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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TuMday, January 1974 THE LETHBRIDGt HERALD IS t Jack Horner preserves 4cowboy' reputation By PAUL JACKSON, Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Alberta cattleman MP Jack Horner stands tall and lean and has a reputation on Parliament Hill for being a straight- talking, gun-slinging type of politician. Horner (PC Crowfoot) was first elected to the House of Commons in the great 208-seat John Diefen- baker landslide sweep of 1958 and still holds a reputation of being one of Diefenbaker's fabled Western "cowboys." The Horner name is a big one in Canadian politics. Also in Ottawa sitting as a Conservative MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Battleford-Kindersley is brother Norval. Another brother, Hugh, once MP for the Alberta riding of Jasper-Edson is now agriculture minister in Premier Peter Lougheed's provincial Alberta ad- ministration. Their father was Senator Ralph Byron Horner, a big name star in Western Canadian social and political life. Yet another member of the Horner family, Albert Ralph was MP for the Battlefords, Sask. between 1958 and 1965. Jack Horner, is one of those Opposition members on Parliament Hill that the Liberals particularly love to hate and would enjoy seeing banished, since he happens to be one of those rare individualistic MPs who seems able to em- barrass the government at every touch and turn. Horner voted against the Official Languages Act, but made an impassioned plea that safeguards for un- ilingual English-speaking Canadians be placed within the legislation. The Liberals refused to even consider his amendments. So for four years at every opportunity they labelled him a "bigot" on language rights for French-speaking Canadians. Horner was vindicated of that charge in June last year when Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's controversial resolution on bilingualism confirmed all those amendments the Alberta MP had fought for but the Liberals rejected just a few years before. But again, since Mr. Trudeau refused to make them law, he voted against the resolution condemning it as useless and simply a political ploy.brought on stage by a minority government. Horner again found his stands justified when Alberta Liberal cabinet ministers Bud Olson of Medicine Hat and Pat Mahoney of Calgary South went down to stunning defeat in the 1972- federal election. The Alberta Conser- vative had been accused by the Liberals of ignoring the real needs of Albertans. But in the election, Horner cornered 75 per cent of the total vote in his riding pick- ing up nearly votes while his closest opponent got less than Horner later made his point in the Commons by asking where were Olson and Mahoney now. Jack Horner was still here. But the two Liberal cabinet ministers were nowhere to be seen. "Albertans don't like traitors and double- said the Crow- foot MP." Alberta voters don't like electing MPs NOW LOCATED AT 1210-3rdAve. North Lethbridge, Alberta J.S. (JACK) TODD Phone Bus. 328-7453 327-7626 Salts SPECIAL SMITH MEDIUM RANGE VIKING WELDING OUTFIT Complete AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTORS FOR CANOX who say they'll do one thing and then immediately come down to Ottawa and work against the provinces interests. So those men are now no But Jack Horner he said with some satisfaction. Despite the picture some Liberals like to paint Horner as a man of malice, the facts just don't back it up. In 1968, for instance, at the height of Trudeaumania, Homer's chief opponent in Crowfoot was Noel Sharp, son of Ex- ternal Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp. Horner naturally whipped him easily, more than votes to less than votes and this at the height of Trudeaumania but Horner contends that Noel Sharp was one of the best candidates he ever ran against. Another honest and basic evaluation and stand from the Crowfoot MP. Horner became even more controversial in his own party after the 1968 federal election, in which under new leader Robert Stanfield saw the Progressive Conservatives go from 97 to a small 72 number of seats, when he was charged with leading a "dump" Stanfield cam- paign or, if you want to be kinder, a reassessment of party leadership. Since then the wounds between Horner and Stan- field have healed, although the Liberals occasionally get in the scatching com- ment on the situation, and Homer has been appointed to the front benches by Stanfield as an agricultural spokesman and critic. While Horner contends that an individual MP in the Commons can do little but "work, work away try- ing to solve individual con- stituents problems" he has a high reputation for cham- pioning Western Canadian rights at every chance. During a speech on redistribution for instance, Horner told Ottawa to follow the example set by Great Britain in recogniz- ing that some regions with small populations should still be given adequate representation in the Com- mons. Vast concentrations of population shouldn't be the only criteria in deter- mining the number of MPs to a single province, he declared in describing the size of some ridings in the West and a plan to cut down on Western represen- tation. He has also kept his eye on possible cases of federal government patronage, suggesting that provinces such as the four Western ones and especially Alberta with little "political clout" in the Liberal government can easily be victimized in discreet ways. While some political foes might like to see the back of Jack Horner, at 47- years-of-age he shows no signs of slowing down and the whopping majorities his constituents give him indicate little chance of defeat in any upcoming election. Jack Horner, in fact, is likely to be around Parlia- ment Hill just as long as he himself wants to be. Protein segregation It is not yet feasible to segregate wheat according to protein content when it arrives at a country elevator, says a Canadian Grain Commission study. Many country elevators do not have enough bin space to segregate and store the two top grades of red spring wheat in sub- grades according to protein content. Experiments also showed that there was a significant analytical error in determining protein con- tent with protein analyzers in country elevators. GRAIN Grain shipments account for more than 25 per cent of all tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway. B E ARIN G S ALL TYPES A SIZES SEALS OIL ft GREASE ROLLER CHAINS SPROCKETS U-JOINTS MATERIALS HANDLING CASTERS INDUSTRIAL WHEELS BRONZE URETHANE BUSHING STOCK V-BELTS SHEAVES SPROULE BEARING SUPPLY 543-30 St. North Lethbridge Ph. 328-6681 Jack Horner New John Deere 35 to 70-hp Tractors Come see 'em do their stuff at Farming Frontiers 74 These 35- to 70-hp power packages represent an outstanding buy per horsepower And they're John Deere through and through with many features not available in olhor makes See 'em do their stuff on the screen at our Farming Frontiers '74 CLARESHOLM: Thurs., Jan. p.m. PINCHER CREEK: Fri., Jan. and p.m. Rancher's Supply John Deere Farm Equipment Pincher Station-Claresholm Phone 627-4451 Phone 235-3711 ;