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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, September 19, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Trudeau's survival at stake Wedding bells Merrill Osmord, 20, of the singing Osmond Brothers, stands on the east steps of the Mormon Temple in Salt .ake City with his bride, the former Mary Carlson, :2, an American Fork, Utah, school teacher. Both ffe members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints By WILLIAM BORDERS New York Times Service (an analysis) OTTAWA As the House of Commons was droning its way through a prolonged debate last week on the bill that end- ed Canada's nationwide railroad strike, a member of the governing Liberal Party rose wearily to protest that he was fed up with hearing one claim after another for what he called "a monopoly of concern for the working people." "When we start throwing stones, we are being hypocritical, because few of us worry about the declared Bryce Mackasey, a former minister of labor. "We worry about our political future' and what effect our position will have on voters the next time around." Mackasey's surprisingly candid assessment, amid more conventional rhetoric, pointed up a central fact of the current special session of Parliament. Although it first dealt urgently with the strike, and is now dealing urgently with food prices, what much of the debate is really about, in the view of many of the legislators, is the political sur- vival of Prime Minister Trudeau. who seems more perilously besieged now than at any other time since he came to power five years ago. For Robert Stanfield, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, this special session, which was necessited by the railroad stike, presents anew the tan- talizing possibility of becom- ing prime minister. For David Oldest city claim made By JAMES I. HUSSEY CP Corespondent ST. JOHN'S Nfld. (CP) Citizens of ths seaport settle- ment, the carital of Canada's 10th provm-'e, claim it is North Amerca's oldest city. It was 3fl years ago, on Aug. 5, 1583, that Sir Humphrey Gilbert entered the port and chimed the island in the name of the Queen. And when he arrived, the port was already a bustling place. Histbnins agree that the port wasknown long before to the Vikiigs who explored the island's coastline south from as far back as 1000 AD. On Jjne 24, 1497, the anni- of the feast of St. John the Baptist, the port was re- by John Cabot, hence the name St. John's For almost a century after its discovery the port was used as a haven by fishermen from many nations, but no serious attempt was made to colonize it. However, as the great cod fisheries developed and knowledge of the island spread, both the English and the French expressed desires to possess the island. PORT ATTACKED Three hundred years ago, in 1673, the port was attacked twice, first by pirates and then by the Dutch. In 1672 and again in 1708 there was war between the English and the French. In both instances, the French captured the harbor and laid the town waste. The last battle between the English and the French in Canada was fought in 1762 on the slopes of Signal Hill overlooking the entrance to St. John's harbor. Today, France's only possession in North America is the territory of St Pierre-Miquelorf, two small islands with a popu- lation of approximately just off Newfoundland's south coast Despite a stormy history, including being wiped out twjce by fires. St. John's has grown into an active year- round port. Strategically located in the major shipping lanes of the Atlantic, it caters to ships from many countries, especially fishing craft, for repairs, fuel, food, water and supplies. During both world wars the port was of great importance to the Allies. It was the focal point of Second World War mid-ocean navy craft, com- prised mostly of Royal Cana- dian Navy ships responsible for the protection of convoys. Since Confederation, the federal department of public works has spent million improving the port and the National Harbors Board, which assumed jurisdiction over the port in 1965, is currently conducting a study to' determine the re- quirements of the port for the next two decades. It's being estimated by local business and marine interests that it will take at least another million to bring the port up to full capacity. Lewis, the leader of the much smaller New Democratic Par- ty, it presents an opportunity to force upon the government some of his long-desired programs of social legislation. TRICKY FOOTWORK But for Trudeau it is a time of tricky parliamentary footwork, and for creating an offense out of a defensive position, as he tried hard to do in facing the inflation debate that has been thrust upon him. "The government is most anxious to use the fact that the House is reassembled to take steps todeal with the hardships which have been caused to the people of Canada as a result of he said, as if the politically embarrassing debate, which the Liberals had been eager to avoid, were instead a welcome thing to them. Lewis and his New Democrats could defeat the government at any time, forc- ing a new national election, just by siding with the Conser- vatives against the govern- ment on an issue of substance. In a caucus two weeks ago, they decided, for the moment at least, that they would use their power to wring new legislation out of the govern- ment instead, rather than to bring it down. But that deci- sion could change. SAVORS NEW ROLE In the meantime, Lewis, a native of Poland who has made progressive socialism a central cause in his life, is savoring his powerful new role. After Trudeau opened the debate on Canada's soar- ing cost of living with promises of government ac- tion, the peppery New Democratic leader declared: "It should be obvious to everyone that even the inade- quate measures which the Prime Minister has announc- ed would not have been an- nounced did we not have a minority parliament where the government has to listen to the opposition parties. A year ago, the government could not have been moved to do this kind of thing." Most veteran observers here still predict that Trudeau will survive this crisis, largely because Lewis and the New Democrats see nothing to be gained from an election now except the possibility of a Conservative victory, something they certainly do not want. But Trudeau's sur- vival will not be easy. Stones windfall a hoax By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) The peo pie of Poona City. 110 miles rrom here, have just learned that it is not possible to become rich over- one wins a big lottery prize. At sunset time a few days ago word went round the city that some people had sicked up precious stones including diamonds and rubies in the Shankerseth and Shiva'ji Road areas. Two factory workers show- ed their colleagues a dozen large "diamonds" they had acquired. Immidiately, hundreds of peoplejumped on their cycles and scooters and headed for the areas. Meanwhile, res.dents of two slum districts also heard the rumor. A woman filling her water pot at tne public tap said "My husband is now the owner of a oatchboxful of diamonds. Maybe, they are worth a lakh of rupees (about Within about three hours, some 5.000 people were engag- ed in a search for the precious stones over a two-square-mile area. Since the municipal street lights were not bright enough to aid the search, the> had brought torches an) kerosene lanterns with them RUBIES SCARCE Almost everyone to lay his hands on a "diamond" or two. "Rubies" appeared to be rather scirce but, according to one es- timate, a total of of the stones were picked ip by daybreak. the Times of India News Service reported 'News about the precious stones spread like wild fire in the city. Men, women and children appeared happy with their acquisitions, firm in the belief that they had been blessed with a windfall." From "diamond one columnist described the lucky frantically got in touch with jewellers for an expert valuation of their new found assets. The verdict in each case was that the so-called diamonds and rubies were nothing but imitation jewels worth only a few cents each! Govind Surve, a plumber, paid for getting an ex- pert's assessment on two large stones he had picked up after six hours of search in the semidarkness. He was told they were worth less than a dollar each. Police believe that the hoax was the work of some employ- ees of one of the many small outfits NO CHARGES A senior police official said no case has been registered "as it is not a criminal offence to play pranks." But the poor of Poona City are not inclined to laugh at the hoax. "This was a deliberate at- tempt to humiliate poor, hum- ble citizens like said Surve, father of six small chil- dren. "Some wealthy men and their hirelings seemed to have derived a lot of fun at our ex- pense." One of the "lucky" Sakaram Koli, a fisherman- said his wife has had a ner- vous breakdown after knowing that the rubies she had brought home were not genuine. "A cruel joke by the rich on the he commented bit- terly. Anti-truck hijacking system being tested WASHINGTON (AP) In an effort to curb cargo hi- jackings, federal officials are working on a plan to send out radio signals asking trucks where they are. And the truck will tell them. The system, still in the development stage, would help police to recover stolen or hijacked trucks quickly. Hijackings currently ac- count for about 10 per cent ol nil Iruck cargo losses in the United OFFICIAL GRAND I OPENING; Of our new location And we're celebrating with a BARGAINS-FOR-YOU you're welcome Visit and have coffee you il see our bright new EXPANDED PREMISES that will afford you more plea- surable shopping your immense growth of patron- age over the past year has necessitated our move to this larger store! We thank .you' BALLOONS and SUCKERS for the Kids! Extra Special! Velvet look FLOCK WALLCOVERING CONSUMER Mr. Bud LeTourneau western Canada s foremost Paint and Wall covering Instructor will be here to guide you1 Single C Roll U ,49 with goodies for the Ladies. like FREE Tropical Plant for the first 75 ladies to visit us on each of the three days! 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