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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta St - THI UTHBRKXW HIRAID - Thursday, March 25, 1971  1  could still cause catastrophe MONTREAL (CP) -State Secretaify Gerafd Pelleti* says in a new hook that the Front de Liberation du Quebec still has an abundant supply of explosives and remains capable of inciting pabple to violence. Quoting police, he says in La Grise doctobra (The October Crisis) the FLQ has two tons of dynamite, enough to cause a catastrophe. Mr. Pelletier also says the federal � and Quebec governments were not worried about a popular insurrection during the kidnapping crisis last October. But the governments could not minimize the threat of the FLQ and possible repercussions! from its terrorist activities. The book was to be launched today by Editions du Jour, but its offices were occupied by human rights protesters. Their dispute apparently had nothing to do with the book. Mr. Pelletier says one possible result of FLQ terrorism the governments considered w a s uncontrollable dvil disorder. DEFENDS GOVERNMENT Calling the book "an effort of analysis, the most honest possible, Mr. Pelletier essentially defends government action, in- cluding the War Measures Act. It was invoked Oct. 16, one day before the murder of kidnapped. Pierre Laporte, then Quebec's labor minister, and 11 days after the abduction of James (Jasper) Cross, British trade commissioner who was freed Dec. 3. Mr. Pelletier says the governments could not purely and simply ignore the possibility that the FLQ, outlawed now, was as strong as it claimed to be. In this evaluation, a determining factor in making decisions was the large number of FLQ members or sympathizers who, in the over-all picture, could have caused: civil disorder, particularly in Montreal. RIOTS WERE POSSIBLE Mr. Pelletier says there were and there still are 2,000 or 3,000 persons who could be ted into violence even without direct links with the FLQ. .. Such action: could be spontaneous or organized demonstrations that could turn into riots. The governments also took into consideration in analyzing the situation the different protest /movements in Quebec and a noticeable trend of unnamed forces favoring the FLQ. Mr. Pelletier also says: His own views OTTAWA (CP)- Prime Minister Trudeau said Wednesday a new book by State Secretary Gerard Pelletier makes clear on the first page tint opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the government. Replying to Commons questions by Opposition Leader Robert St aniield, Mr. Trudeau added he had not had a chance to read the book, entitled La Crise doctobre (The October Crisis). But he understood Mr. Pelletier said he was not outlining official government policy. Mr. Pelletier says in his book that the federal and Quebec governments were not worried about a popular insurrection during the kidnapping crisis last October. But the governments could not minimize the threat of the Front de Liberation du Quebec. John Diefenbaker (PC-Prince Albert), saying he likdd Micheners' tour agenda announced THE HAGUE (AP) - Amsterdam, the Canadian war cemetery at Holten and the national flower display of Keuken-hof, are highlights of the state visit Canadian Gov.-Gen. Roland Michener and Mrs. Mich-ener will pay to The Netherlands April 14-17. The government information service said that after arrival aboard the Canadian navy ship Preserver, the Micheners will be welcomed by Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in Amster-dams central station. The guests will stay in the Amsterdam palace where they will be guests of honor at a gala dinner offered by Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard April 14. The next day Canadian-born Princess Margriet will accompany the Micheners on a visit to Holten cemetery where schoolchildren will place flowers at the graves of Canadian soldiers killed in the Second World War liberation struggle of The Netherlands. Jeeo Gladiator Btgger... Beefier For arge campers or heavier loads CVW TO 8,000 LBS. Test-Drive the extra go-power of 4-Whee! Drive UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-2805 to go "straight to the horses mouth, asked Mr. Pelletier whether he had decided during or after the kidnapping crisis that there was no threat of an insurrection. QUESTION NOT ACCEPTED The question was ruled out of order by Commons Speaker Lu-cieh Lamoureux provoking another of Mr. Diefenbaker' frequent objections to "the erosion of the rights of Parliament." "We have seen Parliament trampled on by government and its basic rights d e s t r o y e d. Where does this stop?" Mr. Pelletier said be had made it quite clear in his book that he was expressing his own views and not necessarily those of the government. Martial Asselin (PC-Charlevoix) asked Mr. Trudeau how a cabinet minister could be allowed to write such a book while trials were, going on and others pending in connection with the October troubles. Mr. Trudeau replied that the question was based on Mr. Pelletier revealing cabinet secrets. This was a theory not proved nor able to be proved, he said. If Mr. Pelletier had revealed cabinet secrets, it would be irregular. Outside the Commons, Mr. Diefenbaker said he did not plan to buy a copy of Mr. Pelle-tiers book right away. "Ill wait until I can get it for 10 cents a copy. CANT BE SEPARATED Mr. Diefenbaker said he didnt believe a minister could "bifurcate himself and separate his personal views from official opinions. Mr. Asselin outside the chamber said he fears Mr. Pelletiers book may prejudice the position of some people still being dealt with by the courts as a result of the kidnappings. A minister should be looking after his departmental and Commons obligations instead of writing a book, Mr. Asselin said. -A nucleus of 40 to100: persons was ready to plant bombs and commit kidnapping and murder. -A permanent cell that guided the FLQ was not involved in direct violence but acted on a propaganda basis. -About 200 to 300 persons., linked as a group, were ready to support the terrorists financially and to hide them. -Sympathizers, perhaps 2,000 or 3,000 persons, were not FLQ members but morally supported its methods and hoped it would be successful. STILL HAS EXPLOSIVES Mr, Pelletier says the FLQ still vhas "considerable reserves of explosives' and detonators" and he quotes police as saying the FLQ has "two tons of dynamite-enough in any case to cause a real catastrophe." .i.: Explaining the government refusal to free so-called political prisoners, an FLQ ransom demand, Mr. Pelletier says it was a case of fighting blackmail. If the government gave' in once, it would put itself in a position of having to do so Mr. Pelletier says the book, almost 300 pages, long, is only his opinion of what happened last October. He says it was not submitted to cabinet colleagues "except for. one, not the priatipal'V-and was not edited by them. GERARD PELLETIER  �V . . . The anther TORONTO (CP) - You're right-it is getting colder. The avenge temperature in eastern and Western Canada has been dropping each year since pe 1940s, says Morley Thomas, regional elimatolo-gist with the federal transport department."; . . A gradual warming trend began in the 1880s, producing an increase of about one degree in average annual temperature by the mid-1940s.^-'But since the 1940s the average annual temperature has fallen "more or less back to where it was in the 30s," he said in an interview .Tuesday. "In Western Canada temperatures reached a maximum in the late 1940s and dropped in the 1950s when the getting colder temperatures in Eastern Canada were generally staying even. They reached a minor Kak in the early 1980s and ve dropped steadily since then, although more slowly than in the East." The average annual temperature now was about two degress cooler than the average in the 1940s.. 'However, Mr. Thomas discounted fears expressed by a United Stites agency this week that pollution may be heading the world into an-oihar Ice Age. Researchers for the U.S. Natonal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the ice age could result from a steady Increase in, suspended particles in the air, blotting out sunshine. ., Mr. Thomas said this school of thought is countered by another school which holds that a steady rise in the level of carbon dioxide in the attnos-pher- will produce a global warming. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bids, �i PHONE 328-76S4M SHARING "AFMAUSI" WITH UMIRIN RACALL - How does It feel to play opposite Lauren Baeall on Broadway? Former Winnipeg actor ten Cariou stars in "Applause" with the magnetic Mitt Baeall. In Saturday'! Weekend Magazine he telle how he got the part, what led up to it, and what It meant to hit career-.to share "Applause". IN YOUR LETHBRIDOE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE U.S. senator wants China recognized WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator George McGovern (Dem.-S.D.) introduced a resolution Wednesday calling for United. States recognition of Communist China and its admission to the United Nations as "the sole representative of China." He called for placing U.S. trade with China on the same basis as that with the Soviet Union and lifting any remaining restriction on visits by Americans to China. French taught in schools HALIFAX (CP) - The Halifax school beard approved by a 4-to-3 vote an experimental project which will allow children of French - speaking parents to be taught in their mother tongue in Halifax schools. Alderman Leo Hogan, a member of the board, served notice that he would seek reconsideration of the proposed program on the grounds that it would promote French - unilingualism rather than encourage education in both English and French. The program was supported by Rev. Dr. Leger Comeau, executive - director of the Francophone Federation of N o v a Scotia. 2 PRICE PRIMUS WATCHES Now at half our Spring and Summer '71 catalogue prizes! A. Men's 17-jewel calendar watch. Shock protected, water resistant. Smart chrome plated "| QQ top case. �Xj%7j B. Ladies' 17-jewel. Shock protected. Yellow color. Sweep second hand. Minute track. Black "I A QQ Corfam strap. Xfr�^/" C. Men's 17-jewel calendar watch. Yellow gold color dress case, expansion bracelet. Blk. "I Q QQ numerals. A.j�Zs s D. Sporty watch for women has sweep second hand; Black Corfam strap. 17-jewels. 1 A QQ Yellow colour. E. Men's 17-jewel shock protected watch with Yellow gold color top case, Black strap. "I J' QQ Water protected. XrhfJ1* F. Ladies' 17-jewel dress watch with Yellow gold colour diamond cut top case. Matching "1 /Z QQ adjustable bracelet. Wj^jy G. Men's 29-jewel automatic calendar watch. Water protected. YeU low gold color. (Wt. (\6% A Q gold color 19.99) AA*1*? H. Ladies 17-jewel watch In inverted] oval shape. Champagne color dial. Black markers. Comes with 3 Cor* fam straps. 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