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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Tueiday, April 3, 1973 More oily propaganda Recent speeches by two promin- ent oilmen offer all the proof any- one should want that regardless of who owns Canada's resources, there is a clear need for Canadians to control them. Speaking in Toronto, the Chair- man of Imperial Oil declared that "export markets for arctic oil will not wait on Canada's conveni- ence." Meanwhile in Ottawa the president of another oil company was telling the local Petroleum Society (in what a hopeless bunch of knuckleheads eastern (sic) officials and politicans are who want to "in- terfere" in matters that are strictly western, i.e. the business of selling oil to the U.S. The common is painfully transparent; it is to overturn the National Energy Boards's recently applied restrictions on the export of Canadian oil. The notion that if Canada wants to sell her oil she'd better hustle and unload it, is just ridiculous. Even the most naive of non-oilmen knows that, and if the chairman of Imperial Oil doesn't well, it's time some- one told him. But of course he knows it very well. He of all people must be aware of the major oil companies' current manipulations does any- one seriously doubt that any more? at monumental price increas- es, and how near they are to suc- cess. He knows, therefore, that the oil he pretends Canada should hurry up and peddle at a barrel could be worth in a matter of months, anywhere from to in a very few years. As for the other gentleman who thoughtfully distributed copies of his speech to the media he is some- what less direct concerning oil ex- port, but equally clear as to mo- tive. All he wants is for "easterners" i.e. the National Energy Board, the government, the minister con- cerned, or anyone capable of exer- cising any control to keep their ignorant noses out of the oil busi- ness. That's all; just let it operate without a lot of silly restrictions or any regard for anything except what's good for whoever owns it. From a tactical point of view, oil- men may see this outpouring of prop- aganda as being needed. A profes- sor of petroleum geology from Carle- ton University has been telling a very different kind of story. Speaking to the Commons resources commit- tee, Professor F. K. North' pointed out that all the talk of huge oil re- serves in the north is just talk and that so far not one drop of oil has been found in the highly- touted Mackenzie Delta, nor is there any really convincing evidence that there ever will be. He maintains, therefore, that apart from the Athab- asca tar-sands, Canada has assur- ed supplies of oil for only the next 15 years. As for the tar-sands, undoubtedly they contain abundant oil, even enough to last 200 years as has been claimed. It may be there, all right, but after spending hundreds of mil- lions of dollars on plant and devel- opment, the best Sun Oil can do at present is about barrels a day, a production level on which it can- not make money. And Canada's do- mestic consumption exceeds two million barrels a day, and will reach five million by 1985. In the Ottawa speech mentioned above, much was made of a lack of Canadian guts when it comes to investing in our own resources. Per- haps so; but that's no argument for a matching lack of guts in protect- ing them. Praise where it is due According to reports, congratula- tions are due Aldermen Ferguson and Hembroff for heading off an un- enforceable and perhaps less than sensible bylaw designed to punish those whose garbage cans get knocked over by stray dogs, stray kids, or whatever casual traf- fice happens to pass down their lanes. And a special compliment to Alderman Ferguson for pointing out that "the world is over-legislated al- surely a most pertinent ob- servation for this or any council. To applaud whatever reduces the plethora of laws and rules people must obey is not a sign of permis- siveness, nor does it show a prefer- ence for license or anarchy. It is simply a vote for common sense, and a protest against the all too-pre- valent bureaucratic impulse to make rules about anything and every- thing- But more than that, it is recogni- tion that making unnecessary or un- enforceable laws is a threat to the rule of law itself. By making it easy to ignore a law, by demonstrating that laws can be broken with im- punity, it breeds disrespect for all law. It doesn't take much of that to promote the thought that if one law can be broken or ignored, so can others. And why not? If the lawmak- er make some laws they don't ex- pext people to obey, how serious can they be about some others? Moreoever, if whoever enforces the law policeman, commission- aire or whoever must deal with some laws he must enforce and some he need not, sooner or later he'll start making up his own mind about which laws really matter. And then there's real trouble. The casserole Reports from across the border say President Nixon's problem these days is rising food prices. Angry fetters being received by the White House and almost all congressmen and boycotts and other kinds of protests are being or- ganized by people with short hair, too. It's a tough problem, all right, and there's no easy solution. It just wouldn't seem right, now would it, to send Dr. Kis- singer to the grocery store? ject admission of having overtaxed the peo- ple." Now, with NDP governments in B.C. and elsewhere hastening to institute similar schemes or embellish those they've taken over, and even Alberta's Conservatives lavishly extending the one they inherited, who would you say is having the last laugh? No one this side of the Great Lakes ob- jects to attempts at a better deal for the West, though some might wish their rep- resentatives would try to display a little common seise occasionally. Or get an add- ing machine. In their continuing zeal to represent Quebec as a foreign power, bent on grab- bing all the goodies that by rights should be doled out to their prairie constituents, MPs hsve Just discovered and promptly and triumphantly proclaimed tie startling aews that Quebec receives more LIP grants Can aU the prairie prov- inces combined. Now that really is something! Especially when tiie latest census shows qiite clearly that Quebec's population exceeds that of all four that's including B C. western provinces, with the Yukon and the North- west Territories thrown in for good mea- sure. Those who are concerned about rising automobile prices will be pleased to know they're at least doing someone some good. Because Chrysler had a fair to middlin' year in 1972. Chairman Lynn Townsend got a little bonus, a mailer of to to go with his S225.00D salary, making his 1972 pay packet an agreeable But Chrysler can be tough with its chair- man, too. In 1971, for instance, Uiey didn't give him any bonus at all and he had to scuff along somehow on his salary. Not only that, but they were so displeased with his performance he only got a OOc raise ycjr. Remember the bowls of derision that went up a few years ago when Wacky as they called him Bennett introduced the homeowner grant idea in B.C.? His lellow Socreds in Alberta tried to restrain themselves, but other politicians across the country hooted in scorn at the "blatant at- tMnjA tn bnbe the taxpayer with his own money" or, as some the "ab- As anyone in the business knows, there's more than a touch of double entendre in the old saying "No news is good a glance at atnost any front page will illustrate that Apart from polifical activity not al- ways the best of news, by the way the leading stories are usually a welter of trag- edy, conflict, and violence. Anyone wishing confirmation only needs to glance at tine space reserved for "Good News" on the front page of Alberta's only morning newspaper. This space is than four per cent of the front pace and that alone may say all lhat needs to hr said. If not readers t.robably notci the sad fad that one item Uif! appears villi mon- otonous regularity 29-hand at enbbage. "Hop in-Mr. Lewis just left." Tories next move is anybody's guess By Anthony Westell, Tor onto Star commentator OTTAWA Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield has made fools of us all not least, himself. His announceemnt that the official Opposition will vote for the government's tax con- cessions to corporations, sub- ject to a minor change in the legislation, appears to assure that the government will sur- vive the test of confidence on the tax bills. Those of us, in- cluding me, who have been pre- dicting the defeat of the govern- ment in April or May and a summer election are therefore likely to be proved wrong. Our only possible excuse is that as the Tories apparently did not know their own collec- tive mind, those who have to try to interpret their actions were under an impossible hand- icap. As it is, Stanfield seems to have managed to make the worst out of what was always a difficult position. When he was threatening to vote against the tax bills in order to bring down the government, he cast himself in the role of a party leader ready to abandon prin- ciple in the search for power. He was painted in the public mind, by New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis, among others, as a man of un- bridled ambition slavering lor office. The Canadian Manufacturers' Association was entirely con- vinced by the picture and rush- ed to tell the Tory leader that he must restrain himself and vote for the government's tax bills for the sake of the national economy. So now that he has decided to support the bills, he is open to the charge that he is a mere agent of the business community, with no policy of his own. But let us go back to the be- ginning of a tangled and mysti- fying tale. Last May, well be- fore the election, Finance Min- ister John Turner brought down a budget which included two forms of tax concessions to manufacturing and processing industries. The reduction in the basic rate of tax on profits was intended to enable Canadian in- dustry to compete -with U.S. industry which had the advan- tage of the special disc pro- gram. The fast write-off of new investment in plant and equip- ment was designed to stimulate a sector of the economy cap- able of employing more persons at high rates of pay. When the vote on Oct. 30 end- ed in a near-draw between the Tories and the Liberals and it appeared that Stanfield might form a government, he was ask- ed what his policy would be on the proposed tax cuts. He re- plied: "I would think we would be under some moral obligation to carry them through for the time bsing at least." That seemed to be consistent with his pre-election views and the sort of calm and responsible attitude one had come to expect from the man. I, for one, dis- counted rumors that the Tories would abandon principle and decide to vote against the gov- ernment at all costs. In February I wrote a trench- ant piece explaining in detail that, "If Stanfield now wants to vote with the NDP against the tax cuts, he will have to have a very convincing explanation if he is not to appear to be a politician willing to abandon principle in pursuit of power." I concluded that badly as Stan- field wanted power, he would not be able to vote with the NDP on the issue and so the government would "probably survive the debate on the bud- get bills. A few days later, Turner in- troduced his new budget. He re- affirmed the tax concessions to corporations announced in May and added most of the meas- ures for which Stanfield had called during the election cam- paign. Indeed, at one point dur- ing the budget speech when Turner was obviously lifting No end to gold emergency By Maurice Western, Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA Elsewhere in the developed and undeveloped world, emergencies come and emergencies go. The dis- tinctively Canadian gold mining emergency goes on forever. It is perhaps even more re- markable that our four political parties, after all these years, can still field members of Par- liament prepared to discuss it at regular intervals in solemn tones and with straight faces. This is an age of change, as Alastair Gillespie reminded the Montreal chamber of com- merce. But some things en- dure, as Donald Macdonald demonstrated in his speech on the Bill extending the gold mining emergency legisla- tion for another three years. The passage of 25 years (and cf approximately million sub- sidy dollars from the pockets of taxpayers to those of the gold mining interests) has not less- ened the determination of gov- ernment and parliament to stand on guard for this sing- ularly afflicted industry. PJainJy. it is no ordinary af- fliction. What distinguishes this emergency is its survival ca- pacity. Gold prices may be low or they may be high; worW pro- duction may go up or down: times may be good or bad but the emergency always comes through unscathed. Invariably, and sometimes at the last min- ute. Parliament comes to the rescue. Whatever the passing appearances, however distant apparent threats, members rec- ognaze their duty and extend the legal emergency, usually for three years. It may appear odd to citizens more concerned with other mat- ters that !he goM emergency placed so on the it's priority fe1 The of distress in the duslry is Indicated JD part by the fact that no applications for assistance were received last year. The danger of shut-downs does not appear imminent; such has been the activity of the gnomes of Zurich and other pa- trons of the industry that gold, which used to sell for about an ounce, reached on the free market this week. Indeed, there have been reports that Swiss bankers anticipate a price exceeding Slop and Mr. Macdonald noted, without com- ment, the prediction of Eliot Janeway that it may go to Much of the gold produced is not destined for central banks; it goes to industry and the arts. Demand, according to Mr. Mac- donald, is increasing while work] output decreased last year by some 6 per cent In the world of wheat, such a bination would be considered fa- vorable; in the case of gold it is ominous enough to demand the attention of Parliament. Among non-official persons, there may even be suspicion that the gold crisis is imagi- nary; that what passes for crisis as in fact a paper emer- gency. We have had a series of monetary disturbances followed in each case by efforts to patch up an international system at one time very well. Every time the patches come off, confidence in paper goes down and the price of gold goes up. But the parliamentary remedy is to cxicnd the legal 3iJe of the go'd emergency, AS members were doing last week. It is clear that to moderns as to Uic ancients gold is unique. This is apparent from tie dif- ferent ways in tdrich govern- ments and Parliaments react to different emergency situations. In respect to the is decisive and predictable: the Government ooes exactly what jl has been doing IMS. As would be expected in a time of inflation, there is no shortage of emergency situ- ations; they are in fact dis- cerned by members cf Parlia- ment almost every day. While Jean-Luc Pepin was trade min- ister, a copper shortage threat- ened and this was effectively dealt with by temporary export controls. Other responses are less effective. The matter of steel price increases was brought up last Wednesday. Herb Gray commented rather vaguely that they might have some relevance to the combines law. Formerly, the matter would have been referred to the Prices and Incomes Commis- sion, with approximately the same results. Also last Wednesday, Alvin Hamilton asked for export re- strictions on lumber. There have been complaints of short- ages, especially on the prairie: according to another western meniber, some dealers are re- ludant even to sell existing stocks because of rising re- placement cosJs. The answer which finally emerged was that t3w matter is "under constant review'" (as it has presumably been for the past two The contrast is ttrniewiiat startling because it can usually be shown that the commodities mentioned in such parlia- mentary protestations are -if much more general interest than is gold. There is, however, one notable difference. After 25 years of experience, ministers know by unerring inslinct what sJwuM be done for the yellow metal. The sovereign remedy, in any circumstances, is to ex- lend Oie 3ega3 emergency. At Ihc current rale of progress, it probably continue to haunt the country well into