Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1974 15 CENTS 20 Pages Utilities takeover heads Alberta NDP 'minifesto9 By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer The Alberta New Democratic Party today un- wrapped its spending package for the province's windfall resource revenues In press conferences at Ed- monton and Calgary, Grant Notley, provincial NDP leader, was to announce that the lion's share of the revenues should be spent to take over Alberta's major private utiiiiy companies. The NDP leader's "mini- budget" to be presented to the legislature this fall as an alternative to the Conser- vative government's spending programs also called for: medicare and den- ticare programs of the provin- cial portion of income taxes lor families at the poverty line in provincial pensions for senior citizens to a month from a month; indexing of pensions and welfare payments to the cost of living million) of a land bank for urban expansion tuition at all post- secondary institutions in the province million) and funds to equalize treatment of rural schools and others now at a disadvantage Substantial salary increases for public health workers such as nurses 'Rational development' The takeover of Calgary Power and Canadian Utilities Ltd. was estimated by the par- ty to cost million. The "mimfesto" also proposed es- tablishment of an Alberta Development Corporation at an initial cost of million. The corporation would be one tool to guide the "rational development" of the province's economy. Public ownership of the major utilities would be the first step to "shift the thrust of develop- ment away from private, mainly foreign-controlled cor- the party said. Mr. Notley was also to an- nounce that if his party came to power, it would obtain an additional million in revenue from the oil com- panies on top of the million bonanza now an- ticipated by the Tory ad- ministration. The additional income would be derived by using Saskatchewan's royalty system, but today's proposals could be financed by funds already anticipated by the government, Mr. Notley said. 'Scandalous giveaway' After labelling the Lougheed government's approach to resources a "scandalous Mr. Notley said, "It is our hope that by taking the lead, the NDP will stimulate all Alber- tans to become actively interested in how this windfall revenue will be spent "The party "sharply dis- agrees with the cavalier dis- regard of our parliamentary' system shown by the Lougheed government when they purchased Mr. Notley added. "Public policy should be based on legislative debate and open discussion, not backroom manoeuvering." Premier Peter Lougheed has said that the government has only established "broad parameters" for investing its energy revenues and that it would be "at least a year before any significant invest- ment decisions are made." Those decisions could be made by as few as two or three members of the government, Mr. Notley charged. The NDP's proposals for spending the windfall were approved by the party's provincial council at a meeting in Stettler on the weekend. Greeks, Turks trade prisoners NICOSIA (AP) Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots ex- changed sick and wounded Saigon office bombed SAIGON (AP) Police said Communists bombed a South Vietnamese government of- fice today %vounding five per- sons, one day after a man described as a wealthy playboy army captain blew up a South Vietnamese jetliner killing all 71 persons aboard. The office bombing was the first act of terrorism in Saigon attributed to Communists since the January. 1973. ceasefire agreement, police said. prisoners today in the first major release of captives since the ceasefire agreement a month ago. On the Greek side of Nicosia, shouting and weeping men and women jammed the streets and joyously mobbed four buses carrying the ragged-looking Greek-Cypriot prisoners. Most of the freed captives. 129 Turkish-Cypriots and 116 Greek-Cypriots, are civilians and appeared in good con- dition. A few were barefoot and all were dressed in shabby civilian clothes. Only two stretcher cases were seen loaded into an ambulance. The prisoner trade was held in a parking lot of the war- damaged Ledra Palace hotel, now a United Nations military barracks between the battle lines in Nicosia. Inside 'At the price of apples it's the best we can do. Ma'am1' Classified.....36-19 Comics........... 5 Comment 4 District...........13 Family ...........6 Local News Markets .........15 Sports ........8-10 Theatres .........7 TV...........7 Weather ..........3 LOW TONIGHT 50; HIGH TUES.. 80; SUNNY, WARM. BILL GROENEN photo Natural laboratory Beaver Mines Lake became the classroom for 64 Assumption School Grade 6 students last week as they set out to study environment. See picture story on Page 11. Protesting students call for Ethiopian civilian rule ADDIS ABABA (AP) Troops and police armed with machine-guns, bayonets and a water cannon today broke up a demonstration by more than 1.000 students calling for civilian rule in Ethiopia within six months No injuries were reported It was the first open sign of civilian discontent against the military government that de- posed Emperor Haile Selassie last Thursday. Only last week students hailed the military as national saviors for arresting feudal aristocrats considered cor- rupt and oppressive Police entered the campus of Haile Selassie University and dispersed students into the streets with a water can- non A dozen jeens carrying ma- chine-guns blocked an at- (empted student march toward downtown Addis Ababa. Helmeted soldiers with fixed bayonets sealed off the campus. "We arc not against the military as such but we are against military govr-rnment. a student leader said Thrmfripn arc Thpv arc rnjcl "We are afraid their government will become per- manent and we do not want to exchange one dictator for another." The 13-man Armed Forces Committee has promised eventual elections for a civilian government. But a committee statement Sunday- night apparently ruled out an early return to the barracks. It said the committee will not abandon Ethiopia "to power- hungry civilians or military." IRA terrorists kill two prominent judges BELFAST (AP) Irish Re- publican Army terrorists as- sassinated two Northern Ireland judges in their homes today and a business ex- ecutive was reported killed by a bomb at his factory. The two judges shot to death in Belfast were Roger (Rory) Conaghan. a Roman Catholic, and Martin McBirney. a Protestant. Nixon's health said failing WASHINGTON (Reuter) Richard Nixon's longtime per- sonal physician, Dr. Walter Tkach, has added to widespread rumors that the former president's health is seriously deteriorating. Dr. Tkach said Nixon is un- der severe pressure and in worse health than he was only two weeks ago. And there were reports today that Nixon knew in advance of plans to form an intelligence unit like the one which broke into the Democratic national head- quarters. The two developments have been linked to President Ford's controversial decision eight days ago to pardon Nix- on for any crimes he may have committed while in of- fice White House spokesmen have indicated that Nixon's health was one reason" for granting the pardon. Since then, questions have been raised about whether Nixon's health warranted such a move. The former president's doctor and members of his family have granted numerous interviews to emphasize that such concerns are valid. Dr. Tkach told Newsweek magazine that Nixon's health is "much worse than when I saw him two weeks ago." "He just has no bounce, no responsiveness at all.'' JBut Newsweek also quotes a former White House commu- nications director, Kenneth Clawson, one of Nixon's staun- chest supporters, as saying that the former president seemed animated and in no visible pain during a visit by Clawson to Nixon's San Clemente, Calif hideaway last week. Nixon has been subpoenaed to appear as a defence witness for his former aides charged with covering up the Watergate scandal. There has been no official indication that Nixon will try to avoid testifying on grounds of poor health. But Dr. Tkach is quoted as saying Nixon should "not get under any more pressure'" which might result in a heart attack. The magazine quotes Tkach as saying "it's going to take a miracle for him to recover... Gen. Tkach said Nixon's condition is so critical he has not discussed the case even with Nixon's wife Pat "for fear of frightening her." "I guess she'll read this now and I guess that's Tkach is quoted. Nixon is reported to have told the doctor: "If I go into the hospital, I'll never come out alive." Seen and heard About town Athlete Scott Sanderson claiming the mark on his chin was caused by football prac- tice, not a girl's tooth Community college students PLANE THAT WASN'T DIDN'T BLOW UP CALGARY (CP) It's pretty hard to blow up a plane that doesn't exist. Someone phoned the Air Canada office at Calgary International Airport last Saturday and said "The 2 p.m. flight to Edmonton is going to get it." There were two problems, though. Air Canada does not fly to Edmonton from Calgary and none of the other airlines had 2 p.m. flights scheduled. Nonetheless, police were informed of the bomb threat, which police said was a hoax. Ford announces clemency plan WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford proclaimed to- day a clemency program for thousands of United States military deserters and draft resisters "in furtherance of our national commitment to justice and mercy." A key feature of the program would require Vietnam-era deserters and draft evaders to spend up to 24 months in low-paying jobs judged to promote the "national health, safety or interest." There would be no minimum time period for "al- ternate service jobs" and re- ductions from the 24 month's service period would be de- pendent on military service records and "other mitigating factors." All those wanting to accept the amnesty opportunity would have to turn themselves in before Jan. 31. Draft evaders would report to the U.S. attorney where an offense was committed and deserters would report to appropriate military com- manders. Ford also set up a nine- member Presidential Clemency Board to handle the cases of those already con- victed of draft evasion or absence from military ser- vice. "The board has been in- structed to give priority con- sideration to individuals currently the White House press office said in a fact sheet. "The president also has asked that their con- finement be suspended as possible, pending the board's review." Ford briefed Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress before making details of the clemency program public. "It is not John Rhodes, Republican leader of the House of Representatives, said after the briefing. "It sets forth a mechanism under which these young men can rehabilitate themselves...." Hostages released THE HAGUE (AP) -Japa- nese terrorists released two women hostages from the French Embassy early today, but continued to hold nine male hostages, including French Ambassador Jacques Senard. Turk premier resigns over coalition split ANKARA (CP) Premier Bulent Ecevit announced to- day his decision to resign in the face of a challenge from his partners in Turkey's deep- ly-split coalition government. Ecevit consulted colleagues from his own Republican People's party and then saw President Fahri Koruturk. He told a news conference he will consult the Republican People's party council before formally tendering his resignation in the next few days. Political observers believe that Ecevit. a national hero since Turkey's invasion of Cyprus, will be asked to form another coalition or a minori- ty government. Conflict between Ecevit's leftist Republican People's party and the allied National Salvation party, an orthodox Moslem group, has been developing for some time. The premier recently described their differences as "almost irreconcilable." Two days ago Deputy Pre- mier Necmettin Erbakan, leader of the Salvationists, said his party would not en- dorse a scheduled visit to Scandinavia by Ecevit. The coalition of Ecevit's party, largest in the National Assembly with 185 of 450 seats, and the 49-seat National Salvation party was formed eight months ago after no par- ty won a majority of seats. Turner's call for restraint criticized Haig named NATO head BRUSSELS (Router) United States Gen Alexander Haig. who served as top White House aide to President Nix- on, has been appointed to replace U S Grn Andrew Goodpaster Supreme rviTivffJrr for todav. By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner's call !or voluntary restraint by organized labour. business and anduilry as we33 as governments, lo fight inflation received a cool reception Mon- dav. Business and labour spokesmen saw the proposal as "too simplistic" and they suggested the federal government should apply itself im- mediately to the serious economic situation in- stead of wailing for Oie workers and industry to act. Exploratory lalks have been held this month b> the finance minister with representatives of organized labour to determine its attitude to voluntary restraints curtailing increases in wages, salaries, profits and prices. Canadian labour Congress President Joe Morris has dis- closed ho had examined the inflationary prrMerns with the minister at a luncheon meeting recently The idea of voluntary restraints was first put forward by Dr. John Young, when he was chairman of the government's now inoperative Prices and Incomes Commission. The West coast economist had called a conference of business, union and government represen- tatives to discuss voluntary restraints. Organiz- ed labour balked at the proposal claiming that under the plan the workers were being asked to carry the big burden of the inflation fight. Business and industry adopted a modificied version of Ihe proposal. But when the unions refused to participate the proposal was abandon- ed by ttie commission Later the commission was disbanded. Mr Turner has discussed with Mr Morris the possibility of summoning a conference of spokesmen for labour, industry, business and governments. U would consider possible moves to cone with inflation. The labour leader suggested that if such meetings were held they should be given more flexible and broader guidelines than were applied to the old Prices and Incomes Commis- sion conferences Mr. Morris said his organization has always been prepared to meet with government and in- dustry to discuss all aspects of the economic problems facing Canada. If the new conference came up with a proposed solution the CLC would be prepared to consider it. Mr. Turner, in a major policy address to the Vancouver Canadian dub Friday, sounded the warning that it is going to take much longer to beat inflation than the federal government had earlier expected. He said increasing industrial disputes in this country were a greater threat to the economy's expansion than developments abroad. He called on Canadians to "muster a great deal of self discipline and self restraint in the next 12 months to two years He urged a consensus be developed to seek to strike "a fair and reasonable balance between wages, prices and profits." He appealed to Canadians gener- ally to join with the fwfcral government in exer- cising restraint.