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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta tow tonight 25; high Saturday 35. The lethktdge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 197S VOL. LXV No. 287 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Discriminatory land act put to death By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON The dis- criminatory Communal Proper- ties Act, bom in the 1940s to restrict Hutterite land holdings, was effectively put to death Thursday by the Alberta leg- islature. The act was in violation of the new Alberta Bill of Rights. Following a three-hour debate the legislature gave second reading by a 60 to four vote to the Communal Property Hepeal Act. Third reading and passage is largely a formality. The four who voted against repeal of the Communal Prop- erties Act were all Social Credit Opposition MLAs Gordon Taylor Doug Mil- ler (Taber Henry Rusle (Wainwright) and Ralph Sorenson (Sedgewick Corona- BUCKWELL APPLAUDED Highlighting the debate was an impassioned speech by Leighton Buckwell (SC Mac- leod) which called for an end to discrimination against Hut- terites and was applauded by both sides of the House. Mr. Buckwell, a member of a legislative committee that look- ed into communal land use, said former government committees the early 1940s and in 1952 recommended that the gov- ernment try to assimilate Hut- terites into the rest of society. The new committee took a different approach and recom- mended a philosophy of co-op- eration and acceptance, he said. "Hatred for these people has generated emotion and bigotry that has no place in a Chris- tian society and no place in the province of said the Macleod MLA. "The fact that the young farmer today hasn't got the money to buy land is no fault of the Hutterites." A major complaint behind Hutterite communal land use is that these religious sects are "squeezing out" the small farm- er. Mr. Buckweil said that al- though half of Alberta's Hutterites live within 75 miles of Lethbridge, the County of Lethbridge council does not want restrictions on Hutterite land and did not submit a brief to the communal land commit- tee which requested submis- sions this summer. The Communal Properties Act was bom of desperation and war measures, he said, and while it was the right act at the time, the time has come to abolish it. Peron returns TWO-PRICE SYSTEM ANNOUNCED amid turmoil IND5 17-YEAR EXILE Juan Peron smiles and waves to crowd as he returned to Argentina today, ending 17 years of exile in Madrid. With him is his wife Isabel Martinez, and unidentified aides. From AP-REUTER BUENOS AIRES (CP) Juan Peron returned to Argen- tina today, ending 17 years hi exile. The former president's chartered jet airliner landed at Ezeiza International Airport, bringing the 77-year-old one- time dictator home on a mis- sion of "peace and under- standing." Troops and tanks ringing the airport kept thousands of Per- onists from reaching the airport to welcome Peron. Police and soldiers used tear gas to dis- perse columns of marchers try- ing to reach the airport in southwest Buenos Aires. The military government per- mitted only 300 Peronist leaders to go to the airport to welcome Peron and the 140 Peronist chieftains and celebrities who accompanied Peron and his wife on the flight from Rome. Peron flew to Rome from Ma- Peron could make or break Argentina By PETER BUCKLEY Canadian Press Staff Writer The scheduled return today of former dictator Juan Peron to his native Argentina after nearly 18 years in exile adds a wildly unpredictable factor to the volatile political situation in South America's second largest na- tion. "My mission Is for peace and not for Peron told Hie people of Argentina in a message relayed be- fore his arrival in Buenos Aires from his luxurious villa outside Madrid. Whether the general's "mission" results in wide- spread disturbances or a more profoundly based peace for cither result seems re- turn represents a clear acknowledgement by the mili- tary government that Argentine political life can no longer function without Peron's mass of supporters. Throughout his long absence, since he was over- thrown as president in a bloody military coup in 1955, Peron had remained a force to be reckoned with. His cult grows His power has increased significantly in the last few years, however, in direct proportion to the Argen- tine regime's perceived failure to revive a stagnant economy and reduce the disparities between rich and poor. Reviled and despised by the civilian governments which at first succeeded him. Peron remained a mysti- cally revered figure among the trade unions and the "shirtless the poorest of the working class who had provided the base of his support for 10 years as president. Since the military ousted the politicians and be- gan ruling directly in 1966. the Pcran cult has grown to include not only the old working-class base, but also a bewildering variety of political groups from the Fas- cist right through the radical left. Now. even intellectuals who opposed him in the past seem prepared to that Peron, despite his excesses, had worked for social justice and equality in Argentina. General Alejandro Lanusse, current militai'y pres- ident, has sought to enlist Peron's assistance in a re- turn to civilian government, alternating challenges and thinly veiled warnings to lure the exile back. Lamissc apparently hopes that, working together, the and the Pcronislas can prepare elections next spring for n new president who would have sonm chance to govern effectively with Hie support of both the military and Ihc civilian population. Peron's stay in Argentina is not expected to last more, lhan a week or two. lie has numerous advantages as an exile. At 77, he need not wear himself out in the hurly-burly of Argcnlinc politics. Ho is spared ninny of Ihc personal dangers ha might face as a controversial figure at home. And he can aclopl the role of all-knowing, if oracle (or visiting Argentine politicians. Troops get shot for Asian duty drid, where he has lived in ex- ile. This country of 24 million people watched in a nationwide television hookup as Peron touched Argentine soil for the first time since he fled to a Paraguayan gunboat in the River Plate after being over- thrown by the armed forces in late September, 1955. OFFICERS MUTINY Hours before Peron's plane touched down, 60 petty officers of the Argentine navy mutinied briefly and troops reported clashes with Peron's supporters here. EXPECT SHORT STAY Peron is expected to remain in Argentina less than a week, conferring with leaders of vari- ous political factions, and then make a tour of Latin American cities before returning to Ma- drid. Some observers predicted Peron would try to form a poli- tical alliance to balance the armed forces' power or would try to come to terms with the junta on a compromised candi- date for president in the elec- tions President Alejandro La- nusse plans to hold in March. He did not rule out the possi- bility that he might be a candi- date. Gas price nirce aids Alberfans PREMIER LOUGHEED By KEN POLE EDMONTON (CP) The energy-hungry areas of Eastern Canada and the United States are ftoed with the prospect of dramatic increases in the price they'll pay for natural gas in the wake of the Alberta govern- ment's proposal to implement a two-price system for gas. As described by Premier Pe- ter Lougheed in the legislature Thursday, the proposal gives the natural gas industry until next April to come up with more money or find itself possi- bly refused provincial permits to export gas. While the province has no "le- gal" authority to increase the price of Alberta gas outside the prcvince, it can control the wellhead price of gas produced -.for in-province major lever with which to apply pressure. The 1971 wellhead price aver- aged about 16 cents for each unit of one thousand cubic feet. OTTAWA (CP) In prepara- tion for anticipated peace- keeping duties in Vietnam, the defence department announced today that 200 officers are being immunized to guard against dis- ease in southeast Asia. The department emphasized that the immunization proce- dure does not indicate a firm Canadian commitment to send forces personnel to Vietnam once a ceasefire has been agreed upon. Prime Minister Trudeau has said Canada will participate in peacekeeping duties only if as- sured that the combatants gen- uinely want to maintain a ceasefire. The announcement said: "The department of national defence has not been asked to provide additional personnel for Vietnam. The 200 officers being medically cleared for possible observer service will merely be held on a waiting list for ob- server duty in the event that the government should decide that additional observers are required, either with the exist- ing delegation to the ICC (Inter- national Central Commission) or with any newly-formed su- pervisory organization." The officers were selected from bases across the count ry and from the land, air and sea elements of the unified force. New session date set Security tight for Heath visit LONDONDERRY (API Prime Minister Edward Heath visited army posts in London- derry today while outside Northern Ireland's second city a policeman was killed lo take the toll of lives lost in the last three years to 631. Heath flew to Londonderry In an army helicopter. Before landing he took an aerial view of the bomb-damaged city centre and former guerrilla strongholds of the Bogside and Creggan districts. Tight security was clamped down for the prime minister's 90-minute visit. Heath did not mingle with citizens of Londonderry or meet local politicians during his visit. During Thursday night, a boobytrap bomb killed a police- man and a politician's wife was beaten. Girl drowns on reserve Margaret Louise Plain Woman, 18, of the Blood Indian reserve drowned Wednesday in the Belly River which flows through the reserve. RCMP arc investigating. Seen and heard About town J.JONEST telling I.cn Ring Jamie W i 11 i a m son lie plays goalie because he can't skate Richard Neuroff eating an egg sandwich with three eggs in it Phil Ulakoly asking how much it cost as soon as a policeman asked him why he didn't sign his driver's licence. OTTAWA (CP) The new session of Parliament, with a minority Liberal government, will begin sitting Thursday, Jan. 4, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Thursday night. And it will begin with "a lot of posi- tive legislation." Mr. Trudeau's announcement to reporters ended weeks of speculation about the opening with repeated oppo- sition demands that the House meet in December. He said the main reason for waiting until January is because "we have a very important program" to prepare. And while both Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield and New Democratic Leader David Lewis sharply criticized the de- cision. Mr. Trudeau's office is- sued statistics to show that this will be the second-fastest recall of Parliament by a minority government. The quickest was in 1963. Two Conservative gov- ernments had taken longer. Sources close to the prime minister said that he, and a majority of his cabinet, favored a January opening since the re- sults of the Oct. 30 general elec- tion were known. Rut some ministers, along with many Lib- eral MPs who met here last week, urged a December ses- sion to avoid opposition allega- tions that the minority govern- ment afraid lo meet Parlia- ment. At the moment, in the midst of four recounts, the Liberals hold 109 seats, the Con- servatives 107, Ihc New Demo- crats 31 and Social Credit 15. There arc two independents. Mr. Trudeau told reporters the main reason for waiting un- til then was preparation of the "very important" legislative program which would include "many cf the points we learned during the election." He said thsre would be little difference between a December and January session, since it was unlikely that any bills could be passed before the end of the year. Without some government ac- tion, a three-per-cent increase in income taxes goes into effect Jan. 1. "Perhaps there are some steps the minister of finance will want to the prime minister said, without elaboration. The temporary abolishment of capital punishment expires Dec. 31, but Mr. Trudeau said ha didn't know of any death sen- tences that were to be imposed in the meantime, and there would be a solution to this ques- tion "early in the new year." He expected a new budget "relatively soon" after Parlia- ment meets. Too many cooks spoil Willow trustees' broth By PAUL ANDERSEN Herald News Service CLARESHOLM The Wil- low Creek school division is having its troubles to put it mildly. It looks like a couple of year's work is down the drain. Everything, every law, every motion, every idea to cross the minds of the trustees in the past two years is, was and has been entirely illegal. Why? Because the board has one member too many. There are eight members there should be seven. A provincial act of Aug. 1, 1970, set the number of mem- bers. Somehow it got overlook- ed. Yesterday afternoon Uie board passed a motion to ap- prove everything it has done in the past two years. Will the motion stand up? That's what people are asking here. In the meantime, tlie fall election for trustee is off. Mrs. Kathlene W bite, chair- man for many years, resigned earlier and a replacement could have been by acclama- tion. George Whitehead and Lloyd Barr have been asked to sit tight until the whole matter can be set right. It looks like the whole school division will have to be subdi- vided with new boundaries which trustees will represent. Seven, not eight. Kissinger returns to peace table WASHINGTON (AP) Henry Kissinger will fly lo Paris Sunday to resume Viet- nam ponce talks Monday with Hanoi's Due Tho, the Wliilo House announced today. Press secrcia y Ronald L. Zicgler (old reporters: "We expect the talks to last for several longer." The announcement came as Kissinger and President Nixon were holding conferences at Camp David, tire presidential velre.it near Thurnionl, Md. This will ho Kissinger's 21st trip to 'he Kronen capital for talks with be Due Tho, mem- ber of the North Vietnamese no- lilburo, and Xuan Tliuy. Hanoi's principal negotiator1 at formal peace sessions there. SEEK AGREEMENT The aim of the resumed nego- tiations is to reacli agreement (in a draft coii.scfire negntiiiied by Kissinger and Tho last month. A U.S. official who spoke un- der rules barring direct quota- tion said he Is optimistic that a peace agreement will bo reached. II is nol going to he easy, the official added, noting that Ixtlh Hanoi and Saigon arc making conflicting demands. Black drinking legislation thrown out SALISBURY (Rcuter) The Rhodesian High Court quashed today government legislation in- troduced early this month to prevent blacks from drinking at hotels in white areas at certain hours. In a judgment given in the High Court, Justice B. Goldin declared that the regulations were illegal and ordered that the government pay the court costs of the case. The appoal against the gov- ernment's new liquor regu- lations, which prevent blacks from drinking at hotels in white areas after 7 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays, was brought before the High Court by three hotels and an African journalist. Exported gas was worth million to the Alberta economy. MENTIONS 31 CENTS Mr. Lougheed said boosting the price to 31 cents a thousand cubic feet would bring the prov- ince an additional million a year. "We believe that the mandate we received from the people of Alberta was a mandate to make major changes in policy and di- rection which would benefit the people of he said, re- ferring lo his Progressive Con- servatives' 1971 election upset of a 36-year-old Social Credit administration under which the province's petroleum boom be- gan in the late 1940s. "This is one of those major changes." He said new contracts for gas contain provisions for prices "significantly higher" than those in old contracts but "still below fair value." The province also proposes to "redetermine" the gas price ev- ery years rather than evey five years as recommended last August by the energy resources conservation board. The two-price system would be made possible by a rebate to Alberta consumers but the gov- ernment was unable to give de- tails because implementation of the proposals depends on in- dustry reaction. Early reaction from the in- dustry indicated it is prepared to co-operate with the goven- ment. In Calgary oilman Carl Nickle said an increase in the field price of natural gas is justified but Cie unilateral ac- tion by Alberta might lead to serious conflict with other gov- ernments. A. F. McMurrich of Calgary, president of the Canadian Gas Association, said it was clear the government's statement was a scene-setter for negotia- tions. Dave Firlong of Calgary, managing director of the Cana- dian Petroleum Association, said it appreciates the govern- ment's intention lo hold talks before implementing the pro- posals. Stan Milner of Edmonton, of the Independent Petroleum Association of Can- ada, said his group had asked for time to settle price changes without government interfer- ence. The gas policy is the second phase of Alhsrta's restructured natural resources program. The first, a IEX on proven re- serves c! oil still in the ground, goes into effect Jan. 1. Tin's will add about million a year in royalties, bringing the annual toial of oil royalties to some million. Still to come, Mr. Lougheed promised, a-e revised policies affecting co.il, forest products and the vast resources of the Athabasca oil sands near Fort MoMurray in northeastern Al- berta. Geisha toasted KOBE, Japan (Rcuter) Kyokomn Hanakuma, 88, has ivlivrd us Japan's oldest Geisha "girl." About 100 patrons toasted her retirement at Ilio end of a 71-yoar-carcor. 'My you'iff right. 1C is five dollars worth of ;