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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, September 5, 1974 Alderman felt police probes insufficient EDMONTON (CP) Aid. Ed Leger told a judicial in- quiry into Edmonton's civic affairs Wednesday that he pressed for the inquiry because he did not think police investigations into the affairs at city hall were sufficient. The inquiry before Mr. Justice William Morrow of the Northwest Territories Supreme Court was called after Aid. Alex Fallow said he had been offered a gift by a developer who was later revealed to be Raphael Ghermezian. Aid. Fallow said the offer was made after he had voted in favor of rezoning that would permit a west end shopping centre being planned by Mr. Ghermezian and his brother Eskandar, but the developers have testified Aid. Fallow asked for the The inquiry has been told the Ghermezians approached Aid. Leger with complaints about several members of city council Asked by W. A. Mc- Gilhvray, the Gherme- 7ians" lawyer, why the developers would approach him with the com- plaints, Aid. Leger replied: "I may have a reputation about being rigid about these' things." He told the inquiry that he urged the brothers to take their complaints to the police. "I told them, 'don't be damn- ed fools about this matter, gather up evidence and documents, and talk to your staff, in case this matter gets out of hand.' "I really wanted these boys to go to the police. That was the proper thing to do and I wanted them to do it." The alderman reiterated previous testimony that he did not approach the police himself because, other than the Ghermezians' allegations, he did not have enough evidence about possible mis- Trucks, buses are recalled for brake defects OSHAWA. Ont. (CP) General Motors of Canada Ltd. announced Wednesday it is recalling 4.600 Chevrolet and CMC medium-duty trucks and about 650 school buses for inspection of hydraulic brake hoses. The vehicles were built in the first six months of 1974. A GM spokesman said there is a chance one or more of the brake hoses may have been made with a fitting not properly crimped to the hose. It may cause a loss of brak- ing in vehicles with single brake systems and a reduction of braking power in trucks and buses with a dual system: There have been no reports of failures in use, GM said. An additional 42.000 trucks and 300 buses built during the same period are being recall- ed in the United States. conduct on the part of council members. Aid. Leger testified Tuesday that when he learned police were investigating city hall matters, he contacted a police inspector to disclose remarks made by the Ghermezians. POLICE INVESTIGATION Robert Gillespie, lawyer for Aid. Bill McLean, asked Aid. Leger why he pressed for a judicial inquiry. Did he not consider the police investiga- tion to be adequate? "No, I think that was a prime matter of concern to Mr. Leger replied. "I feel that with the restric- tive investigative authority that the police officers have, these sorts of matters can never be developed too far ex- cept by a judicial inquiry. "I don't really believe the police investigations are geared up to develop white collar crime involving any politicians." In earlier testimony Wednesday, Aid. Leger said he believed an unidentified car with two male occupants tried to run him down in an Edmonton alley in mid February while he was jogging. Reading from notations he made in his personal diary for Feb. 14, he recounted: "I found a place to jump. I must remember to change direc- tions each night. I must be careful." According to the diary, the incident occurred about 2 p.m. Asked by Mr. McGillivray whether the incident was the alderman said "it appeared to be." ANOTHER NOTE Another note in Mr. Leger's diary, for May 17, read: "Eskandar said he paid nothing." The alderman ex- plained this notation was made after he telephoned Eskandar Ghermezian to ask if the developer had paid any member of city council anything, adding the question was prompted by radio reports the previous day about bribery attempts involving two members of city council. At one point in Wednesday's testimony, while questioned by Allan Wachowich, lawyer for Aid. Una Evans, Mr. Leger said he had no knowledge of Mrs. Evans be- ing aware of a donation from the Ghermezians to her election campaign. Aid. Leger acknowledged that "there was no doubt" that Aid. Evans was one of the major opponents of the Ghermezians' Westgate rezoning application, and that she maintained this position throughout. Stanfield aide named OTTAWA (CP) Ronald S. Ritchie, former vice- president of Imperial Oil Ltd. and a Conservative candidate in the July 8 general election, has been appointed principal assistant to Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield. CAREERS GOLFCOURSE SUPERINTENDENT Required by the EARL GREY GOLF CLUB Reply in confidence and submit complete resume to L. A. WEBSTER, 6540 ZOth SMWt S.W.. Calgary, Are you looking for steady work with good pay? Norfab Homes Ltd. A mobile home manufacturer is offering just 1ha1. We need capable workers immediately to fill existing vacancies in our production line, previous experience not necessary, however it would be preferred. If you are interested please PERSONNEL MANAGER Norfab Homes Ltd. Box 999, Fort Macfeod, Alberta Phone 234-4431 India ignores China in Sikkim annexation NEW DELHI (AP) Ignor- ing loud Chinese criticism, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi won parliamentary approval today for her move to make the border kingdom of Sikkim an associate Indian state. The lower house voted 320 to 9 on the first reading for a con- stitutional amendment bring- ing the tiny Himalayan territory into India's national planning and according it two representatives in the Indian parliament. The amendment goes next to the upper house, where passage is expected before the end of the week. It makes the protec- torate an "associate" of the Indian union, giving it status similar to that of other Indian states. Peking has accused India of a "flagrant act of colonialist expansion" and said "the Chinese people strongly denounce this despicable act by the Indian government." Daredevil jump site This is the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho. Daredevil Evel Knievel says he'll fly over the canyon Sunday in his rocket-powered taking off from the ramp at left. The distance across the canyon, from point of take-off to projected point of landing, is feet with a 600-foot drop to the river. Your Business Associates Will Be Staying At The 3 jtlotcl Fernie B.C. Color TV DD Telephones See You There! Reserve 423-4438 ENGINEERING AIDES Positions have become available in our Calgary Joint Interest and Engineering Operations for graduates of the S.A.I.T. or N.A.I.T. 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