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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, October 'Price board watching bread costs closely' Younger, more liberal Senate expected from U.S. elections OTTAWA (CP) The food prices review board likely will be the government watchdog on a proposed wheat subsidy designed to offset rising bread costs until 1980, Otto Lang said Wednesday night. Mr. Lang, minister respon- sible for the wheat board, was commenting in an interview on a New Democratic sugges- tion in the House that there is no way to ensure the subsidy will be passed on to con- sumers. "The board has been watch- ing bread prices very care- Mr. Lang saidJ'I think that answers it." Les Benjamin Lake the only member of his party to speak on the proposed sub- sidy legislation, which receiv- ed Commons approval in prin- ciple, had said Mr. Lang and Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan should watch the sub- sidies carefully. "It is time for them to get tough. I know they are both tough people and when the go- ing gets tough, it is time for tough people to get going." Mr. Benjamin resurrected the recent dispute over the government subsidy on powdered milk, restating charges that it is not being passed on to consumers. "Mrs. Plumptre (Beryl Plumptre, chairman of the food prices review board) says that it has not been pass- ed on and the Retail Council of Canada admits it. Surely the minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board and the minister of agri- culture are not going to allow themselves to be had in that manner." Government reports say the subsidy has been passed to the consumer by a majority of re- tail outlets. The bread-wheat subsidy, first introduced last May 3, originally was designed to cover the period from mid- 1973 to mid-1986, but the government covered the first year with million in supplementary estimates when the first bill died with the 29th Parliament. The new bill will affect bread prices for the next six years, Mr. Lang said, keeping them "lower than otherwise would be the case." The proposed legislation, which now goes to the Com- mons agriculture committee for detailed study, provides for a basic federal subsidy of up to a bushel for wheat sold for human consumption. While covering such things as some breakfast cereals and pastas, it is aimed mainly at bread. WASHINGTON (CP) A younger, more liberal United States Senate is be- ing forecast to emerge from next Tuesday's elections in the United States, with the Democratic party even more firmly in control of the powerful upper house of Congress. Democratic campaign officials spoke confidently Wednesday of grabbing between five and seven Senate seats from the Republicans as part of a tide of Democratic support that is predicted for all levels of the complicated elec- tion lists. Disheartened Republicans offered lit- tle to contradict their nppsnents' forecasts, although they were still hop- ing that last-minute saturation cam- paigns on television could save some of their threatened Senate seats. Four incumbent Republican senators look particularly Dominick in Colorado, Marlow Cook in Kentucky, Henry Bellmon in Okla- homa and Milton Young in North Dakota. In addition, the Democrats are confi- dent of capturing the Florida seat which Republican Edward Gurney decided to give up after he was charged in an illegal fund-raising scandal. And they hold outside hopes of ousting Senator Robert Dole in The Republicans, on the other hand, can point to only one Democratic in- cumbent whom they have real hopes of Mike Gravel. Even that hope has in recent days, with Gravel reported to be climbing back from almostxwrtain defeat at the hands of an ultra-con- servative, C. R. Lewis. The Republican candidate in Indiana, Mayor Richard Lugar of In- dianapolis, has been giving Democratic Senator Birch Bayh a stiff run but Bayh is said to be holding a slight lead. The Democrats and their ally, the crfety independent Harry ByM of Virginia, hold a 58-to-42 edge i2i the current Senate over the Republicans and their colleague, New York Conser- vative James Buckley. Thirty-four of the 100 Senate seats are being contested this year under a system which provides for a six-year term, with one-third of the seats up for election every two years. The pro-Democratic tide this year can be readily detected in the fact that, while 20 of the 34 seats at stake are held by Democrats in the current Senate, only Gravel is thought to be in trouble among the Democratic incumbents. Three Democratic James Allen of Alabama, Russell Long of Louisiana and Daniel Inouye of even have Republican opponents. Allen and Inouye are all but guaranteed re-election against third- party entries and Long has no opposi- tion whatsoever. News In brief Bangladesh facing famine WASHINGTON (AP) Bangladesh faces a crucial three to four weeks in'its fight to obtain sufficient grains and stave off famine, United States and Bangladesh diplomats here say. Because of severe floods last summer, there are no stocks of rice and wheat in densely-populated villages and Bengali flood victims are dying of hunger in ever- increasing numbers. The late rice crop may reach record proportions, but it is not due to be harvested until December, the sources said. The challenge is to find enough food in the meantime to feed the Bangladesh people. Radical birth curbs sought KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) Dr. Aurelio Peccei, president of the Club of Rome, Wednes- day advocated radical birth control programs to avert widespread famine and world disorder. In an interview prior to a guest lecture at Queen's University, Dr. Peccei listed social and political controls which might be used to en- force birth control. B.C. assembly opening set Israelis shell Palestinian camp Pratte optimistic on Air Canada's future MONTREAL (CP) Air Canada chairman Yves Pratte is thinking optimistically of future profits while living in a world of deficits. In an interview in his office Wednesday, the smooth, dapper executive said the con- sumer will have to pay higher fares for a healthy air in- dustry. He expects fare increases next year. Mr. Pratte questioned faith in unlimited competition with the air industry facing tough economic problems. He suggested mergers and clearer policy could benefit the Canadian air industry in the future. A country with two or three international air carriers is BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phom 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL "diluting its own he said. Canada has two inter- national Canada and CP five regional carriers. The 49-year-old lawyer has been at the helm of Air Canada for six years, making him a seasoned veteran among top airline executives. The casualty rate has been high in recent years, par- ticularly in the economically- troubled U.S. air industry. But the sudden economic crisis facing Air Canada and other world airlines does not depress Mr. Pratte. After a million profit last year" and an million surplus the year before, rising fuel prices, higher labor and mate- rial costs and soaring interest rates will help create a million deficit for Air Canada this year, he said. He is dealing with a threat- ened strike by airline pilots and has had to negotiate agreements with ticket agents. The ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli gunboats shelled a Palestinian refugee camp on the southern Lebanese coast early today, and the Palesti- nian guerrillas said five civilians were killed and 13 were injured. The Israeli military com- mand said the target was a guerrilla base inside the Rashidiye refugee camp about nine miles north of the Israeli- Lebanese border. The attack was part of Is- rael's "systematic offensive war against the the Israeli command said. It said there was no return fire and all the boats returned safely. Arab gunners later fired several rockets into the Israeli border settlement of Biranit, the Israeli's com- mand said. No casualties were reported. In the wake of the Arab summit conference hi Rabat, the Cairo newspaper Al Ahram said Egyptian Premier Abdel Aziz Hegazi, asked Egypt's "battle com-' mittees" to review existing civil and popular defence plans and "prepare the masses once again for the possibility of a new Middle East war." The summit recognized the guerrilla leaders of the Pales- tine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the government of the West Bank of the Jordan River when that territory is released from Israeli control. The Rabat meeting also promised Egypt and Syria each billion a year, Jordan 1300 million and the PLO ISO million for use against Israel. VICTORIA (CP) The fourth session of the 30th Brit- ish Columbia legislative assembly resumes Friday and members are going to have to grapple with the issues of property taxation and govern- ment imposed rent controls. The session, already the longest in the legislature's Socreds suggest Alberta cut income tax 22 per cent EDMONTON (CP) The Social Credit opposition Wednesday moved to cut provincial income taxes by 22 per cent and leave an extra 960 million annually in tax- payers' pockets. The tax cut was proposed by Bob Clark, Social Credit House leader, as an amend- ment to the government's in- come tax act. 'However, Lou Hyndman, government House leader, asked that the amendment be ruled out of order because it is "beyond the scope" of the bill before the House, which increases renter tax credits. The chairman of the com- mittee of the whole, Bill Diachuk (PC Edmonton Beverly) is expected to rule the amendment out of order tonight Mr. Clark said a manpower conference at Jasper had call- ed for an income tax reduction to attract manpower to Alber- ta. Hog men say marketing system changes will destroy industry Changes to Alberta's hog marketing system win mean the. end to the hog assembler in this province, predict two of the largest operators in the business in the South. Joe Perlich of Perlich Bros. Auction Market told The Herald Wednesday a system of centralized assembly yards throughout the province as proposed by the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board will harm producers more than it will help them and will mean an end to the nog portion of his operation. Joe Vanee, co-owner of Vanee Livestock and the largest hog assembler and seller in Alberta, said flow control, which is the key to the plan by the marketing board, is a farce. The new plan calls for hogs which can't be absorbed into There's one great reason why Acadian 400 is becoming so popular. Flavour! EYE WHISK? tmtfvSen sssSSL the market when they are shipped to be kept in the central assembly yards until they can bring a higher price from the market. Mr. Perlich said the proposal was brought to his attention by concerned producers in Southern Alber- ta. The plan disappoints him. "The board never notified the assemblers that it would be competing against said Mr. Perlich. "It was just a year ago a director of the marketing board told us the board won't get involved in assembling hogs." If there is a problem under the present system, the marketing board should be strong enough to get rid of poor assemblers, said Mr. Perlich. It should encourage the good ones to provide the best ser- vice to the farmers. Part of that good service comes from the present system of assemblers having to compete for producer's hogs, he said. The assemblers win take any hogs at any time but under the proposed system, the yards will have set hours of operation. Mr. Vanee said if the board does start into the business, it will be a costly duplication of services that will come out of the producer's pocket. Mr. Perlich said the marketing board proposes to handle the hogs for 30 cents each. Present assembler fees are per animal. "Their price will be 30 cents a head until we're run out of business and then the price will be Mr. Perlich predicted. Magruder admits false statements WASHINGTON (AP) Former Nixon election cam- paign aide Jeb Stuart Magruder stock by his story today that John Mitchell had approved a political intelligence plan that ted to the Watergate break-in. But he described it as "never an enthusiastic approval." Plato Cacberis, counsel for MitcbdL tbp former U.S. at- questioned -grater closely about the meeting March 30, 1972, is Key fkscayne, Fla., at which Magrnder, fomer deputy director of Richard Nixon's presidential reelection com- mittee, has said Mitchell approved the political intelligence plan. Under cross-examination by Cacberis, Magrader, the third prosecution witness in the Wa- tergate cover-up trial, said that at first Mitchell asked: "Couldn't we delay the Magrader said after be cited increasing interest in the plan from the White House: "I have a recollection of Mr. Mitriidl saying to me, not in enfbasiastic was never an enthusiastic like, go ahead and ghvtfaem the 000 and let's see what they come op history, adjourned June 20 and reconvened Aug. 9 for one five-hour sitting to pass back- to-work legislation for strik- ing Lower Mainland firemen. Main task facing the 55 MLAs is to write a property taxation system to fit in with the government's new policy of assessing property at 100 per cent of its actual value. 'Syrians not co-operating9 Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Defence Minister James Richardson suggested Wednesday that Syria has not co-operated fully in finding the cause of the crash of a Buffalo aircraft in the Middle East, killing nine Canadians engaged in peacekeeping duties. Meanwhile, sources in his department confirmed that a two-and-a-half minute seg- ment of a tape, recording communication between the Damascus tower and the air- craft at the time of the crash, was cut out before being sub- mitted to UN investigators. Irish clashes kill two BELFAST (Renter) Two men were killed and two teen- agers shot and wounded, one critically, in the latest out- burst of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. Seventeen Protestants and Catholics have died since the murder of a Belfast judge and a magistrate by the militant Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army a month ago. protest in Saigon SAIGON (AP) More than anti-government demon- strators battled with riot police in Saigon today in the most violent protest against President Nguyen Van Thieu since he came to power in South Vietnam nearly 10 years ago. Scores of persons were re- ported! injured. Two heist suspects nabbed CHICAGO (AP) Authorities on Grand Cayman Island in the British West In- dies have arrested two men charged in connection with a W-3-million theft at the Ar- mored Express Corp. here, the FBI says. An FBI spokesman here said Charles Marzano and Michael DiFonzo are being held on Grand Cayman pending deportation. Gov't watching abuse act EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government has made no plans to proclaim a section of the child welfare act which makes it an offence not to report suspected child beatings. The act was passed by the' legislature in 1973 bat the sec- tion was not to come into force until proclaimed by the cabinet. In answer1 to a .question in the legislature Wednesday, Neil Crawford, health and social development minister, said the government had taken a "wait and see" at- titude to determine if the clause was required. Magruder also testified that during two previous meetings in Washington Mitchell had refused to approve more elaborate and expensive intelligence plans. Under questioning by Cach- eris, Magruder also testified that Charles Colson, then White House special counsel, had called him and urged him to "get off the stick" and get the pian approved. UK start ff ifJsy's session was st-iiy one hour by a conference in U.S. District Judge John Sirica's office attended by prosecution and defence lawyers. None of the participants would say what the meeting concerned. At the start of his cnns-ex- amination of magrader, Cacberis asked the witness about tunes be has admitted lying under oath, including when be was a witness at the Watergate break in trial in January, 1973. "Did you speak words of perjury to the asked Cacberis. "Yes, replied Magrader. "John Mitchell didn't speak those words for you, did asked the defence lawyer. "No, Magrader said. BONANZA DAYS! GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES 32nd Anniversary NOVEMBER 12-13-14-15 DOOR PRIZES REFRESHMENTS Special prices on farm machinery and irrigation equipment in ap- preciation to our many over worth of equipment AT CLEAROUT PRICES GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutte Box 1202 PHofM 328-1141 ;