Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Canada may turn down million wheat sale to India By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wants to buy bushels of wheat from Canada to help overcome the results of a severe drought in India for a third successive year, it was learned from in- formed sources today. With wheat selling at over g bushel it would mean a sate of more than But with wheat In great demand and stocks low the federal gov- ernment is expected to tell Mrs. Gandhi it cannot make the sale at tha present time. It will sug- gest India place the order in the fall. Justice Minister Otto .Lang confirmed here today that In- dia's need for wheat had been mentioned by the Indian prime minister during her talks with the Canadian government. He said he could not confirm at this stags how large an amount India wants from Canada. Gerry Voge'., chief commis- sioner of the Wheat Board, said in a telephone interview: "We are not taking on new com- mitments until we sse what de- liveries we get." Mr. Lang said if, Mrs. Gandhi is seeking tons of wheat from Canada the govern- ment will take the request un- der consideration and make a decision in the fall when the Wheat Board is in a better posi- tion to assess total supplies. Speaking to a joint session of the senate and commons Tues- day Mrs. Gandhi emphasized the severs impact of the droughts on her country. She stressed that now for the first time people there are not left to fend for themselves and the government has taken upoty it- self the full responsibility for giving succour. In her talks with Prime Min- ister Pierre Trudeau, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp and other members of the gov- ernment ehe has spoken of the need for grain in her country. However members of the cabi- net were close-mouthed on the details of her request for wheat. One government source said he knew Mrs. Gandhi wanted in excess of bushels. She couldn't get it from the United States or Australia and "prob- ably hopes to persuade Canada to provide that amount." The Wheat Board is under- stood to have stopped taking new contracts for the time being. Canada is now expcrfirg more than bushels of grain a week, which Is more than is being delivered to the elevators. Meantime wheat prices are still a bushel for No. expected to continue to go up. The Wheat Board is not anxious to take new orders now until it waits to see where the price settles, if it stabilizes in the near future. It is well known there is a world short- age. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 161 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 52 PAGES Freight rates policy still up in air By KEN POLE Canadian Press OTTAWA chapter in the seemingly end- less national transportation policy debate ended in the Commons Tuesday night, no closer to solution than it was a century ago. The main hurdle now, as then, is how to implement such a policy. In 1864 at Quebec City, a conference of the British North America colonies adopted a series of resolutions to be presented to Queen Victoria in anticipation of the birth of Canada. Delegates to that conference generally agreed rail- way links with the embryonic nation's frontiers were essential to balanced economic deveopment. A resolu- tion showed money was the main obstacle. Like thsir predecessors, MPs still agree properly fleveloped and utilized transportation systems are vital to national economic well-being. But the various par- ies disagreed on how to go about it. Transport Minister Jean Marchand said outside the Commons Tuesday he will try to convince the railways to change their freight-rate structure for Western Can- ada. The transport minister said he hopes to meet rail- way officials before the economic conference of west- ern premiers in Vancouver next month. Mr. Marchand, while concsntrating on the more prosaic transport modes rail, road and shipping didn't ignore two exotic alternatives. The government, he said, still is involved in Can- adian National's experimental high-speed Turbo train as well as Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) air- craft. The latest episode in the Turbo's saga is its first run in two years Friday after a number of modifica- tions. A series of experimental STOL flights between Ot- tawa and Montreal is being carried out to determine the economic feasibility of the two cities; a concept which could be expanded to other centres. Manning the barricades A helmeted RCMP officer stands in front of a large group of demonstrators as they the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the National Press Building in Ottawa Tuesday where she gave a news conference. (See story Page Disgruntled air workers stage sudden walkouts Inside Classified 28-31 Comics 24 Comment.........4 District......... 3 Family......22, 23 Local News Markets 21 Sports 8-10 Entertainment 7 TV.............. 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT M, HIGH THURS. 75; SUNNY, HOT. MONTREAL (CP) Serious flight disruptions were reported at Toronto International Airport today as Air Canada machinists walked off the job there and at three other airports, apparently to protest a proposed contract agreement between their Union and the airline. Short walkouts by ramp work- ers in Montreal and Vancouver did not seriously disrupt flights at those centres. A walkout by some ramp workers in Halifax bagan shortly after noon, an Air Canada spokesman said, but op- erations ttere normal. About 250 ramp and mainte- nance personnel, members of the International Association of Machinists walked off the job without warning in To- ronto. The ramp workers led the work stoppage ith nance staff following to attend a general union meeting. The 100 ramp workers in- volved in the Vancouver walk- out and the 75 who stoppei work here all returned to work after short meetings. A total of 14 flight departures were cancel'ed in Toronto be- cause of the walkout. More than 100 Air Canada flights in vari- ous centres had been cancelled as the airline tried to resume normal operations following the conclusion of rotating strives. Union officials were not avail- able for comment on the walk- outs but the airline spokesman said the IAM had told Air Can- Former Olympic chief marries GARMISCH-PARTENKIR- CHEN, West Germany (Reuter) Avery Brundage, 85, former president of the International Olympic Committee, was mar- ried to a 36-year-old German princess today in a private cer- emony in his hotel apartment. The beaming, chuckling Brun- dage and Princess Marian Reuss exchanged plain gold rings. It is Brundage's second mar- riage. His first wife. American musician Elizabeth Dunlap, died in 1971. The princess has not been married before. ada the union executive "does not sanction the walkouts. "They (the ramp workers) just appear to be dissatisfied with the agreement. That's all we know.'' Meanwhile, Air Canada said Tuesday it hopsd to resume normal operations by Satur- day. An IAM spokesman said de- tails of the ratification proce- dure had not yet been worked out but it was expected the vote would be complete by June 28. Soviet-made planes in Vietnam skies From SAIGON (CP' The Saigon command today announced the second lowest number of Com- munist truce violations year, but reported haevy fight- ing at three points. The Saigon command also announced in a delayed eport that a Soviet built MiG-19 made two passes Monday over territory held by South Viet- namese troops in Quang Tri province about 20 miles below the 17th parallel demarcation lins dividing North and South Vietnam. There was no fire Meeting declared illegal f ST. ALBERT (CP) A met- ing of the town council was de- clared illegal Tuesday because 24 hours notice had not been given to councillors. The meeting, to deal with left-over business from coun- cil's regular meeting Monday, came to an abrupt halt as the business session neared com- pletion about IT p.m. After council rejected a re- quest by Councillor John de- Eruijn that he be replaced on a council committee, he an- nounced the meeting was il- legal. Only 21 hours had elapsed since the mesting was schedul- ed late Monday, he noted, so it was illegal under the Municipal Government's Act. and the MiG flew back north, a Saigon commond spokesman said. There have been other, in- frequent reports of MiGs flying over the northern quarter of South Vietnam during the past year. The command said there were 69 violations of the cease- fire during the 24 hours end- ing at dawn today, the lowest number since 65 were reported on May 30. During the previous 24 hours, 104 Communist cease- fire violations were reported. But the intensity of the fight- ing was the heaviest since a supposedly strengthened cease- fire went into effect at noon last Friday after the United States, North and South Vietnam and th? Viet Cong signed a 14-point communique in Paris pledging to implement the original agreement of Jan. 27. In Washington, U.S. intelli- gence reported that a maiot North Vietnamese road-build- ing effort in Laos and South Vietnam will enable Hanoi's supply trucks to roll without serious interruption d u r i ng heavy rains for the first time. and heard About town r-ONSUMER counsellor' Sally Merchant .saying her neighborhood co-opera- tive ended when her neigh- bor left with his tools Ponglas Goldie telling uncle Dan Wilson that sister Coral is such a bad cook she even burns the salad. Nixon issues oil 'hunting licence' WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon threw open the United States border to duty- free imports of petroleum prod- ucts from Canada Tuesday, at a time when Canada already has imposed some export controls to protect its own consumers. The president signed a procla- mation delaying until next May 1 the period when a new system of "fees" is to apply to imports of Canadian petroleum prod- Canadian im- ports from a fee schedule which went into effect last May 1 for imports from all other coun- tries. The decision was described by one Canadian official here as a "hunting licence' for Ameri- can importers to seek out sup- plies in Canada. However, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald announced last Friday that "temporary controls' would be applied to exports of gasoline and heating oils to "ensure that unusual ex- port demand for these produces does not impair supplies to Ca- nadian consumers.' Nixon's proclamation also gives preferred status to Cana- dian petroleum products for the next six years. FEES TO RISE Under the May 1 schedule, fees were to be introduced in steps on oil imports which ex- ceeded previous levels. The fee on gasoline was to rise gradu- ally to 63 cents a barrel by May 1, 1975, from an initial 52 cents a barrel. Under the altered schedule for Canada, the fee for gasoline and other petroleum products will start at zero this year and rise to 63 cents a barrel only in 1980, five years later than the maximum fee for such imports from other countries. An interior department offi- cial said Nixon's action was in- tended to help "some importers who had no fee before" on im- ports of petroleum products from Canada. However, a Canadian source said Canada's exports of gaso- line, heating oil and similar re- fined products had been negli- gible in the past. HEALTHY SPACEMEN TO RETURN FRIDAY HOUSTON (AP) Dr. Jo- seph Kerwin, the first physician to fly in space, reported today all three Skylab 1 crewmen are in excellent condition and "this gives me tremendous encour- agement a'sout future long-dura- tion flights." Plying high above the earth in the space station, Kerwin, Charles Conrad and Paul Weitz answered questions from re- porters relayed to them by mis- sion control. neared the end of their 28-day mission, was televised to the control centre. Questions focused on the med- ical condition of the crew, who have spent more time in space on a single flight than any other humans_. Kenvin, who has conducted exhaustive tests on all three crewmen, said that as a result of long exposure to weigh- tlessness "there seem to be some body changes In some areas and none in others.' He said it will be difficult to assess over-all results until the astronauts return to earth grav- ity and have been carefully ex- amined over a period of time. Conrad said: "The doctors may make me eat my words Irter, but I feel I'll be in better physical condition when I get back than I was en any of my previous three flights." He said he felt riding a bi- cycle device for exercise throughout thp mission "hps lprr me in as good a shape as when I was launched May 25.' The commander said he thought their most significant accomplishment after all the initial Skylab trouble "is that we're turning over a 90-per-cetit operating space station to the next crew." Their record-breaking 28-day flight is to end Friday wich splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at a.m. EDT. Borrowed for honeymoon? Fuel shortage worsens in U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) _. A worsening fuel shortage was re- flected yesterday in a spot sur- very that indicated almost half of the gasoline stations in the United States now are operat- ing at less than normal capa- city. The American Automobile As- sociation AAA said its third weekly spot check of sta- tions on main travel routes found 47 per cent curtailing operating hours, rationing gaso- line to motorists, or both. Bv SEYMOUR M. HERSH New York Times Service WASHINGTON The Water- gate committee plans to inves- tigate the personal finances of the participants in the bugging ar.d cover-up episode to deter- mine 'whether large sums of Republican campaign money were misappropriated or in other ways wrongfully used, Senate sources said Tuesday. This relatively unexplored area of the Watergate scandal emerged publicly with reports that John W. Dean the form- er White House counsel, might have "borrowed" from a cash fund initially set up by Republican campaign contribu- tions to pay for his wed- ding and honeymoon last Oc- tober. The Senate committee has been quietly subpoenaing per- sonal bank records and other data, the sources said, in an attempt to determine whether there was personal profit-taking among the involved members of the committee for the re-el- ection of the president. Re-election committee offi- cials have testified during the televised hearings that mil- lion in cash was raised before April 7, 1972, for use in the presidential campaign. Other officials have estimated the over-all republican cash flow at more than million during the campaign, including more than collected last sum- mer and later used to help pay off the Watergate defendants in return for their silence. Most of the specific cash dis- bursements during the cam-' paign have not been accounted for, including the payoff fund, said by some to have reached more than but until this week there has been no public suggestion that any cash had been pocketed for private use. Thus far in the hearings, only James W. McCord Jr., a con- victed member of the team that broke into the offices of the Democratic national committee on June 17, 1972, has acknow- ledged having put to personal use cash left over from expense money that had been given to him to buy electronic equip- ment. Death came slowly to submarine victims KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) Carbon dioxide poisoning killed two men trapped in a research submarine about four hours be- fore the vessel was raised from the ocean floor, doctors said early today. The two, Clayton Link, 31, and Albert Stover, 51, were offi- cially pronounced dead Tuesday morning. Extreme pressve prevented rescuers from open- ing the rear diving chamber of tne civilian minisub Sea Link until decompression was com- pleted about 10 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy was conducted at A nearby hospital and the cause of death was announced by the Monroe County medical exam- iner, Dr. A. F. Fernandez. He said the two died about noon Monday, shortly after losing consciousness. Dr. David Youngblood, a phy- sician with the Smithsonian In- stitution which sponsored the oceanographers, said the au- topsy showed definitely that the men died of carbon dioxide poi- soning and not of cold exposure as he had earlier predicted. "Death was not abrupt; it came Youngblood said. TWO SURVIVE Robert Meek, 27, and Archi- bald (Jock) Menzies, 30, two other crew members, survived the 31-hour ordeal in a forward chamber. They were in seclusion at an undisclosed location. Joint funeral services for Link, the son of millionaire in- ventor Edwin Link, who de- signed the submarine, and Sto- ver, an expert in underwater survival, were set for Friday morning in Vero Beach, Fla. The submarine was freed Monday from a tangle of cables in a scuttled destroyer 351 feet below the surface of the Atlan- tic. The four-man team was in- vestigating marine life around the wreckage of the Second World War vessel. The ship was scuttled a year ago about 20 miles southeast of here to form, an artificial reef.