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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 234 LETHJ3RIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17. 1973 10 CENTS 2 SECTIONS 20 PAGES Grits back gov't plans and Pierre c By DOUG SMALL OTTAWA (CP) Liberals ended a three-day national convention Sunday after en- dorsing basic government policy and the leader who took them to the brink of defeat in last fall's general election. Contentious issues, primari- ly government oil policy and women's rights, were defused by compromise and composite resolutions approved by the 500 delegates. Manitoba Senator Gildas Malgat. 46. elected party president to replace retiring president Richard Stanbury. underscored a call by Prime Minister Trudeau for more gut-level politics by criticiz- Jury may report to Nixon NEW YORK (API Time magazine says the justice de- partment may ask a federal grand jury investigating alleg- ed kickback schemes to send a report of its findings to the House of Representatives as a prelude to possible im- peachment of Vice-President Spiro Agnew. The magazine says in its current issue that authorities are leaning toward this "uni- que course" instead of trying to seek an indictment against Agnew while he is still in of- fice. Seen and heard About town COURT clerk Geraldine Herbut wondering who snitched the Bible from the witness stanci in the district courtroom Brenda Beattie trying to explain how a grasshopper fouled up the duplicating machine she operates. ing tactics used in the last election. "We didn't really conduct a campaign as such." he said as the convention ended. But a call-to-arms by Mr. Trudeau arlier in the meeting and governmeri tactics dur- ing the current minority Parliament indicate an ap- parent welcome shift back to old-style politicking. Delegates responded to the change by giving the prime minister a bigger vote of con- fidence than that given him three years ago. Party dis- sidents asking for a leadership convention were defeated 1.- 648 to 170. while at the 1970 convention. 132 asked for a leadership meeting. 1.064 op- posed one. Delegates voted, or will vote by mail, on roughly 480 policy' resolutions submitted by ridings and regions in ad- vance. An additional 150 resolutions were handled dur- ing workshops and plenary sessions. Most explosive issue of the a- doption of a two-price oil policy two days before the meeting defused by a compromise resolution that urged the government to explore "all other avenues" before implementing two- price systems for any resource. Earlier, western delegates, particularly those from oil- rich Alberta, led a concentrat- ed attack on the new oil policy because they said it penalized western provinces. Delegate John Bbrger of Edmonton, re- flecting reported opinion in Alberta, warned the conventi- on that "we will be prepared to take on Ottawa and march on Ottawa" if changes in the policy were not made. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald argued that the measures had to be im- plemented to keep petroleum prices down throughout the country, and the Conservative provincial government of Alberta would get a share of the resulting revenue. Eventually, delegates ac- cepted a resolution by Senator George Van Roggen (British Columbia) that urged the gov- ernment to make sure any burden resulting from a two- price system be spread evenly across the countrv. I I ttlolf C.tirl I it slur Playboy prince succeeds grandfather Thousands cheer new king STOCKHOLM (rtP) Cheered by thousands of his subjects and honored with a 42 shot naval salute. King Carl XVI Gustaf assumed Sweden's throne Sunday. He flew in from the royal summer residence at Helsing- borg in southern Sweden, where his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf died Saturday night. The 90-year-old Gustaf Adolf's death elevated his grandson. 27year-old Carl Gustaf. to the throne. Carl Gustaf's father was killed in a 1947 plane crash. About 10.000 Swedes gather- State visit ends today SHANGHAI (Reuter) "rench President Georges :'ompidou left China today il'ter a week-long state visit narked by cordiality but few nitiatives in Sino-French -elations. The French leader, the first Western European head of itate to visit China since the 1949 Communist revolution, ;old a farewell banquet in this central Chinese city that all the hopes for his mission had Deen fulfilled. ed outside the royal palace Sunday afternoon, chanting. "We want to see our king, we want to see our king." They applaused when he appeared in a window and waved. Naval guns fired a 42-salvo salute to the late king and then another 42 rounds for the new monarch. The new king and the royal family, all dressed in black, attended services at Stockholm Cathedral. As they did. preparations were under way for the funeral of the dead monarch. His body is to be brought to Stockholm in a 12- hour motorcade Tuesday. Funeral ceremonies, dignified by the presence of most European royalties and heads of state, have been scheduled for Sept. 25. Court morning was ordered for six weeks. Burial will be at the Haga Castle royal burial site near the grave of Queen Louise, the late king's British-born seco- nd wife who died in 1965. The monarch had been tak- en from his summer residence at Helsingborg to the hospital there on Aug. 18 for treatment of a gastric ulcer. He had been near death since an Aug. 21 operation but rallied several times to the astonishment of his doctors and satisfaction of his people. Sweden's new king is a dashing, fun loving bachelor who lias a reputation for show- ing more interest in beautiful women and outdoor sport than in more serious pursuits. The young king, one of European royalty's hand- somest and most eligible bachelors, once was rated as a possible suitor for Britain's Princess Anne, to whom he is related. Queen Victoria was an ancestor. But rumors of a romance died out after Carl Gustaf said he and Anne were not in love. Ironically. Carl Gustaf was born and brought up in a country governed well before his birth on April 30. 1946, by a Socialist party pledged to abolish the monarchy. Another twist of fate made him the heir apparent only nine months after his birth when his father was killed in an air crash. Sturdily built, curly haired with the fair Nordic complex- ion of Scandinavians, he was said to escort beautiful girls even as a teenager. No one is sure on B.C. rails VANCOUVER (CP) No one knows whether the British Columbia Railway strike is over. Albert Beckman, chairman of the United Transportation Union negotiating committee, says it is. But the membership, which defied their leaders Sunday, haven't said they'll return to work. At issue is a report by a pro- vincial government-appointed mediator. Robert Smeal. The negotiating committee and the railway agreed Saturday Opposing views guide Socreds EDMONTON (CP) Bob Clark accepted the position of Alberta Social Credit House leader Saturday, following a meeting with his Olds- Didsbury constituency ex- ecutive and four conver- sations with party leader Werner Schmidt. Mr. Clark, narrowly defeat- ed by Mr. Schmidt at a leadership convention last January. replaces Jim Henderson, who resigned as House leader in iriidAugust and left the party I'Yiday Mr. Henderson. MLA from Wetaskiwin-Leduc since 1963 and a cabinet minister for three years under Social Credit former premier Harry Strom, said he left for per- sonal reasons involving ''pressing business in- terests." However, it is believed he also differed with Mr. Schmidt on some matters of party policy. Mr. Strom, designated caucus spokesman, said Saturday the Henderson resignation prompted Social Credit MLAs to have "a more frank discussion" than they have ever had. "Anytfme you have a person leaving or a rift where a mem- ber feels he should leave, it is bound to have an effect. "But I'd like to point out that you never will have total agreement and 1 hope we will be ing enough to have differences and iron them out without having to take the drastic action of resigning." Mr. Clark said he was no illusions" about (inferences of opinion between himself and Mr. Schmidt, but the two-day party caucus had established guidelines about Iheir respective re- sponsibilities. Under the guidelines. Mr, Clark will be responsible for day-to-day operation of the member Social Credit opposi- tion in the legislature. Mr. Schmidt's major duties will involve recruitment of can- didates and work with local party organizations. Mr. (.'lark. H6. was chosen by consensus between the party leader and caucus members, resolving at least temporarily a dispute over the selection of the House leader. The provincial Social Credit leader believed he should choose the House leader while Calgary MLAs said he should lie chosen by elected members nl I no legislature night to have Mr. Smeal prepare a binding report for the provincial government, which owns the railway, by Sept. 25. The negotiating committee met the membership Sunday and announced the agreement, but the men ob- jected, saying they don't want the report to be binding. The men voted at the Sund- ay meeting to return to work for 20 days if the report isn't binding, thus reserving the right to walk out again if they don't like Mr. Smeal's report. Then the negotiating com- mittee met again Sunday night and said the men would be returning to work, with no change in the agreement. But the men haven't been consulted and a study session is still set for today, apparent- ly precluding a return to work. However, the UTU's con- stitution says the membership must abide by the negotiating committee's decision. Further complicating the decision is a vote by the Prince George local to return to work today, although the membership there also is un- happy with the settlement. Thus the BCR. which links Vancouver with Northern B.C. via Prinet1 George, may become hall a railway if the nu'M heir don return Rankled Premier Lougheed planning oil export tax response Oil tax fight plan not ready By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer It will likely be a couple of months before the province can be specific in its response to the federal government's proposed 40- cent levy on crude oil shipped to the United States. Premier Peter Lougheed said here Sunday. "We simply have time now at assess our very tentative con- tingency plans." the premier said in a late evening news con- ference after his arrival in Lethbridge for the start of the cabinet tour of the south. Premier Lougheed. irrTfspeech in Calgary Friday, called the lax. announced Thursday by federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. the most discriminatory action taken by the federal government against a particular province in the history of Confederation. The move by the federal government effectively creates a two-price system for Canadian oil under which U.S. customers will pay higher prices and the federal government will collect the difference between the domestic and U.S. price which will be 40 cents initially in October. Revenue loss The government had earlier put a freeze on the wellhead price of crude oil in Canada after it had risen by about 40 per cent in 10 months, fixing the domestic price at a barrel. Mr. Lougheed said Sunday the federal action will remove about million a year from the provincial economy and place it in the federal treasury. "Vet our resources are owned by Alberta under the terms of the constitution." he said. Oil industry spokesmen are predicting a drilling slump in the province as a result of the federal measures and they fear future Athabasca tar sands projects may be threatened. Mr. Lougheed said Sunday he will do his best to explain the magnitude of the effect on Alberta of the new oil tax on a province-wide television program Tuesday night. The program was originally scheduled to announce that Sync-rude Canada Ltd. had-made a final decision on its tar sands plant, and Mr. Lougheed said he would still make a basic state- ment on his government's oil sands policy. The program will not be used to announce steps the provincial government will take to fight the new tax because it has not had enough time to fully develop counter-measures. concern Mr. Lougheed said the matter is of grave concern to the province and it is important that the responses developed are the right responses. He said the provincial government would examine every available option open to it including one stated earlier by Don dotty, inter-governmental affairs minister, that Alberta could cut off all out-of-province exports of crude oil. "I'm not saying that in a threatening way." he added. however. Mr. Lougheed also did not rule out further discussions with I he federal government while again attacking the complete lack nt prior consultation on the move. He said he understood that Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie was to meet with Mr. Macdonald early in October, after both parties have more fully evaluated what has happened. The premier made it plain, however, that Alberta would not be mollified by a federal offer-to share the revenue it gets from the oil lew. Inside Classified Comment District---- Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres r -J _ 16-19 6 ...4 13 ...3 11.12 15 8-10 7 3 LOW TONIGHT NEAR 35, HIGH TUES. NEAR 70; SUNNY. WINDY 'No madam, they're not radios, they're ;