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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tories angered on energy non-confidence vote Bitterness renewed in Commons over NDP love affair By JIM PULING OTTAWA The Lib- eral-New Democrat energy alliance has spawned renewed bitterness in the House of Commons. The a hand- ful of seats short of dethroning the Liberals in last year's once again have been thwarted in their 10-year struggle to snap their arch- grip on power. The frustration hit a new level Tuesday when the Con- servatives launched an attack on government efforts to fight inflation. Since when Prime Minister Trudeau an- nounced energy policy changes acceptable to the New Democrats and the NDP used its effective balance of power to help the Liberals defeat a Conservative non- confidence there have been bitter speeches by the Conservatives and even at- tempts to have the NDP recognized as part of the minority Liberal government. HURLED ABUSE The Conservative benches exploded showering the the New Democrats and particularly Mr. Trudeau with abuse. The trigger was the rising cost of living and Conser- vative dissatisfaction with Mr. Trudeau's or lack of on the subject. Mr. Trudeau. remained calm and even showed some of the old style which his critics have called arrogance and contempt. In the he has been ac- cused of not answering or ig- noring opposition speeches and questions and generally being bored with the work of Parliament. James McGrath John's accused Mr. Trudeau Tuesday of showing contempt by not answering- questions about rising food prices. Mr. Trudeau replied mildly that if the Conservatives would not shout so they would hear his answers. just want to add that it is not my habit to raise my as the honorable member to cover the QUIET WORDS ANNOY Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield had a similar com- plaint against the prime minister a few minutes later. He said Mr. Trudeau uttered or two words very to prevent the House hearing them and to annoy the Conservatives. did it deliberately to af- front the House and try to create a complain- ed Mr. Stanfield. There was more chaos later when George Hees Edward also complained of Mr. Trudeau's conduct. sits in his chair and sulks. He is an absolute dis- Farran fined 1200 on two liquor counts _ EDMONTON Roy Alberta's telephone and utilities minister was fin- placed on probation lor six and prohibited rom driving for six months vhen convicted of liquor charges. Mr. through pleaded guilty to two charges laid Nov. 23. Provincial Judge Carl H. imposed a fine of on i charge of impaired driving md a fine for refusing to ake a breath analysis test. The court was told Mr. had no previous con- 'ictions. No Scotch whiskey shortage EDMONTON Scotch drinkers in Alberta are easier after being issured of ample supplies for Christmas and New Years. A shipment destined for the llberta Liquor Control Board vas diverted to Boston everal weeks ago when dock vorkers at Halifax walked off he job. It took the board some ime to locale it and supplies some brands were getting aw on outlet shelves. The board says the ship- ment has arrived in Alberta nd was being distributed to etail outlets as fast as That brought an explosion more. Mr. McGrath then took a opposition. the House accept a motion debate on the govern- lack of energy and the Irom the Liberal and II any of you guys want to swipe at the New Gerald Baldwin which would recognize an of- ment's emergency energy bill Conservatives chastising both some comments that ap- step I'm ready saying perhaps the Speaker Peace Jried un- iicial Liberal-NDP coalition saw the New Democrats criti- the Liberals and New Demo- parently irked Mr. Hees even lor that too. he shot back. should deduct them from the successfully Monday to have government fizing the Conservatives for crags ENERGYCRISIS ELSEWHERE... SHOULD CERTAINLY BE A CONCERN IN SUPPLY HERE IS Says E.W president of Alberta's major natural gas utilities. The question which I am asked most often these days Alberta have a natural gas energy My frank and honest answer Almost all Albertans have been exposed to a wide discussion on energy matters which unfortunately has led to some confusion. Our gas companies serve the majority of Albertans and we would like you to understand the situation. We serve some customers who reside in 250 Alberta communities with more than 75 per cent of the province's population. I would like to provide some facts about the supply of natural gas and offer you some ideas about the future of energy in Aiberta and what I believe that you as an Albertan might do about it. All Albertans should be reassured that there is no need to be concerned regarding supplies of natural gas for this winter and in the foreseeable future. Our natural gas companies have made it a constant practice throughout their extending back to to plan and ensure that there would be adequate supplies of natural gas to meet future requirements. Each year we forecast Alberta's population and future growth and project demands for as far in the future as 30 years. We then plan and implement purchases of natural gas and development of reserves. What are the reserves of natural gas in Albertans have been blessed with a plentiful natural gas supply virtually under their feet. The gas discovered and developed to date has been in excess of the province's needs and the surplus has been exported to other markets. We believe it is prudent to continue to export natural gas from the province if surpluses to provincial needs are just so long as provision is made for the requirements of all Alberta including future new Albertans and new industries which will locate in the province. The Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta estimates as of December the remaining marketable reserves of natural gas in Alberta total approximately 44 trillion cubic feet. It has been estimated that the gas discoveries to date represent only about one half of the ultimate total to be found in Alberta. It is important to recognize that Alberta's requirements are but a small portion of Alberta's annual production. For in 1972 Alberta used only about 15 per cent of the total marketable gas produced in the or about 280 billion cubic and the balance was exported to other Canadian and U.S. markets. What about the long-term future of Alberta's Our companies have had a policy of continually contracting for and develop- ing new reserves of Alberta natural gas for the needs of our customers. This policy has been absolutely essential as the demand has accelerated actually doubling in the past 10 years. In addition we have always advocated protection for Alberta consumers. More than 20 years ago we began the practice of intervening in natural gas export hearings to protect the interests of Albertans. as we have consistently supported the principle that no export should be permitted unless there is always in sight a sufficient supply to meet the requirements of Alberta for a rolling 30-year period. All of us should practice reasonable conservation. This doesn't mean that you should go cold in but it does mean you should not be wasteful. Such practices also could result in some dollar savings in your monthly budget. In the next few we will be offering through our companies a handy booklet of ideas which you might consider and use as a check list around your home or business on some simple ways to save some of your natural gas and at the same time save some of your hard-earned money. It's Waste-Watchers Guide to E. W. King President Canadian Western Natural Gas Company Limited Northwestern Utilities Limited 10040 104 Edmonton. It's your energy... and our concern. norrHuuesTern UTILITICS LimrreD canaoian uuesiern naiuraLGCis company LimueD ;