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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 16, 1973 - THI IFTHBRIDOE HERMD - | Liberal leader restates aspirations *New deal for west9 Asper's aim Making his rounds Ten-year-old Anthony Sams en|oys a bedside visit by Mickey Mouse at Toronto s hospital for Sick Children when some of the characters from Disney on Parade went through the wards entertaining yowg patients. Disney on Parade, playing in Maple Leaf Gardens until Sunday, is a pageant with scenes, songs and dances by 100 Disney characters. __ By STEVE KERSTETTER WINNIPEG (CP) - At a time when the nebulous question of Western discontent has begun to penetrate the national consciousness, Manitoba liberal Leader I. H. Asper has become one of Canada's leading advo-cates .of ''a now deal for the West." Since his election as party leader in November, 1970, the nationally-known tax lawyer has hammered home a call for the "renegotiation of Confederation" in speeches across the country. It was not surprising, then, that Mr. Asper should devote much of his first major address in the Manitoba legislature this year to a restating of his aspirations for Western Canada. What was surprising to him was the virtiolic response he got from his colleagues In the house. Conservative Leader Sidney Spivak accused him of political opportunism aimed only at salvaging the Liberal party from its disastrous setback in last fall's federal election. CALLED SEPARATIST Outspoken Joe Borbwski, for mer highways minister and now an independent, compared Mr Asper with Quebec separatist leader Rene Levesque and wondered why the Liberal leader was not expelled from the house for his "naked fist-waving." Premier Ed Schreyer said he had never before heard any i politician in Western Canada use the term "peaceful solution" while talking of Western grievances. "Let's have no nonsense about discontent in the West welting up to such proportions that it will result in separatism," he declared. "What kind of veiled treason is that?" Mr. Asper emerged from the debate shocked, astonished and infuriated by the verbal violence directed against him. In a recent interview, he quickly rejected the labels of "separatist" and "militant" pinned on him and accused his attackers of rejected the labels of "separatist" and "militant" pinned on him and accused his attackers of resorting to distortion and name - calling for political reasons. And he repeated his earlier commitment to carry his message of fundamental constitu tional change to Manitobans in the provincial election expected later this year. KEY IS CHANGE The Liberal leader sees constitutional change aa the key to a better deal for the West-more political power, more economic opportunity and recognition of the multi-cultural nature of the country west of the Lake-head. Lakchcad. His program includes: -An elected Senate with effective political power and equal representation from each province; -Free votes in Parliament instead of the traditional insistence on party solidarity; -Changes in the tax system to encourage regional development; -Changes in the banking system to channel more investment into the Western economy; -Tearing down the tariff walls which he says raise prices for Westerners; -M ore favorable trans-portation rates for all commodities. PREVENT FUTURE LOBS Mr. Asper says only constitutional changes "will guaran tec that concessions won by the West arc not bartered away by succeeding governments. ENTER YOUR ANTIQUES AND COLIECTABLES NOW for the 1973 Antique Auctions JUAL AUCTION SERVICES BOX 1545, CRESTON, B.C. As for the New Democratic Party, Mr. Asper notes that despite Premier Schreyer's scathing attacks, he and the premier agree on many goals for the West. Although relatively new to public lil'e, the Liberal leader has been concerned r.bout the constitutional makeup of Canada for most of the last decade and has pressed premiers in at least four provinces and the federal government for fundamental changes. Wlille working as a consultant to a provincial group preparing the targets for economic development report, he says he and others came to the "inescapable conclusion" that Manitoba's development was hampered by the economic structure of the country. T APPOINTMENT TO LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD There is a vacancy on the lefhbridge Public library Board and any Interested persons wishing to participate in Civic Affairs by serving on this Board are Invited to write to the City Clerk, giving a short resume of themselves. It is requested that applications be in the City Clerk's Office no later than Thursday, March 22. For further information please call the City Clerk's Office at 328-2341. JOHN GERIA, City Clerk. Welfare ministers await social assistance changes By VIC PARSONS OTTAWA (CP) - Welfare ministers, like children listening for the ding of the ice cream man's bell, are waiting anxiously for the advent of a prom- ised overhaul of Canada's social assistance programs. The proposed reorganization, expected to streamline and integrate national and provincial welfare plans, was a highlight Food hearing 'endless snow job' says MP By TOM MITCHELL OTTAWA (CP) - Frustrations ran high in the Commons special food committee today, with one MP characterizing the appearance of many witnesses so far as "one endless snow job." James A. McGrath (PC-St. John; East) used the words in describing testimony that representative groups, such as the Retail Council of Canada-before the committee today-are not. providing tho committee with solid information on rising food prices. "We're all going cross-eyed reading briefs that don't tell us anything," Mr. McGrath snapped. What the committee should know before presenting an interim report to the Commons at Farmer picture brighter OTTAWA (CP) - Farmers can look forward to high prices and strong demand for their crops over the next year, the agriculurc department said today. Supplies of wheat, potatoes and fresh vegetables in particular will be tight at least until the end of 1973, the department said in a comprehensive agrl cultural forecast. By July 31, the end of'the current crop year, wheat-exporting countries would have the lowest wheat stocks in 20 years-about 28 million metric tons. - "It looks like supplies will re main tight for the first half of the 1973-74 crop year and, depending on harvests, may ease in the second part of the crop year. Some countries will probably do some buying to rebuild stocks." The department f6resaw little competition from two traditional wheat exporters, saying "poor crops in the last year or two will keep Australia and Argentina on the sidelines until about January, 1974." U.S. fanners, however, would plant 16 per cent more wheat this year titan last. the end of this month is "who the hell is geting the rake-off" in the food business. Ho held up a wrapper from a package of cod fillet. The price for the portion has risen 20 per cent in six months yet fishermen were still getting six cents a pound for cod. Why? COULDN'T SAY Anthony C. Abbott, president of the retail council which includes the largo grocery store chains among its 500 members, said he could not say. Mr. McGrath said he would like to follow tliat fish all the way from the fisherman's net to the supermarket checkout counter to find out what is going on in food pricing. Otherwise, the committee was wasting its timo. Alf Gleave (NDP-Saskatoon-Biggar) showed similar frustra. tions when he raised questions on the sections of the council's brief outlining rises in raw food products. The brief noted the export prices of wheat climbed almost 42 per cent from 1967 to 1972, Mr. Gleave said tin's is prac tically meaningless because the price of domestic wheat to the Canadian miller was fixed at $1.95 through all those years. Yet in the last 12 years the price of a loaf of bread had risen to 32 cents from 18 cents. Mr. Abbott said tho export price had been included to show how prices of a number of food stuffs had risen dramatically all over the world in recent years Big factors in the increase of bread prices were probably in labor and handling, not in the price of wheat, he said. Mr. Gleave raised the same argument about the council listing a 63-per-cent rise in the export price of skim milk and milk powder. Throughout Canada milk marketing was controlled by boards ensuring processor their supplies at a stable price. Once again, Mr. Abbott said the price was listed to illustrate the world situation in which Canada, as well as other coun ries, was caught up. Mr. Gleave said the problem is the committee "can't get information on what happens to products after they leave the farm gate." Such things as beans, carrots corn, peas, tomatoes and fish were not bringing much more to the original producers today than they were over the last several years. Yet the retail prices kept climbing. of the January federal throne speech. Federal officials are to present a model of a proposed system to provincial authorities in mid-April before the major conference of welfare ministers planned for April 25 to 27 in Ottawa. One goal of the overhaul is to make welfare plans more responsive to varying provincial needs, which perhaps accounts for the eagerness federal Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde says has arisen among provincial ministers. COULD STUMBLE While the ministers are expected to reach a consensus about what action to take, one p o s s ibl e stumbling block emerged last month when Quebec welfare minister, Claude Castonguay, called for provincial control of family allowances, and indicated Quebec might not participate in the overhaul if Ottawa did not grant the control, Quebec's presence-or absence-at the conference would have a significant effect. Mr. Lalonde, however, remained optimistic. "There are no doors closed. We are approaching the prob-lorn with an open mind and no hangups.". Many provincial ministers | also feel the Quebec position wil not delay the overhaul. Rene Brunelle, Ontario minister of community and social services, says his government agrees that changes are needed in the system, and Alex Taylor, Saskatchewan welfare minister, says there will never be reform if tho ministers wait for complete agreement from all 10 provinces. The Alberta minister, Neil Crawford, recently said his province is sympathetic to Quebec's stance, but he does not want the overhaul delayed, Ank Murphy, Newfoundland welfare minister, says his province is not interested in taking over family allowances, and he did not think tho Quebec attitude would delay the overhaul. Brenda Robertson, New Brunswick's minister of social services, says she can agree with Mr. Castonguay, but she is hoping for a fully integrated system soon. Manitoba's welfare minister, Rene Toupin, said he favors a national family allowance scheme. Welfare ministers of British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island declined comment in a recent survey of opinions. Seek rate hike TORONTO (CP) - Trans-Canada PipeLines Ltd. said today it will seek a further rate Increase from the national energy board this year. The board recently granted the company a nine-per-cent rate of return and new rates based on this level are expected to be in effect during the second quarter of this year. James Kerr, chairman, said a further rate increase is needed to offset higher costs. New Dodge. For the quieter life. It's a noisy world. So Dodge decided that no matter what size car you choose to drive, your ears deserve a break. It's called "Chrysler Quiet Ride". The combination of torsion-bar suspension, unitized construction, extra padding and other sound deadening materials that goes into the ride of Dodge Monaco and Polara has been installed in our '73 Coronets and Chargers. Front and rear suspension systems are completely isolated from the body by huge rubber mounts. Rubber Iso-clamps around rear springs reduce transmission of vibrations, road harshness, and axle noise. Up in the living room there are new silencing devices all over the place. New seals, new padding. In fact from the hood pad to the trunk liner there is so much sound insulation, your life is bound to be a lot quieter. DODGE BUILDS IN THE SOLID DIFFERENCE If you really have a bug about quietness, Charger SE (that stands for Special Edition) has a standard package that in anybody's language could only be called ^super-quiet'. We've built quietness into every Dodge. But that's not all. ^ We've come up with a pretty impressive list of standard features too. Consider the new Dodge Electronic Ignition System (except Colt). There are no points or condenser to replace. And front disc brakes (except Dart with 6 cylinder engines), unibody construction, new emission control systems and stronger, tougher front and rear bumpers that can really take it.^ Innovative engineering plus extra W care in the way we put a car together make us believe that your new Dodge is the best Dodge we've ever built Extra Care in Engineering... it makes the difference. Dadyo CHRYSLER Monaco/Folara Full-size care-17 models Challenger Sports compact-2 models Charger/Coronet Mid-size eans-10 models Dart Compact carft-C models Dodge Trucks Dodge tmm ;