Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
An analysis Ted Hinman 9s human touch came in a less-than-shining hour 1 ByALSCARTH Herald SUM Writer EDMONTON One of the most human speeches made during the debate on inflation in the legislature last week came from former provincial treasurer Ted Hinman (SC Mr. Hinman didn't talk about the "government's" responsibility and what a lousy Job it was doing. He talked about "our" responsibility and how we could better meet it. "We don't see anything wrong with spending as fast as we he told the legislature. That attitude was part of an inflation syndrome. Inflation, he said, was like wetting the bed. "It's a nice warm feeling until you wake up." Part of the syndrome was hoarding rather than spending hoarding things like farm land. "Dentists, doctors and speculators" to name but a few were the people buying up farm laud, raising prices, "forcing things up and up and up." Efforts by the government to put the little farmer back on the land were "almost in vain" in the face of such antics. Despite its efforts, the government had been unable to help many of the little guys -people with emotional problems, old-age homeowners distressed by the cost of repairs to .their aging homes. What hope had people on relief of meeting credit. charges of one-and-a-half per cent per month for a washing machine or other needed items. "It does hurt and we haven't done very much about it." The country could laugh at Social Credit's idea of "funny Mr, Hinman said, but the establishment of Alberta Treasury Branches at one time forced interest rates down to six and eight per cent annually. In light of the province'! unexpected affluence, it was to get busy and help more of the dlsadvantaged. To help them, the government must first find them. It should offer the same kind of leadership to seek out the needy as it had shown in other fields, he- said. All this new money might set up a "social soothers a form of social ombudsman within the community sensitive to suffering. Make-work projects would help, he said, but of ten all that was needed was simple advice from a friend how to keep to a budget for example. His social soothers could do that. The debate itself was on a non-confidence vote initiated by Albert Ludwig (SC Calgary The move was in the form of an amendment to the motion to debate the budget. The lack of interest in defeating the government for its failure to fight inflation became clear as debate progressed. Various Opposition members reeled off their speeches prepared for the budget debate, having little or nothing to do with inflation or the amendment. When they had tallied themselves out, the government members voted down the amendment. That being the only reason to stay around the House Thursday evening, government ranks depleted. When the troops dropped to 20, the Opposition corralled 21 members to successfully defeat the government in a vote. The vote was just to adjourn debate for the night. But neither the non-confidence vote nor the vote to adjourn showered much credit on the legislators for their interest in governing the province. District The Lethlnridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, April Pages 11 to 20 Liberals urge 'loaded' gov't to Make wealthy Alberta 6a nice place to live' 'INCREASE PAYMENTS FROM OIL WELLS' Surface rights payments to landowners with oil wells on their property should be increased to reflect the increased price of oil, Alberta Liberal leader Nick Taylor said in Lethbridge Saturday. He said farmers and others with oil wells on their land are still being paid according to a formula based on the old price per barrel of crude of But oil will now be selling for about three times that and landowners should be getting payments that reflect this increase, Mr. Taylor told a meeting here of Southern Alberta Liberals: In addition, he said, the price of land has also increased and surface rights payments should take that into account. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Alberta Liberal leader Nick Taylor took a run Saturday at the philosophy of economic growth, telling a Lethbridge audience of Southern Alberta supporters that continued growth doesn't mean increased prosperity. Because the other provincial parties accept the ethic that growth is good, he said. Alberta Liberals have an opportunity to develop a party policy that will offer a real alternative to the province's voters. Speaking to delegates from Southern Alberta who came to a meeting Saturday to try and .re-build the party in, 12 southern constituencies, Mr. A thank you night for Harry and Ruth Music festival off and running By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer TABER Accolade after accolade was given Harry and Ruth Strom at an appreciation dinner in their honor Saturday night at the Civic Centre here. Through most of it the former premier's face was expressionless but when a humorous incident of the past was mentioned he would break into honest laughter. Gifts came their way. When Mr. Strom was unable to, get the paper and ribbon off he whipped out a pocket knife something he's probably been carrying since he was a lad on his parent's homestead in Burdett. Mr. and Mrs. Strom's family was there four of their six children and three of Mr. Strom's eleven brothers and sisters. His friends were there over 500 of them. Many government officials attended including MLA's, former MLA's and a former Liberal federal agriculture nflnister and Medicine Hat MP Bud Olson. They all came to pay tribute to the former Socred Premier. Harry Nikaido, deputy- mayor of Bow Island, told the audience that several years ago Mr. Strom came to see him complaining of a buzz in his ear. Dr. Nikaido told Mr. Strom not to worry because all politicians "develop a tin ear" from listening to complaints from constituents. Doug Miller (SC Taber- Warner) said Mr. Strom was one of the greatest and most honest men he has ever known. Francis Porter, president of the Social Credit League of Alberta, said "he never felt like he was serving under him (Mr, Strom) but with him." He said he once tried to call Mr. Strom "Mr. Premier" but was told "Harry will do." Werner Schmidt, leader of the Social Credit party who was guest speaker, told the audience when Mr. Strom said he was going to do something he did it. He was a honest man 01 high integrity but he could get angry it was "always controlled" though. Mrs. Strom has "impressed me as a lady, mother and first lady of this province. There is great love in that home (Strom and the love has grown. There is no better tribute than, Mr. Schmidt said. Jack a long-time friend of Mr. Strom, told of an incident at a County of Foremost school division board meeting. Mr. Strom and Mr. Griffiths were both on the board. One of the board members who had been at the local pub beforehand shouted from the back of the room: "Jack would you like a "I might even have taken a drink if Harry wasn't Mr. Griffiths said. Leonard Halmrast, a former provincial cabinet minister, said the were classified as "good farmers, good neighbors and good community workers" in the Burdett area. Mrs. Strom, her voice choked with emotion, replied: "For us words can't express our feelings on this occasion." When a man is successful they say his wife holds the ladder. "I don't know how well I've held the ladder." At Ujis point the audience burst into applause. Mr. Strom told the audience when he first found out the Social Creditors in his constituency wanted to put on this evening he tried to dissuade them. It wasn't that their kindness wasn't appealing but it was too much. "I would've been happy if it was left as it was instead of providing this wonderful evening." He said "one of the joys of serving the public was you don't make everyone happy. That's as it should be. I don't think everybody should agree." He said he owed any success he had first to his parents and brothers and sisters and second to his wife and family. 1 His parents taught him the "true values of life" and having so many brothers and sisters taught him he couldn't get "his own way all the time." "My wife has stood faithfully by me all these he said. People often wondered how he stood the pressure of being premier of the province, he said "I wasn't alone. I had a power beyond I could call on." On his way out the door in the morning Mr. Strom would say to himself: "God be with me this day that I make the right decisions." "This is more important than anything I can mention to you this evening." God was a "source of strength during difficult times when difficult decisions had to be made." A few lost competitors, words of wisdom and piano marks in the 80s marked the beginning of the 44th annual Lethbridge and District Kiwanis Music Festival today. Festival secretary, Marg McLaughlin, says the morning "got off in the usual scramble" but all sessions began on time. There are about people and over entries taking part in the music festival. Festival chairman, Steve Wild, says the highlight of the festival, the Sunday concert to be staged at the Yates Memorial Centre, will this year be limited to 500 spectators. "Last year we had standing room only in the Yates for the Stars of the Festival concert, and we turned away 200 people." Lethbridge and district residents planning to attend are urged to purchase their tickets in advance to assure a seat. Tickets are available at the Yates, with the performance take place at Scheduled for this evening at the festival are the following, with all times approximate. Southmlnster Hall Evening 7, Haydn sonata, junior, 16 yrs and under; 20th century impressionism, junior, 16 yrs and under; piano solo, 17 yrs and under; Bach prelude and fugue, open; piano concert group, 16 yrs and under; romantic composers, 16 yrs and under. St. Augmttae's Hall Evening 7, dramatic poetry, 16yrs and under; speech concert recital, 16 yrs-. and under; sonnet sequence, senior; speech concert group, 16 yrs and under; dramatic poetry, 19 yrs and under; Shakespeare, solo scenes, 16 yrs and under; dramatic poetry, open; Shakespeare, solo scenes, 19 yrs and under. Festival schedule for Tuesday, with all times approximate: Yates Memorial Centre Morning boys' vocal solo, 11 to 13 yrs; girls' vocal solo, 11 yrs; 10, boys' vocal solo, 6 to 7 yrs; boys' vocal solo, 8 to 9 yrs; girls' school vocal, Grade 1; boys' school vocal, Grade 1; boys' vocal solo, 11 yrs; 11, girls' vocal solo, J.3 yrs. Afternoon Bach piano, 16 yrs and under; Bach piano, 8 yrs and under; piano sonatina, 15 yrs and under; piano solo, 16 yrs and under; piano solo, 15 yrs and under; Paramount Theatre Morning solo scenes, 12 yrs and under; lyric poetry, 10 yrs and under; contemporary Alberta poetry, 12 yrs and under; Canadian poetry, 10 yrs and under. Afternoon lyric poetry, 14 yrs and under; story telling, 12 yrs and under; 3, Canadian poetry, 12 yrs and under. Sonthmtauter Hall Morning tuba E; tuba D; tuba C; trumpet E; trumpet 4; trumpet C; trombone E; trombone B; instrumental sonata, junior, 16 yrs and under. Afternoon instrumental solo, 14 yrs and under; alto saxophone D; alto saxophone C; alto saxophone B; alto saxophone A; tenor saxophone C; tenor saxophone A; clarinet C; clarinet A; French horn C; bassoon B; snare drum D. St. AifnttaM's Hall Morning violin solo, 10 yrs and under; special string solo, 1 yr of study; 9, viola solo, open; violin duet, 19 yrs and under; violoncello solo, 16 yrs and under; violin solo, 16 yrs and under; cello sonata, junior, 16 yn and under; string concert group, 19 yrs and under; violin and piano sonata, 19 yrs and under; Bach string solo, unaccompanied, 19 yrs and under. Afternoon girls' vocal solo, 8 to 10 yrs; girls'.school vocal, Grade5; 4, boys' school vocal, Grade 2. Taylor said Alberta is already one of the wealthiest areas in North America and what is needed is not more industry, but improvements to the "quality of life." In a wide-ranging speech, he advocated a denti-care program, old- age pensions, and support for cultural groups to tour rural areas of the province. The party has to return to the old concept of classical liberalism, recognizing that the welfare state has brought people economic prosperity, Mr. Taylor said. "But now we have to get some dignity back into giving people a feeling they are important, the Liberal leader said. He criticized the Lougheed government for using an expected billion surplus this year to enter into agreements with private capital to develop the province, claiming that was the same policy followed by Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy. Joint ventures by government and capitalists only leads, he said, to a concentration of both state and economic power in the hands of a small group of people. "All the Conservatives MLAs and cabinet ministers are frustrated he said. "They think they're running a gigantic mutual fund." He said that rather than using the surplus to develop more industry, the province should be making loans fo low- income areas, municipal governments, and other provinces less-developed than Alberta. In that way. he said, the province would postpone its income "and help our. brothers." Low-interest loans to municipalities would be a way, Mr. Taylor suggested, of reducing taxes. Municipalities have more effect on the quality of life than other levels of government, he said, yet they are forced to rely on property taxes for most of their revenue. A reliance on property taxes results in city councils bidding for as much industry as possible within their corporate limits to broaden the tax base. Mr. Taylor also said the province should be postponing .future development of its resources, selling only enough to maintain provincial income standards. "Why should we be in a hurry to have a fl billion surplus? "We should be making Alberta a pleasant place to live not the richest or most powerful province just a damn nice place to live. "The present government is loaded with money, but not with Mr. Taylor said. The Conservatives are being completely dishonest, he claimed, when they say they are going to reduce the gasoline tax by five cents a gallon, or a barrel when, through the provincial marketing board, they are increasing the wholesale cost' of oil by a barrel.