Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
PM Trudeau Happy About Pacific Tour By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) The impact of Prime Minister Trudeau's Pacific tout', which ended Friday night with Ms return to Ottawa, will take months to assess. But there is no doubt that the prime minister himself, and the officials around him, came home happy with the initial results. What the tour means in terms of greater Pacific trading activity by Canada aprime purpose of the visit could take years to make itself felt. But one concrete result was assurance from Prime Minister Sato that a substantial number of items will be re- moved from Japanese quota and Mr. Trudeau says this could open remarkable opportunities' for Canadian business. Another prime purpose of the to indicate Canada's growing interest In the Pacific area, seemed to receive an enthusiastic response. In all the countries officially visisted during the 19-day tour New Zea- land, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan there were warm words of welcome from this in- creased interest. With Ihe exception of doing what he could to ease Japan's import quotas, and its investment restrictions, Mr. Trudeau did not begin his tour with concrete proposals in mind. "I can learn more than I can he said on several occasions, "I wanted to get the views of leaders in this area, and also show that Canada no longer regards southeast Asia as the far East." For Canada, he said, it is "the near west." Saiv Cross-Section The tour was planned' so Mr. Trudeau, on his longest trip abroad since becoming prime minister, would see a wide cross-section of each country, and talk to representative groups within them. In New Zealand, for instance, he had consultations with Prime Minister Holyoake, met with the leader of the opposition, ted a luncheon with businessmen, met students of a private school during a football game, and then spent a morning at a rural-type fair. The Australian visit was Mr. Trudeau's longest-five days and he spent two of them skin-diving .off the Great Barrier Beef before going to Canberra for talks with Prime Minister John Gorton, who met him during a parliamentary crisis which threatened to topple his government. Again, Mr. Trudeau talked to the opposition lead- er, met businessmen, spoke to a press club luncheon and did a wide variety of sightseeing around line city. As he did in Wellington, and as he later did in Kuala Lumpur, he held a teach-in with university students. These teach-ins, a bigger novelty in these countries than in Canada, were a smash hit as he gleefully took on the students. In Sydney, the prime minister also managed to put in a plug for the possible sale of a Canadian nuclear reactor. Five other countries are also in the market for the sale, which could mean some 000 to the successful bidder. Mr. Trudeau's two-day Malaysian visit was high- lighted, by his talks .with Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Eahman, who is regarded as the philosophical elder statesman of Asia. Malaysia had pulled out all me stops for this visit One _ reason is that it has received a great deal of assistance from Canada's f oriegn aid programs, without being overshadowed by American aid. Streets wera decoarted with' archways and banners for Mr. Trudeau, and the Tunfca welcomed him as "a world statesman." Prime Minister Lee of Singapore was said by Ca- nadian sources to have provided .Mr. Trudeau .with "fascinating" talks the two men apparently, tuning In on the same intellectual wave length. After a tv.'o-d'ay unofficial pause in Hong Kong, Mr. Trudeau ended his tour with five hectic days in Japan which1, besides his official talks, included the Canada Day celebrations at Expo 70, visits to 12 different pavillions, several receptions, a swinging dance party and a day visiting temples. He also toured a steel mill and had lunch with the country's leading business- men, watched some sporting events, and even had a small, friendly judo match. Expresses Concern Looking back over Ms varied discussions, the prime minister said one of the biggest concerns around the Pacific rim involves the question of mili- tary might when the Americans eventually withdraw. "Who will fill the vacuum that is what they are asking." Before going to Japan, he said many countries had memories of the Japanese occupation "which aren't exactly joyful." His comments received big play in Japan's newspapers, but (hew didn't rase any official reaction. In Tokyo, Mr. Trudeau said he stood by what he said. In his speeches throughout the tour, the prime minister stressed the impatience of youth and the need for governments to heed its views. He also hit hard at pollution and the need for immediate action against it. While tile over-all success, or otherwise, of this tour won't be known for some time. Mr. Trudeau did create several unmistakable impressions to many of those following him. One was an impression of an intense Canadianism. At every opportunity he talked about Canada, de- scribing its potential and its problems, its attitudes and its people. At news conferences and teach-ins he used the word "Canadians" instead of "we" or "the govern- ment." He was visibly moved by the Canadian show put on at Expo. He also left a strong impression about his faith in the Commonwealth. In Malaysia he said the Common- wealth might well outlast all other international orga- nizations. Official close to Ihe prime minister say that over Uie last year or so, Ire lias been placing more and more emphasis on the Commonwealth not in the traditional sense of the Britsh Empire, but as a co- operating body whddi is not bound up in rales, regula- tions and red tape. Because it is multi-racial, diverse in forms of gov- ernment and represents a quarter of the world's people, Mr. Trudeau is said to view the Commonwealth as a natural vehicle for promoting international co-opera- tion. Sources say Mr. Trudeau specifically designed this tour to include four Commonwealth countries. He had been under pressure to visit several other countries in this area. Some thought is being given to an African tour of the same magnitude, possibly next year, HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 70 The LcthbritW Herald "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXIII No. 142 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MAY 30, 1970 FOUR SECTIONS 64 PAGES Annual Automatic Raise Ottawa Plans Hike In Minimum Wage By IAN PORTER OTTAWA (CP) Labor Min- ister Bryce Mackasey said Fri- day he will introduce legislation in the fall to provide annual au- tomatic increases in the federal minimum wage. Mr Mackasey told the Com- mons in debate on his amend- ment to the Canada Labor (Standards) Code raising the present federal minimum to from an hour, that he has already wen cabinet ap- proval for the new measure. The House gave unanimous second-reading approval to the bill increasing the standard and sent it to committee. Stanley Knowles nipeg North Centre) warned his party will seek a mijamum through an amend- ment in the committee stage. If the government bill is given final approval in time, it will be effective July 1. Mr. Mackasey said that ac- cording to the formula he bad in mind, increases of predictable amounts would be introduced by order of the cabinet each year "perhaps on-July 1." TRUDEAU GREETED BY DEMONSTRATO RS-About .two dozen demonstrating British Columb.a hospital employees met Prime Minister Trudeau as he arrived in Vancouver ,rom a 19-day Far East Tour Friday. The group, protesting recent provincial govern- ment economies in hospitals, waited for Mr. Trudeau at Vancouver International Air- port and spoke with him briefly as the prime minister's party drove to a motel near the airport for a -news conference. Closer Pacific Area Ties Predicted By PM Trudeau OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau returned to Can- ada Friday after his 19-day, tour of the Pacific with predictions his trip would result in closer economic and political ties between Canada and that Mr. Trudeau made his com- ments at a news conference during a stopover in Vancouver, on his way to Ottawa' Blackout Imposed In Mail Dispute By ROSEMARY SPEIRS OTTAWA (CP) Postal me- diator A. W. R. Can-others today imposed a blackout on statements to reporters by gov- ernment and union negotiators in an effort to thaw positions. Mr. Can-others met with the parties together in the morning, then went oh to. have separate discussions rath each team. He told reporters the talks will con- tinue through the weekend but said there will, be no rigid pro- cedure. He had asked for the news blackout because public state- ments on any issue tend to be- 'We will strike, we won't strike! We will ttrike.. come inflexible commitments. "This is a he said, "in which, the public business can't be done in "public." Mr. Can-others added he had made no request to the unions to call off their' rotating strike during the talks. "I've, tried.to make it clear that this is their1 dispute, not he' said. "My presence does not end their responsibility to try to -each a solution." Mr. Carrothers, a top labor expert and president of the Uni- versity of Calgary, began me- diation in an atmosphere sharp- ened by treasury board accusa- tions that the country's postal workers are "callous" about the effects of mail stop- pages on the public. Despite lengthy negotiations Friday, Cecil Harper, chief Treasury Board negotiator, said both sides remain far apart on 10 or 12 contract demands, in- cluding the all-important issues of wages and job security. Earlier Friday, David Monk, director of communications for the Treasury Board, told report- ers that the 24-hour rotating mail strikes called by the Coun- cil of Postal Unions are a "cal- lous iactic" that harassed the innocent public. Mr. Monk said the Treasury Board does not agree with the postal unions' claim that the ro- tating KJrikes will help force a contract settlement by disrupt- ing the port office. from Tokyo. He arrived here Friday night. He said in all the countries he visited "we talked 'about the need to liberalize trade." The prime minister predicted the growing threat of inflation hi Japan would lead to lower trade barriers in that country. With this liberalization, the Japanese market would "be mors open to us." There '.would be remarkable opportuni- ties for Canadian exporters. He said the already-largo trade flow between Western Canada and the Pacific must be intensified. Mr. Trudeau repeated earlier statements that Canada had no intention of joining any military alliances in the Pacific. But he said the British with, drawal from the area, and the future reduction of the U.S. presence, meant Canada would become more interested in the politics of the area. FRIENDS IMPORTANT "In this century we are en- gaged in Pacific he said. It was important to estab- lish friends hi the area who un- derstand Canada's needs and possibilities. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN teacher Tom Mill- er outlasting nls stu- dents on a rugged, all day tour of Lethbridge businesses Randy Coyle complaining about being broke, after for- getting he had in the bank Hal Wcscott trying to talk local restaurant pro- prietor into giving him a decorative pine tree, property of tie restaurant The formula would tie the In- creases not only to the annual rise in the cost cf living but also to a.national productivity index to ensure that the lowest-paid workers do not fall farther be- hind higher income groups. The federal labor jurisdiction covers fewer work- ers in such industries as inter- provincial and .international transportation and associated hotels, banking and broadcast- ing as well as wcrk done under contract to the federal govern- ment. The increase now pro- posed is expected directly to af- fect the wages of only workers across Canada. The labor minister, however, maintained that Ms plan for an- nually' increasing standards "will exert the kicd of pressure on the provinces that we want" to have them raise then: own minimum Mr. Mackasey warned his op- position critics that minimum, wage laws are useful as a guide for the provinces only as long as they take into account re- gional differences. Whereas a mini- mum would easily be absorbed in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, he said, it would lead to severe dislocation in the economies of the poorer prov- inces. Opposition speakers were more solicitous than caustic in their criticism. STILL BELOW LINE Mr. Enowles said he knows the minister was not happy with the an aiaiual income of about one year after the Economic PEDRO ARAMBURU faces death Former Dictator Kidnapped BUENOS AIRES (AP) Fol- lowers.of former dictator Juan Peron say they kidnapped for- mer president Pedro Eugenio Aramburu from his home and will try him before a "revolu- tionary tribunal" for the execu- tion of Peronist leaders 14 years ago. Aramburu, who headed a provisional government for 30 months following Peron's over- throw and exile in 1955, was kid- napped Friday by two men dressed as army officers who called at lu's downtown apart- ment and asked him to accom- pany them for "reasons of secu- rity." Plane Crash Kills Six cars..At least 26 others were in- ATLANTA, Ga. persons were killed today when a twin-engine, privately-owned plane, .fighting to make an emergency landing at Atlanta Council of Canada had set the .Airport crashed on a highway poverty level for a family of into two four at a year, he said. Robert Muir BretonrThe; Sydneys) suggested Mr. Mackasey had bid for a higher figure, and been over- ruled in the cabinet by "the Drurys and the Bensons and the Goldwaters and the Trudeaus." Mr. Slackasey, summing up the debate, refused to apologize for the 40-cent-am-hour increase. It had been arrived at as scien- tifically as possible, based on increases in the cost of living and in the total national wealth. He added, in response to an- other criticism by-Mr. Muir, that although the new-federal standard will apply only to workers of 17 years or more, similar increases will be made to the existing minimum of an hour for 16-year-old workers. Russia Warns Israel By THE ASSOCIARED PRESS The Soviet Union today con- demned recent Israeli raids into Lebanon and warned that "con- tinuation of the adventurist line in politics is fraught with dan- gerous consequences, especially for Israel." The warning came in a state- ment by Tass, the official Soviet news agency. In Middle East fighting Fri- day, Israeli warplanes hit a major Egyptian naval port in the Sufaga area on the Red Sea and at installations along the Suez canal. The Egyptian military com- mand said three Egyptian sol- diers weve killed aid seven wounded in the raids. Cairo said the Egyptian artil- lery destroyed Israeli positions south of the Bitter Lakes, in- flicting heavy Josses on Israeli personnel arid equipment. Israel said three soldiers were wounded in the exchange of fire. Tlie Tass statement charged that "Israel not only wants to consolidate its positions in occu- pied territories but also to spread its occupation to south- ern areas of Lebanon." "Israeli doesn't conceal that it is trying to make Lebanon with- draw from the all-Arab front and isolate it from the rest the Arab the statement said. While Tass accused Israel of trying to split Arab unity, Col. M a u m m a r Kadafi, Libya's strongman, was to embark today on a Middle East tour de- signed to" woo support for a united Arab showdown with Is- rael. He gained approval for the plan from Egyptian President Nasser and Sudanese Gen. Jaa- far Numairi during talks in Khartoum Thursday. He is scheduled to visit Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Viet Cong Troops Seize Resort City Floods Soviet Ukraine ZURICH (AP) A leading Swiss newspaper said today, that the southwest of ths Soviet Ukraine has been hit by devas- tating floods comparable .to the inundations that have stricken parts- of Romania in re- cent weeks. SAIGON (AP) Viet Cong troops .seized parts the. South Vietnamese resort city of Dalat today in the heaviest assault on a city since the big Tet offen- sives of -1968. By dusk; there was still street fighting. Authorities clamped a 24-hour curfew on the city of which h'es in the southern cen- tral highlands 160 miles north- east of Saigon, The commercial airport was closed. First reports from Dalat said Viet Cong attacked 13 installa- tions hi and around the provin- cial capital and "cut the military network Unking the'provincial, headquarters and the communi- cations centre two miles away. One target was the National Military Academy, which-came under heavy attack earlier this year. Initial reports said 13 South Vietnamese were killed and 25 wounded, and that 32 guerrillas were killed and three captured in the various attacks. The report said the Viet Cong still occupied buildings of Dalat University, a Eoman Catholic seminary and a Catholic church. Sources said guerrillas Were holding civilians hostage in Hie church area. Hundreds of South Vietnam- ese backed by armored personnel carriers, rolled into the city to reinforce the militia- men defenders, who bore the brunt of the initial attacks. The attacks began at about 2 a.m. MORTARS COVERED The guerrillas moved into tha city under the cover of mortar barrages that pinned down the defenders. SUFFIEID DEMONSTRATION Roe-Anns Worsley, 17, a Medicine Hal high school student, and Arthur Milner, 19, of Vancouver, provided information Friday night on the outskirts of Medicine Hat to visitors taking, part in today's demonstration at Suffield Experimental Station. About 100 persons, including 50 camped overnight near the city, were expected to be joined by 500 more this afternoon in a demon- stration opposing the use of Suffield, 30 mile, northwest of Medicine Hal, for research into chemical and biological warfare. Demonstrators from across ttn Prairies and British Col- umbia seek to have ths station converted a for research Into pollution and medical preblemi.