Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Pressure Amounts' for wage, price freeze By VICTOR MACK1E Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Pressure is mounting on the federal govern- ment to Invoke its contingency plan for a temporary freeze on prices and wages for two or three months, cabinet sources acknowledged Saturday. If and. when the cabinet de- cides the inflationary situation warrants such a move every possible, precaution will be taken to guard against any ad- vance leak. Acting' Minister Mit- chell Sharp told the commons Friday that 1! the gpvernment is contemplating the imposition of price and wage controls "it would be unwise" to give any advance notice of such a move. Tips in advance that the con- tingency plan was to be im- yoked for a price and wage freeze for 60 or 90 days, similar to' the program in effect last year in the United States, would result in an upward jump in prices. This would lead to in; creased pressures oti employers lor higher wages. The cabinet if and when it is ready to move will not tip its hand in announce- ment would come without warn- ing. A radio news network carried a speculative report Friday claiming the cabinet had de- cided to put the control pro- gram into effect soon, if it was determined that public reaction was favourable. This led to strong public reactTon in the west with listeners calling open- line shows commending the government for deciding to take action. Outside the house Mr. Sharp, questioned as to whether the government was going to im- pose controls shortly said: "Even if I knew I certainly would not lip the hand of the government because this would promote (lie type of inflation we arc seeking to avoid." Opposition Leader Robert Stanficld in the house Friday asked if the government was now prepared to announce the implementation of the contin- gency plan which it has said It has ready to cope with the seri- ous inflation problem. He pointed out that the year to year in- crease from February 1972 to February 1973, in the consumer price index at 5.8 per cent is the highest in 22 years. Mr. Sharp who was acting prime minister in the absence from the house ol Prime Minis- ter Pierre Trudeau who has left for a sunshine vacation in the Bahamas, made a short ono word reply to Mr. Stanfield's question. It was "No." The LetHtnridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 76 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS _ 72 PAGES Alberta, Ottawa reject Ontario gas-price plan Russell claim said nonsense By GREG McINTYHE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON To suggest there is an "under-the- table deal" between the government and mining com- panies to develop coal resources in the eastsrn rockies in Southern Alberta is "utter says the Social Credit. MLA for Pincher Creek-Crowsnest. Charlie Drain said to an interview he has been given a personal assurance by three provincial min- isters Bill Dickie of mines, Bert Hobol of iabor and Bill Yurko of the environment department that there is no mining development planned in the for- secable future for the Southern Alberta foothills. 'Mr. .Drain took aim at Waterton naturalist Andy Russell who said Thursday that earlier statement's by Mr. Drain had implied an under-the-table deal between government and the mining companies. "Unfortunately, as a mernbar of the opposition I haven't got access to the internal recesses of govern- ment, so I'm not in a position to speak with authority about any vile plots aimed at affronting the ecology and Mr. Russell that may be said Mr. Dram. Mr. Russell had objacted to Mr. Drain's comment that unless development were allowed in lire foothills, the government has led industry "down the garden path." Mr. Russell suggested that implied a deal between government and mining companies. Mr. Drain said it suggested no such thing. He pointed to the Hansard record of his speech in the legislature to clarify the situation. It quotes' Mr. Drain as saying: There are gas wells, there are logging operations and there are coal leases on wliieh millions of dollars of exploration money have been spent, "If we go the way of saying that this (the foothills region) must be saved for the birds and the bees, the. locusts and the tourists we should at least give them (mining firms) their money back with interest, because you have led them clown the garden path. "You have allowed these people to spend millions of dollars on exploration and you now say no. Well, I would say at Icasl pay them off Mi1. Drain said while there is apparently no deal to allow development, there is at least a "moral com- mitment" on the part of the government. However, with the unfavorable economic condi- tions for coal mining at present, he said, development Is unlikely for a number of years at least. Lonely engine No, this engine didn't run away from its body. It fell out of the back of a truck while the unidentified owner was on his way to work. The owner telephon- ed police to soy he would return later to pick it up. Just before noon, an acci- dent at the corner of T3lh St. and 13lh Ave. N. had passers by wondering where the train went. THREINEN IS BACK IN JAIL Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family 'It's food! We've struck 24-28 30 4, 5 3, 8 16-18 Local News 13, 1'4 Markets 22, 23 Religion 32-34 Spoils......10, 11 Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 25, HIGH SUNDAY 35; CLOUDY, SNOW David 'William Thretoen ia back in jail. After eight months in custody waiting for the disposition of a non capital murder case against him, he was released a free man Thursday when Al- berta Supreme Court Justice A. J. Cullen found him not guilty in the death of 16-year- old Angela Huemer. Almost 20 hours later at about p.m. the Regional Parole Office in Cal- gary ordered his parole sus- pended and David Threinen was back in jail. "It's commented Thretaen's lawyer, Vaughan Hcmbroff. Mr. Kembroff said that he would take whatever steps are appropriate to deal with the situation. Thretaen had almost eight more months of parole to serve to complete a three year sen- tence for armed robbery: break, enter, and theft; and possession of an offensive wea- pon. Threinen was. convicted the charges in November 1970, in Calgary. Grant Spiro, director of the Calgary regional office of the parole service, told The Herald Friday that he had ordered the suspension of Tnretaen's pa- role, saying, "we can't turn a deaf ear on the community. Until we can be sure it's safe to have Mm in we have to Jake this action." Mr. fpiiv ssij-' that the sus- pensicr, was related to the acquits! Tiurfelay, but added that'-is K :'ormal procedure when a charge is laid against i parolee, that parole be suspended so that the case may be reviewed. "The whole picture is that we don't feel good about leav- ing him in the Mr. Spiro said. On July 15, 1972, Threinen was arrested and charged with the murder of Angela Huemer who had been missing from her Ixjlhbridgc home since June 27. Her 'badly-decompos- ed body was found in a ditch near Kipp, July 14. In acquitting Threinen, tice Cullen ruled that most of the evidence presented in tha three day trial was circum- stantial, that the crown fail- ed to show a motive for the killing, and that it was not proved that Angela Huemer had. in fact, been the victim of foul play. By THE CANADIAN PRTSS Alberta and the federal gov- ernment have replied with def- lating salvos to a trial balloon on nalural gas prices sent up by Ontario. But behind the barrage of words are indications the gov- ernments will be involved in serious discussions on a serious problem: How to provide Alberta with a greater financial return on nat- ural gas produced in that prov- ince without penalizing indus- trial and home users to eastern Canada. Darcy McKeough, special as- sistant to Premier Davis, made Ontario's pitch in a speech Fri- day in Sarnia to a seminar on energy. He suggested the federal gov- ernment should pay subsidies to Alberta so that western gas could flow to other provinces "without soaking Ontario and Quebec unduly." The result would mean one price for gas used in Alberta, a second price for consumers in other provinces and a third price for gas exported to the United States. Jn 1971 Ontario used 27 per cent of all natural gas produced by Alberta. Mr. McKeough, a former provincial noted that if the price of Al- berta gas was raised by 10 cents per cubic feet it would cost Ontario consumers million a year. PRICE GOING UP What has raised Ontario's concern is Alberta's announced intention of seeking a higher well-head price for much as 15 cents per cubic feet above the 1971 aver- age price of 16 cents. Alberta Premier Lougheed has said such an increase would provide the province with an additional million annually. Gas consumers in Alberta (Seen and heard About town "PRENZIED mother Gerrie VanSantcn contusing, herself when shs put both socks on her daughter's left foot John Johansen smacking his lips over smoked eel Larry Faliy proudly displaying his car- pentry talents to Rose Mul- lock and managing to cut his finger. would get a break, however, he- cause the province would pay them a rebate. Mi-. McKeough suggested Al- berta's price increase would primarily benefit the producers, most of which are foreign- owned. But the Alberta premier re- plied that the big winners would be the people of the province. "The big winners now using cheap Alberta he said, "are foreign-owned companies in Ontario." TALKS PLANNED Later to the Alberta legisla- ture Mr, Lougheed said the pos- sibility of one gas price for Al- bertans, a second for o t h e r provinces and a third for for- eign buyers would be discussed during the next several months. The important consideration, he said, was that a reasonable portion of additional revenue re- sulting from higher prices came back to Alberta. The premier said Alberta will not sell its natural re- sources below value as a cheap luel for industry in other parts of Canada. "This is not an acceptable po- sition to Mr. Loug- heed said. Mr. Lougheed, in a prepared statement, said Mr. McKeough "does not fully understand the situation." CONSIDERS ALBERTANS "It is a matter of obtaining value for the resources owned by the people of this province not a matter of provincial revenues." "The big winners in this battle will clearly be the people of Alberta and not foreign cor- Mr. Lougheed said. "The big winners now using cheap Alberta gas are foreign- owned companies in Ontario." In Ottawa, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald rejected the Ontario idea of federal sub- sidies to Alberta for its gas con- sumed in other provinces. Mr. McKeough was not really proposing a three-price system for gas, but that "the federal government should subsidize a number of indsutries in On- tario." That wouldn't be a propel' use of federal tax revenues. The use' of Alberta nalural gas for residential purposes in Ontario increased between 1967 and 1971 by only 22 per cent, while use for Ontario's industry increased by 90 per cent. British security tightest since Second World War LONDON (AP) Britain has clamped a Ught lid on all air and sea ports, imposed the most intensive security pre- cautions at government build- ings since the Second World War and begun' a nationwide search for five terrorists be- lieved behind the London bomb- ings. Scotland Yard's special branch, reinforced by police de- tectives and intelligence agents, Ceasefire dialogue begins New York Times Service 'SAIGON LI. Gen. Tran Van Tra, chief of the Vietcong delegation to the Four Party Joint Military Commission has disclosed that the Vietcong's Provisional Revolutionary Government and the Saigon government begun dis- cussions of ,-_nt ceasefire body they are to form under the Vietnam peace accords. Tra said he had proposed that the two party commis- sion should alternate its head- quarters between the areas controlled by the two South Vietnamese sides. placed 24-hour watches on -all possible exits from the country, and every traveller leaving for Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic was being checked. Irish Republican Army sources in Belfast blamed IRA Provisional for the two bomb- ings Thursday that killed one person and injured 243 in a bliz- zard of glass and debris. But Scotland Yard said today it was not "overly impressed" by the claims and has not limited the search to rank-and-file IRA members. Intelligence officers continued their interrogation of 10 per- sons, including three young women, apprehended Thursday at Heathrow Airport as they were about to fly to Northern Ireland. Detectives said they were all suspected TRA mem- bers. Among the 10 are two sisters, Dolores and Marienne Price, identified by the IRA sources as Roman Catholic militants with connections 'M a leftist organ- ization in Ulster known as Saor Erie. The bombings came on th e same day that the people of Northern Ireland voted on whether to remain under Brit- ish rule or join the pre- dominantly Roman Catholic Irish Republic. The Catholic minority geuer- lly boycotted the balloting and, as expected, result announced Friday showed persons wanted to keep the province British while wanted to joir tbe republic. Canadian dollar threatened9 Guii fire shatters Wounded Knee WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) In the wake of another out- burst of gunfire, lawyers tor In- dians occupying Wounded Knee said they would seek a court or- der today for the removal of federal agents surrounding the village. Negotiations to bring peace to the liistoric hamlet seized 12 days ago were bogged down, but more talks were scheduled today. PARIS (Reuter) The worlds major non-Communist trading countries have given themselves another week to solve the latest monetary crisis after laying the foundations for a settlement here Friday. Their finance ministers, meet- ing- to a marathon nine-hour session to debate ways of re- storing international economic order, issued a communique saying they will reassemble here next Friday to decide on a solution to the continuing tur- moil on foreign exchange mar- kets. The spotlight now switches to Brussels where the nine Eu- ropean Common Market (EEC) finance ministers meet Sunday to decide what ths exchange- rate relations should be among their currencies. Their decision will have a crucial bearing on next Friday's meeting of the 14 countries present Friday. Canadian Finance Minister John Turner told reporters that all 14 countries had shown open- ness to the discussions and a willingness to reach a solution; "I am encouraged because it is evidence now that tha whole international monetary commu- nity recognizes that there is a responsibility for everyone to apply themselves to the crisis." WILL KEEP FLOAT Canada will let its dollar float as long as the international ex- change situation Is unstable, and "like the United States waits the collective decision of the Europeans." "It's their problem. They are going to make a decision Sun- day in Brussels and we are go- ing to analyse their decision and make our reactions known." Mr. Turner said nothing in the talks Friday threatened tha Canadian dollar which he was confident would remain "stable with the American dollar." Wants death penalty Nixon becomes WASHINGTON (Reuter) be consistent with a is col-winced of the need President Nixon outlined Supreme Court death penalty is not putting heroin pushers in today for tough new in effect, declared so long as there and keeping them to fight drug trafficking and punishment whether it can be ganized crime, and said he statute will law I will propose will heroin-trafficking legisla- drafting special legislation punishment for cases the he will send to Congress restore the death over which the hijacker, the week would require federal "Our new code will give has man who throws a to consider the dangers tougher penalties and for treason and other the convict who the community before releas- weapons in the war prison guard, the person a suspect on bail. dangerous drugs ami president was an officer of the is something they can- he said in a sixth in a scries of will know thai they may legally do now." speech. "It will rationalize messages to the their lives for any proposed legislation would present patchwork quilt of It dealt with law they a five-year minimum ishments for and drug-abuse was the closest he for selling heroin, and "It will substantially and will be followed saying which minimum of 10 years in jail current limits on special message to might invoke a major traffickers. fines and it will restrict the middle of the for those offenders with present absurd use of the to the views delivered his prior conviction for a drug sanity social theorists, I am to heroin pushers those who persist in liv- In announcing his intention that the death judges nnd off the suffering of others, it restore the death penalty, be an effective officers" who go easy require life imprisonment president said the specific parole."