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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta University of Lethbruigc illuminates south with light of knowledge Low tonight 35-40 High Saturday 45-50 The LetWnidge Herald VOL. LXV No. 240 LETHBKIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS PAGES Civil war over Quebec could happen By VICTOR 3MACKIB Herald Ollawa Bureau OTTAWA Canada could face a civil war if and wften the day comes that Quebec reaches the point of actually separating from Confederation. That is a situation that Canadians as a whole don't want to contemplate. Most Canadians comfort them- selves with the thought that it will never happen. However, Prime Minuter Pierre Trudeau is now on record, in this election campaign, as saying he won't let Quebec separate even it the Parti Quebecois or another separatist party formed the government in tha French-speaking province. Tlie prime minister in the past has always care- fully avoided discussing such a situation. He lias dis- missed it frequently, when it has been raised by jour- nalists in Ottawa, as a "hypothetical" question. Hypothetical questions, he prefers not to answer. But he slipped up during the first week of the elec- tion campaign. He was on B hot-line radio show in Montreal. Such shows are difficult to handle because the politician never knows what the next question will be and ha has to be careful how he answers the query. He is speaking into a live microphone with possibly thou- sands of listeners. "The answer is Mr. Trudeau replied to a caller who had asked if the federal government would ac- cept an independent Quebec. Won't permit il Why should a provincial election that would bring B separatist parly into power, prevail over a federal election that lias empowered a federalist party, tho prime minister asked his questioner. So long as the citizens of Quebec continue to vole in federal elections, he added, no one could pretend that they want to leavo Canada. So there it !s. If Quebec separatist parly is elected to office in Quebec and starts to lake steps lo sep- arate Quebec from the rest of Canada, the federal government under Prime Minister Trudeau will not permit Ihe separation to take place. The Parti Quebecois say they arc going lo lake Quebec out of confederation and if necessary they will fight. Jean Marchand, minister of regional and economic expansion, and Mr. Trudeau's right-hand man from Quebec, has come close to spelling it out thai a fed- eral governmenl under Trudeau would never let Que- bec separate. But when he told newsmen that there would never be separatism under Mr. TVudcau as prime minister, Mr. Marchand declined to elaborate. What would lie do? Now Mr. Trudeau is on record as saying his gov- ernment would not accept separation. How would he prevent it, if a Parly Quebecois or oilier separatist provincial government takes office in Quebec Cily? Would he send the Army into Quebec? It is a pros- pect no Canadian wants lo think about. The possibiu'ty tlial Mr. Trudeau might turn lo the Canadian Army to prevent a Quebec government from taking Quebec out of confederation makes peace-loving Canadians shudder at the thought. David Lewis, the New Democratic Party national leader, has blasted the prime minister for his dec- laration that would not be allowed lo separate. He denounced Mr. Trudeau for speaking in a "threat- ening voice" atxnit what could happen if the Parti Quebecois took office. Such tactics only helped the Separatists, he warned. The prime minister apparently recognized he had gone too far because later in an interview in the East- ern townships of Quebec he refused to discuss the pos- sibility of Quebec separation. This is Ihc position he had always adopted up until his slip in Montreal. If the Canadian government ever resorted to using the armed forces to prevenl Quebec separating a guer- rilla war could quickly develop. The Canadian Army might find itself in Uie same horrible predicament that faces the British forces in Northern Ireland today. Armed Quebec separatists using Uie hit and run tactics of Ihe guerrillas could liarass the Canadian armed forces. II would be an undeclared war thai would continue for months and perhaps years. Would other Canadians be prepared to fight and die to keep Quebec within confederation. Not many. Already there has developed a weariness in other parts of Canada, outside of Quebec, over the question of what Quebec wants. The attilude appears lo be growing lhat if the time comes lhat a majority of Quebecers want to separate from them go. The hope and strong be- lief in Ollawa is that a majority of Quebecers don't want to separate, llrat il is only a militant minority that want to break away from Canada Uganda attacks Tanzanian area From REUTER-AP A Ugandan plane attacked the northern Tanzanian town of Mwanza al dawn today, killing two persons, injuring 17 others and destroying two houses, a Tanzanian government spokes- man said. 11 was the first air atlack on Tanzania since Ugandan planes bombed Rukoba on Monday and Tuesday, this Tanzanian of- ficial added. Six persons were reported killed Monday and Tuesday. The attacks occurred after Uganda said a military force of perhaps men in- vaded the country from Tan- zania last weekend. The report of today's raid was made after the state-run Voice of Kenya radio said Thursday night Uganda .and Patrols may move deep into Lebanon M f ij PSSTI WANNA HOT TIP? "tet me introduce myself. My name is Tickle Your Fan- cy and I'm the real threat lo win lie sixth race today. In fact, if you really want Ihe inside information, I'm' a threat all Ihe time." Tickle Your. Fancy and dozens of other horses ore on hand for the opening of the fall race meet al Whoop-Up Dawns today, running ihrough to Thanksgiving Day, Oct. by Rick Ervin JVo more internment By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli authorities say regular patrols may be instituled deep inside Lebanese territory if the Beirut government allows Arab guerrillas to continue to use the Someone broke BELFAST (AP) Guerrillas carried out a llireat lo attack troops around Belfast's biggest hospital early today and their commander in Dublin was quoted as saying the bombing campaign would continue with the army as Ihc number one target. Meanwhile in London Ihe British administrator of Ulster, William Whitelaw, announced Thursday he would replace in- ternment with special courts to try terorists and set up a com- mission to advise on new ways of dealing with guerrillas with- out resorting to internment. Although the move was a key concession to Roman Catholics and designed to draw their po- litical parties, particularly tho influential Social Democratic and Labor the conference table, it appar- ently fell far short of what Ihe Catholic leaders wanted. SDLP Leader Gerii Fitt, while saying "we are Ml to- tally rejecting this stressed that "while people are interned without trial tha SDLP feel unable lo engage in any meaningful discussions with tho government." Catholic legislator Frank McMamis described the British initiative as "sophisticated ma- noeuvring." The Catholic Northern Ire- land Resistance Movement said tiie special courts without internment. The Catholics want the imme- juries wculd orJy result in "in- diate- release of the 250 IHA lernment with trial" and would be resisted "with the same vigor, determination and suc- suspects, all claimed by the British to be hardcore terror- isls. Municipalities are liable for highway accidents Municipal government may be responsible for damages and injuries in highway mis- baps if roads in their jurisdic- tion are not maintained in a "reasonable state of County of Lethbridge council was lold Thursday. A letter to council from tho Alberta Association of Munici- pal Districts and Counties said that particularity unsafe rosd conditions can result during spring breakup on oiled roads. "The respons i b i 1 i t y of a municipality is to ensure that a highway has been main- tained in a reasonable state of said the AAMDC lel- ler, quoting from the Municipal Government Act, chapter 246. "It need not be maintained in a perfect slate of repair. Ob- viously polholes cannot be avoided entirely, but if they be- come sufficiently large so as to create a hazard to traffic if fol- lows lhat the highway is not in a reasonable state of repair.1' Oiled roads are often more hazardous than gravel roads, council was fold, because mo- torists tend to consider them in better condition and travel over them fasler. Meanwhile, councillor Mlro Tomasta called on the admini- stration lo prepare a reporl complete with cosls on what equipment will be required for Ihe county's 1373 road improve- ment program. Council decided to visit Cardston where the municipal council has recently acquired new road surfacing equipment reported lo be capable of "ex- cellent" work. Seen and heard About town TJACHELOR Art Larson proclaim i n g weddings aren't too bad "as long as they aren't mine." Julie Koink's doughnut batch flop- ping lo such an extent that Cnmni.v Gillies mistook Ihem for onion rings Bill Col- lar shining his snow-mobile and waiting for the first white stuff. MONTREAL (CP) Andre Gonneville, a city permits in- spection engineer, said Thurs- day thai someone "was break- ing the law" if a secondary stairway linking the ground and upper floors of the Blue Bird Club was blocked by a locked door. Mr. Gonneville also told a coroner's inquest into the death of 37 persons in Uie Sept. 1 fire at the nightclub that the estab- lishment had made several "unauthorized modifications" to the floor plan of the upstairs country music hall where most of the victims died. Jean-Marc (Boots) Boutin, 24- year-old cook, James Michael O'Brien, 25, unemployed, and Giles Eccles, 24r who was to slart a new job on the Monday following the fire, are being held on coroner's warrants as material witnesses. The three were not present at the inrjuest Thursday. Boulin and O'Brien had been arrested in a drug raid in Van- couver last week and'were re- turned to Montreal. Eccles was arrested at his Monlreal hoihe a few hours afler the fire. region as a springboard for at- tacks against Uie Jewish state. Israeli forces have patrolled the area norlh of Ihe Israeli border known as Fatahland, named for Ihe largest guerrilla organization, for several months. So far Uiey have re- mained within sight of the fron- tier. GIVES WARNING The semi-official Egyplisn newspaper Al Ahi-ani warned the Israeli raids may be relaled lo jrelUng a slronger bargaining posilion before a rumored So- viet-American deal on Ihe Mideast Is completed. Israeli police arrested 16 sus- pected Palestinian guerrillas in the occupied West Bank of Jor- dan. A spokesman in Tel Aviv also reported 12 letter-bombs liavo been found in Israel, most'ad- dressed to officials of the Jew- ish agency which handles af- fairs with world Jewry. None of the bombs exploded. He said five additional bombs were found in Buenos Aires and three in Zaire, the former Bel- gian Congo. They were all similar to tha bombs addressed to Israeli dip- lomats and found in _ various European ciUes and in New York and Montreal. All had been mailed from Amsterdam, hut only one of them went off. It killed an Israeli in London Tuesday. In another development, a slate departmenl spokesman in Washington said some of the arms supplied to Palestinian terrorists vcre provided by North Korea. Tanzania had agreed to a tem- porary truce following diplo- maUc efforts by Foreign Minis- ter Omer Arteh of Somali. The radio said Arteh visited Presi- dent Idi Amin of Uganda on Wednesday to attempt a con- ciliation. Radio Uganda today broad- cast without comment a news agency story from Dar es Sa- laam on the reported aircraft bombing of Mwansa. A Ugandan military spokes- man announced 300 more guer- rilla supporters of Uganda's ex- president Millon Obote had been deployed at the Tanzanian border in preparalion for a fresh invasion of Uganda. He said the number of guer- rillas now waiting at the border was altogether about TRAVELS TO CAIRO On the diplomatic front, act- Ing Foreign Minister Israel of Tanzania arrived in Cairo today, repotted carry-' ing a message from President Julius Nyerere to President An- war Sadat o! Egypt regarding the hostilities on tile Uganda- Tanzania border. The Cairo press said Sadat had sent urgent messages to both Nyerere and Amin con- cerning the hostilities. And the Sudan let It ba known in Cairo it had been Iry- ing quiet diplomacy with Ihe two countries. It explained that il had slopped Libyan planes with troops bound for Uganda in hopes a peaceful solution could be found without foreign military intervention in East Africa. British and American offi- cials reported from the Ugan- dan capital of Kampala, that all their nationals defined by police hve been released. Meanwhile Uganda stepped up the pressure on Asians hold- ing British passports, telling a group of them lhat they had only 48 hours to get out of the country. Deny report OTTAWA (CP) The ex- teinal affairs department de- nied today a report that India has asked Canada to move its International Control Commis- sion delegation in Vietnam from Saigon to Hanoi. Relations between India and Saigon have been hitler sinco India raised ils represenlalion in Hanoi to full embassy level last January. Another child? Trudeau ivon't say W I N N f P E G (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau wouldn't say yes and wouldn't say no today when asked whether he and his wife are expecting a second child. When asked on an open- line program whether his son Justin is expecting a brother or sister, the prime minister replied, "If he were, I wouldn't be telling you here." Air Canada abandons fares hike MONTREAL (CP) Air Canada announced today it has abandoned a plan to increase air fares on short-haul flights. Yves Pralte, chairman of Air Canada, said the airline does not propose to engage in a de- slmctive fare war. The government-owned air- line had proposed lo the Cana- dian transport commission that long-haul rates be reduced and that fares for flights of less than 70U miles be increased-. Last month, CP Air proposed to match the long-haul fares but John C. Gilmer, CP Air president, did not agree with Air Canada's proposal to in- crease fares on the short flights. Air Canada's short-haul in- crease would have added about S-1 lo round-trips between points less than 700 miles apart. Canadian hockey fans without tickets 'I ran into our local candidate Fly BRUCE M5VETT Canadian I'rrss Sports TMitor MOSCOW (CP) About 15 Canadians some of Ihem prominent sports figures found themselves today without tickets (o the hockey games they flew thousands of miles to see. The 160 were members of two lours operalcd by Ihe Hock- ey News and the Toronto Sun which arrived here Thursday by air. Among Uie prominent per- sons reported Viilhoul. tickets to the games were wrestler Whip- per Billy Watson, pro- moter Frank Txmney, former hockey great Rocket Richard and Punch Imlach, coach of Buffalo Sabres. "It cost me to get ma and my wife over and now, no tickets to the said Rill Dillabouch, president of the Ot- tawa and District Hockey As- sociation. Gordon .Tuckcs of Winnipeg, executive-director of Ihc Cana- dian Amateur Hockey Associa- tion, said: "I understand there was a meeting of the central committee of the Communist party and the missing Canadian tickets went to Russian lead- ers." The style o f accommodation was another sore point. Jolm Miller of Prescoll, Onl., oaid "I have no hot water, but I'm cot (hat badly off. "Bill Dillabmigh has no toi- let in his room." Miller said "we'll slay as long as it appears possible to get tickets. "Some 63 of our people have already made plans to fiy lo Copenhagen where Uiey under- stand Ihey can watch Ihe games on television." Eoviel Sporl, one of Ihc most widely read newspapers in the Soviet Union, appeared today with a sts-iscn, twocolumn ad- vertisement on page I. "Team F.miipe million Canadians are twliind you all Ihe way and wish you the best of luck in Ihe series." II was repeated in French and Russian. Nol only was the advertise- ment surprising in sian papers seldom carry Uie purchaser of Iho ad was a Canadian trust com- pany, viewed here as a capital- ist organization. ;