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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 50-55 The Lctlihruigc Herald VOL. LXV No. 79 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Constitutional solution may herald vote By DAVE McINTOSII OTTAWA (CP) A federal offer to Quebec which may herald a general election and a renewed attempt at constitutional revision was unveiled Monday by Prime Minister Trudeau. In a March S letter to Premier Robert Bourassa, tabled in the Commons, Mr. Trudeau offered Quebec the power to change, within limits, the amounts family allowance payments to Quebec residents. The limits appear firm enough to offset any pos- sible charge of the federal government catering to Que- bec demands. One is that Quebec would get no more might get Ottawa for family allowances than if the plan continued to be administered solely by the federal authority. Another is that Quebec would have to meet na- tional standards for minimum allowances. And the province would have to put up at least 15 per cent of the combined federal-provincial amount for family allowances in the province. Open lo all provinces Mr. Tmdciiu also wrote all the other premiers out- lining the offer lo Quebec and saying that it is open to all provinces. Agreement can be made with Quebec without ap- proval of any other province or provinces. Mr. Bourassa has already approved the federal of- fer and authorities here said that in effect only ad- ministrative details remain to be ironed cut, But these might lake months. Political observers said they saw the Trudeau pro- posal as a key factor in the Liberal campaign for re- election. It would naturally appeal to Quebec as, in Mr. Trudeau's words, flexible federalism without bringing on any major backlash from the other provinces. Mr. Trudeau said tlie offer may lead to a new round of constitutional talks aimed at full Canadian control of the a British an agreed formula to amend it. Mr. Trudeau's leller said thai where these and oth- ni conditions were met, (lie province could determine the amounts of monthly benefits, the levels of income at which the reduction of full benefits would lake effect and the rates of such reduction. This will mean that the provincial legislation, within the ambit of certain limits related to national standards, will determine the design of the federal pro- gram operative in the the letter added. Sidetracked, pact Quebec torpedoed a June constitutional agreement In Victoria because it did not meet the province's de- mand for increased conlrol of social security, unem- ployed insurance and health. Mr. Trudeau and his aides made it clear that after the June experience Ottawa will not press for con- stitutional reform. But would be willing lo pursue any suggestion for further constitutional review from Quebec or any other province. Authorities said agreement between Oltawa and all provinces appears close. The federal proposal to Quebec on family allow- ances has been regarded as a forerunner to introduc- tion in the Commons of family income security leg- islation. This legislation would increase payments to larger and poorer families and reduce them for the well-to-do. Officials said the legislation could appear this week. The. opposition already has promised quick passage. Lougheed's reaction The decision to allow distribution of family allow- ances according lo terms of a provincial law has im- portant implications, Premier Peter Loughecd told the Alberta legislature Monday. He said a "great deal of study and assessment" has to be made of a letter from Mr. Trudeau which appears to involve some "new directions and relation- ships" with the provinces. Mr. Ixiughecd, who tabled tho letter, said it does indicate there is "a crack in the door in the mailer of greater provincial involvement in occupational train- ing and manpower centres." "Quebec gets what it wants." That was the curt comment from Phil Gaglardi, British Columbia minister of rehabilitation and social welfare, when he learned Monday the federal govern- ment had bowed lo Quebec demands for a free hand in distributing family allowances. "Kvery lime Mr. Bourassa sneezes, Mr. Trudeau goes to wipe his said Ihe minister. Premier W. A. C. Bennelt of B.C. wasn't quite as ecstatic about the announcement, which lists certain guidelines Quebec and other provinces who wish to join must follow. Holding out his crossed fingers, he said: "Trudeau and Robert Hourassa are just like that." "Trudeau is in an awful lot of trouble and lie knows Mr. Bennett added. "He is just playing games." Browning Unemployed families ranks thill OUt evacuated BROWNING, Mont. (AP) Ten families were evacuated Monday from the east side of Browning, on the Blackloot In- dian reservation, because of high water from nearby Wil- low Creek. A Red Cross spokesman said about 70 persons were involved. Houses in the area had from one to two feet of water in them. PRESIDENT NIXON' President Nixon to visit Canada OTTAWA (CP) President and Mrs. Nixon will visit Can- ada April 13-15, Prime MinJstcr Trudeau announced today. A similar announcement was made by the White House, The Ottawa announcement said the visit will give the two leaders an opportunity to review recent developments on Ihc in- ternational .scene and to carry forward discussions on C'tmadi- nn-tiniled States relations. str MONTREAL (CP) The Na- tional Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians launched a nation-wide strike against CBC radio stations this morning and said it would last until Monday. Fred Pedneault, a spokesman for K A B A T 's headquarters here, said the strike began at !l a.m. EST and affected about 520 NABET members in alt prov- inces and Ihe Northwest Territo- ries working for CBC radio sta- tions. He said Ihe strike, latest de- velopment in protracted labor turmoil involving the corpora- lion and tlie union, was to pro- test the pace of contract talks. The Nixons will stay at Gov- ernment House as the guests oE Governor-General and Mrs. Michener. It is understood the visit is confined lo Oltawa though the details have not been worked out. Mr. Trudeau last saw Mr. Nixon in Washington in early December. They conversed mainly on trade matters and Mr. Trudeau later told report- ers he had achieved a "fantas- tic breakthrough." He described this break- through as a Nixon promise that the U.S. did not want a trade balance with Canada each and year. Since then, the U.S. has re- jected a trade package proposed by Canada and Treasury Secre- tary John Connally has said the trade imbalance with Canada must be reduced. Gerald Warren, White House press spokesman, said the visit, first promised last Slimmer, fol- lows two visits- to Washington by Trudeau since Nixon, took of- fice in January, in the spring of that year and again last Dec. 6-7. Nixon made an unofficial visit to Canada in June, 1969, during 10th anniversary celebrations of the SI. Lawrence Seaway, the two leaders meeting first at Masscna, N.V., and flying by helicopter to Montreal. Likely topics on tlie Nixon- Trudeau agenda, however, would be Ihe strained trade and economic relations, including specifics such as Canadian pol- icy toward foreign investment, the C a n a d a -U .S. automotive agreement and defence-produc- tion sharing. Informed sources here also OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment declined to an eslimaled last month, with the un- derlying Irend showing the best improvement in two years. Statistics Canada reported today the mid-February figure was down from in Janu- ary and its record peak of 000 in February last year. The unemployment rale was down lo 7.3 per cenl of the labor force, from 7.7 in January. February unemployment fig- ures are frequently the highest for the year, because of tlie harshnes of the Canadian win- ter winch puts an end to many seasonal outdoor jobs. However, this year, the siatis- tics bureau said, more jobs were taken up last month by men aged 25 and more. Women and younger workers of both sexes dropped out of the labor force, whereas there usually are increased numbers of them looking for work in February. The unemployment picture in brief, with figures showing esti- mates in thousands: Jan. Feb. 1072 1972 Labor force Employed Unemployed 627 665 075 Tlie figures showed continued growth of the labor force as a whole, up or 2.4 per cent from a year earlier. Employ- ment was up while un- employment was down by 000. Regionally, the seasonally-ad- justed figures showed improve- ment, wilh unemployment in the Atlantic provinces dropping to 7.5 per cent last month from SA in January and 10.2 in Decem- ber. The Quebec rate declined to 7.7 per cent in February from 8.2 in January and eight in De- cember. Ontario's rate declined From nEUTEIl-AP MIAMI (CP) More than two million Florida voters, emo- tionally stirred by an issue with racial overtones, cast ballots today for a field of seven candi- dates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Alabama's Gov. George Wal- lace is regarded as the runaway have inhaled in the past that To it is probable the two leaders will sign an agreement selling into motion a large-scale attack on pollution in the Great Lakes. "busing" school children as means of racially integrating public schools. PEKING (Router) Main- land China and Britain signed an agreement Monday to ex- change ambassadors and closa the British consulate on Taiwan. The agreement raised the level of diplomatic relations be- tween the two countries to em- bassy status for the -first time since the People's Republic of China was founded in Vice-Foreign Minister Chiao Kuan Hua of China and British Charge d'Affaircs John Addis signed (he agreement, climax- ing talks lasting more than a year. The appointment of Addis as ambassador was announced at tlie same time. The three-point agreement recognizes the government of Ihe People's Republic of China as the sole legal government of China. Killer slide strikes NARVIK, Norway A Norwegian soldier was kill- ed and another injured today when five military vehicles were swept off the road by a luige avalanche more than six miles long in Ihe Salangdalen Valley 37 miles north of here, police said. They could nol say immedi- ately how many vehicles were hit by the avalanche that came thundering down (lie mountainside while the vehicles were returning to base after a NATO exercise code named Cold Winter. Jet-engined Iraiii jumps the tracks MANTES-LAJOIJE, France (Reuter) A jet-engined ex- press train jumped the rails at high speed and caught fire near this town 35 miles west of Paris today, killing four persons and injuring 41, railway officials said. The derailment was the first accidenl in France involving a turbo-train, first introduced two years ago. The 10 turbo locomo. lives now nmning are all in service on the Paris-Cacn-Cher- bourg line. The adapted jet engine which powers the turbo-trains is of the same type which powers France's Alouette helicopters. See photo on page two. to 4.5 last month from 4.8 in January and five in December. The Prairie rate edged down to 4.1 in February from 4.2 in January and 4.3 in Decem- ber, and British Columbia's ralo was down to 6.5 last month from seven in January and 6.9 in December. Thrce-per-cent unemployment is generally regarded as "full employment" in Canada, though the Economic Council of Canada has said an immediate goal of 3.8 should first be achieved. Alberta budget Friday EDMONTON (CP) Tho Alberta budget, the first pre- pared by a Progressive Con- servative government, will be presented to the legislature Friday night, Provincial trea- surer Gordon Miniely said Monday. Mr. Miniely said lie start to read the budget speech at 8 p.m. MST. KING HUSSEIN full agreement BEIRUT, Lebanon CAP) King Hussein has reached a full peace agreement- with Israel, Baghdad radio reported today. Earlier the royal palace in Amman announced Hussein would make a "statement of tremendous importance" Wednesday concerning the terri- tory Israel seized from Jordan in tlia 19S7 war. The Iraqi broadcast said the agreement provides that tlie oc- cupied territory on the West ij BACK IN CANADA Convicted wife slayer Yvei Geoffrey liis new wife, the former Carmen Parent, ore shown. (AP Wirephoto) Geoffrey, bride j face courts MONTREAL (CP) Yves Geoffroy and his wife, Carmen, pleaded not guilty in sessions court today to three charges connected with his Christmas Eve fliglil from a life term in prison. Mrs. Geoffroy was released on five conditions after pleading not guilty lo proatring a false passport for Geoffroy and aid- ing his flight. Seen and heard About town T ETHBRIDGE Communi- (y College agriculture instructor Dr. H. D. Clark being cautioned during a Iward of governors meeting to watch what he says alwut his wife or it will appear in Seen and Heard George Hota claiming tlie Oldman River is three feet high and rising Ilruce Cooper en- joying an 8 a.m. coffee break before going to work. Gecffroy pleaded not guilty to escaping lawful custody. Preliminary hearing for both was set for March 21. Mrs. Geoffroy was released on condition that her father sign a bond, she lives with her parents, she informs1 the court of any change of address, her passport be turned over to po- lice and she reports every 15 days to Quebec Provincial Po- lice d e t e n t i on headquarters liere. Tiie former Carmen Parent, she married Geoffroy Dec. 24, the day he was let out of St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary on a 50-hour pass. Tho Geoffreys Bank of Ihe River Jordan, and Ihe Gaza Strip which Egypt oc- cupied before the war, will be- come an autonomous Palestin- ian state federated with Jordan in a United Arab Kingdom under Hussein's H a s h i m i I e throne. The old Arab quarter of Jeru- salem or part of it is to be the capital of (lie new Palestinian slate. Baghdad radio said. But Israels leaders have said re- peatedly Jerusalem is now a united city under Israeli rule and will never be divided again. At United Nations, mean- while, Jordanian Ambassador Abdul Hamid Sharaf denied to- day reports that a secret agree- ment has been reached between his government and Israel over the future status of the Israeli- occupied west bank of the River Jordan. The radio gave these high- lights of the agreement: of a new fed- al state under Hussein to be called the United Arab King. kingdom Is to be msde up of two autonomous states, Palestine and Jordan, each of which will have its own govern- ment for internal affairs. Palestinian government will have jurisdiction over tha entire West Bank of Jordan which Israel captured in the 1967 war and over the Gaza Strip. federal government, based in Amman, will have over-all authority on the new kingdom's foreign policy, de- fence and economic affairs. Wiretap claim spiked OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau denied Monday disappeared after the wedding that the and were arrested March 6 to S fmng ln on.Mps'fe.'- ephone calls or opening their mail. Nielsen They were returned home said he couW nol accept Mr_ Trudeau's answer because his source for information that such activities are going on is "much Barcelona, Spain, after an inter- national police search, Royal family may visit Macleod Monday after a week in Spanish jails. Yves Geoffroy was serving a life term in prison here for mur- too highly placed To be Mr. Nielsen raised the issue in Ihe Commons last Friday, while Mr. Trudeau was on a trip lo southeastern Quebec. The prime minister replied at the opening of Monday's sitting. He said Mr. Nielsen has a "clear responsibility" to turn over any evidence lie has of such activities. The government, is responsible for Ihe mails, Tho By nitKC! MrlNTYRB Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Fort Mac- leod may put on her best bib and tucker lo welcome the Royal Family in 1973 or The Alberta legislature Mon- day gave unanimous approval to an invitation to Queen F.lia greatest event in the history of liic 2.725 resident community, says Lcighlon Buckwell, Social Credit MLA for Macleod. If the Queen accepts the in- vitation, she would likely stay al Calgary or Edmonton anil conic to Macleod by plane for the day. Tlie Queen has already been rfuttn lijivmiy belli, Prince Philip and mem- invited to Canada next year lo O! t Finvnl Knmilv In nn ___: bers of the Royal Family lo join in celebrations of the for- mation 100 years ago of the Royal Canadian Mounted Po- lice. Fort Macleod, which became Ihe first home of the Mountios in Ihe country in 1874, will play a key role in celebrations lo re-enact the slory of the force. A royal visit could ba tha participate in (he 100th anni- versary of Prince Edward Is- land's joining Confederation. FOCUS ON SOUTH A royal visit could be exlen- ed lo Alberta or arranged sep- arately. Alberta government plan lo celebrate tlie RCMP Centen- nial will focus on Fort Macleod and Lelhbridge. The force was formed In 197J as Ilic Northwest Mounted Po- lice in order lo bring law and order to the western prairies. The initial orders to the force were to stop the American in- trusions over ttie border. In- dian battles and the illegal whisky trade at Fort Whoop-Up near Lethbridge. Mr. Duckwcll said II would be a 'crowning achievement' to have the Queen the sym- bolic head of the Mounties at Macleod for the celebra- tions. The community's plans aro tentative at present. They en- visage at least one major at- traction (hiring each month in the summer of and 1974, INVITATIONS SENT Invitations have been sent lo mora than former resi- dents in all parts of the world to come back for a civic birth- day parly aimed for July. an. Mr. Buckwell said 'if the Queen comes "she would prob- ably want to participate in these festivities rather than something particular for her visit." If tlie royal party cannot come, lie said, invitations wilt be sent anyway to Ihe premier and the lieutenant Governor of Alberta and the prime Minister and governor-General of Can- ada. A committee has been form- ed, with Frank Smith and Jack I.akie of tothbridge as chair- man and vice-chairman lo steer plans for the police cele- brations among southern Al- berta communities. dering his first wife in I9G9. Earlier, Geoffrey said he re- csivcd no assistance in tho planning of his and his bride's departure from Can- ada. He told his police escort dur- ing the seven hour Madrid- Montreal flight: "Never, at any time, from near or far, from inside or out- fiiile the prison walls, did any- one knowingly sssisl cither m'y wife nr myself in the escape plans." Gmffroy told a CBC reporter he "took a chance and and decided not to oppose ex- tradition frotn Spain once he was arrested. Commons Speaker has authority over the telephone system on Parliament Hill. Kegiua teachers stay away REGINA (CP) About students at four schools in the city got a half day holiday to- day as 150 teachers stayed away from morning classes as part of a rotating scries of "study sessions" to back con- tract demands, ;