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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBFHDGE HERALD Friday, January 31, 1975 Marchand offers his job OTTAWA Minister Jean Marchand offered his job Thursday to any opposition critic capable of .running the 'railways without interruptions in ser- vice. "I can't make any promises the trains are going tu run 24 hours a he said in the Commons. "If anybody here can make this promise please come and take my seat." Rail service interruptions, caused by labor disputes, de- railments and other factors, are "part of our way of he said to cheers from colleagues and jeers from op- position MPs. "If you don't know this, it means you don't know what is going on in he said. His remarks were prompted by Jack Miirta who asked what the govern, ment was doing to speed grain shipments from Western Canada. Steps to improve deliveries were promised in the throne speech when Parliament opened Sept. 30 he said. He also asked whether the government plans to offset high demurrage costs penalties incurred because of ships booked and then kept waiting to load grain AND BEST WISHES to the den Boon Family, their associates and staff on the Grand Opening of the recent expansion to FORT MACLEOD MEAT PROCESSORS LTD. Fort Macleod, Alberta from KNUD SIMONSEN INDUSTRIES LTD. REXDALE, ONTARIO, CANADA Engineers and Manufacturers of Food Processing Equipment Giant golf ball? hke a golf ball on a tee, this new remote-controlled radar tower is locked on George's Island in the centre of Halifax harbor. The modern- istic tower reaches up 58 feet from a hill to aid ships from all parts of the worlc1 to berth in the busy port. the woodward tower Lethbridge Centre heralds the beginning of a dramatic and comprehensive redevelop- ment located in the heart of the citys central business, district. This development, by woodward Stores Limited, conveniently pro- vides a prestigeous office fine commercial shops, a two-storey Woodward's department store, a Woodward's famous food floor, an automotive service centre, a twin ample parking. the. woodward tower Offers rents of to sq ft. The comfort of air condition- ing on every floor. Fluorescent lighting provides 75 to 100 foot candle illumin- ation. Custom drapes on all exierbr windows. Vinyl asbestos tile floors in rental areas. Men' and Ladies' washrooms on every floor. Three automatic, high speed elevators sei ,-e all levels. Complete maintenance serv- ice. lethbridge centr by Wood Located in the heart of the city's business district. ires Limited Common Market vital issue in Britain LONDON (CP) Britain's politicians and lawyers are heading full tilt into what is quickly becoming one of he most bewildering and vital constitutional issues ol the century. At' stake is whether the country will reverse Parliament's decision to take Britain into the Euro- pean Common Market at the beginning of 1973. To decide the question, Prime Minister Harold- Wilson has pledged his Labor government to re- negotiate the entry terms accepted by the former Con- servative administration and submit the results to a nationwide referendum for a decision. .Officials in the home office say it will be the first time in history that a referendum has been held throughout Britain, although such polls have at times been held, in specific regions, particularly Northern Ireland. On the surface, it looks like a fairly straightforward procedure. But in fact it is riddled with complexities One of. the main problems is that the cabinet is seriously split between those who want to remain in the Common Market and those who want to eet Brit ain out at all costs. The anti-Marketeers argue that community .membership involves an unacceptable loss of British sovereignty and they are unlikely to be swayed bv anv economic benefits gained from re-negotiation. But Wilson has said the government will recommend staying in the Market or getting out once the current discussions are complete. Dissenting ministers he says, will be permitted to campaign against his deci- sion it they wish without the traditional necessity of resigning. But constitutional experts argue that this destrovs the long-allowed -principle of cabinet solidarity Besides, they ask, how can a clearly-and openly- divided government recommend anything as official policy; there are even more puzzling issues raised bv the referendum, widely expected to be held in June There will be a full Commons debate before the public poll in which all MPs will be allowed to give views on the methods of voting and on whether to stay in the Market. Another debate will be held after the referendum, with Parliament voting again on the membership question. What happens, experts ask, if Parliament originally voles in favor of continued membership and the referendum goes against it or vice versa? Would MPs then feel obliged to reverse themselves on their final Vote, to reflect the popular will and, if so, would this un- dermme the traditional supremacy of Parliament? situation might become even more bizarre if there was an extremely low turnout for the referen- dum and only a couple of hundred votes separated pro- and anti-Marketeers, leaving MPs with no clear guidelines. There is also a deepening controversy over how the votes should be counted. Some commentators say this should be done on a constituency basis, the same'as in a.general election, to let each MP know how his sup- porters f66J. Others sSy, the votes of the whole country should be counted without any breakdowns and still others argue that they should be registered on a regional basis with separate counts for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Separatist movements in all these regions demand that the voting be on a regional basis to permit them to 'Show their opposition to Westminster politics and they say a refusal to do so will be an indication the govern- ment fears their strength. But Wilson himself seems to have the biggest problems of all. If a referendum goes against his recommendation, there will be strong pressure from all parties for him to resign as prime minister There is a danger as well, that people may use the referendum to express dissatisfaction with general government policy rather than sticking to the central issue of'the Common Market. And even if he recommends continued seems the country supports him, he is likely to lose a great deal of sup- port from the anti-Market left of the party ;