Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Businessmen heave sigh of relief By BUD JORGENSEN Canadian Press Staff Writer Business reaction to Commons approval in prin- :iple of the corporate tax cuts ranged from relief that the measure is finally close to becoming law to concern over the possibility that it could be repealed in a year. Some companies have made capital spending com- mitments on the assumption that the tax legislation and a companion bill providing for accelerated de- preciation would pass. Other companies have set prices predicted on ap- jrcval of the legislation, which would reduce the maxi- mum corporate tax rate of 40 per cent from 49. The proposal to drop the top rate for processing and manufacturing industries was first made in May, 1972, and some companies have taken the position that in- vestment decisions could not be made until Parlia- ment approved ths legislation. The bills still are sub- iect to change before the vote on final passage, ex- sected before Parliament adjourns for a summer re- cess, and businessmen were cautious about comment ing until they were passed. The tax bill contains a provision that 60 members of Parliament can request a review of the bill after 4pril 1, 1974. "Any tax policy designed to improve the long-term position of Canadian manufacturing require deserves more than a one-or-two-year trial if it is -o achieve that said W. J. Cheesman, presi- dent of Westinghouse Canada Ltd., Hamilton. BREATHE WITH RELIEF The Canadian Mamuacturers' Association says its members are breathing "a collective sigh of relief" ,o see the tax measuies well on their way through Parliament. W. D. H. Frechette, executive vice-president, said Wednesday the effect of the incentives "will be to en- able our manufacturers to at least remain competitive at home and abroad." Frank Smith, treasurer of Shell Canada Ltd., To- ronto, said the company has not made any investments on the assumption that the bills would be approved be- ;ause "we hav3n't known that they would become law." has bug-term investment plans and "to extent that there is cash available we will carry those clcns into A spokesman for International Harvester Co. ot Canada Ltd Hamilton, said the company will reassess its plans if the legislation is passed. "It would assist us in our capital projects which to date are having to be made from borrowed funds." EXPANSION INCENTIVE John Graflund. president of John Deere Ltd., Ham- ilton, said tax reductions, would be an incentive to fur- ther expansion. "These tax cuts are problematical and they could bring down the government. "This is hardly the basis for making a business decision until it's a fait accompli." D. S. Sykes, exscutive vice-president, finance, for EJectrohome Ltd., Kitchener, Ont., said passage of the legislation not cause a "capital spending spree." tie said he believed most businessmen made short-term adjustments when the proposals were first made. "The fact that It has taken more than a year to pass Parliament removes any sudden impact Trom the announcement. Inside Prospects ore good for average crops throughout Southern Alberta this year, an extensive area-by-area survey shows Page 14 What do fourth graders think of Watergate? Page 31 Classified ___ 13-21 Comics 26 Comment......4, 5 District 3 Family 22, 23 Local News 13, 34 Markets 24 Sports 8, 9 Entertainment 7 TV 6 Youth 10 LOW TONIGHT 60, HIGH FRI. 90; CONTINUING HOT The Letkbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 162 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 36 PAGES DOCUMENT DESIGNED TO CURB ARMS RACE Nixon, Brezhnev mould N-pact Peron rally turns into bloodbath BUENOS AIRES (CP) Ma- chine-gunning militants turned a rally to welcome home for- mer Argentine president Juan Peron into a bloodbath. Officials put the death toll at 33 and the number of wounded at more than 250. but figures gathered from hospitals indi- cated the death toll may have been between 20 and 30, with more than 300 wounded. An estimated three million people had thronged the road from Buenos Aires to the city's Ezeiza International Airport and when the battle ended dead, dying and wounded were slumped around the rostrum where the 77-year-old former strongman was to address his supporters on returning from Spain after nearly 18 years in exile. His jet was diverted to an air force base west of Buenos Aires after the first burst of guerrilla gunfire, and he never appeared at the huge rally. He went on radio and tele- vision Wednesday night to "beg a thousand saying he stayed away to avoid further disorders. Peron, who ruled Argentina front 1946 to 1955, made no di- rect mention of the violence. He promised to spell out the role he will play in Argentina's new government in another broadcast today. Garbage his bread and butter The city foul- smelling place to dump garbage for most, a some- time nuisance to a fob to Lester Billabough. With a battery of sea gulls his only constant compan- ions, he works six days a week and sometimes on Sunday keeping on top of the city's waste. The Her- ald looks at some cf the problems and attempted solutions i n operating Lefhbridge's coulee-bottom landfill on page 14. BILL GROENEN photo Flight service near normal MONTREAL (CP) Air Can- ada says it expects to operate 85 per cent of its flights today and predicted service would be back to normal by Saturday fol- Ifs true-stork hovers over Trudeau residence OTTAWA (CP) The prime minister's office today con- firmed reports that Margaret Trudeau is pregnant and the second child of Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife is ex- pected "around the end of the year.'' The brief announcement was made after reports had been circulating for several weeks speculating that Mrs. Trudeau was pregnant. The Trudeau's first child, Jus- tin, was born on Christmas Day, 1971. He was the first baby to be born to a prime min- ister in office since Sir John A. Macdonald and his wife Agnes became parents of a daughter in 1869. and heard About town COMMUNITY college ad- ministrator Pat Webb being asked to explain his Vancouver tassle scars Three year old Shawn Ball looking at his sister Debbie's knee x-ray and tell- ing the doctor it didn't look good at all. Crowsnest freight rate pact won't be altered OTTAWA (CP) The Crowsnest rail freight struc- ture, which governs movement of grain from Western Canada, will be a factor in the govern- ment's over all transportation policy review but there are no plants to alter it, the Commons was told Wednesday. The assurance came from Prime Minister Trudeau and Transport Minister Jean Mar- chand after opposition mem- bers said recent government statements indicate the 1897 agreement may be reviewed. Mr. Trudeau said the govern- ment is trying to review all as- pects of its transportation poli- cies and the Crowsnest rate structure will be included un- der this broad heading. Netv position Keith Robin has been named successor to Werner Schmidt, former academic vice-president of the teth- bridge Community College who resigned after becom- ing leader of the provin- cial Social Credit party. LCC governors Wednesday approved Dr. Robin's ap- pontment as Dean of in- struction, effective July 1. Board chairman Bob Babki said the position of college vice-president has been abolished. lowing service disruptions Wednesday after machinists in four cities walked off the job. Mike Pitchford, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) said the walkouts, two da3's after the airline and the 1AM reached agreement in principle on a new contract, were apparently the result of local problems and misunderstanding. No walkouts were reported to- day. Ramp workers and baggage handlers in Toronto. Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax forced the airline to cancel 73 flights in addition to 138 flights that Air Canada had planed to call off as a result of the machinists daily rotating strikes which ended Monday. The airline has 545 daily flight departures. A total of 53 flights out of To- ronto were cancelled Wednes- day, mainlv short-haul runs. An airline spokesman said about 70 flights would be can- celled today, mostly inter-city flights in Ontario and Quebec. Mr. Pitchford said the IAM members will be voting on the proposed agreement in Toronto through Friday and in the rest of the country through Tuesday following union meetings. He said the vote will not be terminated until Tuesday night. The Wednesday walkouts in Montreal, Halifax and Van- couver were short and did not cause any flight disruptions. The Toronto workers returned to work at p.m. EOT. CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) The leaders of the two super- powers have agreed on a break- through document designed to curb the threat of nuclear dev- astation. The agreement, which pro- vides instructions to technical experts stalemated in Geneva at the Strategic Arms Limita- tion Talks (SALT) was moulded by U.S. President Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet Com- munist party chief, at this hideaway mountain compound on the third day of their sum- mit talks. But they decided that today's signing of the broadly-worded accord, along with a pledge of co-operation on the peaceful uses of atomic energy, should be held in Washington at the White House. Nixon and Brezhnev, who re- tired to the presidential retreat 75 miles northwest of Washing- ton Tuesday night, spent most of Wednesday afternoon and evening talking about inter- national issues and the stalled efforts to achieve permanent limitations on nuclear arsenals. BREZHNEV OPTEMISTTC As they began Wednesday's session, Brezhnev told reporters his talks with Nixon, "without would produce "good results.' "The beginning was said the 66-year-old Communist leader, "the results should be good." The agreement giving instruc- tions to the Geneva negotiators is not a treaty, but is consid- ered essential to get the stalled arms-limitation talks moving again. It could rival in importance fhp pair of nacts reached last spring in Moscow when Nixon and Brezhnev held their first summit. Those accords placed permanent limits on nuclear de- fensive systems and a five-year limitation on some offensive missiles. Bre-hnev gives a banquet for Nixon and other U.S. officials tonight at the Soviet embassy, meets business leaders Friday, then leaves with Nixon late Fri- day for Nixon's San Clemente, Calif., villa. Brezhnev heads home Monday from Washing- ton. Disqualified will run again CALGARY (CP) Ernie Patterson, former mayor of Claresholm, 60 miles northwest of Lethbridge, says he will try to regain the office he lost in January for allegedly voting on council matters in which he had an indirect financial inter- est. He said in a telephone Inter- view that he has written Fed- eral Justice Minister Otto Lang and Alberta ombudsman George Mcdellan protesting his disqualification from office. The appellate division of the Alberta Supreme Court dis- missed an appeal from Mr. Patterson earlier this month. The former mayor said he is also planning to send a peti- tion to the Alberta legislature. Mr. Patterson was alleged to have voted on resolutions re- lated to cutting a median strip on Highway 2 to aUow better access to a shopping centre in which he owned a laundromat. Bui governors feel plan will hit enrolment College won't protest U of L bursary program By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Governors of Lethbridge Community College have de- cided not to actively protest a government bursary pro- gram for the University of Lethbridgo. Recommendations lo op- pose the project, through which potential U of L stu- dents are eligible for a government grant, were made to the LCC board Wed- nesday by three college fac- ulty heads. Objections arc expected to z made today by members of the Alberta Association of College Administrators when they meet on the LCC cam- pus. College proesident Dr. C. D. Stewart is chairman of the AACA. I-CC governors had been asked to seek "equal treat- ment" from the Alberta gov- ernment by Pat Webb, exec- utive assistant to Dr. Stew- art; Dr. Keith Robin, direct- or of continuing education; and by J. L. MacNeil, dir- ector of student services. Although board members sgreed to inform Advanced Education Minister Jim Fes- ter of the directors' con- cerns, they would not ap- prove any action through the board itself. Board chairman Bob Bab- ki said LCC will be hurt by the government bursary yet the University of Lcth- bridgc needs help more than the college. "The main stream of com- ments 'would be that ev- eryone feels we should try to obtain somewhat of the same treatment to attract stu- dents to the collage. going to hurt us in enrolment this year. "The university is in some degree of difficulty. This is the opinion of the minister of advanced education as well. "We're in pretty good shape. Maybe tha university needs some Mr. Bab- ki said. Governor Don Livingstone said the bursary program is "dangerous" but should be countered with positive thinking. "One of the dangers is that you have a lot of youns peo- p'e leaving high sclicf' and they don't know where to go. "Maybe they can be lured by this ?5QO. Let's meet this challenge with some positive thinking. "I'm more realistic than to think we can approach the government and have them give us If we don't run into trouble, W2 don't want to run to them Mr. Livingstone said. Dr. Stewart said he expects strong support for a resolu- tion protesting the bursary. The resolution will be con- sidered today by members of the Albart.a Association of College Administrators. "We disapprove of the bursary program for the Uni- verity of Lethbridge. "Additional financial as- sistance may be required by the U of L but financial grants should not be used to induce students to move to new programs which are not their first choice. He said the government plan would be accepted if the was given only to students who have completed two years at college or tech- nical school. "This would remove the objections by LCC and the other colleges. Spacemen tidy up for splashdown HOUSTON (AP) Skylab's crew put the space station in shipshape condition today as they prepared to return to earth Friday at the end of a 28-day mission. On their last full day in orbit, Charles Conrad, Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz were busy cleaning up the house-size labo- ratory, getting it ready for the Skylab 2 crew that is to visit the station for 56 days starting July 27. Splashdown is scheduled for a.m. MDT in the Pacific 830 miles southwest .of San Diego, Calif. The main recovery ship, the carrier Ticonderoga, radioed a favorable weather forecast for the landing: partly cloudy skies, 15-knot winds, five-foot seas. No opposition to Schlesinger WASHrt.GTON (AP) The Senate armed services com- mittee has approved the nomi- nation of James Schlesinger to be secretary of defence. Chairman Stuart Symington (De. Mo.) said the vote Wednes- day was unanimous and that no opposition to the appointment is expected in the Senate. Schlesinger, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commis- sion, was confirmed in January director of the Central In- as teliigence Agency. In the defence post, he "will succeed Elliot Richardson, whc was appointed attorney-genera last month.