Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Uthbridae Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1974 28 Pages 15 Cents Plumptre roasts Lalonde over bad hamburger BABY SOLD FOR VANCOUVER eight-month-old boy who was sold for is in the care of the Children's aid Society, and the woman who bought him would like to adopt him. Katherme Pelletier and her husband, Charles, were admiring the baby, and jokingly asked the mother how much she would take for him. The woman said took the bill from Mr. Pelletier who offered as a joke, and walked off after thrusting the baby into Mr. Pelletier's arms. See photo on Page 3. PWA report fails to silence critics OTTAWA (CP) The food prices review board has become involved in another disagreement with the Liberal government, this time over in- spection of ground meat. Board Chairman Beryl Plumptre, fresh from a tiff with Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan over the rotten egg scandal, said Wednesday the government has virtually given meat merchants a licence to sell substandard hamburger Health Minister Marc Lalonde replied that Mrs. Plumptre should become better informed and that germs are no problem if ham- burger is well cooked. He recommended cooking the meat at 160 degrees or more to destroy any health hazards. "That's fine if everyone likes to eat hamburger well Mrs Plumptre shot back at a news conference. She said inspection services by Mr Lalonde's department are inadequate The govern- ment and meat sellers were not doing enough to see that hamburger is safe to eat. But Mr. Lalonde replied in an interview later that to strive for food products without bacteria would be "horrendously expensive "We have to have realistic standards Last June, the board reported that the health department tested only 105 samples of ground beef for bacterial content between January, 1972, and December, 1973. Nixon badmouths Trudeau WASHINGTON (AP) -The defence lawyers contend that a transcript of a White House paper-given to the Watergate cover-up trial jury here attrib- utes to defendant H. R. Halde- man a derogatory statement made about Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau by former president Richard Nixon. The statement was first brought.to the attention of U.S. District Judge John Sfrica at a bench conference Monday by Haldeman's lawyer In the transcript that ac- companied the playing of the tape there is a partial quotation, attributed to Haldeman about asshole was something else." After the tape was played one of Haldeman's lawyers, Frank Strickler, told Sirica, out of the hearing of the jury and spectators in the courtroom that it was an un- fortunate "errata." Strickler told the judge "the statement was not made by Mr. Haldeman. It was the president speaking and the statement made was 'Asshole Trudeau.' And that is the way that should read." John Ehrlichman, another of the five defendants, today submitted a list of corrections of various in the tape and in it he has Nixon saying "That asshole Trudeau was something PM says inflation to hurt NATO aid BRUSSELS (CP) Faced with the pressures of inflation, the defence spending of other NATO countries will have an impor- tant impact on Canada's contribution to the alliance. Prime Minister Trudeaa said today. Government officials said Mr. Trudeau also told a NATO council meeting here that cut- backs on spending in other "Mexican President? It's about your new off find...' Classified.....22-26 Comics .......20 Comment.........4.5 District............17 Family .......18.19 Local News 15.16 Markets ..........21 Sports.........111S Theatres...........7 TV Weather ......3 YouUi LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH FRI. 75; SUNNY, WARM. countries would make it tougher on Canada to main- tain its contributions to the alliance. Canada's contribution to NATO amounts to men based in southern Germany. Defence spending in Canada accounts for about 2.1 per cent of the gross national product An informed source said that average spending in NATO countries is about five or six per cent of the gross national product. Defence Minister James Richardson said recently inflation will place constraints on the Canadian defence budget He suggested that if cutbacks are made, redac- tions should be made in man- power and not in equipment spending. Officials said Mr. Trodeau told the NATO council that the public debate on defence spending some years ago demonstrated Canadians felt it was wiser to stay in defence alliances than to operate alone like Sweden. The officials said it is On schedule The 6th Ave. S. river crossing pro- ject, blessed with warm, sunny weather, is proceeding on schedule. Construction crews from Cana Con- struction of Calgary have completed about a third of the bridge decking on the bridge, begun a year ago. The two-mile project, linking the city centre with University Drive in West Lethbridge is expected to be open for traffic by the year's end. EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government's purchase of Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) was defended Wednesday as the legislature began its fall sitting Premier Peter Lougheed, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Don Getty and In- dustry Minister Fred Peacock joined forces to defend the Aug. 2 purchase, but their comments failed to convince the opposition. Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader, told the legisla- ture there were "gaping holes" in the report presented by Mr. Getty. Provincial New Democratic Party Leader Grant Notley has said the government exhibited "an inexcusable abuse of power" by acquiring the airline through an order-in-council that changed the regulations of the Financial Administra- tion Act. And Alberta Liberal Leader Nick Taylor has called for a judicial inquiry into the purchase The government tabled Wednesday a series of docu- ments on the purchase that were so extensive the page boy could hardly cany the en- tire load Mr, Getty reiterated earlier statements that none of the few persons who had advance knowledge of the purchase at- tempt had any shares regis- tered in the Vancouver-based airline or any beneficial interest in PWA The minister said only cabi- net minSters, two officers, of National whicn agent roir the purchase, the government's solicitor, the deputy provin- cial treasurer and five members of the cabinet secretariat knew of the pur- chase plans ahead of time. Mr Getty defended the price paid by the per common share and 'for. preferred saying that Canada Trust Co., controllers of a major block of shares, told Alberta's agent the province's offers of or a share wereloo low. The company mentioned added. Mr. Clark told the legislature certain aspects of Mr. Getty's report differed from versions given previous- ly by government officials. The Social Credit house leader said in an interview Wednesday, before the legislature began he has information "that shows the government's claim that it purchased PWA to look after the export trade was a fabricated lie." He said a group of city busi- nessmen was prepared to put together an air fleet that could have transported "agricultural production all over the world" but the government undercut their plans by spending million to buy PWA. JLl'.I.Vyk? Cremated body lost in mail TORONTO (CP) The cremated body of a Niagara Penin- sula man, mailed here about two months ago, hasn't arrived, his relatives say. M. A. Cavanagh, operator of a funeral home in Hamilton, said the remains were taken Aug. 22 to a post office in Grimsby, Ont., where the deceased had lived. The box hasn't been since. "It's never happened Mr. Cavanagh said "I sup- pose mail gets lost all the time The six-inch-square box contained the ashes of Michael Klochko, 77, a Ukrainian immigrant who died of pneumonia in Grimsby hospital Aug. 13. Mr. Cavanagh mailed the parcel for 70 cents postage and did not register or insure it He said he has mailed similar parcels with no delays. "Our boys have been checking every village and town in the country, but we've had absolutely no luck finding Barney Barnes, a post office spokesman, said Wednesday "How can anything like that get said Mr. Klochko's wife, Jennie, 68. "Instead of it being over and done with, it just goes on I'm just numb." Alberta needs diversification, -y says Lougheed :r ByALSCARTH HeraW Legislature Bureau Premier Peter Lougheed repeated warnings that Albertans can- not depend on their natural resources for continued prosperity, in a state of the province address Wednesday "We remain deeply con- cerned about this province's ability to sustain its prosperi- ty over the longer he told the opening day of the legislature "Perhaps we have another decade to diversify our he said. The public would leave its children a "sad legacy indeed" if it did not support diversification. One decision by the American government to cut back housing starts turned a healthy lumber industry into one "of desperation." he said The premier also said he was liisappointed in the sup- port the public offered when his government opposed a giant petrochemical complex at Sarnia, Ont Prosecutor named WASHINGTON (AP) At- torney-General William Saxbe appointed Henry Ruth to succeed Leon Jaworski as the special Watergate prosecutor, it was announced Wednesday. He said he Hoped the public and MLA's recognized On- tario -has 51 per cent of Canada's manufacturing in- dustry compared to 42 per cent for Alberta That was where the highly skilled, secure jobs were to be found Health care, early childhood education, help for renters, aid to new homeowners. small businessmen and small farmers had all progressed, he said Seventy per cent of loans made by the Alberta Oppor- tunity Company were being made outside the two major metropolitan areas The average loan of show- ed the loans were going to smaller businesses. The premier took time to emphasize that the federal government's majority in the House of Commons did not ex- tend to Western Canada where 72 per cent of the seats were Progressive Conser- vative The, test of the Liberal government's promises to consider areas not represented in caucus would come with the next budget, he said. Alberta was co- operating with other provinces, despite philosophical differences, to protect their provincial rights to resources. The premier ran out of lime during his remarks which are expected to be concluded tonight Shipping oil by rail feasible, study says VICTORIA (CP) The federal deputy minister of the environment says a feasibility study will soon be released which shows that shipping oil Swm About town Allister FMlay tying into his second piece of anniver- sary cake given him by his staff to celebrate his first year in the city manager post Lethbridge County Coun- cillor MiroB Tomastx query- ing County Manager Bob Gnat about the UIC deduc- tion from his pay check and asking bow a councillor could collect by rail from the Arctic to southern points is at least as feasible as by pipeline. Robert Shaw said in an interview Wednesday that despite the study, however, he believes the best method is a pipeline and a highway. He said the study, con- ducted by Canadian National Railways and CP Rail for the federal government at a cost of 5 million, is expected to be released within two weeks. It examined the technical and economic viability of moving the oil and gas from the Mackenzie Delta and Alaska to Trout River, a com- munity 700 miles north of Ed- monton in the Northwest Territories. At the request of federal Transport Minister Jean Marchand and Premier Dare Barrett, the group is also ex- pected to assess the feasibility of Mr. Barrett's proposal to run a rail line through the Yukon and B.C. to bring Arc- tic and especially Alaskan oil and gas south. Mr. Shaw said that although rail transportation would prove to be feasible, the volume traffic required to ship the oil would be such that it would create environmental problems. He said an obvious problem would be created by. cutting through the Caribou migration trails. probably couldn't get over the tracks safely with a train passing any given point every 20 minutes. He said, however, tint en- vironmental studies already undertaken in the Arctic nave shown that the cariboo will cross a pipeline. Mr. Shaw said drtverson a highway would be forced to stop for herds migration when there are thousands of animals in the nerd. "They can stop, but it's different for a train engineer who has to worry about another train banging into him within 17 minutes." said Mr. Shaw. Quebec kidnappers can stay in France PARIS (API Interior Minister Michel Poniatowski says the kidnappers of British diplomat James Cross are free to remain hi France as political refugees. "We have received no de- mand for Ponia- towski said. He added that France will treat them as political refugees as other refugees seeking Spaniards and referees from Eastern European countries. Poniatowski said the Cana- dians will have this right as long as they commit no illegal acts or attempt to use French territory as base for actions elsewhere. Several members of the kid- nap band or their families are m France They were original- ly allowed to go to Cuba after the 1570 kidnapping in Montreal and arrived in France about two months ago.