The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 6, 1987 · 4
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The Leader-Post from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada · 4

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Monday, April 6, 1987
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A 4 The Leader-Post Regina Mon., Apr. 6, 1987 Clark, Shultz set the table for Canada-U.S. summit t 5 I I ! i i i I i i i ( i i i CP Laserphoto Governor-General Jeanne Sauve flanked by Mil? Mulroney, Reagan, Nancy Reagan and Mulroney , Reagan wants clearer picture of Canadas policy on movies OTTAWA (CP) - President Ronald Reagan questioned Canadian proposals to curb U.S. domination of Canadas film industry Sunday in his first head-to-head talk with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at their third annual summit. A senior Canadian government official who was present during the leaders 35-minute discussion said later that Reagan a former Holly- ' wood screen star was concerned the new policy would impede American films coming into Canada. But Mulroney replied that the proposals are not designed to limit U.S. and other foreign films entering the country and explained carefully that the measure is intended to help development of a Canadian feature filmmaking industry, the official said. He nonetheless said consultations were under way with the U.S. industry and that those consultations would continue and he was aware obviously of the presidents personal interest in the subject, said the official. He briefed report 33 demonstrators taken into OTTAWA (CP) City police arrested 33 anti-war demonstrators during this mornings rush hour after dragging them off the street in front of Defence Department headquarters. The demonstration, which blocked traffic on a major downtown street, was intended to draw attention to the close military ties between Canada and the United States, protest organizer Peter Dundas told reporters. Were here because (U.S. President Ronald) Reagan is in town, Dundas said, and because the issues of militarism because Reagan is such a well-known militarist are utmost in peoples minds right now. American backing of the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and NATO low-level flight training in Labrador formed a joint theme for the protest. Respect our native people, said one placard, referring to the flights over reserve land in Labrador. Canada is the sixth-largest maker of weapons on the earth, another placard read. The demonstration began about 6 a.m. CST when a line of protesters stretched a banner reading Stop the War Testing across Laurier Avenue, blocking four lanes of traffic and two bus lanes. The 33 sat down as police asked them to clear the street. About a dozen officers dragged the demonstrators away, one by one, to a bus parked nearby with barred windows. A police helicopter appeared from behind the Chateau Laurier, a couple of blocks away, where most of the-U.S. officials travelling with Refugees plan more pressure for TORONTO (CP) A national coalition of refugees, labor, church and immigrant groups plans to step up pressure on the federal government to demand the withdrawl of its tough controls on would-be refugees. We're hoping that over the next few weeks well be able to demonstrate to the government that most Canadians are against its mean-spirited policy," said Lome Wald-man, an immigration lawyer and spokesman for the coalition which expects to officially kick of its lobbying campaign in Toronto on Tuesday. The Coalition for a Just Refugee h ers on the condition that his name not be used. Other subjects broached by the two leaders in the first of two one-on-one meetings included defence, trade and acid rain. On this last issue, Mulroney asked Reagan to support talks for a clean-air treaty between the two countries. Communications Minister Flora MacDonald announced the new film policy in February, revealing that the government intended to draft legislation allowing Ottawa to license film and video imports. Canadian distributors would have more access to imported, independently produced films and the government believes this will bring profits for the Canadian companies to sink back into the countrys own film industry. Mulroney explained to Reagan that the Canadian industry now is dominated by U.S. film distribution companies, the official said. The prime minister also stressed the cultural significance of the industry to Canada. custody Reagan were staying. The president spent the night at the guest cottage at Government House. Several police photographers, including one trench-coated crew with a video recorder, got pictures of as many of the demonstrators as they could. As the first wave of protesters were loaded on the bus, another 25 to 30 demonstrators gathered on the sidewalk, crossed the street and paraded in front of the Defence Department building. They left after about 30 minutes. Ottawa police had no immediate comment on what charges would be laid or when. Dundas said all those arrested went to the demonstration expecting to be detained by police and expecting to be charged with mischief or causing a disturbance. People will end up with criminal records as a result of what theyre doing, Dundas said I think we have to weigh that kind of criminality, which I think most of the people in this country will understand. Brig.-Gen. Terry Liston, director of information for the Defence Department, told reporters the low-level training was an important part of NATOs efforts to be prepared to defend Western Europe if need be. Most of the training is conducted in Labrador, though, because its impossible to carry out military flying (in Western Europe) without getting all mixed up with civilian air traffic routes, Liston said. He also denied any claims the flights bother the natives or the caribou they depend on for much of their fresh meat. The size of the caribou herds in the regions where the flights are conducted, Liston said, have actual- and Immigration Policy represents "millions of Canadians from more than 50 groups, including many of this countrys largest labor unions and church organizations, Waldman )n Saturday about 200 members the coalition braved the morning d and rain outside Toronto City 11 to protest the governments ickdown on refugees. he rally included ah emotional ia from Valentino Toledo, 13, ose father remains a political soner in Ch le. The goverr ment has closed the jr on Chil ans," she tbld the jwd throu ,h an interpreter. t American film distribution companies now control about 90 per cent of the $1.2-billion Canadian film industry, and they choose which films will be imported. Canadian distributors have concentrated on handling Canadian films, but only about three per cent of screen time in theatres here is devoted to Canadian motion pictures. Mulroneys defence of his governments film policy came after Reagan said he was concerned about its implications and outlined the importance of the Canadian market to U.S. filmmakers. Canadas chief bargainer in the current trade talks with Washington has defended the film policy as a vital cultural measure. But U.S. spokesmen have said it is the kind of restriction the Reagan administration wants to eliminate through a freer-trade agreement. The U.S. film industry has also objected strongly. A State Department official briefed reporters on the meeting as well, and said the subject of acid rain dominated the discussion. CP laserphoto Police arrest member of Greenpeace I ly increased to 500,000 head from 60,000 about 20 years ago. Liston told reporters the Roman Catholic church is distorting the truth by telling parishioners that the military flights threaten the culture and lifestyle of Labrador natives. He said the distortions were being spread within his own parish, but then declined further comment. Some of the protesters were treated to songs denouncing free trade, a puppet show mocking Mulroney and Reagan and serious speeches about acid rain, free trade and U.S. intervention in Central America. Postal worker leader Jean-Claude Parrot warned of the dangers of Please open the door. In March a news report said the federal government is considering legislation that would strip refugee claimants of a guarantee to hearings on their status. The report, based on a cabinet document, said interim measures introduced Feb. 20 to block the steady stream of refugees from Central America and the Middle East would become permanent. What we have found is there s very strong support in Canada in favor of keeping an open-door policy towards those who are fleeing persecution and who are seeking safe haven in this country, Waldman OTTAWA (CP) Progress was made Sunday but no agreement was reached on the issue of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Joe Clark and George Shultz, the United States secretary of state. t Clark and Shultz met privately to go over areas of mutual and multilateral interest while U.S. President Ronald Reagan met with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. A Canadian official described the Shultz-Clark meeting as informal, friendly and direct, and said it covered a wide range of topics including arms control, international security, trade, natural gas regulation and transboundary caribou migration in the North. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some time was spent on the issue of Arctic waters, but that there were no conclusions reached. Stock was taken of the progress i Security agent upsets OTTAWA (CP) - Mel Hurtig, the Canadian publisher and ardent nationalist here to demonstrate during a visit by United States President Ronald Reagan, says a U.S. security agent walked into his locked hotel room Sunday. Hurtig said he and his daughter were in the Chateau Laurier room to pack for his return flight to Edmonton before heading to Parliament Hill for a protest when he heard someone enter the suite. Hurtig confronted the man and demanded identification. I said, Who are you? an outraged Hurtig recounted in an interview from Edmonton. He said, Oh, its a terrible mistake, Im awfully sorry, I shouldnt be here. Hurtig said the man, who had a key to the room, apologized again and said he meant to go into another room. So I said, You better give me some identification. So I really put free trade, while U.S. environmentalist Daniel Weiss carried a shredded umbrella and condemned Reagans pledge to spend $2.5 billion to study clean-coal technologies. Dont be fooled by this public relations smokescreen designed to obscure President Reagans opposition to ending the acid rain crisis, Weiss shouted as the crowd loudly clapped. s University student Robert Stark, 22, said he came to the demonstration out of concern for the environment, while 80-year old Harold Kan-gel said he travelled by bus from Toronto to protest U.S. arms policies. Ottawa said. Refugee claimants who travel through the United States to Canada are no longer automatically admitted and must now wait on the U.S. side of the border for hearings to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. Sister Bonny Butler, co-ordinator of the Interfaith Refugee Assistance Project in Buffalo, N.Y., said that since Feb. 20 more than 430 would-be refugees have come to her centre seeking asylum in Canada. People are not sure they will be admitted to Canada when they go for their inquiry. They don't understand the legal process." and the stage of discussions to date between negotiators for the two countries dealing with the dispute over who owns the Northwest Passage, the official said. Canada claims sovereignty over the waterway, but the Americans say it is an international strait. Earlier, Mulroney seemed to leave the door open to a proposal to allow U.S. warships to use northern waters. He reaffirmed Canadas claim to the Arctic archipelago, saying we own it, lock, stock and icebergs. However, he said during an interview on NBCs Meet the Press that he recognizes that Canada has commitments in NATO, Norad and in the general security of the western alliance. Within those alliances, he said, we would look with favor, obviously, on arrangements that would facilitate and expand those agreements between the countries. Therefore, you can draw some the screws to him. I really made it clear I wanted to have some identification or else I would raise a fuss. Hurtig said the man wore a neck chain under his jacket. When he pulled it out, a card on it identified him as U.S. State Department security. Bob Snow, a White House Secret Service spokesman, said he knew nothing about Hurtigs room encounter and, after checking, said there had been no report about it. Hurtig said he called hotel management but could not get through. He said a man identifying himself as the concierge later called, apologized and said the entry was part of a mix-up. The hotel told him that more than 300 Americans are at the hotel for Reagans visit, including State Secretary George Shultz and Defence Secretary Caspar Weinberger. This guy was so flustered I dont think it was an accident, said Hurtig, chairman of the nationalist Summit OTTAWA (CP) Sweetness abounded at Government House Sunday night as President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy stayed over as guests of Gov. Gen. Jeanne Sauve. And not all of it was in the gooey contents of dinner conversations between the U.S. President and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The desserts served was a maple syrup concoction. There was a touch of irony in that, because among the 4,000-odd protesters that Reagan did not see on Parliament Hill, was a group of Quebec farmers who have complained that acid rain, largely caused by U.S. pollution, is wrecking their sugaring industry. The Reagans suite also included a bowl of sweet toothsome delights, in case the visitors had the apres-dinner munchies. A Government House spokesman declined to confirm that the candy was jelly beans, one of the presidents favorite treats. Anti-American feeling ran high at a Saturday meeting of a nationalist lobby group which opposes freer trade with the United States. In typical Canadian fashion, it was polite anti-Americanism. Leaders of the group decided that they would hang their declaration on the doors of Parliaments Centre Block. But they didnt want to go so far . as to damage the doors. No, we're Canadians, said Both leaders agree AIDS is common enemy OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and United States President Ronald Reagan agreed Sunday that their governments would work together to fight AIDS. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Mulroney raised the topic during a 35-minute meeting the two leaders held shortly after Reagan arrived in Ottawa for his third annual summit. Fitzwater and Canadian officials at a separate briefing said the two leaders indicated the issue would be raised at the next annual economic summit of seven industrialized nations this June in Venice. Fitzwater said details of the program will be worked out by Reagan's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Otis Bowen, and I v,. pretty fundamental conclusions from that. The official said Shultz and Clark also discussed the need for particular vigilance on the management of trade issues, as the October deadline nears for reaching a draft agreement that would be sent to Congress for debate. Clark was also reported to have raised Canadian concerns about a proposal by the U.S. and Japan to transport plutonium by air from reprocessing plants in Europe to Japan for use in nuclear power plants. There is concern that the flights might cross through Canadian airspace. Shultz reportedly told Clark that no flights will take place without prior consultation with Canadian authorities. South Africa was also part of the agenda, but the spokesman said the main part of that discussion will take place when Mulroney and Reagan meet today in a larger session with members of their cabinets. Hurtig Council of Canadians and an outspoken opponent to free trade with the U.S. The fact that a security officer of any kind entered my room is objectionable. I find that objectionable on any grounds. Security has descended on Ottawa like a blanket for Reagans visit. Canadian and American reporters who covered his arrival were herded into a press theatre on Parliament Hill to be searched electronically before getting on media buses to the airport. Journalists who covered a state dinner at Governor General Jeanne Sauves official residence were corralled into an old barn now a garage at Government House for their search. When Shultz and Weinberger left the Chateau Laurier for the Rideau Hall banquet, 11 police and security service cars accompanied their three limousines. notebook Maude Barlow, a Liberal who belongs to the Council of Canadians. Were using tape. We dont want to hurt the door. Americans would use a nail. Puppeteer Ken Hancock brought some papier mache pals to the Sunday afternoon protest on the Hill. They were mock versions of Reagan and Mulroney, accompanied by a passable imitation of the president that amused many in the varied crowd of protesters. ' Hancocks puppet president had trouble remember the prime ministers name. Er, John Muldooney ., . .Brian McCrawny. My next speaker is a fine American and president of Canada. Yes, and a fine Irishman he is. When U.S. Vice-President George Bush visited Ottawa last January clad in an unlined raincoat, some tongues wagged that it was a typical display of American ignorance of Canadian winter weather conditions. So there was some speculation about what kind of outerwear Reagan would wear in the Ottawa spring weather. White House planners were said to be sensitive to the Bush incident. As it happens, Reagan showed up appropriately attired, with a trench-coat to ward off the rain. Nancy Reagan, however, looked a trifle over-dressed, with a fur coat in the seven-degree Celsius weather. Mulroneys Health Minister, Jake Epp. This is a serious international health problem which both countries recognize," he said in a briefing for reporters about the meeting. In the last few weeks, Reagan has shown greater concern about the public health threat of AIDS, which American medical officials say will be killing more Americans by 1991 than did the Vietnam War. The U.S. Surgeon General recently called for greater public education about the disease. In Canada, there have been 953 diagnosed cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and 490 deaths attributed to it. There is so far no cure for the disease, which gradually destroys the bodys ability to resist illness. t

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