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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, June 8, 1974 News in brief Elderly exempted from fee EDMONTON (CP) Alberta Solicitor-General Helen Hunley said Wednesday the government will exempt all senior citizens, their spouces and dependents from the deductible charge for prescribed drugs under the Alberta Blue Cross plan. Miss Hunley. minister responsible for Alberta Health Care Insurance, said as of July 1, senior citizens will pay 20-per-cent of the cost of prescription drugs. The remaining 80-per-cent is billed to the blue cross health plan. Sniper fells policeman OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A shotgun-wielding ex-convict killed a policeman and wounded eight other officers and two civilians before he emerged from a flaming rooming house and was shot to death early today, police said Police Chief Richard Ander- sen said Elza Carr, 33, had held police at bay with an automatic shotgun for more than four hours before he came out of a flaming, tear- gas-filled rooming house. The chief said Carr was firing the weapon as he opened a door on the porch. Police returned the fire and Carr was killed in the exchange, he said. Hoffa would have stayed in jail WASHINGTON (AP) Former Teamsters chief James Hoffa says he would have remained in prison had he been aware that President Nixon's pardon barred him from union activities until 1980. "I would have stayed in prison for two more years. I would not have accepted the he told reporters Wednesday during a recess in arguments on his suit to elimi- nate the curb. Hoffa's lawyer, Leonard Boudin, the government Hoffa was not told of the restriction until after his release from prison Dec. 23, 1971. Property assessment revamped VICTORIA (CP) The British Columbia government introduced major legislation Wednesday which would base property assessment on 100- per-cent of market value. The Assessment Act would provide for uniform assessment throughout the province and bring all matters relating to assessments under one-bill, repealing the assessment equalization act and superceding sections dealing with assessment in a number of other pieces of legislation. The bill introduced by Premier Dave Barrett is based on the .recommendations of a legislative committee which held hearings earlier this year on problems of assessment function in B. C. Troop cuts not welcome WASHINGTON (AP) Major reductions in United States troops overseas, as proposed by some members of Congress, would jeopardize a permanent peace in Asia and undermine negotiations with the Soviet Union for mutual forces reductions in Europe. State Secretary Henry- Kissinger warned Wednesday. In a letter to senators considering a motion to force a reduction within 18 months of U.S. troops stationed on foreign soil. Kissinger pointed out that the U.S already has cut its troops in Europe from 400.000 to about In the same period Soviet forces in Eastern Europe have increased from to 000. he said. Liquor sales discontinued YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) Northwest Territories commissioner Stuart Hodgson agreed Wednesday to abide "reluctantly" by the wishes of Indian leaders who have asked that liquor sales to Dogrib treaty Indians in seven centres be discontinued. "I'm going to be up my neck in trouble over said the commissioner, who long ago declared war against alcohol abuse in the North. The federally-appointed head of the territorial government said he expects an outcry from civil libertarians and a possible lawsuit, based on the Canadian Bill of Rights, challenging his decision, which affects about 1.000 Indians- Mr. Hodgson was described as a dictator by a territorial councillor last winter when he arbitrarily cut off liquor to the Eskimo settlement of Pond Inlet. Later, after consultation with settlement residents, he reversed his stand. Agriculture word soon SINGHAMPTON. Ont. (CP) A major Liberal policyf statement on land use will be' announced within the next few days. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said Tuesday BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL at a news conference in this town about 30 miles west of Barrie. He said the statement will not concern the proposed Pickering airport, but declined to specify what the statement would concern. But he said fears that exten- sive farmland would be lost if the airport is built are ground- less, noting that of Windsoi airport's 1.600 acres, about are in farm production. Trudeau, Grit oil policy booed, jeered By DAVE BLA1KIE CALGARY (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau was booed and jeered over federal oil policy when he arrived here Wednesday but he said minutes later that Ottawa is committed to the development and growth of resource industries in all re- gions of the country. "No oil executive is entitled to claim that our government has any adverse intents for any industry, certainly not the petroleum he told a meeting of Liberal workers and candidates after encountering one of the angriest anti-government demonstrations of the election campaign. It occurred outside the meeting at the downtown Palhser Hotel where he was met by several hundred shouting, placard-waving oil company employees, executives and opposition party supporters opposed to federal energy and corporate tax policy. After making his way inside, where the cheers of supporters contrasted sharply with the jeers outside, he offered to meet Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed anytime to discuss equitable sharing of "windfall oil profits" between oil com- panies and the federal and provincial governments. Mr. Trudeau was interrupted frequently by hecklers in the crowd of about one of whom he told to shut up. then apologized. "Go on talking. I have to be good tempered in this cam- paign." He was received warmly and applauded often when he reviewed oil policy developments and federal objectives. He also answered two ques- tions from a front-page editorial in Calgary Herald Wednesday: Do the provinces own resources within their jurisdiction? Will the Liberals, if re-elected, bring back the federal budget de- feated May 9 in the Commons? The answer to both is yes, said the prime minister. The budget, which would raise corporation taxes by million, would be implemented as it stands unless economic circumstances change and alterations become necessary. He said some sections, in- cluding those that upset the oil industry. might be reconsidered if a revenue- sharing agreement can be worked out with the oil- producing provinces. He gave no indication that he will take the initiative to arrange a bargaining session with the Alberta and Saskatchewan premiers. He said the people of Alberta should not have to suffer because of a "cold war" between Ottawa and the provincial Progressive Conservative government. "I certainly will take my re- sponsibilities and try to find an end to this disagreement." The federal and provincial governments worked out an agreement on domestic oil prices last March, he said. But there was no agreement on profit-sharing and he had made it clear that windfall oil revenues must benefit all Canadians, not just one province or oil companies. He said the demonstrators, who dispersed quickly when he entered the hotel, were a sign that feelings run high and that some people feel squeezed by federal policies. But no Liberal party member had attempted to turn any part of the country' against another. The party wanted the best possible solutions to all problems for the country. Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Atk about our Guarantee ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 Three hack man to death in Vancouver VANCOUVER (CP) Three men hacked and beat a man to death Wednesday night outside a southeast Vancouver restaurant. Witnesses said the victim was apparently trying to flee from the three, two of whom were armed with a machete and a large wooden club. There were about six people eating in the restaurant and several passersby who witnessed the attack. Cashier Maureen Farrow said the three men beat the victim for- about three minutes with a machete and a board. "A guy stopped his car and yelled to them to stop beating him. but they kept on going and then walked across the street." she said. "After they left, I went outside and asked the guy if he was okay but he just groaned. I came back in the restaurant and called the ambulance which arrived about 15 minutes later." Witness Larry Fry, 19, of Upton, Sask. Earthmover operator dies under wreck BALGONIE, Sask. (CP) The 32-year-old driver of an Euclid earthrnover died Wednesday beneath tons of blazing wreckage after his machine was in collision with a CPR freight train, derailing 41 of the 83 rail cars. RCMP identified the dead man as Jerry Heidinger of the Balgonie district. His body was pulled from underneath piled-up railway cars Wednesday night more than 10 hours after the accident was reported at a.m. For many hours after the westbound freight train was derailed, firefighters battled flames and smoke, hampered by winds gusting to 40 miles an hour, amid apprehension that the train might have contained explosive material. More than 200 yards of track was destroyed in the derailment, which piled boxcars and propane tankers like firewood and scattered scores of new automobiles across surrounding farmland. "'I've been to quite a few pileups and this one is a CP Rail official said. At impact, the 45-ton machine, valued at more than was carrying about eight cubic yards of rock. It was believed the earth-mover hit the first car behind the engine, which uncoupled from the wreckage and moved down the track away from the debris. Flaring tempers force MLAs to extend sitting Edmonton (CP) Legislators were in a testy mood Wednesday as they wrangled over a number of issues, forcing extension of the spring sitting of the Alberta legislature. With only a handful of bills left for clause-by-clause study, it appeared the sitting would end after 59 days. But MLAs became bogged down, failed to finish their work and will sit again today. The Social Credit opposition attacked the Progessive Conservative government on a variety of things. Roy Wilson with incomplete informa- asked Mr. Wilson. Mr. Russell replied that he had difficulty getting clarification from Mr. Wilson on the precise information he was looking for. "As far as I know, we've given him all the information he is seeking." The minister said he wasn't trying to dodge the issue. "It's simply a misunderstanding of what on earth he wants." Tempers flared again during consideration of special warrants, which totalled million in 1973-74. The opposition criticized the widespread use of warrants, which authorize expenditures not included in the budget. The warrants later must be approved by the legislature. The government was accused of short-sighted planning by not including projects in Uie budget thai eventually required special warrants Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely said the special warrants are only used for unforeseen circumstances. Dr. Walter Buck