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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Schmidt rival Clark named Socred house leader By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Robert Clark was named this morning as the new Social Credit house leader in the Alberta legislature. The caucus voted unanimously to choose Mr. Clark. MLA for Olds-Didsbury, as leader to succeed James Henderson. Mr. Henderson resigned from the party Friday. The caucus met this morning at a.m. and promptly chose Mr. Clark, Lcthbridge West MLA Dick Gruenwald said from Edmonton. Mr. Gruenwald said that party leader Werner Schmidt had agreed to a clear-cut definition of roles for Mr. Clark and himself. Mr. Schmidt does not have a seat in the legislature and there has been considerable friction between him and the elected MLAs. Mr. Gruenwald said Mr. Schmidt will have no part in directing the caucus but will work on par- ly matters outside the legislature. "Werner's responsibility is in the area of the party, at the grassroots level." he said. "Mr. Clark is clearly the leader in the house." He said Mr. Schmidt agreed to the separation of roles. Mr. Clark was narrowly defeated by Mr. Schmidt for the leadership of the party and the two could be expected to be at loggerheads over many issues. The election by the caucus alone of Mr. Clark would appear to be a defeat for Mr. Schmidt who has said he wanted some "input" from the caucus on a new leader but that he wanted final say as leader of the party. Earlier, it was speculated that Mr. Clark might resign from the party along with two Calgary Socred MLAs. Albert Ludwig and Roy Wilson. Mr. Clark. 36. was education minister in the previous government and is considered one of of the MLAs least tied to traditional party ideas. Mr. Schmidt, on the other hand, was elected in February on a platform that emphasized a return to Social Credit doctrines. Mr. Henderson, a sharp-tongued member of the legislature since 1963, gave no reason for his move. But when he decided to step down as house leader, he said it was time for a "lot of sou! searching." Mr. Henderson was the second Social Credit MLA to quit the party since the 1971 election. Dan Bouvier, member for Lac La Biche- McMurray, resigned last year "in the interests of my constituents." Mr. Schmidt, who has twice lost bids to get a seat in the legislature, had no immediate com- ment on Mr. Henderson's resignation. Social Credit now has 23 of the 75 seats in the legislature. The Conservatives hold 49, the NDP lias one and there are twq independents. Some members have been critical of Mr. Schmidt's performance as leader. And a member of MLAs, particularly those from the Calgary area, say the new house leader must be picked by elected members in the legislature. But Mr. Schmidt, who resigned as academic vice-president of Lethbridge Community College to become party leader, says it is up to the party leader to pick the house leader. "When your leader of the party is out of the house the proper thing for him to do is to allow the elected members to pick the leader of the says Mr. Wilson. "You have to have confidence in your house leader, or you can't function as an opposition should." Mr. Schmidt disagrees. "To suggest that only one body (the caucus) should have a final say is not correct. In the final analysis, the house leader is the spokesman for the leader of the party." The LetKbndqe Herald VOL. LXVI No: 233 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1973 15 CENTS 6 SECTIONS 84 PAGES Kxporl controls lifted OTTAWA (CP) Federal controls on exports of beef, pork and livestock, in effect since Aug. 13, have been of- ficially lifted, the trade department announced Friday. Controls were placed to halt price pressures on Canadian meat production as a result of the beef price freeze in the United States. That freeze ended Sept. 9. Effective today. Canadian pork, beef and livestock can be exported freely under two new general export permits. Permits were already being issued Thursday. The depart- ment announcement makes the end of export controls of- ficial. Non-slalus I at I id us v vie led MONTREAL (CP) The Caughnawaga Iroquois band council Friday ordered 40 non- Indian families to leave the reserve by Oct. 15. The notices, signed by band council Chief Ronald Kirby, were delivered to the families by members of the Caughna- waga police force. Jean Chretien, federal minister of Indian affairs. Wednesday approved a bylaw passed by the band council which allows it to evict non- Indians from the reserve. Chief Kirby said Friday that 38 of the 40 families ordered off the reserve are "all white couples." Two Indian women who married white men and therefore lost their Indian status, are also being told to leave. t Siis birthplace lo eily Nick Delnea of Regina proudly shows off the scale model of the farm where he was raised. The model, which took a year to build, sits in the backyard of his Regina; home while the real farm remains at Kayville, about 70 miles to the southwest. Chile junta reverses Marxist policies i 11O OS' SI IIJNNKI) MAYOR'S I'LACK From AP-REUTER SANTIAGO (CP) Chile's military government has begun to overthrow the socialist institutions of ousted president Salvador Allende. who the military says com- mitted suicide during the re- cent coup. Key units of the economy ministry have been restruc- tured to include the private sector for the first time since Allende took office nearly three years ago. It is not clear how far the junta will go in reversing the nationalization of industries Cambodian officers 4shot for PHNOM PENH (AP) -De- spite official denials, several military and diplomatic sources in Cambodia main- tained today that government officers were shot for order- ing their troops to retreat dur- ing the battle for Kompong Cham. The Associated Press quot- ed reliable Cambodian mili- tary sources Tuesday saying at least 12 lieutenants anc cap- tains were reported to have is- sued the retreat orders dur- ing a Communist-led insur- gent assault on their defen- sive positions two miles north The sources said the 12 offi- cers were executed Sept. 7. the day alter a mass attack on (he city began. The Cambodian ambassador to South Vietnam. Pok Sam An, later denied any officers had been executed at Kom- pong (.'ham. The report was also denied by Maj.-Gen. Sar Hor. acting governor and military commander (if Kom- pong Cham Province. The general said his punish- menl of laggards at Kompong Cham was limited to throwing "about 50 of them a day into jail" 1'ir "little stupidities" and leaving front-line posts without permission. One Cambodian miliiarv fVh Classified 26-32 'omics 23 Comment 4, 5 P Dislricl k Family 20-22 fyfifi Local 17. 18 Markets 24. 25 Kcligion 10. 11 Sports 14, 15 (7 M Theatres 7 1 _ V v fi. 7 Ip.i.nJL IJiLq Woalhcr 3 f f ,-lv LOW LOW TONK If it gets too bad we can SUN alwa ys escap e to German M A 1 N l' Y S 25-30 -NEAR BO; 'NNY source at the armed forces h e a (I q u a r t e r s here nevertheless said today the executions had taken place as part of a determined effort to improve discipline and aggressiveness in troops to drive the insurgents from Kompong Cham. 47 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, the capital. A diplomat here confirm- ed the deaths of "five or six lieutenants and captains" but said it was hard to determine whether they had been shot by their superiors during the heat of battle or in execution after combat. The diplomat gave Ihe same location of the alleg- ed incident as the Cambodian sources. H role doubtful OTTAWA iCPi The role ol Ihe Canadian contingent of the International Control Commission iICCi in super- vising Hie Laos peace agreo- nionl will be determined only after careful study of the agreemenl. an external at- lairs spokesman said Friday evening. He said that indications fol- lowing signing of the peace pad by Laos and the pro- Conmiunisl Pallid Lao Fri- wen- that Ihe ICC might In- asked lo supervise tin1 as it works to pull Chile out of the economic chaos it says Allende left behind. The opposition campaign led by the country's truck owners, in the last months of the Allende Popular Unity government, was primarily against state nationalization. The junta said Friday it be- lieves Allende concentrated too much power in his hands. SAYS ALIENS ENTERED The junta's minister, of the interior. Gen. Oscar Bonilla. told a news conference Allende permitted "10.000 foreign extremists to enter our country." including Mex- icans. Cubans. Hondurans. Argentines and Uruguay Tupamaros guerrillas. "None had the right to be here." he said. Bonilla also said the country eventually will be returned to constitutional government but did not elaborate. Allende's widow said in San- liago early today that she would accept an offer of political asylum from Mexico and then "tell the truth about Ihe dictatorship." "I will tell how there is a miliiarv junta ruling the deslinies ol the country as a dictatorship without con- stitutional liberties. We don't know how many persons have been jailed, killed." she said in a telephone interview with a .Mexican television network. PLANE LANDS A Mexican Airlines plane, apparently sent to take Mrs. Allende and her children and grandchildren out of Chile, landed early today in .Jujiiy. Argentina. Two efforts by the piano to fly lo Santiago had been unsuccessful due lo radio I rouble at the Santiago airport and an engine problem on the ;iiirrall. Meanwhile, the junta ordered a roundup of "Chilean and loroign exlromisls" and hundreds were reported .irrt'sicd. Others souglil linn in embassies or lied the eoimlrv. Residents of Fort Macleod who were hoping to meet the three provincial cabinet members as they visit the town Monday morning may be in for a surprise. The ministers will be holding court in the Westerner Family Restaurant from a.m. to about 10 a.m. But. Fort Macleod Mayor George Buzunis. who owns the restaurant, said Friday only people presenting briei's will be allowed in. Attorney-General Merv Leitch. Health and Social Development Minister Neil Crawford, and Minister without Portfolio Allen Adair. will be guests of the Fort Macleod. Progressive Conser- vative Association at a no-host breakfast. Those people presenting briefs will be assessed by Buzunis. whether they eat breakfast or not. Everyone else can wait out- side. Mayor Buzunis said. "I'm not going to have a bunch of yahoos come in here and talk and applaud and everything." Me said his restaurant, is not normally open Mondays and he wasn't about to hire staff and open the premises just so people could come and meel three cabinet ministers. People1 "can shake hands outside." he said. "This is a business section. I can't let people come in here for nothing just to meet them." Mayor said the cabinet ministers will also pay for the breakfast, but their bill is being picked up by Ihe local Conservative association. He said there are public halls in the town where the meeting could have been held, but he was told the ministers wanted to eat breakfast. "I don't care where they meet." Mayor Buzunis said. "It just so happens I'm the mayor and I've got a restaurant." .Judy Wish, assistant news secretary in the premier's of- fice, emphasized today that the purpose of the tour is for the public to meet the cabinet. She said she had no informa- tion on Mayor Buzunis' ac- tions. She said she could un- derstand that everyone could not be invited to a luncheon. But at most stops, it was hoped the public would talk with the ministers, make complaints or even hand over written submissions. Coffee parties had been arranged with that in mind, she said. Seen and heard About toivn ..eparate school "board chair- John Boras com- plaining that stains on a newly finished gym floor were gla- ring even to a person who is color-blind late movie watcher Charlie Pacaud for- getting to turn the tap off and returning to a flooded kitchen. Alberta to fight oil tax By DAVE BLAIKIE OTTAWA (CP) The federal government ran into bitter criticism from Alberta and the United States Friday over its imposition of a 40- cent-a-barrel tax on crude oil exports. The reaction, swift and hos- tile, brought an immediate counter-attack from Energy Minister Donald Macdonald who announced the new tax Thursday afternoon. In effect, he told the U.S. it has no business meddling in what is essentially an internal Canadian matter and he ac- cused Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed of over-reacting to the federal measure. Premier Lougheed. warning of serious consequences for the Western oil industry, call- ed the tax the most dis- criminatory federal action ever taken against a province and announced that he will take speedy action to fight it. He did not elaborate but told a Calgary audience that harsh retaliatory measures will be unveiled in a televised speech he plans to make Tuesday. Also in Calgary. Don Getty. Alberta's minister of inter- governmental affairs said in an interview that one of the al- I erna ti ves open to the province was to cut off all out- oj'-province exports, a move that would hit directly at other provinces, especially Ontario. U.S. BLUNT In Washington, the state de- partment issued a blunt state- ment criticizing Canada for announcing the tax without warning. "We had assumed that such proposals would be the subject of consultations." the state- ment said. Mr. Macdonald. replying to the U.S. criticism, said "Can- ada has a right to make its own decisions." He the tax is part of Canada's response to internal inflation problems and the U.S. should not expect Canada In follow a continental policy approach in dealing with "our own inflation situation." Before having read Premier Lougheed's criticism in detail, he would say only: "It seems to be an over- reaction." The tax was announced alter the. National Energy Board disclosed Thursday it has rejected all October ex- port applications to prevent Canadian producers, largely American-controlled, from selling oil too cheaply to the U.S. In most cases, the board said, the price proposed was 40 cents lower than it should be in the public interest. However, it agreed to con- sider new applications if the companies raise their selling price accordingly. Roughly 1.2 million barrels of crude have been shipped to the U.S. daily over the last tew months. At a tax rate of 40 rents a barrel, this would mean about million revenue each month for the federal government. Mr. Macdonald said some of the money may be given back to the provinces but no deci- sion will be made until negotiations are held. None would be returned directly to the oil industry. The tax. which prevents ex- porters from cashing in on the increased prices demanded by the board, is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1. e stern Liberals upset OTTAWA (CP) Western Liberals complained bitterly at the party's convention Fri- day that the two-price system imposed for oil this week un- fairly penalizes the West. But Prime Minister Trudeau defended the action and a policy workshop rejected a motion to condemn it. The in a relatively staid day of policy lo emerge again today as the whole convention votes on more than 400 policy resolutions. Bob Russell. Liberal leader in Alberta, proposed the motion to permit com- petitive forces to govern gas and oil prices, in effect attack- ing the government's an- nouncement Thursday that it will insist on higher prices for oil sold abroad than that sold in Canada. After sometimes-angry debate in the workshop, the motion was defeated 80-47. HURT WEST Mr. Russell later complain- ed to Mr. Trudeau that the measure, coupled with controls imposed last- month on beef exports, hurt the West lo help the East. Mr. Trudeau replied that heavy U.S. demand for beef and oil "called for fundamen- tal and rapid action by the government." Canadian con- sumers had to be protected against world shortages and high prices. The prime minister said the differences between export and domestic oil 40 cents a be distributed by the government after con- sultation with the industry. Death penally restored SACRAMENTO (AP) The California Legislature ended its 1973 session today alter voting to reimpose the dealh penalty on a broad scale. 11 was a major victory for Republican Gov. Ronald Rea- gan facing a legislature con- trolled bv Democrats. llurlig quits Grits over 'sellout' EDMONTON (CP) Mel llurtig. a defeated Liberal candidate in the lasl federal election and chairman of the Commit loo for an Indepen- dent Canada said Friday he has resigned from the Liberal parly. Mr. llurlig. a prominent publisher, said in a letler to senator Keith Davcy. a Liberal and member of the ('1C. that he was convinced in that Prime Minister Trudeau would stop "the sol louI of Canada and giveaway of natural resources." However, since then, the Liberal government has taken no ollceiivc jiclion despite masMvo documentation show- nig how non-resident control is severely damaging the country, he said. Mr. llurtig said-in an inter- view, ho informed Senator Davey that he "found it no longer possible lo reconcile my great concern about Ihe continuing growth of foreign ownership and my membership in Ihe Liberal Parly The government, ho said. has had ample opportunity Lo lake legislative steps to cur- tail the takeover of Canadian industry and "Ihe takeover of Canadian natural resources and Canadian land and tluy have done ossentially nolhing." Saving he look the action with a groal deal of regret. Mr llurlig said he feels he now miisl look lor oilier alter- natives. Ho did not elaborate. ;