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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Letkbtidge Herald VOL. LXVII 84 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 22. 1974 10 Cents 28 Pages Lid's off municipal spending 8-mill tax hike 'unlikely9 here By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The government was responding to municipalities' demands to take action before their budgets were considered when it removed a ceiling on municipal spending, Dave Russell, minister of municipal affairs, said Thursday. In an interview, Mr. Russell said the province realized that because of inflation and other rising Suffield gas ''not Herald Legislature Bureau ED.MONTON No commitment for natural gas supplies from the Suffield reserve or elsewhere has been made by the government to promoters of a giant fertilizer complex proposed for near Lethbridge. Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, and Fred Peacock, minister of industry and commerce, told Bill Wyse (SC Medicine Hat-Redcliff) in the legislature Thursday no gas has been guaranteed to Alberta Amraoiua Lta..by the government. In answer to Grant Notley (NDP Spirit River- Deputy Premier Hugh Homer said the company should know the government's policy is that Alberta, fertilizer needs must be served first. It is up to the company, to approach the government. Dr. Homer said. Brinco aces take over ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Premier Frank Moores, on the verge of nationalizing Brinco, was to meet today with two of the resource exploration and development company's top executives. W. D. Mulholland, Brinco president, and Sir Val Duncan, chairman of Rio Tinto Zinc Corp. Ltd., Brinco's controlling shareholder, were to fly here from Montreal. The two apparently were hoping to halt the Newfoundland government's plan to take over Brinco, announced by Mr. Moores Thursday in the legislature. Mr Moores said a bill would be introduced, possibly today, "to vest the shares of Brinco in the province at the price of 17.07 a share." The price, increased from an original offer of 96.75. was rejected Wednesday night by Brinco. Mr. Moores said government ownership of Brinco is necessary to regain rights to untapped hydro power in Labrador. a About town Deputy mayor Vaughaa Hembroff telling a convention he was once a shop steward until the other members of the local found out his uncle was president of Canada Safeway. CUPE provincial president Les HewsoB, Red Deer, saying colder parts of the province would be glad to send Southern Alberta some winter for the 1975 Canada Games. costs, the 7-Vz per cent spending increase limit to qualify for incentive grants was unrealistic. "We were being pressed by a number of councils to give them a decision because they were getting into their he said. The limit was also hard to impose across the board when municipalities' patterns of revenues varied so widely. Mr. Russell told the legislature the ceiling would be removed retroactive to Jan. 1. He said municipalities had improved their budgetting and accounting .procedures, because of the ceiling and that local taxpayers thus benefitted. He said later he did not have a "responsible" increase that municipalities should not exceed this year in mind. Bob Clark, leader of the Social Credit opposition, said he is glad the government has "seen the error of its ways and the wisdom of our advice." Commenting on the decision, City Manager Allister Findlay said Thursday it's very unlikely the city's tax rate, will go-up eight mills even though the province has lifted the tax ceiling. "I don't think any city council wants to face an eight- mill he said. The city's preliminary 1974 operating budget calls for an 8.08 mill hike but Mr. Findlay says cuts can easily be made to bring the increase down. Until the province's announcement Thursday, the city would have been forced to reduce the increase or face losing a more-than provincial grant. One cut that can and most likely will be made in the budget is elimination'of representing nearly two mills, for Sportsplex furnishings. That expenditure can be met by the city through debenture borrowing in 1975, and appears to have been inserted in the 1974 operating budget chiefly to add weight to the city's request along with those from other municipalities, for elimination of budget ceilings and for more money from the province. Mr. Findlay, who was in Wetaskiwin Tuesday and Wednesday for a meeting of municipal administrators and provincial officials, said he was disappointed there was no indication of additional financial aid from the province. "The government is looking at 91.3 billion in additional oil and gas revenues, and here we are with our limited properly tax." he said. The province had earlier announced a 15 per cent increase in'grants to municipalities but this will mean only about more for the city. Increased debt charges and employee wage and salary hikes alone will cost the city about more this year than last. City council resumes its budget deliberations at 4 p.m. Monday. Oil price may not be set Wednesday EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed said Thursday he is not sure if he will be able to announce Alberta's new oil prices at a private federal provincial meeting next week. The meeting, with Prime Minister Trudeau and the other provincial be held in Ottawa Wednesday.-- "I'm not certain whether that (question of oil prices) fffiaW cesolved at that Mr. Lougheed iWipteJegMature. The premier said he has a preliminary report from the petroleum marketing commission on what prices should be after April 1; The meeting will focus on oil pricing, but related matters will be discussed. Mr. Lougheed told Art Dixon (SC Calgary Millican) that oil prices "will be the subject of ongoing discussions over many months, if not years." Mr. Lougheed also told the legislature the new oil royalty structure will be announced on or before April 1. The cabinet was given power through legislation last year to increase royalties which now have a 25-per- cent ceiling. Wind-whipped pedestrians Cars and pedestrians struggle through Thurs- day afternoon's snowstorm at 4th Avenue and 7th Street S. The Kenyon Field weather office reports unseasonable cold for this time of year, with the Yukon being warmer than Southern Alberta today. An Arctic ridge has produced overnight lows of zero 'and predicted afternoon highs "of 20 degrees today and 25 Saturday. Normal highs for March 22 are between 40 and 45. RICK ERVIN photo urge quota on IKS. ViX M. _...--. Anne keeps date, security tight LONDON (AP) Princess Anne and her husband made their first public appearance today since the kidnap attempt against her. Police uncovered a possible hideout where she might have been, held captive about 10 miles from Anne's home. Security measures were tightened as Anne and her husband, Capt. Mark Phillips, were driven 75 miles from Sandhurst military academy outside London to Great Somerford, his home town, keeping a longstanding date to receive wedding presents. They were married Nov. 14. The couple escaped injury Wednesday when a gunman forced their limousine to a halt ISO yards from Buckingham Palace and pumped bullets into it. Her bodyguard and three other persons were wounded. Today's wedding present re- ception at Great Somerford was set for the afternoon, but Anne and Mark were driven there in secrecy at an unannounced time during the morning. The Sun newspaper reported that Anne told a friend the gunman threatened to shoot Phillips. The Sun said the gunman tried to pull Anne from the car, grabbing her by 'one arm while Phillips held on to her by toe other arm. "I thought we were the Sun quoted Anne as saying. Official reports said the as- sailant couldn't open the locked car doors. Three pairs of handcuffs and a rambling letter demanding ransom of million for the princess were found in the assailant's rented car. Police said the motive for the attack was not political, and Hcme Secretary Roy Jenkins told the House of Commons "there is no present indication that this was other than an isolated act by an individual." By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Immediate removal of the federal government seven-cent-per- pound subsidy on cattle and adoption of a quota system on United States livestock imports have been demanded by 70 key Canadian cattlemen. A meeting of the cattlemen here Thursday, representing nine organizations from Columbia to Ontario, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to be presented to the federal government that would phase out the subsidy program and place cattle import controls at the U S.-Canadian border. The cattlemen also insisted that until the subsidy is phased out, all payments should be made directly by the federal government to producers upon receipt of an application. Payment is now made to producers by the packing plants, which are then reimbursed. Representatives at the meeting included the Western Stock Growers Association, which sponsored the meeting, the Alberta Cattle Feeders Revson killed JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) American motor racing driver Peter Revson died Friday on his way to a hospital after his car crashed at the Kyalami Circuit, the South African Press Association reported. Association, Ontario Beef Improvement Association, Unifarm beef .committee, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, British Columbia Cattlemens Association, Alberta Cattle Commission, Canadian Cattlemens Association and the Manitoba Beef Growers Association. Gordon Parke of Cache Creek, B.C., recently elected president of the Canadian Cattlemens Association, disputed claims by the government that the subsidy program was introduced after consultation with cattlemen and representatives of the meat packing industry. Eion Chisholm. president of the Western Stock Growers Association, agreed. C. R. Philips, director general of the production and marketing branch for the federal department of agriculture, told The Herald in a telephone interview Thursday morning complaints of financial burden by packing plants because they have to pay the subsidy before collecting money from the government was "a lot of bull." He said representatives of cattlemen and the Meat Packers Council of Canada have agreed to the subsidy program and all the parts, including how producers should be paid. Mr. Chisholm said federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan waited until the majority of the representatives of the Canadian Cattlemens Association had left Ottawa March 14. at the end of the group's annual meeting, before calling on industry representatives to "discuss" the beef industry problems. The representatives were to be in Mr. Whelan's office in Ottawa March 15. The calltemens' association could only muster a token representation and therefore couldn't give any official opposition to the program. Mr. Parke claims the exercise of bringing industry representatives jto Ottawa was useless anyway because "the government had already made up its mind." He said the association had hoped for some announcement during its annual meeting so it could provide some constructive reaction. Label will soon list ingredients in food OTTAWA (CP) Manufac- turers of prepackaged foods will eventually have to label James Bay camp shut MONTREAL (CP) The main construction camp of Quebec's multi-million-dollar James Bay power project remained shut down today and 100 riot police were patrolling it after more than 24 hours of worker violence forced evacuation of the labor force Reports from the development company here and representatives in northern Quebec confirmed that bulldozers were used Thursday to smash vital generators which heat the camp and cook food for the 900-man work force at the site. In Montreal, workers arriving from the site said the trouble was definitely linked to a contractor's decision to fire 30 men. their products with a complete list of ingredients under regulations announced Thursday by Consumer Affairs Minister Herb Gray. Speaking to a conference of the Retail Council of Canada shortly after the announcement, said the regulations will satisfy the right and need to know the composition of foods. Industry would make a serious mistake "if it does not begin immediately" to change its labelling practices. Deadline is March 1, 1976. Mr. Gray also announced regulations requiring date marking on all prepackaged foods with a life of 90 days or less, except fresh fruits and vegetables. The term "best before" or. in French, "meilleur avant." will be required on the label with a date after which the food is no longer expected to remain fresh. Police try to identify 'Ian Ball9 Inskto LONDON (CP) Police trying to trace the full identity of Ian Ball. 26, the mystery man charged in connection with an armed attack on Princess Aime. say they are encountering extreme difficulty. "We are finding it next to impossible to trace relatives or people who know him well." a Scotland Yard source said today, "and it is even harder to piece together his past Meanwhile, armed detectives have raided a house only a few miles from the home of the princess and her husband. Capt. Mark Phillips, at the Sandhurst Military Academy. The house, valued at the equivalent of 969.000. had been rented since March 1 by a man giving his name as van Der Fluis. The Daily Telegraph says the owner of the house has been told by police that van Der Fluis was Ian Ball. The previous occupant of the building was a Dutchman named van Der Gelder. Neighbors described the man they knew as van Der Fluis as extremely quiet and reserved. One said he lived alone and played light classical music day and night Ball, a thin, bearded, athletic-looking man. has been charged with the attempted murder of Princess Anne's police bodyguard during an armed kidnap attempt in central London late Wednesday. Tne Daily Mail says it has discovered that Ball carrying about he was arrested, despite the fact that he was unemployed. Ball, who speaks with an English accent is believed to have worked in the past as a laborer on various jobs. The Mail adds that Ball also had a dozen hand-written letters with him. including two to London legal firms. The lawyers involved say they have no knowledge of Ball and police refuse to disclose1'the contents of the documents. Dudley Palmer, who runs a London agency for holding and forwarding mail, says he be- lieves a man who gave his name as John Williams was actually Ball. Classified....... 24-28 Comics............22 Comment.......... 4 District............17 Family........ 20. 21 Joan Waterfield 6 Local News 15. 16 Markets...........23 Sports.......... 12-14 Theatres........... 7 Travel.............19 TV...........6, 9, 10 Weather........... 3 At Home.......... 8 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SAT., 25; MAINLY SUNNY ;