Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuttday, March 2, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD - 19 UP AGAINST THE WALL - British soldiers search three suspects for weapons in the Roman Catholic Ardoyne ditrict in Belfast, Northern Irelond. Two policemen were killed by machine-gun fire in the area earlier. Labor claims victory in clash with Trudeau Supersonic plane still rages in U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) -Transportation Secretary John Volpe accused opponents of the supersonic transport plane of "at times almost hysterical sloganeering" and said Monday the United States is too close to proving the plane with actual test flight to kill it now. The best way to answer charges that SSTs will blot out the sun, cause skin cancer, shatter eardrums, melt icecaps and disturb animal life is the current program to build and test-fly two SST prototypes, Volpe told Congress. Ten years and $1,100 million have been invested in that program, Volpe said, and the test flights are scheduled for 1973. "We have gone too far, in- vested too much and are too near our goal to let this all go down the drain with no tangible results," Volpe said. Volpe's case before the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee for a full $290 million to keep the SST prototype program on schedule launched a full week of hearings in the House and Senate. A House vote on whether to halt funds and possibly kill the U.S. SST program could come in two weeks. Congress is supposed to make a final decision by the end of the month. Volpe accused SST opponents of the same kind of "get-a-horse philosophy" that greeted automobiles, the sweing machine, steamboat and airplane. But if the test flights and concurrent environmental research show the SST will do "irrepara-i/ie Harm to Our environment," Volpe said: "I will do everything possible to ensure that a U.S. SST does not fly in commercial service- and this is a commitment I make on behalf of this administration." OTTAWA (CP) - Top Canadian labor leaders appeared well satisfied their spokesman bad the better part of an exchange with Prime Minister Trudeau Monday over both the government's economic stewardship and its decision last October to proclaim the War Measures Act. The occasion was the annual meeting of the cabinet and the Canadiain Labor Congress, with CLC President Donald Mac-Donald presenting a 15,000-word brief criticizing the "inflation syndrome" of the government and "over-reaction" in the Quebec terrorist crisis. "It was a good sharp exchange and I think we won," was the claim later of William Mahoney, Canadian director to the United Steel workers of America, largest union in the country. In a packed Commons committee room, Mr. MacDonald had faced the prime minister across separate tables and accused' him of having been concerned with inflation "to the almost complete exclusion of other economic problems." "No government should have resorted to fighting inflation in the way this government did, knowing full well the amount of unemployment and suffering it would create." AFFECTED BY U.S. He suggested the government had been misguided in its effort to control inflation more effectively than other trading countries which have sought as well to maintain relative full employment. "The Canadian economy is so intertwined with that of the United States that the degree of control that we can exercise over inflation is rather small," he said. "We cannot be completely nationalist in our economic outlook." "And unemployment?" interrupted Mr. Trudeau. "Doesn't Largest democracy begins 10-day vote From AP-REUTER NEW DELHI (CP) - Two persons were killed and scores injured in India Monday as the world's largest democracy began a 10-day general election during which 270 million persons are eligible to vote for 2,785 candidates. Most of the violence occurred in eastern Bihar state, where voting had to be suspended in six polling stations. Two persons were killed and three injured in a clash outside a rural voting booth. At stake is the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, bidding to win a clear majority with 33 more seats in the 521-seat Lok Sabha (House of the People) to carry through her left-of-centre policies. Mrs. Gandhi has steered clear of major policy commitments' in a swing which has taken her to many parts of this vast country and has made her plea to be returned with a working majority the keynote of her campaign. The 53-year-old daughter of the late premier Jawaharlal Nehru, faces a tough four-party coalition of otherwise feuding parties which have united to "oust Indira." Heading the opposition are the conservative party chiefs of the Syndicate Congress, or Old Congress party, which split away from Mrs. Gandhi over policy differences in 1969. They have allied with the conservative Jan Sangh, the Sa-myukta Socialist party and the free-enterprise Swatantra party, which has backing from Indian big business. Voting will emTMarch 10 and there should be a firm indication of the result March 12. Party standings at dissolution were: governing Congress 228, Opposition Congress 65, Swatantra 35, Jan Sangh 33, Dravida Munnetra Khazagam 24, Communists 24, Marxists 19, Sa-myukta Socialist party 17, Praja Socialist 15, United Independent parliamentary group 25, Bharatiya Kranti Dal party 10, unattached 24, vacancies 3, and House speakers. Jeep' Gladiator Burner... Beefier For large campers or heavier loads OVW TO 0,000 LBS* Test-Drive the extra go-power of 4-Wheel Drive sb UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-2805 Judy loses court case OTTAWA (CP) - The Supreme Court of Canada added a final footnote Monday to Judy LaMarsh's Memoirs of a Bird in a Gilded Cage, by upholding lower court findings that her book libelled Vancouver radio reporter Ed Murphy. Miss LaMarsh's motion asking the high court to hear an appeal against the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling ordering her and publisher McClelland and Stewart Ltd. of Toronto to pay damages of $2,500 was rejected. "This is not a case where leave for appeal should be granted," said Mr. Justice Ronald Martland on behalf of the court. Lawyers for Miss LaMarsh, former federal health minister and state secretary, argued that her remarks about Mr. Murphy, then a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, were capable of non-libellous interpretation. INHERITED DISEASES Science has discovered nearly 2,000 diseases that may be hereditary, unemployment spill over from the United States?" "No, we can do more to generate employment on our own," offered the 61-year-old labor leader. Earlier Mr. Trudeau had questioned the reference in the brief to the government's alleged "inflation syndrome." The brief stated that had Canada suffered from "rampant inflation" the government's tight monetary and fiscal policies might have bad some justification. As it was, it said, Canada had done better at controlling inflation than other countries and foreign exchange reserves had reached the "very high level of nearly $4.7 billion." Mr. Trudeau recalled the concern expressed in the 1970 CLC brief about inflation. "We hate to have people take one position one year and another the next year. It is completely inconsistent." In his rebuttal, Mr. Mac-Donald produced a copy of the 1970 brief and noted that it had balanced inflation and the threat of high unemployment as the two major problems facing Canada at the time. As for the question about the expression inflation syndrome -"No other question could put in better perspective our differences." The two men also clashed over the CLC claim that the government's decision to proclaim the War Measures Act last October plunged the country "into a state of panic from which it is only now beginning to emerge." BLAMES TERRORISTS Mr. Trudeau replied that the panic had been caused by Quebec terrorists, not the government. He asked whether the CLCL thought Ottawa should have refused the request of elected leaders in Montreal and Quebec for additional powers to deal with the crisis. "We should have traded convened criminals for those who were kidinapped-is this your position?" Mr. MacDonald insisted that there has never been proof that a planned insurrection threatened. Of 450 persons arrested under the emergency powers last October only 62 had been charged. "We cannot conceive of an insurrection led by only 62 people," he said. Only 33 offensive weapons had been found in police searches, he added. "That only proves that we haven't found the rest," Mr. Trudeau interjected, to the laughter of the crowded room. BLASTS 'POLICE STATE' Mr. MacDonald replied that more effective police work, not more police power, is necessary. "And I mean the kind of police work commonly found in a democracy, not a police state." He said he was fearful that the government action weakens the democratic process by instilling fear and suspicion. Mr. Trudeau claimed that "one of your own vicie-presi dents" had publicly urged the government to trade prisoners in the crisis. Mr. MacDonald sadd he knew of no CLC executive who had done so and Mr. Trudeau offered to introduce him to Louis Laberge, leader of the affiliated Quebec Federation of Labor, who was sitting in the audience. Mr. Laberge was one of 10 Quebec figures who signed a declaration Oct. 14. 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