Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
,000 account from '72 catches local Conservatives by surprise By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer On the eve of a federal election, the Lethbridge Conservative party has been handed a whopping tab for 1972 election expenses. The party has not yet decided to pay the sur- prise bill produced by its official agent at the last election, Fred Weatherup. With campaign officials estimating they will spend about the same amount this election as in the 1972 campaign the bill represents one-third of the total campaign budget. Top campaign officials were apparently in the dark about the bill until rumors started cir- culating a few months ago. "As far as I was concerned, for 16 months I had no information that there was anything but more than enough money collected in Bob Babki, campaign manager, said Wednesday. Richard Barton campaign finance chairman, said Mr. Weatherup has been asked to submit a detailed report of receipts and expenditures to justify the bill. A source said Mr. Weatherup, a Lethbridge businessman guaranteed a bank loan of in 1972 for the campaign. He now wants the loan repaid. This campaign's officials are reluctant to ad- mit responsibility for a bill they didn't know ex- isted and incurred by a different campaign com- mittee. Mr. Weatherup was in charge of fund-raising at the last election in addition to serving as of- ficial agent. The Liberal, Social Credit -and New Democratic parties Wednesday all reported no outstanding debts from the last election. On the Conservatives' position, Mr. Babki said, "To me it isn't a problem if there is a proper accounting." But he said Mr. Weatherup's claim must be proved correct. Whether the debt is the responsibility of the pre- sent campaign committee is also unclear. Mr. Weatherup was not immediately available for comment. A party's official agent is charged with paying all campaign expenses during an election. The agent also files the mandatory public accounting of expenses after the election. The LetHbridgc Herald news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, June 20, 1974 PAGES 15-28 Palliser presents to U of L By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer A crowd of about 300 roast- beef eating, distillery-touring, product-sampling people turn- ed out Wednesday to soak up the sunshine and help Palliser Distillers Ltd. celebrate its of- ficial opening. Palliser celebrated the oc- casion by having Robin Ker- nick, managing director of its British parent company, International Distillers and Vintners Ltd., present a scholarship cheque to Dr. James Oshiro, chancellor of the University of Lethbridge. The cheque will finance six to U of L for Alberta students, three from the South and three from the northern half of the province. The dividing line will be at Red Deer, said Mr. Kernick. The scholarships will be repeated in the 1975 academic year. The university will decide other scholarship criteria. Dr. Oshiro told The Herald the decision would probably be made by the general faculties council and the board of governors. Mr. Kernick told the audience the help and en- couragement of the City of Lethbridge and the Alberta government had been necessary to get the plant off the ground. Experience was not everything in a million project, he said. He said Palliser had a great staff for a young company. Complicated technical equip- ment made great demands on the staff, but their effort would present the names of Palliser and Lethbridge across Canada, and -perhaps into other countries. Mr. Kernick told the audience the help and en- couragement of the City of Lethbridge 'and the Alberta government had been necessary to get the plant off the ground. Experience was not everything in a million- project, he said. He said Palliser had a great staff for a young company. Complicated technical equip- ment made great demands on the staff, but their effort would present the names of Palliser and Lethbridge across Canada, and perhaps into other countries. Mayor Andy Anderson said distilling was a "prestige in- dustry" and Palliser's contribution to community ac- tivities made it a "splendid corporate citizen." He singled out economic development officer Dennis O'Connell for his successful efforts in bringing the distillery to Lethbridge. Deputy Premier Hugh Homer, representing the province, said the government's encouragement of Palliser was part of its policy of balanced growth throughout Alberta, rather than just in the twc metropolitan areas. Palliser has 36 acres on its plant site. 2925 9th Ave. N., and on option on 24 more, ac- cording to John Steel, the production superintendent. The option land will be used for more warehouses, since the company requires a minimum of seven. They are to be built at a rate of about one a year. Seven years is the aging time for the company's most product, Palliser Reserve whisky. The plant employs 60 un- ionized workers and IS management and other staff. Curb side cave BILL GROENEN photo It's great for kids but not so great for driving. Chris Everson, 8', and his sister Wanita, 5, of 3402 20th Ave. S., take a good look at the cave-in at the corner of Palm Road and 20th Ave. S. It was caused 'Hoppers damage crops, experts seek remedy by a break in a 12-rnch water main which was re- paired by city crews Wednesday. Road repairs will have to wait until the ground settles, a city spokes- man said. Late seeded grain fields in Southern Alberta are being devoured by grasshoppers and only close surveillance by farmers will keep the damage in check, an agricultural ex- pert said here Wednesday. Mike Dolinski of Edmonton, supervisor of entomology for the Alberta department of agriculture, told The Herald that farmers must check road- sides, stubble -fields and headlands for the 'hoppers, if spraying measures are to be effective. The recent hot spell which started June 11. has caused the hatch of grasshopper eggs, resulting in a major outbreak of the pest. The 'hopper population has almost doubled overnight, he said, adding that farmers can expect damage until fall. Because of the tendancy for Southern Alberta to have grasshoppers, the Canada department of agriculture is conducting a test of grasshopper insecticides in the Purple Springs vicinity. Six of the poisons are being tested. Mr. Dolinski said the results will be forwarded to the Alberta department of agriculture for study. The present recommended insecticide is dimethoate. he said. The entire provincial stock of gallons is being stored in Lethbridge and is be- ing doled out to various areas as needed. Premier assures mayor of meeting with Hunley FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Mayor Charlie Edgar said today he had a brief talk with Premier Peter Lougheed at Granum Wednesday night and arrangements are going forward for a meeting of Mayor Edgar, town-councillors and Solicitor-General Helen Hunley on this town's policing costs. The date of the Edmonton meeting has not been set. Mayor Edgar says transients en" route from Lethbridge to Standoff are sometimes taken into custody by the RCMP and jailed here. This presents an excessive bill for cell guard services, says the mayor. Swim registration Registration for summer swimming classes opened again Wednesday and will con- tinue until classes are full or until Aug. 4, a community ser- vices department spokesman said. The registrations are being taken at the swimming pools. Swimming classes are held at the Fritz Sick Pool, the Lions Pool and Henderson Lake Pool. Lougheed courts rural voters The time has come for the provincial government to give more consideration to rural communities. Premier Peter Lougheed told about 500 Tory- supporters sn the Granum Community Hall Wednesday. More financial support from the province to encourage rural development is needed in Alberta and urban people are prepared to accept more government expenditure to enhance the rural way of life, he continued. The premier was at the small community. 40 miles northwest of Lethbridge, to attend the provincial nominating meeting at which lohn Walker of Fort MacJeod won the Tory nomination for Ihc Macleod constituency. "We have to stop patting marselves on the back" for jeveloping two large urban centres in Alberta and stop supporting "growth for growth's sake in cities." he in- fisted. And "this is not a speech I make at Granum one night" and then reverse opinion to suit an Edmonton audience another night. Mr. Lougheed reassured his party sup- porters. "1 think we have the motive" and the "time has come" for the changes to take place, he added. Premier Lougheed urged rural communities to begin to work together for the common good of each other. "It is important that com- munities work together." He stressed that it is impor- tant to have a Tory MLA from the Macleod constituency because "a lot of Alberta is reflected in this constituen- cy." He was specifically referring to agriculture and the small towns which depend on farming. II is important to have a Conservative MLA who is knowledgeable of the needs of the South and who can provide the type of input the govern- ment needs when it begins to lobby with the federal govern- ment for more benefits for the agriculture industry, he said. When asked by newsmen after tho meeting whether a Tory who was successful at breaking the solid Socred grip on Southern Alberta would receive a cabinet post, the premier said the Conservative government doesn't choose its cabinet members geographically. However. Mr. Lougheed did say he felt a person representing the view of Southern Alberta would be a valuable asset to his cabinet. Following his successful nomination. Dr. Walker threw his arm around the premier and proclaimed how fantastic it would be to have Peter and John in cabinet together. While supporters roared with laughter. Dr. Walker quickly covered for his slip of the tongue by saying "I mean Poler and John in government together." Province expects to build come fall Construction of the new downtown provincial government building will likely start this fall, a public works department official said Wednesday. J. F. Hunt, director of design and construction for the department, said in a telephone interview from Edmonton, architectural plans for the U-shaped building, part of which is two-stories and part three- stories high, are still being completed. "At the moment we don't expect to call tenders before early Mr. Hunt said. An application for a building permit for the project, es- timated to cost about million when it was announc- ed last fall, was tabled by the city's Municipal Planning Commission for one week Wednesday, for a report from the city engineering director. Mr. Hunt said the building, which will consolidate provin- cial government offices in the city as well as housing provin- cial court facilities, will take a year to 14 months to com- plete. He added that there had been some consideration given to changing the struc- ture of the building to rein- forced concrete because of the shortage and lengthy delivery times of steel, but that idea was dropped due to the shor- tage of carpenters required to build the wooden forms for the concrete. The building to go up at 5th Avenue and 4th Street South was designed by James Wensley Architecture Ltd. of Edmonton, the same firm that designed the Woodward's Lethbridge Centre project. Meanwhile, a 15-suite apart- ment building and a north-side kindergarten received Municipal Planning Commis- sion approvals Wednesday. Galko Development Ltd. got the go-ahead to build the 15- suite apartment structure at 119 7th Ave. S. Nancy Schnoor was granted a home occupation licence to establish a kindergarten in the basement of her home at 2014 20th St. N. despite the objec- tions of a neighbor who said her husband's sleep would be disturbed. Jolana Snicer, of 2010 20th St. N.. told the commission her husband worked a night shift, and the noise of the children next door would up- set his sleep. Mrs. Schnoor said she had a petition supporting the kindergarten signed by 150 residents of the area. "We realize a kindergarten in our basement is not the best place for it and that it will create some minor problems to the adjacent neighbors." Mrs. Schnoor told the com- mission. "But there are just no facilities in our area where we could bold a kindergarten. There is a lack of kindergarten facilities in the city and especially on the north side." In other matters Wednesday the planning commission tabl- ed a request from B and B Holdings to construct a 75-seat pub-style lounge in the base- ment of the Heidelburg Inn at 1303 Mayor Magrath Drive, and refused application from Coronation Development Ltd. to construct a second-floor of- fice addition to the Coronation Building at 914 3rd Ave S. The addition was refused because of insufficient parking. Flying doctor wins nomination By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer GRANUM The flying doc- tor from Fort Macleod swept to victory Wednesday in the two-man race for the right to contest the Macleod con- stitutuency for the Progressive Conservative party in the next provincial election. John Walker, 46, easily out- distanced Jim Davis, 32, on the first ballot at the provin- cial nominating meeting at the community hall in Granum, 40 miles northeast of Lethbridge. Dr. Walker, a medical doc- tor in Fort Macleod for 19 years and small aircraft pilot, will run in the next election against incumbent Socred Leighton Buckwell, who has already announced his inten- tions to seek office again. Promising the packed house of about 500 Tory supporters a "loud and clear" Southern Alberta voice in Edmonton if elected. Dr. Walker outlined his platform that supports -decentralization, a solid rural base for those who prefer that life style and the development of "caring communities that have empathy for the "sick, needy and distressed." The Fort Macleod coroner told the meeting "for too long Alberta has stopped at the Southern border of Calgary leaving Southern Albertans wanting for some type of con- sideration when decisions are made in Edmonton. In an interview following the meeting, Dr. Walker suggested Southern Alberta communities have not been able to keep in step with northern and central Alberta communities who elected Tory members to the legislature in 1971. "I will try and direct policies of Edmonton govern- ment toward the thinking in the South" to give this area better representation that it received even when its representatives were sitting in the Socred government prior to the Lougheed victory. He hinted there are "changes in direction'' needed in some provincial govern- ment policies. Dr. Walker told the meeting he intends to lobby for a "fair return and good income" for the farmer and to encourage family farms and small businesses. His opponent, a Coalhurst JOHN WALKER farmer and sand and gravel businessman, told the meeting it was about time a lot more money was put into agriculture and more con- sideration was given to es- tablishing small indsutry in rural towns. Claiming to have graduated "from the school of hard knocks." Mr. Davis said he was prepared to go to bat for the farmer in order "to put a lot more money into agriculture." He attacked the provincial government for not providing more funds for the overhaul- ing of the irrigation systems in Southern Alberta, including the establishment of more reservoirs on the Oldman and St. Mary rivers. In a rebuttal after the ballots were cast, Hugh Horner, agriculture minister, claimed the province was aware of the need for im- provement in the irrigation systems. And he announced the government's intention to spend million on irriga- tion in Southern Alberta dur- ing the next 10 years. Dr. Walker, also an avid small plane operator, inform- ed his placard waving sup- porters following the nomina- tion that June 19 has developed into a memorable date for him. He started a job on June 19. wrote his last medical exam on the same date and was married on June 19- It was only fitting his successful bid for the Tory nomination took place on June 19. Could it be possible the next provincial election will also be held on a June 19? Calgary man named to mediate dispute Mediation hearings will begin in one week in the dis- pute between Blunt's Nursing Homes and the Canadian Union of Public Employees the union's hospital coordinator said Wednesday. A3 Cunningham said in a telephone interview from Calgary the mediator would be Neil Graham, head of Calgary office of the labor relations branch. Mediation was requested by Blunt's after employees at three Southern Alberta nursing homes re- jected a conciliation award, he said. Workers at nursing homes in Calgary. Lethbridge and Fort Macleod rejected a con- ciliation report recommending increases of 45 rents an hour over 15 months. The workers are seeking pari- ty with similar workers in provincial hospitals, to an hour irom A planned strike vote will probably not be held until after mediation starts, since it will take more than a week to up. said Mr. Cunningham. The strike vote will be con- ducted by the Board of In- dustrial Relations at the un- ion's request, he said, so the date was up to the government.