90s east. West of Continental Divide Widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms today and Tuesday. A little cooler Tuesday. Highs today 85 to 95. Lows tonight 50s. Highs Tues- day 80s. GEHL 600 FORAGE HARVESTER Be prepared and order your QEHL Harvester now. Let GEHL take the worry out of Forage Harvesting. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutte Highway Box 1202 328-1141 PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing Carway 6 a.m. to 12 Chief Mountain 7 a.m. to 10 Coutts open 24 Del Bonita 8 a.m. to 9 to 2 8 a.m. to 9 Rooseville 8 a.m. to midnight. in Mn.mtoin TSntA morality and public trust. the report conduct of many Water- gate participants seems grounded in the belief that the ends justified the that laws could be flaunted to maintain the present ad- ministration in office. the attitude that the law can be bent where expediency dictates was not confined to a few government and campaign The report said this trend extended to some of the most prominent U.S. corporations which gave illegally tu the 1972 Nixon campaign from their corporate coffers. one of the most penetrating lessons of Watergate is that campaign practices must be effectively supervised and enforcement of the criminal laws vigorous- ly pursued against all those of high your free in- stitutions are to the report said. Among the main recommendations made by the report of the of- fice of public combination of special prosecutor and who would keep close watch on the executive branch of government. The pub'ic at- torney would be appointed by three retired judges who would in turn be named by the U.S. chief justice. ban on any White House investigative or intelligence- gathering activity such as that carried out by the plumbers. of the Hatch Act barring federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity to include the attorney-general. limit on cash contributions to campaign funds with a limit for any individual contribution and a 12-cents-a-voter ceiling on presidential campaign spending. of an inde- pendent federal elections commission. The committee said evidence showed that from the earliest days of the ad- ministration power of the president was viewed by some in the White House as almost without when national or internal security was in- it criminal laws were con- sidered subordinate to presidential decision or If the report declined to take some of the com- mittee members did not. Chairman Ervin while say- ing he is not attempting to judge whether President Nix- on is wrote a vivid indictment of the con- duct of the White House dur- ing the Watergate period and made clear he believes the president must take respon- sibility. Citing the evidence of the Ervin said the president's men had as their objective the destruction of the integrity of the process by which the president is elected in the 1972 campaign. Their second he was to cover up their own wrongdoing. Although the final report de- leted a conclusion that cam- paign funds had been used to buy the silence of the original Watergate Ervin said exactly that happened. made cash payments totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars out of campaign funds in surrep- titious ways to the original seven Watergate defendants as 'hush money' to buy their silence and keep them from revealing their knowledge of the identities and activities of the officers and employees of the Nixon re-election com- mittees and the White House aides who had participated in Ervin said. In another the com- mittee focused on how the ma- jor presidential candidates raised the more than mil- lion used in the 1972 presiden- tial races. Among the dozen corporations ille- gally donated to the Nixon campaign. Nixon campaign re- ceived about million from persons who have been ap- pointed by President Nixon as SAM ERVIN Despite Nixon's public denial that ambassadorships were for sale in his ad- his former chief Herbert Kalm- pleaded guilty to a federal charge of selling an ambassador's post to J. Fyfe Symington for a dona- tion. Kaimbach now is serving a prison and Symington didn't get the job he wanted. concentrated his fund-raising efforts on rich and got promises of more than million in donations. NDP slaughter in B.C. How much is Barrett's By MARJORIE NICHOL Special to The Herald VICTORIA The question in B.C. is not whether Dave Barrett's government was a factor in the slaughter of the NDP in Monday's federal but how much of a factor. The NDP lost nine of their 11 seats. It was the poorest showing since 1940 when the party's the sent only one member to Ottawa. The real story of the fall is found in the vote figures. In 1972 the NDP took 35 per cent of the popular out-distancing both the Conservatives per and the Liberals per On Monday night the NDP garnered only a dismal 23 per cent of the popular vote. The Conservatives were the main bsneficiaries of the Socialist increasing their holdings from eight to 13 seats and boosting their popular vote from 33 to 43 per cent. The Liberals also reaped increasing their popular vote by four points to 33 per cent and doubling their seats from four to eight. Of the nine seats lost by the five were grabbed off by the Liberals and four by the Tories. The lost two of their former seats to the including that of Environment Minister Jack Davis. All of the eight in- cumbent Conservatives were returned. A grim-faced Dave Barrett immediately denied any responsibility for the decimation of the federal but the evidence indicates otherwise. Though none of the defeated NDP MPs has publicly placed major blame on Barrett's most concede that the provincial government played a-role in their demise. The official party line is that the NDP was caught in the sqjeeze by an electorate desirous of a majority government. But it doesn't add up. The NDP lost more votes in B.C. than in the rest of the country combined. In the last three decades B.C. Socialists have survived every national tide including the Diefenbaker sweep of 1958 and the Trudeaumania of 1968. In 1958 the CCF's share of the popular vote actually and in 1968 Trudeau fever reduced the NDP vote by less than one half of one per cent. Federally or provincially nothing has ever before rocked the Socialist hard core. Here is Len the incumbent Liberal who successfully defended his seat of and is a likely successor to the B.C. cabinet vacancy created by Jack Davis' defeat. rejected their own said Marchand. backlash against the Barrett government around this riding was just fantastic. Mr. Barrett has really got some A similar view is offered by Jack a political neo- phyte who won the former NDP riding of Coast Chilcotin for the Liberals. blew it. Every time he opened his mouth he made it easier for said Pearsall. has alienated the the the businessmen and the teachers. He has ruined his party federally in Though their bias is it is interesting to note that neither of these Liberals attempted to persuade anyone that their victories were built upon positive factors. Perhaps the most vivid example of the anti-NDP tide is the riding of Vancouver a Socialist bastion for decades. It was won on Monday night for the Liberals by a 26-year-old Art who confessed when he took the nomination he had no hopes of winning. He only campaigned in earnest for the last two weeks. The former owner of the the NDP's Paddy was stunned by the upset and has asked for a recount. The un- official count gives Lee a margin of about 200 votes. Weeks prior to the the anti-Barrett sentiment was apparent throughout the province but no one had anticipated the depth of the feeling. The accepted wisdom for the unusually strong Liberal showing is that the Liberals picked up most of the dis- enchanted Labor vote that has always gone because the unionists were unwilling to vote for the Conservative wage controls. But it would appear that controls the Conservatives also garnered a sig- nificant number of labor votes. A major factor in several of the Liberal victories in former NDP strongholds appeared to be the unusually strong show- ing of the Tories. FUTURE WINNERS of Olympic Lottery Canada. 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