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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, March 23, 1974 In politics since 1931 Sir Alec to retire LONDON Sir Alec Douglas-Home, a former British prime minister and foreign sec- retary, said Friday he will give up politics for good before the next election. His decision to leave Westminster and retire to his Scottish estate will end one of the longest and most illustrious political careers of the century in Britain. Sir Alec, 70, was among the most formidable and influential members of the Conservative party, although his year as prime minister, beginning in the autumn of 1963, saw few major achievements. He was defeated by Labor leader Harold Wilson in 1964 and stepped aside a year later to let Edward Heath take over leadership of the Tories. As foreign secretary from 1960 to 1963 and again in the Heath government from 1970 until its defeat by Labor Feb. 28, Sir Alec gained a worldwide reputation for his pragmatism and intuitive grasp of power politics. SOUGHT SETTLEMENT But one of his main settlement of the Rhodesia him. Now, barring a snap election, he says he won't run again in his Scottish riding. Throughout his career, which began with his election to Parliament in 1931, Sir Alec's actions and policies have been strongly motivated by a pro- nounced and continuing distrust of Soviet communism. As parliamentary private secretary to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for four years before his resignation in 1940, Sir Alec had been one of the leading advocates of trying to appease Hitler rather than go to war, because he believed the main threat was from the Soviet Union. He joined the army at the outbreak of war but became seriously ill and had to resign his commission, returning to the Commons in 1943 and remaining until he succeeded his father in the House of Lords in 1951 as the 14th Earl of Home. He abandoned the peerage for life when he became prime minister. Friends say he has always been bored by the suffocating detail of domestic politics and preferred to devote himself instead to foreign affairs. C J EQUIPMENT RENTALS A ndras defends LIP distribution OTTAWA (CP) Spending more Local Initiatives Program (L.I.P.) funds in Liberal ridings than in those held by Conservatives reflects economic realities, Manpower Minister Robert Andras said today. "I think it's apparent, a great deal of representation for the Liberals comes from Learn to drive this spring enjoy this summer more 16 to 24 Years of Age Young Drivers Next Course Starting Thurs., March 28 p.m. of Canada Young Drivers of Canada A Federally Chartered Non-Prom Organization Enroll Now in Our Spring DRIVER TRAINING COURSES 9 In-Car Sessions of 21A Hours J Drivers Licence Road Test incl. 25 Hour Classroom Instruction f> Certificate for Insurance Reduction Q-Automatic or Standard Transmission Tuition Income Tax Deductible To Register Call "Young Drivers of Canada" 1276 2nd Ave. South 328-0961 high unemployment areas in Quebec and the Man he told Heward Grafftey in the Commons. Mr. Grafftey's question fol- lowed the tabling of figures Wednesday showing that L.I P grants to Liberal-held ridings in 1972-73 were million, compared with million spent in Conservative constituencies. Of the Liberal total, million went to ridings represented by cabinet members. A highest among cabinet minis- ters' in the Montreal Westmount constituency of Treasury Board President C. M. Drury was the target of Mr. Grafftey's questioning. If economic conditions are the basis of L.I.P., why did Westmount get such a large sum when Mr. Grafftey's Eastern Townships riding got only The economic realities in the two ridings would not appear to justify such a disparity, Mr. Grafftey said. Mr. Andras said Westmount is not the wealthy area that many people assume it to be. While there were sections of wealth in the riding, "there also are areas with a great number of people suffering from deep poverty." The L.I.P. was introduced by the government in 1971 with the aim of stimulating local employment and improving quality of life. Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE Sato and Centra Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605-3rd AVOTHM South Marchand says he's telling CPR 'shape OTTAWA (CP) -Transport Minister Jean Marchand said Friday he is not 'threatening the Canadian Pacific Railway with nationalization, but a government takeover of the company is a possibility. "I'm not threatening; I'm just trying to correct a situ- he told reporters outside the Commons. Questioned about statements he made Thursday in the House and later to reporters, Mr. Marchand said nationalization is not an end in itself, "but if it is necessary to nationalize, I'm willing to do it." He said Thursday that unless CPR's co-operation with the government improves, "I'll fight like hell to nationalize it." However, he said Friday: "I'm not looking to nationalize them; maybe they'll co- operate. "If they don't, there's no doubt we'll use nationalization or some other means." An alternative to nation- alization might be some kind of controlling agency, "but this has to be discussed." The CPR's co-operation is vital for operation of national transportation systems in the public interest, he said. Man- agement of transport and the fixing of national objectives in the field was a prime concern. "I don't mean we would operate the thousands of transport companies in Canada." If the CPR were nationalized, the government takeover likely would include only railway operations, not the diversified interests the company has in other business fields. Asked if CP Air might be in- cluded in an eventual takeover, Mr. Marchand said "it might be something we'd look into." Nationalization would involve a lot of negotiations and the airline might be a bargaining point. So far, nationalization of the railway has not been discussed in cabinet, he said. "The only thing we'ive talked about is the correction of transport shortcomings." Mr. Marchand said during the recent throne speech debate that national transport policy is inadequate and needs revamping. Meanwhile, Mr. Marchand told the Commons that he is unable to give a firm com- mitment about freight cars needed for grain and lumber shipments in the West. A number of hopper cars were included in Canadian Na- tional Railways proposal to spend million on new lo- comotives and rolling stock, he told Mark Rose (PC-Fraser Valley Mr. Rose had asked whether the minister has the power, under the Railways Act, to order railways to supply freight cars for grain shipment. Mr. Marchand said he ex- pects to meet with railway officials and grain shippers next week to discuss freight car availability. But, he added, even if the railways and the government agree to build more cars, "it doesn't mean we're going to have them next month." This was what he told the Commons miscellaneous esti- mates committee Thursday when he said the current shortage of cars suitable for grain shipment likely will continue until at least late next year. Part of the problem appar- ently is that only a limited number of companies are able to build the cars. Mr. Marchand told Frank Oberle George- Peace however, there may be a solution to lumber car shortages in British Columbia. Mr. Oberle had said there have been "massive layoffs" in the British Columbia lumber industry because of the shortage. Mr. Marchand said he has suggested CN loan cars to B.C. railways "and I'm told they're about to reach an agreement." Check On Alberta Blue Cross 1971 Did You Know That You Can Form A Blue Cross Where the number of employees is between four and eight, you need only four participants in order to start a Blue Cross Group. v Applications should be submitted by a person appointed as Group Leader, and the number of applications must be equal to, or more than, the acceptable minimum shown here: With As Few As 4 Employees? Number of Eligible Employees 4-8 Minimum Enrollment Required 4 9-14 15-20 Over 20 10 65% Alberta Blue Cross covers Groups varying in size from four people up to as many as More important facts you should know about Group Coverage Is There More Than One Type Of Group Plan Available? Yes. there are now two types of Group Plans The NODECO PLAN, which was introduced in July 1973. is deductible-free, and Co-Insurance-Free. If you are enrolled in a Group that selects this type of Group Plan, you will be reimbursed under the terms of the contract for expense incurred for the following. "Hospital (semi or private room) "Professional Ambulance Service "Soecified Artificial Limbs Braces "Dental Care deemed necessary as a result of accident "Prescription Drugs "Conical Psychologist "Home Nursing Care "NaturopaJhic Services With this Plan there