Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE HERALD-WvdnMday, March 34th year as MP John Diefenbaker in his office Parties pay tribute to dean of the House OTTAWA (CP) The Commons paid tribute Tuesday to John Diefenbaker, marking the 34th anniversary of the former prime minister's first election to Parliament. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield said Mr. Diefenbaker's career in Parliament represented a "tremendous service to this country." All-party applause followed and often interrupted tributes from spokesmen for each of the four parties. The Prince Albert MP was prime minister from 1957 to 1963. Mr. Stanfield said Mr. Diefenbaker continues to be "a vigorous, eloquent and effective champion .of the rights, of Canadians and of the rights of the underdog." As the longest-sitting member in Parliament, Mr. Diefenbaker, 78, was dean of the House and an example to all other members. Stanley Knowles. NDP House leader and second-longest sitting member, recalled the day Mr. Diefenbaker was first elected to the 26, 1940. "I was defeated that Mr. Knowles said. Mr. Diefenbaker had been a great defender of civil liberties and fundamental human rights. Rene Matte spoke of the integrity of Mr. Diefenbaker. Mr. Diefenbaker had not been well understood in Quebec and had not understood Quebec well, but Quekecers recognize the former prime minister as one of the greatest politicians in Canada. Allan MacEachen, government House leader and the Liberal member with the longest service in the Commons, spoke of the "esteem with which he (Mr. Diefenba- ker) is held on this side of the House." Mr. MacEachen said the applause from the Liberal benches showed the respect government members have for Mr. Diefenbaker. Mr. Diefenbaker, whose wife watched the proceedings, thanked the Commons for the "all-too-generous words." He said he has constantly been learning more about the greatness of Parliament in his 34 years. "The older I become, the more I have an affection for this institution and its mem- bers." He was not the longest-sitting member in Canada's history. Sir Wilfrid Laurier had been a member for 47 years and Sir John A. Macdonald, counting his service in pre-Confederation legislatures, for 48 years. "There, I see an Mr. Diefenbaker said. Later. Mr. Diefenbaker's staff arranged a coffee-and-cake party in his office where, as they do for all his anniversaries and birthdays, friends dropped in to shake hands with "The Chief." "I had no idea this was Mr. Diefenbaker said, repeating what he has said at many previous events. "I told them, 'never again'." While Mrs. Diefenbaker passed out cake, her husband greeted visitors, and talked about bis early days in Parliament. His well-wishers included secretaries, security guards and other House em- ployees he has known for years. "Isn't this he repeated, as dozens of people crowded into his two- room suite. "Ah. it's marvellous." -million price tag put on James Bay damage MONTREAL (CP) The James Bay Energy Corp. put a 52-miUicm price tag Tuesday on replacing destroyed and damaged equipment at its LG- 2 construction site and a spokesman hinted work may not resume without tough measures to ensure future labor peace on the hydro project. Fernand Kerouac, a public relations official who visited the site after a two-day wyrkcr rampage last week. the equipment destroyed and damaged cost million. Replacing it at this stage would cost twice that much. Asked when full-scale work would resume, he said that would depend on how fast es- sential services can be restored, as well as the outcome of recommendations made Monday to Premier Bourassa and Labor Minister Jean Cournoyer. In Montreal, Andre Desjar- dins. head of the construction union section of the Quebec Federation of Labor, which represents 80 to 85 per cent of the James Bay workers, said the violence was caused by company provocation. He said the company bad provoked the workers so that it would have a better argument for the pr? rtnrial government in seeking a 10- year, no-strike contract covering project. Mr. Kerouac said in an interview he did not know what provocations Mr. Desjardins meant and he knew of no company request for such a special labor contract. However, he added, any such company request "could have been discussed" at the Monday talks with government officials. At another point, he said he was "pretty sure" that some- thing of this nature would have been discussed with the premier. Bill places tough controls on farmland REGINA (CP) The Sas- katchewan government unveiled a bill Tuesday to place tough restrictions on the amount of farmland that non- residents of the province can own. Subject to a variety of ex- ceptions, the bill says non- residents cannot own farmland worth more than in assessed value for municipal tax purposes and no corporation may own more than 160 acres unless it is engaged in farming and 60- per-cent controlled by Saskatchewan residents who are farmers. Maximum penalties for violating the terms of the proposed act would be and six months in jail for individuals, including agents of corporations, and for corporations. A non-resident is defined as anyone who does not reside in the province for at least 183 days a year. An exception is made for farmers outside Saskatchewan who live within 20 miles of the Saskatchewan border. Other exceptions to the terms of the bill are non- resident individuals who acquired their land before .March 31, 1974, non-resident individuals who bought land while residents, non-resi- dents who inherit land from relatives, and non-residents who intend to become residents within three years. A 1972 government bill to re- strict land ownership to resi- dents was withdrawn in the face of fierce opposition. But Agriculture Minister John Messer indicated in a news release the government is determined to proceed with the latest bill. "We cannot sit back and see farmers in Saskatchewan be- come hired labor for absentee landlords or see farmers squeezed out of agriculture by large corporations." The minister said non-resi- dent individuals would be per- mitted to own up to three quarter-sections (480 acres) of the best Saskatchewan farmland under the limit, or six to seven quarter- sections of average cultivated land. The does not include the value of buildings or similar improvements. He also said the bill recog- nizes that non-agricultural corporations need some land for uses such as location of plants or service stations. Corporations requiring more than 160 acres of land could apply for special permission to acquire the extra farmland. 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