Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY NEAR EJ The Lethlnidgc Herald VOL. LXIV No. 237 LETHBHIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 30 CENTS TWO SECTIONS PAGES GM cuts work force at Ontario plants Trudeau looks for excuse to call vole? By DAVE McrNTOSH OTTAWA (CP) In the view of tfie opposition, the Trudeau government is looking for a good excuse to call a snap election. 'The government view seems to be that it is not searching for an wouldn't reject a good tme if it came along. Calling an election Is the sole responsibility of the prime minister, and Mr. Trudeau has been sayir.g since July that he has not ruled out a contest this fall. Whether the government believes it should face an election now before the economic situation worsens, as expected, is Mr. Trudeau's secret. But the opposition thinks the government believes this, and that is the key to the situation in Parliament at the moment. Leading opposition MPs say they do not want to present the government with an issue on which it could call a snap election. Thomas Bell, Conservative whip, said in the Com- mons Thursday that the government intends to blame the current economic troubles on President Toon's sur- charge on imports if it finds itself in an election cam- paign. The government had expected it Would take sit to eight weeks to put through its legislation to over, haul the income lax system. Now it has cut this estimate by half. The legislation is expected to get second reading Monday or Tuesday night and to be through all re- maining parliamentary stages in two to three weeks. The main reason for this speed, opposition MPs say, is that they don't >vant to be made to appear to be combating clauses in the income tax bill which will take nearly one million persons In low-income brackets off the tax rolls. The bill is scheduled to come into effect Jan. 1, 1972. Conservatives Careful A leading Conservative said liis party is being ex- tremely careful not to give the government any excuse to charge that the bill is being filibustered. Not all opposition MPs feel this way, however. Some said they would like to see an election as loon as possible. They would be glad to give the gov- ernment an excuse to call one, they added. Based on Mr. Trudeau's statements, the elec- tion date has been generally considered to be the sum- mer of 1972. But some observers say it nray not come until well Into 1973. July 25, 1073, is, by law, the last possible date for dissolution of this Parliament, elected in 1968, and naming of an election dale. Four governments in 1896, 1917, 1935 and 1945 trailed a full five years before going to the electorate. In each case, the election call came On the second last possible day. Only once has a government with a comfortable majority called an election after only three years of its term. That was the Lauricr administration of 1911. Until recently, the government has not been in any rush to bring forward again its legislation providing for distribution of million among Prairie farmers. But it may he more anxious to push through this legislation after last week's opposition assault on the administration's decision not to pay million owing to Western farmers under the Temporary Wheat Re- serves Act. This act will be repealed by the legislation, which will distribute million. Early passage of the income tax bill may allow the government to get out of its present embarrassment over non-payments under the Wheat Reserves Apt- Mosca teaches adult class TORONTO (CP) If you're interested in finding out Count Dracula's preference in gamma globulin, try skulking down the halls of Toronto's Centennial College at night this fall. If you "'ink that, lineman Angelo Mbsca of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is a b i g meanie, you can tell liim so to lii-s face at a high schonl in Burlington. And if you want to learn litnv to lie down a tent in the tccili of a Sahara Desert sandstorm with Arabic knots, the Etobicoke recreation department is more than happy to supply an Arabic knot a mere pittance. Count Dracuk, Augclo Mosca and Etobicokc's Arabic knot experts have something in they're nil involved in one way or another in nr yj adult education courses being offered tills [all in Onlaviu. Frank Tliayer is the man offering the course on the occuit sciences at Centennial College. And he in- tends to devote at least one full lecture to vampires and werewolves, fact end fancy. Mr. Mosca is one of three Ti-Cats teaching a foot, ball IMIITSO at Burlington's General Brock High School. The oiKcrs are John Hohmnn and Bill Danychuk. Ilumbcr College lus a course called Tasting Wine for Knjoymenl. Oi. you run Ins Jour poker chips and fhavcd dock of cardr. over to York University and Ignr Kusyszyn'n course nn gambling. OSHAWA, Ont. (CP) Gen- eral Motors of Canada Ltd. an- nounced today it will be reduc- ing its combined work force at five Ontario by about seven per cent during the win- ter. Japanese competition was given as one of the maul rea- sons. The company said the maxi- mum number of workers that could be affected is 1.355 of a total work force ot at tire five locations. The breakdown on planned re- ductions is 000 at the Oshawa assembly plant, 525 at the St. Catharines, Ont'., assembly plant, 175 at the trim and trans- mission plants at Windsor Ont., and 55 at the Scarborough, Out., parts plant. A statement from the com- pany said employees will be no- tified Oct. 1 that they will be subject to layoff beginning Nov. 1. The reason was "production changes required in view of pro- jected market conditions influ- enced importantly by sales of foreign cars, particularly Japa- nese." ATTRITION CUTS TOLL The company said that be- cause of retirements and resigr nations, it is anticipated that the number to be laid off will be "substantially less than Nearly all employees laid off will be eligible for a company- operated layoff benefit program which, combined with unem- ployment insurance, brings ben- efits to about 90 per cent of reg- ular pay for up to about a year. The statement noted that sales of cars by overseas manu- facturers have accounted for about 16 per cent of total sales in the United States and about 26 per cent in Canada. GM's North American passen- ger car sales for August totalled this year, up about 3.3 per cent from the prevous Au- gust. The company's dealers sold North American passenger cars during the first ight myi.lh5 of the ''ear. an in- crease of almost lu per cent over the same period a year earlier. However, the company said sales earlier this year were iu- flated by deferred purchases after the end of a 94-day strike in December, 1970. Spokesmen for Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. and Chrysler Canada Ltd. said no layoffs were planned. The Ford and C'JirysIer spokesmen said Cana- dian plants were being operated at capacity production rates. Montana hunter loses pants but gels bag DHUMMONND, Mont. (AP) Philipps went hunt- ing, Ink his pants but came back with a bear and moun- tain lion. Phillips, a 25-year-old engi- neering student, said he was scouting for elk near Drum- mond in western Montana when he was surprised by a bear, which he shot. He dressed it out but spilled blood on his clothing. Then, said the hunter, he was surprised by a mountain lion, apparently attracted by the scent of the bear's blood. Tlie cat took a swipe at Philipps, ripping off his pants. The hunter said his first shot missed, but his sec- ond killed the 98-pound cat. Without his pants, Phillips abandoned Ihe elk hunt. JEAN-LUC PEPIN sees bright side Canada could benefit OTTAWMCP The United States decision to free the dollar from gold could benefit Can- ada's commercial position Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin said today. And B r i t a i n 's prospective entry into the European Com- mon Market rail have a pro- found we work at a beneficial effect over the long run on Canada's trade with Eu- rope, he said. Mr. Pepin was addressing a group of businessmen and gov- ernment officials who took part in a Canadian trade and in- dustrial mission to West Ger- many in April. Members of the mission were called together by the trade de- partment to review progress made in cultivating business ties with Germany and plot fu- ture strategy. "Obviously the German mar- ket was high on our lists before the events of the last Mr. Pepin said, referring to the U.S. decision to end convertibil- ity of the dollar into gold and place an additional 10-per-cent tariff on imports. "It is higher now." PREDICTION RISKY To guess the new relationship between world currencies "once the dust has is a field where ar.gels fear to tread, said the trade minster. Canada, however, could bene- fit in foreign markets from (lie realignment. "Our dollar was set free to find its own level in May, 1970, and it has been reasonably steady since then at around six to seven per cent above its pre- vious level. "If other currencies were al- lowed to find their levels, they rould tend to appreciate in rela- tion to the U.S. dollar but more or less retain their relationslup between them. Since Canada took this step well over one year ago these currencies may be expected to appeciale in value in relationship to our dol- lar." Seen and heard About town 1.TUNTERS Garry Stockton. Harry Chapman and Norm Davis getting ready for the new season by tuning their motorcycles to a fine-pitched sound that attracts only ducks Colleen Copclaml missing the bus from Edmonton and managing (o be late for work. Bassett: it's final 'The Tely is dead' TORONTO (CP) Publisher John Bassett says there is "not the slightest possibility" he will reconsider his decision to close The Telegram. "The Tely is Mr. Bas- sett said in an interview. Any- body who hopes it may be sold to a prospective publisher is "All I want now is to be left In peace to arrange the most decent burial with all the dig- nity and grace I he said A meeting was hold today be- tween Bassett and union leaders. Bob Rupert, an interna- tional representative of the Newspaper Guild, said later that Mr. Bassett "painted an extremely bleak future" for the 95-year-old newspaper, which employs about persons. "No possibility of The Tele- gram surviving and prospering" was seen by its publisher, Mr. Rupert said, although "he agreed with us that it should survive." The employees atempted to. have reversed the decision which Mr. Bassett anounced Saturday to close the paper. A meeting was set for today between Mr. Basselt and union leaders at the 95-year-old news- paper, at which the employees will attempt to persuade Mr. Bassett to reverse the decision he announced Saturday. Mr. Bassell's announcement Saturday said the afternoon daily had lost million in the last two years and another Si- million loss was forecast this year. Mr. Bassett bristled at the suggestion in the interview that somebody might buy The Tele- gram and publish it. NO BUYER' "What buyer? You're dream- ing. There's no buyer. If The Telegram could be kept alive, I'd keep it alive and I'd publish it, "It is a dreadful disservice to try and raise hopes where no hope exists." Mr. Bassett added that his de- cision was taken before a union meeting of Telegram employees Thursday night, which voted au- thorization of a strike call in their current wage dispute. Sunday, the Council of To- ronto Newspaper Unions, which has been bargaining with The Telegram on behalf of 900 em- ployees, sent telegrams to Prime Minister Trudeau asking fnr an investigation under the Combines Act of the sale of the Telegram's subscription list to The Star. They charged the sale gives The Star, Toronto's only other afternoon English-language daily, "a monopoly in the after- noon field." They asked that the govern- ment step in to protect the jobs of Telegram employees "until the legality of the sale has been determined." Mr. Bassett said today the presses and plant of his dying newspaper have been leased to The Star for two years. Publisher Beland Honderich of The Star announced today his newspaper has purchased the subscription lists of the dy- ing Toronto Telegram for million. Meanwhile. Premier William Davis said his government is concerned about The Tele- gram, but "there's notliing we can do about it." FRONT PAGE ANNOUNCEMENT In a front page announcement Toronto Telegram publisher John Bas5elt said that a decision "has been taken to cease publication" in the near future. The Telegram is Canada's fourth largest newspaper wilh a circulation of daily. United Nations almost broke U THANT his last report Bloodstains foiuid in woman's car EDMONTON (CP) Blood- stains have been found in an automobile owned by a 29-year- old city woman who vanished Wednesday. Police said small bloodstains were found on a piece of car- peting in the rear sesv and in- side the trunk of the car own- ed by Mary Ann PleU. The car was "found on the lot of a used car dealer Friday. Mrs. Plett, reported missing by her husband, was last seen Wednesday leaving her real es- tate office to meet a prospec- tive client who wanted to see an acreage 11 miles southeast of (lie city. Her husband has offered a reward for information. Police, who said they believe Mrs. Plett may have been kid- napped, are using aircraft and tracking dogs in their search. Fear plague MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuter) Locust eggs spread over a area of neighboring New South Wales cou'd threaten Victoria state with the worst plague in its his- tory, Agriculture Minister Gil- bert Chandler said Monday. UNITED NATIONS (CP) The 26th meeting of the General Assembly opens Tuesday with! three widely-divergent subjects on the minds of all delegates China, selection of a new secre- tary-general and debt. Observers say that because of the debate over the entry of Communist China the three- month session could be one of the most newsworthy in many But Uiey also add that in terms of getting something done about the many problems facing the world, there is not much at the moment on the books. In that regard, probably tlio most significant move will be agreement to ban bacteriologi- cal warfare. Secretary-General U Thant, making his last report after 10 years of running the affairs of tile world organisation, has warned that the is on the verge of bankruptcy because of mounting debts resulting from past peacekeeping operations. SAYS WAR POSSIBLE And he warned in his report, released Sunday, that war could break out again in the Middle East, with new powers, presum- ably a reference to the super- powers, in danger of beir.g dragged in. Thant also called on the dele- will be 130 of them with the admission this year of three new small stales get on with the job of get- ting Communist China into the organization. Thant, long an advocate of seating Peking, apparently ad- ministered a slap at the United States' two-China policy by tell- ing members they should not get bogged down with legalisms. China is the greatest single matter facing the assembly. The United States is manoeuvr- ing to retain a seat for National- ist China. Tliant has said that the situa- tion is so frought with uncer- tainly he cannot say whether Peking will be invited in this year, but he had added that it could happen. The debate on China will pot start until mid-October. But ini- tial skirmishing will start this week when the general commit- tee discusses how the question vill be placed on the assembly's agenda. Meanwhile, as usual, foreign ministers from many countries will be here for the first weeks of the assembly, for pubb'c cere- monies and, more important, private U.S. ijeovtary William Rogers and Andre Gromyko of the Soviet Union will be here, as will External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp of Canada. Sharp is expected to talk with Gromyko and Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home of Britain- It is not known whether he will see Rogers. The Canadian minister will be hero Tuesday for the opening and then will go home. He will return the following week for consultations and to address tha assembly. He speaks Wednes- day, Sept. 29. Revenue department issues Green Book Doctors again top list of high incomes OTTAWA (CP) Canada's tax-paying, self-employed doctors and surgeons reported average incomes of for 1969, an increase of 10.8 per cent over the preceding year. The 1971 edition of the reve- nue department's Green Book of tax figures, covering personal income tax returns for 1969 that, filed In Hie spring of slww that self-employed doctors and surgeons again lop Ihe list of high incomes. Not included among them are doctors and surgeons working on a full sala- ried basis. The Green Book, issued today, also reports that Onkvillc, Onl., again leads communities with the highest average pcr-lax- pnyer Sccond- was Sarnls with Tlicse compared with in Toronto and in Montreal. Tlie 10.8-pcr-cent increase in the average income of self-em- ployed doctors and surgeons, to from in 1906, compared with the 1968 increase of 6.7 per cent over 19C7's figure of J27..W. This jump, sources said, coin- cided with the full introduction of prepaid medical care insur- ance run by the federal and pro- vincial governments. Participat- ing doctors arc protected against non-collection of fees. Medical fee scales went up at tliu same lime. Second to Hie doctors and sur- geons, oclf-cmploycd lawyers and notaries had average in- comes of reported in Hair :969 tai returns. This figure compared wilh in 1908 and is an in- crease of 9.7 per cent. Self-employed engineers and architects, third-ranking for the second year, hnd average in- comes of a decline for tire year from in 1968. For than two out of three taxpayers, the employees of business cnlrr- prises, average income was before taxes in This figure was up from in 1968. Returns from lax- payers were analysed in tin revenue deportment report. To- gether, they had incomes lolal- ling S44.91 billion, and taxable incomes of S29.79 billion. Fed- eral taxes on Ihnl: ran tn hfflion. Some other highlights of the report: in the 40-44 age group reported the highest average in- comes, wliile women aged S3 to 39 reported Ihe high- est annual incomes among women, In five-year ago groupings, the largest absolute number of taxpayers, men and women, wj.s under 2o and their average income was 99 listed cities, tho one wilh the lowest average in- Portage la Prairie, Man. Tho average in- come of all taxpayers in the 99 listed cities was and these 99 paid 76.04 per cent of all 1969 federal income taxes. cost Hie government 73 cents to collect each owing (n it, tho smallest cost duct 1915. In 1950, by comparison, it cost to collect largest number of tax- payers, reported Iho.ir total incomes were in the bracket between and a year, and the next larg- est group, reported in- comes between and in 1969. indication of the dispar- ity of incomes per capita be- tween one province and another was indicated in the average federal lax paid by laxable per- sons. The averages were: New- foundland Nova Scolia Prince Edward Island New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta and British Columbia 'Have you one with our country on Millions without papers LONDON (AP) Millions of Britons were without their main daily newspapers today as pub- lishers shut down the presses over a pay dispute. Tile only pap'T Londoners could buy was Communist. T li e Newspaper Publishers Association ordered Britain's eight national dailies and two local London evening papers closed until a dispute is settled wilh a printer's union. Tlie 10 papers have a combined circu- lation of about 16.5 million. More than 30.000 printers, journalists and other newspaper employees were affected by Ihe shutdown. Trying to medinte the dispute, Vic Feather, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Britain's labor confederation, was meeting today with officials of the union involved, the Na- tional Graphical Association. But Feather said be was "not loo optimistic" about an early settlement.