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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, Junt LETHBRIDQE Kidnappers on centre stage Stanfield branded carpetbagger of federal vote campaign THE CANADIAN PRESS The kidnappers of British diplomat James Cross in 1970 have been thrust into centre stage in the 1974 federal election campaign with Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield and New Democratic Leader David Lewis questioning a statement by Prime Minister Trudeau. Mr. Stanfield said in St. John's, Nfld., Tuesday that Mr. Trudeau owes an explanation to the Canadian people as to why two of the kidnappers should not be brought back to Canada from France to facp trial on kidnapping charges. In Kitchener, Ont., Mr. Lewis said normally kidnappers would be extradited but he was una- ware of the details of the ar- rangement made for their exile to Cuba in 1970 after the release of British diplomat James Cross. They were reacting to Mr. Trudeau's Monday statement that "we don't want them back." The prime minister was commenting on reports that Jacques Lanctot and Jean-Marc Carbonneau have ended their Cuban exile by flying to Paris. The two men, along with Jacques Cossette-Trudel and Jacques Langlois, were allowed to go to Cuba in return for the release of Mr. Cross in October, 1970. Quebec Justice Minister Je- rome Choquette said in Mon- treal that the Cross kidnappers were "promised safe conduct as long as they do not try to cross Canadian borders." REVERSES POSITION Federal Justice Minister Otto Lang Tuesday reversed his earlier position that the federal government would attempt- to extradite the men from Paris. He said he changed his view on learning full details of the agreement. Mr Lang was not justice minister when the agreement was made in 1970. Mr. Stanfield said the prime minister should explain what was in the agreement with the kidnappers. A Progressive Conservative government would try to bring them back to Canada to face trial unless this was not per- mitted under an arrangement reached at the time to save Mr. Cross' life, he said. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp also should ensure the men are not carrying Canadian passports, Mr. Stanfield said. Mr. Lewis said that normally people who take part in kidnapping would be extradited, "but I don't know the details of the ar- rangements that were made in 1970 and I can't say what should be done." STILL SEARCHING External affairs department officials still are searching their files for records of what happened during those hectic hours in 1970 when Mr. Cross was re- leased, and the kidnappers boarded the plane for Havana. But it is believed that no written agreement was made with the kidnappers. In return for Mr. Cross's release, they were simply granted safe conduct to Cuba. The only condition was that they not take any action while abroad prejudicial to Canada. Sources said today the safe conduct applied only to the trip to Cuba. The kidnappers are not carrying Canadian passports or travel documents. But the safe conduct might preclude extradition back to Canada, because extradition normally applies to fugitives from Canadian law. In Toronto, meanwhile, for- mer prime minister John Die- fenbaker said Mr. Trudeau is not seeking their extradition because he wants to attract "hundreds of thousands of FLQ votes." And in Paris, rumors circu- lated that the kidnappers have already left for Algiers. HALIFAX (CP) The Liberals say that after an absence of seven years from the province Robert Stanfield is little more than a carpetbagger in Halifax, his invincible mystique shattered by two Liberal victories in Nova Scotia elections since 1970. The Conservatives say there is little carryover from provincial to federal elections and point to the majority Mr. Stanfield has held in the last two federal elections. To test their theory that the Conservatives may be slipping in the province, and particu- larly in Mr. Stanfield's Halifax riding, the Liberals are making their first real effort to dislodge him. Their candidate is Brian Flemming, 35, considered a leading expert in the law of the sea. He was one of a handful of Trudeau supporters for the party leadership in 1968 when most Nova Scotia Liberals were with the late Robert Winters. He says his stock can only rise in the party Whatever the outcome of the July 8 election. But he is running hard, trying to capitalize on the fact that Mr. Stanfield, a former Nova Scotia premier, is absent most of the time and to impress on the mobile and more sophisticated electorate that the PC leader belongs to another era. "I suggested to them in Ot- tawa that they change their strategy and go after the the centre rather than the flanks and the whole thing may he says. BIG PUSH ON Terry McGrath, a Nova Sco- tian who was working in the United States before he arrived to oppose -the Conservative leader in 1972, managed votes to Mr. Stanfield's This appears to have inspired the big push this time. The Liberals count on a hard core to party votes in the city out of eligible voters. With about a 75-per-cent turnout in the last two federal elections they have to make up some ground. The Conservatives are con- fident that their wage and price controls won't deter Haligonians, hard-pressed to handle a national level of inflation with wages which in most cases are below the national average. But Mr. Stanfield's main concern appears to be the possibility of voter complacency in these lazy late spring days. Making his second campaign swing through the riding last week he exhorted workers not to let down in the final weeks. "You'll win Bob, no prob- was the standard line from many constituents, and he didn't like it. "Don't take anything for he urged workers at his downtown headquarters. "Don't take any chances; just work your heads off. They're counting on us to hold firm in Atlantic Canada." INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD Established 1911 Floor 517 4th S. 327-1541 STORES Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 Commission to accept settlement WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said today it intends to accept a negotiated settlement of a complaint that Ford Motor Co. misled the public by depicting Ford cars as quieter than a glider and stronger than a steel guardrail. The commission alleged the ads were misleading for two reasons. First, a glider isn't quiet. Second, the steel beams in the sides of Fords can't withstand the same lateral impact as highway guardrails. So Ford and its advertising agency. J. Walter Thompson of New York, promised not to extol the strength, quietness, or performance of any Ford Motor Co. car unless there's a reasonable basis for the claims. The commercials challenged by the commission involved the 1971 Ford LTD and Galaxie and the 1973 Ford LTD. The ads for the 1973 model showed a sound-measuring de- vice inside a glider, "Nobody has to convince you how quiet a glider is." said tfie television ads. The sound meter in the glider measured 82 decibels, compared with 65 inside the car. But 82 decibels is not quiet, the FTC contended. General Radio Co., which took the sound-meter readings for Ford, says in its Handbook of Noise Measurement that 82 decibels is about as loud as a pneumatic drill 50 feet away or the inside of a sports car at 50 miles an hour. Firestone RADIALS BELTS BIAS PLY RETREADS FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED! SPECIALS ON 4-PLY NYLON STRATO-STREAK! ON GOOD TAKE-OFF TIRES AND USED TIRES! PRICED TO MAKE IT EASY! We have tires for every kind of car, boat trailer, van or camper... for every kind of driving, and budget. No need to shop around all over town to find the right tire for your car. Mi MOUNTING OUR NO-GIMMICK GUARANTEE is good at any Store or Dealer in Canada or the U.S.A.! DAVID LEWIS EET DAVID LEWIS BESSIE ANNAND All Citizens of Lethbridge and District are invited to Breakfast with David Lewis at a.m. on Friday, June 28th, at the Marquis Hotel Breakfast Senior Citizens Following Breakfast at a.m., David Lewis will deliver a short address and until a.m. will meet informally with individuals over coffee. Everybody is invited to join David for a coffee break. FEDERAL NDP LEADER THIS AD INSERTED 8T LtTMBBIDGE METRO NDP NDP CANDIDATE FOR LETHBRIDGE ;