Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbrtdae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 246 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1973 10 Cents SECTIONS 20 PAGEF Pickets up at capital Lethbridge carpenters were on the job this morning but picket lines set up in Ed- monton could signal the first phase of strike action against 62 Alberta construction com- panies. The picket lines were set up by 200 members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the Alberta Construction Labor Relations Association at the Imperial Oil Ltd. refinery. Some Imperial employees refused to cross the lines and the plant was shut down, a company official said. In Lethbridge, work con- tinues at the new library pro- ject, the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital laundry project and at the Palliser Distilleries site. A union spokesman told The Herald local carpenters would remain on the job while they await "further word" from Edmonton. Almost carpenters in the province now are in a legal position to go on strike in a dispute with construction firms over a new two-year contract. Talks between the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and the Alberta Construction Labor Relations Association, which bargains for the construction companies, were continuing today. The carpenters, represented by seven locals throughout the province, last week voted overwhelmingly in favor of strike action Agnew sees destruction of career PALM SPRINGS, (AP) Vice-President Spiro Agnew has said privately he believes his political career has been destroyed But he has come out swinging public- ly at his accusers, determined to prove his innocence. Aides said Agnew told a pri- vate weekend meeting of Cali- fornia Republican officials that even if he is exonerated of allegations ol corruption, Ins political future has been destroyed Agnew spoke to the Repubh- can officials Saturday after dramatically declaring war on his accusers in a nationalh televised speech to a Republican women's conven- tion in Los Angeles. In that fiery address. Agnew said he would not resign if in- dicted. that he was being 1 r a m c d by persons in Maryland because he would not stop investigations against them and that someone high in the justice department was out to get him to make up for bungling the Watergate investigation In Washington, U.S. At- torney General Elliot Richardson defended Henry Petersen, chief of the justice department's criminal division, against a biting at- tack by Agnew. "The vice-president has sin- gled out for criticism a career public servant constrained from defending himself by ethical standards governing a criminal Richardson said in a state- ment released by the justice department. Tanker opponent This young demonstrator was one of about 300 persons who gathered Sunday in the Peace Arch Park at Douglas, B.C., on the Canada-U.S. border to protest American plans to ship Alaskan oil down the British Columbia coastline. 'Surrender to Golda deplores camp closure STRASBOURG, France (AP) Israeli premier Golda Meir said today the Austrian decision to close the transit camp for Soviet Jews was "a great victory" for the Aabs, and appealed to the Austrian government to reconsider it. Clearly deeply moved by the events following the Arab ter- rorist attack on a train carry- ing Soviet Jews. Mrs. Meir Softer grass penalties promised within year SASKATOON (CP) Justice Minister Otto Lang says he hopes to have legisla- tion within six to eight months reducing penalties for posses- sion of marijuana The legislation would remove marijuana from the Narcotics Control Act and place it under legislation "of less severe nature." Mr. Lang told delegates attending the Saskatchewan Young Liberal convention The main change would be that persons convicted for the first time of marijuana possession would not be liable to a jail term. But "no one has any inten- tion of legalizing it." the justice minister said. discarded a prepared speech she was to have delivered to the European parliament and spoke almost exclusively of the dangers of Austria's "surrender to terrorism." Sources close to the Israeli premier said she may go from Strasbourg to Vienna to dis- cuss the matter with Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky. "These terrorists have rais- ed the question whether any country should be involved in letting Jews use its territory in Mrs. Meir told the consulate assembly of the Council of Europe. In Vienna Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union are con- tinuing to arrive at the Schoeanau transit camp despite the Austrian government's promise to Arab terrorists to close it Informed sources said at least two groups of Soviet Jews arrived in Austria Sun- day and were taken to the camp 70 miles south of Vienna under heavy police escort. A spokesman for the Israeli embassy said that to his knowledge the camp will con- tinue for the time being to process 40 to 120 Jews a day. Austrian officials said their government had the right to close the camp because it was a private institution- At Beirut the Palestine commando organization which carried out last week's Vienna train kidnap operation has warned the Austrian government not to back down from its decision to close a Jewish emigration transit camp Oil tax means 4energy crisis' EDMONTON (CP) The federal government has prepared the way for a Cana- dian energy crisis, Hans Maciej, manager of the Cana- dian Petroleum Association, said during the weekend. Mr. Maciej of Calgary said the recent federal tax of 40 cents a barrel on crude oil, in addition to other federal measures, will inhibit ex- ploration for new reserves and could seriously affect Canada's long-term'supply. "This policy probably sup- plies the last major ingredient lor an energy crisis in Can- ada." he told the annual meet- ing of the Prairie region Certi- fied General Accountants Association. Mr. Maciej said the crude oil tax. the federal two-price system for oil instituted earlier in the month, and Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed's vow to retaliate, has pitched the oil industry into a period of uncertainty. Rational industry planning and decisions by investors have been rendered virtually impossible, he said in a panel discussion Severe government regu- lations already have tended to inhibit the search for oil and gas in the remoter parts of Canada. Mr. Maciej said. And oil industry refinery ex- pansion is pracHrally at a standstill because, he said, new government pollution ob- jectives have reduced capaci- ty and caused uncertainty for designers SUGGESTS TRADE-OFF "The federal oil policy ap- pears to suggest a trade-off- price controls on oil products and a short-term solution to inflation in one com- exchange for the risk of an energy crisis sometime in the future The oil industry was sur- prised by the latest federal move he said. "We thought we had an un- derstanding that there was go- ing to be some consultation through the next 12 months with the Canadian public, various other governments, our traditional trading partners and with the in- dustry." he said. "But we find to our amaze- ment that a new national oil policy is drawn up on the back of a cigarette box." The oil industry is willing to work in forbidding terrain, he said, "but it can't cope with a hostile political climate and economic environment as well Mr Maciej said he's worried about the federal measures, fearful of an early dependence on foreign oil at any price and rationing among non-producine countries. Dr. Lawrence Bliss, a University of Alberta ecologist, said man used dur- ing the last 10 years as much oil as in the previous 100 years. There is only about 20 years of liquid oil reserves left in Canada at current rates of consumption, not counting the Athabaska, Alta., oil sands, the Arctic and offshore, he said. Grits threaten Confederation EDMONTON (CP) The Liberal government at Ottawa is destroying Confederation, says Claude Wagner, Progressive Conservative MP for St. Hyacmthe, Que. Mr. Wagner, at a news conference: said when Ottawa imposed the 40-cent export tax on crude oil it demonstrated it "doesn't understand the spirit of the constitution, it doesn't understand the true meaning of the federal system of government." Mr. Wagner did not discuss of the federal system of government Mr Wagner did not discuss the merits of the oil export tax, only the manner in which it was imposed by the Trudeau government Ottawa's failure to consult Alberta and other concerned provinces prior to introducing the measure "goes to the very roots of said Mr. Wagner, one of two Progressive Conservative MPs from Quebec. He spent the weekend in Alberta at the invitation of the province's Progressive Conservative Members of Parliament. Mr. Wagner said everywhere he went he sensed a "feeling of distrust and apprehension that the central government has forgotten, even abandoned, the people of Alberta He said Ottawa has created alienation in the various parts of Canada The Trudeau government "will not realize the unity of Canada as long as it looks upon the country's regions and provinces as municipal governments" which constitutionally are the creatures of and subordinate to provincial governments Strike ends at CP Air Oil debate toned down by Alberta 'Farmers happy with grain plans' By GARRY FAIRBAIRN CANORA. Sask. (CP) Provincial government op- position to the new federal feed grains program can be expected to diminish in view of the good reception given the program by farmers at weekend meetings, Justice Minister Otto Lang said Sun- day night. Mr. Lang, minister respon- sible tor the Canadian wheat board, added in an interview that the opposition already has moderated since the federal agriculture products board announced high prices winch it will pav lor food grains under the program In a scries of small-town meetings to explain his pro- gram, Mr Lang rejected charges by the Manitoba and Saskatchewan New Democrat Party governments that it will give eastern livestock producers cheap grain and will undermine Canadian wheat board control of grain marketing. Saskatchewan government spokesmen have said all ma- jor farm organizations oppose the federal policy Mr Lang is attempting with the series of meetings to show fanners that the policy is good lor them and to show the public that farmers arc not unanimously opposed to it. When his tour started Fri- day night at Brandon, he got a cool reception and many hostile questions from an audience of about 350 people. But as soon as he moved into his home province of Saskatchewan, the reception improved He won applause from more than 300 persons at Wilkie Sat- urday night, about 100 at Bal- carrcs Sunday afternoon and more than 250 here in Canora Sunday night Mr. Lang, describing himself as "extremely pleased" with the reception he has been getting, said the audiences seemed progressively more informed about the program. "I felt the sense of the au- dience was rather willing to understand and accept." At each stop, Mr. Lang has hit at what he calls myths spread about his program. PAY SAME PRICE On the "myth" that the new program will provide cheap gram to the East, he said it will only ensure that eastern livestock producers pay the same basic p r i c e n o I counting transportation costs as Prairie producers, instead of up to four times as much as has been the case in I he past He says the agriculture products board is not designed to buy grain cheaply, but to ensure a guaranteed floor price by issuing a standing offer for feed grain Mr. Lang said it is impossi- ble merely to legislate a minimum price, as Saskatchewan and Manitoba are trying to do through their respective provincial feed grain commissions Rebutting charges that Canadian wheat board authority will be eroded, Mr. I.anp says the agriculture board will not move or .sell a bushel of feed grain except as the wheat board directs. Satellite to link nations MONTREAL (CP) Jean Claude Delorme, president and general manager of Cana- dian Overseas Telecom- munication Corp. an- nounced today the inaugura- tion of a direct telephone link via satellite between Canada and the People's Republic of China. The calls will be tran- smitted via the stationary satellite Intelsat IV F4 above the Pacific Ocean. Ground stations for the satellite transmissions are located at Lake Cowichan, B C and Peking. Until now, calls originating in Canada were routed through submarine cables to Tokyo and relayed to China from there. Earlier this year the COTC inaugurated direct telegraph, Telex and leased-circuit links between the two countries. Army blamed NEW YORK week magazine says in its Oct 8 issue that Chile's new military regime has killed almost persons in San- i tiago during a two-week i period EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government is trying to tone down the debate with the federal government over the oil export tax before a meeting here Wednesday with Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald. Don Getty, Alberta minister of intergovernmental affairs, said today the cabinet has de- cided not to make any public comments on the oil policy be- fore the meeting. "It's best if we go into the meeting he said in an interview. The cabinet held a meeting in Banff last week to consider provincial energy policy as part of a general review of its work. Mr. Getty, Bill Dickie, mines minister, and possibly AttorneyGeneral Merv Leitch will attend the Wednesday meeting, the first between the two governments since Ot- tawa announced the tax. Mr. Getty said he believed that Mr. Macdonald was try- ing to be conciliatory toward Alberta in a speech made last week. VANCOUVER (CP) A spokesman for CP Air says the company will immediately phase back into a normal flight schedule following the conclusion of a two-month strike by the airline's machinists. The machinists, members the international Associa- tion of Machinists and Aeor- space Workers, voted 63 per cent in favor of accepting the terms of a proposed settle- ment with CP Air. ending the first strike against the com- pany in its 31-year history. The terms of the settlement provide for a 9 per cent wage increase effective May 1, 1973 and a further 8 per cent general wage increase plus a addition to the top rates of all classifications to be effec- tive May 1, 1974 The agree- ment also includes im- provements in vacation privileges and minor ad- justments to certain in- dividual classification rates. A union spokesman said the machinists, who went on strike July 25 in a dispute over wages and fringe benefits, would probably be back on the job today. The tentative agreement between the airline and the union was reached Sept. 22 after four days of negotiations with federal conciliation of- ficer Doug Cameron A company spokesman said service will be restored to Ot- tawa today and to Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg on Wedncsdav. Seen and heard About town DR. C. D. Stewart offering to synchronize the traffic lights on Mayor Magrath Drive Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson describing a man charged with both illegal possession of liquor and public intoxication as having "some on him and some in him." Inside Classified Comics Comment District Fa in i h Local News 16-19 6 4 13 14 15 11 12 'Another jammed seat belt. Markets ..........20 Sports .8-10 Theatres........... 7 TV 7 Weather.....3 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH Tl'ES. 50; SHOWERS, COOL.