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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Steel plant may test West's determination to form government SASKATOON (CP) T Development of an integrated steel industry, possibly through Interorovincial Pipe and Steel Co Ltd., (IPSCO) could be a test case of the western premiers' vow to create an industrial development strategy for the West, Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan said Thursday. The premiers reached agreement at a two-day closed meeting here this wetk to end cut-throat competition between their provincial governments over where new development projects should be located. They said they are being forced to look after their own industrial development because Ottawa has proven unreliable and unresponsive. The Saskatchewan government owns 20 per cent of IPSCO, a Regina-based company, and Alberta has an option to purchase 20 per cent which it must exercise by mid-March. x Alberta's decision would have to be made on the basis that any large new steel plant would probably be located in Regina but that its participation would have the effect of strengthening its access to supplies and put it in line for subsequent spin-off steel-processing, i developments. f Mr. Blakeney said the steel development could be an indication of whether the provinces could agree to share the components of an industry rather than each going it alone. British knock wind out of Ted's sails The lethbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1974 28 Pages Indictments for Mitchell, top Nixon aides WASHINGTON (AP) H. R Haldeman and John Ehrhchman, once President Nixon's top White House aides, and former attorney- general John Mitchell were indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges they tried to block the investi- gation of the 1972 break-in at Democratic party Headquarters in the Watergate building here. The Watergate grand jury returned indictments against a total of seven men, including Charles Colson, who had served as a White House special counsel. Also indicted were former assistant attorney-general Robert Mardian, former presidential aide Gordon Strachan and Kenneth Parkinson, a lawyer for Nixon's re-election finance committee. The indictments climaxed a 20-month investigation, and along with them, the grand jury delivered a sealed report to U.S District Judge John Sirica. There Jhave been reports Ethiopian premier confident ADDIS ABABA (AP) Thousands of anti-government demonstrators paraded through Addis Ababa today, but Ethiopia's new premier said he has the support of everyone but "some radical elements." Premier Endalkachew Ma- konnen. named by Emperor Haile Selassie Thursday to re- place Aklilu Haptewold, told reporters he is sure he can end the four-day military mutiny and that the army will give him a chance to govern. Hundreds of helmeted troops and police patrolled the capital but allowed the marchers down Churchill Road, the main street. Most of the demonstrators were students. They carried signs calling for Endalkachew's ouster, freedom of the press, formation of political parties and land for the poor. The new premier listened through an open window, then told a news conference: "The demonstrators are prejudicing my sincere effort to bring law and order and a basis for progress in the country." that such a secret presentment might contain grand jury findings involving Nixon. In addition, the grand jury gave the judge two suitcases containing Watergate evidence. Sirica told the grand jury it may face further proceedings in the Watergate case. He said the jurors are not dismissed and may be called upon to resume their secret deliberations in two weeks. The indictment charged that the seven defendants made cash payments to the original Watergate defendants "for the purpose of concealing and causing to be concealed the identities of the persons who were responsible for, participated in, and had knowledge of the activities which were the subject of the investigation and trial." The grand jury alleged that Haldeman lied to the Senate Watergate committee on July 30. 1973, when he said that Nixon had said it would' be wrong to meet demands from the Watergate defendants for million. The indictment quoted testimony to the committee when he was asked about a meeting in the presi- dent's office on the morning of March 21, 1973. The indictment quoted Haldeman as telling the committee that the president asked then White House counsel John Dean how much money the defendants were demanding and that Dean replied probably million Haldeman quoted Nixon as replying: "There is no problem in raising a million dollars, we can do that, but it would be wrong." The next day Haldeman was asked again whether he was positive that the president said it would be wrong to raise the money and he replied: "I am absolutely positive." The grand jury said Halde- man s statements "were false." The prosecutors have the White House tape of that meeting. Dean had told the Senate Watergate committee that he believed the president was aware of the Watergate cover- up before March 21, the date Nixon said he first learned of it. In addition. Dean testified that on March 21 he told the president everything he knew about Watergate and that after two meetings with Nixon that day he was convinced "that the cover-up as far as the White House was concerned was going to continue." Kissinger taking plan to Damascus TEL AVIV (AP) United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger today picked up Is- raeli disengagement- proposals for the Golan Heights patterned after the successful Egyptian-Israeli troop separation in the Sinai, officials reported. This would mean creation of a second United Nations buffer force to patrol between Israeli and Syrian soldiers somewhere in the 300 square miles of Syrian territory captured by Israel in the October war, they said. Kissinger, who arrived in the Jewish state from Cairo, plans to take the Israeli proposals to Damascus tonight and present them personally to President Hafez Assad of Syria. Authoritative sources said as Kissinger flew into Israel that President Nixon probably will visit Egypt and Israel in the second half of this year following Thursday's restoration of full diplomatic relations between Egypt and the United States. Home for the crisis A fur-clad Queen Elizabeth returned to gloomy Britain from sunny Australia today, perhaps to play a key role in the constitutional drama that seems possible following Thursday's near deadlocked gen- eral election. Accompanying her were Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. The Queen is due to resume her Australian tour March 6, but a pro- tracted political squabble may make this impossible. S Inside French cabinet named Seen and heard About town Weight watcher Edna Brown refusing even a sesame seed when her bowling partners adjourned for Chinese food Car salesman Peter Nicol ending up in the driver's seat when the potential buyer couldn't handle the standard transmission. From AP-REUTER PARIS (CP) Premier Pierre Messmer today named a consolidated cabinet, about two-thirds the size of its predecessor, but kept the key figures of the previous Gaullist government Messmer, whose previous government resigned Wednes- day, appointed Michel Jobert as foreign minister and Valery Giscard d'Estaing as minister of finance, indicating France's traditional foreign and monetary policies will be unchanged. The only major change was the appointment of Jacques Chirac, formerly agriculture minister, as interior minister. Raise for civil servants EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's civil servants will get a cpst-of-living salary increase of a month or 2.5 per cent, whichever is higher. In announcing the cost-of-living adjustment today. Labor Minister Bert Hobol and Bill Broad, president of the Civil Service Association of Alberta, said the increase is retroactive to Jan. 1. LONDON (CP) Prime Minister Edward Heath, whose Conservatives were running second to Labor in returns from Tnursday's general election, was reported getting conflicting advice from key strategists today on whether to resign or try to cling to office. This information from party officials may explain a day-long silence from 10 Downing Street as the late stages of the count made clear that neither big party will get a Commons majority and that Labor will probably nose out the governing Conservatives. Labor Leader Harold Wilson jumped into the breach with a statement that he is prepared to form a government immediately and indicating that Labor regards itself as entitled to do this. "The Conservative government asked for an increased majority to continue their present the former prime minister said after meeting his party's high command. "The electorate rejected their appeals. The Conservative government now lacks the authority to give the lead the country is seeking." Meanwhile, Conservative spokesmen said one faction of the party was telling Heath that he should not leave the wobbly pound and the shaky British economy to the Socialists and another was urging the view that the electors showed lack of confidence in the party. SURRENDER OPPOSED The no-surrender group in- cluded 'party chairman Lord Carrington and Anthony Bar- ber, chancellor of the exchequer and a key strategist.. The other side included Home Secretary Robert Carr and Employment Minister William Whitelaw. One far-out idea being can- cassed, it was reported, was that Heath should step down in favor of the popular Whitelaw, who might then seek working arrangements with smaller groups. Meanwhile, the'Labor party was inching painfully toward a pfcper-tin final niargin over the 'Conservatives in 'the Commons but with ine. prime minister in the" new Parliament very much a question mark. The Conservatives had made a dramatic comeback from a 52-seatdeficit to Labor in the overnight count but still trailed by five seats as post- election day wore into evening with 10 of the 635 constituencies still to be heard from. As the count from Thursday's general election hit the final stages, the difference between the two major parties was so thin that power appeared to hinge on which could obtain backing from the Liberals and a handful of miscellaneous inde- pendents. With only a smattering of seats left to be counted, the possibility of a majority government had been mathematically eliminated as electors repudiated Heath's call for a strengthened mandate to deal with industrial and economic crises. As only 13 ridings remained to be declared, former prime minister Wilson headed a group of 300 and Heath was five seats behind to provide Britain's first minority situation since the 1929 general election. Jeremy Thorpe's Liberal party had 11 seats at this same number that this key group had when Heath suddenly dissolved Parliament in the midst of a general coal strike that crippled the country. Heath, who gave up a 16- seat over-all majority to try for a bigger