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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 30 High Thursday 50 The Letltbridge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 1975 VOL. LXV No. 292 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, 23, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTi THREE SECTIONS-32 PAGES Is 4ruraP incentive fund subsidizing major cities? Dy GJiEG McINTYnE Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON While the now million Alberta Oppor- tunilies Fund was designed lo help rural industry, it appears instead lo be heavily subsidiz- ing business in Calgary and Ed- monton. Industry Minister Fred Pea- cock dodged a question Wed- nesday In Ihe Legislature from NDP Leader Grant NoUey who asked "How much has gone to the two major cities and how much lo communities outside the two major Mr. Peacock said 30 io 40 per cent of loans have gone to com- panies north of Edmonton, 25 per cent lo firms "in the Ed- monton and the rest to industry in "Southern Alberta." In a recent newspaper inter- view, however, he revealed that about half Ihe money has gone lo companies in Edmonton and Calgary and the other half lo the rest of the province. Since July 1, he said about million in loans have gone to about 50 companies. He de- clined to reveal their names. The former Social Credit gov- ernment took the position that all of Alberta, except Edmon- ton and Calgary and the corri- dor between, should be consid- ered for industrial incentives. In Ihe legislature Mi-. Pea- cock said "The fund having been in operation for six months leaves yet a lot to be desired there's a lot of straightening out to do and cer- tainly a lot more organization before it's nearly as effective as we want it to be." He said "The opportunities fund, of course, was developed and organized for the help of rural industry and Ihe develop- ment of that industry in rural Alberta." It is hoped incentives will de- velop business skills in the in- dividual "who shows the desire to do something for he said. Art Dixon (SC Calgary Millican) asked If any loans have been given lo companies that were not established in the province before the fund was created. Mr. Peacock replied no. Walter Buck (SC Clover Bar) asked if the opportunities corporation is working with small credit institutions like credit unions in small commu- nilies lhat do not have charter- ed banks. Mr. Peacock said he didn't know. Dr. Buck asked if some busi- nessmen have hesitated to ap- ply to the opportunities cor- poration feeling their business is to small lo qualify. Mr. Peacock said Ihe fund Is available lo all business in the province and urged MLAs to tell business interests in their communities about it. Stanfield says Tories not power hungry By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield pledged Wednesday that in the coining session of the new Parliament he and his followers "will not obstruct government." He said, "We shall continue to instruct the govern- ment as we have done in the past even though lha government has been, until very recently, reluctant to listen and slow to learn." He addressed the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and noted that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had "in- terpreted the election results not as a defeat but merely a reproach." The official Opposition Leader who has 107 mem- bers in the House compared with Mr. Trudeau's 109, said lus party in the meantime is not going lo "hunger for power." But, he said, it continue to "prepare itself to assume the responsibility of government when called upon." He dismissed any merger of parties in Parliament. He said the Canadian people "do not have much to gain from a merger of parties which would bo achieved by the compromise of principles, especially so if all lhat it would produce would be a majority bascJ mi pure c...i Mr. Stanfield added: "If we are lo have an ad- ministration that is too weak to govern and too timid to lead, a shot-gun marriage between two parties will not improve upon it." He said he would welcome Ihe opportunity to form a government. "Had I done so a cabinet would be in place now. Had I done so, the government of Canada would not be meeting in cabinet pondering what to do next. "The government of Canada would be putting be- fore Parliament the same programs and policies my party advocated over Ihe past few years and during the campaign. We would have placed our programs before Parliament in the full confidence Uiat if the opposition would not support it then the people of Canada he s-ijd. Mr. Stanficld added that he did not make the state- ment in "any complacent or defiant way." However he eaid he had to say lhat much of what lus party learn- ed from the results of the election1' simply confirmed our policies and our positions with respect lo various aspects of our national life." He reviewed three of (lie major economic pro- posals he and his parly had placed before the elec- torate in the campaign. These included the incenlive plan for small business, culs in personal income tax and a readiness to impose a temporary program of price and income controls. Short of this he is ready to im- plement specific price "freezes" on specific commodi- ties where such action would he appropriate. The Conservative leader voiced his determination lo achieve a strong Conservative parly presence in Quebec and a strong Quebec presence in Ihe party. lie said the process of rebuilding Ihe national or- ganization of the Tory party is now under way and ev- ery effort will be made lo "restructure and strengthen our party in Quebec." Afler Ihe next election, he fore- cast, the Conservatives would have greater strength in the French speaking province, Mr. ELanfiold rcjncicd "conclusions formed by oth- ers about Ihe election which are Ihe result of fiction, fantasy and emotion rather than fact." Election kills irrigation talks Herald Legislative Burrnii EDMONTON The federal government is not pre- pared at present lo discuss rohiihililnlion of Alberta's irrigation system. Premier I'cler Lougheed lold the leg- Isl.ituro The. npposllioii has formally requested all roiTcsnon- flcnco between ICdinonlnii Otlr.wa on irrigation no- golialions. The, premier said lie has received ii reply from Ihe office of Prime Minislcr Tniricau lh.il the federal IMvcrimicnt docin'l want the correspondence tabled "at Ibis stage." The premier said outside (lie house he Inlerprclcd Iliis lo mean Ihnl the federal iiovcrmncnl is not pre- pared lo discuss irrip.-ilinn unlil rcsulls of Ihe rcmil rcder.il declion :iml Ihe minister responsible for tho mailer linvc boon sillied. HI, GRANDPA Robert Stanfield has a special smile for his Iwo-year-old grand- son, Benfamin Nyland, as the conservative leader arrived in Edmonton Wednesday for a speaking engagement, and a visit with his daughler and her family. -----------------------------------------------IM Mil 1 II V11 U I b 11 PM working on new cabinet OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau will announce his new cabinet Monday. He told reporters today, prior lo a regular weekly cabinet meeting, that he has not yet completed the selection and" "I am going lo be working on it until Monday." "I'll be announcing il on Mon- day." No ministers or MPs have had advance nolice of Ihe cabi- net changes, he said, and they would have a chance lo meet with him during the next day or two. Mr. Trudeau said early last week that he would be announc- ing the cabinet changes in a week or 10 days. In the meantime most minis- ters have remained close to 01- lawa, wailing to see whether their portfolios would change. As a result of Oct. 30 gen- eral election, and several relire- menls, Mr. Trudeau has seven vacancies lo fill in his 30-mem- bcr cabinet. He has said (he changes will be "major." Some of the vacancies involve major portfolios. Among minis- ters defeated were Trade Minis- ter Jean-Luc Pcuin, Labor Min- ister Martin p'Coiinell and Ag- riculture Minister II. A. Olson. And in filling 11ir.se and olher portfolios, Mr. Trudenii is facet! i I h new regional com- plications, such as not having any Liberal MPs in Alberta. Hoiv about Canadian Columbia instead of British Columbia? ESQUIMALT, B.C. (CP) How does Canadian Columbia slrike you as the name of Canada's westernmost province? The Esquimau New Democratic Party Association wants the name of the province changed 're. 'i British Columbia to Canadian Columbia because "there is an increasing awareness of a Canadian identity." The association will present a resolution asking for the name change to (he NDP's annual provincial convenlion on the weekend. The NDP now form the government in is it C.C.? n in in 11 B ii in 111 ii n 111 m i ii i ii n r m 111 inm IITII i 11 i More industrial chaos in 'Do you think it wan wise to nMil vifgv claim.' LONDON (CP) A 2-1 hour rail strike, which brought train services to a virtual standstill all over Britain today, may mark the beginning of another chaolic round of indtisiri.il ac- tion unless a conlrovorsy over extra pav for engineers is sol- lied quickly. The first Irains cancelled lo- day were long-distance express services due to finish (heir jour- neys after midnight. By early morning, the entire rail network had ground to a hall. In London, traffic slowed to a crr.v.'l cs Ihc'.isar.dr, of crs tried lo drive lo work. Oth- ers simply look the day off. The strike, by Ihe 29.000- mcmbcr Associated Sociely of Locomotive Engineers and Kiro- mcn o a m r British Hail management moved Ihe prolotypc of a liio- mile-.in-bonr locomolivn y.irds into .1 railway work shop using non-union labor. Tho dispule dnos not nffcct bus nr subway service. Hnilway cndnecrs have re- faswl for (he. lasl several months lo operate the prololypo (rain wilhout exlra pay. l-'KAR IMiUAGM Richard Marsh. Brilish Hail chairman, Icld ASLUP leadcis Wednesday thai tile ?l2.5-inil- llon "snpcr-lr.iin model" had slandiiiR onl In th.> nnd il hnd become essential (o move il. But Day ASLEF, leader, said the explanation was imsaiisfactory. The .strike was primarily a protest at Ihe stale of industrial relations which were "Ihe worst I have ever known them." He said engineers h.id been frustrated for more than two by management's "re- fusal lo provide adequate exlra pay for handling tho pro- totype." LEGISLATURE PROROGUES iscal reform in '73 Calm to Mid-East EDMONTON (CP) A major reshaping of the Progressive Conservative gov- ernment's fiscal policies is one of the major planks in building for the 1973 season of the Alberta legislature. The 1972 version, first session of the 17th legislature, prorogued Wednesday and Premier Peter Lougheed told a news conference later his government has committed itself to a January deadline for revision of provincial municipal financing arrange- ments. The scheduled opening date of the 1973 session of the 75-seat house is Thursday, Feb. 15, less than two weeks afler the Social Credit party is to pick a new leader to succeed retiring Harry Strom. Also on the agenda, and the work begins on these today, is a revised system of education fi- nancing to pul schcols on a three-year budget, and deci- sions on natural resources de- velopment. Since Alberta is the main source of Canadian oil and nat- ural gas as well as less byproducts, these fare' Ihe cenlre of attention. The govern- ment last week proposed a two- price system for natural gas which could result in increases in (he price paid by the energy- hungry areas of Eastern Can- ada and the United Slates. In the Alberta economy bene- filted to the tune of million from the sale of exported natu- ral gas. The government pro- poses to add at least an addi- tional S200 million annually. Coupled with this is a pro- posal to raise a further S70 mil- lion a year by taxing proven oil still hi the ground. TiECOKi) .SESSION The first fall sitting, ivhicl. began Oct. 25, lasted for 20 days and 10 nights and brought the 1972 session to a record 83 New York Times Service TIBERIAS, Israel An un- easy quiet returned lo the Golan Heights Wednesday as Israeli selllers and Syrian sol- diers began repairing Ihe dam- age of Tuesdays heavy fighting along the csase lire line. Scores of volunteers froip nc-arby Israeli settlements ar- rived early Tuesday morning to help clear away the debris at Heron Golan, a civilian set- tlement on (he northern portion cf the heights thai suffered ex- tensive damage dining the eight hour air and artillery exchange. Across the cease fire line, Syrian troops could be seen hauling away the burned out wreckage of the tanks they lost during the day long battle, which was Ihe heaviest bc- Iween the two sides in 27 days and 44 nights. The old record was 58 days in 1969. There was legislation lo match the hours of work. The 25 bills given royal assent during the fall sitting included an Alberta Bill cf Rights and an Individual Rights Protection Act. The former, introduced by Premier Lougheed. will com- plement the Canadian Bill of Eights in guaranteeing basic freedoms while the lalter pro- vides specific areas of protec- tion. As well, Ihe Communal Prop- erty Act. which restricted the laud-buying power of the Hulte- rite religious seel, was re- pealed. It was felt Ihe act, leg- islated decades ago after com- plaints by fanners and small towns, contravened the new bill of Rights. High staying 'til Saturday Keep the lead weights -in your pockets at least through Saturday that's how- long Viose high velocity winds will be here. On the other hand, that's also at least how long we can ex- pect mild temperatures, the ivealher office reports. A high pressure system building hi B.C. coupled with falling pressures here is caus- ing the Just after 7 a.m. today, the gusts peaked at 53 miles hour. The velocity and were expected to taper off Jets than 40 miles per 'tour, however. The lemperature was to reach 50 degrees today and orcn off to about 35 degrees lo- niplit. Sunny and cloudy periods Friday nnd Saturday will ac- company temperalures in the 45 to 50-degree range. months. According to the Is- raelis, six Syrian Migs were shot down and a total of 15 Lanks loioaked out. Otherwise, the Syrian front appeared quiet. The shepherds who normally graze their flocks in the fields just across the cease-fire line were absent Wednesday. And only an occa- sional "soldier could be seen scurrying around Ihe fortified oulposts that dot the Syrian Plain. Although no new fighting was reported, several flights of Is- raeli war planes criss crossed the heights during the morn- ing. The official Israeli reaction .Ign.jng WtS CX- pressed by Israel Galili, a ____jier without portfolio, who is one of Premier Golda Meir's closest alvisers. Speaking on Israel radio, Galili said the Is- raeli air strikes that set off Tuesdays fighting were design- ed lo persuade the Syrians that Israel would not lolerale con- tinued guerrilla op e r a lions from Syrian territory. Seen and heard Abo-rf town Pob'ce Ccnstsble Bob .Weir being nicknamed "jinx" by the rest of his crew because all the traffic acci- seem to happen while he s on duty Ann Aane- siad wondering how city clerk John Gcrla will explain buying a hunting licence Ihen coming back from vacation with a wife. Appeal to Golda JERUSALEM (neuter) Premier Golda Meir has re- ceived a letter from 37 Jewish academicians and scientists in (he Soviet Union appealing for conlinualion of Ihe struggle to allow them lo leave their coun- try. [anoi orders Communist >serve truce-for 60 Hy FOX York Times Service inlelii- pci'.o1 officials report thai Ha- roi h.'is ordered communist forces in Smilh Vietnam, bolli ViolcoiiG ;md North Vietnamese, In oh.servr ;i censc-fire scrupu- lously for Ihe tir.M lio days afler il noes offer! and lo re- frain from all acls cf venge- ance, assassination and terror- ism during (hat period. American officials say Ihe or- der was issued w i t h Hie highest priority curly this innnlli. According lo inlelliccnce nn- nlysls who have studied rap- lured versions of Ihe directive, it repeals earlier Instructions lo Communist troops lo seize as m u c h territory as possible in the few (lays jusl before a cea.sc-lirc is signed, Ihis is what I h e Communists apparently sought to do in Ilic last week of Oclober when (hey originally rxpeclcd n peace, accord In bo si.raipd. lint Ihe order, addressed par- licuhirly lo "our southern Hrclh- warns lh.it there must bo no violence afler that except in self defense. K a I h c r, American officials say, (he directive predicts (hat Iho Saigon government will vio- lale Ihe cease-fire arresting (lions.imls of polilieal opponenls nnd fighting lo win back lost territory. While the directive does not specify what Hanoi will do afler the GO-day limit, these sources report, it implies (hat Hanoi feels such violations by Saigon w o u 1 d give North Vietnam in- ternational sanction lo restart (.he war. There have, been a variety of recent signs (hat President Nguyen van Thictfs govern- ment might provide such prc- lexls. His security police have drawn up long lisls of opposi- tion polilieal figures who would be. arrested when mi nccord is signed, some American officials believe, nnd (he police through- out Ihe country arc known lo have received instructions lo ar- rest anyone who flies a Com- munist flag. In addition, Saigon has launched a public campaign to prevent Communist polilieal ac- tivity after a cease-fire by es- tablishing "people's anli-Com- munisl polilicnl struggle com- millces." Some 5.000 army nnd police cadels have been dis- patched to villages lo set up these committees. Mcnnwhile, Prosldenli.il advi- ser Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Due Tho began their fourth straight tiny of sc- crel peace bargaining today in Paris. During (he !ns( (href, day? Ihclr talks have, h e c o m pro- gressively shorter. ;