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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta CflLBCR' FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 15-20 ABOVE Uthlniilcje Herald VOL. LXV No. 45 LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 P, Ottawa begins all-out drive to woo West By PAUL JACKSON' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Tnidcau's government appears to be in the midst of a campaign to woo the west. And some people don't like it. For instance, within days of the announcement that Die government intended to build a new million mint in Winnipeg, an Ottawa newspaper came out with a vigorous and biting editorial that just about summed up many people's feelings here. The editorial de- clared that Canada can only have one capital city. That city must be Ottawa. A policy of wholesale decentral- ization was foolish and would lead to a "muddle of madness beyond all present imagination." It wasn't just the mailer of relocating the mint that sparked that editorial. For some time now there has been a growing awareness in Ottawa that no longer will the headquarters and operations of all gov- ernment departments and agencies be located here. Last year the government announced that the Can- ada Development Corporation, that bold and imagina- tive agency that will soon start injecting the first of bil- lions of dollars into Canadian industry, would be lo- cated in Vancouver. That was perhaps the most daz- zling jewel to appear in the crown for some time. And Ottawa had expected to keep it. Earlier this year, Otto Lang, the minister respon- sible for the wheat board, told farmers the government had decided to give them something they had been de- manding for years, a two-price system for wheat. What's more, Mr. Lang pointed out that even though farmers vrill gel 3 higher price for wheat sold on tlie domestic market, it wouldn't mean price hikes for con- sumers. Ottawa will foot the entire bill through direct subsidies. Playing up to West Within days of that announcement, came another move from Ottawa that should fill farmers full of glee. Mr. Lang and Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin announc- ed the setting up rf a government market develop- ment grains :md oilseeds. Under tliis pro- a whole range of methods to assist expansion of the industry will be made available to various groups and organizations. There have been ether moves by the Trudeau ad- ministration ivhich indicate a growing awareness of the West. One was the ill-fated prairie grains stabilization bill. Another was the farm marketing legislation. Of course, these bills have met stiff opposition from cer- tain quarters. But the government stands firm on its premise that they would aid the farmer in battling cer- tain economic woes. When th" cabinet .-.IniiNc "I .tsmiavy came, there was renewed evidence of the prime minister's interest in the West. Mr. Lang, who most people thought was in Mr. Trudeau's bad books, was elevated from being manpower and immigration minister to justice minister. What's more, to show that western interests would still Ire served, th? Saskatchewan MP held on to Ms wheat board responsibilities. Also. Pat Mahoncv. the HP (or Calgary South, was appointed a minister of stale in the cabinet. He had been parliamentary secretary to former finance min- ister Edgar Benson. Mr. Mahoney, of course, conies front some of the most vigorous anti-Literal territory in the country The home of the oil barons of Alberta. So does Mr. Lang. In fact, the new justice min- ister, tlie former dean of law at the University of Saskatchewan, is the only MI5 from that province the Liberals currently have in the House of Commons. Perhaps enough reason to keep Mr. Lang in the cabi- net, but, hardly the reason to make him justice minister. Election strategy? O Obviously, there arc reasons for Mr. Trudeau's keen interest in the West. Cynics might say it is solely elec- tion strategy. With the exception of British Columbia where the Liberals appear to be strong and healthy, the west has sent only a sparse selection of MPs to populate Ottawa. It might be said that if Mr. Trudeau couldn't capture the West or at least the prairie provinces in those golden days of the '68 sweep, he certainly can't hope to do any better next time unless lie gives a considerable amount. Cynics aside, others, such as Winnipeg South Centre MP E. B. Osier, claim that the government's current policies simply show that Mr. Trudeau and his fellow Liberals understand I lie problems of Ihe West tetter lhan anyone else. Heller even than John Dicfenbaker during his peak years. Mr. Osier predicts thai (be West ivill pain much more, in future from Mr. Tnideau. However, it is known that some cabinet ministers and Liberal election strategists feel frustrated by the West. They can't understand why they can't win seats on the prairies. And they can't understand why the prime minister insists on spending so much time dis- cussing the West's problems. Especially when it, is so barren for them. Could il be that Mr. Tnideau wants to be all things to all men'' In (lie Kasl, he presses forward with his policy of bilingualisni. That's a policy Westerners can't understand. In I ho he pci'plexes Kastcrn MPs by pushing forward policies nf expansion. Whether be. does ;--o wilh lus pyo on tin; voter, or simply he un- derstands tetter Mian anyone; the wants and needs of different areas of Canada, one thing is sure an ad- ministration keen on building up the West can't, do us sny h.'irni. CANADIANS AT CEREMONY Karen Magnussen leads the Canadian delegation in- to the Makomanai Ice Stadium at ceremony marking the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sapporo, Japan. Catholics defy appeals to drop protest march From BELFAST (CP) Northern Ireland's Roman Cal.holic-ba.sed Civil Rights Association defied tonight appeals from and politicians and decided to hold a silent protest march Sunday de- spite the risk of more blood- shed. The march will be staged in Newry, a mainly Roman Catho- lic town close to the border with tlie Irish Republic. The organizers say it is in- tended as a tribute "to those who died for democracy during a similar march in Londonderry last Sunday." The Newry march, as was that in Londonderry, is illegal under terms of the Northern Ireland government's ban on processions. 13 KILLED Thirteen civilians died in Lon- donderry in an outburst of shooting after British para- troops moved in and Sunday's march turned into a riot. Kevin McCory. spokesman for the Civil Rights Association, said any riot or bloodshed in Newiy would be the responsibil- ity of the British army. The British government has warned (he civil rights group that it will stick to its policy of banning all such to protest the Ulster govern- ment's internmenl-withoul-trial if Sunday's proces- Opposition may have bills sioji is held, the security forcof> will break it up. Defence Secretary Lord Car- ringion of Britain warned in London that such a march would he potentially dangerous. About 30.000 Roman Catholics assembled in Londonderry Wednesday for the funerals of the 13 killed by British soldiers last Sunday. There were emotional scenes at the graveskie as women col- lapsed, wailing their grief. The British cabinet would welcome intervention by world leaders to persuade Roman Catholics to call off further ille- gal marches in Northern Ire- land, a government source dis- closed in London today. This highly-placed informant said he believes Prime Minis- ter Trudeau can play a special persuasive role bec-ause of his own background and his expe- rience m dealing with the Que- bec situation, Sadal seeks Russian okay to resume limited war MOSCOW (A.P) President Anwar Sadat of Egypt opened talks Soviet leaders today, and informed sources in Beirut paid he press for approval for his troops to resume limited hostilities across the Suez canal. Sadat is also expected to ask for more military aid, particu- larly offensive weapons for strikes deep into Israel in view of the United States agreement, to resume selling Phantom fighter-bombers to the Jewish state. With anti-Soviet feeling rising in Egypt and the Arab world, Sadat is expected to put the So- net-Egyptian friendship and co-operation treaty of last Way to the test. He said before he left Egypt that the Moscow talks will help him determine when to lake action to recover the Isrni'li-occupiod Sinai De- scr! and that a decision on an offensive will be made on his return. The sources in Beirut said a resumption of limited hostilities across the canal, where a cease- fire has been in effect since Au- gust, 1970, would focus Egyptian and Arab attention on the battle with Israel, provide Sadat more time for manoeuvring and re- furbish his image with Egyptian students demanding military ac- tion. Death threat at Olympics passed EDMONTON ICP) Opposi- tion MLAs may have their bills debated and passed in future sessions of the legislature, Lou Hyndman. government house leader, said Wednesday. Mr. Hyndman, the education minister, said a "sound and worthwhile" bill might be look- ed at by the administration and "possibly become a govern- ment bill." He told a service club lunch- eon that the government will look at the possibility of debat- ing opposition bills in tlie legis- lature. A decision is expected to be reached by the end of the next session of the legislature which starts March 2 he add- ed. Allison dies after attack WINNIPEG (CP) W. Car. lyle Allison, former editorial and public affairs director nf i n r. i p e g television station C.IAY-TV, died W e d n c s d a y night in hospital after suffering a attack .it his home. He M. Me was a former newspaper man and member of the Board of broadcast Governors, fore- runner of the Canndian Radio- Television Commission. SAPPORO, Japan