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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Hodgson's Power Grows In Far North Course Of. Government Changes STUART HODGSON job OTTAWA (CP) Voyages at the supertanker Manhattan and parliamentary debates over Arctic sovereignty have almost obscured another significant de- velopmentinthe Canadian the gradual withdrawal by Ottawa from day-to-day pro- grams there and the growing power of the territorial commis- sioner. As ot Wednesday, the respon- sibility for provincial-type serv- ices enjoyed by all residents ot the Northwest Territories be- came the responsibility of the territorial public service based in Yellowknife. Since the early 1960s, discon- tent has prown in the territories with the way federal public ran: affairs from far- away Ottawa. It finally led the then northern affairs minister, Arthur Laing, to establish the advisory com- mission on the development of northern government. It was to investigate the complaints' and make recommendations. The commission's recommen- dations, made in 1966, have greatly changed Ihe course of northern government. Commissioner Stuart Hodgson and about HO territorial employ- ees moved into the new capital of Yellowknife in 1967 charged with administration of the West- ern Arctic. WAS LABOR LEADER A former British Columbia labor leader, Mr. Hodgson took on his new job with an enthusi- asm and energy that established him as Ihe top federal mea in the fv.W.T. As seen from Ottawa, he has for commissioner his rapidly-expanded force of public servants to take over ad- ministration o government services for all of the 32.000 N.W.T. residents spread over al- most one-third of the Canadian land mass. TARGET Of CRITICISM As a federal employee, Mr Hndcson takes orders di- rectty from Mr. Chretien. This makes him "a prime target for several ekcled members at his territorial council who believe Ottawa drags its feet ia turning over more political power to the territories. While Mr. Chretien has acted on a number of recommenda- tions of the advisory commis- sion, there is no sign he intends to follow through on one that would have the commissioner gradually assume Ihe role of a Thundoy, April 1970 1HI KTHiftlDGI HERAID 13 MLA Pensions Improved lieutenant-governor and pave the way for the deputy commis- sioner to seek election as a party leader. There is reason to believe Mr. Hodgson doesn't relish such a formal role. The struggle facing independently-minded N .W .T. residents is to win Ottawa over to Ibis recommendation. TVo barriers are in the way. The first is Ottawa's view thai the potential riches of the North must be developed by the fed- eral government for the good ol all Canadians and not just Ihe handful of northern residenis. That rules out any great move- ment towards provincial status. The second is Ihe entrenched view here that Mr. Hodgson is doing a first-class job and shoujd be allowed to get on with it with a minimum of interfer- ence. EDMONTON (CP) Alberta MLAs will get improved pen- sions but will make larger con- tributions under legislation given first reading Wednesday in the legislature. Amendments to the MLA's Pension Act, introduced by Provincial Treasurer A. 0. Aal- borg, provides for contribu- tions of 7 ti per cent compared with the present five per cent. Pensions will be four per cent of an MLA's annual salary service to a maximum o( 20 years. The present scheme provides a pension of two per cent of the annual salary times the num her of years service with a max- imum of 35 years. Alberta MLA's receive an an nual salary of white cab- inet ministers receive Ike premier receives To qualify for a pension JILA's must serve a total min iraum of eight years or tw April Fool's Pollution Gag Radio Station Bus) Super-Farms Number Jumps WASHINGTON (AP) The number of' with sales of a year or the United States jumped from in 1959 to just five years later, says Court Outbursts By Defemlaiits Means Removal WASHINGTON The United Stales Supreme Court endorsed' the forced re- New RCMI .OTTAWA (CP) Negotia-ions have been completed for he purchase of a new Edmon-on headquarters holding for the Alberta division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Building was announced here. Purchase price of t'ne three-slorey Imperial Oil building has-been set at the public works .department said. Av further has been allocated for necessary alterations. The-. R CMP division is' currently housed in a five-building complex in central Edmonton. All RCMP .offices in the city aife to move into the new aoiucy lane iirm of territorial affairs and gain the co-operation of. the partly-elected territorial council, along with a talent for defusing embarrassing'politieal issues that could harm the federal government. Ttiis has visibly impressed Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien. The commissioner's strength was shown last year when top federal public servants here advised Mr. Chretien thai it was time to divide the territories. Mr. Hodgson's strong views against division finally won favor with Mr.. Chretien. -As a result of that power struggle, the way was of disorderly defendants who disrupt their OV.TI 'trials with noisy outbursts. The decision, by Justice Hugo L. Black, also approved the binding and gagging of unruly defendants as well as their jail ing for contempt to protec courtroom decorum. "It would degrade our count) and our judicial system to cated in I accounted gion's farn [hey sold farm outp accounted CALGAB nurses win ter's deg States now to take tl inations a Calgary. ersity to service in ART DIETRICH w. 'DENTURE CLINIC SHi St. 5. Hi. Above Metropolitan and humiliated and their orderly progress thwarted am obstructed b y Black said. The decision has a special im pact in the light of a recen spate of tumultuous ic agricullure department. What is more, officials said in report, the big operations ac ounted for 24 per cent ot farm iroduct sales in 1964, comparec nth only 16 per cent in 1959. The super-super farms bavin; otal annual sales of more also increased in a! vays, the report said. These to 408 in 1959 but hai more'lhan doubled to 919 withi; ive years. The farms ac counted for seven per cent of a 'arm-product sales in 1954, com pared with four per cent years earlier. Most of the opera of 1t i rather large yathenoe found my responsibilities included serving light refreshments and coffee, Now most of us do not possess an urn large enough to provide cofTce for 30 to 40 people. However, I had heard of DOMINION'S Free Codec Urn Service and decided this was my i answer. What a convenience! In just 201 minutes you can make over 40 cups of deli-1 cious coffee. Next lime you are having a meeling, church group or special occasion ask the manager at your Dominion Food Store ahead of lime and he'll arrange to have a coffee urn available free, of course! WHEN MY READERS TAKE THE TROUBLE to write letters about a product I recommend, I know they are sin- I cerely impressed by il. And 1 have i great many wonderful letters about RAZ-MAH! One woman who suffered from asthma writes thill from Ihe very first RAZ-MA1C GREYS gave her welcome relief from the gasping for breath and wheezing of asthma that had made her life so miserable. 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