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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Laskin appointment 'pressured West Into accepting oil deal' OTTAWA (CP) An Alberta Conservative MP charged Tuesday that an Albertan was de- nied the position of chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada because the federal government was afraid of a possible legal battle over oil jurisdiction. Jack Homer (Crowfoot) said in the Commons the appointment of Bora Laskin of Ontario to the position last Dec. 28 was made by Prime Minister Trudeau to load the court against the West. "We in the West saw what Trudeau did to the Supreme Court of Canada a short time ago. The logical choice was Martland from Alberta." Mr. Justice Ronald Martland was the senior man and obvious choice to head the court when the appointment was made, Mr. Homer said. "But he (Mr. Trudeau) chose his own man, a junior, to load the Supreme Court against Western Canada." Mr. Horner said the appointment may have influenced the decision of Alberta and Sas- katchewan to agree to the oil-price pact at last month's federal-provincial energy conference. He said Ottawa had been ready to use the British North America Act to fix the domestic oil price and the producing provinces gave in rather than become embroiled in lengthy legal disputes already weighted against them. The federal-provincial agreement was a triumph of eastern interests over the aspirations of Western Canada, with Ottawa forcing Alberta and Saskatchewan to come to terms, he said. "Western Canada was led by the ear to the woodshed once again by Eastern Canada. Why did Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed say 16.50 a barrel was the best deal possible? "It's quite simple. We know what happened in the woodshed; the wood was put to the provinces." He warned that the tables may be turned some day. "When children become of age, they may retaliate and you may rue the day you took them to the woodshed." x Mr. Homer's comments came during second- reading debate of the government's oil-price bill to implement the March 27 agreement. Later, the bill received approval in principle and was sent to committee for detailed study. The bill would extend the crude oil export tax and set the wellhead price of domestic crude oil at 16.50 a barrel for the next 15 months. It also would continue, the subsidy to eastern consumers to offset the higher cost of imported oil used in and east of the Ottawa Valley. In addition to continuing the export tax, it would expand the tax to cover other petroleum products to be specified by regulation Previously, only crude oil itself was covered by the tax. Exports of refined products including gasoline and heating oil to the United States would total about barrels a day. Mr. Horner said the bill represents a bid by Ottawa to "take absolute control of the oil resources of the provinces." BILL GROENEN photo Easier goodies Robin McPhee demonstrates the proper way to paint Easter eggs if you have 17 kids Getting the basic color on is relatively the designs that are tricky. Mr McPhee is just fooling, of course. He is an employee of Southalta Produce which wholesales eggs. Jet aircraft resume Vancouver touchdown VANCOUVER (CP) Jet aircraft were to begin flying in and out of Vancouver Inter- national Airport today for the first time since Friday', with supervisory personnel manning the trucks of striking airport firemen The ministry of transport said Tuesday the airport will be open from noon until 6 p.m. today, and then from 10 a.m. to 6 p m starting Thursday Only the biggest jets DC-8s. 707s, 747s and the Lockheed 1011 will still be prohibited from landing or taking off The emergency services Wilson facing Yard questions LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson may be questioned by Scotland Yard detectives investigating the forgery of his signature in a land speculation deal on which members of his staff allegedly made big profits. Cmdr Bob Huntley. the Yard chief in charge of the case, told reporters Tuesday night there is a "strong possibility" he will see Wilson soon. He will question Wilson's private secretary, Marcia Williams, and her brother, Tony Field, a former Wilson aide, later this week, he said. Both figure prominently in the controversial deal that has led to a political storm since British newspapers broke the story last week. Field has admitted making a 1110.000 profit on the land in northern England he bought in 1967. He cleared it of piles of waste material from coal mines and sold it for industrial development. He said Mrs. Williams had a stake in the deal YARD STEPS IN There has been no suggestion the deal was illegal or that Wilson was personally implicated, but Scotland Yard stepped in following press allegations a letter bearing Wilson's forged signature promoting the deal was involved. The controversy has proved politically damaging for Wilson, whose Labor party has campaigned for years against the huge profits made by speculators on real estate. will permit unlimited operation of such aircraft as the DC-9 and the Boeing 737, and restricted operation of the heavier 727 Air Canada, CP Air and Pa- cific Western Airlines an- nounced an immediate resumption of flights, including service to Toronto and Montreal by CP Air. The 36 Vancouver airport firemen, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada walked off the job at 8 a m. last Friday in a protest over wages They seek parity with Vancouver municipal firemen, who are paid a year, more than the airport men The Vancouver firemen de- clined comment on the planned resumption today of airport operations with the use of supervisors. Herald Good Friday The Herald will not publish Good Friday, April 12 Regular editions will be published Saturday. Herald display advertisers are reminded that advertisements to appear Tuesday, April 16, must be received by Thursday. Classified advertisements received by 3 p m Thursday will appear Saturday. The LetKbridae Herald VOL. LXVII 100 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 1974 10 Cents 44 Pages Alberta penny-pinchers must travel Huge price spread shown By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Lethbndge has gained the dubious distinction of having some of the highest rents in Alberta, according to a survey by the department of consumer affairs which also revealed some enormous price differences around the province. In its first province-wide survey conducted with the help of the department of agriculture, the consumer affairs people monitored primarily food prices in 23 centres. But some of the startling findings were in other fields A 20-inch RCA color portable television set sold for in Olds compared with in Red Deer only a short distance away It cost in Lethbndge and only in Medicine Hat. But if you were shopping for a general electric, no-frost, colored, 17.6 cubic loot refrigerator in the last week of February, you would pay only in Lethbndge compared with in Medicine Hat. 'The price for the same fridge dipped as low as in Evansburg west of Edmonton, The survey showed only one centre with higher rents for a two-bedroom, walk-up suite, unfurnished except for stove and fridge, without utilities. It said the Lethbridge rent would be a month. In Edmonton it would cost and in Calgary The highest rent was in Evansburg and the lowest in Wainwright. It was also in Grande Prairie. CAR PRICES The best place to buy a new car was St. Paul northeast of Edmonton A 1974 Chevrolet Biscayne, four-door sedan with power brakes, automatic transmission, radio and V-8 engine with no trade-in would cost In Lethbridge it would cost The highest price was monitored as in Peace River a spread of from the lowest price. MIDWAY The survey showed city property taxes falling about midway of the communities surveyed. At a month, they compared with a low of a month at Fort Vermilion and a high of 70 at Peace River. It said Edmonton's taxes were only a month rompared to in Calgary. Lethbridge retained its reputation for the province's lowest bus fares At 15 cents, the fare compared with 20 cents in Medicine Hat, 25 cents in Red Deer and Edmonton and 30 cents in Calgary. This is what the survey said about monthly rents in Alberta communities: Edmonton Calgary Sherwood Park Medicine Hat Grande Prairie Wetaskiwm Vegreville Stettler Barrhead Rimby Lacombe Evansburg Olds Wainwright 50, St. Paul Drumheller Lethbridge Brooks and Peace River For prospective refrigerator buyers, this is what the survey showed as the price spread among communities: Calgary Red Deer Medicine Hat Grande Prairie Vegreville Stettler Barrhead Evansburg Olds Lloydminster Wainwright St. Paul Drumheller Lcthbridge Brooks Peace River and Vulcan The total spread in price according to these figures is on the same refrigerator. The RCA television was priced as follows according to the survey Edmonton Red Deer Medicine Hat Grande Prairie Wetaskiwm Vegreville Stettler Barrhead Rimby Lacombe Fort Vermilion Evansburg Olds Lloydminster St. Paul Drumheller Lethbridge Brooks Peace River Vulcan The total spread in price is For new car buyers, these were the dealers' asking prices- Edmonton Calgary Sherwood Park Red Deer Medicine Hat Grande Prairie Wetaskiwin Vegreville Stettler Barrhead Rimbey Lacombe Fort Vermilion Evansburg Olds Lloydminster Wainwright St Paul Drumheller Lethbridge Brooks Peace River and Vulcan COMPETITION Bob Dowling, minister of consumer affairs, said today the large price spreads do not necessarily indicate any price gouging. "They indicate to me there is competition in the market place Prices are different in different places because of free competition." He said some dealers were probably taking a loss on some items being offered as "loss leaders." Inflationary pace continues climb OTTAWA (CP) Substantial price increases for food, clothing and housing pushed living costs up another one per cent in March to continue an inflationary pace even steeper than 1973's 22- year high, Statistics Canada reported today. The latest increase, the sec- ond monthly one-per-cent rise in a row, put living costs up 10.4 per cent during the past year, higher than the 9.1-per- cent increase during 1973. Grocery prices climbed 1.5 per cent last month to stand 18.6 per cent above a year ear- lier, clothing was up 1 8 per cent for the month and 10.1 per cent for the year, housing rose eight-tenths of one per cent and was 7 5 per cent above March, 1973. In the first quarter of 1974, living costs rose at an annual rate of 11.2 per cent Most economic analysts are predicting little chance for any early easing of inflation. "Except for beef and pork quotations, which moved downwards, higher prices were registered in the latest month for all important groupings of home-consumed Statistics Canada said "Sugar and related items, together with fresh vegetables, provided the major impetus to the index rise Sugar prices climbed a further 30 per cent between February and March, thereby more than doubling in the last three months." it said Beef prices declined 1 6 per cent but still were 22 per cent above a year earlier, pork dropped 2.6 per cent to stand less than seven per cent above March, 1973, it said Restaurant prices rose 1 2 per cent in March and were up 18 6 per cent for the year The March rise in over-all living costs pushed the consumer price index up to 1608 from 159.2 in Februan and 145 7 in March 1973 The index is based on 1961 prices equalling 100 The purchasing power of the 1961 dollar equalling 100 cents now is 62 cents, down from 63 cents in February and 69 cents a year earlier. Statistics Can- ada said Liquor pickets ruled unlawful Inside Classified.....30-34 Comics............28 Comment .4 District............21 Family.....24-26 Local News___ 19, 20 Markets .........29 Sports.......... 12-14 Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather.....3 'Henry? He's just gone to the store, Mr. President. Anything I can LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGH THURS. 60; SUNNY, WINDY. EDMONTON (CP) Mr Justice D. C. McDonald of Alberta Supreme Court today granted an injunction which would end a strike of liquor store and warehouse employees that has almost dried up beer supplies in some parts of the province. The judge ruled that the strike, which started nine days ago, is unlawful and said that picketing of liquor stores and warehouses is therefore also unlawful. Bill Broad, president of the Civil Service Association which represents the strikers, said the employees will comply with the order. Everyone is likely to be back to work as soon as the members are informed, hopefully by Thursday morning, lie said Ron Neuman, attorney'for the Alberta Liquor Control Board, called the injunction decision an important precedent. "I it's really a landmark decision." he said. Peter Elliott, chairman of the liquor board, said he is not planning any action against the Civil Service Association for the picketing which was considered unlawful. "For the ordinary employee Connally bribe alleged WASHINGTON (AP) -Col- umnist Jack Anderson says former treasury secretary John Connally is under investigation by Watergate prosecutors for alleged bribery. Connally, who in recent months has addressed Republican groups and met with party leaders in more n 30 states in what may be effort to line up support for a 1976 Republican presidential bid, denied the allegation. In his column, Anderson says-, FBJ investigators assigned to the special prosecutor's office have evidence that Connally pocketed from Associ- ated Milk Producers Inc., the largest United States dairy co- operative. Anderson indicates the money changed hands in 1972, while Connally still was treasury secretary, but did not cite a specific date for the alleged transaction. Anderson quotes FBI sources as saying the was passed by a milk producers official to lobbyist Jake Jacobsen, who delivered it to Connally. Anderson says the FBI sources told him Connally re- turned the when he learned the milk co-op was being investigated in connection with contributions to Nixon's reelection campaign. Anderson says FBI agents have found that some of the bills in the bank box were not issued until after the date on which Jacobsen claimed the money was deposited and left untouched in the box. Anderson says a Connally associate has said that Jacobsen offered the as a campaign contribution for distribution to Republican candidates but that Connally turned down the offer. The columnist says that a year before the money allegedly changed hands. Connally in 1971 had met with milk producers official Robert Lilly at a Washington, D.C air terminal and assured Lilly that an increase in federal milk-price supports, sought by the milk co-op, was "in the Anderson quotes Connally as commenting on the alleged money deal: "I have told the Watergate prosecutors the truth about it, and I am going to continue to tell them the truth." Connally told the Dallas Times Herald Tuesday that "I have categorically denied re- qcived the money, and I do so today." who merely went out on the advice of the union, there was a loss of six davs Golda resigns JERUSALEM (AP) Pre- mier Golda Meir of Israel an- nounced her resignation today and said it was "irrevocable The 75-year-old premier told her Labor party she would for- mally tender her resignation at a cabinei meeting Thursday. Her dramatic move meant the certain collapse of- her frail coalition government and general elections in a few months Roster rule lo bounce new league out of Canada MONTREAL (CP) The Star says legislation will be in- troduced in the House of Com- mons calling for any profes- sional football team playing in Canada to have a roster made up of 60 per cent Canadians. This would apply to the Canadian Football League, the World Football League and the National Football League. The legislation would force Toronto Northmen of the WFL to have its roster made up of 80 per cent unlikely situation for a club playing in an American-based league. Seen and heard About town Leo Harrold telling the boys at the juvenile hockey banquet that in case they were interested, city barbers are open regularly for business Ian Paterson struggling to get air into his bagpipes at Tuesday's Vimy night banquet ;