Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
VOL. LXVI No. 120 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 1973 PKICE: TEN CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 54 PAGES WATERGATE INDICTMENTS EXPECTED ised' MLA conduct move killed for time being EDMONTON (CP) The government front bench sat grim-faced for 35 minutes Tuesday night while ths Speaker ruled out of order their attempt to have a standing committee report on the conduct of a vet- eran MLA who had charged the administration with holding a "political prisoner." But the eminent indicated it may no: let tho matter rc.it. "Whether tho Speaker ru'es or not, doesn't tak3 away the irresponsibili'y of the said Dep- uty Premier Hugn Homer. He was refcning to a na'emcnt in the legislature Feb. 19 by Gordon Taylor the long- est-silting member of the legislature and of a former cabinet, minister. Mr. Taylor had charged that F. J. E. Davy, a 35- yoar-old surveyor, had been held 32 days in the Alberta Mental Hospital because he was bothering the govern- ment in his battle to get compensation for injuries he suffered in industrial accidents. The findings of a judicial inquiry, released Friday, said the opposition member's allegations had no founda- tion. M r. Taylor had alleged that the Workmen's Com- pensation Board employees mishandled Mr. Davy's claims for compensation. The findings of the judicial inquiry conducted by Cliki Justice J. V. H. Milvain of the Alberta Supreme Court did not deal with the val- idity of Davy's claims for compensation. "It's a question of Mr. Taylor making statements without background work, without being able to sub- s.iantiate Ijip charges" stir1 Dr. Homer. "That is the mark of a lousy elected tive who deem'I bother to investigate. The c'Cviai} premier has said Mr. Taylor should re- sign for misleading the legislature. Mr. Taylor has ivf'jsed to back down from his If anybody she aid resign, he said, the government should step down for "ganging up" on Mr. Davy. VERN DECOUX photos Man dies Douglas 22, of Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene after the car he vvas driving was struck by a westbound Canadian Pacific freight train at a level crossing two miles west of Coleman. Gawdun was en route to t h e Phillips Cable plant where he w a s employed when the accident occur- red. Blairmore coroner F. S. Radford has ordered an inquest. By SEYMOUR M. HERSH New York Times Sen ice WASHINGTON Govern- ment investiga.ors say they now have evidence that high- ranking officials o( the "White House and the Committee for the Re-election of the Pres- ident conspired af.er the June, 1972, Watergate break-in to ar- range a careful cover story de- signed obstruct tile federal investigation. The investigators also say the evidence shows that the ob- struction of justice was co-or- dinated by President Nixon's two closest advisers, H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehriich- man, who resigned Monday, and former attorney general John N. Mitchell, who headed tha rs-ekclion committee at the time. Three other former White House aides, Jeb S uart Ma- gmder, a special assistant to Nixon, Frederick C. LaRue, another special assis.ant, and Inside 'Hey Fred. Got a Classified 26-29 Comics........32 Comment 4 District 3, 8, 30 Family.....22-24 Local News Markets 71 in. n Theatres......7 TV 6 Weather ........2 LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGir THURS. 63; SUNNY, WARM The provincial government will announce in two weeks a program to bolster sagging en- rolment at the University cf through subsidized accommodation for out-of-town students, The Herald has learn- ed. The program is believed to consist of grants in t'he neigh- borhood of to out-of-town students who come to Leth- bridge to attend university. The siudems finance board the department of ad- vanced education is working out details for the operating guide- lines to be announced May K. Finance board chairm a n Paul Tietzen said in a interview that a "general ver- bal agreement" lies bean reach- ed between the three pariiss involved in the financing th? students finance beard, the ad- educe'ion department cr.d U of L. However, Mr. Tiei.zen would not re'ease details, saying final approval must first bs g vcn bv the department and the U of L. The program came as a sur- prise to U cf L vice-president Owen Holmes who said "your source of inform a icn will have to be Edmonton because w-j just don't have it." Dr. Holmes said only prelim- inary discussions have taken place with the provincial gov- ernment about a program to increase student enrolment. "It's not our and we don't know what it is un 11 we tec it." he said. Anxiety at the U of L stems from the possibility that the ac- commodation subsidy to stu- dent may be paid for out of oiher funds now coming from the province. Dr. Holmes said he'd have to sec details before commenting on whether or not it would ben- efit the overall operation of the university. Advanced Education Minist- er Jim Foster has p'edged that the U of L will receive special financial help until its enrol- ment climbs to to s.udents. Water, bus rates Seen and heard About town T OCAL hockey fan Rudy Fast being caught twice by the television cameraman while attending Stanley Cup playoffs in Montreal Bill Cousins saying that as a father of five children, ho doesn't think he's qualified to speak on family planning in I he schools. mere. City council unanimously ap- proved a city water rate in- crease today after having it ex- plained to them in-dollars and cents. Their fears over an increase that had been expressed as averaging 37 per cent for resi- dential and 19 per cent for com- merical users evaporated when Finance Director Alister Find- lay read cut increases on some of the aldermen's own bills. To give council some idea of the actual billing increase. Aid. Ed Bastedo was told his in- crease was for a two- month billing in December when consumption is low airl in July.'For Mayor Andy Anderson described as a largo consumer of water, a summer billing Iwo-nionth inoreasr was For Aid. Steve Kolch, it was In dealing with budgetary resolutions council also upped bus fares five cents, effective July 1, added 12 men to the fire department and asked that a study be conducted into the fee structure for city recreation facilities, .said to he currently -imontj the lowest in Western Canada. John W. Dean, the president's counsel, were also involved in the initial cover-up attempt, in- vestigators said. The cover-up was formulated during some planned secret meetings held a; the re-election headquarters here in late June, according to investigators. BASIC SCHEME The basic scheme was said to have called for all of those in- volved in the operation to deny any knowledge of it, and for the re-elec.iton committee to is- sue public statements to that effect. In essence, investigators said, everyone involved in the opera'acai repeatedly lied, to federal investigators, prosecu- tors, other White House offi- cials, and finally, to Nixon. All six men are expected to be indicted by the federal grand jury now hearing tes i- en the Wa ergate inci- dent, sDurces close to the case said Tuesday. At least four other persons also were involved in the cover- up, and are now under investi- gation by tl.e grand jury, the sources said. They are Dwight L. Chapin. (lie president's for- mer appointments secretary, Gordon Strachan, a Haldeman assistant, Herbert L. Porter, whs worked for Ileibert Klein's information office arid Kenneth W. Parkinson, a Washington lawyer who was hired by the election committee shortly after the June 17 break-in. In addition, investigators said, there were many others who were in the words of cne source "seduced by the operation." The grand jury aM senate investigating commi tee aie now trying to determine, am-ong other tilings, whether these persons knew the full im- plications of their roles in the cover-up, The scheme, as allegedly worked out by Ehriichman, Haldeman, Mitchell and Dean, includsd payments to the ar- rcs'ed defend an.s, promises of executive clemency, a series cf public denials, and arrange- ments with Magruc'izr and Por- ter to perjure themselves dur- irg u-s trial of the seven Water- gate rieferdants. The account of the cover-up provided exclusively to the New York Times was subse- quently confirmed and corrob- orated hi interviews during the last 24 hours with a variety of officials and attorneys involved in the case. "Ha'deman and Ehrlichiuan were running the cover-up.'' one investigator said during an interview. He added that it was not known whether the two presidential aides were aware of the Watergate bugging op- eration before the arrests. "We don't know whether Nixon to this day knows what really happened.'' the investiga- tor added. "He really thinks they're clean." Meanwhile, the FBI" moved into position Tuesday to guard HIP files of three senior pres- idential assistants who are leaving because of the Water- gate case. FBI agents are guarding the files of H. R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and John W. Dean 24 hours a day. No one is permitted to examine or re- move papers from (lie files, he added, unless an agent is pres- ent cover-up Secret inquiry ordered at request By MARTIN ARNOLD New York Times Sen-ice LOS ANGELES John D. Ehrtichman has tcM federal in- vestigators that the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist came as a result cf a secret House investi- gation he ordered at the request of President Nixon. Ehrlichman, according to a Federal Bureau of Investiga- tion report, made public Tues- day in the Pentagon Papers trial, said that G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt Jr., con- spirators in the Watergate case, had been "designated" to conduct the investigation. The former presidential as- sistant said that he did not know that Liddy and Hunt had broken into the psychiatrist's office until after it had happen- ed, did not agree with the "method of and told the two men "not to do this the FBI report said. EXPRESSED INTEREST The bureau's report, based on interview by agents with Ehrlichman in his White House office last Friday, said that in 1971 the president "had ex- pressed interest'' in the leak of classified information and "asked him. to make inquiries independent of concurrent FBI investigation which had been made relating to the leak cf the Pentagon Papers." There was "information available that Ellsberg had emotional and moral problems and Liddy arid Hunt sought to determine full facts" by pre- paring a "psychiatric profile" and conducting an "in-depth in- vestigation cf Ellsberg." the re- port said. It was apparently this effort that eventually re- sulted in the break-in. The disclosure at the Penta- gon Papers trial led the de- fence to move immediately for a dismissal of the case "with prejudice." Judge William Mat- thew Byrne Jr. of the United States District Court said he would take the motion under submission. "It may be renewed by the defendants'1 at a later time, he srid. "cr I may renew it my- self." Then, in what was inter- preted as broad hint to the gov- ernment, he turned to the chief prosecutor. David B. Nissen, ar.d said, "I assume that your superiors are evaluating the case." scores labor EDMONTON (CP) The So- cial Credit opp, ition and the sole member of the New Dem- ocratic Party in the legislature agreed Tuesday night in much of their criticism of the govern- ment's new Labor Act. Both said that the right to strike has not been overly rbused by unions. Both urged tre government to al'ow unions to conduct their own strike votes. Labor Minister Bert llohul said that in the last analysis, irdustrial relations are not the product cf "legislature brain- work'' but of the determination cf the parties to achieve har- mony and understanding. Nevertheless, the govern- ment had a duty to make sure that the "damaging conse- quences cf industrial conflict on the individual industrial workers, labor organizations, economic enterprises amj con- sumers are not permitted to manifest themselves." He was speaking during sec- ond reading of the massive, re- vamped labor act which, he says, tries to put the emphasis en collective bargaining, rather than on strikes. The act, how- ever, contains no new restric- tions on strikes. Tt adds, in some cases, an in- creased number of steps in the bargaining process to give the discuting parties a greater ciiar.ce of reaching agreement without resorting to a strike or lockout. Dr. Hohol says. Gordon Taylor (SC Drum- leading debate on the bill for Social Credit, said the history cf labor showed "the right to strike has not been used wrongly too many times." He also said the individual often requires protection that the large corporation does not need. NO MAGNM CARTA Grant Notley, New Dem- ocratic Party leader, said the new labor act is "certainly no Magna Carta for the Alberta la- bor movement." The best possible approach to solving labor-management dis- putes was free collective bar- gaining, he said. Peace-keeping aircraft meet blaze QUANG TRI (CP) Two peace-keeping helicopters flew into a blaze of small arms and anti-aircraft fire today as they began a carefully pre-arranged flight over Viet Cong territory in South Vietnam below the de- militarized zone. The aircraft, carrying full crews and four members of the International Commission ot Control and Supervision (IC'v managed to return to their base here about five minutes after takeoff without damage. "This settles said a dr- fraugbf Indonesian member of he JCCS. "It's just a matter of time until there's a major dis- aster.'1 Maj. Frank Bulmcr of To- ronto, one of the ICCS personnel aboard, said as he stepped from one of the helicopters: "It shakes you a bit. At first we thought it was mechanical fail- ure, but it didnt take long to figure out vliat was happen- ing.'' C In Saigon, Canadian ambassa- dor Michel Oauvin termed the incident "deplorable." Carl Fox of Kansas City, an American civilian co-pilot on one of the helicopters, said: "These guys must be lousy shots: but we were lucky, damn lucky.' VISITING SITE The aircraft were en route to pick up the remains of one of two helicopters shot down April 7. along with survivors of that crash who had returned to in- spect the wreckage. Todays attack increases the chances that the Canadian gov- ernment will decide this month to withdraw from the commis- sion, Ottawa sources indicated today. The external affairs de- partment still was awaiting de- tails of the attack. Coniially SMitches parties HOUSTON. Tex. (AP) John B. President Nixon's former secretary of the treas- ury, announced today he is switching from die Democratic to the Republican party. There has been recent specula- tion the former Texas governor and protege of the laic PrcM- dcnl Lyndon B. Johnson has given serious thought to making a bid for the Republican presi- dential nomination in 1976. There has been speculation that Nixon might ask Conally to return to the administration, to help in a White House staff overhaul forced by the Water- gate bugging affair. Connally served as chairman of Democrats for Nixon during the 1972 presidential campaign, then returned to bis Texas law practice.