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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta High Forecast Saturday 30. The Lethbridge Herald * ? * ? VOL. LXV - No. 17 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1971 PRICE: 15 CENTS r\VO SECTIONS-30 PAGES High-calibre group Alberta MPs take a bow By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - When it comes down to it, Albertans can take pride in the fact that they tend to send a greater number of higher calibre representatives to the national capital than most other provinces. A check through the Parliamentary Guide and the daily editions of Hansard will show that Alberta's MPs on both sides of the House of Commons are as active as any on Parliament Hill. In f act,there is only one Alberta member who really disappoints. And thatls because he's never here. Edmonton economist Hu Harries was expected to be one of the lights of the Liberal side when he was elected to Ottawa in the Trudeau sweep of 1988. But with rare exceptions the light has been very dim ever since. Says one of Harries' fellow Alberta MPs: "I think that Hu expected to be handed a cabinet post immediately he got down here. He wasn't, of course. Things don't work like that. Then, when he realized what a bard slug the daily life of an MP is - and all the. work one has to do at the grass roots level - he decided he'd be better off working almost totally in his own constituency of Edmonton Stratheona." Concluded the MP: "and that's a real shame. Because even if he found he couldn't agree with the Liberal government's1 economic policies or whatever, I think he could have been a dominant speaker on behalf on Western Canada. We needed him." However, from that point on the Rocky Mountain province's representatives seem to be constantly biting at the bit to get things rolling in Ottawa. Perhaps the most oustanding Alberta member is Gerald Baldwin, the Progressive Conservative House leader from Peace River. Baldwin, who sits next to Opposition leader Robert Stanfield in the House, is in every respect a true Parliamentarian, dedicated Westerner and a formidable foe. His position as PC house leader is an exhausting one. But the 64-year-old MP goes about,it with seemingly unflagging energy. And despite the chores his position place on him, he's never been known to neglect a local issue or be too busy for a friendly chat over coffee with almost anyone who seeks his ear. On the Liberal side, Agriculture Minister Bud 01-  son from Medicine Hat is known as a man who does his job with dedication. People have criticized his apparent lack of personality, and it's true, he is neither a Harry Hays nor Alvin Hamilton. However, what Mr. Olson lacks in the so-called leadership qualities, he makes up in his background and day to day routine. Rarely is he caught unprepared during question time. He's always got the answers -often way ahead of his critics. As another MP commented: "You certainly can't fault him on his homework." Possibly the most dominating figure in the House, especially when he is going in for the attack, is Calgary North MP Eldon Woolliams, the PC shadow justice minister. Of late, Mr. Woolliams has launched a steady campaign of slings and arrows against the government for not getting the National Energy Board to review its decision banning export of $1 billion worth of natural gas from Alberta to the U.S.A. Some people have said that Mr. Woolliams tends to dominate the House too much during question period. And it is certainly true that it is hard to ignore the giant posture and booming voice of this able QC when he rises on a point - something Liberal members probably wish they could do. Woolliams is certainly top notch cabinet material. So is Calgary South Liberal Pat Mahoney. Currently Parliamentary secretary to Energy Minister Joe Greene, it won't suprise anyone when Mr. Trudeau appoints him to a cabinet post, the word is that the former corporation executive could be in line for either Finance Minister Edgar Benson's portfolio or that of the ailing Mi*. Greene. Certainly, MPs on both sides of the House have to admit that Mr. Mahoney has done an excellent job �f steering the government's tax reform bill through Parliament. The long and arduous hours Mr. Mahoney put in on this important task will not have gone unnoticed by the prime minister. Back to the Conservatives again and to Robert Thompson, MP for Red Deer. As former national leader of the Social Credit Party during its heyday in Ottawa, Mr. Thompson made decisions that helped to topple the John Diefenbaker aciministration. In doing so he obviously changed the course of Canada's political history. Having now announced his intention to give up his seat in the Commons and move with his family to British Columbia, the Alberta member will still find a fulltime political job as national organizational coordinator for the PCs. If the party makes substantial gains in the next federal election - especially in B.C. - a lot of the credit will go to Mr. Thompson. Allen Sulatycky makes up the four members the Liberals managed to elect from Alberta in 1968. The MP for Rocky Mountain has been rewarded for his hard work in the Commons by lieing Parliamentary Secretary to Energy Minister Greene - an important position for an Alberta member to hold. The Whitecouirt resident has tended to spend much of his time in behind-the-scenes work since his election. However, with another federal election on the horizon it can be expected that Mr. Sulatycky's name will come to the forefront more often. Then there's Jack Horner, one of the most colorful MPs in the House. The PC member for Crowfoot came into the House in the Diefenbaker sweep of 1958 and il is going to be a long time before anyone comes close to defeating him. Weary MPs pass farm bill 5 during night long session Malta ioi "ces OTTAWA (CP) - After nearly two years of squabbling the Commons finally passed the farm products marketing bill this morning. Passage came following an all-night sitting that ended at 6:40 a.m. EST. The bill, which would set up a national farm products marketing council which would in turn recommend establishment of national marketing agencies for particular commodity groups, was expected to receive Senate approval later today. As soon as it does members of the two chambers will gather to witness royal assent and adjourn for holidays, returning to Parliament Hill Feb. 16. Passage of the bill-which has been hotly disputed since its' introduction and which had to be re-introduced this session after failing to get through in 1970- was achieved by means of an all-party compromise agreement spurred by the spectre of a winter without holidays. Despite their agreement to put the bill through, some opposition members expressed their displeasure to the last. issue VALLETTA (Reuter) -Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, backed by pledges of Libyan support, prepared today for a showdown with Britain over his ultimatum that British forces1 leave Malta by midnight tonight. It was clear that Britain would ignore the deadline while going ahead with its own plans for a phased withdrawal. The 3,500 British servicemen and ..their 7,000 dependents prepared 'tor celebrate the New Year on the island., With no sign that either Mintoff or British Prime Minister Edward Heath would back down in the crisis, the big question was what would happen next. A British military; spokesman described the Maltese demand for the evacuation of the forces and their families by midnight as "quite unreasonable." PAID FOR USE In any case, he added, Britain had paid for the use of Malta's facilities until March 31. The British land, sea and air forces had a great amount of equipment and stores and it would take months to remove them. 1971 roars out Winds hit 100 mpH -end blow in year- Seen and heard About town rf^REEN foreign car driv-ing down 13th St. S. trailing about 50 feet of extension cord . . . Valeric Wright locking herself in the bathroom to get away from persistent one-year-old Angela McMillan . . . bank manager K. W. McLean wondering why there are more cheques than money coming :