Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE UfHBRIDGE HSRAtO Friday, May 4, 1973 SILL GftOE'JF'J SIX MONTHS AS MP Hurlburt popular in Ottawa There's a rumor that the 45th birthday party they threw for Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt at the Parlia- ment buildings was the most gala occasion in memory, Mr. Hurlburt won't con- firm that, but he said Rob- ert Stanfield, the national Conservative leader, left a meeting early to attend. And with the minority sit- uation in Ottawa. Mr. Stan- field can't afford to leave too many political meetings early. GREG McINTYRE lff-ald Staff Writer Mr Stanfield invited Mr. Hurlburt to his own birth- day party the next day April H. The episode is recounted to indicate the popularity the Lethbridge MP has gathered in his first six months in the national capi- tal not to expose the so- cial ''who's who.'1 The popularity of the gre- garious former mayor of Fort Maclecd shouldn't sur- prise, after his devastating win at the polls Oct it does. Ken Hurlburt. by his own admission, is a farm boy from a small town. He made it to the top on personality and drive his auction market did a brisk mil- lion in livestock sclcs la.st year, he's a 50 per cent part- ner in a thriving trailer fac- tory and owns a ranch in the Porcupine Hills. He calls it luck The ingle most important factor i n his success has been the support of his at- tractive wife Re Nee. he said in an interview Thurs- day. Of the long hours and the frustrations? "If you like what you're doing, it's net work. I've been very' fortun- ate in my life every job I've ever done, I've enjoy- ed." With an attitude like that and the extrovert personal- ity that goes with being a professional auctioneer, perhaps it's not surprising that a farm boy would make a lot of friends in Ottawa Mr. Hurlburt got into fed- eral politics because he likes meeting people, he knows his constituency and he strong- ly believes a practical voice is needed in government. There are already enough academics and intellectuals in Ottawa and far too much red tape for his liking. His major campaign so far has been to fight fcr less regulations on in- cial trucking. Mr. Hurlburt said there should be one fed- eral permit or licence, rath- er than numerous provincial ones, so that trucks can com- pete with the railroads views that have received fa- orable comment in the busi- ness press. Government become mare "constituency orient- ed" Is his main belief. He now shares an apart- msr.t within eight blocks walking distance of Par- liament with the Consen a- tive MP for Niagara Falls. Another MP is to move in soon. With bis free air pass in hand. Mr. Hurlburt leaves the Ottawa airport at Friday afternoon and re- turns from Lethbridge at 11 Sunday night every week- end He has MI up a con- stituency ofiice in Lelh- bndge at 328-3686 and can be reached by telephoning col- lect to 992-2659 in Ottawa "I don't think any member of Parliament should move to he said em- phatically. "If you're going to do a job, you'd better never take your thermom- eter out of the constituency Mr. Hurlburt says he never turns anyone away, whether' the problem 15 mu- nicipal, provincial or what- ever. "People are u.sually des- perate when they come to jou and you've got to help them. They've tried every- thing they can think of and have nowhere else to turn." In getting tilings done with government, Mr. Hurlburt has found that it is often more effective to work quiet- ly than to make a fuss "I've always found catch a lot more with honey than you can with in- egar." It takes at least a A ear to find your way around the federal government and Mr Hurlburt says he doesn't hes- itate to ask questions. More experienced politi- cians from all parties have been very helpful, he said. "Before going to Ottawa I'd heard about the easy life that members of Parliament lead, but golly, I've never seen a group of men work- ing so conscientiously for the good of their country." The grandeur and spec- tacle of the ceremonies open- ing the House of Commons proceedings last fall left the Southern Alberta MP awe- struck. "It was the thrill cf a life- time, one of the greatest honors that can come to an individual you just stand there with jour eyes wide open if I ever felt like a boy off the farm, jt uns then.'' Jack Homer, the veteran MP for Crowfoot and ethers have taken Mr. Hurlburt un- der their wing, but he has come to almost worship Con- servative elder statesman. John Diefenbaker. The most impres- s-ions of Mr. HuiTourt's fL-st half year in Parliament were of the 77-year-old former prime minister from Prince Albert the time Prime Minister Trudeau entered the House with a hair cut and Dief remarked "there'? going to be an the Diefenbaker versus NDP leader David Lewis debate, Dief's throne speech The Conservatives are really "putting on the for Mr Diefenbakcr's visit to Lethbridge Saturday, he said "I don't think there s any- body better versed in parlia- mentan procedure, history, protocol but once Dicf gets in tiic House, it's all-out war The elderly Tory gave Mr Hurlburt a lengthy private lecture on the key to effec- tive debate "the use of simple words." Concerning the great amount a freshman MP must learn. Mir. Diefenbaker advised "don't get discour- aged, young man. All of a sudden it will come to you and everything will fall into place." Mr. Hurlburt has put the individualism and free enter- prise spirit he so admires in the former prime minister to work for himself. With a full-time research assistant, he is digging into a number of suspicious mat- ters that he will not make public "until I have all the facts." On first arriving in Otta- wa, he said the worst thing that can happen to a mem- ber happened to him. Through an almost unbe- lievable series of shuffles in and out of offices before get- ting settled, he lost a dicta- phone machine with impor- tant ino-rmation on it and a large quantity of mail. "I found a letter from a young high school student weeks old. This doesn't happen often, but it's damn frustrating. Imagine explain- ing to constituents To Mr. Hurlburt, an MP u nothing if he's not approach- able. He was placed with the ponding redistribution of fed- eral ridings which will adc Raymond, Magra'Ji. Water ton Lakes National Park aiu; the Crowsnest Pass to the Lethbridge constituency. However, he said it'll be unfair that MPs like Mr Homer and Stan Sebum ach er (Palliser; "who walkec off with the highest majori ties will have to go and op- pose somebody Of his accommo- dation in Ottawa, he said. "II vou've been frugal all yoin life, I can't see throwing away thousands of dollars rr.iking a big show you should make youi big show in the House Having spoken out loudly about an air crash in which he was involved i n March the lack of competition in business and government and other matters, Mr. Hurl- biirt is making his show in Parliament and promises he'll he heard from more in the future. Advisory counci! set to go at LCI HERB LEUG Herald Staff Writer Students, parents and teachers at Lethbridge Col- legiate Institute are ready to begin a "school as proposed in the Worth Report on Alberta Education. Only official sanction from E d uc at on Minister Lou Hyndman and Lethbridge public school trustees is needed for the group to begin work this fall. Composed of 15 members, a school council is designed to improve public under- standing of the school and in- fluence change within LCI. Guidelines for the council have been forwarded to Mr. Hyndman and local trustees culmination cf student- t e a c h e r-parent discussions since last December. "A school council can as- sist the school and the board in g at h e r in g information which may be used in arriv- ing at decisions. "Its function should be strictly advisory', never pol- icy-making. It can assist in- formally with development of the education program but never attempt to become a super board." LCI council supporters say. in their brief to Edmonton. council planners list seven ma i n functions for the group: To investigate and rec- ommend policy and regula- tion changes to "better the academic and social tone" of 'the school. To recommend school policies on attendance, dis- cipline and dress. e To recommend educa- tion activities. To recommend general policies in extra-curricular activities. "To recommend and consider educational plans for the school, programs to be added or dropped To confer with t h e Home and School Council on "areas inquiry" and dis- cussions held in school coun- cil meetings. Last on the LCI priority list is the only mention of community involvement: "To recommend use of the school for community functions." If approved, the school council at LCI will include -ix parents, six students (to be selected by LCI adminis- two teachers, one delegate from the students' council and the LCI princi- pal, Ken Sauer. Provision is made for stu- dents to eventually be elect- ed by their classmates. Two students from each of the three grade levels at LCI will sit on the council. A specific date for when students will be elected, rath- er than appointed, is not mentioned in the LCI brief Council chairman will Mr. Sauer. Council members will sit for one school term, from August to June, before being replaced by new personnel. Sixteen "areas of involve- ment" are listed for the LCI school council: student re- actions to existing policies are number the on the list, community use of facilities is number 10, public relations is number 14. The other priorities? "To look at school board policies and their effects m Condition improved A 38-year-old Granum wo- man is in "greatly improved" condition today in Calgary Foolhilis Hospital more than a month after she was injur- ed in a traffic accident north of Fort Macleod. Mrs. Mary Brisby was in- jured when the car her hus- band was driving collided with a horse on Highway 2, wont cut of control and collid- ed head-on with a half-ton truck April 2 A 17 year old Blairmore youth injured Saturday in a bead-on collision April 28 near Coleman is in satisfac- tory condition today in Cal- gary Foothills Hospital Mike Ogusuku was the sole occupant of a westbound car on Highway 3 which was in collision with a car driven by John Nelson Hawes, 17. of Calgary. Mr. Hawes and a passenger, Dennis McGinn, 20. also of Calgary, were both killed in the mishap. num- num- comniu- number an individual ber one. "Student ber two. "Discipline, attendance and number six. "Information and nication to parents, eight. "Commu nity student- teacher-parent relationship." number 12. "Budget s u g ge s t i o n number 15. The LCI policy now before Alberta's education minister was prepared by six parents, two teachers and seven stu- dents. Each of the 15 say they would serve on a school council, if asked to do so. Only two graduating students will be back next term to join t he ir founding col- leagues. Those responsible fcr the school council guidelines in- clude: Parents Mrs. Nels Kloppen- boj-g, Jack McCracken. Jlrs. Norman Hovan, Mrs. Harry Cox, Mrs. Harold Coulter. Mrs. Edward Swailes. Teachers Joe Mould and George McDonald. Students Graydon Gehm, Grade 11: Gordon Thomas, Grade 12; Jeff Anderson, Grade 10: Linda Bland, Grade 11; Steve Dormaar, Grade 10, Merrill Steed, Grade 10, and Stewart Rood, Grade 12 Schools cautious on gov t learning disabilities fund A recently annoisiced pro- vincial fund, to partially as- sist children v.ilh learning disabilities, has received cau- tious reaction from the two Lethbridge school systems- Education Minister Lou Hyndman said this week SI million will be provided by the government to diagnose learning disabiiities, provide remediation and speech ther- apy and program prescrip- tion. A maximum per scfiool district will be allowed under the plan, based on per elementary' pupil in cacti school division. Special services director Dr. Bob Gall, of the Leth- bridge public board, said up to could be received from the fund for work in the public system. Dr. Gall said the govern- ment money only sup- plement programs already in use here. "We're at the point in our system where if we add any services we have to elimi- nate something else. supplementary type of financing is hardly adequate to cover any extensive type of he said. A spokesman for the edu- cation department at Edmon- ton said government funds cannot be used to treat learn- ing disabilities. He said the new fund only provides costs of a special- ist, to diagnose problems and to create a remedial program Actual therapy for learn- ing disabilities must be done at the local level, in the local classroom, at local expense. The spokesman said any specialist employed by local boards must first be "approv- ed" by the education depart- ment. Maurice Landry. elemen- tary education director for t h e Lethbridge separate board, said he is pleased with the government fund al- though it is only a start. lie said there are at least 44 youngsters in the separate system already diagnosed as having speech problems. An- other nine might recniire speech therapy in the future. Local separate trustees sur- the needs of children with speech difficulties earl- ier this spring before the government fund was an- nounced. Actual speech therapy is not expected to be financed the provincial plan. Fees lor a spacialist to design ther- nputic programs may be cov- rred by the government fund. Mr Landry said initial speech therapy diagnosis was developed by separate trus- tees in close co-operation with the city's public board. He said there are hopes the government funding may be extended to finance actual treatment of children with learning handicaps. "Thank God we're getting some money in this area of learning disabilities. Event- ually, these funds may be in- cluded in the School Founda- lion Program, the fund which finances education in Alberta. "Were very pleased to have a start in at least diag- nosing these problems. May- be next year we'll be given some money to remedy the problems. Mr. Landry said. He said the local separate district is eligible for a maxi- mum from the recent- ly announced government fund. UTILITY WORK COSTLY About worth of utilities relocation work m the downtown redevelopment area that has to be done this year could put a further strain on the city's spending. The work, which primarily involves rerouting 24 inch water and sanitary sewer lines around the five block area, must be done so that Woodwards Stores Ltd. can begin construction next spring. _ And unless the city can get the project approved under the province's winter works incentive plan, it may mean rescheduling ether capital works projects. This has occurred because the city has used up its bor- rowing capacity from the Al- berta Municipal F i n a nee Corporation, and provides one more example of the city "s continuing prob 1 e m with tre AMFC borrowing limit of per capita for capical projects each year Mr. Nutting had asked for an extra mill in the city's 1973 operating budget to pro- vide a surplus for a reserve fund for the downtown pro- ject, but council has refused the increase in calling for a 73-mill budget Total cost of the project is estimated at M37.000. An electrical substation as well as the sewer and water mains plus smaller service lines have to be removed from the area Having sold the five blocks to Woodwards and the prov- ince, the city is ksing its right oi ways the roads and lanes through the hence must move the utilities. The five blocks in effect become one super- block Tne city will bear the en- tiie of the relocation as a result cf the deal worked oil for the redevelopment scheme. Woodwards is paying the city for 10.5 acres and the province tor 6 7 oi ihe douiitown area. Information inaccurate An article m Wednesday s Herald 021 a heroin traffick- ing case in provincial court reported that Randall Charles Bruchet. the accused in the case, offered an undercover police agent some MDA be- fore he sold the constable worth of heroin. This is not exactly correct According to the facts pre- sented in the case, when Const. Wasylyshen came over to the table at which Bruchet sitting, Bruchet asked him what he was buying and when the undercover police- man said "T-TDA." Bruchet replied that there was no MDA for sale. Const. lyshen then asked if there was any her- oin for .sale and Bruchet re- plied that he could get some, which he did. Stolen tveapons Police detectives Frank Bathgate (left) and Terry Wauters examine the 10 handguns stolen from Plainsman Sports, 329 7th St. S., during a break-in March 20. The guns were found in Calgary but police are still looking for the people who slole Ihern. gun is missing.