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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wadntiday, March 31, 1971 House airs tieup EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta legislature Tuesday conducted an emergency debate on the railway tieup that has stopped the movement of grain to west coast ports and unanimously approved a resolution which asks the federal government to spare no effort in stopping the walkout of enginemen. The house adjourned its normal business at the request of Ernest Lee (SC - Dunvegan), who said Ottawa should "intervene without delay." Premier Harry Strom said he has sent a telegram to Prime Minister Trudeau asking that emergency measures be taken to get trains moving again. In addition, agriculture Minister Henry Kuste has been in touch with the federal ministers of transport and agriculture and the minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board. More than 800 enginemen have walked out in B.C. and Alberta to protest lack of progress in contract negotiations with Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways. Mr. Everitt said if necessary, the premier and Mr. Ruste should "pick up their hat and coat and be on their way" to Ottawa to make stronger representations. PUNISH WRONG PEOPLE Gordon Taylor, minister of highways and transport, said he sympathizes with the enginemen-who have been without a contract for 12 months- "but they are punishing the wrong people." Mr. Taylor said a strike Is an excellent weapon when used properly, but the enginemen "have made their point and should go back to work." The federal governmeni should demand that an agreement be reached. Hugh Horner (PC - Lac Ste. Anne) said procrastination by the federal labor department- in taking so long to initiate conciliation proceedings - was responsible for the walkout. "The workers have a right to be frustrated." But, Mr. Horner said, "we cannot tolerate this kind of nonsense any longer . . . just when we had unplugged the grain-delivery system it has been plugged again by labor strife." LABOR COURTS He said Ottawa Should take immediate steps to stop the walkout and bring in legislation to prevent a reoccurrence, possibly by forming labor courts that could impose compulsory arbitration. Chester Sayers (SC - Cam-rose) said the Alberta Wheat Pool terminal in Vancouver is half empty and the pool has laid off 94 of 118 employees. Roy Ells (SC - Grouard) said Peace River area farmers could lose the rapeseed export market they now are building up in Pacific rim nations. Bill Yurko (PC - Strathcona East) said labor should be entitled to go on strike, "the ultimate weapon of labor," but he doesn't subscribe to use of the weapon "when a vast number of innocent people suffer. Mr. Ruste said markets will be lost unless rapid action is taken. He said it seems to be "easier to send a man to the moon than to keep grain moving." Bill Dickie (PC - Calgary Glenmore) said sending a telegram is not enough, the government should be doing more such as studying new and different methods of transporting grain. Clarence Copithome (PC Banff-Cochrane) said the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties has expressed its concern in a letter to the premier and suggested Mr. Taylor go to Ottawa personally. Mr. Strom said the provincial government will continue to pressure Ottawa. The premier said labor has a right to get a fair return for the work they do, but strikes set off a "chain reaction that affects a lot of people and we must find some other method of solving the problem." Kidnapped second time MONTEVIDEO (Reuter) -Left-wing guerrillas Tuesday kidnapped Ulises Pereira Rev-erbel, administrator of the Uruguay state electricity and telephone company, for the second time. Police said the official apparently was shot and wounded as he resisted capture by four men and a woman. Pereira, a close friend of Uruguayan President Jorge Pa-checo Arcco, was first kid napped Aug. 7, 19G8, and released four days later. SIMPSONS PERSONAL SHOPPING ONLY PLEASE STORE HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5:30 Daily. Thursday and Friday until 9 p.m. Closed Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Centre Village - 2nd Ave. and 13th St. S. Teleshop 328-6611 ;