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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 9, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 i ii West loses minister in shuffle OTTAWA Western repre- sentation in the federal cabinet from the house of commons has been decreased by one minister under the re- organization of his cabinet an- nounced by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. In the last cabinet western Canada had four members from the house in its makeup. In the new cabinet there are three members from the west and one western member from the Upper House. He is Senator Ray Perrault who was named government leader in the senate. Senator Perrault replaces Jack Davis, former minister of environment and fisheries who was defeated in the July 8 election. The other western members of the cabinet are all veteran ministers who were re-appointed. They are: Ron Basford from B.C. appointed minister of na- tional revenue. He was minister of state for urban af- fairs. Mr. Basford is reported to have resisted this appoint- ment but finally was persuad- ed by the prime minister to take on the unpopular post of government tax collector. James Richardson, left in his post as defence minister, comes from Winnipeg. He threatened not to run again in the 1974 election if the govern- ment did not convince Air Canada that it should provide more overhaul and maintenance work for Win- nipeg's air maintenance base and won his point. Otto Lang, minister of justice, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan left in that im- portant portfolio by the prime minister. He also retains the responsibility for the Wheat Board. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan has been suggesting that the Wheat Board be transferred to agriculture, but without success. Senator Perrault becomes senior minister in the British Columbia caucus. Alberta lacks any representation in the cabinet. There are no members of the commons on the government side elected from that province and consequently no members from which the prime minister could choose a cabinet minister. Mr. Trudeau was asked by The Herald at his press con- ference Thursday if he had considered naming an Alberta senator to a cabinet post to give Alberta representation. The prime minister's reply was terse and non-committal. He said: "That thought has been put to me several times." The appointment of Madame Jeanne Sauve as minister of environment brought the question from a Vancouver correspondent if there was not conflict of interest involved? It was pointed out to the prime minister that her husband Maurice Sauve is a vice presi- dent of Consolidate Bathurst, Royal visit Queen Alia of Jordan visits with David Grenier, 7, at a children's hospital in Ottawa. The Queen ac- companied her husband, King Hussien to Ottawa, where he held talks with Prime Minister Trudeau and External Affairs Minister Sharp. The couple flew to Vancouver Thursday. Gunderson critical of provincial board Trudeau's strange idea disputed CALGARY (CP) Harald Gunderson. president of the Alberta School Trustees Association, charged Thursday that the provincial school buildings board "has become all-powerful and has lost touch with reality The board, which advises the government how much money it should spend subsidizing new school construction in the province, is eroding the autonomy of the school trustees, he said in an interview. Mr. Gunderson. also chairman of the Calgary Board of Education, said the government should increase its level of support for new school construction. The current level of support, at 50 to per square foot, is inadequate. Due to inflation, the cost now is more than 50 per square foot of new school building. Mr Gunderson was in Edmonton for talks with Education Minister Lou Hyndman. He said he presented Mr. Hyndman a list of suggestions regarding tne school buildings board. OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau did his best Thursday to persuade all con- cerned that it is no disagrace to be dumped from cabinet. He couldn't convince many reporters. He couldn't even convince many of his own cabinet, apparently. Those who were lost in the wholesale perhaps, Sen. Paul Martin who asked to leave his post as government leader in the tried to put on a brave front after the an- nouncement that they were dropped from cabinet, but some of the disappointment showed through. Even some ministers who were "moved laterally" (read demoted) or denied posts which they thought they had earned, privately disputed Trudeau's strange theory that to be disgraced by dismissal is no disgrace. The prime minister contended at his press conference after his new cabinet was sworn in at Government House that ministers can be removed in the U.S. and Britain without suffering any embari ansment Canadians, he declared, have to realize "that able men and women are not destroyed" simply because they leave cabinet. He likened his cabinet shuf- fle to the system of "rotation" which he had already in- troduced for parliamentary secretaries, deputy ministers and heads of government agencies. "I have long wanted to in- troduce flexibility into the prime minister stated. Some members of his own cabinet later said that the the- ory of rotation of ministers may be all right as theory, but when put into practice can be painful for those affected and perhaps damaging to the par- ty in the long run. "It may be good said one minister, "but I hope the constituents recognize it." Many of the five ministers dropped from cabinet Thurs- day campaigned on the basis that they were members of cabinet with all the prestige and influence which that im- plied to benefit their ridings. Exactly one month after they voted for these men they learned Thursday that the prestige and influence of their MP had gone. Trudeau bluntly stated that the voters should be "in- formed" that they are voting for MP's, not for a minister, a speaker or "a deputy clerk in the House of Commons." The dismissed minister who allowed his disappointment to show through most clearly was Herb Gray, who has sat in the Commons since 1962 and who has been in cabinet, most recently as consumer affairs minister, since 1969 Hard on the heels of Trudeau's announcement of his cabinet changes, came a statement from Gray express- ing his sense of honor to have served in cabinet and listing in detail all the bills he had piloted through the House, new safety regulations he had proclaimed affecting everything from hocky helmets to children's car new legislation he was working on. His message was clear: "After all I have done for him, look what that S.O.B. has done to me." Gray may not have had much perhaps, a failing of all the other ministers dis- he was ac- knowledged by his cabinet col- leagues as a hard worker. They seemed concerned at the ease with which the prime minister dropped such a minister. Trudeau, for his part, didn't try to soften the blow: "We (he and Gray) had talks together and he discuss- ed his future with me and I and he agreed that this was the appropriate time to have a shuffle which involved him. I think it's fair to say this of all of them which has forestry interests. Mr. Trudeau said no conflict of interest was involved. He said when his government drew up the conflict of interest regulations it was made quite clear that a hus- band was not expected to run or interfere with his wife's business affairs and vice ver- sa. He indicated that it was up to the minister to ensure that no member of her or his fami- ly benefitted from their posi- tion in the cabinet. The appointment of Clifford Mclsaac newly elected MP from Battleford Kmdefsley in Saskatchewan to the cabinet had been widely rumoured on parliament hill. But it did not materialize. Mr. Tudeau obviously de- cided that Mr. Mclsaac should get experience in the house of commons before he was given the responsibility of a post in the cabinet. The size of the cabinet has now been reduced by two. It was 31 and is now dropped to 29 ministers. Mr. Trudeau in- dicated that next year he may again shuffle his cabinet at which time he may add one or two ministers. Ontario has one less minister. Quebec has 11 members of the cabinet including the prime minister while Ontario has 10. Three of Quebec's representatives in the cabinet received major promotions. Quebec ministers promoted included Jean Chretien who now occupies the powerful and influential position of presi- dent of the treasury board. That is a job that scans the spending of each department and decides whether or not proposed new expenditures are warranted. The job was formerly held by Bud Drury an English speaking MP from Montreal Mr. Drury has been moved out of that key position to the portfolio of science, technology and public works. He can be expected in the next three or four years to be call- ed to the senate, before the next election. He is a veteran member of the cabinet. Madame Sauve moves up to minister of environment from minister of state for science and technology. It has been expected that Mr Trudeau might name a second woman to his cabinet but he decided against this move Health and Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde has been given the added responsibility of handl- ing problems regarding the status of women. Postmaster General Andre Ouellet has been promoted to the sensitive portfolio of con- sumer and corporate affairs. This job was held by Herb Gray MP from Windsor in the last cabinet. He was not nam- ed to the cabinet in this shuffle. Five ministers were dropped from the cabinet. They are Mr. Gray: Stanley Haidasz who was minister of state responsible for mul- ticulturalism (John Munro, labour minister, now has mul- ticulturahsm as an added responsibility) Kobert Stanbury was dropped from the cabinet.He was national revenue minister. He like Mr. Haidasz represents a Toronto con- stituency Jean-Eudes Dube. former minister of public works was left out of the reorganized cabinet. Paul Martin as leader of the government in the senate was a member of the former cabinet Now he has relinquished that post to Sen Perrault. He no longer sits in the cabinet Mr. Trudeau said he has a responsible and important government post in the government servce waiting for Senator Martin, who had resigned as government leader in the upper house. SAND gravel ASPHALT iTOLLESTRUPj SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. PHONE 328-8196 Si PRICES EFFECTIVE TO SAT. CLOSING AUG. 10 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES. GOLDEN RIPE BANANAS NALLYS BRAND 48 fl. oz. jar WHOLE DILLS Polski. 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