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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Don Getty's something more than 'just a messenger boy9 By AL SCARTH Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON Opposition Spokesmen couldn't be more wrong when they label Don Getty, minister of federal and intergovernmental affairs, just a messenger boy to Ottawa. Mr Getty is a power behind the scenes in the 22-man Lougheed cabinet. The part of his job not included in the portfolio's title is "minister of intragovernmental affairs." His actions appear partly responsible for Mr. Lougheed being able to avoid any embarrassing shuffles during nearly three years in power. The premier's creation of Mr. Getty's trouble-shooting post after the 1971 Comment election was a wise move indeed. Mr. Lougheed needed some way to deal with a line-up of freshly-scrubbed and untried cabinet ministers. The nearest Mr. Lougheed has come to a cabinet shuffle was only a semi-shuffle when he appointed Helen Hunley solicitor-general. She took over some of the duties of Attorney- General Merv Leitch, who had not shone as a champion of civil rights in a government said to be dedicated to individual freedoms. But as the man with responsibility for the legal side of energy disputes with Ottawa, Mr. Leitch is said to be doing an excellent job. How Mr. Getty prevents embarrassment to the government from unwary statements and acts by cabinet ministers is to give them the word. It appears he handles House Leader Lou Hyndman's job at the ministerial level. It was an enlightening moment federal budget night when Mr. Getty took two ministers in tow before the press could get to them. Ottawa, in addition to its other budget measures, said it would tax another million out of the oil industry. Given instructions on the proper response to these measures were Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely and Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie. Mr. Getty also steps in to assume the debating duties of ministers not as capable at the chore, thus avoiding Opposition criticisms and demands for cabinet resignations or shifts. He may be joined in that task by two other high-ranking ministers who were with the premier during his days in Opposition. Mr. Getty handled debate on the Alberta Energy Company, an important piece of legislation not entrusted to the minister of mines and minerals. Dave Russell, minister of municipal affairs, not the showpiece minister of northern development, Al Adair, handled creation of a "northeastern czar" to over-see government services in the expanding oil sands region. Deputy Premier Hugh Horner is constantly jumping in to save the second showpiece minister of consumer affairs, Bob Dowling, when Mr. Dowling says there is nothing his department can do about a problem. When Dr. Horner isn't answering questions for Mr. Dowling, he's protecting silent George Topolnisky, who heads up the third showpiece ministry of rural development. Handling a cabinet which contains about eight obviously competent ministers, about five ineffectual ones and another five inarticulate ones is a chore. Mr. Getty seems well-suited as a lieutenant. Seasoned Deputy Premier Horner can handle the rough and tumble politics of the government behind and in front of the scenes. But Mr. Getty has a smoother approach in coaxing the government team to function. He is likeable, candid and looks sincere in his attempts to make the government and its members work towards worthwhile goals. More like and heir-apparent than a messenger boy. District The Lethbtidge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, June 3, 1974 Pages 13-24 Post-Olymp ic fu nding WALTER KERBER photo RCMP officiate at opening of Fort Whoop-Up Insp. John Bentham speaks at ceremony, attended by Millarville youngsters Blood donor clinic Keys to Fort Whoop-Up turned over to community set for Civic Centre A_ About 40 people attended the 1974 official opening of Fort Whoop-Up Saturday in Indian Battle Park, including 22 members of the Millarville Stitch in Time 4-H Clothes and Leather Club who .travelled about 140 miles for the event. Insp. John Bentham of the Lethbridge subdivision of the RCMP, who officially opened the fort, told the young members of the club history was made at the fort when the RCMP arrived 100 years ago. This resulted in the settling of the West and is why you are here, he said. "Because this happened such a short time ago you can make a meaningful association with the history of this country." "Understand the efforts of your parents and grandparents to make this country what it Insp. Bentham told the youngsters. Millarville is about 40 miles southwest of Calgary. Insp. Bentham thanked the City of Lethbridge, represented by Aid. Cam Barnes, for making the RCMP part of the community. He said he hoped the citizens, when they asked members of the force for One loss claim filed Only one claim for provincial compensation due to livestock losses from electrical power failures in April's snow storm has been submitted from Southern Alberta. Helmut Entrup. farmer's advocate in Alberta, said the claim from a hog producer in the South will go before his compensation committee June 11 to determine the amount of money the farmer will get. directions or paid a traffic ticket, would come to understand the RCMP better. In another ceremony Saturday. Pat Morkin of the Lethbridge Kinsmen Club turned the keys of the fort over to Arnie Locatelli, president of the Whoop-Up Country Historical Society. The Kinsmen built the fort in 1967 as a centennial project and have run it since. However, in the past few years it has been too big a project for the club to handle. In July of last year' the historical society was formed to run the fort. Saturday's opening was also another event to mark the 100th anniversary of the coming of the RCMP to Alberta. Two RCMP constables, dressed in uniforms similar to the ones worn by their 1874 counterparts, made up a color guard for the ceremonies. The Lethbridge Colfegiate Institute band provided music. An objective of 850 pints of blood has been set for the Red Cross blood donor clinic which runs Tuesday through Thursday. The clinic, at the Lethbridge Civic Centre, runs Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Wednesday 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.; and Thursday to 11 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Public meeting prelude to pesticide hearings An information meeting to prepare the public for a series of public hearings on the use of pesticides, herbicides and hard chemicals, scheduled for September, October and November, will be held in the Park Plaza Motor Hotel at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting, sponsored by Unifarm and the Alberta Environment Conservation Authority, is one of 15 scheduled throughout the province. The public hearings will be held in the same locations as the information meetings. The meeting is designed to inform interested parties of the topics for discussion in the public hearings and how people should prepare and. submit briefs to give individual opinions on pesticides, herbicides and hard chemicals. The information meetings are also scheduled for Medicine Hat Tuesday and Calgary Thursday. Amateur sports lottery proposed By GOERGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The Sports Federation of Canada is urging provincial governments to support a federation bid to the federal government to continue the million Olympic lottery after the Montreal Olympic games have ended. Bill McEwen, iederation president, said in a Herald interview here Saturday the organization wants the lottery continued with all proceeds going to Canadian amateur sport. The federation is "an umbrella body" for amatuer sport and the federation executive takes the concerns and ideas of many sporting groups to government. "It is the voice of amateur he said. Mr. McEwen estimated by having two lotteries a year, on the basis of current ticket sales, further lotteries could net about million for amateur sport. "With that kind of money, sport could be independent and would not have to go to the government fo fund every new program. Cattle ordered destroyed More than cattle have been ordered destroyed in Alberta to control an outbreak of brucellosis, say federal health of animals officials. Three herds were ordered killed in the St. Paul district, 60 miles north of Edmonton. Seven other herds were placed under quarantine so tests of the infectious disease can be conducted. A herd of 600 has been condemned south of Calgary. Two other herds in the Calgary district are also quarantined. Four herds are quarantined near Vermilion, two at Wetaskiwin and one each at Wainright and Drumheller. A herd in the Fort Macleod district was taken off quarantine late last week. "We can't pour taxpayer's money into everything but we should have a lottery with all provinces involved." he said. Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia are not involved in the current Olympic lotteries. With more money, sporting groups could build better facilities and upgrade training, competition through travelling and excellence in various areas, he said. This in turn would lead to an increased emphasis on sport in Canada and stimulate participation. Mr. McEwen said the money would probably be divided among the provinces depending on ticket sales in each province. "If the most money goes to the greatest sellers then there will be no king makers deciding who gets he said. Mr. McEwen said he has presented the idea to representatives of the provinces who were in Lethbridge Saturday to review preparations for the .1975 Canada Winter Games. "We hope as a federation the provincial governments back this project. Then we can submit a brief to the federal he said. The provincial sports representatives will be meeting in Lethbridge again in the fall and Mr. McEwen said he hopes they bring back the decisions of their governments. Mr. McEwen said he is "very impressed" with the preparations for the games in Lethbridge and feels the weekend meetings solved many of the problems facing the events. The meetings covered all aspects of preparations including accomodation. transportation, opening and closing ceremonies, meals and entertainment. "The enthusiasm at the rural sites was excellent and the Games should be a tremendous success." he said. And if the games are a success here, it could give incentive to other small areas to bid for the Canada Games. Small cities that have towns in the area to help provide facilities will be able to see the regional approach to the Games can work, he said. A. R. MONT School trustee resigns The public school board will operate until October with six- members rather than seven following the resignation of Trustee Alastair Mont. Mr Mont has tendered his resignation and it will be discussed by the board at the regular meeting Tuesday. School District Secretary Treasurer M. V. Cumley said today the "board may accept the resignation and the vacancy will be left open until the October elections. Mr. Mont has taken a position in Victoria. B.C.. and has already left the city. He has been serving on the board since 1968. He was chairman in 1970. Mr, Mont was born in Saint John N.B. and is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He was executive director of Lethbridge Family Service until March 31. 1973. He has worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association in Edmonton and the provincial government. He is married with two children. Trailer caravan passes through About 98 trailers bound for Alaska stopped over in Lethbridge during the weekend, setting up camp on ine exhibition grounds. Mosl of the cara- van trailers arrived in the city Saturday and left early this morning. Lethbridge was the first stop for the trailer caravan, which formed in Great Falls. The next stop for the some 270 people involved is Red Deer. From there they will head to Alaska ;