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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 1HE ISTKBRIDGE HERAID Monday, .June 19, 1972 Language wall bars Albertans? By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Alberta MP Jack Horner has raised Hie possibil- JACK HORNER west defender ty that a 'language wall' may soon prevent Western Canadi- ans from advancing to the lop Hjsilions of the federal public service. Jlr. Horner squared off against Public Scrv- .ce Commission chairman John Carson during a Parliamentary committee hearing. The outspoken MP's point was clearly obvious: A western Ca- nadian who really wants to get to the top in the federal public service has to be bilingual. But how can an Alberlan, for in- stance, learn fluent French when there is so little opportu- nity for him to do so and, in- deed, hardly the slightest rea- son to be able to speak the lan- guage in Western Canada. Mr. Horner, a determined de- fender of Western Can a d i a n ideals in the House of Commons, said he remembered former Prime Minister Lester Pearson saying that tlie entire executive branch of the public service would be 60 per cent bilingual by 1975. He asked Mr. Carson, a dedi- cated advocate of bilingualism, whether this was so and if he expected the bilingual portion to grow even higher. The answer was worst than even the Alberta MP feared. Replied Mr. Carson: "If I may express a personal hope it would be that ultimately the whole of the executive category of the public service would be bilingual. These are the people who are directing policies, or developing r e c ommeudations for policy, and administering policies that affect all Canadi- ans." Mr. Horner then suggested that because Western Canadian civil servants could not speak French they would be denied admittance to the executive branch of the public sen-ice. He pointed out that a situation could develop whereby top pub- lic servants with no knowledge f the West would be adminis- tering for the region. He suggested that these peo- ple might not be able to com liend the problems of regions of wliich they had no personal knowledge. The Alberta MP pointed out that the situation was serious since the federal government's language 'retraining program was not working out as well as it should. "Am I correct in assuming that so far this program has not worked out too asked Mr. Horner. Replied Mr. Carson: "Well, it certainly is not measuring up to all our hopes, but we have great confidence for it in the years ahead." Keep your summer cool in Cool- the no-cap Summer wig now specially priced at Eaton's SPECIAL, EACH 19.77 Short, chic and curly no styling required. 100% Dynel constructed of cool lace bands for all 'round'comfort. Just pop it on your head with a minimum of fuss and bother. Three-way adjustable neck band full colour selection. Beat the heaf with a "Cool Head." Includes carrying case. Styra head, suction stand and a can of wig lustre. Accessory Kit ityra h if wig 4 EATON'S SPECIAL, KIT Wig Bar, Main Floor Tuesday store hours 9 a.m. to p.m. Buy Lira 328-8911. Charge Ihe things you wont with your Eaton Coma True Card. Olson impatient with provinces A HAPPY ENDING Donica Piko, 21, who siolo from a Toronto department store in hopes of being de- pored from Canada so ihot she could visit her sick father in Yugoslavia, leaves from home with her daughter, Nancy, 3. JAT Yugoslavia Airlines gave them a free round trip, 1he theft charge has been dropped, her father is better and she has a job offer. Oddities in the News GLASGOW (Reutcr) The strange case of the burial at sea of American writer Harry Groom, whose body was twice dredged up from waters off the Scottish coast, ended to- day with the manager of Scot- land's biggest undertaking company being found guilty of stealing a coffin. A court fined undertaker Alfred Diack the equivalent of for stealing the heavy metal coffin in which Groom was supposed to be committed to the sea and substituting a cheap chipboard coffin in- stead. When Groom, .a 48- year-old writer and photogra- pher from Larchmont, N.Y., died of heart disease last Nov- ember, he and his 29-year-old wife Susan had been planning to move to Scotland. Mrs. Groom, the court was told, obeyed her husband's and paid to a New York undertaker to ar- range for a sea burial off Scotland in a metal coffin. The "princely" it was described in court here- cost Scotland's biggest undertak- ers, Wyleh and Lochliead's, at ers, Wyleh and Lochhead's, at the request if the New York firm, arranged the burial In the Firth of Clyde southwest of Glasgow. But within a week Groom's body was twice trawled up in the nets of fishing boats after burial in 276 feet of and it was discovered that a chipboard coffin had been substituted. ROME (Reuter) Tliree wlicemen captured an eight- oot long boa constrictor as it wiggled through rush-hour raffie in the centre of Rome Friday night. An eyewitness said he saw he safely caged at Rome from a window of a smalt-car which lad stopped at a traffic light. Lougheed in New York EDMONTON CCP) Pre- mier Peter Lougheed of Alberta will meet GOV. Nelson Rocke- feller of New York during a two-day trip to the eastern Unit ed States this week. The premier will be speaking on Alberta's economic climate at a luncheon Monday in New York and he's expected to con centrate on the petroleum dustry. Business meetings have been scheduled with major banke: and a business dinner is ar ranged for Monday night. Tuesday, Mr. Lougheed Is t travel to Boston where he wil meet Gov. Francis Sargent o Massachusetts as well as finan cial Power restored at Grande Cache GRANDE CACHE (CP1 Electrical power was restore completely to this northwestern Alberta coal town after nearl five days without power. Parts of the town had been affected since last Monday a lernoon when floodwater from Sheep Creek knocked out a ml! of a 144jOOO-volt line bringin power 80 miles from a general ing station at Simonette. Alberta Power, the irm whic provides the town and the near by Mclntyre Porcupine min with electricity, estimates th damage cost about fix. LIST OF PROJECTS EDMONTON (CP) Th University of Alberta has mad public in its Cameron Ltbrar reference department a thre volume register of research pr Sects being carried out on th campus. By I'AUL JACKSON IIcraM Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Agriculture Min- ister Bud Olson told the House of Commons Friday he is "dis- appointed and impatient" over the provinces' reaction lo his Small Farms Development Pro- gram. The program is aimed at helping small farmers on uneco- nomic farms to either get off the land and make their way in some other field or else assist them to bring their farms up to an economic level. Mr. Olson said if he can't gel provincial co-operation for the program he would be prepared to go it alone, although provin- cial co-operation is wanted. Manitoba MP Jack Murta raised the matter in the Commons. He wanted to know whether more discussions were going to be held wilh the provinces regarding the pro- gram and, in fact, if the pro- gram would ever take effect. Mr. Olson, MP'for Medicine Hat, Alia., said more discus- sions would be held and the pro- gram would be put into effect. However, he said he could not give any definite dates. "In those provinces where we reach an agreement obviously the agreements will specify when it will be operational. _" want to repeat what I have saic a number of times that I air disappointed and impatient Uia the provinces have not come forward more rapidly." WON'T ACCEPT Mr. Murta said it appears al most certain some of the proy inces will not accept the criteria set down by the government. In view of this, he wante Mr. Olson to predict how much duplicatior there would be with provincial and federal programs overlap- ping in certain areas. Commented Mr. Olson: "This would be minimized to a gret extent if the provinces would co-operate." John Diefenbaker (PC- Prince Alzert) tackled Mr. Olson on rapeseed prices. The former prime minister said some rapeseed farmers fear the Parliament dealing with rape- seed, rye and flax in the context of the operations of the Cana- dian wheat hoard. He said Mr. Diefenbaker knew as well as he that the ni- BUD OLSON ial prices paid under the wheat joard do, in fact, constitutes a loor price. Until the bill is lassed the government has no luthority to act. Retorted Mr. Diefenbaker: You don't have the authority? You certainly do have it and you know DUNLOP FORD APPOINTMENT! ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) A umgry but careless squrrel nconveniced about I'O electri- cal customers of Consumers Power Co. here Friday by eat- ng his way through the insu- lation of a power line. A Consumers Power spokes- man said the squirrel knocked out power in an area north of this com- munity hen it shorted out a line at (he Adrian sewage dis- posal plant. The squirrel was electro- cuted. year will fall by about 41 cents a bushel. Mr. Olson said rapes eed was selling in Thunder Bay on Thursday for a bushel, substantially higher than the low point reached in January, but not quite as high as that achieved in August, 1971. REPEATS QUESTION Mr. Diefenhaker repeated a question he asked several weeks ago about the possibility of the government instituting a floor price for rapeseed. The agriculture minister said his answer today was the same as the one he gave before. There was a bill now before MR. DAVE STIIOOE Mr. tyndon D. Fosler, general sales manager of Dunlop Ford, is pleased to announce ap- pointment of Mr. Sljlgoa lo their sales staff. Davo has had over 7 years experience in Ihe automotive field, having achieved professional salesmen awards for 5 years. He is a marrfed man with 3 and is the 1972 President for S.A.A.R. Dave served In R.C.A.F., was born and ed fn Frederklon, New Bruns- wick. 'Ho takes tliTj lo invite his many friends and for- mer customers to an him for their every motoring require- ment from Dunlop Ford The Total Transportation Centra for Soutliern Alberla. Dave is well qualified to serve you courttout- ly and efficiently. Send a whole bunch of Make someone's life rosier! Send a fresh-cut rose today. Or say a whole bunch more with a rose bouquet. See your local florist ROSE WEEK JUNE 19-24 ;