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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY NEAR 70. The Lethbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 235 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES Horner maps new farm program By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) - The 46-year-old physician who has taken over as Alberta's agriculture minister says marketing heads the list of his priorities. Hugh Homer, who is deputy premier as well as agriculture minister, said Thursday that among his first aims is an improvement with the addition of staff, of the Alberta marketing commission, This will be part of the new Progressive Conservative government's pledge to place new emphasis on agriculture, said Dr. Horner, who owns and operates a farm with his son. Harry Hargrave, 62, was appointed agricultural marketing commissioner in July, 1970, and has had some success in selling Alberta products during visits to Pacific Rim countries and Europe. The former Social Credit government established the position and Mr. Hargrave. has a staff of two. The Progressive Conservative government took over from Social Credit Sept. 10 following the Conservative victory in the Aug. 30 election. "We've got to get cracking in marketing just as fast as we can," Dr. Homer said. Plan trade trip - He said a trade mission "which I hope Premier Lougheed will head," is scheduled to visit Japan about the middle of next month. Other areas of prime concern to the new government in agriculture include aid to the many farmers whose crops and property were damaged by hail in north and central Alberta this year. "And I'd really like to get some winter works going to help young farmers ... get an off-farm job close to home so he can keep his herd going and still obtain money to live on." Dr. Horner said there is "lots of room" for cooperation with the New Democratic Party governments in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. "I think we can present a pretty united front against some of Ottawa's agriculture policies and all three Prairie governments are committed to preservation of the family farm, a proposition which Ottawa op-posses." The new agriculture minister said he intends to lead the fight to get federal policies which are good for agriculture. A meeting of the three prairie agriculture ministers will be held Monday in Regina, it was announced today. Mr. Horner said he has agreed to attend the meeting to discuss areas of mutual concern about federal farm policies. Sam Uskiw of Manitoba and Jack Messer of Saskatchewan have held at least two meetings to discuss areas in which their provinces can present a unified voice in. opposition to federal policies that they consider detrimental to the industry. Nixon cagey about trip to Peking WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon says secret talks on his forthcoming trip to mainland China are "going very well" and he sees promise of a productive Session in Peking. Holding an unannounced news conference Thursday, Nixon told reporters neither he nor Premier Chou En-Iai is approaching the historic meeting with "naive sentimental" ideas. The president, recognized ideological differences and isolation of the two countries from each other for nearly a quarter century, said: "We have agreed to discuss Uie differences. That is all that has been agreed. There are no other conditions." Nixon, apart from saying arrangements are going well, was cagey about acknowledging that United States and mainland Chinese representatives are involved in planning his trip. He spoke only of talks about timing and agenda "that may be under consideration." Being worked out Another White House source said the American-Chinese arrangements now are being worked out. And while no one at the White House would say, there has been increasing speculation that Nixon will journey to Peking this year. On foreign affairs, Nixon acknowledged that the United States, by supporting admission of mainland China to the United Nations, assumes Peking will supplant the Nationalist Chinese in the Security Council. But l>e added: "We will vote against the expulsion of the Republic of Nationalist China and we will work as effectively as we can to accomplish that goal." The president's 38-minute news conference ranged over about a dozen topics, foreign and domestic, and included these highlights: - The 90-day wage-price freeze will be followed by "a strong, effective follow-on program" that will seek to restrain labor and management in major industries and "vitally important, it will have teeth in it." - U.S. policies in Vietnam will be unaffected by the scheduled Oct. 3 election in which President Nguyen Van Thieu is unopposed. - The bloody Attica, N.Y., state prison revolt, "like all tragic events," said Nixon, "has its affirmative aspects." He said it might spur prison reform, not only from the standpoint of the convicts, but from that of prison guards. He said he has been discussing the prison problem, "one that very much needs attention," with Attorney-General John N. Mitchell. ***** Juvenile informers J�bless Lortie names four MONTREAL (CP) - Bernard Lortie was quoted today as saying to police that he and three other men plotted and carried out the Oct. 10 kidnapping of Pierre Laporte, the Quebec labor minister whose strangled body was found a week later. Insp. Jules Arsenault of Quebec Provincial Police identified the document read in court as a statement made to police by Lortie, 19, after his arrest Nov. 6. He testified that the 12-page statement, read in court by QPP Capt. Raymond Belle-mare, was signed in his presence by Lortie, now on trial charged with kidnapping. The statement said the Laporte kidnapping had been planned for some time by four men--Lortie, Paul Rose, 27, his brother Jacques, 23, and Francis Simard, 23. On the day of the kidnapping, the four drove to the Laporte home in suburban St. Lambert and found the minister outside playing football. FORCED INTO CAR Lortie and Paul Rose got out of the 1967 Chevrolet and forced Mr. Laporte into the back seat at gunpoint. Mr, Laporte was taken to a house in suburban St. Hubert where he was chained to a bed in a back bedroom. At one point the kidnappers ran out of money and used $60 they took from Mr. Laporte to buy barbecued chicken. On Oct. 16, Mr. Laporte gashed himself on the arms and chest when he tried to crash through a window in the bedroom where he was kept. The statement said Lortie bound up the wounds, then left the house and travelled by bus and subway to Montreal. Plane shot down CAIRO (AP) - Egyptians shot down an Israeli Phantom jet warplane today over the eastern bank of the Suez canal, Egyptian military spokesmen announced. The American-built Phantom was the first kill the Egyptians claimed in the 13 months since the United States-sponsored ceasefire brought a halt major cross-canal battles. off RCMP payroll issue boils Bv GERARD McNElL OTT*WA (CP) - Juveniles no longer will be paid as informers by the RCMP nor "in any circumstances" will they be used to purchase drugs, Sblici-tor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer told the Commons today. When the new policy was implemented Aug. 24, "only six juvenile informants" were being paid by RCMP on a casual basis. Mr. Goyer rejected as "untrue and malicious" allegations by Robert W. Eadie of Cornwall that Eadie had been coerced into becoming an informant. The Solicitor-General said Eadie, with his parents' consent, had been paid $710 during a 2Vz year period for information that enabled RCMP in the Cornwall area to complete 14 cases. Eadie wasn't a juvenile during the period, he said. Mr. Goyer said six juvenile informants were being paid by the RCMP on a casual basis when a directive from headquarters Aug. 24 instructed that the practice was to be ended. Mr. Goyer said the Mounties have used juvenile informants "for decades" but have exercised great care in doing so. Practice has been that at first contact, an investigator would attempt to get all the information he could, using a "direct and honest approach" without threat or coersion. Every effort was made to have a parent or school principal present. PARENTS INFORMED If there was further contact, parents or guardians of the juvenile were informed. It has not been general practice to pay for information on the first contact. While casual payments might have been made later, juveniles weren't placed on a regular payroll. The Aug. 24 memo from RCMP headquarters instructed police to accept information volunteered by juveniles. If their services were to be used again, consent would have to be obtained from the parents or guardian. Juveniles were not to be assigned a number or to be paid. Not under any circumstances were juveniles to be used to purchase drugs. Turning to the allegations made Sept. 8 by Mr. Eadie, 21, Mr. Goyer said he found the task "distasteful" but Mr. Eadie had breached the subject and "I have no choice" but to reply. to Real estate agent missing at Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) - Police are searching for a 29-year-old woman who was last seen Wednesday leaving her real estate office to meet a prospective client who wanted to see an acreage 15 miles northeast of the city. The police and the RCMP have been searching for Mary Ann Plett, a real estate agent. They believe she may have been abducted. Police said concern for the woman grew when it was learned that no one except Mrs. Plett had seen the man who said he was interested in the acreage. The prospective client had identified himself as a Winnipeg businessman searching for land for his company. PRISONERS' WEAPONS - Caption released with this photo by State Police at Attica State Prison describes the photo as: "A collection of some of the weapons found after State Police had secured the facility." Photos were made by State Police photographers at Attica State Prsion on Sept. 13 after quieting a riot by prisoners. Troop cut shocks Irish From AP-Reater BELFAST (CP) - Britain has begun withdrawing 500 troops from riot-swept Northern Ireland in a move that surprised and shocked the Protestant community today. The cut will leave 12,000 sol-diers in the peacekeeping force battling an upsurge of violence by the Irish Republican Army. British spokesmen said the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's Regiment is returning to its base in West Germany and will not be replaced. Its 500 men came here five weeks ago to take part in a major roundup of suspected IRA activists. No official explanation of the withdrawal was made public, but military sources said the remaining manpower strength is regarded as "more realistic" than before. Some members of Ulster's governing unionist party are reported concerned, however, that the army reduction will encourage the IRA and Roman Catholic demonstrators protesting the government's decision-to keep 219 suspected subversives under indefinite internment without trial. A British soldier was shot dead and two others injured in Belfast today. The soldiers were guarding a bomb disposal squad called to investigate an explosive device found on a street corner by a woman. Today's fatality brings to 24 the number of troops killed in Northern Ireland since the troubles began two years ago. As the disposal squad began investigaitng the reported bomb a hidden gunman opened fire on the soldiers. Security forces, meanwhile, searched for the killer of a Protestant motorist found shot in the head in a car off the Shankill Road late Thursday night. The area is one of Belfast's Protestant districts. It was not known whether the dead man was a victim of the political-religious violence that has taken 105 lives in the last two years. OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister T r u d e a u acknowledged Thursday that the Canadian unemployment situation is "very serious," but said his government isn't sure what's causing it. The prime minister faced ft barrage of opposition attacks in the Commons following the release of Statistics Canada figures earlier in the day that showed the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate climbed in August to 6.5 per cent of the labor force. For months, Finance Minister Benson has been predicting a decline in the unemployment rate. But although the rate gradually declined last winter from its 6.8 per cent peak last September, it jumped to 6.7 per cent in April, dropped to 6.3 per cent in May, climbed again to 6.4 per cent in June and fell again to 6.3 per cent in July before rising again. Mr. Trudeau said the August figures are "significantly impressive." He wasn't in a position to say why they were so high-that would take "a considerable study" by the government. The prime minister said the reason the unemployment figure rose was because fewer young people had withdrawn from the labor force than they usually do in August. WE'RE TRYING "We are trying to understand the significance of it. Does it mean that our young people are less interested in furthering their education than in previous times, or is it is just a temporary situation? "Does it have to do with rejection of the work ethic or study ethic or acceptance of the work ethic?" Mr. Tnldeau was twice asked to outline government projections on the employment scene in forthcoming months. He declined. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield called for "realistic tax cuts" to spur employment, saying that the government's June 18 budget had been based on false premises that the economy was improving. . The prime minister said he would be delighted to cut taxes -especially the year before there might be an election-but the government was looking for "the most responsible answer" to the economic situation. In debate on the tax bill, Patrick Mahoney (L-Calgary South) was jeered mightily when he said the economy had been "doing very well" until the 10-per-cent U.S. surtax on imports came along. Lobster causing trouble between Canada and U.S. OTTAWA (CP - The lobster is causing difficulties between Canada and the United States. Both countries have long claimed sovereignty over Ma-chias Seal Island at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Canada has maintained a manned lighthouse on the mile-long island for the 139 years. The argument over the island would be more or less academic except for the lobster. Because both countries claim sovereignty, they also claim their Lang volunteers to go to jail OTTAWA (CP) - Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, volunteered to go to jail to help Prairie wheat farmers. Opposition members agreed that he should, along with other members of the Liberal government. And that was the way the great Temporary Wheat Reserves Act debate ended up in the Commons early today. Special debate on the government's non-compliance with the reserve act's terms had been sought by Conservative and New Democrat MPs since the House came back from a summer recess Sept. 7. They finally got it approved Thursday and they hammered toe government lobster fishing regulations apply. Under Canadian law, lobster fishing does not open until Nov. 14. Under U.S. law there is no closed season. Consequently, there is squabbling among Canadian and American lobster-men. There was an incident last month when a Maine lobster boat approached the Island and was told to shove off. An external affairs department spokesman said Thursday an oral protest was sent to the U.S'. about the incident. There will be official talks between the two countries about the matter at a date still to be fixed. The two countries last held talks about the island in the 1930s. in general, and Mr. Lang in particular, for 6& hours before they let up. Mr. Lang's contentions that the opposition was trying to "block and filibuster" government legislation that would help Prairie farmers was greeted with hoots and catcalls. He never challenged the basic opposition contention-that t h e government was flouting the law in refusing to make payments to the wheat board called for by legislation still on the statute books. TAKE SHORTCUTS Instead, he said he was ready to take shortcuts if necessary to aid Prairie farmers. , "I would gladly go to jail in the cause of the Prairie farmer." Opposition MPs refused to allow the Lang contention that only a farm measure was at issue. The question, Eldon Wool-liams (PC-Calgary North) said in leading off the emergency debate, was far bigger than the fact that the government had tiptoed around making some wheat payments. The point was whether Parliament would be the supreme law-making body in Canada or whether the executive level of the party in power could bend the law to its own wishes. The wheat reserves act is still in force. It requires the govern- ment to make monthly payments to the wheat board for elevator-stored grain, payments which in turn are passed on to fanners who have delivered their crop to the wheat board. The government has a replacement bill in the parliamentary hopper. But it only reached the report stage before the summer recess and now-with the House tied up on the mammoth tax change bill-further consideration is likely to be months away. In any case, opposition MPs say farmers don't want the replacement bill and the government' is trying to bribe them by refusing to make the reserves act payments. Seen and heard About town DUSY homemaker Susan Martin carefully patching her blue jeans only to find she had sewn them to the tablecloth on which she had been working . . . Tony Fercgotto holidaying in the city and showing his art on the shuffleboard by trimming a few of his friends . . . Charlie Linn telling Porky E d w a r ds about his dog "Pierre". Storm packs wallop NEW ORLEANS (AP - The one-time hurricane named Edith headed into Alabama today, downgraded to a tropical depression but still capable of generating tornadoes or floods. The United States weather service warned areas in the storm \ path that Edith's rains carried a serious threat of flooding over the Appalachian region, from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio southward. Fit again, Dief returns home WREXHAM, Wales (AP) -John Diefenbaker, former Canadian prime minister, left for home today after treatment at hospital for a minor ulcer. Diefenbaker, 75, was taken ill 10 days ago while on a private visit to Wales with his wife Olive, but the Progressive Conservative MP said he now is feeling "wonderful." The Diefenbakers were taken by ambulance to Manchester, England, to board a Canadian Forces plane for the flight home to Ottawa, ;