Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Manning defends costly gov't railway as a 'sound decision' EDMONTON (CP) Senator Ernest Man- ning, Alberta Social Credit premier from 1943 to 1968, has defended his government's creation of the Alberta Resources Railway (ARR) in 1965 as "a sound decision." Sen. Manning was testifying before the Grande Cache Commission, headed by N. R. Crump, former president of Canadian Pacific Railway, which is investigating the troubled history of the town 230 miles west of Edmonton. Mr. Crump asked the former premier why the government not only built the railroad from Hinton north to the coal-producing area around Grande Cache, but also extended it 100 miles north to Grande Prairie. "Perhaps with foresight much better than we realized at the time, we felt that costs were go- ing to increase and if we were going to build it we had to complete it rather than split it into two responded Sen. Manning. The 8 per cent rate of interest on the money borrowed to build the ARR "was considerably better than per cent or worse in the he said. Conceived as a million-project, the price of the railway constructed and operated for the government by Canadian National Railways ballooned to more than million. The railway debt was increased last year when the Smoky River washed out 37 miles of track north of the Mclntyre Porcupine Mines Ltd. operations at Grande Cache. Sen. Manning stressed the importance of the railway as a transportation corridor even if capital expended in construction and maintenance was never recovered. "I think it would not be inaccurate to compare this in a sense to many decisions governments have to make in the construction of highways, the majority of which never return to the tax- payer the capital expended. "But they are done because it's necessary to have these transportation routes linking up com- munities where the volume of traific is probably not enough to ever generate enough gasoline tax to pay maintenance, let alone capital." Under examination by commission counsel Bill Stevenson, Sen. Manning explained his reasons for becoming a director of Mclntyre Porcupine shortly after his resignation as premier in November, 1968. "Fora long time in this western part of Canada there has been a feeling that many companies engaged in the development of resources here, that have their headquarters in Eastern Canada, have not been adequately represented by people from Western Canada. "1 felt Mclntyre was a case in point I appreciated the invitation to become a director of the company for it did afford me an opportuni- ty to act as western director Sen Manning said he was unable to attend the meeting last January at which the Mclntyre board of directors decided to cut costs by eliminating an underground mine, a move that left about 200 people out of work. He added there was little or no direct consulta- tion between the Alberta government of the ear- ly 1960s and Mclntyre Porcupine about develop- ment of the Grand Cache area. The Lethbridne Herald VOL. LXVI No. 247 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1973 10 Cents 3 SECTIONS 36 PAGES Labor powers hiked by NDP VICTORIA (CP) Sweep- ing revisions to British Colum- bia's labor laws including the setting up ot a new Labor Relations Board (LRB) with expanded powers are contain- ed in legislation introduced in the provincial Legislature. The changes are compiled in a new code of labor relations lor the province which also contains provision for the ap- pointment of a labor'ombud- snian. Pushing eth Avenue South down the coulee and into the river valley, a pair of tractors open the assault on the slopes that will soon harbour a 50 m.p.h. road. The two-lane roadway and bridge con- necting Scenic Drive and University Drive at 6th Avenue South will Open assault BILL GROENEN photo be about two miles long, bringing the university and West Lethbridge much closer to the rest of the city, particularly downtown. The bridge project is scheduled for completion in late November or De- ember of next year. No Herald Thanksgiving The Herald will not publish Monday, Oct 8, Thanksgiving Day. A full roundup of weekend news will be carried Tuesday. Display advertisers are reminded of the following holiday deadlines. Ads to appear Tuesday, Oct. 9 must be received by noon Thursday, Oct. 4; for Wednesday. Oct. 10 by noon Friday, and for Thursday, Oct. 11 by 11.30 a.m.. Satur- day. Classified advertisements received by a.m. Satur- day. Oct. 6, will appear in the Tuesday edition. Agnew might escape major prosecutions WASHINGTON (API Federal prosecutors investigating Vice-President Spiro Agnew are being pinch- ed by the knowledge that a good portion of their case may be unuseable in as little as three weeks Agnew is under investiga- tion by a special grand jury in Baltimore for possible viola- tion of extortion, bribery, tax and conspiracy laws during his tenure as Maryland gover- nor. Under federal statutes of limitations, prosecution for bribery, extortion and con- spiracy to commit either offense must be initiated Sweeping state takeover planned by Labor Party BLACKPOOL. England (AP) Opposition leader Harold Wilson today outlined plans for a sweeping state takeover by a future Labor government of wide sectors of British business and in- dustry and won his party's massive backing for the program Wilson singled out for special attack at the party's annual convention the big multinational corporations, both British and foreign, operating in this country He said a future Labor gov- ernment will concentrate all its power on multinational corporations "in the same way as British-owned firms." The objective, he said, "lies in making economic power an- swerable to political power, and to ensure that political power is exercised only under the authority of the elected Parliament at Westminster." This was seen as a slap at the European Common Market which Britain joined .Jan 1 The opposition Labor Party is committed to renegotiating the terms of Britain's entry Inside 'Any sign Classified.....16 19 Comics..... 6 Comment.........4 5 District....... 13 Family 15 Local News 11 12 Markets 14 Sports 89 Then t res 7 TV....... 7 Weal her........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 30; HIGH WED. 55; MAINLY SUNNY within five years of the com- mission of the crime. Agnew's lawyers may argue that the statutes, as they relate to the extortion and bribery allegations against the vice-president, expire Oct. 22. it was learned Monday. It was on Oct. 22, 1968, almost five years ago, that Agnew attended his last major session of the Maryland board of public works. At that meeting, seven major engineering contracts were awarded totaling more than million. All records relating to the awarding of those contracts have been subpoenaed by the Baltimore grand jury. Thrt nf inv wi iiiiiiKauuiis on tax evasion, tax fraud and conspiracy to commit those crimes is six years, so presumably the grand jury would have until some time next year to act on those allegations against Agnew. Sources close to the case re- ported that if Agnew's lawyers claim Oct. 22 as the expiration date on the extor- tion and bribery statutes, the federal prosecutors may counter with a claim that the five years don't expire until Jan. 7. 1974, five years after Agnew formally resigned as governor, or even Jan. 20, 1974, five years after he for- mally became vice-president Nonetheless. the prosecutors are moving quick- ly to present evidence to the grand jury, expected back in session later this week. Meanwhile, an attempt was under way to force the House of Representatives to consider the allegations against Agnew Representative Paul Findley, an Illinois Republican, invoked a rarely used parliamentary device, seeking a "resolution of in- quiry" (hat would require the justice department to submit all the evidence it has against Agnew to the House. Court decision wanted on oil Naval fleet pulled back by Britain LONDON (AP) Britain ordered its naval shield of three frigates and three tugs out of Iceland's disputed 50- mile fishing zone today. The move was disclosed after Prime Minister Heath told the Icelandic government in a note that the British warships and tugs would be out of the disputed area by Wednesday. "The withdrawal will be made on the assumption that the Icelandic authorities will not take any measures against British trawlers fishing, or which have fished, in the dis- puted area." Heath told Icelandic Prime Minister Olafur Joahannesson. "The navy and the tugs will return if this assumption proves to be wrong." CALGARY (CP) The On- tario government will seek court action to force the Alberta energy resources conservation board to make rulings on constitutional issues in a gas export case, says Robin Scott, counsel for the Ontario attorney-general's department. The board is currently re- examining a gas export'per- mit issued to Consolidated Natural Gas Ltd. in 1969. Con- solidated was to sell 125 billion cubic feet of gas annually to Northern Natural Gas Inc. of the United States. Consolidated resold the gas to TransCanada PipeLines Ltd for distribution in Eastern Canada, primarily in Ontario, after the national energy board in Ottawa ruled in 1970 that the gas was not surplus to Canadian needs and denied the export permit. Board Chairman Dr. George Govier said last week that the board has grave doubts that it is the proper forum to settle the constitutional battle between the two provinces. Mr. Scott said Ontario will seek court action to stop the board from proceeding with the hearing until it has ruled on the constitutional issues. He asked the board to adjourn its hearing while Ontario takes the necessary legal steps to go before the'Alberta Appeal Court. The request was denied by the board By not ruling on the con- stitutional issues. Ontario contends that the board has committed a procedural error and is denying Ontario the op- portunity to present its case fully before the board. The hearing continues. Legislation labelled backward EDMONTON (CP) Legislation under which government employees in Alberta work is among the most backward of all legisla- tion in Canada, the Civil Ser- vice Association of Alberta said today. The association, com- menting in a prepared state- ment on an executive com- mittee meeting in Calgary, said the contract negotiation segments Public Service Act and the Crown Agencies Employee Relations Act "are ridiculously cut of date and in no way reflect the sort of bargaining that is an accepted part of the labor relations scene in Alberta and in the rest of Canada." The three main pieces of legislation affecting unions and management in B.C the Trade Union Act. the Labor Relations Act and the Mediation Services Act would be repealed and replac- ed the Labor Code of British Columbia Act It is the first major overhaul of the labor laws by the New Democratic Party government since it took of- fice just over a year ago Shortly alter taking'office the government disbanded the three-man mediation com- mission, repealed legislation allowing for government back-to-work orders and changed the name of the Mediation Commission Act to the Mediation Services Act The major thrust of the new legislation, according to Labor Minister Bill King, is in the granting of the new powers to the LRB. He told a news conference the emphasis is on preventive action rather than punitive measures. "It (the board) will be an agency equipped to get at the cause of disputes rather than deal with them in a punitive manner as the courts have done in the he said. Also included in the legisla- tion is provision for a type of Rand Formula whereby an employee may appeal to the board to opt out of union membership on religious grounds. One of the major sections in the legislation gives the revamped board exclusive jurisdiction in handling of the regulations dealing with strikes, lockouts or picketing. The legislation gives the board exclusive jurisdiction in handling applications for restraining or prohibiting per- sons who cease to work, picket, strike or lock out or communicate information in a labor dispute by speech, writing or any other means of communication. The legislation very clearly states that every decision or ruling ol the board is "final and conclusive." Nor are its rulings open to question or review in any court and the proceedings by or before the board cannot be restrained by court injunc- tion, prohibition "or any other process or proceeding in any court Initial reaction from opposi- tion spokesmen to the new labor code was generally critical Liberal leader David Anderson said a clause allow- ing a person with strong religious beliefs not to join a union was a ''phoney concession" because that person would still be required to pav dues That person, he said, is plac- ed in the position of having to support an institution he op- poses The removal ol a court's right to issue injunctions, Mr Anderson added, was simply the transfer of powers and the creation of a "labor court." And giving the 10-man board the right to draw up a first contract on behalf of certified union workers who can't reach a collective agreement with management, opened up a "minefield of problems." he said "It would involve the wisdom of Solomon Acting Conservative leader Scott Wallace was most pessimistic about the legisla- tion which he described as "not only one of the most com- plex but also one of the most important bills to be introduc- ed in the four years I've been in provincial politics Hecklers ridicule minister WEYBURN. SASK (CP) The new federal feed grains program ran into stormy weather here Monday when Justice Minister Otto Lang attempted to defend it before 175 people He had to contend with heckling and strongly critical questions from a vocal group of 25 persons in his audience. For the first time since he started his Prairie speaking tour Friday, he had difficulty speaking at some points But the majority of the audience showed their support or at least sympathy for him by strongly applauding his rebuttles to the heckling The heaviest applause came at the end of the 135 minute meeting when one person stood up to say Mr. Lang must love people because he is so patient with them "God bless you for your love of people. Keep working for us." Heavy applause also greeted critical comments like the one from a local feed grain producer "I think I'm tired of subsidizing the fellow down east with millions of dollars." Some farmers who remain- ed quiet and attentive during the meeting said in their areas there is no great hostility to the new program In his speech before the questions started. Mr. Lang told farmers they have never had it so good as they are go- ing to have it during the current crop year that ends next Julv 31 Seen and heard About town RALPH BROWN of Acme! rural municipalities president, making his roast beef dinner into a sandwich so he could catch a plane Cub leader Maureen Racz tied to a post and abandoned after a knot tying lesson Jewish transit camp stays closed A VIENNA (CP) Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky says he will reject Israeli Premier Golda Meir's plea to- day that he repudiate his pledge to Arab terrorists to close the Schoenau transit camp. Mrs. Meir decided to fly to Vienna today to meet with Kreisky after delivering a speech Monday in Strasbourg, France, to the Council of Eu- rope's advisory Parliament. Kreisky told reporters Mon- day he had no intention of go- ing back on his promise to close thf> camp for emigrating Soviet Jews. That pledge was given Saturday to obtain the freedom of three emigres and an Austrian border guard kid- napped by two Arab terrorists. Kreisky said he would ex- plain to Mrs. Meir the "prac- tical steps" his government plans to take so that emigra- tion of Soviet Jews can con- tinue via Austria These have not been made public, but the chancellor declared: "The decision of the Austrian government is of such a nature that it allows us to fulfill all out obligations as a humanitarian state in the future. of the government's decision is un- thinkable even under the hiirdest pressures SAY CAMP NEEDED The chancellor said today he would tell Mrs. Meir at a meeting here this afternoon. "It is up to you to get transit functioning The Austrian government leader spoke to reporters after a cabinet meeting on the subject today. "There is no question of withdrawing our decision, but Austria remains a country where any refugee with a valid visa will be able to enter." Kreisky said. The Israelis contend that a closely guarded transit camp like the setup they have created at the Schoenau Cas- llc is necessary to protect the emigrants from Arab terrorists But in an interview with Is- raeli television Monday night, Kreisky said Schoenau was a security threat to Austria. The government had known for some time that a raid was be- ing planned on the camp. Kreisky said he wished to avoid the possibility of the Arab-Israeli conflict being fought out on Austrian soil, giving as an example the brief arrest Saturday of five armed men guarding Jewish migrants on the Moscow- Vienna express.