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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Throne speech: 're-run that left out the South' By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Not much new and not much more for the South characterized Southern Alberta MLA's reactions to the speech from the throne Thursday. Eight of the 12 MLA's south of Calgary were also of the jopinion that the Lpugheed 'government was falling over its own bureaucracy and meddling where it shouldn't. Four MLA's could not be contacted for comment. "My general observation was that it was a re-run of many things that have already been Harry Strome (SC Cypress) said. "I am personally concerned that the impression left is that the only the government can control development is by being a part-owner of the company. "We are witnessing an intrusion into the private lives of our citizens that one would never have expected under a Conservative the former Social Credit premier said. Mr. Strom observed the province would never have experienced the development it has without foreign capital. "We are getting carried away by nationalism to the extent that we believe we can only control things by government interference." Mr. Strom said the government's Agricultural Development Fund had done some good. The government will double the fund providing guaranteed loans to farmers to million. But he said the province appeared to be going its own way in the credit field. "Credit is necessary tool for farmers but in the interests of keeping the costs down at the lowest level possible, it is imperative that the provincial and federal governments co-ordinate their efforts." He said credit is a federal responsibility. Mr. Strom, who also served as minister of agriculture said there is "no way" the government should meddle in the affairs of irrigation districts. The government proposes to aid districts by upgrading irrigation and management techniques. He suggested it should provide money as did the former administration but not interference. "In the coming years irrigation agriculture will prove to be one of the very important industries of Alberta. The expenditures of the previous government to implement and upgrade irrigation projects are fully he said. Ray Speaker (SC Little Bow) said the failure of the government to announce a commitment of funds to local irrigation districts "is a real neglect of one of our southern Alberta problems." The former minister of health and social development was also critical of a lack of Wilson freezes British rents LONDON (CP) Britain's new Labor government froze all rents today and told shop- keepers to reduce their profits as part of a drive to cut sky- rocketing inflation. Environment Secretary An- thony' Crosland announced that rents on all accommodations, both private and municipally owned, will be kept at present levels for the rest of this year. Food shopkeepers, in a con- frontation with government officials, defended record profits temping 18 per ceat, but Tariff revision offered VANCOUVER (CP) Finance Minister John Turner, said Thursday the federal government is willing to reframe the tariff structure between Canada and other nations so Western Canada can achieve a wider economic He said restructuring tariffs is one of the proposals to encourage secondary industry in the West but he has not yet heard from Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed or from British Columbia Premier Dave Barrett regarding their requirements. Mr. Turner was addressing the annual dinner of the commerce department at the University of British Columbia. offered to reduce prices by an average of 2.3 cents. The watchdog Price Commission already has warned it may ask food retailers to cut their profits by 10 per cent. But prices of basic foodstuffs such as eggs, cheese and butter are expected to increase next week because of higher whole- sale prices. The meeting between the commission' and representatives of leading', food firms came as the state- owned coal, steel and electricity industries were re- ported planning price increases of up ro 60 per cent in the wake of the 16-week coal miners' dispute. The steel and electricity in- dustries buy 70 per cent of Britain's coal. Coal prices are expected to increase by up to 30 per cent in the near future unless Prime Minister Harold Wilson's government intervenes with heavy subsidies. A report by the National In- stitute of Economic Research predicted a trade deficit and jobless by the end of the year. That was its "optimistic" forecast. Its "pessimistic" forecast indicated one million unemployed and a trade deficit of billion. Britain now has about hard-core unemployed, not counting those who were temporarily laid off during the three-day work week that ends at midnight tonight. There is also fear of in- flationary wage demands fol- lowing the miners' settlement. incentive welfare schemes to help people get off the welfare rolls, as had been promised by the government. Nor was there any commitment to more autonomy for local governments, he said. Dick Gruenwald (SC Lethbridge West) said the government made a "serious omission" by not announcing a cut in provincial taxes as advocated by the oppostion. "There will be more committees and more bureaucracy'to put up he said. He was disappointed that there was no mention of advanced education, or any commitment to divide funds from corporations which did not earmark their taxes between public and separate school systems. "It was a real good speech from the throne but I didn't see too much in it for said Jack Anderson (SC Lethbridge "There was rapid transit and a park from Edmonton." "He said the government's proposed Alberta resources growth company is "a crowd pleaser that people can in but the potential isn't there for the average person to make it worthwhile." "The speech reflects what a government can do when money is almost no said Ted Hinman (SC Cardston) and a former provincial treasurer. He found some things in the speech to be pleased about but said people on salary should be able to assign their pay to buy shares in public-participation companies or the shares could be held in trust for them until the dividends paid for the shares. Fred Mandeville (SC Bow Valley) said the resources company "step in the right direction" but that the South would benefit little from government proposals. The government said it planned to do away with "inequities" some- citizens faced in the past. But Ed Benoit (SC Highwood) said threatment of senior citizens under the Socred administration "was head and shoulders above anyone in the dominion those inequities weren't there." Gordon Taylor (SC Drumheller saw "tremendous opportunities" in a new Provincial Parks Act. "We have shorter working days and there just aren't enough provincial the former minister of highways said. "I am very sorry they did not attack inflation firmly and aggressively. I would, have liked to see some bread and butter issues for the working people not sharing in the prosperity that is evident around Canada." Additional report on page 13. The Lethbrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 1974 24 Pages 10 Cents Alberta awash in black ink Miniely predicts huge cash surplus Herald Legislature Bureau and The Canadian Press EDMONTON Alberta may be headed for the biggest financial surplus in its history. Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely refused to be pinned down on a specific figure for the 1973 surplus. But he told a news conference today the nine-month interim financial statement for the province indicated a budgetary cash surplus for the first time since 1969. He said later that "you could certainly speculate" when asked if the surplus, would be million. The biggest surplus enjoyed so far by the governmeatwas in J965 and that was million: "Our revenues are much more buoyant" than anticipated at the time of last year's budget considerations, Mr. Miniely said. "Our total income grew 31 per cent while expenditures grew 13.7 per cent." Last spring he predicted a deficit of million. He also said the province-is benefiting from short term borrowing and investing. Flat-rate phoning scuttled Lethbridge telephone subscribers have scuttled AGT's proposed extended flat rate calling plan for Southern Alberta. ACT said today 64 per cent ,T of the 18'297 Lethbridge the nine- subscribers who voted month mark of the current fis- Witch's chair This is hardly a way to treat a visitor, but several high school students touring the University of Lethbridge today were introduced to the witch's chair. Bette Lee Beswick, a university student, demonstrates the device that helps measure a per- son's state of consciousness. It was just one of many displays set up at the U of L. Some 500 high school students were expected to visit the university during the one- day open house. Transcript of Nixon's trial by ordeal By FRANK RUTTER Herald Washington Bweaa WASHINGTON Watching President Richard Nixon at his painful press conferences these days is a strange medical-legal experience. It is fascinating but not par- ticularly pleasant to see this man writhing in public on what might be, alternately, the analyst's couch, the operating table and the witness stand. It is punishing for the observer and for the subject, this secretive and withdrawn leader of two hundred million who is compelled, against his nature, to expose his mind and body to the physicians and barristers of the press, in front of the whole country, via television. U is torture for this man. Perhaps it is masochism. He is on display, all his nerves fluttering, raw and tangible. The nerve ends wave, and they contract when touched, like the tendrils of a sea anemone, as any beachcomber knows. It is the east room at the White House, a large and uncomfortable room where a semi-circle of reporters awaits, pencils scapel- sharp, the arrival of the victim. Two minutes late, he strides purposefully through their ranks, his grin affixed as though with makeup. The reporters stand, respectfully, but they do not applaud, as they have for previous incumbents. The president grips the lectern from which hangs the great seal of his office, hunches his slight, tense body, and submits. First a pleasantry, a warmup act A nod to Helen Thomas, appointed bureau chief of United Press International, first woman to hold the job. The same Helen Thomas Nixon had taunted last year for wearing slacks. Then a dig at one of his great adversaries. Congress, whose emergency energy legislation Nixon vetoed earlier in the day because it included a rollback of oil prices. Now the questions: Impeach- ment, perjury, indictment, cov- erup, hush money. The upper lip, slick with per- spiration, trembles. The voice stutters. The sentence structure is bizarre and convoluted. Nixon fidgets. He has a strange physical quirk that can only be described as twiddling his feet. The deep-set brown eyes, wary and defended by pooches of skin, blink with the effort of making words. It is as if the words, caught and jumbled in the larynx, are forced out through the retina. Impeachment: Nixon is prepared to big the two ranking members of the House judiciary committee, privately, on home White House quali- will turn over all evidence that he previously gave to the special prosecutor, but not necessarily more. H R Haldeman. indicted for lying about a conversation with the president, almost a year ago: Nixon stumbles through a long explanation of what he said, what he meant and what he did. "To pay clemency was wrong." The president has "mispoken" again. H is hard for him to get the words out and in order. Would he consider clemency to a former aide now. today? It would depend on the individual and on the circumstances, but no. A typical Nixonian hedge. Inflation: What a visible on Nixon's face and audible in his voice. This is subject on which he has a script. "There will not be a recession in 1874." The indictment of former White House aides: The routine until proven otherwise, loyalty to the loyal. But Haldeman and John Ehrtichman "have been convicted in the press over and over again." This is the only resort to another favorite knocking the press. And so it goes on: 19 questions in 40 minutes. Much relief when the subject is the defence budget Perfect and fluent recall by Nixon of conversation with Senator John MGellan. A contrast to his re- collection of other conversations Nixon decides to leave it at that. The familiar "thank you Mr. President" is shouted plant that is maddingly impossible to trace among the many reporters. But the president returns to take one more question from an old hand. Peter Lisagor. A mistake. It is perhaps the sharpest question of the evening Would Nixon submit to public cross examination under oath to dear up the whole mess? The an- swer: "I will do nothing to weaken the office of the presidency." In other words, no. Again "Thank you Mr. Presi- dent" The treatment is over. But have either the president or his watchers benefiUed? The answer does not come easily after this uncomfortable experience in this uncomfortable room at the White House. Fertilizer shortage won't ease Bureau EDMONTON Alberta farmers can expect little relief from a tight fertilizer supply situation this year, Hugh Homer, minister of agriculture, told the legislature today. In answer to a question from former agriculture minister Henry Ruste (SC Dr. Homer said while there have been "substantial" increases in fertilizer stocks, farmers' demands have climbed even faster. The government has requested the co-operation of farm organizations in securing extra supplies but farmers must "appreciate" that the situation will remain tight, he said. Dr. Homer also commented on the "very situation faced by cattle feeders. He said the problem was mainly in federal government feed grain policies but that the province was hopefully awaiting announcements from Ottawa in the immediate future. Nixon would bar dirty tricks WASHINGTON