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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta :WINDY HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 7S VOL. LX1II No. 158 it LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 1970 ClilCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SEC ?2 PAGES Insurance Act By THE CANADIAN PRESS Federal government proposals for unemployment insurance changes have won early general approval, a survey by The Canadian Press indicates. The white paper on unemployment insurance, ta- bled Wednesday in the Commons by Labor Minister Bryce Mackasey, would increase coverage to weekly for up to 51 weeks from the current for a maximum of 18 weeks. Coverage would become universal, with the excep- tion of self employed persons, and would cover about workers. Contributions would increase to 96.3 per cent of the labor force from the current 80 per cent when the plan is fully operational by Jan. 1, 1975. In British Columbia, B.C. Forest Products Ltd. issued a statement saying: "We are concerned where the financing will come from to pay for the new coverage Of course in a time of increasing social benefits, no one can argue with the proposal to cover as many as possible." Quebec Benefits Most Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa has said before that his province, with a high number of unemployed workers, benefits more than any other province from the federal scheme. In Ontario, spokesmen for labor, welfare and busi- ness generally favored the major changes. David Archer, president of the member Ontario Federation of Labor, said labor generally sup- ports the principle of universal unemployment insur- ance. Oliver Mabee, vice president of personnel for the Robert Simpson Co. Ltd., called the proposals "a step in the right direction." But Nora Hodgins, secretary treasurer of the 000 member Ontario Teachers' Federation, said the federation has been opposed "to being used as a group with a very low incidence of unemployment to bolster the fund." In Ottawa, Canadian Labor Congress President Donald MacDonald said his organization is "pleased to see suggestions for universal coverage, easing of qual- ifications, increase in benefits and provision for pay- ments for sickness or pregnancy." Feels It's Slow Hoy Jamha, president of the Alberta Federation of Labor, said in an interview he is "pleased that the federal government has ceded to some of labor's de- mands to cover more workers." However, he was dis- appointed that it would take until 1975 to implement the proposals fully. Ivan Stonehocker, president of the Alberta Teach- ers' Association, said his group is against including teachers in the scheme because they sign a yearly contract. "We cannot see teachers having much need for unemployment insurance on that basis." Manitoba Labor Minister A. R. Paulley said a pro- posal to extend benefits to ill workers is "a progressive step." "This may well mean a lessening of the financial burden of social he said. Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte said he wants to study the white paper in detail before com- menting on it. Has Reservations He said the CLC has some reservations' about the proposals, the main one being the "experience rating" which would link the amount an employer had to pay into the unemployment insurance fund to the frequency of past layoffs in his factory or plant. T. J. McKeough, Nova Scotia labor minister, said the proposals seem: to offer more security to the in- dividual wage earner. Allan McLeod, president of the Charlottetown Board of Trade, said "there is far too much paid out in un- employment now." He said there is no need for work- ers earning above a certain level to contribute because they would probably not be unemployed. Leo MacKay, secretary treasurer of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labor, welcomed the proposed extensions. Opposition critics in the Commons also had favor- able words. Robert Muir, Conservative member for Cape Bret- en The Sydneys, said dropping the plan's welfare aspects and eliminating "many weaknesses and abuses" were welcome. However, lie warned that the white paper would impose great new tax burdens on the public. John Skoberg, NDP member for Moose Jaw, said he welcomed many of the proposals, and Charles- Eugene Dionr.c, Crcditiste member for Kamouraska, said he hoped benefits would be flexible enough to cover the to Canadians working in the United States. (See Page 13 for complete details on Unemploy- ment White ecte Voter Turnout At Polls Heavy AHMED SUKARNO m coma JAKARTA (AP) Former Indonesian president Sukarno was reported near death today. "We are doing our best, but the old man is very the doctors said. Now 69, Sukarno has suffered from kidney stones, high blood pressure and a circulatory ailment for sev- eral years. He entered hospital Tuesday night in a coma. He has been under house ar- rest since he was deposed in 1966. Once the playboy of the East- ern world, Sukarno reluctantly granted a divorce to one of his five official wives in 1967, to two. others last them his first wife to his fifth, Ratna Sari Dwei. a 29- year-old former Tokyo nightclub hostess1, last January. His only remaining wife is Hartini, who was prevented from seeing him for two years until his 69th birthday party at bis residence on June 6. Sukarno was Indonesia's pres- ident from his proclamation of its independence in 1945 until his overthrow. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN ALDERMAN C. W. Chi- Chester wondering dur- ing a discussion on town wa'ter suppb'es if "the gov- ernment intends to put a tax on rain." Mary Eyre taking a "friend's" advice and making a trip via a country road that turned out to be a sea of mud Tom Ferguson claiming he had been kicked out of his office for telling a joke about the phone system in Iran "where all calls are Persian to Per- sian." By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Britons, shrugging off a sluggish election light, voted for a new govern- ment today in sunny weather that brought a large voter turn- out. A total of persons out of an electorate of are expected to vote today as Britons decide whether they will have another five years of Labor government or switch to the Conservatives. The signs point to a Labor victory. If ths polls prove to be cor- rect, Prime Minister Wilson, who rarely mentioned socialism in the three-week campaign, may chalk up a record by win- ning three consecutive elections. For Conservative Leader Ed- ward Heath, a second defeat may put his political career in jeopardy. Heath, smiling broadly as he voted, told reporters: "I feel fine. We are going to win." For the country as a whole, renewal of the Wilson mandate may mean more of the continuing mixture of public and private industry with some restraint on expansion of the welfare state. Heath would put more emphasis on self-reliance. With weathermen predicting a dry day, a big turnout from the electors was likely. For the first time those between 18 and 21 have the vote but some pundits feel that many young people were bored by the dull campaign and would skip the ballot box. BIGGEST WAS 83.9 In 1966, Britain had a 75.8- per-cent turnout when Wilson captured a 97-seat...majority in the 630-seat House of Commons. The biggest percentage turnout in the last hall-century was 83.9 in 1950. In the Tary-supporting Daily Telegraph, the Gallup poll gave Labor a seven-per-cent lead while in another paper, The Daily Mail, the National Opinion Poll put Labor ahead by 4.1 per cent. Generally the predictions suggested Wilson may get a majority of about 60 to 100 seats. For Liberal Leader Jeremy Thorpe the outlook is still uncer- The party had 13 seats in- the last House and Thorpe hopes it can gain a few from Conservatives but there seems little chaiice of a dramatic change. Wilson generally fought a no- issue battle, trying to keep the campaign on a low key. Heath pressed hard on tile economic front, of an economic crisis and even another cur- rency devaluation if Labor is re- turned. SHOW NO TEAM Generally observers found Heath's campaign didn't catch fire. In The Times today a re- porter concluded that the Tory hierarchy was not a team and not even an opposition. Party dissension was evident. Heath was hit from the right, attacked by race-conscious Enoch Pow- ell, the lone wolf from hampton. evidently seeking to replace Heath in the event of a Tory debacle. In contrast the s o c i a 1 i s t s worked as a smooth team. Wil- son had trouble in ths past with a volatile left-wing but he suc- ceeded in muffling the dissi- dents and gave the appearance of an unflappable leader sur- prised by Heath's continual knocking of the eocnomy. However, some of Iris lieuten- ants indicated from time to time that action will have to be taken, after the election is over, to restrain the sharp rise in wages and prices. Heath said there would be a compulsory freeze. Wilson and his team maintained it would be by vol- untary restraint. EXTEND VOTING With voting extended by one hour, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. from the previous 9p.m. a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT is a possibility that tho final result of a close battle may not he known until Friday. About 420 constituencies likely will complete their count tonight with the remainder coming the following day. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Postmen returned to work in Northwestern Ontario and parts of southern Manitoba Wednes- day as rotating strikes occurred in the western provinces. And the Montreal situation was unsettled as negotiations continued in Ontario between the Council of Postal Unions and the treasury board in Ot- tawa. Charles Smith, chairman of the Canadian Railway Labor Association, urged at a CHLA meeting in Montreal that its 16 affiliated railway unions sup- port the postal workers' "fight against the Trudeau govern- ment's unrealistic and economi- cally unsound wage guidelines." Late Wednesday pickets ap- peared outside the post office in Downsview north of Toronto, protesting overtime by casual workers. The pickets did not hold up delivery. Police Get Raise PARIS (Reuters) Interior Minister Raymond Marcellin announced Wednesday pay raises for police in an attempt to head off a threatened na- tion-wide police strike. The size of the raises was not dis- closed. Indian Victory Over GovL White Paper Policy Stressed LUCKY MASCOT British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, whose Labor government was expected to win a mandate for another five years in power, waves his mas- cot, a giant toy panda, at final election rally Wednesday night. Britons vote today to elect a new House of Commons. Sloiver Rate Than Usual OTTAWA (CP) ment declined last month, but at a slower rate than usual, leaving people or 6.1 pel- cent of the labor force out of work. A joint report by (lie Man- power department and the Do- minion Bureau of Statistics said that taking usual seasonal fac- tors into account, May unem- ployment was at the rate of 6.2 per cent of the labor force. This was the highest since February, 1962. The unemployment rate in April was 6.6 per cent of the labor force on an actual basis, Cambodian Troops PIINOM PENH (AP) Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops severed two more major highways out of Phnom Penh today, cutting traffic between the threatened capital and Sai- gon and isolating a large Cam- bodian force at the military headquarters town of Kompong Cham. Highway 1, leading to Saigon, was cut about 25 miles south of Phnom Penh. Potentially more serious was In Phnom Penh, the popula- tion waited tensely to see if a threatened attack by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese would materialize. CP Ordered To Continue Passenger Run By lilC SN'IHART Herald Staff Writer STANDOFF Tile Indians of Canada have stopped the "MacDonald Chretien doc- trine of inequality the fed- eral government's white paper on Harold Cardinal, president of the Alberta In- dian Association, said here Wednesday. Mr. Cardinal, speaking to In- dian leaders from Alberta's 21 reserves at the annual IAA meeting, said the victory for the Indians means "we have taken on our shoulders the re- sponsibility of creating part- nerships with all segments of society so we can find new di- rection in solving our prob- lems. "Alliances with politi c a 1 leaders who have vision and are trustworthy are necessary for the IAA to accomplish ils goals." -Delegates at the IAA con- ference indicated John Munro, federal health and welfare minister and Robert Andras, minister in charge of housing and urban were trustworthy leaders. Mr. Cardinal said the same political inter dependence must exist on a provincial level. NEW STRUCTURES He said in order for the In- dian people to win their quest for progress, "new structures must be created that will en- able the resources of private industry to be channelled into our communities to participate in modern society. "In order to do this, all levels of government must be- come involved in a modern partnershin which can harness the energies of private indus- try and our people for the mu- tual benefit of bolh." Mr. Cardinal said if the In- dian people get accelerated as- sistance in education and if the proposed Indian Education Community is finished, the present 94 per cent drop out rate can be reduced by 75 per cent within 10 years. "It is not impossible to say, with adequate participation by government and private in- dustry that the Indian people can, within 15 years, assure that 80 per cent will be on jobs, instead of 80 per cent on he said. DEMAND INQUIRY Representatives to the open- ing day of the convention un- animously passed a resolution demanding an inquiry into the Athabasca River oil spill and compensation for those whose livelihood was damaged by it. Chief Harry Chankolay of the Hay Lakes Reserve in northern Alberta told the 400 delegates his reserve land had suffered in recent years from oil spills and the provincial government had clone nothing to prevent tie spills. the cutoff on a second highway near Skoun, 38 miles northeast of the capital. This is the only land route to the provincial and regional military headquarters at Kompong Cham, where two Cambodian regiments are based. Meanwhile, hundreds of South Vietnamese civilians have been evacuated from embattled Sicm Reap, gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor 120 miles northwest of Phnom Penh. The Cambodian garrison in Siem expected soon from Viet Cong and Koiin .c.ii. forces entrenched in the historic ruins of Angkor seven miles to the east. Movie Ship Burns M 0 R E C A M B E. England (Reuters) Fire Wednesday destroyed the three-masted schooner Moby Dick, featured in the rr.ovie cf the same name and in a screen version of Treasure Island. Vacationers at this northwest England sea- side resort watched as the blaze swept through the 84- yeajold craft. OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian transport commission or- dered the Canadian Pacific Railway Thursday to continue its crack Montreal-Toronto-Van- couver passenger train, The Ca- nadian, under federal subsidy. The subsidy is running to more than a month. The commission also ordered CP Rail to file a plan by July 20 showing how it can trim the def- icit, saying charges for meals and sleeping accommodation should be at break-even levels. The deficit on the train's oper- ation in 1968 was found by the commission to be of which more than was lost in the sleeping and dining car services. CP RES! applied last Oct. 31 for permission to discontinue The Canadian, claiming a defi- cit of for its opera- tion in 1968. After examining the company's application and rec- ords, the commission trimmed the figure to or 5.6 per cent on a seasonally- adjusted basis. In May last year it was 4.7 per cent and 4.8 per cent, respectively. The report said there was a greater-than-usual increase in the number of people employed last month, with above-average gains in manufacturing, the service industries, and govern- ment jobs. The unemployed was a reduction of from April unemployment figures. In 1968 and 1969, the May decline amounted to and Unemployment rates by re- gions showed declines every- where but in British Columbia. The rate in the Atlantic region declined to 6.6 per cent from 10.4 in April and 7.8 last year. In Quebec, it was down to 8.6 per cent from 8.9 in April, but up from 7.2 in May last year. Ontario's unemployment rate declined to 4.2 per cent from 4.7 in April, but was up from 3.2 in May last year. The Prairies re- gion was down last month to 4.5 per cent, compared with 5.4 in April and 2.4 in May last year. British Columbia had 8.1 per cent of its labor force unem- ployed last month, compared with 6.6 in April and 4.5 in May last year. The report said the increase was due to indirect ef- fects of labor disputes. Okay Funds To Fight Drug Abuse EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta cabinet Wednesday ap- proved spending to help fight the illegal use of drugs. Youth Minister Gordon Tay- lor said he requested the funds to finance speakers and print- ed material in the field of drug abuse. He said there has bsen a heavy demand on liis depart- ment for speakers and informa- tion on the misuse of drug: and narcotics. SALIC AND BRIDE-TO-BE Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the Salk polio vaccine, is shown above with Francoisa Gilot, a former mistress of artist Pablo Picasso, Dr. Salk, 55, plans to marry Miss Gilot, 48, July 9, in Paris. He was granted a divorce from his wife in 1968. They have three grown sons- ;