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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 42-1HE lEIIIBRirjGE HERMD-Wotlnesd y. Morch 15 1971 Paid Jackson reports from Ottawa. Nick. Taylor a man who is needed ilcniltl lllircnu OTTAWA Nick Taylor, .vou'rc needed on Parliament Hill. Taylor is the Calgary oil mil- lionaire who started out life as a barefoot farm boy and camo within 301 voles of being elect- ed to Ihc House of Commons in Ihc 10U8 Trudcau sweep. But in that federal election, he was pitied against Progres- sive Conservative JIP Douglas Harkness, a political veteran and former minister of defence in the John Diefcnbakcr admin- istration. Now, though, Harkness has decided not to rim in his Cal- gary Centre constituency again. Tins means that the hope f u 1 Liberal's biggest obstacle to victory has been removed. The retirement of Harknoss is a windfall to Taylor. Only 1.1 per cent of the voles separated the two in 1863 and Taylor has been working hard ever since to close that gap. Not only would Taylor bring bis wealth of oil knowledge to Ottawa and in time prob- ably to the cabinet but he'd also be able to speak up solidly on the government side on the needs and frustrations of (lie Western Canadian businesman nml entrepreneur. What's more, many of Tay- lor's ideas about the role of business in the 1970s would find sympathetic ears within the- Trudeau circle. Taylor, who knew what it was like to live for years with only a couple of cents in bis pocket and a dream in his mind, probably has as much in common with Hie av- erage man in the street as he has with jet-setter business ty- cons. Taylor basically believes lhal Ihe doors of the free enterprise system should be opened lo give the average joe more of a chance (o participate in tho capitalistic system. Tf our capitalistic system is to work, Taylor believes, then it must be changed rather drastically, tf it isn't changed from within, then Ihe people nil! change it forcibly. .For instance, the oil million- aire believes that the free en- terprise system we have today hears little resemblance to freedom. The type of capitalis- tic system we have is often one where vast pools of wealth have simply been passed from ono Pat Mahoney, Liberal member generation lo another. Taylor has been quoted as saying that the great bastions of wealth should be broken up so that more people can really tako part in Canada's free enterprise system. There's been a good deal of evidence to show that Ihe cur- rent Liberal administration has at times thought along these lutes. The new Competition Act, for imtance, is said to aim in part at safeguarding the oppor- tunities of the small entrepren- eur and businessman against the masive monolithic compet- itors they often find themselves up against. Taylor, who has criticized the way big business can often legitimately avoid paying taxes when an individual in a simitar case would have to cough up, was a firm supporter of many of the taxation reform propo- sals. He's often suggested that when it comes to making money there's been one law for the rich and one for the poor. His support of the Trudeau government's taxation reform legislalion would enable him to sit very comfortably alongside for Calgary South and now Secretary of Stale in the Tru- dean cabinet. If Taylor is elecled In Cal- gary Centre at the federal elec- tion expected later this year, his experience, his pioneering views and bis ability and appe- tite (o do bard work unflag- gingly would almost certainly open up a brilliant future for him in government. And, if Ihe government should acltuilly lose the coming lion, Taylor would probably ba one of the brightest and most valuable Opposition members from (be prairies. In shorl. Nick Taylor Is tho type of man the West needs in the House of Commons, wheth- er on (tie government or tha Opposition side of the House. SEWS HEAHT PRAGUE (API A Czecho- slovak doctor saved Ihe life of a would-be suicide by stitching up a self-inflicted stab wound in the upper left ventricle of the man's heart, the newspaper Prace reported. NEXT COMES A DRIVER'S UCENCE Mykola Bidniak, 42, who lost both arms af the elbow when ho was 15, shows how he uses his mouth 1o paint. He says his arti- ficial arms are too heavy for painting but he uses them for driving and plans 1o take a driver's Jest. A driver's licence would enable him to get out to point landscapes. The subsidy story allotted by government By GARRY FAIRBAIRN OTTAWA (CP1 During the current fiscal year, ending March 31, the federal govern- ment will have allotted more than million in grants to businesses. During the same period, ag- riculture will have receded million from the depart- m e n t s of agriculture and trade, plus part of the mil- lion spent by the department of regional economic expan- sion and rural economic de- velopment. The figures do not include lie cost of government serv- ices for farmers and business- men, such as government re- search or counselling agen- cies. Kor do the figures reflect the need for subsidies, farm- ers are quick l.v point out that cannot increase their prices lo meet rising costs. Last fall, for example, Man- itoba farmers were getting 93 per cent of the average prices they received for their prod- ucts in 1961, while Saskatche- wan farmers received B9.1 per cent, according to Statistics Canada. TO MAINTAIN" INCOME A prime component in tha system of agricultural subsi- dies is SI37.D million budgeted by the agriculture department for farm income maintenance, agricultural adjustment and aid to farm groups. Grants in these categories include the so-called "defi- ciency payments" which com- p en sate farmers for prices of some products. Also included are things like com- pensation to farmers whose crops are damaged by resi- dues of pesticides. Other major subsidies are million spent to pay stor- age costs of v.-heat and 521.8 million allotted to the live- stock feed boarri for grants and equalization of freight rates. Another SI2 7 million is spent helping wheat sales, while Farm Credit Corp. and crop insurance deficits take up SJ3.4 million. The rural economic develop- ment program is aimed not at helping farmers, hut building up the rural economy generally and improving rural emplo3-merit. opportunities. Individual farmers can build dugouts and drainage ditches with the federal gov- ernment paying part of (he cost under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act. REWARD The largest budgeted sub- sidy program for private busi- nesses is Ihe trade dopart- menrs collection of general incentives (o industry for de- signing new products and im- proving efficiency. That totals million this year. Tho trarle department re- cently announced it will pay half the cost of a research program to be car- ried out in Canada during tho next five years by the Na- tional Cash Register Co. of Canada f.td. The program is to develop new electronic equipment for the banking in- dustry. About SI million is going to the Montreal Locomotive Works, Dominion Foundries and Steel and Alcan for devel- opment of a lightweight loco- motive. Coming up fast behind the trade department's incentives program is the regional eco- nomic expansion department's program of incentives for firms locating in depressed areas. That gets 5114.8 million in the 1071-72 budget. The largest grant offer to date has been million, to the Procter and Gamble Co. of Canada Ltd. for a bleached kraft pulp mill in Grande Prairie, Alta. Other subsidies to industry include -SS.'l million from the National Research Council for research by industry and from external affairs for export feasibility studies. SHARE FLIGHT COST A small businessman wish- ing to inspect a potential for- eign market can even have (he government help pay his air fare lo that country and back. The transport department gives S73.7 million to trans- port companies, excluding the CNR, to keep down freight rates in the Atlantic prov- inces. The energy department hands out S14.5 million to gold mines under the Emergency Gold Mining Assistance Act, the manpower department grants 57.5 million to firms providing on-the-jch-training, and the defence department provides million for de- fence research by companies. The Defence Research Board (iocs not release the amounts given lo individual firms, but grants this year have helped Canadair Ltd. of Montreal develop a plane for vertical take-offs ant! landings ant] assisted cle Havilland Air- craft of Canada Ltd. in work on short-takeoff aircraft. Fi- breglas Canada of Sarnia, Ont., has received a grant for its attempts to produce high- strength composite materials using glass fibre. MONEY FOR FILMS Miscellaneous subsidies abound in government esti- mates. The Mining Associa- tion of British Columbia, foi example, is getting from the energy department to help produce three films about Ihe mining industry. Prospectors and mining chambers get in grants. Government grants lo non- profit organizations such aa universities and recreation clubs are on a smaller scale, totalling about million, plus the special program of grants to com- munity groups for winter job- creating projects. Of the million, about S125 million goes for research, some of which benefits busi- ncsi and agriculture. The en- vironment department, for z ample, gives to Pulp anil Paper Research In- stitute. If you think you can't have luxury broadloom until the kids are again! Wool-soft Servicetwist II is kidproof. Saves you on 3-room coverage too. sq. yds., enough to carpet the average living room, dining room and Wai! no longer for your beautiful broadloom. You can get Ittoday In Service-' twist Ihe luxury carpet we designed with your kids in mind. We put 20% nylon in the nylon-Acrilan blend to give rugged durability and make Service- twist I! a natural for hard-wear areas such as stairs, hallways and kitchen. We heat set the handsome texture to make sure it slays in and gives years of additional wear. Double jute backing adds strength so rough 'n tumble won't It's mothproof, non-allergenic. And spills and stains just wipe up, liltte accidents are nothing to worry about. Yet, tough as it is, also made Servicetwist II lovely enough to enhance living and dining room. The 20% nylon is blended with B0% Acrilan for Ibat toe-lempting showpiece richness you demand. 6 fashion colours iel you choose Ihe perfecl background for entertaining. And at a saving of S3 sq. yd., it's the best friend your broadloom budget ever had. So don't miss our giant 3-day sale. Just remember, no family is ever too young lor Sfirvtcetwist II. Apartment dwellers sawcnUieso popular sizes 12x9' 12 X15' Reg.........S219.75' Save Sale SI 59.80 Save 12 x 18' Reg-------5263.70 Sate S191.76 Save 572.00 3 DAYS ONLY SAHfE W ma '99 sq.yd Reg. 10.99 sq. yd. BlffTVAlMV' Avaifablo from coast lo coast In Canada tiiKxjgri alf Simpsons- Sears stores and catalogue sales offices, thisveryspD- ciat olfer in Ihe sirv- ceresl elfoit Simp- sons-SearscanmaVa to bring you merchan- dise that combines fine quality wilh tha lowest possible prica. 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