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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Former RCMP officer denies he told of U.S. tank invasion TORONTO (CP) A former RCMP- officer has denied a Star story which quoted him as saying' United States forces were prepared to move into Canada if the Quebec government fell during the 1970 separatist crisis. Leslie J.' (Jim) Bennett, 53, refuted a copyright story by Star writer Tom Hazlitt, ter- ming it "mischievous and during a telephone interview from his Johannesburg, South Africa, home on the CBC program As It Happens. Mr. Bennett said he talked only "of rumors" and that he was unaware his "off the cuff" statements were to be recorded. In the lengthy article last Saturday, Mr. Bennett was quoted as saying Canada had to assign investigators to shadow agents of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who had infil- trated Montreal on a large scale and that tanks had been positioned south of Ottawa to offset a U.S. buildup just south of the border. The Star story said the Americans were preparing to move into Canada if necessary to protect their interests in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Mr. Bennett again said such beliefs were "total rumor" and that he was "never in any position to have such knowledge." "We talked in very general terms about many, many things. There was no buildup of troops as far as I'm concerned." He also said there had been "no form of com- munication" with the RCMP requesting that he change his story. Mr. Bennett said the statement he supposedly a member of the RCMP had sold out to the Soviet secret police for "totally wrong." "I refut this entirely." Mr. Hazlitt, who was in the CBC studio during the interview, said the only reason he could see for Mr. Bennett's reversal was that "he Mas changed his mind." He said he had brought up the question of CIA agents in Montreal but Mr. Bennett had con- firmed it "in abundant detail." Mr. Hazlitt added that everything Mr. Bennett had denied was given voluntarily. He said he had interviewed Mr. Bennett several times, once over a 14-hour period. He added he did not use a tape recorder or make notes in Mr. Bennett's presence but did so later. Mr. Hazlitt said he went to Johannesburg to discuss rumors that Mr. Bennett had been forced to quit the RCMP because of involvement with Soviet intelligence. He returned with a sworn statement by Mr. Bennett that his discharge had been obtained for legitimate medical reasons. Mr. Bennett emphasized that his only reason for denying the story was because it is untrue. The LetHbridae Herald 'VOL LXVI No. 241 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1973 TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES 'Little time left to help mankind' UNITED NATIONS (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp of Canada said today the United Nations lacks a collective sense of urgency in helping man put his world right again. "In our race with poverty and starvation, terrorism and armaments, pollution and bigotry we are too apt" to forget that time is not on our Sharp told the 28th General Assembly. He ranged over a cross-sec- tion of world problems in his Regan backs bill LOS ANGELES (Reuter) The death penalty was restored in California Mon- day, but convicted killers Sirhan Sirhan and Charles Manson will escape th? gf chamber. Gov. Ronald Regan signed a bill making the death penalty mandatory for 11 types of murderers including hired assassins and police killers. Manson, mastermind of the Sharon Tate murders, and Sir- han, assassin of Senator Robert Kennedy, were saved from the San Quentin gas chamber when the California Supreme Court declared ex- ecution "unconstitutional" last year. The new act is to come into force Jan. 1. 1974. Oil leaking in harbor at Vancouver VANCOUVER (CP) Oil continues to leak from a freighter involved in a colli- sion near the entrance to Van- couver harbor early today but it is being contained by a boom. The Arewan, which spilled about 200 tons of heavy crude oil and about 50 tons of lighter oil after she was holed, appears dead in the water and was under tow Seen and heard About town NEW car operator Mary Wood parking her automobile two blocks from her destination to assure privacy when starting up again Rabbi Lewis Gin- sberg at the United Way kick- off luncheon Monday, "with an introduction like that even I'm interested in what I have to say." 3.000-word address, but he de- voted a large part to the envi- ronment and the way it is be- ing destroyed. Because of our greed, our indifference and our igno- rance, we are speeding on a fatal collision course with our environment. "The exploitation of our natural resources has been in- cessant, uncaring and exhaus- tive "We seem incapable of feeding and clothing adequate- ly our growing millions. We are unable to live peacefully together or share our bounty so that all may live a life of dignity." UN agencies can and do move swiftly in some circum- stances, but on the whole "no one can accuse this organiza- tion of approaching its problems with unseemly haste." Too many items have taken up permanent annual residence on the agenda, the minister said, while noting that some progress is being made The increasing universality of the UN is an outstanding ex- ample. Sharp said. Canada ap- plauds the "breadth of mind" that made East and West Ger- many new members at this session. Sharp said the late Lester Pearson, one of the architects of the UN, remained convinc- ed that the UN was indispen- sable for "even the most slow and painful march away from mass violence and poverty." While in certain key areas of world security the UN appears to have been bypassed. Sharp said "we should never fail to assert the interest and primacy of this organization where it has an indispensable role to play." Such was Canada's view at the international conference on Vietnam in Paris early this year. Sharp said he had attempted to have the UN and the secre- tary-general "firmly integrated into the peace observation machinery which was being established." These efforts failed. After five months. Canada withdrew from the Inter- national Commission of Control and Supervision in Vietnam, frustrated but not embittered. "Canada remains prepared to play its part in peacekeep- ing and peace observation. But we have learned a lesson from our long and frustrating attempts to have these peacekeeping bodies operate objectively. Peacekeeping and peace observation operations stand the best chance of suc- cess if they are conducted un- der the authority of the United Nations Security Council." Inside Classified........16-19 Comics............5 Comment...........4 District...........13 Family.........14, 15 Local News.....4. 12 Markets..........20 Theatres...........7 TV................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH WED. 60; MAINLY SUNNY Royal funeral cortege, Thousands of Stockholm citizens stand silently as the funeral cortege of the late King Gustav Adolf leaves the royal castle today. The death of the 90-year-old king elevated his grandson; 27-year-old Carl Gustaf, co tne throne earlier this month. Burial will be at a royal site near the grave of Queen Louise, the late king's British born wife, who died in 1965. Was Hunt betrayed by own accomplice? WASHINGTON (AP) Wa- tergate wiretapper E. Howard Hunt testified today that he suspects one of his own men betrayed the bugging opera- tion to police. Some members of the Senate Watergate committee received Hunt's double-agent theory with skepticism, but Senator Howard Baker (Rep. Tenn said he would not rule it out as a possibility. "I suspect we may hear more about that as times goes on." Baker said. Hunt said he suspected Alfred Baldwin, who monitored the Watergate bug at Democratic national head- quarters and who later testified against his fellow Stupich unveils farming revival VICTORIA (CP) Agriculture Minister Dave Stupich has unveiled the keystone of the provincial government's program to revive farming in British Columbia a farm income assurance act designed to stabilize a farmer's income no matter what happens to the price of his produce. The plan is voluntary although the government has the power to make it com- pulsory. Mr. Stupich told a news conference it will be similar to a hog stabilization plan in Prince Edward Island. In PEL if the price of hogs drops below a certain minimum level designated as the cost of production to the farmer the difference is paid to the farmer. If the price goes above a certain level, the farmer pays into a stabilization fund ac- cording to a sliding scale, in a range slightly higher than the minimum production cost, no payment is made either way. Mr. Stupich said the minimum price for various commodities will be establish- ed by the different marketing boards in the province. Funds for the program, which will be run by the government's crop insurance branch, will come from general revenues of the government, participating farmers and possibly from the federal government. The minister said he is hopeful of federal par- ticipation. Earlier in the summer, after the Western Economic Opportunities Conference in Calgary, Mr. Stupich said his federal counterpart. Eugene Whelan, expressed no interest in setting up such a program. wiretappers. was a double agent. Senator Sam Ervin (Dem. N.C.) said: "You don't know that Mr. Baldwin was what we call a double agent. You just draw some surmise and infer- ence to that effect, don't you9" "Yes sir." Hunt told the committee chairman. Hunt said he suspects Bald- win because of his actions on the night of the Watergate ar- rests Baldwin, a former FBI agent, never was charged in the case. Baldwin's lawyer, Robert Mirto. said today in West Haven. Conn., that Hunt's suspicions are "ridiculous and completely untrue." Baldwin himself was not immediately available for comment. Argentinian assassinated BUENOS AIRES (AP) Jose Rucci. a leader of Argen- tina's labor movement, was assassinated today, the government announced. The authorities said Rucci was machine-gunned in his home. Rucci. 48, headed the General Confederation of Labor He had been a kay sup- porter of Juan D. Peron, who won a presidential election Sunday, returning him to power after an 18-year exile. Sugar beet future By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The future of Southern Alberta's multi-million dollar sugar beet producing and processing industry is very bleak, producers say. Exceptionally high prices for other crops which could be grown on the 39.000 acres now devoted to sugar beets, combined with a comparatively low return ratio for beets are making beets much less attractive to farmers. Oil plans worry Nixon advisers Farmers who are members of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers' Association and an official of Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd. in Lethbridge have told The Herald they are seriously concerned about whether "the industry will con- tinue. One member gave the sugar beet industry a life expec- tancy of two years. Arguments to dissuade producers from abandoning beets for a more attractive crop point to the dependable, steady cash return for beets. "Any intelligent beet grower" will recognize sugar beets as a" steady cash crop." said an official'of the sugar factory, which annually processes crops from the 000 acres in the south. "All they have to do is look back a few years when barley was selling for 50 cents a, bushel and they will want to stay with he said. This same official admitted, however, that a farmer can grow 80 to 100 bushels of barley on an acre of land. At to per bushel, the comparative return is very tempting to farmers now growing beets. He is afraid the Southern Alberta beet industry could collapse in the same way the Ontario sugar beet industry yielded to tobacco years ago. With the high prices for tobacco, farmers quit growing beets and the beet industry died. On top of the factory's con- cern that they may run out of beets to harvest in the next few years, is the more im- mediate problem of a labor shortage. The factory already is having problems acquiring enough workers to handle the controlled harvest situation now in effect. When the controls are taken off the harvest and farmers bring their beets to be processed at a much faster rate after Oct. 1. the factory labor shortage will be mul- tiplied. The factory is desperately seeking workers for its processing operation, its pil- ing stations and its district receiving stations. Sugar beet farmers have their own labor problem and they are wondering whether the headaches are worth the returns. Howard Haney, co-owner of Haney Brothers Farm near Picture Butte. says he has dropped his beet contracts because they are "just too much work." The manager of the Lethbridge agricultural Man- power office offers a note of optimism. Al Bothamley claims the ad- vent of better insecticides to control weeds, electronic thinners and precision drills will all drastically reduce the sugar beet hand labor re- quirements in the future. "Lots of farmers have said they are going to get out of sugar beets for the past 10 years. But they still grow he says. NAIROBI. Kenya (CP) Senior ,-United States officials at monetary meetings here have told Finance Minister John Turner oi Canada that recent Canadian changes in petroleum policy mean the U.S. must "reappraise" its own Turner said today that has been the extent of the com- ment made here by Peter Flanigan. a special adviser to President Nixon on economic affairs, and Treasury'" Secretary George Shultz. Skylab to land tonight HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) Skylab 2's astronauts are to return from man's longest space adventure today, guiding their slightly disabled Apollo ferry ship back to earth with a tricky firing technique. Alan Bean, Owen Garriott and Jack Lousma are return- ing from a trip during which they travelled more than 24 million miles and gathered a wealth of scientific data on the earth, sun and man. Although the entire firing procedure that the Skylab 2 astronauts must use has never been tried before in space, flight controllers are confi- dent it will pose no problem. It is necessary because two of four steering rockets on the Apollo ferry ship have devel- oped leaks. Techniques have been worked out and tested in ground simulators to fly the Apollo home with the two good jet thrusters. Bean. Garriott and Lousma are to detach the Apollo from the 85-ton Skylab station in late afternoon, heading for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at EOT. The three major U.S. television networks will carry live coverage starting at 6p.m. EOT. Turner spent the weekend with Flanigan at a lodge in big game country and said later it was the best session he'd had in the last three years Turner and his wife dined privately with the Shultzes Monday night. Shultz had a one-line refer- ence to energy in his address today to the International Monetary Fund. He said food prices and energy costs have caused 66 per-cent of the measured rise in U.S. con- sumer prices Shultz said: "We iiave now embarked on a massive effort to develop the bountiful energy resources within our own country now made economic by higher prices. "We look to others to help maintain the flow of energy, so long as their own legitimate needs and aspirations are fairly recognized." Turner commented that the reference includes Canada but is not aimed at Canada, par- ticularly since it applies to all (lie sources of U.S. petroleum imnnrts, most of them in the Middle East, where the most pressure is applied to keep prices rising. Meaningful warranties cto be law' TORONTO (CP) War- ranties with no loopholes, written in plain, meaningful language and enforceable in the courts, will become com- pulsory in Ontario next year under legislation being plann- ed by the provincial government The legislation will be based on the theme, stated in a gov- ernment paper that "it should not be the consumer who must accept the risks and losses associated with the purchase ol inadequate products." Internal war raging 13 days after army coup SANTIAGO (CP) A mem- ber of the Chilean military junta says the country still is in a "state of internal No rush for Suffield gas rights EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government does not plan to push hard right now to acquire the surface rights to the natural gas-rich Suffield block from Ottawa but dis- cussions could begin next year. Don Getty, minister of federal and intergovernmen- tal affairs, said today Mr. Getty said in an inter- view that the province plans to complete its 77-well ex- ploratory drilling program at Suffield this year to determine the extent of natural gas reserves under the squa re-mile southeastern Alberta block before pushing lor production activity. Natural gas has beep found by all 27 wells in the first stage of the evaluation program this summer. The 50- well second stage will begin Oct 15 when British military training activity ends for the year. Mr. (Jetty said it is too soon to say whether reserves are more or less than estimated lour trillion cubic feet worth ti billion. The province holds the rights to the natural gas under llu> Sutlicld block but the federal government controls the surface rights and Ottawa has an agreement with the British Army to allow it to use the area for military exer- cises The province's gas explora- tion program was tailored to lit around the exercises this year but military activity would have to cease and sur- lace rights turned over to Alberta before any full-scale production from the block could be undertaken. Mr. Getty said there is an "easy understanding" with Defense Minister James Richardson not to create dif- ficulties by immediately demanding possession of the block as troops continue massive raids on private residences and public buildings in the capital. Speaking 13 days alter the coup that toppled President Salvador Allende and brought his death. Admiral Jose Toribio Merino, commander ol the navy, said: "There are still people kill- ing Chileans, most of them foreigners of whom those we know of number about 14.000." The admiral spoke at a news conference as troops con- tinued relentless hunts for militant left-wingers, and pil- ed loft-wing literature and posters onto public bonfires in Ihc capital ;