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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, December 16, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Quebec economy to stand up better Views Montreal port Mr. N. Beshwaty, the manager of the port of Solicitor-General Warren Allmand, left, when the Montreal shows a scale model of the port to Iranian Iranian P.M. toured the port area Saturday. Prime Minister Mr. Hoveyda, centre, and Canada's MONTREAL (CP) The Quebec economy in 1975 will experience only moderate growth because of a depressed outlook on the international level, Guy Saint-Pierre, Quebec minister of industry and commerce, said Sunday. "However, with an industry mainly based on non-durable goods, Quebec should be less hard hit than said Mr. Saint-Pierre at a news conference outlining economic prospects for 1975 and a review of 1974. "Investments in Quebec, which have been rapidly grow- Basford back in Ottawa OTTAWA (CP) Revenue Minister Ron Basford was resting at home Saturday after spending more than five weeks in hospital where medical tests to determine the cause of pain in his hands were inconclusive. A spokesman for the Basford household said the minister's condition is "no better, no worse." Although allowed to go home, he is still considered a patient. The minister said earlier in an interview that he is in- capacitated by pain and stiff- ness. ing since 1972, will again make substantial advance in 1975 thanks, in part, to the preparation of the 1976 Olympic Games. "Employment is expected to move up at a slower pace and the rate of unemployment might be up." Addressing the news confer- ence in French, Mr. Saint- Pierre said that because of the uncertainty of the oil situation, both domestically and internationally, "accurate figures forecasts on Quebec's economic growth for 1975 can hardly be given." However, for economic objectives to be successful "order and common sense" must return to the construction industry, which was plagued by slowdowns, strikes and violence throughout 1974. DEPENDS ON U.S. A recovery of the United States' economy and a lower rate of inflation were pre- requisites for all of the western nations to improve their economies. Personal revenue increased 14.5 per cent and capital in- vestments increased 21.6 per cent, compared to an 18.5-per- cent increase in 1973, he said. About new jobs were created, a 3.1 per cent increase, and net migration reached persons, the first positive net migration since 1968. Capital expenditures in- creased 43.4 per cent, compared to the national average of 37.9 per cent and Quebec's 1973 increase of 27.5 per cent. "This relatively bright picture is blurred, however, by certain negative The cost-of-living increased 11.1 per cent and food prices climbed 17.7 per cent in 1974, said Mr. Saint-Pierre. Give... This Book! EACH by Owen G. Holmes Published by The Lethbridge Herald, the book Is an account of the conception of the University of Lethbridge Canada's Centennial t University (born January 1, It is a must for every Southern Al- bertan's library and is now once again available in a very limited quantity. Please order early to avoid disappointment! Use this convenient order form! Inflation will nullify big budget increase The Lethbridge Herald P.O. Box 67O, Lethbridge j Please Mail copies of the book "Come I Hell or High Water" to: OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment is going to give more money next year to a military that has fewer personnel than this year. But present indications are that the additional money, while appearing large on paper, will not provide much of a push toward Defence Minister James Richardson's goal of a smaller but highly modern force. In fact, announced budget levels for the fiscal year starting next April that increased defence spending by 11.2 per that the armed forces will be doing little more than holding their own against inflation. Mr. Richardson said recently the increase will bring the defence budget to billion, compared with the original estimate of .billion for this year and the billion now estimated. With that billion, the forces will start returning to normal April 1 with tasks scaled down to meet the prob- lems created by the reduction in personnel. That will end six months of severe financial and operating constraints. The cabinet now is agonizing how and where the scaling down is to be done and is expected to announce its decisions within a month, in time for the forces to start preparations for a return to work. The deliberations have made some progress. Last week the cabinet decided to allow the Canadian contribution to the two Middle East peacekeeping forces to remain at about men for another six months. Mr. Richardson has an- nounced there will be no cuts in NATO commitments. The Cyprus UN contribution has been cut to 750 men from 950. Prime Minister Trudeau has indicated that the North American Air Defence Agreement will be renewed although he has given no indication of levels of the Canadian contribution. But all this indicates is that operational cuts will come in Canada, not overseas. The reductions are necessary because the forces have been allowed to drop to an effective strength of about starting the year with about the defence department has announced that they wiil continue at that lower level. The number of men and women dropped because in- flation knocked this year's de- fence budget of billion askew. The government brought that figure to billion this with much of the new money going into the superannuation told the forces to sit tight for the rest of the fiscal year. Thus most operational roles were cut by 30 per cent, in- cluding those concerned with the defence of sovereignty. Now the forces must wonder if they can live with inflation next year. The 11.2- per-cent increase compares with various government and private forecasts that say costs will jump between nine and 12 per cent next year. Those forecasts indicate Make it a Bright Christmas EVEREDYNO. 108 LANTERN With easy-grip handle, tough Cordahide Polyethylene case resists oil, grease and most chemicals, is waterproof and floats. Comes with shoulder strap. Regular 5.98 SALE...... EVEREADYN0.154WB LANTERN A bright 6000 candlepower sealed beam lamp made of tough polyethylene material, swivel head, red safely flasher and single push button control. 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Regular 0.95 SALE........ 49 Use Your CHARGEX or Hoyt's own CHARGE ACCOUNT YOU ALWAY DO BITTER AT DOWNTOWN 606-608 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-5767 that the forces will do little better than hold their own, despite the cuts in personnel that permitted a ISO-million saving this year. This is particularly so when it is considered that traditionally military costs rise faster than others and that fuel, the lifeblood of any military, is expected to cost even more. That situation brings into question Mr. Richardson's aim of an elite, if smaller, force, equipped with the best hardware. He announced last week that next fiscal year about million will be spent on capital equipment. That is 30 per cent more than this year. But this represents only 12.5 j per cent of the entire defence j budget, far from the j minister's oft-announced aim of 20 per cent of the budget for capital spending. The 12.5 per cent is only slightly higher than this year. And some of this year's spend- ing was delayed because of the inflation imposed con- straints that sliced operations. Some of the new capital spending probably will go to the new long-range patrol aircraft. The government must choose next year between two contractors who are bidding on the multi- million dollar replacement for the Argus aircraft. Meanwhile, the cabinet pre- sumably will announce just how many flights the old Arguses will be making into the the so-called sovereignty the future. Virtual elimination of those flights this winter brought the strongest objections so far to the cuts the government has forced on the military. The government is giving no hints just what cuts it proposes, other than acknowledging that they are Catholics, immigrants now welcome in the Klan STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) Ku Klux Klan leaders of one segment of the white supremacist organization voted Sunday to allow membership to Catholics and immigrants. The decision by the 16-mem- ber governing board of the Na- tional Knights of the Ku Klux Klan represented a major break from tradition. Previously only white, Protestant, American-borm men were admitted. The results of the secret meeting of the Imperial Board were announced by Dale Reusch of Lodi, Ohio, who is the klan's proposed presidential candidate for 1976. Reusch called the changes "vital and important" and added: "I think the klan has broad- ened its view and aims in America and has more under- standing of the needs of the American people. necessary to cope with reduced personnel. There is to be no dropping of the basic roles of protection of sovereignty, defence of North America, NATO and peace- keeping. Rather there will be what one official called a "cutting of the tails" of a number of jobs that come under those basic roles. The cabinet has many al- ternatives before it. 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