The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 19, 1985 · 1
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Tuesday, November 19, 1985
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Ml INDUSTRIAL PARK 3 Now leasing: 731-3344 MONTREAL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1985 35C S mmillloinis: official V lllapwlBPfo I deal H 1 i! . ft Ottawa got no guarantee of 1 ,600 spinoff jobs originally promised by South Korean car-maker By UNDA DIESEL Gazette Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government allowed itself to be rushed into a deal bringing a Hyundai car plant to Quebec last week, and taxpayers will pick up a bill for millions of dollars in interest payments as a result, a Gazette investigation shows. A senior federal official said he doubted federal assistance was needed to bring the J300-miliion plant to Bromont, and an agreement for the plant signed Aug. 29 by the federal government made no mention of federal money. Also, the final agreement contains no guarantee by Hyundai to buy parts for its cars in Canada. This puts at risk 1,600 spinoff jobs promised by the company, which were to have been in addition to the 1,200 people to be employed at the plant Premier Pierre Marc Johnson announced Friday that Quebec had got the plant, after a bizarre week in which Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apparently changed his mind at the last minute, calling off a scheduled federal presence at the Montreal press conference. Federal cabinet ministers changed travel plans late Thursday after Mulroney "got cold feet" about appearing to support the Parti Quebecois's election campaign, according to a senior federal official, familiar with the deal with Hyundai Auto Canada inc. "The political end of this government didn't have a clue on this deal," he said, arguing that indecision by vacationing Mulroney left Ottawa looking ridiculous. Johnson basked in the spotlight alone. Mulroney came off as a PQ-booster. Ottawa missed out on any credit for its months-long role in securing the car-assembly plant for . Bromont. And the federal cabinet was left holding the bag, damned if it approves the deal when it meets today, and damned if it doesn't. Quebec signed its agreement with the South Korean car manufacturer Wednesday. An unsigned draft agreement, hammered out in mid-week between Quebec and Otta- (See RUSHING, Page A-2) . McGill bows to protests, will drop South African holdings I 1 i mmm 11 WW W" m ' 1 1 ! " 1" W in win; Uazette, John Mahoney Banner-waving McGill students chant "Divest now" outside the administration building before university governors voted last night. University's board of governors votes to begin divestment By PEGGY CURRAN of The Gazette McGill University took a stand against apartheid last night by voting to cut ties with banks and other corporations that do business with South Africa. As placard-waving students outside the McGill administration building chanted "Divest now" and "Free Mandela, Jail Botha," the board of governors voted overwhelmingly to begin disposing of those holdings "in an orderly and responsible fashion." Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, jailed since 1964, heads South Africa's banned African National Congress. President P.W. Botha heads the country's white-minority government The McGill students' South African Committee had urged the university to make last night's move since 1979. The committee contends that as of September, McGill had roughly $45 million in savings, stocks and treasury bonds in companies that did business with South Africa. Committee member Amy Kaler, 19, a student who sits on the board of governors, proposed the divestment resolutions, saying McGill has a responsiblity to act out "its collective abhorrence of apartheid." Kaler suggested the resolutions passed easily because of support from the university senate and the board's subcommittee on social responsibility. Last week, the university's senate voted 47-1 for divestment ' The largest holdings cited by the student committee were $1.6 million in International Business Machines Corp., $1.7 million in Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co., $1.9 million in Moore Corp. Ltd., $2 million in O vens Illinois Inc., and $2.3 million in Royal Bank of Canada. McGill public-relations officer J. P. Morin did not dispute the $45-million figure. He said McGill's investment committee must determine which stocks remain in its portfolio and on what terms. For instance, both Royal Bank and Bank of Montreal have said they will not issue new loans to South Africa. Only 21 of the McGill board's 44 voting members attended the meeting. Among those missing were nine of 12 businessmen students had singled out because they also sit on the boards of corporations with direct or indirect ties to the South African economy. The resolutions call on the investment committee to dispose of holdings: In financial institutions that have not agreed to halt loans to the South African government and its agencies. In corporations directly or indirectly controlled by South African interests. In corporations with direct investments in South Africa. . The board said it won't invest further in companies that do business with South Africa. More than 600 students began gathering outside the administration building two hours before the 4 p.m. meeting. At the meeting, board members often had to shout. Mostly cloudy High today 14, low tonight 5. A low-pressure system from the Midwest is forecast to bring mostly cloudy skies and moderate winds. PageC-1 Anderson E-1 Births & Deaths C-12 Bridge F-6 Burke F-1 Business E-1 Camill! D-12 Careers E-8 Classified C-1 Comics F-7 Crossword F-10 Dear Doctor D-13 Editorials B-2 Entertainment B-7 Farber A-3 Horoscope F-10 Landers D-1 1 Living D-1 Movies B-8 Probe A-1 1 Racing F-5 Schnurmacher B-7 Scoreboard F-5 Sports F-1 T.V. & Radio B-8 Weather Map C-1 Wonderword F-6 Your Money E-4 U.S., Soviets square off on eve of summit talks Gazette News Services GENEVA - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and VS. President Ronald Reagan, who meet face-to-face today, yesterday squared off with pre-summit statements on Star Wars, Reagan's anti-missile system that lies at the heart of lagging efforts to forge an arms agreement. American and Soviet officials sharpened their proposals in some cases with biting remarks for the first session between the 74-year-old Reagan and the aggressively assertive Gorbachev, 20 years his junior. On the eve of the talks, a senior White House official described the Soviets as "bent on world domination," and not "really nice people." Earlier, a high Soviet official ridiculed Reagan as a "Grade B movie actor." In statements yesterday, both leaders pledged fidelity to efforts to end the superpower arms race, but discussed sharply divergent views on how to achieve the goal. Prevent spread Gorbachev said he came to Geneva to discuss "the question of what can be done to stop the unprecedented arms race . . . (and) to prevent it from spreading into new spheres." It was an unmistakable reference to Reagan's program to develop a defensive space shield that could bring down nuclear missiles before they reach their targets. Reagan, questioned about Gorbachev's statement, said: "We both must have the same intentions. If he feels as strongly that way as I do, then well end the arms race." But he remained determined to continue research on his strategic defence initiative defence, best known as Star Wars. "I think when that's explained to him, he'll find it will help end the arms race," Reagan said. Although the U.S. president arrived Saturday, Reagan, Gorbachev and their fur-cloaked wives were formally welcomed yesterday by Swiss President Kurt Furgler and his wife in separate ceremonies. T6te-a-tete Reagan and Gorbachev, whose title is general secretary of the Soviet Communist party, begin their formal discussions with a 15-minute tete-a-tete this morning. Meanwhile, Soviet officials stormed out of a news briefing yesterday to protest against the presence of a recently-emigrated Soviet dissident Irina Grivnina. Grivnina, 40, stood and began speaking loudly about her rights to attend the briefing after being approached by Swiss security guards. On Sunday, Grivnina caused a stir by shouting questions at Soviet officials at a similar press conference. Then yesterday, as Gorbachev was arriving at Geneva airport, she yelled out a question about when Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov would be released. Grivnina, who spent three years in a Soviet labor camp, is accredited to the summit as a representative of the Dutch magazine Elseviers. AP, Chicago Tribune, Southam News Newnouse News, Knight-Ridcier ... ... ,. w& ft...- Soviet leader's wife wore mink hat, collar on arrival. Nazi probe will visit Soviet Union if terms OKtf OTTAWA (CP) - The federal hunt for Nazi war criminals will go behind the Iron Curtain t- if Communist officials agree to strict safeguards so innocent Canadians can't be framed. Justice Jules Deschenes, head of the one-man commission searching for Nazi war criminals in Canada, announced his decision yesterday. . Several Tory MPs from an all-party study group denounced the idea, fearing trumped-up evidence against anti-Communist Canadians. . But the safeguards were applauded by influential Jewish groups. - And the Ukrainian-Canadian committee, which had lobbied against such a trip, called this one unnecessary but praised the safeguards. Deschenes said that to gather evidence against eight people suspected of serious war crimes, he'll appoint commissioners to visit the Soviet Union, Poland, Britain, the Netherlands and the United States before his final report at year's end. But Deschenes won't accompany the investigators. As a judge, he said, he'd be under Soviet jurisdiction and might risk "a confrontation with foreign officials on foreign soil." . - The evidence Deschenes seeks is in files captured from the Germans during the Second World War. . The conditions he has set are: Access to original German documents in Soviet archives. - Freedom to examine witnesses under Canadian rules of evidence. Confidentiality, to protect reputations. - Independent interpreters. -." Access to witnesses' previous statements. . ,; Videotaping of examinations. Deschenes said his commission has a duty to sift all evidence. . He said evidence obtained in the Soviet Union has stood up in many war-crimes cases: 18 in the U.S., two in West Germany and in the case of Albert Helmut Rauca. Rauca, the only suspected Nazi war criminal to face legal proceedings in Canada, was deported to West Germany in 1983. He died before his trial on charges of murdering 11,000 Lithuanian Jews. . Czar quality: the selling of Raisa f Gorbachev; By HELMUT SMYTHE ;-; London Daily Mail I GENEVA Once upon ajtime, great empires fought with spears. '. The real battles of today, the 6trug-; gles for hearts and minds, are fought with TV images. You are and you are measured by how you look. ', And nobody looks better than a ; really terrific female lead. You only-have to think of Jackie Onassis or .' Diana, Princess of Wales. But in the East another star has risen, and she could yet outshine! them all In the red corner, peddling a new image for the newly hip; hightech U.S.S.R. Raisa Gorbachev. ; Accompanying her husband, So-' viet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev,', she arrived in Geneva yesterday in a ; fur-trimmed coat and hat and with a ; new Mercedes awaiting her. ! - She nd U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan hold their own mini-summit '. today, at the countryside mansion ; where the Reagans are staying the first tea between superpower, wives since Pat Nixon visited Vik-; toria Petrovna Brezhnev at the : Kremlin in 1974. Elaine Crispen, Mrs. Reagan's '. press secretary, said the U.S, irst-lady is not interested in competing, with her Soviet counterpart; ,. . And President Ronald Reagan is' reported to be upset by suggestions ! (See CZAR, Page A-2) : I i

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