Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
1972 MERCURY COUGAR Conspiracy against labor EDMONTON (CP) Work- ers in Quebec could resort to violence and wildcat strikes if they do not obtain basic rights to negotiate and strike, Louis Laberge, president of the Que- bec Federation of Labor, said Wednesday. Mr. Laberge told the 700 dele- gates to the Canadian Union of Public Employees' annual con- vention that there is a con- spiracy against labor, not only in Quebec, but in all Canada. BLAMES EVERYBODY "The courts, governments and business have done every- thing in their power to prevent the worker from getting a fail- deal." He said it is not unusual in Quebec for an employer to phone a judge and automatical- ly get an injunction to stop a strike. "When a man tries to pro- tect his rights, the courts sen- tence him to six months, but when a bank robber is caught, he gets only two years. Is this Proposed legislation to regu- late strikes in Quebec appears to be fair, he said, but it states that if only one union member is found not to have been in- formed of a strike vote, the union involved could be Bank rate cut BRUSSELS (Reuter) Bel- gium has cut its bank rate by one half per cent to 5V4 per cent, the national bank an- nounced. The new rate becomes effective Thursday. DIED A PAUPER David Thompson, a great mapmaker of the Canadian West, died a pauper in Montreal in 1857. brought to court. Mr. Laberge said any at- tempt at implementing a wage freeze would be strongly op- posed by Quebec unions. The Quebec Federation of Labor probably would call a general strike if the government at- tempted this. He said Prime Minister Tru- deau's reasons for implement- ing the War Measures Act were "I i e s" because the investiga- tion of the situation discover- ed no organized conspiracy to create revolution. The federal government al- ready had legislation that was adequate to control the situa- tion. There was no need to deny the people of Quebec their ba- sic democratic rights. He said the kidnappings and death of Pierre Laporte were tragedies, but not rearon enough to deprive all Quebec- ers of their basic rights. Thundoy, 73, 1971 THE [EIHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Study alternatives to transport oil WASHINGTON (AP) The, interior department says it is studying all alternatives for) transporting oil from northern Alaska, including proposals for a pipeline through Canada and a pipeline-plus-tanker system through Alaska. Jack 0. Morton, head of the department's pipeline task force, answered allegations Tuesday by Les Aspin Wis.) that Interior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton did not intend to conduct independent studies of the Canadian pipe- line proposal. Aspin said a Canadian con- struction firm has reported it would cost less to build and operate an oil pipeline tlirough Canada than the pipeline-tank- er system. He said the firm, Canadian Bechtel Ltd., wrote the report jn June, 1970, for the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Co., a consortium of oil companies interested in building a pipeline through Canada. Aspin's home state would be one of Hie beneficiaries of a pipeline through Canada to the U.S. midwest, while a pipeline through Alaska would serve the west coast. Asked about Aspin's state- ment, Horton said Uie depart- ment was, indeed, conducting independent studies of the Ca- nadian alternative as well as reviewing a proposal by Alyes- ka Pipeline Service Co.. anoth- er oil consortium, to build the Trans-Alaska pipeline. Horton said interior's geolo- gical survey was studying en- vironmental considerations on six possible Canadian routes, while the department was col- lecting economic analyses from half a dozen other federal agen- cies. He also said the interior de- partment had the Bechtel study ajid was considering it alone with other proposals. Aspin said the Bechtel report indicated it would cost as much as 50 per cent less to operate a Canadian pipeline than an Alaska pipeline-tanker system. He added lhat oil commands a higher price in the midwcsl than on the west coast and that the Canadian route would therefore, increase the state ol Alaska's revenue, comparer with the Trans-Alaska pipeline route. U.S. consumer index spirals WASHINGTON (Reuter) The U.S. consumer price index rose 0.4 per cent in August, dou- bling the 02-per-cent July in- crease, the labor department re- ported today. But the department said the rise in the cost of living does not reflect the total effect of the wage and price freeze since some of the data was collected before and some after President Nixon's Aug. 15 announcement. Food prices rose 0.1 per cent, the same as in July, but the index for commodities otlier than food jumped 0.5 per cent following July's 0.1 per cent gain. This was due mainly to a 3.7- per-cent increase in gasoline prices, the largest rise for this commodity in more than a year. SPIC SPAN DRY CLEANERS introduces GUARANTEED SUEDE AND LEATHER CLEANING AND REFINISHING HY ESTRIN Oay WE DON'T MEAN TO BRAG BUT "MR. SUEDE'S" SECRET AND UNIQUE PROCESS FOR SUEDE AND tEATHER CtEANING IS THE BEST YOU CAN GET ANY- WHERE. WE HAVE THE KNOW- tEDGE, THE PROPER EQUIP- MENT AND NATIONAL INSTI- TUTE OF DRYCIEANING AP- PROVED METHODS. ENDORSED BY CANADA'S LEADING MANUFACTURERS. RECOMMENDED BY ALL LOCAL DEPARTMENT AND SPECIALTY STORES. 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