Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
18-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednmday, March 20, 1974 Opposition MPs challenge government Guaranteed income plan pressed OTTAWA (CP> A solidly- united group of opposition spokesmen challenged the government Tuesday to replace existing welfare programs with a guaranteed minimum annual income At issue in the Commons was a Social Credit served only as a vehicle for debate- regretting government in- action on such a program Introduced by Rene Matte it said a guaran- teed income would help people overcome poverty and cope with rising inflation He said the present system of family allowances, unemployment insurance, pensions and incomp supplements is confusing, inefficient "and not entirely effective This was endorsed by Heath Macquarrie (PC-Hillsborough) and Grace Maclnms Vancouver Kingsway) WOULD HELP 'It is a right of Canadian citizens to meet their basic and essential needs' and a guaranteed income would help achieve this goal, said Mr Matte His party proposes to give each Canadian up to the age of 18 years an income of a year Those aged 18 to 60 would get and those over 60 would get a month The latter also would get an extra a month if married, regardless of the spouse's age Mr Matte said these would be coupled with higher income tax exemptions Mr Macquarrie said Mr Matte is "profoundly right in pointing out that while we are an immensely rich country one in four of Canadian citizens are at or below the poverty line "God knows that poverty line is not gracious living, by any means and there must be something wrong with a system that tolerates it He urged the Commons to y the Social Credit proposal seriously, saying a guaranteed income is one of the recommendations in the 1971 Senate report on poverty Mrs Maclnms also welcomed the motion and said Canada too long has had to settle for patchwork solutions to the problem A guaranteed income was the next practical step for the government "It's becoming the thing that must be done She said three provinces- Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British ex- perimenting with a guaranteed income and "it's no accident that they have NDP governments Call SPRING CLEANING! 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Payoff story invented Savings EDMONTON (CP) The University of Alberta could save more than a year by shutting off unnecessary lights, fans, heaters and air conditioners, says R. E Phillips, the university's director of physical plant EDMONTON (CP) A local businessman Tuesday denied he paid in 1962 to a former provincial treasurer in exchange for the sale of Edmonton Produce, a poultry firm Jake Superstem, former owner of the firm, told a public inquiry into the failure of Cosmopolitan Life Assurance Co that Cosmopolitan director Albert Jaasma invented the payoff story Mr Jaasma earlier testified he was retained by Reo Realties, co-owned by the provincial treasurer, E W Hinman, to find a buyer for Edmonton Produce He said Mr. Hinman told him it was in his "best interest" to locate a buyer because Cosmopolitan wanted a licence to operate Mr Jaasma testified that he arranged a sale and was to have been paid commission, but Mr Superstem told him the commission had been given to Mr Hinman Mr Superstem said Tuesday he had not listed Edmonton Produce with Reo Realties He added that Mr Jaasma had never asked for a commission and had never been told the money was paid to Mr Hinman A former secretary treasurer of Cosmopolitan, Garry Levang of Edmonton, continued his testimony Tuesday about a resolution he drafted approving a loan from North West Trust Co to Cosmopolitan. 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