Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 40 The UtHbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 126 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MAY 11, 1970 TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES West Union Parley In Full Swing By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer The One Prairie Province Enquiry dug its heels in today with the first of 30 in-depth reports on the feasibility of political union by Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Co-sponsored by the Lethbridge Herald and the Uni- versity of Lethbridge, the four-day conference this morning tackled the constitutional considerations of One Prairie Province, and this afternoon, the sociologi- cal aspects. The enquiry continues tonight with a cocktail hour at in the 4H Building, followed by a speech by Alberta Premier Harry Strom in the Exhibition Pavi- lion, tiie conference's main site. Mr. Strom is expected to come out against the idea of a fusion of the three provinces. His- opinion would mirror that of Saskatchewan Premier Ross Thatcher, who has called the conference an "academic Manitoba Premier Ed Schrey- er has reportedly not made any comment. British Columbia Premier W. A. C. Bennett two years ago suggested provincial lines should be re- drawn to set out five major areas Western, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. However Mr. Bennett at an Alberta Social Credit annual meeting last autumn speculated a better ease might be made for B.C.-Alberta union, rather than Prairie amalgamation. Although a merger of B.C. and Alberta would leave Manitoba and Saskatchewan be said aligning of the two most westerly provinces would "make sound economic sense." Mr. Bennett even suggested at the time that one session of the new legislature could be held in Vic- toria and the next in Edmonton. No-Nonsense Tone The OnePPE started Sunday night with a tougher, more definite speech from federal cabinet minister James Hichardson than many of the 300 delegates and observers obviously expected. Aside from coming out favorably for a united province and even suggesting a name Canada West, Mr. Richardson said at an impromptu press conference that the Senate and House oE Commons might have to change to allow for more regional influence. The minister of supply and services said a system might be introduced where' MPs could vote on leg- islation individually and thus develop regional bloc representation rather than along party lines. As opposed to the current system where a, minority government puts its future on the line with every vote, the revised method would let members defeat legislation, but through a following vote of confidence, retain the government. This new method might be m'ore desirable than additional seats for Canada West, he said. (If the three Prairie provinces united, they would hold about one-third of the land mass of the 10 prov- inces 20 per cent of all Canadian soil and about 17 per cent of the population. Their joint representa- tion in Parliament would be 53 seats, about 17 per cent of the current 264-seat House.) The no-nonsense tone of Mr. Richardson's speech his mention of the eastern hold on business, suggestion of an ongoing study council, naming of Canada West appeared to have influenced at least one western dele- gate. Prior to the speech, the delegate said he thought the conference was going to be a case of westerners "spouting hot air at each other." After the speech, the man shrugged his shoulders and said if a unified province meant faster govern- ment replies to his letters, "I'm for it." Sneak Attack Fears Raised In Survey By LOUIS NEVIN LONDON (ZAP) The increasing accuracy of both American and Russian nuclear weapons raises the spectre of a sneak attack by one of the super-powers, an authoritative strategic study reported today. This possibility, said Britain's Institute for Strat- egic Studies in its annual survey, makes the two coun- tries' strategic arms limitation as SALT reopen in Vienna on April 16, "the most im- portant arms-control negotiation in history." At the same time, the survey added, the talks are a measure of "the slow and wary approach by the super-powers towards an exclusively bilateral relation- ship based on a mutual fear of nuclear disaster." The institute, now headed by former prime minis- ter Lester B. Pearson of Canada, is a privately-fi- nanced, independent organization that conducts re- search in military, political and disarmament affairs. It draws its information from the United Nations, va- rious unspecified governments and a staff of aca- demicians and other experts. Its Strategic Survey 1963 said the United States, which now possesses strategic nuclear warheads compared with the Soviet Union's "has embarked upon programs which could raise that total to by 1975." The megatonnage at the disposal of the two. na- tions now is roughly equal because of the greater size of the Soviet warheads, the institute said. The report said the development of Soviet and Am- erican anti-ballistic missile systems and "very accurate warheads for offensive missiles" raises "the rational question about the stability of the deterrent relation- ship between the two superpowers." These two technological developments, it added, "might seem, because of their particular capabilities, to Increase the relative attraction of' a first-strike sur- prise attack." Richardson: Merger May Be The Answer Conference Seen Turning Point In History JAMES RICHARDSON West Con Redraw Map Of Canada Nixon Tries To Ride Out Massive Wave Of Protest WASHINGTON (Reuters) President Nixon, trying to ride out a massive wave'of protest over his Indochina policy, today seeks the support of the 50 gov- ernors, some of whom ordered National Guanf troops on to col- lege campuses last week. The governors were scheduled to meet Nixon at the White House in the afternoon to dis- cuss "the issues that we are facing, both foreign and stud_ent strikes.and unrest the'obvious priority items. Even as Nixon prepared for the session, anti-war leaders were heading home from a mass weekend rally here Satur- day hoping to maintain the fer- ment against the administra- tion. The protest leaders served no- tice that they were promoting a nationwide Campaign of eco- nomic boycotts, "sick-outs" by workers and more student strikes. The verdict after the demon- stration by people near the White House Saturday was that, despite the essentially peaceful nature of the protest, nothing bad changed. David Delinger, one of the seven convicted Chicago con- spiracy defendants and a leader Firebombs Planted On Jet Airliners of the New Mobilization Com- mittee to End the War in Viet- nam, told a news conference Sunday that 450 colleges and universities now are on strike. He said students would carry anti-war activity to business and urge a boycott of firms that have defence contracts' as part of the tide of protest against the Cambodian venture and the slayings of four students at Kent State University last Mon- day. Administrators and political leaders meanwhile ordered the reopening today of many cam- puses in the United States that were closed last week, but some students called for con- tinued protests. Other schools offered compromise plans to keep classes going. By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer "Canada West" a name for a new province and the unique opportunity to develop improved government were challenges proposed by James A. Richardson Sun- day evening to 300 delegates attending the One Prairie Province Enquiry. Mr. Richardson, federal minister of supply and ser- vices and a Winnipeg MP, presented the keynote address to the four-day conference sponsored by The Lethbridge Herald and the University of Lethbridge. "For Canada, the concept of One Prairie Province may not be the question: It may be the he said, emphasizing that his remarks were personal and not fed- eral government policy. "I believe in the years ahead the Lethbridge Con- ference will be looked back upon as an historic event, and as something of a turning point for the West and for Canada." ARTIFICIAL BOUNDARIES The West is divided more by artificial political bouundaries drawn almost 70 years ago than by regional differences. Union of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Man- itoba into the province of Can- ada West is entirely possible, the minister said. "Western Canada was not even at the conference table in 1867, and there were no West- ern Fathers of Confederation. "We are, or we can be, the fathers of a Reccmfederation. We have the opportunity and in fact the obligation to redraw the map of Canada if we sin- cerely believe we can improve Canada by doing so." The increasing centralization of economic and political pow- er in Ontario and Quebec has threatened the balance of Can- ada, Mr. Richardson said. However, the "colossal natu- ral wealth and the consequent almost unlimited potential of the west" (unknown at the time of Confederation) make a new bal- ance possible. "Canada has been described as the sleeping giant but it is becoming evident that the place where the giant sleeps is in the West and the North-. and the giant of the West is awakening. "Canada is not a nation any other: Canada is, or could be, Mr." Richardson said. Create Netv Canada _ LONDON (AP) A mass po- lice investigation began across Europe today for saboteurs who tried to plant suitcase firebombs aboard Spanish jet airliners in London, Geneva, IVankfurt and Amsterdam. Detectives'from the four cities were assembling in Paris for a meeting at Interpol police head- quarters. An- official of Spain's Iberian Airlines said the sabotage at- tempts appeared to be the work of anarchists, trying to disrupt Spain's lucrative tourist trade. The incendiary bombs were planted Sunday on four planes that had a.total of more than 100 passengers. But three of the bombs exploded on the ground and one in London was found before it went off. The pattern of the attacks, with warning telephone calls to empty the Iberian jets before they took off, and the low explo- sive power of the incendiary de- vices, indicated that the bomb- ers were trying to spread fear and not death. But the blasts alarmed airport security officials, because they revealed that safety precautions put into action after Arab ter- rorists attacked several Israeli airliners were not effective enough to keep bombs off airlin- Wet Weather May Cut Into P.E.I. Vote CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) Showery weather this morning was expected to change to steady rain later today as Prince Edward Islanders vote in the province's 27th election since Confederation. The rain was expected to cut into the vote in some rural areas where the red clay roads are unpaved. The weather could mean a heavier vote in some districts because farmers and farm workers would be unable to work the land. Spring plow- ing is under way in this agricul- tural province of Find Body In River EDMONTON (CP) The body of Stephen Rusnak, 70, of Edmonton was recovered from the North Saskatchewan River near the city. Police said he vyas reported missing some time ago. "It is because of this promise seen now through our difficul- ties that we work to create a new Canada, a united nation that could become the model cation of the world." He noted the Canada West concept is in no way harmful to the large eastern provinces. "The purposes would be to achieve a stronger West, not a weaker Ontario or Quebec." Modern-day technology has made obsolete the major rea- sons for division of the Canadian West into several provinces, Mr. Richardson said. Today's instant communication systems, compu- ter technology and rapid meth- ods of travel didn't exist when the Prairie provinces were form- ed. "If our thinking is limited we will leave our institutions as they were planned in the horse and buggy days, and if we do that we will not be achiev- ing the potential of the West." He did not suggest a site for the capital of Canada West but said it should not be any of the three present capital cities Edmonton, Hegina and Winni- peg. Consideration should. also be given to including regions sur- rounding the Prairies in any western Reconfederaticn, he added, giving additional support to the name "Canada West." Mr. Richardson called for any reorganization of the Prairie provinces (or all of the west) to combine the best character- istics of centralized and decen- tralized systems of government. Women Shout Down MPs OTTAWA (CP) Shouting and chanting from every part of the public galleries, women demonstrators who favor free abortions brought the Commons afternoon sitting to a halt Mon- day afternoon. Speaker Lucien Lamoureux ordered the sitting adjourned when members of the House of Commons protective staff were unable to restore order in the galleries overlooking the Com- iKons As soon as protective staff succeeded in bringing a sem- blance of order in one section .of the galleries, the rumpus broke out with renewed fervor in an- other. The sitting was shouted down during the regular daily ques- tion period. It was expected it would be resumed once the demonstrators were cleared from the galleries. The women demonstrators broke the sitting up with a re- peated abortion on demand." The outbreak came after a weekend of marching and deni-. pnstratio-ns by the women, seek- ing to have any mention of abortion removed from the Criminal Code and a change in law to make legal abortion available on demand by any pregnant woman. Reorganization Plan WALTER REUTHER Major departments of the new administration could be situat- ed in the present capitals and in other cities as well, with sen- ior government personnel living throughout Canada West. Reconfederation of the Prai- ries could also be a solution to the feeling of many Canadians that they are overgovemed, with three levels of bureaucracy con- trolling their lives. "As we cannot possibly elimi- nate city government and don't want toj or the senior govern- ment and don't want to. the the only place where any reduc- tion can be achieved is at the Labor Giant Walter Reuther Killed In Flaming Plane Crash DETROIT (AP) The United Auto Workers, who go to the bargaining table in mid-July to hammer out new conlr'acts with the automotive giants, have lost their leader of 24 years, Walter P. Reuther. He was killed with five others in a private plane crash Saturday. Under Reuther, a giant in the American labor movement, the UAW had grown to members, the largest industrial union in North America. Reuther had been the UAW's president since 1946 and was a vice-president of the AFL-CIO until he broke his union away two years ago in the climax to a feud with AFL-CIO President George Moany. He then formed the rival Alli- ance for Labor Action in an amalgamation with the Teams- ters and International Chemical Workers "to organize the unor- ganized and the poor and get the labor movement moving again." Those who died with the red- haired, 62-year-old Reuther were his wife, May, 59; Oskar Stonorov, 65, a Philadelphia ar- chitect; William Wolfman, 29, Reuther's bodyguard and Mrs. ReuUier's nephew; pilot, George Evans, 48; and co-pilot, Joseph Karaffa, 41, both of Co- lumbus, Ohio. They were en route to Pells- ton, Mich., from Detroit for a weekend visit to the UAW's education centre, which Stonorov designed. It is nearing completion on Black Lake in northern Lower Michi- gan. NONE SURVIVED CRASH No one survived the flaming crash of the chartered twin-en- gined executive-type Lear jet as it approached the Pellston air- port through rain under low- hanging clouds at p.m. In his sometimes stormy car- eer, Reulher had survived an assassin's shotgun blast which crippled his right arm, and had thwarted an attempt to take him on a gangland-style ride. He was a participant in the then sensational sitdown strikes of the 1930s in which his fledg- ling union took over auto plants and held them to force its rec- ognition as bargaining agent. Reuther realized a long-time dream in he won a guaranteed annual income from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. In his tenure he also had seen the average wage at the Big Three rise to hourly, with fringe benefits estimated to be worth another an hour. provincial Mr. Richard- son said. He said he expects the "Can- ada West concept" to continue, but suggested formation of a Canada West Council to continue One Prairie Province research and provide a continuing forum for its discussion. The council would include rep- resentation from farm groups, -universities, labor, business and professional associations and po- litical parties. "As Canadians we are at- tempting to do something very difficult when we seek to estab- lish a sense of Canadian ident- ity among a people who live in a mile band along the top of the American border and who speak two official lang- Mr. Richardson spid. "It is essential that fun- damental changes in the frame- work and in the underlying structure of Canada are made changes that will allow Western Canada to be an equal partner, the hard-working and willing partner that it wants to be in building Canada. "If Canadians seek to create together the most enlightened, the most tolerant and the most admired society on earth and no goals less than those are worthy of our collective op- portunity it is essential now that we do much more than tinker with the machinery of government and with the under- lying imbalance of our country. "It is open to our generation ard to our Mr. Richard- son said, "to create a still- stronger framework in Confed- eration for the second century of Canada's existence." Four Major Trophies For Orr BOSTON (AP) Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins' spectacular def- e n c e m a n, became the first player in National Hockey League history to win four major trophies when he was awarded the Conn Smythe Tro- phy today as the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup play- offs. The 22-year-old Orr, who scored the deciding goal in a 4-3 Boston victory in sudden-death overtime Sunday, completing the Bruins' four-game sweep over St. Louis Blues, was awarded the trophy on a vole by the NHL board of governors. Earlier, Orr received the Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in scoring with 120 points, the Hart trophy as the league's Most "Valuable Player and the N o r r i s trophy for a third straight year as the league's top defenceman. Seen end Heard ABOUT TOWN A GROUP of grade four Softball players at Susie Bawden School embroiled in a lengthy discussion on the proper method of dropping the bat after hitting the ball Bert Jones busy trying to explain the difference be- tween a Heifer bull and a Hereford bull Early mor- ning traffic on 13th St. S. be- ing slowed to a walk by a car leading a pony down the street.