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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, December 9, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGi HERALD 3 Altorta Involvement RED DEER (CP) In- volvement of the federal and provincial governments in the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project could be dangerous, Gordon Towers, Progressive Conservative MP for Red Deer, said Saturday. He was commenting follow- ing the announcement that Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. was pulling out of the oil sands project in northeastern Alberta. Alberta and Ottawa have both indicated, they may con- sider filling part of the finan- cial gap. Mr. Towers said this could cause other members of the Syncrude consortium to move out, putting the two levels of government in a squeeze. Members protest increase EDMONTON (CP) Members of the Civil Service Association (CSA) of Alberta are taking up a petition to protest a 30 per cent increase in membership fees. The fees were increased to from after being doubled last December from "Many years ago, as a chartered member of one of the branches, and eventually a member of the provincial ex- ecutive, I recall the dues be- ing 50 cents a month and said Anna Pollock, one of those organiz- ing the petition. "Salaries have increased four or five times over the en- suing years, but the dues have multiplied by 13, and are com- pulsory even for temporary staff, and charged for even a fraction of a month." Export tax 'broke earners back9 CWS reprimand criticized EDMONTON (CP) A spokesman for a local conser- vation group has criticized the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) for reprimanding the employee who first reported bird kills on the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands lease. Lucien Royer, research director for Save Tomorrow, Oppose Pollution said the reprimand could dis- courage Alberta workers from reporting environmental damage. He said the technician, Allan Smith, should not have the incident noted on his employment record because such action would "ultimately limit his career in the civil service." Report MEDICINE HAT (CP) Social Credit leader Werner Schmidt said Saturday he is "suspicious" of a government report that says the Suffield block contains substantially less natural gas than original- ly predicted. Mr. Schmidt said in an interview the report released Thursday said the block con- tains 2.724 trillion cubic feet of gas not the approximate- ly four trillion cubic feet that had been estimated. Slow burn Members of a group calling itself the Canadian Liberation Movement burn copies of Time Magazine and Reader's Digest at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill Saturday. The group claims Time and Reader's Digest are "subverting Canadian culture." The demonstration on the Hill was part of Anti- Imperialist Day celebrations, commemorating the Rebellion of 1837. BCR strike continues supplies running low UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre. Lethbridge...... 51 35 Pincher Creek... 43 34 Medicine Hat 55 38 Edmonton 42 23 Grande Prairie 41 26 Banff........... 38 30 Calgary......... 51 35 Victoria 46 38 .14 Penticton....... 43 39 Prince George 40 29 .08 Kamloops...... 46 39 Vancouver...... 47 43 .19 Saskatoon....... 45 32 Regina 43 29 Lethbridge Region Today: Cloudy periods this morning becoming sunny this afternoon. Brisk westerly winds. Highs today 45 to 50. Overnight lows near 35. Tuesday: Cloudy with oc- casional rain showers. Highs near 45. Medicine Hat Region Today: Cloudy periods this morning. Becoming sunny this afternoon. Highs today 45 to 50. Overnight lows near 30. Tuesday: Cloudy with oc- casional rain showers. Highs near 45. Calgary Region Today: A few clouds. Brisk westerly winds. Highs 45 to 50. Over- night lows ranging from 20 across the north to 30 in the south. Tuesday: Cloudy. Highs 40 to 45. Columbia Kootenay Regions Today: Cloudy with a few snow flurries mix- ed with rain in the Kootenays. Tuesday: Mainly cloudy. Highs today and Tuesday near 40. Lows tonight near 30. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Variable cloudiness thru Tuesday with strong southwest winds along the east slopes of the Rockies. Scattered snows in the higher mountains late this afternoon thru Tuesday. Highs today 40s west and south 25 to 35 southwest. Lows tonight 20 to 30 except zero to 10 above southwest valleys. Highs Tuesday 25 to 35 southwest... 35 to 45 east and north. West of Continental Divide Variable cloudiness thru Tuesday with scattered snows in the mountains. Highs both days 30s. Lows tonight 15 to 25. CLIP this coupon. It's worth an additional Ken off your purchase of any new or used car, truck, or camper. 1973 BUICKLE SABRE 4 dr hardtop, 455 V8, auto p s., p.b, radio, blue with black vinyl roof, ex- cellent one owner car. Was............ Now ....'620 UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. "Serving you over a quarter century" 302 3rd Ave. South Phone 327-2805 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) A British Columbia Railway train left here Sun- day en route to Fort St. James, B.C., but it brought no relief to communities where supplies were running low because of the 17 day BCR strike. The train, operated by supervisory personnel, carried supplies for construc- tion crews working on the BCR's northern extension. Mayors of 12 communities along the B.C. Rail line, struck Nov. 21 by 550 shopcraft workers, have ask- ed for a meeting with Labor Minister Bill King to discuss the strike, which they say is depressing the economy of their areas. Mr. King said Friday in Vic- toria he has no immediate plans to intervene in the strike. He said the disruption "is part of the dynamics of the collective bargaining system." There have been no negotiations since Nov. 11. The residents of Takla Lake, B.C., most of them native Indians, were .out of meat, fresh fruit, vegetables and coffee. Supplies of baby food, canned milk and canned goods were low. Some emergency supplies were flown in on a chartered aircraft. All goods have been sent by rail since the line was extended to Takla Lake two years ago. Before the exten- sion, winter supplies were brought in by boat. The mayors of the 12 com- munities, stretching from Squamish, B.C., about 30 miles north of Vancouver, to Fort St. John, B.C., in the Peace River valley, said many workers have been laid off and mills have been closed because of the strike. Mayor Ceal Tingley of Quesnel, B.C., said more than half the work force is un- employed in his Cariboo municipality. Don Shaw, chairman of the Industrial Committee of the Lillooet Chamber of Commerce, said that in his area about 230 millworkers are unemployed, more families than usual are on welfare and contractors and truckers are being hampered by the strike. About members of 12 other unions are out of work because of the shopcraft strike. Barrett back on the job VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia Premier Dave Barrett went to work Saturday immediately after returning from a holiday in Hawaii which followed his 12 day visit to China last month. He told a press conference at Vancouver International Airport he had scheduled a meeting late Saturday in Vic- toria with Labor Minister Bill King to discuss the two week old B.C. Railway strike. Mr. Barrett said nothing specific about the China trip other than to say it was interesting and that he learn- ed a great deal. He said he had no announce- ment to make on trade agreements with China but was hopeful the trip eventual- ly would result in new markets for B.C. forest products. Denis Timmis, President of MacMillan Blcedel, the province's largest forestry company, was one of eleven persons accompanying Mr. Barrett on the trip. Guards begin campaign PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Chief Mountain, closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 9a.m. to6 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours; Porthill Rykerts 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Times Mountain BURNABY, B.C. (CP) British Columbia prison guards began a work-to-rule campaign Saturday in an attempt to put pressure on the B.C. government to imple- ment clauses in their contract which are retroactive to July 1. Prison officials at the Lower Mainland regional cor- rectional centre here were meeting with members of the B.C. Government Employees' Union Saturday in an attempt to solve the dispute. A spokesman for the guards said the government was told two weeks ago the union would take the action "on an unofficial basis." Guards want prison transfers and identification papers provided when a prisoner is transferred to a provincial institution from a city jail. Normally, those papers have been mailed after the prisoner has been transferred. A union spokesman at the Haney correctional centre said another major objective of the campaign is to ensure that overtime is. paid when due. The spokesman said union members at the Haney in- stitute were imposing a strict ban on overtime until all management personnel were working. He said the union has a meeting scheduled for Mon- day to discuss further im- plementation of the work-to- rule campaign at the local level. Confederation costing Alberta CALGARY The "export tax was the thing that broke the camel's said John Rudolph, president of the Independent Alberta Association. "I couldn't take it any more." The export tax on crude oil, resource taxation, dis- criminatory freight rates, tar- iffs and other measures to protect manufacturing activ- ity in Eastern Canada are just some of the factors working to the detriment of western development, he said in an interview. Mr. Rudolph's association recently released the first part of a study on the cost of Confederation to Alberta, sug- gesting that Alberta would be better off economically as an independent state. But Mr. Rudolph was quick to say that the association, despite its name, is not pro- posing an independent Al- berta. "Our name has had more criticism than anything else. However, the name was cho- sen by the executive and we'll let it stand." On the other hand, if every- thing else failed to change Al- berta's "colonial Mr. Rudolph said, an independent Alberta would be the last re- sort. The study, prepared by a group of five economists head- ed by Dr. Warren Blackman of University of Calgary, says the cost of Confederation to Alberta was a minimum of billion in 1972, measured in 1973 dollars. The study works out an "op- portunity cost" by deducting the gross domestic product. (GDP) of Alberta as a member of Confederation from the projected GDP of a hypothetical independent Al- berta. The opportunity cost, or economic opportunities lost Exploration well plans abandoned CALGARY (CP) The Canadian Associa- tion of Oilwell Drilling Contractors says 10 drilling companies have abandoned plans for 172 exploration and development wells planned in Alberta and British Columbia because of the federal provincial resource 'battle. The contractors group said the value of the halted work is about million. About 140 wells plann- ed for Alberta have been abandoned and 32 gas wells planned for northern B.C. have been dropped. John Porter, manager of the group, said the figures represent only the known cancellations and don't include other wells which companies may have contemplated drilling but which had not been made public before. The cancelled Alberta work represents about rig operating days while days will be lost in British Colum- bia. by Alberta as a result of federal policies affecting economic activity in the private sector, would amount to billion in 1981, in cons- tant 1973 dollars. Mr. Rudolph said the sec- ond part of the cost-of-Con- federation study, dealing with intergovernmental transfer programs such as the oil ex- port tax, department of re- gional economic expansion and equalization payments, will be released shortly. "We are not proposing an independent Alberta. But the study clearly points to the need for Alberta to renego- tiate its terms for staying in the Confederation." Mr. Rudolph, 50, is presi- dent of Bluemount Resources Ltd. and has been in the oil business all his working life except for military service during the Second World War. A native Calgarian and married with five children, Mr Rudolph said that ever since he lost a debate on free trade versus tariffs as a Grade 8 student, he has wanted to prove that free trade is in the interest of all Canadians. "My motives are patriotic and I am optimistic that Ca- nadians have enough sense to solve the problems together." The association was in- corporated last April as a non- profit, non-political, fact- finding group to press for the betterment of Alberta. While saying he is not a rich man, Mr. Rudolph has been sup- porting it financially "as gen- erously as I can." Mr. Rudolph said the asso- ciation has not mapped out its strategy after the completion of the cost-of-Confederation study. He said Premier Peter Lougheed's government "has not been doing enough" for a stronger Alberta in its deal- ings with Ottawa and he hopes the study will "provide am- munition" to the govern- ment. Christmas Is Coming! 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