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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Trudeau 'arming for western battle by packing Supreme court' By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was accused in the Commons Monday of "pack- ing the Supreme Court" in preparation for legal and constitutional battles with the western provinces on the resources issue. Dr. Gordon Ritchie (P.C.Dauphin) made the accusation in his contribution to the throne speech debate. He said the prime minister claimed he was not making the oil issue a means to confiscate provincial resources. "But his statements cannot be construed as anything else but that. He is fortunate that the oil producing provinces are in Western Canada because he feels that Western Canada is open for pillage at any time and in any said the Manitoba M.P. "His brand of federalism is becoming so encompassing and so confining that it almost certainly will result eventually in Western Canada drifting into new of these being forced by economic disregard of the West. "Indeed, a growing number of people in Western Canada are questioning the validity of a Canadian declared Dr. Ritchie. He charged that in anticipation of the coming battles in the courts over the constitutional issues the prime minister has embarked on a policy of "packing of the Supreme Court by the justices which have been appointed." Chief Justice Bora Laskin is noted as being left of centre and a strong federalist, he said. There was also the appointment of Jean Beetz, former constitutional advisor to the prime minister, said Dr. Ritchie. He added, "The chief justice it is said, made the statement at the opening of the University of Saskatchewan Law School in 1965 that: 'power contracts by a failure to use it.' Then he said again 'I borrow a phrase from my friend, Prof. Frank Scott that provincial autonomy means national inactivity and I would add that the more we have of the one, the more we have of the other.' The M.P. said the chief justice was reported to have said that he found it difficult to believe that the federal system could endure unless Ottawa was accepted as a source could endure unless Ottawa was accepted as a source of national power and authority exercisable in respect of and for all citizens of Canada. He said, "It is not to be wondered at that the president of the Law Society of Alberta called the Laskin appointment as chief justice, an overt political appointment." Western Canada has come of age in its political thinking. Its resources and its people give it new impetus and a new direction, he claimed. "It is more confident that it is equal to the rest of the Canadian confederation. It is confident that it can stand on its own if it needs to." The course being followed by the federal government in dealing with the oil producing provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan is not the best way to deal with the oil and gas situation. "It will leave scars on Canadian confederation long after the problem itself will be warned Dr. Ritchie. He said it could mean the drift of Western Canada into an extremely independent position. VOL. The Lethbri4ge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 1974 10 Cents 24 Pages Tax hike 'can't be avoided' There seems little doubt the city will ask its taxpayers for ore money for municipal perations this time around. While aldermen won't get a look at the 1974 operating budget for another week, City Manager Allister Fmdlay told them Monday city employee wage hikes and increased city debt service charges will alone boost_the city tax rate by eight mills. To a home-owner with a so- called "average assessment" of this would be an increase in municipal taxes of about Mr. Findlay told council provincial growth limits imposed on municipalities is giving the city administration headaches because the city will clearly exceed the limit this year Under present guidelines, the city's budget can grow by a maximum of only about 5Vz mills, and if this is exceeded, the city will lose its incentive grant from the province which was more than last year, he said. says Mr. Findlay, nearly all the other municipalities in the'province are in the same boat, and they will likely ask that the growth restrictions be removed at a meeting of municipal administrators and provincial representatives in Wetaskiwin March 20 On the city manager's recommendation, council passed a resolution requesting increased financial assistance from the provincial government and elimination of budget growth restrictions. Whelan undaunted The thick fog that socked in Lethbridge's Kenyon Field airport this morning didn't stop federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan's from keeping his appointment here. Mr. Whelan's plane landed through "soup" ceiling of 200 feet and visibility about one-eight of a mile at about 10 a.m. He is in the city to speak to Southern Alberta agriculture producers and a a plate Liberal party banquet. About town Court liaison officer Sgt. Dong Harris ordering a flu- stricken Dave Shirley to sit on the other side of the courtroom part time zookeeper Dr. C. D. Stewart admitting he lost a wristwatch to a philandering baboon. RICK ERVIN photo The deeper the better The challenge of playing in the deepest puddle in the neighborhood and the enjoyment of pretending it's an ocean and the nearest scrap of wood a make-believe ship should keep many southern Alberta youngsters occupied again today. The Arctic front that settled on Lethbridge overnight was to lift about noon today but Michael Low, Ave. S., and other youngsters in the city will find the puddles slightly chillier than Monday. Wilson pledges re-write of membership in ECM LONDON (CP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson today pledged his minority govern- ment to full-scale renegotiation of Britain's membership in the European Common Market and to work for enhanced co-operation within the Commonwealth. In the speech from the throne, read by the Queen at the opening of Parliament the new Labor government also touched on plans for statutory controls on key food prices, in- creased old-age pensions and the possibilty of higher taxes. The brief and generally vague throne speech also contained government commitments of continued support for NATO, while trying to reduce costs, and to opposition of any con- stitutional settlement in Rho- desia not supported fully by the African majority. The government added it will work to promote complete equality for women in jobs, work training and related fields. And it said it will repeal the controversial Industrial Relations Act. by which the previous Conservative government sought to regulate union-management relations. A conciliation and arbitration service is to be set up. Development land is to be taken into public ownership, the speech said. The Common Market promise did not go beyond the party's manifesto for the Feb. 28 election, which brought Labor to power at the expense of the Conservative party. Peacock advocates fair play for Time By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta government will attempt to insure "fair play" for Time Air when the Canadian Transport Commission hears an application from Pacific Western to fly into Lethbridge. "No action should be taken by the CTC that would kill Fred Peacock, minister of industry and commerce, said in an interview Monday. The pbght of the Lethbridge airline faced with competition from a much bigger carrier will provide ammunition in the province's case for provincial control of provincial airways when -it top billion EDMONTON (CP) Farmers' cash receipts surpassed billion for the first time in 1973, the Alberta bureau of statistics said in a review of annual statistics released today. Income from livestock and products rose by million and income from field crops increased by million, the bureau said, and total cash receipts reached compared with in 1972. Lougheed mum on phone call EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed Monday confirmed he has had a telephone discussion on energy with Prime Minister Trudeau. but would give no hint of what was said. He told NDP Leader Grant Notley in the legislature that discussions were ''ongoing" but that he was not in a position to elaborate. The telephone conversation was a follow-up to the face-to- face luncheon between the two men in Ottawa a week ago. However. Mr. Lougheed did table in the legislature an exchange of Telex messages between himself Mr. Trudeau made shortly after the end of the national energy conference in January. Flu thins local school attendance An outbreak of influenza in the Lethbndge school system Monday caused a shortage of teachers and student absenteeism that reached 35 per cent in one school. George Bevan. director of rumculum for public schools, said today the flu outbreak seems to be concentrated at the junior high school level with some elementary schools now feeling the effects. Wilson Junior High School reported 250 students absent Monday or about 35 per cent of its studentbody. he said. Today the school reported 223 students away. The school's population is 726 students and the normal absentee level is about SO students. Other junior high schools which were reported by Dr. Bevan as being hard hit bv the flu are Gilbert Paterson and Hamilton. of 778 pupils were reported absent Monday and today that figure has mcreased'to about 120 Gilbert Paterson school officials told The Herald today absentee figures show about 80 students away the same as Monday. Paterson includes both elementary and junior high school students and it is the junior high that is hardest hit system ran short of substitute teachers at the junior high and senior high levels Monday but the situation seems to be casing today. Some teachers have been "booking off" at noon and this could also change. "There has been no reason to close any schools yet but if we run out of teachers that's another matter." he said At Hamilton. 110 pupils oat Dr. Bevan said the school Dr A. A. Byrne, city public health officer, was unavailable for comment he was at home with the flu. Meanwhile, students at the Stirling school were sent home today when an estimated 40 per cent of th0 pupils were absent with the flu Principal Joseph Stevenson said the combined eiei.ieniary and high school will remain, closed at least until Friday About 170 students attend the school meets with federal officials in Vancouver Wednesday. The reaction of federal Transport Minister Jean Marchand to that case will in large part determine the final contents of the province's submission to the CTC on PWA's application to start a Calgary Lethbridge service. Provincial airline Time versus regional (inter- provmcial) big brother PWA is a perfect example of a conflict between two carriers. However, said Mr. Peacock, "until the province has jurisdiction over intra- provincial routes, we can do nothing but intervene." Mr. Peacock said he has no wish to deny the city a service such as that offered by PWA. Indeed, he revealed Monday he considers it essential to the city's future. "Lethbridge is crying for this sort of service. A community that size has got to have access the marketplace'. UethBridge can't be served by Tfin Air only Time Air has to be cojnpetitave so it can economically function as a feeder- into the regional services." Just how to make Time competitive, Mr. Peacock won't say exactly. He and his transport advisors emphasize they are not trying to destroy healthy competition but must consider how to best handle a total transportation package for the province. "We're intervening to make sure that Time Air's interests and PWA's interests are compatible with those of the said Mr. Peacock. "The intervention is to assure the position of Time won't be eroded or that the facilities and services Lethbridge needs from a regional service will be lost. "The essence of the intervention will be fair play, so that-Time won't be economically crippled." Possibly, the department may suggest the airline be given access to flying other lucrative routes within the province to make up revenues lost to a regional carrier in direct competition. But the province is most concerned, not with intervening, but with control of its own airways. "I am intervening because I feel that the policies affecting the third level (provincial) carriers should be under provincial control." said Mr. Peacock. He and his staff will also be demanding an equal say in bodies controlling regional inter-provincial) airways and a voice in bodies governing national and international routes. The meeting with Mr. Marchand was arranged at the Western Economic Opportunities conference as one in a series of meetings on provincial transportation grievances. The CTC will decide on the PWA application sometime in the future. The matter of the PWA application was raised in the legislature by Bill Wyse District 15 Family 19 News 13. 14 Markets 17 10-12 Theatres TV 6 Thanks to your hssons, Jim LOW TONIGHT 3fl, HIGH WED. 50; UNSETTLED, MILD ;