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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Trudeau Talks With Australian PM Shortened By STEWART MacLEOD SYDNEY (CP) - Somewhere off the Great Barrier Reef, Prime Minister Trudeau was at sea today, his official talks shortened by an Australian Parliamentary emergency, but presumably still enjoying the skin-diving site of his scheduled work-play cruise. Australian Prime Minister John Gorton, his party shaken by a censure-motion debate Friday, cancelled plans to spend two days on the yacht with Mr. Trudeau where they were to talk as well as swim. And Army Minister Andrew Peacock, Mr. Gorton's assistant, was delayed in getting there. Meanwhile, the Canadian Prime Minister had the company of Mrs. Gorton and Mrs. Peacock, three skin-diving experts, a Brisbane physician and his wife, his own executive assistant Gordon Gibson, and RCMP Inspector John Gongoe. The cruise, on a 79-foot chartered yacht, was carefully planned by Mr. Gorton so he and Mr. Trudeau could have long, relaxed discussions while, at the same time, giving his host an opportunity to engage in one of his favorite sports. They will still have an opportunity to talk when they meet here Sunday, and will get together at various functions until Wednesday when Mr. Trudeau moves on to Kuala Lumpur, to continue his 19-day Pacific tour. Press Curious The Australian government had emphasized the working aspect of the cruise, an emphasis that raised few arguments on the Canadian side. Mr. Trudeau is known to be anxious to avoid any unnecessary social activities on this trip, since he has confronted a press that is highly curious about his alleged reputation as a "swinger." But, try as he might, the image keeps haunting him. He was only out of Ottawa one day when a Honolulu girl reporter took some licence with a Trudeau quote to suggest that he asked her for a date. She had a front-page frolic with details of her refusal. And when he arrived Wellington, N.S., another girl reporter expressed some editorial disappointment that she didn't receive the same proposition. The Wellington reporter, listening to Mr. Trudeau over a public-address system, didn't even come within shouting distance of the prime minister. Then when Mr. Trudeau went to a high school rugby game at a Christchurch private school, the most male of institutions, 14 uninvited beauty contestants simply walked into the receiving line. The startled headmaster tried to steer the prime minister away from the intruders. "Do you know these girls," asked1 the prime minister. "Oh no," was the stiff reply. "Come, I'll introduce you," said Mr. Trudeau. Headmaster Balk The headmaster didn't accept the invitation but he was clearly the innocent victim of the cheek-kissing which followed. One by one the girls leaned over and kissed Mr. Trudeau, while their sponsoring photographer bad a field day. "The government has broken all traditions to allow this happy confrontation for the playboy prime minister," says the Sydney Daily Mirror. For an Australian government reception Tuesday, the government has said that all parliamentarians can bring their daughters, providing they are over 18 and single. "Members' sons more than 18 may attend too," adds the newspaper, "but few are likely to do so." Irish Army Legend Casts Long Shadow By JAMES F. KING LONDON (AP) - The legend of the Irish Republican Army is again casting a shadow across Irish politics. Young extremists, more interested in revolution than religion, are putting new life in the dormant Irish underground. Some Irishmen doubt whether the old IRA, which once fought for a unified and free Ireland, is really coming alive again. But there is no doubt that Ireland has a bubbling underground inspired by the IRA. The allegation that ranking ministers in Prime Minister Jack Lynch's Dublin government have been plotting gunrunning on their own evoked memories of the IRA and raised fears of impending strife this summer. Lynch', a 53-year-old moderate, is pledged, as are all Irish Republic politicians, to work for unification of Ireland - but he favors winning over the six countries of Northern Ireland by negotiation and not force. The government ministers he named in the gun plot and fired have denied the allegations. Lynch said about �30,000 ($78,000) worth of weapons were involved and "the source was Vienna, not Czechoslovakia," as some suggested. The mystery remains who was paying for them. The arms, lie claimed never got as far as Ireland. The finger immediately pointed to the outlawed IRA but sources in Dublin said the main IRA unit suspected a plot to discredit them. There is controversy as to just what the IRA is in 1970. The underground movement has broken into splinter groups, each claiming to be true to the ideals of tlie IRA, and some Irishmen find little semblance between what, is called the IRA today and what it was in the turbulent past. British intelligence was reported to have discovered several months ago that representatives of Irish extremist organizations were making trips to Britain and toe European Continent buying arms on the black market believed bound - eventually - for Northern Ireland, which is still linked to Britain. Court Action Adjourned City, Labor Strike Dispute No Closer To Settlement DEAD AT 84 - Billie Burke, former Broadway and Hollywood star Is dead at the age of 84. She had been In ill health in a Los Angeles, Calif., hospital tor years. Court action by the City of Lethbridge against 11 officials of three unions representing city. employees was adjourned Friday m Alberta Supreme Court in Calgary until Wednesday. The city withdrew its objection to the legality of the strike notice of Local 70, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and recognized that the outside workers will be on strike at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The city bad maintained that Local 70, CUPE, was parti- Cubans Burn Effigy Of Nixon HAVANA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Cubain demonstrators burned an effigy of President Nixon outside the Swiss embassy here Friday and pelted the building with eggs and black ink. The demonstrators, demanding the release cf 11 Cuban fishermen captured last week by a Miami-based Cuban exile organization, screamed "assassin" at Swiss Ambassador Alfred Fis-chli, jeered and booed his staff and threw paint and ink over two of his cars. The Swiss embassy, housed in the building of the former U.S. embassy on the Havana sea-front, represents American interests in Cuba. Premier Fidel Castro claimed , the IT.S. Central Intelligence/ Agency was behind the Miami-based Alpha 66 exile organization, which sank two Cuban fishing boats last week and is holding their 11 crew members hostage. He refused the demands of Three Killed In Two-Car Collision GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) -Three persons were killed and four others seriously injured in a two-caf head-on collision Friday night about nine miles north of Grande Prairie. Dead are Hans Risa, 44, of Sexsmith, Alta., his wife Karen, 40, and their son Kenneth, 5. The Risa's twin daughters, Carol and Holdis, age 15, are in fair condition in hospital and another passenger, Janis Oman, 14, also of Sexsmith, is also in hospital. Alpha 66 to exchange the fishermen for eight of the organization's guerrillas captured in a landing in Cuba last month. MIAMI (AP) - Two exile leaders who say they have landed guerrilla fighters in Cuba said Friday night the United States is moving to stop their raids. Nazrio Sargen, secretary-general of Alpha 66 which claimed it landed a guerrilla force in Cuba last April, said he was told the full force of U.S. law will be applied to block such raids. A government source said the United States stepped in because the raids are proving ineffective and are giving Fidel dastro fodder for his propaganda machine. Castro said last month the force that Alpha 66 later claimed was armed with modern weapons of "the Yankee army." I'm sorry, the boas is on strike!' r illifillll'R cipating in an illegal strike and that the strike notice served on the city Wednesday night was illegal because Local 70 acts for four bargaining units, of which only the outside workers had taken a supervised strike vote. Inside workers, police matrons, and library staff are also represented by Local 70. The city is in conciliation proceedings with the inside workers and is in negotiation with representatives of the bargaining unit of the library workers and the police matrons. All defendants in the action -officers and officials of CUPE, the A n. a 1 g a m a te d Transit Union and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-agreed not to picket indefinitely the three city firehaUs and police station, and will not picket or interfere with the digging of graves or burial cf the dead. According to an agreement made with the city, they will not picket or cause to be picketed the two sewage treatment plants, the power plant or the water treatment plant until such time as judgment has been rendered on the objection of the city to restrain the picketing. ' The first Injunction sought by the city to restrain picketing by the electrical workers was dismissed in Alberta Supreme Court in Fort Macleod Monday on the grounds that there was no basis for an injunction because no picketing had actually taken place at. that time. The city has abandoned its action for damages sjpiaij the union cfficiols andvotficers. It is seeking $20,000 general damages from three officials of Local 254 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers. The city is also seeking actual damages of not less that $2,000 a day from officials of CUPE, Local 70, and the Lethbridge Transit System. WEEKEND SERVICE City Manager Tom Ferguson said this morning regular Sun-day and holiday bus service will be in effect this weekend. However, it is not possible at this time to know if buses will be running Tuesday, he added. Because of the uncertainty of the strike situation in the city he urged Lethbridge residents to listen to the radio Tuesday morning for information regarding bus service. Parents of school children who are bused to school have been warned that they should be prepared for no bus runs Tuesday, with the exception of those routes normally using Northern Bus Lines vehicles. Since the city's electrical workers went on strike Monday and established picket lines at the transit garage, city administrative personnel have been driving buses across the picket lines to deliver and receive them from the bus drivers. The same non-union staff has also been gassing and cleaning the insides of the buses. IT'S LEGAL Lethbridge residents wanting to take garbage to the city's sanitary land fill may do so legally. A statement issued Friday by Police Chief James Carpenter states that it is a violation of the law to stop anyone using the Queen's highway. The statement adds that although the land fill is picketed, it is still open for public use. In another statement, S. F. Doe, chairman of Local 70, IBEW, outlines the union's position: "To clarify our position, the roads to the city dumps are public property, it would be a violation of law for us to obstruct them. "All we ask is public co-operation not to cross our .picket line. Union members who wish to cross, may apply for an emergency permit from our Union to do so". Vietnamese C ounter-Attack In Cambodia Under Way From AP-Reuters SAIGON (CP) - North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched counter-offensives inside Cambodia today, thrusting into Kampong Cham, the country's third largest city. In Saigon, the U.S. command announced that thousands more American troops had been pulled back from northeastern Cambodia, from one of a dozen fronts that had been the least productive in smashing North Vietnamese and Viet Cong base camps. The command would not disclose how many American troops had been pulled back from Cambodia in three announced withdrawals this week. But informed sources said the No Herald On Monday Monday, May 18, being a statutory holiday observing Victoria Day, The Herald will not publish. Full coverage of the holiday weekend news scene will be carried in Tuesday's edition. total numbered 5,000 to 6,000. They said 9,000 to 10,000 Americans remained beyond the frontier in the drive launched May 1. The closeout of the American operation in the Communist command's Se Ban base area of Cambodia, SO miles west of Soviet Officials Told To Leave KINSHASA (Reuters) - Four members of the Russian embassy, one with diplomatic status, have been given 48 hours to leave the Congo Republic, the daily newspaper Le Progres reported today. Quoting informed sources, the paper said the decision was passed to Russian Ambassador Igor Usachev by the Congolese foreign vice-minister in charge of co-operation, Evarisle Loliki. Le Progres said the four Russians, who must leave the country by Sunday, engaged in "subversive activities" and had contacts with people in the information services, foreign ministry, the army and security services, as well with students. Pleiku City in the central highlands, marked the first termination of a major U.S. drive across the frontier. Associated Press correspondent John T. Wheeler reported from just outside Kampong Cham, 74 miles by road and SO by air northeast of the capital of Phnom Penh, that Communist troops had smashed into the city. He said other North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces encircled three Cambodian battalions defending the area. HIT BY BOMBERS Up to a regiment of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops surrounding the city were hit by repeated air strikes by American-made T-28 bombers, flown by Cambodian pilots, and by South Vietnamese bombers. Huge columns of smoke rose above the town. 'The situation is extremely grave, said a high-ranking South Vietnamese officer. 'The Cambodians may not be able to hold out much longer. Hundreds of civilians streamed out of the town. The South Vietnamese military command was reported considering an infantry assault to help lift the siege. ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME - Montrea I May or Jean Drapeau joins a group of flog flying, placard waving youngsters upon hi� arrival back in Montreal Friday after winning the 1967 Summer Olympics Tuesday in Amsterdam. Benson Blasts Conservatives Unconcern About Inflation OTTAWA (CP) - Finance Minister Edgar Benson again accused the Conservatives Friday of being unconcerned about inflation. He said in the Commons the Conservative stand on inflation today is in "sharp contrast to their position of only a few months ago." Opposition parties had lost sight of the fact the Canadians were concerned about rising prices. Mr. Benson was speaking during debate on a Conservative motion calling on the government to change economic policies said to be leading to growing unemployment. Under House rules the motion did not come to a vote. Parliament does not resume until Tuesday. Monday is a holiday. Georges Valade (PC-Mon-treal-Ste. Marie), who moved the motion, said the government is "criminally responsible" for the social problems created by unemployment. Government Pincher Woman Killed A Pincher Creek woman, Mrs. Lydia Crooke, 70, was killed Friday night in a two-car head on collision about six miles west of Fort Macleod on No. 3 highway. Her husband and driver of the car, William B. Crooke, 70, is in serious condition in St. Michael's General Hospital in Lethbridge. Another passenger, Mrs. Chariot Tomlinson of Calgary, is in satisfactory condition in Fort Macleod Municipal Hospital. Two Lethbridge men, Allan Domeier, driver of the other vehicle and Robert Findlay, a passenger, were not injured. It is not known whether there will be an inquest. policies throwing Canadians out of work had to be changed. Doug Rowland (NDP-Selkirk), an April 13 byelection victor making his maiden speech, Mail Backup Mounts By THE CANADIAN PRESS Huge backups of mail accumulated in Toronto and Montreal Friday during a work-to-rule campaign by Toronto letter carriers and a 24-hour walkout by inside workers in Montreal to back wage demands. Disruption of mail services also occurred in Ottawa, Windsor and Sarnia in Ontario but employees in other cities appeared ready to wait for a formal strike vote to be taken Tuesday and Wednesday by the country's 27,000 postal workers. Rallies of postmen represented by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Letter Carriers' Union of Canada are scheduled for today or Sunday in Toronto, Kirkland Lake, Ont., Calgary and Edmonton. The letter carriers are not scheduled to return to work until Tuesday, having both the weekend and the Victoria Day holiday Monday off. The Toronto slowdown left a backlog of 30 boxcars of bulk mail-parcels, newspapes and magazines-a post office spokesman said. In Montreal, the pile included about 1,000,000 letters and third-class items, 45,000 parcels, ISO bags of airmail and about 14,000 other bags waiting to be unloaded from 38 boxcars. Letter carriers now earn (2.75 to $2.99 an hour and mail dispatchers 92.57 to $3.22. said the government Is stupid to apply the same policies in all provinces and in all sectors of the community. Mr. Benson said the "most Intemperate criticism" of the government's policies came from the Conservatives who were in power during the worst postwar period of unemployment. The government was concerned about unemployment and wanted the highest level of employment possible under conditions of price stability. But the economy would go into a tail-spin if the government did not check inflation. "In the end the nation would be confronted by the spectre of severe and prolonged unemployment." Inflation is a world-wide problem and most industrialized nations are using the same weapons as the Canadian government, Mr. Benson said. There were encouraging signs the government's efforts were helping to slow down the rate of price increases. He slapped labor on the wrist for "declining to co-operate" with the prices and incomes commission in the fight against inflation. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN �ENTRAL School care-taker John E as ton, taking down the Canadian Maple Leaf flag, saying "I guess I'm the only patriotic one around here - I put it up in (lie mcrning and take it down at night." ... a lady ih a yellow auto slowing down to allow a pregnant robin time to fly out of the way . . . Rick Anderson complaining about The Hostage going to Winnipeg because it will mean missing bis drum lesson with music director Willie MatbU ;