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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta COLDER FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY NEAR 40 The LetKbtidge Herald VOL. LXIII 265 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 30 PAGES Police Get Second Wind In Search Lull At Montreal By JACK TRACY MONTREAL (CP) A lull in Montreal's politi- cal kidnap developments today gave police a chance to regroup before pressing on with the search for a gang of terrorist murderers. It was three weeks ago today that the revolution- ary Front de Liberation du Quebec stepped up its reign of terror by kidnapping British diplomat James Jasper Cross from lu's uptown home. The second kidnapping and subsequent murder of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte brought on the country the tightest security ever experienced in peacetime. It was under the shadow of this security that Montrealers held their civic election Sunday and they reflected Mayor Jean Drapeau and his whole slate of Civic Party candidates. Mayor Drapeau had joined with Premier Robert Bourassa in Quebec in appealing to the federal gov- ernment to recognize a state of "apprehended insur- rection" which brought proclamation Oct. 16 of the War Measures Act. Threat Called Hoax An anonymous threat to "blow up" things during the election unless four jailed FLO. members or sympathizers were released was dismissed by police as a hoax. But it gave some electors-an uneasy feeling be- cause past Montreal election days have been turbulent and the FLQ reign of terror which started seven years ago was with a series of bombs. However, only one man was arrested during the day's polling and police said it was the quietest elec- tion in memory. One ronior officer of the provincial police stii. dur- ing the vistend: "We've just been getting our second wind. 'Once we've assessed what has been done so far we'll, be in a better position to decide what the next course will be." Nothing has been beard directly from the FLQ since a week ago Sunday when one of their notes turned up with a letter from Mr. Cross saying ha was well but still in danger of death from his abduc- tors. Roundup Still On Meanwhile, the roundup of FLQ sympathizers and others continued but at a slower pace than when the series of arrests started at dawn Oct. 16 with a pro- clamation of the War Measures Act giving police ex- traordinary powers of search and arrest. Police said that by early today 155 were being held while another 220 had been questioned and re- leased. One of those arrested and released without charge French-Canadian popular singer Pauline Julien, whose separatist leanings are reported to have caused her to refuse to sing for the Queen during a 1964 Royal Visit. She was let out Saturday and came home to find that her teen-age son and daughter, her sister Fabienne and two friends had been held for 24 hours. "I cannot believe that children of that age are a menace to the she said. Cargo Held Up In other developments: Canada placed a weekend embargo on all air freight and express from Quebec points for "se- curity reasons." The embargo was ordered from 4 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. today. Ottawa, Defence Minister Donald Macdonald said in a television interview that proclamation of the War Measures Act was based on a pattern of ter- rorism rather than the discovery of any specific ter- rorist plot. He said there "a pattern of incidents here which, given the revolutionary ideology we're talking about in other situations and in other countries, had escalated itself up into a state of disorder in wlu'cii it will be virtually impossible to carry on the normal processes of government." France a leading member of the governing Gaullist party said tho current Quebec tragedy show- ed clearly that Gen. de Gaulle alone recognized, ear- lier than others, the wish of the Quebec people to af- firm tlie province's own personality. Jean Cliarbonncl, deputy secretary-gen- eral, was speaking of (he general's "vive le Quebec libre" cry when he visited Canada in 1967. "There is no doubt that if tlu's standpoint had been more widely shared, today's explosion would not have he said. London the Sunday Express said in an edi- torial lhat de Gaulle should issue a public statement expressing horror at tlie current events in Quebec be- cause his cry had encouraged the province's sep- aratists. But the editorial added that there should be no attempt to attach responsibility to de Gaulle for tlie events in Quebec. Drapeau Montreal Worst Storm In 48 Years Batters North VICTORY WAVES Mayor Jean Drapeau and his wife, and supporters wave TO newsmen and guests gathered at the City Hall in Montreal after the overwhelming vic- tory in the mayoral election, Sunday. The incumbent Drapeau beat a total of six other candidates in an election under stringent security precautions in the crisis-ridden city. Advanced Missile Systems Reported In Canal Zone TEL AVIV (AP) The chief of Israel's military intelligence department claimed today that .Egypt and the Soviet Union "have set up one of the most advanced missile systems in the world" along tlie; Suez canal. Gen. Aharon Yariv estimated that 500 to 600 missile launchers hud constructed inside tlie 30-mile zone 'just west of tha canal in violation of the cease- fire.', In a rare news conference with foreign correspondents, Yariv also estimated there are about Soviet technicians, advisers and other personnel in the standstill zone. At the same time, he ap- peared to confirm U.S. news- paper reports that Washington had just sold Israel a large quantity of armor and artillery; In reply to a question, he admit- ted that if the reports were ac- curate, "technically tin's is an important contribution" toward offsetting Egypt's new missile advantage. Yariv claimed that since the ceasefire took effect Aug. 7, the number of missile batteries had increased to 40 or 50 from 16. Of these about 40 are inside the standstill zone which ex- tends 18 miles from the western side of the Suez canal, he added. He contended that the 500-600 launchers had been placed Powell: Let's End British Commomvealth LONDON (Reuter) Enoch Powell, Britain's controversial right-wing member .of Parlia- ment, said Sunday he would be pleased to sec the end of the British Commonwealth. Speaking on a BBC radio in- terview, he said: "The sooner the Commonwealth packs itself off, bag and baggage, tlie bet- ter." "The great majority of people in this country, whether we walk out or the rest walk out, would be very happy to see the end of this humbug of Common- the Conservative MP said. within these 40 or so batteries in the standstill zone, with the closest being seven miles from the canal. Replying to a question, he said Israel had observed the ceasefire and standstill faith- fully. Mayor Uses Body As Shield In Felice Slaying Case DETROIT (AP) Acting Mayor Mel Ravitz, who used his body as a shield to guarantee the safe surrender of Black Panthers in a police slaying, says "patience, disicipline and hardheaded common sense" kept the incident from being a "showdown-and-holocaust." Meanwhile, 15 Negroes were charged Sunday with murder in (he shooting death of patrolman Glenn Smith, 26, a Negro. He was shot in the head near the headquarters of the National Committee to Combat Fascism, a Panther organizing group. Court hearings were sched- uled for Friday. Heavily-armed police waited in the shadows for nine hours Saturday night and early Sun- day as black lawyers and a black newspaper wonran en- tered the headquarters and con- vinced 12 of tlie charged youths to give themselves up. ESCORT YOUTHS Ravitz, white, and1 Council- man Nicholas Hood and state Representative James Del Rio, black, .met the youths at the sidewalk of the two-storey build- ing and escorted them to a nearby police vehicle, where ar- rests were made. "It could have been 1967 all over again, and said Havitz, referring to the Detroit riot: three years ago which left 43 dead. Ravitz, Detroit common coun- cil president who is serving as mayor in the absence of vaca- tioning Mayor Roman Gribbs, praised black community lead- ers and the police for then- ac- tions in avoiding further blood- shed. An investigation, he said, would be conducted into the events which led to the shooting of Smith and wounding of an- other black policeman, Marshall Emerson, 25. EDMONTON (CP) The worst October snowstorm in 48 years has crippled transporta- tion in a large section of north- central Alberta. The storm abated early today, but not before 10.2 inches of heavy wet snow had fallen on the city. It was still snowing lightly at 9 a.m. MST today and the temperature was 29 degrees above zero. Nine inches of snow fell Sun- day, breaking the previous record for an October day set in 1919 when eight inches fell within a 24-hour period. The 1919 record was equalled in 1921 and 1522. Trams were not delayed too much but road traffic was haz- ardous as heavy, wet snow piled up on highways. ABANDON CARS Police reported dozens of cars in ditches along most major highways leading to Edmonton, many of them abandoned by their owners. Highway crews worked through the night to clear city streets and outlying highways. Air service virtually was non- existent during the storm. Ed- monton International Airport re- ported only one departure and two arrivals before 5 p.m. com- ,f pared with about 10 of each on s normal day. An airport spokesman said that even if air traffic had been normal, travellers would not have been rble to reach the air- port 15 miles south of the city because of poor highway condi- tions and blocked airport access roads. The RCMP and city police ap- pealed to motorists not to use their cars if possible. Some cars which had left Calgary at noon, police said, took more than eight hours to cover tlie 190 miles to Edmonton. Isolated power failures oc- curred in Edmonton and in St. Albert, northwest of the city and in the eastern suburb of Sher- wood Park. School Strike Talks Stalled EDMONTON (CP) Media- tion talks aimed at: ending a strike by caretakers and maintenance workers stalled during the weekend and public school students stayed home today. The schools were, closed Fri- day when the caretakers and maintenance workers, mem- bars of CUPE Locals 474 and 784, called the strike to back wage, demands. Separate schools are not affected. "it is the first time public schools in the city' have been closed since 1921 when teachers were on strike. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN jyjTSTERIOUS mutterings co'mjng from the base- ment haunts of Stephen Bar- rel, -whose only comment is, "the world will discover it on Halloween" Mr. and Mrs. Randy Coylc joining in the "sticky" business of mar- riage when they found their honeymoon car draped with honey and confetti Fred Petrasnk vowing never to trust to luck again after be- ing stranded on a country road with a flat tire and with no spare. EDMONTON STREET DURING HEIGHT OF STORM Train Near Toronto Sleepy Officials Article Says FLQ Has U.S. Links The Winner? LONDON (CP) An article in The Guardian alleges that the Front de Liberation du- Quebec has links with the revolutionary Weathermen movement in the United States. The newspaper article, by Martin Walker, mentions two connections between the organi- zations, the first by way of a member of a Canadian left-wing group called the May 4 move- ment. The May 4 movement is "a Canadian left-wing organization which is moving steadily to- wards te r r o r i s writes Walker. "Disgusted with the factional- ism of the Canadian New Left, it is creating a rigorous group who train in the country near the article continues. help tu get. American fugitives across the border and into hiding." Walker says tlie second link between the Front de Libration du Quebec and the Weathermen runs by way of the Palestinian Arab guerrillas with whom an FLQ man has been "cultivating relations." SEES CONSPIRACY "It is easy to start thinking in terms of a worldwide conspir- Russia Lodges Air Protest o MOSCOW (API Tile Soviet Union announced today it has lodged a protest with the United States "in connection with the violation of the U.S.S.R. slate border by an American military plane last week." Tlie Soviet news agency Tass a similiar protest was lodged witii the government of Turkey, "drawing serious atten- tion to the fact of the violation of air space by an American plane flying from the territory of Turkey." The statement charged thero had been "moro than 10 unlaw- ful violations in the last three years alone." Soviet authorities granted per- mission Sunday for Consuls Peter C. Swiers and Richard Combs to visit Maj.-Gen. Ed- ward Scherrer, chief of the U.S. military mission in Turkey, and Brig.-Gen. Claude McQuarrie, chief of the mission's Army sec. lion. The pilot of tho generals' Bccchcraft got lost in turbulent weather during a tour at Loni- nakan, just inside Soviet terri- tory. acy among extreme left-wing The Guardian article says. It also mentions links alleged to have been cultivated by the same FLQ representative with the Black Panther party of the U.S. "Yet to talk of an interna- tional conspiracy is to grant tlie movement too much Walker writes. lie says the "underground" route into Canada from the U.S. is primarily "a group of alter- nate easy-crossing points." These include "the wheat- fields south of Regina and Win- nipeg" and border points in British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick which "have sleepy immigration officials who barely flick their eyes at one's papers when they bother to check tlie arliclo Stuns Rivals Victory Loud., Clear MONTREAL (CP) Mayor Jean Drapeau and his Civic party crushed all opposition Sunday to register. one of the most stunning electoral, victo- ries in Montreal history. Promising "the best munici- pal government ever seen any- the 54-year-old mayor took the victory stand to thank Montrealers for their "loud and clear voice" in extending his mandate another four years. Left in the dust of the sweep were six mayoralty candidates and a young opposition party, the Front d'Aclion Politique, which failed to win one place on the 52-seat city council. A record number of voters, slightly more than 50 per cent of the eligible, cast bal- lots. This was almost as many as were eligible to vote in the 1956 election, when 32 per cent of voted. The jump in the eligible fig- ure resulted from population growth and extension of the vote to 18-year-olds for the first time. Mayor Drapeau personally won 92 per cent of Sunday's vote compared with 95 per cent in 1966 WON ALL SEATS His Civic party, meanwhile, carried every council seat with support from roughly 80 per cent the voters. Six of the seats were won by acclamation on norpintaiou day Oct. 13. -LJiiday's election tho Civic party held 46 council seats. Flanked by elected members of his party under hot television lights at the city hall election centre, Mr. Drapeau said in his victory speech: "The verdict given by the people of Montreal reaches be- yond this building. "It reaches the elecled mem- bers of tlie Quebec national as- sembly and of the. House of Commons in Ottawa. "They eyes of the free world turned to Montreal today." Beginning his fifth term as Montreal's chief magistrate, Mr. Drapeau said the result of the election shows that voters in Canada's biggest city reject "false prophets and false preachers not responsible to anyone." The mayor did not specify to whom he was referring, but last week he was handed a damage suit for saying there was a link between FBAP and the terrorist Front de Liberation du Quebec. FRAP categorically denied it. The outlawed revolutionary FLQ, seeking Quebec independ- ence from Canada, has claimed responsibility for the abduction of British envoy James Cross and the kidnap-slaying of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. Less han two hours after the polls closed at 8 p.m., Mayor Drapeau had a 30-lo-l lead over his nearest opponent. By p.m. he had votes while notary Andre Desmarais had HOCKEV STAR LOSES Other aspirants to the may- or's chair were Dr. Claude Longtin, a psychoanalyst and head of the Parti Realiste Ouv- rier, economists Lucien Monette and Joseph Abraham, and Dr. Jean-Guy Robillard. Notable among the long list of losing council candidates were Dr. Henri Bellemare and Jean Roy, two FRAP members held by police for five days under tlie War Measures Act, and Doug Harvey, former hockey great and a candidate for the Montreal parly. New Brunswick O Polls FKEDRICTON (CP) One hundred and fifty-two aspirants to the 58 scats in the provincial legislature receive the voters' verdict today as New Brunswick holds its 26lli general election. The Literal government of Louis J. Robichnud, the peppery Acadian from (lie New Bruns- wick North Shore who has been provincial premier since I960, is bidding for a fourth straight mandate ;