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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta High Saturday 70 Low tonight 40, The LetHbrtdge Herald Vol. LXV No. 227 LETHBRIDGK, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 28 PAGES Seven Grit ministers in trouble By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau on 1968 federal election results at least seven of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau's cabinet ministers could face a tough battle for re-elec- tion. In the last federal election, when Trudeaumania was at its height, some of the seven just managed to scrape through to victory with majorities of only a few hundred votes or so. Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson, for instance, had a majority of only 203 votes in liis Medicine Hat constituency. He obtained 36.9 per cent of the vote, his Progressive Conservative opponent got 36.1 per cent. Minister of State Pat Mahoney in Calgary South had a majority of 537 votes. Although he obtained 47.4 per cent of the vote, the lack of appeal of the New Democratic Party in Alberta made it into just about a two-way fight with the Progressive Conservative candi- date picking up 46.1 per cent of the vole. Justice Minister Otto Lang faced a tough three-way fight in by all indications it will be the same this year. He had a majority of 559 votes. Mr. Lang got 34.3 per cent of the vote in his Saskatoon-Humboldt riding, the NDP obtained 33 per cent and the PC's 32.8 per cent. Liberal House leader Allan MacEachen came rather close to defeat in 1968. With a majority of 578 votes, he captured 50.3 per cent of the vote compared with the PC challenger's 48.1 per cent in his Cape Breton constituency. Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pcpin to Drummond pick- ed up 38.4 per cent of the vole in 1968. The rest of the vote was pretty evenly divided between the Social Credit candidate with 31.5 per cent and the PC hopeful with 27.6 per cent. Mr. Pepin had a majority of votes. Had 39 per cent Regional Economic Expansion Minister Jean Mar- chand had a majority of votes In his Langelier constituency. He got 39 per cent of the vote, the Socred candidate 31.9 per cent and the PC candidate 27.6 per cent. Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien had 44.4 per cent of the vote in 1968. With a majority of votes in his St. Maurice constituency, he saw his nearest challenger, a Socred, pick up 39 per cent of lha vote and a PC candidate 14.8 per cent. When it comes to cabinet MPs with seats that can be considered safe and even virtually indeslructable, Mr. Tnideau comes off better than anyone else in his. cabinet. Ho got 90.7 per cent of the vole in his Mount Royal riding and a majority of votes. His Con- eervative opponent picked up 4.8 per cent of the vote. Three ministers did almost as well as the prime minister. Treasury board president Charles Dmry had a majority of votes. In his Westmount riding ha captured 78.4 per cent of the vote as against 15.1 per cent for his nearest rival, a Conservative. Manpower Minister Bryce Mackasey pulled in 75.5 per cent of the vote and had a majority of voles in his Verdun constituency. The Conservative candidate cornered per cent of the ballots. Solicitor General Jean-Pierre Goyer took 71.9 per cent of the vote for a majority of voles in his Dollard riding. The NDP candidate cainc next will] 22.2 per cent. Cabinet ministers with a percentage vole in the 60s were: Finance Minister Jolui Turner in Otlawa Carleton with 65.7 per cent and a majority of votes. Environment Minister Jack Davis with 66.4 per cent and a majority or votes. Postmaster-General Jean-Pierre Cole, who has re- cently been appointed to the Senate and so will not be running again, had a majority of voles. Ha cornered 60.4 per cent of the vole in Longueil con- stituency. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp came very close to getting 60 per cent of the vote in his Eglinlon constituency. He obtained per cent for a majority of votes. Communications Minister Robert Stanbury had a majority of voles giving liim 57.8 per cenl of the hallols. Big majority Transport Minister Don Jamieson wasn't far behind Mr. Stanbury. He picked up 57.5 per cent of the vote in Burin-Burgeo constituency. Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford obtained 55.8 per cent of the vote in his Vancouver Centre constituen- cy in 1968. He had a majority of votes. Science Minister Alislair Gillespie obtained 55.6 per cent of the vote in his Elobicoke riding. Mr. Gil- lesplo had a majority of votes. Secretary of State Gerard Pelletier in Hochelaga had a straight 55 per cent of the ballots, with a major- ity of votes. Revenue Minister Herb Gray in Windsor West at votes had a bigger majority than Mr. Pelletier, hut his percentage of the vote was per cent. Energy Minister Donald Macdonatd cornered 53.1 per cent of the Toronto Hoscdale vote. He had a majority of voles. Supply and Services Minister James Richardson In Winnipeg South had a majority o[ votes and cor- nered 52.9 per cent of the vote. Public Works Minister Jean Eudes Dube had 50.8 per cent of the vote in Restigouche constituency. Health and Welfare Minister John Munro in Hamil- ton East got 50.2 per cent of the vote and a majority of voles. Consumer Affairs Minister Robert Andras had a majority ol voles in 1963 in his Port Arthur con- itituency. Premier says trade mission benefit' to Albertans TOKYO (AP) Premier Pe- ter Lougheed of Alberta said to- day his province's economy will experience a "positive impact" as a result of a week-long mis- sion to Japan. Speaking at a news confer- ence, Lougheed said his 41- m ember mission had explored the possibilities of increased ex- ports of Alberta products to Ja- pan and of Japanese in- vestments in natural resources in his province. He said "our objectives have been met because the Japanese showed" a strong interest in various kinds of our products." August food prices soar 2.2 per cent The biggest increase in more than decade DEATH TRAP FOR HOSTAGES Nine Israeli hostages died in this burned-out shell of a helicopter, after a hard grenade set off an explosion during a shoot-out between Munich police and Arab guerrillas, earlier this week. Guerrilla bases hit by Israel TEL AVIV (AP) Israeli air force planes were reported here to have allacked 10 Arab guerrilla bases deep inside Syria and Lebanon loday, hours after the government warned it would fight terrorism with all its strength after the Munich Olympic murders. The Israeli jets bombed and strafed the bases and head- quarters, striking within four miles of the Syrian capital of Damascus and far into the north of Lebanon above the port of Tripoli, the Israeli mili- tary command announced. Terrorists warn Bonn: release Arabs or else By ANTHONY COLLINGS BONN CAP) The West Ger- man government says it is doing all it can to counter the threat of retaliation from Arab terrorisls demanding the re- lease of the three guerrillas held for the attack at the Olym- pics. The Black September Pale- stinian group said in a broad- cast from Cairo Thursday it would "deal Germany a heavy blow" if the three terrorists are not released. "We will show the German imperialists, who dragged tho honor ol the great German people in the mud, uhot a heavy blow we can deal them if our comrades are not released Egyptian-German crisis heats up New York Times Service CAIRO The Egyptian gov- ernment accused West Ger- many Thursday of trying to evade responsibility for the killing of 11 Israeh's and live Palestinian guerrillas by mak- ing false charges against Egypt and other Arab countries. A strongly worded state- ment said "official German statements indicated that the Paleslinian guerrillas as well as the Israeli hostages were killed by German bullets." The statement charged that the West German government first said it wanted to fake the guerrillas and hostages to an Arab capital but instead took them to "an American mili- tary airfield belonging to NATO where an ambush had been prepared." "It is strange that the prep- arations for this ambush were under way on Tuesday at tho same time Chancellor Willy Brandt called Aziz Sidky, the Egyplian premier, and asked for permission to have the guerrillas and the hostages flown to the statement said. Brandt, the Egyptian stale- ment said, suggested that the Palestinians would disembark in Cairo while the hostages would fly back to Munich in the same plane, the statement said. It added that Sidky asked Brandt whether this plan had been agreed upon in the nego- tiations between German au- thorities and the Palestinians, but when Brandt answered that he did not know what the Palestinians wanted, Sidky re- plied that he would not accept th'2 suggestion unless it was agreed upon by the guerrillas. The statement reflected the anger of Egyptian officials over a statement earlier by Conrad Ahlers, the West Ger- man spokesman, who said that Brandt tried for several hours to reach president Anwar El- Sadat but that the Egyptian leader was either absent or did not want to answer. Ahlers added that Sidky's re- fusal to accede to Brard't suggestion that hostages and guerrillas be flo'.vn lo Cairo "certainly was of no great help." The sudden crisis between Cairo and Bonn comes at a time when both sides had great hopes for a quick improvement of relations in the economic and political field. Diplomatic relations were re- newed only at the start of last .Tune. They had been broken off by Cairo in 1905 when Bonn en- tered into diplomatic relations with Israel. 'r and the bodies .of our dead fighters are not returned to Iho broadcasl said. The spokesman for the West. German government, Conrad Ahlcrs, Eaid "all imaginable and necessary" security pre- cautions have been taken. Earlier, the interior ministry said it had received word that terrorists plan lo mail bombs lo Jews in West Germany in pack- ages and lellers for the Jewish Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown today. There are approximately 000 Jews in West Germany, concentrated in such largo cities as Berlin, Hamburg, Co- logne. Sluttgart, Frankfurt and Munich. In Munich, meanwhile, Police Chief Manfred Schreiber fold a news conference his forces opened fire on the pucrrillas because Ihe Israeli "hostages were "practically doomed when Israel rejected demands of the terrorists." However, it was still not es- tablished whose bullets killed the Israelis. Schreiber, Hans-Dietrich Gen- scher, the West German inte- rior minister, and other offi- cials held a five-hour news con- ference to give an account of the Arab attack and subsequent Shootout. Georg Wolf, the deputy Mun- ich police chief, gave this ac- count of the airport Shootout: One terrorist stepped from each of two helicopters that touched down about 115 feet from the lighted airport control tower where police were sta- tioned. The airliner, its lights on, was about 490 feet farther away from the tower. "The area was well lighted lo provide Ihe five police sharp- shoolers with adequate chances to target the Wolf said. The two Arabs inspected the airliner and two other terrorists left Ihe helicopters and trained pistols on the two-man crews standing under the rotor blades. Police opened fire as the two terrorists who inspected the airliner started lo return to the helicopters. "The two lerrorisls at lha helicopters were shot down im- Wolf said. "Tha other two, who were about equidistant from the helicopters and the airliner, unfortunately were not hit immediately.' One guerrilla dashed to the helicopters and liid himself un- derneath one of them. His com- panion, who returned the fire, was gunned down before he could reach cover. The Arabs inside the helicopters began fir- ing too, End in the exchange a policeman watching from the control tower was shot through the head and killed. A war of nerves followed with both sides staying under cover for more than an hour. "At four minutes past mid- night, a terrorist sprang out of one of the helicopters, tossed a grenade into the aircraft and tried to Wolf said. "At the same time, another terror-, ist, thought to be the leader, exposed himself. Both were im- mediately gunned down." As the grenade exploded, flames engulfed that helicopter. Armored cars rushed in, Ihe police overwhelmed the three surviving lerrorisls and fire- men put out the blaze. "We found the nine hostages Inside the two Wolf said. "They were all dead. It is not known if they were shot by Ihe Arabs or whelher Ihey perished in the exchange of shots." Heroic acts? MONTREAL (CP) Union leader Michel Chartrand said Thursday the Palestinians whose actions led lo the death nf 11 Israeli athletes in Munich Tuesday are "patriots and heroes." Mr. Chartrand, president of the Montreal council of the Confederalion of National Trade Unions, said newspapers have given more importance lo Ihe death of the athletes than to Ihe bombing of Hanoi and the displacement of Palestinians. OTTAWA tCP) Led by pork, beef and egg prices, food costs again pushed the general consumer price index to higher levels last month, Statistics Canada reported today. Food prices rose by 2.2 per cent, the biggest increase in August food prices since before 1961, and the over-all index rose 1.1 poinls or eight-tenths of one per cent. The August jump followed closely on July's leap, when food prices jumped 3.G per cent and shoved the over-all index up 1.7 points or 1.2 per cent. In dollar terms, it meant that H cost last month to buy the food that cost 14.25 in July or in June. In August last year, that same food bill was ?13.S9. For a broad cross-section ot all consumer Joods and serv- ices, the bill last month was up from what could bE purchased for in July; 513.85 in June, or in Au- gust last year. The statistics bureau said lira only recorded decline, in con- sumer prices last month was in clothing, where prices usually decline in August sales. The food price increase, Li percentage terms, was 2.2 per cent last month, the largest recorded between July and Au- gust since the start of the 1960s. Meat, fish, and poultry prices rose strongly, with pork prices up more than 27 per cent from a year ago. The August rise In the gen- eral index amounting to 1.1 in- dex points or eight-tenths ''of one per cent compared with a July increase of 1.7 index points or 1.2 per cent. The food price jump last month, 2.2 per cent, compared with an increase of 3.6 per cent a month earlier. In the year from August, 1971, lo August, 1972, the over- all index rose 4.7 per cent. Economists gene-ally agree prices should not rise more than two per cent a year if there is to be relative price sta- bility. Other factors contributing to the general increase last month were higher automobile and household Insurance rates, higher soap prices, and higher motion picture theatre admis- sion charges in many cities. The index is based on a monthly survey by Statistics Canada of the retail prices ol more than 300 consumer goods and services which figure large in the spending pattern of ur- ban, low-to medium-income families. Contract talks resume VANCOUVER Columbia longshoremen re- sumed contract negotiations with employers Thursday, but there was no indication an agreement was near. Don Garcia, area president of the International Longshore- men's and Warehousemen's Union, said following the day's talks only that there had been some progress. He did not ela- borate. Ed Strang, president of the B.C. Maritime Employers As- sociation, said he had nothing to report. The dispute Involves hiring hall practices in Vancouver, and wage increase throughout the B.C. Ports. Meanwhile, Mr. Garcia was critical of federal legislation passed last Friday that order- ed the longshoremen to end a strike that started early in August in Vancouver and spread later to other west coast ports. The union chief said there was no national emergency and said there isn't enough work on the docks to keep all the men employed. Vigilance ahout crime necessary EDMONTON (CP) Prev- ious attempts by organized crime to move into the province were thwarted but Al- bertans must be vigilant to fight new atlempls as the pop- ulation and economic well- being grows, Attorney-General Merv Mich says. Mr. Leilch, speaking to a rotary club luncheon, said so far Alberta has "no (or cosa nostra) hut the prov- ince must brace for attempts to "move in." "Well known personalities in North American crime" at- tempted several years ago to move into both the insurance and trust fund fields in Al- berta, Mr. Leitch said. He did not elaborate on the atlemptcd penetration. He called for public attention to the problem because tho more people learn about the threat of organized crime, the- better they will be able to cope with it. Mr. Leilch said one difficulty in fighting organized crime is that the victim is usually a willing participant. Hockey telecasts announced Telecast times for the four games in Russia of the Soviet- Canadian international hockey series have been announced. The Sept. 22 game will be telecast on CFCN at a.m., Lcthbridge lime, with a replay at 8 p.m. The Sept. 24 game will be telecast on CJOC at 11 a.m., Lcthbridge time, with no replay. The game on Sept. 26 will ba televised at a.m., Lelh- bridge time, on CFCN with a replay at 5 p.m. while the Sept. 28 contest will be televised on CJOC at a.m. with a re- play at 7 p.m. Fourth game in the series is tonight in Vancouver and will be televised on CJOC starting at 6. Seen and heard About town TJETTRED district farmer Andy Thomson making a time temperature table the lower the temperature the closer to noon he slarts his golf gnme with his wife Jim Porter returning to Lelh- bridge to settle, saying he has grown up after living in big cities Bill Helton taking canned salmon on fishing trip just in case. Councillor charges Claresholm mayor to sit on town council CLARESHOLM An appli- cation lo have Mayor Ernie Patterson declared ineligible to serve on town council will bo heard in Alberta Supreme Court in Calgary, Oct. 2. The application was filed Aug. 25 by the law on behalf of James A. Wannarnaker, a member of town council, who now is a teacher in Calgary. The application charges the mayor, as a tenant of a shop- ping centre and operator of a coin laundry there, had a "pe- cuniary interest" in the centre and was thus disqualified from voting on a motion which was before town council July 27, 1971, when the mayor and a majority of the councillors voted in favor of a request from Barry Finance Co., owners of the centre, for a cut in the me- dian strip of No. Highway in front of Ihe cenlre. The application alleges the mayor, by voting on Ihe re- quest, violated Section 32 of lha Municipal Government Act and "ceased to be qualified to re- main a member of council of the Town of Claresholm from and after Ihe 27th of July, 1971." Mr. Wannamaker, a member of tho town council since last year, left last week to lake up a teaching position in Calgary, but Is still abound] member, ;