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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, November News in brief French strikes spread PARIS (Reuter) Presi- dent Valery Giscard d'Estamg's government appeared headed for its first major domestic crisis today as tens of thousands of workers across the country joined a rapidly-spreading wave of work stoppages. The French postal service was paralyzed by a strike now in its third week, railway workers began a 48-hour strike on several major lines and there were threats of electricity and gas cuts. Miners and printers also stopped work in several areas. Nixon takes first steps LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former president Richard Nixon has taken his first steps since his brush with death after phlebitis surgery. But his personal physician, Dr. John Lungren, still de- scribes Nixon's condition as serious. Contaminated cattle killed LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan state agricultural officials Monday ordered the slaughter of up to more beef and dairy cattle which consumed feed contaminated with a fire retardant. State officials said they acted after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration dropped the maximum amount of the substance allowed in meat, poultry and milk from one part per million to three- tenths part per million. Food waste protested NEW HAVEN. Conn. (AP) Two thousand Yale Univer- sity undergraduates fast today to protest waste of U.S. resources in the face of worldwide famine. Rebates from prepaid meals skipped by nearly half the undergraduate body will be credited to a number of organizations that help feed the world's hungry. Arabs arrested' BEIRUT (AP) A Palestinian Arab deported from Israel said today that the Israelis have arrested Arabs in the occupied territory west of the Jordan River in an attempt to check a growing movement in favor of proclaiming an independent Palestinian state. Korean students riot SEOUL (AP) About students demanding political reform hurled rocks at riot police today during a two-hour confrontation at Hanyang University Police drove the demonstra- tors back into the campus three times with tear gas. No arrests or injuries were reported. But officials of the university suspended classes for a week. UN-Syrian fights alleged TEL AVIV (Reuter) An Israeli military correspondent said today he had recently seen fist-fights between United Nations soldiers and Syrian troops along the dis- engagement line on the Golan Heights. The UN office in Jerusalem refused comment on the report and referred all queries to the UN mission in Damascus. Waterfowl deaths claimed EDMONTON (CP) New Democratic party leader Grant Notley charged Monday in the legislature that between 1.000 and 2.000 shore birds and waterfowl have been killed in oily ponds at the Athabasca oil sands. He also warned of possible danger to the rare whooping cranes which fly through the oil sands area of northeastern Alberta every year. Strikers reject work plea PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. 'CP) Striking shopcraft workers in the British Colum- bia Railway northern division rejected a return to work plea by union leader Norm Farley Monday and said they would continue to picket B.C. Rail sites until at least Saturday. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Vern Paul, spokesman for the 120 northern division workers, said a meeting between Mr. Farley and union members here Monday failed to produce any change in the attitude of workers towards the work stoppage. Death By THE CANADIAN PRESS Toronto Irving Stuart Fairly, 90, first employee of Toronto Transit Commission and former president of the Canadian Transit Association. Dief solves mystery of missing statues OTTAWA (CP) John Diefenbaker donned his trench coat Monday and solved the missing statues mystery. The 79-year-old former Progressive Conservative prime minister, with the help of Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner, found the pieces of art the govern- ment has been hiding for several years. "I have never seen such a diabolical caricature in my said Mr. Diefen- baker after he traced a large welded-metal statue of Arthur Meighen to a cor- ner of a public works warehouse. "Mr. Meighen was a man of very fine features. I wouldn't have thought that a monstrosity like that would be produced." Mr. Diefenbaker, prime minister from 1957 to 1963, has been hounding the gov- ernment about the where- abouts of statues of Mr. Meighen and R.B. Bennett, both former Conservative prime ministers. He said last week that he had been told the govern- ment was embarrassed to place them on Parliament Hill. He was proven right Monday. Mr. Faulkner invited him on an impromptu search and they drove together to the warehouse in down- town Ottawa. Mr. Diefenbaker learned that the Bennett statue never had been sculpted. But he saw a picture of a model commissioned, but later rejected, by the government. The model looked like a white soapstone carving of a seal and prompted Mr. Diefenbaker to exlaim: "The mummies of Egypt look more real than that." Elfred Cox of Toronto did the model and would have DIEF MEETS MEIGHEN, ST. LAURENT been paid for the statue. Beside the Meighen sculpture in the warehouse there was a bronze life-size statue of Louis St. Laurent, Liberal prime minister from 1948 to 1957. It showed Mr St. Laurent, dressed in judicial robes, sitting in a chair Mr. Diefenbaker liked it. "The head is exceptionally good." Mr. Faulkner said the St. Laurent statue, com- missioned in 1969 at a cost of was not placed on the Hill with those of other prime ministers because it lacks vitality. The statue was sculpted by Elek Imredy of British Columbia. The Meighen statue stands 18 to 20 feet high on a marble base. It is contemporary and has the former prime minister in morning coat and striped trousers. The head is turned up- wards, making it difficult to see the face, and the arms are partially out- stretched. The fingers appear to be pleading, and the welds give them a gnarled, diseased look. "Talk about said Mr. Diefenbaker. "It would scare anyone on Hal- loween." Memo shows burglars expected pay, pardons WASHINGTON (AP) A memo attributed to E. Howard Hunt shows that Hunt thought he and the other original Watergate burglars expected to be pardoned for their crime two months before they went on trial for the burglary. The memo introduced at the Watergate cover-up trial said the seven original break-in de- fendants also knew they were being paid for their silence about the involvement of higher-ranking Nixon re- election committee officials in the June burglary. Three FBI agents were to be called today to back up the in- dictment's charge that de- fendants John Ehrlichman and John Mitchell had lied when they said all they knew about Watergate came from their newspaper reading. The memo says the defend- ants in the break-in case "have followed all instruc- tions meticulously, keeping their part of the bargain by maintaining silence Hav- ing recovered from post- election euphoria, the ad- ministration should now at- tach high priority to keeping its commitments and taking affirmative action in behalf of the defendants. "To end further misunder- standings, the seven defen- dants have set Nov. 27 at p.m. as the date by which all past and current financial requirements are to be paid, and credible assurances given of continued resolve to honor all commitments. Half measures will be unaccep- table. Transit scheme will benefit EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed said Monday "nobody in the world" has come up with any public transportation alter- natives particularly effective for smaller cities such as those in Alberta. As a result, Alberta will make a "significant" invest- ment in the Urban Transpor- tation Development Corp. of Ontario which is studying such alternatives, the premier said in the legislature in reply to W. R. Wyse (SC Medicine Hal Oil subsidy bill likely to become law quickly OTTAWA (CP) The end of a rocky legislative road seems in sight for the much- debated bill to put the crude oil export tax and imported oil consumer subsidy into the law books. "We've still got some points we want to Harvie Andre Centre) said in an interview Monday. However, he expected second in prin- Thursday. The Progressive Con- servatives have challenged the bill since it was originally introduced April 2. They criti- cized it again Monday for in- fringing on provincial rights. In the last Parliament, the bill received second reading and committee study before dying on the Commons order paper with dissolution for the July 8 election. Mr. Andre said he expects second reading this time to be followed by "a day or so" of committee study. Third read- ing, Senate approval and rou- tine royal assent likely would come fast enough to make the Socre'd amendment fails EDMONTON (CP) The Social Credit opposition tried Monday night to move a mo- tion of non confidence in the Conservative government but failed when the speaker said their action violated a basic rule of the legislature. Ray Speaker (SC Little Bow) told the legislature the government has deceived the people by pretending to be for free enterprise but in reality making such moves as taking over Pacific Western Airlines, a private company. "PWA was a snow job He said Alberta is at a cross roads where it must decide firmly where it stands in regard to free enterprise. He accused the Conser- vatives of having no real guidelines about private enterprise nor any plans to give the people a voice in planning the future. Mr. Speaker then tried to move an amendment to a government motion which calls for the legislature to receive and concur in the premier's report to the fall session. His amendment said the report should be rejected "as this assembly deplores the Conservative government's inaction in establishing guidelines and priorities to meet the needs of individual Albertans." No one objected to the amendment before Speaker Gerard Amerongen interupted a Social Credit MLA to state the amendment was not in order because it constituted a "direct negative" to the original motion Amendments may not com- pletely change the intent of a motion. bill law by the middle of the month. The bill, to establish a petroleum administration act gives the government power to set oil and natural gas prices, if necessary. It must pass by the end of the year if .subsidies to eastern con- sumers of imported oil are to continue uninterrupted. Both the subsidies and the export tax on domestic crude oil have been in effect, with the cooperation of the oil com- panies, since the spring. Legislative authority is need- ed to continue the system into next year. Revenue from the tax on oil leaving the country is used to compensate eastern con- sumers who depend mainly on more expensive imported oil. Claude Wagner Hyacinthe) led the attack Monday on constitutional aspects of the proposed legislation. He said it not only would authorize federal interference in resources, an area of provincial jurisdic- tion, but would set a precedent for centralizing governments "like this one" to encroach easily on other provincial rights. Bill to increase number of MPs OTTAWA (CP) A bill pro- posing substantially more elected members of Parlia- ment will be introduced in about two weeks, Government House Leader Mitchell Sharp said Monday. It will be based on proposals submitted by the government earlier this year when redistribution was studied by a Commons committee, he said in an interview. If followed without alteration, and approved by Parliament, the plan would increase the size of the 264- seat Commons to 279 members by the next elec- probably to 355 seats by 2001. The 102-seat Senate would not be affected because Senators are ap- pointed. The proposal would prevent any province from losing seats, a common complaint under existing redistribution rules. It also would attempt to re- tain the principle of representation by population, while keeping the growth in seats to an acceptable level. The government already Insurance agents to strike VANCOUVER (CP) Independent insurange agents in British Columbia voted Monday to strike the provin- cial government's auto in- surance plan at noon Friday. A statement by the In- surance Agents Association said the association's members handle an estimated 80 per cent of autoplan's business with the public. has announced that the Northwest Territories will be given a second seat when the legislation is introduced, something long demanded by northern MPs. The Yukon and Northwest Territories have only one member each and increase is planned for the Yukon. Coal mines shutdown expected WASHINGTON (AP) A coal mine shutdown appeared all but certain in the United States after union negotiators walked out of contract talks early today and accused man- agement of forcing a strike. "With what they've handed us tonight, they've declared a strike in the coal said president Arnold Miller of the United Mine Workers as he left a union caucus without notifying the mine owners waiting in a nearby room. "There's not a sufficient amount of time left for ratification, and the membership would not ratify what they gave us." Guy Farmer, chief negotiator for the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, said later he couldn't "conceive how anyone could say what we gave them has a provocation for a strike." The UMW is reported to be seeking a settlement at least equal to the 38 to 42 per cent wage and benefit increase over three years won by steel- workers earlier this year. Rent increases allowed VICTORIA (CP) Lanlords in British Columbia will be allowed to raise rents by 10.6 per cent a year under legislation introduced Mon- day. Attorney general Alex Macdonald introduced amendments to the landlord and tenant act which also state there will be no limit on rents on new rental accom- modations for the first five years. There would also be allowances for major renovations in addition to the 10.6 per cent ceiling, which would replace the existing eight per cent ceiling. Macdonald, Berger settle differences WHAT IS TRUTH? WHAT IS RELIGIOUS TRUTH AMIDST ALL THE CONFUSION? COME, BRING YOUR ANSWER to: UNITY MEETINGS sponsored by the UN-denomination CHURCH OF CHRIST 328-0855 Lethbridge, Alberta Mutual discussions will be held at: CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE 11 St. and 5 Ave. South Lethbridge, Alberta ROOM NO. 1 (COME IN FRONT DOOR OF CIVIC CENTRE) EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT p.m. Beginning Oct. 22 and continuing through Nov. 26. Sessions moderated by Larry Boswel! and Don Owens COME and listen, and participate it you desire! SHARE with us. OTTAWA (CP) Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Monday that he has settl- ed his differences of opinion with Mr. Justice Thomas Berger on the issue of what confidential information the government should provide during an inquiry into the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline project But the justice of the Su- preme Court of British Colum- bia declined to comment on Mr Macdonald's statement. saying he might do so later. The issue arose after the minister told a reporter he might have to change the judge's terms of reference if there were requests from the inquiry for confidential government information Talking to reporters Mon- day. Mr Macdonald said he foresaw no problems after a 20-mmutc talk with Mr .Justice Berger during the weekend The judge wjs commission- ed by the minister of northern affairs earlier this year to m- into the social, en- vironmental and financial im- paM the proposed pipeline would have on the Canadian N'orth Tn preliminary rulings on how the inquiry should be con- ducted, the judge said "there is a paramount public interest in the fullest disclosure of all the facts To this end and over the ob- jections of Canadian Arctic Gas Pipelines Ltd.. who are applying to construct the pipeline. Judge Berger ordered a list of all studies and reports be compiled which are in the possession of Arctic Gas and other parties participating in the inquiry. Once the list is available, parties to the inquiry may de- mand any study be made public If there are objections to such a course on the grounds of privilege or con- fidentiality, the judge would consider such claims. Under his terms of reference, the judge has the power to compel production of such studies. In the Commons last Friday. Progressive Conser- vative Leader Robert Stan- field referred to published remarks by Mr. Macdonald saying that perhaps the judge's terms of reference should be changed if he were to seek confidential docu- ments in the government's possession. Union inquiry sparks election investigation MONTREAL (CP) The chairman of an inquiry into construction union freedoms Monday asked for an investigation into apparent irregularities in two ridings in the 1973 provincial election Judge Robert Cliche ordered the investigation after testimony indicated that undue influence had been used to have 10 union goons releas- ed from police custody after allegedly creating distur- bances on election day in Laporte and Taillon ridings Judge Cliche tolri commis- sion lawyers to bring the matter to the attention of the provincial chief returning of- ficer. Francois Drouin. The two members of the na- tional assembly are Liberals Guy Leduc in Taillon and Andre Deom in Laporte They were elected by 577 and 407 votes respectively out of about 36.000 cast m each riding Judge Hiche called for an investigation following testimony by Rene Mantna. a former union business agent and musrleman, who said he and the others offered their services to the Liberals in the 1970 provincial election "for no monetary compensation OPEN THURSDAY TILL 9P.M. LADIES' Winter Boots "ALPINE" Leather Boots For comfort and style from Brazil. a? MflRFlNJO WORLD OF SHOES 317A Sixth Street South ;