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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Ftbrucry 27, 1974 LETHBRIDQE HERALD DON GETTY Criticism brushed aside OTTAWA (CP) The energy department brushed aside Tuesday criticism that Ottawa has delayed negotiations with the provinces on a one-price na- tional marketing system for oil G. M McNabb, senior assistant deputy minister, said preliminary discussions have been held, "mainly with the producing and more meetings are planned in the days ahead. He was commenting on re- marks made Monday by Attorney-General Alex Macdonald of British Columbia who said Ottawa has delayed some negotiating meetings and others have not taken place. Mr McNabb said in an interview that several events have intervened to prevent swift progress in negotiations. He mentioned as one example the world energy conference earlier this month in Washington. In Edmonton, Inter- governmental Affairs Minister Don Getty of Alberta said March will be a month of intensive work leading to a possible interim agreement on the question. Alberta's final position will hinge on recommendations from the province's petroleum marketing commission, he said. The commission, an agency that will buy and sell most of the province's oil when the freeze is lifted, begins oper- ations Friday. Its recommendations are expected by mid-March. Alberta produces about 85 per cent of all Canadian oil, Saskatchewan most of the remainder. Prime Minister Trudeau and the 10 provincial premiers agreed at an Ottawa energy conference last month to at- tempt to negotiate a one-price policy before March 31, the date when the voluntary price freeze on petroleum products is lifted million for student job program EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government announced Tuesday that million has been allocated for the 1974 summer temporary employment program to employ about students. The program will provide jobs on farms, in provincial and municipal government departments, auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes. There will also be a junior forest ranger project. Students over the age of 16 will be eligible for employment About youths are expected to find jobs on farms, the government announcement said. Childhood plan grants to be hiked EDMONTON