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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Forecast high Wednesday 35-40. The Lethbridflc Herald ? * ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 80 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 20 PAGES The last days of Dief rule told in book By DAVE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) - Eighteen days before the 1967 Conservative leadership convention was to open, a chauffeur - driven limousine arrived at Stornoway, the Opposition leader's home in suburban Rockcliffe. It was Aug. 20, a Sunday. Mayor Jean Drapeau had come from Montreal to talk to John Diefenbaker about the possibility of succeeding him as Conservative leader. The meeting, arranged at Mr. Diefenbaker's request, lasted about two hours. About noon that day, Mr. Diefenbaker told James Johnson, the party's national director: "It's all off, it's all off." Mr. Johnston tells about this meeting in his book The Party's Over, to be published April 2 by Longman Canada Ltd. at $10. Mr. Johnston a few days later went to Montreal to try his persuasion on Mr. Drapeau. But it was Centennial Year and the mayor was having too much fun presiding over Expo. Mr. Johnston quotes Mrs. Diefenbaker as saying she was almost ready to go to Montreal herself to talk with Mr. Drapeau. A Dief loyalist He was national director of the party in the hectic "dump Dief" years which culminated in the 1967 election of Robert Stanfield as party leader. He was one of the most loyal of the Diefenbaker loyalists. At the Toronto convention, Mr. Diefenbaker asked Mr. Johnston whom he thought would win. When Mr. Johnston said Stanfield, the Old Chief said: "Stan-field, eh? He'll never be prime minister." In his fascinating account of how it looked from the inside,.Mr. Johnston maintains that Mr Diefenbaker would never have entered the 1967 leadership contest if he could have found a way out with honor. But little men had squeezed and pushed and tried to corner him. ., . . "There was no gesture, nothing that would let John Diefenbaker step out with dignity. It seemed that the party establishment was in the hands of those who were deliberately trying to humiliate him." Mr. Johnston says Dalton Camp, then party president, led the dump Dief campaign because he wanted the leadership for himself. "He's the guy he likes best," he says of Mr. Camp. Mr. Johnson writes that a Nova Scotia MP told him Mr. Stanfield entered the leadership race because otherwise Mr. Camp would have run, thus forcing Mr. Diefenbaker to run. Lost ilie war Mr. Camp won his battle to oust Mr. Diefenbaker "but the Conservative party lost the war." Mr. Johnson says that after the November, 1966, party meeting in Ottawa at which the decision was taken to hold a leadership convention, Conservative MPs loyal to Mr. Diefenbaker wanted to form their own party. There would have been enough of them so that they would have still formed the official opposition. But Mr. Diefenbaker would have none of. this, Mr. Johnston says. "The Chief said they must never split away from the party-'that would be awful'." Mr. Diefenbaker was informed while shark-fishing off Florida that another candidate had entered the leadership contest. He told Mr. Johnston: "Send him down to me. I could use him as bait." The book says William Davis now Ontario premier, might well have won the leadership in 1967. if he had run. Mr. Johnston jibes at his party in general as well a at Mr. Camp and the Camp followers. Describing one party meeting, he says: "Like good Tories, everyone was shouting at everyone else." Signals crossed In late 1966, the party caucus swept out of the national executive all the anti-Diefenbaker MPs except Gordon Fairweather, MP for Fundy-Royal. Mr. Fair-weather "was supposed to go too but the signals got mixed and he was left." Gordon Churchill, former MP for Winnipeg South Centre, said he had been in three wars: First, Second and Diefenbaker. Mr. Johnston says the Conservatives lost the 1965 election when Duff Roblin, the premier of Manitoba, declined to run in Churchill's preferred seat. Mr. Johnston generally was critical of Mr. Camp. In the 1963 election campaign when the Conservatives lost, Mr. Camp as campaign director had run the most disastrous campaign in party history. As party president later, Mr. Camp had been "inactive, unco-operative and do-nothing." Meeting Mr. Diefenbaker face to face, Mr. Camp had become so flustered be had addressed the opposition leader as "prime minister." "That's what I like to hear," Mr. Diefenbaker had said. "Keep it up." In 1968, when Mr. Camp was beaten for the second time trying to get elected to Parliament, Mr. Johnston says he had the pleasure of telephoning the news to Mr. Diefenbaker in Prince Albert. He quotes Mr. Diefenbaker as saying: "Oh, dear, 1 am overcome. I am discombobulated." Canada!$ first postal service centre launched TORONTO (CP) --At It provides the usual Canada's first postal service centre which officially opened Monday, you can buy a present as well as mail it. The centre, located in a suburban shopping mall, sells items of Canadiana in co-operation with Information Canada. It also sells government publications, a variety of Canadian art, maps and souvenirs. postal services but in a brightly colored setting with piped-in music and employees in colored uniforms. Go r do n Cunningham, director of the central Ontario postal district, said the centre, with 10 employees, has a larger staff than most other post offices because it stays open until 9 p.m. Monday to Friday. Syria, Egypt unite military commands Southern troops blow up guns From REUTER-AP KHE SANH, Vietnam (CP) -South Vietnamese troops' blew up their guns today and abandoned a strategic artillery base Bank pays bandit SUDBURY, Ont. (CP) - Paul Arthur James Lavigne, 27, of Danville, Que., about 30 miles north of Sherbrooke, was remanded to March 24 when he appeared in provincial court today to face a charge of robbing a Sudbury bank by threat of violence. The robbery Monday morning involved a bizarre bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax at a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce branch. Police said two detectives arrested a man late Monday night after stopping a bus en route to North Bay from SudburjT"and recovered more than $5,000 in large bills. At 11 a.m. Monday, bank manager C. R. Gagnon received a telephone call from a man who said a bomb in a suitcase left in the bank would be detonated by remote control unless money was left in the lobby of a nearby hotel. The money was delivered and bomb-demolition experts from Canadian Forces Base North Bay later opened a grey canvas bag found in the bank. It contained two cement blocks, but no bomb. When the forces men arrived, the suitcase was pulled out of the bank on a cord and loaded into a truck filled with sand- in Laos under heavy North Vietnamese attack, military sources here said. The sources said troops of the 1st Infantry Division left Fire Base Lolo on foot. The outpost was pounded by some 300 North Vietnamese rockets and mortar shells Monday and anti-aircraft fine in the area was intense. The Associated Press said the South Vietnamese fled from Lolo, nine miles southeast of Se-pone, because U.S. helicopters couldn't get through the antiaircraft fire to bring them artillery shells, and the base ran out of ammunition. About 1,500 men pulled out of Lolo and made a night march to Landing Zone Brown, another �ou!(h Vietnamese base five miles to the east. The South Vietnamese spiked their artillery pieces and left them behind. Immediately after the withdrawal, U.S. B-52 bombers attacked the base and the area around it. SECOND WITHDRAWAL It was the second time in four days that South Vietnamese forces, pulling back toward their own border to avoid large clashes with North Vietnamese forces, have blown up their guns in leaving a fire .base. China confirms space launch HONG KONG (Reuter) - China confirmed today that it had successfully launched a new earth satellite last March 3. Peking radio said the satellite -the second Peking has reported launching-was for scientific purposes. It said the 486-pound satellite was lofted into orbit March 3, and currently is circling the earth once every 106 minutes. BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Syria and Egypt have formed a military union which places their armed forces under a single command, Syrian President Hafez Assad announced today. Diplomatic sources here said the military union opens the way for Egypt to set up air bases in Syria from which its planes would be in easy striking distance of Israeli cities. CHARLES GARNON PIERRE VALLIERES Two labelled 'national threats' MONTREAL (CP) - Charles Gagnon and Pierre Vallieres were described at a court hearing Monday as "national threats" and the leaders of the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec. Chief Crown prosecutor Ste-pjhan Cuddihy made the accusation while opposing bail applications by the two men facing charges of seditious conspiracy and membership in the FLQ. Judge Francois Chevalier or Quebec Superior Court reserved decision until next Monday after shearing arguments. Vallieres, an author, and Gagnon, a former sociology professor, have been in prison on charges connected with terrorist activities much of the time since 1966. Vallieres was recently arraigned on several new counts, including four of counselling to murder in connection with alleged plots to kidnap Quebec politicians and judges. An application to the Supreme Court of Canada was filed on behalf of Gagnon Monday for the right to appeal a 1968 conspiracy conviction. Mr. Cuddihy's charge against the pair at the Montreal bail hearing followed argument by Gagnon that the Crown did not oppose bail for Jacques Larue-Langlois, a former radio broadcaster also charged with seditious conspiracy and FLQ membership. The prosecutor replied, however, that the men were "national threats" who should not be freed. "The real reasons for our objection are the events of October," he said. "We know that Vallieres and Gagnon are the leaders of the movement." He was referring to the kid-nappings of British envoy James Cross and forme Quebec labor minister Pierre Laporte, later found dead. Mr. Cross was released unharmed after being held 60 days. Mr. Justice Chevalier also reserved judgment until Monday on a motion by Vallieres' challenging court jurisdiction in a sedition charge laid in connection with his book Negres Blancs d'Amerique-White Negroes of America. IN LINE WITH PLAN Assad spoke of the new union in an interview with a visiting group of Egyptian correspondents in Damascus, Syria's capital. The interview was broadcast by Cairo radio and monitored here. "The Egyptian and Syrian war fronts have been united into one under the new joint command," said Assad. "We now have a military union between our two countries." The Syrian leader did not explain the exact composition and powers of the joint command but said it was in line with plans to weld Egypt, Syria, Libya and Sudan into a federation. Assad adopted a less intransigent policy on the question of peace efforts in the Middle East than the pro-Marxist Syrian government he overthrew last November. Egypt's diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful settlement with Israel have Syria's "full backing," Assad said. "Diplomaic efforts are an important element in the battle for the liberation of occupied Arab land and as such must not be ignored," he said. Assad said Syria is not hostile to the American and British peoples "but is against their governments which are totally biased agains the Arabs and in favor of Israel." JERUSALEM (Reuter) - Premier Golda Medr's government today survived two no-confidence motions in connection with her reported readiness to return to Jordan much of the Israeli-occupied west bank of the River Jordan. The 28 members of the two parties which introduced the motions in the Knesset (parliament) refused to vote after their call for a secret ballot was rejected in a stormy debate. Pandemonium broke out fn the House over the procedural issue of whether the vote should be secret, and members shouted at each other as the Spaeker appealed for order. Opposition members shouted: "This is not democracy, you are not respecting the rights of the minority." When the Speaker finally called for the vote on the no-confidence motions, opposition members stormed out of the chamber. THREE ABSTAIN Three members of the National Religious party abstained in view of the party's call for retention of the west bank, the biblical Judea and Samaria, for historical and religious reasons. Earlier, Mrs. Meir said Israel would reject any attempt to impose future borders. ers sees danger \ of third big war Escorted by two ambulances, the truck was driven slowly two miles to a city dump, with police cordoning off intersecting streets. At the dump, a fuse and a blasting cap were detonated on the suitcase but there was no explosion. The suitcase was then opened and the two cement bricks were found. tn Peking seeks toehold Indian Ocean 'When Trida leaves, will we need such a big home?' WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence sources say China is trying to lease port facilities in Ceylon, which could give Peking a strategic toehold in the Indian Ocean. The Chinese want a new port at Trincomalee to service naval and merchant ships, these sources say. Intelligence analysts expect the Ceylonese government will be receptive to the Chinese overtures, though favoring an arrangement that would limit port use to merchant craft. This report coincides with other intelligence information that the Chinese have converted a 12,000-ton cargo vessel into a missile tracking ship. American officials interpret deployment of the tracking ship as indicating Peking may be near its long awaited first full test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, using the far reaches of the Indian Ocean as a test range. Already concerned about Soviet penetration of the Indian Ocean, U.S. strategists now see the possibility of the other Communist superpower moving into an area once dominated by the British Navy but now without any major Western military presence. American officials described Trincomalee as an excellent harbor and say it potentially is one of the best military bases in Southeast Asia. It was a major British Fleet base until 1957, and now is used by Ceylon's tiny navy. The Russian navy, which began cruising the Indian Ocean more or less regularly some three years ago, has concentrated its operations in the Western part where it could influence Moslem and African nations. Seen and heard About town rf^ITY aldermen sharing a i bag of jellybeans that somehow turned up in Aid. C. W. Chichester's stack of papers, possibly as a result of a recent suggestion by him that the vending machine be switched to jellybeans . . . Fred Harshenin purchasing an old truck for fishing and hunting use, buying new licence plates and then watching somewhat in horror as the entire frame collapsed when it was placed on the hoist for a quick check. WASHINGTON (AP) - State Secretary William P. Rogers said today that failure of Middle East peace efforts could produce a very dangerous situation in the world and "possibly lead to World War III." Rogers told a news conference: "The climate has never been better for a settlement in the Middle East." But he added: "If we don't make a settlement now we're going to plant the seeds of future war." At a later point he stated this warning again. "We think that if the situation is not worked out in the reasonable future the very dangerous situation could develop and possibly lead to World War 111." DISAGREES WITH MEIR Rogers sharply disputed the Israeli policy expressed by Premier Golda Meir that Israel must base its future security on the geographical position it establishes through t. peace settlement. He urged Instead that Israel give ait least equal importance to political arrangements built around a United Nations Middle East peacekeeping force in which the United States and the other great powers would participate. Rogers refused to say that he was proposing a Middle East security treaty. But he said he was talking about a "written document" and a "contractual agreement entered into by the parties and signed, sealed and delivered." Israel's security problem which would be the heart of any Middle East peace settlement, will be a major topic in ta�s here Friday between Rogers and Israel Foreign Minister Abba Eban. ARNIE GOLFS WITH AGNEW " ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Arnold Palmer celebrated his victory in the Citrus Invitational by golfing Monday with a fain o u s duffer-Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew. Alberta area split over language BONNYVILLE, Alia. (CP) - Peaceful co-existence is turning into a cold war between some rench- and English-speaking residents1 of this farming community 160 miles northeast of Edmonton. French-speaking residents believe the English-speaking are doggedly opposed to bilingual-ism and biculturalism; the English-speaking, many of Ukrainian ancestry, feel bilingualism is being shoved down their throats. "The French came to Canada, then the English came and beat them," municipal district councillor Yeels Kry zanweki,  Cold war in Bonnyville Ukrainian-Canadian told a reporter. "I say we should keep it that way." "All we want is what the law of the country says we are entitled to have," replies town councillor Dr. Bernard Bros-seau, a French-Canalian. The two groups have lived together harmoniously for years. The majority of the townspeople are French-speaking and Roman Catholic; the majority in the surrounding rural aTea are English-speaking and Protestant. There's a possibility the Boo- nyville area may be declared a federal bilingual district, meaning that all federal services would have to be offered in both languages. French-speaking residents hope other towns and the province will follow suit. "I will move out," says municipal district councillor George Hutskal of Bonnyville, a Romanian-Canadian. "We have worked all this time together and now they want to pull us apart," said Mr. Kryzanwsit, "As long as they're putting it down our throats, I won't go for that," At the last Dominion Census in 1961, the mother tongue of 41 per cent of the population in the Bonnyville census district was English, 21 per cent Ukrainian, and 18 per cent French. Present population of Bonnyville town is approximately 1,900. "I don't know what they're' afraid of," said Dr. Jean-Paul Bugeaud, chairman of the district school board. "Some of them think a few French-speaking Canadians are trying to run the whole show. All I'm asking is they respect us for what we are-basically French-speaking and Roman catholic," Hollywood silent films star Bebe Daniels dies LONDON (AP) - Bebe Daniels, brunette star of Rio Rita and hundreds of other early Hollywood films, died today at her London apartment. She was 70 and bad lived in seclusion with her husband of nearly 41 years, actor Ben Lyon, since suffering a stroke in 1S63. She suffered another in November, developed pneumonia and was returned home from a Wimbledon hospital this month. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Frail and weak hi her last days, she nevertheless told an interviewer at her bedside a few days ago: "I'll get out of here, real soon." Miss Daniels died a week after Harold Lloyd, with whom, she made a comedy a week for four years. Their collaboration began when she was 14 and already a seasoned performer. Her success with Lloyd attracted Cecil B. de Mille, who starred her in Male and Female and Everywoman. There followed a succession of hits opposite Wallace Reid, Rudolph Valentino, Edward G. Robinson and others. Miss Daniels married the star of the classic Hell's Angels in 1930 after reports of romance with Lloyd, Valentino, John Gilbert, novelist Michael Arden, runner Charley Paddock and others, BEBE DANIELS ;