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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Inquiry reveals mass corruption of Quebec union By FRANK MACKEY MONTREAL (CP) The picture of Quebec's construc- tion industry emerging at a government inquiry is a full- color blow-up of labor union corruption fostered by employers and a government anxious for "labor peace." Since the royal commission on construction union freedoms began public hearings Sept. 16, it has expos- ed a system of extortion, beatings, payoffs and patronage. Testimony has even re- vealed that a Quebec Federation of Labor (QFL) of- ficial, whose name was ordered witheld, hatched plans last year for a general strike aimed at a possible un- ion take-over of the Quebec government. Success hinged on the QFL's ability to gain control of three key transportation and energy union business agent Andre Renaud testified. Renaud worked for Local 791 of the International Union of Operating Engineers a QFL affiliate. Asa self-avowed muscleman and police informer, he was paid about a year, mostly by companies that wanted him to ignore safety violations on job sites. Renaud is serving three- years in prison for beating a member of the Confederation of National Trade Unions the QFL's main competitor in construction worker recruitment. One of his superiors in Local 791, former co-ordinator Rene Mantha, used hoodlums to rig the election of Longueuil federal Liberal MP Jacques Olivier in 1972, Renaud testified. Olivier, a former CNTU official and former special assistant to Prime minister Trudeau, has denied goon in- volvement in his campaign. Mantha has admitted using 11 union musclemen for the campaigns of Liberals Andre Deom and Guy Leduc in Laporte and Taillon ridings respectively in the Oct. 29, 1973 provincial election. Deom, who quit his post as founding director of the Societe Internationale d'E- quipement et de Conseil Inc. (Sintec) to run for political of- fice also was accused of using his clout to get Mantha a job with the company last May. Mantha was forced to resign from Local 791 after the March 21 sacking by his subor- dinates of the main work site at the James Bay hydro- electric power project in northwestern Quebec. Sintec fired him Nov. 2 after inquiry evidence showed he was responsible for the beat- ing of the 16-year-old son of a Hull union official in January, 1973. Labor Minister Jean Cournoyer has been blamed by employers and two of three labor federations here for en- couraging the QFL's lawless reign through "flagrant favoritism" and "willful blindness." The Quebec Construction Federation, grouping one quarter of the province's contractors, called for his resignation in a brief sub- mitted at the inquiry. An official of the James Bay Energy Corporation the hydro-Quebec subsidiary responsible for the power project, said he believ- ed there was collusion between Local 791 and Yvon Bergeron, former co- ordinator of the James Bay job bank for Cournoyer's man- power department. Two of Bergeron's former superiors in the department testified they had objected to his methods, but an effort to remove him was scuttled by Cournoyer. Bergeron was represented in wiretap evidence as having agreed to hire only workers approved by the QFL. UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre. 23 Lethbridge...... 45 Pincher Creek... 45 26 Medicine Hat 43 15 Edmonton.....44 21 Grande Prairie 44 20 Banff.......... 37 18 Calgary......... 44 21 Victoria.......50 42 .18 Penticton....... 51 30 Prince George 42 26 Kamloops....... 44 33 Vancouver 51 41 .02 Saskatoon....... 33 16 Regina.....40 18 Winnipeg 49 22 Toronto........44 40 Ottawa......... 35 32 Montreal 36 31 Chicago 52 48 .64 New York 60 42 Miami........ 79 65 .02 Los Angeles..... 83 61 Las Vegas...... 75 54 Phoenix 74 51 Rome.......... 61 46 Paris........... 54 43 London......... 54 46 Berlin.......... 48 37 Amsterdam..... 50 39 Moscow 30 25 Tokyo....... 58 46 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Calgary, Medicine Hat regions Today: Mainly sunny. Highs 40 to 45. Tuesday: Mainly cloudy. Lows tonight near 20. Highs tomorrow 35 to 40. Columbia Kootenay regions Clouding over today showers of rain and snow mix- ed tonight. Tuesday cloudy with a few showers mixed with snow at higher levels. Highs today in mid 40s and near 40 for Tuesday. Lows tonight in the low 30s. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Variable cloudiness today becoming mostly cloudy tonight and Tuesday. Scattered snow showers most- ly west tonight and east Tuesday. Scattered snow showers mostly west tonight and east Tuesday. Highs today and Tuesday in the 40s. Lows tonight 20 to 30. West of Continental Divide Variable cloudiness today. Snow showers tonight and Tuesday. Highs today 40 to 45. Lows tonight in the 20s. Highs Tuesday 35 to 40. IDEAL FOR THE OUTDOORS MAN 1974 SCAMPER 9 FT. CAMPER BILL ROMANCHUK Fridge, heater, jacks, twin tanks, bunk. Was Now BILL WANTS TO SAVE YOU S375 UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. "Serving you over a quarter century" 302 3rd Ave. South Phone 327-2805 Monday, November 11, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Seattle bus drivers strike SEATTLE (AP) Picket lines went up at several Seat- tle Metro Transit facilities Saturday after bus drivers and maintenance personnel re- jected a 21.5 per cent pay increase on a one year A long, cold drive It will be a breezy drive for Harold Grossman, who set out from Surrey, B.C. over the weekend to drive this 1928 Pacific firetruck to its new home in an antique vehicle museum in Amherst, N.S. The truck is 85 feet long and has a top speed of 40 miles an hour. Mr. Grossman expects the trip to take 10 days. Saskatchewan NDP steps up pace for socialism Turner Valley bank manager gets a scare TURNER VALLEY, Alta. reported late Saturday that a bank manager and his family in this southern Alberta com- munity were tied up for several hours Friday night by two gunmen who wanted the manager to open the bank vault. Patrick Joa, manager of the local Royal Bank of Canada branch, and his family were not in- jured and the two arm- ed men escaped. RCMP said the gunmen wanted Mr. Joa to open the bank vault, but he said he could not because the vault was controlled by an automatic timing device The men threatened Mr Joa and his family, but left the house after tying up the Joa family with rope. The family managed to struggle free several hours later and telephoned RCMP, who are continuing their investigation. Authorities did not say how many members of the Joa family were at home during the in- cident. Turner Valley is about 20 miles southwest of Calgary. contract. The member union voted 776 to 557 against the contract offer, said John A Senear, business agent for Amalgamated Transit Union division 587. Metro, which has a total work force of about said that though there was no bus service, its sewer operations were not affected by the strike. There were estimates that the transit strike would force more than additional cars into the downtown area during the work week. Senear said he told federal mediators the union would be willing to resume negotiations with Metro immediately. "Most people probably would have accepted if Metro had thrown in some fringe benefits." Senear said. Those fringe issues include sick leave and grievance procedures, he said. Salary is not a primary issue, he added The contract offered would have raised hourly pay for bus drivers from an hour to 33 in steps by September, 1975 Mechanics making an hour would have received a proportionate increase Metro executive director Richard S. Page said the pact would have cost million, including not current- ly in the Metro budget for next year Last body recovered REA POINT, N.W.T. (CP) Officials reported Saturday that they have recovered the last body from the crash site of a Panarctic Lockheed Electra plane which plunged through an ice pack off Melville Island last week There were 34 persons on board the plane. Two escaped and are in hospital in Edmon- ton, one died enroute to Edmonton and the rest were killed on impact. LETHBRIDGE WEST SOCIAL CREDIT ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday, November 12th at p.m. Room 4 CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE Inserted by the Lethbridge West Social Credit Association. LETHBRIDGE HOUSE DESIGNS BLUEPRINTING has moved to 419-STAFFORD DRIVE PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 9 am to 6 p m Chief Mountain, closed; Coutts open 24 hours, Del Bonita 9 a m. to 6 p m., Kingsgate open 24 hours, PorthiH Rykerts 7am to 2 a.m Rooseville 7am to 11 p m (Times Mountain By GARRY FAIRBAIRN REGINA (CP) Saskatchewan New Democrats touched the spurs to their leaders during the party's weekend convention, trying to quicken the pace toward a democratic socialist society The meeting, expected to be the last before a provincial general election, passed several resolutions over the opposition of cabinet ministers in the NDP government, and on several occasions delegates urged them to move faster. The prods, however, were described as mild by com- parison with previous conven- tions. And while Premier Allan Blakeney and other NDP lead- ers gave speeches affirming their commitment to demo- cratic socialism as a long- time goal, they also made it clear that they are not willing to go as far or as fast as some of the policy resolutions would have them do. One of the more controver- sial motions resolved that the provincial government "introduce policies which would make it uneconomical for any individual to control too much farm land." Replying to reporters" ques- tions after the convention end- ed Sunday. Mr. Blakeney gave that policy statement a cool reception, saying the resolu- tion "was so obscure it would be very difficult to know what to act on." "It was a mere indication. I think, on the part of the dele- gates that farms shouldn't get "too big" and from that it seems to me that the govern- ment will need to embark upon some consultations with farm organizations and the RMs (rural municipalities) and the Wheat Pool and the NFU and others to see what their views would be on whether it would be either feasible or appropriate to limit farm size." Resolutions adopted despite opposition from cabinet ministers included calls for higher welfare allowances in northern Saskatchewan and acceleration of measures leading to public ownership of Ihe mineral and petroleum in- dustries. Party leaders said delegates displayed fewer frustrations than usual One cabinet minis- ter summed up the various pushes for more radical policies as the normal im- patience of the party's left wing. And Mr Blakeney described the meeting as "not terribly newsworthy because not all that controversial. I sup- pose Unlike past conventions, this one produced no cons, rted attacks on the government or party leadership. Last year the department of northern Saskatchewan came in for much criticism, including allegations by one constituency association that the department was guilty of patronage. This time around the resolutions on DNS were commendatory. A committee set up last year to investigate the patronage allegations reported to the convention that it could find no substance to the charges. There were also no resolu- tions similar to the one last year complaining that the par- ty voters' lists had been mis- used by basing some govern- ment hiring decisions on whether the list showed a job applicant as a probable NDP supporter. Instead of dissension, the problem facing party leaders this time, in their view, was complacency. Premier Blakeney used two speeches to warn party mem- bers not to take the NDP gov- ernment's re-election for granted, but to get out and work for it. The gams of the three years of NDP government and the promises of another such gov- ernment could be lost with a Liberal victory, he said. He said after the convention that delegates appear to have accepted the need for work and "I don't think they're tak- ing much for granted." "The party seems to be shedding its complacency. I had noted last summer a general feeling that the New Democratic Party had the next election in the bag." Small classes would help poor students VANCOUVER (CP) Teachers could diagnose students" learning difficulties more easily if classes were reduced in size, says the presi- dent of the British Columbia Teachers" -Federation. Jjm MacFarlan told a conference of the B C federa- tion of the Council for Excep- tional Children that criticism of the teachers' campaign for reduced class size ignored the benefits such a reduction would offer to exceptional children. He said the retarded, those with learning disabilities and the gifted could be classed as exceptional students M.44 The inflation buster every Tuesday night. Tuesday mght-Familv Might at Fondcm? an iw-, ho4 ro'i if -it s a budget-boosting F t4 ro- i, at o11 the regular r Jr' d T nt- i11-.- i1 a- And this is no budqet '1 oui tnV nl ,st n lamous Dmnrr r i'< r. 4h r.' nbeyr steak Ivoiled 4D -i r.-ii. steaming baked ootato PONDEROSA SIM HOUSE Dually 1ooci family prices 1025 Mayor Magrath Drive ;