Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Labor By KEVIN DOYLE LONDON (CP) Members of the opposition Labor party bristled with indignation as they demanded a full government explanation of reports Ibal ministers are manipulaling Ihe daily Commons question period lo their own advantage. Labor leaders, apparently anticipating fervent official denials, dug in for a major parliamentary battle, confident the govcmmenl would be deeply embarrassed by the sensitive issue. Sunday newspapers had given detailed accounts of the alleged "question rigging" and public interest was high when Commons business began Monday. But to Labor's astonishment and to the surprise of many observers, there were no outright denials or apologies from the Conservative m Instead, Environment Minister Peter Walker told Ihe Commons Ihe reports were essen-liallv correct as they related to at least two occasions earlier this year. "What's he cried perplexed Opposition MPs. The argument may nol over ycl since the Commons Speaker has slill lo decide on a Labor motion that the whole matter be referred to Ihe Commons committee on privileges. But the earlier accusations have clearly lost their original force. The controversy arose from newspaper articles slating that ministers in Walker's department had instructed civil servants to prepare questions en housing matters which could be asked by Conservative MPs. The newspapers said the aim of this policy was to prevent embarrassing' or awkward lions from Opposition MPs. Labor immediately accused the government of involving civil servants in politics and breaching parliamentary privilege. Walker, who volunteered his statement at the opening of Monday's House session, argued that it has always been parliamentary practice for ministers to arrange lo have questions tabled by MPs from their own party, based on material supplied by officials. Walker said the housing section of his department had ordered the questions to be prepared last Marcli when there had been two "concerted sition campaigns to pre-empt the Commons order paper with questions on bousing and construction." He said Later MPs had been trying lo gain support in preparation for two byelcctions at (be lime. Labor Leader Harold Wilson said lie found Walker's attitude outrageous Conservative MPs were apparently incapable, because of ignorance or unconcern, of asking their own questions, Wilson claims Quebec run telegrams to lop Dominion Engineering executives telling them of Prime Minister Tvu-ceau's comments. He says Premier Bennett so tradly to accept the Russian bid thai h.D has even asked Prime Minister Trudeau whether anti-dumping action would be taken if the Russian bid is accepted. The Prime Minister lold him he couldn't comment on this until a contrad was actually let, said Mr. Rock. Mr. Rock says Prime Minister Trudeau lold him in a lel-ler there is "neither truth nor foundation to allegations lhat officials trom my office arc any way Involved in the selection or choice of the eventual successful bidder for this con-trad." "The negotiations for the purchase of turbines for the Mica Dam are strictly between the Brilsh Columbia Hydro Authority and the contract said the Prime Minister. Mr. Rock said he believes it is politically and economically un- By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Liberal MP Raymond Rock says he has been personally assured by Prime Minister Trudeau that the federal government is not pressuring B.C. Hydro Authority into accepting a low Russian b i d for supply of turbines to the Massive Mica Dam Project. Mr. Rock, member for La-chine, Que., says he believes Premier W. A. "C. Bennett and his colleagues are circulating the rumors of the pressure tactics themselves. "Premier Bennett wants to accept the Russian bid, but lie is embarrassed to do so because of his traditional anti-communist stance. The outcome is that he is spreading rumors saying that he is being forced to accept because of federal said Mr. Rock. The Russian bid for the contract is In excess of 59 million. The low Canadian bid by Dominion Engineering of sprean set meeting with the firm and with its lawyer to set out a contract for the required services. The amended 1971 budget indicates revenue of which includes from taxes, S227.158 from land sales, from reserves, from grants from senior governments, from sewer rates and from garbage rates as well as a number of smaller revenue items. Correspondence was received advising council that members of the volunteer fire department are not covered for compensation when they volunteer lo serve on ambulance calls. The correspondence from the Columbia Ambulance Association indicated ways the volunteers can be covered. It was tabled. The department of municipal affairs, on the request of the municipal clerk, outlined the proper use of the district's emergency or rescue vcliicle. Council is to ask the volunteer fire brigade to use the vehicle as an ambulance if called upon to do so by the RCMP or by the hospital. Council advised the motor vehicles branch that if all olh-er requirements are met a business licence would be granted for a taxi service for the district. Feko ho by Hero By KOSS GIBB Herald News Service TAEER Nicholas J. Feko of Taber was one of 20 persons in four Canadian provinces and seven U.S. states honored by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission today. Twenty bronze medals, supplemented by a total of in money grants, were awarded for rescues involving extraordinary life risks. A Bronze Medal was awarded to Mr. Feko, who rescued Rosalie Metz and helped lo rescue Gertrud Erman from a burning plane at Taber April 25, 1971. Mrs. Melz. 34. Mrs. Erman, 27, and the pilot were aboard a monoplane when it crashed, rupturing a fuel tank in the wins. Fire broke out, and flames spread along one side and inlo the cabin, in which Ihe occupants were Irapped by jammed doors. Feko, 39, farmer, ran lo (he aircraft and climbed onto the nose. He removed the windshield and pulled Mrs. Metz from the cabin. The pilot then pushed Mrs. Erman out through the windshield Fund While the pilot was climbing out, Feko extinguished flames burning on Mrs. Erman. As all were running from the airplane, an explosive spread of flames enveloped most of the craft. Mrs. Metz and Mrs. Erman were admitted to hospital for burns and injuries they suffered. They recovered. Of the heroes cited by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, four were from New Jersey, three eacli were from Louisiana and Maine, and two each were from California and Ontario. Single awrds were made to citizens of Florida, Maryland, New York, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Two heroes lost Urar lives in the performance of their acts. Today's awards increased the total of bronze, 613 silver and 21 gold medals since inception of the Fund in J904, and increased the total monetary grants to The commission's pensions to rescuers disabled by their acts and to dependents of heroes whose deaths resulted from their acts now tolal S165.000 pay for Roya LONDON (API The House -of Commons voted Tuesday night to give the Royal Family a massive pay increase despite vehement protests from the Labor Oppo-sition. One member lambasted Princess Margaret as "an expensive, kept woman." Lnbor MP William Hamilton, a longtime critic of Britain's monarchy, charged that Queen Mother Elizabeth, who will receive an increase to from a year, was receiving, in effect, per engagement. And Princess Margaret, Hamilton went on, "does even less than her old mum." Referring t o Margaret's proposed increase to a year from Hamilton asked: "Why, oh why, are we giving this expensive, kept woman thai kind of salary increase for doing what she is I Family Conservative members quickly jumped to the defence of Ihe Royal Family. One of them. John Stokes, accused Hamilton of making a "vile attack1' on royal personages. The increase, which lifts the Queen's income lo Ihe equiva-lenl of million from million, was approved by 300 votes lo 27, a government majority of 273. Hamilton fired a broadside al everyone from the Queen Mother to the women of the bedchamber. He noted the Queen Mother's entourage of 33 includes both ladies of the bedchamber and women of the bedchamber nowadays, honorary asked s a r d o n i-callv, "What the blazes do they all The raise is the first granted to the British monarchy since Island well Yesterday By THE CANADIAN PRESS Halifax Joseph Howre, 72, a former assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, after a lengthy illness. Niagara Ernest R. Cornell, 74, inventor of the sigma-motor pump which acts as a bypass to permit open heart surgery. Miami Beach, Burnet Hershey, 75, who covered both world wars for New York newspapers and magazines and worked for three New York papers, Look magazine. The Saturday Evening Post and Reader's exploratory well to be drilled near an oil and natural gas discovery on Sable Island were announced today by Mobil Oil Canada Ltd. and Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. 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