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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta FAIR HIGH FORECAST TUESDAY 75 VOL. 149 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, .TUNE 8, 1970 PRICE NOT OVEK 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES By HAROLD MOIUUSON LONDON (AP) Trailing Conservatives are likely to concentrate their fire on the stale of the British economy as they seek to avert a threatening third con- secutive defeat at the polls in the June IS general election. After a secret strategy conference with Iiis lieu- tenants Sunday, Tory chief Edward Heath, whose own future could be jeopardized by a party defeat, is re- ported to be sharpening his attack, charging Prime Minister Wilson v.ith hiding the truth about Britain's economic strength. The Wilson theme that a Labor government has made the economy strong and that it will remain strong only with Labor has been muffled slightly by the injection of national strikes, one affecting the health service and the other the national news- papers. Huge pay increases arc involved in both cases, tend- ing to turn more public attention to Heath's argument that beneath Wilson's rosy economic image lurks a threatening inflation explosion that will bring another wage and pries freeze if the socialists are re-elected. Wilson has denied such an intention. But as his gov- ernment cut a recommended 30-per-cent pay increase for senior doctors to 15 per cent, a spokesman for the British Medical Association quoted a cabinet min- ister as saying that the cut was necessary because of ''extreme economic peril." Welfare overlord Richard Grossman immediately denied making such a statement, adding that if he said something like that, he now withdraws it. But he did say there is "a real danger of having a wage in- flation." That is the strongest reference a Labor Minister has made in this campaign to the inflation problem. The campaign now is reaching toward the half- way mark with opinion polls giving Labor a lead of about five per cent. If sustained, this would give Wil- son a majority of about 50 seats in the 630-seat Com- mons. Standing at dissolution was Labor 3-13, Conservative 263, Liberal 13, Republican Labor 1, Welsh Nationals! 1, Scottish Nationalist 1, Independent Unity 1, inde- pendents', 2, vacant 2, Speaker and two deputy Speak- ers 3. As doctors threaten to disrupt the National Health Service starting Wednesday, junior doctors, who got the full 30-per-cent pay increase immediately, said they will go along with the senior practitioners and con- sultants. The British Medical Association has urged Its members not to co-operate with the welfare state, and has said it would hold a referendum to see how many doctors are prepared to resign from the National Health Service altogether. By STANLEY HUTCIHNSON CANBERRA (Reuters) Australian foreign policy has looked more toward Asia in recent weeks. The new direction showed plainly at an 11-natlon foreign ministers' conference on Cambodia, in Jakarta, Indonesia, last month. There for the first time, Australia appeared to be accepted as an Asian nation rather than as a European outpost on the southern periphery of Asia. Several factors have contributed to the new look. One was the appointment of William1 McMahon as Australian external. McMahon, a man of considerable ministerial ex- perience, was not completely at home in foreign af- fairs to start with, but at the Jakarta conference, where Australia asid New Zealand were the only "white nations." he was clearly finding his feet. McMahon told the conference the door should be left open for a wider gathering, including countries wliich declined invitations to the Jakarta meeting. SEVERAL STAYED AWAY China, North Korea and North Vietnam declined to come denouncing the conference as an American plot. Non-Communist countries such as India, Pakistan, Bur- ma and Nepal aiso stayed away. The conference called for tile withdrawal of all foreign troops from Cambodia and appointed a three- nation commission of Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia to seek international support to solve the crisis. The relatively mild and tmaccusing tone of the com- munique was seen as a first step by the pro-Western countries of the region toward settling their own prob- lems and finding an accommodation with tlieir Com- munist, neighbros. In ali tin's, McMahon took a nuddle-of-the-road line and at least one Asian diplomat, Dato Donald Stephens, Malaysian high commissioner to Australia, said the conference showed Australia is moving closer to Asian countries and is willing In take a more active part in tile region's Another factor in the new direction of Australian foreign policy was the appointment of a new external affairs departmental head, Sir Keith Waller. Waller, a former ambassador to the United States, has given the department a new flexibility by revising administrative procedures. But probably the most important change in Aus- tralian foreign policy thinking has come about becauie of circurv.'.sU'mccs and attitudes ;il home. The government received a shock in the- October elections campaign when Gordon Frenth. then external iiffiars minister, said in ii considered statement that Australia "would naturally consider with close interest" Russian proposals for. an Asian security pact, ncer EDWARD HEATH faces third defeat From BUENOS AIRES (CP) President Juan Carlos Ongania of Argentina will be replaced by the chiefs of the army, navy and air force, military sources here said today. Earlier today, Gen. Alejandro Lanusse, commander-in-chief of the Argentine army, said the policies of the armed forces wer'e incompatible with the po- litical goals of Ongania. His announcement came at the conclusion of a meeting of armed forces commanders. Ongania was swept to power June 27, 1966, when a coup led by the commanders-in-clu'ef of the three forces at that time ousted Arthuro JJlia as presi- dent. Ongania, then in retirement, was chosen to head the govern- ment of the ''Argentine revolu- tion." but the three chiefs made it clear that ultimate responsi- bility for the government's poli- cies was vested in the armed The communique today said the responsibility assumed by the army in 1966 was "incom- patible with the signing of a new blank cheque" under which Ongania could "resolve on his own important aspects of the progress of the Argentine revo- lution and the destiny of the country." OTTAWA (CP) Rotating mail strikes moved into the To- ronto area today while negotia- tions aimed at settling the postal dispute hung fire in Ot- tawa. Leaders of the Council of Postal Unions met se- cretly in a downtown hotel. Treasury board spokesmen were also unavailable for com- ment in a separate meeting. Cecil Harper, chief treasury board negotiator, broke off the bargaining talks last Friday, telling the postal leaders to re- turn Tuesday afternoon with a new package offer on the key is- sues of wages, overtime and job security. Union spokesmen have not yet Indicated whether they will comply with this request. Mr. Harper has not said whether he will break off all negotiations if they do not. Meantime, a total of ocstal workers walked off their jurvive Iii Quebec jobs early today at 22 post off- ices in suburban areas and smaller communities surround- ing Toronto. FOLLOW OTHER STRIKES The 24-hour stoppages follow similar rotating strikes that have been conducted in differ- ent a'eas across the country for almost two weeks now as the postal council attempts to force a contract settlement. Some 350 Windsor postmen, Who joined the strikes during the first week and later refused to return to work, finally voted on the weekend to resume their jobs. Union leaders say they are doing their "utmost" to avoid expanding the rotating pages into a nationwide strike. The postal workers, who now make an average S3.08 an hour, are asking for a 60-cent pay'in- crease spread over a two-year contract, plus overtime benefits estimated to bring total mone- tary costs of their demands tq 30 per cent more. The treasury board, operating u n ;i c r governmental wage guidelines limiting raises to six per cent a year, has offered 41 cents more spread over 214 years. The unions are also demand- ing a guarantee that no mem- bers will be fired because of technological or organizational changes in post office opera- tions. Seen pud Heard ABOUT TOWN never to fish without a shirt again, Dan Fieanlon gingerly rub- bing cream on every portion of his body which was ex- posed to the sun during a four-hour period when he be- ,came lost on'a recent fishing trip Lawrence Bailey's cocker spaniel getting up and going home after the curfew blew Al Johnson feeling he had made a good bet Saturday on a horse race, but it turned out that the horse he bet on didn't even run. HALIFAX mem- bers of a family of five travel- tCLllClll ling in a light plane which crashed in northern Quebec Sunday night died in the crash while three others survived. The air-sea rescue centre here reported Monday that a frflm p ara-res cue team found a f woman and two children alive in the wreckage. The father and one child were dead. The survivors had stayed with the downed plane throughout tlie night. The craft crashed about 60 miles from Sept-lies, Que., where it had made re- fuelling stop on a flight I'om Labrador City, Nfld., to Quebec City. The rescue centre said a T-33 jet aircraft from Chatham, N.B. found the wrecked Cessna 172 after homing in on it by means of a beacon aboard the light plane. From ROME (CP) Italians today were winding up two days of voting for 15 regional legisla- tures, 115 provincial councils and municipal councils. The regional legislatures were being elected for the first time, and the Communist party was expected to win control of two or more of them. Three-fourths of the eligible voters cast their ballots Sunday and voting was gener- ally calm. No Charges Laid Iii Dealli Of Sawclink MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) The Nassau County district attorney said Monday no charges will be laid against the New York R a n g e r s' Ron Stewart in connection with the death of team-mate Terry Sawchuk, ono of professional hockey's great- est goalies. District Attorney William Calm, speaking to reporters after presenting evidence to a grand jury, called Sawchuk's death "tragic, senseless, bi- zarre" and "completely acci- dental." BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) The Bank for International Settlements singled out the United States dollar today as a main element of uncertainty in the inter- national monetary system, which it said is "passing through a process of radical change." ANNUAL REPORT "Given present political and economic limitations, one of the principal uncertainties is how the position of the dollar is to be the bank said in its 40th annual report released today. The floating of the Canadian dollar was expected to be dis- cussed by the bankers later today. "The problem of the restora- t i o n of balance-of-payruents equilibrium in the United States forms one element of the back- ground to current official dis- cussions about possible greater1 flexibility of exchange the annual report said. The report questioned the idea that the deficit position in the United States balance of pay- ments should be corrected mainly through systematic up- ward exchange rate adjust- ments by other countries. MIGHT NOT WORK "It may be doubted whether the countries prepared to re- value would be sufficient in number or in economic strength to produce the desired it said. "Serious tensions could well arise if partner countries of the United States were to be faced repeatedly with the dilemma of whether to accumulate un- wanted dollars in their reserves or to the bank added. The BIS report also raised the question of some form of wage and price control in the U.S., saying the recent downturn in production and unemployment after last fall has been accom- panied by a lag in the checking of wage and price rises. "Thus the situation has be- come one in which more direct wage-price policy, formal or in- formal, might well be contem- plated. So far the authorities' attitude towards such moves has been negative." The bank also warned that the new-found strength of the Brit- ish pound and the French franc does not mean that international monetary difficulties had all been cleared up. The bank said the franc de- valuation last August, together with the domestic stabilization program, and the appearance of a surplus in the British balance of payments coupled with the German mark revaluation last October, had greatly eased ten- sion in the world market ex- changes. But both the pound and Hie French franc are still protected by exchange controls, it pointed out. FINDER WANTS HER This is the eight-day-old baby girl found by New York City policeman Jim Scott when he answered a call for assistance af a hotel last week. Scott wants to adopt the baby but is hampered by red tape. CH1LLIWACK, B.C. (CP) British Columbia's New Demo- cratic Party ended its annual convention Sunday with two long-standing hurts apparently healed. More than 500 delegates, about 60 of them affiliated union members, endorsed a motion supporting continued partner- ship with organized labor, countering indications of a split within the party. They also went home happy with tlieir new leader, Dave Barrett, picked without opposi- tion and given unanimous ap- proval. The party has spent nearly four years trying to resolve the leadership issue, starting with a challenge to former leader Rob- ert Strachan and the eventual leadership victory of Tom Ber- ger and complicated by Mr. Berger's defeat in last sum- mer's provincial election. The was left with 12 members in the 55-seat legisla- ture, with 17 before the election. The house is dominated by 38 Social Credit members. The Liberals have five seats. Mr. Barrett sent delegates back to their constituencies to rebuild for the next election. WANTS BROAD BASE He told them he was "clear- ing the decks" to broaden the party's base and shape it into Crcrll Airlnipi' an opposition to contend with. A111U1U. The party caucus would spend the next year on detailed policy study and would report to the next convention. T, -_-. "We've got to reach people's jNliie I Cl'SOllS he said, "and to do that we've got to have a good policy and get it across to them." Much of the attention of the S'.-j-day convention was on a concerted policy to oppose pro- vincial labor laws and support unions involved in disputes. DAVE BARRETT chosen leader An undercurrent of discontent about possible union domination of the party and fears about the consequences of a showdown came to an apparently peaceful end with a Sunday resolution in favor of accord with labor. The resolution called for greater ef- forts to bring labor info the NDP. Population Up CANBERRA (Reuters) Preliminary figures released Monday put. Australia's popula- tion at (lie end of March at an increase of 400 from Dec. 31, 19C9. NUERNBERG (AP) Nine men. four women and a with pistols and knives hijacked a Czechoslovak airliner with 16 other passengers aboard today on a flight from Karlovy Vary to Prague and forced the pilot to land in this West German city. Police said no one was injured and the hijackers were appar- ently seeking political asylum. Tire hijackers were taken into police custody and ate being questioned. Soviet Spacemen Make WOth Orbit TROOPING OF THE COIORS Governor-General Michenor salutes as the Canadian Guards troop ihe colors on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for (he last lime. Mr. Michcner rr-ad o messaqc from the Queen, coloncf-in-chief of the regiment, after Hie parade. Thfi Ounen expressed prido and satisfaction over I he service fhe regimen! has performed lor Canada throughout Its "ihprt but glorious MOSCOW (AP) Sonet cos- monauts A n d r i a n Nikolayev and Vitnly com- pleted their 100th orbit' of the earth today in the seventh day vl tlwir flight aboard the space- ehip Souyz 9. A short official report said the cosmonauts rd.ired as usual tliis morning "after completing Oieir regular working flay iu outer soace." They are carrying out a pro- gram of medical and biological observations on the effects of extended periods in space. Soyuz 9 has broken the So- viet, record for flight duration but has another week to go be- fere it reaches the United Stales record. How long the flight is to last has not been disslceed, 'Disturbing the peccc, ;