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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 85 Herald VOL. LXni No. 145 LETHBRJDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS--42 PAGES aits For Action On Freed By CARL MOLLINS OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister E. J. Benson rejected commons opposition demands Tuesday night for immediate removal of restrictions on spending and credit, saying the government would wait and watch before charting future economic policy. He said the government will watch the perform- ance of the newly-freed Canadian dollar on interna- tional currency exchanges before deciding on any mea- sures to offset the impact of a higher-value dollar on business activity. Answering opposition criticism of the dollar move and calls for a shift to economic growth policies in a special debate, Mr. Benson said the government is ready to consider special help for industries hit by tills week's dollar revaluation. He emphasized that applicant industries would have to present "persuasive, factual" evidence of in- jury to get special aid. He was referring to arguments that dollar revalua- tion would effectively raise the price of Canadian ex- ports to foreign buyers while the price of imports would become more competitive with domestic prod- ucts. But he said the opposition had ignored the bene- fits of revaluation and exaggerated the dangers. Wheat Qualifies Mr. Benson agreed with questioner John Burton East) that the wheat industry would qualify for special-help consideration because wheat- export prices were reduced Monday in the wake of the dollar decision. The action, yielding to upward pressure on tha dollar, freed it from a pegged value since 1962 within fractional margins of 92.5 U.S. cents. Its value in terms of U.S. funds was just over 96.5 cents Tues- day night. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield, who prompted the debate, said it is urgent now for the government to encourage economic expansion and reduce unemployment. The Conservative leader said adverse affects of the dollar revaluation could be "quite quick" because it would have immediate influence on business1 decisions. Mr. Stanfield said he disagreed with the govern- ment's restraint policies previously. After dollar re- valuation, there was even less justification for stick- ing to restrictive spending and credit policies. Should Be Permanent New Democratic Party Leader T. C. Douglas, said hs welcomed the .move to a more flexible exchange rate, but said it should be permanent, not a temporary move as indicated by Mr. Benson. Crediriste spokesman C. A. Gauftier Roberval said new economic policy is needed urgently "to clear up the chaos and confusion caused" by present pro- grams, George Hees Edward-Hastings) pro- posed using the projected budget surplus this year to reduce taxes for industry and make payments- to ex- porters so they could keep their prices at pre-re- valuation rates. Mr. Benson commented later that Mr. Hees had offered the only constructive proposals for action. But both ideas for subsidizing business came from a party which has been asking what the government is going to do about the poor, those hardest hit by inflation. The finance minister counter-attacked Mr. Stan- field as having "no constructive idea whatever to of- fer the government." He said the government action has been "strongly and broadly supported in international comment, edi- torial comment and by leading economists." Sees Confidence Canadian dollar lias been under-valued for some time, Mr. Benson said. Tile strong exports per- formance and heavy investment in Canada that prompted the dollar decision "indicate confidence in Canada." Mr. Benson said the government concerned "that we were on the brink of a major speculative inflow that would have been disruptive both to the interna- tional payments system and to the financial and eco- nomic conditions of the country." Without Hie weekend action, "we might have had lo absorb an inundation of foreign currency, buying it with Canadian dollars." To meet the cost, the government would have had to borrow heavily on the Canadian securities market, generating inflation and crowding out oilier borrowers, Mr. Benson said. "In the end, our only achievement if we had con- tinued would have been to hand large windfall prof- its to speculators, profits which would have been paid by the Canadian taxpayers." The opposition hit hard at potentially disruptive effects of vying for foreign markets by the primary fisheries, pulp and paper, min- the danger that cheaper imports would dis- place domestic production and increase unemployment. Wipes Out FINANCE MINISTER BENSON answers criticism roops BELFAST (Reuters 1 This Northern Ireland capital was quiet today after violence erupted Tuesday night following a Protestant parade through the centre of the city. British troops, called in to dis- perse the angry crowd, were stoned and later used tear gas to clear the streets. Two soldiers and a policeman xvere injured and 10 persons were arrested. About armed troops cor- doned oft the Cmmlin Road area to stop the parade and the crowd that followed from mov- ing into a nearby Roman Catho- lic area. Barbed-wire barricades were erected and soldiers stood be- tween the rival religious fac- tions. Armored cars and personnel earners were brought in to clear the Protestants, massed behind the barricade and throw- ing stones at the soldiers. LIMA (Reuters) An entire Andes town with inhabit- ants was wiped off the map dur- ing the Penivian earthquake Sunday. As the full extent of the holocaust was pieced together today, the over-all death toll soared past Northern Peru was shattered Sunday by the 40-second tremor, easily the severest ever to shake this earthquake-prone country. The worst single disaster was in the tourist resort of Yungay, nestled between the Andean peaks of Huascaran and Huan- doy. each more than feet high. The town and its resi- dents were swept away by ava- lanches set off by the quake, a presidential press spokesman, Augusto Zimmerman, said Tuesday. He quoted an air force pilot who flew a helicopter over i.he town as saying: "There was just no trace of the a cloud of dust." Zimmerman said some others also apparently died in surrounding villages and de- scribed the whole area as "very hard hit." WAS PICTURESQUE Yungay, 250 relies northeast of Lima in a central valley, was a town of narrow streets, pictur- esque markets and colorful In- dian festivals. The military government of President Juana Velasco Alvar- ado declared eight days of na- tional mourning for the dead, but did not suspend work during the period. The army started putting re- lief supplies and personnel into the area, and Lt.-Col. Enrique Flores Corzo, named by the government as military and po- litical chief of the devastated region, parachuted into the town of Huaras along with doctors, army nurses and radio opera- tors. Some 750 persons were killed in Huaras, and were in- jured. Among those killed were 100 young girls and their teach- ers who gathered in Santa Elena school as part of a cele- bration for Corpus an army report said. FLOODS A THREAT Flooding threatened to be- come a problem after largo chunks of glaciers were shaken loose into lakes which over- flowed. A number of small towns in the province of Yungay were hit by floods when ava- lanches swept into Lake Yan- ganuco. Earth tremors have continued in the region since Sunday, nearly 100 fierce enough to cause panic. Ships with food, tents, clothes and medical supplies have started sailing into the port of Chirr.bote, 264 miles northwest of Lima, which was badly dam- aged by the earthquake. The port was named as tha centre for government aid oper- ations. Hospitals in Chimbolc are In- adequate for the multitude of in- jured and there are no lights or telephones in the cily. A health ministry official said thousands of survivors, includ- ing injured, were believed living in below-freezing temperatures with little more protection than the clothes on their backs. The area is difficult to travel in. Hundreds of cars are stranded on roads between ava- lanches. Communications are almost non-existent. The government has not yet issued a figure on the number of homeless, but e s t i m a t e s ranged from to Mediation Talks Break Doivn OTTAWA (CP) The pace of rotating strike activity by postal workers was stepped up today in the wake of a Tuesday break- down in mediated talks. Although both sides said they wanted to keep talking, pest off- ice operations were disrupted as workers walked out in Saint John, N.B., the northwestern Quebec centres of Rouyn, Nor- anda, Val d'Or, Amos and Ma- lartic, and in Calgary and the British Columbia communities of Prince Rupert, Kitimat and Terrace. William Houle, co-chairman of the Council of Postal Unions which represents the workers in their contract dispute with the government, said all the walk- cuts were on orders of union headquarters. Workers in a number of New- Commission Drug Report Postponed OTTAWA (CP) Publication of the royal commission report on non-medical use of drugs has been postponed because of other business, reliable sources said today. The report by a commission headed by Dean Gerald LeDain of Osgoode Hall law school was handed to Health Minister John Munro last Thursday. Mr. Munro was to have taken It to a cabinet meeting sched- uled for Thursday. However, in- formants said, the discussion has been postponed, apparently because of the monetary situa- tion and the postal strikes. The expectation earlier this week was that the report would be tabled in.the Commons Fri- day if the cabinet approved. There was no immediate indi- cation of a publication date for the report which has interim recommendations of an inquiry scheduled to continue for an- other year. foundland communities w ho started their 2-1-hour walkout Tuesday returned lo work this morning. In Ottawa, the union bargain- Ing team and that of the treas- ury board, negotiating agent for the government, arranged for resumption of the contract talks at a.m. Thursday. MEDIATOR QUITS This would be the first talks since A. W. R. Carrothers, pres- ident of the University of Cal- gary who was called in as a me- diator in the dispute, announced Tuesday afternoon that he was quitting because both sides were deadlocked with no prospect of progress. His action held out little hope for a quick settlement. Mr. Carrothers entered the negotiations last Saturday, after the unions had started their 24- hour strikes, moving from area to area day by day, as a pres- sure tactic. Workers in Windsor, Ont., however, stayed out beyond the 24-hour deadline and say they intend to remain out until a full solution to their complaints Is reached. The mediator said he was pulling out because he felt there was K> useful role for him to play in trying to get the two sides together. "Each party reckons it can do better by holding Mr. Car- rothers told reporters. "It's not a sophisticated situa- tion. They may be ready for mediation again before it's over." Mr. Carrothers said some slight progress had been made toward solving the various is- sues in dispute in his four-day intervention "but that progress falls far short of what is neces- sary to agreement." The federal mediator placed no blame on either side for the failure. The Council of Postal Unions in a statement laid full responsi- bility on the "colossal insensi- tivity and stubbornness" of tlis government. It added that union members would be expected to "maintain their excellent unity and disci- pline." A tha current ho! this two-year-old Waterloo, Ont. young- ster decided to try for an all-over tan. His mother thought differently and was led for a merry romp with a most pertinent item of clothing in hand. Commons Approves Changes In Proposed New Water Act Correspondents Held Prisoners By Viet Cong NEW YORK (AP) The Na- tional Broadcasting Co. said today it had a report that United States correspondent Welles Hangen, Japanese sound- man Yosbiko Waku and French cameraman Roger Colnc are being held prisoner by the Viet Cong in southern Cambodia. The three NBC men were am- bushed along with five men from the Columbia Broadcast- ing System and three Cambo- dian drivers Sunday about 35 miles south of Phnom Penh. OTTAWA (CP) The "teeth" which Resources Minis- ter J. J. Greene said were ex- tracted from the proposed Can- ada water act in committee three weeks ago were replaced with a smoother and sharper set in tlie Commons Tuesday. The House passed a series of government amendments allow- ing the resources department to confiscate cleaning agents or water conditioners imported to or manufactured in Canada if they contain nutrients in excess of government regulations. Similar amendments were knocked out of the proposed act by ths Commons resources committee, when Liberal lawyers Hyliard Chappell (Peel and Waiter Deakqn (To- ronto High Park) led a vote against the section because it Youth Drowns was poorly worded. They fa- vored the intention of the sec- tion. At the time Mr. Greene said they had removed the teeth from the legislatian. But Tues- day tha government re-intro- duced the amendments, with the wording changed, and made the regulations even tougher. Manu- facturers and importers are lia- ble to fines as well as confiscation. Previously they had been eli- gible for confiscation only, al- though industries and munici- palities were eligible for the fines for polluting waters under the jmisdiction of water quality management agencies in excess of prescribed levels. Mr. Chappell was seemingly satisfied with the new wording and content of that amendment, but displeased with another gov- ernment change. Original wording of the bill would have made an industry responsible in pollution cases even if the employee who al- lowed pollution to take place could not be identified. The committee agreed with this. However, a section that would let the company off the book if the offence was committed with- out its knowledge and it had ex- ercised diligence to avoid it, was deleted by the committee. The Commons was to continue consideration of the proposed water act today. LONDON (CP) The cam- paign for the British election .Thursday, June 18, showed signs today of becoming a bois- terous affair as reports of politi- cians receiving rough treatment from voters were headlined in British newspapers. At the centre of the rough stuff was George Brown, former foreign secretary and deputy leader of the governing Labor party. He was alleged to have hit a heckler Tuesday night when his way was blocked from an elec- tion rally attended by extreme left-wing students at Essex Uni- versity. Fighting broke out aid a squad of police w-ere called lo rescue Brown and his wife So- phie. The Times, quoting a Labor party official, denied that Brown punched the heckler. "Mr. Brown put his Erm out to help push his way through the crowd but there 'was defi- nitely not a he said. But Brown did not deny it. He reminded reporters that he was brought up in a tough east end district of London "where you learn to look after yourself." And for tire second time in 24 hours an egg was thrown at Prime Minister Wilson. It did not hit him this time, but smashed against the side of his car. Last time, it hit him on the forehead. Padlocked Wife WELSHPOOL. Wales (AP) A farmer padlocked a chain around his wife's neck and kept her in a building used by cattle to keep her safe from another man, a court was told Tuesday. Robert Morris, 27, said: "I chained my wife up to keep her safe." "Safe from asked prosecutor Richard Hughes. "Safe from another Morris said. y lousancfs CALGARY (CP) A 19- year-old drowned Tues- day uliile swimming in Lake IJonnvisla, a small recreation- al man made lake in south- east Calgary. 1'olice said Minn Kims nf Calgary was replied missing by companions and his body was found during 3 police search of the lake. 'Does that mean we can take it with us, Gm Kills 3 JIETX, France (Routers) Gas leaking from a feed-pipe to a blast furnace killer] three men at a steelworks in noarby lloy- ciivre-Grande police liaid. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN and pel- lovers Harvey and rat Falk selling nut for a trip with their pup l-Yitz tied se- curely to the rear carrier young lady in a bright red bikini on 4th St. S. for cover when molorisls .'.potted her blocks away and came for a clsscr Icok Kent Wood, who a 1 w a y s paraphrases Will Rogers, saying: "I never met a feed 1 didn't like." changing his tune as he bit into a batax) green banana. LONDON (AP) Eight thousand persons crowded ic'.o the garden of Buck- ingham Palace Tuesday f't drink fi25 gallons of tea v.ith tiic Queen and cat 24.000 pieces of cake and pastry. It was the fiist cf Hie Queen's three garden partjos this month, aUcndcd by diplo- mats, visitors to Britain, members c: Parliament and cf town councils, Girl Guides, cid-age pensioners and others. In parly frocks, bright hats ar.d tailccals for many of tlic men, the visitors prowled through the royal shrubbery, stared at the pink flamingoes in the palace Iske end hoped for a chat with the Queen or Prince. Philip. A few got it. Too garden parties arc 0119 way of continuing the ancient right of a subject to have ac- cess to the monarch. They f.lso give the Queen a chance lo repay hospitality and serv- ices she has received. Livery year the Lord Cham- berlain ssks local govern- ments, hospitals, chnrilies, other organiza- tions lo submit names of peo- ple they thir-k should be in- vited. About 30.000 arc se- lected every year, spread over the three- parties. The lawn affairs have been held at Buckingham Palace since 1911, and in the old days they served champagne and used ths royal silverware. Now the catering is done by a restaurant chain, no alcohol is served, and fo mauy lea- spoons were stolen In the 1930s that restaurant utensils now are used. Tuesday, the cuest.i in- cluded Prince Georg of Den- mark, Charles Howard, 91- year-old veteran of the 10th- cenlury Sudan war. and four officials from the Communist Chinese embassy in Mao Tse- lung style sluts and badges. Two military bands sere- naded guests 'arid 250 wail- rcsses served tea and cies beneath three striped tents. Clad in rod and p.ild, a squf.d -r.f Bc-efeaters cleared a path through the crowd, and the Queen and her husband appeared as the Coldstream Guards band played God Save (to Queen. ;