Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 -THE LETHBRIDOI HERALD Friday, Octobtr 11, 1974 Gray accuses cabinet of inflation inaction Mills offers explanation of Tidal Basin incident OTTAWA (CP) Herb Gray, free from the constraints of cabinet solidarity, turned on his former cabinet mates Thurs- day with a-multi-faceted at- tack on the government's economic policy. In his first Commons speech since being dumped from the cabinet in August, the former consumer and corporate af- fairs minister accused his colleagues of inaction in the Ford vows veto of arms embargo WASHINGTON (Reuter) President Ford has threaten- ed to disrupt congressional election campaigning unless the House of Representatives abandons its insistence on an States arms embargo against Turkey because of that country's in- vasion of Cyprus, officials said today. The president told a Republican party rally in Detroit Thursday night that the proposed arms cutoff would be a catastrophe for NATO and might lead to Turkey's withdrawal from the alliance. Officials said Ford inform- ed Republican leaders Thurs- day that he might veto the proposed legislation unless the House accepts a softer version of the bill which the Senate'already has approved. The Senate version would give the president authority to postpone the arms embargo for 60 days, during which time a resolution of the Cyprus dis- pute would be sought. The House-is scheduled to debate the Senate version later today. A presidential veto of the legislation would cause a severe problem for the ad- ministration because the Turkish aid provision is part of a resolution permitting U.S. government departments to continue to spend money at last year's levels until new BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES PhoiM 329-4722 COLLEGE HALL appropriations have been approved. 'Congress is due to recess by this weekend for the cam- paign for the Nov. 5 congressional elections. If the president, vetos what he believes to be an unaccep- table resolution, congressmen would have to choose between campaigning and technically leaving the government bankrupt, or returning to Washington for a special ses- sion before Nov. 5 to consider overruling the veto. Consumer assistance offices 'successful' OTTAWA (CP) The con- sumer affairs department says an experiment in con- sumer assistance has proved so successful that 20 assistance offices" across the country will be opened by the end of next March. The department said in a news release that the first of- fice, opened in Toronto 13 months ago, has been able to help recent immigrants, the elderly and low-income families with consumer af- fairs. Similar offices at Saint John, N.B., and in the Sydney- Glace Bay area of Nova Scotia worked equally well since be- ing opened last spring. Two others, scheduled to open this week at Thunder Bay, Ont., and Edmonton also will operate mainly with com- munity organizations. face of rising food prices. Increased production, the basis of the Liberal govern- ment's economic policy, is not sufficient to fight inflation, he said to resounding applause from opposition benches. The MP for Windsor West, who doggedly defended government policy as prices soared during the last Parliament, said in an inter- view his speech reflected .the stand he took within cabinet, apparently with mixed success at best. "I fought just as hard inside the cabinet then, but outside it was my obligation to defend government he said. "It wouldn't have been acceptable to air all my views publicly because it might have led to the downfall of our minority government." There was little reaction from the government to his remarks. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan, frequently a target of criticism over rising food prices, and other ministers declined comment while Prime Minister Trudeau's office said only that Mr. Gray's remarks were be- ing studied. Before about 15 Liberals and a similar number of op- position MPs, Mr. Gray chastized the government for withdrawing a subsidy on milk, effectively keeping'con- sumer representatives off food marketing agencies and remaining .route on rising bread prices. WASHINGTON (AP) Representative Wilbur Mills has described himself as em- barrassed and humiliated by his in- volvement in an episode during which a woman jumped into the Washington Tidal Basin. He says he is returning to work at the Capital and then will resume his re- election campaign The Arkansas Democrat, 65year-old chairman of the House ways and means committee and long considered one of the mostppwerful members of Congress, has not been seen on Capitol Hill this week. Park police said stopped his speeding, .unlighted car, driven by someone else, early Monday. They said a woman passenger "obviously in- toxicated" emerged and that Mills stepped out of the car with his face bleeding and smelling of alcohol. They identified the i woman as Annabel Battistella. No charges were filed in the incident. In a written'statement Thursday, Mills said Mrs. Battistella was one of a party of neighbors and friends he was entertaining, that she became ill, he tried to have her taken home, there was a struggle and her elbow broke his glasses, causing facial cuts. In his statement, Mills said he and his wife Polly became close friends of Mrs. Battistella and her husband Eduardo when the Millses moved to a suburban apart- ment building in Arlington, Va., where the Battistellas already had an apartment. Mills said the events of Sunday evening and Monday morning began when he arranged a bon voyage party for Gloria Sanchez, a cousin and house guest of the Battistellas, who was returning to 'her native Argentina. Because Mrs. Mills had a broken foot, he1 said, they could not entertain at home and at Mrs. Mills's insistence he arranged to "take our friends to a public place we had frequented before." His statement did not specifically men- tion drinking, but continued "we then visited another public place and after a few refreshments Mrs. Battistella became ill and I enlisted the help of others in our group to assist me in seeing her safely home." "The man I asked to drive was un- familiar with my car and among other things in the glare of the lighted streets neglected to turn on the Mills said. Mills's account did not say why Mrs. Battistella was trying to leave the car and she has been unavailable 'for comment. Police said she was attempting suicide. Housing firms gloomy about economic future MONTREAL (CP) Hous- ing industry spokesmen'were the most gloomy Thursday among a host of economic forecasters who gave Mental report asked VICTORIA (CP) Health Minister Dennis Cocke has asked for a complete report from Rivervie'w Mental Hospital in the case of a man alleged to have committed a murder two days after being discharged from the hospital. Mr. Cocke said Thursday that he expects a copy of the hospital assessment report on Rodney Kirkpatrick, 25, of Barrie, Ont. and an interpretation of that report from the hospital's professional staff. The assess- ment report was the basis for Kirkpatrick's discharge. The minister said a preliminary report from the hospital did not show any wrongdoing or negligence. Hospital records show that while in Riverview for a week, Kirkpatrick was "found to-be not dangerous to himself or others or whatever basis they decide those things said Mr. Cocke. pessimistic snort-term but bright long-term predictions to a Conference Board in Canada seminar. William Teron, president of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corp., forecast 000 housing starts in 1975 against a normal target of He said that "without an ef- fective mechanism to stimulate the market the number of starts could go below closer to the Conference Board's estimate of Earlier, Arthur J.R Smith, president of the Conference Board, had predicted an immediate housing construc- tion slump of major propor- tions lasting well into 1975. George B. Currie, chairman of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., said he expected the building .materials market to remain depressed for the next two quarters. Morgan Reid, vice- president of Simpsons-Sears Ltd., presented a more op- timistic view of 1975 than many conference speakers, but he too was gloomy about housing prospects. "I look for real gross national product growth of three per cent to four per cent and strong capital investment in all housing he said Robert M. Macintosh, ex- ecutive vice-president of the Bank of Nova Scotia, said short-term rates could fall by two to three percentage points before the end of 1974. PAMPERS Disposable Diapers for Holiday Convenience DAYTIME Bampers ew see Newborn 30's pfcg-........ Overnight 12's 1OQ Toddler's pkg......... 1 97 Daytime 30's Extra Absorbent Daytime 30's, pkg. DEPARTMENT STOKES TO 110 Coito0c SlioppInQ 2025 Mayor Ntofrath Open Orthr 9 to pm FrMsr 9 am to 9 pm Palestinian guerrillas denounce Kissinger DAMASCUS (AP) United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger arrived in Syria from Egypt today on the se- cond leg of his latest Middle East peace mission. He was preceded by a bomb blast in a United States office and denunciations by Palestinian guerrillas. The secretary's arrival was delayed half an hour by an ac- cidental discharge of a sub- machine-gun aboard his U.S. Air Force jetliner. A Secret Service agent suffered minor wounds in the scalp and right forearm. The incident occurred when the Israeli-made weapon top- pled from a rack in the rear of the plane as it taxied at Cairo airport. Kissinger hurried to the front cabin as the wounded agent, Walter Boche, called out: "Don't worry about me. Check the secretary." When it became clear the plane was not being attacked, Kissinger returned and told Boche: "You are damned lucky." Kissinger was met at the Damascus airport by Syrian Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam. He was scheduled for talks with Khaddam .and Syrian President Hafez Assad before moving on to Jordan tonight. Thousands of police were stationed along the route from the airport to a guest palace near Assad's residence. Seventeen hours earlier, a bomb destroyed the offices of the National Cash Register Co., killing a Syrian woman employee and wounding another.' The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement saying the United States "is still hostile" to the Palestinian cause and backs Israel. The PLO said that Kissinger's trip is aimed at ensuring Israeli interests in the Middle East Brezhnev says Mideast settlement urgent MOSCOW (Reuter) Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev said today the Middle East might blow op like a powderkeg atany moment if a settlement is not quickly negotiated. Speaking in Kishinev, capital of Soviet Moldavia, Brezhnev said that Israel is trying to hold on to occupied Arab territories, "relying on toe support of its traditional foreign patrons." He said troop- disengagement agreements that Israel made with Syria and since last October's Middle East war-have been useful as first steps. But, be said, these agree- ments, "as everyone now sees, did not solve the main of a complete solu- tion of the problem." Brezhnev spoke as U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus on the second leg of a new Middle East mission aimed at moving toe Arabs and Israelis toward agreement. News In brief Reader's Digest 'to stay TORONTO (CP) Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd. has no intention of vacating "Canada under any foreseeable its president said Thursday. Paul 'Zimmerman said his publication has nothing to fear from the federal government' which has asked both Reader's Digest and Time Canada to demonstrate they "serve the Canadian purpose" and should continue to receive I tax concessions for their advertisers. Launch coverage banned WASHINGTON (AP) The Soviet Union .plans to bar United States reporters from viewing the launching of Rus- sian cosmonauts during next year's joint U.S.-Soviet space mission. But Russian reporters will be welcome at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff of the U.S. astronauts. That policy has emerged from 18 months of negotiations during which I U.S. space agency officials said the Soviets repeatedly re- requests that they open their launch site at Baykonur to U.S. reporters. Meat price hike expected WASHINGTON (AP) A big loss in United States grain crops this year because of bad weather will send meat prices up again next year. The U.S. agriculture depart- ment (USDA) said Thursday the corn crop will be down 16 per cent from the record 1973 harvest. Soybeans, another livestock feed needed to produce meat, milk and poultry, will be down 19 per cent. New satelite in orbit CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuter) A do- mestic communications satellite was launched into or- bit by a Delta rocket here Thursday night. The satellite, called Westar II, will be operated by the Western Union Co. and is de- signed to carry television, telephone and other commer- cial traffic. Uganda wants aid resumed OTTAWA (CP) The -foreign minister of Uganda made a brief visit to Canada Thursday asking for resump- tion of aid. Elizabeth Bagaya held talks with External Minister Allan MacEachen and officials of the Canadian International Development Agency and then returned to the United Nations. Ecevit to try coalition ANKARA (Reuter) Turkish President Pahri Koruturk has asked Bulent Ecevit, whose government resigned three weeks ago, to try to form a national coali- tiorigovernment, the Anatolia news agency reported Thurs- day night. Ecevit, who now heads a caretaker cabinet, resigned Sept. 18 after a break with his coalition partners of the Na- tional Salvation party. High winds kill one CANONCITO, N.M. (AP) Strong winds described as "possibly a tornado" struck a cluster'of dwellings on the Canoncito Navajo Indian Reservation on Thursday, kill- ing a child and injuring at least eight others, officials reported. M.C. 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