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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Lalonde labels patronage allegations 'ridiculous' By RTCHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Charges that political patronage was involved in the decision to hold the 3875 Canada Winter Games in Lethbridge have been called "ridiculous" by federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde. "I feel safe in saying there was no political reason for awarding the Games to Lethbridge," Mr. Lalonde said in a telephone interview from Ottawa. Since the announcement Saturday that the games would be held in Southern Alberta, cries .:. of "unfair," political patronage and allegations that the decision was predetermined have emanated from Red Deer, Grande Prairie and Calgary, with. Jasper-Hintori and medicine Hat. "One could make more of an argument that politics was involved iu the decision if the Games had been awarded to Calgary, � where there is a chance of picking up more seats," Mr. Lalonde said. He added it is ironic that these charges should be made about Lethbridge since Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Calgary sent delegations, or were in direct contact with his office. Lethbridge made no representation other than the formal bid, he said. A1 site-selection committee, independent and non-governmental, surveyed the six competing centres and recommended Leth- bridge, Mr. Lalonde said. "I couldn't see any reason to modify the committee's recommendation." The committee was left com-p'etely on its own, with no pressure from the province or the federal government, he said. "There was no preference as far as the federal government was concerned. We knew it was to be in Alberta and it doesn't matter if' it's north, west or south." The selection committee look- ed at size of the community, ability to produce the Games, net results after the Games and the net benefit to the community. Although it was not a determining factor, Mr. Lalonde said, "I looked at the costs myself and found Lethbridge had one of the lowest capital costs to the province and federal government of any of the bids." He added "the fact that Lethbridge got the Games doesn't mean the other cities made bad presentations or that they were incapable of holding the Games. Any of the three finalists, and Red Deer was one, could have been awarded the Games." Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt told The Herald he asked Mr. Lalonde in the Commons Jan. 30 if the decision had been made and if Lethbridge was the choice. Mr. Lalonde then said, "No." Rumors, at various times gave the edge to Grande Prairie, Calgary and Red Deer, Mr. Hurlburt said. Both Mr. Lalonde and Mr. Hurlburt said Gordon Towers, Conservative MP for Red Deer had approached the minister this week claiming Red Deer should have been chosen because of its geographical location. "It's just sour grapes," Mr. Hurlburt said. Mr. Lalonde said he might visit Lethbridge before the end of March at the request of the University of Lethbridge. The Lethbrtdije Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 57 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Out shopping Bob Smith of Claresholm enjoyed shopping in. Lethbridge Thursday after winning $50,-000 in' the Calgary Shrine-Lions annual sweepstakes Wednesday. With the 51-year-did cook at the Claresholm Care Centre, are, left to right, wife Bertha; granddaughter Candace, 8;.grandson Darren, 3; daughter Darlene, 24 and daughter Sherry, 15. Throne speech slammed Mail dispute nearing end OTTAWA (CP) - Postal workers and the federal treasury board came close to ending their wage and contract dispute Thursday, with apparently overwhelming ratification of a proposed contract. The actual signing of the contract is expected within two weeks. A spokesman for the treasury board said the next step is up to the postal unions. It is their responsibility to inform the treasury board that the proposals have been ratified-thus setting the key "ratification date." That date, which still must be inserted in the draft contract, is the date from which the three pay raises will be calculated. The first raise, 38 cents an hour, will be effective on the first day period following ratification. The next two increases, 14 cents an hour and 13 cents an hour, respectively, will come 10 months and 15 months-after ratification. The increases total 65 cents per hour over the contract, lasting to Dec. 31, 1974. Jim McCall, a co-chairman of the Council of Postal Unions, said he expected that the government would be notified of the ratification today. About 73 per cent-16,099-of the full time workers voting cast ballots in favor of Hie proposed settlement, with 6,152 against. Part time workers voted 1,052 for and 567 against. The council reported a total of 202 spoiled ballots The agreement calls for a $400 retroactive allowance up to Jan. 1, 1973, with an additional $66 lump sum payment for each monf.. up to the date of ratification. Each worker now would receive a minimum payment of $466, plus a proportionate settlement tor that part of February proceeding ratification. Wliile no detailed breakdown of voting was available, unofficial results Indicate the agreement was ac- , cepted in Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Quebec City and smaller centres. Workers in Montreal and Hamilton voted to reject the settlement. While the wage increase package goes into effect immediately on ratification, the other clauses including one establishing a joint union management; committee to discuss job creation, classification and related matters, become effective after the signing date. By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - Social Credit MLAs criticized the throne speech Thursday opening the Lougheed government's 1973 legislature session for failing to come to grips with unemployment, an ailing farm economy and young people struggling to buy a home and get started in life. Bob Clark, former cabinet minister and MLA for Olds-Didsbury, said "there wasn't any mention of unemployment." Mr. Clark, said housing starts in Alberta were down last year compared with the previous year, yet the Lougheed government proposed to continue its current unsatisfactory housing policies. BACK PATTING "There was a lot of back patting in the throne speech but it looks like the pork barrel has run out of new ideas." Ray Speaker, former cabinet minister and MLA for Little Bow, said "it was 75 per cent back patting. The government has ignored many, many of its election promises." Social Credit Leader Werner Schmidt said the speech was devoid of action and indicated the government no longer thinks the legislature is of much use. "There is nothing new in the speech from the throne that we haven't heard either through a television or radio newscast or a newspaper report. So, one wonders what's left to the legislative assembly." Leighton Buckwell, Macleod MLA, rapped, a section in the speech that read "the pressures faced in maintaining the family farm have been eased with the organization of many new programs by the department of agriculture, including the agriculture develop m e n t fund." Mr. Buckwell said farm land remains extremely expensive, young people refuse to enter farming for fear of incurring o investigation planned into Slave Lake incident EDMONTON (CP) - There will be no official inquiry into a provincial government-ordered background investigation of three northern Alberta men, Premier Peter Lougheed said Thursday. The cabinet ministers who instigated the background and personality checks had apologized to the men and that was the end of the. matter, Mr. Lougheed said on the CBC news program Hourglass. Canadian PoW leaves Hanoi CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) - Canadian Marc Cayer who was released by his North Vietnamese captors earlier this week, will fly from Hanoi to either Vientiane or Saigon today a United States state department; official said- Earlier this month, Attorney-General Men' Leitch said he had asked the RCMP to study the backgrounds of the men, who had been critical of government affairs in Slave Lake. The request had come from Al Adair, minister responsible for northern affairs, who had been asked to end criticism of municipal affairs officials in the tiny town, 150 miles north of Edmonton. One of tli!! men, AI Burger, 32, of nearby Faust, is president of the provincial council of the New Democratic Party. The others involved were Bruce Thomas, 24, publisher of the weekly Slave Lake Oiler, and Floyd Griesbach, 56, of Wa-basca. Mr. Griesbach once served on the Drew commission on agriculture in Ontario. He and Mr. Burger wrote articles critical of the government for Mr. Thomas' newspaper. Seen and heard About town "PRANCES WEASELFAT claiming "although I've lost weight, I'm still as friendly as ever" . . . Deone Beck getting the feel of "spring".early, due to a worn or faulty bed mattress . . . Dong Komctz searching city hall for the Cracked Helmet, emblematic of media water-fightiug supremacy. Controls imposed exports on OTTAWA (CP) - With dramatic suddenness, the federal government announced Thursday night that it is imposing controls on the rapidly-accelerating flow of crude oil to the United States. The move came as the virtually-insatiable U.S. appetite for energy threatened to leave Canadian refineries short of oil next month. long - term debt and "irrigation rehabilitation is still quite a concern to the irrigation districts." NOTHING INSPIRING Dick Gruenwald, MLA for Lethbridge West, said "even the most ardent Conservative would have to say there was nothing inspiring." Proposals for a new Police Act to combat rising crime and a provincial transportation policy could be worthwhile, but it won't be known until details have been released. He applauded a pledge "to assure better accommodation and recreation facilities for senior citizens," but said emphasis should also be given to helping young people starting out in society. Ted Hinman, Cardston MLA, said the speech wasn't new or startling in any way. None of the proposals were of particular significance to Southern Alberta, he said. LOT OF BRAGGING John Anderson, MLA for Lethbridge East, said "The government did a lot of bragging but really haven't offered anything to help the poor people they talk about so much." Doug Miller, MLA for Taber-Warner, said "I'm sure glad to see a mention in the speech about continuing, in - depth scrutiny of government regulations." Mr. Miller said regulations and red tape have prevented many needy farmers from taking advantage of provincial and federal financial assistance both through the banks and through government funds. Energy Minister Donald Mac-donald said export licences will be required for oil for the first time since 1959. The National Energy Board would monitor the exports and ensure that enough crude oil was kept in Canada to meet the needs of domestic refineries. Board spokesmen indicated there may be interim cuts in exports next month, when oil supplies may be temporarily insufficient to meet both Canadian and U.S. demand. Meanwhile American officials expressed concern today about possible cuts in crude oil imports from Canada at a time  when shortages of heating oil have caused anxiety in many sections ofvthe United States. Boardihember J. C. Stabback said petroleum companies, most of them'subsidiaries of U.S. corporations, have not guaranteed March supplies for Canadian refineries. They had agreed only on Feb. l to supply all the needs of Canadian refineries this month. "We didn't want to leave the situation where we might not know until midnight March 1 whether we would have sufficient supplies for Canada," Mr. Stabback said. "The board wasn't willing to go through that again." HOLD HEARINGS Mr. Macdonald said the board will hold public hearings to determine a procedure for meeting longer-term domestic needs. Robert Howland, energy board chairman, said Canada has a plentiful supply of oil for the long run, but much of it is in deposits that cannot be brought into production before 1980. The problem was to control exports until then. The board, however, predicts that relief will come in the form of increasing amounts of oil extracted from the Athabasca oil-sands and the beginning in 1980 of the flow of oil from the Mackenzie delta. PROTECT CUSTOMERS The board study declares that ample notice should be given to U.S. customers of any reduction in exports so that no hardships result. Whatever Thursday's a n-nouncement may do to ease the strain on the pipelines, it has apparently worsened the strained relations between Ottawa and Alberta. Alberta Premier Peter Loug- heed said Thursday night that the federal regulation of oil exports is unnecessary and an over-reaction. He asserted that Alberta oil reserves are sufficient to meet demands. Oil industry spokesmen echoed his reaction. Price increase may be sequel OTTAWA (CP) - Higher heating - oil prices, increased western alienation and strained relations withfthe United States are just three possible sequels to Thursday's announcement that the federal government will regulate oil exports. , National Energy Board studies indicate that Canadian production and pipeline facilities are stretched' to capadi�yv trying to fill domestic andi'US. demand. ' Although the govern ment will, if necessary, force petroleum producers to give Canadian refineries all the crude oil they need, the producers can be expected to seek higher prices. As with the continuing battle over natural gas prices, the producers can argue that if they are partially barred from the high-paying U.S. market, they should receive higher prices from domestic customers. � Price increases for crude oil coidd spread throughout the economy, since the crude oil is used to make furnace oil, mo- tor vehicle gasoline, industrial fuel oil, lubricants, aviation fuel and miscellaneous petrochemical products. Hardest hit would be Ontario, where about half of western Canadian oil is used. The Ottawa Valley, Quebec and the Atlantic .provinces, however, use cheaper foreign oil. But whereas the regulations are designed to prevent or|re?*.' ducef price increases, they may have unpleasant side effects. The Alberta petroleum industry and government, which have protested against federal barriers to more exports of natural gas, may well view the oil regulations in the same light, as an unfair restraint on their economic development. GOOD CUSTOMER Ontario was a "good customer" for Western Canadian oil when the West could not export its products and should now be "first served and at a good price" when the federal government reshapes its national oil policy, Ontario energy adviser Darcy McKeough said in Toronto. Freeze proposed on land sates The provincial government will be asked to put an immediate freeze on all land sales in Alberta in a brief to be presented Feb. 23 by the Vulcan Chamber of Commerce. "The chamber is concerned with the future expansion of Hutterite colonies, large corporate farms, and land holdings by large American and Canadian corporations," Dave Mitchell, a chamber member said Thursday. The chamber will be presenting the brief to the government following a motorcade to Edmonton and a demonstration at the legislative buildings. "We want, to focus attention on land use in Alberta. Large corporations are coming and buying up land. "Block Bros. lias been moving into Alberta, and I think they are coming in because they can buy land here and specu- late in it," Mr. Mitchell said. The thrust of the brief will object to the expansion of Hutterite colonies, and the man� n&r in which the repeal of the Communal Properties Act was carried out, Mr. Mitchell said. "The Hutterite philosophy is geared to the acquisition of land, and they do not take part in any. other activity," he said. He said there were no public hearings on the changes to the act, and that chamber briefs were not considered. "We've exhausted all conventional means of registering our protest, and we have not got the action we wanted," Mr. Mitchell said. While voicing ,concern over corporate' take-over of farm land, Mr. Mitchell said, "what affects us immediately is that the Hutterites are expanding right now, on a large scale." Prison gates slammed on Lewis QUEBEC (CP) - David Lewis, New Democratic party leader, will not be allowed to visit three Quebec labor leaders in Orsainville prison because he has no family or professional ties with the men, the prison administration said Thursday. Mr. Lewis had planned to visit them today. Inside 'Forget the dramatics. What news of the Indian land claims?' Classified ............ 18-21 Comics .................. 23 Comment..............4 District..................3 Family .............. 15, 16 Joan Waterfield ........ 9 Local News .......... 13, 14 Markets .............. 24 Sports .............. 10, 11 Theatres ................. 9 Travel ................. 22 TV.....................5-9 Weather .............. 2 Workshop ............... 17 LOW TONIGHT 20-25 HIGH SATURDAY NEAR 40; CHANCE OF RMS ;