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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, 7, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Seeks answer on air flights cost Alberta Tory MP bugs cabinet OTTAWA Whether you ever get to know how many flights Liberal cabinet ministers nave taken at public expense or how many "freebees" they may have accepted as the non-paying guests of well-heeled hosts wealthy enough to own their own jets, depends on the per- severance and perspicacity of a young TORY MP. Joseph Clar, 35, in for his se- cond Parliamentary term from the Alberta riding of Rocky Mountain, has been asking the questions necessary to extract the infor- mation and drawing a blank in 'answers. "The Liberal ministers will continue keeping all of us locked out of what should be public he says, "unless I can find the right to the door of their secret hiding place for this possible conflict of interest." Mr. Clark had asked these questions of every member of the Cabinet from Prime Minister Trudeau down the list to his most junior minister, Romeo Leblanc of Fisheries: -What was the total number of flights taken when the distance travelled exceed- ed 100 miles? accompanied the minister each time? type of transport was used on each trip? provided remunera- tion for expenses incurred on each journey? Wednesday, Acting Prime Minister Sharp provided this stock answer given by every member of the Cabinet: "Records are not maintain- ed in such a manner as to provide an accurate answer. The cost in manpower and time to undertake the work re- quired to gather such data would be prohibitive." To this answer or "non-an- as he termed it, Mr. Clark retorted "stock in trade and swore he would "take another shot at it and keeping shooting until on target." He insists it should be public knowledge whether the Cabinet is junketing at public Hear more clearly without irritating background noise. Zenith's new Directional Hearing Aid. If you find that much of the sound you hear is harsh, irritating noise, then our new Directional hearing aid, the "Royal D" could be just right for you This com- fortable aid brings you clear rich sound at a pleasant level as it softens and reduces harsh unwanted back- ground noise from the side and rear Come in for a demonstration of the "Royal D or any other aid from Zenith's line of more than 20 quality aids at no cost or obligation Batteries for all makes of hearing aids The quality goes in before the name goes on LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. F. A. LEISTER, Certified Hearing Audlologlst Helping the hard of hearing since 1943 PiriiBBunl Thlttn Bldg. Phom 328-4080.327-2272 expense or hitching rides with the privileged rich. "It's the taxpayer's business when the Prime Minister flies out to say, Van- couver, charging it to the national treasury, to attend one of those Liberal fund-raising says Mr. Clark. "When the taxpayers are picking up the bill they should know the amount. "It is equally the business of the public to know who among the ministers is riding for free as the guest of somebody of wealth and privilege. "There's that element of conflict of interest very much involved. "The Cabinet claims its members are no different from ordinary Members of Parliament who fly on con- stituency business at public expense. "But they are much the ministers are in a position to pay off old debts, do favors, influence policy and use their privileged position in many different ways." Mr. Clark wants answers to his questions as ammunition to fire at the government dur- ig the coming hearings of irliamentary committee on mflict of interest. "It was only by sheerest accident that the Commons learned of Health Minister Lalonde's freebee flip on the Distrillers Corporation- seagram Limited 'whiskey jet' to Israel as the guest of Charles observed Mr Clark. "They seemed to think there was nothing wrong with it, and appeared surprised when the conflict of interest question was raised "Now how many other members of the cabinet are flying around in the same why-should-we-worry manner, and who are they, where did they go, who were their hosts and how much money was in- volved? Mr. Clark recalled that in the years when Conservative Prime Minister Diefenbaker and his cabinet were using the old Viscount prop-jobs of the Department of Transport for flights on public business, the Liberals were hyper- suspicious. "I'm Mr. Clark related, "that not only did they want an accounting given in the the same way that I do not satisfied with that, they sent out 'spies' or party 'agents' to 'monitor' the government flights in and out of Ottawa International Airport. "Well, if it was public busi- ness then, and the Liberals in- sisted it was, what makes them think that now they can get away with thinking it's a private matter? What makes the matter all the more urgent, says Mr. Clark, is the "new element of the freebee" which Marc La- londe has injected in the gov- ernment travel situation. Freight rate freeze lifts OTTAWA (CP) The rail freight rate freeze will be lifted effective Jan. 1, Tran- sport Minister Jean Marchand confirmed Friday. Replying in the Commons to Lome Nystrom (NDP the transport minister said the rate freeze affects only 22 per cent of rail freight business. Federal officials indicated some time ago that the freeze was to be removed but Friday's announcement was the first confirmation by Mr. Marchand. The railways already have moved to raise these frozen rates 25 per cent by early January. JOSEPH CLARK CZ hikes price of newsprint VANCOUVER (CP) Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd. have announced a S35-a- ton increase in the price of 30- pound newsprint sold in western Canada, effective Jan. 1, 1975. The increase also applies to all tonnage shipped to the United States, where it is marketed by Crown Zeller- back Corp. of San Francisco President Robert G Rogers said the increase is necessary because of corresponding increase in costs of raw materials, processing materials, transportation and labor. He added that unless newsprint prices are at levels which provide a fair return on investment in new newsprint mills, the current tight supply situation throughout the world will worsen. The new prices are 00 a ton in the British Columbia lower mainland and Van- couver Island and in the B.C. interior and Alberta The price for shipments to the United States will be (US) EARLY WEEK SPECIALS Fruit Salad Enpnsi L.P. Man. 16 II. oz. jir Fruit Juice Lalinl Hlwiiiin Pineapple Swootomd 48 fl. oz. tin 2 0 Smoke Crystals Oysters Empress unrigs Flavour Pkg. of 4 3Vi oz. Not. Wt. Pkgs. Sai Tndor notwt. tin Ice Cream Snow Star Assorted Flavours. 1 gil. plistlc tub 2 29 minium JEUX 1975 WBUSVI Canada games Exciting top calibre competition in 16 different sports events by Canadas best young athletes the culmination of a full year's training and preparation These young competitors are disciplined athletes that can make your favorite sport more exciting than ever before Basketball Skiing Weight-lifting volleyball Gymnastics Synchronized Swimming Speed Skating Hockey Fencing Figure Skating Table Tennis Wrestling Boxing Badminton Curling Judo The most important aim of the Canada Games is to stimulate enthusiasm for amateur sports throughout Canada and to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship among athletes from different areas of the country It's a worthwhile goal, but one which depends on the support of all Canadians to succeed Give young Canada YOUR support Lethbndge and Southern Alberta have the facilities, the qualified people the experience and the united enthusiasm to make this years the greatest Canada Winter Games ever There will also be a special Western Hospitality event in each center for visitors and competitors alike, a special' welcome' from Alberta Do it' Attend the Canada Winter Garnet, February 11 to 22, in Lethbndge and Southern Alberta. 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