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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Peace team hits low point in crisis-ridden existence SAIGON (CP) The 290- member Canadian truce ob- server contingent has reached a low point in its crisis-ridden ex- istence here and the latest in- dication of operational paralysis may harden the Canadian gov- ernment's attitude to withdraw from Vietnam altogether. Fresh evidence of a contin- uing sharp split between the Ca- nadians and Indonesians on one side and the Poles and Hun- garians on the other showed in the divided report on the cause cf the April 7 truce observer in which nine persons were killed. External Affairs Minister Sharp will likely announce early next week the government's de- cision whether to allow the con- tingent to remain in South Viet- nam or to bring the troops home a month after the May 30 expiry date runs out. There is a growing feeling among observers here that it would be foUy for Canada to ex- tend its membership beyond the end of June although Canadian officials publicly express will- ingness to 'continue their frus- trating role if the government decides to stay. After the release today of a sharply-divided' report on the April 7 peacekeeping helicopter crash, Canadian and Indonesian delegates at the highest levels said they were "shocked and appalled" at what they see as a major intensification of the ab- stractionist tactics of Poles and Hungarians on the ICCS. Hungarian Ambassador Fe- renc Esztergalyos told reporters later he believed the helicopter, which crashed taking nine lives, may have been piloted by an American spy who deliberately veered from Ms pre-determined course to check on Viet Cong in- stallations. The Hungarians, whose posi- tion is shared by the Poles, also refuse to accept the Canadian and Indonesian arguments that the aircraft crashed when it was struck by a heat-seeking missile fired from Viet Cong- held territory. The only real point of agree- ment among all four delega- tions on the crash, which took the life of Capt. Charles Lavio- lette of Quebec City, was that the helicopter had been off course when the disaster hap- pened. Canadian sources now in- dicate that they had no idea when they arrived in Vietnam at the end of January that there would be such immense diffi- cutly in achieving agreement within the commission. One senior source commented that he was puzzled as to the reasons the two East European countries have assumed such a rigid policy in the last couple of weeks, although he discounted the possibility that they were trying to encourage a Canadian withdrawal. He pointed out that occupants of a second helicopter, who were also shot at but survived, had testified that they saw pieces of the destroyed aircraft flying through the air and the pilot said he saw a "ball of fire" in its engine. The pilot of the destroyed helicopter radioed ICCS person- nel at nearby Quang Tri that he had been struck by a missile and was coming down. The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 138 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MAY 24, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 34 PAGES OTTAWA (CP) Maxwell Henderson has retired as audilor-gensral but his memory slays on as poli- ticians, the press and the public study his annual re- port for 1971-72 tabled iu the Commons Wednesday. The report, covering the fiscal year ended March 31, 3972, notes "continual weakening of Parliamentary control.'1 It describes several cases where tlhe govern- ment apparently spent public money -without parlia- mentary approval. Mr. Henderson retired March 31 at 65 after 13 years as auditor-general. His term was marked by charges cf government attempts to curtail his activities and his latest report renews the complaints. It notes a post office deficit, a possible less for the CBC by 1975 unless it increases profits at a Windsor television station and the unauthor- ized USG of funds by the defence department to keep open the air base at Sununerside, P.E.I. ACCOUNTS IN BAD SHAPE The auditor-general refused to express an opinion on the accounts cf the National Harbors Board be- cause its accounts were in such bad shape. Olher report highlights include frauds in the old-aga security program, the failure of the agriculture depart- ment to collect several hundred thousand dollars paid out under a wheat inventory reduction program and a destroyer recruitment program that didn't list costs amounting to million in its budget. Ths auditor-general repeated his complaint that the government has hampered his efforts to hire staff and pursue his audits. Among alleged irregularities cited is the sale of million worth of jet aircraft to Venezuela through a complicated deal that the report says appeared to violate the law. The defence department sold Venzuela 22 CF-5 fighters and bought 20 new jets with the proceeds. The report said the proceeds should have gone into the general government revenue fund and the new pur- chases should have been approved by Parliament. 'Funny how they always find enough gas to fight a war.' Classified 18-21, 24 Comics........26 District 3, 33, 34 Family......22-23 Local News 13, 14 Markets 17 Sports 8, 9 Entertainment 7 TV...........6 Weather 2 Youth 30 LOW TONIGHT 50; INCH FRIDAY 80; SUNNY Even premiers laugh! Prince Edward Island Premier Alex Campbell Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan (centre) end Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed (right) share a joke at the feder- al-provincial conference in Ottawa. company bows to threat BUENOS AIRES (AP) The Ford Motor Co. has agreed to a demand from leftist guerrillas for SI million in hospital aid as officials gather for the in- auguration of Argentina's first civilian president in seven ears. Cayer not asked to pay OTTAWA (CP) Marc Ca- yer, a prisoner Of the North Vietnamese for five years, was not asked to pay the Canadian government for expenses to return him to Canada, but his U.S.-based employer was billed for the amount, says Ex- ternal Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp. Mr. Sharp, replying in the Commons to a question from Stanfield. said Wednesday the government intended to pay Mr. Cayer's expenses as well as those of Lloyd Oppel. another Canadian prisoner in Indochina who also was released this year. However, Mr. Cayer's em- ployer, the Washington-based International Voluntary Serv- ices has been asked by the government to pay his ex- penses because it was thought the organization might be eager to do so, he said. A communique from the Trot- skyite People's Revolutionary Army warned that if its de- mand on Ford was not met, ex- ecutives of the company might be kidnapped or killed. Two em- ployees of a Ford plant in a Buenos Aires suburb were wounded Monday. An official at t. h e company's headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., said Wednesday night that Ford would supply 154 am- bulances and donations to Ar- gentine hospitals as stipulated by the guerrillas. Meanwhile, Secretary of State William Rogers arrived to head the U.S. delegation for the in- auguration Friday of Peronist Hector Campora as Argentina's president. Two other U.S. firms, East- man Kodak and the First Na- tional Bank of Boston, paid a total of million in April to ransom two executives kid- napped by leftist guerrillas. In March 1972, Fiat, the Ital- ian automobile company, agreed to a demand for mil- lion to buy school supplies for needy children after the People's Revolutionary Army kidnapped the head of its Ar- gentine subsidiary. But the gov- ernment rejected a simulta- neous demand for the release of 50 imprisoned terrorists, and the guerrillas killed the Fiat ex- ecutive as the police closed in on the gang's hideout. Health financing plan altered Britain again plunged into political scandal LONDON (Reuter) -Earl Jellicoe, leader of the House of Lords, resigned today after ad- mitting he had "some casual af- fairs which if publicized would be the subject cf criticism." Lord Jellicoe's resignation, submitted in a letter to Prime Minister Heath, followed Tues- day's resignation of Lord Lam- bton, a junior defence minister, who later admitted associating with a prostitute, and was later charged with drug offences. Jellicoe, 55, is a former first lord of the admiralty and minis- ter of defence for the Navy. His resignation follows wide- spread reports that other Brit- ish ministers were involved in a sex-and-security scandal that broke Wednesday after Lam- bton left the government. Meanwhile, Primes Minister Heath said today there are no grounds for supposing that any government ministers are in- volved in Britain's current sex LORD JELLICOE scandal other than Lambton and Jellicoe. Heath replied to Jellicoe's resignation letter in warm terms and with regret, saying: "Your decision accords the best traditions of British public life. "I accept it only with great regret, and with my warmest gratitude to you for all the work you have done both as a minis- ter and as leader of the House of Lords." Britain was plunged into its second such scandal in 10 years Wednesday when Lord Lam- bton, undersecretary of defence in charge of the Royal Air Force, confessed that his resig- nation a day earlier had stemmed from his association with a prostitute. News reports hinted then that another government minister higher than Lambton and possi- bly two top civil servants would be the next to go. Legislator found dead in home EASTON, Md. (AP) U.S. Representative William 0. Mills, (Rep. Md.) was found dead today at his home here. Police said he died of a gunshot wound. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mills had re- ceived a cash contribu- tion from secret funds of Presi- dent Nixon's 1972 election cam- paign finance committee. The contributions had not been re- ported to Maryland board of election in apparent violation of state law. Greek gotft blocks attempted coup ATHENS (AP) The Greek army junta announced today it had blocked an attempted coup by two retired admirals and of- ficers from three navy ships. The government said the at- tempt was scheduled for Wednesday morning, but it got wind of it and arrested the two admirals at their homes before the plan could be executed. One of the admirals was Con- stantine Erigofopoulos, the'navy chief of staff when the army seized power in April 1967. The junta retired Engofopoulos after it took control. At a specially-convened news conference a government spokesman said the two retired admirals had apparently con- vinced officers of three ships to sail to open waters and send ra- dio messages to the armed forces calling on them to rebel and on the government to re- sign. "However, the plan found little response. The number of officers who went along with them can be counted on one hand. The plan was never exe- cuted." Air strike looms larger Sten and heard About town TJAPPY Carole Chretien picking I a.m. to phone her boyfriend and thank him for a fun weekend bach- elor-for-a-week Hank Coulter welcoming wife Donna home with "I wish the floor was as clean as the fridge." OTTAWA (CP) The possi- bility of a strike by Air Canada machinists and customer serv- ice personnel loomed larger to- day following release of a fed- eral labor department con- ciliation report. Conciliation commissioner Roy Gallagher of Winnipeg says in the report, submitted to La- bor Minister John Munro, that he was unable to assist parties in a resolution of items in dis- pute. The dispute involves the com- pany and employees who are legally entitled to strike seven days after Mr. Munro re- ceives the report. This could mean work stop- pages by the middle of next week. The union plans to take a strike vote before the endo f the month and has said rotating strikes could begin within a week of a vote. OTTAWA (CP) A battered federal proposal to turn over health-care financing to the provinces received more blows from provincial governments Wednesday, but Prime Minister Trudeau remained optimistic that the proposal will be ac- cepted by premiers today. If not. the proposal would die. Speaking to reporters after the first session of the closed conference of first ministers, he suggested that at least some provincial criticism Wednesday was an attempt to get more fed- eral money and that today the premiers may well accept the federal proposal as the best they can get. "I think many came to test us to see if we would modify it very drastically. I told them that is out of the question." The premiers, he said wanted to consider the proposal overnight and resume talks this morning on it. "I very much hope that to- morrow, having done a bit of thinking, we will reach agree- ment." But if no agreement could be reached after brief discussion, the matter would be dropped and the conference would dis- cuss other topics. There would be no later conference specific- ally on the proposal. Provincial reactions to the complex federal proposal varied from demands for more fiscal resources to full acceptance of it. Some provinces criticized those provinces which rejected the proposal and sought more fiscal resources. The proposal met similar re- actions when first made at a conference of finance and health ministers May 8. In es- sence, Ottawa wants to get out of paying half the soaring costs of hospital insurance and medi- cal care programs. In return for the provinces taking on the full load of those by the fed- eral government in the Ottawa would reduce its federal personal income taxes by six per cent, wipe out federal ex- cise taxes on tobacco, liquor, beer and wine, and set up a fund to help the provinces establish less costly forms of health care. The prov- inces then could move into the vacated taxation areas. Among the complexities of the federal proposal is a sug- gested arrangement whereby increased federal contributions to the programs would be tied to increases in the gross na- tional product This ar- rangement would last until about 1930, when provincial rev- enues from vacated lax room would surpass what the prov- inces would get under the GNP formula. The federal tax withdrawal would not be complete until 1978. Alcli offers to take lie test WASHINGTON (AP) Ger- ald Alch, former lawyer of con- v i c t e d Watergate Burglar James McCord, offered today to take a lie-detector test to back up his denial that he ever sug- gested the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) be blamed for the Watergate wiretapping. lie also offered to submit to a lie-detector lest to back up his statement that McCord's present, lawyer, Bernard Fcn- sterwald, onc-e told him: "We're going the president of the United States." More Watergate Page 21. Early 'hopper hatch worries farm experts By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The predicted record out- break of grasshoppers has started in Southern Alberta. Dr. Neil Holmes, head of the crop entomology section of the Lethbridge Research Station, told The Herald Wednesday grasshoppers have started hatching throughout Southern Alberta at least two weeks ahead of schedule. He said this is a definite in- dicator of a grealcr possibility for more damage than antici- pated, possibly throughout Western Canada. He said the early hatch means that the hoppers will de- velop more quickly, getting a hordstarl on all crops in the area. The drought conditions in Southern Alberta, while not hindering the development and hatch of grasshoppers, is re- tarding the development and durability of crops. This means that the grasshoppers will be abb to invade the crops before they become developed, caus- ing extra dampage. Officials throughout the prov- ince were reporting earlier this week