Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday. April 19, 1874 THE LETHBRIDGE HfcMALU OTTAWA (CP) Party faithful defeated in elections have been a problem for governments almost since Con- federation. What do you do with them? One answer is to find them government jobs. Conservative Tom Cossitt despite the fact that patronage is a fixture of politics almost everywhere, says it's reprehensible. His stand against it, vhich began shortly after h election in October, 19V, must be especially gall to the minority Lib I government beca vlr. Cossitt is a form Liberal party execui e. He left in January, i972, because of a dispute over some of Prime Minister Trudeau's policies. "This is so blatantly, ob- viously he said in an interview yesterday after learning that 16 Liberals defeated in the October, 1972, general election were hired for government positions some paying up to a year. He a'dmitted there is a long history of this, even under Conservative governments "But just because it has happened in the past doesn't make it right. Even if someone's a good Conservative, it doesn't mean they'll be a good judge or a good assistant to a minjster." "It isn't right that people rejected by the voters should be able to find a niche in the public service." The list of names released yesterday includes prominent Liberals. Probably the most Political patronage rampant prominent is Pat Mahoney, now a judge of the Federal Court of Canada trial division at a year. First elected in 1968, he was upset by Conservative Peter Bawden in Calgary South by a margin. An income tax reformist and lawyer, he was parliamentary secretary to then-finance minister Edgar Benson, before being appointed a minister without portfolio. For seven months in 1973, Mr. Mahoney was on contract to the government at between and a month to provide assistance for the three- day Western Economic Opportunities Conference in Calgary last July. Only one other Liberal loser is making as much as Mr. Justice Mahoney Forest, a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec. Elected in 1963 and re- elected twice, Mr. Justice Forest was a justice committee chairman and parliamentary secretary to the Privy Council president. He lost by votes to Conservative Heward Grafftey, who had been an MP from 1958 to 1968. Another notable is Peter C. Connolly, an executive assistant to Consumer Affairs Minister Herb Gray and earning at least a year. Defeated by New Democrat incumbent Ed Broadbent in Oshawa Whitby, he is the son of Liberal Senator John Connolly. Grant Deachman, who represented Vancouver Quadra for more than nine years, eventually was upset by Conservative Bill Clarke. He has been appointed to the Tariff Board at an annual salary of between and OTHERS LISTED The other defeated Liberals appointed to government jobs were: Gervis Black, special assistant to Transport Minister Jean Marchand for 11 months until his resignation last November, and a 1972 opponent of Mr. Cossitt. Borrie, special assistant to Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford for less than four months at between and a candidate in Prince George Peace River. Russell C. Honey, county court judge in Ontario at a year, former MP for Northumberland Durham, a lawyer. Kaplan, foreign investment consultant to the industry, trade and commerce department at for each working day to a maximum of termer MP lor Don Valley, a lawyer. Leith, special assistant to Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan earning at least a year, a former Saskatchewan Liberal MLA who contested Swift Current Maple Creek. Murray McBrlde, exi'ruiive assistant to Postmaster General Andre Ouellet earning at least a year, former Lanark Renfrew Carleton MP, another clergyman. Terry McGrath, special assistant to Solicitor General Warren Allmand for nine months ending last September, an economist defeated by Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield, the incumbent in Halifax. O'Connell, principal secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau at between and a year, former Scarborough East MP, a PhD in political economics. Ervin Pringle, agriculture industry consultant to Mr. Whelan for one year earning former Fraser Valley East MP, an expert on agricultural production. Roberts, program secretary to the Prime Minister's and privy council offices for six months, former York Simcoe MP, a one-time foreign service officer. Sonnevald, part- time member of the Canadian Livestock Feed Boaard at a day spent on board business, a candidate in Lambton Kent, a farmer. Dickie expresses surprise EDMONTON (CP) Alberta Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie said Thursday he was surprised by a1 suggestion in Ottawa Wednesday that Alberta reconsider its recent increase in the field price of natural gas. In a policy statement several months ago, the federal government said explictly that Alberta natural gas was under-priced, said the cabinet minister. In federal provincial consultations. Ottawa also felt Alberta gas should be priced higher, he said. "I think they're really looking for a mechanism for natural gas price consultation." Mr. Dickie said Alberta is prepared to consult at any time, "but the federal government must appreciate that the recent natural gas field price increase was arrived at by arbitration." The cabinet minister also said Ottawa apparently favors Alberta's proposal to tie the price of natural gas to that of a comparable fuel, primarily heating oil, but the government did not discuss how the price would be set If Alberta's natural gas field prices were tied to the international fuel-oil price, it would cost more than per cubic feet, he said. If tied to the current price of a barrel, the arbitration award of 60 cents per cubic feet would be low, said Mr. Dickie. Lending rate hiked TORONTO (CP) Canada's chartered banks moved Monday to increase their prime lending rates following a central bank decision to raise the bank rate in an effort to control money supply and inflation. The increases by the char- tered banks ranged from one- half to a full percentage point, lifting the rate they charge their most credit-worthy cus- tomers to 10 and 10.5 per cent. Britons dream of oil Douglas Peters, chief economist with Toronto Dominion Bank, said in an interview the central bank's action "is an effective signal that the authorities are going to pursue tougher anti- inflation policies." The chartered banks that adjusted their prime rate an- nounced no change in consumer loans, keeping them at 12.5 per cent. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE SATURDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge...... 69 41 Pincher Creek 66 33 Medicine Hat 75 46 Edmonton 48 28" Grande Prairie 49 29 Banff........... 54 33 Calgary......... 64 29 Victoria 58 35 Penticton.....'.. 67 38 Prince George 47 30 Kamloops....... 65 45 Vancouver...... 56 43 Saskatoon....... 59 41 .03 Regina 56 36 Winnipeg 54 39 Toronto .......52 26 Ottawa......... 45 25 Montreal 35 6 St. John's....... 50 37 Halifax........ 53 32 Charlottetown 64 28 Fredericton..... 64 27 Chicago 63 38 New York 74 51 Miami.......... 76 74 Los Angeles..... 66 53 Las Vegas.....80 47 Phoenix 93 63 Honolulu........ 81 71 Athens ........63 54 Rome.......... 55 41 Paris........... 55 43 London......... 52 43 Berlin......... 34 Amsterdam..... 57 48 Moscow 41 34 Stockholm 43 30 Tokyo.......... 64 55 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Calgary Mostly sunny today and tomorrow. Highs near 60. Lows near 35. Columbia Koptenay Today cloudy with sunny periods. A few afternoon showers. Saturday sunny wi.th a few afternoon cloudy periods. Highs today and Saturday 55 to 60, lotts tonight 30 to 35. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Scattered showers and a few afternoon thunderstorms today. Cooler west portion. Colder tonight and Saturday with rain most of south central and southeast as northerly winds increase. Snow likely over mountains and foothills. Scattered showers continuing elsewhere. Highs today 55 to 65 west 65 to 75 east. Lows tonight 30 to 40. Highs Saturday 45 to 55. West of Continental Divide Cloudy with widely scattered showers today and Saturday. Cooler. Highs both days 55 to 65. Lows tonight 30s. LONDON (AP) For the first time since the Second World War, British politicians are dreaming of a future that will be free of economic woes. This is the way they envision it: By the end of the decade Britain will get enough oil from the North Sea to meet its own needs and have more left over to sell abroad. The country's foreign trade deficit, the source of much of its financial troubles since the war, will give way to profit. The battered pound will strengthen. One senior cabinet minister told reporters privately that the party which wins the next election is likely to stay in power for 15 or 20 years because it will be in power when the oil starts flooding in. Such is the stuff of political dreams. Reality might be harsher. Not a drop of North Sea oil has yet reached British shores. Production schedules already are a year behind, and there are tremendous financial problems. The industry estimates the investment needed to bring in North Sea oil will cost billion or more. To make this worthwhile, oil companies will demand assurance of adequate profits. But they face a threat from Prime Minister Harold Wilson's new Labor party government to nationalize North Sea oil. Former Conservative prime minister Edward Heath has warned that nationalization of North Sea oil interests, mainly American, would be a disaster for Britain. In return, the United States might nationalize British Petroleum's major share of Alaskan oil. In short, the promise of a North Sea oil bonanza for Brit- ain must still overcome the reality of economic, technical and political problems. All that is sure now is the potential. The oil is there. It is only 3Vz years since British Petroleum first proved the existence of major oil reserves in the British sector of the North Sea, a string of "fields" stretching over 400 miles between Scotland and Norway. Interest rate on income tax refunds brought into line OTTAWA (CP) The government is going'to start paying as much interest on income tax refunds as it charges for overdue tax payments, Revenue Minister Robert Stanbury announced Thursday. The rate of interest on refunds owed to taxpayers by the gov- ernment after the April 30 income tax filing deadline had been three per cent a while the rate charged by the government on tax arrears was six per cent. Both will be six per cent, effective May 1, the announcement said. "The interest the government pays on refunds to taxpayers now will be the same rate as citizens pay when they owe in- come taxes beyond the due date. It seems to me only fair that the two rates be brought into Mr. Stanbury said. He said pending amendments to the Canada Pension Plan and the Unemployment Insurance Act also will provide a six-per- cent interest rate to taxpayers on refunds of overpayments of pension and unemployment contributions. ROYHINATSU Casey Vandenbrmk. President and General Manager of Foreign Car (Lethbridge) Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Roy Hmatsu as Vice President and Sales Consultant with our firm. 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