Wednesday, April 1, 1987

Interlake Spectator

Location: Springfield, Manitoba

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Interlake Spectator (Newspaper) - April 1, 1987, Springfield, Manitoba L A a Orr t s X iA Performed from the BiflOk and titstritt r Ukrainian Daice r V treated the au f a colorful of traditional their year held Daylight Saving Time starts April 5th outlasts Tory blasts over MPIC By Bain Gair After enduring more than a week of political shell shock over MPIC reinsurance Gimli MLA John Bucklaschuk appears to have kept the Opposition at bay and his cabinet post the minister responsible for the Manitoba Public Insurance has been accused of covering up potential losses of millions of dollars in the corporations rein surance The Tory Op position was calling for his resignation in the House after ap parently contradictory statements by the minister regarding the rein surance Bucklaschuk admits only that he made a political decision in 1984 to spread the amount of rein surance claims out over a period of years rather than making the full extent of the corporations ex posure in reinsurance public at that He denies there was ever any at tempt to cover up the corpora tions financial In after three days of ex plaining his position to a legislative Bucklaschuk said in an interview Friday that charges of a coverup levelled by Opposition Tories and former MPIC president Carl Laufer might give him grounds for a lawsuit for That is a matter I have discussed with my Bucklaschuk replied when asked about a possible Most of the confusion and calumny that surrounded MPICs reinsurance losses were created by statements made by former MPIC president Carl who claim ed Bucklaschuk ordered a cover up of MPICs reinsurance losses in Last Bucklaschuk called Laufers charges Theres never been a cover he Laufer was dismissed as MPIC president by Bucklaschuk last year for alleged He is suing the province and Bucklaschuk for wrongful the minister Even after listening to the ministers explanations for three days in Opposition Leader Gary Filmon was far from convinced Bucklaschuk is above Every Bucklaschuk speaks or tries to explain why he made a political decision not to the full extent of the cor porations he con tradicts said Filmon in an interview The fact that Bucklaschuk chose not to make MPICs poten tial losses public at the time he first discovered their seriousness is an said It shows that the minister has been negligent and irresponsible and really has been inyolved in covering up information that should have been made public when he was first said the Tory Filmon said a private insurance company would be required to show those potential reinsurance losses the year they were My information is that if this were a private insurance com continued on page 6 Governments squabble as deadline passes By Bain Gair The provincial and federal governments feuding over who would take over at CFS Gyp sumville if IRTCs plans for the site may have doomed those plans to As negotiations which might have brought the Interlake Reserves Tribal Councils plans to fruition approached the 1 neither government seemed willing to take over at the site in the event the IRTCs pro posal to turn the base into a train ing and rehabilitation centre fail IRTC executive Company requests tax holiday By Peter Schroedter The LCD of Grahamdale coun cil is studying the implications of granting a five year tax holiday on new production equipment as part of a proposed million expansion at Steel Brothers Faulkner The request was made at last weeks council meeting by Harry vice and ad ministration and corporate secretary from the companys Vancouver He headed a delegation of four regional and national company executives to explain the companys King explained the company is being forced to close its Winnipeg calcium carbonate plant on Pem bina because most of the property is leased and the lease will not be The Winnipeg operation pro cesses limestone by drying it and crushing it to various sizes to be continued on page 6 director Rene Toupin said if the governments could the assets which would be transferred to the tribal council under its pro posal would be enough to let both governments off the Its frustrating to have to sit and said Toupin of the governments Everything needed to transform the which ceases its radar operations this into a nativeoriented training and rehabilitation centre run by IRTC seemed to be in place last week ex cept one Under the 25 yearold agreement under which the base was someone must pay the million tab of restoring the site to its original state once it is no longer in The province owns the land and is willing to sell it to IRTC for a nominal The federal govern ment owns the buildings and moveable assets and is willing to have them transferred to before the province ac cepts the bases assets from the federal government and transfers them to the province wants the federal government to set up a trust account to cover the costs of restoring the site in plans The federal govern ment says it is already offering to transfer some million in assets to IRTC via the province and sees no need to pay another As of the governments appeared deadlocked over the trust If they do not come to terms by the date by which Toupin continued on page 6 New Home Twenty buffalo arrive at their new home near Water Wmli clubs hold figurcskating t