Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbrutge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1974 15 Cents Constable freed after chase I EDMONTON (CP) Two brothers from Manitoba were jointly charged with kidnapping today following an incident in which an RCMP con- stable was held hostage and driven at gunpoint across central Alberta in his own cruiser Wednesday, pursued by police cars and aircraft. Ron and John Martin, from Clearlake, Man., who now work and live in Rocky Mountain House, reserved election and plea when they appeared in provincial court and were remanded in custody to Dec. 5. Wednesday's six hour drama ended in a Calgary hotel parking lot after police rushed the cruiser, scuffled with two armed men and released Con- stable Allen John Hurkett of the Redwater detachment. He was un- harmed. Constable Allen John Hurkett emerged from RCMP offices in Calgary, admitting he was "pretty darn scared" during his ordeal. "But I'm feeling the 22-year-old con- stable said before being whisked off by RCMP to be flown back to Edmonton where his wife was waiting for him. The couple had been married only about three months. Wednesday's six-hour drama ended in a Calgary hotel parking lot after police rushed the cruiser, scuffled with the gunmen and released Constable Hurkett of the Redwater detachment. He was un- harmed and no shots were fired. "It was very harrowing because, with a gun at his head all the time, he an- ticipated they might shoot said Supt. Gordon Perry, commanding of- ficer of the RCMP Ed- monton sub-divisjon. "We were very concern- ed for Const. Hurkett's life. We felt it would be best to wait for the right oppor- tunity." The drama began Wednesday morning when Const. Hurkett answered an accident report in the Redwater district, 30 miles northeast of Edmonton, in- volving what police said was a stolen truck. He was forced back into his patrol car by the men. one of whom had a rifle, CONST. HURKETT AFTER ORDEAL and the trio drove to the foothills oil town of Drayton Valley, 60 miles southwest of Edmonton. A passerby informed police of the abduction. En route, the men told Const. Hurkett to use his car radio to warn pursuing police cars to "get back, stay away." In Drayton Valley the fugitives stopped at a house for about 30 minutes, leaving the house with a gun pointed at their hostage's head. Followed by police in cars and an airplane, the gunmen drove to Leduc and then on to Calgary, hitting speeds of up to 100 miles an hour along High- way 2 and stopping twice for gas. Police stayed back until the car stopped at the Highlander Motor Hotel in northwest Calgary where S.Sgt. Gus Buziak, who was in charge of "the chase, decided to rush the gunmen. "It had to be then or never." he said later. ACT operators turn down tentative salary contract Alberta's telephone operators have overwhelmingly rejected a tentative salary agreement with Alberta Government Telephones, a union spokesman said Wednesday. Dale Ashton, business manager for Local 348 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said 88 per cent of the unspoiled ballots favored rejection. In a telephone interview from Calgary. Mr. Ashton said 1.088 ballots were mailed out and 827 returned. Of these. 695 were for rejection. 93 for acceptance and 39 were spoiled. The union's next step will be to consult its lawyer about a strike vote, he said. He hopes for "pretty serious" talks with AGT in the meantime. Christmas is normally a busy season, but operators may get Christmas off this year, he said. The rejected contract was reached during conciliation and by its terms becomes the conciliation recommendation with the rejecton. he said. The current 32 month contract ends Dec. 31. The offer was for a two year contract, and many operators want a one year agreement now. This mav have contributed to the outcome of the vote, said Mr. Ashton. The rejected offer would have given operators an across the board increase of a day retroactive to Oct. 1. and increases of 15 per cent in 1975 and 12 per cent in 1976. Top operators now make a day. and would have been paid a day during 1976. That's a month. The tentative agreement would also have reduced the working day to seven hours from lliz hours as of Oct. 1. 1976. AGT and Manitoba Tel are the only western telephone systems still using a 7'a hour dav. he said. PM defends resource tax proposal 'Oil belongs to Canada' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau unleashed a stinging attack on Conser- vative Leader. Robert Stan- field in the House of Commons Wednesday, while defending the federal government's contentious resource taxation proposals. In effect, he argued that the additional revenues Ottawa will pump from the Prairie oil fields belong to all of the peo- ple of Canada by right because of tax breaks given the western oil companies for the 25 years prior-to the recent, dramatic price increases. The prime minister also re- butted charges from Alberta and Saskatchewan that Ot- tawa's tax moves violated the March oil-price agreement; and he made clear that the federal government will not retreat from its budget posi- tion on sharing of resource revenues. Trudeau received a standing Ottawa accused of slick dealing TORONTO (CP) Con- servative Leader Robert Stan- field accused the federal government Wednesday of engaging in "slick gamesmanship" in dealing with oil-and gas-producing provinces. He tclu psri.y sup- porters at a federal fund-raising dinner that Ot- tawa had "sucked in the petroleum producing provinces" eight months ago in discussions on resource policy by not revealing budget proposals on resource tax- ation. In its budget, the federal government has proposed to disallow deductibility of provincial royalty payments for federal corporate income tax purposes. Barnard encouraged by operation New York Times Service NEW YORK Dr. Chris- tiaan N. Barnard said Wednes- day that he was so encouraged by the early results shown by the patient in whom he im- planted a second heart that, despite criticism from some surgeons, he was eager to do the same operation on a waiting patient "today, tomorrow" or as soon as a suitable donor was found. Reached by telephone at his home in Cape Town, Barnard said: "I would prefer it to be now because it takes as much per- sonnel to look after one as it does to look after two (heart transplant) patients, and we are very short of personnel." The 52 year old American trained surgeon was the center of an international controversy when he did the first human heart transplant seven years ago. ovation from government sup- porters as he concluded the one and a half hour speech, which was devoted almost en- tirely to the controversial issue of resource taxation. Veteran observers said later they could not recall a similar demonstration of support for a prime ministerial speech. In his budget address last week, the Conservative leader accused the government of "treachery" and "bad faith" and labelled the Liberals "the Pearl Harbor boys." Trudeau countered by ac- cusing Stanfield of failure to support either the federal or provincial stance. "He (Stanfield) opted for the appearance of strong dis- agreement with the federal position, without indicating actual substantial dis- the prime minister said. "He opted for the appearance of agreement with the provincial govern- ment of Alberta, without giv- ing any hint of actual substan- tial agreement." "In the finest Tory tradition, he (Stanfield) skirted the real issues by choosing bombast over sub- stance, rhetoric over com- the prime minis- ter charged. "Such a performance does not deserve to be commended, even by the political pragmatists within his own party. He deserves to be ex- posed and that is what I propose to do." Trudeau indicated that he had been most incensed about the allegation made by Stan- field that the producing provinces would never have agreed to the March oil- pricing agreement if they had known that Ottawa would sub- sequently move to disallow deduction of provincial royalties. On the contrary, Trudeau said, the provinces were given advance notice that Ottawa would take action should the provincial governments move unilaterally to increase their own share of resource revenue in a manner that would freeze out the federal government. The prime minister said Al- berta Premier Peter Lougheed had informed him on March 4 of Alberta inten- tions to increase provincial royalties to 65 per cent. "I expressed my concern over Trudeau said. adding that he had also spoken to Lougheed by telephone on March 8 to express the view that Alberta's increase were "going too far." "So levels of taxation and royalties were, indeed, dis- cussed with Premiers (Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan) Blakeney and Lougheed a number of times during the period leading up to March 27. but no agreement was reached." the prime minister said. Seen and heard About town Birthday boy Lawrence Gardiner receiving tatoos in felt pen from his enthusiastic friends Birthday guests craving sweets after Betty Sparks managed to sneak her restaurant cake home intact. "Beef quotas could end in six months' Herald Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Canada- U S beef quotas could conceivably be relaxed within six months to a year, officials from both countries who par- ticipated in a five-hour meeting here said Friday, The officials were unable to reach any agreement to call off the "beef war." In fact, they claimed that they did not directly discuss proposals to remove quotas established on both sides of the border. However, they said they spent most of the time dis- cussing market trends and the likelihood of an eventual "con- vergence" of agricultural eco- nomic conditions in Canada and the U S. The mam factor in such a convergence would be a move toward equalization of beef prices in the two countries. At present, prices are higher in Canada. The officials held a briefing for reporters after their meet- ing at the state department here. But they insisted that everything they said was for "barkround is, non-attnbution, and without any direct quotations. Heading the U.S. delegation at the talks was Julius Katz, deputy assistant state secretary for international resources. The chief Canadian representative was Thomas M. Burns, senior assistant deputy minister of industry. trade and commerce. Officials on both sides said the talks were essentially technical in nature and large- ly devoted to an in-depth examination of the market situation. Canada established quotas on imports of U.S. beef and cattle last Aug. 12. The U.S retaliated, after previous negotiations failed, with quotas on beef, cattle, pork and hogs, on Nov. 16 Further talks are expected within the next few weeks, a U S official said. The possibility that the agri- cultural trade issue will be discussed by President Gerald Ford and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when they meet here next Wednesday has not been ruled out. A I" S official said he fore- sees a slight "strengthening" of beef prices the next six months to a vrar Nader: energy shortage myth RALPH NADER EDMONTON (CP) Con- sumer advocate Ralph Nader says the much published energy shortage is a myth and Albertans can play a major role to dispell it. He told a news conference Wednesday that unless this myth is destroyed, consumers will continue to pay a high price for energy. Oil companies since the 1930s have consistently un- Canadian oil line taxing suggested WASHINGTON (CP) Un- less Canada eliminates its tax on oil exported to the United States, the U.S. should hold out the possibility of curbing or taxing Canadian oil that crosses American territory, a group of U.S., senators has proposed. The suggestion was made in a letter delivered Wednesday to the state department and signed by 17 of the 100 senators. They said barrels of Canadian-owned oil crosses U.S. soil daily, destined for refineries in Eastern Canada. They urged State Secretary Henry Kissinger to get tough with Ottawa, using the oil as a "bargaining chip" in a bid to get the Cana- dian tax removed from oil sold to the U.S. Eleven of the senators were Democrats, including such prominent figures as Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota and George McGovern of South Dakota. Five of the total came from northern and central states which u.se significant quantities of Cana- dian oil. An aide to one of the senators said at least a dozen other members of the U.S. up- per chamber expressed sup- port for the proposal but were unwilling to sign the letter. Observers noted, however, that the letter was not signed by either of the party leaders, Democrat Mike Mansfield or Republican Hugh Scott, nor by such senators as Henry Jackson or Russell Long who carry the most influence in energy and tax matters. There also were unconfirm- ed reports that an attempt to get members of the House of Representatives to send a similar letter had not been successful. Terming the Canadian tax a burden both on refiners who rely on Canadian oil and on consumers across the country, the senators called for "immediate negotiations with the Canadian govern- ment in an effort to eliminate this tax." derestirnated oil reserves to scare governments into enacting protective legisla- tion and tax privileges, he said. Mr. Nader said one recent industry estimate sets the total oil reserves in the world at a couple of hundred billion barrels, which at present con- sumption levels, would run out in 25 years The prediction is "utter nonsense." taking into ac- count several recent es- timates of new reserves, he said. He said it is important that consumers be given the right information and called on Albertans to make a solid contribution to developing a realistic estimate on how much oil there is in Alberta. Talks go on OTTAWA (CP) Contract talks between the Public Serv- ice Alliance of Canada and Treasury Board were to con- tinue today while domestic and international grain shipments remained halted by the walkout of 222 federal grain inspectors. U.S. preparing master plan for Alaska pipeline Herald Ottawa Bureau WASHINGTON A master plan for transportation of huge quantities of Alaska oil and gas is being prepared by the U.S. interior department. The plan will set out a net- work of pipelines which would "probably" be a combination of Canadian and all-U.S. routes, a preliminary report prepared by the department's bureau of land management says. The report outlines alterna- tive routes for what it calls "a primary corridor system" of transportation for Alaska's resources. -It looks ahead to the end of the century if suggesting various options for routes across Alaska, through Canada and by water. The report is being made available to interested parties for comments before Interior Secretary Rogers Vorton makes recommendations to the Congress. The deadline for him to do this is next July 1. under a provision contained in the legislatign enacted last year approving the pipeline- tanker Aleyeska project to transport oil from the north slope of Alaska to Valdez and on to refineries in the Pacific northwest. The report envisions poten- tial reserves of up to 86 billion barrels of oil in and up to 469 trillion cubic feet of gas in Alaska and nearby offshore areas. But the corridor carved out already for the Aleyeska pipe- line will be able to handle only about 17 per cent of the total oil resources, the report says "Extensive crude oil and companion natural gas pipeline system will be re- quired." it said. It suggests at least a dozen pipeline options totalling miles. Irish gov't concerned over bombs in Britain New York Times Service LONDON The Irish government has expressed ite shock over the growing Irish Republican Army bombing campaign in Britain. It sup- ports new British measures aimed at combating terrorism, and it has hinted that it will take stiffer measures against the I.R.A. itself These public expressions hardly conceal a new mood of skepticism about British policy a mood that contrasts with the con- siderable warmth and trust that had developed between the governments in recent years These days Irish leaders are looking at the Northern Ireland situation with growing fears of a disaster and sharply diminished confidence in Bntian's ability or even willingness lo prevent one The coalition of Protestant and Roman Catholic moderates upon which the British and the Irish were counting to mend the wounds of Ulster was toppled last spring by a strike led by hard line Protestants. 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