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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, Dtctmber 21, 1974 Real estate leader subsidy misguided Major contracts 'outlook serious to expire in'75 PM: economic TORONTO (CP) The ex- ecutive vice president of the Canadian real estate associa- tion says the federal government's a month subsidy program for low and middle income families is "misguided." FOUR GREAT NEW BOOKS ON WESTERN CANADA Published by McClelland and Stewart West Available from good bookstores everywhere The Mountains and ihe Sky S27 50 by Lome E Render A Winter at Fort Macieod S? 95 by R B Nevitt Calgary, Alberta S2.95 by Burns and Elliott Men in Scarlet S10.00 edited by Hugh A. Dempsey Blair Jackson said the program, an amendment to the national housing act, will not deal with a slowdown in housing starts or provide homes for low and middle income families. He said encouraging construction with subsidies foi moderate income families is "distorting the normal social order." Mr. Blair said families used to buy older homes and move into new homes as their economic position improved. He said Barnett Danson, federal urban affairs minister, is saying -'you either buy a new house or nothing at all." The housing program ex- tends the assisted home ownership program to make up to a month available to moderate income families purchasing homes with financing from private mortgage loans. The change is designed to attract more than billion in private capital for construc- tion of moderately priced housing. Meanwhile, H. Keith Morley, past president of the housing and urban develop- ment association of Canada, said the group is continuing the "agonizing process" to gain federal government approval of its national warranty plan for new homes. The plan would require basically that a home builder be responsible for any problems up to the level of the building code and a standard of workmanship for one year after construction. For another four years, the warranty would cover any structure defects. OTTAWA (CP) The economic outlook for 1975 is "serious, quite serious but it doesn't look Prime Minister Trudeau said Friday. "The worst will not necessarily he told a pre-Christmas news conference when asked whether the country is headed for a recession. The challenge facing the government was to walk the fine line between too little and too much economic stimulation. An error on one side could bring on a recession while miscalculation on the other side could worsen the inflation rate. To maintain the balance needed, he said, Finance Minister John Turner had called for spending restraint in his Nov. 18 budget but had planned at the same time for a deficit next year. On balance, he said, Mr. Turner had told Canadians that deflation, or recession, was worse than inflation. Canada's track record at "this type of (economic) fine-tuning" has been better than in most countries, Mr. Trudeau said. A recent European Economic Community (EEC) survey forecast that Canada would have a higher 1975 growth rate than any other industrialized country, he added. This did not mean the economy would be operating at full capacity but the prospects were better than elsewhere. OTTAWA (CP) About 420 major labor contracts cover- ing organized workers will expire in 1975, the federal labor department said Friday in its annual "calendar" of expiring collec- tive agreements. The department defines ma- jor contracts as those cover- ing 500 or more employees, excluding construction in- dustry contracts. In a news release, the department says 51 per cent of major contracts listed with the government covering 71.5 per cent of organized employees will come up for renegotiation in 1975. The calendar does not include contracts for such im- portant groups as postal employees, Thunder Bay grainhandlers, and others whose agreements expired in 1974 but must be renegotiated in 1975. It also excludes rail- ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. AllCltllttOf FIRE AUTO BONDS LIABILITY Established 1911 ,-t-. Royal Insurance and other leading companies Lower Floor S17-4th Ave. S. Ph. 327-1541 U.S. trade bill wins praise of Canadian ambassador WASHINGTON (CP) In a gave its approval Friday to a move that won unusual praise major trade-liberalization bill from Canada's ambassador and sent it to President Ford and will be welcomed in other for his signature, countries, the U.S. Congress Ford has backed trade AGT part of Trans-Canada Telephone System THE CHRISTMAS LONG DISTANCE RUSH PHONE BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S REMEMBER TOO: MOST LONG DISTANCE RATES ARE LOWER AFTER 6 P.M. DAILY AND ALL DAY SUNDAY WHEN YOU DIAL YOUR OWN CALL OR CALL STATION-TO-STATION. More lines... more convenience when long distance calls are spaced over the festive season. Too many people have the same nice idea on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Circuits get overloaded, calls are delayed. Why spend The Day waiting around to complete your call? It'll mean just as much (and be lots easier) later in the festive week. (The times when lines are loaded and delays occur are: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's.) Make your festive long distance calls easier us and on yourself! 1. Make a list now of phone numbers including area codes of those you plan to call. 2. To obtain numbers within Alberta which you don't know, dial 1 555-1212. 3. For out-of-province numbers, dial 1 area code 555-1212. Just tell the Operator the name of the place and the name of the people you wish to call. 4. Whenever possible, dial your calls direct! Happy Holidays! you fit touch with reform from the beginning and a quick signing was ex- pected, possibly at Vail, Colo., during the Ford family's year- end ski holiday. The Trade Reform Act pass- ed as one of the last items of business in both the House of Representatives and the Senate before the 93rd Congress ended. The 94th Congress, including newly- elected members, starts work in January. "The passage of this trade legislation is good news and will be highly welcomed by Ambassador Marcel Cadieux said in a statement, one of his most pointed on domestic American legis- lation. The United States "has once again demonstrated its ability to provide leadership in world trading and the Gen- eral Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) multilateral round "can begin now in ear- nest." "All in all, it is a most en- couraging outcome and I think it will do a lot to boost inter- national morale in these trou- bled times." Only a series of cliff- hanging compromises in re- cent days with the White House and between different versions approved by Senate and House, saved the bill. It would have died if not passed before adjournment. Some of its broad provisions: President Ford's representatives could enter into negotiations with other GATT members to abolish or reduce tariffs on most goods imported into the United States and to change or repeal such non-tariff barriers as quotas, safety standards and customs valuations. way workers who have already negotiated an agree- ment for 1975. Nearly every industry faces hard bargaining and provin- cial and federal governments also face a lineup of increasingly militant employees. Forest workers in Quebec and New Brunswick, fishermen in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, and miners at Asbestos, Murdochville, Noranda, Que., Elliot Lake, Sudbury, South Porcupine, Ont., Wabush, Nfld., and Pine Point, N.W.T., will be among those seeking new agreements in the primary industries. PAPER PACTS END Paper workers in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, New- foundland will also have their contracts expire in the spring or early summer. Bakery workers in Toronto, Montreal and B.C. face bargaining, as do aluminum workers at Kitimat, B.C., and steelworkers at Montreal and Contrecoeur, Que., Hamilton, Algoma and other Ontario centres. In the transportation and communication sector, Air Canada and CP Air machinists and flight atten- dants will be in negotiations B.C. teamsters and hydro employees, including transit workers, have agreements ex- piring during the year. Air traffic controllers and CBC employees will being fac- ing new sets of negotiations. Retail food employees working for Canada Safeway in Manitoba and the lower mainland and lower Van- couver Island in B.C.. will be seeking new agreements. Trudeau promotes senior civil servants OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau announced the promotion of four senior civil servants Friday, saying it was part of a move to put "younger men with more flex- ibility" in top government jobs. They are the latest in a series of upper echelon shifts. Blair Seaborn. 50. assistant deputy minister in the con- sumer affairs department since 1970 and the man initial- ly sent by the United States to North Vietnam on a peace- feeling mission, was ap- pointed deputy minister of the environment. Arthur Kroeger, 42, moved from assistant secretary in the treasury board to deputy minister of the Indian affairs and northern development department. Stanfield shuffles shadow cabinet OTTAWA (CP) Conser- vative leader Robert Stanfield has shuffled his caucus com- mittee chairman in effect, his shadow cabinet and promoted Sinclair Stevens (York Simcoe) to the prestigious finance co chair- manship from corporate af- fairs. Mr. Stanfield is the other co chairman of that committee, and both men will be the chief financial critics in the house. Previously, the finance committee was grouped with economic affairs and tax- ation, and co chairmen included Mr. Stanfield, Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West) and James Giilies (Don Mr. Gillies, an economist long considered the major spokesman on economics for his party, becomes chairman of the committee on energy, mines and resources. Alvin Hamilton (Qu'appelle Moose the previous energy critic, becomes chairman of the agriculture committee, a position previously held by Jack Murta Mr. Murta becomes transport critic. In the new alignment, Mr. Lambert is to speak on cor- porate affairs, treasury board and national revenue WANTED SCRAP IRON Now Paying More For All Types Of Scrap Metal Farm Industrial Anything Made of Iron! IRON Truck Cram Service National Salvage Company LIMITED NEW LOCATION 206-33rd Street North Phone 328-1721 "Scrap it Our BuiintM" ;