Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Lewis ignites DAVID LEWIS By JOHN BEST OTTAWA (CP) Scrappy David Lewis Is in tha position of a performer who has to come up with an encore. And for the sake of his career, he better make it good. The New Democratic leader has ignited the only real sparks of the federal election campaign so far with liis relentless attack on what he calls the corporate welfare system. Prime Minister Trudeau, Finance Minister John Turner and External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp have been driven to defend the present tax system against charges by Mr. Lewis that it discriminates against the average taxpayer. Tliis delights the NDP leader since it appears to place the government obviously on the side of giant cor- porations for whom the tax laws, he contends, wero vritten in the first place. Mr. Lewis loses no opportunity to say the Conser- vatives belong in the same camp. He thus contrives to cast himself as a champion of the people against all, political and economic forces that oppress them. It's a position with a built-in popular appeal. Some shocked Yet a lot of tax-paying Canadians, impressed and sometimes shocked by the magnitude of corporate tax concessions as enumerated by Mr. Lewis, are not nec- essarily convinced that anything very drastic should be done to abolish or modify them. On a cross country media tour just ended, Mr. Lewis was repeatedly and anxiously questioned at news conferences, on TV programs and open-line radio shows how ho would close the loopholes that allow corpora- tions to make what he calls their ripoffs. Many persons betrayed nervousness lest.withdrawal of tax favors make Canadian corporations less competi- tive in world markets and slow down the rate at capital Investment, thereby aggravating the unemployment sit- uation. Mr. Lewis remained how he would handle the matter if he became prime minis- ter, though he was sometimes impatient with those who feared the economic consequences of making the cor- porations pay up. Corporations would still invest, he maintained, be- cause that's the way they make money. They just wouldn't have the Canadian taxpayer to provide them with what he called interest-free investment loans. Mr. Lewis has acknowlelged that he must at some point become more positive in his approach and spell out just how he proposes to eliminate what he conceives to the present abuses, if his party is to make political gains on the issue, Nothing specific So far, he has confined himself to generalized state- ments as he did Thursday when a University of Ottawa student asked how he would reform the system: "You simply close the loopholes." Mr. Lewis elaborated only by saying depreciation allowances, originally to be spread over 10 to S years, should no longer be permitted to be squeezed into two or three years. The likelihood is that the NDP tax reform program, when unveiled in detail, will carry a promise to reduce individual income (axes and finance the cut by making corporations pay more. The highly publicized crusade by Mr. Lewis against the corporate giants lias had Uie effect of making the NDP leader who by some assessments had created little impact since being chosen party chief in April 1971 -I better known to the Canadian electorate. But simultaneously the tax ripoff issue has taken the spotlight from the NDP position on such matters as housing, regional development and urban develop- ment. Mr. Lewis can be expected to emphasize such issues more as the Oct. 30 election rears. Low tonight 30 high Sunday 45 The UtKbtidge Herald "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 241 LETHBTUDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1972 FIVE SECTIONS 84 PAGES Sinojapaii relations warm up Analysis By TILLMAN DURDFN New York Times -Service HONG KONG The Soviet Union is China's chief foreign policy concern today and this is the most im- portant of the many considerations behind the moves Peking is making these days toward normal relations with Japan. Japanese foreign affairs specialists have long held this view, and despite the absence at the moment of explosive tensions in Chinese-Soviet relations there seems no reason to alter. With the visit of Japan's prime minister, Kakuei Tanska. to Peking just a week away, establishment of diplomatic relations seems just, around the corner. There already exist wide cultural dealings between China and Japan, and the full diplomatic re- lations that seem in prospect can be expected to result in greatly expanded exchanges of many kinds. There is every indication the Japanese are pleased witli the prospsct of Chinese-Japanese collaboration. It will gratify PeMng if the Japanese see their developing ties with China as more important than their associa- tions with the Soviet Union. offi OFflCIAUY OPEN Premier Peter Lougheed cuti the ribbon ciolly open the million University of Lethbridge. al "Aperture" to Lougheed not interested in federal politics By GREG McINTYRE Herald Slatf Writer Although touted as a possible future, prime minister of Can- ada, Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed says "right now I'm not interested in federal poli- tics." However, the premier said at a news conference in Lethbridgo Friday that he and his provin- cial party will support national Conservative leader Robert Slanfield and Conservative can- didates in Alberta during the current federal election cam- paign. He objected to the word saying despite re- ports, he has not promised to deliver all 19 Alberta Commons seats to the Tories. NO CAMPAIGNING He said a busy schedule at of- ficial opening ceremonies a t the University of Lelhbridge will not permit lum to do any "politicking" on behalf of local Conservative candidate Ken Hurlburt on this trip. The premier was scheduled to officially open the new west campus of the U of L at a.m., address at public dinner at 7 p.m. and return to Edmon- ton later this evening. In a half-hour meeting with reporters in the ninth floor executive suite of the Holiday Inn, Mr. Lougheed said he can lend support to Conservatives running in the federal election by "speaking on behalf of Hie character cf a candidate, intro- ducing liim rallies and that sort of thing." Mr. Lougheed said he will avoid campaigning outside of the province, uill not comment on federal matters and will cut off politicking Oct. 25 when Uie fall session ot the legisla- ture gets under way. NO TIME LIMIT The 44-year-old former Cal- gary lawyer who has been pre- mier one year tiiis monlb said he denies speculation about his federal ambitions. "I answer Hint I've got a commitment here in this prov- ince.'' Mr. however, would not put a time limit, on his conimJlmenl, leaving him- self available if the opportunity to seek the national Conserva- tive leadership arises. Fielding questions on a num- ber of topics, the premier said the U of L, the smallest cf three universities in the prov- ince, will continue to con- sidered a "special case" for prorincial financing, he said. "It is certainly going to ba given ths financial support it requires." The university has suffered declining student en- rolment, as have all Alberta universities and budget lighten- ing during the past year. CITY MEET The premier offered no com- ment on plans between the city and the highways department for construction in the next few years of a bridge to West Leth- bridge. "In the next year or so" he predicted the provincial cabinet mil hold one of its regular meetings in Lethbridge. Hie first cabinet meeting to be held cf Edmonton by the Lougheed administration will be at Grande Prairie next month. He offered no comment on a report just released recom- mending salary and expense in- creases for Alberta's 75-mem- ber legislature. However, the premier noted that the pay for politicians should be high enough so that persons don't suffer financial hardship, but pay shoud not be so high that it attracts thoso who would not otherwise be in- terested. He criticized federal Trails- port Minister Don Jamieson's statement in Calgary earlier this week that the provincial governments in Western Can- ada have not presented briefs to Ottawa requesting reform of freight rates. Mr. Lougheed described the presentation of briefs as "blase" and said (here sliould be face-to-face discussions on a "commodity-by-commodity bas- likely in 1973. Asked about rising health costs, he said, "to be candid I just don't have an answer don't think there's any prov- ince in Canada that does." comes BELFAST (Router) A British plan to end internment in Northern Ireland appears to have come too late to lure Ro- man Catholic politicians to a peace conference starting Mon- day. The talks, in Darlington, Eng- land, were designed to bring to- gether all shades of political opinion in an attempt to end three years of sectarian strife in Northern Ireland. But it now looks as if two key Protestant and one Catholic- will not attend. Political observers feel the latest British setting up of special courts to try men now interned without trial- came trn late, and perhaps did not go far enough for the Cath- olics. The leading Catholic party in Ulster, the Social Democratic and Labor Party, has insisted it will not attend the conference unless internment is abolished. Rev. Ian Paislcy's Demo- cratic Unionist party also will not attend the talks. Paisley is Angry over the refusal of Uie Northern Ireland administrator, Manila moves Premier pledges bridge Red pi or By RON CAUDWELL Herald Staff Writer The long wait is over the bridge .connecting east and west Lethbridge will be built. That was the promise of Al- berta Premier Peter Lougheed as he officially opened the new University of Lethbridge today. He told about 400 spectators chased indocrs by log-shroud- ed skies and chilly tempera- tures that "Clarence Copithorne (highways minister) has made his inspection, The decision has been made. And the bridge will be built." However, he gave no date. LOGICAL SENSE The premier said a bridga "makes clear logical sense for the orderlv development of this community." He promised a future of university, saying the govern- ment treats the university as a "special case and special cir- cumstance." will, in every way, sup- port it to ensure that it grows to the size essential to main- tain itse'.f in terms of future growth." He tempered bis statement by saying the public purse is limited. "There will never be enough money for all the tilings we'd like to he said. "We have important compet- ing demands for the expendi- ture of public dollars. We've talked to young people and they are quite prepared to accept the fact that facilities could ba less elaborate in favor of spending money in other im- portant areas." Following the indoors cere- mony, the premier cut the rib- bon on a 20-foot-high monument, out- side the physical education- fine a-ts building, signifying the official opening of the uni- versity. Not on plane VIENTIANE, Laos (API Three American pilots released from Nortii Vietnamese prison camps last week were not aboard an Aeroflot flight Irom Hanoi today, apparently be- cause North Vietnam feared waiting United States officials would take custody of the freed men over. From REUTER-AP MANILA (CP) President Ferdinant Marcos formally pro- claimed martial law throughout the Philippines today in the face of what lie called a con- spiracy to overthrow the gov- ernment by. violence and sub- version. The president msde the an- nouncement in a country-wide broadcast 17 hours after gov- ernment troops in a pre-dawn swoop closed' newspaper offices and radio and television sta- tions. Marcos said there was no doubt a state of rebellion ex- isted in the country. The dan- ger of Hie government being overthrown had become greater. He said he signed the martial law proclamation Thursday but did not order it implemented until Friday night. However, the president said Ui3re was no military takeover and the government would re- main in civilian hands. There also was an attempt Friday to assassinate the de- fence minister. CUT COMMUNICATIONS The Philippines cut commu- nications with the outside world earlier today for the first time since gaining independence from the United States 26 years ago. Marcos said he had ordered the arrest of "those directly in- volved in the conspiracy to overthrow the government by violence and subversion." The president did not name those arrested hut at least 20 persons were rounded up early today including one of his most outspoken critics, Senator Be- nigno Aquino, secretary-general of the opposition Liberal party. The president said Filipinos be temporarily restricted from going abroad. Exceptions would have to be authorized by the government. ACCUSED LIBERALS Marcos earlier this month ac- cused members of the Liberal party opposition of having se- cret contacts with the Maoist- oriented Communist under- ground. Although subdued mora than 10 years ago, the Commu- nists have re-emerged with new leadership, organized a guer- rilla New Peoples Army and "sought to exploit the contrast- ing poverty of the masses and wealth of the few. Enrile said he did not know might have tried to kill him and that "in my job as r'e- fence secretary I create a lot of enemies. It can be any one of them." L J PRESIDENT MARCOS clamps down Barracks to house refugees MONTREAL (CP) The Ca- nadian Armed Forces have "all but made over" Longue Pointe barracks in the city's east end in preparation for the arrival next week of the first batch of expelled Ugandan Asians, a forces spokesman said Friday. The 10 dormitories could handle up to persons at a time. Army cooks were given a crash course in Indian, cuisins Friday, an officer said. "We have vegetarians, we have Hindus who don't eat beef and we have Moslems who won't eat said a major at (he barracks. Indian residents of Montreal were consulted about food for the Asians. WILL GO DIRECT The Asians will be brought directly to the barracks, by- passing customs, immigration and health checks at Montreal International airport. These checks will be carried out at the barracks. They will speed three or four days in the camp and be inter- viewed by Canada Manpower officials. William Whitelaw, to hold a public inquiry into the shooting of two Protestants by British paratroops two weeks ago. Whitelaw has pledged Ural normal investigations will ba carried out and the results turned over to the public prose- cutor, but this assurance has not satisfied Paisley. 'Call me madam' PARIS (AP) France says any woman over 21 may choose whether she is madame or ma- damoiselle, marriage licence or not. Justice Minister Rene Ple- ven, at 71 the oldest cabinet minister, issued the ruling in the Journal Officiel. Seen and heard About town SHARPSHOOTER Dill Karba- shcwski accidentally sncpt- ing his car while duck hunt- ing Bill Ltmiley towing a truck to start it minus the battery that was in a friend's "charger" sena- tor and former premier E, C. Maiming getting lost and hav- ing to ask for directions to get to the U of L campus. Crews remove ioot of snow from ROSSLAND, B.C. (CP) Tho Southern Trans-Canada High- way has boon opened to traffic today after road crews spe.nl Friday night removing a foot of snow that fell on Uie Nancy Greene Lake and Bluebsrry- Paulson section of the route. Tires and chains are manda- tory' and drivers are urged to use extreme caution. The Salmo Creston section was also blocked by the Friday snowfall. Fighting in Ug From AP-HEUTER Uganda said today that fight- ing along its border has spread into Tanzania but a Tanzanian military spokesman denied the report and said all was quiet in Uie area. Meanwliile, Uganda reported continued military clashes in Hie border area and Radio Kenya said five Libyan air force planes carrying 400 sol- diers arrived in Uganda to join in the fight'ng. A Tanzanian spokesman said today he had contacted the bor- der command at Mutukula where Uganda said its troops had crossed into Tanzanian ter- ritory He said no fighting was reported. reports conflict T In another development, Nzo secretary-general of the Organization of African Un- ity, left Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, today for the OAU hec.'iquariers in Addis Ababa at the end of a mission to try lo find a solution to the Tanzania- Uganda conflict. He met uith President Jcmo Kenyatta and sources said Ekangaki asked Kenyatta to mediate in the dispute. Eka- ngaki made no comment on his mission. Tiie report by the Uganda spokesman of fighting in Tan- zania was Uie first sncli since Hie two East African countries began their armed conflict ear- lier this month. The military spokesman said former cabinet minister John Wakholi, who left Uganda se- cretly for Tanzania earlier this year, was critically injured in the fighting inside Tanzania and was captured by Ugandan troops. "There were heavy casualties on Tanzanian side and (igiiiing Is still going the spokesman said. Meanwhile, England, stunned by a 43-hour "get-out tUtima- tum for an estimated British Asians In Uganda, has sent a special envoy to Kam- pala to figure out how to boil a t operation Into two days.