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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WARMER HIGH FORECAST WEDNESDAY 75 VOL. LXIII No. 232 The LetHbrtdqe Herald "LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER is, 1970 fKICB NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 46 PAGES Constitution Meet Shows Few Results By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) Under the heading of "other Canada's political leaders were to tackle more immediate, practical problems today after spend- ing two days wading through the complex jungle of the few dramatic results to display. As in the four previous constitutional meetings, the heads of the federal and provincial governments end- ed their talks by saying they were useful, worthwhile and that progress is being made. But there still were no major breakthroughs to report in specific areas of the constitution. What the conference did do was to revive the search for a formula whereby the the British North America be amended in Canada without reference to Westminster. And there also was general no specific pledges-to try to speed the whole constitu- tional review process and "keep the public involved and fully informed of progress." By renewing the emphasis on an amending for- mula, the constitutional talks appeared to be revert- ing to their start when it was decided to leave such a formula until after all other constitutional changes had been agreed on. But Prime Minister Trudeau and most of the premiers discounted such suggestions. Want Formula Most of the delegates had supported arguments advanced by Premier John Hobarts of Ontario that a formula should be established so' that constitutional changes can be made in Canada as they are agreed upon, rather than waiting for the completion of the over-all constitutional review. Mr. Robarts said that agreement on an entirely new constitution will be "a long time coining." Pre- mier Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan said it wouldn't be in his lifeline. The last time an amending formula was high in the news was in 1964 when the so-called Fulton- Favreau formula was finally shot down by Quebec after several years of federal-provincial negotiations. But this time, other constitutional matters won't be held up hi the process. The over-all review will continue, as now, and Mr. Trudeau said that delega- tions at this conference supported plans to conclude the job "as rapidly as possible." Twice-yearly meetings of the government leaders will continue next year with a February meeting in Ottawa and a June conference in Victoria. The only premier to suggest fewer get-togethers was Premier Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan who said once a year b enough. After five constitutional meetings, all of them with extensive publicity, the leaders appeared sensi- tive about not having any easily-digestable announce- ments to make about agreements on specific subjects. Premier Robarts said Tuesday night it is impor- tant that the public realize the complexity of the job and that worthwhile progress is being quickly mads in the search for an updated constitution. Unless some rapid progress is made, said Mr. Tm- deau, it will be necessary to "dampen the enthusiasm of expectation." Officials expressed fears privately that unless some concrete results can be pointed out soon the public will lose all interest in the seemingly endless string of constitutional talks. Mr. Trudeau has said frequently that he favors public involvement in the constitutional review process. Apart from the amending formula, this conference decided to study possible new machinery for handling intergovernmental relations, and also decided to spur on the work of the continuing committee of officials by giving it more specific directions. In the area of pollution control, said a com- munique, it was agreed to study the constitutional as- pects of environmental management while continuing to co-operate in anti-pollution measures under the existing constitutional arrangements. Virtually all the premiers ended the constitutional discussions with some degree of satisfaction over the course of events, Bourassa Satisfied Premier Robert Bourassa of Quebec saying he found the negotiations also said that his province "is less isolated than I thought." While Quebec had some specific demands, be- cause of its cultural characteristics, other provinces also had specific demands. Between now and Feb- ruary he said, his government will hold "talks, meet- ings, discussions and with other Cana- dian governments at the official level. He stood ready to discuss a possible amending formula, but lie said he would oppose resurrection of tile Fulton-Favreau version. Federal officials said that the "enormous background" from that formula will be useful in preparing proposals for a new one. Premier Louis Robichaud of New Brunswick', pre- dicting that a new constitution can be developed in three to five years, said "I can't say anything to give high priority to an amending formula rather than try- ing to rewrite a new constitution first." "I don't think there's any hope at all of first ministers agreeing on a draft constitution for Hie next year or he said. Premier G. I. Smith of Nova Scotia said: "The difficulties of our task shouldn't be underestimated, but I think we are making progress." He was particularly pleased that it had been de- cided to include the question of regional economic disparity in a new constitution. The first ministers decided that the preamble to a new constitution should contain the objective of reducing such disparities. In addition, the constitution itself would refer to the "moral obligations" of government to take appropriate action against disparities. Petition Circulated In Central Alberta Manning Asked To Enter Federal E. C. MANNING RED DEER (CP) A pe- tition asking former Alberta Premier E. C. Manning to en- ter federal politics in time for the next general election is be- ing circulated in central Alber- ta. Fulton Rollings, Social Credit candidate for Red Deer in the next provincial election, said the petition was started be- cause evidence showed "a growing restlessness and dissatisfaction on the federal scene today." "In view of this situation, we are requesting Mr. Manning to consider entering the political field at the federal level." Mr. Rollings said the petition does not ask the former pre- mier to run as a Social Credit candidate and suggested if Mr. Manning returned it could be as leader of a new political party. "The Canadian people used a leader who will lead this coun- try in a realistic, business-like manner in a free enterprise so- ciety. "Mr. Manning has demon- strated through 25 years as premier of Alberta that he has the experience, business abil- ity and principles to lend cur country in His very critical hour." Mr. Rollings said he hoped to arrange a meeting with Mr. Manning later this week to dis- cuss the proposals. The petition is expected to gain signatures in tha Red Deer area. Mr. Rollings said, and it might be circu- lated across Canada. New Military Govt. Takes Over From AP-Reuters A Royalist military regime took power in the desert king- dom of Jordan today and im- posed martial law in an attempt to end a threat of civil war. The top leader of Palestinian Arab guerrillas, Yasser Arafat, branded it a. "fascist regime" and pledged to "fight it to the end." All guerrillas were mobi- lized under a single command with Arafat as commander-in- chief. Arafat did not order an offen- sive but ordered his men to defy an order by King Hussein's new government and refuse to sur- render their arms. The Jordanian military gov- ernment is headed by Brig. Mo- hammed Daoud, a Palestinian born near Jerusalem. But the real power was invested in Field Marshal Habis Majali, British-trained Arab Legion offi- cer, who was named military governor of the entire country. Majali's first act was to ap- peal to rebellious guerrillas to U.S. Warned By Egypt To Cut Israel Arms Aid From AP-REUTERS CAIRO (CP) Egypt pro- nounced the United States Mid- dle East initiative dead, be. cause of Americans arms aid to Israel, but Washington insisted it was still alive. But peace seemed more fleet- ing in the Middle East today as Jordan turned to a military govT ernmerit to prevent a civil war and the Palestinian Arab guer- rillas, seeing their cause for re- turn to their Israeli homeland hurt by the move, mobilized their strength under one com- mand. Israeli Premier Golda Meir flew to Washington to seek more arms aid after breaking off the peace talks because of .alleged ceasefire .violations by the Egyptians. Hostages Release Conditions Clear AMMAN (AP) Palestinian guerrillas holding 54 hostages from three hijacked airliners Nixon Plans Discussions With Tito WASHINGTON (Reuters) President Nixon will visit Yugo- slavia for talks with President Tito during his nine-day trip to Europe beginning Sept. 27, the White House announced today. It will be Nixon's second visit to a Communist country, follow- ing his stop in Romania on the way home from his round-the- world trip last year. say they "cannot wait forever" for Western governments to re- lease commando prisoners as ransom. "Our conditions are clear, and when any government returns our prisoners, we will hand back their Ghassan Kanafani, a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Libera- tion of Palestine said Tuesday. The commandos hold 36 Americans and Israelis eight Britons, eight Swiss and two West Germans. Switzerland, Britain and West Germany have agreed to exchange seven ter- rorists they hold but not unless the PFLP releases all its hos- tages. The Palestinians are holding the Americans and Is- raelis for 13 specific comman- dos and other Arabs in Israeli jails, plus an unspecified num- ber of others. The leader of the most ex- treme of the guerrilla forces, Dr. George Habash, was quoted in a West German newspaper interview as saying he was pre- pared to risk a third world war to obtain his objectives, includ- ing a "socialist Palestine." Habash leads the Popular Front for the Liberation of Pal- estine, which hijacked three air- liners and is holding 54 passen- gers as hostages in return for Arab guerrillas held by three Western governments and Is- rael. Negotiations for their re- lease have got nowhere so far. As for his seizure of the air- liners, Habash told an inter- viewer: "If that should be the only way to destroy Israel, Zionism and Arab reaction (rich Arabs) we would in fact welcome the Third World War. "Naturally, we do not want peace. Peace means the end of all our hopes. We want a social- ist Palestine." Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad pronounced the U.S. peace initiative dead Tuesday. However, Riad said Egypt "is ready to respect" the Middle East ceasefire as long as Israel refrains from shooting across the Suez canal. Sources in Washington said the United States will do every- thing possible to get Egypt, Is. rael and Jordan back to the peace table. They 'also denied Riad's allegation that the United States promised Egypt not to provide military aid to Israel during the ceasefire and the peace negotiations. GUERRILLAS RELEASE TERMS FOR RELEASE OF HOSTAGES This was the scene in Amman, Jordan as Ghassan Kanafani, spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liber- ation of Palestine, announced guerrilla terms for the release of hostages. Kanafani, seat- ed at table second from right, also told newsmen that guerrillas "cannot wait for their demands to bt respect a new ceasefire agree- ment with the Jordanian army. The Baghdad-based guerrilla radio claimed Majali was in- stalled in an "American-engi- neered coup d'etat" and de- manded a general strike "until the Fascists are overthrown." "The Americans plotting with the reactionaries of Jordan staged a coup this morning and installed in power a Fascist mil- itary regime intent on plunging the country into a sea of blood and a destructive civil the broadcast said. Egypt, which has b.een allied with Jordan in negotiations for a lifiddle East settlement, la. mained out of the internal di'.- pute. President Nasser's gov- ernment claimed Tuesday that U.S. military support of Israel had killed the peace initiative in the troubled area. The king's call to the army has swept away from power many officials sympathetic to the guerrilas.. Several of the ministers in the cabinet of out- going Premier Rifai were from the occupied West Band, and pro guerrilla. Also sympathetic, and trust- ed by the guerrillas, was the army chief of staff Lt-Gen. Mashhour Haditha, now trans- ferred to the post of lung's ad- viser on military affairs. The king's orders to the new military all official statements emphasized would be a temporary to enforce the various agree- ments concluded between the previous cabinet and the guer- rillas. Nixon Thanks Courier CHICAGO (AP) A Brink's courier who wounded a would- be hijacker aboard an airliner told President Nixon, "I was only doing my job." The president thanked Robert E. DeNisco, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y., by telephone Tuesday night. Nixon asked him to give a first-hand account of the epi- sode on the TWA Boeing 707 to federal authorities assembling a force of armed guards to counter ail-line hijackings. Tlie incident occurred on a San Francisco airport runway. DeNisco later flew to Chicago where the White House reached him by telephone. DeNisco said Nixon "was very enthusiastic and happy it turned out the way it did." Jordanian Situation Discussed WASHINGTON (AP) A top-level White House force met late Tuesday lo consider the Jordanian crisis, the White House acknowledged today. The two-hour session ending about midnight brought together a crisis force called the "Wash- ington special action group." Asked about a published report that the group discussed possi- ble U.S. military intervention in Jordan if such help were sought by King Hussein.. Press Secre- tary Ronald Zicgler replied he could not comment on tlje mat- ters discussed, JORDAN'S NEW MILITARY GOVERNOR Field Mar- shall Habis Majali, a former commander-in-chief of tha Jordanian Army and then private advisor to King Hussein, was named Wednesday to be the new mililary governor for Jordan. The country's government resigned Tuesday night as army troops battled Palestinian guerrillas near Amman. Lengthy Auto Strike Expected DETROIT (AP) Leonard Woodcock, United Auto Workers president, planned picket-line visits to rally union members today as the prospect loomed larger that the General Motors strike may be a long one. Serious bargaining was post- Both the firm's new car in- ventories and the UAW's million strike fund were ex- pected to last about eight weeks. David Healy, auto industry analyst at Argus Research As- sociates, was among the Wall Street observers who estimated that the strike would be lengthy. A spokesman for GM of Canada Ltd., which is carrying on par- allel contract said: "I don't think this thing will be anything near agreement for quite some time." Picket lines were reported generally peaceful. 'JVoai hear this strikers! We have your shop ttetoards poned until next Tuesday, union sources said, although both sides were to meet briefly today to work out an agenda for fu- ture talks. The UAW had pulled nearly workers off their jobs in Canada and the United States Tuesday in support of new con- tract demands. Production continued at Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp., where contracts also have ex- pired but which have been granted at least temporary strike immunity by the UAW. Whatever terms are reached at GM will set a pattern for settlements at Ford and Chrys- ler. COSTS MILLIONS The union and the auto-maker put the price lag of the strike at more than million a day, including lost wages and sales. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN ENGINEERING WORKER Tom G r u s c n ddrf ex-, pressing pride in bis recent achievement a new but not forgetting "a little credit" to Iiis wife Hazel Dave Hodge almost ruining his singing voice when he mistook n bow! of French dressing for a bowl of to- malxj coup. Wheat Crops Decline OTTAWA year's wheat crop in Canada and the four other main exporting coun- tries of the Western world may be down by 25 per cent or more from last year's crop, the Do- minion Bureau of Statistics re- ported today. It said that the crops in Can- ada, the United .States, France, Australia and Argentina may total million bushels or less, compared with about million bushels last year. All countries have cut back their wheat acreages, and severe drought conditions have hit Aus- tralia and Argentina. The total decline in produc- tion could reach between 650 million and 775 million bushels. The Canadian crop now is es- timated at 338 million bushels, down more than half from last year's 684 million. With a gov- ernment incentive to take land out of wheat production, Can- ada's wheat acreage this year is about half last year's. King Breaks Arm COPENHAGEN (AP) King Frederik IX of Denmark, 71, who escaped unhurt from a seri- ous car crash early this year, tripped on the cobblestones in the parking Jot of lu's Fredcns-1 borg Castle today and broke an arm. The royal court said the heel of one of his shoes got caught between two ;