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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE UTHBR1DGE KERAID Tuesday, Mcmh 6, 1973 PoTF ivclcomed home Monika Schwinn, Saarbrucken, West Gsrmany, carries flowers and a large hand- bag os she arrives al Clark Alrbase in the Philippines Moncfay afler she was released by the Korlh Vielnomese. Miss Schwinn, a member of Maltese, a private Catholic medi- cal organization, was captured in Vietnam i" April 27, 1969. Whelan talks plain, honest about job and farm issues By PAUL JACKSON Ileraltl Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA As two pretty secretaries pound away at their typewriters and answer phones in an adjoining office, Agricul- ture Minister Eugene Whefan "talks plain and honest" about his new job and the farmers he has to look after. "Agriculture has too much taken for granted in this says the 48-year-old politician." For too long' there's been the philosophy that farm- ers can look after themselves. That they're self-sufficient. Why, there's been almost a jungle the fittest wiH survive." Mr. Whclan, who has Avon friends almost everywhere he's luoOT.r sit] amis iraaq ment to the cabinet, delights in promoting his casual style that puts people at ease immediately and giving them snippets of term that has developed iMcause he says his spelling is less than perfect and his grammer about the same. But don't let that fool you. This man is a hard, shrewd pol- itician who spent 10 years in the backbenches waiting for that cabinet room door to open. Now he's inside the door ho intends to stay there and get things done. "Do you he says, "that 42 farmers quit the land every 24 hours. Do you know how many of our farmers are edging on retirement age with- out young people coming in to take over. Well, what I'd like to TOO Copies plus tax Instant Print Copy Div. J269 Third Aye. S. ask is unless things change who's going to be growing our food in 10 or 20 years time? We have-to get moving." Mind you, when you suggest that it has been federal govern- ment policy to reduce Canada's farming population by massive strokes of tile pen made by some bureaucrat in Ottawa, he won't believe you. But he ac- cepts that some programs have probably forced some farmers off the land" although that wasn't the main intent of the programs." On the other hand, he makes no defence of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trndeau's govern- ment when it comes to rural co- operatives and credit unions. In late 1971 Mr. Whelan threatened to quit the party and launch "the damnedest storm you ever saw" if the government didn't alter a bill that would have in- creased taxes on agricultural co-operatives. "They just weren't aware of certain facts. I was appalled at the little knowledge they had regarding not only rural co-op- eratives, but also rural and ur- ban credit unions. That is until I rather crudely brought certain matters to their he says with a smile. One thing that bothers Mr. Whelan in his attempt to put the agricultural industry back or, an even keel is how little real power he has compared to his 'counterpart', the U.S. sec- retary of agriculture. In the United States the secretary of agriculture has full authority over everything that touches on farming. His department can co-ordinate programs and steer them in on a single target. Not so in Canada. For in- stance, Justice Minister Otto Lang has authority over the Ca- nadian Board. Regional Economic Expansion Minister Don Jamieson has authority over such programs as the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act, and whether its tariffs on apples or machinery Trade M i n i s 1 e r Alastair Gil'.cspic makes the decision. Jvfr. Whelan, of course, wanls POWER PLAY" Power ploys provide some of hockey's greatest ihrills. For a fascinating look ot the anatomy of a power ploy, see Ihe gianl color pholo in WeeVenrf Magazine Saturday wirh explanatory texr by Andy O'Brien. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERAID WEEKEND MAGAZINE Pope Paul appoints 30 new Cardinals VATICAN Popcjkepl secret because lliey were aul elevated 30 prelates of the oman Catholic Church to the ollegc of Cardinals today anil evcaled two others elevated iti )G9 whose identities he had Uas firm 3armngs up CALGARY (CP) Canadian ixport Gas and Oil Ltd., re- orts net earnings before ex- raordinary items of in le nine-month period ending an. 3L compared with uring the same period lost ear. Gross income of down from the ecorded in the corresponding eriod last year. The company has liquidated ts remaining bank loans and is ow free of all long-term debt, .t the end ot the report period he working capital was ap- roximately in Communist countries. The two cardinals named "in ecloL'e" were Bishop Stepan Trochta. of Litomerice, Czechoslovakia, and Bishop Juliu Ilossu of Cluy-Ghcrla, Ro- mania. Bishop Hossu died in 1970, and relations have since im- proved between the Vatican and Czechoslovakia's Communist government. Tlie Pope also announced that he may make provision for rep- resentatives of the Synod of Bishops to sit with the College of Cardinals in its conclaves to elect a new pontiff. Such con- claves heretofore have been confined exclusively to the card- nals. The day's schedule included (he private consistory at which the Pope notified the college of its new members, the public consistory at which the new princes of Ills church pledged loyalty and obedience to the pontiff and received their red hats from him and a mass at which the Pope was to present he new cardinals their sap- phire rings. In Hie past, each of these has jeen held on a separate day. 3ut Pope Paul reduced the of the occasion by con- centrating them in one day. It was the fourth consistory in the 10-year-old reign oC Pope Paul, and it brought younger INDIA BUYS FEED GRAIN FROM CANADA NEW DELHI (CP) India will buy tons of Iced grains from Canada this year, part of two million tons to be imported because of drought in many parts of the country, the government told Parliament to- day. Another tons will be bought from the United States and tons from Argen- tina. The announcement did not say where the remaining tons would come from. men into the church's senate, which elects its popes. It also raised the total membership of the Sacred College to 145 cardi- its largest in history. The Italian contingent still is Ihe largest with 4r members, followed by France with 13 and the United States with 12. The consistory gave Pakistan, Kenya, the Pacific Islands and Zaire their first cardinals. The average age of the new cardinals is 60; it was 68 in the consistory four years ago. The practice ot keeping the identity of new cardinals secret by naming them "in or within the Pope's breast, has been used from time to lime when their public designation might endanger their safety. EXPORTA CANADA'S FINEST CIGARETTE to ECC all this change. He sees something of what Ontario Pro mier William Davis might ca a 'superminister' but what Ui tlsscx County boy in that pro1 men calls "just plain con mcnsensc." He hasn't been slow to let ctl ers know he wants to move i on them. He's explained to Do Jamieson the situation and M Jainicson listened "sympa thctically." "We just have to gel spm coordination into our agricu rural policy ami programs. have to give somebody the fu imUiorily to act for the nation he says as he tries pry the plastic lid off an early rooming take-out coffee cup. Mr. Whelan leaves you wit no doubt about who should that authority to ccordinai those programs and desif those policies, and there aga: you soe Ihe touch of ]XJliuc shrewdness Iliat he began to a quire after being elected to h first public office, a member the Essex County school boar at the age of 21. There's been a tot of ta about whelher an Easterner en get on well with a Western Ca- nadian when it comes to agri- culture. And that's especially true since the West so totally rejected his party in the Oct. 30th federal election. To this, Whelan replies: "A cow speaks the same language in Alberta as it does in Quebec. A farmer's problems and hopes the same in Ontario as they are in Saskatchewan. Why, 50 per cent of requests for speak- ing engagements come from the West." In fact, stresses the man who took over the agricultural por- tfolio after a Westerner, former agriculture minister Bud Olson, was whipped on Oct. 30th in Medicine Hat, he's been shown some "real hospitality" in Ihe West. Of course, it would have to go a long way to beat (he type of hospitality residents of Lea- mington, Ont., showed him a week or so ago. "Do you he asks, "seven hun- dred people from all walks of life paid apiece to spend an evening listening to me speak. i Then they presented my wife 1 Elizabeth and myself with the biggest television set I ever saw in my life. It's just great to have friends like that" 1973 Plymouth Cricket and Dodge Colt. Engineered and built in Japan. Sold and serviced by Plymouth and Dodge dealers across Canada. Cricket and Colt. Each with an impressive array of standard features that you might ordinarily expect to pay extra for. (In fact, Cricket and Colt are so complete, the only optional extras are automatic transmission, radio, electric rear windowdefrostcr.station wagon decorpackagc and whitewall tires.) Standard features include unitizcd construc- tion that combines body and frame in one solid economical 4-cylinder 1597 c.c. mini-hemi head engine fully synchronized four-on-the- floor transmission big disc brakes up front energy-absorbing steering column impact- absorbing bumpers. niUYSI.KKJ Both Plymouth Cricket and Dodge Colt offer you luxury- style comfort features, standard. High-back bucket seats (backs recline in all models except Coupe) adjustable steering column wood grained console and instrument panel flow-thru ventilation color-keyed interiors. Choose from f'ou r di fferent models- Coupe, 2-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, and 4-door station wagon. A sporty new GT is available in Colt only. Plymouth Cricket Dodge Colt. The choice is yours. Sec your Plymouth or Dodge dealer. Plymouth Cricket and Dodge Colt come in coupes, hardtops, sedans and station wagons. CALGARY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA THURSDAY, MARCH 8th at 8 p.m.-YATES MEMORIAL CENTRE Tickets Available at eister's Music or at the door PROCEEDS TO CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION ;