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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 70 The UtHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 129 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MAY 14, 1970 Conference: It Was Great, Simply Great By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer The closing proceedings Wednesday of the One Prairie Province conference brought a welter of con- gratulatory remarks to its co-sponsors The Leth- bridge Herald and the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Laurier LaPierre, the sole Quebec panellist at the four-day enquiry into Prairie union, said it was gratifying to tee "men with open minds, men with a sense of vision" willing to examine the status quo. A Coaldale sheep-rancher, Ed Davidson, said he had planned to register as a delegate, then decided against it. "But now I wish I had. You could spend a lifetime and not find the expertise and (he diversity that was here. Mr. Davidson, who attended every day, said "I sus- pect the kind of enquiry that took place here will be a definite landmark in Canadian history. Cleo Mowers, editor-publisher of The Herald, and Dr. Bill Beckel, acting president of the university, are going to present themselves as the "focal point" for further study into the merger of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. But even if the practical ramifications of the con- ference are not clear, the Lethbridge enquiry did allow 30 speakers and 300 delegates the unprecedented chance to submit union to formal scrutiny. 'f'he proposal for Prairie union produced a number of new names: Canada West, SAM, WINland, and Riel. (The latter, suggested by Saskatchewan MLA Allan Blackeney, commemorated Lous Kiel, the 19th-century Metis rebel, "who was born in one Prairie Province and was hanged in A merger of Alberta with British Columbia sug- gested the name Pacific West, and Brialsasman was the cumbersome title suggested for union of the four western provinces. And if not everyone had title ideas, there was no shortage of alternative proposals for Prairie bound- aries: leave them as they are; join Alberta with ah" of western Canada, including the north and northern Ontario, and sneak the whole thing out of Confedera- tion; split all the provinces into 14 areas. There was little talk of annexation of Alberta to the U.S., and separatism was whole-heartedly dis- counted by speakers. Western Grievances If one can make any judgments about the con- ference at such close range, it might be these: are intrigued with the idea of re- vamping provincial boundaries, but no single concept has yet captured their fancy. west has a tremendous list of grievances against the east and Ottawa. Many of these grievances -discriminatory freight rates, poor agricultural mar- keting efforts, preferential treatment of eastern in- dustries boil down to frustration over the West's small representation in Parliament. Prairie union will take an immense amount of further study before it is effected. Alvin Hamilton, former federal agriculture minis- ter said he had come to the conclusion that the en- quiry's sociologists didn't know if union would work, Hie regional development speakers thought it would, the political scientists were "vague and and the politicians were opposed. "I don't blame the policiticans because who wants to make themselves But if the lack of political power is the nub of the west's problems, Dr. LaPierre provided a caution- ary note. "In the final analysis, it is not how big you are, but how much an issue becomes a political concern." "Quebec, with its 74 seats (compared to the Prai- ries 45; had done well out of confederation, especially since the 1950s. "But the federal government tends to offset Que- bec's voice in favor of balance. Only Ontario is largely Jetting what it wants." They Go Wild Over Trudeau WANGANUI, N.Z. (CP) Trudeaumania burst out in this New Zealand city of Thursday as its usually-reserved people let loose to welcome Prime Minister Trudeau with aii (he shoving, squealing and squirming they could muster. For nearly two hours he appeared to be in the midst of a leadership campaign as he inched through exhibition grounds here surrounded by a shifting sea of people. He came to see the but he had to work to do it.- Even before he reached the fair grounds, after, flying north 100 miles from Wellington, hundreds of people were on the streets to catch a glimpse of the Canadian leader. When he stepped from his car, he was submerged in moving bodies. Naughty, Naughty The bachelor prime minister also shared a double bed today with a demure 18-year-old girl in a who wanted him to sign her autograph and the scene could not have been more public. It happened at a land and industry exhibition. Surrounded by surgnirig crowds, Trudeau, on a four- day New Zealand tour, came across pretty Carol Hen- dry in a flismy night dress on a double bed used to demonstrate locally-manufactured quilts. When she asked the prime minister to sign his autograph, Canadian photographers persuaded him to pose on the bed with Miss Hendry. Trudeau obliged, to Miss Hendry's delight 'Old rags, paper, stocks and Jobless Lines Grow OTTAWA (CP) The num- ber of jobless in Canada rose by in a month to in April, moving against the nor- mal trend of a spring decline in unemployment. With the total labor force up by to the April jobless rate was per of every workers lacking jobs. Discounting the usual sea- sonal fluctuations, the unem- ployment rate was up sharply to 5.6 per cent from 5.1 per cent in March. The seasonally-adjusted rate has been moving up steadily since the beginning of the year. After running at about five per cent last fall, then dipping to 4.8 per cent in December and 4.5 in January, the adjusted rate went up to 4.8 in February. A year ago April, the adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 per cent when out of a work force of were without jobs. Figures published today by Dominion Bureau of Statistics show unemployment increased in Ontario and on the Prairies remained below the na- t i o n a 1 dropped slightly elsewhere. There were 104 out of every workers unemployed in the four Atlantic provinces, 89 out of, in Quebec, 47 in On- taro, 54 on the Prairies and 66 in British Columbia. No Herald On Monday Monday, May 18, being a statutory h o 1 i day observing 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. Saturdayy May 16. Classified advertise- ments received by a.m. Saturday, May 16, will appear in the Tuesday, May 19, edi- tion. Strike Woes Mount Here Lethbridge" could have a sec- ond strike on its hands by Tues- day morning. Local 70, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) ser- ved strike notice to the city at 8 o'clock this morning follow- ing a Wednesday meeting of union and city negotiating com- mittees with provincial media- tor J. R. Button. Strike deadline is 8 a.m. Tuesday. About 215 workers are involved. A. N. (Nap) Milroy, CUPE representative, said after Wed- nesday's meeting, "We feel we have given a big compromise and are hopeful council will agree to the conditions pro- The city negotiating commit- tee was scheduled to take the proposals to city council at this afternoon. The union negotiators Wed- nesday represented 115 full- time and 100 casual outside city employees. They were not rep- resenting the inside workers who are still in conciliation in their contract dispute, accord- ing to a city press release. FOURTH DAY Meanwhile the strike by 28 city-employed electrical work- ers entered its fourth day Thursday. E. H. (Ted) Stark, business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, met Wednesday after- noon with Tom Ferguson, city manager, Oli Erdos, utilities di- rector, and the provincially-ap- pointed mediator, J. R. Button. It was tlie first meeting be- tween city officials and repre- sentatives of 28 city electrical workers since the work- ers served strike notice last Thursday. Following the 30-minute meeting Mr. Stark left a pre- sentation for consideration by city officials. The Building and Trades Council in Lethbridge asked its members Thursday to respect the picket lines set up by the striking electrical workers. GARBAGE PROBLEM Since the electrical strike started Monday, city hall has been manned by non-union em- ployees and some casual work- ers. City officials said today garb- age collection is the only real problem. Citizens have been asked to store garbage in plas- tic bags and to co-operate with the city by taking garbage to the city sanitary land fill. In some of the new sub-divi- sions, picket lines have dis- rupted work, with union work- ers refusing to cross picket lines. Graves in the city cemetery can still be opened and closed by city foremen. WdCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 34 PAGES SWEPT TO DEATH-David Fenitz, 11, unable to swim to his death over the American Falls at was swept Niagara Falls when hit homemade raft got caught in the rapids. Two companions jumped off when they re- alized the current was getting stronger. They swam to shore. Park police threw ropes from raft overturned. Top left: The raft rapids. Top right youngster hold bridge but the in middle of on as raft heads for edge, 'lower left; the Fenitz boy is caught up in swirling water. Lower right: He is thrown from the raft. City Sitting Pretty Rich Market Zone Postal Service Picture Bleak By THE CANADIAN PRESS Disruption of mail service spread across Ontario and Quebec today as postal workers and letter carriers followed the lead of 100 workers in Sarnia, Ont., and reacted with 24-hour sitdowns protesting suspension of negotiations with the federal government. Workers in Ottawa and sur- rounding areas of western Quebec, including Aylmer, Hull, Gatineau and Maniwaki and eastern Ontario began 24-hour "study sessions" during which no mail will be delivered. In Montreal, the president of the city local of the Letter Car- riers' Union said his men reported to work this morning, but said a "study session" was scheduled. Mail delivery went as usual today in Toronto and Hamilton, one of the most militant postal districts in Canada. But the Toronto letter carriers have scheduled a mass rally Sunday and Alex Power, presi- dent of Local 1, said the city sit- uation was "electric." The workers, members of both unions involved in federal By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge is at one corner of "what will probably be the greatest and wealthiest industrial complex in North America" within the next few decades, according to for- mer federal agriculture minister Alvin Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton was a member of the Wednesday afternoon One Prairie Province Enquiry final session of the conference. "The area of Canada with the greatest land base, tne negotiations, said the strike was greatest accumulation of resources anywhere, and across legal because it came eight the sea from Southeast greatest potential mar- days after a conciliation board the world js the area bounded by Lethbridge, Win- Sed nipeg and Mr. Barren .JJ. legislation a strike is legal He said the triangle could support at least 15U mil in days after such a report. jjon people and new government structures must Be lorm- i Canada hovered on the hnth the "massive industrial com- ulated to accommodate both the "massive industrial are likely to develop. ONLY FOUR AREAS There is only one great in- dustrial complex in North Am- erica at the present time, fre said the Great Lakes region. But it is choked with the con- gestion of its pollution and pop- looked bleak. The members of the two unions will hold an official strike vote next Tuesday and in- dications are a strike will be called. Guy Morrissette, president of a Montreal letter carriers local, set the scene Wednesday night when he warned bluntly: "It's going to be the worst strike Canada ever had." No interruption of pos- tal service is expected in Leth. bridge until at least next week, it was learned today. A national strike vote is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Sinden Quits Boston Bruins To Enter Private Business rorces Enter BOSTON (AP) Harry Sin- den, coach of the Stanley Cup Boston Bruins announced today his retirement from professional hockey to join Stirling Hoirax Corp., Avon, N.Y., housing man- ufacturers, "in an executive ca- pacity." Sinden, who guided the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup since 1941, told a news conference the decision to leave hockey was hard to reach after his 16 years in the sport. He said he had been consider- ing for the last two years his fu- ture and that of his family and the new opportunity with the home-building firm was too good to pass up. Sinden 37, said his decision to retire came in part from his de- sire to spend more time with his family. He said there was no strain between him and the Bruins management including M''. t Schmidt, general manager of the MIL club and team owner Weston Adams. BEIRUT (AP) An unknown number of Syrian troops have entered eastern Lebanon near Deir el Achair without the au- thorization of the Lebanese gov- ernment, witnesses in the area said. Lebanese military authorities have demanded they withdraw. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN STUDENTS excited about quips from Lethbridge visitors James Richardson and Laurier LaPierre, in- cluding one that "the One Prairie Province Enquiry is really a re confederation conference" One PPE delegate commenting, as a bat flew around in the con- ference assembly: "Well I guess we know where we are if that bat flies out of this building" as he recalled the phrase 'like a bat out of hell'. Report Slaps Down Ottawa Brass OTTAWA (CP) In a report certain to jolt the Ottawa public service establishment, the Com- mons public accounts commit- tee has sharply rebuked six gov- ernment officials, including a deputy minister and a former deputy minister, for the high cost of refitting the aircraft car- rier Bonaventure. The report, tabled in the House Wednesday by committee chairman Alfred Hales places the total cost of the refit at compared to an original esti- mate of made by naval authorities in Halifax. The caustic. 41-page report is the product of intensive investi- gations carried out by (be com- mittee last year, both here and at the 3onaventure's home port. Those cited in it include deputy defence minister E. B. Arm- strong and Gordon W. Hunter, former defence production min- ister who since Jan. 1 has been master of the Canadian mint. "The committee fails to un- derstand why the deputy minis- ters realizing that the cost of the refit of the Bonaventure was, month by month, getting out of control, did not order an 'on-the-job' says tiie report. It recommends that the dc- partnivnts concerned "deter- mine the reasons why depart- mental officers involved in tin refit performed in the manner they did and also take appropri- ate action to ensure that such inefficiency be eliminated in the future." CHANGES NEEDED "This! require changes to the system under which they work and may require discipli- nary action in regard to person- nel involved." Mr. Hales, speaking to report- ers outside the House, identified the "personnel involved" as Capt. T. W. Maxwell, director of maritime systems engineer- ing in the defence department and Capt. J. A. Lynch, acting director-general of the depart- ment's programs branch; and R, D, Wallace, associate direc- tor, shipbuilding and heavy equipment, and L. E. St. Laur- ent, project officer under Mr. Wallace in the supply and sen-- ices department. All are named in the report as having given evidence to the committee. The newly-created supply de- partment took over the duties of the former defence production department last year. Mr. Hales said he had heard that all the personnel involved hold the same posls as before except Mr. Hunter. Publication of the report seemed to ensure that the ill- fated Bonaventure. only aircraft carrier ever owned by Canada, is not to be allowed to go peace- fully to its grave. ALVIN HAMILTON alternative plan illation, and has grown so large that decentralization of its pro- duction machinery is urgently needed. There are only four regions in Canada where this .decen- tralization can take place, since industrial development depends on availability of natural re- sources. As well as the Lethbridge- Winnipeg-Whitehorse triangle, these are the Labrador trough, the northern Quebec and On- tario claybelt area and the Sas- katchewan Manitoba Lauren- tian ShieW district. Mr. Hamilton advanced his industrial expansion prediction as one alternative to union of the three -Prairie provinces, which he said might not be the best solution to western prob- lems. "To the people who are net here businessmen, working men. in our cities, (he farmers- all they want to ask of this con- ference and this concept is, 'would your proposal help to sell Other alternatives to One Prairie Province include forma- tion of regional governments, expansion of interprovincial co- operation, city-centred regional govern ments, culturally-cen- tred regions and separatism, Mr. Hamilton said. A regional government setup, he said, "would involve 14 re- gions at the present time and perhaps 19 in the and would take the place of the existing provincial govern- ments. Regional governments wouia make it possible to have selec- tive monetary and fiscal poli- cies designed to meet regional needs and problems related to the economy of a particular section of Canada, he said, and "would deal with Canada as it is." CO-OPERATION EXISTS Substantial interprovincial co- operation exists now on the Prairies, Mr. Hamilton, said, and by increasing it much of what One Prairie Province could accomplish in terms of uniform administrative sys- tems would be achieved. He noted that the Prairie Provinces Economic Council, various water resources groups, the Banff School of Business Management and the Univer- sity of Saskatchewan veteri- nary medicine college are al- ready co-operatively adminis- tered. City-centred regional govern- ments are also a distinct pos- sibility, he said, because almost 80 per cent of Canada's popula- tion now lives in only eight "the cities are soon going to recognize their power." By the end of this century, however, none of these political and economic systems may be necessary: "The wealth of the people by then will be so much greater than it is today that the ques- tion of economics won't be a consideration. People will want a culturally centred region where they can attain the maxi- mum, long-term goodness of life and where cultural consid- erations will be the g u i d i n g force." Mr. Hamilton dismissed en- tirely tire idea of separatism, but said "if we were ever real- ly serious about forming a western nation, v'ly not do a good job of it and include B.C., the Yukon, the Prairies, the about half of On- tario." Additional One Prairie Prov- ince coverage on Pages 18 and 19. ;