Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Frldoy, February IT, THI irTHIKIDGr HEKAID Energy board blocking Lougheed economy plan By WALTER KIIUVENCIIUK EDMONTON (CH) Oil and gas make Albert a a "liave" province but Premier Peter Loiiirliced says il lias become "overly dependent" on its natural resources. His new Progressive Con- servative government wants to diversify lire province's economy with money from .n- creased natural gas exports, he said in an interview wild The Canadian Press, but the national energy board has tin-own up a roadblock. The board ruled last Nov- ember Ihal an extra 2.7-lril- lion cubic feet of gas worth about ?1 billion could nol be exported because sufficient were not available. This decision, said Jic 43- year-old Calgary lawyer, will keep Alberta's natural gas "underpriccd" because en- sures the majority of buying will be done by Trans Canada Pipe Lines, a monopoly trans- mission company. He had a that cus- tomers in Eastern Canada and tlie United States Midwest were not paying a fair price for Alberta gas. Deciding Ihal Hiere's more than one way to skin a cal, his government has ordered an investigation into the ''un- derpricing" of gas now being sold. CITES ADVANTAGES Higher gas prices, the pre- mier said, "would have many, many effects on the econ- omy." In addition to increasing government income through royalties, "it would stimulate the producer to explore for new lields, lo go into areas where there is a high degree of sour gas and build a proc- essing plant and could lead lo a higher decree of processing in Alberta." Meanwhile, the Conserva- tive government is reviewing oil and natural gas royalties and plans, for the first lime, lo give the public "an oppor- tunity to express their views." The existing 10-year royalty agreement expires March 31 and Mr. Lougheed anticipates the government will come up with a new ligure "SLX to nine monlhs from now." The roy- ally now ranges up lo 16 2-3 per cent depending on a well's production. There also will be an in- crease in the royalty on coal now 10 a Mr Lougheed declined lo say how much. Switching subjects. Mr. Lougheed said his government is dissatisfied with the federal economic expansion program, which he said "comes right inU> our backyard in areas where we have responsibility and starts1 to manipulate our priorities." TO IIUItKY Meanwhile, he said Alberta has a light to IK consulted be- fore federal decisions are made regarding natural re- sources. The piwince hag PREMIER LOUGHEED gas exports decision asked for observer status at energy talks between Canada and the U.S. "We didn't ask lo be a par- ticipant, we just want to know what's going on.'1 "Now" was the key word in the Conservative campaign that produced victory in Ihe Aug. provincial election, sending Uie Social Credit parly to the sidelines alter 36 years in power, bill Mr. Lougheed said the new gov- ernment isn't going to hurry. "The public doesn't want us lo do everything overnight." he said in outlining the work done so far by Ihe Conserva- lives. ''They want us lo do it pro- perly and well and in the right sequence." Take lor example, the par- ly's tantalizing campaign promise to remove educalion costs from property lax. Mr. Lougheed said lire gov- ernmenl is aiming for 1373 be- cause "we're talking about residential property tax only and we have to come up with a realistic way of dealing with Uie industrial and commercial property tax and assure there is fair treatment" MUNICIPAL ISSUE Financially-strapped munic- ipalities want the government to speed things up but the pre- mier said it's a complicated matter which needs more sludy. There was some concern the government move may be negated by increased munici- pal (axes gul Mr Lougheed said all the provincial govern- ment can do is "create, as best we can, a fair munici- pal-provincial lax arrange- "From Ihcn on, the show lies between the municipal voler and Ihe municipal gov- ernment." So far, the Conservatives have concentrated on five 1 o n g- term planning, their first leg- i s 1 a f i v e session starting March 2, budget preparation, and priorities. Budget preparation, Mr. Lougheed said, has taken "an inlcnse amount" of lime witii the target a balanced operat- ing account. SAILS TRIMMED "We inherited Ihe most ex- pensive government in Can- ada and we have lo do some phasing out so we can come up with the money for our priority program." The Conservatives have al- ready scrapped the Alberta advisory found] ami the h u m a n resources research council and reduced the budget of the task force on ur- banization and the future and are reviewing other Social Credit programs. Provincial Treasurer Gor- don Miniely has announced not be a lax in- crease in 1972. The budget's capital ac- count is another kettle of fish and appears deficit bound. Mr. Lougheed sees nothing wrong with governments bor- rowing money for capital pyj- jccls "If the services are needed and interest costs are not too liigh we should be borrow- he said. "People arc going lo pay some portion of it today but the people who are going to use that road or bridge 10 or 15 years from now, (hey pay loo." Aslc About The NEW INVISIBLE MULTIFOCAL LENS (MULTILUX) OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO Labor will do bargaining with all employer types OTTAWA (CP) It doesn't make much difference to labor whether the company they bar- gain with is foreign-owned or not, says William Dodge, Secre- tary-treasurer of the Canadian Labor Congress. "You take an employer as you find he told the On- tario legislature's select com- Grand Opening! We have a brand new Winnebago Dealership for Ihis area, and have nil three exciting new Winnebago molni homo lines for 1972 on display and ready for your inspection. The Winnebago Brave. The Winnebago Indian. And the luxurious new Winnebago Chieftain. Nine models in all price ranges, from 18 lo 28-foot lengths. Come In njr Grdnd Opening and see 11 new Winnebagos in our heated indoor showroom. 7905 FLINT ROAD S.E., CALGARY 27, ALBERTA, TELEPHONE 252-7582 'i mittce on cultural and economic nationalism today. "An employer is an employer from the union's point of view." On the labor side, he said, Ca- nadian locals of international unions have more independence than subsidiaries have of their parent firms. International unions would re- ject any legislative measure that would apply different rules to international and Canadian unions. Mr. Dodfie said the CLC is working on a policy on eco- nomic and cultural nationalism to present at ils national con- vention in May. "Our own policies have not been very well tainly not in a public way." MAKES NO DIFFERENCE But he said thai within un- ions, if does nol "make a parti- cle of difference" lit n local uhelhor ils licadquni 'lei's nre in Ihe oj L'anijita. II would havo the same, bar- gaining power. In both cases, il would need headquarters ap- proval to lake n slrike vole and draw from the union strike fund. As a matter of fact, lie added, he was aboiil lo the a local of an in- lernalional union representing office employees at CLC head- quarters. The CLC local, not the U.S. parent, had formed the de- mands and bargaining tactics. He told reporters later that his employees demands were exorbitant and unrealistic. They had no conception of hou- lo um a business, he grinned. I homes estern ltd. Many feared dead TEHRAN (Koulcr) About 13" [x-oplc .ire Itvipperl and many feared dead in snow bliz- zards and avalanches in Iran's mountainous north, it rc- Thursday. CONN S17K Shoe sizes were originally hased on barleycorns, wild ,'lfl (if them equalling lire longest, nor- maj loot IciigUi. SIMPSONS -SEARS SATURDAY SPECIALS Ladies' Pant Suit Spectacular Reg. Spring Cat. 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