Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
3 THE IETIIBRIDGE HERALD lucidity, July 17, JNDP pushed as 'positive alternative' CAUiAKY firanticiiii.se and returns from opcra- Vilk'y cnnlinucd to push his j lions could pay for the bonds. Drmocnilic Parly as the Who bought I hi' bonds didn't [msitivr alternative'' to oilier political orpunizalions and Mied a policy statement here for the Aug. HO provincial elec- t iDii. The platform is based on public control and owncr- ,-bip of natural resources nnd utilities, tax reforms, increased employment, changes in the funding of education and added .-.or vices In the people. The NDP leader told a news conference be had no illusions mailer. Alberta is the only province west of Bnmswick with privately held utilities and its rates were 21 per cent higher than the national average in 10GB, he said. Royalties on crude oil pro- duction would be doubled to produce up to million an- nually for the province along j wilh million from a road allowance tax" and S30 million to S40 million from natural about the cost of the programs! gas. -ud they could not be instituted j This was a key election issue immediately but would have to j because tire royalty rates arc i'e introduced over several to be reviewed next year. I years. PROPERTY OF THE PICOI'LEJ I'OH'EH TAKEOVER The government should own One of the least costly af- i production facilities from the fairs would be acquisition of Athabasca oil sands, all intra- utility companies, ho said, be- provincial pipelines, all coal- cause they are aU on good producing interests and natural economic footing and provide a gas in the ground for future steady cash flow. use, he said. Government bonds could be i Resources are the property issued for the companies' pur-1 of the people and development must be aimed at increasing benefits for the owners "not maximizing profits for big bus- iness and its promoter." The party would also elimin- ate "private profit from pub- lic welfare" and cease to con- tract operation of services such as nursing homes to com- mercial operations. Public, no-fault automobile insurance would be introduced and could reduce premiums by as much as 40 per cent. Rates in Alberta for single males younger than 24 years now are 45 per cent higher than in Manitoba and 40 per cent higher than in Saskatche- wan where public schemes are in effect, Mr. Notley said. And in Saskatchewan, the insurance office had made a total profit of ?9 million. The NDP has a strong com- mitment to preserving farm life and supports a two-price system for produce and backs legislation that would prevent, corporate takeovers, he said. The idea was to get the best use from land and human re- sources, not necessarily capi tal. PROPERTY TAX OUT 'ilio 3.7-pcr-cent jobless rate in the province "translates into a trauma of unemployment and financial hardship for Al- he said. Public works projects could be pushed ahead to eliminate the waste in lost manpower and production and the cost of wel- fare. Mr. Notley said an NDP gov- ernment would eliminate prop- erty tax as a means of finan- cing education and would re- place it with a capital gams surtax with homes and farms exempt. Other proposed changes in- cluded Greater autonomy for mu- nicipal governments Strict anti-pollution mea- sures increased housing A new labor act Elimination of medical care premiums Cultural and economic de i volopment for natives Women rights as recom- mended by Iho royal commis- sion on the status of women A higher Canadian contenl for education and elimination of tuition fees A comprehensive plan for development of recreational fa- cilities. SERIOUS THREAT The party has become a "serious threat" to established parties in some constituencies, Mr. Notley aid. The parly, which went with- out a win at the polls in the 1967 provincial election, will be represented in the next legis- lature, he told a news confer- ence. He declined to speculate on numbers or particular eon- stituencies. EVEN THERE Indiscriminate dumping of oil has polluted part of the water supply at Windhoek, Southwest Africa. Pledge Satisfaction" FRESH PORTLAND CEMENT ASPHALT SHINGLES Domtar 210 pound, 3 in 1 shingles. Per bundle 1.83 3.29 SHOP EARLY FOR THESE CIVIC HOLIDAY MULT! COLORED BRICKS Paints Dollar for dollar your best buy. COME ON IN FOR SAVINGS ON THESE QUALITY C-I-L Exterior Paints This is the right paint at the right time for the right price. C-I-L House Paints and Acrylic Latex House Paints, white plus all standard colours. Per gallon )ht time foi 9 ..4.49 4.79 F 14.70 19.25 CITATION WOODGRAIN HARDBOARD, 4'xS' sheets COLONIAL COLLECTION WALL PANELS.