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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Forecast Thursday in 40s MARCH 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SLC11CAS Another long pipeline fuss in the making By DAVE MelNTOSH OTTAWA CP Is another great pipeline de bate in the making A lot of people on Parliament Hill say they think Many of the ingredients that were present in the epic parliamentary pipeline clash of 1956 are visible they say such as American And there is the rich new ingredient of possible danger to the It all could add up to the greatest confrontation since 1956 when the then Liberal government used closure to push through legislation providing a fed eral loan to American financiers Texas the Opposition called complete a pipeline across Northern The Liberals reaped the political whirlwind the next year and Conservative John Diefenbaker be came prime Proposal made The cmrent situation is that the federal govern ment has made a proposalPrime Minister Trudeaus United States interests move their oil from the North Slope of Alaska to midcontinent by using a route down the Mackenzie River Valley in the North west Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien said in a speech at Tuesday that Canada welcomes foreign capital for further economic de Mr Chretien told the Commons Friday it would be possible to establish a pipeline corridor through the Arctic without hurting the interests of the Indi ans and It is taken for granted here that the major part of the estimated SI 5 billion required for a Mackenzie Valley pipeline would come front the This raises again the issue of American owner ship and on which the cabinet has not yet formed an announced There is also the environmental issue on which the government has expressed strong in relation to oil spills at sea and not inlo the land of Jobless Nixon Vietnam war is eiidin rise seen Talks coming Canada and the are soon to hold formal dis cussions on a proposal by oilmen to move oil across Alaska by pipeline from the North Slope and then by giant tanker to External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp has said sea shipments pose great risks and dangers to the British Columbia He has been supported by an allparty group of 18 MPs who have told the interior department that an ominous procession of tankers from to Washington state would sooner or later result in an oilspill A source close to the cabinet said Tuesday that at the moment Ottawas basic policy is to try to kill off the tanker route so that will have to con sider the Mackenzie Valley Sharp hinted broadly at this policy in the Commons March 4 when he said A decision to the transAlaska pipeline would leave us in a position of looking at the prob lems of alternative routes free of any A little he said I am sure that the national interests of Canada and of the United Stales would be best served if a decision were made not to build the transAlaska pipeline system and then go down the Pacific coast to Bellingham by Hard bargaining The following day Sharp indicated that bar gaining with the for a Mackenzie route will be gin fairly soon I hope we will have to give up as little as he said Up to the Conservatives have not taken a cleaily dofmed position on the pipeline paitly on the pounds that policy is not Cut Chretiens Dallas speech appears to make il plain the government would welcome a huge investment in a Mackenzie Valley pipeline Still lo IKdefined is the governments position on control of such a AfDP will fight The Ntw Democratic Party has indicated it will fight a pipeline on both American ownership and environmental Eiik Conservative MP for the has been insisting that the interests of Indians and Eskimos be H was the then the Cooperative Common wealth that began the big 1856 pipeline fight It icccnlly has been demanding a full Commons before am final government pipeline which would 1me lo he made if the ditches the proposed transAlaska prime minister when Tni clonii was on his in the Commons thcio could bo debate on the loft for an Afiican tup and Minister Arthur Lamg became acting OTTAWA CP Labor Min ister Bryce Mackasey is ex pected to introduce in the Com mons today his sweeping legis lative reform of Canadas unem ployment insurance sources suggested The based on the white paper on unemployment insur ance released by the minister last would repeal the ex isting Unemployment Insurance Art and extend coverage to all members of the work force who are not As proposed by the white benefits would be in creased to 100 a week from for an unemployed worker with a Benefits would also be paid for up to 15 weeks if employ ment is interrupted by sickness or pregnancy and to retired workers awaiting first instal ments fiom the Canada or Quebec Pension Many of the white paper pro posals have run into criticism from either business or labor spokesmen but almost all were approved by the Commons labor committee last EMPLOYERS PAY Changes are expected in the original plan to require higher premiums from any employers with a higherthanaverage lay off The legislation will likely set an individual employers layoff factor in comparison only with other firms in the same indus Maekascy has described the new plan in interviews as a major new monetary tool for the The immediate effect of the legislation will be to transfer to government ac counts the approximately million now held by tile unem ployment insurance c o m m i s The will not be able to spend the money at its own New employees covered by the plan will not pay full premiums until 1972 and the government meanwhile will have to absorb the higher benefit costs result ing from the current rate of un Government contrib u t i o n s drop sharply if the national un employment rate goes below four per cent of the work force when the plan is to be selfsus NEW YORK API The New York Times published an interview today with Presi dent Nixon quoting him as saying the Vietnam war is In I seriously doubt il we will ever have an other This is probably the very last cne Times columnist Sulz berger reported that the presi dent stressed that the United States must maintain its res ponsibilities in the warning against a course that he described as neoisolafeon The Times gave this ac count Id like o see us not end the Vietnamese war foolishly and find ourselves all alone in the Nixon I could have chosen that course my very first day in want the American people to be able to be led by or by my along a course that allows us to do what is needed to help keep the peace in this Nixon said it was irefaic that the great internation alists of the postWorld War II period have become the neo isolatiomsts of the Vietnam war period and especially of the penod accompanying the ending of that Part of the he is simply that like all are cry impatient feel that if a good thine is going to happen it should happen Nixon described himself as a deeply paci but he is not enough just to be for The point is what can we do about it The United he is in a situation whore no one who is icdlly for peace in this country can reject an American role in the of the The day the United States quits phrjmg a responsible role in the Emope 01Asia or the Middle or gives up or recedes from its efforts to maintain an ade quate defence that this will become a iLirafe world to live said PRESIDENT NIXON Controversial to be Alberta pensioners get more per month EDMONTON1 in Albertas public assistance program which will put more a month in the pockets of pensioners were an nounced Tuesday by Raymond minister of social de The changes will add to the gross income that pension ers on public assistance now receive and will guarantee re tention of their den optometric and drug bene The new policy takes effect April to coincide with an in crease in the federal old age assistance and guaranteed in come supplement to for single pensioners and 255 to married There are pensioners in Alberta now receiving old age security and guaranteed income of which 900 are in nursing homes and auxiliary The federal governments controversial white paper aisintpd Finance minister Edgar Benson said Tues CP on taxation will never be day In departing from his prepared Benson told the Kingston and Brockville Junior Chamber of Commerce the white paper generated public opinion as it was The publics views have been he We know its wants and as a result of the white paper criticism well be able to legislate better taxation a fairer system proposed income tax changes to Federal labor law overhauled Joe willing to meet Ali again NEW YORK AP Heavy weight champion Joe Frazier said today he is willing to meet Muhammad Ali in a return Ill fight lime he wants he said in a radio broadcast beamed to the BBC in Fraziers longtime manager and Yancey Yank said Tuesday that he had asked Frazier to retire now that he had accomplished all of his goals in He said that Frazier had indi cated he would accede to his Fraziers appearance in a New York studio for the over seas live broadcast was his first since Monday night when he scored a 15round decision over Ali said Tuesday that he thought he won the fight and thnt he wanted a return I will win the next Ali OTTAWA CP A legisla tive overhaul of federal labor law began in the Commons Tuesday with first reading of a bill seeking to improve employ ment conditions for more than Canadian Key features of the to amend the Canada Labor Standards include increase to an hour from effective July in the federal minimum wage with further increases to be at the discretion of the cabinet leave of 17 more if the birth is a guarantee for the mother that her or a similar will be open for her six weeks after delivery notice of up to three months of mass layoffs and two weeks notice for indi vidual workers if the employee has not himself given cause minimum of one week severance pay for workers laid off after five years with a The amendments to the Labor Standards Code incorporate some of the principal findings and recommendations of the The bill repeals the Female Employees Equal Pay crit icized by the commission as and puts the onus on the government to ensure that women workers receive as much as men for doing the same or similar Under the present Macka sey women fear repris als if they stand up for their Penalties for a conviction under the amendments include fines of up to or one year in PROVIDES PROTECTION The bill also would protection agamsl dismissal for employees whose wages have been or are about to be garni Other measures would modify provisions in the existing code would be able to claim two weeks of paid vaca tion during their first year of employment rather than at the Those leaving their jobs would be entitled to unclaimed vacation pay at a rate of four per cent of their basic holiday with pay would be provided on the working day immediately before or after New Years Christmas Dominion Day or Re membrance Day if they fall on a Sunday or a Saturday nor mally a nonworking labor minister would be able to set out regulations to ex empt certain businesses or classes of workers from the present codes provision for a maximum 48hour work Special cabinet dispensation now is required for DIRECT EFFECT LIMITED The new amendments will af fect directly the conditions only of those workers in federally regulated including communica tions and Intelprovincial truck Ths federal Is generally seen as the pattern for provincial BUSINESSMEN CRITICAL Small businessmen attacked the proposed reforms when they were introduced in on the grounds they would hamper cripple free enterprise and destroy individual enter At Calgary in Ben son ran into hoots of laughter from businessmen as he tried to explain the government stand that the recommendations would benefit many The criticism continued una bated after Benson said Tuesday night some type of tax reform will likely be made public this possibly by the end of but it will be signed to appeal to a greater segment of COMMONS WILL DISCUSS IT The proposed tax reform to be put before the Commons for de bate will not dampen Canadas economic growth and is ex pected to generate the flourish ing of small businesses Benson said he wasnt a bit shocked as to the publics reaction to the white paper nor were the few senior members of the Some day I will reveal my reaction in relation to the public but not the finance minis ter said M tax ceptable than the present sys II wont retard the growth of our nor will it frighten people out of the coun The white paper dealt mainly with redesigning the system of personal taxation in MANY CHANGES PROPOSED Businessmen objected to its proposal for a modified capital gains tax and other It ease the pressure on the poor and placed the weight of income tax on the middleincome Among the other proposals were changes in the incentives accorded new mines and oil ex ploration and development new incentives for Canadians to in vest in Canadian business and heavier withholding taxes on in comes paid to people abroad including pensions paid to Cana dians who retire and move away from Canada perma Mr Benson stressed In a crosscountry tour he wanted the proposals to be thoroughly thrashed out in a parliamentary in federalprovincial government and in gen eral public discussion before he made the final decision to intro duce new tax EXPRESSES SURPRISE pressed surprise today about the excitement generated in some quarters by his comment in Kingston that the federal white paper on tax changes will never become Ive been saying the same thing since a few months after it was published in Novem he told ill predicted the new General lOCKIlp reforms will be more ac i al SAN AP Five stabbings within 24 hours have brought the first general lockup at San Quentin state prison in two years as au thorities sought to check mount ing racial None of the stabbmffs was Prime minister Former Alberta AG named lo court iosl EDMONTON CP Lucien former Alberta at has been ap pointed a provincial The effective April was approved by order in council pub lic The position car nos a was a So cial Credit member cf the leg islature from 1935 o 1055 and he hold the attorney general from I Ml In his ro Kailior be had been minister of municipal NEW PRINCIPAL Ken neth of Saska has hccn namrd tlip new principal of the Lftli Inidgo He chosen nrr 21 oilier candi Details on page From REUTERAP CANBERRA CP John Australias plainspeak ing prime minister who has been the centre of a stcrm of controversy within his own Lib eral himself cut ot office today after a crisis meet ing of the party He was replaced as prime minister and party leader by William coun trys fiPryearold external affairs minister McMahon was sworn m by Sir Paul Hasluck at a brief ceremony later in the The decision followed a threp Iiour party meeting at which a 51jcarold former fighter faced a motion of noconfidence A secret ballot was hold and tied 33 to without Gortons He then declared he no longer had the of the party and cast his vote against himself to make it 34 to Gor ton had prune minister for three Tho crisis came to a head after former defence minister Malcolm Fraser quit his post Mondav in a row wilh Cycrton policy and the liandinm of his arnn generals Gorton was sworn in as dc GORTON fence minister replacing is not fit to hold Ihp great office of prime Era ser told the house cf representa tives before Tuesdays McMahon said he would con sult with Industry Minister Douglas ot ihp Counlry lo form a now coalition McMahon said he planned major changes m policy for In particular ha he will review the policies on the tariffs and trade and the financial relationships between the Australian states and the federal GORTON IS DEPUTY McMaiitin was reminded of the traditional antipathy be tween himself and who was elected deputy leader of I he partv a the meeting that saw him ousted as leader He has pledged his support and I am first and foremost a party McMahon replied i ion resulted faction within the Liberal party with be way he handlc1 his rahmrt and the what a newspaper in de scribed as his slightly arro impulsive onemanband shlc of The to a hfid when Fraser accusing Gorton cf dislojally to a senior minilor by not put tine a stop to a campaign by army leaders to discredit Era Leading new s p a p e r s ap plauded the higher MONTREAL CP1 Some Canadian chartered banks were huyirg the dollar Tuesday at onequarter per cent below the Canadian dollar m certain Tiie Bank of Montreal and the Royal Sank of Canada were buying the American dollar at a discount of onequarter per cent below the Canadian dollar to overthecounter cash transac tions of less than When the banks sold cur rency in cash in small theyplaced the Canadian dollar at a rate of one per cent below the In a spAesman for the Bank of Nova Scotia said h 5 bank the U dollar at a lower than the Cana dian dollar only when convert ing Canadian money to Ameri can hi small cash SMALL HEALS ONLY Both Montrealbased banks saicl trcse discounts applied onlv lo cash transactions and net to transactions involv ing c h c n u o s or telegraphic of Thu Bark Canadian National said it was discounting the dollar at per cent 01 aniouns m of tt p m TuoJa on the inter money was first tune since the dollar vas pegged r 2j coils of the dollar in K that the American dollar biaigrt l a nice below the Canadian dollar by Canadian banks The Canadian dollar was unpegged June Seen and heard About town ii e to the city wrh now tiros on his poUinc a discov 1110 spirewas at the bottom of af ter lini lb lrosi Iho was flat C man of theIvard of di r and TI of ich mco ho c I rank Smith as city ;