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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY NEAR 55. The Lcthbridiic Herald VOL. LXIV No. 24G LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1971 PIUCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 32 PAGES Grain debate moves toward crunch OTTAWA (CP) The grain dcbnte moved toward a crunch in the Commons Wednesday as the government countered in- creased opposition p r e s s u r e with legal arguments from Jus- tice Minister Jolin Turner. The day after Prime Minister Trudeau accused the opposition of trying to block justice with Jegalisms, Mr. Turner said the government cessation of pay- ments under the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act was not il- legal at all. The opposition continued ils claim Uiat the government is using a flagrant breach of the law '.o jam through legislation Prairie farmers don't want. The Progressive Conserva- tives moved two motions to ad- journ debate in the House but I he Liberals defeated both hand- ily- The issue: The reserves act, which pays storage cost of whedt in commercial stockpiles over 178 million bushels, is legally in force, but the govern- ment has not made payments called for under the act for the 1970-71 crop year. ACT AWAITS APPROVAL The government's grain in- stabilization bill would replaced the Reserves Act last spring had it been passed by Parliament. But it wasn't, and the opposi- tion, claiming it has the support of western farmers, has contin- ued to fight the bill since the House resumed sitting a month ago. Until Tuesday the government was writing the debate off as a simple question of economics: Did the western farmers want the million they were owed under the Reserves Act or the SlOO-odd million they would re- ceive under the stabilization bill? Mr. Trudeau told reporters Tuesday that opposition legal- isms were holding up the justice he was trying to get for the farmers through the increased revenues under the new act. He admitted that the government has defaulted on payments. Mr. Turner continued that lack in the Commons Wednes- day, then switched to a legal argument when speaking to re- porters oulside. Opposition Leader Robert Etanfield asked Mr. Turner whether he had "advised the government that it is obliged by the law of Canada to comply with the statutes on Uie books" and whether he intended to "dissociate himself from the government which is not complying with the law." Air. Turner ignored the legal question and said: "The ques- tion which farmers in Saskat- chewan are asking is why this Parliament is not passing the bill." Pressed further by Mr. Stan- field, Mr. Turner said the gov- ernment recognized it owed western farmers S38.5 apparently a confusion wilh the million "we are suggesting that payment of million should satisfy thai." MJ-. Turner later told report- ers that while the government admitted it was in default, that did not mean it was breaking Uie law. "A debt can be satisfied at any time. That is a matter of law.'1 But as Mr. Trudeau had said, if Parliament would not allow the government to satisfy the debt with ils proposed bill, then the government would give up and revert to the Reserves Act. Conservative justice critic Eldon Woolliams said outside the House the justice minister should resign. There is no doubt Iliat the government is breaking tile law, he said. MR. TURNER government not breaking law Bush tries to sell U.S. China policy By STEPHEN SCOTT UNITED NATIONS (CP) George Bush, United States ambassador to the UN, is carrying on one of the most concentrated fights by the U.S. in years in an effort to sell the American idea of seating Communist China here without expelling the Nationalists of Tai- wan. It has been reported he would like the No. 2 spot on Nixon's 1972 presidential election ticket, replacing Vicc-Presidcut Spiro Afincw. Tills seems unlikely. What many believe is that Mson is protecting his rear in nest j'ear's elections by making sure that word does not get abroad that he is dumping the Nationalists in favor of normalizing relations with the Communists. Well before the General Assembly opened last week, the U.S. began to wage a stiff two-China cam- paign here and in capitals around the world. It has proved an uphill battle against the Alban- ians and their allies, who seek to expel the National- ist and give the scat lo the People's Republic of China. Election issue It is doubtful that tbe average American cares about the outcome of the China representation vote ta be held near the end of next month..Many are resigned to the Jact that Peking mil be admitted eventually and that the Nationalists are in a weak position. But conservatives could give Nixon a rough ride In the election if any suspicion developed that Nixon iiad not made every effort to preserve a seat for Tai- wan. Nixon's economic policies, especially the 10-per- cent special levy on dutiable imports, is another fac- tor in tbe China debate. This surcharge has hurt many countries, including Canada, and there are strong calls here and aboard for its removal. The Americans have said the tax is temporary, but they have not said how temporary. There is no doubt that many delegates have con- sidered what effect a vote against the U.S. will have on an American decision on the lifting of the sur- charge. Bend a bit No country can he expected to vote against its own principles in an effort to buy off (lie U.S. But where a country can, it will bend a bit. Tliis is most clearly seen in Japan's decision to co-sponsor American two-China proposals, despite the fact the action is an embarrassment to the govern- ment in Tokyo. The decision was made because Uie Japanese do not want to anger Uie U.S. further. I-esser indications can be seen in the battles to inscribe American proposals on the assembly's agen- da last week. Some countries were inclined toward the Albanian demand that the American proposal should be kept off the agenda. But they decided lhat they could vote against the Americans during the main China debate in the as- sembly, and so could let the U.S. have its way in the preliminary skirmishing. They hoped to avoid anger- ing tne Americans too much. Canada and Uie United Kingdom, for instance, bolh firmly committed lo a one-Cliin.i policy, abstain- ed on (he decision lo inscribe llie American item. External Affairs Minisler Mitchell Sharp in his assembly speech Wednesday was careful not to say directly Uiat the delegations should vole, against Uie Americans. Canada's position can lie characterized as: Ee firm but don't rock Uie American boat needlessly. Planes might doom man o WASHINGTON (Reulcr) Commercial supersonic airliners might make people blind if not doom human- ity completely, Senator Birch Bayh says. Ilo said studies by n California scientist showed that supersonic airliners flying through the strato- sphere could destroy the protective ozone layer shield- ing Ihe planel the sun's radiation. Oilier M-icnli.sl.s hrlievr plunis nni under v.alrr '.nil also be destroyed, said Ihe Indian.! Democrat. If they ;IVP "cnmmrrrial oppvnlioil of supersonic porl.s wnulrl spell Ibo end of mankind a.s know il." Bayh was introducing legislation calling on (he gov- ernment's environmental protection agency to report (o Congress within two years on chemical changes in Hie slriilo.sphe.rc caused by supersonic airliners and Ihe effccl of Ihesc changes on human life. The bill would also ban civilian supersonic flights over Ihe Uniled Klalcs unless Ihe agency reports Ihey POM; no appreciable danger In life. PAPAl HAND Pope Paul, 74, holds the hand of exiled Josef Cardinal Mindszenty, 79, as they step out of Ihe Sistine Chapel in Vatican City at end of opening ceremony of world Synod of Bishops Thursday. Pontiff condemns outside pressure VATICAN CITY (Reuter) Pope Paul, in an opening ad- dress to the third world synod of bishops today, advised Ihe church leaders not to be over- anxious to conform to modern trends for fear oE appearing out of dale. Urging them not to be influ- enced by accusalions of anach- ronism or legalism which were said to slunt spontaneous devel- opment (lie pontiff condemned outside pressure saying "its guises are many and ils power is penetrating and dangerous." Thp Pope was addressing !he synod in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel before co-celebrating mass there with five bishops, including Josef Cardinal Mind- szcnly, who came to Rome Tuesday afler 2.1 years of con fincmeiit in his native Hungary. Cardinal Mindswnty, who is living in Ihe VaUcan as the Pope's guest before going lo end his days in Vienna, will Lake no further part in the work of Ihe synod, whose 2M bishops from all continents slart their deliber- ations Ihis aflernoon. The synod, which will lasl for a month, will debate the issues of the crisis-redden priesthood and the churclBs role in combat- ing social injuSUce. Scores of priests and lay groups have been agitating for radical changes in Uie priest- as optional celibacy for priests. N-test only delayed WASHINGTON (CP) The Washington Post says it has learned that President Nixon has made no decision to cancel the Amchitka Island under- ground atomic lest in Alaska but will deby it so that it will not conflict wilh Soviet Premier Kosygin's visit to Canada. The front-page article by Thomas O'Toole says lhat de- Epilfi recent published reports to (he contrary, "sources close lo Uie While House insist that the president, has not considered calling off the it adds: "Tlie only change Mr. Nixon has apparently made in schedul- ing the test, some sources said, was to delay it to late October from early October. "The reason for tliis delay, these sources suggest, is Pre- mier Kosygin's trip to Canada in mid-October and particularly his scheduled visit lo Vancouver in British Columbia." Housewife may go to prison lor abortion DAYTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) A 23-year-old house- wife may become the first person ever lo go to prison in Florida for having an abortion. Shirley Ann Wheeler was convicted last July 13 of hav- ing an abortion and is await- ing sentencing. The maxi- mum penalty under the 103- year-old law is 20 years, the same as a manslaughter con- viction. Mrs. Wheeler admitted she paid to have an illegal abortion in Jacksonville. She said she had the abortion be- cause a doctor had told her a pregnancy could be danger- ous because she .once had rheumaUc fever. Egg hits car of Emperor Hirohito ANTWERP, Belgium (Reu- ler) An egg smashed onto the windshield of Emperor Hirohito's Mercedes as it ap- proached Ant vrerp's main square today. The egg was apparently thrown at the car by a young Belgian student, who was quickly hustled away by police. The Japanese emporer stepped from his car apparent- ly unruffled. The emperor, accompanied by King Beaudouin, had trav- elled here from Brussels in the car. I'm iteming you, Sam'.' Poles kicked out RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuter) Eighteen Polish fishermen have been flown out of Brazil under deportation orders for il- legal entry into the country, press reports said Wednesday. New oil supply system planned Soviet turncoat named LONDON (CP) The foreign office loday named Soviet trade official Lyalin ;is the flefi'i'lnr nl'wiul alleged Hur.sian spring in r-i'ilnin dcfrol.inp early Ibis immlb was followed by a British expulsion order against 90 Rus- sians and n decision lo forbid miolhcr 15 who had valid visas from returning lo London. A foreign office spokesman Lynlm wns ;in officer of Ibe Siivicl Iracle delegation in Rril- ain. The official disclosure, fol- lowed newspaper rcpovls lhal a Russian named Olcg Linline. .11, was in fael. Ihe KG 11 sen el ]X) lico officer wlm had ric-foclcfl ;iflor bronchi up nn a drunken-driving charge. lie was mil on bail and due In come before a ma.cislralc's court today bill, as expected, ho did not appear. KEPT IN SECLUSION A well-placed informanl said lhat the man would nol make n public appearance for sonic time. names, Iranslalod from the cnillic .u'ript ur-od in liussia lo Western Ichors, oflen vary in tlirir Knglish-hngiKiKc. spelling, The informant said Ihc Uninn hris luvn varnrfl dial Brilam would make public full dol.iils of the spy informalion alleged lo have been provided by Ihe. defector if relalialory ac- tion is laken ngainsl British dip- lomr.ls in Moscow. The Soviet news agency Tass claimed Rrilain had buill up what it calls a "Soviet menace" scare as a means of lorpedoiug efforts In rehx Hasl-Wesl Icn- sions. EDMONTON (CP) Impe- rial Oil Ltd. announced today that it will spend more than million during the next Iliree years lo build a new pe- troleum product supply system on the Prairies. Construction is to stall in 1972. The system will include a re- finery to hr. built on the sile of the company's present refinery in Edmonton. The Stralhcona refinery, the name of the new plant, will have a crude oil processing ca- pacity of barrels a day and will be able to supply all of Imperial's Prairie petroleum product requirements. A pipeline system will connect the new planl wilh producl ter- minals in major prairie centres. Prcsenl Imperial refineries in Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg will remain in operation until new terminals in those cities go into service. JOBS FOR THOUSANDS W. 0. Twaits, Imperial's chairman, said in a news re- lease that more than work- ers will be employed directly during the peak of construction, and additional thousands in firms providing materials and services. Mr, TVails said environmen- tal protection was the basic fac- tor in the decision to build the new supply system and to con- centrate refining faciliUes at. one location. "This is particularly the case so far as production of low-lead and lead-free gasolines is con- cerned. "To install facilities at our four existing Prairie refineries to produce low-lead and lead- free gasoline would cost more lhan twice as much as lo build similar capacity at Edmonton. The difference is so great we have no alternative." Tn addilion to expenditures for units lo provide lead-free gaso- lines, 513 million -will be spent on pollution-conlrol facilities at Ihe new Edmonton plant. TRANSFER WORKERS Imperial said a number of employees at existing refineries in Calgary, Regina and Winni- peg will be closed, will Lransfer to the new terminals, to Ihe new refinery, or olhpr phases o! company operations. Imperial will work closely with the federal manpower de- partment and provincial labor departments to assist other em- ployees to find work. Jlr. Twaits said lead-free gas- olines will cost more to produce I ban leaded gasolines of the same oclane rating. "Gasoline prices will have to reflect lliis added he said. Duty goes if WASHINGTON (CP) The I0-jer-cent special United States import duly will be removed when other countries let thcir currencies float freely in inter- national exchange markets and remove specific barriers to U.S. exports, U.S. Treasury Secre- tary John B. Connally said today. He told the 118-nation Interna- tional Monetary Fund the U.S. is prepared to remove the sur- charge if oilier counlries will take these actions "over coming weeks." Connally did not refer to any other country by name, but it is believed he was aiming his re- marks both at Canada, for the removal of specific trade re- strictions, and al Japan and some other countries for not, in facl, letting their currencies float freely. The Canadian dollar has been floating since the end of May, 1970. Finance Minister E. J. Benson of Canada said here ear- lier this week the Canadian gov- ernment has not tried to influ- ence daily exchange rales, which now are set simply by market forces of supply and de- mand for Canadian dollars. However, Uie U.S. treasury called a news conference here earlier this week for Canadian reporters to tell them the U.S. has some specific demands for removal of some Canadian trade restrictions. John Petty, an assislanl secretary in the de- partment, said the U.S. wants Canada to remove hindrances on automobiles, electronics, air- frames, and even the export of raw logs from British Columbia. GOLD PRICE REMAINS Connally in his speech dis- couraged proposals from Uie major trading nations that the U.S. dollar be devalued directly in terms of gold. "A change in the gold price is of no economic significance and would be patently a retro- gressive slep in terms of our objective to reduce, if not eliminate, the role of gold in any new monelary said the U.S. chief delegate to the monetary conference. Connally's keenly anticipated address was conciliatory in tone and optimistic in outlook. Instant solutions could not have been expected, he said, but "the simple fact is that progress is being made." The world has come to recog- nize that the nations together face an adjuslmenl problem "of substantial be said. Hurricane Ginger snaps at coast Former premier Weir resigus WINNIPEG (CP) Conserv- ative Leader Sidney Spivak today announced former pre- mier Walter Weir, his predeces- sor as party leader, has re- signed as member of the legis- lature for Minnedosa. lie said the written notice of resignation was handed this morning to the speaker of the legislature. He said he expected Premier Gd Schrcyer would set a date loday or Friday for n byclcclion. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hurricane Ginger pounded the North Carolina coast wilh 90- mile-an-hour winds today, knocking out elecUic and tele- phone service, smashing win- dows and flooding low-lying areas. The eye of the monster hurri- cane, the oldest and one of the largest in size on record, was expected to invade Uie coast shortly before noon EDT in an (iRG'iNIX ijjjVjft NOKIH Seen and heard Abouf town CHOPPER Dick Carson mistaking grapefruit for oranges ski parlollcr Ted Dnwsou waxing his skis for Ihe first fall slush slorm Peggy Cnstln Inking ad- vantage of n Cliristmas wrapping talc- mMa O.r.t.1 HURHICANU PATH area where hundreds of Island and coaslal residenls were hud- dled in Red Cross shelters set up in schools, churches and Na- Uonal Guard armories. The U.S'. weather service said 90 m.p.h. winds were reported as eany as a.m. at AllanUc Beach near Mnrchead City. A civil defence official said the low] evacuated half of ils area residents. At 6 a.m. EDT, Ginger's 70- mile-wide eye was about 30 miles southeast of Morehead City and moving northwestward at 15 m.p.h. fiale-force winds, which had extended 250 miles in all direc- tions from the eye of the storm, began luiocking down power linos and blowing out windows during the night along Uie coast. Wcalher forecasters said Ginger would conlinuc her onslaught of the area for up lo 50 boms. HIVHIIS Al New Hern, tormilial rains pushed the Nouse and Trent riv- ers oul of (heir banks and left a foot of walcr in n street near their cr.nfluence. The walcr was rising al 18 inches an hour. Tides worn predicted lo go seven feet above normal. Ginger, born in Ihe Allnnlic 21 dnys apo, alroady lias been blamed for erne. in SI. Aiipisl.inc, Fla., and Iwo young swimmers were niipsing in heavy surf, oft Neplimo Bcacli. ;