Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
6, 1770 THE LETHBRIDGI HERALD 19 Intimate Glimpse Of Royal Family LONDON (CP) The Queen, more at ease with animals than with humans, feeds her corgis with "elegant writes au- thor Andrew Duncan in his book, The Reality of Monarchy. "Each evening at about five o'clock a footman brings to her sitting room a tray of three dishes of several bowls. The Hiring Right Aired OTTAWA (CP) The open- ing round of the inquiry into the auditor-general's office got under way today as the Com- mons public accounts commit- tee heard clashing views on hir- ing of employees for the watch- dog on government spending. Auditor-General Maxwell Hen- dcrson said he should have the right to recruit his own men. He could do it more quickly and satisfactorily than the public service commission. J. J. Carson, chairman of the public service commission, said exempting the auditor-general's office from the policy that the commission does government Wring would have an "adverse effect on the morale" of the auditor-general's employees. The two men were the first witnesses to appear at the in- quiry, set up following state- ments criticizing the auditor- general made by Treasury Board President C. M. Drury, Privy Council President Donald Macdonald and Prime Minister Trudeau. SUGGESTED CHANGES The auditor-general proposed in his 1968-69 report that he be allowed to hire his own employ- ees. This was contained in sug- gested changes for his office. Mr. Henderson said in the re- port the commission had been unable to hire enough qualified staff to fill the positions set by Parliament. Mr. Carson said present prov- isions for hiring employees of the auditor-general's office "is in the best interests of the pub- lic service and, indeed, of the audit office and should be tained." He disputed a suggestion by Mr Henderson that the hiring policy creates a conflict of in- terest. The commission, like the auditor-general, was responsible to Parliament and not to the government. Mr. Henderson said later the commissioners are appointed by the government and "must be acceptable to the. executiev to be appointed." Me. Carson said the merit principle should be applied in appointments to the auditor-gen' eral's office. Governor Seeks Road To Pipeline JUNEAU, Alaska (API-Gov- ernor Keith Miller asked the Al- aska legislature Tuesday to ap- propriate to build a pipeline access road to the north slope. He said1 the Trans Alaska Pipeline System would reim- burse the state "for the or the actual cost of the construction, whichever is the lesser." Pipeline and road construc- tion has been delayed by a fed- eral district court injunction issued in Washington, D.C., to three conservation groups claiming the line would dam- age Alaska's ecologoy. Miller led an Alaskan pipe- line task force to Washington last week to discuss the prob- lem with federal officials, then announced the state would go ahead and build the road. The pipeline is needed to move Alaska's north slope oil from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic ocean to the ice-free Port of Valdez on the Gulf of Alaska. The governor said road con- struction "will provide access to vast wealth we know to be there. Consumer Post For Woman WINNIPEG (CP) Federal Consumer and Corporate Af- fairs Minister Ronald Basford announced here appointment of Tannis Yankewicz as consumer consultant for the Prairie re- gion consumer affairs bureau. Mrs. Yankewicz is a broad- caster in Winnipeg for the CBC AND CKY. dishes contain, separately, cooked meat, dog biscuits and gravy. "A while plastic sheet is placed on the carpet. With a sil- ver fork and spoon the Queen dishes out portions of the food and gives it to the dogs." Duncan's book, to be pub- lished by Heinemann May 11, is being serialized on both sides of the Atlantic. Offering perhaps the most in- timate portrait of the Royal Family for public consumption, the book by the 30-year-old free-lance journalist is based on some miles of royal tours and engagements accompanied by frank and somewhat start- ling interviews with the Queen's relatives. ME G'MADE WICKED' "When my sister and I were growing up, she was made out to be the goody goody Princess Margaret is reported as saying. "That was boring so the press tried to make out I was wicked as hell. It didn't al- ways work." Margaret adds that she was restrained from doing, a lot of things she wanted to do as a young girl. "In the last 20 years there have been enormous changes. Now I could do pretty well any- thing apart from tearing one's clothes off and jumping into the fountains at Trafalgar Square, which I don't want to do." 'Duncan suggests that Mar- garet and her husband, Lord Snowdown, are more popular abroad than at home They are "by general consent the black sheep" with Margaret wielding her royalty at times like a sled- gehammer, making demands on royal helicopters and motorcy- cle escorts on short hops to the railway station or the country- side. The book includes other views of the Queen, now back at Buck- ingham Palace after a nine- week tour of Australia and New Zealand. A close friend quoted as saving: SHE CAN SALUTE "She looks a bit miserable at times because she's been trained to resist emotion of any kind. She throws all her affection into her dogs but she can't do it with human beings because of her upbringing. She's terribly proud of the necessary but slightly unfeminine abilities she's mastered. She's the only woman I know who can salute properly for instance." .An unnamed privy councillor states: "You can't get into her head that she's supposed to be working, poor thing. She finds it a bore and I don't blame her. She feels there's no distinc- tion between Labor and Con- servative. They're all below her, anyway." The identity of the "close friends" and palace colleagues that Duncan quotes remain a mystery, pne reports the Queen as lamenting that former prime minister Harold M a c m i 11 a n didn't tell her anything. Another suggests the Queen feels that Prime Minister Wilson is "a prosy old bore, a petit bour- geois." Perhaps more striking is the view that the Queen's life isn't always filled with family and friends. Occasionally when Philip is abroad "on one of his frequent the Queen finds herself virtually alone in the huge palace, having a meal on a tray while watching televi- sion. AMC Claims Some Success In, Battle DETROIT (AP) American Motors, first United States auto firm to market a minicar in a head-on challenge to the im- ports, claims some success in its battle to slow their sales pace. Roy D. 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