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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Expenditure Is Approved EDMONTON (CP) the legislature, completing its 34th day of silting Friday, approved the govern- ment's 1970-71 spending estimates of Sittings began Jan. 29 and the province's first budget was presented Friday, Feb. 13. Study of the estimates began March 5. The budget provides for borrowing while an additional will be taken from reserves to meet UK deficit caused by capital spending in excess of revenues. This is the first time Alberta has abandoned its pay-as-you-go policy. Provincial Treasurer A. 0. Aalborg came under for allowing the Alberta Liquor Control Board to impose a five-cent increase in the price of a glass of beer. Dave Russell Park) said move was "sneaky" and the government is "gouging" workers who enjoy the odd glass. He said the increase would provide an additional to the provincial coffers. Mr. Aalborg replied thai beer prices were the low- est in Canada prior to Use increase and all citizens were being deprived of extra revenue. He said hotel earnings are lower than in oilier areas of the country. Mr. Russell also was critical of government policy which prohibits liquor in the Jubilee Auditoriums in Cal- gary ar.d Edrr.onion. However, Bill Yurko Easl) said he agreed with the government policy but the method of dispensing liquor in Alberta is "archaic." Drugstores For Liquor Clarence CopHhorne (Tnd-Banff Cochrane) also agreed with the auditoriums' policy but said the govern- ment should consider allowing drugstores in small com- munities to act as agents for the liquor loard. This could result in establishment of more drug- stores in smaller Alberta centres, lie said. Acting Agriculture Minister Ray Reierson surprised Progressive Conservatives when he tabled a report on the poultry industry. Twice previously, Hugh Homer (PC Lac Sle. Anne) had tried unsuccessfully to get Uie report made public. Mr. Reierson said he was submilling the "sinister chicken report" lo prevent panic on the poultry industry caused by conservative statements inside and outside the legislature. However, the report's statistical figures were block- ed out. It was prepared by Hoy Ilernanen, an employee of Ihe agriculture department. Mr. Homer said it supported Conservative state- ments that a monopoly exists in Alberta poultry produc- tion. The report said 80 per cent of Ihe marketing quota in broilers was controlled by one firm, Alberta Poultry Marketers. The government also carce under fire from Lou Hyndman (PC Edmonton West) who said more work should ba given to private printing firms rather than the office the Queen's Printer. "This would be a golden opportunity for the gov- ernment to strike a blow for private enterprise and against growing bureaucracy." Mr. Aalborg said that during the last fiscal year Uie Queen's Printer had given private firms more than worth of printing while its own operation did worth. Office staff had increased by only 18 since 1957 while the work load during the 13-year period increased 400 per cent. Mr. Hyndman said he was skeptical of the informa- tion because it was supplied by the Queen's Printer and that an evaluation of the printing office should be made by private printing firms. Celling Lifted The government introduced legislation to eliminate the ceiling on guaranteed borrowing for feeder cattle associations. The bill would allow the minister to set Ihe maxi- mum limit for the associations but Ihe maxiiram. amount of for each individual feeder will remain the same. Mr. Reierson said the change was necessary be- cause the associations rapidly had reached the limit under the existing legislation. Mr. Reierson also told the legislature that Alberta government telephones had a total revenue of during 1069 compared with during the pre- vious year. Net income for I960 was com- pared with during 1963. AFL Members Frustrated EDMONTON (CP) More Ihan 200 Alberta Feder- ation of Labor members were frustrated and disappoint- ed at the lack of interest in their views after Irving fn mccl MfiAs and cabinet minfclcrs al the legislature Friday. Jolm McNcvin, executive secretary of the federa- tion, said al a news conference the labor conlingenl is "not too convinced the government is interested in lalwr's position." He said they were frustrated because it was not known in dclail what changes arc planned by the gov- ernment in the Labor lo be introduced ccxl week. Labor expects the changes will allow Hie establish- ment of an arliilrolion tribunal in disputes involving vital public need, Mr. MciS'cvin said Iho existing prnriiion for com- pulsory arbitration which imposes such arbitration in disputes involving life, property, or a vital public need probably will be expanded to include "any vital ser- vice or work." The federation opposes any form of compulsory ar- bitration because it results in a complete breakdown of the collective bargaining process, he said. The proposed change will provide the labor minis- ter and Ihe cabinet with wide powers lo order workers back lo work in any dispute. Court Ruling Favors Park Lease-Holders Western MPs Cheer Decision BOYLE UNDER FIRE United Mine Workers President W. A. Boyle wipes his face during an appeaiante before the Senate Labor subcommittee. Boyle was accused by chairman Harrison A. Williams Jr., D-NJ., of playing politics with union pension funds to votes in his re- eleclion campaign. The 65-year-old Boyle vehemently denied Ihe accusation in testimony before Ihe Senate panel. Mail Carriers Vote To Stay Off Jobs WASHINGTON (AP) Addi- tional walkouts by mail carriers began today as pickets lined post offices in scattered United Slates cities in defiance of back-to-work pleas by union leaders ar.d ths govejnmenl's OTTAWA (CP) Lease-hold- ers in Jasper national park drew first blood in their fight with the federal government Over perpetual leases in the parks with a Supreme Court of Canada decision Friday findir.g such two leases must be hon- ored. In the Commons, MPs from Western Canada greeted the news with cheers and sought as- surance from the government thai it will recognize the valid- ity of all pcrpelual leases in Jasper, Banff and Watelon Lakes national parks. A spokesman for Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien said the decision will have to be studied carefully be- fore any statement could ba made. For the last five years or more, Ottawa has been attempt- News Stuiis Town EDMONTON (CP) Wilfrid Alan Walker of Edmonton, a lease holder in Jasper Nation- al Park, was ecstatic Friday when he learned the Supreme Court of Canada had ruled his perpetual lease must be honor- ed hy the federal government. But he said the federal pro- posal to establish a croivn cor- poration to administer national parks "may eliminate any long- term victory." "The town is stunned Egreement to discuss wage de- ma nds. About 40 pickets appeared at the front entrance to the main post office in Crecago-the coun- trv's largest-after the local at present but there 11 be danc- union voted to strike. The pick- mpllv s'xm etirg began as the first shift of Postal Mediator Optimistic MONTREAL (CP) A me- diator appointed by the federal government to seek settlement of a labor dispute that has dis- rupted mail service here since Feb. 3 said Friday he thinks he "can sec the possibility of a few alternatives." H. Carl Goldenberg, appointed Tuesday hy the federal govern- ment, said "the information I've collected in the two days so far has given me a lot of food for thought." Meanwhile, helmeted riot po- licemen continued lo ring the main Montreal post office and mail delivery drivers crealed a bottleneck at Ihe building for (ho fifth consecutive day. G. Lapalmc Inc. poslal deliv- ery trucks were abandoned at strategic spots in the main post office, delaying mail movement to sub-stations for up to seven hours. Some tires were flashed but there were no arrests or vi- olent incidents. Despilc delays, however, a post office spokesman said most of a backlog of pieces of first-class mail was delivered Friday after independent drivers, some making double their normal trips, delivered lo sub-stations. Drivers for1 Lapalme Inc., which holds until the end of Ihis month an exclusive contract for trucking mail in Montreal, have been conducting rotating strikes and o'.lier mail-delaying activi- ties since Feb. 3, protesting an- ticipated loss of jobs when to Lapalmc contract expires. It is lo be given over to live other companies April 1. carriers scheduled to report for work. At the same time, picketing was scheduled to begin in 72 of Chicago's postal substations. In Denver, workers also voled not to report for work beginning with today's first shift ar.d, in Pittsburgh, picketing of the main post office began at 3 a.m. MST. la Detroit, however, officers of the local union voted unani- mously Friday night to return all employees to work as soon as possible. A wildcat strike had closed 22 of thai cily's 33 sub- stations. In Washington, a seeming ac- cord to halt the spreading walk- oats pending negotiations was reached Friday by postal union leaders ar.d Ihe administration. The accord was shattered when the Chicago workers voled lo strike. Postal units in Cleveland, Minneapolis, 'Milwaukee, San Francisco and four Los Angeles suburbs followed suit, voting ci- ther lo continue walkouts al- ready in effect or initiate new ones. Radomacher warned, how- ing in the streets pretty soon Mr. Walker said in an inter- view. M. E. Clark, a dry goods store operator, said: "We're really pleased. It has been a long bat- tle through the Exchequer and the Supreme Court." Bob Dow ling, Progressive, Conservative MLA for Edson- Jasper, agreed with Mr. Walk- er that the victory hy the lease- holders may be nullified. ''I'm afraid Bill C152 that would set up the corporation might make null and void the court's Mr. Bowling said. In Fort Macleod the presi- dent of the Walerton, Alia., Chamber' of Commerce, said: "Il's the best news I've had for four years." Hugh Craig said the ruling "reaffirms our faith in Can- ada's legal system in upholding the rights of individual citizens against government pressure." The Waterlon Chamber o! Commerce r.ow will concern it- self with the rights of "those who were pressured into sign- ing terminal leases on the re- newal dates." He is not certain what the im- plications of the ruling will be ing to gradually eliminate the perpelual leases which allow park residents to renew their leases for 42 years each they are due to expire. There are about 675 such leases now in effect in the West- ern Canada parks. For some time now the gov- ernment has been refusing to renew the perpetual leases and asking residents to sign new ones which call only for one more 42-year lerm. ASKS COMPENSATION Allen Sulatycky (L-Itocky a severe critic of the government's new policy to do away with long-term leases, asked in the Commons whether residents who gave up their leases under "duress'1 would get compensation. Russell Honey, parliamentary secretary to Mr. Chretien, re- peated thai Ibe government musl firsl study the judgment. Park residents have argued that they would ncl get their money back from investments in park property and that their buildings would eventually re- vert back to the Crown with no compensation when their leases expired. The 'Supreme CTjrt appeal was a test case launched by leaseholders. It revolved about the refusal of Wilfred Alan Walker and M. E. Ciark and Son Ltd. to tear up their old leases and sign new ones without the perpetual clause. A trial judge and the Ex- chequer Court both found for the leaseholders' and the govern- ment then appealed to the Su- preme Court of Canada. Mr. Justice Ronald Martland, who wrote Ihe majority reasons for the high court, said the long-term leases were issued under a 1913 statute thai clearly gave the government authority to issue them and also renew them. The government argued that renewals by Mr. Chretien were made under the 1930 National Parks Acls which did not give him authority to issue perpetual leases. MOSI1E DAYAN soviet missiles issne Israel Issues Warning From Reulers-AP JERUSALEM (CP) Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan warned Friday night that Israel would not stand idly by while new Soviet missiles'are set up in Egypt. Gen. flayan was speaking in a television interview as concern rose in Israel over reports that Russian SAM-3 grour.d-to-air missiles, particularly effective against low-flying aircraft, are being deployed around Cairo and other strategic areas. The missile buildup, described by Dayan as a threat to Israel's military control of the Suez canal zone, at the same lime generaled hope that it might persuade Washington to agree to Premier Golda Meir's re- quest for 25 more Phantom fighter-bombers and Sky- hawk jets. President Nixon is expected to announce his nuicli-delayed de- cision Monday on the request, made by Mrs. Meir during a visit to Washington last year. Trudeau Appeals To West WINNIPEG (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau told western- ers Friday night there are Ca- nadians in all regions who soT-ctimes question (he value of Confederation, and urged them to rise above feelings of aliena- tion by resolving to make the country work better. The whote of Canada is far greater than the sum of its parts, he said, and each part is richer for its membership in the federation. He and other Quebecers had once felt their problems were not receiving proper attention from Ottawa, but believed the answer by in improving the framework' of Confederation. This constructive altitude had more impact than the "vague threats of well-publicized alarm- ists" and "I am glad to say it is the attitude taken by all respon- sible individuals in the West." The prime minister made it his unity plea at a fund-raising dinner of Manitoba Liberals, telling them "there is no better way to make sure the interests of a region are known and acted upon than to send hard-working members of Parliament to Ot- tawa." Before entering the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall for the party function, the prime minis- ter had to be escorted by secu- rily guards Ihroagh 100 or so dancing, screaming demonstra- tors of many political stripes. He tried to converse with some but was drowned out by jeers and walked away with the parting shot that they were "more interested in shouting than in arguing." Mr. Trudeau told his Liberal audience western discontent seemed to involve agriculture, tariffs and freight rates. Agriculture had not received enough attention in the pist "but we are changing that." Wine Battle May Stall Common Market Talks ever, that if a settlement is not for those that have signed but reached in five days of talks, he said he is sure the decision will would call a nationwide strike, despite federal law banning slrikes by government workers. The mailmen, who now make a starting salary of a year and after 21 years, are seeking a pay scale o! 58.500 n year lo start end after five years. r.ol mark the end of the legal batlle over leases, Quake Jolts Cify SLAVONSKI BROD, Yugosla- via (AP) An earthquake jolted this industrial city of central Yugoslavia Friday. Peo- ple fled their homes in fear but neither damage nor casualties n-ere reported. Flashback: New Series Feature Builders Of South The Herald is slarting a series of profiles of South Al- berta Personalties on page five today. This scries, writ- ten by O'jr feature writer. Margaret Luckliursl. will be carried every Salui'day in-, definitely. Associate Editor, Bill Hay, iniliatcd this project as one certain lo have a great deal of inlercsl for sub- scribers of The Herald. In a scries with such an obvious historical pavor it Is natural to begin with the men who are currenlly involved in trying to preserve the history of the area in the Gait Museum. Today's profile is that of Mr. George McKillop; two weeks hence it will be Mr. Georce Watson, BRUSSELS (AP) A bailie over the free flow of Italian and West German wines across the border of France threatened today to hold up the slart of Eu- ropean Common Market nego- tiations on British membership. A free flow of Chianti wine by April 1 would have opened the way for talks between the Com- mon Market and Britain. H was Italy's condition for signing a package deal i n c 1 u d i n g the Common Market farm fviancing Communist Spy Cell Smashed SAIGON (AP) South Viet- namese police said today they have smashed a Communist spy cell in Saigon and seized 1-1 o'f its members. Hut they still are seeking two Clur.ese-lraincd spies, one a Noiili Vietnamese major. Tiic cell had oper.iled in Sai- gon since police said, "making anil exploiting con- tacts" with important Vietnam- ese and Unilcd Slates officials. LI.-C'ol. Nguyen Mau, head of the special police, said that members of the ring "even sat with U.S. senators ar.d drank al the same lable." Ho said police were led to the ceU last month by accumulated evidence of its activities, includ- 1 n g "microfilms, documents supplied by many people, pro- ceedings of Ihe National Assem- bly and other political organiza- tions, and wen war reports." system and budgetary powers for their European parliament. H o w e v e r, France, under heavy pressure from wine grow- ers who fear a flow of competi- tive Chianli, insisted that all technical details of a common nine policy by settled before Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN i rOOKING CLASS Inexpert Rhonda Cooper bravely eating her own soggy biscuits after everyone else in Ihe family had flatly rejecled them Mel Middlcton find- ir.g Albi Caiman's recipe for pizza somewhat hard lo swal- low, the crust anyway Adric Batikcr. trimming someone's long hair so it no longer blows around so much in Leliibridgc's strong wind. opening up its borders for Ital- ian and West German wines. The European Economic Community council of foreign and agricultural ministers emerged after a six-hour ses- sion early today to tell reporters that they had failed to agree but would try again April 20. Presiding Foreign Minister Pierre Harmel of Belgium said: "If we fail again on April 20, we ritk undoing that package deal, which means the farm financing system cannot lake elfect nex1 Jan. 1, because there will be in- sufficient time for national par- liaments to ratify." Diibceck Aide Expelled By Czech Reds PRAGUE (AP) Tho Czech- oslovak Communist parly has suspended the parly member- ship of its popular 1968 leader, Alexander Dubcek, and expelled from party ranks Dubcck's for- mer top aide, Josef Smrkovfky, the parly newspaper Hudo Pravo reported today, Canada Ships Wheat To Korea OTTAWA (CP) More tlian worth of Canadian wheat will be shipped to Korea under an agreement signed today by External Affairs Min- islcr Mitchell Sharp and Korean Ambassador Pil Shik Chin. The bushels be shipped to Korea from Vancouver later this mcnth. Korea plans I o use Ihe wheat as payment in kind lo workers involved in economic develop- ment prograr.is. It will also be distributed in areas damaged by floods last year. Canada has provided wheat ard wheat floirr to Korea under the World Food Program since 1905 but the largest previous shipment was in 19C5-6C when of wheat flour was sent. ;