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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Wodnvtday, 4, 1974 Saskatchewan party leaders warming up for election No preferential job treatment urged By GARRY FAIRBAIRN REGINA (CP) Spec- tators in the Saskatchewan legislature got a preview of the expected 1975 provincial election Tuesday as Premier Allan Blakeney and Liberal Leader Dave Steuart clashed in a free-wheeling debate The party leaders were the only speakers for the day, the second of seven for debating last week's throne speech. Mr Steuart had harsh words for the NDP gov- ernment's opposition to federal resource-tax policy and the conduct of provincial ministers in negotiations on that and other problems: "The truth is the NDP gov- ernment deliberately sabotage federal-provincial negotiations because it suits them politically to fight with the federal government. anti-reflection lens coating TAKE AWAY THE GLASSY LOOK BY REDUCING THE REFLECTIONS ON THE SURFACE OF YOUR LENSES IDEAL FOR NIGHT DRIVING Open till p.m. Monday to Saturday (Thursday till 9 p.m.) OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. 308-7th ST S LETHBRIDGE Phone 327 3609, "The normal good will that prevails even among cabinet ministers of different political parties in national conferences is not there when it comes to Saskatchewan cabinet ministers. "Show me another province that gets 40 per cent of its total revenue from the federal government and spends as much time in its throne speech whining and complain- ing and threatening the federal government." That argument, however, was rejected by Premier Bla- keney who said Saskatche- wan's receipts from Ottawa come from the tax pool into which Saskatchewan contri- butes and which pays for the federal share of a wide range of shared-cost programs. Sas- katchewan, he said, is entitled to such payments and is not receiving handouts. The premier, who spent about 40 minutes replying to Mr. Steuart's 75 minutes of arguments Tuesday and about an hour Monday, said he will deal further with federal- provincial relations when he continues his speech today. The premier characterized Mr. Steuart as a "tired, ailing and failing" leader whose glossy promises are under- mined by the contradictory spirit shown when the Liberal leader was part of the former Liberal government. OTTAWA (CP) Preferen- tial treatment for former armed forces and RCMP per- sonnel in the public service should be eliminated, John Carson, chairman of the federal Public Service Com- mission, said today. Mr. Carson, making a series of-recommendations for changes in the laws on the public service, told a special joint Senate-Commons com- mittee that all citizens should have equal chances for federal jobs. Under the Public Service Employment Act, veterans of the two world wars, the Korean War, present members of the armed forces and the RCMP, cabinet ministers' staffs and other persons in the public service not appointed under the act get preference when applying for jobs. "Our feeling in this matter is that preference is no longer consistent with today's intent of the merit principle and that all Canadians should enjoy an equal opportunity to qualify for and be appointed to positions in their federal public Mr. Carson said "Our only qualification on this score would be that Cana- dian citizenship continue to be a only prefer- he added. "This is per- fectly reasonable... and quite in keeping with the practice of Famed cheese factory sold MONTREAL (CP) Anyone who thinks the cheese industry is full of holes should talk to one of the newest Canadian com- panies, headed by Montreal businessman Roger Lachapelle. Mr. Lachapelle and his associates recently purchased the equipment and rights to make the famous Oka brand, which has been prepared under a cloak of secrecy since 1893 by the Trap- pist monks of Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, at the junction of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers near Oka, Que. Security at the abbey was so tight, Mr. Lachapelle had to get special permission for his two visits to the cheeseworks before the sale, completed Dec. 1. No dollar amount has been released regarding the produc- tion, which Mr. Lachapelle estimates is between and one million pounds a year But continued supervision by the Trappists for three years is a condition of the sale, and the brothers have also agreedio help publicize the cheese while the new company, Fromagerie d'Oka, attempts to expand the market across Canada and the U.S Same product, different stores This Christmas we suggest that you shop around for gifts for a very good reason Inflation is pushing prices high enough as it is Why pay more than you have to9 We did some comparing and found several cases such as this 00 difference on a 00 toy So, this Christmas, shop around, compare prices and compare quality xllborra CONSUMER AFFAIRS PO Box 1616 Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2N9 CLIP AMD MAIL THIS COUPON FOR INFORMATION ON I CREDIT QHOME BUYING OCONJDOMINiUMS O BUDGETING NAME ADDRESS CITY I I PROVINCE I Alberta Consumer Affairs. Let's make it work, together. almost all other nations in hir- ing for their public services." Mr. Carson's comments came on the first day of his testimony before the special joint committee, which is studying a report on employer-employee relations in the public service. The commission's philosophy, he said, is to preserve merit as the most important standard in public service appointments and to encourage staffing agree- ments between parties provid- ed the principle is not threatened. Under the merit principle, the best qualified applicant for a public service job would be hired. Mr. Carson said many gov- ernment managers have been frustrated with the merit prin- ciple because it slows staf- fing. But he said the commssion is pleased to find at the end of consultations with unions and managers that they prefer a preservation of the merit principle. Mr. Carson also told the committee that personal ser- vice contracts made by departmental managers out- side the act are contrary to the intent of the law and should be prohibited. There are estimated by un- ion and government spokesmen to be thousands of part-time employees working for the government under this kind of arrangement but no firm figures are available. "Nobody wants to let us said Mr. Carson when he was asked how many em- ployees fell into the category. "We want you to forbid it." In some cases, he said, em- ployees had been kept on for years under circumstances that avoid the merit principle and the collective bargaining process. Managers said they used personal service contracts to get needed staff quickly, he said, bi t spot checks by the commission indicated the contracts were used -to avoid the merit principle. Paw-weary pooch Ronwyn Adams, 12, of Johannesburg, South Africa, steadies her dog, Patches, while giving him a Dicycle ride. Yorkton fires YORKTON, Sask (CP) Arson is suspected in at least one of three apartment fires in Yorkton Tuesday morning. RCMP said About 56 families were left homeless in the blazes which destroyed the Tremain and Candle Wood apartments. A third apartment was heavily damaged. CAREERS MANAGEMENT TRAINEES In Person To Manageress Sweet Sixteen Downtown or College Mall BLOCK ESTATE CAREER? t tfo fat THE REWARDS 1 THE INCOME FREEDOM DEVELOPMENT, 2. N.R.S. NATIONAL REAL ESTATE SERVICE 4. TRAINING TDAniMr ADINl1 3 SERVICE 6. FIRST STEP BILL LAZARUK 328-7402 BLOCK BROS. 328-2356 ;