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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta fc .4 at 4. 1 I I i I. Immigrant MI says slurred by Hurlburt Herald News Service OTTAWA John Rodriguez (NDP Nickel Belt) gained little satisfaction Thursday when he demanded retraction of what he called "slurs and scandalous remarks" made Wednesday by Lethbridge Conser- vative MP Ken Hurlburt. The NDP'er was indignant because Mr. Hurlburt at the close of his contribution to the throne speech debate Wednesday had made several sharp retorts to interjections voiced by Mr. Rodriguez during the Alberta MP's speech. Mr Hurlburt at one point in his speech in which he denounced socialism, said the MP from Nickel Belt "should get down at his bed at night and thank God he lives in this country." "He is a man who came from Guyana 14 or 15 years ago, who taught school in this country and has contributed absolutely nothing to it. But he has kept unions and workers riled up and now he is a member of parliament. I tell you it is a sad day for said the Lethbridge member Wednesday. Mr. Rodriguez demanded in the Com- mons Thursday that Mr. Speaker James Jerome order Mr Hurlburt to withdraw those remarks He said they cast a reflection on him KEN HURLBURT as a member. He added that there was an insinuation "that as a member of the teaching profession one makes no useful contribution to our economy and society." "This is a personal insult about my background and my contribution to this country It should not be per- argued the Nickel Belt member. Mr Hurlburt said the member came to this country from Guyana some 14 years ago. He was educated here and makes his living here NDP House Leader Stanley Knowles, quoting from Mr Hurlburt's remarks Wednesday, said he objects to the suggestion that it is "a sad day for Canada when someone born out of the country becomes an MP Even some of Mr. Hurlburt's fellow Conservatives joined in the thunder of desk-thumping applause from Liberal and NDP benches that followed Mr Knowles' remarks. Outside the House, Mr. Hurlburt said he would not retract his statements "because I feel that more of us should be grateful we live in this great country. "He should be a little more thankful that he lives in this great country and discontinue keeping the union workers and the colleges and universities riled up because I think the worst thing we have going for him is this cancerous socialism that's on the move today." Mr. Hurlburt said Mr. Rodriguez' name would never have come up Wednesday if he had not been "heckling me" during the throne speech debate. Mr Rodriguez had interjected: "No more trips to Cuba, Ken." referring to a trip both men took as part of a Parliamentary delegation to that country earlier this year. It is known that there was friction between the two MPs during the Cuban trip. On other issues, Mr. Hurlburt said the breakdown in Canada's relations with the United States is one of the main issues of concern to the people of his constituen- cy. "I should like it to be known that I am definitely not anti-American. I am pro-Canadian. I think that we should be thankful that our neighbour is the United States and that we do not border Red China or Russia." said Mr Hurlburt Bilingualism and socialism were also of concern. He said the people of Lethbridge could not unders- tand why bilingualism was "all right for the rest of Canada but not for Quebec." "They condemn Prime Minister Trudeau for not checking the constitutionality of Bill 22. I drove to Magog Lake and Sawyerville in Quebec and was lost three times. There was not an English sign on the highway. "But if one came to my constituency he would see that we have bilingual signs. There are bilingual signs in Waterton Lakes national park. New signs were recently erected that had the English and French side by side because the old signs were considered dis- criminatory having the French under the English. This is costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars and it should stop." he said. On U.S.-Canada relations he said it was in this country's interests to keep those relations on a good basis. The Americans constitute Canada's largest trading partner and he has seen the day when Canada really needed them such as when the livestock industry is in trouble, said Mr. Kurlburt. businessman dealing for Waterton hotel By AL SCARTH ..xerald Staff Writer Sensitive negotiations are under way to'put a national park hotel into Canadian- hands. "L Fred Weatherup, a Lethbridge businessman, is negotiating to buy the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park, at the centre of a recent nationalistic controversy. Negotiations for the purchase of the hotel by Mr. I Mao stroke story 'rumor-mongering' By JOHN BURNS Special to the Herald PEKING A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Thursday described as "out" and out rumor-mongering" a report in a London newspaper that Chairman Mao Tse-tung suffered a stroke last month. The official telephoned cor- respondents three days after Boston quiet BOSTON (API School at- tendance went up and (sported incidents of violence were down as Boston neared the end of a fifth week of bus- ing for school desegregation. The mayor's office reported no injuries and four arrests in minor incidents Thursday. Weatherup from an American hotel chain have fallen through at least once before. But this time they have reach- ed the stage that federal government interest has been requested, and received. Mr. Weatherup, who has ob- tained an option on the hotel owned by Glacier Inc., wants to upgrade it and turn it into a Canadian-owned operation, The Herald has learned. "Discussion of any business deal is rather Don Hummel, president of Glacier Inc., said Thursday in a telephone interview from his Arizona offices. "There are many dis- cussions that never end in a deal 'newspaper dis- cussions are premature. It is a public airing of something that is completely private." Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains 90 miles southwest of Lethbridge, the hotel has been criticized by the dean of environmental studies at the University oi Calgary for being "over- Americanized." This week, Dean Bill Perks said he was being given the "runaround" by the depart- ment of Indian affairs and northern development, responsible for national parks, about his complaints. He has sent another letter to the department requesting a reply to complaints voiced earlier this year. He IM incized booking procedures at the hotel which required prospective Cana- dian guests to phone Montana for reservations. The official policy has since been changed, with hotel employees claiming it was their practice all along to pay for calls to the central booking office in East Glacier, Mont. Parks officials in the western regional office in Calgary have investigated the complaints but refused to release their findings pending consideration by Judd Buchanan, recently appointed minister of the department. Price tag for the hotel is believed to be in the range of million. Completed in 1927, it was bought by the Hummel chain of hotels from the Great Northern Railway 14 years ago. It has always been American-owned. the ministry was asked to comment on a report carried by The Daily Telegraph. The paper said the political life of the 80-year-old Chinese leader was practically at an end as a result of the stroke. The article was written by the paper's Communist af- fairs correspondent. It cited Western businessmen who have had recent contact with senior Chinese leaders as the source of its information. Observers here noted that daring the past six weeks Chairman Mao has met five slate visitors, the most recent one only last week. The meet- ings have taken place at an on- disclosed location outside Pe- king, possibly at Mao's favorite retreat in (he resort city of Hangchow. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1974 15 Cents 28 Pages Regal leap Prince Phillip, followed by an unidentified man, shows some royal agility as he vaults a fence at Bromont, Que., 40 miles from Montreal. The duke was on an inspection tour of equestrian facilities for the 1976 Olympics. Ulster disorder spreads in night of riots, arson BELFAST (AP) A bomb in a car exploded in front of a school in a Roman Catholic district of Belfast today, and first reports said 12 persons, including several children, were injured. Immediately after the ex- plosion a gun battle broke out between troops and snipers, hindering rescue operations. Earlier, terrorist gunmen shot down two men near the centre of the city after a night of riots and arson. The two iflen were shot from a car during the morning rush hour. Police said the shootings were typical of sectarian gangs who have taken 16 lives in the last month, most of them Roman Catholics. Both men were taken to Bel- fast Royal Victoria Hospital. Their conditions were not im- mediately known. During the night more than 20 major fires were started in Belfast and other centres. Rioters in Armagh, the ec- clesiastical capital, hijacked three trucks and burned them with their cargoes of beef, butter and television sets. Seven buses together worth more than went up in smoke in Balymo- ney. County Antrim. Jim Sullivan, Belfast city councillor, and a supporter of the leftist Official Irish Republican Army, said that British troops rounded up hundreds of Roman Catholics in Belfast's Lower Falls area late Thursday night. "It reminded me of films I have seen of the Germans rounding up the Sullivan said. Maire Drumm. a political spokesman for the nationalist Provisional IRA, told a re- porter: "I have had phone calls all night reporting mass arrests throughout the area." An army spokesman said the arrests followed rioting in the Falls area and totalled more than one hundred. All but two. he said, were releas- ed soon after midnight. Other sources said that 50 men were arrested and marched off in military fashion from the neighboring Clonard district and 20 in the downtown Markets area, the scene of riots since Tuesday. The unrest in Northern Ire- land erupted into violence this week after republican prisoners wrecked their huts in the Maze and Magilligan camps, which together hold more than 2.000 convicted or guerrillas. Cover-up charged in egg 'scandal' About town Nanton returning officer Roy Hallett refusing to give The Herald the election totals for three candidates losing in the town's council race saying he didn't want to embarrass them. OTTAWA (CP) The parliamentary inquiry into egg marketing began Thurs- day with Progressive Conser- vative James McGrath charg- ing that Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan covered up the rotten egg scandal for political reasons. Mr. McGrath