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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrtdge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1974 15 Cents Britain passes anti-IRA bill LONDON (Reuter) Both houses of the British Parlia- ment today passed emergency legislation to outlaw the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and counter guerrilla bombers in Britain. The legislation, which re- ceived royal assent almost immediately after Parlia- ment approved it, was passed by the House of Commons after a marathon all-night session, and the House of Lords then approved it within minutes. The bill's passage was one of the fastest in modern British legislative history. It followed the killing of 20 peo- ple in bomb attacks in Bir- mingham last week. Scotland Yard warned all security forces to be on the alert for more bombings which it expects may greet passage of the legislation into law. Home Secretary Roy Jenkins had to overcome an unexpected number of amendments as he steered the bill through its final reading so, it could become law later today. Most of the proposed changes were to put more teeth into the bill. The Speaker of the House refused to allow a vote on a proposal by a group of Conservatives to bring back to death penalty for urban guerrilla acts resulting m death, but the government later announced a separate debate on the death penalty will be permitted. CP Air plane hijacked SASKATOON (CP) A CP Air flight from Winnipeg to Edmonton was hijacked today by a knife wielding man described as an Arab and the aircraft made an unscheduled landing at Saskatoon where the hijacker was taken into custody and a stewardess sent to hospital. GNP shows no growth OTTAWA (CP) The econ- omy now has had six months with no growth and during the first nine months of the year growth was only 1.4 per cent, Statistics Canada reported to- day. Between April and September there was no change in the real value of goods and services produced bv the National Product performance here was still better than that of the United States, which is in a recession. The Canadian economy is on the borderline of recession, which economists define as six months or more with declines in production. Increases in spending by governments, individuals and business gave a boost to the economy while a major cause weakness was foreign trade The report today again re- vised downward the estimate growth during the first tjuarter. Concrete waffles Dwarfed by floor after floor of waffle-like patterns, The tower has nearly reached its full height, a constant workmen on the 12-storey Woodwards office tower reminder to the low-slung buildings around it that look down while another bucket of concrete goes up. downtown Lethbridge will never be the same again. Waldheim hopes for settlement to avert spring Mideast war New York Times Service CAIRO United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim is convinced that unless a breakthrough in Mid- dle East negotiations is achieved, a new Arab Israeli war may well break out by next spring or early summer. Waldheim reached his conclusion after three days of intensive talks with the leaders cf Syria, Israel and Egypt. He left Cairo, the last leg of his swing through the area, Thursday to fly back to New York. On Monday. Waldheim ob- tained from President Hafez Al Assad a commitment that Syria would accept the presence of U.N. forces on the Syrian Israeli front for another six months. The first half year mandate of the forces will expire on Satur- day. Uncertainty about Syria's intentions had been one of the principal elements in a war scare that had troubled the area for the last several weeks. In an informal conversa- tion in his hotel suite here last night, the secretary general, in shirt sleeves and obviously tired from a Jong day of talks in Jerusalem and Cairo, ex- pressed gratification that his visit had helped the Syrians and Israelis avoid the worst. Assad, he said, had told him that Syria wanted a political solution to the Middle East conflict but could not wait forever. Although he did not say so explicitly, the secretary general seemed to have clear- ly gained the impression that the Syrians regard their acceptance of a second six month mandate for the U.N. forces as a one shot conces- sion and are determined not to repeat it unless there is another Israeli withdrawal within the next six months. According to Egyptian diplomatic sources. Waldheim had been asked by Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin to transmit to President Anwar El-Sadat another Israeli re- quest for an Egyptian declara- tion of nonbelligerency in ex- change for a new Israeli withdrawal in the Sinai. The suggestion was turned down bv Sadat, the sources said. Seen and heard About town Cashier Roth Martens tell- ing a buyer of a potted Christ- mas plant his purchase looked like marijuana. Nixon said too ill to testify WASHINGTON (AP) The court-appointed committee of doctors that examined former president Richard Nixon earlier this week told U S. District Judge John Sirica to- day that Nixon is not able to travel to Washington to testify in the Watergate cover-up trial The doctors also said that Nixon is not well enough to give a deposition but that "we would estimate that he should be able to give a deposition in his home by Jan. 6." The report signed by Dr Charles Hufnage! said that "it is difficult to predict with ac- curacy" when Nixon might travel to Washington "without excessive risk." The report added that if Nixon recovers at an antici- pated rate without further complications "we would es- timate that such a trip would be possible by Feb The trial, now in its ninth week, is expected to be con- cluded by Christmas Nixon had been subpoenaed by John Ehrlichman, one of the five defendants. The doctors said that if Nix- on's recovery continues that he might be able to testify at a courtroom near his home at San Clemente, Calif., by Feb. 2. The possibility remained that Sirica might order a delay m the trial long enough to obtain the former president's testimony by deposition. Hufnagel's report did not discuss the medical reasons on which it was based but said that the committee could do so if required. "This would involve specific information regarding his condition which we have been instructed is the Hufnagel letter said, ad- ding, "I would be pleased to meet with you to discuss the reasons for the opinions." Gov't said provoking violence CALGARY (CP) The Canadian director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) charged Friday that the department of Indian af- fairs is trying to provoke a violent confrontation over the occupation of the department's Calgary office by 25 militant Alberta In- dians. Ed Burnstick of Edmonton, who led the occupation of the office by a coalition of urban Indians from Calgary and Lethbridge and Canadian members of AIM. told a news conference "this is a peaceful occupation as far as we are concerned but the DIA (department of Indian af- fairs) is bringing on the arm- ed forces." "We are trying to set up negotiating sessions but all the DIA wants to do is put up petty htOe things to try to stop us." Mr. Burnstick said the "pet- ty" issues included destruc- tion of furniture in the office and the statement that normal services for Indians are being held up by the occupation. Oil firms said blackmailing OTTAWA (CP) Some oil companies broke a promise to the federal government by not pressing the provinces for a reduction in royalties, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Thursday. The minister had harsh words for four oil companies who announced major reduc- tions in exploration spending next year because of a federal-provincial dispute over division of resource tax- ation "If I wasn't such a charitable person, I'd say it's a threat of blackmail over the budget the minister said. The companies said in meetings before the budget was brought down that if Ot- tawa reduced its tax burden the companies would turn their attention to the provinces, Mr. Macdonald said Meanwhile, the Alberta government is studying a series of proposals one already accepted to help offset the extra corporate in- come tax the oil industry will have to pay as a result of the federal budget. Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely Thursday con- firmed a document on govern- ment contingency planning released by Alberta NDP Leader Grant Notley contains some of the alternatives the province is studying See related story, page 11. Selassie trades fortune for life ADDIS ABABA (AP) Ethiopia's deposed Emperor Haile Selassie has agreed to turn his vast fortune over to the military men who overthrew him, the Swiss am- bassador said Thursday he had been told by Ethiopian of- ficials Unofficial sources said the money is in exchange for the emperor's life. In another development, the ruling military council named Bng.-Gen. Tefen Benti as Ethiopia's head of government, mainly a ceremonial position. Swiss Ambassador Heinz Langenbacher said officials told him that nearly a month ago Selassie signed over money he had banked abroad. The envoy said he was told the sum was over billion, but added "I can't believe it is that much." In Bern, the Swiss foreign office said it had heard reports of the authorization. Swiss estimates of the fortune range from million to billion, but Swiss bankers say these sums are "legendary The annual budget of Eth- iopia, one of the world's poorest countries, is S500 million and its gross national product is about billion. The 82-year-old former ern- peror has been under deten- tion since he was deposed Sept 12 and charged with rak- ing in huge profits from fami- ly businesses and national gold mines while Ethiopians starved. The military has pledged to let the Ethiopian people decide his fate. New chief justice named CALGARY (CP) Wil- liam McGillivray, a 56 year old Calgary lawyer, to- day was appointed Alberta's next chief justice A former president of the Law Society of Alberta. Mr McGillivray has recently been in the news through his appearances at a judicial in- quiry into Edmonton's civic affairs where he represented developers Eskander and Raphael Ghermezian Inside 'How about one for the road, 32 Pages Classified.........26-30 Comics...............24 Comment............4 Markets.........25 Sports.............14-16 Theatres....... .13 Travel................21 TV 7-10.12 Weather..........3 At Home 6 LOW TONIGHT 15; HIGH SAT. 45; SUNNY MILD. West Tories9filibuster may kill Commons redistribution bill OTTAWA (CP) Proposed legislation to ex land the Commons might be doomed before it is tebated if a group of western Progressive Conservatives carries through plans to filibus- ter on the bill. If the bill, introduced last week, does not pass jy Dec. 31, the existing system of redistributing Commons seats will continue. John Reynolds >ltal said Thursday that British Columbia and Mberta Conservatives "will use whatever we can to delay the including a speeches to stall the jroposal. Gerald Baldwin, Conservative House leader. foresaw a sustained fight against the bill which, "in my opinion, would increase the House to an unmanageable size, a mob." Opposed Conservatives say most of their colleagues will fight the bill on grounds that the 264-seat Commons should not grow drastically Some believe that their own provinces would not get enough seats from the bill's proposal to add 15 MPs for the next election expected in 1978. Sinclair Stevens