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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Letttbtfdge Herald VOL. LXVI 273 NOVEMBER 1973 32 Pages 10 Cents Alberta no longer trusts Ottawa Ottawa energy policy OTTAWA Highlights of Energy Minister Donald Mac- dona Id s energy state- ment Thursday night The government will seek authority of Parlia- ment to raise export tax on crude oil to 90 a barrel in December compared with current 40 cents a barrel The government is to permit im- mediate increase of two cents a gallon for gas- oline and heating oil cast of the Ottawa Vallev Eastern Canada retmers permitted to raise prices again later 10 reflect rising crude 011 costs taking effect in the second halt of Oc- tober and November The government will entertain requests for immediate price increases in home heating oil west of Ot- tawa Vallev Iv in Ontario and British Columbia Excluding home healing oil the govern- ment requests continu- ing voluntary restraints on current oil prices west of Ottawa Valley until 1 1974 All Canadians heavy industry and provincial governments asked to study means of reducing oil consumption Candlelight and quilts f this winter OTTAWA It might be a good idea' to plan more candlelight dinners and put a thick quilt on the bed this winter Energy Minister Donald Macdonald has indicated Thursday night that rationing is a possibility if oil supplies become more restricted He told reporters outside the. Commons that much depends on the Middle East situation and whether traditional Arab suppliers can be convinced to continue supplying eastern Canada The problem is that parts of the especially Montreal get their oil through the super- tanker facilities at Me The Arabs have cut off supplies to the United States Mr Macdonald said Cana- dian diplomats are trying to stress that the even though delivered to a U S is shipped under bond to Montreal refineries Arab countries supply about one quarter of the demand of Montreal refineries and if the Arabs cut the flow through Portland it would be a matter of very grave concern he said In the dead of winter 100 per cent of the oil in Montreal comes through the line from Portland Mr Macdonald was asked about alternate such as bringing western oil into Montreal by pipeline He said this will not be fea- sible until beyond next because a pipeline between Sarnia Ont and Montreal cannot be completed until at least 1975 Sarnia is the major eastern terminal of. the Interprovmcial Pipeline system and tiMrd About town STEVE GILLIES claim- ing his wife Marllyi does all the Christmas preparation and he contributes a new pair of socks Bob Babhl saying liis life-long goal of becoming a millionaire may be out of his reach Energy talk to be cut off Snow tire weather WALTER KERBER photo Southern Alberta broke out its winter threads Thursday but the rude blasts of northern weather caught a lot of people without their winter treads More than three inches of snow had fallen on the city by early morning today with intermittent light snow forecast to continue through Saturday. But the outlook's not much better ..should the snow stop and the clouds break A clear night now will 'Jfnean the mercury could plunge below says the weatherman IL'ts any consolation the weather future is the same from the Nortnvvest Territories to south of the border and through most central and southern Saskatchewan Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Joan Waterfield 28-32 26 4 19 23 7 Canadians stand ready for move to war zone Local News 18 Markets 27 Sports 14-16 Theatres 7 Travel 12 TV 10 Weather 3 At Home 8 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SAT. SNOW Ford supports probe Israel fires on tanks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli forces opened fire Thursday on Egyptian tanks and infantry that moved out of the circle of the Sinai Desert in which Israel claims to have cut off Egypt's 3rd Israel's military command said But the incident apparently did not upset the general calm prevailing on the Suez canal front Egypt denied the shooting incident occurred WASHINGTON Vice President-designate Gerald Ford says the House of Representatives should go ahead with its investigation to determine whether President Nixon should be impeached The Michigan congressman said he doubts there are grounds for but conceded tlte basis for such action can be anything a ma- jority of the House considers it to be The House of Representa- tives should proceed with con- sideration of impeachment to help clear the Ford told the Senate rules committee Thursday as the committee opened televised hearings into his nomination to succeed Spiro Agnew as vice- president The public hearings resume Monday with more testimony from Ford and from members of who generally have praised the selection of a House member for 25 years and Republican leader for nine In four hours of Ford. it might have been better had the White House disclosed earlier that two of the nine tapes subpoenaed in the Watergate investigation did not exist. The disclosure was made Wednesday as lies allega- tions by former lobbyist Robert Wmter-Berger that Wmter-Berger gave Ford 000 to pay Mrs Ford's medical bills -Repeated that he will not be a candidate for any nnlitifal nffifw in 1O7H OTTAWA Canadian servicemen across the country were standing by waiting to hear if they will be sent into the Arab- Israeli war zone as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force The to who eventually may join the UN were ready to go within the next week until the Soviet Union lodged a complaint at the UN Canada is a NATO member and the Soviet Union com- plained at a UN Security Council meeting Wednesday that the NATO presence should be balanced by a War- saw Pact country Because Canada is not a Se- curity Council Mr. Sharp did not learn of the So- viet complaint until Thursday and told the Commons that a Canadian commitment will have to wait until he has talk- ed to UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim He is expected to make an announcement later today after meeting Mr Waldheim in New York It was not whether Canadian troops would be unacceptable if the UN refused to accept one of the Iron Curtain countries as proposed by the Soviet Union no Canadian troops leave for the Middle Doubt cast on force UNITED NATIONS Progress has been made in the Security Council in negotiations on the makeup of the United Nations military force in the Middle East but a dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union has cast doubt on Canadian participation External Affairs Minister Sharp of Canada will meet with Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim today to discuss the matter Sharp an- nounced to the Commons in Ottawa Thursday that no Canadian troops will leave for the Middle East until the matter is clarified East until the situation is clarified A special Commons debate on Canadians going to the Mideast has been postponed until Mr Sharp has Mr Waldheim's decision The debate had been scheduled for today Mr Sharp told the House Mr Waldheim's problems relate to the scale of Canadian participation and to whether countries other than Canada are acceptable to all the parties concerned J feel the problems can only be satisfactorily explored by personal contact with the secretary-general The Canadian contingent of the UN peace- keeping force would provide supply communications and transportation Actual super- vision and enforcement would be done by Finnish and Swedish forces An advance party of about 200 Canadians had been preparing to go to the Middle East Saturday .v... Males want out of Air Canada TORONTO A group of 79 male flight attendants based at Toronto for Air Canada want the right to retire on pension rather than work under the direction of a woman Members of the Canadian Air Line Flight Attendants Association will be asked this month to ratify by mail ballot a new contract with Air Canada One clause of the contract ends the split seniority for the-jobs of pursers and flight directors. Serge Caprino of Oakville is leader of a group of 79 men protesting the provision. One who refused to identify said a lawyer front the association told him Thursday night if they went to the news media they would be thrown out of the association The association represents pursers and flight direc- 2.500 of them women. A spokesman for the protesting group said that hiring requirements for assistant pur- who work one year at stewardesses pay before being eligible for promotion to higher than for stewardesses He said that in the long run stewardesses should have equal job but dur- ing the which might last a no no matter how long she has should get seniority over the lowest- rated assistant purser Robert Smeale of union said the attitudes of the group here have no place in the 1970s He said the change was agreed to by the association and the airline to comply with federal legislation expected this year to out- law sex discrimination in employment. Stewardess wages on Air Canada go up to the range after seven yean The corresponding rates for pursers are 000 to Flight service directors receive EDMONTON The Alberta government announced today it will cut off communications on energy with the federal government because it feels it can no longer trust Ottawa Reacting angrily to a federal announcement Thursday of an increase in the expert tax on crude the Alberta government said Ottawa reneged on an agreement reached in an Alberta- Ottawa meeting Monday I have today advised Mr Macdonald Energy Minister Donald that the government of Alberta reluctantly can no longer participate in federal- provincial energy discussions until it has been established to our satisfaction that the discussions can be carried on in a semi of trust and co-operation normally possible with federal ad- a government of Alberta statement said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Don grim-faced following a meeting with Premier Peter Lougheed told a news conference the Alberta government now believes residents of the province will be better served by establishment of an Alberta Energy Marketing which would buy and then re- sell production from oil and gas producers The minister also said Alberta will continue with Us plans to raise loyalties on oil and natural gas substantially Ottawa's announcement increasing the -rt tax on crude oil shows the Alberta government absolutely no rapport with the federal says Bob Alberta Social Credit House leader He said only two days Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Getty indicated to the Legislature that Ottawa might abandon the export tax Either Ottawa lied to Alberta or Alberta was represented at Monday's energy meeting with federal officials in Ottawa by ineffectual Mr Clark said com- pletely unbelievable Oilmen confused Oilmen also expressed confusion and amazement over Ot- tawa's whopping increase in the federal export tax on crude oil John Poyen. president of the Canadian Petroleum Associ- ation said in Calgary the new 90-a-barrel export in- crease from 40 'will cause some retaliatory action from the Lnited The lederal government was taking 'undueadvantage of the U S where auto travel is more expensive and air travel less convenient because of that country s fuel shortage Ottawa has a very short memory regarding U S -Canadian relationships on oil Now we re taKing advantage of the U S situation That s deplorable In Stan president of the Alberta-North- west Chamber of Oils and dialled for the resignation of Energy Minister Macdonald hours after he atnounced the policy changes in the House of Commons Mr. Milner said in an interview the minister's statement shows he doesn t understand energy industry We will be in serious trouble by 1980 unless something con- structive is done quickly to encourage development of our pet- roleum resources In addition to the export tax boost on crude. Mr Macdonald said the government will look at requests from the petroleum industry for immediate heating oil increases west of the Ottawa Vallev particularly in Ontario and British Columbia The government will also allow further gasoline and heating oil price increases in southeastern Quebec and the Atlantic provinces to offset boosts in foreign crude precipitated bv the Middle Cast crisis and increases in Venezuela Ottawa will permit immediate average increases of two cents a gallon tor gasoline and heating oil east of the Ottawa Valley and requested continuing voluntary restraints on current prices west of the valley until Feb 1 1974 excluding heating oil Esso concerned Mr Poyen said the export tax increase any faith that appeared to have been developed' at last Monday s meeting between Alberta and Ottawa He knows Alberta's attitude on the export lax the minister is not prepared to pass any of the increase on to the industry or Alberta and has 'completely ignored the pleas and the recommendations of the industry and the province Spokesmen for other oil companies withheld comment until they had studied the announcement A Gulf Canada Ltd spokesman said in Toronto there was confusion over conditions relating to imposition of the 90 tax Richard Reid executive vicepresident of Imperial said in Toronto his company is 'concerned that serious cost and price differentials will result from permitting increases in gasoline and fuel oil east of the Ottawa Valley Lower prices west of the valley encourage product movement from Ontario into Quebec when Ontario is already short of products In former Conservative MP Carl O who is president of Conventures Ltd and a former Canadian Petroleum Association said the new policy 'has destroyed the credibility of the Canadian government Mr Macdonald has denied Western Canada the price in- crease It may put a stop to capital projects such as the Athabasca oil sands exploration in the Arctic and the Atlantic seaboard will be increasingly difficult to get capital for both on going projects and future investments in and when the current reserves are exhausted the oil industry may not have the initiative to attack new reserves Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley said his province the boat by not zeroing in on who gets the from crude oil export taxes More revenue If Alberta received the 90 tax that starts in December it would mean million or about half the provincial budget. Opposition leader John Buchanan of Nova Scotia said in a Halifax interview that if the federal government is going treat Man timers as equal partners in rising fuel costs must be offset by subsidies Premier Gerald Regan was in London and not expected back in the province until today Nova Scotia NDP leader Jeremy Akerman said oil com- panies must show the consumer where and why they are losing money in the Atlantic provinces before increasing prices Poll-Nixon should stay N.J A telephone survey taken after President Nixon's latest news conference says a ma- jority of Americans believe Nixon should not resign or be the Gallup Poll reported the poll also said had little or no confidence in the Nixon Another question in the poll showed 63 per cent of those surveyed think Represen- tative Gerald Ford Mich should be confirmed as ;