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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 10, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Hastings walks tightrope as Liberal spokesman for Alberta SENATOR EARL HASTINGS Jerome beginning to feel the heat OTTAWA (CP) Shortly after James Jerome became Speaker of the Commons last year he said that "the less in- volved I am in the daily pro- ceedings, the better it is for the House of Commons." And, as it turns out, Mr. Je- rome might have saved himself some trouble had he heeded his own advice. After four months when he was peppered with praise from all sides, the 41-year-old Sudbury lawyer now is beginn- ing to feel the heat of criticism. In the last two weeks, both the New Democrats and the Social Credit Party have turned on the no-nonsense Speaker on several occasions. And there is likely more to come, particularly from NDP members. Several feel strong- ly that Mr. Jerome is being too arbitrary in his rulings without enough regard for the "feel" of the chamber. One NDP Member even sug- gests that Mr. Jerome may eventually want to step down in the face of'predicted procedural hassles. But, with near-unanimous support from the Liberal and Conservative benches, there seems little likelihood of that at the moment. Conservative Leader Robert Stanf ield made a point last week of dissociating his party from a flareup between the Speaker and the NDP. "I am concerned this could bring the operations of the op- position collectively into dis- Mr. Stanfield said. Mr. Jerome first ran into difficulty with the H-member Social Credit group over his method of giving opposition MPs the nod in the daily ques- .tion period. The Speaker de- fended his practice of recognizing parties in propor- tion to their numbers in the House, but he enraged the Social Credit MPs by noting there were only three of them in the chamber at the time. The next day, in an obvious protest, the Social Credit MPs held up proceedings for nearly an hour with procedural road- blocks. Mr. Jerome's difficulties with the NDP arose later after Ed Broadbent, the par- ty's parliamentary leader, had a question disallowed. He pointedly asked the Speaker to "consider your own decisions in the past week and see if they've been made with the usual standard of equity." If this remark were made to the chairman of any ordinary meeting it would appear moderate. But by the traditions of Parliament, members simply don't talk so bluntly to the Speaker. In the chair, he is a god. Last Wednesday, appearing to take a page from the Social Credit book, NDP Members moved a series of motions that tended to bog down proceedings. This time, Mr. Jerome cut them off. RESEMBLES DOVES The flower columbine is so called because it resembles a group of five perching doves and the Latin for dove is columbus. PUBLIC NOTICE Commission of The Commission, of Inquiry Relating to Public Complaints, Internal Discipline and Grievance Procedure within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announces that submissions will be re- ceived by the Commission March 31st, 1975 and that subsequent to that date no further sub- missions will be received by the Commission. Submissions may be sent to either: C. E. Beltord, Executive Secretary Commission of R.C.M.P. 18th Floor The Laurentran Towers 44 Bayswater Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.' K1Y 4K3 David W. Scott, Esq. Associate Counsel Commission of R.C.M.P. Scott Ayten, Barristers Solicitors, 170 Laurier Avenue west, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 5V5 CALGARY' (CP) Some people call him the federal government's ambassador to Alberta. Earl Hastings, 51-year-old oil company executive, twice defeated as a Liberal party candidate in Alberta and now a senator, is the recognized voice of the federal party in Alberta. Critics say he either does too much or too little: if he represents Albertans to the government he's usurping tne power of elected MPs; if he .represents the government to Albertans, he's not doing his job. "It's a delicate position, but no, I don't think I'm taking the job of representing Albertans away from the elected says Sena- tor Hastings. "I don't think I'd agree with the description of my job as an but more as party spokesman jn Alberta, and as an Albertan who has a voice direct to the highest levels of government in Ottawa." All 19 MPs from Alberta are Progressive Conservatives and following last summer's general election there was a considerable amount of un- easiness over Alberta's uni- que position in only province without an MP in the government caucus. Prime Minister Trudeau named Senator Hastings as. the government spokesman in the silver-haired father of three is waiting for the day he can turn his job over to an elected Liberal. "A large part of my job is to counteract the propaganda that comes to us from the anti-federalists, the people who want to break Alberta away from Canada, either philosophically or said Senator Hastings. "Many members of the Al- berta cabinet are covert sepa- ratists. Their statements ev- ery day show they appeal, ei- ther openly or accidentally, to the separatists who hate Ot- tawa and who want Alberta to go it alone. "My main job is to get the federal government's position across to Albertans so they have a balanced point of view to base their decisions on." While some elected MPs say Senator Hastings fulfils no useful purpose in his position, the man who led the Alberta Liberal party 14 years ago dis- agrees. "When a province has members in government caucus or in government iself, it has a voice to the decision- makers that simply isn't pos- sible when all the elected members are sitting in oppo- he said. "Prime Minister Trudeau and the cabinet talk to me about any decision affecting Alberta. I'm not privy to cabi- net meetings, nor do I have any kind of.absolute control over matters, but I have more influence in my position than the 19 Conservative MPs have sitting across the aisle in op- position." Asked if Mr. Trudeau or Fi- nance Minister John Turner consulted him about the fed- eral government oil policy, Senator Hastings nodded but added quickly: "The government didn't necessarily accept my opin- ions and suggestions." From which point of view did Senator Hastings advise the government: as a federal Liberal or as an Albertan? "My point of view was that pf a federal Liberal living in he replied. "It was a point of view which, I hope, represents the best interests of Alberta and the rest of Canada." What of the future? "I see a change everywhere I look. People aren't support- ing the provincial govern- ment's selfish stand on re- sources because they are Ca- nadians first and Albertans second. "There is always a danger in Alberta of some oddball bunch of kooks catching on as a political party. My job is to make sure the federal govern- ment's stand is known so that such a thing doesn't happen. "People see things the same way. They are afraid of what might happen if things con- tinue as they have been in the last couple of years. They are going to send some Liberals to Ottawa four years from now." LIVES IN TROPICS The Florida purple wing butterfly (Eunica tatila) lives in the tropics. More than 60 species are found in tropical America. YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used I COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 I By Order of the Commission Dated at Ottawa this ________________________30th day of January, 1975. WILL-O-PAK CANDIES CADBURY'S CHOCOLATE BISCUITS PEEK FREAN BISCUITS LIQUORICE ALLSORTS Golden Buds. Coconut Fingers. 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