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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Unemployment Rise Explained By Trudeau By DON Macl'IIERSON TROIS-RIVIERES, CJue. (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau Friday blamed greediness on the part of big business and organized labor lor Canada's high un- employment. In a question-and-answer session at the annual convention of J'Associalion des Hebdos du association of French-language weekly newspapers of Trudeau said exorbitant prices increases and wage demands have left a large number of Ca- nadians without jobs. He said the federal government has taken upon itself the role of defender of the "little man" against the large, powerful segments of that means big unions, not only big companies." Big business and big labor had fled inflation and had ignored the government's appeal for co-operation in the fight against rising prices. "If there is high unemployment, it's because labor and business haven't co-opei'ated he said. Need Co-Operation Mr. Trudeau said the government could-check in- flation and restrain price increases through fiscal and monetary measures, "on the condition that people co- operate." By balancing its budget and reducing the amount of money in circulation, the federal government had done its part, but business and organized labor had not eased their demands on the economy. The result was business slowdowns, employee lay- offs and a higher unemployment rate. Mr. Trudeau said the purpose of his 'just society' is "to assure that the little people are protected against the large and powerful." He described inflation as "a tax on the little man" under which "the little people have to pay higher and higher prices while their incomes remain the and he promised that the government will protect such people. Control In Danger Governments were in danger of "losing control of their budgets" because of increasing demands for so- cial services. Canada's economy was growing at a rate of four to six per cent a year, while education and health costs were expanding by as much as 17 per cent annually. "If you want a more intensive war on Mr. Trudeau said, "we can do it and send you the can raise your taxes." Eliminating poverty "is a problem that can't be solved with dollars" because "if you give people more a month, they'll simply take it and spend it, and this won't break the terrible cycle of poverty." Instead poverty must be defeated by a change in society as a whole to bring the poor into the eco- nomic circle. The prime minister also expressed satisfaction with efforts to extend bilingualism across Can- ada, which he said was happening at a rate which "couldn't have been foreseen a few years ago." He rejected statements by Quebec separatists that the French langugage and culture are doomed outside their own province and said English-Canadians "want to see French preserved in their provinces and to see its influence and the teaching of it grow." There was "a climate of goodwill" among Eng- lish Canadians which complemented the courage of French Canadians in their struggle to survive as a group. Boat Hijacker Faces Charge Of Kidnapping SEATTLE (CP) Police have finally pinned the right name on a young Ontario man charged with kidnapping after a land and sea chase that followed a bank robbery in downtown Victoria Thursday. RCMP headquarters in Victoria identified tlw sus- pect as Berkhard Bateman, 19, an Ontario resident for the last nine years and believed to be originally from Hamburg, Germany. Police said he may have lived in Belleville, Ont. When taken into custody early Friday aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter after three persons were held hostage aboard a sailboat, the youth identified him- self to American authorities as Roi-y Sbayne. Before his arrest, Canadian police had been refer- ring to the suspect as William LawTence Olenik, 26, a man who escaped from a minimum security insti- tution iii British Columbia earlier in the month. An RCMP spokesman said Friday night a tenta- tive identification naming tlw man Olenik was re- leased because of radio broadcasts the police hoped would persuade the man to surrender. Explains Move "We were faced with a situation in which an un- known man had three said Inspector L. S. Dalton. "If lie was Olenik, his name in a radio ap- peal would carry that much weight. If he was not, the effect would be incidental." Bateman, a laborer, was identified through finger- prints forwarded to RCMP headquarters in Ottawa by police officials here. The prints first proved con- clusively that the suspect wasn't Olenik. Later, the prints were matched up with those of Bateman, said police spokesmen in Victoria. Bateman was Iwing held in lieu of cash bail. The real Olenik, who escaped from William Head minimum security prison near Victoria, is still at large. Batemau is charged with kidnapping Roger Smith, 49, of Vancouver, one of the three hostages. Friday afternoon, a charge of armed robbery was sworn out before a justice of the peace in Victoria. Herald 15 ALBERTA, SAfffrDAV, SEPTEMBER 197D FOUR SECTIONS 70 FACES TRUDEAUMANIA STRIKES AGAIN Mafrons and young girls mob Prime Minister Trudeau Friday Night at a dance for Liberals in a Trois Rivieres, Quc., curling club. Some of the ladies tugged at his lapels and pulled at his hair in a bid for attention. Mr. Trudeau was in Trois Rivieres to take part in a question-answer session at the 38th an- nual convenlion of the French language wee klies of Canada. Brush Fires Sweep Wide A. Area Of Southern California LOS ANGELES (AP) Fires blazed through tinder-dry brush in Southern California today, leaving tens of thousands of acres charred and expensive homes in ashes. Firemen faced more of the fire-fanning "devil hot and dry seaward blasts from the desert which whipped the dozens of fires into fast-moving inferenos after they started Fri- day. More than acres were City Gas Users Face Price Hike CALGARY (CP) Leth- bridge consumers will face a 20-per-cent increase, not 13 per cent, if proposed natural gas rate increases are approved by the public utilities board, J. A. Hammond said here. Mr. Hammond, solicitor for the city of Lethbridge, said Ca- nadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd. was correct in saying the direct increase was 13 per cent, but said the company has ignored secondary increases. Lethbridge, along with Cal- gary, are the main interveners in the Canadian Western ap- plication. A number of the al- most 100 smaller communities in southern Alberta, served by the company, have endorsed the position of either Leth- bridge or Calgary. "The rale increase, I f ap- proved, yould affect the cost of gas at our power plant which means an increase of another three per cent in either the tax b a s e or charges, Mr. Ham- mond said. Cost to schools and hospitals mean another four per cent, while increased costs in con- sumer goods would probably add three per cent. "All this just keeps the in- flationary spiral moving. Cana- dain Western would be serious- ly contributing to inflation if the r a t e s go up like they The board gave interim ap- proval Tuesday to the increase which would raise the average homeowners' gas bill to annually. A board ruling is not expected on the increase until after it becomes effective Feb. 1, 1971. If Canadian Western's appli- cation is refused, a refund would be made to customers. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN fJELUCTANT dancer Phil- ip Mistaken Chief final- ly consenting to get out on the floor after being assured by Joan Cochrane that the wild gyrations would not cause him to fall through the floor Ladine McCrae dismayed because her favor- ite department store had a big sale tlie one day she didn't shop there Tom Parker gratefully accepting a gavel from a helpful friend after being forced to main- tain order at a meeting by tapping a pencil on the table. blackened, an estimated 140 homes destroyed and as many as 400 homes damaged. There were numerous reports of burns and other injuries to firemen and residents but no deaths. Actor Dale Robertson's home was destroyed, fire officials said, and blazes damaged Gov. Ronald Reagan's ranch and the Spahn movie ranch, onetime residence of Charles Manson, who is on trial with three of his hippie-style clan members in the slaying of actress Sharon Taite and six others. Firemen said the flames dam- aged several of the abandoned movie-set buildings, where some of Hanson's "family" members still live. HIT MALIBU CANYON The two most destructive blazes crackled in Malibu Can- yon, a fashionable scenic area on tsie Pacific coast about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and in western San Fernando Valley, a largely-residential area about 25 miles northwest- It was the worst series of fires in California, officials said, since Nov. 6, 1961, when 484 houses in the exclusive Bel Air and Brentwood sections of Los Angeles were destroyed. The cause of the blazes was unknown, fire officials said. Firefighters battled through' the night, aided by a drop in the temperature, which reached near 100 degrees Friday after- noon, and a lessening of the winds, which reached 82 miles an hour in gusts Friday. Thousands of residents who fled the flames in the two areas and in scores of other 'fire-rav- aged regions throughout South- ern California spent the night in evacuation centres set up by the Red Cross and other groups. Thousands of others whose homes were spared by the flames were without electricity and telephone service. Former German Flying Ace Is Made Honorary Citizen Civilian Cabinet Named New Jordanian I Govt. Formed By DERICK HODGSON WINNIPEG (CP) Ger- many's most famous fighter pi- lot of the Second World War was greeted like a brother Fri- day by the men who had shot at him while ho shot back with deadly and devastating preci- sion. Lt.-Gen. Adolf Galland re- ceived a thundering ovation as he was introduced at the Com- monwealth wartime aircrew reunion being held in Winni- peg and was made an honorary citizen of tlw city. Ilis voice cracking with emo- tion, (he once commander-in- chicf of the German fighter force said he was overwhelm- ed at Hie reception he re- ceived. "If I remember 35 to 40 years ago we were forced by politicians to fight and shoot each he said. Galland, credited will) 104 victories in the sky, was a gen- eral in the luftwaffe at the age of 29. Although closely associated with field marshal Herman Goering and Hitler, he had se- rious difference of opinion with both. He was dismissed from his post in 1345 but was brought back later to lead the world's first jet-fighter squadron. A total of veterans have registered at the reunion with some rommonweallh flyers corning from Hawaii, South Africa nnd Florida. Speaking to a hushed banquet audience Friday, the German asked the group to remember "everyone had to do his mili- tary duty." From AP-Reutcrs King Hussein of Jordan, only hours after calling.on Palestin- ian guerrillas "to slam the door shut forever on dissension and formed a new civilian government today under a Pal- estinian premier whom h e charged to do everything possi- ble to return the strife-torn country to normal. Radio Amman reported that Hussein had appointed Ahmed Toukan to head a new 13-man cabinet to replace the military government formed Sept. 10, a day before the king's tanks rolled into the capital of Amman to try to crush insur- gent guerrillas. The military leadership under Brig. Mohammed Daoud le- signed Friday as the king reached a ceasefire agreement with the guerrillas after nine days of bloody fighting in the Middle East monarchy. Toukan also will be foreign minister in the new cabinet, which includes at lest five sol- diers and four other Palestin- ians. Hussein earlier had said in a Radio Amman broadcast that a new government would be formed "within hours." In the same broadcast, he re- futed Egypt's accusation that Hussein had violated the Jor- danian ceasefire and planned to "liquidate" Arab guerrillas. The king said his forces had ob- served the truce "despite end- less provocations" and called on the guerrillas "to slam the door shut forever on dissension and hostility." Meanwhile, the guerrillas ac- cused the Jordanian army of murdering Palestinian wounded with machine-guns and axes in an Amman hospital, and a for- mer Jordanian ally, Libya, broke diplomatic relations with the beleaguered monarchy. The Jordanian army has been standing still around Ramtha and Irbid, 50 miles north of Amman, for the last three days, Hussein said in his broadcast. The situation in Amman was calm, he added, "except for scattered incidents where the armed forces were attacked." ACCUSES GUERRILLAS He charged that a number of guerrilla groups were opposed Cuban Sub Base Work Confirmed WASHINGTON (AP) Tha United States defence depart- ment disclosed evidence Friday of what it said appears to be a submarine support base under construction in the harbor at Cienfuegos, Cuba, possibly for use by missile-firing Russian subs now positioned in the At- lantic. Defence Secretary Melvin R. Laird said that "while we have seen activity along this line as far as Cuba is concerned, it is a little early to determine the ex- tent, of Russian nival" involve- ment tliore. White House offcials quickly responded by saying the U.S. "would view the establishment of a strategic base in the Carib- bean with utmost seriousness." However, no diplomatic repre- sentations have been made to Moscow. to the ceasefire and were trying to sabotage it. The charge that Jordan had broken the ceasefire agreement was made by Egyptian Presi- dent Gamal Abdel Nasser in a cable sent to Hussein and broadcast over Radio Amman. It was sent in the names of nine Arab countries whose leaders have been holding an emer- gency summit in Cairo. News reports from Jordan Friday night said the fighting had ended. The round-the-clock curfew which had been In effect in Amman for more than a week was lifted for five hours daily, Radio Amman said. However, the Al Fatah infor- mation office in Beirut, Leba- non, said violent fighting broke out at dawn outside Amman today. A spokesman reported an attack by royal troops on guer- rilla positions at Zarqa. He said the fighting was for control of a bridge on the road from Amman to Zarqa, 15 miles northeast of the capital. Arabs Free 16 Hijack Hostages BEIRUT (Reuters) Pales- tinian guerrillas said today they released IS of their 54 air hi- jacking hostages Friday be- cause the food and water they were using was needed for Pal- estinian children. The Beirut, Lebanon, news- paper Hadaf, organ of the Popu- lar Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which carried out the hijacking of three Western air- liners to Jordan earlier this Balloon Debris Sighted NEW YORK (AP) A United States Coast Guard cutter steamed through the pre-dawn darkness today to an .area in the North Atlantic off Newfound- land where a U.S. Air Force search plane reported sighting what may have been part of tha missing balloon The Free Life. A spokesman for the coast guard search and rescue centre said the cutter was expected to arrive during the morning at a point about 500 miles south of Newfoundland where the search plane said a "yellow object with orange lines" was seen about 4 p.m. EDT Friday. The object and1 what appeared to be a raft were believed to be remnants of the gear used by three balloonists who departed Sunday from eastern Long Is- lar.d, NY., to attempt a transat- lantic crossing. month, said the hostages had been released by the Front and not 1 i b e r a t e d by Jordanian troops as reported by Radio Amman. A Swiss embassy official, meanwhile, confirmed that a 16th hostage. Max Jost, had been found by troops in Am- man's Wahdat refugee camp Friday. This leaves 38 hostages Americans but some of them with dual Israeli nationali- in guerrilla hands. Hadaf said: "The fact that the hostages have remained alive in the sea of death and destruction experi- enced by our people means that the Popular Front has exerted every effort to protect their lives in ilie midst of indiscrimi- nate shelling by the royal troops." The newspaper said that tha confirmation by the Interna- tional Committee of the Red Cross that the hostages were in good health "indicated the kind of treatment given them in the midst of conditions similar to famine." It added that because the food and water allotted to the hos- tages were needed for Palestin- ian children, the hostages had been left in a house within range of army patrols. He said since (he war ended a rapport has been reached to the point where "it would be impossible for a war to take place now" between the west- ern world's 1D3M5 adversaries. Galland is sharing the spot- light at the reunion with llu-ee other top air commanders of the Second World War. Galland is probably most fa- mous for an angry remark he once barked to Goering. Goering, who had just finish- ed dressing down Ms fighter pilots for what he considered inadequate tactics, turned to Galland and asked him what ho needed to change the situation. "The answer "a squadron of Spitfires." "Goering was Gal- land recalls. Cave-In Traps 80 Miners NDOLA, Zambia (Reuters) Rescue teams frantically searched today for more than 30 copper miners trapped in Zam- bia's worst mining disaster as hopes of finding them alive gradually faded. While rescuers toiled under- ground at Mcfulira mine, about 40 miles northwest of here, offi- cials were pessimistic over their chances of reaching the trapped men through mountains of fallen slime and sand. Disaster struck Mcfulira, one of the world's biggest under- ground copper mines, when a cave-in feet below ground early Friday sent millions of tons of sand, mud and water flooding into two main intercon- nected shafts. Pope Paul Marks 73rd Birthday VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Paul turned 73 today, but for the second year in a row ha planned no birthday celebration. Vatican sources said the pon- tiff has been deeply saddened by the bloodshed in Jordan and is even less inclined to make his birthday a festive occasion than he might have been otherwise. The Pope gave two brief ad- dresses this morning, one to tha World Convention of Secular In- stitutes and the others to pil- grims from Brescia, Italy. This afternoon he planned to receive pilgrims from rural areas. Nixon Orders Aid For Jordan WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon oi-de-ed S3 million in emergency relief for Jordan's civilian casualties today. "Women, children, many oth- ers are innocent casualties of this struggle, as is always tha case in a civil Nixon said. "We think action must be taken immediately." ..rdm "ri1.1 r i Countdown it Oo ;