Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
3O THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April 7, 1973 Helper Anna St. of Emeryville, Ont., can> sling those bricks or handle any other work as competently as the men on the job. She works for her father, Maurice St. John, in his construction business. Emeryville is 15 miles east of Windsor. Sense of humor helps young MP By STEWART MaCLEOD f OTTAWA (CP; Since he was elected to Parliament at age 20, Sean O'Sullivan has j been watched closely to seej whether he would start taking j himself too seriously. After all, a reporter on a campus news- paper once described him as "the only guy I know born with on." No one watches for that any longer. He might still be too young to rent a car. and at least one parliamentary guard still questions him about his Identity, but no one ever ac- i cuses him of losing his sense of I humor. QUALITY DRY CLEANING BY THE LOAD 8-lbs. (Normal Garments) PRE-SPOTTED AFTER-SPOTTED By Our Attendant PARKSIDE COIN-OP LAUNDRY DRY CLEAN Deify Sam. 2654 South Porksidc Drive Phone 327-0811 "The real he "is fighting off people who take i me too seriously." He doesn't look quite comfort- able sitting behind that wide walnut desk in his spacious, carpeted office, sifting off pa- pers to two secretaries, and silently groaning at the thought of another story being written about his youthfulness. "I know the job is he was saying, "but if I ever began taking myself too se- riously, I'd be in real trouble." "Can I get you a coke or Now 21, he is no ordinary rookie MP. For 18 months prior to his election last October he was executive assistant to John Diefenbaker. and if that's not an effective training ground for an up-and-coming MP, nothing is. MENTOK PROUD "He's going to be a good one." the former prime minis- ter says about the youthful member from Hamilton-Wen- tworth. He calls him "young Sean." And in turn. Sean says Mr. Diefenbaker is "the best parlia- mentarian around." After Finance Minister John Turner presented his budget in February, the young Con- servative MP collected extra copies and sent them to every bank manager in his riding. Some MPs were amazed that a rookie thought of this. "Mr. Diefenbaker did this all the he says. Sean has been interested in politics as long as be can re- member, but it wasn't until he reached tbe ripe old age of 11 that he look an actoe part Then, in J9fi3, be sent Mr. Die- a telegram saying. A year birr. Mr. visilinc Hamilton, asked abr.ui ynrjne Scan, aad spent an bffljr 1a3kinc with him. By the time be was H. he was a mem- Ixr of the Young Progressive Co-scrvatives, and he was in Oltewa beading the "Youth for Dicf Committee" when the ptrty railed a leadership con- vention Jn He was beside the at 1bc 13K7 leadership com'entaon in T'tronln. .and was in Prince workirc witfi Mr. Dio- in bis executive assistant 1071. >va> a fantastic ex- only '.he pariia- 7Tif.7rl.ary end of it. hut. the con- I probably .-erjr.-.e'J rr.'.-r- row? thin in anv J tcrs office." Rivard affair instigator after Liberals again OTTAWA (CP) Erie Niel- sen, the Conservative MP who launched the Lucien Rivard af- fair that rocked the Pearson government seven years ago, is after the Liberal government again. This time the member from the Yukon says that what amounts to a state police force operating in secret is growing in government, a force that he says both parallels and sub- verts the RCMP. Despite firm and reported de- nials from government, Mr. Nielsen says this force ac- tually an inter-relationship of several government agencies conducts criminal and security investigations into individuals and groups, perhaps public ser- vants and MPs.< The Yukon lawyer said in an interview Wednesday that something created in the panic of the 1970 FLQ crisis in Que- bec has expanded to an extent that it would trouble the public if the pubic was aware of it. He said this is happening when Canada has a highly com- petent and sophisticated RCMP finest in the world capa- ble and designed to act as the country's security watchdog. PAINTS PICTURES Through statements outside the Commons and through the clear implications of questions he has submitted on the Com- mons order paper, he paints a picture of a variety of security agencies in government acting in co-operation and conjunction with each other. The staffs of these agencies include former or active mem- bers of the military or the RCMP. Acting under no man- date from Parliament, they are subject to political pressure, perhaps from as far down the line as defeated Liberal elec- tion candidates. Investigations are done, he says, for manpower and in con- nection with local initiatives and Opportunities-for-Youth grant applications- Mr. Nielsen in making the charges is jumping back into the spotlight he first occupied in 1966 during the Rivard af- fair. In November, 1966, he charged in the Commons that an executive assistant named Raymond Denis had sought to bribe a lawyer seeking the ex- tradition of Lucien Rivard, charged with drug trafficking in the U.S. He said Denis offered lawyer Pierre Lamontagne, counsel for the United Sates, if he would consent to a lower bail than was being asked for Riv- ard. The disclosure resulted in an investigation that rocked the Liberal government of Lester Pearson. 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