Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tories backed Unemployment takes highest lump since 71 in oil stand EDMONTON (CP) Op- position members have sup- ported the Alberta gov- ernment over the controver- sial energy issue, deploring what they called a deteriora- tion in relations with the federal government and wondering if Confederation may be in trouble. The only support for the Lib- eral government in Ottawa came from the New Democratic Party of Alberta. Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader, said of Ottawa's recent action on energy: "We've got to a situation where resources are a tool in the hand of federal politicians looking toward the next elec- tion." Jim Henderson, who resign- ed recently as Social Credit house leader and now sits as an independent, said: "The federal government appears to be embarked on a policy of recapturing total control of natural resources "If it's for partisan politics, Confederation is in very serious trouble Mr. Notley, NDP leader and the only member of his party with a seat in the legislature, was the only speaker who dis- agreed with Alberta's recent counter-move on energy The move was the an- nouncement of a plan to raise substantially royalties on production of oil and natural gas in an effort to offset the financial losses Alberta believes will result from Ot- tawa's 40-cents-a-barrel tax on oil exports. Mr. Notley said Ottawa had a perfect right, under the British North America Act, to impose a tax on a Canadian export Alberta disagrees, saving natural resources remain a provincial jurisdiction The NDP leader said Ot- tawa had little choice but to impose the tax because the national energy board found that prices being bid in the United States for Canadian oil had fallen 40 cents below prices that were "in the Cana- dian public interest." Mr. Clark lold the Agiiew purity New York Times Service WASHINGTON Spiro Agnew says he resigned the vice-presidency to give Presi- dent Nixon an opportunity to restore "unimpaired con- fidence and implicit trust" in the office he vacated. The former vice-president, his eyes moist but his bearing composed, told a nationwide television audience Monday he was innocent of any wrongdoing but that he accepted a conviction nf in- come tax evasion last week to spare the nation further agony He hailed Nixon, declared the nominee to be his successor as vice-president, Gerald Ford, as an "excellent choice." and said his ex- perience had not diminished his confidence that American democracy" is working better than ever before Agnew charged that witnesses who have built a government case of tax fraud, bribery and extortion against him were "self-confessed bribe brokers" and the readiness to believe their ac- cusations within the depart- ment of justice was "not realistic." Seen and heard About town VALERIE REEVES, city hall secretary asking the operator for the fire department, after the building's air conditioning system sent clouds of smoke into the offices Blairmore lawyer Thomas Costigan tell- ing the judge it's the duty of police to get their man, and the duty of lawyers to con- vince the court the police made a mistake legislature the Social Credit party supports the policy of Alberta having control over the non-renewable resources of the province. He proposed that the legislature adjourn soon for a few days and sit as a com- mittee of public affairs. The committee would ask Energy Minister Donald Macdonald and leaders of Ontario, the national energy board, and the oil and gas industry to appear before it to express their views on the energy controversy. A better understanding of the problem and its effects is essential, he said. "I can't recall a time when there has been less consulta- tion with the federal Mr. Clark said. Gas battle ools down c after talks EDMONTON (CP) Alberta and Ontario, engaged in a constitutional battle over natural gas, made con- siderable progress Monday in discussing their differences over energy, the Legislature was told. In addition, D'Arcy McKeough, energy minister in Ontario, said at a meeting with Alberta government ministers that he feels con- sumers in his province will not face a shortage of natural gas this winter, said Don Get- ty, Alberta minister of intergovernmental affairs. Mr. Getty said the meeting here Monday lasted almost twice as long as scheduled "because it was going so well We had a good meeting, one which I felt allowed us to progress con- siderably The only elaboration Mr Getty made on the meeting was" that they discussed whether Ontario consumers would suffer this winter "as a result of problems regarding a monopoly buyer in the province of Alberta refusing tu pay a fair pi ice Mr" Getty said the two provinces were aUe to iden- tify some subjects en which it appears broad agreements could be reached although there were some subjects on which the two were not able to agree He did not elaborate Mr McKeough and the Alberta minister agreed to meet again during the first week of November "If we can reach agreement we may be able to assist in some way in also helping to resolve some of the national energy issues which exist in our country Mr. Getty said The "monopoly buyer" problem he mentioned refers to the position of TransCanada Pipelines as supplier of natural gas for Ontario. Garage fire wipes out area firm FORT MACLEOD (Special) The second major fire here in a month took less than three hours Monday nipht to destroy the town's largest automotive garage The George H Scougall Garage Ltd., a CMC and Tex- aco dealership at 24th Street and 3rd Avenue, was nothing but a smouldering ruin by midnight after a fire broke out in the garage's shop shortly after 9 p.m. Witnesses say employees had emptied gasoline from a car's tank to repair the tank. The gasoline then accidentally spilled on the floor and one of the employees, Jim Butler, son of co-owner Arnold Butler, ran to retrieve something with which to mop up the mess. By the time he returned, the gasoline had ignited. From there the blaze spread quickly. Fire department of- ficials have not determined how the gasoline was ignited. OTTAWA (CP) The total number of persons at work, dipped in September and the unemployment rate took the biggest jump in more than two years, Statistics Canada said today. The rise in the jobless rate from 5.5 to six per cent of the labor force and the decline of in employment to a total of 8.8 million appeared to confirm other indications of slowing economic growth. The jobless rate was at the highest point since the begin- ning of the year and the size of the increase was the biggest in a single month since April, 1971, Statistics Canada said. The unemployment rate had steadily declined from 6.2 per cent last January and had taken its first significant sw- ing upward in August, from 5.2 to 5.5 per cent. The figures are seasonally adjusted by Statistics Canada to eliminate normal shifts for this time of year and more closely show the underlying trend of the job picture. The actual decline in total 'employment was but most of it was expected in September according to nor- mal seasonal trends. The actual total of unem- ployed dropped to but Statistics Canada figured it as a rise of on a seasonally adjusted basis because it usually drops much more in September. "On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the employment level decreased in the Atlantic region, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia while it increased in the Prairie region. The increase in the Prairie region follows sev- eral months of declining or stable the report said. "The most pronounced de- cline was in it added. Most of the drop in jobs was among younger and older workers. "The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased substantially for persons 14 to 9.7 per cent in August to 10.7 per cent in Statistics Canada said. "There was no change in the rate for persons 25 to 54 while the rate for persons 55 and over increased from 3.4 to 4.3 per it said. "The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased in the Atlantic region, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia while it decreased in the Prairie the report added. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 258 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1973 36 Pages 10 CENTS RICK ERVIN photo The best books Why are the best books always on the top shelf? Michael Canadine, six, of 1507 Ashgrove Rd. found he needed a lot of other books stacked in his favor to reach the one he wanted. It could be Michael, a Grade 1 student, is simply getting in practice for Young Canada Book Week coming up Nov. 15 to 22. Egyptian missiles 'threatening' Israel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Anwar Sadat of Egypt said today his troops have missiles poised "to be launched to the very depths of Israel any minute." But Pre- mier Golda Meir of Israel said the Egyptian tank charge into the Sinai has been halted. Tank and artillery battles raged in the Sinai desert and in Syria as Sadat made a tough address to the Egyptian People's Assembly in Cairo and Mrs. Meir talked to the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem. "At this very moment Israeli forces are on the western bank of the the 75-year-old Israeli premier said. Mrs. Meir did not say how many Israelis were on the western side of the Suez canal or where they had crossed. Egypt took control of the 103-mile-long waterway after its troops stormed across at the outbreak of the current hostilities Oct. 6 and pushed into the Sinai peninsula seized by Israel in 1967. Since then Israeli and Egyptian tanks and artillery have been battl- ing along an uneven front placed by reports from both sides at from three to 10 miles east of the canal. Sadat coupled his missile threat with an announcement he is ready to reopen the canal, closed since the 1967 conflict, and sign a ceasefire leading to a peace conference under United Nations auspices. But he said this would be possible only if Israel pulls out of the Arab Let's not make a deal PHILADELPHIA (CP) Television station KYW-TV here carried an advisory line under the picture of Spiro Agnew during the former vice-president's speech Mon- day night. "Let's Make a Deal will not be seen it said. land it captured in 1967 and guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people. Israel has rejected both de- mands in the past as prior conditions for negotiations. United States transport planes were rushing arms to Israel meanwhile, and a Soviet airlift was reported to be doing the same for the Syrians and Egyptians as the Middle East conflict went into its llth day. 2 killed in crash Two persons were killed this morning in a highway traffic accident near Stirling, 20 miles southeast of Lethbridge. Details of the accident were not immediately available but at least one of the victims was reported to be a Stirling resident. A semi-trailer and a light delivery truck were apparent- ly involved in the accident. Taxes will drop, Turner promises OTTAWA (CP) Reduced income taxes for all Canadians and removal of about taxpayers from federal lists next year were announced today by Finance Minister John Turner. The move, announced in a news release, is in accordance with a tax indexing plan proposed by Mr. Turner in his Feb. 19 budget speech and later approved by Parliament. It is designed to offset the effects of inflation. "The result of this will be to reduce taxes for all taxpayers from the amounts they would be required to pay in the absence of indexing. It is expected that some taxpayers will be dropped entirely from the rolls." The legislation passed by an amendment to the Income Tax Act, provided for major personal exemptions and deductions to be raised each year to reflect changes in the con- sumer price index. "In this the news release stated, "taxpayers will no longer be pushed into higher tax brackets by purely flationary increases in income." The adjustment foi 1974 is obtained by dividing the average consumer price index for the 12 months ended September, 1973, by the corresponding avorage for previous period. The averages used by the department were for the period ended last month and for the period ended September, 1972. "This means that the major personal income tax exemptions and the tax bracket limits are to be raised by 6.6 per cent." Ottawa's amnesty plan attracts aliens By ELMO CIPRIETTI Canadian Press Staff Writer Canada's 60-day blitz to transform illegal residents into landed immigrants ended Monday, and the final-day rush of almost applicants brought the total registered to about Promoted by a advertising campaign, the program offered virtually amnesty to any person who entered the country before last Nov. 30 and stayed il- legally. Private groups to exploit gas Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta Energy Company will leave actual exploitation of the giant Suffield gas reserves to private industry, says Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Don Getty. "We don't want the Alberta Energy Company to get into private the minister now responsible for the AEC said in an interview. "We want it to be an invest- ment company through which Albertans can invest in such projects as Suffield." Mr. Getty will present a position paper on the company at the end of October. The Indian uprising injures three MONTREAL (CP) A vio- lent uprising on the nearby Caughnawaga Indian reserve Monday night left three policemen slightly injured, eight Indians under arrest and heavy damage to police vehicles and property. Tear gas was used to dis- perse more than 100 Indians who stormed the police station, then faded away when between 100 and 150 police equipped with rifles, shotguns, nightsticks and riot helmets moved into the area. The clash followed six weeks of tension on the reserve, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Lachme, where Indians arc campaigning to evict non- Indians from reserve homes Police said the trouble Mon- day began when about 50 In- dians holed up in the recently vacated home of Vincent Me- loche, a non-Indian. The Indians were ejected from the house and eight of them arrested, police said. Shortly afterwards, the stone structure erupted in flames and was burned to a shell. As the eight were led to the local police station, an angry crowd followed, overturning three police cars and damag- ing five more. It was at this point that the three provincial police of- ficers were injured but details were not available. They were treated in hospital but were not seriously hurt. Police said charges of ob- structing police and assault will be laid against the eieht taken in custody. A door and two windows on the police and fire station building were smashed by the crowd which then threw a master switch plunging into darkness the station and a parking lot where police vehicles were located. About 30 police cars, each carrying five officers, patroll- ed the reserve overnight. company, 50 per cent govern- ment owned, will offer the other 50 per cent of its shares to the Alberta public. Private concerns will do the drilling and exploring, Mr. Getty said, with the govern- ment expecting an "adequate share of the profits." The government now owns the vast majority of mineral rights on the huge military training reserve and will give the rights to the AEC which will then exploit the gas field. Plans call for a board of directors of not less than three members and not more than 15. The government will choose the entire board until shares are sold to the public but Mr. Getty remained mum on how the appointments would be decided. That ques- tion will be discussed in his position paper. At the moment, the govern- ment is in the midst of a highly promising evaluation drilling program in the field. Every one of 27 test wells drilled has proved out. Fifty more wells to complete the program should be drilled by- year's end, Mr. Getty said, and the results known by the spring. Saturday coverage in Can- ada's official languages and more than a dozen others, overtime work by im- migration and information of- ficers and a "hell of a lot of hard accounted for the success of the program, an immigration official said A cross-Canada survey by The Canadian Press just after midnight showed illegal residents decided to emerge from hiding on the last day of grace. Allan Duckett, chief of in- formation services for the ministry of manpower and im- migration, stressed that with the deadline of midnight Mon- day night passed, illegal im- migrants no longer have the right of appeal. The immigration ministry's Prairie region reported persons registered Monday in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. An official estimated that the final count will show "several hundred for the three provinces British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories reported 5.138 applicants, about 500 on the last day. One ministry spokesman in Edmonton reported he had a quiet night Monday. He sug- gested the final figures might indicate a large number of 'illegal immigrants did not come forward, possibly because "they were skeptical of the campaign." Kissinger to share peace prize OSLO (AP) United States State Secretary Henry Kissin- ger and North Vietnamese polit-bureau member Le Due Tho were awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize today for their work in bringing an end the Vietnam War. Kissinger and Tho were named over 45 other accepted candidates, including Presi- dent Nixon, President Tito of Yugoslavia and 10 inter- national organizations. The prize was about 000 and will be shared equally between the two winners. The Nobel committee chair- man, Mrs. Aase "Lionaes "a judge and member of Pania ment, announced the decision after the five-member com- mittee reviewed the can- didates for 2V2 hours. Inside ffif m 'My client wishes to plead guilty to the parking offence if you squash the murder charge.' Classified....... 18-21 Comics............ 6 Comment........4, 5 District........... 15 Family..........8, 9 Local News 13, 14 Markets.......... 16 Sports......... 10, 11 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 7 Weather.......... 3 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH WED. M; MAINLY SUNNY.