Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
jg, -i. vw Ottawa eyeing giant hydroelectric tcheme tor Arctic (CP) The L U sttdying the feMlblWy of a massive hydroelectric project la the Northwest Territories which would Include major attentions of Arctk rhweandtyaitevcttn of Meckenaie River VeHey power grid. Dlby Hunt, deputy minister of the department of firttiortaenidevMoixneot, said ia a telephone interview Taaaaay Oat the departnMflt li actively tevehvi to and capacity la the territories. Ottawa la e4 attaj eeww phi VBaVkT eVCeM States border, at from the VaBer to the Ihtted hepaa to relevant inevlenareQM twanU prefer to the million u coat fhjtfei withla the project woatd involve Marine the tetel of Great Bear Lake, at square mike the largest body of freah water entirely withla Canada, possible diversion of the Goppennlne River and construction of three dams to create a total generating capacity of kilowatts BntCAOBL. si a National Energy Board, says It use natavnl fna to anew hutaaaunw that will Xineeded chin gas in pipeline. A federal depertment of energy, rain resources study says aae of Great Bear could save 40 to 50 button cnbk feet of gas annually, enough to heat to avenge dwellings. Power lines serving the pipeline would be the hedat bean proven anal a Mat fewer It and _ jafOiwatsV U MAta B we can convince iBjt ntpMaHneonie DMH woald be cheaper, then we may have to took at" Mr. Bant said CAGSL woaldnt be asked topey for the dams bat Its power rates woald reflect the capital costs. Jim Barvie of Calgary, vice-president of engineering for CAGSL, said.the federal government still baa to prove its case. The economics and reliability of the power project t of the Fort Fraaklla, and wine oat Bear RUret its said lack of knowledge about the area make detailed statements ImeoseJble at the moment at least a two-year study was reavtred hat wouldprobaMy affect fhre commercial nshax lodges oa Greet Bear Lake and the owners have to be compensated. Even a small rise In the lake's water level would probably drown a large area of caribou habitat hi a low-lying area on the north shore, i ef aaM the project probleau oa Great tributaries, ai wefl aa laarfaHda iruhiajiii alatf the river. "We woaU advocate that they do studies to find oat what the algaU he." Dan GUI of Edmonton, director of the Boreal Inrtteto for StadJea at Uafreratty of Alberta, aald that of all potential hydroelectric schemes la the north Gnat Bear dams would probably be least damaging, BtttDr.GifltaidthatllitlafoaadiiijaaiaQ to boost the level of Great Bear Lake with water f ran the Coppermine River the impact woald be much greater. The Lethbrldge Herald VOL. LXVII 94 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3. 1974 10 Cents 40 Pages Nixon .WASHINGTON (CP) Congressional tax investigators estimated today that President Nixon owes in back taxes and interest. The staff of the congressional joint committee on internal revenue said in a 784-page report that the is made up of in estimated back taxes and in interest for the period 1969-72. The staff also said that if Nixon decides to reimburse the government for personal improvements to his homes in California and Florida, he would owe another Furthermore, the investiga- tors said, if Nixon decides to reimburse the government for personal trips by his family and friends, he would owe another Representative Wilbur Mills (Dem. Ark.) said the joint committee is releasing the staff recommendations to avoid possible leaks. He emphasized the joint committee has not dealt with the merits of the staff recom- mendations. Reinecke indicted WASHINGTON (AP) Lt- Gov. Ed Reinecke of California was indicted by the Watergate grand jury today on three counts of in connection with the International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) antitrust case. Reinecke, a leading contender for this year's Republican gubernatorial nomination, was accused of lying to a U.S. Senate subcommittee during hearings on the nominations of former attorney-general Richard Kleindienst. Alberta plans own business tax system Games cheque presented OTTAWA (CP) -A cheque for was presented to the 1975 Canada Winter Games Society of Lethbridge by Health Minister Marc Lalonde Tuesday night. The cheque, accepted by society vice-president Vera Ferguson, deputy mayor of the Southern Alberta city that will play'host to the games, is only part of the total federal help Ottawa has pledged toward the cost of the event. Pickets are out Liquor store workers Bill Sleightholm and Don Moore man a picket team today as the Civil Service Association walked off the job at local Alberta Liquor Control Board outlets. Both Lethbridge Liquor stores, the ALCB warehouse and the retail beer store at the brewery were picketed. Store managers said the north side store would be closed and the south store open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The workers charge the government and the board did not negotiate in good faith, causing a breakdown m wage talks. Fierce struggle seen for Pompidou9s power Classified..... 28-32 Comics...........24 Comment.........4 District............15 Family.........33.35 Local Sports...........21-23 Theatres...........7 TV.................7 Weather..........3 LOW TONIGHT 2t HIGH THURSDAY NEAR SUNNY 'Fmt I'd Hkt to thank my producer.' PARIS (AP) France today freed the prospect of a fierce election battle following the sudden death Tuesday- night of Georges Pompidou, the republic's president since June Pompidou is to be buried Friday at a private family ceremony at Orvilliers near Paris, an official communique announced today after Liberals sweep N.S. election HALIFAX (CP) The Nova Scotia election Tuesday gave Liberalf the kind of victory they have dreamed about since the days of Angus L. Macdonald. It was a clear sweep that bad been denied them since the early 1990s when the late Premier Macdonald was the political darling of Nova Scotlaas, before Robert Stanflaid gave provincial Progressive Conservatives their greatest days. "I'm extremely pleased, but to tell the truth It was a larger victory than I had Premier Gerald Regan, 45, told reporters as the final couat came in. Final Standings: Liberals 1974 31 1970 23 Totals 46 46 The Conservatives were mauled while the NDP garnered 12 per cent of the papular vote with a full slate of 46 candidates, twice the number they entered hi IffTO. The Conservatives had trouble in their traditional. strongholds of Colchester, Cumberland and Cape Breton. They lost four of five. Cape Breton seats, one of three in Cumberland and both ColchestT seats. Premier Pierre Messmer met government ministers to make arrangements for the funeral. A mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Louis-en-L'Isle near the Paris apartment where he died Tuesday night. A memorial service which foreign dignitaries can attend will be held at Notre Dame Cathedral Saturday will be a day of mourning with government offices, schools and theatres closed. At Pompidou's death, Alain Poher, president of the Senate, automatically became interim president. The 65- year-old Centrist also served as interim president briefly after the resignation of the late Charles de Gaulle in 1969. In the election that followed, he lost to Pompidou, the Gaullist ccrtHdate. Poher most arrange a presi- deattal election within to 35 days of Pompidou's death, or between April a and May 7. The new president will be elected for a full seven-year term, not to serve out the two yean and two months remain- Ing in Pompidou's term. His death left the Gaullist camp divided, with no clear Native studies program okayed The Native American studies program proposal of the University of Lethbridge has finally recei-ved government approval but university administrators don't know when it can be implemented. Owen Holmes, U of L vice- president, was cautious about commenting about the program's apparent approval because the university has yet to receive official word from the department of advanced education However, he said "we will try to Implement It with whatever careful haste we can." Menno Boldt, of the sociology department, who has been working closely with the Native people on the proposal says the university hopes to implement the program next fall. But "there are a tot of Us" that have to be By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta will opt out of a corporate tax collection agreement with Ottawa and implement its own business incentive and tax system, Premier Peter Lougheed said in a major policy statement Tuesday. The new taxation policy, an attempt to give small businessmen a break and diversify the provincial economy, is the first of two major changes in fiscal direction which will be announced this spring. Alberta will join Ontario and Quebec in collecting its own share of the corporation tax, rather than having Ottawa collect it. The province will be cutting taxes to small businesses and raising them, or at least altering their makeup, for large corporations such as international oil companies. By opting out of the federal agreement, the province hopes to fit taxes to its own strategy for industrial development. The new system would probably go-into effect in 1977 or 1978 after the government presents a series of position papers. "This sytem will be specially and uniquely designed and tailored to strengthen the competitive position of Alberta small businessmen and to create the incentives to encourage and accelerate the creation of new jobs in Alberta within the framework of the Alberta industrial strategy I have Mr. Lougheed told the legislature. "The major two advantages of having our Alberta business incentive and tax system are to reduce the tax load of small business and encourage processing of our resources in he said. Under the agreement with Ottawa, Alberta imposes a corporation tax of 11 per cent on the, corporation incomes allocated to the province by Ottawa. Mr. Lougbeed said the province recognized it had autonomy to set the rate of taxation but, "there is insufficient scope for a provincial government to develop a different definition of the tax base in order to meet particular and unique circumstances. "Alberta economic structure is certainly different from that of any other province. We have far less manufacturing and diversifications, than Ontario and Quebec. We have greater potential for growth than the Maritimes. Our agricultural industry is more diversified than that of Saskatchewan and Manitoba." Alberta was being short- changed millions of dollars especially in the case of interprovincial pipeline companies and integrated petroleum companies. taken care of first. One is the recruitment of people to instruct in the program. The Herald learned of the program's approval in an interview in Edmonton Tuesday with Jim Foster, minister, of advanced education. Mr. Foster said he would be informing the university sometime in the next two weeks that of the program's long-awaited approval. fake to see it he said. "But we'd like to approve it on the provision that the program Is reviewed in five years." Although Mr. Foster indicated that the program would be reviewed In five years, Dr. Boldt says that does not mean it will be on an experimental basis. "That Is normal procedure for new university; Small business to be boosted Herald legislature Bureau EDMONTON This is the strategy that the Alberta government has developed for economic development and which it hopes its new corporate tax system will help carry out: encourage small and locally-controlled businesses and give them a chance to compete with large national companies whose decisions are made outside the province; to take advantage of a seller's market for petroleum and agricultural products to make the province less dependent on sale of its resources; to take all reasonable steps to assure that an increasing portion of natural resources are processed in the province to reduce the export of jobs along with natural resources, to promote the strategy by taxation policies which emphasize the taxpayer's ability to pay. (Mr. Lougbeed told a news conference the province had not taken over personal income tax collection as corporate taxes were more important to developing an economic This is what the government believes its takeover of collecting corporate taxes can achieve in line with that strategy Rejected WASHINGTON (CP) The United States tariff commission today rejected a direct request by Treasury Secretary George Shultz and refused to reverse controversial anti-dumping findings against Canadian lead producers, a well-placed informant said About town Deaa Lien telling fellow Lethbridge federal Conservatives his political career started 30 years ago when he _ had former MP Dene Gaadleck for a Sunday schoolteacher. PatOntm trying to come up with a good explanation for his two black eyes. reduced taxes will help small companies expand, diversify and compete with large ones; the system could stimulate and encourage companies to process to the fullest extent possible oil and natural gas before they leave the province; assure national and international petroleum and pipeline companies pay a "fair and equitable" share of taxation to Alberta on their profits derived essentially from Alberta resources; encourage companies earning a significant portion of their profits ill Alberta to locate their head offices here or have a larger segment of their administrative, research, computer xor other service functions located in Alberta; encourage agricultural production to be processed in Alberta and indireactly strengthen the family farm; encourage balanced economic growth throughout the province; tend to increase provincial control of business operating in the province. "In particular, it could encourage Alberta companies to sell shares to Albertans to the extent practical to do provide a tool to manage growth opportunities so that the qualify of life in Alberta will be preserved- and improved. The disadvantages of the system? The premier listed three in his announcement: companies will have to prepare to separate tax returns. For large concerns, Mr. Lougheed said the cost would be negligible. For small firms, the province Will consider a special deduction; creation of a "tax jungle" and a crippling of the federal government in its management of national fiscal policy. The premier said similar moves by Quebec in 1947 and Ontario in 1957 did not encourage other provinces to follow suit. Nor would the province's opting out change Ottawa's "present occupancy" of the corporate tax field; collecting the tax would involve the province in additional administration costs. Mr. Lougheed claimed that cost would be leas than two-per-cent of the total collected. It woald be paid many times over by increased taxes from inter-provincial pipeline companies. STREAKER GRABS LIZ'S BREATH LOS ANGELES (Rooter) With Just a few minutes to ge before he tost his chance, a streaker dashed naked across the stage at the Academy Awards presentation Tuesday night. Actor David Niven, who was playing host for the last part of the show, dismissed the act, saying the young man could only get on the stage off and showing his shortcomti Elisabeth Taylor was en next to present the award Jor beet picture. "That's a pretty hard act to she said. She stumbled a bit over her presentation words and said the streaker was the cause of her breathlensness. "That really upset she said. "Maybe I'm jealous." See ether story Page S.