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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Western alienation PM aides try to straighten out the record The following story clarifies and expands on comments, reported in a CP story Feb. 18, by Prime Minister Trudeau about reaction in some parts of Western Canada toward the rest of the country. By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) While Prime Minister Trudeau is being rapped editorially for remarks wrongly attributed to him about western alienation as a threat to federalism, federal officials say unprecedented progress is being made toward ending East-West differences. "More effort is being put into ending long-standing western grievances than any time in our says one official "There's really a lot of action going on beneath the says another But on the surface Mr. Trudeau is still trying to iive down statements, attributed to him in error, which set off a blistering barrage of newspaper editorials across the country. The alleged statements, say his aides, have resulted in more derogatory comments than any other phrases ever credited to rightl) or wrongly. In a radio interview in Toronto Feb 18, the prime minister said that the problems of the time, I repeat, are just as great in Alberta as they are in Quebec The constitutional problems we have to solve today are certainly much, more relevant to Alberta than to Quebec." In a news story about the interview, The Canadian Press quoted him as saying "alienation in Western Canada is a more serious threat to federalism than separatism once was in Quebec." Opposition favored He was also reported as saying that for the last 50 years A'berta has consistently opposed federalism. What the prime 'minister actually said, the interview transcript indicates, was that "Alberta has consistently elected its members to the oppositions, generally overwhelmingly for long periods of time." The first mild protest came from Mr. Trudeau himself when he spoke in the Commons Feb. 28, while being shelled by the editorial writers. He referred to "reports of what I was alleged to have said in Toronto." "They were erroneous reports. They were unusually er- roneous because The Canadian Press is usually accurate...." Inadvertently, this comment was not reported Meanwhile the reaction to the alleged statements persisted. The Edmonton Journal referred to Mr Trudeau's "daz- zling bit of insight into the country." The Winnipeg Tribune said: "Trudeau's remarks reveal once again that he doesn't really know the West." The Calgary Herald said the remarks showed the prime minister was "completely out of touch." Reaction was not confined to the West. The Montreal Star said the prime minister "picked out Alberta as a particularly virulent source of the Prairie separatist disease." Mr Trudeau's aides have sent copies of the interview transcripts to many editorial writers and columnists, in a late attempt to straighten out the record. So far the results have not been dramatic. Reaction late "It's impossible to overtake something like this long after the says one spokesman. "Perhaps we should have jumped sooner Officials say the misquotations could not have come at a worse Mr. Trudeau was negotiating with Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta and Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan about future oil pricing. "And it also happened at a time when there is more activ- ity at the official level than any other time in says another The government's throne speech opening Parliament Feb. 27 was to promise an end to discriminatory freight rates, to decentralize financial institutions and take other measures long sought in the western provinces. Transport Minister Jean Marchand was on the verge of leaving for the West to discuss transportation problems. In- dustry Minister Alastair Gillespie was heading to the Prairies to talk about secondary industry. Regional Expansion Minister Don Jamieson was negotiating with the provinces on new development agreements. Agro price support program proposed REGINA (CP) Premier Allan Blakeney appealed to Prime Minister Trudeau Tuesday to immediately introduce an agricultural price support program to save producers of beef.' pork, poultry and eggs from, heavy losses in the next 12 months. The main topic of the pre- mier's meeting with the prime minister in Ottawa was oil. but the premier took the opportunity to present an agricultural brief. The brief, released here Tuesday evening, says that if feed prices remain at current high levels and prices for beef. pork, poultry and eggs do not rise. Saskatchewan producers alone win lose million in the next 12 months. "Given present conditions, producers cannot wait for a comprehensive, integrated prices and incomes stabilization plan "What is clearly needed is an interim support program to fill the gap for the next 12 months The key elements of such an interim plan, said Mr Blake- ney "s brief, would be support related to costs of production, support to help average oper- ators without encouraging oversized production units and uneconomic surpluses, support at levels the same across the country and assurance that conditions of support will prevail long enough to enable producers to make medium-term produc- tion decisions with a degree of security In listing the estimated losses faced by each type of Saskatchewan producer, the brief said beef producers and feedlot operators would lose million, -pork producers million, and poultry and egg producers million. Snow record established SWIFT CURRENT, Sask One inch of snow fell on the district early Tuesday bringing this winter's snowfall to 78 7 inches. 30 inches above the long-term average. The local weather office said snowfall last winter reached 50 9 inches compared with the long-term average of 48 7 inches The district's record was set dunng the winter of 1892- 93 when 83 inches of snow fell. FUNDS ESTABLISHED The federal government has established small-loan funds of million in both the Yukon and Northwest Territories to help expand local private busi- nesses No compensation for United States Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan (right) ap- pears before the Commons agriculture committee in Ottawa Tuesday where he said that the United States hasn't a "snowball's chance in hell "-of winning com- pensation for alleged violation of trade agreements on beef. With Mr. Whelan is Syd Williams, deputy agriculture minister. March LETHBRIDQE MAN PUT IN DRUNK TANK HOSED DOWN EDMONTON (CP-) City police are conducting an internal investigation to see if a man put in the drunk tank was hosed down fully clothed, then released. Insp. A T Ward, who is in charge of the city jail, said Tuesday that drunks are stripped and given a shower He said a hose is used on the walls and floors of the cell and on the man's clothes, if they are soiled with excrement, but hoses are not used directly on people. A recent occupant of the drunk tank said a hose was used on him before police sent him out into sub-zero temperatures. Donald Boyer, chairman of the Edmonton Police Commission, said the matter would be raised at the next commission meeting April 4. Take Off Fat With Home Recipe Plan It's simple how one may lose pounds of unsightly fat right in your own home. Use this home recipe dietary plan. It's easy, no trouble at all and costs little Just go to your drug store and ask for Naran Reducing Plan. 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