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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta China wheat sale may be worth billion Jules Leger 21st Canadian governor-general Ambassador succeeds Michener OTTAWA ''Pi He loolv- lown Professor diplomat and '-inner governor-general. The appointment was announced by Kridav and is effective ike everybody's idea of a small- hut Leger. a 60-year-old career newspaper editor, is Canada's next 'rime Minister Trudeau in mid-January. A native of St. Anicet. Que.. where he was born April 4. 1913. Mr. Leger lives in Brussels, his base of operations as am- bassador to Belgium and Ihe neighboringduchy of Luxembourg. He is married and has one daughter. The 21s! governor general is the fourth born in Canada and the second French-Canadian. Roland Michener. his predecessor who was appointed in and who officially retires Nov. 30. is English-Canadian. Despite his bookish looks complete with heavy-rimmed glasses. Mr. Leger is a tall, spare man who should have no trou- ble Idling Mr. Michener's shoes especially his running shoes. Like Mr. Michener. the new governor-general is a man who believes in keeping fit. "I've never seen him rain or shine or snow take a car to the ollice." says a long-time associate of Mr. Leger. "He's always been very active." Hasn't changed The associate, who preferred not to be identified, was a stu- dent at the I'mversilv of Ottawa when Mr. Leger was a po- litical science professor there before the Second World War. "He hasn't really changed since then." "Be likes to work long hours and he works very hard." He described him as a stnmgwilled but gentle man. "There was nothing brutal about his behavior. He had to make diflicult decisions many, many times but even then he was always kind to people Described as "elegantly fluent" in both English and French. Mr Leger apparently "is not a man addicted to jar- gon" probably a legacy from his newspaper experience. Some people have termed him "cold and withdrawn" but the close associate said this was wrong. "He's not shy, but he's ijuiet." A student at the Cnivorsity ol 'Montreal and at the Sorbonne in Pans, where he obtained a doclorale in French-Canadian li- terature. Mr. Leger was introduced circles in 1938 when In- became editor of i lie French-language newspaper. Le Droit In 1939. he obtained the professor's chair at the University of (ittawa and held it until 1942. In the meantime, he joined the ex- ternal affairs department in 1940 and served in Canadian mis- sions in Santiago. Chile, and London from 1943-49. Returning here in 1949. he served in then Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent's office before being appointed as- sistant under-secretary of state for external affairs in 1951 and ambassador lo Mexico in 19fi.'i. Mr. Leger's job there lasted only a year. He was brought back to Ottawa in 195-1 to become under-secretary of state for exter- nal alfairs and in was appointed ambassador to France, lollowed m lliii'J In becoming ambassador to Italy. lie rissimied his orosent in Brussels 'us! last February an important responsibility because of Britain's entry into the European Economic Community the previous month and Canada's needs to strengthen ties with the EEC. Cardinal's brother The son of a general merchant in the Quebec village of St. Anicet. he has an illustrious brother-Paul Emile Cardinal Leger. renowned for his missionary work in Africa. Reaction to Mr. Leger's appointment was generally one of surprise. The rumors had been floating around the capital for months and Mr. Leger was reckoned by many observers to be a rank oursider. The new governor-general, who takes over for five years after Mr. Michener has said bis formal adieux at Christmas and New S''s. nevertheless a man who knows Canada in- tim.ilelv one ol the main prerequisites for the job. lie began learning about his country when his father told him to "get lost" for a summer. "Ho gave me when I was 20 and told me he didn't want to see my face for eight weeks." he recalled once in an interview. For he rode trains from his rural home, across Ontario, the Prairies and on to the grandeur of the Rockies, unham- pered by Ihe fact his that stage was almost non-exis- tent and he knew nothing of the ways and customs of Canada west of Quebec "I don't think I've ever seen anything more beautiful." Mr Leger said today he feels "greatly honored to have been chosen for Ihis high post." "I know il is not an easy one." Leger said in a statement. "But I also know that myself and my wife can rely on the under- standing of all Canadians from all walks of life." OTTAWA (CPi Wheat prices "could go higher as easily as lower" in the foreseeable future. Otto Lang said Friday when he announc- ed that. China would buy 224 million bushels of Canadian wheat in the next three years. Mr. Lang, minister respon- sible for the Canadian wheat board, said there would be dif- ferent prices negotiated under the agreement, signed in Pe- king Thursday by wheat board commissioners. The first firm contract calls for delivery of 37 million bush- els for the unprecedented price of about million during the first six months of 1974. If current international prices hold, the value of the total agreement could top billion. At current prices, he said, the wheat board wanted long- term contracts while the Chinese favored short-term ones. But. he said, it was fair to conclude that the Chinese ex- pected prices to drop. That was the reason they fought for a six-month contract under the 224 million bushel agreement, rather than a c u s t o m a r y y c a r -1 o n g contract. The over-all agreement amounts "to a supply com- mitment on our side and a purchase commitment on theirs The sale is the second- largest agreement reached with the Chinese. In 1966. the Chinese signed a deal for 233 million bushels on another three-year contract. Larger contracts have been signed with the Soviet Union in the past, with sales calling for more than 300 million bushels. Neither the sale nor the esti- mated bet ter-t ban-average wheat harvest -the 7th largest on record --are ex- pected to alter domestic wheat and bread prices. Last month, the government introduced a modified two- price wheat system that domestic prices of wheat used for bread, between and a bushel for the next seven years. W he a t sold fo r ex- port which averages more than million bushels or about 90 cent of produc- tion will continue to rise and fall with international supply and demand pressures. "The supply situation is still quite tight." Mr. Lang said. The wheat board would have sold the Cliinese more if they had wanted, but like all buyers faced with high prices, the Chinese had set the volume of wheat they would buv. The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXV1 No. 251 LETHBRID'GE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1973 15 Cents 56 Pages Mideast in state of near-war By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Air, sea and ground battles broke out today on Israel's front lines with Egypt and Syria as the Middle East erupted in the widest fighting since the 1967 war. Egypt said its forces over-ran a number of Israeli positions on the Sinai peninsula and raised the Egyptian flag on the eastern side of the waterway. Sources in Tel Aviv confirmed that the Egyptians broke through some Israeli defences in the first large-scale Egyptian crossing of the 200-foot-wide canal since the six-dav war. i 'aim Radio said I srael hammered its positions on the hern end ol t he canal and reported sea and air lighting in the lull ol area. It Euvpi knocked down II Israeli planes and losl 10 of its own ll also said Syrian forces broke through Israeli lines il'iim I he I Jolall Height s eeaseliro line near the three- eornerecl border bet ween Israel. Svria and Lebanon. The C.nrii radio broadcast nd I be Egyptian canal cross- was launched alter the Is- r ielis 1 ried to part of land mi Ihe western bank 'il Ihe canal The engagements still are under way on the eastern bank il the it added. I >onl mills between Syrian nid Israeli jets swirled over. Ihe ceasefire line along Ihe occupied lolan I [eights m northeast corner ol Israel. Sirens sounded throughout Israel, lorciny I ho lisa nds I mm i hoi r homes in a pa rt ia I ion of forces within hours alter the, end of the iolomn Jewish Yum Kippur last The Israeli lorces are in i ct i o n against t he inni'ossors." said a military pokosaiaii in Tel Aviv. Envpl announced in Cairo Ihat Israeli jets attacked its positions at Xalra and Siikhna near the southern end of the canal The waterway has been the effective ceasefire line between Egypt and Israel Israel stoamrolled over Egyptian lorces in the Sinai peninsula in the 19117 conflict. ISSUED WARNING Egypt's Middle East news a L; e n c v s a i d E g y p t i a n territorial waters and those in the viojmtv of Egypt and Israel are "areas of naval operations" and warned loroinn embassies in Cairo to slay clear Earlier this week Syria de- clared .1 MiU-per-cent military ilert with a callup ol all re- serves and retired oll'icers. Da in a sen s Radio sa i d nan arlillerv returned fire Joim Ihe lid-mile Golan iloinhis line "to silence eiioaiv positions." Witnesses in Israel said Svr- i in shells were falling near Is- r.ieli settlements in (he occu- pied territory I) isciis broadcasts said 'he air and artillery duels along the (lolan ceasefire line were continuing more than an hour alter they began, with Syrian MiGs battling "for- mal ions ol Israeli planes CLOSED AIR SPACE ill traffic. Envoi's Middle East news money s ml lormalions of Is- and motor torpedo bo iis iiiackcd at Snkhna and il H'a on I he lieftl eiiil of die canal ll nave no details. i' 11 t'o radi o ca 1 led t he Israeli action "an overt inyression" and appealed lo i he I 111 1 ed N a I i ons, t o mien-ode ll urged all Arab countries to your entire potential to stop r.ieh annression and deleat n Cairo airport, also was clos- ed lo all civilian air trallic ind Egypt's civil defence cor- ps was put on alert "because our lorees on the firing line need all help possible from the internal Iront No Herald Thanksgiving The Herald will not publish Mondav. Thanksgiving Day. Full coverage of the holiday weekend news scene will carried in Tuesday's edition. CITY RESIDENT WINS IN SWEEPS as vet unidentified Lethbridge resident is one of nine Canadians who won prizes of more than each With Irish Sweepstakes tickets on Siliciana. winner of today's Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket. England. The winning Lethbridge ticket is ZZP 46041. with the horn-de- plume of Lost N'ot. Two other city residents held tickets on horses that did not place. other Canadians won more than each with tickets on second-place My Hero and three Canadians won more than SiM.iNio with tickets on Mystic Circle..who finished third. Syncrude plan jeopardy' By TOM CAMPBELL FORT MCMURRAY. Alta. (CP I The speed at which oil will be extracted from Alber- ta's Athabaska sands lies clouded in the uncertainty of federal oil policy. The 15.000-square-mile area of the oil sands 250 miles Stanfield gets views on energy FORT MeMURRAY, Alta. iCPi Progressive Con- servative Leader Robert Stan- field criticized the federal government Friday for not de- veloping an energy policy bas- ed on provincial re- quirements. Mr. Stanfield. in an inter- view during a tour of Alber- ta's Athabasca oil sands, said the lack of federal policy was largeU the cause of the conflict between producing and consuming provinces over natural gas prices. Mr. Stanfield was ncaring the end of a round of meetings which included discussions with Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed. Ontario Premier i 11 i a m Davis. and Saskatchewan Premier Allen Blakeney. He also met officials of the Canadian Petroleum Associ- ation and the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada in Calgary Thursday. The tour ends today with a news conference in Edmon- ton. "We are developing guide- lines for our stand on energy issues." he said. The western tour was to assess the views of the producing provinces and oil companies. Senators appointed OTTAWA (CPi Raymond Perrault. former British Columbia Liberal leader, was appointed to the Senate Fri- day by Prime Minister .Trudeau. John M. Godrey, a Toronto lawyer, and Maurice Kiel, for- mer chairman of the Montreal Metropolitan Corp. also were named to the Senate by the prime minister. The addition of the three men. all Liberals, changes standing in Ihe 102-seat I'ppcr House to 73. Con- servative 17. independent two. Independent Liberal one. Social Credit one. and vacant eight north casi of Edmonton is es- timated to contain 300 billion barrels of recoverable oil. The only existing plant, operated by Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (GCOS) Hi miles north of this community, is extracting oil, Now. Syncrude Canada Ltd. says its proposed million project is in jeopardy until Ot- tawa states its long-term oil policy. II Svncrude has assurance that it will be able to sell as daily production of 125.000 barrels of highly refined oil at international prices, construc- tion will go ahead, says John Barr. public relations manager. President Frank Spragins was in Ottawa Fri- day to meet officials in the energy department. Part of the forest was cleared from Syncrude's 16.000-acre lease following completion of an agreement on royalties between the com- pany and the Alberta govern- ment last week. Syncrude is a consortium of Imperial Oil Ltd.. Atlantic Richfield Co.. Canada-Cities Service Ltd.. and Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. Syncrude's mining, process- ing, and refining complex, which will take 3.000 men al- most four years to build, was scheduled to begin partial pro- duction in late 1977. It will be quickly followed by other plants if the e c- o n o m i c climate is favorable. Shell Canada Ltd. appears before the Alberta energy resources conserva- tion board next week for per- mission to build a 100.000- plant. Reg Humphreys, manager of the GCOS operation, predicted Friday that future plants will be giants com- pared with the C.COS opera- tion and those now planned. .GCOS. a subsidiary of Sun Oil Co.. began operating the first commcrical plant in 19fi7. Last year an average daily production of 52.000 barrels had been achieved. The highly refined oil is used as fuel for pipeline pumping stations, for 200 Canadian National Railways locomotives operating from Edmonton and as refinery feedstock. GCOS lost almost million during the first five voars operating its million venture, Mr. Humphreys said. The 1972 loss of an all-time low. probably will climb this year because of the end of a partial royalty holiday and plant problems. Mr. Humphreys said GCOS would resume negotiations on royalties with the Alberta government shortly. Nearing completion An air-conditioning and heating unit is hoisted into the air to be installed in the new Lethbridge Public Library. Ten such units will be installed in the building for, a total cost of The structure is scheduled for completion early in 1974. Bouvier embarrassmenr to Horner, government Herald Legislature Bureau i.-i 'ri.., of Dr. Dan Bouvier iSocred. Independent, almost Conser- vative, now Socred member for Lac La Bichc McMurrayi are being viewed with some amusement here and probably with sonic em- ba rra ssmeli t by 1 he government. Deputy Premier Hugh Horner. the cabinet minister who was to meet with Dr. Bouvier presumably to arranne his entrance into the Conservative caucus, was struck speechless when told bv reporters that the swilchingesi Ml.A was not go- itm to come over to the "overnment benches alter all. bewildered Dr. Horner was informed that Dr. Bouvier was going to become a Socred again alter sitting as an independent since Bin not could have made the PC constituency association executive in Lac La Biche afly happier sc.ircelv 111 davs ago it took a unanimous vote that il wanted absolutely nothing to do with Dr Bouvier. It didn't shock me because he's used to danciny to the nine ol musical chairs." Mrs. ollie Piven. acting con- -miienov president said in a telephone interview Friday. One observer here said Dr. Boiivior's return to the Social c rd 11 parlv "is really a nie.ininuless act. The sole thini; ot interest is his disclos- ing Ins attempts to yot into the government it makes the government look a little bit stupid and causes them a few political problems in. Lac La lilche Inside Seen and heard About 'town FAITHI-T I. Dorcen Tosc- zak buying a turkey- flavored cat food to be served to her kitten on Thanksgiving Dav 'We will retake our lands by force click We will retake 2-J-28 n 4. 5 17 18-20 15. Hi 8. 9 10-12 LOW TONIGHT 35. HIGH SUN. 50; CHANCE OF RAIN ;