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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 40-45 VOL. LXIV No. 245 The Lethbridge Herald LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 62 PAGES How new farm debt holiday plan working SASKATOON (CP) What happens to a farm- based economy when the provincial government allows struggling farmers to forget about many of their ma- jor debts for 12 months? All the right things, exactly what the government intended, Attorney-General Roy Bomanow of Saskat- chewan says. Many of the wrong things such as a tightening of credit and a temporary reprieve that effects mostly the unreliable debtors, say implement dealers and credit union managers. Spokesmen for organizations representing the farm- ers say tlie debt moratorium may not have created much response at all among their members. The legislation in question, called the Family Farm Protection Act, was passed in August as one of the first actions of the newly-elected New Democratic par- ty government of Saskatchewan. It allows farmers to delay payment of debts on machinery, land and live- stock until Agust 1, 1972, if they arc having trouble meeting their payments. Sales increase Mr. said recent increases in implement sales in Saskatchewan indicate that credit is not tight- ening because of the legislation. "The smart dealers will not fight the act. Tney v.ill work with it. If they don't, the competitors will, and the farmer will react to that." The attorney general saii the act is available to help all farmers, although only a minority of them will use it. "They know they have protection if they he said. Bob Larter of Estevan, Sask., president of the Sask- atchewan Implement Dealers Association, said the leg- islation has forced a tightening of credit among ail implement dealers, making it harder for fanners to buy equipment. "Ail of our sales contracts now have to be cleared at heaci office and there are a greater number of re- fusals. Companies are also requiring larger down pay- ments on machinery." Could mean court llr. Lai-lcr said that in cases where fanners at- tempt to use the legislation as protection, the imple- ment dealers would want to see why the farmer is unable io pay. This could lead to court cases where the legality of Ihc act itself would have to be deter- mined. Only a minority of farmers would take that kind n[ Rdvanlace of the legislation but even two or three cases cmiVI be exlveuiely baneful for the individual implement he said. Mr. Ilomanow said there has been only one case o[ legal action being attempted against a farmer for non-payment to an implement dealer. This indicates that the act is not being abused, he said Lcs Baron, manager of Ihc Eiggar, Sask., credit union, said the effects of tlie bill have already been unpleasant. "We had a farmer in difficulty who was willing to co-operate with us. Then the mediation board in and everything has lieen set aside until next July." They're uncomfortable Mr. Baron said the farmers he has talked wilii are uncomfortable about the act. "Generally farmers are capable of looking aflcr Lheir own affairs and the change of tightening credit is not appealing to Uiose of them, who might need to borrow." The immr-dit'ilo rffccl of Ihc act cp the Rosctowu, credit union has been a formal hall on any ac- tions against fanners for non-payment, said Manager Allen Down. "Tin; unreliable debtors have been Riven a year's said. lie said his organization initiated the first court action since the legislation ivas passed, claiming that the farmer involved actually was able to meet his payments. A .iudg? nmicd Iho, credit union permission io pro- rwl Ihc farmer but Ihc union is appealing bis dec is inn. Jack JlcCloy, vice-president of tlie National Farm- ers, said [here has Iwcn little direct comment from fanners about I hi? bill. is in the wir.d that the act has not had much effect upon farm implement pales or credit. Generally farmers pay their debts if they can." Newspapers in schools NEW YOIiK (APJ Use ol Canadian and United Stales newspapers as .1 classroom teaching aid is in- crcasinj; and ahniit five million students in schools, Ihn Anirncan Newspaper As- sociation reporl.s. An ANPA survey shows a total ol 361 U.S. and Canadian ncuspapcrs were used in classrooms during l.be 1970-71 sclxwl year. The survey figures showed thai ANPA member newspapers 32 per cent ot the tolal ANPA meiv.bnrship in Ihc incla isi'ntiin In Canada, 29 ANPA members per programs. A similar survey laken in slwwed Ihreo million sludeiil.s wore newspaiK'rs in srhciils, lenrlrrs participating. 'Flic survey lliis vcar .'.linucfl Ihal mure lhan leachcrs took parl, Ihe ANPA said. The survey also showed Ihal 3H per cent of the. parlii'ipaling ni'w.spaiicrs in Ihe U.S. charged Iho fehonls lor copies while 21 per cent nf Uie newspapers in Caiiadijn profii'Miis required payincnL j. J. GREENE Stricken In Japan Greene suffers stroke From REUTER-AP TOKYO (CP) Energy Min- ister J. J. Greene of Canada suffered a mild stroke here today. A doctor said the left side of the minister's body was partially paralysed, but that he could answer questions. Dr. KalshuhUto Hiramori of tlie Japan Heart Institute at Tokyo Women's Medical Col- lege, said Greene, 51, was in a "drowsy" state of conscious- ness, but not in any danger. lie estimated that Uie minis- ter would have to stay in hospi- tal at least a week. Hiramori described the attack as a cerebro-vascular accident. Mrs. Greene was at hen hus- band's bedside. Jack Austin, Greene's deputy, said (he minister complained about dizziness and fell in his hotel room shortly before break- fast today. He was taken in an ambulance Io the liospilal. The illness ot the cabinet minister was announced earlier in Ottawa, but the na- ture of the sickness was not specified. He has a history of heart trouble. Greene, leader of a seven- man Canadian government dele- gation, arrived in Tokyo Satur- day. WILL REJIAIN- HERE Austin said Greene, Mrs. Greene and Wayne Thomson, special assistant to the minister, will remain here while the rest of the party will leave for Can- ada Thursday. Mr. Greene, married with two sons and lliree daughters, has been an MP since 1863, first for tlie Oltawa Valley constituency of Renfrew South and, since 196S, for Niagara Falls. The Toronto lawyer, a onetime mineworker, had practised law at Arnprior in the Ottawa Val- ley before entering politics. He was minister of agriculture in the former government of Les- ter Pearson and became minis- ter of energy, mines and re- sources in the Trudcau adminis- tration. Aclair Io liaiiclle liaison work EDMONTON (CP) Allen Adair, Alberta minister in charge of northern develop- ment, will be the liaison Iwecn tlie Alberla Native As- sociations and the government, it was announced today. Mr. Adair said in a news re- lease that he will arrange meet- ings between Ihc government and Ihn various associations whenever possible. Canada calls for seating of Communist China in UN Peking cancels banquet PEKING (Renter) The tra- ditional banquet Thursday on the eve of China's national day vast gathering in Peking's Great Hall of People usually ad- dressed by Premier Chou En-lai not be held this year, a foreign ministry spokesman said today. Instead, a reception will be held in the hall. The spokesman said this de- parture from former practice was "another reform we have made." Previously, the foreign minis- try announced that the tradi- tional massive parade on Oct. 1. marking the 22nd anniversary of the people's republic would not bo held, despite rehearsals which had already been staged in the Chinese capital. This led tc- widespread spec- ulation abroad. Asked if the premier's speech would be made Thursday night, as in past years, the spokesman said an answer to this would be given Thursday. Snow falls in sunny Alberta, By THE CANADIAN PRESS Pedestrians tip-toed through slush today as the season's first major snowstorm moved through west-central Alberta. The weather office said that as much as inches of snow fell in forested areas and a hand- ful o[ locations in the agricul- tural belt but most other cen- tres in the affected region had a mixture of rain and snow. The snow was expected to change to rain as temperatures advanced Io today's expected high of 4n above. At 8 a.m. MST Uie storm was moving south, where it was ex- pected to drop two to four in- ches in the foothills west of Calgary and Lethbridge. About inches of snow fell overnight at Edson, 125 miles west of Edmonton, and 3.2 at Grande Prairie, 200 miles northwest. Rocky Mountain House, 90 miles southwest, re- ported 1.5 inches. SLOWS DOWN Sammy .Davis Jr. was discliargccl- froni liosnilal in Las Vegas and said: "I was very close to dying." The 45-year-old cn- Icrliiincr, in hospital since .Sept. 18 lor treatment of an enlarged a n (I misaligned livrr, sail! he would lake ail- vice doctors pave him a year ago (o slow down Iris career. "They tell me I have Iwo nr three years to live unless I curtail my Davis lolrl n news conference. derate with only a few discordant notes U.S. wants early talks on auto free trade pact WASHINGTON (CP) The Nixon administralion is urging early trade talks with Canada aimed at revising the U.S -Can- ada auto free trade pact to re- move certain clauses the Amer- icans consider too restrictive. The U.S'. is ready to begin new trade negotiations with Canada next week after the business of the current meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are oul of the way, says a high U.S. olticial. John Petty, U.S. treasury un- dersecretary for international affairs, told Canadian reporters at a news conference Tuesday that the Canadian safeguard clauses in Ihc 1965 pact have outlived the need for them. The clauses ensure that cer- tain amounts of Canadian parts are built into American cars as- sembled in Canada for the North American market. DRASTIC CHANGE A recent report by a U.S. presidential commission on in- ternational trade and invest- ment policy noled a drastic change in automotive trade be- tween the countries since the pact was signed six years ago, turning a chronic large deficit for Canada into a substantial surplus. Petty in his iietvs conference did not tie removal of the spe- cial 10-per-ccnt U.S import levy to Canadian acceptance of U.S. demands. But he did repeat the conditions listed Sunday by Treasury Secretary John Con- nally, who insisted the sur- Soviet disarmament plan leaves Sharp cold charge will not be lifted until the U.S. gels firm promise of agreement among all Western countries to take measures to help correct the U.S. balance- of-paymenls deficit. IS .SPKcrFIC DCiMAND tetty said revision ol the suto pact is one of the specific de- mands the U.S. now makes on Canada. Pctly also turned aside thoughts that the U.S. wants to treat Canada only as a source, ot raw materials, and shut out Canadian manufactured goods. "We applaud and encourage" development of secondary in- dustry in Canada, and any other interpolation of U.S. intentions toward Canada is "a serious error." This was a reference to a re- cent remark by Prime Minister Tnideau that the U.S. may want to treat Canada only as "hewers of wood and drawers of water." UNITED NATIONS' (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said today he has no enthusiasm for a world disarmament conference pro- posed by the Soviet Union. At a news conference. Sharp said there already is disarma- ment machinery within the, UN. Th; most important thing was to get Communist China into the organization and into disarma- ment discussions. Seen and heard About town CKIER Lee SkiHon faking a shower in his new lealhcr ski boots so they will shrink and dry to the shape o[ his foot George Bola looking for some thistles to paint black to help him to re- member the old days Veronica Scnlt inlrod.ucing. her llu'cc-olri-year daughter as "My made-in-Japan Indian girl" aflcr dressing her in clothes made in Japan for a local pow-wow. Sharp was the first Western leader to criticize the Soviet plan, which has been inscribed on the agenda of the General Assembly. Soviet Foreign Minister An- drei Gromyko said in a speech to the assembly Tuesday that a world conference with China participating would "meet the task of still further enhancing efforts in the struggle for dis- armament.'' Sharp said he realized the So- viels proposed a world confer- ence because the Chinese had indicated they Here not inter- ested in participating in a smnlle" forum, such as the Ge- neva disarmament talks. But he said the first thing to do is to get China into the UN and then see what needs to be done. "I don't think (disarmament) machinery is important. The re- solve is lacking." In his speech later to the Gen- eral Assembly Sharp criticized the Soviet Union for exploding an underground nuclear lest in recent days and the U.S. for ils test plans in Alaska. He called for a nuclear test- ban (rcaty. 'Shoot to kill' order issued at SAIGON (API President Nguyen Van Tiiicu of S'outh Vietnam issued orders to police today Io "shoot Io kill" anti-gov- ernment rioters uho throw fire- bombs and rocks or otherwise endanger lives, reliable sources reported. The sources said Thieu urged the police to use as liltle force as possible in quelling demon- slrations In' studenl? and vet- erans, most o! which have been dispersed with tear gas during the last three weeks of protests against Thieu running for re-el- ection Oct. 3 without any opposi- tion. Red fleet busy TOKYO