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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, March 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD 21 Better deal sought HIGH RIVER (CP) Creeping socialism and the loss of capital to oil companies and Albertans were the main reasons given for possible western separation from Canada at a meeting of the Independent Alberta Association here. John Rudolph, former president of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada, told a crowd of about 200 that the purpose of the meeting was to tell the rest of Canada "that we want a better deal for the country." "We want government out of the Calgary oilman said. "The gut issues are the high cost of Confederation, the incredible price we pay to be Albertans and the rampant spread of socialist philosophy under the guise of every political label possible." It was not the intention of the association to become a political party, he said. It was a "topsy organization composed of a bunch of people who got so teed off they decided to finally do something." Immediate plans are to register as an association, raise funds, collect facts on the advantages and disadvantages of independence, pursuade provincial political parties to accept the Alberta- first concept and preserve the free enterprise system, he said. Independence was a last resort, but if the federal government can be convinced enough westerners feel strongly enough to separate, "we may be able to change federal policy and get a better deal." Mr. Rudolph outlined the unsuccessful efforts of IPAC between 1961 and 1969 to have a pipeline built to Montreal from the West. When the attempts proved unsuccessful, markets were found in the United States. But with the recent energy crisis, suddenly "it's not Alberta oil anymore, it's our (Canadian) oil." There is no legal machinery permitting Ottawa to impose the export tax. which is costing Albertans million a day. or the freeze, he said. 'It is done by coercion, threat and blackmail." The money is going into federal coffers to subsidize consumers in Quebec and the Maritimes, who previously had refused to pay a bit more for western oil and imported it instead, he said. Bob Matheson, an Edmonton lawyer, said the federal government has no legal right to impose an export tax. Nor has it the jurisdiction to make laws aflecting the property of Albertans. He said he spoke by telephone with Quebec Separatist lead, Rene Levesque, who said there are two ways to separate from federalism by taking up arms or by convincing a majority of members of the provincial legislature. An independent Alberta would have no problem handling any of the issues now handled by the federal government, he said. Mr. Rudolph said in an interview that the association's first public meeting was held at High River rather than Calgary in an attempt to dispel the motion that the organization is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Calgary-based oil industry. High River, 20 miles south of Calgary, had a better chance of attracting a more "grass roots' audience, including farmers, ranchers and others. He said plans for the organization remain somewhat nebulous. They involved registration, preparation of a formal constitution, election of an executive and to "hopefully form chapters" in communities throughout the province but he was unable to give a timetable. Mr. Rudolph said memberships were sold at the High River meeting but "at the moment everybody is busy earning a living." He declined to say how many memberships were sold. One of the association's goals is "to investigate the advantages of, and the means of, obtaining the status of an independent nation within the commonwealth of nations for the province of or as Mr. Rudolph put it, "getting the best deal it can for Alberta one way or another." The proposal for Alberta to go it alone drew a few cheers but did not receive much support from the audience. Mr Rudolph stressed that the organization is not a political party sort of a goodwill measure for a good cause." Al Kincius, a Calgary computer operator and spokesman for a group called the Association to Defend Property Rights, told the meeting that an independent province would be a chance to create new policies based on free enterprise and the right of individuals to life, liberty and 'private property. Mr. Rudolph said the association will look into the possibility of conducting research on the issues raised. Directors unaware missing VANCOUVER (CP) The directors of the Vancouver Canucks' corporate parent were unaware of irregularities in the company's finances when they signed a share prospectus, the British Columbia Supreme Court was told here. Oscar Lundell, secretary to Northwest Sports which owns the Canucks of the National Hockey League, testified that when he advised the directors to sign, he did not know that was missing from the company's financial capital. He also stated that he had no knowledge of any plans to transfer the million raised in the proposed public share issue to Medicor, Northwest's United States-based parent. Mr. Lundell testified to the Canadian directors' ignorance of the alleged irregularities during a hearing in which millionaire brewer Ben Ginter of Prince George is suing Northwest for damages. Mr. Ginter alleges in his suit against the company and five individuals that he was induced by a false prospectus to buy worth of debentures and shares in Northwest in December, 1970. CLAIMS PRICE UNFAIR He is claiming compensation for the loss and damage he allegedly suffered when he re-sold the units for three years later in November, 1973, a price which, he says, did not represent a fair capital gain. Mr. Ginter earlier testified he paid interest up to 10 Vz per cent on the capital he raised to buy the shares. He said he was unable to sell the shares until 1973. Co-defendants in the action are Medicor heads Tom Scallen and Lyman Walters, and Coleman Hall, Cyrus McLean and Prank McMahon, Northwest's Canadian directors. The Lethbridge Herald think YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 The Party won more seats than any other party in Britain's election. a-Conservative b-Labor c-Liberal 2 Which of the three parties won the biggest per- centage of the total popular vote? to form a minor- 3 Queen Elizabeth asked ity government a-Harold Wilson b-Edward Heath c-Jeremy Thorpe 4 In the Throne Speech read at the opening of the new session of Parliament, the Trudeau govern- ment called for the creation of a national petro- leum company. True of False? 5 Health Minister Marc Lalonde said he would do everything in his power to keep the World Football League out of Canada. The new league has already awarded a franchise to (CHOOSE ONE: Toronto. PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. 1.....bazaar 2.....bizarre 3.....summit 4.....summation 5.. ...incumbent a-strikingly unusual or odd b-closing part of an argument c-place where goods are sold d-highest level e-office-holder PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS This leader experienced some trouble in forming a new government. Can you identify her? HOW DO YOU RATE? 91 10 100 poMs TOP SCORE! SI to 90 prints Ctetttont 71 to M Good. 61 to 70 poMs 60 or Under? HVrmV FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What do you think of the food policy proposals contained in the Throne Speech? STUDENTS PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the dues. 1-----Jeremy Thorpe 2.....Georges Pompidou Mitchell 4.....Pierre Messmer 5.....Joe Theismann 311-74 a-Premier, France b-pro football quar- terback c-President, France d-Britain's Liberal Party leader e-fornaer U.S. Attor- ney General VEC, Inc. Save Examination! Valuable Reference Matenal for Exams. Anti-freeze prosecution ruled out EDMONTON (CP) Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling has indicated the Alberta government does not plan to prosecute dealers charging double the normal price for anti-freeze, in short supply in some areas. "In the free enterprise system, it's pretty difficult to prosecute anyone for free Mr. Dowling told Gordon Taylor (SC who complained about "gougers" charging high prices. Mr Dowling said there is "no real shortage" of anti- freeze supplied by the manufacturers. Any shortage is created by "people buying up and hording the product." "If the consumer will shop around, he will find it at the right price." Meet the good guy Arthur Friedman, the "good guy" who lets his employes set their own pay and ot'her working cond- itions, relaxes of an evening at home with his wife, Merle. 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