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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBHIDGE HERALD JUiy Patronage practice old as Conferderation By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Political which made a brief appearance as an issue during the 1974 federal election is not only a prevalent but timeless as well. Liberal Labor Minister John Munro was accused during the campaign of handing out choice federal appointments to fund raisers and staunch sup- porters in his Hamilton riding. He said patronage was a widespread practice with all political parties but he did not mention that rewarding support with government favors is as old as confederation. A study of Indian affairs correspondence during the Conservative reign of Sir Robert Borden in- dicates patronage if more blatant then than now. A letter dated July from W. J. Indian agent on the Blood STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St. S. Phorw 327-3024 asks for permis- sion to buy a tractor from a company which failed to make patronage Mr. writing to the assistant deputy minister of Indian says the only tractor listed on the list entirely un- suited to our conditions and their purchase would be a waste of funds. beg to suggest that I be authorized to purchase the above Mr. Dilworth writes. While the government of the time had no qualms about giving taxpayers' money to political Indian funds in control of the government could not be used for patronage pur- poses An Oct letter from J. D. deputy Indian affairs to Mr. Dilworth says when spending Indian trust funds or earnings of Southern Breeders Ltd. offering the following Semen processing and distribution from all breeds Custom collection and private storage Euil line of A1 supplies and nitrogen Artificial insemination schools Consultation and development of A1 programs Canadian distributor for International Beef Breeders Now accepting listings for quarantine for your imports arriving Southern Breeders Ltd. T.U Church B.S.A.D.V.M. General Brin Thompson B. Se. Production Manager 11 i Specialists in Superior Semen P O RAV 357 I Alhhrirlna Phnna the purchases should be made in the cheapest market of the patronage Opportunity Mr. McLean all even those not on the patronage should have the opportuni- ty of bidding on the contract. In a memo also dated Oct. a Mr an ac- countant in the says the purchase to be paid out of the earnings of Indians and I cannot see how the department can dictate to the Indians.where they are to spend their own They should be encourag- ed to purchase in the cheapest market and get the benefit of competition. To do the ac- countant carrying the patronage system too Where funds voted by Parliament are it may be necessarey to purchase from merchants on the patronage but that is as far as we should go in my The agent of give those whose names are on the patronage list an oppor- tunity of quoting prices and if as low as the give them preference This is a far as we should I think Farming in the U.S. employs 4.4 million almost as many as the combined work force in the manufacture of automobiles and other transportation plus the entire steel industry. Prosperity Healthy livestock reflect continued prosperity on the Blood Ranch near Cardston. But early this envious neighbors nearly managed to obtain all the pasture land on the reserve. 'Whin GOOD SERVICE is AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION Phoni 327-0910 1520 3rd AVI. S. Guaranteed Servicing Rebuilding and Exchange Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about our Guarantee ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. Arm AUAHIIA Cnnth O'iO O4O4 ;