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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH TRIDAY NEAR 10 ABOVE 01 IT x r> si The letHbtidge LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1972 PRICK NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Homes without heat as storm cuts power BACK BENCHER Former premier Joseph R. sitMng as a back bencher listens to tlie throne speech at the 35th General As- sembly of the Legislature Wed- nesday at St. John's. (CP Wirephoto) Canada-U.S. ties close Tly ALLEN DICKIE TORONTO (CP) Canada and the United Stales nave never had a more close working relationship than they do at present, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau Wednesday night. He told more than persons who paid a plate for a dinner sponsored by the Toronto and Dis- trict Liberal Association that "Canada is not, 1 empha- size, being coerced. Contrary to some local myths, die United States government does not act in that way." At the same lime, in defending his government's policies, Mr, Trudeau said Canada's growth rate for ]971 would likely show that this country's growth rate would be "in excess of that enjoyed by every other major industrial country in the western world, and even that of Japan." He said that figiu-cs indicate the growth rate would be more than twice that of tlie United States in 1971. The dinner, which raised about for tha Liberal Party for an election expected this year, climaxed Mr. Trtxleau's day in Toronto. At the dinner, Mr. Trudeau-said the accomplish- ments of Canada and Canadians since 19CS "are surely solid evidence that we have in ttu's country a potent and effective team of 22 million persons." Replies to critics After an all-Canadian dinner of pea soup, chicken, wild rice, fiddlehcads, and wines, Mr, Trudeau lashed out at opposition criticism of government policies con- cerning the U.S. by asking what the opposition would have done. He spoke about "silly and inconsistent criticism-' and said Canada would "gain little respect from others, least of all from Americans, U we do not have the courage and self-confidence to act as Canadians." The prime minister said respect for Canada has never been higher in the community of nations and pointed to English publications which praised the Ca- nadian government for measures laken to combat in- flation. lie said thai in the period between and 1970 more, than a million jobs were created, "a figure in ex- cess of the total number of jobs in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and (he United Kingdom combined.1' And he said the momentum was- continuing with more lhan new jobs created here in 1971. Rely on stamina Mr. Tnideau said that "essential ingredients of resilience and stamina which are so much a part of Canadians" were relied upon by the government in its hvo "crises of invmcnsc proportions" wliich threatened the country in the past 18 Tliey were the activities of tlio Front de Liberation du Quebec in October, 1070, and United Statss economic policies announced in August, 1971, which resulted in a 10 per cent supplementary duty on manufactured goods. "Neither crisis could have been met, nor could Canada have emerged from each stronger and more self-confident, had there not been the combination of a solid belief by Canadians in their own abilities, and a government which was not fearful or hesitaot to act promptly in the best interests of all Canadians when the need Mr. Trudeau said. As Mr. Trudeau spoke, about 50 persons demon- strated in wind-driven sleet outside Ihe Royal York- Hotel, mainly for Lhe Vietnam and abortion causes. There was no trouble. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Power returned to much of downtown Montreal today hvo hours after a widespread black- wit hit many areas of Quebec, apparently the result of 30 hours of snow, sleet, freezing rain and high winds. Hydro Quebec officials sold they expected power would be restored to most of the province by early afternoon, although exact cause and location of tlie failure remained unknown. The blackout struck a belt be- tween Quebec City and Mont- real but some areas served by power supplies independent of Hydro-Quebec were not af- fected. Hydro-Quebec blamed the blackout on failure of a volt line from Ihe Maru'couagan dam in northeastern Quebec. It hit Montreal at a.m. Police stations, hospitals and radio stations switched to auxil- iary power. The failure knocked out elevators in downtown build- ings and traffic lights. Police took over traffic control at in- tersections. Quebec City, also suffering the effects of a snowstorm, was still without power early this aftenioon. The storm dropped 11 inches of snow on Quebec City in 2-1 hours. During die night, winds reached 50 mites an hour and the temperature was about 15 degrees. All government offices and schools were closed, al- though most banks and busi- nesses were open. Public trans- portation aud taxis were operat- ing. In Ontario, thousands of per- sons were stranded or without power and at least one person died as the storm battered the province with freezing rain in the south and snow in the north. Ontario Hydro reported homes without power '.n areas just west of Toronto. The same storm was blamed for heavy snowfall and winds up to 50 miles an hour in the Sud- bury, Out., area Wednesday where schools were closed, and air and ground transportation halted. In Ottawa, about 6.4 inches of Ice pellets, freezing rain and snow fell overnight and contin- ued intcrnr.ttently throughout Ihe morning. Two morning Commons committee sessions were cancelled as a result of the storm and several elemen- tary schools closed. All flights out ol Ottawa airports were de- layed or cancelled. The computer at the Montreal Stock Exchange shut down. There was no trading there or on the Canadian Stock Ex- change because no information was being received concerning trading elsewhere, 'Open government' plan offered by Conservatives Biggest drug haul PARIS (AP) French cus- toms agents 937 pounds pure heroin a shrimp boat today. French finance ministry called it Ihe biggest seizure in history and the Paris office of the United States narcotics bu- reau said this amount would he enough for a one-month supply for American addict. French officials placed no value on the drugs. The U.S. narcotics bureau said importers pay a kilogram for 80-90 per cent pure heroin. This would put the price at dockside at million to million. New york street value is esti- mated at a pound, or more than million. Seen and heard About town I "VJISGUTDED philan t h r o- pist Doug Redding of- fering a new car lo a cus- tomer if she could drive it out througli the "people door" without scratching it Marlainc Mann gaining the nickname "motor mouth" for her rapid con- sumption of popcorn during a tense movie Francis Wcasal Fat and Cam Bly ar- guing about who gets to buy coffee and Brv Tailfcathci's ending up with tlw bill. By GREG MclNTYHE Herald Slaff Writer EDMONTON Alberta's first Conservative govern- ment, in its speech from the throne today opening tlie ITtli Alberta Legislature, promised, an "open govern- ment" that will view change with optimism. Reading from a 12-page speech to a packed house and gallery, Lt.-Gov. Grant MacEwan said "it is a major goal of my government to reduce bureaucratic routine and red tape." UNEXPECTED MOVE Tlie wide ranging agenda for Uie 12 week session lo come promised to give more responsibility to the 75 indi- vidual members of the legisla- ture, help to small business, the marginal farm and small com m unities. Unexpectedly, Premier Peter Ldugheed introduced a major piece of legislation a new Alberta Bill of FJghls at the end of the speech. A news conference is expect- ed at 8 a.m. Friday to explain tire bill described in the throne speech as "paramount legisla- tion" to have authority over all provincial law. Past governments have in- troduced a minor piece of legi- slation to fulfil Uie traditional introduction ol a bill on open- tlittlC ing day. The tradition is in- 7> tended lo show the indepen- JO'I' clence of the legislative as- _ Ecmbly from the monarch by ihlS acting on business of its own first. NEW APPROACH The throne speech revealed the government's intention to send controversial issues such as: foreign Investment, the Huttfirite colony e x p ansion question and natural resources revenues, to committees for study before being debated in the legislature. The premier has said his policy will be to introduce con- troversial issues at an early session of the legislature and allow tlie public and members of tlie government lo react to them before debating them at a later session. In the speech from the throne, Lt, Oov. MaeEwan announced "a new approach by presenting to the legislature from time to time, a series of new direction position The papers will lay out al- ternatives favored by the gov- ernment for the future, the speech said. The also pledged to review all laws with an eye to repeal unnecessary statutes now on the books. PREMIER LOUGHEED new legislation y EDMONTON' Albertaris will go on daylight time this year, following "the wishes of the electorate" which voted in favor of the move in a plebiscite held in conjunction with the Aug. 30 general elec- tion, the new Conservative government said in today's speech from the throne. 11ARRY STROM new role Highlights of speech A written record of debates snd broadcasting and televising to be provided at twice-yearly New middle East flashpoint erupts Efforts to be made to strengthen the family farm and declining income hi agriculture, with a S50-million fund to cover all areas of agricultural credit and special programs for the email arid the young farmer. Improvements to be proposed in environmental control, in- cluding a new Litter Act and land surfaces conservation act. A fund to be established to at- tempt to create a more diversi- fied and better balanced pro- vincial economy, with emphasis on new development in smaller centres. Higher priority to given to facilities and support for chil- dren with handicaps arid learn- ing disabilities snd mental health reform to be acceler- ated. The government pledges ac- tion on five immediate major of human rights, difficulties of the aged, problems of the family farm and agriculture marketing, fa- cilities and support for handi- capped children, mental health reform. Daylight time, approved in a plebiscite last August, to be im- plemented without delay. Legislative committees to be formed to hold public liearings on foreign investment, commu- nal properties, censorship. Election Act improvements, laws governing professions and occupants and crop insurance programs. Position papers to be submit- ted to the legislature outlining policy positions or alternatives which may form the foundation for subsequent legislative or budget proposals. Hy liEIJTEn Air strikes by Israel and Syria turned the ceaseEire tine between the two countries into a new Middle East flashpoint, and some Israeli observers warned today that any further escala- tion might have unpredictable consequences. S y ri a n air force planes bombed settlements in the Is- raeli-occupied Golan Heights late Wednesday in retaliation for ah Israeli air raid and artillery bombardment earlier in the day on Arab guerrilla bases in Syr- ian territory. Israeli settlers in the area said Syrian fighter-bombers swooped low over the ceasefire Queen views shrunken heads during tour KUCHING, Malaysia (API The Queen looked at the row of shrunken heads tied to the ceiling and asked her host: "Docs any of this still go It does not, he assured her. The heads were an exhibit at the Sarawak Museum, the Queen's second stop on her six-hour visit lo the Malaysian Borneo state that the white rajahs used to rule. The Brooks family of white rajahs suppressed headhunt- ing among Ihe Ibans and other tribes before the Second World War, but now and then a Japanese, head was taken during the wartime occupa- tion. lines and flew up to three miles into Israeli-occupied territory. A military spokesman said the planes bombed the Hush- einya area but caused neither damage nor injury. Anti-aircraft guns opened up on the attacking planes and Is- raeli jets were sent up to pursue them but failed to make con- tact. The Israeli air raid into Syrian territory came 10 hours earlier. The jets pounded Arab guerrilla bases and encamp- ments at seven locations oast of the ceasefire line in retaliation for a recent increase in guer- rilla attacks from Syrian terri- tory, The fact that Israel denied suffering any casualties or dam- age may reduce the chance of immediate military reaction against Syria, but the pattern of revenge is already well under way. Newfoundland election called ST. JOHN'S, Nfhl, (CP) A Newfoundland provin- cial election will he held Friday, March 24, Premier Frank Moores announced today. Mr. Moores told a news conference an election is necessary to restore political stability to Newfound- land. LIBERAL RESIGNS He said he was granted disso- lution of the legislature Wednes- day night by Lt.-Gov. E. John A. Harnura. Dissolution was granted a few hours after the lieutenant-gover- nor read Hie throne speech to open the first session of the 35th general assembly. The election would he the province's eighth since Couled- eration the second in five months. The reports of dissolution fol- lowed the resignation of Wil- liam Saunders, Liberal mem- ber for Bay de Verde, thus cre- ating two vacancies in the scal legislature. C o nservative sources talked of Mr. Eaunders resignation but Liberal Opposition Leader Ed- ward Roberts said in an inter- view that he had not been in touch with the member. Mr, Roberts said that lie would make a statement after Mr. Moores news conference. Mr. Saunders1 resignation would leave standing in the house at Conservative 20, Lib- eral 20 and vacant two. Sources close to the premier Raid he waited a stronger man- date to govern. As long as the Liberals held 21 seats in Uie house the Con- government was vir- tually at Mr. Roberts' mercy. Premier Moores assumed of- fice in January' almost three mouths after the Oct. 28 provin- cial election which saw former premier Joseph Smalhvood de- feated. "We've said for a long while we can't see how the province can function properly without, a the premier com- mented earlier in confirming his visit to the lieutenantgovernor. LIliERALS HEADY "Thousands and thousands oE Liberals throughout the prov- ince welcome this Liberal Leader Edward Roberts said after the premier's an- nouncement. "There's only one issue, tile future of the province.'' PREMIER MOOHES tries to clear air inay site 's a perfect fit but will the voters like Guess came to dinner? TORONTO (CP) who came to dinner? One of the paying guests at the Toronto and District Liberal Associa- tion's dinner for Prime Minister Pierre Tru- dcau Wednesday night was Alan Eagleson, president of Ontario's Progressive Con- servative party. Mr. Esglesrm smilingly explained that Liberal Sena- tor Keith Davey hr.d prom- ised lo attend the S100-a- plate fund-raising dinner for Progressive Conservative leader Robert Slanficld in Toronto next week. "This way, both parties will getting money they didn't Mr. Eagle- son said, laughing. TOKYO (Renter) Tlie Unilcd States appears to be con- sidering Canada as the site for further contacts with China, Jaoanese Foreign Minister Takeo Fukuda said today. This was b.nsed on an explan- ation given to government lead- ers earlier this week by Mar- shal Green, U.S. assistant secre- tary of state, who accompanied President Nixon to China, the foreign minister told members of the Liberal Democratic party. Fukuda said the United Stales plans to organize a group of non-government people to pro- mote personnel exchanges wilh China. But there is no plan at present for a U.S. trade mission in Peking. Bad iveatfier sloivs air traffic By THE CANADIAN1 PRESS All airport technicians re- lurr.ed to work at Montreal In- ternational Airport Wednesday but commercial traffic tticre was still spasmodic as the re- sult of erratic weather condi- tions and non-functioning equip- ment. Montreal was hit by a combi- nation of thunderstorms, hail, freezing rain and snow. Toronto International Airport was ham- pered by fog while poor weather conditions in North Bay, Ont., the Maritimes and Chicago caused more delays and cancel- lations. Backlash swells in tense Ulster Stolen lambs imiit to cal EDMONTON (CPJ Four lambs stolen from a barn near here are contaminated and their meat is unfit for human consumption, police reported today. The animals had been inject- ed with a disease preventing Eerum, BELFAST (AP) Tlie bodies of two teen-age boys were aban- doned outside a Delfast hospital today, apparently victims of a British Army sharp shooter de- icr.ding a police patrol. The youihs were killed in the wage of a surge of terrorist violence which in 36 hours claimed the Jives of two volun- teer militiamen and set off one of the biggest bombs ever to Northern Ireland. The blast wounded 43 persons. Amid the blood-lolling there were signs of a slowly-swelling Protestant backlash against rtoiiun Catholic-oriented guer- rillns who seek to force lister under the rule of the neighbor- ing Irish Republic. The turmoil has claimed 255 lives in :n months. MAFirilED TO DEATH Wednesday morning, masked men marched Ptc. Tommy Flftchc-r, 43. of the Ulster De- fence Regiment from his home near Garrison, County Ferman- agh, and fired 20 machine-gun rounds at him. Three bullets smashed into his head. It uas the latest in a series o[ attacks this week by masked or hooded assassins. A part-time soldier was killed Tuesday in the hallway of bis home and a number of civilians have been wounded. The Provisional wing of Ihe outlawed Irish R e p 11 i> 11 c a n Army claimed responsibility for the militiamen's deaths, it warned that anyone in Hie North who assisted the British Army was in danger. REPORTS PLANS In London, The Daily Mail said these plans for a political initiative are in "the final stages'1 of cabinet considera- tion: relaxation of internment- without-trial under which sev- eral hundred suspected IRA op- eratives are held in detention camps. British takeover of all re- sponsibility for law and order. reorganization of the mont government to base it on community representation in- stead of elections, which the Catholic minority regard as dis- criminatory. referendum every 10 years or so on whether the peo- ple of Northern Ireland still wish to stay in the United King- dom. ;