Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Government policies attacked By GR13O McINTYHE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Opposition leader Jim Henderson charged Monday that Alberta has the most uneconomic budget in Western Canada and the government lias resorted to intimidation against those who don't go along with Conservative policies. In a wide-ranging attack on government policies in the budget debate, Mr. Henderson said Alberta alone of the (our western provinces is spending more IMs year than it's receiving in provincial up inflation, the number one problem in the country. In an hour-long speech Mr. Henderson charged that recent municipal-provincial finance reforms have un- dermined local autonomy and the democratic system. In 18 months in office, he said, the Conservatives have a long list of intimidation against individuals and groups in the Craig case, the Slave Lake affair, erosion of authority of local school, health and municipal bodies and cutbacks in assistance to the psychiatrists and fish and game association as an ex- ample to other organizations to "kesp in line." Mr. Henderson zerced in on the strong-man of the government front Minister Homer- charging that Dr. Homer has been progressive in the past year expanding the bureaucracy of his depart- ment, but conservative in improving the farm economy. The number of employees in the sericulture depart- ment has doubled in the past two years, charged Mr. Henderson. Yet the annual increase in farm income in 1972 was 14 per cent, down from 15.9 per cent the previous year, while farm earnings during the same time were up 31.6 per cent in Saskatchewan and up 21 per cent in Manitoba, Inflation is the. number one problem in Canada and yet the budget of the Alberta government is a major cause of inflation with spending increased by about 14 per cent, about twice the growth of the provincial economy. Governments across Canada are. going to stop "heating the bush for a bogey man" be it the farmer, the manufacturer or the laborer and start trimming their own budgets, he said. Government is a major cause of inflation spend- ing collectively across the country about 40 per cent of the gross national product at about twice the growth rate cf lite rest of the economy. He charged that the attitude of the Lougbeed government to "borrow their %vay into prosperity and justify this on the hypothesis of repaying the loan with inflated dollars" is clearly unsound economi- cally. The provincial government plan to take over a larger share of health, educaliwi and welfare costs this year from the municipalities is erroding local autonomy Hie cornerstone of the democratic pro- cess, said Mr. Henderson, Tlie new municipal-provincial finance arrange- ments, included in the Properly Tax Deduction Plan announced earlier (his year, includes incentive grants to municipalities vihich keep their budgets within per cent which Mr. Henderson charged will be used to intimidate local councils. "There is no doubt whatever (hat the bureaucrats are very definitely going to start Irying to tell all local authorities law to do all their business, how to do all their book-keeping, how to do this and how to do that It is inevitable." Mr Henderson spent most of his speech arguing for a full inquiry into the civil righls case of Dr of Edmonton who the claims was the subject of a police vendetta Dr' Craie was and .files on drug addicts seized by police last year because someone m the administration" considered his drag treatment programs "socially unacceptable" The irony is that the Alberta Alcoholism'and Drue Abuse Commission has since adapted the methods pioneered m Edmonton by Dr. Craig, said Mr Hen- Inside Sparse furniture, nol much heat and only a iillle companionship are oil ihal con- tribute to a spartan way of life for George Spence, 75. Mr. Spence is one of 40 men who consider Ihe Casllc Apartments in lethbridge "Ihe place" lo live. Look in Chinook, enclosed wilh today's Herald, for a report on o once, grand Southern Alberla hotel, a photo essoy of the post office lower, a research project for cold-resistanl wheat and other interesting features. Classfied 18-22 Comics 16 Comment 4, s District 3, 13 Family M, 15 Local News 12 Markets 17 Sports 8-10 Theatres 7 TV 7 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT X, HIGH WED. 50; CLOUDY, MILD. VOL. LXVI No. 84 The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 42 PAGES 'Nuns holed up Three nuns of (Ue Society of the Love of Jesus, from left, Sr. Mary Josephine Dono- van, Mary Agnes Ealon and Mary Lucy For d, have occupied kitchen of St, Mary's Priory Hospital for the aged in the Victoria suburb of Colwood In dispute with others cf the order. (See story on page ar seen as ever OTTAWA (CP) The NDP member of Parliament who ac- companied External Affairs Minister Mfcr.ell Sharp to Viet- nam returned Monday with "strong reservations about whether peace is possible and if Ihe International Commission cf Control and Supervision will work." Doug Rowland, who repre- sents the riding of Selkirk, ac- companied Mr. Sharp on his visit lo the capUals of In- dochina. He said he left with "at least a bit of hope" that peace is pos- sible and that Canada might stay lo supervise it. His opinion altered, he said, as he spoke lo officials in Saigon and Hanoi. Far from winding down "as the U.S. Mr. Rowland said, the war is .as as ever in the strategically important Mekong dolla area. His impres- sion v.ts that Mr. Sharp's view of Ihe situation has also changed. The trip, he said, was defi- nitely worthwhile and it was a "tragic error" that the Progres- sive Conservatives did not send a representative. Mr. Rowland said he is proud "of our people there." He was to :Tiake a report to the NDP caucus shortly and Family wiped out in nightmare crash would present recommenda- tions. "They will nol ba open-ended recommendations, such as stay- ing i'oi- another K> ,days or 90 he said. He would not elaborole, Init asked far time lo sort ou': the information he had gathered. OBSERVERS STALLED At Saigon, an international observer team was unable to investigate allegations of- sieges at two government mili- tary camps north of Saigon to- day because it could not get clearance from Viet Cong rep- resentatives. Meanwhile the South Viet- namese military spokesman said the situation at the Iwo be- sieged camps is "critical." The ICCS had staved off a major South Vietnamese mili- tary operalioh by ordering :m investigation into the siege of the two camps. BARRIE, Ont. (CP) Pro- vincial police today set a finaal death toll of four members of one Sun- day's chain collision of vehicles on snowswept Highway 400 near here. Eleven persons had been identified by early afternoon and identification of the last body was expected later in the day. Among seven named today were a family of four from Bra- malea, just west of Me'.roioli- Ian Toronto. They were John Johnson, about 3G; his wife, Flovence, 32, and children, Cathaline, 9, and Michael, G. The lalest from To- Ilenc Jones, 26, and David Lewis and his wife Jane, bath 30. Cpl. John Stone of the provin- cial police said a final check showed that 3S vehicles had been involved in the accident many persons injured. Some may never be identi- bones were found. Police were not even sure how many were in at least seven cars crushed beyond recognition at p.m. Sunday in a fiery wreckage as gasoline tanks ex- ploded and a Imck-trailer load of lumber over on them during a blizzard. It happened seven miles south of here on southbound Highway 400. Forty-three were 15 admitted to hospital. "These cars just melted as if they were in a melting pot- flesh and bone can't sland up ti> Barrie Coroner Dr. Wil- liam Farringlon said Monday night. Denial work, spectacles, licence records and wallets were used in some identification attempts. Body and serial nuin- bors of cars vyere checked. At Toronto, Justice Secretary George Kcrr said Monday nigiit tile Ontario government wiil launch an investigation of fie accident end particularly His pressnce cf a transport t-ailer on Highway 400 when the Lord's Day Act was in effect. Under the Lord's Day Act a truck or transport cannot drive on Canadian highways on Sun- day without specific approval from the Canadian transport commission or from provincial police. But the act is so open io interpretation that there is dis- agreement on how it should bs enforced. WHAT COUNCIL DID Monday's special city council meeting WES called lo get the ball rolling on a number of priority projects and council did just that. Among decisions taken by council were: 8 approval of Ihe mil- lion bridge lo West Lethbridge; approval of a contract wilh a Vancouver consulting firm authorizing borrowing of million to build the Can- ada Winter Games Spprtsplex and other facilities; 8 approval of the southern half of the Central School site for a 75-unit senior citizen hous- ing development. All three projects were con- sented lo unanimously by the six members of council pres- ent. Aid. Tom Ferguson and Aid. Chick Cbichesler were ab- sent. Mayor Andy Anderson is vacationing. (For dciails sec stories on Page II.) Ulster truce plan offered LONDON (CP) The British government announced today official proposals for the future of Northern Ireland in which Ulster Mill remain part of the United Kingdom and the Roman Catholic minority will be guar- anteed full civil rights. Northern Ireland is also lo get a new 80-member legislative assembly. Elections will be held as soon as possible. The plan was announced in a long-a-waited paper set- ling out the governments plans for restoring peace to violence- ridden Ulster. The new assembly (o ba elecled mil. replace the old Profestant-dominaled parlia- ment at Stormont suspended a year ago when Britain imposed direct rule. Elections will be by proportional representation. Northern Ireland's link wilh Britain will be retained as long as the majority of its 1.5 million population wishes, the paper said. This means in effect that there would be no pushing of the Pro'.eslant majority into in- voluntary union with the Catho- lic Republic of Ireland to the south. TO RETAIN POWER Utimate power over legisla- tion for Northern Ireland will remain with the British Parlia- ment, the white paper said. The long-awaKed government policy document on the future of Northern Ireland was re- leased under intense security There was no advance rotice of the publication date. This was to foil any attempt at ter- rorist bomb attacks such as those 12 days ago when ex- plosions in cenlral London cost one life and left 243 persons In- jured. The blasts were blamed on Irish extremists. Every MP was searched per- sonally and had his car screened at the House of Com- mons. There were spsaial guards on all public buildings and at air and sea ports. The British proposals are de- signed lo provide a basis for ending years of sectarian and nationalist violence which has cost 754 lives in Northei-n Ireland. TALKS pnoposrn Tlie white paper says that after the election, the Brilish government, proposes to hold a conference between representa- tives of Northern Ireland and the Irish republic. This would represent the "Irish dimension" underlined Li recent statements by both the British and Irish governments. II means a recognition that the Irish republic has a legiti- mate interest in the affairs of the northern six counties which remained under the British Crown when the rest of Ireland became independent in 1921. Such acknowledgement of the republic's right to a voice in Northern affairs seems likely to infuriate the more extremist sections of Protestant opinion. The theft that wasn't Some days nothing goss right. And Monday must have been one of those days for Alton Knapp, a Coaldale district resi- dent. At p.m. he phoned lha RCMP to report that his half- ton truck had been stolen from, his yard. Fifteen minutes later he was back on the phone, telling the Mounties it had all been a big mistake. His wife had (he truck. means money in bank for boards' By HERB Herald Staff Writer Striking teachers returned lo the bargaining table today following a five-day suspension of talks and accused trustees of having a vesled interest in keeping students out of school. More than rural teach- ers have -been on strike in Southern Alberta since March 12 when contract discussions broke down with the Southern Alberta School Authorilies As- sociation. There is still no settlement in sight. SAVING Teacher negotiator Russ Purdy said rural boards are saving a day as long as country schools remain closed "Rural trustees are adding to their excessive surpluses by an estimated minimum of each day the teacher strike continues. "In spite of the loss of pro- vincial grants, figures project- ed from the 1971 financial state- ments indicate rural boards have a vesled interest in con- linuing Ihe teacher Mr. Purdy said. He said rural trustees nor- mally operate on a minimum per day. Of that amount, has been lost in cut gov- ernment grants since the slrike beRan. Mr. Purdy said rural boards still have per day for transportation and bus driver salaries which is not being spent while schools arc closed. "This saving does not include the salaries of carelaking, sec- retarial and maintenance staff who have been laid off by Irus- tces. "Losses in local revenue are illustrated by declining sales in many rural businesses as re- ported by food Mr. Purdy said. Rill Casanova, bargaining agent for the Alberta Teachers' Association, said trustees are "nol inlcrcsled in settling the issues." SASAA chairman nay Clark said today the majority of jani- torial, secrelarial and teaching aide personnel are still being employed by rural districts. He said drivers of board-own- ed buses are not being paid dur- ing (he strike although driv- ers of private busing firms are receiving basic salary. "We're stil! willing to settle this contract. We're prepared to move if the teachers will ac- cept a 16-month basis for agree- Mr, Clark said. Talks belween the ATA and SASAA resumed at 10 a.m. to- day wilhout any now pro- posals and without any direc- tives from either the depart- ments of labor or education, GOVERNMENT ACTION Labor Minister Bert Hohol has told the legislatoe there is a possibility of forcing teachers back to work. He said teaching be considered an essen- tial service by the province. Education Minister Lou Hyndman said rural students could attend schools at Leth- bridge and Medicine Hat if they were accepted by Ihe local boards. -Mr. Hyndman's rem a rks, made in the Legislature Mon- day, contradict a ruling March .13 by the Lethbridge Public School System. Local public truslees said they will not accept rural stu- dents in city schools. They said such action would be unfair to both striking teachers and rural board members. Reg Turner, public trustee, said rural students would need transfer forms signed by th'o schools they regularly attend. The Lethbrfdge S e p arate School Division has indicated its willingness to accept rural transfers only if appH- calion is made to the board. NQN-RESIPENT FEE Lelhbridge Community Col- lege has closed its doors to rural high school students for the duration of the strike. If Lethbridge trustees re- verse their decision, Mr. Hynd- man said a non resident fee could be levied on rural students accepted in city schools. "Parents of a student living outside a jurisdiction may ap- ply lo a school board in an- other jurisdiction. It's strictly a matter of a school board to whom the application is made deciding wbelher or not they would agree to provide ser- vices. "A non resident fea might well be something to which the school board to whom the ap- plication was made might wish to have under Mr. Hyndman said. Seen and heart! About town CIT Y psychiatrist D r. Scott Angus agit a t ed during long preliminaries at recent Southern Alberta boy scouts annual meeting and banquet Jim MacXeil and getting a ride (o the Great Falls air- port in a sub compact car after their car broke down. 'Political prisoner' case opens EDMONTON (CP) Tliree cabinet ministers have lieen called to testify at a judicial in- quiry opening loday into com- plaints by Frank Joseph Ed- ward Dnvey that he became "Alhcrla's first political prison- er." Solicitor William McGillivray of Calgary says he expects to call al leasl 28 persons to tes- tify into Mr. Dr.vcy's complaint that he WES held without rea- son al the Alberla Mental Hos- pital because he hod been both- ering [be Workmen's Compen- sation Board. Labor Minister Bert Hohol, Attorney-General Merv Lcitch and llorsl Schmid. minister of culture, youth and recreaton, have been subpoenaed to appear at the inquiry. The inquiry was ordered Feb. 20 by Premier Peter Lougheed after Gordon Taylor, Social Credit MLA from Drumheller, told the legislature Mr. Davey bad bcsn picked up by police and n doctor at compensation board offices and sent to a men- tal institution. Tlie inquiry is charged determining the reasons why Mr. Davey was detained and whether there was any miscon- duct or improper acts by cabi- net ministers, government em- ployees or agenls or by agents of the Workmen's Compensa- tion. Board. It will be conducted by Chief Jur.lice .1. V. H. Milvain of the trial division of the Alberla Su- preme Court. Mr. McGillivray said Pre- mier Lougbeed, Intergovern- mental Affairs Minister Don Getty and Neil Crawford, health and social development minister, may also be called to testify. The inquiry was called after Mr. Taylor told the legislature Mr. Davey had injured bis back and had made several requests lo have his case fairly dealt with but couldn't get satisfac- tion. Mr. Taylor said Mr. Davey was sent to a mental institu- tion because he had been both- ering the Workmen's Compen- sation Hoard. House made EDMONTON (CP) One of the three men investigated by the HCMP in a controversy that has become known as "The Slave Lake Affair" will not have to tear down the house he built on erown land as orig- inally ordered, it was an- nounced Monday. Lands Minister Alan War- rack said Floyd Griesbach of Wabasca, will be permitted to exchange a lease he now holds on a residential lot for the lot on which he is actually building his house. If he does not wish fo make the exchange, his house must be tern dsnii, (he minister said. Mr. Griesbach said Sunday he believed the demolition or- der ivas the result of govern- ment embarrassment over the BCiMP investigation and "I t h i n I: they're lowering the heavy hand." Longlieecl may delay trip to Russia EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Lougheed's planned trip to Russia later this year may be postponed to 1974, a spokesman in his office said today. The premier, invited by So- viet Premier Aiexei Kosygein during the Russian leader's visit to Edmonton in 1971, plan- ned to lead a delegation to study Irade development and how Russia has developed its northern regions. Bus i n e ss pressures may force the post- ponement, the aide said. Mr. Lougheed is expected to have a "busy summer" includ- ing the Royal Visit to Calgary and a western "summit meet- ing" belween Prairie premiers and Prime Minister Tnideau. A fall session of the Alberla legislature also is'schcduled.