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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 30 High Thursday 50 The UtHbndge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 1975 VOL. LXV No. 292 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, 23, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTi THREE PAGES Is 6ruraP incentive fund subsidizing major cities? By GREG McINTYUE Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON While the new million Alberta Oppor- tunities Fund was designed to help rural industry, it appears instead to be heavily subsidiz- ing business in Calgary and Ed- monton. Industry Minister Fred Pea- cock dodged a question Wed- nesday in the Legislature from NDP Leader Grant Notley who asked "How much has gone to the two major cities and how much to communities outside the two major Mr. Peacock said 30 to 40 per cent of loans have gone to com- panies north of Edmonton, 25 per cent to firms "in the Eii- monton and the rest to industry in "Southern Alberta." In a recent newspaper inter- view, however, he revealed that about half the money has gone to companies in Edmonton and Calgary and the other half to the rest of the province. Since July 1, he said about ?8 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 the legislature Mr. 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 the 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 (EC Calgary Millican) asked if any loans have been given to 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- nities that 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 to qualify. Mr. Peacock said the fund is available to 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 Oitawa Bureau Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield pledged Wednesday that in the coming 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 the 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 his party in the meantime is not going to "hunger for power." But, he said, it will 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 that it would produce would be a majority .baacJ mi pare t...v '..liency." Mr. Stanfield added: "If we are to 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 the 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 the past few years and during the campaign. We would have placed our programs before Parliament in the full confidence that if the opposition would not support it then the people of Canada he said. Mr. Stanfield added that he did not make the state- ment in "any complacent or defiant way." However he said he had to say that much of what his party learn- ed from the results of the election" simply confirmed our policies and our positions with respect to various aspects of our national life." He reviewed three of the major economic pro- posals he and his parly had placed before the elec- torate in the campaign. These included the incentive plan for small business, cuts 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 be appropriate. The Conservative leader voiced his determination to achieve a strong Conservative party presence in Quebec and a strong Quebec presence in the party. He said the process of rebuilding the national or- ganization of the Tory party is now under way and ev- ery effort wilt be made to "restructure and strengthen our party in Quebec." After the next election, he fore- cast, the Conservatives would have greater strength in the French speaking province. Mr. Stanfield rejected "conclusions formed by oth- ers about the election which are the result of fiction, fantasy and emotion rather than fact." Election kills irrigation talks Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON The federal government is not pre- pared at present lo discuss rehabilitation of Alberta's irrigation system, Premier Peter Loughccd lolcl the leg- islature Wednesday. The opposition hns formally requested all coiTCPpon- denco behvcen Kdmonloii r.nd Otlr.va on irrigation gotiation.s. Tho premier said he has received n reply from Ihe office of Prin1.o Minister Trudeau that, the federal government doesn't want the correspondence tabled "at this The premier said outside the house lie Interpreted (Ms to mean that tin; federal government is nol. pre- pared to discuss irrigation unlit results of the recrnt federal election and the minister responsible for tho matter have boe.n fwlllod. LEGISLATURE PROROGUES iscal reform I J edged in 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. Calm returns to Mid-East HI, GRANDPA Robert Stanfield has a special smile for his two-year-old grand- son, Benjamin Nyland, as the conservative leader arrived in Edmonton Wednesday for a speaking engagement, and a visit with his daughter and her family. PM working 011 new cabinet OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau will announce his new cabinet Monday. He told reporters today, prior to a regular weekly cabinet meeting, that he has not yet completed the selection and "I am going to be working on it until Monday." "I'll be announcing it on Mon- day." Ko ministers or MPs have had advance notice of the 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 Ot- tawa, waiting to see whether their portfolios would change. As a result of lira Oct. 30 gen- eral election, and several retire- ments, Mr. Trudeau has seven vacancies (o fill in his 30-mcm- her cabinet. He has said the changes will be "major.1' Some of the vacancies involve major portfolios. Among minis- ters defeated were Trade Minis- ter Jean-Luc Pcpin, Labor Min- ister Marliu O'Conncll and Ag- riculture Minister IL A. Olson. And in filling (hnso and oilier portfolios, Mr. Trudeau is faced w i t h new regional com- plications, such as not having any Liberal MPs in Alberta. How about Canadian Columbia instead of British Columbia? ESQUIMALT, B.C. (CP) How uoes Canadian Columbia strike you as the name of Canada's westernmost province? The Esquimau New Democratic Party Association wants the name of the province changed 'ro u British Columbia to CESSION Canadian Columbia because "there is new an increasing awareness of a Canadian identity." The association will present a resolution asking for the name change to the NDP's annual provincial convention on the weekend. The NDP now form the government in is it C.C.? MI nni1 T 1 'i More industrial The scheduled opening date of the 1973 session of the 75-seat house is Thursday, Feb. 15, less than two weeks after 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 put schools 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 ?are' the centre of attention. The govern- ment last week proposed a two- price system for natural gas which could result in increases in the price paid by the energy- hungry areas of Eastern Can- ada and the United Slates. In 1971, the Alberta economy bene- fitted to the tune of million from the sale of exported natu- ral gas. The government pro- poses to add at least an addi- tional million annually. Coupled with this is a pro- posal to raise a further mil- SJi e lion a year by taxing proven oil il still in the ground. New York Times Service TIBERIAS, Israel An un- easy quiet returned to the Golan Heights Wednesday as Israeli settlers and Syrian sol- diers began repairing the dam- age of Tuesdays heavy fighting along the cease fire line. Scores of volunteers from nearby Israeli settlements ar- rived early Tuesday morning to help clear away the debris at Meron Golan, a civilian set- tlement on the northern portion of the heights that 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 the heaviest be- tween the two sides in 27 staying 'til The first fall sitting, whicl. began Oct. 25, lasted for 20 OllvU-l Utljf days and 10 nights and brought the 1972 session to a record 83 dnys and 44 nights. The old record was 58 days in 1969. months. According to the Is- raelis, six Syrian Migs were shot down and a total of 15 tanks knocked 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 bs seen scurrying around the fortified outposts that dot the Syrian Plain. Although no new fighting was reported, several flights of Is- raeli war planes criss crossed the heights durin? the morn- ing. The official Israeli reaction fighting WES ex- pressed by Israel Galili, a without portfolio, who is one of Premier Golda Meir's closest alvisers. Speaking on Israel radio, GatUi said the Is- raeli air strikes that set off Tuesdays fighting were design- ed to persuade the Syrians that Israel would not tolerate con- tinued guerrilla op e r a tions from Syrian territory. 'Do you think it wnr, wise to cbini.' LONDON (CP) A 24-hour rail strike, which brought train sendees to a virtual standstill all over Britain today, may mark the beginning of another chaotic round of industrial ac- tion unless a controversy over extra pav for engineers is sot- tied quickly. The first trains cancelled to- day were long-distance express services due to finish their jour- r.cys after midnight. By early morning, the entire rail network had ground to a halt. In London, traffic slowed to a craw! as thousands of compnit- crs tried to drive lo work. Oth- ers simply took the day off. The strike, by the 29.000- membcr Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Fire- men came British Kail management moved the prototype of a iso- imlc-nn-honr locomotive -100 yards inlo a railway work shop using non-union labor. The dispute docs not affect bus or subway service. Hallway engineers have re- fused for Itic several months lo operate the prolotypa train without cxlra pay. KKAR DAMAGE Richard Marsh. British Rail chairman, told ASLKF loaders Wednesday that the lion "snper-lrain model" had slanding o'.'l In rain and il had become essential to move il. But Kay Bucklon, ASLEF, leader, said the explanation was unsatisfactory. The strike was primarily a protest at the state of industrial relations which were worst I have ever known them." He said engineers had been frustrated for more than two by management's "re- fusal to provide adequate extra pay for handling the pro- totype." There was legislation to match the hours of work. The 25 bills given royal assent during the fall sitting included an Alberta Bill of Rights and an Individual Rights Protection Act. The former, introduced by Premier Lougheed. will com- plement the Canadian Bill of Rights in guaranteeing basic freedoms while the latter pro- vides specific areas of protec- tion. As well, the Communal Prop- erty Act. which restricted the land-buying power of the Hutle- rite religious sect, was re- pealed. It was felt the act, leg- islated decades ago after com- plaints by fanners and small towns, contravened the new bill of Rights. Keep the lead weights -in your pockets at least through Saturday that's how long high velocity winds will be here. On the other hand, that's also at least how long we can ex- pect mild temperatures, the weather office reports. A high pressure system building in B.C. coupled with falling pressures here is caus- ing the winds-. Just after 7 a.m. today, the gusts peaked at 58 miles hour. The velocity and gus'tf were expected to taper off H less than 40 miles per 13ur, however. Tiie temperature was to reach 50 degrees today and drop off to about 35 degrees to- night. Sunny and cloudy periods Friday and Saturday will ac- company temperatures in the 45 to 50-degree range. Seen and heard Aboift town r'lTY Police Constable 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- stad wondering how city clerk John Gerla will explain buying a hunting licence then corning back from vacation with a wife. Appeal to Golda JERUSALEM (Reuter) Premier Golda Meir has re- ceived a letter from 37 Jewish academicians and scientists in the Soviet Union appealing for continuation of the struggle to allow them to leave their coun- try. [anoi orders Communist >serve truce-for 60 By FOX miTTERFIEI.n TS'ow York Times .Service SAIGON inlclli- pence officials report thai Ha- roi bns ordered communist forces in Snulli Vietnam, both Viclrnns and Norlh Vietnamese, In observe a cease-fire scrupu- lously for Iho first lifl days nflcr it Roes inlo effeel and lo re- frain from all ads of venge- ance, assassination and (error- ism during lhat period. American officials say the or- der was issued w i t h Iho highest priority early this monlh. According lo intelligence nil- alysls who have studied can- lured versions of the directive, it repeals earlier insl.mcl.ions lo Communist troops to seize as m n c h territory as possible in the few days just before a cease-fire is signed, this is what t h c Communists apparently sought to do in Ihe last week of October wlien they originally expected a peace accord lo bo lint. Ihe order, addressed par- ticularly lo "our southern Breth- warns lhat there must bo no violence afler that except in self defense. K a t h c r, American officials say, Iho directive prcdicls that the Saigon government will vio- Inlo Ihe cease-fire arresting thousands of political opponents ami fighting lo win bnck lost territory. While the directive docs not rpecify what Hanoi will do aflcr the co-day limit, these sources report, it implies that Hanoi feels such violations by Saigon w o u 1 d Rive Norlh Vietnam in- ternational sanction to restart the war. There have been a variety of recent signs that President Nguyen van Thicu's govern- ment might provide such pre- texts. His security police have drawn up long lists of opposi- tion political figures who would bo arrested when an accord Is signed, some American officials believe, mid Ihe police through- out the 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 political ac- tivity aflcr a cease-fire by es- tablishing "people's anli-Com- munist polilical struggle com- mittees." Some army and police cadels have been dis- patched to villages to set up these committees. Meanwhile, Presidential advi- ser Henry Kissinger nnd Norlh Vietnam's Le Due Tho began their fourth straight day of se- cret peace bargaining today in Paris. During the last three days Ilielr talks have h c c o m pro- gressively shorter. ;