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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta HOT FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 80 VOL. LXIII No. 146 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER. 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS- 36 PAGES Successful Operation .tft) _________ Cambo To Lethbridge By JOHN MIKA Herald Ottawa Bureau The Canadian Transport Commission Wednesday approved licences which may hint that it eventually will grant (lie proposed switch of Air Canada's Calgary- Lclhbridge ran to Pacific Western Airlines. The commission formally agreed to a similar deal between the same airlines on the Victoria-Seattle run. It also approved their joint applications to permit PWA to share the Victoria-Vancouver run with re- gional carrier to fill the gap proposed by a cutback in Air Canada's dozen-odd flights. Stiff Opposition Wednesday's decisions, however, were opposed only by one intervention from Harrison Airways, a PWA competitor. The Calgary-Lethbridge switchover is' opposed by 17 interventions including municipal councils and busi- ness groups as well as Time Airways, a Lethbridge- based airline. The CTC has undertaken a departmental study of the Alberta situation and may yet order a public Jiearing in view of the interventions, although they are not regarded as unusually high. But the pattern already may have been set psy- chologically since the CTC ordered Air Canada and PWA to "work closely together" in switching over the Seattle service and dividing up the Vancouver ser- vice, including a pooling of groundhandling the tick- eting services in Victoria. In effect, the commission has given its blessing to a big-and-little brother combination of the two air- lines in handling regional services on the west coast and the same thinking will be easier to repeat in Alberta. INSTANT DISCOVERY Keiiy George, 2, of Toronto didn't expect to take part when she went to the Baab children's fashion at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, but she did. She was spotted at a pre-show fitting she went to with her older sister 6, who is an experienced model. .1 T i GovL To Request Wilson Leads L Lower Drug Opinion Poll On Election By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) The latest opinion poll keeps Prime Minister Wilson firmly in front in the campaign for the general election Thursday, June 18, but two explosive issues have been injected which can turn the sluggish debate into a more unpredictable dogfight. One is a sudden vicious personal attack on Tory maverick Enoch Powell whose demand that colored im- migrants be sent home is described by technology Minister Anthony Wedgwood Benn as "filthy" end "obscene." The Labor minister loosened the strongest personal attack heard in a British recent history, suggesting that the political flag Powell has raised over his Wolverhampton constituency "is beginning to look like the one that fluttered over Dachau and two Nazi concentration camps. The Wedgwood Benn charges, which brought a tight lipped response from Powell that lie is still the same man who fought Nazism in 1939, appeared to em- barrass the Labor party today. Defence Secretary Denis Healey, facing a news conference on behalf of Wilson, said the party is united in its detestation of Powellism but he, personally, would not have used Wedgwood Benn's words. Inflation Is Problem The second big issue is that Labor appears to be hinting that it is1 just as worried as some of its op- ponents about Britain's zooming inflation. Wilson as- sured an audience Wednesday night that he isn't think- ing of reunposing wage and price restraints but Horns Secretary James Callaghan, a former finance chief, said tlie spiral is causing "a measure of concern" and this is "where attention must be given after the elec- tion." Conservative leader Edward Heath, fa-ailing in the personality polls and still failing to make any major impact on his audiences, has hammered away at the argument that if Wilson is re-elected, new wage and price controls would be imposed because the adminis- tration has no other way of dealing with the inflation crisis. Both the socialists and the Tories have traded charges Ui-it election of tteir opponents would mean higher laxcs and liigber prices for housewives. Meanwhile, flic polls keep on giving Labor a lead, the latest in The Daily Mail showing a national opinion poll survey of a 5.1-pcr-ccnt lead for the party. On this basis Wilson would have a majority of about 58 seals in the 630-seat House of Commons, compared with a majority of 61 at dissolution of Parliament. Standing in the House of Commons when the elec- tion was called were: 'Labor 343, Conservative 2C3, Liberal 13. Republican Lairat I, Welsh Nationalist I, Scottish Niitlcnalisl I. Independent Unily I, Independ- ents vacant 2, Speaker sud two deputy Speakers 3, OTTAWA (CP) The federal government is preparing to turn the heat on the provinces to lower the cost of prescription drugs to the consumer, reiiable sources say. The federal action is to come at a closed meeting with provin- cial representatives June 10. Consumer Affairs Minister Ron Basford has assembled considerable ammunition t o convince the provincial govern- ments of the need for action, es- pecially at the level of druggists who are prorincially-licensed. His department has been keeping close watch on retail drag prices in recent months. An even closer look is in pros- pect in the wake of a sudden Hijacker Demands Payoff PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) A Trans World Airlines jetliner with 51 passengers was hijacked over Arizona today by a man demanding small bills delivered to him when the plane landed in Washington, a TWA spokesman said. Tlie jetliner was on a flight from Phosnix to Washington with a stop scheduled in St. Louis. TWA officials said they learned of Ihe iiijacking about an hour after takeoff when the hijacker took over the radio and announced that he was taking the plane to Washington be- cause his rights had been vio- lated. "I'm addressing the Supreme TWA quoted the hi- jacker as saying, "I want in small bills deliv- ered to the piano." He also requested that a fuel truck and two TWA officials moot the plane when it arrives at Washington National Airport. The plane bypassed ils stop in St. Louis and flew directly to Washington. Officials learned of the hijack- ing when the plane was over Las Vegas. N.M. Tire 727 stretch jet was piloted hy C. a vet- eran of years flying. breaking up of the legal log-jam that held up applications for compulsory licences to import into Canada drags protected by Canadian patents. WEAKEN PROTECTION Parliament last year amended the Patent Act in line with recommendations of the Harley committee that protec- tion given to drug manufactur- ers be weakened to bring about lower consumer drug prices. The Harley committee, a Commons body, was so called for ils chairman, Dr. Harry Harley, former Liberal MP. Under the Patent Act amend- ment, reputable dmg importers cr manufacturers could apply to the federal patent commissioner for a "compulsory licence" on a patent-protected drug of a rival firm. The commissioner would set a royalty and the licensee could then import the drug and sell it, provided he complied with food and drugs laws. The federal government is ex- pected to argue that it now is up to provincial governments to en- sure that the druggists pass along to the consumer any sav- ings that may result from cheaper imported drugs. At the same time, Mr. Bas- ford mil raise the question of the degree to which druggists control the selection of drugs dispensed when a doctor's pre- scription is brought to him for filling. The Harley committee main- tained that the consumer is at a complete disadvantage, with no choice of medicine and only lim- ited ability to shop around for the best price. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN PROFESSOR Jim Cousins saying that of liis two maui ambitions in life (to an arts degree ;uid fo become a good singer) fhn first came without too much difficulty but he's not sure when convocation for the sec- ond one will be Alder- man Rex Lilllc engaged in serious debate whether or not to sliave off his mous- tache Dnwna Ogdrn, Clarisp Slvycr and Paul i n c Harlosek finding out you "can" got a sunburn at 7.'i above especially on a IS- mils bicycle jaunt WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon, proclaiming that "all our major military objec- tives" have been accomplished, says United States forces will be completely withdrawn from Cambodia by'June 30 and more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Vietnam by Oct. 15. "I can now state that this has been tlie most successful opera- tion of this long and difficult Nixon said Wednesday night in a television speech on tlie month-old campaign to de- stroy North Vietnamese bases and'war supplies on Cambodian territory. He pictured his accused him of widening and prolonging the war when he an- Postal Unions Exert Sir OTTAWA (CP) Rotating postal strikes kept afccut workers off their jobs today as postal unions stepped up the pressure in their contract dis- pute with the government. Latest to join the walkouts, as representatives of the unions and the government reopened negotiations this morning for the first time since mediation efforts ground to a halt, were some 350 workers In Saskatcon and eight oilier Saskatchewan centres. The Council of Postal Unions and the government's treasury board negotiators met at a.m. EDT for the first time since mediator A. W. R. Car- rothers, called in last week, packed up his efforts. Mr. Car- rothers, ending his mediation attempt Tuesday, said neither side was willing to budge enough to wan-ant continuation of mediation. Representatives of both sides refused to comment on whether they expected progress at to- day's meeting. National union headquarters is orchestrating the rotating strike calls through a teletype network. The call went out today to workers in Saskatcon, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Humboldt, Lloydminster, Mel. fort, Nipawin, R o s e t o w n, Meadow Lake and Tisdale. The 350 workers involved are to re- turn to their jobs Friday. Workers in Hamilton also went out this morning. Employees at Saint John, N.B., returned to work today at the close of their 24-hour walk- out but the post office said the stoppages went into effect in about another dozen centre in tlie province today. There were stoppages in Prince Edward Island today at Charlotletewn and Summerside. Workers in Windsor, Ont., who started what was supposed to be a 24-hour walkout last Prison Escapee Recaptured PRINCE ALBERT CP) RCMP Wednesday night ar- rested Benjamin Cote, 26, one of four prisoners who escaped Monday from the Prince Albert Correctional Centre during a baseball game. Three others were arrested a short time after the escape. Police said that the city force called in an RCMP tracking dog while investigating a break-in at a city house. He was scheduled to appear in magistrate's court today. week, have remained off the job. A post office spokesman said the st'Sppages today were in ef- fect for about workers in the provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Wednesday's strike calls af- fected workers in northwestern Quebec, Calgary and the British Columbia communities of Prince Rupert. Kitimat and Ter- race. They were expected to re- st-art work sometime today. C. M. Drury. treasury board president chiefly responsible for the government" end of the con- tract dispute, indicated Wednes- day the government was not swayed by the rotating strike activity. OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian water bill cleared the last hurdle Wednesday on the way to final Commons approval as the government defeated 11 opposi- tion amendments. The bill, which provides for water quality management agencies throughout Canada, is slated to receive third reading today. It then goss to the Se- nate. CN Freight Derailed At Terrace TERRACE, B.C. (CP) A Canadian National Railways freight was derailed -Wednes- day night 48 miles west of this central British Columbia com- miuiily, blocking all traffic on the Terrace Prince Rupert Highway and crippling CNR operations' in the province. The Terrace derail m e n t came less than 12 hours after another CN freight derailed at Blue River, 100 miles northeast of Kamloops, plugging the niain line and tearing up sev- eral hundred feet of track. Thirty of the Ter race freight's 63 cars left the tracks, and jammed the CN north line to Jasper, Alta., as well as the highway. A company spokesman in Vancouver said there were parently two transients aboan! tlie train and one of them was badly hurt. There were no in- juries reported among crew members. The line is not expected to be cleared for at least 24 hours. Meanwhile, passengers are being flown between Vancou- ver and Edmonton while the main line is blocked at Blue River, where 15 coal cars left the tracks. The line is expect- ed to reopen late today. Voting was on party lines with the Conservatives, New Demo- crats and Creditistes supporting all amendments and the Liber- als opposing. Also Wednesday, Northern Af- fairs Minister Jean Chretien told the House he boyies to visit Russia this summer -.2 examine Soviet Arctic technology. Speaking in debate on the government bill designed to pre- vent pollution of Arctic waters, Mr. Chretien said Russia seems anxious to exchange informa- tion on tlie Arctic. READING STALLED As voting ended on the water bill amendments, Resources Minister J. J. Greene moved third reading. But the final step was postponed when Conserva- tive House Leader Gerald W. Baldwin said the government "should have a night to think about the errors of their ways." The voting lasted 40 minutes prompting James McGrath (PC John's East) to ask the government to introduce elec- tronic voting systems. Speaker Lucien Lamoureux said the question should have been aimed at him. He would consider Mr. McGrath's idea. The water quality manage- ment agencies would, under the legislation, include federal, pro- vincial and local representa- tives. Tlie agencies would establish quality standards and set fees for industries and municipalities depositing waste in local wa- ters. Industry would be open to fines if it exceeded waste deposit limits. Road Reopened REVELSTOKE, B.C. (CP) The Trans-Can Ed a Highway was reopened Wednesday night to single-line traffic in the Vic- tor Lake area after British Co- lumbia department of high- ways crews partly cleared a rock slide. The slide, 20 feet deep in places, had blocked both lanes of the highway. Neiv Earth Tremor Shakes Quake Devastated Lima Area LIMA (Reuters) Lima was shaken by a strong earth tremor Wednesday night for the second time this week following n devastating earthquake Sun- day which killed an estimated 40.000 persons in northern Peru. Tim tremor indicated further dcr.lnict.ion in the ravaged inte- rior. The latest tremor came as the government tried desperately to fly food and medicine to about 600.000 persons marie homeless by the earthquake Sunday. Troops managed Wednesday to clear a 1.000-foot landing strip in the ccnlral Huaylas Cor- rider in the rugged Andes, and rescue planes and Itclicoptcrs started bringing in supplies m a race against lime to reach the injured and homeless. Roads in the stricken region were left impassable hy land- slides and mounds of rubble. Government officials said Wednesday night it might lake days lo clear them for convoys nf KSTIMATES The disaster "is of unimagina- ble proportions, and it is beyond human power to estimate the real number of victims." presi- dential spokes m a n Auguslo Zimmerman told reporters. "The first thing we have to do is to save the lives of those who survived." he said, can be dojic for the dead." As he spoke, wore dropped with supplies near Yun- gay in the hard-hit Central Val- ley to rescue 2.500 homeless and injured. Ihc only survivors of I he town's 20.COO inhabitants. Vungay was first shattered by the quake and then floodwatcrs from a lake it off the uiap. The homeless, mainly Indi- arc living without shelter, food or do! lies in sub-zero tem- p c r a t u r e s on the1 mountain slopes at heiah's of up to 12.000 feet. The United Slates sent tv.o giant Hercides transport planes loaded with food and medical supplies and throe helicopters after a Peruvian appeal for help. More phme.s were to ar- rive today from tlie U.S. Air Force base in Panama, nounced the operation April 30 being proved completely wrong. The president reported that of the 31.000 U.S. troops sent into Cambodia have been withdrawn already and Ihe re- maining will be out by tlie end of the month. U.S. air and logistics support and mili- tary advisers serving with South Vietnam's force also will be removed by the dead- line, he said. After July 1, Nixon said, U.S. planes mil strike at North Viet- namese and Viet Cong troop movements and bases in Cam- bcdia if he decides such action is necessary to protect Ameri- can troops in neighboring South Vietnam. But that will be the only continuing American mili- tary activity involving Cam- bodia, he said. He left open the question of. when South Vietnamese troops will be withdrawn. SEEK SECURITY "Our discussions with the South Vietnamese he said, "indicate that their pri- mary objective remains the se- curity of South Vietnam, and their activity in Cambodia in tha their with- drawal from the sanctuaries- will be determined by the ac- tions of the enemy." Nixon's Oct. 15 target date far pulling more troops out of 'Yoa should Jiaoe seen the one that got Vietnam, indicates he plans to follow a slower timetable in withdrawals during the six months that began April 20 than in Ihe six months between mid- October and mid-April next year. Last April 20 he announced removal of troops during the next 12 months. At an even withdrawal rate he would have taken out by mid-October. But when the Cambodian opera- tion was started, withdrawals from Vietnam stopped, presum- ably because cf the uncertain- ties' of Communist counter-ac- tion. Nixon araounced Wednesday night that Defence Secretary Melvin R. Laird has now re- sumed withdrawals but, con- trary to some specula- tion, his figures made clear he is following a cautious slowdown at least until October. Showing films of material taken from the Viet Cong and North am- munition, illustrate his report on achievements of the highly-controversial Cambodian slrike Nixon reported the cap- ture of mere than 10.0CO.OOO rounds of ammunition, ri- fles and machine-guns, heavy weapons with rounds of ammunition for them, and pounds