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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 7, 1974 in brief Simon admits recession 'Heateri The administration s chief economic spokesman conced- ed Wednesday for the first time that the United States is in a Treasury Secretary William Simon told a group of econo- mists that "in my judgment, the current economic malaise will eventually be recorded as a recession Kidnap victim released AI'1 Count Al- fredo Gerh. Italy's 32nd kid- nap victim this was released bv his abductors evening less than 12 hours after he was snatched by two men posing as policemen Police said the 55-vear-old industrialist was in a state of shock and unable to answer questions. They said he had been released in the city and had returned home alone There was no word on whether a ransom had been paid. 4 Canada seeks sugar accord OTTAWA the Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Inspired by the public slaughter of calves in Quebec last week. Max Saltsman iNDP Waterloo) yesterday introduced a bill in Parliament to make it a criminal offence to destroy food as a form of protest. Saitsman promptly ad- mitted to newsmen that it was a phoney issue, and that he was taking advantage of public abhorance of the televised slaughter to "make a moral statement." "It is morally wrong to de- prive the world of food just to seek personal economic gam." Saltsman said The veteran MP said he was pleased by the public response he has received since an- nouncing his intention to introduce the legislation. Saitsman admitted that his private member's bill, which will not become law. would be unenforceable. He also conceded that by killing the calves Quebec farmers had probably benefitted world food supplies After all. the eight pounds of grain it takes to produce a pound of beef goes a lot farther with hungry people than does the pound of meat Not all of Saltsman's NDP colleagues approved of his bill They too saw it as something of a phoney issue However. Saltsman said he was determined to express the view that it is immoral to de- prive starving people of food. Would he apply that same principle to grain handlers or seaway workers whose strikes have halted grain shipments? "Yes." responded Saltsman, to firemen who would let a city burn down for their own financial gain." He said he would apply the same principle to a doctor who withdrew his services from patients, or to hospital workers who could prevent necessary health services be- ing performed. "There has to be a better way of settling disputes." savs Saltsman. Paper says ministers preview statistics data TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says that Statistics Canada regularly provides politically sensitive statistics to federal ministers up to four days before they are made available to the public. In an Ottawa dispatch, the newspaper says that Sylvia Ostry. chief statistician for Canada, has confirmed the practice but refuses com- ment. The Globe and Mail says the time advantage to ministers is Man killed AIRDRIE (CP) RCMP today said Douglas Ross Giles. 20. of the Airdrie dis- trict, was killed Wednesday when the tractor he was driv- ing overturned in a ditch six miles northwest of this com- munity, 15 miles north of Calgary. about a day for the consumer price index and gross national product figures. This week's unemployment figures, the newspaper says, were made available to government departments last Friday, four days in advance of their public release Tuesday. The Globe and Mail says a government official said the advance release of statistics to ministers facilitates the cabinet's defence of its economic policy when the figures become public and op- position politicians raise a protest Another official, the new- spaper adds, said the system allowed the finance minister to create policies to announce at the same time as the public release of figures to minimize the adverse publicity of rising unemployment or prices OTTAWA (CP) The op- position made up in volume what it lacked in numbers Wednesday, but it was not enough to force the govern- ment to extend the Veterans Land Act Due to expire March 31, it already has been extended by one year and the government feels its termination is over- due. Stanley Knowles, New Democratic Party House leader, introduced a resolu- tion calling on the government to reconsider its plans, but despite the support of the other opposition parties a recorded vote defeated the resolution 112 to 94. The 72 Conservatives present in the House were supported by 13 New Democrats, eight Social Credit MPs and the lone inde- pendent, Leonard Jones (Mon- The vote ended two days of appeals by opposition MPs for the government to extend the program, which provides low- interest loans for certain to for buying farms and for Tentative rail accord reached MONTREAL (CP) Nego- tiations were to resume today between representatives of 11 railway companies and their employees who met until late Wednesday night trying to iron out details for a 1975 working agreement. A union source said the two sides had reached tentative agreement which would give the workers a 15 per cent wage increase in a 1975 contract as well as a cost- of-hving bonus to offset infla- tion in the later part of 1974. Increased pension coverage under a plan negotiated be- tween the parties in the 1973 round of contracts talks also was included, the source added. Details of the settlement were not confirmed by offical union and company spokesmen. Indications of a tentative settlement, which must be ratified by the union members employed by 11 railways, came as a wildcat strike by about 4.500 employees of Canadian National Railways continued in Montreal. Another 200 joined in the walkouts in Ottawa Wednes- day but train operations there were still normal. fishing vessels or residential property of more than a half acre. Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Mac-Donald said the original act was designed to help Second World War veterans get into farming after discharge. "After such a lengthy period of he said, "it is dif- ficult to contend that there is any continuing need for the act After the vote Wednesday, Mr. MacDonald contirmed that he and Urban Affairs Minister Barney Danson, whose departmental respon- sibilities include housing, have been working on an alter- native to the act. Mr. MacDonald said in an interview he is prepared to make a proposal soon, "although it depends on whether the government will accept it or not." Nixon testimony may be videotaped WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica said today that former president Richard Nixon's testimony in the Watergate cover-up trial may have to be taken on videotape in Califor- nia. Sirica made the comment after Nixon's lawyer. Herbert Miller, reported to Sirica that it will be at least two or three months before Nixon can ex- ert any "substantial mental or physical effort." Reporting on Nixon's health as required by Sirica, Miller said it will be "an in- determinant time" before Nixon can travel any signifi- cant distance. Nixon, in hospital in Long Beach, Calif., was reported Wednesday to have contracted a slight case of pneumonia, further complicating his con- dition. He underwent surgery last week for a blood clotting condition Based on Miller's report, Si- Union man graft Republican senators advocate broadening of party platform Tbrcf- i-.i n it> na'-e j spenfi! p'o it ''i rcbo-ujy) H'Tlion -.'1'TiElh ir th> lf- .'1 s 10--. far T ii f-i' n) Yl jr. Lin '5 -my- rj base oul tr-m t> must d offer rarnsif nm ofi- that left f ri'" Prr- f r, a lorni' ihcy will set their own agenda. beaded by national health m- -uranrr. tax reform and an expanded public >ervicc jobs program, when the 94th meets in .January Turnout for Tuesday's elec- tion -A as the hchtcsl for any >nre 1946 with an unoffi- nl mint showing 3fi per rent "i voting age population ballots 'scan in 3 from I N ne complete returns i-.v-') Democrats fell 'Vir predicted pre-election i-- not bv much He- Mi' .TUX led three Senate bv ,1 total of less than n otes. now hold That left them with an M in the new Senate the 11 th -traicht under Democratic control nca said "it may be that someone will have to go... and take his (Nixon's) deposition on videotape." Sirica emphasized, however, that he had made no final decision on how to get Nixon's testimony. Nixon has been subpoenaed by both the prosecution and by defendant John Ehrlichman. The prosecution has in- dicated that it hopes to be able to make its case without Nix- on's testimony. But Ehrlichman's lawyers have said the former presi- dent's testimony is vital to their case. The five defen- dants are unlikely to begin their cases for another month. Sirica has indicated he will send his own team of three doctors to make an indepen- dent examination of Nixon. Today, he called on prosecu- tion and defence lawyers to suggest how to proceed as a result of Miller's affadavit. Grain inspectors said headed toward strike WINNIPEG (CP) The assistant chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Com- mission said Wednesday grain inspectors at Thunder Bay and the West Coast are likely headed toward a strike. C. L. Shuttleworth told delegates at the Manitoba Pool elevators' annual meeting that the 130 inspec- tors at the Lakehead and 48 on the West Coast have indicated tendencies toward strike ac- tion. "My own guess is that they're headed for a strike, but a little ways down the road: not for some time yet Grain movement in Van- couver was halted last week when members of the Public Service Alliance booked off sick for two days to back contract demands. Similar ac- tion followed in Thunder Bay. Weekend agreement may avert coal strike MONTREAL (CP) Robert Meloche, a union business officer, changed his testimony today and admitted at an inquiry into construction union freedoms that he accepted cash gifts from an employer to ensure labor peace at the James Bay- hydroelectric project. He said that because evidence against him is so overwhelming, he would resign as business agent for Local 791 of the International Union of Operating Engineers WASHINGTON (AP) -The chief coal industry negotiator in contract talks with the United Mine Workers (UMW) says an agreement might be reached by this weekend to keep short an expected miners strike in the United States. Guy Farmer, chief negotiator for the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, said Wednesday he thought the two sides should be able to reach an accord "in two or three days." provided no new snags develop. "I don't think we're that far apart. That's not to say we don't have some real knotty issues which need to be re- solved." Farmer said. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL House The net Democratic gains, exceeding prc-viection forecasts, stood at 43. meaning the new house will have at least 295 1 >ornocral5 Three races re- mained undecided The Demo- cratic total barely missed matching the 2.W in Lyndon .lohn-on landslide In? 'oial by r-ither Democrats captured nine, while losing three to the Republicans and a 1'i'irln to an in Maino Another Drrnorral Ir-jilrd. indicating 1be new N 1 3 n d i n g would be 36 Democrats. 13 Republicans and one independent, sur- the 35 Democrats elected in 1958 BONANZA DAYS! 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