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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta JACK HORNER . .  Leads blockade H. A. OLSON , . . Reply cat off Angry Tory MPs rip into Grits -AlUnight session OTTAWA (CP) - Angry Conservatives contended in the Commons Wednesday that, government MPs violated parliamentary privilege by forcing an all-night session of the Commons agriculture committee. Jack Horner (PC-Crowfoot) said in raising a question of privilege that government members had "the confirmed intention to sit until the committee was exhausted." Speaker Lucien Lamoureux said he will rule later on Mr. Horner's motion that the matter be referred to the Commons committee on privileges and elections. Mr. Lamoureux sharply cut off Agriculture Minister H. A Olson, who tried three times to counter points made by Mr, Horner. - CAN'T BE DEBATED Mr. Lamoureux said it isn't practice to debate in any way such a motion until a ruling has been made on whether there is a prima facie case of privilege. If the Speaker finds there is, there will be a debate, then possibly a vote. Under the rules, the motion could die on the order paper. The Speaker gave no indication of when he will rule on the motion. The agriculture committee began a session at 8 p.m. Tuesday that lasted until 7:30 a.m Wednesday. Ottawa slow with money for study EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta is a little disappointed with Ottawa's response to a request for financial assistance for a provincial study on urbanization and the future, Municipal Affairs Minister Fred Colborne said in the legislature. Premier Harry Strom told Len Werry (PC - Calgary B o w n e s s) that Ottawa has shown interest in the study but seems a little reluctant to share in the cost. Mr. Colborne said the study will be a continuing research effort to solve the problems faced by urban municipalities. Research would be done at the request of municipalities and an attempt made to involve elected representatives and interested groups - "people who will have to live with decisions when they are made.'' A cost - sharing arrangement has been worked out with the 10 cities in the province but it was hoped Ottawa would pick up a major portion of the bill. However, the province is proceeding on the basis that the study will go ahead regardless of whether there is a federal contribution, Mr. Strom said. A study director will be appointed soon. "We really don't want to proceed without them because a study is only as good as your ability to get everyone involved, but we will." There is an appropriation of $150,000 in the 1971-72 budget for the study. Bilingual signs placed on vehicles BONNYVILLE (CP) - The council in this town 120 miles northeast of Edmonton has voted to place bilingual signs and decals on town vehicles. Although the vote in favor was only four to three, Mayor Edwin Collins said he received no statement of opposition from council members. There is a slight French-speaking majority in the community, the mayor said. Conservatives, led by Mr. Horner, have been blockading a government farm marketing bill. FOOD SENT IN "Food was sent in at 4 o'clock and food was consumed while the committee sat," stormed Mr. Horner, arguing that this was disgraceful. '' "I'm sure it never was allowed in this House and I'm sure it should never be allowed in committee." Members laughed and shouted "shame" mockingly as he made this point. His main point was that the all-night session was held without prior consultation with other parties on the committee. The clerks and other staff had been told before 8 p.m. to prepare to work all night and had done so on a shift basis. But there had been no discussion with members. "It was done quite secretly." OLSON INTERVENES Mr. Olson tried to get into the debate after the Speaker expressed doubts whether he could become involved. The minister argued that because Mr. Horner had said the privilege of all MPs was involved, he was affected. "Find a better reason, the Speaker interjected. Mr. Olson pleaded that it is his bill before the committee, he has appeared as a witness, and he is interested in the progress of the bill. The agriculture minister argued that there was nothing secret about the meeting and eight or 10 attempts had been made to adjourn it. Stanley Knowles (NDP-Winnipeg North Centre) interrupted to ask whether the motion was being debated. If so, could everyone speak? WARNED BY SPEAKER Mr. Lamoureux said this was his point exactly. He again warned Mr. Olson about opening a debate. "I was just trying to be helpful, the minister said, launching into rebuttal again. When Mr. Lamoureux interrupted, Mr. Olson said he thought it was usual for the other side to be heard when allegations were made. The Speaker overrode him, saying it is "not the practice, and Mr. Olson sat down as opposition members jeered and banged desks in glee. Later. Mr. Horner asked Prime Minister Trudeau whether he would be prepared to meet with a political group of agricultural representatives on the bill. Mr. Trudeau said he would prefer to hear the speakers decision on Mr. Horners question of privilege before any decisions were made on any further action from his side of the House. Move being made to make changes State court to decide pollution suit COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio will take the U.S. Supreme Court's advice and turn to a state court in its pollution dispute with firms accused of poisoning Lake Erie with mercury. "We will proceed in another court," Attorney-General William J. Brown said Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined 8 to 1 to settle the dispute. In the majority opinion dismissing Ohio's complaint against chemical firms in Michigan and Canada, Justice John M. Harlan said the court recognized its jurisdiction, but declined to exercise it. He said the justices cannot "devote truly enormous portions of our energy to such matters." Harlan suggested Ohio take its suit against Dow Chemical Co. of Canada, Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich., and the Wyandotte Chemicals Corp. of Wyandotte, Mich., to a state court under the common law of nuisance. Air charier rules under scrutiny OTTAWA (CP) - Britain and the United States appear to have joined Canada in the forefront of a move to amend the regulations governing group air charters. J. W. Pickersgill, president of the Canadian transport commission, recently told a Commons committee Canada would end so-called affinity charters if international co-operation weren't required. * Now the United States Civil Aeronautics Board has served notice it is considering a change in its rules covering affinity flights while BOAC in Britain has introduced a plan which gets around the affinity rule. Under the affinity rule an organization whose main purpose is not travel can charter an international flight for less than ordinary air fares. The only catch is that those in the charter group must have been association members for longer than six months prior to the flight. Mr. Pickersgill told the Commons committiee the rule creates a privileged class of traveller and is almost impossible to enforce. He said he would like to see the rule wiped out so a charter group could be "organized simply for travel, without, the members of the group having to belong to some association for a purpose other than travel." But, he said, the rule could only be eliminated through international agreement. Up to now all European countries had supported the rule as set out by the International Air Suspend trading on two funds GENEVA (AP) - The Swiss Banking Commission Wednesday suspended trading in Switzerland of IIT and IOS venture funds, the last two funds registered in this country by the crumbling Investors Overseas Services mutual fund company. The third dollar fund registered by IOS in this country, Fund of Funds, was suspended in Switzerland last year. The three funds were handled by an IOS subsidiary, IOS Management Ltd., which announced Tuesday that it is withholding payment of first-quarter dividends in order to acquire assets and rights to operate independently of the mother company, IOS Ltd., which owns 83 per cent of the subsidiary. Transport Association. But, four months ago a group of European air carriers held a meeting to discuss the affinity problem, he said, and another meeting is planned for Washington next month. The U.S. board proposed in February that any combination of 50 or more people who can make firm plans six months in advance could take advantage of low charter fares. The board did not say when it planned to introduce the new rule. BOAC plans to extend a program it introduced for flights from Britain to certain Caribbean islands last year. The BOAC fares offer big reductions for passengers who pay in advance. The fare is non-refundable but passengers can insure themselves against cancellation. Thursday, March 25, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 9 Plan study on moving CALGARY (CP) - A preliminary study into the feasibility of moving natural gas from the Arctic islands by pipeline has been commissioned by four gas transmission and distributing companies. Alternatives to be studied include routes from discoveries at Melville and King Christian islands to the western Arctic mainland and from the two islands to the western shore of Hudson Bay. Pipeline Engineering and Management Services of Canada, a Consortium of engineering firms, are to do the studies for gas Arctic systems study group. The study group members are Alberta Gas Trunk Line Co. Ltd., Columbia Gas System Inc. of Wilmington, Del., Northern Natural Gas Co. of Omaha, N e b., and Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., of Houston. The natural gas discoveries by Panarctic Oils Ltd. on Mel-ville and King Christian are about 1,700 miles north of Edmonton. Quake recorded UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) - The second strong earthquake in one day occurred late Tuesday in the Tien Shan Mountains near China's Sinkiang province, the Uppsala Seismological Institute reported. LAKE FACT The water in 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe could cover a flat area the size of the state of California to a depth of more than 14 inches. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 You're milesAahead at STORES "-i High-performance r�*< �..............Tr & i^v^i firtttont awnpiau The low-price tire you can trust. Built with a modern bladed tread. And with a full measure of Firestone quality. (Sizes to fit most models \isted below.) B�ckival/ �'..... 3 a gr{ 1 At Firestone Stores listed below or participating Dealers - Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 Open Daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Open a Firestone BudgetAocount WTO or use your.. ;