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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE November House speaker's ruling sparks heated debate OTTAWA (CP) -JamesJe- rome touched off the firjt ma- jor flap since he became Com- mons Speaker six weeks ago by ruling Tuesday that parlia- mentary secretaries cannot ask oral questions. The ruling came without warning at the end of the daily 40-minute question period when Joseph Guay parliamentary secretary for regional economic expansion, com- plained he had not been recognized for a question. Mr. Jerome catching government members by surprise and delighting opposition MPs, said parliamentary secretaries have access to more information than other MPs and sometimes answer questions on behalf of the ministers. It was a touchy point, he conceded, but members answering questions on behalf of the government should not be allowed to ask them. Opposition members have complained that questions from government benches are often set-ups for statements by ministers. Mr. Jerome, apparently un- prepared for the reaction he provoked, sat uncomfortably through the 30-minute debate that ensued. Government House Leader Mitchell Sharp, the first MP on his feet, adhered to parlia- mentary rules by not challeng- ing the Speaker's ruling. But he asked that the matter be reconsidered when MPs review House rules later in the session. His comments were jeered by opposition members as round-about criticism of the ruling. The uproar grew when Fi- nance Minister John Turner said further consideration was necessary because the rights of private members were at stake. Mr. Jerome, a 41-year-old lawyer and former parlia- mentary secretary, agreed to let the House debate the point. John Diefenbaker (PC- Prince accused Mr. Sharp and Mr. Turner of try- ing to undermine the authority of the Speaker. It was the worst attack on parliamen- tary rights he had seen since notorious pipeline debate of 1956." The Liberal government of the time was accused of brow- beating the Speaker into changing a ruling. Although the charge was never proved, Mr. Diefenbaker led the Con- servatives to power the next year. "The ruling is made and it stands." Mr. Diefenbaker de- clared, pointing toward Mr. Jerome. "In no case should your honor permit himself to be trammeled by a govern- ment that is not satisfied by a majority and now wants to control the Speaker." Stanley Knowles, New Democratic Party House leader, said he does not share Mr. Jerome's view but is concerned with preserving the authority of his office. Mr. Jerome reaffirmed his ruling. He said there had been no challenge to his office be- cause he had asked MPs for their views. Calgary workers defy injunction CALGARY (CP) Calgary commissioner Denis Cole said Tuesday the city will ask the courts to enforce an injunction issued last month against the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees (CUPE) to prevent strikeaction by the city's outside workers. The outside workers voted to strike this week to back up demands for a mid-contract adjustment to the cost of liv- ing index. The men have re- quested a per hour increase immediately. The contract doesn't expire until the spring. Mr. Cole said the city will take the legal action in the courts today. 6Tune-up cleans up autos' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Car manufac- turers could easily surpass al- ready-stringent Canadian auto emission standards by ensur- ing that all new cars are properly tuned when they leave the factory and when they are sold at the retail level, the latest results of federal government auto emission tests reveal. In fact, proper tuning of a "All members of (CUPE) local 37 were enjoined to stay with their work and we will be producing evidence to show that they have not done said Mr. Cole. Individual union members who left their jobs Tuesday morning could be fined or im- prisoned for contempt of court as could union leaders. Mr. Cole said no decision has been made whether the city will seek any specific punishment from the courts. He said "we're simply going to court to draw attention to the fact that the injunction has been broken." Lalonde's free jet ride said conflict of interest OTTAWA (CP) Charges of a possible conflict of interest arose in the Commons Tuesday during questioning of Health Minister Marc Lalonde's visit to Israel this week. Progressive Conservative Sinclair Stevens asked whether Prime Minister Trudeau is aware that Mr. Lalonde is travelling aboard a jet owned by Seagrams Distilleries. He was told the transport for the Mon- day to Thursday trip was arranged by the Israeli government. Use of a corporate jet, rather than a government aircraft, should be considered "an attempt to save Mr. Trudeau said jokingly. Mr. Stevens then asked whether there was a possible conflict of interest because Mr. Lalonde had attacked television beer advertising two months ago. The prime minister, tongue in cheek, replied that he could see no conflict, but he offered this solution: "I will attempt to have the minister in- vited to Egypt and fly on a Molson's plane next The exchange collapsed in laughter at that point, but Mr. Stevens (York Sim- coe) said outside the House that he is not kidding, regardless of how Mr. Trudeau may treat the matter. Mr. Lalonde, accompanied by his wife, is meeting his Israeli counterpart and other officials for talks and also was to visit hospitals and a kibbutz. Mr. Stevens contends that the minister could have used a government aircraft and put himself beyond criticism. The jet is owned by Distillers Corp. Seagrams Ltd., 32.6 per cent of which is held by various members of the Bronfman family of New York and Montreal. The company, basically a holding corporation, is mainly engaged in production and marketing of distilled spirits and wine, but, through subsidiaries, it also is involv- ed in petroleum exploration and development. Ontario would suffer from U.S. coal strike By THE CANADIAN PRESS Heavily-industrialized On- Turncoat sky marshall hijacks Jordanian plane BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) A turncoat sky marshal and other unidentified gunmen to- day released a Jordanian air- liner and passengers seized nine hours earlier in a bid for sanctuary in Libya, reports from that North African country said. The Libyan foreign ministry announced: "Instructions have been given for the release of the plane and its passengers with the exception of the hijackers, who have submitted a request for political asylum." The Iraqi news agency re- ported that the Caravelle jet- liner "will go back to Amman new car can actually cut air after refueiling." It quoted emissions by as much as 25 One of the released passengers percent, ministry timate. federal transport auto experts es- as saying: "The hijackers treated us very nicely." The plane was on a domestic flight from Amman, the capital of Jordan, to Aqaba on the coast when it was hi- jacked. An official of Alia, the Jordanian airline, identified one of the hijackers as a Jor- danian sky marshal assigned to prevent hijackings. The hijackers called them- selves "the free officers" in radio conversations with control towers on their route. Sources in Amman said they knew no such organization. At Beirut airport, where the plane tried to land before heading for Libya, sources said the skyjackers spoke in Arabic. According to information to be released later today by the transport ministry, all of the 50 new passenger cars tested by the federal government during fiscal year 1973-74 passed federal air emission safety standards applicable to the model year tested. But 40 per cent of the cars, that is 20 of the 50, either pass- ed or failed marginally. Ex-con refuses to name Montreal crime boss tario has the most to lose of the Canadian provinces from any prolonged strike of United States coal miners. The Maritime steel in- dustry, which imports 25 per cent of its coking needs from higher-quality, low-volatile fields in the U.S., would also be affected. Quebec's major industries rely chiefly upon Hydro Quebec for energy, while the western provinces have enough coal reserves to look after their own needs. A survey by The Canadian Press indicates that Ontario and Maritime users have enough coal to see them through a strike of two to three weeks. However, a prolonged strike of the United Mine Workers in the U.S. would bite into their reserves and leave them in trouble in the spring when the winter supply is normally exhausted. Talks are continuing in Washington in an attempt to avert a country-wide strike scheduled for later this month. But indications are that the miners will walk off the job. In Ontario, both Ontario Hydro and the steel com- panies have been stockpiling coal. But they say this is nor- mal at this time of year. Ontario is a major importer of U.S. coal. Of 17 million tons imported into Canada in 1969, Hydro received eight million tons for its massive power generating systems. A Hydro spokesman said the giant utility has adequate sup- plies for the coming winter months but "if a coal strike is prolonged there could possibly be a shortage around spring when shipping resumes." The current shipping season ends late this month. A spokesman for Steel Co. of Canada Ltd., Hamilton, said his firm would be in "serious difficulty" by the end of the winter if the U.S. miners extended their strike. The firm would consider shipping coal by rail from other sources, including Western Canada, if it found itself in serious short supply. Algoma Steel Corp., Sault Ste. Marie, ont.. has been low on coal stocks because of a shipping strike this summer. Yurko refutes claim of waterfowl deaths EDMONTON (CP) Only 25 to 30 waterfowl have been killed in oily ponds at the Athabasca oil sands. Environ- ment Minister Bill Yurko told the legislature Tuesday. He was responding to charges by NDP leader Grant N'otley that between and 2.000 shore birds had been kill- ed on the oil sands leases of Syncrude Canada Ltd. Mr. Motley said the birds died in pools of water into BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE 1 1 which oil seeped after the top layer of earth and vegetation was scraped from the sur- rounding area. Mr. Yurko said 25 to 30 waterfowl were "entrapped" in a tailings pond near Syncrude's oil pilot plant. He said Syncrude was willing to fill in the pond, but their con- sultants advised waiting until tests could be completed on keeping birds away from the ponds. After the tests are concluded, the pond will be filled in. he said. The tests are aiso ac- cumulating useful information on the migratory patterns of birds, said Mr. Yurko. MONTREAL (CP) An ex- convict told a Quebec inquiry into construction union free- doms Tuesday that "security reasons" prevented him from naming the "big boss" of or- ganized crime in Montreal. Francesco Fuoco. 49, who says he is a former Mafia "soldier." is a shop steward for Local 791 of the Inter- national Union of Operating Engineers, affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labor Asked if Andre Desjardins, director-general of the QFL's Provincial Council of Building Trades, was the top man in construction unions, the witness replied: "God only knows." Fuoco said he was hired by Bot Construction Ltd. of Oak- ville. Ont., through Desjar- dins. a friend for 25 years. The firm was engaged in road construction in the area of the James Bay hydroelectric development project in northwestern Quebec. Fuoco said he wrote a letter to company director Luigi Bot explaining his criminal past and rehabilitation. The letter explained Fuoco's involvement in a bank robbery attempt with the "boss of the Mafia" in 1966-67. His silence had resulted in the "boss" being acquitted on criminal charges. Fuoco wrote. Testimony at a Quebec Police Commission inquiry into organized crime has nam- ed Vic Cotroni as the head of the Montreal underworld. Fuoco served five years in prison for the robbery attempt, but the letter assured Fuoco's employer he was rehabilitated. He was not a "union bouncer" but could still call on his "old connec- tion" if the company needed help. IRA suspect shot in escape try BELFAST (AP) British troops shot and killed a sus- pected terrorist after he and 19 other Irish Republican Army men tunnelled out of the Maze prison. Northern Ireland's main camp for cap- tured guerrillas, army head- quarters said today. Three of the escapees, all suspected Roman Catholic terrorists, still were free at dawn, the military said. Sixteen were captured as they either crawled out of the tunnel or as they headed for hideouts through the darkened countryside. High Coney was killed when he and a group of escapers ran into an army roadblock and ig- nored a challenge to halt, an army spokesman said. "Some of the men appeared to be armed." he added without ela- boration. As troops moved into the prison compounds occupied by Catholic detainees, rioting broke out and a mob of prison- ers rushed the main gates in a second breakout attempt. U.S. auto sales drop to lowest in 10 years DETROIT (AP) U.S. auto makers report that domestic auto sales in October plum- meted to a 10-year low for the month. Chrysler announced new layoffs. October sales were down LOOK QF NATURE When a wig fits...she'll wear it. Comfort wigs by Toni with 4-way stretch. From 349S to 70 00 ITIERLE nORPHRn COSfTltTIC ROUT1OU; G'fts Wigs Perfumes College Mall Phone 328-1525 26.8 per cent from October of last year. "The problem is consumer concern and confusion about the economy." said an in- dustry spokesman. "People are worried as hell about what's happening tomorrow. We can't even get them into the showrooms just to look." With sales during the last 11 days of the month down 35 per cent from 3373. the four auto companies said October deliv- eries totalled just 627.521 un- its, compared with the year before. It was the worst October performance since 1964, when sales were units General Motors reported a 32- per-ceTit decline from Oc- tober. 1973. Ford was off 17 1 per cent. Chrysler dropped 16 6 per cent and American Motors was down 52 5 per rent Shortly after reporting its sales drop Tuesday. Chrysler said it is eliminating shifts at four car-assembly plants laler this month and laying off 7.100 hourly workers indefinitely Affected bv ihc shift rut- barks are the Jefferson Avenue and Hamtramrk assen.blv plants in Detroit, the Newark. Del., plant and the St. Louis facility. The company also said it is closing the Hamtramck plant for two weeks starting Nov. 11. temporarily idling 8.800 workers. The firm already had laid off 7.750 workers indefinitely. Chrysler, whose sales fell more than 27 per cent during Oft 21-33. said it was cutting fourth-quarter auto produc- tion by 46.500 units. October was disastrous for GM. whose Oct. 21-31 sales were off 39.4 per cent from last year. Monthly GM sales of 327.146 were off more than 150.000 units from October. 1973 Ford sales totalled Chrysler rame in at 12-year low for AMC said it sold cars. Including import sales, which were up an estimated 43 per cent to 128.000, in- dustry deliveries during the month totalled about 755.500. compared to some in October. 1973 Analysts say imports made gains last month because for- ?ien companies still arc sell- ing 1974 models at 1974-model prices News In brief Seismic incentives unveiled EDMONTON (CP) An incentive program designed to stimulate exploration activity in Alberta was an- nounced in the legislature Tuesday by Bill Dickie, minister of mines and' minerals. The seismic incentive program should "complement the existing drilling incentive program by sustaining the necessary level of geophysical activity which precedes ex- ploratory drilling" by oil com- panies, said Mr. Dickie. In answer to a question by Social Credit House leader Bob Clark, the minister said the cost of the new program "could be in the area" of million. Giving up early doesn't pay COLUMBUS, Ohio (CP) James Rhodes, former Re- publican governor, learned Tuesday that sometimes it doesn't pay to give up until all the returns are in. Rhodes was about votes behind incumbent Democratic Gov. John Gilli- gan in the race for the state's top office, when he conceded. But suddenly Gilligan's ad- vantage began to disappear, and Rhodes, 65, was on the phone to State Secretary Ted Brown, withdrawing his con- cession. In the nearly complete re- turns, Rhodes had scored a hairline victory. Brown or- dered the ballots impounded pending what seems to be a virtual certainty of a recount. Unofficial tabulations gave Rhodes votes to for Gilligan, a margin of Trustees 'walk tightrope' EDMONTON (CP) Alberta school trustees were told Tuesday they have to "walk a very sensitive tightrope." Clara Rutherford, a school trustee in Detroit, told the an- nual meeting of the Alberta School Trustees' Association that trustees must remember the distinction between mak- ing policy and administering it. She said trustees must make policy, but must be careful not to administer it. Fire sweeps Dublin docks DUBLIN (AP) A huge fire, possibly started by an ex- plosion at a gas tank, swept Dublin's dockland early today, fire brigade officials reported. The flames churned through the Kosan gas depot on the northern edge of the Irish capital, igniting gas in several other tanks that exploded like bombs in the early morning darkness. More than 50 firemen battl- ed the blaze in a bid to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby Shell, Esso and British Petroleum oil terminals near- bv Rail station workers strike MONTREAL (CP) Workers at a major Canadian National Railways express terminal refused to return to work today while negotiations between the railways and un- ions representing workers continued into the morning after all-night bargaining. A CNR spokesman said the morning shift, about 800 em- ployees, set up picket lines outside the terminal which handles parcel deliveries and piggyback and container ser- vices. He said ticket sellers and baggage handlers reported for work early today and commuter and passenger services were on schedule. 'Plastic from gas wasteful' CALGARY (CP) It is in- conceivable that natural gas should be considered for use in manufacturing throw away plastics at a time when there is a desperate world wide need for fertilizers made from the gas to promote the growth of food. John Harapiak said Tuesday. Mr. Harapiak, marketing superintendent for Western Co operative Fertilizers Ltd., made the statement as the Alberta Environment Conser- vation Authority opened a public hearing into the use of pesticides and herbicides. Alta. climbers scale peak CALGARY (CP) Three mountain climbers, one from Calgary and two others from Banff, have scaled a previous- ly uncombed peak in the central Himalayas, families of the men said here Tuesday. Dilsher Singh Virk of Calgary and Bruce MacKinnon and Peter Fuhr- mann of Banff scaled foot Swargarohini (Gateway to Heaven) Oct. 25. Forestry layoffs up VANCOUVER (CP) Layoffs in the B.C. forest in- dustry totalled at Nov. 1. the council of forest in- dustries has reported, up 8.3 per cent from two weeks earlier. The latest figure breaks down into 5.273 workers laid off on the coast and in interior lumber operations. Total forest industry employ- ment in B.C. in normal times is approximately 84.800. Richardson in Egypt DAMASCUS (AP) Cana- dian Defence Minister James Richardson arrived here from Egypt today for talks with Syrian officials. Richardson was greeted at Damascus airport by Syrian Defence Minister Gen. Mustafa Tlas. Sources said Richardson was to visit the Golan Heights before proceeding to Israel. Car dealers warned TORONTO (CP) Morton Shulman. millionaire author and New Democratic Party member of the provincial legislature, said Tuesday inflation will probably force manv car dealers out of business in the next few years. Addressing the Federation of Automobile Dealer Associations of Canada, Dr. Shulman said inflation will force the public to buy food and shelter instead of cars Gremlin flunks test OTTAWA (CP) The fuel tank" of a 1973 American Molors Gremlin car cracked along a main seam following a 30-mile-an-hour barrier crash test, according to the latest results of federal auto safety tests G D Campbell, director of the road and motor vehicle traffic safety branch for the transport department, said transport officials have asked to review data of similar tests conducted by the manufac- turer. American Molors (Canada) Lid., of Brampton, Ont The officials want to know if Ihe failure was an isolated case ;