Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Age-old conflict will determine B.C.'s future By CRAIG ASPINAIA, Canadian Press Staff Writer reality versus political ideol- ogy an age-old conflict that will determine the future of British Columbia under a New Democratic Party government. An air of optimistic uncertainly descended on tha province in the wake of the NDP's shock election upset of Premier W. A. C. Bennett's Social Credit govern- ment Wednesday. Premier-elect Dave Barrett took pains to promise that big business had nothing to fear, and thai big labor was not to have an open-sesame to the pursa strings of power. The keyslone lo NDP policy is a promise that taxes and royalties paid by the forest and mining industries will be increased to pay for improved and expanded social services. During bis campaign for election, Mr. Barrett de- nounced the system under which he said there had been a 12-per-cent drop in corporate taxes since 1970 compared with a 70-per-cent increase in personal taxes. "In 1969-70, million worth of mineral resources left he said. "All we got back was million, eight per cent. "Last year million worth of copper left B.C. We didn't charge any royalties." He has proposed an Increase in provincial corpor- ate taxes from tlie present 11 per cent to the maximum of 13 per cent set by the federal government. Considers exports He suggested a scaled taxation system for exported natural resources; resources which he believes should be the basis of an expanded secondary industry in- re- fining and processing which will create more jobs for British Columbians. Each step of B.C. labor applied to a resource would move it into a lower lax brackel. "If Ihe forest industry had jusl kepi pace with Iha rest of us in paying taxes it would mean an extra million in one the r.ew permier said. "That's aimost enough lo pay cverone in this province over tha age of 65 a basic income of a month." Raising corporate taxes will result in a lowering of taxes in other areas, he said. To his opponents' charges lhat new laxes and roy- alties under an NDP government would scare off po- tential investors, Mr. Barrett replied that B.C. is a storehouse of wealth and that investors have "no other place to go." Among tlie othet- methods suggested as a source of funds for social programs is a volunlary pension plan which would pay benefits based on the profits of invest- ment in B.C. The plan would be tied lo a proposed B.C. devel- opment corporation into which the government initially would put "tens of millions of dollars." premiums added This investment would be supplemented with pre- miums from the pension plan and the pension benefits would increase in relation lo the profits made by the development corporation. In addition, the NDP has promised to keep the suc- cession duty and gift-lax legislation brought in early this year by the which Premier Bennett himself had promised to withdraw if re-elected. Among the people-oriented programs promised by Mr. Barrett is an increase in the provincial supple- ment to guarantee a minimum income of a month for every person 65 or older who has lived in B.C. for si least five years. Mr. Barrett also has suggesled a pension plan with an eventual retirement age of 55, giving older people a chance, to enjoy life and younger people a chance at jobs. The NBP would start, the program with retire- ments at 60, gradually reducing to 55. The new premier said five per cent of the prov- ince's 2.2 million people are on welfare and are "shocking" situation when unprocessed resources arc leaving the province. "The middle income group is providing welfare se- curity for the rich and Ihe he said. A minimum wage of an. hour, up from present 51.50, "would allow us lo start dropping those welfare rolls." "When a marginal income earner finds he can make almost as much on welfare as he would going out to work, there is no incentive to find a job." would retain grants Mr. Barrett has promised to retain the provincial home-owners grant given as relief for lhat portion of property lax which goes to education-. The grant now is with an additional for senior citizens who are eilher homeowners or tenants. However, by eliminating the education portion of property taxes, Mr. Barrett would make the grant "worth The new premier also espoused what has become a standard with (he NBP here as elsewhere in the coun- govcmmcrl-opcralcd automobile insurance. Mr. liarrcll has hlnsled Ihe socrals for "allowing Hie insurance industry to charge artificially-in- flated premiums to young drivers." He said the recent decrease in premiums an- nounced by the B.C. automobile insurance board was a ploy lo make it look as though rales were going down, when the rales paid by high-risk drivers con- tinue to spiral. Ho has advocated adoption of public auto insurance plans similar to those brought in by the NDP in Sas- katchewan and Manitoba, but has given no The Lcthbridcje Herald High 70, Sunny "Serving Smith Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 223 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATUKDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1972 FOUR SECTIONS 64 PAGES Voters lo decide he's in or out Trudeau sets Oct. 30th as day of decision BY VICTOR MACKIE Herald Otlawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced dis- solution of tho 28lh Parliament Friday night and called the general election for Monday, October 30 after a hectic two days of an emergency session conducted in a tense pre-elec- tion atmosphere. Members of Parliament were hurrying back to their con- stituencies Saturday ready lo commence the two month cam- paign. When the House of Com- mons re-assembles in the win- ter many familiar faces will bo nu'ssing, having retired or been defeated. Despite the fact Parliament was in session to pass the back- to-work bill lo re-open the west coast strike-bound ports, the prime minister chose to an- nounce dissolution of the Com- mons by a nationally televised press conference. In 1968, tha last time he called an election, he announced dissolution in the Commons, in fho tradilional manner. In a prepared statement Mr. Trudeau lold the press there are many issues which demand discussion in the next 60 days. None, he suggested, was more important than ensuring the country remain united and pro- vide room for the two major linguistic communities. Mr. Trudeau conceded that under the democratic system, "We can lose this however he hastily added, "but we don't intend to be de- feated." Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield in a press conference, immeoUately following the prime minister said: "I go inlo this campaign knowing that we can win." He said, the Conservatives expect, to hold their strength where they have it now, and make "significant gains" in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. David Lewis, leader- of the New Democratic Party, said his group is ready for the cam-, paign. He welcomed (he calling of the election. "I believe it is time the Canadian people had their say about the kind of gov- ernment they want." Heal Caouetle, Social Credit leader, said he favored a guar- anteed income for Canadians and decentralizing power to- wards the provinces. He de- clined to estimate how many of his expected ZOO candidates would be elected. He said it was up to the voters, if they vote Social Credit, the party- candidates could be all elected. Prime Minister Trudeau was reminded that earlier in the year he had declared that Con- servative Leader Stanfield would make "a good prime minister." He was asked if he still subscribed to that view. Mr. Trudeau, paused before replying then retorted: "Not as good as me." All members, as they re- turned to Parliament Hill this week for the hurriedly sum- moned emergency session, were convinced an early elec- tion was in the wind. The con- sensus appeared to mount steadily that the prime minister should lose no lime Li calling an election. He told the press conference he had not made up his mind until p.m. Ottawa time Friday, just 90 minutes before making the public announce- ment. MPs moved quickly to ap- prove the emergency to get the west coast ports opened up again. Unanimous consent wai granted by the opposition mem- bers to clear tile v.'ay for tha quick processing of the back-to- work bill lo help get pralria wheat flowing again to the Chi- nese, Russian and Japanese markets. The Senate lost little time In giving approval to the bill Fri- day afternoon. It had received third reading in the Commons just before noon Ottawa time. Royal assent was aiven tha legislation in the Senate at 4-.4S p.m. EDT. The session was prorogued, a tip-off that the prime minister planned to an- nounce dissolution of the House of Commons outside the Housa and his election call decision. Injiired fire-bombing victim Dock workers expected back on job next week VANCOUVER (CP) Spokesmen for the British Co- lumbia Maritime Employers Association said Friday they were hopeful work could re- sume next week at West Coast ports following Parliament's speedy passage of back-to-work, legislation. Fxl SI rang, president of tho employers association, said longshoremen, on strike since Aug. 23, should be back at work at the ports on Tuesday. Don Garcia, Canadian area president of the International Longshoremen's and Ware- housemen's Union, was en route to Vancouver after observing passage of the legislation in Ot- tawa and was unavailable for comment. In Ottawa, MPs passed tha back-to-work order less than- 24 hours after It was introduced by the government. Prime Minister Trudeau had recalled parliament to deal with the strike, which has tied up the port for almost a month. Major concern was the ship- ment of grain to Japan, Russia and China. All four parties agreed in U.S. prisoners to be released SAIGON (AP) North Viet- nam announced today it is freeing three captured United States pilots and said it would have freed more if the U.S. had given a positive response to Communist terms for peace iu Vietnam. In Paris, two U.S. anti-war activists said they will escort 'Hah...It's election you the prisoners home from South- east Asia "in a matter ol weeks." Tlie North Vietnamese, who last released U.S. prisoners more than three years ago, did not specify when or where they will the three airmen. It did say they will be turned over to a U.S. anti-war group. The two Americans in Paris are David Bellinger, a Chicago lawyer, and Cora Weiss of New York, co-chairmen of the Com- mittee of Liaison with Families of U.S. Servicemen held in North Vietnam. Dellinger told reporters in Paris that the release of tho Ihrec men "could be delayed by the danger of floods in North Vietnam" which he said could be the result of the bomb- ing of dikes. "So if Ihe Nixon adminis- tration wants lo find one sure way of delaying the release of these three prisoners, it will be tlie continued bombing of tha Dellinger said. Mrs. Weiss and Bellinger had met with the North Vietnamesa and Viol Cong delegations at Iha Paris talks before Hanoi's broadcast announcing Ibe release of the three men. Parliament that legislation was needed to avert a national pileup of M million bushels of grain infended for overseas customers in China, Russia, Japan and Pakislan. Lonshoremen at Vancouver, the major port, have been off the job since Aug. 7 in a dis- pute over manning procedures at the port. Employers say they need a force of regular workers to man increasingly-sophis- ticated machinery, ,while tha longshoremen contend that em- ploying a regular force endan- gers the job security of other men. The back-to-work legislation guarantees the longshoremen a. settlement retroactive to Aug. 1, when their contract expired, In any agreement reached. Tlie act also heads off any strike by GOO grain handlers employed on the B.C. docks. The grain handlers have voted for strike action to back up their demands for a contract to replace the pact that expired in Novemember of last year. 1, a b o r Minister Martin O'Connell said only the section of the legislation dealing with the longshoremen will be brought into force immediately. COULD BE USED The section dealing with the grain handlers would be in- voked if they go out on strike, the labor minister said. The legislation remains in ef- fect until Dec. 31 or until a set- tlement is reached, whichever occurs first. The only delay in passage of the bill came when New Demo- cratic Party MPs proposed an amendment calling fcr an in- quiry into the possibility of sep- arating grain from general cargo and giving Ilia Canadian wheat iHWd authority over grain shipments. However, the Liberals and all bul two Conservatives handed together to defeat tlie amend- ment. In negotiations, the union has asked for an increase of 50 cents hour on rates ranging from So.05 lo Ra.30 and in creased fringe benefits. The employers have made no public offer. Night club fire bomber kills 42 By CHRIS GOYEN'S MONTREAL (CP) A small "ball of fire" dropped by a man in Ihe slairway of a down- town nightclub led to the death of at least 42 persons Friday night in one of the worst fires in the city this century. Police said the fire was ig- nited by men who "threw flam- mable material In the stair- way" near the entrance to the top floor of the two-storey Blue Bird club about p.m. Four men were held for ques- tioning, police said. Montreal police spokesmen said three men had been ejected from the club shortly before the fire swept through the building, trapping more than 200 patrons in Ihe upper storey. Most of the victims died in Bmoke and panic, huddled and crushed in corners of the dance hall. The spokesman said police checks at eight city hospitals and the city morgue have ac- counted for 36 bodies "but that's not the end." We have 42 reported from tho fire department and we're try- Ing to track everything down." He said 54 persons were in- jured. Hospitals report about a dozen in critical condition. Fifteen of the dead were found "huddled in a corner that had no exit. They were huddled on the ground, holding on to each other like scared chil- the spokesman said. Another 24 jammed other area of the club hear the bar and close to a back exit. Three more were found in a washroom near a window, ha said. Police said they were going tlirough handbags, purses and wallets in an effort to Identify victims. Prisoners continue protest LONDON (Reuter) Demon- strations by British prisoners for better living conditions went into their second week today with sit-ins on rooftops and in exercise at nine prisons. At Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight, south England, some of the prisoners who have been sitling on the roof for five days were reporled anxious to come down. Authorities said that the 17 demonstrators were threatened with a beating by other prison- ers if they gave up without per- mission of a few militants said to be directing the protest. The men on (he roof at Park- hurst offered Friday night to come down if the governor promised to deal with them leniently. He refused and tho demonstrators said they had the power to call a sit-down protest by all 425 prisoners there later today. Train derailed CALORY (CP) Twen- ty two c a rs of an cast- bound CP Rail freight train were derailed east of Canmoro Friday night. There were no Injuries re- ported in the accident which occurred five miles cast of the foothills town at about 9 p.m. No cause of the mishap has yet been determined, but heavy lift auxiliary cranes were at the scene in an effort to get the track cleared as soon as possi- ble, a CP spokesman said. Plan more hearings 011 strip mining More hearings and new legis- lation concerning strip mining in mountain areas arc planned by the provincial government, Minister of the Environment, Bill Yurko, said Friday. "The government is doing ev- erything it possibly can to re- solve the problems in these he said in a telephone interview. The legislation was to be ta- bled this fall, Mr. Yurko said, but because of its complex na- ture, it has been delayed for fur (her interdepartmental dis- cussion. The Land Surface Conserva- tion Act, a revamped version of the 1963 Surface Reclamation Act, will be aimed at three as- pects ol raining development: to prevent environmental dis- ruption during exploration and development; to check project management; to control rec- lamation. Mr. Yurko's department is about to get extensive hearings under way on land use and allo- cation in the mountains and foothills. The hearings will be general at first, then will concentrate on specific problems dealing with multiple aucJ single use of properties, Mr. Yurko said. "The of society is in- volved in the "he said, "substantial data was presented at the hearings last fall (o show creek contamination by strip mines." Existing operations are being checked all the limo by en- vironment department officials, he said. However, "any lighter controls must await further leg- islation." The nightclub specialized In country and western music and housed a cocktail bar on tha lower level. Many patrons had to jump from the second storey as panic swept through the dance hall, creating jams at the exits. George Lancia, who was la the club, said "everyone began tu panic." "There was lots of pilch black smoke, Ihen a lol of heat and then a lot of yellow he said. One police officer said tha whole place was in flames in two or three minutes. ilr. and Mrs. James Robsca said they were waiting to get to the upper floor when they saw a ball of fire behind them and a man running down the stairs. "We tried to run after tho man but there was a wall of fire between us that kept us from Mrs. Robson said. She said they scrambled out a fire escape and "when we got outside the flames had spread so fast, they had trapped I don't know how many girls In the women's washroom." All police ambulances hi the city and private vehicles picked up dead and injured from stretchers which were lined up along Union Street, where the club is located in the heart of the city. Russians mad MOSCOW (Reuter) Soviet chess experts rebuked defeated world champion Br.ris Spassky today for playing "passively" and "hesitantly" in the game which clinched victory for Bobby Fischer. Grandmaster Alexander Ko- tov, writing in Pravda, said Spassky himself improved Fis- cher's chances of winning tha 21st game. "This time Spassky played passively and wilh insufficient Kptov commented. In another article, grandmaster Mikhail Tal said the former champion "played this gama hesitantly." No Herald Day Labor The HeraM will not publish Monday, Sept. 4, Labor Day. Complete news coverage of the holiday weekend will ba carried ID tha Tuesday eddUon. Return islands WASHINGTON (Reuter) _ The Swan Islands, which play- ed a role in the unsuccessful Pay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961, were turned over to Honduras today by the United Slates. The two small islands, about 100 miles off the Hondur- an coast in the Caribbean, were used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, which col- laborated with Cuban exiles in mounting- the Bay of Pigs at- tack, for radio communications during the unsuccessful ven- tura. Wins title HAMPTON, Va. (AP) Lynda Carter of Tempe, Ariz., was named Miss World USA here Friday night. The 21-year- old singer and model won tha title after swimming suit com- petition and the pageant's tra- ditional questioning by judges. She will represent the United States in the Miss World con- test to be held in London. Seen and heard Abouf town WINSTON CHURCHILL froshile Tom Shaw com- plaining that his master Dixie Slyner disagrees with the cdor of his onion neck- lace Gerry Wcscott only hitting liis thumb threa times when changing engines In hij truck.