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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1974 44 Pages 10 Cents Trudeau vows to untangle 'loan jungle' Kidnappers unwanted PARIS (CP) Two of the Quebecers who kidnapped a British diplomat in 1970, touching off Canada's October crisis, have ended their Cuban exile by flying to Paris. And it appears they will be able to stay. "We don't want them Prime Minister Trudeau said in Ottawa following the report Monday that Jacques Lanctot and Jean-Marc Carbonneau had arrived in Paris from Prague last week with Lanctot's wife and two other Quebecers. The prime minister's statement that Canada would not seek their extradition contradicted that of Justice Minister Otto Lang. Raymond confirmed for ammonia plant BEAUCEVILLE, Que. (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau pledged Monday to shield average Canadians from what he called the jungle of lending and credit provisions that favor the fortunate few At dn airport news conference in Ottawa, the prime minister said a re- elected Liberal government would introduce a loan- insurance plan to give "low- income, steadily-employed wage earners" access to credit they otherwise would not receive It also would require federal registration and licensing of all money lenders and would give home buyers the right to pay off mortgages at any time if they felt they could refinance their homes at better terms As well, he vowed to in- troduce legislation that would require complete disclosure of the effective rate of interest in all transactions involving interest payments. He added that his government has drafted legislation that would ensure the wages of employees up to would get priority over all other payments in a bankruptcy case. In a statement released be- fore the news conference, Mr. Trudeau said none of the con- sumer protection steps should be interpreted as election promises. He made the statement two weeks to the day before the July 8 federal election. GAVE NO FIGURES Neither Mr Trudeau nor his aides could give any estimates of the costs involved in the programs or how many people they would affect His consumer credit state- ment touched a number of fronts, among them promises to expand to 20 from three the number of store-front con- sumer-aid offices across the country The offices, staffed by community action groups with government financial help, now are open in Toronto. Saint John. N.B and Sydney. N.S RICK ERVIN ptiotc Miniature Niagara The fast-rising rapid waters of the Crowsnest River cascade falls have taken on the look of a miniature Niagara this year over Lundbreck Falls, about 7b miles west of Lethbridge, dumping because of a heavy spring run-off that has raised water levels tons of water each day into the rocky basin below. The river and of many rivers on both sides of the Rockies. Six per cent increase too small- negotiator By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The days of the six or seven per cent increase have "gone down the drain" and school boards must expect to pay Dief's statement astounds Tories KENSINGTON. P.E.I. (CPj It was a John Diefenbaker crowd and the former Progressive Conservative leader tore into Prime Minister Trudeau Monday night before offering his own version of wage and price controls. About 2.000 persons crowded into the community arena in Kensington 30 miles west of Charlottetown. heard Mr. Diefen- baker say he would not institute controls until wages rose to the same level as prices. In a later interview, he said: "In view of the fact prices are rising faster than wages and. month by month, the gap is widening, wages should be allowed to rise lo the same level as prices before a freeze of 60 or 90 days is brought in He said he supports, in principle, the proposal of his party leader. Robert Stanfield. for a freeze of not more than 90 days, followed by two years of selective controls. Mr. Diefenbaker also said that while the Liberals offer no program. "Stanfield may not have the solution for inflation, but he is going to do something about it." He would not-amplify this stalemenl. The brief declaration by the former prime minister left parly officials in OtiTAa virtually speechless and Mr. Stanfield. having a day off at home, was not immediately available for rommenl on the apparent policy contradiction. teachers salary increases next year, a meeting of Southern Alberta school trustees was told Monday. "We have to hire teachers at a price they are happy" to work for, said Raymond Clark, in what appeared to be a complete reversal of form from the hard-nosed role he played as chief negotiator for the trustees when Southern Alberta teachers went out on strike in March. 1973. Mr. Clark, still chairman of the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association, will again lead trustees into negotiations this fall with teachers in an attempt to reach an agreement for a 1975 contract. The Lethbridge city and rural teacher contracts expire on the last day of the year. He warned trustees they are facing one of the toughest years to negotiate in because of the inflationary situation the country is now in. Nixon vows 'As speech writers, I want to thank you for this wonderful piece on cutting costs.' Inside Classified....... 16-19 Comics............6 Comment...........4 District............13 Local News 11.12 Markets...........20 Sports...........8.9 Theatres............7 TV..............7 Weather.........3 LOW TONIGHT 55; HIGH WED. 80; SUNNY, WARM. burden' Seen and heard About town Fanny Hopkins discovering an earplug in her ear after she removed her dictaphone headset Const. Dave Hamilton dropping his papers all over Ihe courtroom floor afler fumbling his briefcase. WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon left today for a Moscow summit with a pledge to seek closer co- operation with the Soviet Union and a lessening of "the burden and threat" of nuclear weapons. In a brief statement before leaving nearby Andrews Air Force Base. Nixon listed three goals for his summit meeting with Soviet leaders: To strengthen lies between the United States and the Soviet Union. "develop areas of co- operation lo displace areas of confrontation" elsewhere in the world, and progress toward limiting "both the burden and threat of nuclear weapons Israelis to retaliate for guerrilla attack TEL AVIV (AP) More Is- raeli air attacks on Palestinian positions in Lebanon are expected soon in retaliation for another raid by Arab guerrillas who killed four Israelis in the seaside town of Nahariyya. The three guerrillas invaded an apartment house in the town seven miles south of the Lebanese border and killed a 29-year-old woman, her two small children and an Israeli soldier before Israeli troops mowed them down. Eight Israeiis were wounded. including the dead woman's husband and five troops. Palestinian guerrilla groups in Beirut withheld immediate The Palestinian news agency WAFA said in Damascus. Syria, the attack was staged by Palestinians based in Israel instead of Lebanon and denied that the terrorists entered Israel by boat. "We will not tolerate these attacks." Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin said after rushing to Nahariyya before dawn "We will do everything Americans predicting beef ban lift By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Alberta Ammonia Ltd. has settled on Raymond. 20 miles southeast of Lethbridge, as the site for its proposed huge fertilizer plant. The company has purchased or obtained options to purchase more than 900 acres at the southeast edge of the town for a four-unit plant, Duncan Sim, company president, said Monday. Mr. Sim said the company anticipates a provincial cabinet decision on supplying the proposed million complex with its natural gas feedstock within 60 days. The cabinet is mulling over recommendations from the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board on six world-scale ammonia plants proposed for the province. "If we get our permit, then Raymond is the place." Mr Sim said in a telephone interview from Calgary The company chose the town of because it was close to the university and amenities in Lethbridge. it had an available water supply, was close to rail facilities, made it possible for a pipeline to avoid crossing valuable land and provided a plant site on dry rather than more valuable irrigated land. Mr Sim said Tentative approval for use of 35 acre-feet or about 9 million gallons of water a day has been given by the St Mary River Irrigation District, he said. Mr. Sim said the proposal is receiving the "utmost support" from the town and surrounding County of Warner The complex would employ up to 1.800 people during construction and about 250 permanently. Construction would begin next spring with first production beginning late in 1976. Eventual production of anhydrous ammonia would be 5.000 tons a day or 1.7 million tons a year. The bulk of the ammonia, used as fertilizer, would be shipped to the midwestern United States in a 1.200-mile pipeline owned by Alberta Ammonia. Final distribution would be done by Farmland Industries Ltd of Kansas City. Mo. Owned by 2.100 local farmer co-operatives in 15 states. Farmland caters to about 500.000 ranchers and farmers. But Mr. Sim emphasized Canadian needs would be met first Negotiations were under way to provide an Ontario customer with tons of fertilizer a year. Sugar beet growers and co-operatives within Alberta are also interested in buying the plant's product, he said. He said the tremendous amount of natural gas to be consumed (68 billion cubic feet per year i would not come from proven reserves "It will be new gas. to present reserves, from the low pressure gas which underlays all of Southern Alberta "Eventually, when gas becomes short in Alberta, we have to look to gasification of coai The plentiful deposits of coai in .Southern Alberta are another reason for locating there but that eventuality as a Jong way in the future Handled in a manner similar to propane, the anhydrous (water-free i ammonia 15 injected into the soil where it is converted into nitrate nutrients Sea law deadlock broken CARACAS. Venezuela (CP) A compromise proposal promoted by Canada appears to have broken a deadlock over procedure that threatened to cripple the United Nations Law of the Sea conference. Sources say the conference, one of the biggest world gatherings in history, now may be able to begin substantive discussions by the end of the week. Sources say the compromise proposal, which attempts to reconcile differing positions on how the talks should be held and how the voting should be conducted, has a good chance of being adopted by the conference. Prior to the breakthrough, the big states and the smaller countries were deadlocked on procedure, the big powers wanted to avoid voting whenever possible and develop a general consensus. The larger states then in- sisted that only resolutions which received a two-thirds majority of all delegates be -passed as opposed to the traditional UN requirement of two-thirds of those present voting in plenary sessions. Under the compromise pro- posal, two-thirds of all dele- gates would be required for a quorum before a vote in plenary session. Out of this, two-thirds of those present and voting would have to support a resolution before it passed and this two-thirds would have to represent at least 50 per cent of the states attending. possible to prevent them and punish those responsible." It was the fourth major ter- rorist attack in Israel in 2'z months. The raiders have killed 52 persons, including 33 children, and 100 have been wounded Hrrald Washington Bureau A lop United official hinted Monday Ihat the U.S would not be sur- prised if Ottawa relaxes its hardline stand against lifting 1he embargo on American beef after the Canadian Asked whether Ihe Canadian >ri was more ngid than i! woiito bf if the gfwiw were Tml Sficvnc an Assistant Agriculture >ecre- 1ar> Clayton Vcutter replied. 'Oh yes1 understand that there's a political campaign in Canada There are pressures on the Canadians, just as we face pressures here Mr Yrwtlcr said in an interview 1ba1 1he possibility- Canada iviight be more willing to compromise after July was a faclor Ihe V S "can't overlook' in the negotiation? Asked specifically whether he was predicting a change in Canadian policy after the election, only 13 days away. the assistant secretary commented "Not really In the discussions, however, this has been m the periphery Mr Yeutter is the senior I" S official directly involved in the lalks with Ottawa over Canada's April 9 ban on all I" S beef imports Canada and Washington have failed lo on a certification by which the U S agriculture department (USD A i would guarantee that beef entering Canada had not been treated wilh dicthyslilbeslcrol. a growth stimulant Mr Ycutter, who also spoke 1o at the press conference last week, said Monriax that the US "can't wait lor Inc Canadian political situation to change" because Washington face? its iwn domestic political problems He was referring to pressure on the Nnmi administration from Congress and American cattlemen, who say they are suffering severe financial losses because of a glut on href on the U S market However, despite last week s threat of retaliations. Ycuttor said there has been no to impose trade "it would be premature lo drav; conclusions on that said Canada reiterated refusal to lift the beef ban in a message Monday to Mr Yeutter from Syd Williams. Canada's deputy agriculture minister Mr Yruttcr described the message, in the form of a loiter relayed bv the Canadian embassv. as confusing and ambiguous The first step is to clear up what Ihe Canadian position iv noting that the letter was being carefully reread Soviets wooing Chinese? MOSCOW (Reutert The Soviet Union was reported today lo have embarked on a new eilort lo mend its relations with China by agreeing lo resumption of Soviet-Chinese border negotiations in Peking. llyichov. who has headed the Soviet delegation since the secret Peking negotiations began in 1969 following bloody Hashes between Soviet and Chinese troops on the I'ssuri River, left Peking almost a vear ago Ilyichov's return to Peking implies a resumption of Soviel-Chinese negotiations m or ihr whole ratine of disputed territorial and frontier questions as well as latest incident of a missing helicopter crew, observers said Four killed QUNKITRA. Golan iReulen Four officers of the United Nations Disengagement Observation Forre 'UNDOF were killed today when their vehicle struck a mine on the road leading to the peak of Mount Hermon. UN sources reported Another officer was wounded in the incident. the sourer-? said ;