Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
WARMER FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 50 The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 127 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MAY 12, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Strom Merger Picket Lines Set Up In City Strike Comes Under Fire The International Brother- hood of Electrical Workers, Lo- cal 254 Lethbridge Unit, in- volving 28 city electrical work- ers, went on strike Monday af- ternoon shortly after an at- tempt by the city to get an in- junction to stop picketing in certain areas and limit picket- ing in others failed. City hall permanent inside workers, members of Local 70 Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees have decided to recog- nize the picket line set up out- side city hall. Monday 34 members, mostly clerical workers, went lunch. When .they returned, the picket line was up and they refused to cross it. This morning 56 members of Local 70, inside workers, failed to report to work at city hall, while the effect of picket lines on other city union workers won't be known until tonight. ILLEGAL STRIKE Labor lawyer W. B. Gill of Calgary informed a meeting of city administrators that all other unions representing city employees who refuse to cross picket lines are in effect en- gaped in an illegal strike. In a press release Monday, city manager Tom Ferguson said any city employees not reporting for work due to the picket lines will lose pay for the duration of (heir absence. If the strike lasts any length of time, fringe bene- fits with the exception of pen- sions, could also lie cut off, he added. Tliis morning E. H. (Ted) Stark, business manager for 1BEW said picket lines had been set up at city hall, the recreation building at 5th Ave. and Drive, the public works building and the transit garage, the cemetery, and Nik- ka Yuko Japanese Gardens. He said the union was going to picket everything except the access roads to the power plant. "We don't want to disrupt the service to the citizens un- less all other avenues of picket- ing fail or the city refuses to meet for a he said. He stated that J. R. Button, the provincial government ap- pointed mediator is standing by, prepared to mediate if the parties involved are agreeable. TIu's morning non-union employees drove the city transit buses across the picket lines where the transit drivers look over for the bus runs. Mr. Ferguson said there would be no garbage pick-ups until the strike is settled. This is the only service curtailed by the strike. He is recommending the use of plasUc bags which can bo sealed and stored until they can be disposed. He said if people will rinse tin cans and then cut the ends out, they can be crushed and stored in a small area. He also said citizens with trucks or trailers could take garbage to the sanitary land fill at the west end of 2nd Ave. A. N. PREMIER BENNETT By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer Alberta Premier Harry Strom's proposal for a mer- ger of Alberta and British Columbia ran headlong into opposition Monday night from Premier W. A. C. Bennett of British Columbia. Mr. Bennett, who with Mr. Strom accounts for the only Social Credit provincial leadership in Canada, said in Victoria that union of the two provinces would make "too strong" a unit. Two years ago Mr. Bennett unveiled a plan for conversion of the 10 provinces into five British Columbia, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Marl- times. A Canada of five provinces is "just common he said Monday. Mr. Strom's proposal, aside from raising a new concept at the One Prairie Province Enquiry, also raised some hackles. Branded Self Move "It's a bloody selfish one participant said. "Alberta and British Columbia are rich already. Mr. Strom is just being greedy." Liberal MP Pat Mahoney of Calgary termed tie idea "a red herring." "If Strom is not interested in being senior partner in a One Prairie province, he sure as hell is not interested in being a junior partner with British Co- lumbia." Tlie proposed new province would follow the ex- tended lateral boundaries of B.C. and Alberta north to the Arctic Circle. This would take in most of the Yukon Territory, on which Mr. Bennett has previously cast covetous- glances, and the District of Mackenzie. The new province would leave a Northwest Terri- tories', panhandle between itself and tie Arctic ocean, thus bypassing the problem of Arctic pollution on the province's shores. James Richardson, federal minister of supply and services, said such a merger would "imbalance Can- ada, even with Maritime Union." Mr. Hichardson, who endorsed a united Prairie Province Sunday, said he thought the Northwest Terri- tories would "not agree to the loss of its western sec- tion. "It's an interesting concept, but I think Canada West which would eventually take in B.C. would be better." Both Mr. Strom and Mr. Bennett were speculating publicly last fall on the union of the too most westerly provinces. "I think Bennett is behind one participant said. "And if he isn't, then Strom has come down here from Edmonton with this idea to take our minds off One Prairie Province." MPs Vote From Home Delegates to the four-day conference, which is co- sponsored by The Lethbridge Herald and the University of Lethbridge, discussed parliamentary voting by elec- tronic means with MPs staying in their home ridings; constitutional changes designed to dissolve provincial governments; evolution of city states; problem of dove- tailing the divergent education systems in three Prai- ries. But one subject which has been given little promi- nence in the formal proceedings is western separatism. Dr. Dale Thomson of John Hopkins University said Monday the creation of a One Prairie Province was not even probable, and "there was even less chance of separation or secession." Dave Elton of the University of Lethbridge in- dicated from a 1969 Alberta electorate poll that 95 per cent of the participants did not consider Alberta would be better off if it were a separate country. Although! the purpose of the enquiry was evidently mixed in some observers' minds with the question of separatism, two major proposals have dealt with closer Alberta ties with other provinces and the north. Despite the consistent charges of alienation of af- fection against the case Alberta is evidently more in- terested in marriage than divorce. Israelis Lunge Into Lebanon From AP-Reuters Israeli armored and war- planes surged into Lebanon today in a dawn-to-dusk drive to smash Palestinian Arab guer- rilla bases. Syria and Iraq an- nounced they had joined in the fight to help the Lebanese, and Arab artillery pounded Israeli positions in the Jordan River Valley. After about 14 hours of opera- tions inside southern Lebanon the Israeli .military command announced the end of the opera- tion. But there was no immedi- ate announcement of a troop withdrawal. "We are expecting some trou- ble at nightfall and this could have a bearing on the troop pul- a command spokesman said. The end of the operation was announced also to an urgent session of the United Nations Security Council, New York, where the Israeli ambassador said Israeli forces were prepar- ing to leave Lebanese territory. The United Ntions Security Council meanwhile demanded today the immediate with- drawal of all Israeli military forces from Lebanese territory. The spokesman in Tel Aviv''1-did not elaborate on- what he meant by trouble at .nightfall. VILLAGES SURROUNDED The Israelis surrounded six Lebanese villages in the south, western flanks of Mount Her- mon during the operation, the spokesman said. "We understand that.a consi- derable number of guerrillas Thatcher May Cut Off Banks TORONTO (CP) Banks with branches in Saskatchewan have until July 1 to appoint directors from the province, Saskatchewan Premier Ross Thatcher said Monday. Banks that do not co-operate will be denied government business. He said in an interview he re- garded appointment of Saskat- chewan residents "as the least these banks can do if they want to exploit economic opportuni- ties in our province." A check of banks doing busi- ness in the Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Sco- tia, Toronto Dominion Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and Ca- nadian Imperial Bank of Com- that only two have Saskatchewan the Bank of Montreal and the Commerce. The premier came to Toronto to address a local service club. Bank Rate Cut In Govt. Move OTTAWA (CP) Federal authorities announced a series of measures Monday night designed to cool out enthusiasm for the Canadian dollar and reduce pres- sure on government bank balances. The bank largely-symbolic national In- terest-rate guide set by the Bank of dropped to per cent from the eight per cent in force since last July. That move, effective today, aims to show foreign dealers that yields on short-term investments in Cana- dian dollars are less attractive than they have been, thereby reducing the inflow of foreign funds. In the same vein, it could encourage Canadians to borrow at home instead of bringing in U.S. funds. The inflow, mainly in United States dollars, causes a demand for Canadian funds. To meet the demand, the government's cash balances have been run down sharply. Along with the bank-rate reduction, the govern- ment announced a s p e c i a 1 borrowing of from the chartered banks to replenish government bal- Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN VETERAN cribbage play- er Ken Byam dealing a Jack and three 5s to his wife Dorothy nnd then turning up the other 5, giving her a per- fect 29-hand the first he had seen in 45 years at the game Florence Wakelen .wondering what to do with two live rabbits she received for. Mother's Day Dr. and Mrs. Edward Mikhail enter- taining friends by serving ex- otic Egyptian dishes mainly from wheat, as a measure to take care of some of the sur- plus wheat. Slides Kills 7 SAARBRUECKEN (AP) Spring landslides near this West German city derailed two pas- senger trains Monday, killing seven persons and injuring seven others. were taken he added. He said arms of various kinds were seized. Strom uoes Superprovmce ea PREMIER STROM AND HON. JAMES RICHARDSON How About One Alberta and B.C.? Quebec Gets New. Leader QUEBEC (CP) Premier- elect Robert Bourassa moved into the premier's office and outgoing Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand into the Opposition leader's office today. The move preceded the offi- cial transfer of power, sched- uled for 4 p.m. when the new Liberal government is sworn hi by Lt.-Gov. Hugues Lapointe. CUTS CABINET Seated at the premier's huge glass-topped desk, Mr. Bourassa told an impromptu news confer- ence that his cabinet will in- clude. 22 members, four fewer than Premier Bertrand's. The cabinet will be presented later today. 'How was school today, Summer Games For Montreal AMSTERDAM (AP) The International Olympic Commit- tee Tuesday awarded Montreal the Summer Olympic games in 1976. Cools Off AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Ra- cial violence which left six oersons dead, more than 60 in- jured and widespread property damage in this east Georgia city was brought under control today as members of the National Guard patrolled the streets'. The violence, which included firebombings, sniper fire and window smashing, erupted late Monday after the death of a teen-age Negro prisoner who po- lice said was beaten by other Negro innrates. Gov. Lester Maddox, who 'or- dered guardsmen and state troopers into the city, said in Atlanta that with guards- men in the area the situation "now is under control." The proposal for a unified Prairie Province was sidetrack- ed Monday when Alberta Prem- ier Harry Strom suggested Al- berta might find itself a bet- ter companion in British Colum- bia. Mr. Strom, speaking to about 350 delegates and observers at the One Prairie Province En- quiry in the Exhibition Pavil- ion, said the Alberta govern- ment "does not look favorably upon the idea of combining the three provinces." Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. "We have a style and a qual- ity of life in Alberta which we want to maintain. "We frankly do not think the people of Alberta would be in- terested in such a union." THE STKOM PLAN Mr. Strom, whose opinions were in opposition to the pro- union declarations Sunday by federal cabinet minister James Richardson, said there were some "very, clear, practical rea- sons for an economic union with British Columbia." B.C. ports are necessary for the export of western coal and wheat, and for the import of Far East machines, he said. The union of the two provin- ces "would add great stability to our economic life." The Social Credit premier un- veiled his proposal along with a map outlining the new western province. Under Mr. Strom's plan, the borders of Alberta and B.C. would be extended to the Arctic circle, stopping short of tile north mainland shoreline. The new province would en. compass most of the Yukon Ter- ritory and the District of Mac- kenzie. Mr. Strom in his speech in- cluded a list of grievances again- st the east and the federal gov- ernment. He said Prairie farmers, the Alberta petroleum industry, eth- nic minorities, native peoples, western businessmen and Al- berta's poor "are often frustat- ed by the present management of confederation." An examination of the politi- cal institutions the Senate and House of Commons pre- sents a "rather bleak" picture for Albertans. "The present federal govern- ment does not have much politi- cal support to the west, but then it doesn't need it. "It can govern as it pleases on the basis of its majority in the central provinces." Mr. Strom said senators from Alberta have "usually been ap- pointed on a partonage anei the ma.iority of the prov- ince's MPs are backbenchers. (Of. Albsrta's six senators, five are of Liberal background and one is Progressive Conser- vative. Fourteen of the prov- ince's 19 MPs are !ri the Opposi- tion.) Mr. Strom's speech concluded the second day's proceedings at the One Prairie Province En- quiry. The Enquiry, co-sponsor- ed by The Lethbridge Herald and the University of Leth- bridge, ends Wednesday. Additional coverage of the One Prairie Province Enquiry appears today on Pages 5 and PREMIER CAMPBELL shoo-in P.E.L Liberals Come Up Big CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) Alex Campbell, Prince Edward Island's 36-year-old Liberal pre- mier, says he will call the legis- lature June 2 to move ahead with a massive economic devel- opment plan after overwhelm- ing voter endorsation Monday for the controversial program. The young lawyer from Sum- merside staked his political fu- ture on the plan and came away a big winner in the province's 27th general election since Con- federation. The Liberals smashed the Progressive Conservative oppo- s i t i o n, with Party Leader George Key suffering personal defeat. Final standings: 1970 1865 27 17 5 15 32 32 Liberals PCs Total The walk-away victory was in sharp contrast to a 1866 cliff- hanger election, undecided until deferred voting in one two- member riding gave the Liber- als a narrow win over the Con- servative government. The Liberals received about 58 per cent of the popular vote Monday, the Conservatives only 42, compared with a 51-19 split .hi 1066. However, on the basis of seats won it was not the Liberals' big- gest victory. In 19.35 they took all 30 seats at stake. The'house was increased to 32 seals prior to the 1966 election. However, Monday's election was the most, one-sided here since 1955 when the Liberals won 27 seats and the Conserva- tives three. In 1959 the Conserv- atives ended a 24-year Liberal reign by winning 22 of the 30 scats. Led by former Premier Walter R. Shaw, the Conserva- tives were re-elected in 18C2 be- fore being edged out by the Lib- erals four years ago. Mr. Key, 39-year-old success- sor to Mr. Shaw, lost narrowly in Prince 2nd to Joshua Mac- Arthur. Dr. George. Dcwar, Mr. Key's running mate and ths man he defeated in 1968 for the parly leadership, was elected. CABINET RETURNED Premier Campbell's nine- member cabinet was returned intact. Jean Canfield, a housewife, was elected for the Liberals in Queens 1st to become the first woman member in the history of the P.E.I, legislature. Each of the 16 constituencies is represented by a councillor and an assemblyman. Prior to the 1966 election, only property owners and certain others could vote for councillors although councillor and assemblymen privileges iu the legislature are identical. Killer Storm Hits LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) A deadly night-time tornado fa-ailed by hurricane velocity winds has turned this city of 170.000 into a disaster area with 23 known dead and still more bodies believed hidden under debris. Hundreds were injured and property damage was unoffi- cially calculated in the millions as the storm left a path of de- struction eight miles long. It was hours after the tornado before 10 p.m. police could find time to begin searching the wreckage. A police spokesman said it seemed likely "many more bod- ies" would be found. Damage centred in the down- town area, where virtually all store fronts were blown out and a policeman said "looting started before the wind died down." Police patrolled the streets to curb further thefts. The twister tore concrete chunks off skyscrapers and whipped broken glass through the streets, causing many inju- ries. Sammy Davis Marries Dancer In His Act HOLLYWOOD (AP) En- tertainer Sammy Davis Jr. was married Monday at the municipal courthouse in Plu'la- delphia to Altavise Gore, a dancer in his night club act, a Davis spokesman here re- ported. The marriage is the third for Davis. 44. The spokes- man said he thinks it is lira first for Miss Gore, in her mid- Ms and, like Davis, a Negro.