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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Welfare cost 1 billion The LetKbridge Herald VOL. LXVI NO. 237 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 20. SECTIONS 28 PAGES QUEBEC (CP) A Si- billion income-security plan involving large increases for Quebecers on welfare and families with children under 18 has been announced by Premier Robert Bourassa. The new program, which goes into effect Jan. 1. 1974, was made possible by an agreement between the Quebec and Ottawa government's to overhaul and integrate the existing twin so- cial security systems operating in the province It seeks to re-establish a "balance between social welfare payments and the minimum wage" through integration of family allowance and welfare programs. Mr. Bourassa told a news conference. Under the new family allow- ance scheMe a family will re- ceive a month for the first child. for the second, for the third and for each additional child under 12 plus extra for each child between the ages of 12 and 17. The current federal- provincial joint program pays families in Quebec an average of a child. A couple or. welfare will re- ceive a month starting in 1974, compared with the current monthly payment. A welfare family with six children will see their monthly payment increase to from when the program takes effect. Mr. Bourassa said the total cost of the programs will jump to billion from million, with two-thirds of the extra money coming from Ot- tawa. Cost of the new family allowance program will be million, while the new welfare program will cost million. The premier said accep- tance of the new program by Quebec effectively buries other demands made by Claude Castonguay, social af- fairs minister, for complete legislative priority in the social affairs field. "In concrete terms, we have priority. We decide how much large families will receive, how much the poor will receive and the middle classes A new element in the plan is that family allowances will not be taxable by Quebec, whether the payments come from the federal or provincial governments. Because of provisions of the new federal law on family al- lowance, the federal govern- ment will not tax provincial family allowance payments, Mr. Castonguay explained. The provincial family allow- ance, paid twice a year up to now, will be paid monthly un- der the new system. Mr. Castonguay said that because welfare and family allowance payments together come to less than the total of minimum wage and family allowances, the new system provides an incentive to work. Mortgage money upped by gov't Seen and heard About town CP RAIL employee Julius Kassai asking for one cent to add to the 19-cent pay cheque he received during the rail strike just so he could buy a glass of beer Roy Farran telling Warner residents that if they have any problems, "Call collect, I'm the telephones minister OTTAWA (CP) Two and one half weeks of Commons debate on the rising cost of liv- ing appeared to end Wednes- day when the Commons approved the principle of a bill to make more private mortgage money available. The Conservatives stood with the Liberals on the issue apparently ending an assault, begun Sept. 4, on government anti-inflation efforts. Support from the Con- servatives does not mean they have given up their attack on Liberal economic policies. They have run out of devices to e'xtend the debate and in- dications are that Parliament will adjourn today or Friday. Government sources say other major economic legisla- tion likely will not come before the House in the near future The Conservatives have kept Parliament sitting with Inside Classified .....21-25 Comics..............10 Comment..........4 District 17 Family..........811 Local Markets 20 Sports Theatres.............. 7 TV ............6 Weather.............9 Youth 26 'Do you think seat belts should be made mandatory, LOW TONIGHT 40; HIGH FRI. 65; CLOUDY. debates on inflation, but Party Leader Robert Stanfield said Wednesday that if no anti- inflation measures are com- ing, the House might as well adjourn. The summer break, started July 27 and scheduled to last until Oct. 15, was interrupted Aug. 30 when Parliament was recalled to settle the national rail strike. The Liberals, New Democrats, and Social Credit are known to be anxious to re- sume the recess. The bill given second reading Wednesday would permit the government to es- tablish a federal mortgage ex- change corporation to buy and sell residential mortgages. The Crown corporation would have initial capital of million and the power to borrow an additional million. It also would facilitate indi- vidual and group investment in mortgages, with investors getting special tax concessions. These investors would not be subject to capital gains tax on income from the mortgages. Second reading was approv- ed in a 146-to-29 vote. Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford, the only Liberal to speak on the bill during nearly two full days of debate, said it will attract new money into the mortgage field because of the tax relief and will decrease mortgage interest rates. The New Democrats, how- ever, branded the bill as an- other concession to the "corporate rip-off as an "abortion" and a "Frankenstein monster." WlISTOi CIDICSILL SCIOOL High School bound? A lost youngster or a young genius attending Winston Churchill High School at the age of four? Neither. Lenard Godsalve, Rideau Court, knows exactly where he is going as he follows high school students Randy Rae, 17, 719 22nd St. N.. and Deb Grey. 17 1115 30th St. S., to morning classes. Lenard is one of 26 youngsters who attend a Lethbridge pre-school project each morning at Winston Churchill. Another 26 attend in the afternoon. RICK ERVIN photo Hints of no compromise Nixon continues strong stand WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon has filed a hard-line response in the Watergate tapes case that hinted he will not accept a compromise proposed by the United States Court of Appeals The Court of Appeals, in a unique memorandum issued last week, had suggested that the president, his lawyers and special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox listen to the White House tapes and deter- mine among themselves which portions were evidence required by" the grand jury investigating the Watergate cover-up. The court said that because Cox is an official of the execu- tive branch, the suggested compromise could avoid the constitutional issue of separa- tion of powers that has emerg- ed in the legal dispute over the tapes. The court gave Cox and the president until today to re- spond. In a final written argument to the Court of Appeals Wednesday, White House lawyers said the president, recognizing the unique character of Watergate, ap- pointed the special prosecutor and gave him broad powers. "But he has not delegated to the special prosecutor, and will not abrogate, his con- stitutional duties and the brief said. "That would move beyond ac- com'modation to irre- sponsibility." That determined wording indicated that Nixon would turn down the appeals court's compromise proposal. Shortly after the court ad- vanced the compromise last week, Cox expressed willing- ness to follow its suggestion. The White House has yet to make a formal response. The brief filed Wednesday is part of the White House appeal of an order from U.S. District Court Judge John Sirica directing the president to permit him to listen to the tapes in private to determine which portions of the tapes the grand jury can hear. Cox wanted to let the grand jury hear nine White House tape recordings of Nixon's conversations that pertain to the Watergate scandal. So besides the White House, Cox also differed with Sirica's ruling. He asked the appeals court to order the tapes turned over to the grand jury or to permit the prosecutor to hear them along with Sirica. The White House brief con- tended that Cox has no statu- tory authority to appeal Sirica's order. Post postponed VANCOUVER (CP) Ten- tative starting date for The Vancouver Post, a proposed new Sunday newspaper, has been put off until spring, Frank Bernard, a principal in the venture, has announced. "It looks like it will be this spring if we're Mr. Bernard said in an interview "There are quite a number of problems, one of the most serious of which is the current newsprint shortage." He said the paper's backers feat that as newcomers to the newspaper field, they would be "at the bottom of the list for newsprint supplies." Mr. Bernard said raising capital for the paper was not one of the problems of the backers, but technical dif- ficulties, including paper supplies, were the most serious causes of delay. "If the technical problems continue it is not in- conceivable that money problems could said Mr. Bernard. "But we're working at it and making slow progress. That's about all I can say." Tennis battle of the sexes Is Riggs rigged for victory or will Billie Jean be king? Clenched fist for Bobby Riggs Billie Jean socks 11 to him HOUSTON (AP) Is Riggs rigged for victory or will Bil- lie Jean be the Queen? Who knows? But plenty of women's liber- ation activists to the racket- swinging watch the tennis battle of the sexes tonight to find out. President Nixon's press of- fice said it doubted the presi- dent will be watching the match or that he would care to comment on the matter. But Vice-President Spiro Agnew, a tennis player re- membered for some rather spectacular forehands, "will almost certainly be watching the game, but he is not pre- pared to go out on a limb with predictions of the aides said. At stake in the Houston As- trodome tonight at 8 p.m. EOT is a winner-take- all purse. "May the best person said New York Mayor John Lindsay. "It is immaterial to me who said actor Dustin Hoff- man, who will be watching the match with his tennis teacher at a private party in New York. "What I would like to see develop out of this match is for Billie Jean King and Bobby Rifigs to fall in love, get married and raise cham- piop unisex tennis players." Feminist Gloria Steinem and others at Ms. magazine are planning a "tremendous bash" for the staff with lots of money riding on Billie Jean, of course. Other party-givers are cele- brating the event with souve- nirs for their guests. A Long Island hostess has ordered You've Come a Long Way baby T-shirts for the women and red roses for the men. She has limited her guest list to the 12 best tennis players knows and will be serving hors d'oeuvres on tiny plastic ten- nis rackets. Washington socialite Bar- bara Howar said she turned down several party invitations but plans to watch the game with her son and daughter at home. "It has become such a family issue. I know married couples who aren't speaking to each other because of this. My daughte_r and I plan to gloat over tsobby Riggs' de- she said. Hazel Wightman, 86-year- old founder of the Wightman Cup, who's known as the Queen Mother of tennis, said she will definitely watch the match from her home in New- ton, Mass "I don't think Billie Jean will win. I hope she does, of course, but I think it's very hard for a woman to beat a man. Bobby has proved to be a fine player still." One person who can cer- tainly do without all the ex- citement is Mrs. Robert Riggs. She's married to Bobby Riggs, a high school teacher in Wantaugh, N.Y.. and has been getting phone calls from as far away as London for her views on the match in the mis- taken presumption that she is Riggs' ex-wife. She says, "I really don't care who wins Is it possible for them both to lose China may turn to U.S. LONDON (CP) China's inability to extract major diploma'tic gains from a re- cent visit by French President Georges Pompidou may give an unexpected and powerful boost to the developing relationship between Peking and Washington. In a curious fashion, Chinese leaders, unable to get a firm commitment from Pompidou to help enlarge Western European defences against the Soviet Union, now may turn back to Washington in the hope of accomplishing the same thing. To outside observers, China's international position is extremely precarious 'All Albertans share in Syncrude' _i u.. nn hv Alhprtans v CALGARY (CP) Alber- tans could be sharing in revenue from Syncrude Canada Ltd.'s development of the Athabasca oil sands by 1982, Premier Peter Lougheed said Wednesday. Through participation in the newly formed Alberta Energy Co and royalties paid by Syn- crude for the oil produced, Al- berta residents could receive about 60 per cent of the ven- ture's profit, he told a news conference. The premier said in a tele- vision broadcast Tuesday Syn- crude intended to proceed with the develop- ment 250 miles northeast of Edmonton. Alberta residents will be given the chance to par- ticipate in the venture through the Alberta Energy Co. when between and million in shares are offered next year, he said. The public company, created as part of the agree- ment wiili Svncrude. will be owned 50 per cent by the provincial government with remaining shares available to Albertans. It has the option of purchasing 20 per cent of the development providing Syncrude's operation is profitable. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Don Getty, in charge of the Alberta Energy Co said the initial share offering would be to Alberta residents. After an as yet undetermined period any shpnvs not picked up by Albertans would be offered on the open market. But the size of investment by any individual or corporation woijld be restricted probably to two per rent or less. In addition to its option to purchase shares in the Syn- crude operating plant, the energy company has a large interest in the Suffield block natural gas reserves with an estimated four trillion cubic feet, he said Cash flow from the Suffield development was expected to begin soon ;