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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Figures show Liberals iwar third-parly status By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A close look at final voting figures from last year's federal election shows that the Liberals are dan- gerously close to falling into third party status in Western Canada. In fact, Liberal orficials have to thank some voters for preventing that humiliating dis- aster from happening to them last Oct. 30th. That was the slim lead they had over the combined votes of the New Democratic Party. The Progressive Con- servatives picked up a total of votes in British Colum- bia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Mannitoba. The Liberals total was The NDP harvest- ed Tianslate into seats, those votes gave the Progressive Con- servatives 42 Western seats, the NDP 19 and the ruling Liberals a scant seven. The diminishing influence of the Liberal party in the West caused respected, energetic and hardworking MPs like E.B. Os- ier, who won Winnipeg South Centre, Man., by a majority in 1968. to be rejected in favor of Conservative Dan McKenzie, and former cabinet minister Pat Mahoney to be ,swamped out of Calgary South, Alta.. by political newccmsr Pe- Bawden who chalked up a sfaggering majority over his Liberal opponent. What shook the Liberals about those election nisht re- sults in Western Canada was that they were blissfully una- ware of the the country. Oct. 30th, knew the party was going to do poorly in the West. Conservatives don't believe him. Joe Clark, for instance, the Conservative who defeated Liberal incumbent Allan Sulatycky in Rocky Mountain, Alta., constituency, has said he believes Mr. Williams was just as ignorant of the outcome as almost every other Libra! in the West. Mr. Sulatycky, by the way, was another very popular and engaging Western Liberal liked by persons in Ottawa from all parties. Liberals who speak frankly about the Western disaster blame the party's decline in the four provinces almost totally on the "insensitivity" of Mr. Trudeau. Examples: abortive plan to change the image of the Royal Cana- dian Mounted Police. Mr. Trudeau failed to understand the attachment and love West- erners have for the RCMP and so let his officials go ahead with plans that would effectively wipe out the internationally known symbol RCMP and re- place it with something resem- bling Police Canada, just like Statistics Canada or Informa- tion Canada. Dief says Parliament is puppet of gov't OTTAWA (CP) Most ap- pear to agree that this Parlia- ment, despite the minority si.uation, precarious has bs-an turnsoil sweeping Just days before Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's West- ern 'experts' were predicting a generally dull. And the MP who has seen more sessions than any otter, John Diefenbaker, goes even further. "It's a he says. Under gradually-revised rules, he says, Parliament is becoming "a puppet of the gov- ernment." And so far as the daily 40-minule question period is concerned, "it has become a nullity." While the former Con- servative prime minister is careful not to say anything about his colleagues, there is every indication that he is less than ecstatic over the way op- position MPs are handling the question period. 40 minutes has sinroly j tors to place government views before the people." healthy majority government become a field day for minis- f or their leader. Some people, of course, say thev saw disaster coming. Blair Williams, now national director at a lower he says, shak for the Liberals in Ottawa and j ing his head. previously the man who ran the PRAISES SPEAKER "Parliament has nevsr and agrumentative questions are ruled out of order. As a re- sult, he says, the question pe- riod, that traditionally has pro- vided the most exciting politics of Parliament, has lost most of its sting. "It wasn't like that when I was prime minister and I faced the Pearsons, Martins, Chev- riers and Piekersgilis. But you didn't hear me complain. Par- liament was alive." Mr. Diefersbaker offers a remedy and, not surprisingly, it is based on the British system. There, ministers are given ad- vance notice of all but the most urgent questions, and when they reply in Parliament, all Hell is allowed to break loose in the supplementary questions that follow. The ministers have had an opportunity to do some homework on the subject. Here, subjects often pop up accidentally and, because there ;s no warning, ministers can de- Tight squeeze Monday, April 30, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HZRAlD Nixon seeks tax reform Both commercial fishbocts and pleasure craft cram into near Vancouver's Burrard bridge. A new marina is planned the present marina on the city's False Creek. __________ hard-to-find marina space for this fail just down from Sugar prices may decline A sure way to get a sour re- action from the sugar refining drink bottlers, food canners industry is to mention parlia- Sugar is an bsen fuse issues by promising to look into the matter. Oct. 30th party campaign for the the Grits failed to win even a single The 33-year veteran of Parlia- ment says Speaker Lucien La- mcureux does an outstanding claims that a of upholding the rules, but of weeks before voting day he 1 in doing so most controversial weight. SMALL AT BIRTH An about adult opossum weighs times its birth mentary investigations of soar- j gredient in ing food prices. candy makers, and the like. important in- WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Nixon administration unveiled today a tax-reform that would tighten to "remove the spectacle of high- income taxpayers who pay no tax by parlaying tax deductions and exclusions." One proposal would establish a minimum taxable income. An- other would limit what the ad- ministration called "artificial accounting losses." The package also v.ould pro- vide property-tax relief for the elderly, an investment tax credit for oil and gas explor- ation to meet the energy crisis, and a tuition credit for students in noh-public schools. Treasury Secretary Gaorge P. Shultz presented the adminis- tration's long-awaited tax-re- form to the United States House of Representatives ways and means committee, which isn't expected to act on it for several months. The government expects to million in tax revenue by closing the two loopholes, but would lose billion through the other changes, in- cluding million on a prop- erty-tax credit for the elderly and million on tax sim- plification. The minimuai-taxable-incoine proposal would prevent a tax- payer's exclusions and deduc- tions from offsetting more than one-half of his income. Thus, he would have to pay taxes on at least half his revenues. The limitation on artificial ac- counting losses is designed to eliminate the practice of using losses from one business activ- ity to offset earnings of another. 'Shultz, said that, if Congress approves the package, losses on i n c o m c-prcducing propo _ hencelirth could only be deduc led from future earnings on property that lost money. The loss "may not be" used offset or shelter other unrelate income of the Shult- said. The changes apply to individ- uals, except for farmers. TU., do not apply to corporations. Low-and middle-income cl derly persons would receive refundable credit for property tax payments exceeding fivi per cent of household income up to a maximum of Equivalent relief would provided for elderly renters wiih the" credit based on amount of rent assessed by landlord to pay his propartj taxes. Usually this is about per cent of rent, the adminir tration said. The tax credit for non-public school tuition would apply to per cent of tuition paid to non- prsflt schools up to a maximurr credit of a child. T credit, which would be refun- dab'e, would be phased out Ivi families earning more The proposed investmeui credit for exploratory drillinc for oil and gas is designed t: encourage domestic exploratior "for which there is critic' Shultz said. He said a driller of a new ex ploraiory well could claim seven per cent credit for his intangible drilline costs plus an allowance for logical and geophysical ez penses. There would be a, supplement- ary credit of five per against the first tax due if exploratory well is productive. one sugar the products but, refining executive moved sugar prices upward, but the experts are predicting the peak is past and substantial price declines should be evident by 1974. Refiners see themselves whipping boys for some soft- FARMERS I MERCHANTS TRUST ENDORSES "m BY INTRODUCING m NOT ONLY SHOULD WE DEVOTE EVERY EFFORT TO GIVE OUR CHLDREN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE WORLD TO LIVE IN WE SHOULD ALSO GIVE THEM A GOOD START IN LIFE BY ENCOURAGING THE SAVING HABIT NOW with o SAVINGS ACCOUNT at FARMERS MERCHANTS TRUST interest on the minimum balance monthly YOU DO YOUR PART WE WILL DO OURS -OPEN A SAVINGS ACCOUNT WITH A DEPOSIT OF OR MORE and -WE WILL DEPOSIT TO YOUR NEW SAVINGS ACCOUNT Lagging global supplies while goMto be exag-j sugar demand has been increas-. 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