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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta BUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 35. e Herald VOL LETIIBR1DGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Alberta slams door on organized crime Leitch leads fight REUNION A young man who Is a resident of Ecst Berlin, [eft, greels his mother, a resident of West Berlin, centre, af'er she had crossed over Into the eastern sector Wednesday. Taking advantage of special Easier visiting privileges, tens of thousands, made the frek into Comfnu- nist ferrilory for the first time in six years. (AP Wirephotc) blasts oath Quebec hospitals reduce service By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA angry John Diefenbaker raised n constitutional issue that touched both houses of I'ar- bamcnt Tuesday with a challenge to Prime Minister Tnidcau to intervene iii Quebec to prevent Us leg- islature from abolishing the oath of allegiance lo the Queen, "Anylliing can be clone lo the constitution (he former Conservative prime minister thundered in (he Commons after lUr. Trurlcau had rejected the challenge. "It can be emasculated, castrated anything thai will bring about votes in the opinion of the prims Dovvn the hall in the Senate, Senator Eugene Forsey, Ottawa's resident constitutional authority, coiu- cidentally was remarking that if Iho government feels inhibited in intervening in a provincial act it is partly because of Mr. Dicfenbakcr's action while prime min- ister. Outside the chamber he also said ii. is doubtful Mhether Prime Minister Trudeau could act in the oath- of-allegiancc matter. Presses attack Mr, Diefenbaker niEKic his first attack during the daily question period. He brought it up again during debate on the government's proposed new family allow- juice plan he snapped, hnd been changed from an original version fo induce Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa lo accept a constitutional charter he had re- jected after the federal-provincial conference in Vic- toria last June. Mr. Diefcnbakcr's ire raised by the decision of the Quebec national assembly Monday to eliminate (he oath of allegiance which had been mandatory for all members of legislatures and Parliament. The assembly was in violation of the British North America Act, he said, and demanded lo whether Mr. Tnulcau would instruct ihe Quebec lieutenant-gov- ern or (o withhold royal assent on Quebec legislation pending a ruling hy 01 lawn on Ihe loyalty-oath issue. Unrler the constitution, the lieutenant-governor by reserve royal assent, which is required lo make provincial legislation legal. The federal government also has the right to dis- allow s provincial statute regarded as illegal, Woiil interfere But Mr. Trmleau made it clear, in answer to Mr. Dicfenliaker dining Ihe question period, (hat there would be no federal interference with provincial laws, "I believe it has hecn the policy of. all govern- ments in the last 39 years not In have recourse to these paternalistic and undemocratic Ife said Ihe constitutionality of the Quebec assembly action could be challenged in Ihe courts. An infuriated Air. Diefcnbnker rejected this, saying constitutional challenges in the courts were fruitless, as an unsuccess- ful test of the Ollicial Languages Act had shown. Later, during Hie family allowances debate with Mr. Trudeau said the oath was being abandoned at the behest of the Front fie Liberation riu Quebec ami Ihe f'orli Qucbccois. Mr. Trudeau, is not acting, "just cut through the constitution as if ii. didn't rxisl." "Today is a dark dny in Ihe history ol Canada's constitution when Ihe prime minister, the Queen's first minister, says Mill let tho provinces do whatever they want lo, whether or not it is constitutional, and will not allow for reservation being made because to Attor- ney-General Merv Leitch will meet with tow enforce- ment officials this summer to map out strategy to keep or- ganized crime out of the prov- ince. "f will meet with senior law rnforcem ent of He tals. police commissions, senior officials of the province's correctional in- stitutions, parole personnel and Mr. Leitch said in the legislature Tuesday night, "I hope that out of the meet- ings will come policies thai will make Alberta a happier and healthier place for all of us to he said during the bud' get debate. LMPJIEGNAIILK BARRIER In a speech centred on the growth of major crime, Mr. Leitch said an honest police force and an honest govern- ment form impregnable bar- riers to organized crime com- ing into Albert a. He said the major crime rate has grown 100 per cent in Can- ada during the last eight years and 100 per cent hi the two ma- jor cities of Alberta in the last six years. "The growth of major crime has far outstripped the rale-of growth in our population." Mr. Leitch defined organized crime as gambling, prostitu- tion, loan sharking, bootlegging and the narcotics trade. Mr, Letich said such criina "detroys the moral fibre of tho community. POLICE HOVE5T Because organized crime was a business, it required offices and lines of communication. Its presence was so large that it could not go undetected. It couldn't function unless it could buy protection. ftlr. Leitch said it has done so in other major North Ameri- can centres. But dishonesty in the police force of any magni- tude couldn't go undetected by any government, In Alberta, he said, the police force is as "free of dishonesty as any In tlie world." Mr. Letich said loo many people are inclined to take for granted the merits of onr po- lice forces to strike a bal- ance between its merits and shortcomings." SERVICE FOR ALL In other business, Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer told the legislature a study to deter- mine whether natural gas ser- vice can be provided to all Al- berta residents wilt begin ini- niedJ ately. "We hope to have a prelimi- n ary report within a few Dr. Homer told Grant Not fey t River- Irish factions bury the hatchet No Herald on Friday Geoff Friday, being a statuto- ry holiday. Tlic Herald will not publish Regular editions will be published Saturday, April 1. Display advertisers are re- minded that to appear Monday, April 3, must be received hy noon Thursday. Classified advertisements to appear Saturday, April I, must he. in by 3 p.m. Thursday, from AP-REUTKR BELFAST (CP) Northern Ireland went back to work today after a crippling '18-hour general slrike, with its Protes- tant leaders determined lo avoid a violent backlash against the imminent British takeover of the troubled province. Despite isolated bomb ami jniper fire incidents during the there were strong signs of a united front developing be- tween moderate and extremist Proteslant factions to deter fur- ther bloodshed, The Associated Press reported. A honil) killed Iwo persons near Londonderry T u r s d a y, raising Ihe 32-monlh death toll Irom the. violence In 290. Secu- rity forces blamed the Irish Re- publican Army for (he deaths. Tlie outgoing moderate pre- mier. Brian Faulkner, and his longtime extremist rival Wil- liam Craig, who organized the general strike against Ihe Brit- ish takeover, publicly buried the hatchet Tuesday with a hand- shake iKfore a cheering croud of Prott'.stnnt. leaders were re- ported prepared lo accept direct nile from London, the AP said, provided they get ironclad guar- antees that tho province will rot be unified with the Irish reputi- lic to tiie souih (bat is 95 per rent fioman Catholic, against the of the. 66 per cent Prot- estant majority in the north. Rev. Ian Paisley, once among the most militant of Protestant leaders, also warned against Hie "folly" of a violent reaction to the Brilish takeover. "Don't use your fists, use your he urged Tuesday. "Don't launch yourselves on a course of abso- lute catastrophe." The big fear has been that with Ihe Protestant power base, the provincial parliamenl, dis- solved for at least a year to permit the British takeover, armed Protestants may take to the streels against terrorists from the Catholic-based Irish Republican Army. II was Ihe IRA terrorist cam- paign that forced the Brilish U> in and assume direct rule, But Paisley, a member for Ulster, told Ihe British Com- mons: "Anarchy cannot be an- swered by more anarchy." Faulkner and his cabinet re- signed today, less Mian 24 hours after the provincial parliament, under British pressure, voted to adjourn for a year. MIXISTKR TAKES Faulkner's government will be succeeded by a one-man British administrator, William Whitolaw, a senior minister in Prime Minister Edward Heath's cabinet. The British Parliament was rushing through emergency legislation by tonight so that Whitclaw can take over in Northern Jrelarjd later in the week, Geoffroys are sent to trial MONTREAL (CP> and Carmen Gebffroy were sent lo trial at the May assizes of Court of Queen's Bench when the defence and prosecution agreed today to skip a prelimi- nary hearing. Geoffrey is charged with es- caping legal custody and his wife is charged will aiding his escape, as well as with four charges of helping him procure a false passport. No specific trial date was set. The couple appeared in Ses- sions court before Judge Maur- ice Allan! for preliminary hear- ing but tlie announcement to w a i v c the proceedings was made after brief testimony from a federal Crown prosecutor handling tho four passport charges laid against Mrs. Geof- frey. Provincial Crown prosecutor Gerard Girouard is handling Die charge of escaping custody agaiast Geoffroy, a convicted wife-slayer sentenced earlier 'o life in prison. Mr. Girouard also is handling the charge against Mrs. Geoffroy of aiding the es- cape, ;