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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 19, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 39 Royal income debate heats up Top dog Sir Lancelot of Barvan sprawls on the lap of his owner Barbara Vanword of Newmarket, Ont. Sir Lancelot who answers to the name of Dudley at home, took top honors in North America's fore- most canine show in New York. He was the first Canadian dog to win the best dog-in-show award in 57 years. New transport system faces major problems By BOB DOUGLAS OTTAWA (CP) Expect no immediate, dramatic improve- ment in the overloaded transport system as a result of the current transport policy review, government policy planners say. Problems are enormous, they say, and changes will have to be introduced gradually over years. Money is a major problem with energy, housing and other urgent needs competing for government funds, say government officials. And even if the government decided today to flood the coun- try with rail freight cars, the new equipment would not be ready for at least 18 months because factories are plugged solid with orders. Meanwhile, government planners are working on a blueprint for what they say will be a different transport system. They say some changes, like the experimental LRC (light, rapid, comfortable) passenger train service in southwestern Ontario, will be introduced this year. Other changes will come in waves over years. The policy review was underway even before Transport Min- ister Jean Marchand said a year ago that the transport system was in a mess. Election ideas The Liberal party rushed some preliminary ideas out as its transport policy in the election campaign. There has been some backtracking since on some details of the plan. Transport department officials left the impression a year ago that a broad transport policy would be ready by the autumn. But by the autumn transport department officials were tailing about continuing the policy study another year. Informants now say that there will be no detailed gov- ernment white paper wrapping up all government transport policy in a neat package. Mr. Marchand may make a statement this spring outlining the general direction of government policy, say transport de- partment sources. There will be announcements about improving rail access to the port of Vancouver, one major bottleneck in the rail system. In addition, there will be a new ports policy outlining changes to ports administration across the country and possibly further improvements in the rail freight system, informants say. Problems growing But the problems are great and growing. "For the first time in many decades we are running out of .capacity on the railways and the question is what do you do about one government official said. Traffic on the over-all transport system is expected at least to double by 1990. Much of the increase will be on rail. There are also problems on highways with different load limits in different provinces. Government officials say they are trying to devise ways of improving efficiency so more can be squeezed out of the ex- isting system. One possibility is joint use of track by CN and CP Rail in Western Canada. Justice Minister Otto Lang, minister responsible for the wheat board, already has outlined proposals for improving the grain transport system by encouraging shipment of grain by truck to mainline rail terminals. Mr. Lang and his. officials say these ideas are not yet policy. Pension equality for women OTTAWA (CP) A bill in- troduced in the Commons Monday would give female public servants full pension equality with their male counterparts. The bill, introduced by Treasury Board President Jean Chretien, amends 11 laws to give male and female contributors "equality of status and equal rights and obligations." Among pension plans affected are those for the defence and external affairs departments, the RCMP, judges, Parliament and the Governor-General. The bill increases contribu- tions to pension funds by fe- males to 6.5 per cent from five per cent of salary, putting them in line with contributions already re- quired from male public ser- vants. Another section of the bill gives widowers equal r msion status with widows. LONDON (CP) As the Queen and Prince Philip began a tour in sunny Ber- muda, a lively debate is under way in chilly Britain over the size of the royal income. The immediate cause of the controversy is a proposal to increase the Queen's main allowance by more than 000 to million a year. The Queen has offered to pay of the increase herself but this has done little to quiet the argument. Already anti-royalists in the governing Labor party have won Prime Minister Wilson's reluctant agreement to hold a full-scale Commons debate on the issue. Their anger deepened dur- ing the weekend when it was learned a VC-10 airliner had to be expensively re-equipped at the last minute to accom- modate the royal party on the flight to Bermuda. The re-fit included installation of rosewood panelling, a coffee table, dressing tables, mirrors and the like. A British Airways spokesman took some of the heat out of this particular dis- pute by explaining that the interior of the standard VC-10 had to be changed because the 'aircraft ordinarily used by the Queen has been bought by an Arab oil sheik. He left some confusion .among remused reporters, however, by refusing .to give the cost of the refurbishing with the puzzling explanation that "this is a commercial matter." Meanwhile, the Queen has withheld any comment, as is. the tradition, on the subject and people outside Parlia- ment appear generally un- concerned. 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