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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 35 Mills being swept aside in humiliation WASHINGTON (CP) At age 65, when many men are going out with a gold watch and a handshake, one of the most influential men in the House of Representatives is being swept aside in humilia- tion on a tide of reform. Representative Wilbur Mills (Dem. Ark.) is general- ly conceded to have handed the his involve- ment with strip dancer Arabella Batistella-the knife they needed to pare away at his personal power and that of his powerful ways and means committee. Ways and means is the starting point in Congress for all revenue bills, tariffs, social security and medicare. As Mills put himself into hospital this week, suffering from exhaustion, he could see the first moves against him taking shape. Milrs, through his chairmanship of ways and means, had acquired vast power that many said was sometimes used to obstruct rather than facilitate passage of important legislation. The Democratic caucus- while Mills visited the Tidal Basin Bombshell in Boston and New to enlarge the committee to 37 members from 25. This makes room for new dilutes the influence of Mills and his conservative veterans. The caucus also took away (the authority of Democrats on .the ways and means com- mittee to appoint Democratic House members to other standing committees. It was this authority to decide who should serve on what committees that give Mills his greatest influence with other House members. While this was going on, there were signs that Mills stood to lose his chairmanship altogether. Rumors swirling on Capitol Hill says that if he does not re- sign his name just will not be put forward to head the com- mittee in the next session of Congress. The disruption comes at a bad time for the Democrats. After years of internecine bickering and regional fac- tionalism, there have been sincere efforts to solve party differences. The one over-riding thrust behind the unity movement is the need to portray the Democratic party as a solid, responsible alternative in the drive to take over the White House back from the Republicans in 1976. The Democrats are searching feverishly for a can- didate with sufficient stature to challenge President Ford two years from now. Mills himself made an abortive, half-hearted run at the Democratic nomination in 1972. Dissociate themselves Members of the militant Native People's Caravan told a press conference in Ottawa Wednesday they completely dissociate themselves from the Communist movement. It was their first appearance on Parliament Hill since the violent demon- stration Sept. 30. Notley fears intervention EDMONTON (CP) Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley Wednesday warned that any move to fight a provincial election on the resource issue would be an open invitation to federal intervention. "We must be aware that Ot- tawa still possesses the con- stitutional power to disallow provincial said Mr Notley. "By emphasizing the political nature of his move and by failing to control the hotheads in his own cabinet, the premier is in danger of losing his war with Ottawa over control of resources. "Let's examine the sugges- tion of slowing down produc- tion. "In itself it's not a bad idea but it should be motivated by the need to conserve our ex- isting energy supplies, not merely to outflank Ottawa. "Put in an anti-Ottawa perspective, it might well be disallowed, but advanced in the name of conservation, Ot- tawa would be hard pressed to oppose it. "It's really a matter of tac- tics. The vast majority of Albertans oppose Ottawa's crude move to muscle in on provincial jurisdiction, es- pecially when Mr. Turner turns around and offers more than million worth of concessions to the industry himself. "What is needed, however, is cool, rational leadership which does not isolate Alberta from the rest of Canada." CANADIAN Treat yourself to the rich golden smoothness of 1878. RYE WHISKY Blended smooth. Aged smooth. "v Priced smooth, MEAGHERS A smooth number Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Enjoy it now! Use your All Purpose Account. At Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee Satisfaction or money refunded. Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 ;