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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Ottawa to make certain park hotel caters to Canadians The American operators of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park might be taken to court if they don't cater to Canadian tourists, says Judd Buchanan, federal minister of Indian and northern affairs. Mr. Buchanan says the business licence of the hotel will be altered next year "to the effect that Canadian business not be subject to American constraints." The minister made the statement in a letter to Bill Perks, dean of environmental studies at the University of Calgary. Dean Perks has been, waging a personal nationalistic war with the hotel. He was irate that prospective Canadian guests had to phone a central booking office in Montana for reser- vations in the national park hotel, 90 miles southwest of Lethbridge. He had other com- plaints about Canadians not being able to squeeze in between mass bookings of American charter tours. "To make sure that this situation does not writes Mr. Buchanan, "we will endorse the business licence to be issued to the company next year to the effect that Canadian business not be subject to American constraints, and that they have equal access to the facilities. "Any violation of this condition would provide us with recourse through the courts, which we do not now says Mr. Buchanan. "We hope, of course, that such an eventuality will not arise, nor do we think it will." Mr. Buchanan says Glacier Inc. which owns the hotel has assured Ottawa "that Canadian visitors are welcome, and it' will no longer be necessary for them to phone the American office to obtain a reservation." Without being specific, Mr. Buchanan says the government has already "taken certain action to bring about more of a Canadian character to the operation of the hotel" and will be monitoring its operations next year. But, he says, "the fact remains that, like many other enterprises in Canada, the parent company is American." The government would rely to a great extent on people like Dean Perks to inform it of "any the minister says. Meanwhile, Dean Perks, reached at a meeting in Ottawa Monday, was not satisfied with the minister's response to his complaints. "My reaction is that it doesn't go far Dean Perks said. "It should be brought back un- der Canadian management. "To make it a proper hotel, there must be capital go back into it and it must be developed into a bigger hotel. For somebody to rescue it now would take quite a bit of money." He said there were measures available to Ot- tawa under the trade and industry act which could help Canadians purchase the hotel. He applauded a bid by Fred Weatherup, Lethbridge businessman, to buy it. "I think it's great a Canadian wants to buy he said "I hope the federal government will co operate and lend whatever assistance it can to make it a viable operation for Canadian tourism. "It's a grand, historic hotel, in a national park." Father killed trying to save son from fire The UtHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1974 15 Cents 24 Pages CARDSTON (HNS) Joe Pitcher, 22, and his son Chad, almost two, died this morning when fire destroyed the Pitcher home 1.5 miles northeast of the Woolford elevators, about 10 miles east of here. Firemen from Cardston were called to the scene short- ly after 6am today. They were unable to save the dwelling No other buildings were damaged. It is believed the fire may have been started in the two storey farm home by a faulty oil stove. Mr. Pitcher, his wife and baby daughter were sleep- ing on the ground floor, while the two year old boy was sleeping upstairs. The hus- band managed to get his wife and baby safely outside the house and went back into the house to rescue his son. Firemen recovered the boy's body from the debris about 10 a.m. today. They were still searching for the father Coroner Bob Russell was at the scene but had an- nounced no decision on an in- quest. Mrs. Pitcher, the former Jean Hough, and her daughter were taken to her parents home in Cardston. Two fire trucks, one owned by the town of Cardston and the other by the municipal dis- trict attended the scene. Mr. Pitcher, son of Woolford farmer Lorin Pitcher, was a native of the district He had attended school at Ricks College, Rex- burg, Idaho, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and the University of Lethbridge in pursuing studies leading to a teaching degree in athletics. However, this spring he decided to return to the farm and work with his father. Funeral arrangements have not been completed Mao well The Times of London Poul Hartling, the Danish premier, said here today that he found Chairman Mao Tse- Tung alert and well informed when he met him at a secret destination yesterday. Alberta softens oil tax stand BRYON LLOYD BELSHER, 18, DIED IN TWO-CAR CRASH mars Margaret's fainting triumphant visit to Paris City records first fatality in two years PARIS (CP) A momen- tary fainting spell by Margaret Trudeau slightly marred an otherwise triumphant morning for Prime Minister Trudeau as he continued his official visit here today. While Trudeau was holding talks with French Premier Jacques Chirac, Mrs. Trudeau went to an exhibition of im- pressionist paintings with Mrs Valery Giscard d'Eslaing, wife of the French president Mrs. Trudeau, stylishly- dressed in a black dress with a white turtle-neck blouse, fainted at the exhibition and was immediately taken to her hotel. She later attended an of- ficial welcome by the city of Bans where she beard her hus- band describe himself as "a dis- tipie of Paris." Observers said Trudeau's speech received unusually warm applause. Trudeau was once again Classified........18-21 Comics.............8 District............15 Local Markets...........22 Theatres.............7 TV.................6 Weather. LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH TUBS. 7t; SUNNY, WINDY. There's someone the praised highly for his personal qualities by the president of the Paris council, Yves Milhoud, as be was Monday by Giscard d'Estaing and Chirac. Mrs. Trudeau was attended by a doctor from the Elysee Palace after she was taken ill. After the doctor saw the prime minister's wife she was able to continue to follow the official program. The prime minister began the second and last day of his visit to France by meeting Emil Van Lennep, secretary- general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and later met with Chirac. "We are getting things mov- Trudeau said after his 40-minute meeting with Chirac, "both as regards bilateral relations and Canada's relations with the European Economic Com- munity." Later in the day, Trodeau was to have a second meeting with Giscard d'Estaing. The prime minister's meeting with Van Lennep lasted longer titan initially planned. He is understood to have asked Van Lennep's views on world economic prospects, particularly in view of the energy crisis. An 18-year-old Lethbridge youth became Lethbridge's first traffic fatality in more than two years Monday when he was killed in a two car collision at the interesection of 4th Avenue and 15th St. 5. Dead is Bryon Lloyd Belsher, 1417 Aspen Road, son of J. Merv Belsber of the same address and Edythe Belsher of Calgary.. Mr. Belsher was a Grade 12 stu- dent at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. Lethbridge city police say Mr. Belsher was northbound on 15th Street S abort p.m. when his car was in colli- sion with a car eastbound on 4ih Avenue driven by Ronald William Low, 41, of Van- couver, B.C. Mr. Belsher was the lone oc- cupant of his vehicle. Mr. Low and his wife Korina were unin- jured in the accident Mr. Belsher was taken to St. Michael's hospital with critical bead injuries where he died at p.m., police say. The accident is still under investigation by city police. There has been no decision about an inquest The last fatality in Lethbridge occurred on July when an 18 year old California youth died of in- juries following an accident at 5th Avenue and 21 St South. Herald Ottawa Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta government is prepared to alter petroleum royalty structures should Ot- tawa press forward with its contentious resource taxation proposals, two provincial Cabinet ministers said here Monday. The ministers said Alberta has not softened in opposi- tion to the measures con- tained in the May 6 budget. But they told a news conference that the "health" of the petroleum industry will take precedence over princi- ple should Ottawa re- introduce the same proposals in a new budget expected in mid-November. The statement by Intergov- ernmental Affairs Minister Don Getty and Provincial Treasurer Grodon Miniely followed an hour-long" meeting here with federal Finance Minister The public admissam that Alberta is prepared Jb move from its previous position marks a major turning point in the longstanding stalemate between Ottawa and the provinces on the resource tax- ation issue. In effect, the provincial ministers told Turner that Alberta would not use the petroleum industry as a pawn in its junsdictional battle with Ottawa. "If the federal budget is in our view potentially damaging, we as the Alberta government will do what we can, will take what steps we can, to make sure that the in- dustry stays Miniely said. Getty also told the news conference that Alberta has prepared a "contingency plan" to deal with eventuali- ties of the new federal budget. The Alberta reaction to the meetings with Turner was in sharp contrast to a similar session only hours earlier in Victoria with B.C. Premier Dave Barrett. Barrett was intransigent in his opposition to the federal proposals. He said B.C. would not with- draw or change its newly im- posed mining royalties, regardless of what the new federal budget proposes. "Our measures must Barrett said, adding that be believed the resource industries were being under-taxed. During the past five days. Turner has held meetings with representatives of the govern- ments of all four western provinces. PWA TAKEOVER j- RANKLES RENSON OTTAWA (CP) The Canadian transport commission intends to take the Alberta government to task over the manner in which it acquired Pacific Western Airlines last August, CTC chairman E. J. Benson indicated Monday. He told the Commons transport committee Alberta did not in- form the CTC of its intention to purchase the Vancouver-based airline and as a result no public hearings into its proposal were held Such hearings are normally required under the National Transportation Act in the case of takeovers among transporta- tion companies t Mr. Benson said Alberta, told the CTC itdid not feel it had to notify the commission because, under itsjnterpretation of the act, only a company or person need notification of a takeover bid. Alberta did not feel it was'a "person" under the meaning of the _ However, the CTC subsequently has obtained legal opinions that the Alberta government does meet the definition of a "per- son" and has notified it that it wants the province to follow the normal practice set out in the act. This means CTC will request the province to notify the com- mission of its intent and possibly to attend public hearings at which-other companies that might be affected could intervene and object. Race riots kill 49 in Mozambique LOURENCO MARQUES (AP) At least 49 persons were reported killed Monday in racial violence following a clash between demobilized white Portuguese troops and black soldiers of the new Mozambique government. Authorities at the central hospital confirmed the death toll today and put the number of injured at about 160. The dead included 22 whites, IS blacks and one other person whose race could not be deter- mined, hospital officials said. Violence broke out in the ra- cially-tense capital when a group of demobilized Portu- guese troops attacked four black troops of the Mozambi- que Liberation Front outside a crowded sidewalk cafe. The Portuguese seized the Frelimo soldiers' guns and drove off in an open track, shouting: "Let's go get our guns and give these men a les- son" They returned about 30 min- utes later with machine-guns and hand grenades and opened fire on Frelimo troops guarding the office of the new- spaper Noticias. As rush-hour crowds ran in panic, the Frelimo men re- turned- the fire and killed at least four of the Portuguese. The gunfire and grenade blasts continued for almost half an hour. Then Portuguese troops arrived in armored cars, but the Portuguese at- tackers had scattered. Africans in the city. Mozam- bique's capital, retaliated with attacks on buses, cars and pedestrians. Hospital authorities reported 41 deaths. Portuguese authorities said the Portuguese army and the Frelimo troops were in full control of the city today, but government broadcasts appealed to the public to re- main at home. It 2as the second major out- break of violence in Lourenco Marques since Portugal agreed Sept. 7 to grant independence next Jane to its big colony in southeast Africa. Claresholm Centre chief fired Swn About town Newly elected Fort Macleod Com. Ralph arriving at Monday's organizational meeting one hoar late, bat being saved by a dock that has never been changed to daylight saving time. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Stu Christie, director of the Claresholm Care Centre, has been fired by the department of health and social develop- ment Brace Rawson, the depart- ment's chief deputy minister, toW The Herald Monday Mr. Christie, who was suspended from his job Aug. 30, was re-' lieved this week of all respon- sibilities with the depart- ment. The action was a result of a departmental investigation at the centre as well as a police investigation, which_ is con- tinuing. Mr. Christie was initially suspended following a routine audit of the care centre's fi- nancial records. Mr. Rawson would not com- ment on reasons for fte firing pending completion of the po- lice investigation. The police were called in as a resolt of the audit Sgt Robert McEachern of the RCMP's fraud section in Calgary is heading the in- vestigation Mr Christie, who received his notice from Mr. Rawson Monday, said he did not want to comment on the contents of the letter until he contacted his lawyer today. Mr Christie has been execu- tive director in charge of the 350-patienl extended care centre since February Prior to that appointment, he had served as business manager of the centre since about 1968. Mr. Rawson said the de- partment woald be taking applications for the executive director's position Joan Mc- Donald, director of nursing in the centre for the care of persons with physical and mental impairments, has been acting director. As executive director, Mr. Christie was in charge of. both the Claresholm and Ray- mond Home ;