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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lcthbridqc Herald VOL. LXVII-232 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1974 20CENTS 60 Pages BILL GROENEN photo Mountain reflection Table Mountain is mirrored in Beaver Mines Lake, 28 miles west of Pincher Creek. The weatherman has promised clear weather and temperatures in the 75 to 80 degree range for the next couple of days. South- ern Albertans will probably be frantically, relaxing this weekend, knowing that sunny summer days are nearly over for the season. OPEC royalties hike will mean higher oil, gasoline prices Plumptre's board gets new life from egg issue By PETER THOMSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A few weeks ago it appeared that the Food Prices Review Board had as much chance of ex- tending its life as Evil Kneivel had of riding his rocket saiely across the Snake River canyon. Now. thanks to the stunning disclosure that 12 million eggs have gone rotten in storage and had to be destroyed by the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency, the Food Prices Review Board and its chairman, Mrs. Beryl Plumptre. have a new lease on life. There are no guarantees, of course, that the board or Plumptre will continue in anything like their present toles after their present term expires in December. But the endorsement by Consumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet of the board's work on the egg issue is significant. Here we have a minister who has clearly set out to line himself up on the consumers' side just as Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan has identified himself closely with the food producers' interests. Ouellet checked with the prime minister before com- ing out with his endorsation of the board and his public criticism of Whelan. Having established that the con- sumer has a friend in cabinet, would it be politically wise to undermine him by letting the Food Prices Review Board fade away? If the board does survive, in some form or other, it will be largely due to the political know-how of Plumptre She has not had an easy time establishing some credibility for the board, but she has made a cou- ple of deft political moves when it really counted. And finally, she has come down on the right side of an extremely popular issue. Whether the board deserves to become a permanent fixture is another matter, and one that can best be decided by looking back over the turbulent life of the II will be recalled that the board is the reluctant offspring of Ihe union of the Liberals and the New Democratic Party in the last Parliament. There was certainly plenty of evidence at the time that neither parent wanted the least in the form which it VIENNA, Austria (AP) Gasoline and heating oil will cost almost a cent a gallon more as a result of the deci- sion of major oil-producing countries to raise royalties and taxes on crude. Representatives of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting here announced Fri- day that all member states ex- Ethiopian military leaders split along political lines ADDIS ABABA (AP) Ethiopia's military leadership appeared to be split along political lines today, only two days after Haile Selassie was deposed as emperor of Ethiopia. The ruling 13-man Armed" Forces Co-ordinating Com- mittee Friday reversed an an- nouncement made 24 hours earlier that Lt.-Gen. Aman Michael Andom would hold the key post of committee chairman. Friday's English-language military broadcast said Aman was in fact only the com- mittee's spokesman. Reporters who sought clarification from a high-level military source were told first that Aman was not the chair- man, then later that he was. Some independent observers believe the develop- ment shows a split between moderate and radical factions within the armed forces, with the radicals attempting to curtail the growing power and public support of Aman, a pop- ular war hero who is already acting premier, defence minister and armed forces chief of staff. I Inside 26-31 .20-22 1- i .10.25 14 15 r .7 3 1 1 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH SUN. 80; CLEAR, WARM. cept Saudi Arabia are boosting royalties and taxes by 33 cents a barrel on their oil exports, effective Oct. 1. The increase will raise the average revenue for each gov- ernment to a barrel. The OPEC ministers said the increase should come out of oil companies' profits, but oil-company observers at the conference said any increase will be passed along to con- sumers. Most oil companies have clauses in contracts with their customers making such increases automatic. Jamshid Amouzegar, the Iranian delegate and an unof- ficial spokesman for the conference, admitted that oil producing governments have no way to block consumer, price increases. In announcing the increase, the OPEC stressed that "this adjustment should not be passed to consumers, taking into consideration the ex- cessive margin of profits still being made by the inter- national oil majors. OPEC said it will leave the posted price of oil at levels set last January. The posted price is the artificial figure'on which OPEC members com- pute their taxes and royalties, and leaving it unchanged was evidently intended to put pressure on oil companies to absorbing the increase. Alta. buys share in transit plan TORONTO (CP) Alberta will take a share of Ontario's Urban Transportation Development Corp., it was an- nounced Friday. The joint statement from Resource taxation changes possible Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner said Friday there is the possibility of some modification in the proposal affecting resource taxation in the upcoming budget He spoke to the Van- couver Canadian Club delivering a major policy address He plans to bring down a budget in the new session of parliament opening Sept. 30 "-just as soon as the parliamentary timetable will allow." Ke has said he is aiming for the last week of October or the first week of November. The minister said that the issue of resource taxation arose out of his budget introduced last May. It was the defeat of that budget that brought down the Liberal minority government leading to the Aug. 8 election. The minister said in his talks Saturday with representatives of the Alberta government and in mid- October with spokesmen for other western provinces he hoped to arrive at a better mutual understanding- Political broadcast ban set OTTAWA (CP) Broadcasters must end all partisan political broadcasts relating to Alberta municipal elections by midnight Oct. 14. the Canadian Radio- Television Commission announced Friday. The CRTC said that in the absence of contrary provincial laws, broadcasters must follow federal law banning partisan broadcasts on election day and the day before. Alberta municipal elections will be held Oct. 16. Alberta's Premier Peter Lougheed and Ontario's William Davis came at the conclusion of the premiers' conference Friday Mr. Lougheed refused to discuss the size of the Alberta investment in the program, which involves financing ex- periments in magnetic levita- tion and other forms of intermediate transportation. "It is something we are looking at in terms of a sound investment." Premier Lougheed said Ontario has committed about million for use in research and development of technology. Mr. Lougheed said Alberta is satisfied with the basic concept of the experiments. The program includes the controversial Kraus-Maffei transportation experiments being conducted in Germany critics in the legislature have questioned whether the system can work and have criticized the government's multi-million- dollar commitment to the pro- ject. Mr Davis reiterated Friday that the system is expected to be operational by 1978. An experimental track is be- ing laid to test the system at the Canadian National Exhibi- tion grounds, in Toronto. Premier Davis was clearly elated by the Alberta decision to participate in the program "The government of Ontario's original announcement of the corporation and its activities suggested that it should be a corporation serving the national interests and Alberta's participation is a significant step toward that goal." Mr Davis said. He said Ontario has had discussions with several other provinces on the possibility of their participation in the corporation. Mr. Lougheed said Alberta, like other jurisdictions, faces growing problems in the field of urban transportation. He said investing in the Ontario corporation would provide real opportunities for exploring alternative transportation programs for Alberta cities. Mr. Davis conceded that there may be some technical problems Seen and heard About town Senior city utilities meter reader John Walker receiving a letter from the city stating meter readers were unable to gain access to his home for a reading. Turkev Former NDP head visits China in political Tommy observes socialism in action Terrorists accept offer THE HAGUE