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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY HIGH FORECAST TUESDAY 75 The LetHbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIII - No. 161 LETHBRIDGE, ALIJERV.a. MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1970 rtllCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 18 PAGES Heath Slims Down Team REGINALD MAUDLING By JOHN LcBLANC LONDON (CP) - Prime Minister Edward Heath buckled down today to choosing a second line of ministers and thinking about a legislative program for the July 2 opening of Parliament after forming a streamlined post-election cabinet of 18 members. The new government head has called his first cabinet meeting for Tuesday and is expected to announce then or Wednesday many of the junior ministers who can number in the dozens under the British system. Since he cut three from the number in Harold Wilson's decision-making Labor cabinet, observers looked for him to slim down the number of lesser portfolios and miscellaneous salaried jobs of MPs which under Wilson swelled to "payroll vote" to well over 100 of the 630 Commons members. For the central cabinet he announced Saturday, Heath built around an experienced nucleus of four. These are former prime minister Sir Alec Douglass-Home, 66, foreign and Commonwealth secretary, Ian Macleod, 56, chancellor of the Exchequer; Deputy Party Leader Reginald Maudling, 53, home secretary dealing with the touchy law-and-order problem, and William Whitelaw, 51, former Opposition chief whip who will be leader of the Commons in charge of getting the legislative program through the House. Maudling No. 2 Man Though not designated as deputy prime minister - there is no such office- Maulding will be No. 2 man in the government and will fill in as cabinet chairman when Heath is away. His concerns include the delicate questions of immigration, racial issues and damping down the Northern Ireland troubles. Heath who wasted no time setting up his ministry after his upset victory over the seemingly impregnable socialists in Thursday's voting, chose mostly colleagues with ministerial experience in former Tory governments. But there were some notable exceptions. For the agriculture ministry caught between calm-orous farmer demands and rising consumer food prices, he reached into the back benches for James Prior, a 42-year-old farmer and his former parliamentary private secretary. ' Leadership of the House of Lords with cabinet rank went to Lord Jellicoe, 52, son of die British admiral commanding at the Battle of Jutland, who also has bad no previous ministerial experience. Defence A Surprise A surprise appointment was that of Lord Carring-ton, 51, former Tory leader in the Lords, to the key defence post which will involve curtailing Labor's reduction of British forces east of Suez. Another surprise was the appointment of party Chairman Anothony Barber, 49, a main architect of electoral victory, as minister responsible for Britian's negotiations for entry into the European Common Market which began June 30. A master fund-raiser, Barber had been expected to get a treasury post. Some interpreted his appointment as meaning Heath, Common Market negotiator in the former Tory government, intends to keep this rein firmly in his own hands. The big job of minister of technology - now controlling a vast empire which Heath may split up - went to Geoffrey Rippon, 46, former junior minister of public works'. Only woman in the cabinet is Margaret Thatcher, 45, brilliant and handsome former junior pensions minister, who becomes minister of education. Succeeds Barbara Labor's only woman cabinet member, Barbara Castle is succeeded by Robert Carr, 53, as minister for employment and productivity. He is a former junior minister of labor and held this position in Heath's shadow cabinet. The ministry of social services-a major post in the welfare state - went to the only Jew in the cabinet - Sir Keith Joseph,52, former housing minister and pioneer of Tory thinking on welfare. Quintin Hogg, 62, who gave up a peerage to contest the Tory leadership in 1963, will return to the Lords as a life peer in the role of Lord Chancellor - speaker and in charge of the judicial system - an office held earlier by his father, Lord Hailsham. Youngest minster will be Peter Walker, 38, with no previous ministerial experience, who takes charge of housing and local government. The presidency of the board of trade goes to Mi-chale Noble, 57, a former secretary for Scotland. JVeii? To House His old post was taken over by Gordon Campbell, 53. Secretary for Wales will be Peter Thomas, 49, a former junior minister in the foriegn office and only cabinet member not in the last Parliament. Hogg's move to the Lords will have the effect of cutting down Heath's majority by one, at least until a byelection is held in London St. Marleybone. It will go down by two more with the appointment of two Deputy Speakers, who normally do not vole. Thus, at the start the Tories will have a clear majority of 28 with the following Commons standing: Conservative 327, Labor 287, Liberal 6, Scottish Nationalist l, independent 1, ir.dcpendent Labor 1, Protestant Unionist 1, Republican Labor 1, Unity 1, nonvoting Speaker and two deputies 3, vacancy 1. Chartered Banks Cut on wage curbs Prime Lending Rates Trudeau Hardens Government Line OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Trudeau hardened the government line on wage restraint during the weekend, raising the likelihood of wage controls if the government doesn't get a year's anti-inflation co-operative from labor. In Sarnia Saturday he told a news conference that it would be unfair to restrict federal employees to six-per-cent raises if employees of the province and private industry were getting bigger increases. If this situation occurred, he said, "we will make sure others do as we do by some typa of controls or give up the fight on inflation." In Talbotville the day before he had told members of the United Auto Workers employed at a Ford Motor Co. of Canada plant that if they didn't accept the voluntary six-per-cent wage 'If we kidnap Kierans, how do we know Trudeau will want him back?' Troops Move Back increase guideline "the government will have to slap on controls." Inflation was the prime minister's main topic during his three-day tour of Southwestern Ontario, which ended in Strath-roy Sunday. Speaking to reporters hours after the Talbotville visit he said he is confident that the back of inflation can be broken by the end of this year. The co-operation of organized labor is needed for from six months to a year to do it, he said, suggesting that unions negotiating contracts during that period should sign for only that brief a period, so they would not be trapped in long-term contracts' if the economic situation changed. Mr. Trudeau said Labor Minister Bryce Mackasey has been negotiating directly with Donald MacDonald, president of the Canadian Labor Congress, to set up an anti-inflation meeting among representatives of governments, labor and business. September seemed the earliest such a meeting could be convened. Asked how he could say inflation could be beaten by the end of December when a conference wouldn't be held until September, Mr. Trudeau said three months was time enough to do a lot of things. Long enough, he said, to hold a federal-provincial conference, or to pass legislation. His statement was interpreted as suggesting that if the government did not get labor's co-operation on voluntary wage restraint at such a conference, Ottawa might ask for the provinces' approval of legislation enacting controls. A federal-provincial conference is tentatively scheduled for mid-September. STILL RELUCTANT Despite his references to controls, Mr. Trudeau also restated the government's reluctance to impose them. At a dinner in Hanover Saturday he told members of the Bruce County Liberal Association that they should "think over" the implications of prices and incomes controls. If enacted1, he said, they would lead to a regimented and dictatorial economy for awhile. SAIGON (AP) - United States and South Vietnamese today reported their hardest weekend of fighting in Vietnam in more than two months, but Viet Cong and North Vietnamese pressure eased across Cambodia and U.S. troops began their major withdrawal from border areas. South Vietnamese forces claimed a Mekong Delta victory Saturday in which 70 Viet Cong were lolled, and said 49 more were slain in two battles Sunday in the same region. Action involving American units tapered off after an upsurge of sharp fighting which helped to push the Communist toll for the weekend past 220. The U.S. command said portions of two battalions of the 1st Air Calvary Division's 2nd Brigade began moving back across Qie border into South Vietnam today, with more expected to move Tuesday. The movement, involving several hamdred troops, marked the beginning of the American pull-out form Cambodia that is scheduled to be completed by a week from Tuesday, the June 30 deadline set by President Nixon. Some 9,700 Americans were still across the border when the withdrawal began, military sources said. Plane Pirate Points Gun At Pilot CAIRO (AP) - A Pan American World Airways jetliner bound from Beirut, Lebanon, to New York with 133 persons aboard was hijacked to Egypt today by a man who held a weapon at the pilot's back and briefly kept him prisoner after the plane landed here. Allowing the crew and passengers to disembark at Cairo International Airport, the hijacker then came off the airliner, a Boeing 707, with a gun pointed at the pilot, who walked ahead of him. Egypt's Middle East news agency said officials reported that the hijacker fired a shot into the air as the plane's doors opened. Earlier the news agency identified the hijacker as a 30-year-old Albanian and said he was carrying a toy pistol. Small Town Sealed Off CRESCENT CITY, 111. (AP) - Two tank cars containing propane gas still were aflame today, but officials were allowing residents to move back into this small town which was nearly destroyed by explosions after a train derailment. Five explosions spread walls of flames through the town after a freight train carrying 15 tank cars filled with liquid propane gas were derailed in the centre of town just before sunrise Sunday, state police said. No one was killed. The town of 700 population located about 100 miles south of Chicago was evacuated and sealed off until late Sunday. Alberta Fires Under Control EDMONTON (CP) '- A spokesman for the Alberta forst service said today that 21 fires out of 22 burning in the province are under control. Rain in many parts of the province tho last two weeks has helped to control extreme hazard conditions early this month resulting in 84 fires, all a result of lightning. "We've pretty well got it cleaned up now," said Chuck Hagland, forest service information officer. The 81 fires were fought by about 1,000 Indian and Metis firefighters plus forestry service personnel. Fire hazard rating in the province now ranges from low to moderate except in the northwest and the Athabasca regions where it continues to be considered high. Saving Rates Also Chopped HOW DOES IT START - Prime Minister Trudeau looks for directions on how to start a mini-bike at a picnic. Mr. Trudeau made a three-day chopper-stop tour of southwestern Ontario which ended at Strathroy where he spent two hours signing autographs and shaking hands. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Four of Canada's five major banks announced lending, and saving-rate reductions today, falling in line behind interest cuts announced two weeks ago by the Bank of Montreal. The prime lending rate for the Bank of Montreal went to eight per cent from 8V2 June 15. The other four-Toronto Dominion, Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Bank of Nova Scotia-will reduce their rates to eight per cent July 1. Effective July 1, the rate on non-chequing savings accounts for all five will go to six per cent from &V2. Three banks-Toronto Dominion, Royal Bank and the Bank of Montreal-also announced reductions in mortgage rates. The rates for conventional mortgages, effective July 1, go to 10 per cent from 10*4 and National Housing Act mortgages go to 9% from lOVi per cent. The Royal Bank and Toronto Dominion issued statements on the rate changes at about the time banks opened. Presidents of both institutions said the changes were made because of indications of an easing in monetary conditions. OTHERS FOLLOW The Oomnlerce announcement came about VA hours later and the Bank of Nova Scotia announced its decision to follow the other four shortly after noon. The prime lending rate is the rate the banks charge their best customers. The record level of 8^ per cent on the prime rate went into effect in July, 1969, and banks at that time said the increase from eight per cent was an effort to reduce a strong demand for loans during a period of tight money. In the announcement today from the Royal Bank, W. Earle McLaughlin, p r e s i denl and chairman of the beard, said the bank will be selective in its lending. "Sections of the economy, such as disadvantaged areas and housing, will be given priority," Mr. McLaughlin said. The brief statement from the nounced the rate changes and added: "These reductions are in line with the downward trend in Canadian money market rates." Raids Seen Major Break In Terrorist Cleanup MONTREAL (CP) - Six persons were arrested and more than 650 pounds of dynamite were dicovered Sunday in two raids police described as a major break against terrorist activities. Four persons, one a woman, were arrested in the first raid Sunday morning at Prevost, Que., about 30 miles north of Montreal. Police seized more than 300 pounds of dynamite. The other two arrests came after police found 350 pounds of dynamite in a suburban Laval home. One person was arrested in the raid and another was picked up later on a Montreal street. Marcel St. Aubin, head of the Montreal police department, said the Prevost raid occurred about 9 a.m. when 30 members of the combined anti-terrorist squad-Montreal police, RCMP and Quebec Provincial Police-swarmed out of woods and moved in on a chalet. In addition to the dynamite, he said, police seized $28,260 in cash, believed from holdups, three s a w e d -0 f f rifles, revolvers, handcuffs and "material usually used in bomb fabri- Thousands Weep At Sukarno Rites From Reuters-AP BLITAR (CP) - Deposed Indonesian president Sukarno, who died in Jakarta Sunday, was buried with full state honors today in a tiny graveyard here. Sukarno's body was brought here, his East Java birthplace, by troops and police along 10 miles of roads packed on both sides by crowds of weeping mourners. Scores of troops with fixed bayonets stood guard around the cemetery as more than 50,000 people from nearby villages came to mourn the man Jews Arrested In Airline Piracy Plot MOSCOW (AP) - Jews trying to escape to Israel were among 12 persons arrested last week for the first airline hijacking plot reported in the Soviet Union, Jewish informants in Moscow .said. The newspaper Leningrad Pravda gave this two-sentence report of the incident: "On June 15, a group of criminals trying to seize a scheduled plane was detained. An investigation is being conducted." who was Indonesia's founder and first president. An estimated 100,000 Indonesi-ons, many of them weeping after an all-night vigil, lined the 12% miles from Sukarno's mansion on the outskirts of Jakarta to Halim air force bass. Sukarno died Sunday ot 69, after years of kidney trouble and other ailments had left him a crippled, voiceless shell of the leader who for more than 10 years ruled as a virtual dictator. EX-PRESIDENT SUKARNO Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN "FRIENDSHIP ties strained as Tom Tarnoczi raced down the bank with a net to pick up friend Marshall Shaw's fish - and missed! . . . and Marshall showing his real angling skill as he reeled in (then let go) a seagull which had pirated the bait . . . five-year-old Virginia Meyer presenting her grandfather with a father's day card that read "Congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary" . . . Mike Cleaver and his horse going their separate ways during a demonstration of horsemanship skills, cation"-detonators, clocks, batteries and wires. SAY FLQ INVOLVED Police said the cache found In the Prevost chalet indicated those taken into custody are members of the terrorist Front de Liberation Quebecois, which has claimed responsibility for bombings this year and in 1969. They said the FLQ was responsible for a series of armed robberies in Montreal, including a $7,000 holdup at the University of Montreal May 28. The May 23 holdup, carried out with military-style preci. sion, took place about the same time that two dynamite bombs rocked a nearby hospital and company warehouse. During the last two months, 12 pre-dawn bombings have rocked Montreal and police dismantled seven other bombs, including four described as among the largest ever reported in North America. TERRORISTS BLAMED TRACY, Que. (CP) - Police say a dynamite explosion that blew a seven- by 12-foot hole in the wall of a bank branch early today "was definitely the work of terrorists." The bomb rocked a Banque Canadienne National branch in a building owned by Gilles Si-niard, a cousin of Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa, at about 3:30 a.m. No one was injured. SHOOTING VICTIM - Ernest Caldwell, 12, was fatally shot in the back of the head, police said, by someo n e firing out of a house near where he was playing. His shooting was followed by fire-bombing and rock - throwing in the predominantly Negro Manchester district of Pittsburgh. Leftists Held In Coup QUITO (AP) - President Jose Valesco Ibarra took dictatorial powers Sunday night after a week of street fighting between students of Quito's Central University and police. S'ome fighing was reported on the campus early today, and shooting could be heard here through the night. The official reason for the takeover was an imminent Supreme Court ruling declaring presidential tax decrees unconstitutional. But observers believed the real reason was the student "rebellion" against the government. Velasco Ibarra's assumption of dictatorial powers was said to have the full support of the military, and it was believed the real strongman in the new dictatorial regime is the president's nephew, Defence Minister Jorge Acota Velaseo. The army launched a roundup of leftist leaders, and paratroops occupied the college campuses throughout the country of 5.500.000. One of the leftist leaders ordered arrested was Vice-President Jorze Xavalo Ba-q u e r i z 0, whose whereabouts were not known. ARREST RECTOR Among those arrested was Manuel Agurre, the r.cvtor ot the Central t'nivcrsity. Two days ago, Aguirre led lo'.noo students in a protest meeting at the university following the terrorist bombing of the unvcrsiy printing shop. They maintained that paratroops were responsible. ;