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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Oil executives proclaim 'end of the free world' at hand M M S HIM 1) nu mfun tint' nf Oilweek OTTAWA (CP) Comments from oil com- pany executives these days leave an impression that the end of the free world is at hand. Not since publication in late 1969 of the white paper on tax changes has there been such an out- pouring of business condemnation of govern- ment proposals. Oil company executives have been the most vocal, but businessmen from other industries have joined a chorus of complaints. Several government proposals have given businessmen the jitters. The budget brought down May 6 by Finance Minister John one on which the Liberal government was defeated in the Com- become a focal point for oil industry criticism. The budget proposed a larger federal take from extractive resource industries. John Poyen, president of the Canadian Petroleum Association, sent an open letter to in- dustry employees telling them that their jobs may be in jeopardy and urging them to write political leaders. Most of the letter was subse- quently reprinted as a guest editorial in Oil- week, a Maclean-Hunter Ltd. magazine about the industry. "The economic buoyancy of Alberta would appear to be at stake and, in the longer term, the very fabric of our way of life in Canada is Mr. Poyen's letter said in part. "It seems to me a strange and puzzling com- mentary on the broad philosophy of our par- ticipative democracy that we are witnessing a disruptive conflict and confrontation of gov- ernments challenging one another in a competi- tion to extract the last possible penny from our industry. And apparently with an absolute dis- regard for the economic well-being of the in- dustry or the people who have chosen it as their careers." Mr. Poyen provided a set of "admittedly un- sophisticated" figures that he said leave only eight per cent of the price of an export barrel of oil for such expenses as paying salaries and wages and for investment in exploration and development. Mr. Turner says the federal government proposed to take a larger share because the world price increased. And he says the proposals are in part an attempt to maintain the federal government share as provincial royalties have been raised. The industry response has been to raise the spectre of the pipeline running dry. "From a long-term point of view, Canada's energy crisis is even more serious now than it was a year ago, because of a proliferation of oppressive and often conflicting policies from the various levels of Jerry McAfee, president of Gulf Oil of Canada Ltd., said in a speech in Toronto earlier this month. These policies seem guaranteed to create energy shortages in the 1980s and beyond, he said. There is conflicting evidence about oil com- pany plans. CLAIMS EXODUS A story in the June 10 edition of Oilweek says there has been an exodus of seismic crews, par- ticipants in one of the first steps in the explora- tion process. Crews were travelling south be- cause of political uncertainty here and high de- mand in the United States. Estimates of crews available in Canada ranged between 20 and 40 compared with a peak of about 100 in 1971. A Calgary correspondent for Toronto Globe and Mail reported June 12 that industry spending for exploration rights on choice Alberta land with good potential for crude oil or natural gas production continued at a record level during the first five months of the year. The pace continued after the release of the May 6 budget and industry sources were quoted as saying high values reflected a buoyant mood elevated to a feverish pitch by high prices. "If Alberta were Quebec there would be no oil export Robert Tofan, a Calgary chartered accountant, said in a speech on the tax and price situation at a May meeting of the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society. Keith Rapsey, retiring president of the Cana- dian Manufacturers' Association, speaking at the annual meeting earlier this month said the economic outlook was buoyant but he too was un- happy. "The unbridled spending of our federal, provincial and municipal governments is one of the two major factors in inflation that we can do something about. The other, of course, is ex- cessive union power." The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 162 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 1974 15 Cents 72 Pages U.S. proposal on DES acceptable says Lalonde By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde. back- ed by his health department experts, reportedly concluded this week that the latest U.S. proposal on a certification scheme, to ensure that U.S. cattle imported into Canada arc DES -free, should be acceptable to Canada, on health grounds. And the health minister, ac- cording to reliable Ottawa sources, took that stance at the cabinet meeting Thursday at which the Liberal govern- ment decided to back Agriculture Minister Eugene Whclan's continuing in- sistence that Canada require Indians want to stall oil sands development EDMONTON (CP) The Indian Association of Alberta (1AA i has unanimously approved "immediate Segal action" 1o stall the multi-billion-dollar development of the Alberta oil sands pending tne outcome of treaty-rights negotiations. The IAA will demand that the provincial government and de- veloping companies pay royalties from oil production to Indian people and that jobs and intensive training be provided Cor Alberta native people. Harold Cardinal, president of the IAA which represents 30.000 treaty Indians on 42 reserves, said after the vote Friday: "We now have an obligation to go ahead." Mr. Cardinal said in an interview earlier in the week that le- action would be taken "within the year" to obtain a share of the development for native people. more in the way of a certifica- tion scheme for U.S. beef than the Americans have been will- ing so far to provide. And one agriculture depart- ment official, when told that the split among government health and agriculture experts and within the cabinet itself would be made public, ex- pressed shock Friday, saying that once the United States found out about the split, the pressure from the U.S. would increase even more for Canada to ease up on her restrictions against American beef coming into this country. Government sources had suggested earlier in the day that the statement late Thurs- day by Agriculture Minister Whelan. saying that Canada's position on U.S. beef and DES had not changed, had been designed by cabinet to show the U.S. that Canadian government was firm in its conviction that U.S. beef would only be allowed to enter Canada again if the U.S. accepted the Canadian cer- tification scheme. RICK ERVIN photo Summertime dream A cocl lake for fishing and a large tree will be the best way to deal with the weathec this weekend. The temperature today is expected to reach 80 to 85 degrees, with thundershowers expected tonight, es- pecially along the foothills. Sunday will be sunny, with a high of 75 to 80 and a slight chance of late afternoon showers. Soviets rounding Jews Guerrillas want sea law voice From AP-REUf ER CARACAS, Venezuela (CP) Arab delegates introduced the Middle East conflict into the international sea conference Friday, saying they will demand admission of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the 149th conference participant. A spokesman for the Israeli delegation protested the deci- sion, reached by about 20 Arab delegates after Friday's routine general session. They decided to call for PLO's ad- mittance as official observers when the conference resumes after the weekend. Arab sources said a representative of Yasir Arafat, the PLO leader, was already in Caracas and in con- tact with their delegates. "This is a sea the Israeli delegate said. "It's inconceivable that a terrorism movement which through its existence has used the weapons of indiscriminate murder, atrocity and sabotage in pursuit of its objectives should be permitted to take part in the conference and to say how governments should conduct themselves." The United States is ex- pected to back Israel's opposi- tion to the presence of the Palestinian Arabs. China, a firm supporter of the Palestinian liberation movement, is certain to back the Arab bloc. The Soviet Union is also ex- pected to support the PLO re- quest. PROCEDURE DEBATED Delegates were conferring in several private groups to- day both on the Arab move and on a procedural dispute over how the conference will take its decisions. This argument, lestenng since the inaugural meeting in New York last December, caused cancellation of a sch- eduled opening Friday afternoon. Britain. Canada. Australia. New Zealand. Norway. Fiji. Thailand and Colombia pro- posed amendments to the to stop demonstrations Airraids MOSCOW