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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Little support for Alberta The Let lib ridge Herald HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 80 'Serving South Alberta and Southeastern Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 153 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1972 FOUR SECTIONS 68 PAGES oil industry 300 missing in South Dakota By WALTER KHEVENCHUK EDMONTON (CP) The petroleum Industry Is (squawking about unjust treatment In Alberta, at- tracting little sympathy from the province it helped make prosperous. In a province where people 30 per cent of the labor force depend on the industry, there has been little public support in its fight against a proposed tax increase. The government has ruled the industry must as- sume most of the responsibility for the province's eco- nomic survival once the oil is gone, by providing the money to develop secondary industry during the next 10 to 15 years. The target is million to million a year, and the government is considering a plan to lax crude 011 reserves. A final decision is due by July 30, At public hearings last month, spokesmen said tho lax would be a foul blow to the industry that had done so much for Alberta. Changed province The industry, they said, had provided the govern- ment with 37 per cent of its revenues since than billion-and had transformed the province from a basically agricultural and rural economy to a soundly-based and diversified blend of rural and urban enterprise. Indications are the industry was unable to sway Premier Peter Lougheed's Progressive Conservative administrative from the course it charted in a position paper tabled in the legislature in April. The Conservatives, in office for nine months, said that as Ihe conventional crude oil industry reaches ma- turity, "economic growth may lend to level off unless new and imaginative programs are initiated soon "In the public Interest, significant expanded sources of revenue must begin to flow into the provincial treas- ury now in order to provide part of the funds for new programs specifically designed for diversification "Clearly, revenues from a depleting natural re- source are an appropriate source of such funds." The Canadian Petroleum Association, whose 200 member firms account for about 97 per cent of Can- ada's oil and gas production and pipeline transporta- tion, said the government is looking to the petroleum industry to subsidize a purpose wliich is not at all cer- tain of success. Has reservations R. Campbell Todd, president of Ballinderry Explo- rations Ltd. told the hearing he has "strong reserva- tions regarding government trying to establish labor- intensive industry." Mr. Todd said modern economic trends bo not Indicate that any industry is a long-term generator of stable employment in areas which are distant from large industrial concentrations. The government itself admits that significant di- versification will be difficult, primarily because of Al- berta's relatively thin consumer markets and transpor- tation hurdles which affect tho cost of inbound material and outbound products. The CPA said there was no Justification for the petroleum industry to bear Ihe main burden of in- creases in government spending. They should ba spread to all Alberta industries and to the people. The industry made its investments and accepted the risks in anticipation that, when the time came for It to realize the rewards, it would be permitted to do so. "For the government to come in at the payout stage, and suddenly demand a substantial increase in Alberta's share, is unjust." Received revenue Wlu'le the industry assembled and invested the re- quired capital and withstood the risks inherent in ex- ploration, the CPA said, the government was receiving revenue on a near no-investment, entirely risk freo basis. During the last 25 years, 25 per cent of tola! in- dustry revenue had gone to the government, including million or 30 per cent of government revenues raised within Ihe province in 1971, Between 1947 and the end of 1971, the industry spent billion in the province. Employment directly associated with the Industry at the end of 1971 was estimated at Because of the demands for highly skilled labor, technicians and specialists, wages and salaries earned in Alberta in- creased 15 per cent during the 10-year period prior to 1971, Ihe highest rate of growth for any province. Notes employment Numerous lowns and communilies In the province owed their prosperity, and in some cases their exis- tence, to the employment opportunties which the in- dustry has provided. The province received benefits from the roads, bridges, and airstrips builty by the industry to support Its exploration and development activities. Expansion of commercial communications into re- mote areas had taken place much earlier than would- otherwise have been possible and at a greatly reduced cost to the public. The extension of natural gas and electrical power to many remote areas could be allributed to requirements which, by absorbing the cost of trans- mission, permitted low-cost distribution connections. The citizens of Alberta, the CPA said, have been receiving a fair and reasonable return on their, oil re- sources. 86 lives lost -cnKSW From AP-REUTEtl RAPID CITY, S.D. (CP) At least 86 persons were killed and 300 missing in flooding, explo- sions and fires set off by torren- tial overnight rain in and around Rapid City, the Penning- ton County sheriff's office re- ported today. A massive rescue effort was Stanfield criticizes govt. 011 death penalty policy WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) Hob- ert Stanfield, national leader of the Progressive Conservatives, Friday criticized the federal government for its policy of commuting all death sentences. Mr. Stanfield was answering a Grain export bright EDMONTON (CP) It Is within the realm of possibility for Canadian farmers to export ultimately one billion bushels of wheat a year, Agriculture Min- ister Bud Olson said Friday night. Mr. Olson, In Edmonton to at- tend a caucus meeting of prai- rie Liberals this weekend, told reporters that the grain distri- bution system for export will accommodate more than 800 million bushels of grain this year, compared with 706 million Jast year. Proper use of available land and expansion to land that is suitable for grain could raise Canada's total grain production "fairly quickly to 1.5 to 1.6 bil- lion bushels." question about the death penalty during an hour-long television open-line program on a Windsor television station. Earlier in the day, Mr. Stan- field visited Sarnia, then taped a half-hour interview program at the same Windsor television station for broadcast tonight. The questioner had asked Mr. Stanfield whether he would sup- port extension of legislation which abolished the death ally for murder except in cases where the victim was a police officer or prison guard. The opposition leader ex- pressed "disappointment that the Trudeau government has not fully respected" the original legislation and has commuted death penalties given murders of police and prison guards. Another questioner was told by Mr. Stanfield that National Revenue Minister Herb Gray "doesn't even pretend" that re- cently-introduced government measures will limit foreign own- ership. He said the government's poli- cies were not adequate to en- sure increased Canadian owner- ship and called for a positive rather than a restrictive ap- proach to the problem. Mr. Stanfield told another caller that Prime Minister. Tru- deau had made a "dreadful mistake when he slowed the economy deliberately" lo solve the country's economic problems several years ago. under way today and county of- ficials said they had no idea what the final toll might be. Deputy Sheriff Dale Bruca said the sheriff's office was re- ceiving reports of deaths contin- ually. The sheriff's office said it feared hundreds of campers in the Black Hills area may be lost and it could be weeks before the final toll is known. "Everything here is an eyewitness reported. "There are people in the trees, on top of cars, every- where. There are fires burning all over town and the firemen are too busy with rescue work to even worry about them." The fires were attributed to gas from broken mains becom- ing ignited. HUNDREDS HOMELESS Six to 10 inches of rain hit the east slopes of the Black Hills during the night and the water poured into Rapid City, flooding much of the city and leaving hundreds homeless. The Black Hills is a popular resort area in southwestern South Dakota. Rapid City is trie- area's largest city. Many persons were reported stranded this rooming. Home- less were being housed in schools, churches and private homes. Bridges were swamped throughout the area and pedes- trian traffic was banned in some areas because of fallen power lines. Mayor Donald Barnett or- dered police to arrest sight- seers. Homes and mobile homes were scattered and splintered in the flooded areas, bridges were out and cars strewn about streets and parks. Interstate 90 was closed both north and east of Rapid City. Parts of Rapid City were de- scribed as a lowland flood plain. A dam was washed out at Can- yon Lake Park, turning the lake into one vide river, authorities said. China attacks U.S. policy, methods used in Indochina LEADER OF GUINEA PIO CLUB Bob Lloyd will head 50 Canadian airmen, muS- lafcd by war and given new life by plastic surgery, Satur- day, lo form tho Canadian Guinea Pig Club In Toronto. The gathering, called a Lost Weekend, is the Canadian version of tho Guinea Pig Club of Britain formed after Hie second world war which meels every year In Britain and whose president Is Prince Phillip. (CP AVirephoto) Castro denies heart trouble VIENNA (Reuler) Cuban Premier Fidel Castro, who has denied rumors of heart trouble during his current stay in War- saw with the claim "I have a heart of is touring East- ern Europe to bury old quarrels and show off the new Castro. He wants to show that he and his country are good insurance- deserve even mora Neiv Quebec labor group established QUEBEC (CP) A ntw breakaway Quebec labor feder- ation formed Friday was named Ihe Centrale des Syndicats De- mocratitNies to cheers and toasts of delegates who were told it will truly represent the interests of the working man. Further applause came when Paul-Emile Dalpe, elected prov- isional chairman of the conven- tion, explained he does not in- tend to translate the name into English. credits and aid than are already forthcoming. Castro is journeying through Eastern Europe projecting the image of a balanced and states- manlike approach to Latin American problems and world affairs in general. The Castro of the 1970s is still a revolutionary, but one who ap- parently concedes that progress can come Ilirough the ballot box as well as from the muzzle of a gun. STOCKHOLM (CP-Reuler) China bitterly allacked U.S. pol- icy and methods in Indocluna at the UN environment conferenca here today and urged the meet- Ing lo condemn American eco- logical warfare. But it slopped short of de- manding that the Indochina issue be incorporated in the dec- laration of environmental ciples the conference hopes to demand that could have spelled the collapse of tho vitally important document. Speaking to the 114-nation meeting, chief Chinese delegate Tang Ke, deputy minister ol fuels and chemical industries, devoted almost1 half of his 45- minute speech to attacks on the two super-powers, in particular the'U.S. He accused the Americans o[ massacring the Vietnamese peo- ple and poisoning their sur- roundings, using poisonous gas on all people, women and chil- dren in Cambodia, Laos and, re- cently, North Vietnam, and causing unprecedented damage to the human environment. "China holds that this confer- ence should not remain indiffer- ent lo such atrocities. We should surely condemn the U.S. for its wanton bombing and shelling, its destruction of peoples, plants and animals and pollution of the environment.0 SOVIETS ALSO ASSAILED Before Tang delivered his speech, Chinese delegate Pi Chi Lung at a news conference ac- cused the U.S. and the Soviet Union of seeking world hege- mony and said they were un- willing to spend the minimum on compensating other countries for the pollution they them- selves had caused. The super-powers' nuclear bombers flew "arrogantly" in the airspace of other countries while their nuclear missile sub- marines "dashed about" in other states' territorial waters, he added. On Friday, Pi had said the Chinese would seek to have con- Tito visit to Russia Seen and heard About town IJATTER Tom riumgham safe at first after Wally Kmchkywich .and pitcher Kaye Elliott tried to do the watusi on the pitcher's mound at Dave Elton Park Colin O'Brien literally hung tip when he caught his arm in a power window Barry Owens having his long hair cut to impress his girl- friend and she was shocked Shane Porter so turned on by activity at an Active 20-30 club he swallowed his door prize ticket. demnalion of U.S. actions In- cluded in the declaration of en- vironmental principles. There was no immediate explanation on why the subsequent speech by Tang stopped short of that. The U.S. has made it clrar that it would oppose any move- to have Ihe conference take up the subject of Indochina. Ob- servers had predicted that if the Chinese sought to include it in the declaration, the United States would sabotage the docu- ment wigli a string of amend- ments of its own. Fire destroys ;CN dockyards PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. (CP) A major fire today de- stroyed the Canadian National docks in this north coastal city along with a 50-year-old build- ing that contained a cannery and offices. No one was in the building when the fire broke out. The blaze destroyed the Oceansido and did extensive damage to the docks, but no estimate of damage was avail- able. National parks to up fees for campgrounds CALGARY (CP) Camp- ground fees in all national parks will be raised June "12 to lessen competition with private operators, says L. H. Robinson, western regional director of the parks branch. The low campground fees in the parks offered "unfair com- petition" to campgrounds in ad- jacent areas, he said. Fees for unserviced camp- grounds will increase to from for semi-serviced spaces to from and for fully serviced areas lo from MOSCOW (AP) President Tito of Yugoslavia ended a slate visit lo the Soviet Union today and left for home with assur- ance that the Kremlin regards peaceful coexistence as a prima principle governing relations with other Communist countries. Communist sources said this principle was affirmed in the joint communique on the Yugo- slav leader's largely cere- monial, six-day visit. They said the communique also reaf- firmed the principles of equal- ity, respect for sovereignty and non-interference in internal af- fairs, of great importance to small but independent-minded Communist nation. A reaffirmation of these prin- ciples was expected since they also were included in a commu- nique published at the end of a visit by the Soviet Communist party chief, Leonid I. Brezhnev, to Belgrade last September. Canada leads ivoiid bridge competition MIAMI BEACH Reuter) Canada has taken the lead in the World Bridge Olympiad with a score of 55 victory points. Her nearest challengers after the third-round matches Friday night were India with 52 points and Israel with SI. The leading positions after three rounds had been played in the open series of the team Olympiad were: Canada, 55; India 52; Israel, 51; Swilzer- land, 45; Australia, 49; Poland, 48; Italy, 47; Sweden, 44; Tai- wan, 42; Argentina, Mexico