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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta ARMER FORECAST HI6H SATURDAY NEAR 60 The Lethbridae Herald VOL. LXIII No. 269 LETHBRIDGE, ALBEHTA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Guaranteed Income Seen For Farmers OTTAWA (CP) The federal government Thurs- day proposed1 what amounts to a guaranteed annual income for the western grains industry as. a whole, but individual farmers would still have to scurry to get their share. The proposals for a new grams policy for west- ern farmers was tabled in the Commons by Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, who said they would be turned into legisla- tion as soon as farm groups made representations on them. One major proposal is aimed at stabilizing the gross receipts of grain producers. The plan would attempt to stabilize incomes throughout the industry by setting up a fund into which farmers each year would pay a percentage of their crop income. That fund would 'guarantee the industry would not, even in a disastrous grain year, be forced to subsist at a level lower than its average receipts for the previous five years. If there wasn't enough money in the fund in a particular crop year to make up this deficit, the fed- eral government would make up the deficit with a grant. Govt. Pays More Mr. Lang estimated outside the Commons that, based on actuarial statistics for recent years, the gov- ernment would end up paying at least slightly more than the farmers toward the plan. Individual farmers would receive payments from the fund based on their sales in that year plus their sales in the two preceding years. The report explained this formula as an encourage- ment for farmers to choose their crops wisely. By doing so they could sell more than their neighbors during bad times and be eligible for relatively-higher benefits. The choice of crops main basi? tor the'pfrpcosls. "W- -s r The government plans to spend .million'a year on research into the best long-range grains to raise, the best way to raise them and in'keeping the farm- ers informed of what crops will sell best for the long- est period. In this way the government hopes to induce farm- ers to be more selective in the crops they grow and at the same time encourage them to stick with a crop that has a long-term potential in preference to one with greater immediate gain. Get Payments Farmers now get initial payments from a crop pool based on sales expectations for the current usually lower than the anticipated final selling price. As a result the pools seldom show a deficit. Under the new proposal, these payments would be based on sales expectations for future years, adding further incentive for the producers to stay.with their chosen crop. Crops included under the proposals are wheat, barley, oats, flaxseed, rapeseed and rye. The proposals, if finally adopted, would-be effec- tive as of last Aug. 1, the beginning of this crop year. The government would pick up the whole tab for tlie industry income guarantee in the current crop year, which the report said would probably be more than million. Tlie proposals also put pressure on farmers to make crop choices it considers favorable in more ob- vious ways. Storage payments for wheat under the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act would be terminated. "By taking .tlie proposed the report says, "wheat would become less of a preferred crop, easing the pressure to Aim At Exports As well, tlie government would "aggressively pur- sue a policy of substantially increasing exports of feed grains, principally barley." Tlie. incentive program begun last year to encour- age the conversion of grain land to hay and pasture would be continued, with hopes of converting an ad- ditional four million acres to gross in (lie next three years. The government would also commit itself to an- nouncing initial prices for wheat, oats and barley by March 1 each year. Paul Babey, president of Unifarm, representing 000 of Alberta's farmers, said the income stabilization proposals would help prevent fluctuations. "But we would want to assure ourselves that tlie level is high enough to maintain incomes so that farmers can continue at production." He said Canadian grain producers have no price protection and must compete with farmers in coun- tries protected by heavy subsidies.. He was surprised the government proposal to put million a year into product research and promo- tion. Unifarm has recommended that farmers support this type of program with a check-off from their in- comes. "If the government puts up tlie money, it may want too much say. With a check-off, the producers would be masters in their own house." Government Offers For Hospital Plan Frank Russell, chairman of the Lethbridge Municipal Hos- pital board said Thursday he has received a letter from James Henderson, minister of health, stating the health de- partment will make available for renovations to the hospital. This action of the depart- ment follows on tlie heels, of the recommendation unani- mously approved by the board at a meeting held two weeks to proceed with the pro- posed renovations to the hospi- tal and to notify the depart- ment of its intentions. PSYCHIATRIC WING When completed, the renova- tions will expand the second floor to allow for 20 beds which will be used for psychatric pa- tients. The board recently decided to go ahead with the psychiatric wing, suggesting the govern- ment had 'delayed too. long' the appeal for assistance to estab- lish the psychiatric treatment area. Mr. Russell said the letter Slated the' health department planned to send a firm of con- sultants to Lethbridge to assess the laundry needs in the LMH with a view to developing a centralized laundry service which would be used by all hospitals in the city. FLQ Terrorists Planned Death Every 48 Hours 'Do tee qualify for the Nobel Peace MONTREAL (CP) Premier Robert Bourassa said Thursday his government called in the army and asked for proclama- tion of the War Measures Act partly because of a terrorist plan to attempt an assassination every 48 hours. The Front de Liberation du Quebec, which carried out two political kidnappings and .killed one victim, had an "established plan" for assassination, Mr. Bourassa told a news confer- ence. The 37-year-old premier said his government was "perfectly justified" in its action and Angry Demonstrators Pelt Nixon Motorcade U.S. Angry About Plane Incident WASHINGTON (AP) The United States, displaying its first public, diplomatic irritation over the Soviet .refusal'.to re- lease a U.S. Army plane and its high-ranking has charged Moscow with violating U.S.-Russian consular aaree- nients. After eight days of talking in .restrained, optimistic language, the state department Thursday called for the immediate release of the passengers who include two American generals. A statement handed to Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin said: "There is no. justification for any further delay by the So- viet Union." Meanwhile, Russia continued to portray the plane's landing in the Soviet Union across the Turkish border as a hostile act. CABINET APPOINTMENT Jean Cournoycr, a former Union Nationalc labor minis- ter, was appointed (o the same post in Premier Robert Bourassa's Liberal cabinet. He replaces the late Pierre Laporte, killed Oct. 17 by FLQ kidnappers. SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuter) A rock narrowly missed Presi- dent Nixon's head Thursday night as angry demonstrators attacked his motorcade in what the president said was the worst violence he had seen since he was spat upon in Venezuela a dozen years ago. The Associated Press said it was the worst violence against a U.S. president since the as- sassination of John F. Kennedy In Dallas, Tex., in November, 1963. Most of the demonstrators were young persons, hundreds of whom had rallied at the San Jose State College campus for a march to the auditorium where Nixon spoke. Nixon's procession was pelted with rocks, eggs and other ob- jects as the president left a campaign rally and several of the missiles hit the presidential limousine. Six cars in the procession shunted each other when a lead car braked suddenly as a rock against. its Chanulig demousuators uvped antennas off some cars and win- dows were shattered in a bus carrying presidential guests and aides. The president issued ah angry statement after arriving at the western White House in San Clemente. He described the violence as "the action of an unruly mob that represents the worst in America." HE'LL SPEAK OUT Presidential spokesman Ronald Ziegler said Nixon had de- scribed the incident as disgrace- ful and in his statement the president promised to speak out today on "what America must do to end the wave of violence and terrorism by the radical anti-democratic elements in our society." Nixon had settled down for the night at his Spanish-style villa in San Clemente when a small fire broke out in his study, forcing the president to flee in his pyjamas. He spent the rest of the night in a guest house. Ziegler said the blaze was caused by heat conducted down- ward from a fireplace in Nix- on's second-floor study to wood within the thick but hollow wall of the dining room below. FIRE GAS In the San Jose demonstration against Nixon, police fired riot gas and drove a motorcyle wedge through crowds of dem- onstrators who pelted the mo- torcade. The trouble started just after Nixon left the auditorium where he claimed he was not cam- paigning on a partisan but on an ideological basis. HARRIED DEPARTURE President Nixon's limousine pushes through demonstrators Thursday night in iarking lot outside San Jose Civic Auditorium where bespoke. Youth- ful spectators in background stand on parksd cars. Sign it far left asks support for GM auto strikers, tilted sign refers to "imperialist, dishonest and sign in foreground asks jobs for engineers dismissed iri spnce program cuts. New Hospital Program EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government plans to merge the departments of health and social development and create a hospital services commission, Premier Harry Strom announced today. Bill to bring about the reorg- anization of social services is to be presented at the next ses- sion of the legislature, the premier said in a statement. The Social Credit govern- ment announced last week it also intends to present legisla- tuli that would create a new department of environmental improvement to fight pollution. The reorganization of social services is to draw together under a hospital services com- mission the responsibilty for all active treatment hospital, aux- iliary hospitals and nursing homes. It would take responsibilities now held by the hospital ser- vices division of the health de- partment and by the homes and institutions division of the social development depart- ment. The remaining responsibili- ties would be merged into a combined health and social ser- vices department. Premier Strom said the pro- posed hospital services com- Canada's Customs Officers Sport Neiv Uniforms OTTAWA (CP) Canada's uniformed customs offi- cers will be wearing a new look Sunday. Instead of their traditional dark blue serge un- iforms, they will have a. new attire of lighter material in a modern cut. National Revenue Minister Herb Gray said in a news re- lease today that the chan- geover is in keeping with the department's objectives t o keep up-to-date all operations in line with present and future needs. The new uniform, a light navy blue shade, is in single- breasted, four-button style of a light four season material which is to eliminate the ne- cessity of issuing winter and summer garments. mission would be responsible for ensuring development of a balanced and integrated sys- tem of hospitals. It would also have the power to approve ad- ditional hospitals and establish and pay grants for hospital operating budgets and capital budgets. The commission would be re- sponsible for hospital-research and training.. MORE AUTONOMY Premier Strom said tlie gov- ernment will give more auton- omy to local hospital boards and generally decentralize the operation of hospital services. "The local hospitals will act as management and decision- making bodies rather than sim- ply channels for he said. The premier said Dr. J. E. Bradley, executive director of Glenrose Hospital in.-Edmon- ton, lias been named to draw up tlie legislative framework for the commission. Mr. Strom said the .merging of remaining health functions with the social development de- partment would help in the de- velopment of an integrated pro- gram and allow tlie govern- ment to decentralize responsi- bility. moved to exceptional with "perfect solidarity." The army was called, in Oct. 15 following the kidnapping of British envoy James (Jasper) Cross Oct. 5 and of Labor Minis- ter Pierre Laporte Oct. 10. Prime Minister Trudeau pro- claimed the sweeping War Mea- sures Act early Friday, Oct. 16, just one day before Mr. La- porle, No. 2 man in the Quebec government, was murdered in captivity. HOPE FOR CROSS Hope continues that Mr. Cross, British trade commis- sioner, will be found alive. Au- thorities declined to divulge the contents of a message from the FLQ picked up from a street trashbasket Tuesday night. That was the first known word from the kidnappers since Sunday, Oct. 18, when an FLQ note and a letter from Mr. Cross reiteriated ransom terms, including release of 23 so-called "political prisoners." M r. Bourassa's statement came in the midst of a mount- ing debate in the House of Com- mons and elsewhere as to the reasons why emergency powers were proclaimed by the federal government. The proclamation cited warn- ings of "apprehended insurrec- tion" from the Bourassa govern.' ment and from the Montreal ad- ministration of Mayor Jean Drap-eau, who won a landslide municipal election last Sunday on a hard law-and-order line. "It is necessary to understand that the work of .the police in these exceptional circumstances is extremely delicate and diffi- Mr. Bourassa said of the hunt for the kidnappers and kill- ers. The Liberal premier an- nounced that Jean Cournoyer, labor minister in the Union Na- tipnale government defeated by the. Liberals last April, has been appointed to succeed Mr. La- rorte in the labor portfolio. DISTRIBUTE NEWSPAPER The, separatist "Parti Quebe- cois, BMrTOwhUe -Ftarf-rrl distrib- uting 'cupies of a tab- loid-size party .newspaper de- voted entirely to recent terror- ism in Quebec. Rene Levesque, leader of the party which wants a sovereign Quebec in a Canadian common market, sets out his "emer- gency earlier this which he urges an end to the War Mea- sures Act. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Trudeau again turned aside questions on rumors that some influential Quebecers had consi- dered trying to replace the Bourassa government in the cri- sis. Treason Charges Studied Legal Expert Says Government Should Hold Onto Reserve Power MONTREAL (CP) The fed- eral government should hold on to exclusive, reserve power to counter sedition that threatens civil authority or the unity of Canada, says Frank R. Scott, authority in constitutional law, civil liberties and Anglo-French relations. The lawyer-scholar said in an interview Thursday the author- ity of the controversial War Measures Act should be re- tained without amendment. Prof. Scott, who has helped write policy for the New Demo- cratic Party and the royal com- mission on bilingualism and bi- culturalisni, drew a distinction between tlw Public Order Regu- lations in force now and the War Measures Act under which the regulations were proclaimed by the Trudeau cabinet. Tlie 56-year-old act was in- voked and the regulations pro- claimed at the same time two weeks ago to counter the Front de Liberation du Quebec and its supporters; Prof. Scott said the cabinet should proclaim a revised ver- sion of the Public Order Regula- tions that would be "less severe in deprivation of the right of an arrested person to judicial re- view of his case." SUGGESTS NEW ACT In addition, he suggested en- actment of "a sort of mini-war- measures act" to provide the government with more limited reserve powers to proclaim emergency regulations against future civil disorders. He said the proposed legisla- tion, less sweeping than the War Measures Act and possibly providing for provincial con- currence in its use, could pro- vide authority for a first-step response to limited disorders short of full-scale insurrection. But the powerful authority of the War Measures Act should remain on the statute book as an ultimate government weapon, Prof. Scott suggested. He was asked about public suggestions that the War Mea- sures Act should be amended to require agreement by provincial governments before its powers could be invoked in future. Some public figure: in Quebec have criticized the action of Oct. 16 on the ground that it diminished the authority of the Quebec government. Prof. Scott replied that the federal government must have the power to act alone when it believes civic authority or the state is threatened. REASONABLE' "It is reasonable and neces- sary for a country's constitution to provide for some form of protection .in an he said. He cited the Defence of the Realm Act and the Emergency Powers Act in.Britain and the power of the United Stales pres- ident to suspend habeas corpus and declare martial law. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN ASKED if they'd had a party on tlie recent 63rd wedding a n ri iversary, Mr. and Mrs. William Howard sheepishly admitting "we for- got all about it." Margie Dnrant writing a manuscript instead of a letter "because" she hadn't written for such a long time." Tom Waters getting a pie in the face after coming too close (o budding cooks in Wilson Ju- nior High's home economics class. Hijacker Jailed SYDNEY (Router) A 23- year-old clerk who attempted to hijack an Australian airliner in May was sentenced Friday to five years 'n prison. Theodore N i c k o I a s Perrotis pleaded guilty. The judge recommended that Perrotis receive psychiat- ric treatment. MONTREAL (CP) Authori- ties are considering formal charges on offences as serious as treason against persons de- tained under anti-terrorist laws while police pursue more sus- pected members and supporters of the Front de Liberation du Quebec. "Sedition and treason Quebec Justice Minister Jerome Choquetle said in an interview Thursday night. "Those are the articles that could be used, but I don't have each name (of those to be charged) in nty head." HP. was commenting on an Ot- tawa report that some of detained in roundups during the last weeks would be charged with treason and sedition, oth- ers with sedition alone. In- formed sources there said "the wheat is being separated from the chaff." Both are charges under the Criminal Code, treason carrying a maximum penally of death or life in prison and sedition up to 14 years in prison. 332 HELD Figures released by police show eight more released, leav- ing 132 in cuslody. In all, 405 persons have been picked up and 273 freed since Ottawa pro- claimed emergency scarch-and- arrcsl powers under Ihe War Measures Act. Oct. 16. Any persons hold since the first sweep that Friday morning must be charged or released by Nov. 6 under orders promul- gated by Mr. Choquetle, respon- sible for administering the special federal powers in Quebec. ;