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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THI IETHBRIDGI HttAlD - Tuesday, March 1�, 1971 Commons approves bill to continue surtax bite OTTAWA (CP) - By a want 11-vote margin, the Commons Monday approved a government bill that continues for another year a three-percent "temporary" surtax bite on personal and corporate income taxes. The vote on third and final reading squeaked by 68 to 57, with only liberals in favor. The bill, extending the tax through 1971, now goes to the Senate. By the same vote the Commons defeated a Creditiste attempt to delay third readdbg of the bill for six months. , Standing in the 264-seat Commons: liberal 151, Conservative 72, New Democrat 23, Creditiste 13, Independent 1, vacant 4. Along with extending the surtax the bill would allow manu- facturing and processing industries to value investments in machinery and structures at 115 per cent of their actual costs in writing them off their taxes. ANNOUNCED EARLIER Bom provisions were announced in Finance Minister Edgar Benson's Dec. 3 budget. The capital cost allowance is retroactive to that date. The surtax extends a measure introduced in 1966. The surtax has been renewed each year since and some opposition MPs expressed fear that it has achieved permanent status. It ran into criticism on other counts. Clifford Downey (PC-Battle River) said the surtax "only adds to the repressive state of Nixon policies dip to all-time low WASHINGTON (Reuter) -President Nixon made an unusually-lengthy television appearance Monday, projecting the image of a strong chief executive in the White House, as major opinion polls reported confidence in him and his policies had slumped to an all-time low. The president appeared in a filmed interview spread over two hours on the NBC Today show, talking about bis public image, the immunity he has Government plans new minister OTTAWA (CP) - The government will appoint a minister of state for science when Parliament passes a bill on government reorganization, Prime Minister Trudeau said Monday. Replying to J. Angus Mac-Lean (PC-Malpaque), Mr. Trudeau said he could see no reason why any other legislation would be needed to appoint a minister to co-ordinate federal government activities in set enoe. But he did note that the proposed legislation on government reorganization had been before the House for some time without much progress being made. The reorganization bill provides for the establishment of an environment department and the appointment of ministers of state for specific purposes. The legislation now is in commifctee-of-the-whole, the stage before third reading. On passing in Commons, it would go to the Senate. Tobacco ad policy to be made soon OTTAWA (CP) - The government will soon announce a policy on tobacco advertising and any possible restrictions, Helatfc Minister John Munro told the Commons Monday. He was replying to a question by Robert Muir (PC-Cape Breton-The Sydneys) who asked whether restrictions on tobacco ads would apply only to those shown on television or broadcast on radio. built up against press criticism and how his wife contributes her own strength of character to help him in his job. It was the fourth time in 12 days that the president, who has always believed the press does not give nun a square deal, has used the written media or television to defend his policies and explain his philosophy. But Nixon, who said his public image does not bother him, got some more bad news from the latest opinion poll, which said that he is failing to reach most Americans and faces a crisis of confidence among the voters as he prepares for the presidential election next year. The Louis Harris survey, copyrighted by the Chicago Tribune, said its latest poll on Nixon's ability to inspire confidence personally m the White House was four per cent "excellent," 24 per cent "pretty good," 26 per cent "only fair," 28 per cent "poor" and 18 per cent "not sure." The poll said public reaction to the over-all job he was doing was nine per cent "excellent," 34 per cent "good," 34 per cent "only fair," 20 per cent "poor" and three per cent "not sure." The survey was published a day after the same poll reported public support for the president's handling of the Vietnam war had fallen to 34 per cent from 44 per cent in the last two months. A few days previously the Gallup poll said 69 per cent of the American people believed he was not disclosing all the facts about the war. Farmer loses arm in mishap TABER (HNS) - Nephl J. Jensen, 75, of Fincastle, today was said to be in "fairly good condition" in Taber General Hospital following a farm accident Saturday afternoon in which his right arm was severed. Mr. Jensen was greasing a feed elevator bearing when his jacket sleeve was caught by a shaft collar, wrapping the sleeve around the shaft and breaking the forearm between his wrist and elbow. Mr. Jensen is a long - time director and present chairman of the Taber Irrigation District. Until last October, he served more than two decades as reeve of the MD of Taber. OPEN TONIOHT How to MAKE HAY on your INCOME TAX $ There's ohvoyi hoy making ot your nearby BLOCK of. COMPLETE fice. Trained tax men take RETURNS your dsto and bale it up fait to you have every tax deduction you've got com* Ing. Make hay now at H & R BLOCK. LIFE  >uhui tin S3S9E9K9ES9BB OVARANTtt =Jjfckfc=�==^5= Wa guarantM accural* preparation of �vcry tax return. If wa make any arrart that coit yon arty penalty or Intantt, wa will pay Hiat penolty or lattreif. ^--'-= Canada's Largest Tlx Service With Over 5000 Offices in North America 815 THIRD AYE. SOUTH 9-9 Weekday*, 9-5 Saturday - Phone 327-3713 NO APPOINTMINT NECBSARYl taxation m Canada." Canada's tax system threatened to throttle businesses. "We have gone far down the road to socialism." Even with high unemployment, those who did have Jobs often were in "really meaningless employment." There is "a great deal of featherbedding in industry," the Alberta rancher said. 8EE FEWER JOBS Increasing technology would make full employment impossible, he said. George Hees (PC-Prince Edward-Hastings) called oo the government to reduce taxes to increase consumption and stimulate employment. Public works projects funded by the government were useless in creating jobs. John Burton (NDP-Regina-East) expressed the "total[disagreement" of New Democrats with the extension of the surtax in a period of unemployment. Adrien Lambert (Creditiste- BeUechasse) said the government should grant interest-free loans to municipalities just as it does to underdeveloped foreign countries. He predicted the surtax, introduced three years ago as a temporary measure, would become a permanent fixture in the tax system. He said it would cause continued unemployment. Officer accuses officers PORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Reuter) - Lt.-Col. Anthony Herbert, saying he would not feel fit to wear the uniform" unless he did so, formally swore out charges Monday against a general and a colonel he accuses of covering up war atrocities in Vietnam. Herbert, 41, filed his charges against Maj.-Gen. John Barnes and Col. J. Ross Franklin for dereliction of duty and failing to report war crimes within the area of their command which Herbert said he had reported to them two years ago. Barnes now is assigned to the Pentagon and Franklin is senior adviser to the 21st Division of the South Vietnamese Army. The much-decorated 22-year army veteran appeared at the judge advocate-general's office at Fort Mcpherson to formally prefer charges. Asked if taking such action might jeopardize his career, Hebert said: "If you mean getting thrown out of the army, that is possible. But my career is life and I know what goes on in my own heart." DECORATED IN WAR Herbert, the most decorated non-commissioned American in the Korean War, became a battalion commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam in early 1969, where he won his fourth Silver Star and three additional Bronze Stars. He already held four Purple Hearts for wounds. Copies of the charges covering two pages were to be sent to both of the accused as well as to Robert Jordan, general counsel for Army Secretary Stanley Resor. Wedding bells for Tricia WASHINGTON (Reuter) - President Nixon will announce the engagement of his elder daughter Tricia today and the big White House social occasion promises to have a distinct Irish flavor. Visiting Prime Minister Jack Lynch of the Irish Republic will be among the guests at a St. Patrick's Eve Irish Night at the White House that will serve to celebrate the engagement as well as Mrs. Nixon's 59th birthday. Almost all Washington has known for weeks that Tricia, who has just turned 25, plans to marry Edward Cox, the 24-year-old Harvard law student she first met seven years ago on a blind date and who has been her constant escort for more than a year. The president and Mrs. Nixon are expected to say today that the young couple will be married Saturday, June 5, in the White House. DETECT OBJECTS MOSCOW (AP) - Soviet scientists experimenting with dolphins in Leningrad report the mammals' emissions of ultrasonic frequencies enable them to detect objects as small as a pichead, Taes said. Legislature Roundup Industrial incentive grants bill gets opposition support CAPTURED - North Vetnamese Cpl. Nguert Van Due, 35, sits handcuffed in tent at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, during interrogation session after being captured in the areo of Hill 31, Laos. He said that many enemy troops were killed by B52 air strikes arid tactical fighter-bomber . raids. Alderman raps Reierson in telephone negotiations EDMONTON (CP) - City Alderman Neil Crawford said Monday that provincial Telephones Minister Ray Reierson's "ill tempered outbursts and tedious lectures" made effective negotiation between the city and the province immpossible. 40 families get notice of eviction FORT VERMILION (CP) - About 40 families living in a nearby shack town have been served notice of eviction by the owners of the property. The 300 residents are Indians and Metis who have been living on the land for years. They were given 30 days notice of eviction, effective March 8. In their notice, owners w. Pritchard and J. Rosenberger of Fort Vermilion said the eviction was necessary because of their increased financial commitments and because the community is a health hazard. The Treaty Indian Association said it is planning to help relocate the families on a 48-square-mile area on an Indian reserve, 12 miles east of Fort Vermilion, 325 miles north of Edmonton. The land the 40 families currently occupy was formerly owned by a Roman Catholic Mission. Mr. Pritchard and Mr. Rosenberger bought it a few years ago. Police close school for pickpockets CAIRO (Reuter) - Police have shut down a school for pickpockets. The principal, an old woman called Sayeda el Bu-lakia, was a veteran pickpocket who had spent more than 30 years in prison. She set up the school in the basement of a derelict house in one of Cairo's most populous suburbs. Pupils were given two months tuition and then a daily wage In return for what, ever valuables they could get. The school even had a secretary who distributed prizes to distinguished scholars. But the game was up when one of the new boys turned out to be Capt. Hassan Hes-sib, a Cairo detective. The headmistress and secretary are under arrest and "scholars" now are being rounded up. The city and province have held meetings over a boundaries' dispute between the city-owned Edmonton Telephones and the provincially - owned Alberta Government Telephones. "The contribution made by the minister of telephones to these negotiations were ill-tempered and tedious lecturing of city representatives," Aid. Crawford said. The comments were contained in a news release along with two motions. One calls for the city to reiterate its stand that Edmonton Telephones be unhampered in growth to service the city. The other asks the city to make urgent representation to the province on the proposed new Power Act. introduced in the legislature Friday. The new act could restrict Edmonton Power's growth. Telephone legislation is expected to be brought down soon, again to propose boundaries on the city - owned telephone company. AH. Crawford called for a city petition on the telephones issue, authorized by council, to be the base for a plebiscite to maintain city access to all areas of the city as it grows. A special three. - member committee met Monday to study ways the city's public relations department could best fight back at the provincial actions. Also meeting Monday was the utilities committee, which was to study implications of the proposed new Power Act. However, the attitude at city hall Monday appeared modified on the power issue from that during an emergency press conference during the weekend. One senior city hall official said the power may not be nearly as restrictive as first thought. Jobless farm workers get government aid MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Presi-dent Nixon declared Florida a major disaster area Monday because of frost and freeze damage to crops and announced a $2.5 million grant to help unemployed agricultural workers. Nixon's action followed demonstrations during the weekend near his Key Biscayne residence by hundreds of migrant workers affected by crop freezes in January and February. Florida Gov. Reubin Askew had appealed to Nixon last Thursday for a declaration designating the state a disaster zone. This opened the way for financial assistance and extra food to be provided unemployed work- EDMONTON fCP) - A government bill that would provide industrial development incentive grants drew reserved support from opposition MLAs Monday but was criticised strongly by two government backbenchers. Charles Drain (SC - Pincher Creek - Crow's Nest) said he did not agree with the principle of government aiding mar' gmal industry. "I can't love this bill," be said. "I think it stinks. Silver deal sought MEXICO CITY (Reuter) -Mexico is to press for an alliance with Canada and Peru, two of the world's major silver producers, aimed at establishing a stable price for the metal on the world's markets, a Mexican government official said Monday. In a speech in the silver-mining town of Pachuca, some 75 miles north of here, Mexico's deputy minister of natural resources said the country "must make every effort possible to achieve fairer prices for silver producers." "The international price of silver has been established without taking into account the cost of its production or supply and demand," said the minister, Lute de la Pena Roth. Since Peru, Canada and Mexico produced, between them almost 50 per cent of the world's silver, joint action by the three nations "would produce a great impact," the deputy minister In Ottawa, officials said they had no detailed information on the Mexican proposal but their immediate reaction was that the United States, as the world's leading silver consumer, should be party to any silver price stability plan. World consumption of silver, strengthened by the U.S. aerospace program and photographic uses, annually outruns current world production of silver by about one-third. The price was maintained at $1.29 an ounce until mid-1967, when it could no longer be held there by U.S. authorities, and it rose to about $2.45 an ounce within a year. Lately, the U.S. government has been selling silver from its stockpile, putting the price down to approximately $1.50 to $1.85 an ounce. While stockpile selling now has stopped, officials said, the price has not risen dramatically again because of large speculative holdings being unloaded. Smallwood proud of seal hunters ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) -Premier Joseph Smallwood, aboard a vessel in the ice off Labrador to observe the seal hunt, said today "the propaganda and the nonsense and the trash being spread" about the annual hunt "is enough to turn your stomach." Mr. Smallwood, who flew Monday to the Newfoundland sealer Chesley A. Orosbie, said in a sbip-to-shore radio interview that "Newfoundlanders are not cruel. ... Newfoundlanders do not like to inflict physical pain... and to accuse them of that is an atrocious slander." The premier, who said earlier he would defend the hunt in personal representations to Prime Minister Trudeau and Fisheries Minister Jack Davis, said "I never felt prouder of our Newfoundland people than I did yesterday and today-to see these men at work." Man missing after blaze DONALDA (CP) - A man is missing and believed dead after fire destroyed a hotel in this central Alberta community. Police said hotel owner Adam Serna was awakened by his wife at 3:45 a.m. MST when she heard an explosion. The couple and their three children managed to escape but the hotel's lone occupant was not located. Police were withholding bit name. y "Anytime an Industry Is so weak it has to be funded by the taxpayer, it shouldn't come into existence." Under the legislation, the government intends to create a board which would provide loans to secondary industry in centres with fewer man 40,000 population. The maximum amount available to any enterprise will be $500,000 or one * third of the plant's total capital cost, whichever is smaller. B. P. Benoit (SC - Okotoks-High River) said "I nope that it will not be making loans in areas where private capital financing is available." Opposition Leader Peter Lougheed said the province intends to budget only $3 million for 1971  72 to finance the proposed Industrial Development Incentives Act. The bill calls for a maximum fund of $10 million. PRINCIPLE SOUND "The principle of the bill is sound and we have advocated this measure for some time but it is weak," Mr. Lougheed (PC - Calgary West) said. "We can't see this having much impact. "There is an overdue need for bold new programs for rural development." Albertans would have to look at the proposed legislation with a "great deal of skepticism." Lou Hyndman, (PC - Edmonton West) introduced legislation calling for appointment of a provincial auditor-general under a Taxpayers' Protection Act. The officer would ensure there was no waste or needless expenditures, and that all provincial accounts are properly and "faithfully' kept. The auditor - general would be responsible solely to the legislature and an annual report would be submitted. The opposition failed in at attempt to introduce ah urgent debate on proposed federal legislation on the marketing of agricultural products. House speaker A. J. Dixon told Dr. Hugh Homer (PC -Lac Sto. Anne) he was sure the government would not oppose introduction of a regular motion on the question and give it priority In debate. Mr. Horner said it was urgent the legislature forward a resolution to the federal government asking that cattle and hogs tbe exemp from he federal marketing bill, now receiving clause - by - clause study in the commons. DRUG CASES Attorney  General Edgar Gerhart told the legislature he "would not be surprised" If police used unusual procedures in cases involving drugs. Bill Dickie (PC - Calgary Glenmbre) had asked the attorney - general if be had been approached on a case of alleged police tactics in Calgary in which some students said they were being coerced into providing information on drug use in schools. Mr. Gerhart said he had not been approached on the allegations and had no personal knowledge of the circumstances. But "it would not surprise me and I do not believe it is a bad thing." The proposed Alberta Police Commission, to be introduced as a bill within two weeks, is designed partly to examine allegations of power abuse by police, Mr. Gerhart added. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES PRESENTS THE ' � �" Weather and road report qq above 19.no zero at x*,wwiraON sunrise wednesday <:41 SUNSET 6:39 H LPre Lethbridge...... 44 31   Pincher Creek ... 41 25 Waterton........ 35 24   Medicine Hat ... . 44 28 Edmonton....... 37 17 Grande Prairie ... 39 20 36 15   Calgary........ 43 26  � Victoria........ 49 29 Penticton....... 42 25 Cranbrook ...... 41 23   Prince George ... 40 24 Vancouver ...... 47 30 Saskatoon....... 32 26 Regina......... 30 25 Winnipeg....... 27 1 Toronto........ 52 33 .02 49 36 .01 Montreal....... 48 34 .10 St. John's....... 39 29 .03 Halifax......... 43 39 .03 Charlottetown ... . 45 38 .03 Fredericton ... . . 46 38 .11 New York ... . .. . 63 52 .02 71 # , Los Angeles ... . . 66 51 a  41   Honolulu..... . . 81 71 a* Rome....... . . 48 59 52 t m 50 a m 48 #- Amsterdam .... ... 45 50 9 # 41 ## Stockholm ... .. . 30 39 .. . 34 55   FORECAST Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary - Today: Snowflur-rier along the foothills. Winds W20 and gustlng to 40. Lows 15-25 above. Wednesday: Isolated snowflurrles along tbe foothills. Highs 35-40. Columbia  Kootenay-Generally sunny today and Wednesday. Highs both days in mid upper 40s. Lows tonight in mid 20s. IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT NEW and USED SYSTEMS IN STOCK ? LOW PRICES ir FINANCING ir SERVICE GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Courts Highway lethbridge, Alberta OFFICIAL AS AT 0:00 A.M. TODAY COURTESY OF AMA All highways in the Lethbridge area are bare and dry except for Highway No. 3 west where there is a section of packed snow near Crows Nest Lake. Highway No. 1, Trans-Canada, Calgary to Banff is bare and in good winter driving condition. Banff to Golden is in good driving condition with a few slippery sections. Golden to Revelstoke received from 1 to 4 inches of new snow and has been plowed and sanded. Banff-Jasper, and Banff-Radium highways are in good driving condition. Creston to Salmo received 7 inches new snow, and has been plowed and sanded. Motorists are advised to watch for blr.ck ice, fallen rock, and men and equipment working. PORTS OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing Times): Courts 24 hours: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST, Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Rooseville, B.C. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate, b.C., 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m. to midnight. Chief Mountain closed. Wiktbom, 8 a.m. to S p.tn, ;