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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-16,Lethbridge, Alberta 'ÎÙ ■ THE LETHBRIDGE HêHaLD — W*dnt«d«y, Januwy 1«, 1»/4 Policy decision sought on plane OTTAWA (CP) - Some government planners are pressing for a federal commitment to a multi'million dollar STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft transport system before a test project is completed, say informed sources The main reason for an early policy announcement, they say, would be to brighten hopes for sates of the de Havilland DHC-7 airliner, considered important to the sagging Canadian aircraft industry. Only one firm order for two aircraft has so far been placed. But, some transport department officials would prefer to delay any policy decision until the pilot STOL aircraft project between Ottawa and Montreal is over. The test service be^ns in March. The air transport industry also wants to hold off until public reaction to the new service is known and all aspects of the system have been tested. However, it is understood some foreign countries are re luctant to buy the DHC-7 unless they see Canada is enthusiastic enough about STOL to outline specific routes for STOL in this country. The government has already poured millioiis into STOL development and has pledged 180 milli(»i for two DHC-7 reproduction aircraft. But, another |200 million in federal money is required before the DHC-7 goes into production. A government study on the matter is due in February. The downtown-t<Klowntown service offered by STOL is considered particularly useful for businessmen. Supporters also think it can be used to link downtown airstrips with major international airports like Mirabel, located far from Montreal at Ste. Scholastique, Que. STOL aircraft can operate on 2,000-foot-long runways, smaller than the usual airstrip at big airports. But, air transport industry sources are taking a “wait-and-see" attitude R. A. (Sandy) Morrison, president of the Air Transport Association of Canada, said in a recent interview: “I would hope that the government would follow through with their program to test the validity of the concept and its acce^ptability to the travelling public before building a whole host of airstrips which are single-pu^se air facilities.” There is concern in some circles that STOL strips would be built which could not handle other small aircraft SUITS Start the new year in one of our best looking suits. A limited quantity of all-wool and wool blends in the latest handsome checks, plaids, stripes and window-panes. If you've been waiting for the best suit value, this is it!Reg. to $125.00 DRESS SHIRTS SPORT SHIRTS SWEATERS UP TO 24Ü. 4^,5 ** ir SUBURBAN COATS PLAID COATS LEATHER COATS UP TO rnmm SPORT COATS Another great buy! The most fashionable sport coats in tolourfu! plaids and checks. Your choice of bold or muted tones in handsome single-breasted styles. Not all sizes, so hurry before they disappear! Reg. to $79.50 SLACKS Drop your paper and head for our slack racks! They're filled with great Tip Top values Handsome slacks in your choice of plains or country checks made of the finest quality cloths. Broken size selection. Reg. to $27.45LIMITED QUANTITIES LIMITED QUANTITIESMADE-TO-MEASURE SUITS The finest made-to-measure value anywhere Tailored in our own factory (to save you more) from the best cloths Wide choice of patterns in light or dark tones, specially January Sale priced! Reg. $165.00 LIMITED QUANTITIES Tir TOr MB CHMKII CAMS ICCtrTfOCentre Village Mall TIP TOP OiLCJtState~of~emergency petition Three Edmonton women, Elsie Lomas, Charlotte Weed and Helen Verdin, (left to right) display petitions bearing 3,500 signatures asking that a state of emergency be called in the public transit strike. A man without enemies achieves near-miracle LONDON (CP) - They call him a man without enemies, the big, fresh-faced countryman who has, by general agreement here, achieved a near-miracle in sectarian Northern Ireland William Whitelaw, &5, was dropped into Britain's hottest political seat when Prime Minister Edward Heath suspended the Ulster parliament in March, 1972, and dispatched his trusty House of Commons leader as secretary of state for Northern Ireland, the instrument of direct British rule in the violence-ridden province. Having accomplished the apparently impossible task of at least bringing Protestants and Roman Catholics to cooperate in the principle of sharing power on the new executive proposed by Britain, Whitelaw now has been appointed secretary of employment, an office once described by a Labor party predecessor as “a bed of nails." In recognition of his work, he was made a Companion of Honor in the New Year’s honors list. Whitelaw was pitchforked into a critical situation with labor trouble disrupting Britain’s coal mines and electricity supplies at a time of world energy shortage. Bitter opposition from organized labor to the government’s counter-inflation policy also flared in other vital industries such as the docks and the railways. NEXT TO HEATH? While some observers had speculated Whitelaw would become Heath's effective deputy in the reshuffle, his new post ranks only fifth in cabinet pecking-order. Despite this. The Daily Telegraph said in an editorial Whitelaw plainly “will be the second-most influential member of the cabinet ' after the prime minister In any event, it seems the genial, 23A-pound Whitelaw, whom almost everyone calls Willie, may turn out to be the first British politician to emerge not only unscathed but enhanced from dealings with Ireland, historically a graveyard of England's political hopes and reputations. The essence of Wbitelaw— an obscure figure nationally until his Ulster appointment— has apparently eluded the hordes of journalists who for 20 months followed his energetic shuttle schedule between London, Belfast and hLS home riding of Penrith in northcountry Cumberland. An extremely private person lies concealed behind the moon face with its expression of open candor and tufted eyebrows arched as if in per> petual astonishment. But one salient fact has emerged about Whitelaw—no one really dislikes him, even those political opponents in Ulster who automatically dubbed him “Willie Whitewash.” DISARMS FOES Even Rev. Ian Paisley, the hellfire-preaching Protestant whose splinter group in the Northern Ireland assembly has vowed to wreck the new jower-sharing executive, says le finds Whitelaw personally “agreeable.” At the opposite end of the Ulster political spectrum, Paddy Devlin of the mainly-CathoUc Social E>emocratic and Labor Party (SDLP) recalled how Whiteiaw's free-and-easy style had impressed him—not at all the expected image of a stiff-upper-lip Tory. Devlin’s first meeting with the then Ulster overlord took )lace in London’s St. James’s ^alace. The Irishman's first remark to Whitelaw as he entered the grandiose, gilded apartment was: “It’s bloody hot in here.” •‘It bloody is,” agreed Whitelaw, stripping off his jacket and inviting Dei ,    „ Bvlin to do likewise. The other thing everyone agrees on is that Whitelaw is a great listener. John Graham of The Observer, who covered Whiteiaw's activities in Belfast, said-he was equally attentive to shipyard workers, politicians, the Orange Order, the Irish Republican Army, the equally militant Protestant Ulster Defence Association and angry housewives wanting to know why their WILLIAM WHITELAW menfold had been interned- “He could only stand it because he tikes and respects people, even the quite nasty people he must have spent many hours listening to,” wrote Graham. BORN TO WEALTH Whitelaw was bom into a wealthy land-owning family with big estates in Scotland, and went to elite Winchester school, where he did not no* ticeably contribute to its reputation for academic brilliance. At Cambridge University in the 1930s he devoted most of his energies to starring at golf and then followed the traditional upper-class path into a fashionable army regi-ment—the Scots Guards. During the Second World War he rose to major and won the Military Cross for gallantry. Wartime comrades recall his natural gift for leadership and consideration of his men. After the war, he inherited the Scottish estates and quit the army to become a gentleman farmer. Subsequently, he divided up the Scottish lands among his family—he has four daughters~and now runs a farm in Cumberland. In a typical Whitelaw move, both popular and shrewd, he made his former farm manager a joint partner in the enterprise. LISTENS TO ELECTORS A man of incredible energy despite his bulk, Whitelaw flies home to his rambling grey stone farmhouse at Weekends but spends most Saturdays listening to electors' local problems in a bare little office in Penrith. He cheerfully spends hours at veterans’ dances and club socials, accompanied by his aristocratic-looking wife Cecilia. He generally makes a point of talking to everyone in the room and is quick to pay special attention to young soldiers wounded on Ulster service. Those who know him welt say that the casual geniality and warmth are perfectly sincere but hide a powerful am> bition. Throughout his lif« Whitelaw has known what be wanted and quietly conceih trated on getting it. Pressed for his motives in going into politics, e^tecially his first hopeless contest in a militant working'Class ridinf on “Red Clydeside,” he wlTl say he is just 'interested in people," ;