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r-w - 1-J ' I I .. .-if . -;- i ;!.-,: I 1 .1-1 i il t i : Cabinet Minister Pelted With Snowballs Howling Students Steal Spotlight Satesm Special Journal Correspondence - QUEBEC Students stole the ' spotlight from statesmen for an nour or so at the Federal-provincial ;'c6nferenee .here . on .. Wednesday afternoon. While in the ornate Legisfa-tive.. chamber the 200 delegates talked about - offshore . mineral righ'ts, university loans and other esoteric, matters., on the driveways and snow-cover- ed-lawn-outside-sume 2,000 (estimated by some as high as 3,500) university students , whooped, il up. . ' What they were whooping "it : up about was hard for the onlooker to fathom. The march to the buildings had been billed as a demonstration of support by the university students for Mr. Lesage on his struggle with Ottawa. WRONG BILLING But the billing was wrong. The ebullient and vociferous r crowd was indeed anti-Ottawa; - but it was equally anti-Lesage. Of the dozens of slogans -waved aloftby- the demonstrators. "Lesage, Valet a Ottawa" - and "Jean. Judas du Quebec" were two of the kinder descriptions of the Quebec Premier. (A placard saying "God Shave ' the Queen" had everybody puzzled.) . Mr. Lesage, who had tried to persuade the students to forget about 4he whole thing, remained in the conference. But his minister q( trade. Gerard Levesque, .came out and ' addressed the crowd: , At least he tried to. But . when the crowd hops up and down. Jeers, hisses, boos and . chants unceasingly, while some members toss fairly ac curately aimed snowballs in the direction of the speaker, , not even the most urbane , cabinet minister can be ex- peeled to be at hit best. It . had been teareu tnat : PM Forging Ahead Premier Robarts said it was conceivable that all 10 provinces jnight end up . adopting plans similar to each other whether based federally or provincially. in a busy" day, the conference moved on to discuss a variety of other .matters ih the closely-guarded legislative assembly chamber while outside in the cold some 2,000 university students demonstrated noisily in support of sweeping measures of financial autonomy for Que bee. . Today the conference was tackling Prime Minister Pear- son's-new-proposal for a lpngM range "examination in depth .bPfeaeral andprovincial tax needs as related to their constitutional responsibilities. He told reporters, two further conferences will likely be held this fall a "ceremonial" meeting at Charlottetown during the Queen's visit there, in October, and a plenary working session. No date was iet for this second one; likely 4o meet" in Ottawa. OTHER ISSUES ARISE These other issues cropped up Wednesday: .1. Premie Lesage renewed criticisms reported , to be strong ones over the federal government moving into Quebec's educational field with new plans for interest-free kens" to nlverslty students and. .family allowances JoBlHandJ17-year-olds who -alay In school. MARCH ON PREMIERS' CONFERENCE some separatists (professional) and extremists would try to Infiltrate the march and cause real, trouble. ' (The guns and ammunition stolen from Quebec armories some weeks ago still give police and security men nigntmares.) But there were no incidents. (One s.tudent was hustled off quietly by I couple of policemen,1 but the crowd did not notice.) GATHERED AT STATUE The marchers, most of them bare-headed, arrived by bus (from' Quebec, Montreal and other cities) on the Plains of Abraham (which is close by the legislative- bv tiding) jnd gathered around the broken stump of the statue, of General Wolfe. .From there they marched in a solid, chanting phalanx, waving placards and Quebec flags, to the iegialative' grounds. If nothing else they showed great .endurance, enduring about six of their own speakers whose efforts were punctuated wth Houdchers at each mention of" social equality for Quebec and by loud boos at each mention of Ottawa or Mr. Lesage. ' AH this on a bitterly, cold afternoon which -chilled onlookers to the marrow in a matter of minutes. But the students stuck it out for nearly an hour andahalf,after which they gathered thankfully around a roaring bonfire fed by discarded placards. ; " As a demonstration it was noisy, vigorous, but orderly and quite inconclusive politically. But, as one onlooker observed, "in what other province would you get them out in the streets over federal-provincial rela-tionsr - In an 11-page brief, the students called for an end to joint Federal-provincial spending and urged Federal delegates to hand From Page One -7 ' : 2. Several Prairie and Mari-,has said Ontario shouldn't be time premiers said the federal Coerced' while Ottawa allows student loans should be admin istered by t h e i r provinces, meshed with existing provincial loan plans. A federal official indicated this may be done. ! 3. Premier Stanfield of Nova Scotia pressed for federal acceptance of provincial jurisdiction over offshore mineral rights-a question In which the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, and British Columbia have common imerestsheeeraUgoveie-M'lgy68 ?' one ProYin ' ment, while not agreeing to the request, promised to consider It. 4. There was further discussion of the complex problem of how p'rovinces could .."contract out" of certain shared-cost programs assuming . full responsibility for their cests while getting extra taxing powers .as compensation. Officials indicated no final , solution to this complex matter can be' . expected soon. The hottest issue, however, was the pension one, and in it were signs of a political pres sure-play between the - federal and Ontario governments. WANTS ONTARIO IN' jpttawa' wants Ontario, with its big population and wealth, to be covered by the -Canada Pension Plan. Premier Robarts overall-direct taxation revenue to the provinces. ., TOO MUCH MONEY It said the Federal Government has too much money to spend if it Is considering making loans to students. Such "surplus" funds 'should be transferred to. the provinces in-stead of being spent in a field such as education, a provincial are being invaded by Ottawa. The brief claimed if the Federal Government trimmed its "prodigal" spending in those fields under, its jurisdiction, it could safely give the provinces the right to! all direct "taxation revenue. The students also called for free university-level education, describing it as a necessity for a prosperous economy and reduced unemployment. LIVELY SESSION . Within the conference chamber, according to delegates, It was a livelier day than opening day, with quite. a bit of give and take between premiers. iTwas indicative of the lethargy" on the first day that when Mr. Lesage suggested that Quebec should be compensated; for the years it had not partici: pateo in joint reoerai-provinciaii programs, nobody even raised an eyebrow, although the esti mated cost of this p'oy would be around $150 milliAa. , " j n.rtM. th. mm. S.t Jov4C0Unt -!.hatjs i not at an sure Small wood should now ask compensation for the years between 1867 and J949 when his province wasn't reaping the benefits of confederation. As'' the delegates filed out at 7 p.m. the most general' question put to them war how they assessed the success . of the conference to date. Without fail they talked brightly and cheerfully about success with no mention of possible failure. But they did so in terms of . rp With Pension Plan Quebec to be exempt. . " " Mr. Robarts told the conference Wednesday nis. province would enter a national plan which "embraces all of Canada." But if it wasn't "truly national," , Ontario reserved its right to decide whether to go along with Ottawa or to introduce Its own pension plan. Finance Minister Gordon said Quebec will stay out -of the federal scheme. "Tliis is something that everybody wants and I can't be lieve anyone ' will knock it on'! the head," he said. But Mr. Robarti disagreed that he Is in the role of making or breaking the federal plan, "I can't see that It has been killed this morning," he told reporters, following his conference statement!" . . THEY BICKER TheT was ome " bickering over a constitutional Issue in the pension fiejd.-fi--, -4 The federarjgislation before Parliament contains one term-Section J providing thatr the federal plan won't apply In any province Intending to imple- ment a provincial plan giving mm i, (CP-Journal Wire Photo) "a meeting of minds," "friendly co-operation," "give and take," "a welling up of ideas.'',. One could not help wonder ing, having read some of the provincial submissionSrhoWlJSome observers say his "words many delegates were whistling past the graveyards. NO VISIBLE TEARS British Forces Now Unified By SYDNEY GRUSON (Cl l4 N Trt TIm Nm trrr LONDON Britain's new uni fied ministry of defence came into being Wednesday. There was no ceremony to mark the merging of the three services. The admirals, gen-ejalsand air ..marshals., jimply went, to work in the big ugly stone block" called Whitehall gardens overlooking the Thames. Inevitably. .iThas already been named unofficially.. "the qua dragon." NO TEARS . . Nor were there any visible tears, a minor success in a of the wisdom exchanging 300- year-old habits and customs. On the surface, not much will seem to have changed. No one expects Inter service bickering and feuding to end suddenly because the navy, air force and army and political and military commands are under one roof instead of three. But Peter' Thorneycroft, the minister of defence, , insists "this is a dramatic change. It is not merely a rationalization; comparable Tiehefitsavailable to everyone. Both Premier Robarts and Premier Roblin of Manitoba said there is doubt whether this is constitutional. Mr. Roblin said it appeared to empower Ottawa tO decide whether ..the provinces) are fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities. It could be "a very serious bone of contention" in future. . But Prime Minister Pearson said it is ' not unconstitutional "in any way, shape or frm." Premier Roblin- also . asked that 100 per cent not just half of funds in the federal' plan be invested in provincial and municipal bonds' WARMER ATTITUDE Other provincial delegation are warmer towards the federal pension legislation II : four Atlantid premiers ana those from Brit ish Colunv bia and AJberta expressed approval. Saskatchewan's Health Minister Blakeney aaid his prov ince will join too provided four or five others are in. It. inclutt-4 ing neighboring Alberta , and Mfnitoba. There were some reserve-tloristfrom Nova Scotia, Prince Edwards Island and Manitoba. that ' the federal plan won't cover a large encjugh share of their provinces people. . Mr, Pearson "was reported to have expressed the hope that the fed: eral. plan could be Improved in time to meet these objections y BOB tAtLL 1 QUEBEC (CP) U- j gjgieral-provincial -conference. Pre-.i h1 L i-.J j ; J j : i. 'inier. Kunani mm . esscnimuy 1 bss.b,mf po.d Wednesday byr.,- ,hing th, Premier Robarts of Ontario staying out of the, federal pen- pJan was signalled about wo weeks-a eo vbv a covernment?Pen,Dn P,an ony werei " . ackbenchep's jieech ia the provineial legislatur.e.. OPINION TEST -T T ." The speech wai ' made by ' ui freshman member,- A, B.' R. ( Bert ) LaWrence ( PQ-Russel I) , amid opposition:, cat-calls that the government was "flying a kite" by pickmg the yoiing law- Iyer " to say something ' the Ro barts administration did - not want attributed to itself in testing public opinion. ;''In my view," Mr. Lawrence said, "if Quebec stays out. (of the jederal pension plan) we must stay out; If. Quebec goes in, Ontario should, o in." , ..' But these words went almost unnoticed, for "they were delivered in. the legislature the same day the explosive . : controversy blew up over Ontario's so-called "police state" legislation. VTTb"eTTeve. that Ontario, and indeed every province in 'Can ada,, must . seriously question! whether it will go into the Canada Pension Plan without Que bee," .said Mr, Lawrence. . WARNING INTENDED? apparently wexe intended by the government as a forewarning of. it is a change in kind, not in degree.". ;. Whatever else it achieves, unification has made the 54-year- old Thorneycroft one of the most powerful men ia the Cabinet. He will boss an organization of 400.000 servicemen and women and 400,000 civilians and, m-directlyr-probably 500,000" more people in industries that de pend mainly on military contracts. .', ..;. : ' ' v... FLAG LOWERED . The ending of the independ ence of the three services might have passed unnoticed except for the navy, the senior service. Tuesday night, the crimson and gold flag of the Lord. HighJAd- miral, an office dating back to 1628, was lowered for the last time from the staff over the Admiralty, in sight of Nelson on his statue in nearby Trafal gar Square. . The three key men under Mr. Thorneycroft at the new minia- try will be . Earl Mountbatten. W. chief of the defence staff: Ci- 11 . , j .. jii jienry naraman, me min istry's permanent " secretary: and Sir Solly Zuckerman. the cmej. scientific adviser. They will .form the new De- lence council along with the three service ministers Lord Jellicoe. navy; limes Ra-fns- den, army; and Hueh Fraser. air. lorce. . : Plan Giant Apartment In Eastview A syndicate of five Eastview businessmen informed. Eastview City Council Wednesday night of their hopes to build, a $750,-0Q0 apartment block-on Mc-Athur Road. - '' .... Spokesman for the group. Francois: Beaudoin, showed sketches . and plans " of" the " 11-storey, 81-unit building at the regular .council meeting. , The building would be the biggest in Eastview, rising 110 feet. , ".'. . ' . It would be located on land presently zoned commercial onJ . nrth t ide. , McArthur ivoaa, Dciween J-aioniaino ana Lacasse Avenues close, to, the McArthur Shopping Plaza. Mr. Beaudoin said they hope to start construction early in June. ' Alderman , Adolphe Msfyer called for immediate action by the Planning Board to examine the proposals, ' . . - ' A zoning change would nave to be approved by the OnUrio Municipal Boards .. LL. . -.. I f wht was to Happen at. the lea- , ence Wednesday ; : ' Mr.., Robarts . said -Ontario' wpurd. take part in a federal K'trulv national", and embraced all of Canada. But it was doubtful there would be such a plan. In that, case, Ontario reserved for itself , the right 7,.to : decide" how to provide pension benefits in the province, The stand - taken 'by ' Mr. Ro-, barts on pensions has grown in-j Kite-Flying by Lawrence? ; f Russell ML A ove Siqria lied Qntario creasingly harder since he ob-jter to Mr. Robarts, Prime Min-jected at the federalrprovincialj ister Pearson turned, this down, conferepce jast November to4 Premier Robarts made no.fur- Angry MP's Sit Overtime mmptumisu (By The CP) - the Corn: mons met .Wednesday -might for an .extraordinary overtime sitting to approve an emergency mone transfusion, tof the bank-r u p t unemployment insurance fund. . J, ." Amid charges"ofconceaI:ng the perilous stat of the fund, Labor Minister MacEachen told the HouseThaT the unemployment insurance kitty was an estimated J4.300.OOO in the hole as of midnight Tuesday, the end of, the 1963-64 fiscal year. NEEDS SENATE OKAY ' Although the- Commons ap proved a special loan to bail out the empty insurance fund, the govjerrlment still needs Senate approval and Royal assent be fore it can legally advance any rnoney. "' . ' At the moment these two steps are tied to Commons' ac ceptqnee of the entire $240,000, 000 final appropriations bill for the Jast fiscal year The bill is bogged down in an acrimonious debate that has knocked Easter holiday plans of MPs jpraloop. Although . the unemployment insurance fund was in the red a spokesman . for the Unemploy- ment Insurance Commission said about $6,000,000 in cash was on hand to meet benefit . payments for' the next few days. The. money consisted mostly of advance payments from em ployers for April contributions. WILL BE SEPARATED A government source-says that If the spending bill is not passed In Ihe Commons by Friday, the item authorizing a loan to the insurance fund will be lifted from the measure and sent separately tft the Senate. If the Senate gave .quick approval, it would allow Royal assent in time to provide extra cash for insurance payments next week. While1 thelCommons continued its ill-tempered debates, senators became more annoyed at what they feel is a degrading spectacle of Parliament. The Senators met Wednesday for the sixth time this week-supposed to be a holiday for. both. - JwusesoLJ'arliament with nothing to do but wait for Commons approval of .the spending bill. Senator Lionel Choquette (PC Ontario) and Senator Arthur Roebuck (L Ontario) both sug gested that the Senate should adjourn Immediately until April 20. Senator G.'C. Power,, a for- Two Hurt In Hull Gar Crash Two person's wereVjnjured when a car in which .they 'were riding missed a curve and crashed , into a stone wall at the entrance or Notre Dame cemetery in Hull early Wednesday. The drver, Jacques Masse, 32, of 13 Ste. Ursule Street, Hull, was proceeding south, on Foumier" Boulevard . towards Hull when he lost control of the car and hit the wall, -The accident occurred shortly be- llbns 2.30 a.m. - - Masse- suffered broken ribs and facial laceration!. He was released from -Sacred Heart Hospital after treatments ... His passenger, Mrs. Rita Lamothe, 39, of Aylmer, suf:" fered .ft fractured left ankle. She was reported In satisfactory condition Itv-Sartd Heart Hospital, .-y . i. some of the prpvisions ol the proposed federal ' pension scheme. . -. DEMANDED PROBE Premier Robarts apparently! left the conference, feeling. Ot-! tawa had taken, heed of, On-. tarios;objections,But when re- visions were -announced by Prime Minister Pearson. in February, Mr. Robarts complained they had not incorporated any of Ontario's' representations. ' The' premier demanded an in- quiry into the federal pension proposals by a committee inde pendent of Parliament. In' a. let mer. Liberal cabinet .minister, said Parliament was in a mess and had suffered" its greatest reverse because of politica! amateurism, stupid obstinacy and blatant opportunism in the Com-mons. The Commons, began and ended its Wednesday sitting on The crtsirlnThe unemploymenT insurance fund.. . , SITS OVERTIME After wrangling over the fund's, financial position, the House agreedytostt overtime at night for two hours to approve the item dealing with a loan of! up to $55,000,000 to the fund. The night meeting , was' suggested by STa n 1 e y Knowles (NDP -- Winnipeg North Centre);-'.,-:.''' ' - ' ... . .;'.: ::. Opposition Leader Diefen-baker accused the government ther comment him&elfJDn pea sjons ntil the start of the fed eral provincial conference Tues day, .and again Wednesday. On each occasion, he appeared to take the hard line. . PURCHASE -PiCASSO v' TORONTO (CP) r- The' Art Gallery of , Toronto announced Wednesday it 1 has ..bought ; the painting Seated, Womaa by Pi casso from the Mus'euhi'of Mod em Art in' New York. Purchase price was not' announced. The painting, 51 'A inches high and 38'4 inches wide, "is recogh;ied as . one, of : Picasso's ma$;er-, pieces," curator Jean Boggs said. . : ','..' . . ranee of concealing .the. true, fafts about the plight of the fund.. "The position of the fund is directly -attributable to the bumbling administration of this government," he said. 1 , ' "There was no concealment whatever." replied Labor M;n- ister MacEachen. . , , "On March 6 the supplementary estimates ' tabled in th;s House indicated the necessity for replenishing . the fund, "so there was no concealment Whatever." : ' -s- .-' . ' " ,--' Later. Gordon ChurchJI, Conservative house leader, said the . government had refused suggestions front the Conservatives to bare essential items in the es timates for speedy pre-recess handlingThe plighLof the insurance fundshowed why-this wasdone, he said. . There's a timely story gomj the RCE Armories on Lees know there's maternity known as "Great Exy ' ' v V r 7y By GORD LOMER '.; ' :' BANK AND SPARKS: Recently-retired Carleton County Magistrate Austin O'Connor taking advantage of his new-fourjd leisure with a month-long trip to Ireland. . He was aboard the Irish Society's TCA charter flight to that little, bit of heaven that fell from out the aky one day. Also aboard ' was architect Pat Murray, who's going back' to Dublin to get married. Pat's brother and partner, Tim, heads out today to act as besi man at the nuptials. And another brother, . Billie, is also to be married in Dublin, the same week . Ntwlywed CBCtalk producers Gordie Bruce and Jean Smith honeymooning in Europe . . . Art Charbonneau'a gal Friday, Daisy- Young, recovering in Civic from a spinal pperatiort ... County Court Judge A. E. Richard back in courthouse harness after a.Jengthy illness. He was checking over his posh new chambers, Wednesday; aridf will be back 'on' the bench Monday. ',.-.. ... , '." ' ' . - . TIME OF THE YEAR: around about the day bartender ' Maurice . Albert squeezed a lemon dry and then offered to buy a drink for ' anyone . in the house who could squeeze another drop . from it. A little fellow sitting at the bar picks it up and squeezes a whole glass of juice from the lemon. "Amazing," excla ims Albertf Not really," replies the little fellow, - work forjhe Income Tax Department. ' :. " ic ' HERE AND THERE: Rough Rider clubhouse handyman, Ivan Kelly, who spends the rest bf 'his workinghours " in the mapy section of Mines and Tech. gets the full Beatle treatment in the current issue of the department'1 credit union's monthly news sheet the Tribune. As "Ringo" Kelly, yet, Ireland'STmswer to the Beatles . . . Annual meeting of the Military Engineers' Association of Canada slated Axenue; Apri' 10 . . Did clothing shop in Montreal for you lnfc"? . .". And did you know that. 10 hours of preparation go into each'minute Roger Williams is on stage during his ;wo-hour concert, which is slated for -the,. Capitol Theatre , April 28? "' - .. ' ; ... ' ' ' . : ;r ' ' . APRIL FOOL'S DAY, yesterday is of somewhat obscure , ' ongin-One' stoiy isthat it originated in France, in 1564,-wth the pranks played during the confusion' over adoption ; of a new calendar. Sometimes called All Foots Day, it is also believed to have originated with the universal festivities held at the .vernal equinox, which began orTOtd' New Year's 1 Day, March 25. and ended oh April 1. In India the chief a-rusement at the Feast of Hull, Mach 31, is fooling people" . by sending them on fruitless errands. The custom has been observed in England for many centuries as a general festival, but not until the. 18th century was the practice "of making "April Fools ji common custom . . . And April 1 is the be-g.nnirig of National Laugh Week, which is sponsored by the l National "Association of Gagwriters "and the Camedv Work-1 shops! of America' . ; . Not only that " If also National HobMr Month, Teaching Career Month, Cancer Control Month. New Home Month, National Automobile Month, and, most M.mpor ant. National Welding Products Month. - ' r

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