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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, September 5, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID 29 Member claims privileges abused Police action to be probed in MP files case OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons voted Tuesday to in- vestigate the actions of RCMP and Ottawa city police who vis- ited Conservative MP Flora MacDonald's office without per- mission and questioned her staff about missing Indian af- fairs files. All four parties in the Com- mons agreed to Miss MacDo- nald's motion asking the House privileges committee to look into the police actions on the grounds they abused Miss Mac- Donald's privileges as a mem- ber of Parliament. She repre- sents Kingston and the Islands and is the Conservatives' Indian affairs spokesman. Under House rules police can- not enter MPs offices or ques- tion their staffs without the per- mission of the members or the Speaker of the House. Speaker Lucien Lamoureux, who earlier ruled there ap- peared to be a breach of Miss MacDonald's parliamentary privileges, said he knew all MPs would be concerned with the police adiuiiB. Miss MacDonald said the po- lice questioning of her staff and herself implied she was a party to a criminal confidential files from the In- dian affairs department. The files, all concerned with the James Bay power project in Quebec, apparently were taken during an occupation of Indian affairs headquarters by about 200 young Indians last Thurs- day. Miss MacDonald has often been critical of the power proj- ect. A- few hours after the files were reported missing, the po- lice visited Miss MacDonald's offices. They returned later at Miss MacDonald's invitation. The freshman MP said in an interview that at no time did the police tell her the reason for their questioning. She said she learned about the missing files later from Indian Affairs Minis- ter Jean Chretien. Miss MacDonald raised a question of privilege In the House, saying she also is con- cerned that police in future may feel free to disregard the immunity MPs enjoy to.freely discharge their duties. All House leaders expressed support for her motion that the committee have power to call witnesses and make a full re- port on the matter. Raises question Flora MacDonald (PC-Kingston ond The Islands) raised a question of privilege in the Commons at Ottawa Tuesday, charging that police had been questioning her office staff in her absence about files alledgediy stolen during last week's occupation cf the Indian affairs de- partment headquarters. Miss MacDonald is shown in her parliamentary office after raising the question in the House. EDMONTON The Al- berta Federation of Labor Tues- day condemned the Liberal gov- ernment's attempt to stem spir- alling prices as limp and too while the Alberta New Democratic Party called it a worthwhile move. Reg Baskin. head of the Al- berta Federation of Labor, said the government should be call- ing on executives in Canada's manufacturing ar.d commodity- producing industries to justify increases they have made in the last six months. Specifically, he said, prices in the oil industry "should be roll- ed back not a freeze im- Mr. Baskcn. also an interna- tional representative of the Oil. Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, said the price freeze would have no effect on the oil industry. "I don't think they had any (prices increases) coming.'' He noted that the industry had already registered several recent price increases and add- ed that the Jan. 30 date for ending the freeze "is even more stupid." Grant Notlsy, leader of the New Democratic Party in Al- berta, said h3 agrees "with what appears to be an examp- le of selective price controls.'1 He termed petroleum prices "a basic factor involved in in- flation.1' Mr. Notley predicted "screams from the oil compan- ies. But, he added, Albsrtans would be wrong to sympathize with "a few multi-national in- terests over short-term effects forgstting long-term, lo- cal and national interests." The NDP leader said more assistance is needed for low- income Canadians than is con- tained in Prime Minister Tru- dcau's statement. They should be afforded tax relief to with- stand the onslaught of higher prices, he said. program WASHINGTON TAP) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took its first step Tuesday toward forc- ing all 50 states to adopt peri- odic vehicle inspection pro- grams by issuing minimum fed- eral safety standards for cars on United States roads. The standards announced Tuesday apply to brakes, steer- ing, suspension, tires and wheels. They arc intended for implementation by the states through state vehicle-inspection programs. Thirty-one of the 50 states al- messed ready enforce periodic vehicle inspections and nine others have spot checks of on-road ve- hicles. The setting of federal stand- ards means all states will have the choice of matching the new standards or of losing 10 per cent of their federal highway funding. The agency said its studies show six par cent of all vehicle accidents are caused by wear. It said wear and degradation of mechanical parts probably cause or contribute to an addi- tional 11 per cent of all acci- dents. ATA wants responsibility in teacher certification EDMONTON TCP) The Al- berta Teachers' Association says It is "disappointed" with the work of the special legisla- tive committee on professions and occupations. In a brief reacting to the committee's interim i-eport. the association again reiterated it wamis the major responsibi- lity in the certification of tea- chers and for control of com- petence. If granted, the association said these rights would allow i; to move from ''its present rilf-wav position to the ranks of r e f'liy self-regulating pro- fc? ions." Emphasizing its record of responsibility during the last 37 years, the association said the responsibility for certifica- tion should be transferred from the education department and that the machinery needed to deal with professional compe- j tence already has been set up j under the association's bylaws. responsibility in the area cf competence should go hand-in-hand with increased au- thority in the field of certifica- the association said in its brief. It said the special committee had sought consultation with groups and individuals but the liming of "opportunit'es for inpuHias been such that it. has been difficult for our organiza- tion to provide it." Ave. S. Phone 327-5767 Quality and Dependability Since 19O8 The Extra-Durable Laundry Line Now at SPECIAL LOW FALL SALE PRICES! Look at the GUARANTEE! 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