Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Alberta pushes natural gas interests on two fronts EDMONTON fCP) Alberta is pushing its natural gas inter- ests on two fronts, calling for a constitutional change k> give the provinces a voice in export policies and telling Ontario it won't delay its push for higher gas prices. Both developments came Wednesday as Ontario Premier William Davis flew home, from Alberta after warning the gov- ernment that too much of a gas price increase would hurt the whole Canadian economy. Premier Peter Lougheed re- sponded by saying Alberta's plan to increase the pricjp of natural gas will be "a positive measure in spreading dustrial development through- cut our nation." With more revenue from nat- ural gas, Alberta will be able to attract more industries, remov- ing some of the inequalities be- tween the industrial base in the East and the relatively-undeve- loped West, be said. A few hours later, in a major policy statement, the Alberta government called for a "new direction in federal-provincial relations" through a restructur- ing- of the national energy board. The change proposed in the legislature by Bill Dickie, min- ister of mines and minerals, would give other energy-producing direct voice in export policies for oil and gas. Provinces have been given ju- risdiction' over the minera's, oil and gas within their territories, but the federal government re- tains exclusive rights to set ex- port policies under the Con- stitution, NEEDS MORE THOUGHT "The constitutional problem of delegation of power would re- quire further consideration." Mr. Dickie said. "One could foresee the energy requirement as a blueprint for a section of a new Canadian .Constitution-" In the past, the federal gov- ernment has not been, anxious to relinquish its right to control export policy. Soon after Pre- mier Lougheed's Progressive Conservatives upset Social Credit in the 1971 provincial election, Premier Lougheed sought federal permission to station an Alberta representa- tive in Washington, D.C., so the province could at least be an "observer" at U.S.-Canada energy talks. The federal government re- jected Alberta's proposal. Basically, Mr. Dickie's new plan proposes that decisions on the export of energy be made jointly by the federal and pro- vincial governments. The revamped national energy the minis- ter suggested might be called the energy export make recommendations to the federal and provincial govern- ment on applications to export energy. Alberta has shown no love for the national energy board since a November, 1971, decision when the board restricted fur- ther exports of natural gas to maintain reserves for domestic requirements. Mr. Dickie said the revamped board would draw its authority from an energy agreement signed by the federal govern- ment and the provinces with energy to export- The board members would be appointed jointly by the governments that signed the agreement. The tethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Irrigation water rationing looms IMPRISONED BALLARD GIVEN 3-DAY PASS KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) Harold Ballard, president of To- ronto Maple Leaf Gardens, was granted a temporary pass from the Millbaven TnitiinriiiTn secur- ity institute Wednesday. William Weaver, warden, said today that Ballard's application for a three-day pass was ap- proved by a temporary absence board composed of prison offi- cials. Ballard was sentenced in To- ronto Oct. 20 to two concurrent three-year jail tenns for fraud and theft involving from the Gardens. Federal prisoners may apply for a temporary absence pass six months after they enter prison. As of' April 20, Ballard will have been in prison the re- quired six months. By RIC SWJHART Herald Staff Writer Irrigation water may have to be carefully rationed this spring and summer as moisture prospects in Southwestern Alberta are similar to what they were in dry 1930s. Above normal amounts of precipitation a late spring snow or considerable spring rains are urgent- ly needed, say officials of the Lethbridge Northern Irri- HAROLD BALLARD Daffodil Days "from me to you dozen daffodils. Transport driver Lee Turnbull hands over the daffodils to cancercampaign volunteer Mrs. Bob Matson, following a long drive from Vancouver. As part of the Lethbridge cancer fund drive, daffodils will be sold in all shopping areas and banks today, Friday, and Saturday. The annual Daffodil Days drive is handled on behalf of the Cancer Society by the Maple Leaf and Laurel Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star. MPs may get extra By STEWART MacLEOD Canadian Press Staff Writer OTTAWA There are quret, behind-the-scenes negotiations going on that may give members of Par- liment an additional a year to maintain offices and a secretary in their ridings. But unless there is near-unamujity on the issue, it is unlikely to be ap- proved. JFPs learned about the sensitivity of public opinion on this question when the lest salary increases were passed in 1970. At that time the basic MP's salary was increased to a year from S12.000 and the tax-free allow- ance went up to from There, was a good deal of public criticism about the members voting themselves such an increase. And 'there was some bit- terness between MPs who approved cf the higher sal- aries and those who cublicly criticized them. In the current inter-party discussions, sources say the proposal is being passed around as a "tentative suggestion" until the reaction of most MPs is known. The members, in turn, are concerned about public reaction. One said he did net think the public would react as it did before to salary increases. "This is money that would be spent on behalf of our constituents, keeping them better informed, and giving them art office they can come to. It's not like money in cur pockets." Allowances for constituency offices were recom- mended by a three-man outside comittee headed by T. N. Beaupre. president of Domtar Ltd., which studied MPs" salaries prior to issuing a 1970 report. Pipeline obstacles tackled SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) President Nixon was to confer today with Interior Sec- retary Rogers C. B. Morton on legislation to remove a major obstacle to construction of the controversial Alaska oil pipe- line. The president's conference with Morton at the Western White House will centre on two pieces of administration-backed legislation Nixon wants Con- gress to act upon quickly. Hanoi aid bill tested Work schedules ruining their love lives LONDON (AP) British Overseas Airways Corp. cabin stewards and hostesses struck fcr three hours at London air- port today to protest "night- duty rosters they claim are ruining their love lives. Hostesses and stewards also are angered by BOAC's emer- gency 12-hour standby system for cabin crews which they say often forces them to cancel dates and parties. Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets.. Sports Thsatrcs 7 TV...........fi Weather........2 Youth 17 24-27 22 4, 5 3, 20 18. 39 13, 14 23 30-12 been a meat boycott, LOW TONIGHT 25. Pass it HIGH FRIDAY M: CLOUDY Jupiter probe scheduled for launch CAPE KENNEDY. Fte.