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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Pecemoer Canada's bright future clouded OTTAWA The first national economic conference of government and .community leaders foresaw a strong f'jture for Canada but warned of ur- gent need's to develop new energy halt steep in- flation and improve the quali- ty of Canadian life. Forecasts by 16 industry committees for continued strong economic growth were clouded by the world energy crisis and international inflation. The forecasts were issued here by the Economic Council of Canada. An industry energy com- mittee recommended rapid development of new sources of fuel to ensure future business growth and rising liv- ing standards for Canadians. A committee on financial services said the nation's steepest inflation in 22 years a 9.3 per-cent rise in living costs the last 12 months could hurt Canadians' saving and investing habits and the country's ability to finance needed economic expansion if sharp price hikes continue too long. It urged stronger government fiscal measures to halt inflation. The energy committee said one major area that will re- quire vast investment is future development of natural such as the Athabasca oil sands and other oil and gas in the Arctic and under the ocean. Canadians are paying 18 per cent more for food than a year ago. Statistics Canada said in its latest report this week cov- ering November costs. The council's committee of farm experts called for new government measures 'to offset sharp swings in agriculture prices and income because the industry is and less able to live with in- Both the farm and food processing committees said federal policies must be aim- at assuring good farm prices to encourage greater sroduction. Industry executives on trade and 3ther committees said demands of consumer groups and ecologists and resulting government regulations are helping drive up prices for many goods. They urged a closer look at such demands and regulations. is recognized governments must play a large role in the complex economies of developed they discipline themselves to limit their activities and ex- penditures at levels which do not threaten the health of the commercial activities which sustain said the com- mittee on retail and wholesale trade. It added that higher taxes are likely to hurt economic growth. The committees on energy and mining said fuller development of Canada's resources could be hurt by nationalistic demands to keep out foreign investment. They said the interests of Canadians should come but that develop- ment and marketing of oil. gas. electricity and metals should be done in the framework of international including continued ex- port of surpluses. the years pur hostility toward foreign capital is likely to result in an accelerating growth in the relative importance' of the Canadian-owned component of the said the mining committee. will not be achieved without considerable in terms of a signifi- cant reduction in the amount of foreign capital which otherwise would have flowed into Canada for exploration and DECLINE FEARED It said now third mining producer in the world after the United States and the Soviet faces a relative decline in its mining industry unless there is major explor- ation of its enormous potential reserves. The energy committee also said rejecting foreign financ- ing could hurt Canadians in the long run in seeking to develop new sources of fuel and power. The committee on retail and wholesale trade agreed with the Economic Council's forecast for future growth of 3.8 per cent a year because of continued strong consumer but it said raw material shortages could frustrate some industries and the energy situation posed a question mark. these assumptions of made on the sup- position that internal or exter- nal effects of the energy crisis do not cause substantial dis- tortion of our It joined the food and bever- age committee in urging the government to work toward reducing or eliminating inter- national trade barriers such as tariffs and quotas on grounds that they drive up prices and cause shortages. It also noted that Statistics Canada recently reported a drop in real personal income for the first time in many years because of Canada's 9.3 per cent inflation rate over the last year. It said its forecasts for continued strong demand and growth in consumer spending are based on the assumption that inflation will ease and that government will restrain its spending and taxing rates. Travellers face higher fares SKI JACKETS Open Fri. Sal. 'till 9 p.m. rurcHBre Ph. 345-4688 Coildlll OTTAWA Travellers will face higher fares as transportation com- panies run out of ways to cope with say transporta- tion but they expect strong public resistance in such areas as urban transit. They call for better use of existing facilities to avoid 1 in urban systems. This view is outlined in a pa- per on the outlook for trans- portation and com- munications released by the Economic Council of Canada here Wednesday. It is one of several prepared the national economic confer- ence sponsored by the council in Montreal. The prepared by a committee headed by Robert a CNR vice-pre- suggests the trans- portation and communication industries should operate without subsidies wherever possible. It recommends a tougher government approach to saying the government should regularly review them and judge whether they are achieving the desired results. The committee also says that the energy crisis highlights the need to increase use of the which are efficient users of fuel. INFLATION MAJOR ISSUE Improvements in produc- tivity because of better technology will not be able to offset the com- mittee says. A plateau has been reached in aviation for example. Management should be im- proved and fares raised to en- sure adequate earnings so that new capital will be attracted. In some areas there could still be technical im- however. Use of computers for rail-car control could reduce excess equip- ment kept to meet seasonal changes in demand. The report says increasing demand for urban transit sys- tems coincides with opposi- tion to higher so ex- isting facilities will have to be better used. resistance to rate increases by telephone users makes it difficult for the communication companies to invest as much money as they would like in modern com- munication The most dramatic increase in transportation costs would be in fuel expenditures. It could shift traffic to tation methods that use fuel Norman presi- dent of Canadian National told the Commons transport committee recently that trains use fuel more ef- ficiently than either aircraft or road vehicles. The council committee is critical of government sub- sidies for uneconomic service. These services were only par- ticially subsidized and there was little incentive to improve them. Service therefore went downhill. For unprofitable operations like some passenger trains subsidies should cover all costs plus a reasonable profit. The government should set a terminal date for which would not be renewed except for good reasons. The committee supports the trucking industry in its argu- ment with the government about Canada Labor Code pro- visions on maximum working hours. Interprovincial covered by the federal were at a disad- vantage in competing with provincial carriers operating under more lenient provincial laws. in jail William Thompson a convicted murderer ser- ving life sentence in the state prison at N.J. was married in the county jail. Thompson married Linda a women he lived with for 15 years. Thompson was convicted for a 1971 robb- ery-slaying of a Trenton man. Rev. R. of St. Phillips church performed the ceremony. Thompson was returned to the state prison after the wedding ceremony. GIvcagHKrf mtmorto with book OF THE Written by John C. Charyk of and-published fay the Western of Saskatoon. per copy This warm and nostalgic history relates the experlen attending a country school. The book is an appropriate o as among the stories included there are excitement of preparing lor and participating ii Annual Christmas Tree and Concert of bllj reminiscences of attending a one-room rural school meaning of Christmas. A wonderful gift for the senior on your list. Available locally HOUSE OF BOOKS LTI 319 8th Street Lethbrldge New deal in education OTTAWA As educa- tion needs change in the .next three to five years there will be a need for greater integra- tion and perhaps more govern- ment an outlook paper prepared for the Montreal national economic conference says. The committee re- leased here Wednesday by -thef Economic Council of also says that in the next few years the need for teachers will there will be a smaller enrolment in traditional education and sur- plus space in the schools. But the headed by Dr. E. E. Ontario deputy education and including deputy ministers from Quebec and Nova says the demand for education services will be- come increasingly diversified. This will make decisions about needs more difficult and it adds. expectations on the outcomes of the education process and the availability of The Easy Choice. The smooth taste of quality that is unmistakably Seagram's. Seagrarrfs FIVE STAR Canada's largest-selling rye whisky. Blended and bottled by Joseph E. Seagram Ont. services have been set very high. Decisions not to offer certain types of education at the expense of improving the formal education for will likely meet with strong opposition. DECISIONS POLITICAL final determinations in many while in- fluenced by economic con- will be based on judgments of public wishes on short by the political the study says. This control could extend to universities as well as other parts of the education system. The committee says that as traditional enrolments decline the system will be expected to serve a broader population and support community ac- tivities -well beyond what is now done. At the same time available resources will be rising at a slower pace. While education costs will still be ac- counting for nine per cent of the gross national product between 1970 and educa- tion expenditures will rise by only 30 per cent while total government spending will increase by 75 per the paper says. The study says the reduction in enrolment is most sig- nificant development with which education authorities in all provinces will have to Recent youth-employment programs and higher welfare and unemployment as well as a lower have led to the reduced enrolment. The programs and benefits have attracted an increasing number of persons who otherwise would have been in school. ATTITUDES CHANGED benefits of prolonged formal education are no longer felt to be the group says. There are also demands for new types of education such as adult vocational programs and daycare activities. The committee estimates the number of full-time teachers required at elemen- tary and secondary levels will decrease by one cent a year if present teacher-pupil ratios are maintained. Such a decrease would turn job security into a key issue for teachers while ad- ministrators would be hard pressed to control the most important education expen- salaries. Teachers have indicated clearly through hard bargain- ing and more militant at- titudes that they do hot intend to stand idly by and allow staff student ratio with all its implications for class work load and degree of supervisory services to be traded off for higher salaries. the end their demands for higher wages and reten- if not of will more likely be answered on the basis of political accep- tability than economic con- the paper says. The current situation also made it that teachers will have to be provided with more retraining opportunities. 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