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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta FAIR HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 80 The Letbbridge Herald VOL. LXIH No. 245 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Tax Reform Proposals Criticized By KEVIN DOYLE OTTAWA (CP) The Liberal-dominated Senate banking committee told the government Wednesday to abandon its search for an ideal taxation policy and concentrate on a careful, methodical approach to tax change. The committee, whose 30 members make up more than one-third of the present 84 members in the 102- seat Senate, tabled a detailed report on the govern- ment's white paper proposals for tax reform. The report, prepared after oral and written testi- mony from 343 businesses, individuals and groups, ex- pressed disagreement with most of the main govern- ment proposals. The committee gave qualified approval to the wMte paper proposal for a capital gains tax but said this should be in a form that was "not too onerous." Headed by Senator Sailer A. Hayden the committee flatly rejected key government pro- posals aimed at taxing corporations atid shareholders. Based On Testimony Senator Hayden, a lawyer and director of a num- ber of corporations, said the committee drew its con- clusions from testimony "by people doing business." He told a news conference the committee could not point to any particular study to support its conclusions. Members of the Parliamentary Pi-ess Gallery were given an advance run at.the report in a closed room five hours before its release, a practice rarely, if ever, followed for Senate reports. That was followed by a news conference and cocktails and copies of the 90-page were made available free through .Queen's Printer stores across Canada, another rarity. The committee expressed strong disapproval of the government's proposal to increase taxes for single per- sons earning more than annually and married persons earning more than But it applauded the government proposal to ex- empt about lower-income Canadians from.pay- ment of Income tax. A proposal to increase personal tax free instead of-the present for individual applied only to individuals1 earn- ing less than .and families with less than rather than for all Rejecting a wholesale change of the tax system the report said: Urges Caution "Your committee feels that it would be far more sensible and safe to introduce gradually amendments to the existing tax system, such as a limited capital gains tax and .partial amendments to the dividend tax credit and natural resources incentives, rather than take the chance of perhaps adversely and se- riously affecting-the whole economy of this country. "Perfect tax systems are the fabric of not of human' endeavor." The committee agreed with the government that the top rate of tax be reduced to about 50 per cent from over 80 per cent. This should be done im- mediately. The loss of revenue from providing tax relief and the low-and higher-income levels should be com- pensated for by the introduction of a capital gains tax and the. natural growth of corporate income and tax, the committee said. The government says its cal- culations show increased taxes would be needed in the middle-income areas to compensate for the loss of revenue. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield welcomed the committee's report because it supported the stand taken by.the Conservatives on the white paper. The New Democrats said it was difficult to com- ment on the committee's report because of the "one- sided" nature of the hearings and those involved. Tie senators and most witnesses are businessmen with business interests, the NDP statement said. Attached to the New Democrats' statement was a list of the business affiliations of the senators on the committee. Takes Middle Line The report said it. would take a middle line on the capital gains issue between the government's proposal to tax such gains as income at the recipi- ent's personal tax rales and tlie present system of not faxing stock-market and property gains at all. Short-term gains and losses from purchases and sales within a year should IK taxed as personal in- come, the committee said, but long-term gains from transactions over a period of more than a year should be subject to a maximum tax of 25 per cent. The senators wore firmly opposed to a major fai- lure of the white paper that links the rales of in- come lax paid by corporations and those levied on shareholders receiving profits as dividends. For private co.poralions, profils would bo taxed the same cither as company profits or as personal in- come in the hands of the owners. For public corporations, shareholders would get an allowance on dividend income for the corporate tax actually paid on the profits before Ihey were shared. The committee proposed tax exemptions of gains from sales of personal property up to a value of 000 instead of Hie exemption proposed by gov- ernment. Also opposed were any taxes on any un- realized gain. Quebec Doctors Cut Services MONTREAL (CP) Dr. Raymond Robillard, president of the Quebec Federation of Medical Special- ists, said today some doctors have begun a partial with- drawal of services to protest the provincial government's medi- cal care insurance plan. He said at a news conference it is becoming "more and more difficult" to control federation members who a month ago de- clared their intention to strike unless, the proposed medicare scheme is amended. A federation spokesman said later that as many as 20 per cent of medical specialists are expected to "withdraw services somehow in Quebec" by Friday. The partial withdrawal, begun last weekend by soms doctors when negotiations with the gov- e r n m e n t collapsed, included closing offices early, telling non-emergency patients not to come in, and even prolonging patients' visits in a "go-slow" action. Dr. Robillard said specialists in Quebec (Sty and Trois-Hi- vierss have started withdra'wing- services and he expects the movement will grow by Friday. He reiterated the federation's intention not to participate in discussion of the legislature health committee, scheduled to start later today in Quebec City. When asked what warning the federation would give for a strike by specialists, he said: "I am giving it this morning." But he added later that a full Hijack Drama Closes CAIRO (Reuters) Seven Arab guerrillas held in Europe flew into Cairo aboard an RAF plane today. It was the closing episode of a bizarre and drawn- out hijack drama which began Sept. 6. The seven were released in Europe Wednesday as five of the last six American hostages detained in three hijackings ar- rived in New York. A sixth American was expected to fly later to New York from Athens, where the Americans arrived from Amman. The Americans were the last of more than 400 hostages held by Palestinian Arab guerrillas for the release of the seven commandos. The RAF Comet jetliner left London Wednesday with one commando and picked up three others each in stops at West Germany, and Zurich, Switzer- land, before heading for Cairo. The Comet made the flight to Cairo, starling off from an air- port near London with 24-year- 0Trl T.oJIf, Miss Khaled was detained after an aooruve avuiinpt to ni- jack an Israeli El Al Boeing 707 over the English coast Sept. 6. Seen end Heard ABOUT TOWN r'ARDENER well over Bill Howard being told his wife, also well over 80, after he fell out of the apple tree: "You ought to let me do that climbing I'm much more agile than you Fred Adams, recently retired, saying he'd have to go a few more years to equal his brother's 65 years service on the Belfast Telegraph public warning would be issued in the event of a widespread general strike by doctors in the province, Arab Hero Buried Amid Wild Scenes NASSER PROCESSION-A caisson bearing the body of the late Gamol Abdel Nas- ser, president of.the United Arab Republic, Thursday makes its way slowly through the throngs that crowd Tahir (tiberation) Square in Cairo. Military men five deep line the route. Man atop statue bears a picture of the late president. Britain Scouts Suffield As Army Base Site OTTAWA (CP) A British defence ministry reconnaiss- ance team is scouting the possi- Lethbridge Tickets Drawn bility of establishing a military training centre in Alberta. The 12-man team arrived here Monday for discussions at de. fence headquarters and left the next day for Suffield, Alta., where it still is. Part of the group went to Cal- A total of 211 Canadians had tickets drawn Wednesday on the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake based on Saturday's running of the Cambriageshire at New- market, England. Four south- ern Albertans had their tickets drawn. First prize in the sweeps is second and third Canadians hold- Ing tickets on non-starters or horses finishing out of the money will receve Two tickets from Lethbridge were drawn, on Chevct Lane with the nom-de-plume West Wind, and on Wooley with the nom-de-plunie Sun. Others in- cluded Malvasia with the de-plume Stuck from Medicine Hat and on Tudor Harmony with the nom-de-plume Asia from Coleman. A Kimberley resident drew a ticket on Eaton Rambler. The race favorite is Princely Star. JOYCE FAIKBA1KN Truclean Aide gary today to check what backup services might be avail- able from the Canadian forces there. It is understood the British are'interested in leasing part of the defence research boar-'i oite at Suffield for periodic armored exercises. A small U.K. maintenance team would remain full.tiine at the base. A Canadian defence depart- ment source said a "sizable" number of troops would be in- volved in the training program. No decision is expected for some months. If British and Ca- nadian officials conclude an agreement for lease of (he site, it probably will be two or three years before operations get under way, the source said. Negotiations on possible lease of a site in Canada by the Brit- ish Army have been going on for some time. The arrangement would be in addition to the established prac- tice whereby British units come to Canada each year for limited training periods at Canadian bases. The British had previously looked at a Dumber of prospec- tive sites in Canada, including Suffield, "and it would appear they are interested in said a defence department spokesman. Ex-City Woman Gets Key Govt. Post By DAVE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min. islcr Trudeau is already getting his personal staff set for the expected election. lie doesn't like surprises in Hie form of sudden resignations and has made it clear lo his staff that he expects those in key jobs to stay' until the next general election at least. Mr. Trudeau announced some staff changes Wednesday lo per- mit those who want to leave before the next election to do so with minimum disruption to his office administration. i Joyce Fairbalrn, 30-year-old native of Lethbridge and a for. mer newspaper woman, .vlio starlet! her career with the Lethbridge Herald, takes over from fellow-Albcrlan Ivan Head as legislative assistant to the prime minister. This frees Mr. Head for more research and special assign, ments. Mr. Head has not only been legislative assistant but also a troublcshooter for Mr. Trudeau on several foreign assignments such as Biafrn and arclic dis- cussions with the Russians. Speech-writer Timothy For- teous of Mool real replaces Gor- don Gibson as executive assist- ant to the prime minister. Gibson ss a special as- sistant wilt work more closely with Marc Lalnnde, principal secretary and one of the most powerful men in Ottawa. BACKED TRUDEAU Mr. Gibson, from Vancouver, was one of the original promot- ers of Mr. Trudeau as prime minister. One of the few new additions lo Iho staff is bilingual Peter Roberts, 43, a native of Calgary who has been a foreign service officer in the external affairs department for 13 years. He be- comes assistant press secre- tary, replacing Janes Wight- man who has gone to Ihe Cana- dian Pension Commission. Colin Kenny, 26-year-old na- tive of Trois-Rivieres, Que., is appointed regional desk officer for Ontario. He was manager of former defence minister Paul Hellyer's Liberal leadership campaign headquarters in 1988 and later that year was election advance man for Mr. Trudeau in Ontario. Jean-Pierre Mongcan, 27, of Montreal is the new desk.officer for Quebec. He has worked as a Liberal organizer in several provincial ridings in Quebec. 23 years with no elections, Tito and. they call me tricky.' CAIRO (CP) Gamal Abdel Nasser, hero of the Arab world, was laid to rest wrapped in a simple white sheet today after a funeral that provided an emotional explosion for millions of adoring Egyptians. Nasser's body was taken from the coffin after prayers by Egypt's top religious leader, Sheik Mohammed Fahhan, preacher at the centuries- old Al Zabar Mosque. THOUSANDS WEEP Verses from the Moslem Koran Were read by religious leaders as they placed Nasser's body in the grave in the garden of the Manshiet el Bakry mosque in a Cairo suburb. Outside the mosque thousands of distraught Egyptians cried and shouted as then- adored leader was interred. Egyptian dignitaries, not striving to hold back their tears, lined up at the graveside as the body was lowered. People broke through and rushed into the mosque garden to see the final moments of Nasser's funeral. The flag covering the coffin was torn. If any proof were needed of Nasser's hold over the Egyptian people, this was it. Original plans for the proces- sion completely collapsed and all attempts at maintaining order were swamped by a fight- ing, struggling sea of humanity which almost overwhelmed the fin carriage on which the gyptian leader's body was being drawn through the streets. The funeral was almost cer- tainly Cairo's biggest mass demonstration in its history. BURIED IN MOSQUE Despite the confusion, the body of the man vfho revolution- ized Egypt and towered over the Arab world, was safely borne to a mosque where he will be buried near his home in Manshiet el Bakry. The body was flown this morning by army helicopter over the rooftops and minarets of Cairo on the first stage of the funeral journey. Four other helicopters prov- ided an escort on the flight from the Kubbeh presidential palace to Nasser's old revolutionary headquarters on Gezira Island in the Nile, starting point of the six-mile procession to the mosque. Millions lined the 13-mile fu- neral routes. Hundreds of for- eign dignitaries were on hand, including Senator Paul Martin, Canada's representative. A man clinging to the side of a building for a better look at the cortege fell six storeys to his death. Sign Peace Pact Customs Port On Trial Basis At Glacier Park KALISPELL, Montana (Spe. cial) Canadian aircraft will be able to clear American cus- toms at the Glacier Park In- ternational Airport for an 18- month trial period, it is an- nounced. Previously aircraft wanting to follow the Rocky Mountain Trench route into the U.S. have had to divert to Sweetgrass or Great Falls, on the east side of the Divide, or Porthill or Van- couver, far to the west. Customs services will be es- tablished at the airport near here for planes taking the Mis- soula and Boise route to Cali- fornia. From Renters-AP AMMAN, Jordan (CP) Life was almost back to noncsl in Amman and -an. signed today in Ramtha, hear? Jordan's border, with Syria, which promised to restore peace in that battered area. Jordanian army officers and Palestine Arab guerrillas, ap- parently under prodding from an Arab truce team which was dispatched to Ramtha after re- newed fighting Wednesday in that northern Jordan area, put their signatures on a 12-point agreement, Reuters news agency reported. The news agency said the agreement was swiftly put into effect. Cars bearing officers of the Arab observer mission toured Ramtha and nearby Irbid, telling the residents through loudspeakers that peace had been restored. CURFEW ENDED In Amman, people were out on the streets again with the ending of a curfew that.had been imposed during the worst of the clashes during the civil war which was ended by a ceasefire agreement. New Session Starts Oct. 8 OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said Thursday after a cabinet meeting that Parliament will start a new ses- sion Thursday, Oct. 8, with the customary throne speech, a gen- eral outline of government pol- icy. The present session mil re- 'Pass Miner Found Dead lu Mine Peter Hildebrandt, 45, of Spanvood was found dead in a mine shaft of Kaiser Resources Co. Ltd. at Michel about 6 a.m. Thursday, hours before his shift was to end. A company spokesman said death was "apparently an ac- cident" Department of mines representatives are investigat- ing. Mr. Hildebrandt, a shuttle car operator, worked in the underground mine since 1960. He was married and had 10 children. e underground division has been shut down and work will not resume until midnight. The mine will also be shut down for the funeral. convene Monday and end Further details were not Wednesday. available at press lime. UNITED APPEAL Countdown To Go ;