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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY NEAR -10. The lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 8ft USTIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES m-egg trouble spots EDMONTON (CP) It is becoming apparent thai Alberta's golden-egg economy is "little more than gold- Fred Peacock, minister of industry and com- merce, told the legislature Thursday night. Mr. Peacock, in a budget-debate speech, said the buoyancy of agriculture and the large contribution of petroleum to the provincial treasury had created a false sense of economic security. There are still a number of bright spots in Iho Alberta economy, he said, such as the construction in- dustry, manufacturing shipments, labor income and re- tail sales. But trouble spots had appeared. Ileserves of oil and natural gas had dropped, the primary metal indus- try had declined and only eight per cent of the prov- ince's labor force was employed in primary and sec- ondary industry. "Our economy was kept afloat by mineral exploi- tation, service industries, retail merchandising and a demand for housing and institutional and office acco- mmodation. "What will our balance sheet record in future years if our minerals are depleted, our construction demand satisfied and our retail sales What the province needs, Mr. Peacock said, is an expanded base of industrial acitivity with the accent on job creation. Opportunity hind A start toward Lliis objective win he made this year with introduction of the Alberta Opportunity Fund a ?Dfl-milliori program to provide capital loans to small industries, particularly those located in rural areas, Mr. Peacock said the hind, which will start off with a JtS-million injection this year, will provide moro access to risk capital and encourage commercial ven- tures thai offer a high degree of job opportunity in relation to capital investment. In its industrial thrust, the province's new Pro- gressive Conservative government would aim at a greater degree of research and development and pro- mote Alberta products ami services to improve their marketing and export potential. Tourists facilities and student business enterprises tvould be eligible for loans. In the area of marketing, Mr. Peacock said the province establish foreign offices and supplement them trade missions and trade fairs Meanwhile, Alberta had joined with other provin- cial governments in the West in a common assault on obstacles to economic growth. The next meeting of western provincial ministers of industry will be held in the province later this year. Mr. Peacock said the new government welcomes foreign investment, insisting only diet foreign interests perform as good corporate citizens in the best inter- ests of Albertans. He said Alberta must look toward the development of large petroctiemical projects, which will result in con- siderably expanded processing and manufacturing in the province. The government's target was to have 60 per cent of exported products from primary industry and 40 per cent from secondaiy industry. Foster homes for prisoners -aged would babysit OTTAWA (CP) Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer's proposal that elderly couples might provide a Fort of foster home for men about to be released from federal prisons drew ironic comment in the Commons Thursday. Barry Mather said it might be un- fair to prisoners to expect them to live like old-age pensioners. Few pensioners could afford (he food served in federal prisons, he suggested. Former prime minister John Diefcnbaker said Ihe Idea lias caused "cmisternalion in tlw hearts of old people" and driven some lo Ihe emergency wards of hospitals. Mr. Diefcnbaker, who didn't specify how many suf- fered tiiis reaction, asked whether pensioners will be pressed into taking inprisoncrs. Mr. Goyer said (he idea, broached by him earlier this week in n speech in Kdmonton. has been misin- terpreted, giving some1 elderly people the idea their pension cheques will be stopped if they refused to board prisoners. Illness unnecessary There is no need for anyone to become ill, he said. Any such program will tic purely voluntary and no one would forced to lake part. The idea is simply to provide "a warm, welcoming home" for men who had never had one and are about to he released from prison. Prisoners would five wiUi an elderly couple, going out to work during the riay and returning home at night. In Kdmonton, Mr. (Joy or said (lie proposal would heneril. prisoners by adding lo their income. Mr. Malhcr, in n loiter lo Mr. Goycr, said tho Manrlard of in jKmtontiaries ''is n great, rloal trr Mian hi tho homcvs of a great many oUt-aga pensioners. If convirks nre to live with old-ape pen- sioners, it seems to me that provision must be made to supply them, if not the pensioners, with at least tho same standard of meals million workers they collectively represent. They supported their case the 0.5-per-ccnt increase last month in the cost of living. This was due largely to a whop- ping two-per-cent jump in the price of meat and other food- largest monthly gro- cery price rise in 14 years. George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO, who quit the Pay Board on Wednesday, said the increase shows that the presi- dent's price control program is a sham. IVAGES DOWN "While prices arn, going he said, "workers' wages are being held down.1' Three more labor leaders left the board Thursday. Originally, it was conceived as a 15-mem- ber group with five members from the public sector, five from business and five from labor, Now, it will be reconstructed as a seven-member predomi- n a n 11 y ''pubic" only one representative from labor and one from business. The White House refused to be daunted either by labor re- buff or by the cost-of-living in- crease. In a lough statement, aimed directly at Meany and at the voters in next November's gen- eral election, President Nixon said his anli-inflation program will continue with rules and reg- ulations unchanged. "This is a fight to the he said, "and with the support of the American people we will win it." The labor men who joined Meany in bis walkout were I. W. Abell, president of the Steel- workers union; Floyd Smith, president of the Machinists union, and Leonard Woodcock, president of I he United Auto Workers, who announced his de- parture Thursday in Detroit, The lone labor union repre- sentative on the wage board is Frank Fitzsimmons, presi- dent of the million-strong Teamsters union. seizes uis Heath dismantles 50 years of Protestant domination LONDON (CP) Britain braced itself for more trouble in Northern Ireland as Prime Min- ister Edward Heath dismantled SO years of Protestant rule with the proposed transfer of Ulster power to Westminster. As the even-voiced British leader announced today his mo- mentous decision to a solemn House of Commons, the army disclosed that another troops are being placed on alert to augment the already in Ulster, apparently fearing a Protestant backlash. Ulster Prime Minister Brian Faulkner, beleaguered by Irish Republican Army terrorism since he took office a year ago, refused to support Heath's deci- sion after summit talks. Faulk- ner and his cabinet resign next week when implementing British legislation is given ex- pected quick debate and ap- proval In tlie British Commons. Seeking to end the violence and reconcile Protestants and Roman Catholics in the six counties, Heath announced re- lease of Ulster terrorists over an extended period, control of Ulster administration by a Brit- ish cabinet minister and peri- odic plebiscites lo decide whether Ulstermen still want to remain part of the United King- dom. His plan won the immediate approval of Opposition Leader Harold Wilson, All political parties in Dublin welcomed the decision, but the militant Provisional wing of the IRA, which has battered Ulster with bombs and guns, said it was not good enough. REJECT PLAN Military operations will con- tinue until Heath agrees to with- draw all British troops from Northern Ireland and all politi- cal prisoners are released, the Provisional said. The official wing of the IRA also rejected direct rule by Lon- don. The Dublin cabinet went into emergency session to Heath's move. Prime Minister Jack Lynch of the Republic of Ireland called the British move "a step for- ward in seeking a lasting solu- tion" to the Irish problem. But Sean MacSUofain, chief o[ staff of the Provisional, said British takeover "will only bring us into an even more di- rect conflict with the British Army." In the North, political leaders of the minority Catholics met irs secret session to consider the Heath plan. One of the leaders, Gerry Fitt, said it merits most serious examination. MARCH IN PROTEST But more than Belfast ship workers, all Protestants, downed tools and inarched to the city centre in protest. Some, asked for comment, said Heath was surrendering to IRA mur- derers. Rev. Ian Paisley, a Protestant extremist and Westminster MP, said Heath should have pressed military action against the IRA. He considered Heath's mea- sures "a halfway house." But he urged that Ulster Protestants "us their heads and not their fists." William Craig, former Ulster cabinet minister and head of the newly-formed Protestant Van- guards, said it was time for ac- tion and not words. "We would Craig said. "1 cannot exclude the possibility of violence." But Faulkner pleaded with his people to remain calm and ig- nore the voice of extremists. Heath, in his announcement, Seen and heard About town M MATES Barry Hornburgor and I) o n g -Borthwick each claiming the next party for his apartment Youthful .Tim Frcol Sr. displaying the puck he caught at the junior hockey game Ken Koslimnn. "popping'1 over to a friends place with some pop corn and then cracking a "corny" joko about it. Mo Riisling un- r.ble to gcf out of his low car following a first skiing ex- pedition. 'If I were in Paris I wouldn't hurry Govt. won't create park at Suffield By GKEG MclNTYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Minister of Lands and Forests Allan War- rack told the legislature Thurs- day the Alberta government does not plan to create a pro- vincial park near Stiffield, west of Medicine Hat. The land under federal jurisdiction will be the site of British army and tank ina- noeuvers starting in .June. Eruironment Minister Bill Yurko said the gov- ernment will have an adviser- observer at the site to see that archeological and sens itivo ecological areas are not dam- aged. Both ministers were replying tc questions from Walt Buck- ISC Clover Mr. Yurko said the federal government has assured Mm that certain areas will not tie used in the army majioeuvers. Angry students turn on Trudeau Sandwich thrown during Kitchener visit TORONTO fCP) Primo Minister Trudeau began his two-day southern Ontario trip Thursday with words of toler- ance, but met student anger along with the applause. In Kitchener, as Mr. Tnideau extolled to high school students and TJIxT.nls the value of cul- tural diversity in Canada, a of 2Cfl KturEcnl.s scuffled with police in a demonstration 111 which one man was knocked flown by police and another ar- rested for assault inR a police- man and causing n disturbance. It was the first stop on Mr. Trudeau's tour, which took him later to a public meeting in tho Toronto suburb of Scarborough, The tour continued today with n Canadian Jewish Congress luncheon, a multi-cultural re- ception and a television op cm- line program in Hamilton lo- nifihl. The Kitchener demonstration centred at the hotel where the prime minister joined several hundred card-carrying Liberals at a reception. He saw the demonstrators briefly as he entered the hotel after his question period with the high school students. ho emerged an liour later, pickets wore shouting for repeal of abortion laws, and "jobs, not and band- ing out leaflets, urging demon- strations against thf April n visil of President, Nixon fr> Ot- tawa. The prime minister listened to the chants for a moment, ges- tured impatience, and entered his car which slowly penetrated the crowd. In the course of cvenls at the hotel he had a sandwich Ihrown a', another dcmoastrator smeared a bolo- pna-and-mustard sandwich on Uw windshield of one of tfic oars in the prime minister's motor- cade. At the Scarborough meeting, he was also met by pickets- representing CDC technicians now in a contract dispute with the Crown corporation. Mr. Tnideau told Ihe audience the pickets were formed against reporters covering the meeling, not him. T h a demonstration peaceful. Al. the high school in the heav- ily rommim- ily of Kitchener, Mr. reiterated tlu goal of a multi- cultural society in wlu'ch groups can preserve iheir traditions, along with strengthening French and English as Ihe two official languages. At the Liberal reception ho renewed t h e theme brfore clmg-a-lugging a glass of without in (Jorman bwr- hall style. K I N PROSIT! Not allowed to forget tliat Kilcli- rucr is (he Okloliortcst city, Prime Minister Tiuile.iil Thursday dftwiis a glass (if hfer iltirinff a visit. Wi re photo) emphasized thai the Stormont Parliament is being prorogued, not dissolved. He hoped Ihat. in a year or so, self-government in Ulster might restored. In no case, he said, fhs Ulster bonier be eliminated without consent of the Ulster majority. Ulster has been dominated by Protestants since the Ixjrder was defined in 1921. Since Prot- estaflts outnumber Catholics by one million to many Catholics complain they face discrimination. B r i t i s 1) governments have poured huge sums into the six counties and Heath hinted that even more aid will be approved in hopes that peace can be re- stored. To implement his plan, re- sponsibility for Northern Ire- land is being removed from Home S e e r e i a r y Reginald found Iiis task a continuing lurncd over to House Leader William Whiteiaw, 53, who lakes on the new portfolio of minister for Ulster. Whiteiaw. a Protestant, will have two junior ministers and the advice of a commission to drawn from all shades of Ulster opinion. Faulkner said today Ira warned Heath in their talks Thursday and Friday that tho takeover would be seen as vic- tory for the IRA. "I told Faulkner said, "that it would be widely con- strued as an acceptance" of to- tally baseless criticism of our stewardship; that it would be seen by the IRA and others as a first and major step in the road to a terrorist victory. REV. PAISLEY halfway house WILLIAM CRAIG time for action Search by hand for slide victi MICHEL (SpeciaD-Search- ers are probing the mudslide area here by hand and inch by inch but two bodi es remain lost. An RCMP member said to- day Blairmore brothers Sera- fino Marra, 3D, arid E m i 1 i o Marra. 34, both CP RaO work- ers, still are missing. The body of Luigi Marra, W, also of Blaurmorc, was found Tuesday nighl with his leg pin- ned under a rail. SWEPT AWAY The others were swept away, it is presumed by searchers. Equipment such as tractors ge t stu ck, h enoe the h and probe inch by inch over the en- tire area. They worked from noon to dark Thursd ay a nd started aga in at dawn today. Rain forced a halt Thursday mor- ning and there is the threat of more slides. The men were buried Mon- day at noon. A fourth escaped. WATER BACKED UP If Js believed t h a t (er backed up behind tailings from a mi tie, operated until J951 by Crows N est Jnd ust r ses Ltd., may have triggered the slide, which covered 200 feet of a CP Rail freight line with four feet of mud, rock and trees. The railway remains closed. The RCMP search dog leaves the scene todav. Florida vacation all over for 12-year-old stowaway TORONTO fCPl Tommy Ludlow's Florida vacation has ended. Tommy, a 12-year-old To- ronto boy wlio flew to Fort Laudcrdalc Tufiday without a ticket with only 20 cents in his pocket, is back home again. He relumed Thursday on an Air Canada flight, but was whisked out of Toronto Inter- national Airport report- ers could talk to him. His parents, Mr. ami Mrs. John A. lAidlow, said they wanted no more publicity for tlw boy. Andrea Garlon, an Air Ccin- EDMONTON (CIVJ Alberta Pre mier Pet er IjOi i ghccd wi 11 visit Japan in Sop torn probably will m'ke a tvip io Kussia in Ijougheed said in an in- terview yesterday he will lead a delegation of government of- ficials to Japan on a visit de- s igiiod t o 'bro den our ho n sons" in workf trade. Details ami dales not been arranged but the Japan trip likely would be made dur- F, rl 3 pi cv.-anlew who looked aMcr him on the flight, said Torn my wa s "a loi ic I y kid who wants a little attention." Tommy got to P'lorida by sneaking aboard a flight out of Torcmio and another out of Kennedy Airport in New York, "I walked to the gale and just kind of pot in some people, went aboard and FR( down all by he said in an interview in Flor- ida. lie foil asleep in (he airport tormina! at Tort Lauderdale and into (lie hnmls of sheriff's deputies. abroad ing the first hvo weeks cf Sep- tember. Mr wns invited to Russia laM year by i'.iviet Pre- mier Alcxi Koiygin during his vU-t to EdniKiton. Mr, IjQughced sr.irl he wants (o soe haw Ru.ssia has develop- ed its ror t h a how it h as corc-d prcMoms such as transportation, housing nnd energy in tha riorlh. ;