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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY TUtSDAY 45-70 FOHKA5T HIGH The Lethbridae Herald VOL. LXIII No. 259 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS- SECTIONS 18 PAGES House Passes Act BODY IN TRUNK The body of Pierre Laporte, Quebec labor minister shot to death after being kidnapped from his home Oct. 10, lies in the trunk of a car at St. Hubert Airport, south of Montreal. Unity Calls Echo Above Mad Cries By THE CANADIAN PRESS .A call for.unity echoed above the sounds of indigna- tion and sadness across Canada Sunday following the killing Saturday of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre La- porte. There was even a call for the government to take "these leaders before a firing squad and warn them that unless they tell everything .they will lose 10 lives for each of their assassinations." That pronouncement came from the federal Credi- taste Real Caouette, who also called the terror- ists "unscrupulous, killers." Attorney-general Edgar Gerhart of Alberta said Canadians find it difficult to believe the killing could happen in this country and that "those responsible are mad dogs and should be treated as such." Mr. Laporte 49, had been kidnapped In front of his home a week earlier and five days after British diplomat James (Jasper) Cross, also 49 was kidnapped from his home. Authorities say they believe Mr. Cross is still alive. Prime Minister Trudeau's repeated calls to Cana- dians to remain calm and united were echoed by Op- position Leader Robert Stanfield Sunday. T. C. Douglas, New Democratic Party leader urged an Intensified manhunt for the terrorists responsible for a dastardly and heinous crime." Most Express Sadness The predominant reaction tended to cast a pall of shame over the crime, with most leaders expressing sadness or even disbelief. Premier John Robarts of Ontario said it might give "some indication of the senseless type of person with whom We are dealing." Premier Robert Bourassa, in a statement early Sunday, said the Quebec labor minister was a "victim of terrifying hatred that Quebecers have not experi- enced before." Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau said he hopes this tragedy "will open the eyes of people generally and give to all men in public office the courage to continue serving the people." From Premier Joseph Smallwood in Newfoundland, who said it "has shamed all Canadians in the eyes of the to Attorney-General Leslie Peterson of Brit- ish Columbia, who said it removed "any doubts as to whether we should be the feeling was one of support for federal unity. Premier G. I. Smith of Nova Scotia described the slaying as "a brutal and senseless crime against all Canadians." Premier Louis J. Robichaud of New Brunswick ex- pressed sorrow and cancelled visits scheduled for Sun- day in Ms campaign for the Oct. 26 provincial election. Premier Harry Slroin was away from the provincial capital and unavailable for comment, but Alberta's Op- position Leader Peter Lougheed said Albertans "should rally around the federal authorities to ensure there is unity in this nation." Manitoba Premier Ed Schreycr was shocked but said "the possibility had remained in my mind." "After all Uiey are a terrorist lie said. Should Be Shot Manitoba Highways Minister Joe Borowski said "tlie butchers should be hunted down like mad dogs and shot." In Edmonton, Dr. Roger Motut spokesman for Die Alberta French Canadian Association, said the FLQ has had little support from tire people of Quebec and after the killing "is going to have even less." The Communist Party of Canada condemned the killing of Mr. Laporte. "Assassination and acts of terrorism are not acts of genuine said General Secretary Wil- liam Kashtan. Arrested Under War Act TORONTO (CP) Christo- pher Ewing, 21, was arrested Sunday by the RCMP under the War Measures Act. Ewing's counsel, Clayton Ruby, said he would appear in court today to bring a motion of habeas corpus for his release on the grounds that the act, pro- claimed by the federal govern- ment last Friday is unconstitu- tional. Mr. Ruby said Ewing was held for eight hours before being permitted to call his coun- sel and is being denied bail. Mr. Ruby said Ewing came to Canada from the United States in January and moved from Montreal to Toronto in August. An RCMP spokesman eon- firmed that Ewing had been ar- rested but gave no further infor- mation. Canada Party Branch Folds EDMONTON Ed- monton branch of the Domin- ion of. Canada Party was dis- solved during the weekend af- ter its directors decided Can- ada is in chaos and that the party had failed in its objec- tives. The branch, established last spring and which said it had about 200 members in the city, issued a news release Sunday announcing the directors, had made the decision Friday. The organization was formed to "attempt to maintain die princples of the British North America Act which had sus- tained, Canada as a united na- tion over 100 years and to pro- test the divisions of the nation resulting from legislation of the bilingual Gerry Beck, the branch's executive secre- tary said in the release. Second Killer Storm Strikes MANILA (AP) Typhoon Kate, the second killer storm to hit tlie Philippines in a week, swept across southern Minda- nao today, and 13 persons were reported dead, 29 missing and hundreds homeless. Kate's centre winds blew as high as 135 miles an hour, but they diminished sharply inland. Typhoon Joan hit the central Philippines last Tuesday. Offi- cial reports put the toll at more than dead, but later news reports said more than 620 were killed. f f Government Offer For Cross Stands MONTREAL (CP) A government offer to give terrorist kidnappers of British diplomat James Cross safe passage to Cuba stands today, despite the murder of a second kidnap victim, Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. A letter from Mr. Cross Sunday said he was still pliye and asked authorities to arrange for his release Toy meeting the main ransom demand of the Front de Liberation du Quebec passage to Cuba or Algeria for 23 "political prisoners." Mr. Cross, 49, was kidnapped at his Montreal home two weeks ago today. BULLET OR STRANGLED Mr. Laporte, also 49, was killed at p.mi EDT Satur- day, a week almost to the min- ute after Ms. abduction from his St. Lambert home on the south shore of the St. Lawrence across-from'Montreal. An autopsy report was to be issued later today on whether he died from a bullet or from strangulation. Negotiations between the gov- ernment and a contact for the kidnappers collapsed Thursday night and the government Fri- day invoked the War Measures Act, outlawed the FLQ and gave police power to arrest without warrant FLQ members or ad- herents. 319 DETAINED By early today 319 persons were being detained in the in- vestigation, 183 in Montreal, the others in Quebec City, Sher- brooke, Hull and five other Quebec centres. Police Sunday issued war- _ rants for the arrest-oft. Marc L note from the FLQ .was Carbonneau, 37, a taxi driver, the Place des Arts cut tural centre in downtown Mont- real. An anonymous call at p.m. Saturday tipping a radio .station about the note came just two hours before Mr. Bourassa issued his offer to the kidnap- pers of safe passage to Cuba for release of the men. The offer said: "The kidnappers, their weapons, and OTTAWA (CP) By a vole of 190 to 16 the Commons today approved the government's pro- clamation of the War Measures Act outlaw ing the terrorist Front de Liberation du Quebec. The Liberals were supported in the vote by the Conserva- tives, Creditistes and four NDP members. NDP MPs voting with the government were: Frank How- ard Barry Mather Max Bailsman (Wa- and Cuban consulate act as in- termediaries in trading his free- dom for that of 23 men in prison or about to be tried for terrorist acts. He reiterated the FLQ's claim in earlier notes that police would never find the place Where he is being held. The search has been pressed for two weeks now and troops were brought into Montreal Thursday partly to free more police for the investigation. FOUND IN CAR Mr. Laporte's body was found at a.m. Sunday in the trunk of a pale green Chevrolet, the1 same car in which he was abducted. It was abandoned near the St. Hubert airfield, where paratroopers were flown in from Edmonton Friday. St. Hubert is a few miles south of the Laporte home in St. Lambert. Discovery of the body caine and Paul, Rose, 27, a teacher, charging them with kidnapping in both cases. Both are Canadi- ans whose mother tongue is French. Public reaction in Quebec and the rest of Canada to the assas- sination of Mr. Laporte, sec- ond-ran king figure in the Quebec cabinet, was united in condemning the act. Support for government action in rooting out the FLQ was hardening. Rene Levesque, leader of the separatist Parti Quebecois, called the .assassins "inhuman beings." He urged that everything pos- sible be done to save Mr. Cross's life and said the federal government, by taking a hard line with the kidnappers, bore "a heavy responsibility" for Mr. Laporte's death. Prime Minister Trudeau flew to Montreal Sunday to confer, under heavy security, with Quebec Premier Robert Bour- assa and Mayor Jean Drapeau. BODY LIES IN STATE Mr. Trudeau returned to Ot- tawa after going to the heavily- guarded courthouse on Notre Dame Street where Mr. Laporte is lying in state. Mr. Laporte is survived by His wife, daughter Claire, 20, and son Jean, 10. IBs grief-stricken mother was among members of the family to view the body. Later thousands of Montreal- ers began filing past the open coffin. Burial will be Tuesday. The Sunday letter from Mr. Cross was fbund'in an cast-end church after an anonymous tele- phone call to a local radio sla- tion. "Early this morning I have seen my death announced on the British trade commissioner said in the letter. "This was terrible." He asked that the Red Cross retaining accompa- nied by Mr. Cross and Mr. La- porte, should come by the Con- cordia bridge to Man and His World, the place designated by an agreement between the gov- ernment of Canada and the gov- ernment of Cuba, as being an extension in Montreal of the Cuban consulate." A federal' spokesman said Sunday the offer to have a pris- oner exchange at the bridge to Expo 67's St. Lawrence River island site remained in effect even after the finding of the Quebec cabinet minister's body. WANTED FOR KIDNAPPING Marc Carbonneau (top) and Paul Rose (bottom) are being sought by Quebec Pro- vincial Police for the kidnappings of James Cross and Pierre Laporte. Warrants charging them with the kid- nappings havo been issued. Tipped By Neighbor Find Hideout ST. HUBERT, Que. (CP) Police today charged into an empty house they believe was the hideout where kidnappers held Pierre Laporte for a week before killing him Saturday. Detective-Sergeant Albert Lis- acefc of tiie provincial police said "we got, an indication" from a neighbor that one of two men sought on warrant were in the house. Descriptions and photos of the two men, Paul Rose, 27, and Marc Carbonneau, 37, were dis- tributed Sunday, several hours after the body of Mr. Laporte, JAMES CROSS .....still alive PIERRE LAPORTE .murdered Sadat: Arabs Will Accept Extension CAIRO (Renter) President Anwar Sadat said today Egypt would accept one 90-day exten- sion of the Suez canal ceasefire on the condition United Nations peace envoy Gunnar Jarring re- sumes effective contacts for a peace settlement. Sadat, addressing army offi- cers at general command head- quarters, said if Egype received assurances that Jan-ing's mis- sion voiilu be effectively re- sumed and accepted a further ceasefire, "this will be for n single period." "I will not accept any repeti- he added. Tlio present ceasefira ends Nov. 5. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN ATTENDING the TOPS convention as an onlook- er, Joan Watcrficld wonder- ing if she could join after she popped the button on her slacks Ted Robley and Red Fricklelon, newly-elect- ed Nanton town councillors, realizing tbat both of them lived in houses formerly oc- cupied by the" Ted Johnson family and wondering if the houses brought them good luck. Quebec labor minister, was found in the trunk of a car parked behind a St. Hubert air- port hangar a half-mile from the house. Sgt. Lisacek said it was thought Rose might have been in the St. Hubert houss. He told reporters: "A light Was on when I ar- rived. I knocked and there was no answer. I broke down two doors. You have to do that be- cause maybe there is a guy be- hind a door and he might plug HOUSE EJIPTY The house was empty and Sgt. Lisacek then called in army demolition experts to search the building for any dynamite boo- by-traps. Stanley Gardner, a neighbor, said he noticed strange goings- on recently at the house in this town eight miles south of Mont- real. "They came in at odd he said. "They had more cars and friends than usual." He described the occupants as two men and a girl who looked "between hippies and ordinar- ies." But "this is all a surprise to .me." Sgt. Lisacek said "we believe it is where Laporte was held." There was blood on the floor and signs of physical violence when he entered the frame bun- galow. terloo) and Harold Winch (Van- couver S t a n d i n g s in the 264-seat House: Liberal 152, Conserva- tive 72, NDP 23, Creditiste 13, Independent 1, vacant three. The Independent is Speaker Lu- cien Lamoureux who would only vote in event of a tie. All 16 opposing votes come from the New Democratic Party. Voting for the motion were 128 Liberals, 52 Conserva- tives, six Creditistes and four NDP members. The 16 opponents of the mo- tion were: New Democrat Leader T. C. Douglas David Lewis (York Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Arnold Peters (Timis- Tom Barnett (Comox- Andrew Brewin (To- ronto David Orli- kow (Winnipeg Grace Maclnnis (Vancouver Kings- 'John Gilbert (Toronto Ran Harding (Ko- otenay West) Edward Broad- bent John Burton (Regina John Skoberg (Moose Lome Nystrom Mark Rose (Fraser Valley West) and Ron Thomson (Bal- The motion approved by the Commons reads: "That the House approves the action of the government hi in- voking the powers of the War Measures Act to meet the state of apprehended insurrection in the province of Quebec as com- municated to the.prune minister by the government of Quebec and the civic authorities of Montreal and further approves the orders and regulations tabled today by the prime min- ister on the clear understanding that the proclamation invoking the powers as contained in the regulations will be revoked on or before April unless a resolution authorizing their ex- tension beyond the date speci- fied has been approved by the House." CALL FOR UNITY Opposition support for the mo- tion came after Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield called for a "day of unity" in the aft- ermath of the terrorist killing of kidnapped Quebec Labor Minis- ter Pierre Laporte. Moments before the vote on the government motion the House unanimously agreed to the withdrawal of a Conserva- tive amendment that Would have revoked the regulations under the War Measures Act at the end of this month. The gov- ernment motion puts the end of Uia regulations at April Among the Conservatives vot- ing" for the government motion was former prime minister John Diefenbaker. During the unusual 14-hour debate on the government mo- tion the deaUi of Mr. Laporte became known Conservatives and NDP members opposed the govern- ment's action' and said they planned to vole against the move in today's roll call. Credi- tistes supported the government in debate. But Mr. Laporte's death, along with a promise from gov- ernment House Leader Allan MacEachen to bring in special legislation within a month to deal with the Front de Libera- tion du Quebec, swung over- whelming support to the govern- ment side. Several opposition spokesmen, including Mr. Douglas, had urged the government to bring in such legislation to deal spe- cifically with the Quebec terror- ists instead of using the far- powers of the War Measures Act. TRUDEAU APPLAUDED Earlier, to echoing applause from all sides of the Commons, Prime Minister Truo'eau said today Quebec terrorists are trying to destroy the nation but "they will not succeed." Fearing New Quebec Clash Doctors Return To Work OTTAWA (CP) Quebec medical specialists ended their 10-day strike today at the behest of leaders who publicly raised the prospect that violence may spread in Quebec. A specially-summoned meet- ing here of an estimated doctors put an end by voice vote to a walkout that began Oct. 8 over Quebec's medical care in- surance plan. Dr. Raymond Itobillard, pres- ident of the Federation of Quebec Medical SpedaOiato, is- sued a brief statement announc- ing the conclusion of tlie strike on behalf of the federation's members. A few minutes earlier Dr. D. L. Kippcn of Winnipeg, presi- dent of the Canadian Medical Association, told a news .confer- ence the step was taken because of "possible emergency medical requirements" in Quebec and "continued escalation of the na- tional crises." He denied any suggestion that the specialists were using this confrontation with the Quebec government which is armed since last Friday with laws to force them back to work. DANGER OF CLASH B. E. Freamo, CMA executive secretary, spoke of confidential information in the doctor s' hands indicating danger of a clash between Montreal stu- dents and armed troops mobi- lized under the War Measuro Act in response to terrorist kid- nappings. ;