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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Bending Capilol Hill to his will By ROD C WASHINGTON (CP) With he Democratic-controlled 92nd Congress within days of the alt-way point in its two-year Ife, it is apparent that Presi- dent Nixon has seized the offen- sive in White House dealings with Capitol Hill. He's been getting pretty much lis owl way of late. Although a few Democrats protest that the way things have >een going simply r P f 1 e c t s greater co-operation between hese two wings of government, many observers remain skepti- l gcertainly there has been a marked change in the balance of power with the president, ca- ioling and threatening, bending Congress to his will. It was not always so. Early in the session the Congress, with an air of near arrogance, re- juffed the president at every LISTENING IN Three year old Jonathan Bess, hoping for some advance informa- tion on Christmas presents, lends an ear while Santa Claus makes a call from booth on downtown Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. Or with the paunch gone, was it a call for a "taxi, ____________________________ Brii economy shows substantial growth The Lctlibtidge Herald Fourth Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, December 15, 1971 Pages 45-58 Nixon getting his own way with congress turn. Despite his personal inter- vention, for instance, Congress rejected a money bill to cover development of the supersonic plane after a long and heated battle. Most humiliating of all, the Senate rejected two Nixon Southern con- the U.S. SupreiM) Court. RELATION'S EASIER Recently, perhaps encouraged by broad public support for his economic program and his suc- cession of face-to-face meetings with world leaders, N'ixon has been far more demonstrative in his dealings with Congress. And, rushing to clear business before the month-long Christ- mas recess, Congress has been unusually amenable to Nixon. At his "bidding, it cx'ended the military draft for two years and provided billion military pay increase he called for. Var- ious attempts to bind hun to a set date for total U.S. with- drawal from Vietnam have failed although a vague clause, full of loopholes, was approved. Congress also approved exten- sion of the president's stand-by authority to enforce wage-price controls at home. Two new conservatives- were proposed for the Supreme Court and won approval. When asked for federal backing for loans to keep the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. afloat, he got a long debate mounted by Democratic critics. His veto of the new child-care plan, inducing assistance io poor working mothers, brought forth an avalanche of emotional criticism. But the house could not raise the necessary two- thirds majority to overrule a presidential veto. CAN REASSERT ITSELF Although the present state of White House-Capitol Hill relt> lions gives Nixon the edge ap- proaching the 1972 president: elections, there is plenty of time and opportunity for Congress to reassert itself in the new year. It is traditional that Congress is most productive during the second half, having used much of the first vear moving pro- pcscd legislation through the committee stages. Also, the Senate has not given up the fight for a Vietnam with- drawal date. Having failed in earlier at- tempts. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and others sought to have such an amend- ment tacked on to the foreign aid bill. But because of the dis- array in the race to conclude the session, they bad to settle fcr a compromise. Foreign aid will continue at about its prcstnt level until next March, when the battle will start again. In an election-year atmos- phere, it could provide a forum in which Congress will seek to reassert its authority. Except for the Moscoxv mission, Presi- j di ut Nixon's highly publicised globe-trotting will be history by ther and the Democratic major- ity might have better luck edg- ing Congress into lh-> limelight. Sandwiches took trip SOUTHAMPTON, England (CP) It look n long time but bus driver John Barker's sand- wiches finally caught up with him. The package of sandwiches Barker took along with him on a shuttle ride to this Hampshire port from the east coast harbor of Harwich was accidentally loaded on the ship which later carried his passengers to South Weeks later, Barker re- (.lived his sandwich package, returned to him from the ship's South African destination point. VICTORIA (CP) -British Columbia's economy expe- rienced "s u h s t a n t i a 1 real growth" during 1971, Waldo M. Skillings, minister of industrial development, trade and com- merce said today. The minister said the growth is evidenced by a rise of 11 per cent in the gross provincial product to billion. Accompanying this growth was a record level of retail sales in the province, be said. PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE Give The Gift ot Elegance A Beautiful FUR XI Free Gift Wrapping Alt gifts gladly m exchanged after Christmas SAVE FROM 20% OFF SIZE DRESS SALE PRE-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 10% to 30% OFF JUST ARRIVED NEW SHIPMENT OF FUN FURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR from HI and THEtMA CAtMAN and MRS. MARY BOUMBERGER IT HAS BEEN A PtEASURE SERVING YOUI OPEN THURS. AND FRI. Til 9 P.M. i? YORK FURS !t? 604A 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3276 "Service and Qucilily for over 34 Years" This increase in sales, to al- most billion, resulted from the combination of higher em- ployment and a dramatic rise in average income, Mr. Skil- lings said. The minister made his re- marks while releasing the an- nual summary of economic ac- tivity in British Columbia, a publication of his department which examines the perform ance of the major sectors of the provincial economy during the past year. GIVES REASON Mr. Skillings said the "im- pressive economic growth" was accomplished coincidental- ly with the smallest average annual increase of 2.7 per cent in the consumer price index since 1965. "Although an undesirable up- ward trend in prices was evi- dent in the closing months of the year, the Canadian per- formance during 1971 was ex- tremely good in comparison with other industrialized na- tions." The minister singled out the growth in capital investment as a "good indicator" of the strength of the province's eco- nomy. The total value of new and repair investment in B.C. increased by 22 per cent over 1970, to an estimated bil- lion, he said. A major source of this growth was investment in the primary resource industries. However, he said, all sectors of the construction industry ex- panded significantly over 1970 when there were prolonged work stoppages. Dangerous ducking GHEENFORD, England (CP) Marcus Drake. 12, set out to show his friends that he was as good a sailor as his famous namesake. He proudly clam- bered his ship, a bat- tered pram, and headed into the fliver Brent in Middlesex. But the pram sank and Marcus had to be rescued by the fire bri- gade. His comment: "I have no ambition to join the navy now." The government-owned Brit- ish Broadcasting Corp. is broad- casting art lessons for the blind given by artist Gordon Stcnt, who lost his sight 12 years ago. hnstmas Complete Gift Heac quarters with these late shopper specials! MINIATURE BATTERY OPERATED POWER TOOLS-SABRE SAW CIRCULAR SAW-HAND DRILL 3.19 TOUCH COMMAND Remote Control Car HAND CONTROL FOR FORWARD, REVERSE, LEFT AND RIGHT TURN DOUBL-GLO AND SATIN SHEEN CHRISTMAS 101 GAMES BOARD ORNAMENTS 4 ROLL GIFT WRAP 240 TABLE TENNIS SETS SORRY STICK ON JEWEL BOWS COUNSELOR BATHROOM SCALE IN GREEN, WHITE AND BROWN____ MODEL 778 TORCAN INTERIOR V CAR WARMER 1 0'95 Torcan Battery Charger SAMSON DOMINION 3 SPEED HAND MIXER 3305 2nd Ave. N., Lethbridge Phone 323-6326 PLUSH ANIMALS from 2.95 to II. 95 30% REDUCED CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS RAGGIMALS STUFFED ANIMAL DOLLS STORE HOURS: MONDAY THRU SATURDAY WITH NIGHT SHOPPING TILL 9 P.M. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ;