Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Thursday, January 7, 1971 Louder voice for West sought by new party By GLENNJS Z1LM EDMONTON (CP) - Gerry Beck, who has announced the formation of Ihe Western Canada Party, is a soft-spoken accountant who wants to give the West a loud voice in federal politics. Even if the new party only elects a few representatives, he says it will ensure a greater voice for the West which has been "robbed by the federal government." Mr. Beck announced the formation of the new party Monday. He is vice-president of it and one of the main organizers. The party's headquarters are in Maple Ridge, B.C., home of its national secretary, Ernie Lemberg, but so far Mr. Beck has been the main spokesman. The party has an executive consisting of vice-presidents from each of the western provinces, plus the national secretary. They also have a 10-man board of directors. Your NEW Authorized Dealer JEEP� TRUCKS AND STATION WAGONS UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-1478 A conservatively-dressed businessman of 35, Mr. Beck has been involved in politics for about two years and never with one of the major parties. He started a local chapter of the Voice of Western Canadians in early 1969 and when he heard of a similar organization in British Columbia, called the Western Parliament Advocates, he began corresponding with Mr. Lemberg. In 1970, the Voice of Western Canadians amalgamated with the Dominion of Canada party. GERRY BECK . . . Main spokesman �� SIMPSONS COMtlcifoK IN OUR WAREHOUSE SALE SECTION IN WEDNESDAY'S HERALD Garden Chairs which were advertised as 3.99 should have been On Page 3 of the Warehouse Sale Section the 3-piece Colonial Corner grouping was advertised as $189 should have been S The Edmonton branch of the amalgamated group dissolved, but those who were interested in a western party continued to meet and to correspond with the British Columbia group. "Then 1 made a trip through the four western provinces and I found more support and also how discontented people are with their* representatives." The Western Canada Party wants to see all elected representatives from the West-not only from their own party-have a free vote in the House, he said in an interview. That way, it would be easier to see when a particular issue is strongly opposed or strongly endorsed by regional representatives, regardless of party. "The only way a representative can be free now is to cross the floor of the House when he disagrees with his party." Mr. Beck said that when his party begins campaigning, it may force many of the current party representatives to become independent. "We will go to election campaigns and confront the other parties and ask if they are going to speak out or going to further the party line. PEOPLE MORE CERTAIN Mr. Beck believes that people are becoming more certain that they want their representatives to speak out in Ottawa. If the candidates won't agree to speak out, he believes the people will support the Western Canada Party-and if the candidates do agree, then part of the party's aim will have been achieved, he says. Mr. Beck moved to Edmonton from West Germany in 1956 and' has never lived in any other part of Canada. "I worked in construction when I first came here to learn English," he said. Later he took business courses at the University of Alberta and began working as an accountant. He now is setting up his own agency. He has worked out a system for small businesses so they can manage their own accounting using forms supplied by his agency and with the agency as a consultant. SAYS GOVERNMENT ERRED He speaks some French and said that if he had moved to Quebec, he would be speaking French in his work. However, he believes the federal government made a mistake in adopting the Official Languages Act. "The federal government has created a deux-nations philosophy," he said. "This has divided Canada more than it ever was." This was especially true in the West where people are descended from many other ethnic groups. "We're asking ourselves what kind of Canadians does that make us-third-class Canadians?" Western MPs should have been able to stand as a bloc against the language bill in the house, he said. Many MPs did not even know what it was going to cost. Oil discovered at Leduol When that crazy car,! of characters Irom the Lothbndrjc label go to work on Alberta's history, anything enn happen. Well, almost ar.ythir.p. They'll never change the great traditional flavour of Alberta's groat traditional beer: Lothbridgo Pilsner. Herf;'.'. real beer lasto that's part of our pioneering pact. A r.taunch favourite for nearly hnlf-a-hundred years. So next time call for Lethbridge Pil. Enjoy your own Great Moments with Alberta's original Pilsner. BEER TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM IH5 HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE JANUARY FUR PROMOTION Tempting Values! 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