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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The LctMnridgc Herald VOL. LXV 143 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MAY 30, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTb THREE SECTIONS 44 PAGES for By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A number of Western Canadian op- position f.lPs, eying with outright suspicion Prime Min- ister Tnicieau's weekend announcement of a purchase of mil hopper cars to help move grain to ex- port'markets, launched into a concentrated attack against the government in the House of Commons Monday. Led by Alt Cleave and aided occasionally by the odd MP from Eastern Can- ada, the three-party assault seemed to suggest that the Liberal government was hiding something about the S42 million deal. The opposition fears that: The Western grain farmer is eventually going lo have to foot the bill fur the hopper cars which will be owned by the Canadian Wheat Board. Bonanza gift The railways are being banded a bonanza gift of the cars which will enable them to simply move cars now used in transporting grain to other tasks leaving the farmer in the same bind he was in before. Not so, Justice Minister Otto Lang assured the Commons. Mr. Lang, minister responsible for the wheat board, said under no circumstances would the farmer have to fool the million bill, either directly or in- directly, for the cars. 'llir- roinistor atsn said Hint present railway rolling dock would still bf> upcd la haul grain. The new cars would definitely be used ss additional facilities. Opposition questions on the subject, resulting from the speech the prime minister made to a Liberal Party dinner in Winnipeg on Saturday, look up more time'than any other subject in Uie Commons question period. Jack Mclntosh (PC Swift Current-Maple Creek) wanted to know what type of an agreement had been arrived at between the wheat board and the railways for transporting grain. He suggested that instead of probing around in the dark the government should release the document Mr. Lane, who said the agreement the Saskatch- ewan MP referred to was an "understanding" between the various parlies, said he would discuss with wheat board officials whether it should be made public. Shot back Mr. Mclntosh: "In other words, we are In take it from the minister's remarks that there was no agreement." "That is quite replied the minister, "I in- dicated there was an agreement.'1 Manitoba MP Craig Stewart (PC Marquette) .suggested that despite the additional rail cars the gov- ernment should be working on "the most pressing prob- lem" facing western farmers, that of the alleged low price the government is getting for the gram. Mr. Lang asked whether the Manitoba MP thought the government should sell grain for the prices it could get, or ask unrealistic prices and not sell any grain at all. Doing best The minister, both inside and oulside the Commo e government was doing all it could of the hopper cars. Mr. Lang, defending the purchase of the hopper cars as the most practical solution to the grain trans- port problem, suggested lhat in time other arrange- ments might have been worked out that would have helped lo eradicate bottlenecks and slowdowns. "However, we wanted to get the grain to export markets this year and not have to wait until nest year. The hopper cars enable us to do he insisted. John Burton East' was one of the MPs who fell llu1 iidditumal cars would simply allow the railways lo shift their eurrenl rolling stock out of grain movement. He also wanted to know what the government in- tended doing about. Die transport slowdowns which oc- cur in winter moving grain through the snow- hoimd Mountains to the West Coast, Agreement clear Mr. Lang, the only Liberal MP in the Commons from Saskatchewan, assured Mr, Burton that the rail- ways had made perfectly clear acceptance of the gov- ernment's basic proposition under which the additional were being provided. Speaker UK-ion Lamomrux ruled the second part of Mr. Hurton's question out of order. came former leader Tommy Douglas. Now member for (he Ilritisli Columbia constituency of Islands, Mr. Douglas suggest- ed that if there was going to bo subsidization of grain Iransporlalion for the railways there should bo, a reduc- tion of freight rates loo. Mr. Lang's answer to the NDP member's ques- tion was vague and complex, but he did assure Mr. Douglas that Ihc government's aim was to make suro flint any possible benefit from the arrangement went lo (he farmer. was what, the plan waa all about Tories NIXON GREETED BY KIEV RESIDENTS (An Wirephoto) Seen and heard About town ALDERMAN' Chic Chlchcs- -1 tcr, after a debate on the Henderson Lake Golf Course hedge, calling across the council table lo "Alder- man referring to Alderman Steve Kotch Perry Wardcll, owner of a lo- cal car wash, being observed washing his car on a drive- way at home David Timms getting tired after cutting only half of his front yard and wondering if Lelh- bridge had a "rcnt-a-goat lawn service." in fighting coup attempt KAMPALA, Uganda (Reuler) A leasl people have died in fighting in the tiny East African state of Burundi since a coup attempt a month ago, says the government radio stalion, the Voice of the Revolution, monitored here. A French-language broadcast Monday night said that teams of volunteers had recovered bodies, n o t counting those who are missing or who have fled as refugees to Tanza- nia and Zaire." gives From AP-REUTER TEHRAN (CP) President Nixon arrived in Iran's capital today, lo a 21-gun salute, for an overnight visit and five hours of talks with the Shah on regional and world mailers. The president and Mrs. Xixoii were greeted at Tehran's Mcn- rabad Airport by the 52-year-old monarch and Empress Farah after a flight from Kiev, the Kixons' last stop in the Soviet Union following a week of sum- mit talks between the President and Kremlin leaders. Massive security precautions were taken against attacks by urban guerrillas and other dissi- dent Iranians who were told by Baghdad broadcasts to disrupt the visit. Police lined the presi- dent's route into the city and there were heavy guards at all points on his itinerary. Tired but still cheerful, the U.S. president said goodbye at Kiev airport to President Alex- ander Lyshko of the Ukraine and other officials and made a brief tour of the capital of the Ukraine and a cradle of Russian civilization. Earlier this morning, the president placed a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier, a tall obelisk of polished granite set in one of Kiev's parks. Later he visited the Hth-cen- turv Byzantine Cathedral of St. Sofia where he was taken on a conducted tour. Thousands of Ukrainians lined the streets but were held back sometimes more than 50 yards, at side streets and intersections. SOME COMPLAIN Some were heard complaining that they could not glimpse the president and Mrs. Nixon as they sped past in a limousine. U.S. officials acclaimed the r e s u 11 s of Nixon's Kremlin meetings, saying he had won es- sentially what he had come to achieve. EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta government cannot spe- cifically support the proposed -30-million village Lake Louise project in Banff National Park until existing deficiencies are solved, Don Getty, minisler of federal and intergovernmental affairs, said Monday. The government's position was spelled out in a letter to Jean Chretien, federal minister of Indian affairs and northern development, read lo the leg- islature by Mr. Getty. SERIOUS DEFECTS The letter said there are five serious defects in the project proposed by Imperial Oil Ltd. and Village Lake Louise Ltd.: It appears the project will re- sult in too great a concentra- tion of population contrary to the spirit and intent of the na- tional parks; The acknowledged lack of a thorough study of the environ- mental impact of such a pro- ject on an area which is known for its natural beauty and rela- tively fragile ecology; The nalure of the project indicates that the facilities will not meet the needs of Canadian and Alberta families of all in- come levels; The validity of the con- ijnminUnn principle within a National Park is qucsfionabta a u d suggested allocation of their ownership is unrealistic; Anolher large townsite would be created while problems en- countered by the existing town- sites of Banff and Jasper have not been solved. GUIDELINES Mr. Getty said it has "be- come obvious that any large project of the nature of Village Lake Louise should only be con- sidered after Ihe National parks have been zoned using the folliwing proposed guide- 1. Non-development zones which should involve the ma- jority of the park area and where no development should be allowed of any type. 2. Partial development zones most of the balance of the park, where development would be restricted to facilities such as roads and riding and hiking trails. The purpose of this zone would be to make it possible for the citizens lo en- joy the parks in their natural state. 3. Development or recreation zones being a small percent- age of the park which would allow recreation and accommo- dation facilities for Canadians and visitors so that these peo- ple could enjoy the mountain areas of Alberts which lie pri- marily within national parks. These developments would in- clude appropriate sports such as skiing in the water and golf in the summer with the facili- ties capable of meeting the re- quirements of average income earners. Mr. Getty said Alberta is pre- pared to enter into discussions to work out a logical park zone plan, "which is essential be- fore any alternatives to Village Lake Louise are proposed." The letter urged that work out with you a feasible approach to assure an ade- quate degree of local aulonomy for the many Aibertans who now are residents in Ihe iown- sites of Banff r.nd .Jasper." TIJtE HAS COME The time now has come for I h e whole question of na- tional parks policy in Alberta to be in a manner accept-- able to the majority of our cit- izens. "This policy must meet the concerns of most of our cit- izeas lhat is. national parks essentially preserved in their natural state for the enjoyment of this and future generations but with some portion of the mountain areas of Alberta within our national parks avail- able to meet the recreation and accommodation needs of Aiber- tans and Canadians." Mr. Getty emphasized that the Alberta government be- lieves the dual objectives can be met and that studies indi- cate a number of alternatives which can be considered. The existing highway trans- portation corridor could be re- moved from national park status, perhaps in exchange for some other part of the prov- ince. BELFAST (AP) The Offi- cial wing of the Irish Republi- can Army announced Monday night that it is suspending its guerrilla attacks indefinitely, but the rival IRA Provisional accused the Officials of surren- der and vowed to fight on. "So far as we are concerned, the fight goes on." a Provisional statement said "We look upon this surrender as a gigantic con- fidence trick aimed at giving firmer control to the Official wing "f their undisciplined momber.s." The Provisional have been responsible for most of the bombing and guerrilla attacks in Northern Ireland, and a spokesman said the faction won't stop them until all politi- cal prisoners are released and the British army leaves North- ern Ireland's six counties. Tlie Officials announced In Dublin that they will continue themselves to political and "de- fensive" mililary actions to head off civil war between the Protestant majority and the Roman Catholic minority. It was obvious lhat they were prompted by ceasefire demands from a growing segment of the Catholic population, and partic- ularly by Catholic anger at the recent murder by the Officials of a Londonderry youth home on leave from the British army in West Germany. "We