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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta The lethbridge Herald Government caught with pants down suspects hide feared dead in tidal wave n'lYHAlirA _._ Tim Pommnm: pmiahf wiih Forecast high Sunday 54 "Sen-ing Alberta and Smillicaslern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXI1I NO. 282 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1970 SEVEN SECTIONS 107 PAGES OTTAWA (CP) The Commons was caught with lls Tuesday-lo-Thursday pants down Friday after an embarrassed government was forced into n vote over the absence of two-thirds of Die cabinet for the daily question period. Because MPs are absent on Fridays and Mondays visiting their constituencies, they sometimes are referred to as members of the "Tuesday-to-Ttairs- day Club." When a vote was forced on 2r the 40-minutc question period would be drastically shortened because of the lack of cabinet ministers, Uie motion was defeat by 79 to 42 after the division bells had rung for nearly half an hour. The 79 of opposed the mo- tion included 17 of the 29 cabinet ministers. Only 10 cabinet ministers were in the House when the vote was called. 26 PCs in house The motion was supported by the 26 Conservatives In the have 72 the 12 out of 23 NDP members in the chamber. Four of the 13 Cred- itisle members were there to support the motion. When question period resumed after the defeat of the motion, there were no questions from the opposi- apparent boycott of the resumed question per- iod. The procedural hassle began when Hie House met and Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield got no reply to his questions on the whereabouts of Prime Minister Trudeau. A spokesman in Mr. Trudcau's office said the prime minister was out of town but refused to say where. Mr. Stanfield and oilier opposition MPs complained that they could not pose questions lo the ministry be- cause so many ministers were absent. Many questions Mr. Stanfield began by saying he had questions on the economy, unemployment and the War Measures Act and that he assumed there was some explanation for the absence of Mr. Trudeau, Finance Minister Edgar Benson and Justice Minister John Turner. shouted Thomas M. Bell, Conserva- tive whip. Revenue Minister Herb Gray said he was acting finance minister. Woolliams North) said it was %aste o! time "to put questions to nobody." He said the Commons -would like to hear the reasons for the absence of so many ministers. MacdonaM, defence minister, said Mr, Stan- field had been absent from the Commons two days this week. David Lewis, deputy New Democrat leader, said the Commons ought to know the reason for the absence of Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Benson and C. M. Dniry, treasury board president. Works Minister Arthur Laing, acting prime minis- ter, said the opposition was "putting on an act." He said all absent ministers with one exception were away on government business. (Editor's note: Mr. Benson was in Lethbridge Fri- day as part of a tour of southern Alberta lib Australia: no promised land TOWNSVILLE, Australia (teller) Bean T. Hol- lins of Tacoma, Wash., saw Australia as the promised land. But when he arrived iiete, he says, it wasn't what he was promised. Now, along with his wife and 10 cliildren, he wanls to go back lo the United States and leave this tropical north coast town. Flat broke, he has written to 19 American news- papers advising Ms fellow countrymen not to emigrate lo Australia and asking funds !o help his return. Rollins claims, among oilier things, that he was misled about Australia by consular officials in San Francisco. Ural the cost of living is high and wages low, and that, the government is soft on communism. About one in eight "new as they art ColiCTi, goes back to his native land. Most of those who go back criticize various aspects of life in Australia, but few are as vitriolic as Rollins. Earns per week Rollins, who earns abou? U.S. a week as s warehouseman, accused Prime Minister John Gorton of being "gutless" because he would not present a report to Parliament naming all known Communist-fronl, or- gajiizalions in Australia. Rollins said he had not teen told Ural such tilings as riots and U.S. flag-burnings occurred in Australia. He apparently referred to student-led demonstra- tions against the war in Vietnam, where Australia has committed up to troops, Rollin's comments resulted in headlines around Aus- tralia and some quick rebuttals from fellow Americans who have settled happily in the country. The numbers of Americans moving to the country fcs shout a year, more Uwn triple the rate four i I0' in clothes closet MONTREAL (CP) Ga- zette says that a cubbyhole in a walk-in clothes closet at the apartment where police ar- rested Bernard Lortie last week may have enabled three Front dt Liberation du Quebec kidnap- pers to elude capture. The claim was made Friday by a high-ranking police official, the Gazette says. "All four of those wanted for the kidnapping and killing of labor minister Pierre Laporte were in the the of- ficer said. When police opened the door of the Queen Mary Road apart- ment they came face-to-face with Lortie, the 19-year-old stu- dent who was the key witness at the opening of the coroner's in- quest into Mr. Laporte's death last Saturday. Lortie was taken to police headquarters along with a young girl found in the apart- ment with him, the newspapr says. Police made a room-by-room check of the apartment, placed Poland treaty near WARSAW (AP) Negotia- tors for West Germany and Po- land have drafted a treaty to heal the diplomatic schism carved 31 years ago a Nazi blitzkrieg overran Poland and began the Second World War. A spokesman for the Bonn delegation said Friday that For- eign Minister Walter Scheel will initial the treaty next Wednes- day with his Polish counterpart, Stefan JedrychowsM, and that Chancellor Willy Brandt is ex- pected to.sign it in Warsaw be- fore Christmas. Jedrychowski said the pact is Important historically and should begin 'the proper proc- ess of normalization" of rela- tions. Ruediger von Wechmar, chief spokesman for the West Ger- man delegation, said the two foreign ministers also discussed other matters, including Polish permission for Germans living in Poland to emigrate. RECOGNIZES FRONTIER An important feature of the document is Bonn's recognition of Poland's western frontier for the first time since the German surrender in 1945. Details were not announced, but it was un- derstood that tire boundary is drawn at the Oder and Neisse rivers, incorporating large areas of former German terri- tory. Adolph Hitler's invasion of Poland Sept. brought on the Second World War, and dip- lomatic relations between the countries have not existed since then. Poland lost six million cit- izens during the war, most vic- l i m s of Nazi concentration camps. Aspirin may be answer to clotting TORONTO (CP) Aspirin may prove useful in preventing blood clots, two Montreal re- searchers report in the Novem- bc issue of the Canadian Medi- cal Association Journal. Serge Renaud and Jean Godu, of tte Montreal Heart Institula and the University of Montreal laboratory o f experimental pathology, say aspirin prevents blood clots in rate and in human blood in test tubes. a guard at the front door then "went to eat, returning later with members of the idenlifica- tion the officer said. BACK DOOR USED "When they he said, "they found that someone had gone out through the back door." The hideaway was located shortly afterwards .and the fin- gerprints of all foui' suspects were found. The other prints were those of brothers Jacques and Paul Rose and Francis Simard, all named in warrants as persons wanted for arrest.in Mr. Laporte's kid- nap. The police official said the compartment in the closet was large enough to hold ali four suspects. He speculated Uiat Lortie was caught off guard when police arrived and did not have time to join the others. Earlier this week Marcel St. Aubin, head of the Montreal po- lice department visited the scene of the arrest, the news- paper says, indicating that something was amiss. Trudeau relaxes for weekend OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau has slipped off on his own for the weekend lo have a rest, his office says. Mr. Trudeau was absent from the Commons Friday and there was speculation he was everywhere from New York to visit Canada's United Nations delegation to Toronto for a Literal party strategy meeting. But his office says iie is merely relaxing in an undis- closed DACCA (AP) A resale commission official said today the death toll could climb to more than persons from a cyclone and tida! ware along East Pakistan's Bay of Bengal coast. An official of tire central gov- ernment said he was told by an official of the Barisal district, 70 miles south of Dacca, that an area on Bhola Island was "washed away." The official said the area had resi- dents. Another commission an- nouncement said natives were stranded on another island but w.ere in no immediate dan- ger. Directors of the rescue op- eration were inspecting the 258- mile coastline from Khulna to POX'S Bazar by .air, and re- ported extensive damage. CONFIRM C9S DEAD The number of confirmed dead was 699, with at least missing, officials said. "The un- traceable are surely said one. Ships were bringing relief sup- plies to the offshore islands. On one, Hatia, a local magistrate said thousands were killed when the tidal wave left 20 feet of water.. Haitia, 20 .miles from shore, has a population of at least District commissioners said the island was devastated. One eyewitness said there were 350 bodies along one eight-mile stretch of (he East Pakistan coastline. Communica- tions were down between Hie in- terior and much of the 250 miles of coastline hit hardest by the storm's 150-mile-an-hour winds and 20-foot waves. There were reports of thou sands of persons missing along tht coast and on the offshore islands. RESCUERS OUT A rescue party left tor the island of Dubla, where Hindus assembled for a reli- gious festival were believed trapped. No word had been received from a 14-member parly of World Bank experts and con- sultants who left Tuesday on a lour of areas that later received the brunt of the storm. A spokesman for one firm represented in the party, how- ever, said be believed the team may have had sufficient warn- ing to reach shelter. Officials said the four-hour storm sank many boats in Chit- tagcng port. Distress signals were heard from an Indian ship that was believed to have gona down. Abdnr Rahman, a flying dub instructor, said after flying over Bhola Island that he "hardly saw any people moving." He re- ported one seagoing ship torn apart and a cargo ship aground. unvei Master for western pa DOUGUS HECKLED NDP Leader T. C. Douglas' speech in Edmonton Friday night was interupted by demon- carrying red flags, a portrait of Mao Tse-Tung and even ripe tomatoes. No tomatoes were thrown. The demonstrators called themselves members of the Inter- nalional Exfremist Party. Edmonton demonstrators heckle Douglas -speech HAFEZ al-ASSAD strongmaft EDMONTON (CP) Seven persons bearing red flags, a poibait of Mao Tse-tung aid to- matoes and their fists intprrupled a speech Friday night by T. C. Douglas, leader of the New Democratic Party. The demonstration started at the HDP meeting when a blonde young woman in the crowd of about snouting and hei fists at Mr. Doug- hs was cairying ripe to- JH docb in a bag Bcfoic she could get close lo UK> NDP leadfr party officials grabbed her and carried her out. Several other persons then advanced towards Mr, Douglas but were slopped by party offi- cials, three of whom received minors cuts and bruises. One of the demonstrators appeared to have been slightly injured. All of the demonstrators, who called themselves members _of the International Extremist Party, fled a few minutes be- fore police arrived. Mr. Douglas appeared lo ba unruffled by the demonstration. "The real question are facing is whether we are going to effect change peacefully and democratically, as the NDP wishes, or violently as those who are making a noise hero Red regime thrown out DAMASCUS (AP) Defence Minister Hafez al-Assad seized control of Syria's government today aflcr a quiet midnight coup thai overthrew the Marxist civilian government. Most citizens of 25 miles from the front lines of tte Israeli unaware that a coup had taken place and that their government leaders were in jail. This Syrian capital was calm, with no signs of trouble on the surface and no unusual military activity. Shoppers thronged to the bazaars as usual and gov- ernment ministries were open lor Arab diplomatic sources said Assad and Ids men arrested President Noureddin A t a s s i, Premier Yotissef Zayyne and Maj.-Gen. Salab Jadid, a leader of the Syrian Baatit party, in raids on their homes late Fri- day, the Moslem sabbath. Jad- id's only title is assistanl secre- tary-general of the party, but he w as the behind-the-scenes strongman of (lie Atassi regime. None of the arrested men was harmed, the sources said. MORE MODICRATK Bolstered by support of air force intelligence officers and the chief of staff, Gen. Mustafa mowi (Uftw tlM party congress dismissed him from power Thursday, lire spokesman said. The defence minister wanls closer Syrian tics with Egypt and the BaaUiist wing in Iran; and he has advocated all-out war wilh Israel. Even so, he is considered more moderate than the Atassi regime's leaders. Baathist sources in Beirut said Assad could be expected to be less adamant in pressing a military settlement with Israel than the Marxist Baathists. They said they also expect an attempt to join the Arab federa- tion planned by Die leaders of Egypt, Ubya Md Sudan, EDMONTON (CP) Master plans that call for huge increases iii recreational facilities in the four western national parks were unveiled Friday night but parks officials warned they couldn't go much farther. Canadians may soon need a reservation to get into a national park, an official said. There was still some room for development, how- ever. The provisional plan proposed more roads into wilderness areas, and more campsites and visitor facilities in the parks to accommodate an anticipated 100-per-cent increase in visitors during the next 10 years. MAY LIMIT VISITORS Attendance 4.2 million this year in the four parks to the end of September. About eight million are expected in 1980. The plans cover Banff, Jas- per, Yoho and Kootenay na- tional parks. Park officials said that not much further development could be expected once the 10- year master plans expire. "We can't expand 'indefinitely because nature won't tolerate Ward Stevens of the Cana- dian wildlife service told a news conference. Ron Malis, acting director of the western parks region, said the government "may have to limit visitors and traffic and create public transportation" in the parks. A parks spokesman said the master plans are kind of white paper on parks policy" and may be altered substan- tially if the public demands it. Public hearings on the plans are to be held in Calgary, Ed- monton and Vancouver in about two months. Dates have not yet been set. Hearings on plans for national parks in the east have already been held. Peter Lesaus, assistant direc- tor of national parks, said the plans are designed to encourage recreational use of the parks "but not at tbe risk of damag- ing or destroying them." The plans propose a doubling of the total number of camp- sites in the four parks to from the at present. Mr. Lesaux said priority would be given, if the govern- ment approves, to leaking the Trans-Canada Highway a four- lane, divided route through the national parks. Between two thirds and of each park would be preserved as natural environment areas or wilder- ness recreation areas wilh only primitive campground facilities and riding and biking trails. Motor vehicles would be pro- hibited. The plan says no new siding areas would be allowed but present facilities could be ex- panded. A wilderness trail along the peaks that form the continental divide was planned in the parks. Jasper and Banff parks stretch 300 miles along the east- em side of the Rocky Mountains and cover square miles. Yoho and Kootenay national parks are on the west side of the Continental Divide, sharing a common border with Banff, and cover square miles. 'How do vie know it's not for a U.S.- controlled publishing Police foil plot MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) Police have foiled a plot which Ihey said was aimed at kidnapping two Midwestern offi- cials, hijacking an airliner to take them to Cuba and holding them for ransom of six prison- ers including black militants Angela Davis and Bobby Scale. Ronald L. Reed, 20, was ar- rested Friday and charged by federal authorities with conspir- acy lo steal an aircraft. Police said noles found on Reed, a Negro, when he was arrested pointed lo a plot to kid- nap Gov. Harold LeVander of Minnesota and hijack the air- liner. They said reports from other sources indicated a plan to kidnap Rosalie Duller, who is a city council member in tho neighboring city of St. Paul, wife of a wealthy contractor and mother of three. Police had been tipped fo Ilia plot and posted guards Thurs- day night around the governor's mansion, Mrs. Butler's house, which is next door, and the Min- neapolis-Sl. Paul airport. The guards were withdrawn Friday after Ihe arrest of Reed in a apartment. Prince Is 22 LONDON (AP) Prince Charles, heir to the throne, is 22 today. The prince and his sister, 50- year-old Princess Anne, are weekend guests of Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury at Matficld House. Trie marquess is head of the Cecil family, which lias been close to tte throne since the days of Queen Elizabeth J in tbe 16th century. Seen and heard About town I IN I V E R S I T Y secretary Debbie Masson playing the university's now com- puter (o a draw in games of tic-lac-loe Jlrl Jllddlcton wondering what happened lo the- mattress on (cp of his car Joyce, citing (lie world's number one calaslro- phe is when a girl forgets her pwsa with her makeup in it, ;