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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SCATTERED SHOWERS FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 55 The Letttbttdge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 128 WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 52 PAGES Marchand Issues Call For United Canadian unity and regional development within the framework of that unity are the most important matters facing Canada today, Regional Economic Expansion Minister Jean Marchand said Tuesday. Mr. Marchand was featured speaker at the civic ban-., quet of the One Prairie Province Enquiry. The minister suggested that unless all regions of Can- ada work together to solve their local problems in a na- tional context Canada will not long survive. He warned that the serious danger exists that paro- narrow-minded local self-interest that ignores the rest of the take over from regional de- velopment activities, result- ing in various forms of sep- They Expected More From Marchand By JOT WILSON Herald Staff Writer A number of Ona Prairie Province Enquiry dele- gates Tuesday evening expressed disappointment that Regional Economic Expansion Minister Jean Mar- chand had not taken a definite stand for or against Prairie union, but had instead spoken of the activities and responsibilities of his1 department. Others said he couldn't take a stand or that it was better that he didn't. Fred Drummie, executive director of the Maritime Union Study which1 resulted from a 1965 conference in New Brunswick similar to the OnePPE, said the important point was that Mr. Marchand had spoken at all. "In the Maritimes we've become accustomed to listening to a lot of other people do the Mr. Drummie said. "But we've learned who we should listen to and who doesn't really matter." He suggested that whatever a federal cabinet min- ister said including remarks from Mr. Marchand and Supply Minister James A. Richardson who spoke earlier in tlie conference had much more likelihood1 of becoming part of reality than what others "in- cluding premiers" might say, because so much of the constitutional power lies with the federal government. Mr. Marchand said his first reaction when invited to the conference was to refuse, but he said he soon became "fascinated by the thought of it" and recon- sidered. He said he could not take a stand because as an easterner what he said would be taken as an eastern attitude, part of what the West is fighting. But his presence at the conference and insistence that the important matters involved regional develop- ment and problem-solving within the framework of Canadian unity, no matter what internal reorganiza- tion took place indicate a strong federal government interest in discussion of Prairie union. Backlash Reaction His attendance meant that two senior cabinet min- isters took part in discussion of One Prairie Province and he could have refused to come by saying the conference already had federal government represen- tation. The underlying theme of his address seemed to say that the federal government would watch with interest and provide any assitance requested in a continuing discussion of Prairie union and its alternatives, so long the intent was regional changes within Confedera- tion, and not separatism. Too, in the Maritimes the result of open support of Maritime union by the federal government and the Ontario press has resulted in a backlash reaction from Maritime newspapers and politicians, who are sug- gesting that if union is something the Ontario financial Establishments wants, then tiiere must be something wrong with it. The purpose of the OnePPE conference from its beginnings lias been to dicuss unemotionally the posi- tive and negative considerations of Prairie union, and this could not be done effectively if an anti-Ontario or anti-federal government feeling became evident delegates. AT PEACE AT THE CEMETERY There seems to be more than one way to man a picket line. This picketer at Mountain View Cemetery apparently has developed his own approach, or perhaps is taking a break from 'his duties. IBEW members have set up picket lines at several city locations during the, current strike. No End In Sight To City Walkout There Is no end in sight to- day in the strike by 28 city em- ployed electrical -workers members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 254 Lethbridge Unit, who went on strike Mon- day m an attempt to get in- creased wages, according to E. H. (Ted) Stark, business manager for IBEW. Picket lines were set up shortly after noon on Monday after the city failed to secure an injunction to stop picketing in certain areas and to limit picketing in other areas. The picket line at city hall resulted in 56 inside workers, members of Local 70 Canadian Union of .Public Employees staying off the job. Since Monday noon city hall has been manned by non-union employees and some casual workers. Up to the present, picket lines have been set up at city hall, Yates centre, parks department offiee, parks department depot, city sign painting shop, Gait Museum, Scenic Drive, sani- tary land fill, transit and public works garage; electric line shop where equipment is stored, public works and stores, Nifcka Yuko Gardens, Hender- son Lake pool area; and Moun- tain View cemetery. It is not known how many other city union employees have been off work because of their refusal to cross any pick- et line. TURNED DOWN The city signed a memoran- dum of agreement Feb. 12 with the union calling for a wage in- crease, to ?4.94 an hour May 1, 1971. City council ratified tha agreement but the union mem- bership turned down the offer. On March 17, the conciliation commissioners award recom- mended an adjustment, calling for a 6-6-6 per cent increase with a 14 per cent per hour in- crease effective immediately. This would have 'given a jour- neyman lineman retroac- tive to Jan. 1, 1970, oil Sept. 1, 1970, and May 1, 1971. The union rejected the settle- ment March 18 but said there was now room for settlement on the basis of the report. The union was asking for an hour, indicating a difference of only 3 cents per hour. The city also rejected the of- fer. The union asked for adjust- ment for four1 men in four de- partments at an April 28 meet- ing with union and city ne- gotiating committees, which was granted and agreed to by the provincial appointed media- tor J. R. Button. The adjustment would amount to about 10 cents per hour per man in the four de- partments. The city negotiation commit- tee agreed to the recommenda- tion but city council turned the offer down, stating they had signed the memorandum of agreement Feb. 12 calling for an hour May Coun- cil instructed the negotiating committee to stick by the agree- ment! aratism CO-OPERATION NECESSARY Co-operation among the peo- ple of the whole Prairie region is "of increasingly critical im- portance to your economic progress and social Mr. Marchand said. This co-operation could take place within a number of legal and constitutional frameworks: "I am not expressing an opinion as to whether it is more effec- tive with one provincial govern- ment or three. "I am assuming, however, that your theme really is a mat- ter of three provinces or one; it does not imply that there might be one state, separate from tho Canadian nation." Eastern provinces were once small, individual states, he said, but they "federated for what our ancestors believed to be our common good. "In the early years of this century the people in Quebec were still seeking security with- in the protective walls of an old- er social structure, and the peo- ple of Ontario and the Mari- times were still looking to the leadership of a mother country across the ocean. WEST RAISES VOICE "It was in Western Canada that the authentic voice of a Ca- nadian nationalism self-reli- ant, asserting independence of the old ties first gathered Mr. Marchand said. But the forces of imperfect communications networks and vast, unexplored areas that then shaped the Prairie politi- cal boundaries no longer ap- so we are here to ask questions about the Mr. Marchand said. Whatever the future holds in terms of western Canadian pro- Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN A L D E R AIA N Vaughan II e m b r o f f attending council meeting with a can- die just in case there should be a power outage first actual electricar- power prob- lem during the current strike by city electrical workers oc- curring at the home of Toni Band, city personnel officer Bob Crowe giving his wife Cheryl a surprise Moth- er's Day present as he let her try out the new lawn mows No Herald On Monday Monday, May 18, being a statutory holiday observ ing Victoria Day, The Herald will not publish. Full coverage of the h o 1 i d a y weekend news scene will be carried in Tues- day's edition. Display advertising for Tuesday, May 19, must be re- ceived by noon Friday, May 15; and for Wednesday, May 20, by a.m. Saturday, May 16. Classified advertise- ments received by a.m. Saturday, May 16, will appear in the Tuesday, May 19, edi- tion. vincial organization, the only sensible structure will be one which coraiders itself as a part of the whole of Canada. The structure's legal form- one province or not too important, the minister said, but "I do urge you in the policies you support to be Prai- rie regionalists and Canadian nationalists." Just as the various regions of Canada must work within the context of a united country, so must the federal government be concerned with the prob- lems facing all regions, Mr, Marchand said. EQUALITY ATTEMPT The federal government's first comprehensive commit- ment to attempt to provide equality of opportunity for Ca- nadians in every region of the country was the establishment a year ago of the department of economic expansion, he said. The department, of which Mr. Marchanp is cabinet minister, plans to accomplish its goals through financial subsidization of private industrial develop- ments and increased federal spending in underdeveloped re- gions. But he said he refers to "re- gions" as large blocks of Can- ada, not as individual communi- ties. "We are not pretending there new herds of fat cattle in every township. We are not telling ourselves there wfll be imFe jobs in every even that every village will con- tinue to exist. "M o s t will Mr. Mar- oband said, due to the increas- ing large-scale urbanization of Canadian society. His department hopes that economic expansion in Can- ada's future will be spread evenly throughout the country so that "growth centres" are es- tablished in a 11 regions, includ- ing the West. "You may explore the advant- ages of regional co-operation even to the point of provincial Mr. Marchand, said. "But whatever you may do you are at the same time looking in part at least to a national solution." Additional coverage of the OnePPE is carried in today's Herald on pages 10 and 11. 3 JEAN MARCHAND Fiends For Unity First American Troop Pullout Is Announced 'Parlez-Ootts Protest Prices TOKYO (AP) About 200 housewives brandishing carrots, potatoes and turnips marched on the ing Tuesday to demand action to bring down food prices. SAIGON (AP) The U.S. command announced today the first American troop withdraw- als from Cambodia. At the same time South Vietnamese forces launched a drive along Highway One toward the capital Phnom Penh, 50 miles away. Associated Press correspond- ent David Rosenzweig reported that a South Vietnamese ar- mored column accompanied by U.S. advisers pushed up High- way One from the provincial capital of Svay Rieng to Kom- pong-Trabek, 25 miles to the west. The armored column linked up with South Vietnam- ese marines driving up the Me- kong River, then engaged about 600 Communist troops three miles beyond Kompong Trabek in heavy fighting. MANY WITHDRAWN U.S. Defence Secretary Mel- vin Laird said in Washington earlier that several thousand American troops already had been withdrawn from Cam- bodia. It was not disclosed im- mediately whether there had been withdrawals beyond the one announced by the U.S. com- mand. "We announced the termina- tion of one a spokes- man said. "We'll announce ad- ditional withdrawals as soon as operational. considerations per- mit us'to." WON'T GIVE NUMBER The command would not dis- close the number of troops with- drawn. Informed sources said it involved fewer than men who secured Ba Thu, about a mile inside Cambodia and 45 miles west of Saigon, after South Vietnamese forces had seized the North Vietnamese base area in heavy fighting. Official, sources have said to U.S. troops and to South Vietnam- ese troops are operating inside Cambodia on more than a dozen fronts, on both sides of the Me- kong River. Posties jump The dm Israeli Raider s SARNIA, Ont. (CP) More than 50 letter carriers set up picket lines this morning outside the Sai-nia post office, bringing business to a near halt. The workers, members of the Letter Carriers' Union, claimed the strike was legal. They were believed the first to leave their jobs in Canada. T. C. Cooper, president of Local 31 of the union, said a conciliation board report on the dispute between his union, the Canadian Union of Postal Work- ers, and the federal government handed down May 4 and his men could legally strike seven days after that. Inside Postal workers, mean- while, remained on the job. Tliey were at work before the letter earners set up picket lines and John Gould, president of the Sarnia local of the Cana- dian Union of Postal Workers, said his men would remain on the job until their shift finished. More than of Canada's postal clerks, sorters and letter carriers are embroiled in the salary dispute with the govern- ment. Members of the two .national unions are scheduled to vote next Tuesday and Wednesday whether to go on strike. Out- come of the vote is expected to be known by May 22. Negotiations are continuing in Ottawa. Return To Bases From AP-Renters Israel said the last of its forces which took part in Tues- day's punitive raid on Arab guerrilla bases in southern Le- banon returned to their home bases today, 32 hours after the first tanks rolled across the bor- der. Contradictory accounts of the operation in the rugged foothills. of Mount Hermon came from the Israelis and the Arabs. In Beirut, Reuters corre- Boat Hijacker Killed; Television Viewers See Wild Chase HIROSHIMA (Reuters) Po- lice shot and killed a young gun- man here today, 15 hours after he hijacked a ferry boat with its passengers and crew and forced it to sail around Japan's inland sea chased by armed patrol boats. Millions of television viewers saw the gunman, N o b u hisa Kawafuji, 20, crash to the deck of the ferry here after being hit in the cnret by a po- lice marksman's bullet. He had refused to surrender. He died soon afterward in hospital after an emergency op- eration. Armed with two rifles, a shot- gun and a stolen police pistol, the youth commandeered the 180-ton ferry with 44 persons aboard, 11 of them crew mem- bers, in nearby Ujina Tuesday. A policeman and one by- itabder were .wounded th spray of bullets as the ferry pulled away from the dock. LETS PASSENGERS GO The gunman took his captives on a 50-mile ride to the ferry's other terminal, Malsuma City, on S'nikoku Island. The ferry re- fuelled there and tho gunman allowed all 'nit seven crew members, to go Ashore. Then he forcco' it to sail to Hi- r o s h i m a, where police de- manded he surrender. The young man waved nil arms and shouted defiantly to police. He stood in full view waving a rifle, but made no at- tempt to protect himself. Suddenly, the single shot rang out, fired from SO yards range, and lie fell sideways. Television pictures showed the gunman in close-up his (see twisted in agony, moments be- fore he craslwd to the deck. Poh'cc said the youth was wanted for robbery and other offences. spondent Ian MacDowall re- ported that Palestine-Arab com- mandos celebrated what they hailed as a victory in the battle against the powerful Israeli ar- mored force. Al Fatah guerrilla sources said Israeli casualties were heavy, that the attackers failed to enter any of the guerrilla- based villages and that after hand-to-hand fighting, the Is- raelis were driven out of an im- portant commando base cap- tured earlier by a force of 40 tanks. UN CONDEMNED TEL AVIV (Reuters) Is- raeli Premier Golda Meir today strongly condemned the UN Se- curity Council as an "incompe- tent institution" following its discussion of Israel's raid against guerrilla bases in Leba- non Tuesday. The Security Council called on Israel to withdraw its troops from Lebanese territory. Mrs. Mcir said during a visit to Jerusalem's Wailing Wall: "The ugly history of the Secu- rity Council shows that it is an incompetent institution and that therte ii no hope of expecting justice from it." ;