Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
What happened to economic nationalism? By GARY FAIUBAIRN OTTAWA (CP) What happened lo economic na tionalism on the way to the Oct. 30 federal election? So Tar, not much, despite plausible precampaign predictions that concern about Uie heavy degree ot for- eign ownerslu'p in the economy would be a major issue. Prime Minister Trudeau, in announcing the elec- tion date Sept. 1, did say that one topic would be main- taining Canadian independence ui the face of strong U.S. cultural influences. Later, he said legislation lo screen foreign take- overs of existing Canadian businesses would be re- vived II his government regains power. It died with Parliament's dissolution Sept. 1. David Lewis, leader of the New Democratic Party which has taken the strongest nationalistic stand of any party, told reporters in Edmonton recently that econo- mic nationalism is dead as a key campaign topic. "No one is going lo win or lose many votes on this Issue." Conservative Leader Robert Slanfield has shown little inclination to raise the topic. When it comes up, he says some restrictions on foreign ownership are nec- essary but it would split the country to put up tough barriers against it. The pre-campaign climate indicated that the ques- tion probably would be a key one. Kierans quit There was Eric Kierans. stepping out of the Trudeau 'cabinet in disagreement with government economic pol- icy, particularly lax incentives to firms, largely foreign, to exploit Canada's resources. There were the protectionist moves by President Nixon to solve clironic U.S. trade and dollar drain problems. For Uic first lime in years, Canda was treated as just ajioUwr foreign country rather than one close trade ties with (lie U.S. and thus deserving of special consideration. There was formation of the Committee for an In- dependent Canada, criss-crossing party lines and atlract- Ing such personalities as Walter Gordon, former Liberal finance minister, E. A. Eddie Goodman, past president of the Progressive Conservative party, and a string of other politicians, economists and journalists. Then came the unsuccessful government bill la screen foreign takeovers of Canadian firms. It did not cover purchases of firms already owned by outsiders or affecl establishment of new foreign- owned companies. It only called for a decision by the government on whether any takeover would be of net benefit to Canada. It was immediately damned by nationalists as too weak. But less wealthy areas of the country, need- ing investment capital to build the industry that would lift them economically, demonstrated more concern about jobs than about where the money comes from to finance jo', .-oducing new industries. Feel the same Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Stanficld and Mr. Lewis appear to have about the same feelings on economic it is an important issue but it just doesn't seem to be in the fore-front of voters' minds. Some voters see it differently. Mr. Kierans: "I think Uie three major parties have been walking around it on tiptoes. They're very much afraid to talk about it." The Liberal party position is that tile need lor economic expansion and for more jobs 6.7 per cent of the labor force was jobless in August is a major argument against any barriers that could dry vp sources of investment capital. Mr. Stanfield says the way to counter heavy foreign ownership is to stimulale greater Canadian investment in Canada's economy. So he links the foreign owner- ship issue to his party's demands for lower personal income taxes, whicli he says could give Canadians in- centives to risk money on national development. Mr. Lewis told the Committee for an Independent Canada thai his party would raise the issue during the campaign but "in the context of the taxation issue which seems to have caught the voters' attention" a similar tie to that used by Mr. Stanfield. Could get money The NDP has called for an end to tax deferments Mr. Lewis calls them interest-free loans and out- right grants to companies for expansion. If a company needed governmert money lo expand it could get it. lint the government would get a share of ownership in the company in return. Tho issue could bounce back to prominence in the campaign. When word came out this week that there had been official talks between Canadian and West German officials on a plan under which Arctic iron ore in a raw state could be shipped lo Ruhr Valley smelters, Mr. Stanfield promptly called for more details. lie favored Arctic development but didn't want re- sources shipped away without "cvciy effort being mads to have them processed in Canada." Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien said the talks were preliminary and any such project would be examined to "ensure that Canadian interests would derive maximum benefit." The lethbridge Herald low tonight 40s, high Sunday 70 "Serving South Atberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 247 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1972 FIVE SECTIONS 74 PAGES 48 persons die in train wreck MALMESBURY, South Africa (Keuter) At least 48 persons were killed and 150 were in- jured Friday night when a crowded passenger train left the rails near hear, officials said today. Rescue workers were still searching through the tangled wreckage for more bodies. Canada irked at ICC partners UNINVITED VISITOR vehicle owned by Joe LaFournie of 952 8th St. S. was found Ihis morning resting against a power pole supporting wire and through a fence on property owned by Ann Unning of 308 12ih St. N. City police had no details at press time and were continuing their investigation. There was no damage to the car. Bill Groenen Pholo Spy makes charges British MPs angered LONDON (AP) Angry MPs put the heat today on the spy who came in from Uie cold, the onetime mastermind of Brit- ain's counte-'-espionage agency who charged many members of Parliament had links with So- viet and other foreign'agents. Political sources said a major parliamentary sto-m is brew- ing following Ihe allegations that polilicians and well-con- nected journalists had inad- vertently passed on damaging vital information to agents who "devoled a great deal of time and money" cultivating them. The man the MPs are gun- ning for is 60-year-old Sir Mar- tin Furnival-Jones, director- general of the MI-5 security service for seven years. He re- tired last May. He made his charges in testi- mony before a government-ap- pointed committee reviewing the Official Secrets Act last No- vemlier while he was still head of Ihe spy-catching network. The committee did not name Vietnam peace talks deadlocked By FLORA LEWIS New York Times Service PARIS North Vietnam's spokesman at the Paris peace negotiations said here Friday that the talks were at a com- plete deadlock and no progress had beer. made. Nguyen Thanh Le told the New York Times in an inter- view that "unfounded rumors had been spread intentionally." He issued a "categorical de- nial" that there had been any closing of the gap between the two sides and said the impres- sion given in the west showed "the dishonesty of the Nixon administration." It was the first cV.rect, offi- cial and full North Vietnamese denial of the spate of rumors based on recent publicized meetings with President Nixon's chief security adviser, Henry Kissinger, and North Vietnam's chief negotiator, Le Due Tho. Evidently, Ihe North Viet- namese side was becoming in- creasingly irritated with Ihe public aflcrmath of the secret talks. Le said his side would con- tinue to keep the agreement not to speak about private meetings. But 11 was clear- ly understood lhat Us remarks referred to all contacts with the United States, including the se- cret ones. "The form of ne- gotiations doesn't he said, "what matters is com- promise." There have been no conces- sions from the American side since President Nixon's 8-point proposal last January, the spo- kesman said. The Communist side rests firmly on the nation- al liberation front's latest state- ment, issued from Hanoi on Sept. 11 and repeated, here. him in Ihe report it published Friday, but the shroud of offi- cial anonymily with which he had been cloacked was torn away by newsappcrs who named him today. CALLED WEAK SHOTS He testified foreign agents picked up profitable informa- tion from politicians and jour- nalists whom he claimed were potential w e a k spots in Brit- ain's counter-espionage chain. told the committee, which recommended changes in the act lo allow more openness in the handling of official infor- mation, that the Russians were seeking to recruit a promising MP to get their own man into the government. The security as DG in official circles strongly opposed changing the act. The spy-catcher maintained that "very many" MPs %vere in touch with "very many" intelli- gence officers. "If the Russian intelligence service can recruit a back- bench member of Parliament and he continues to hold his seat for a number of years and climbs the ladder to ministerial position, it is obvious that the spy is home and dry. That is certainly one of the objectives." The former director gene-al said Russian agents were ac- tive around Parliament, anxious to pick up information which never finds its way into print By JOHN BEST OTTAWA (CP) Canada has accused India and Poland, its partners on the Inter- national Control Commission for Vietnam, of obstructing the work of the ICC. The accusation was contained in a statement made by Canada at a meeting of the commission in Saigon Sept. 28 and made public Friday by the external affairs department. In an accompanying state- ment, the department charged that the majority on the tri-na- tion truce group had mis- leadingly blamed South Viet- nam for a dispute between that country and India. The dispute resulted In a unanimous decision by the com- mission, at the Sept. 28 meet- ing, to move its effect the Indian Hanoi in North Vietnam from Saigon in the south. India acts as chairman of the truce supervisory body, estab- lished under the 1954 Geneva Accords to oversee the agree- ments which ended the colonial war between France and In- dochinese insurgents. MESSAGE BLAMED The immediate cause of the latest crisis in the life of the ICC was Thursday's publication by India of a message which it and Poland had sent to Britain and Russia, co-chairmen of the Geneva conference. The message supplemented the text of the commission's resolution to return to Hanoi, where it had its headquarters from 1954 to 1958, conveyed lo the co-chairmen at the same time. It accused Ihe South Viet- namese government of taking "discriminatory measures" against Indian members of the ICC by refusing to allow them to stay beyond the end of this month. THE PRISONS 77 OVBr 110111 WASHINGTON (AP) The Briton mmed to engineer over- hauling cf the world monetary system says the job can and should be done within two years. Maybe sooner. "A year and a half would be a good said Jeremy Morse, executive director of the Bank of England. "I suppose it could slip to two years." Steal iuuds EDMONTON (CP) Two former staff members of "Iho Helping Hand" were charged Friday with helping themselves to about of federal funds. Terry Hanson, 27, and Geor- gina Slough, 32, both of White Rock, B.C., were arrested in their home town earlier in the day and charged with defraud- ing the local initiatives pro- gram. They appeared in court in Edmonton and were remanded lo Oct. 6. "The Helping Han d" re- ceived a federal grant in November last year to help and nff'orlv nrrsons in Ihe city. But Morse, named to head the working committee that will negotiale Ihe tough issues of reform, said if the task takes much longer than lhat, three "years for instance, "I feel that we would not be achieving much." A strong U.S. dollar in the next year or so could mean a little longer tints to negotiate, Morse said, but he added some action could be taken by next International Monetary Fund meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. "A lot will depend on the me- menlum of discussion and what happens in the real world out- Morse said. HE'S OPTIMISTIC Morse, chairman of the depu- ties of the IMF's board of gov- ernors on reform of the inter- national monetary system and related issues, said he was opti- mistic about the prospects for re-form. The deputies, who are just one step below Ihe finance niin- islers or central bankers of their countries, will meet next in Washington Nov. 22. That three-day gathering will set the stage for the work to be com- pleted by the cud of the year. Methadone treatment big killer EDMONTON (CP) done now is the leading cause of death among users of nar- cotics in the province, Dr. M. M. Cantor, Alberta's chief coroner, said today. In an interview, Dr. Can- tor said his findings parallel figures recently released in New York, showing the use of narcotics resulted in 330 deaths in 1971 and 45 in 1970. The- statistics showed 310 deaths so far this year. In Alberta, Dr. Cantor said, there were 56 narcotics-related deaths in 1971 and 45 in the firsl eight months of this year. "On a population basis, the problem here is just as severe as in New he said, list- ing 14 of the deaths this year directly related to Methadone, which has been hailed as a b r e a k I h roug h in narcotics treatment. He said Melhadone clinics, if they operate at all, must func- tion seven days a week and 24 hours a day to be effective. Such clinics in Alberta do not operate full time. Sweeping reforms proposed LONDON (AP) A govern- ment committee proposed to- day sweeping reforms in Brit- ain's Official Secrets Act to dif- ferentiate between spying and leaking and take some of the secrecy out of government. The committee also urged new arrangements Lo prevent over-classification of stale documents and proposed that government men and the news media form an informal advi- sory body empowered to chal- lenge whether some informa- tion should retain its secret classification. Criminal penalties in the year-old Official Secrets Act have long deterred British jour- nalists from undertaking cer- tain kinds of investigative re- porting. "According to ose calcu- the committee's report observed, "more than dif- ferently worded charges can be brought" under the act's catch- all Section Two. The cluded at least four women and six children. A locomotive and sbt of eight coaches on the train, which was carrying some 600 people from Cape Town to Bit- terfontein in tie northwestern Cape region, were derailed on a bend of about 10 miles north of Malmesbury. The locomotive broke loose from the coaches and plunged down an embankment, landing on its side. Many of the travellers were asleep, and there were screams of terror as the coaches ram- med into each other and rolled over. Some passengers were hys- terical as they groped around In the pitch dark, trying to find an exit. Painful moans and the crying of children ming'.ed with the shouting. A white passenger who was travelling in one of the coaches which was not derailed ran to a nearby farmhouse for help. Minutes later the first ambu- lance arrived at'the accident. Thirty-four of the injured were reported in serious condi- tion in hospital. One ambulance driver said the accident was Iho worst he had seen in 15 years' service. "It was like a battlefield. All the blood, and the injured and scream of to turn anybody's slomacb." CAUSE UNKNOWN The railway system manager of the Western Cape, J. J. van Zijl, who arrived on the scene to help direct rescue oper- ations, said the cause of the tragedy was not yet known. "At this stage, we haven't got a clue as to what caused the he said. One of the conductors on the train, J de Jager, who suffered an injured leg, said'that as the locomotive left the rails on Ihe curving Irack, four coaches im- mediately behind it rolled over and jack-knifed into each other. Then another two coaches fell over, leaving only the last two coaches carrying white passen- gers slill standing. Seen and heard About town CCHOOL, BOARD chairman Carl Jofaison coming to a teachers' dinner with a pre- pared speech in his pocket "just in case" Dol An- derson inquiring for her hus- band by phone at the Nanton Motel, and discovering the operator had mistakenly put her call through to a senior citizens' nursing home Shelley Olscn, sure after Fri- day's W r i t e r s' Convention that she will make a superb poet or is it Supplying arms MOSCOW (AP) The Krem- lin has revealed it is supplying Syria with advisevs and the lat- est Soviet arms. Western diplo- mats view the disclosure as a veiled threat to Israel. No secret on power negotiations CALGARY (CP) A spo- kesman for Calgary Power Ltd. said today there was nothing secret about negotiations be- tween the company and the provincial government that led to the company being placed under provincial jurisdiction. M. M. Williams, executive vice-president of the company, said Ihe new agreemenl was completed to simplify control. "It is the complexity of the background to this signing that has served to said Mr. Williams. The agreement announced Thursday was "another slop in a continuing process of mod- ernizing and updating regula- tory practices." lie said the public has beer, kept fully informed any time changes in provincial or fed- eral legislation affected Cal- gary Power, which was under federal control before 1930, "when the provincial govern- ment had little or no involve- ment in use of water re- sources." Leaders of two opposition parties, Bob Russell of the Lib- erals and Grant Notley of the New Democratic Party, charged Thursday that the pro- vincial government had con- ducted private negotiations be- fore announcing the agreemenl. Alberta is the only Canadian province that does not own Us power company and Premier Peter said his gov- ernment is not considering a takeover. Slayer confined to hospital NELSON, B.C. (CP) A man charged with the murders of six British Columbia resi- dents in the southern interior in August has been confined to Riverview Mental Hospital for an indefinite period of time. William Bernard Lepine, 27, also known as William MeCon- nell, was committed to the hos- pital near Vancouver on the au- thority of a provincial cabinet order-in-council passed Sept. 8. He was remanded for a 30- d a y psychiatric examination earlier tills month after appear- ing in provincial court here on charges of non-capital murder. He is to remain at Riverview until found fit to stand trial. I-epine was arrested on Upper Arrow Lake after a 150- mile drive through southern B.C. starting near Oliver in the Okanagan valley. Willard Pot- ter, 16, and Charles Wright, 71, of Oliver were found shot to there. Later RCMP found the bodies of Phyllis Clark, 61, of Penlic- ton, Herbert Thomas, 57, and his wife Nellie, 56, of Rock Creek, and Tom Pcraiey, 24, of Nakusp. Stripper charged CINCINNATI (AP) A police radio call that a 31- year-old burlesque dancer was skinny-dipping in the fountain in downtown Foun- tain Square early today brought about 20 cruisers to the scene. The dancer, Sheena Sav- age, clad only in a G-string, was pulled from the foun- tain's pool and charged with causing damage to the fountain. Police were unable to say what damago the caused.