Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
WINDY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY MID 50s The lethbridge Herald VOL.TiXV No. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 197: PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 4C PAGES Vegetable in trouble By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON In 1971 Southern Alberta farmers were paid to destroy 580 acres of potatoes because lack of markets for them. Doug Miller (SC Taber- Warner) said in the throne speech debate Tuesday. "We've heard the lamentable stories of the Hun- gry Thirties and how great volumes of potatoes were dumped into the ocean in (lie United States while thousands went said the MLA. "I don't know to what extent the people of Al- berta are suffering for lack of potatoes but I do feel we could have helped both the producers and the peo- ple if Albertatis were buying Alberta goods instead of Idaho, Washington or California vegetables." Mr. Miller proposed a department of industry-spon- sored advertising campaign to promote (he purchase of Alberta goods by Albcrlans. Market shrinking He said 200 employees at Vauxhall and Taher pow- dered potato producing plants hnve been notified they will be out of work soon if the market for processed potatoes does not improve. "The frozen and canned vegetable industry is shrinking En Alberta year after year there are less acres planted." The reasons given by Mr. for declining vegetable markets locally included: of packing plants, eastern products in the west, freight, rates from the east to the west, absence of Alberta labels on products. "Canada packers bought, out Alberta Canning at Magrath, Ilien stripped it of the equipment and offer- ed it for the .southern Alberta MLA "Cornwall Canning at Taher is owned by the same company, and if they continue to reduce the size we wonder if (he same fate will come to the Taber plant." Cornwall Canning was the first successful canning plant in Alberta and has operated .-without government help so fcir, he said. Mr. Miller asked (he government to act to stop the apparent, disappearance of the vegetable process- ing industry. He also said in his speech that (lie new govern- ment is on the right track in decentralizing industry. He suggested social welfare services would be more efficient if administered locally. Heated debate turned on EDMONTON' (CP) A Social Credit, opposition play was checked by Premier Peter Lougheed's Pro- gressive Conservatives early today as the time for legislature afternoon in Alberta ncared on a color tele- vision network. An opposition motion, introduced hy Gordon Taylor (SC. Drumheller) sparked a heated debate (luring the Tuesday night silling which dragged on until a.m. MST, 2li hours longer than the usual night ad- journment. It criticized the government for ''misusing public money to pay government task forces which are nothing more or less than conservative party caucus commit- tees." The motion was defeated 42-20 with NDP leader Grant Nollcy (Spirit River Fairview) voting with the Social Credit opposition in favor of the motion. During the debate 28 of the 75 members in the legislature spoke on the motion, 18 opposition members and 10 government members. Social Credit attcmpls to adjourn debate were thwarted by the shouting of government members and the parade of speakers spiralled past the usual p.m. night sitting close. Opposition leader Harry Slrom said the opposition wanted to gr> on TV with their argument but the gov- mimcnnl, apparently "convinced they can get away wilh it, bad decided otherwise." Television, begins The first live color telecast of assembly proceedings is scheduled at p.m. MST today. CFCN'-TV cam- eras were in position Tuesday night for the hour-long program which was (o be shown to 87 per cent of the province's residents on a temporary network. Mr. Taylor said every government has caucus com- mittees "hut this is the only government that has pre- sumed to pay those caucus committees expenses out of public funds." He faid the Social Credit opposition bad no objec- tion to such caucus committee because it also had them, "but don't get paid for them" "V.'e'rc not asking for pay and we Ihink the caucus committees on that side should be doing (he work under (ho indemnity which (hey already are being paid." Allierla MLAs get an annual indemnity of and an allowance of The government caucus committees are carrying out Progressive Conservative parly research, Mr. Tay- lor told the assembly. Deputy Premier Hugh Horner. in response, said the i'.ivc government was one of 43 members that was s.r.ing money by using MLAs to do studies that shape government policy anrl (hat the Social Credit party, which spent thousands of dollars on commissions when in power, was "not quite used to the idea that they now are the opposition." Premier Ixiugheed, defending the government's ac- tion, s.-'id the decision to bring the debate to "finality loniglit" was made because motives had hecii impugned. Ottawa's spending watchdog stuns Cool reception for peace plan SETTLEMENT AREA Block section on Middle East map, shows area that would turn the occupied wesl bank into an autonomous Polesiine staie federated with Jordan. (AP Wirepholo) 112 believed dead From AP-Reiiler AMMAN (CP) King Hus- sein- formaly put fonvard pro- posals today for linking the two banks of the River Jordan in a new federal kingdom. The 36-year-old king an- nounced his controversial blue- print for the future at a special meeting at the royal palace at- tended by aboui 500 Jordanian officials and leaders, represent- atives from the Israel-occupied West Bank, and reporters. The king's Aral) opponents joined in rejection of the plan, communicated to the Arab gov- ernments Tuesday. Radio and press commentators in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq charged it was the first step toward a separate pence agreement with Israel. in airline crash, DUBAI (Renter) A Danish airliner with 112 people aboard of them tourists returning from a vacation in Ceylon- crashed in a remote mountain area near the Persian Gulf late Tuesday night. A helicopter pilot who flew over the wreckage tins morning reported he saw no sign of life. Earlier, it had been reported that a survivor of (he crash, believed to be the pilot of (he Caravellc, had reached Kalha, a small fishing village. Bui it later emerged that it was the pilot of a helicopter of. the Abu Dhabi defense force, forced down by heavy rain, that bad stumbled into Kalba. Hie super Peace talks to resume PARIS (Renter) Hanoi ami (he Viet Cong agreed today (o resume the Vietnam peace talks Thursday after a three-week suspension due to a Communist walkout and a boycott by Ilia United States and South'Viet- nam. ported missing after being cleared to land at Dubai airport to Sterling Airways and was flying the holidayma'k- ers back to Copenhagen. An intensive air, sea and land search was launched at first light today. WRECK SPOTTED Wreckage of the plane was spotted by helicopters in a deAO- late area of the Musandam Pen- insula at Hie entrance to the Persian Gulf. Aboard the plane were 68 Banish passengers, 12 Norwegi- ans, 20 Swedes, four Finis and lnt> West Germans. Seen and heard About town pOUR-YEAR-OLD I) a w n Arneson helping her h a i rdresser mother, Vivian, to shampoo a customer Bill llavinga purchasing a new type of cheese, only to have bis wife and kids eat it before he did Alderman Vaughan Hembroff suggest- ing the city wait for another snowfall to cover the sand on the streets, instead of re- moving it. rides to victory 'It's aliirjhi. It s one of ours.' MIAMI (AP) The Demo- c r a 11 c presidential campaign lias been scrambled by a Flor- ida primary in which Gov. George Wallace won by a land- slide, Senator Hubert Humphrey claimed victory in second place and Senator Edmund Muskie suffered a drubbing. Humphrey, declaring himself tlie leader of (lie national Demo- crats after Tuesday's primary, said: "We now have a whole new ball game." Wallace, who rode to victory on his opposition to school bus- ing and his pledges to bear down on crime and tax tha wealthy, proclaimed he now can capture the Democratic presi- dential nomination. With his 42 per cent of the Democratic vote, lit; won 75 of the state's 81 dele- gates to the party's national convention; Humphrey won six with his 18 per cent. Twenty-two more primaries remain for contenders to test public opinion and pick up dele- .g move GEORGE WALLACE new ballganic gales before the nominating conventions tliis summer. Tlie election is Nov. 3. School "busing" was tlie top issue of Ihe Florida campaign. Voters, in a straw ballot which lias no legal effect, overwhelm- ingly registered opposition I o court-ordered school busing to achieve integration. SAN JOSE, Calif, CAP) In a stunning move, the defence and prosecution in the Angela DP vis murder-kidnap (rial ac- cepted an all-while jury of eight and fotir men Tuesday, Miss Davis, a co-coun.sci ia her OMTI defence, saiti she be- lieves "the women and men ting on the jury will put forth (heir best efforts io give me a lair trial-" The lauycrs now must select four alternate jurors for tho trial which is expected to last four to six months. Harris said each side will have four peremptory chal- lenges in the selection of alter- nates. jMiw Davis is charged with. murder, kidnap and conspiracy in the Aug. 7, 1970, Shootout at tho Marin County Civic Centre in which a judge and three other persons were killed, Although not accused of being present at tba Shootout. Alias ANGELA DAVIS all while jury Davis is accused of furnishing Uie four guns used. The Herald offers new tabloid Chinook, a. tabloid insert edition published twice month- ly, will appear in Thursday's edition of The Herald. Designed to cover extensive- ly rural and district southern Alberta, Tlie Chinook will fea- ture agricultural news, feature and human interest stories and a complete account of eco- nomic and social life in Leth- bridge's trading area. A portion of the regular edi- tion of Tlie Herald, The Chi- nook will offer businessmen in the readership area an oppor- tunity to advertise witli a mass circulation. There will 20.080 issues published for the regular paper and an additions! for alternalo distribution. Palestine guerrilla leaders agreed to set up their own gov- ernment-in-exile in retaliation, guerrilla sources said. A guer- rilla statement termed Hus- sein's proposal "a plot designed to kill the commando movement and liquidate the Palestine cause for ever." First unofficial reaction hi Is- rael was cautiously favorable. Under Hussein's plan, the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan would change its name to the United Arab Kingdom. Tlie kingdom would consist of two regions: region of Palestine, consisting of the West Bank and any other liberated Arab territo- ries whose population wished to join it, region of com- prising the East Bank area. Amman would be the capital of both the Jordan region and the federal kingdom. Jerusalem would be the capital of the Pal- estine region. feud over MAXWELL IJENDEnSON seeks freedom Clocks will go ahead April 30 EDMONTON (CP) Day- light time will go inlo effect in Alberta April SO at 2 a.m. Alberta is the last prov- ince to adopt the time change, which in essence creates an extra hour of day- light during the summer months. A 11 o r n e y-General Merv Lcitch told the legislation Tuesday Uiat the govern- ment has issued a proclama- tion in keeping with the wishes of the province's res- idents expressed in a pleb- iscite last August. M. DRURV agrees Private members a first EDMONTON (CP) An amendment to the Motor Ve- hicle Accident Claims Act be- came Ihe first private mem- ber's bill in the Alberta leg- islature to be formally accept- ed as a piece of government legislation. The amendment, introduced by Graham Harle (PC Slet- Her, became part of the gov- ernment's legislative program on a motion by Highways Min- ister Clarence Copithorne. "This is the first time in Can- ada a government has done Ibis." Mr. Copithorne said out- side the House. BULK CHANGED The legislature last week ap- proved a rule change that al- lows backbenchers to pilot gov- ernment bills through the House. The amendment provides for the appointment of an adminis- trator and allows a judge to "make any order he considers just'' in an action against the motor vehicle accident claims act. Attorney General Mcrv Lcitch introduced a bill con- taining "technical and proce- dural" amendments to the cor- oners act. A third bill introduced by tho government w o u 1 d Emend the Department of Education Act to give responsibility to the minister of advanced edu- cation for vocational and tech- nical schools or institutes. The responsibilities f o r m e r ly be- longed to Education Minister Lou Hyndman, who introduced the amendment. OTTAWA (CP) Audilor- General Maxwell Henderson stunned ttie Commons public ac- counts committee Tuesday bv suggesting that he" and C. M. Drury, treasury board president, are in general agree- ment that tiie auditor-general's office should be granted more independence from the govern- ment. Mr. Henderson and Mr. Dniry have been feuding since Mr. Drury said on television late in 1970 (hat perhaps n different kind of man should be auditor- general. Just last Thursday, Mr. Hen- derson had said in an interview that he didn't have any argu- ment against anyone in that fel- low at treasui-y board." But Tuesday, after pressing his grievances against the gov- ernment, Mr. Henderson said he and Mr, Druiy have had "some very interesting conversations" within the last few days con- cerning the need to entrench in- dependence for the auditor-gen- eral in new legislation. The 63-year-old auditor-gen- eral, responsible for screening government bookkeeping and generally exposing out-of-line expenditures, predicted that Mr. Drury "will speak very well" when he appears before the committee this Thursday. The committee sessions re- sulted from opposition criticism of government treatment of Mr. Henderson. WORK HAMPERED Mr. Henderson has com- plained that Ms work has been hampered by a government ro- classification of his senior staff in their salaries and making staff turnover more because he isn't allowed (o hire lu's own staff. He says hiring through the Public Service Commission is too slow. He stuck- to bis guns on these points throughout four hours of committee hearings Tuesday. But in the last half hour he le'ft the impression that he considers them mere symptoms of a phil- osophical flaw in the %vhole set- up. Asked what he wanted, he said: "Freedom." "Surely you realize that the auditor-general in this country can never be independent as long as government pays for his tools. "That's the point of [his whole discussion." At present tlie auditor-general is told how many staff members he may employ in a year and must recruit them through the Public Service Commission. Evidence before the comnV; (ee was that his staff limit been raised to 293 from K9 aj actual strength has goi 265 from 233. om 2oO gone Toenail operation fatal to B.C. VAN'COUVER (CP) Robert Wilfred Webster, 32-year-old father of five from suburban Richmond, died Nov. 12 after receiving an anesthetic for sur- gery on an ingrown toenail. Tlie death was described by Coroner Glen McDonald Tuesday nigiit as a surgical misadventure. Mr. McDonald found at fault (he anesthetists, Dr. D. G. Arm- strong and Dr. Elmer Tialzlaff, and Dr. n. G Tale, who was to have performed the operation, "There was insufficient physi- cal examination of the patient prior to the decision Io proceed with the coroner said. He referred to evidence at an inquest that the aneslhetisls had difficulty inserting a breathing tube in the patient's throat be- cause of a misplaced larynx. Elderly Cranbrook patient dies in hospital blaze CRAXBROOK, B.C. (CP) An elderly patient died and two others suffered burns Tuesday night when a (able around which they were sitting caught fire in Cranbrook and district hospital. One of the survivors was re- ported in critical condition while the other suffered severe leg burns. A police spokesman said the three patients wcru sitting at a table in the lounge of the hospi- tal s extended rare unit the table lop, made of linoleum, burst into flames. Tlie fire came at a time when half the unit's staff was occu- pied in another part of the hos- pital, the spokesman said. Before members of tho staff reached the table, all three had been burned and an automatic fire alarm had summoned the, fire department. The spokesman sai' (he staff helped control heat by fighting the fire with extinguishers and blankets, "but it was too laic to save an RO-year-old woman." Names of the. victims wcro being withheld.