Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridae Herald VOL. LXVII 89 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. THURSDAY. MARCH 28. 1974 10 Cents Kissinger's Moscow talks become mission impossible From AP-Reuter MOSCOW (CP) State Secretary Henry Kissinger of the United States flew toward home today with Soviet proposals that frll far short of the "conceptual breakthrough" needed to produce a new treaty limiting nuclear weapons. But while acknowledging this failure, a senior U.S.official said President Nixon intends to go ahead with a summit meet- ing with Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet Communist party leader, in Moscow in early summer. Without detailing the differences, the official said: "What they gave us is not acceptable." He added, however, that the U.S. would try to come up with counterproposals, and that Kissinger probably will go back to Moscow in May. 32 Pages Didn't tie fortunes to federal export tax Lougheed rides west with 1 billion deal" Tories holding RCMP probe at arm's length Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The RCMP must be able to investigate people in all walks of life in the interests of national security, Alberta Solicitor- General Helen Hunley told the legislature Wednesday. .She was answering opposition questions on an RCMP investigation of southern Alberta journalists. Miss Hunley told the legislature she "imagines" four reporters named in news reports as having been investigated had means of redress for any slur cast on their names as potential security risks. But she said the province is not prepared to make a commitment to help them do so. "I imagine they do have redress if they want to follow up on she said. She did not reply directly to a question by George Ho Lem (SC Calgary who asked if the reporters would be able to obtain the files compiled on them from the RCMP. Upon 'his return from Ottawa, Premier Peter Lougheed said today that Ottawa requesting full report CALGARY (CP) An Ottawa RCMP officer said Wednesday the force will request a full report from its Calgary security service section on allegations that six Alberta journalists were investigated in 1973. Insp. J. J. Poirier said in a telephone interview he had checked with the director general in charge of the security services section and although Ottawa "hasn't heard much about this, we will ask for a full report from Calgary." An Edmonton RCMP security services section officer. Insp. Roy Byrne. Wednesday declined to confirm or deny published reports that the journalists were investigated, but said "it would be preposterous for anyone to think the RCMP is homing in on members of the media." Insp. Poirier suggested the alleged investigations "could be a matter of security checks being made on applicants for 'employment with the government" RCMP investigations of Southern Alberta journalists were entirely a federal matter and any questions raised should be in Parliament. If anyone's rights were violated, it is a matter for Alberta MP's to raise in Ottawa, he said. Depending on the response to those questions, it is possible the province might get involved. He told news conference he did not think the Alberta Bill of Rights took precedence over the Canadian Bill of Rights. It would fall under the Canadian bill, he said. The reports put the journalists under a cloud of suspicion, New Democratic Leader Grant Notley said, in asking what steps could be taken to help them clear their names. He managed to get one assurance from the solicitor general: That she would consider talking to Ottawa about what Criteria were used in deciding what was a national security matter and what was not. "Certainly I'm very interested and very concerned" over the rights of our Miss Hunley said. But she said she "believes strongly" that the RCMP must be able to investigate all sorts of people "in all walks of life." Alberta does not want to interfere with national security. Attorney General Merv Leitch told the legislature it would be "very inappropriate for the provincial government to launch an investigation into something done by the federal government." He was answering Art Dixon (SC Calgary Millican) who asked if the government would assure the house an investigation would be made. Mr. Leitch said he neither instituted nor was aware of the investigation. He told Mr. Notley the province had no intention of asking for the reasons for the investigation He told Albert Ludwig (SC Calgary Mountain who asked if it would be investigated as a possible contravention of the Alberta Bill of Rights, that "I can't think of anything at the moment that could be done further." Bob Clark, official leader of the opposition, said the off- handed manner in which the question was handled by the attorney general and solicitor general meant the Alberta Individual Rights Protection Act was "a bloody farce." He said the opposition would pursue the matter in the house. Industry reaction Looking at Lougheed Most eyes are on Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed, left, as the provincial premiers line up for a photograph prior to their Ottawa meeting Prime Minister Trudeau Wednesday. Others in the photo leftto right are: New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield, Ontario Premier William Davis, Manitoba Premier Ed Schreyer, British Columbia Premier Dave Barrett, Sasketchewan Premier Allan Blakeney, Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa and Mr. Trudeau. V Cattlemen urged to withheld beef from 'depressed market' By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Western cattlemen are being advised to stop selling cattle for slaughter until depressed market conditions are corrected. The Canadian Cattlemens Association late Wednesday started telling cattlemen to withhold animals from market, that they will stand a chance for better prices if the federal government subsidy is stricken from the books. The association claims the seven-cent-per-pound federal government subsidy paid on all domestic Grade A class cattle caused chaos in the market. The subsidy was applied to Grade Al and A2 cattle primarily but also applied to A3 and A4 cattle for a short period of time. In order to capitalize on the subsidy for A3 and A4 cattle, farmers literally flooded the market with cattle. Pete Paterson, fieldman for the association, told The Herald in a telephone interview Wednesday this flood of cattle has driven the live weight price of cattle to new lows, in effect erasing the seven-cent subsidy announced two weeks ago. When subsidy was announced, cattle were bringing per hundred pounds on both the Calgary and Lethbridge markets. At il data released EDMONTON (CP) Disclosure of the first data on railway freight rates represents "an initial and major breakthrough in transportation matters" for Western Canada, Alberta Industry Minister Fred Peacock said Wednesday. Mr. Peacock told the legislature that the data, released Tuesday at a meeting of the Canadian Transport Commission and officials from the four western provinces, will lead to a better understanding of "rail inequities that are inhibiting regional development." The western provinces have been pressing the federal government to force the railways to release the information They maintain that freight rates discriminate against processing of raw materials in the west the close of trading Wednesday, sellers were lucky to get a bid of 940 per hundred pounds from buyers and many cattle were reporteU sold for or per hundred pounds. Because the federal subsidy is to apply directly on top of the market price for the cattle, farmers are now getting about what they were the subsidy was announced. The association was to meet with federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan today in Ottawa to try to work out a method of phasing the subsidy program out. It -claims the subsidy program should be replaced with import quotas on United States cattle to allow the Canadian cattle to supply the domestic market This would return a more accurate supply demand picture and improve the live cattle prices. Mr. Paterson said packer buyers have purchased about Home sold WASHINGTON (AP) Former vice-president Spiro Agnew and his wife have sold their home here for The buyers are a retired builder. Myron Davy, and his wife Barbara. 10 days supply of cattle, especially steers. Any more cattle entering the market would be bought at distressed prices because the packers don't really need them to operate their plants. Brazil washed by floods RIO DE JANEIRO (Renter) Famine threatened areas of Brazil today in the wake of tor- rential rain which flooded riv- ers in seven states, turning towns and villages into partly- submerged islands. The government-run public calamity office estimated homeless flood victims at and a justice ministry report described the situation as "very Neither the armed forces, spearheading rescue and food supply operations, nor the government provided a death toll despite reports by radio amateurs and eyewitnesses that hundreds were swept to their death in the rising waters while others were starving on high ground. By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta economy will benefit by more than a billion dollars during the next year under an agreement hammered out with oil-consuming provinces in Ottawa Wednesday, a smiling premier Peter Lougheed announced this morning. Premier Lougheed told a press conference the province decided not to tie its fortunes to the "declining star" of the federal export tax on crude oil. Instead, it set its sights on a per barrel price and obtained every cent of it. What the provincial treasury will garner from the billion dollar increase in oil prices was to be announced this afternoon to the legislature by Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie He will outline the province's new oil royalty scheme which will take a cut of all oil sales, both domestic and foreign. "The decision Wednesday means a transfer of funds in excess of billion a year in the aggregate from the provinces consuming Mr. Lougheed told reporters. The province said it would not take a share of the federal export tax because exports compared to domestic sales were "declining by a very dramatic Mr. Lougheed said. He said the a tarrel price compared with the federal energy minister's proposed a short time ago and was substantially higher than the the Ontario government said it "absolutely wouldn't budge from." Siiiee last fall the domestic price has been frozen at barrel. The premier said it was "a great, fantastic day" for Alberta. He said the Ottawa negotiations had prevented an "epic battle" in confederation. The price will be maintained for 12 to 15 months under the agreement with the federal government. Mr. Lougheed said Ottawa had agreed any future oil legislation at that time would not conflict with Alberta petroleum marketing legislation. With the province draining an additional billion dollars a year from other less well to do provinces, Mr. Lougheed said it "was a little difficult" to demand specific concessions on other matters such as freight rates. But he said the federal government agreed to continue "extensive discussions" on removing obstacles to Alberta economic development CALGARY (CP) Oil in- dustry leaders have expressed mixed feelings over the interim price increase of 50 a barrel for domestic oil agreed to Wednesday by Prime Minister Trudeau and the provincial premiers. John Poyen, president of the Canadian Petroleum Associ- ation, said Wednesday he was satisfied with the increase to a barrel from the current frozen price of but he was disappointed with the prime minister's announcement that the new price would remain in effect for 12 to 15 months. "Few in the Canadian oil in- dustry believe that the price should fluctuate with the arti- ficallyJiighjjrices set by the Petroleum Countries he said. But by freezing the price for 12 to 15 months. Canadian crude won't be permitted to reach a true value based on normal supply and demand." The true value probably is best reflected by the United States price which averages about at the wellhead but this could change in the future, he said. 'Patchwork solution9 No fortune in beef behind the The premier also flayed opposition spokesmen for not "doing their homework" in complaining about giving up the export tax. "The credibility isn't there and the public knows it" he said. The Social Credit administration increased the price of oil only 20 cents in 20 years and his administration had doubled it The latest increase was 70 per cent. Mr. Lougheed said. The government decided "bite the bullet" instead of hiking the price gradually. He also said Alberta was better off with a higher price for oil than federal taxes. He said the Liberal minority government could have trouble in future meeting commitments it made now. EDMONTON (CP) -Social Credit House Leader Bob Clark said Wednesday Premier Lougheed has agreed to sell Alberta's oil production "at a price considerably below the world level." Mr. Clark, commenting on an announcement from Ottawa that Prime Minister Trudeau and the provincial premiers had agreed to raise the price of domestic crude oil to a barrel from the current said it was a "patchwork solution." After the agreement ends in 12 or 15 months, it will only be another year before the province's oil-producing capacity starts to decline, he said. Mr. Lougheed "should have held out for more." Grant Notley. provincial New Democratic Party leader, said Premier Lougheed made an "unbelieveable error" if he bargained away the province's share of the oil export tax in reaching the agreement on prices. Consumers are being offered a courtesy item when they buy beef across the counter in retail stores, according to two supermarket officials. About town Lawyer W. C. Rmell witti a ticket for overparking pleading for leniency from Provincial Judge A. H. Etfwtf ORRPC Executive Director Lawreice Smith saying that trying to shake off a boat of the fla-coM bug has left him "feeling like a i rag." Refuting charges by Southern Alberta cattlemen that beef is marked op almost 40 per cent officials of L-Mart and IGA in Calgary told The Herald in a telephone interview the mark-up on beef sales is "lucky to be 18 per cent and more likely 17 per cent." Bill Lovelace, meat merchandizer for Alberta for L-Mart stores, said the cattlemen's claim is "ridiculous." He said L-Mart feels il is lucky to gross 18 per cent He pointed to chuck roasts on special at L-Mart stores this week. On these advertised specials, the stores win lose money and this keeps the profits on all beef sales down, he said. An official of IGA, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed there is no way the store operates at a 40 per cent mark up. He said IGA remains competitive with other chain stores and when specials are offered, the store is lucky to gross eight per cent. After labor is taken into consideration, L-Mart makes nothing on its beef sales, said Mr. Lovelace. He said beef accounts for about 50 per cent of the retail trade in a store meat department but it takes modi more than 50 per cent of the labor requirements And with butcher wages at to per hoar, this extra labor limits the beef profit margin. Pork, poultry and lamb accounts for about the same amount of the meat trade as beef but has a much lower labor requirement giving these products a better profit margin than beef. The IGA official said if the store could sell everything on the animal, the average selling price for meat would have to be per pound. But that would mean even the shanks would have to sell for per pound. Adding to the economic problems of meat sales for the supermarket are cuts of meat which don't sell. He said IGA only leaves a cot of meat packaged for two days and then it is taken out of the cooler and made into hamburger This is another loss avenue. In Lethbridge Andy Brown of Brown's Meat Market claimed the cattlemen were "nuts" in their charge of 40 per cent mark ops. He said he has never sold any beef cuts for more than per pound. He said the major chain stores on the average have much higher prices than local butcher shops, adding it wasn't his fault if the consumers simply went to any store and filled their shopping carts without looking around for bargains With some meat prices 15 to 30 cents per pound less than chain stores. Mr. Brown feels he doesn't lose money. Bat he sure doesn't make per carcass, more like he said. When he first saw the cattlemen's charges of retail mark-ups of 40 per cent he thought he would like to sell his business to the cattlemen. "Either that or let them show me how it's he said. Bill Pahl, owner of Ranchland Meats, said his'' meal prices are always below the supermarket prices. He tries to operate on a 20 per cent mark-op margin Bui with increasing wages, paper costs and utilities, he will have lo increase his mark-ap. Right now, he says, he isn't making any money. Inskto Ttontgrn rm home, 9i9 bufhjlo Classified Comics Comment District.. Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather Youth LOW TONIGHTS; HIGH FRI.. 35 MAINLY SUNNY.