Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
China wheat sale greeted by Commons By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Justice Minister Otto Lang's announce- ment of a 68.8 million bushel sale of wheat to China was greeted with desk-thumping applause in the House of Commons Friday. Even Opposition MFs had lo grudgingly admit that the Canadian Wheat Board and the government de- served some type of congratulation for the mil- lion sale Involving 1.5 million tons of wheat. Added on lo past sale commitments for this year, Mr. Lang pointed out that with half of the new 5S.8 million bushel sale going to China within the next seven months a total of 145 million bushels of Canadian wheel will be shipped to that country in 1872. Ged Baldwin (PC Peace River) and the party's House leader was the first lo acknowledge the sig- nificance of the new sale. Very glad Commented the Alberta MP: "I will simply say that we are very glad to note this sale and lo see that the government, prodded and pushed by the opposition over the past two or threo years, has finally come to realize what can or should be done." All Gleave said his party too was delighted to hear of the sale. However, his praise also was tinged with some criticism. Mr. Gleave said Ihe sale Indicated lhat Canada's policy of recognizing Red China was a good one. He pointed out that the NDP had been In the forefront of the campaign for recognition. The Saskatchewan MP took the opportunity to also criticize the government's-recent announcement of a purchase of rail hopper cars for million. The cars are intended to get the record-breaking sales to export countries as quickly as possible. Mr. Gleave said he understood the hopper cars were slill only at the order stage. He suggested it was a case of "the youngsler who is yet only a gleam in the eye." But despite the backhanded compliments, there was no doubt in (he minds of MPs from all parties thai Mr. Lang, minister in charge of the wheat board, has spear- headed some Iremendous achievements in the past few years. Ash questions A number of MPs who rose to ask various ques- tions of Mr. Lang were careful to avoid creating a negative attitude. tPrime Minister Trudeau earlier in the week had scoffed at Opposition MPs for always being ready to criticize government actions that aid Western Canada. Mr. Lang himself, apart from answering opposi- tion questions, was content to give the bare facls of the sale, praise the wheat board and its staff, and assure Ihe Commons that grain would get to export markets on time. Mr. Gleave took the opportunity to point out that grains which Ihe wheat board does not market, such as rapeseed, have not enjoyed the same record sales. The Saskatchewan MP suggested it was time lo bring these other grains within the ambit of Ihe board. Probe sales The cabinet minister assured the Commom; that the government was investigating ways of improving sales of other grains. He indicated an announcement on this issue may not be long in coming. Paul Yewchuk (PC Alhabasca) urged Mr. Lang to work lowards re-establishment of the International Wheat Agreement so that firm pricing could again be achieved. Mr. Lang told the Alberta MP that federal gov- ernment efforts in this regard are constantly going forward. John Burton East) wanted to know whether the railroads had given assurances that they would be able to move Ihe grain !o Ihe West Coast in order to meet commitments. Mr. Lang pointed out that the wheat board and railroads are often in conversation about capacity prob- lems. He said the wheat board has expressed confi- dence the railroads can handle the grain. Doug Rowland suggested that grain could get lo export markels quicker if Red Chinese ships were allowed to use the St. Lawrence Seaway. He said U.S. law prevented this. Mr. Lang said this was a new one on him. He knew of no such ban. In fact, Chinese wheat had moved out of Eastern ports. The Manitoba member later rose on a queslion ef privilege and read to the Commons an official trans- portation department statement that apparently point- ed out the ban. Speaker Lucien Lamoureux ruled him out of order. HIGH SUNDAY 85. The Letl-bridge Herald South Alberta and Southeastern B.C.' Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 147 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1972 FOUR SECTIONS _ 68 PAGES Milestone in East-Wesl relations East Berlin travel eased Protestants, RCs ready for clash LONDONDERRY (A P) Militant Protestants and Roman Catholics squared off today for a possible clash in this Northern Ireland city as the Irish Repub- lican Army threatened a fight to the finish "for Irish freedom." British troops braced for trou- ble in Ulster's second city as thousands of proteslants gath- ered for a rally protesting Brit- ish failure to invade the "Free Berry" stronghold of the IRA. Troops manned au elaborate system of roadblocks around the predominantly Protestant Wa- terside district to pen the har- dliners in and prevent them coming to grips with the Catho- lics behind the "Freey Derry" barricades. The army fears that if the two rival religious groups come faco to face Protestant tempers, al- ready high, could break and lead to ugly clashes. There also are fears that if the Protestants are forcibly halted from crossing a bridge to the old walls of Londonderry, extremist groups might go on the rampage in defenceless Catholic enclaves around the Waterside rone. BERLIN (AP) The foreign ministers of the United Stales, Britain and France today acti- vated the 1971 Big Four Berlin accord, easing travel to and (rom the isolated city. The agreement, a milestone in East-West relations, goes into effect at midnight. West Germany and the Soviet Union simultaneously completed ratification of their historic non-aggression treaty vrith an exchange of documents in Bonn, the West German capital. Both actions took place at high noon in a co-ordinated ac- tion expected to open the way lo further East-West relaxation in Europe. State Secretary William P. Rogers of the United States, Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home of Britain and Foreign Ministers Andrei Gro- myko of the Soviet and Maurice Schumann of France signed the final protocol in West Berlin. The three Western foreign ministers conferred in Bonn with West German Chancellor Willy Brandt before flying sepa- rately to isolated West Berlin, 110 miles inside East Germany. The foreign ministers' final action on the Berlin accord is scheduled to coincide with an- other historic event in East- Wesl exchange of ratification documents between the Soviet and West German ambassadors In Bonn of a Rus- sian-German treaty confirming current boundaries in Europe. Chancellor Willy B r a n d t 's government had demanded the Berlin accord ES the price for the treaty and Moscow had in- sisted that Wesl Germany ratify the pact before the Berlin ac- cord went into effect. The four-power agreement gives West Berliners 30 visiting days a year to East Berlin and East Germany and provides for eased Communist controls of vital overland access ways to West Berlin. The accord also sets up a se- ries of E a s t -W e s t German agreements and provides tho green light lor an all-European security conference, desired by the Russians, and a parallel dis- cussion of mutual troop reduc- tions in Europe, desired by United States. Berlin remains divided and of- ficially under occupation, but travel and life may become less difficult for the more than threa million people in its two halvej. Treaties outlined Hijacker flees with. RENO, Nov. (AP) A blonde-haired man in his 20s was being questioned by tho FBI today afler a massive man- hunt for a hijacker who para- chuted from a United Air Lines 727 jetliner with in ran- som, the FBI said. Sheriff's deputies at the Washoe County jail, where the man was brought after a five- hour search in remote sage- brush-covered hills about 20 miles south of Reno said the man fit the description of the hi- jacker who jumped from the plane minutes after taking off from Reno International Airport early today. In Las Vegas, FBI agent Vern Loetterle Identified Ihe man taken into custody as Robb D. Heady, 22, of Reno. BERLIN (AP) Here at a glance are the treaties signed or put into force Saturday on Berlin and between East Ger- many and lire Soviet Union and Poland: Berlin rail and truck traffic will be un- impeded and processed in simple expeditious manner. Shipments may be sealed and inspection of these limited to check of there is suspicion of misuse of access routes. Trains and bus travellers will be subjected only lo identity checks by East German authorities. Mo- torists no longer pay individ- ual fees and their baggage and vehicles will not be searched, except in special cases. Fees and tolls for use of access ways may be paid to East Germany by West Germany in an annual lump sum. Berlin allies reaffirmed West Berlin is not a constituent part of West Germany, but ties between West Berlin and Bonn will be maintained and developed. The West German govern- ment, parliament and state- level bodies will not perform constitutional or official acts in West Berlin. But the Bonn government will be repre- sented by a liaison agency in West Berlin. Opening of Ber- liners will be able to visit East Berlin and East Ger- many "under conditions com- parable to those applying to other persons." Additional wall-crossing points may be opened. The problem of West Berlin enclaves in East Ger- many "may be solved by ex- change of territory." West Berlin communication links with East Berlin and East Germany are lo be expanded. Wesl Dcrlin representation Ihe three Western al- lies maintain their ultimata responsibility, West Germany is permitted to perform con- sular services of West Berlin- ers abroad and can include West Berlin in its interna- tional agreements and repre- sent West Berlin in interna- tional organizations. Soviet Rus- sians are authorized to estab- lish a consulate-general in West Berlin. West German-Soviet treaty treaty holds both sides lo acknowledge ity of existing European., bor- ders. For the .first .Uroe since the Second WorlrPiVar, this means Bonn recognizes the loss of German territories carved from defeated Nazi Germany. Both sides promise to solve differences through peaceful means only, in terms of the "aims and basic principles" of the United Nations charter. West German-Polish treaty treaty, more specific than its Moscow companion piece, recognizes the line formed by the Oder and Neisse rivers as Poland's western frontier. Both sides declare they have "no territorial claims whatsoever" against each other and pledge to settle all disputes by peaceful means only and refrain from "any threat or use of force" in mu- tual relations. They proclaim they will "take further steps toward full normalization" on the basis of the treaty, listing a broadening of co-operation in "the sphere of economic, sci- entific, technological, cultural and other relations" as being "in their mutual interest." SAD FACE IN WINDOW Looking from a window of Buckingham Palare today is the sad-faced Duchess of Windsor. She was watching the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh rode for the Irooping of Ihe colour ceremony on the Horse Guards Parade. (AP Wirepholo) Britons by the thousands pay final homage to Duke From AP-REUTER WINDSOR, England (CP) Thousands of mourners in a mile-long line paid homage today to the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII who gave up the throne for love. The crowds today were even B.C. areas swept by flood waters VANCOUVER (CP) Flood- Ing was reporled from many areas of British Columbia today, and observers predicted that the worst is still to come. One highways department Record set for sessions Legislature adjourns for summer EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta legislature a d journed Friday for a summer recess after sweetening life for many segments of the province's pub- lic and feeding a bitter pill to the oil industry. Adjournment came after a record 63 days and 34 nights of sittings as a new government tangled with an Inexperienced opposition. A hundred bills were passed and seven were held over until the fall. The 75 members will return Oct. 25 with Ihe province's first Progressive Conservative gov- ernment needing at least four more weeks lo chart Us inilial batch of "new directions." CALLS SIGNALS With Premier Lougheed, a 43 year old lawyer, calling signals, the Conscrv a t i ves made rapid fire changes in some areas while treading cau- tiously in others during their nine months in office. A few days after Ihe 17lh session of the Icgislalure began March 2, it became the first in the Commonwealth to permit television and radio coveraga of all regular business. Another new wrinkle started by the government was an Al- berta hansard, a printed daily record of debate. However, it encountered a few problems and didn't approach its "daily" largel until the final weeks o! Ihe silling. As to the legislation passed, however, the Conservatives kept a prime campaign prom- ise to ease the burden on old folk, implementing a Senior Ci- Shelter Act which re- moved the 30 mill education tax from residential property owned by those 65 and older. For elderly renters, a year grant is provided. The farmer will reap from a million agricultural de- velopment fund designed lo as- sist the small family farm by providing low interest loans for development and debt con- solidation. It goes Into operation Ihis year willi n million kitty and Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer hopes it can be co- dinated with a proposed federal program. Small businessmen and rural communities got the Alberta opportunity fund, million worth of inrlu.slry slimulalion. It provides loans of up (o 000 and small firms and towns have priority. The initial fund is million. Corners were cut in some de- partments and the government managed to hold Ihe 1972-73 budget lo billion. Provi- sion was made for borrowing of million lo cover an antici- pated deficit of ?139 million. The bitter pill for the oil in- dustry is a proposed tax on proven crude oil reserves de- signed lo raise between mil- lion and million a year. The industry, during three days of hearings last week, howled "breach of claiming the province was al- ready getting a fair share of petroleum revenues. The wrapping comes off the bill at the end of Ihis month. Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, says the cabinet will announce its decision then. Political infighting saw social credit in opposition after 36 years as the governmenl, ham- mered at expense payments to government committees which were described as nothing more "than Conservative party caucus committees." Heavily outnumbered, the So- Krilvv cial Credit party lost four non- SeCOlltt DaUy confidence motions, three oC which alleged that the Con- servatives were misusing pub- lic funds by paying the commit- tees. The opposition did man- age to find out Ihe expenses will amount to There was more responsibili- ty for government backbench- ers. They now are permitted to pilot government bills through the legislature and opposition members are allowed 40 min- utes a week to debate private bills. Before, a private member was limited to a brief explana- tion of the bill's goal. Of the seven bills held over, one is designed lo restrict the sale and re sale of crown land in Alberta to Canadians. Prompted by a concern that valuable recreation lands were being taken over by foreign in- terests, mainly from the United States, it has been referred to a legislative commitlee for study. Also held over was Premier Lougheed's pel project, an Al- berta Bill of Rights to protect citizens against (he power of the slate, and the Individual's Rights Protection Act, suppor- tive legislation on a personal basis. Princess loses OSLO AP) Crown Prin- cess Sonja of Norway suffered her second miscarriage early today, the royal palace an- nounced. The royal court announced last Wednesday that the 34- year-old crown princess was ex- pecting her second child in De- cember. Princess Sonja gave birth to Princess Maertha Louise of Norway Sept. 22, 1971. Prior lo that she suffered her first miscarriage. spokesman said a weekend of expected warm weather would bring down countless tons of water from mountain snow- packs. He said it could be well into next week before the crisis point is reached on major rivers such as the Fraser and the Thompson. Meanwhile, In the worst flood- Ing in the province, more than 100 women and children were driven from the swank new Oak Hills residential subsidivision of Kamloops Friday when a wall of muddy water burst through a dike on the North Thompson River. The rushing water upset mo- bile homes and swirled up lo seven feet deep around the houses. Estimates of damage from civil defence authorities and developers of the year-old subdivision ranged between million and million. Rehabilitation Minister Phi! Gaglardi, who represents the district In the B.C. legislature, toured the flooded subdivision by hoat and said he was certain the government would declare it a disaster area. He said the situation was as bad, if not worse, than it was in Kamloops in 1SM8, the last bad flood year in British Columbia. The salvaging of possessions boat, canoe, raft and any- thing else that would tinued Friday night under emer- gency floodlights, and police pa- trolled the area overnight in boats to prevent looling. Several other areas of the province were threatened by se- rious flooding, with the weather the key factor. Flooding also was reported In the Prince George area, at Osoy- oos in the southern Okanagan, in the cast Koolenay, north and south of Cranbrook in extreme southeastern British Columbia, and in (he Langley area of Iho Fraser Valley 30 miles east of Vancouver. larger than they were at tho outset Friday when nearly persons paid their last respects. The surge of national grief was so great that St. George's Chapel In Windsor Caslle, where the duke's body rests, was kept open two hours later than scheduled Friday night and re- opened 15 minutes early today to accommodate the crowds. The two-day lying-in-state cer- emony ends tonight. When tha chapel doors reopened today, mourners were waiting outside, with hundreds more streaming in by train, bus and car from all parts of Britain. Many had waited all night at the head of the line. BURIAL ON MONDAY The duke, who died In Paris last Sunday at 77, is to be bur- led in royal grounds near Wind- sor Monday. The two-day lying-in-state has given many Britons a personal opportunity to show their regard for the former king and to say, in their own way, that all is for- given. The duke's abdication, ren- ouncing Ihe throne to marry a twice-divorced American, Wallis Warfield Simpson, rocked Brit- ain in 1936. But Friday, for the first time since the abdication crisis, the duke's 75-year-old widow, the Duchess of Windsor, was re- ceived formally again at Buck- 1 n g h a m Palace in London, where she is staying as the guest of the Queen. Today would have marked their 35th wedding anniversary. Seen and heard About town T> It 0 U D mosquito owner John Van Sliiys Jr. claiming his pet Pete can stop a freight tarily at least Don Green refusing secretary Judy Cook permission to wear s h o rt skirts because they distract his partsman Joe Kemery D. G. Treebe-Rickanl planting a hedge so he would have something to jump over.