Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Jerry Jjlana s A. E. CROSS photography FOR CUSTOM FRAMING PHONE 327-2673 The Lethlmdge Herald SECOND SECTION tathbridge, Alberta, Monday, May 11, 1970 PAGES 9 TO 20 RESTAURANT AND PANCAKE HOUSE BANQUET FACILITIES FOR 75 PEOPLi QUESTION OF POSSIBLE ONE PRAIRIE PROVINCE AIRED AT LETHBRIDGE MEETING Johns Hopkins Professor Tells Enquiry West's Position Said Own Fault A Canadian professor from Johns Hopkins Uviversity at the One Prairie Province Enquiry Monday morning played no fa vorites when he placed the blame for western feelings of estrangement. Dr. Dale Thomson, director of the Washington, B.C. univer- sity's Centre of Canadian Stu- dies, said western Canadians had failed to publicize their' Enerson Case In Court Enerson Motors Ltd. was scheduled to appear in magis- trate's court in Lethbridge Monday to face a charge of us- ing property at 7th Ave. S.' and Mayor Magrath Drive for pur- poses which were not permitted under a city bylaw. The city of Lethbridge was unable to make legal repre- sentation in an earlier court session April 27 and asked to have the case remanded. mother Brown's TAKE HOME FISH CHIPS 271 D 12lh Avenue South Phone 328-8392 LETHBRIDGE I REFRIGERATION LTD. (REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE PHONE 328-4333 viewpoints to the, rest of the nation; Parliament, including prime ministers, had overlook- ed the west; and Prairie voting patterns displayed faulty strategy. Dr. Thomson said the mass media "which one would think would make it easier to put across a regional viewpoint in Ottawa exaggerate (re- gional) differences in order to 'make news.' The 46-year-old native of Al- berta said the British North America Act is "sufficiently flexible" to allow tor western development. "The constraints it has im- posed arise from haying to co- exist within the same state with other and very different regions. "Essentially, we have been too far from our sources of sup- ply and from our markets. We have been resource-rich, but capital and population poor." He said Eastern Canada "has not provided enough of the capital to meet our hopes and expectations, "because the east needed investments at home. Secretary to former prime minister Louis St. Laurent in 1953-58, Dr. Thomson asked if the west had received "com- pensating advantages" for be- ing tied to the eastern prov- put it bluntly, if there were compensating ad- vantages for not being part of the United States. "I think Western Canada has had a legitimate grievance at being surrounded by a tariff barrier1 designed to protect the industries of Ontario and Que- bec, and being obliged to pay higher prices for industrial products as a result." He said the Prairies partici- pated in decisions relating to the enactment of their consti- tutions, "so we can't place all the blame on the East for any mistakes made at that time." But the western inability to vote en bloc for one political party in Ottawa has weakenec the region's political punch, he suggested. "The two-party, Liberal-Con- servative system is a foreign brought in when the Prairies entered confederation Western MPs, expected to in- tegrate into the parties' na- tional caucuses, were soon "greatly outnumbered." "T h e majority of westen members suffered and stil suffer from a great feeling of frustration at their inability .to put the views of their con stituents effectively before the govern Dr. Thomson said. Former agriculture minister James Gardiner, a westerner found himself in a "thankless position" when he tried to ob- tain concessions for the west. "He was denounced in the west for not defending its inter- ests, and in the east for being too parochial-minded." Dr. Thomson cited the in- stance of a 1968 Liberal policy Meeting Keeps With Times Says Publisher Of Herald Cleo Mowers, editor-publish- er of The Lethbridge Herald which is eo sponsoring the One Prairie Province Enquiry, described the four day con- ference Sunday as one that ;need not have been held. "There is no overwhelming eomplusion toward union of the three Prairie Mr. Mowers said. "Yet the con- ference is in keeping with the Smes." NOT "WITCH DOCTOR" Just Arrived Ynrdlty Hand Soap Specials. Save on all fragrancet at Draffin's, Hand Cakes, save 35c on 3 pack. Bath save 50c on 3 cakes. DRAFFIN'S DRUG STORE PRESCRIPTION CHEMISTS DOWNTOWN ROD DISPENSARY GEORGE 331-4133 Mr. Mowers was one of four Lethbridge speakers who open- ed the enquiry at the Exhibi- tion Pavilion. Entitled One Prairie Prov- ince? A Question for Canada, the conf e r e n c e continues through to Wednesday and features 30 speakers dealing with the economic, political and sociological aspects of union by Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The other local speakers Sunday were conference co- ordinator Dennis O'ConneU, Lethbridge Mayor Andy Ander- son and Dr. Bill Beckel, acting president of the University of Lethbridge. The university is a co sponsor of the enquiry, with The Lethbridge Herald. Mr. Mowers, whom Dr. Beck- el called the "father of the said the western so- ciety "we have known is tum- bling down, undermined prob- ably by the inexorable forces of the technological revolution. RUSH YOUR FURS TO SUMMER SAFETY Phone 327-4348 FURRIERS PARAMOUNT THEATRE UDG. "In a Tradition of Quality" "As an institution worthy ol the new loyalties, Canada must prove herself contem- porary with the new times. "Indeed since change almost for the sake of change is re- quired by those who are in- heriting our country, the onus of proof probably lies on those who would keep our institu- tions and structures intact." Mr. Mowers told 300 dele- gates and observers that union of the P ra i ri e provinces "might not, of itself, make a profound difference to our country's destiny, but coupled with Maritime union, it coulc stimulate new purpose." He suggested "doubts about the durability, even the via- bility, of JUT federal structure are creeping through every province. "There must be new purpose, stimulated by change some- where if Canada is to have the loyalty essential for our sur- vival. 'This conference is not in- tended to promote Prairie union. Its purpose is to pro- voke, thoughtful discussion, about our federal structure. and hopefully to put new pur- pose into our country and its citizenship." Army, Navy and Air Force 34 BINGO IN THE ClUBROOMS Tuesday, May 12 JACKPOT Blackout in 52 Noi. For Members and Their Guettt! convention in which he was "arguing for something or oth- er for the west." Jean Lesage, then a Quebec MP, after being told the Prai- ries had fewer, than a dozen members in the House, told Dr. Thomson: "You'd better pipe down. We've got over 60 from Quebec." Although 'Quebec and the West have "the most developed sense of distinctiveness vis-a- vis Quebeckers have usually elected representatives to the government benches, rather than to the opposition. Dr. Thomson said he had been associated with three prime ministers, "and I do not feel any of them identified suf- ficiently with the west." But part of the blame for this situation, and Prime Minister Trudeau's "lack of understand- ing" has to be laid "at the feet of westerners." "We have failed to sell our product our view of Canada, our place within Canada, our needs and aspirations as Cana- dians." Calling for a joint Prairie body to study the themes de- veloped in the four-day enquiry, Dr. Thomson said however he did not consider the creation of a unified province" essential or inevitable, nor even probable. Bid For Injunction Is Denied By Court By RIC SWIHAKT Herald Staff Writer The city of Lethbridge failed Monday morning to secure an injunction against possible pic- keting of essential electrical, water and sewer services, by striking electrical workers. The case was dismissed in an Alberta Supreme Court sit- ting in Fort Macleod before Chief Justice Alan J. Cullen. The reason for the dismissal was that the application was premature. Judge Cullen said there was no basis to ask for the injunction before any pic- keting action had taken place. It was indicated that fear of possible picketing was not, and had not been in any previous case, sufficient reason to grant an injunction. The 28 city employed elec- trical workers went on strike at noon Monday and planned to have picket lines established early Monday afternoon. Lines were to be established at city hall, at the top of the coulee hill at 6th Ave. and 2nd St. -S (the road leading down to the city's power, sewer and water plants) and under the high level bridge (another ac- cess to the utility The workers, members of Local 254, Lethbridge Unit of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are striking for wage increases, after early other measures of negotiations failed to bring the city of Lethbridge and the union into agreement. City Manager Tom Ferguson 'said Monday the city had taken steps to assure essential ser- vices would maintained but if the picketing took place at the power, sewer and water plants, the city could be in some trouble. A journeyman lineman, on whose wage scale the negotia- tions are based now makes per hour. The city agreed to a contract which would raise the pay to per hour as of Jan. 1, 1970; raise it to per hour as of Sept. 1, 1970 and to per hour, as of May I, 1971. The union turned down the schedule. Sea Cadets Inspection Set The annual inspection of the Lethbridge Sea Cadet Corps will be held tonight at T o'clock in the Adams Park Ice Centre. The inspection party will in- clude Commander E. A. Mont- gomery, CAF Inspecting Officer C. P. 0. Ayatler, CAF Assistant Officer John Rhodes, chairman of the Leth- bridge Navy League, and Lt. D. MacNeill, commanding of- ficer of Lethbridge Sea Cadet Corps. SAVE TO 60% ON MUFFLER REPLACEMENTS WE HAVE: A MUFFLER FOR MOST CARS FREE INSTALLATION 10 MINUTE INSTALLATION LIFETIME GUARANTEED MUFFLERS FREE INSPECTION AND ESTIMATES ALL At No further contacts were made between the serving of strike notice by the union to the city Thursday morning and strike deadline at noon Mon- day. The city was advised by the court that it would be able to re-apply if it chose, when pick- eting action had taken place. The city has promised an im- mediate hearing in such a case. Lowery Would Be Socred Candidate Former Alberta Liberal leader Jack Lowery said Sun- day he would not be opposed to running as a Social Credit can- didate in the next provincial election. Mr. Lowery, Liberal leader for less thane one year, resign- OiiePPE Quotes "There's more feeling in the Maritimes for Alberta and Sask atchewan than the Prairies have for the said.Fred Brummie, executive director of the Maritime Union Study. "A lot of Maritimers have settled in Alberta and Sas- katchewan, but there isn't much movement of people from the Prairies to the At- lantic provinces. Maritimers' minds seem to leap over Mani- toba. And Ontario and Quebec are 'them'." "The conference may show westerners they can't blame everything on the said Jack Lowery, Calgary busi- nessman and former leader.of the Alberta Liberal Party. He said there was no reason western firms couldn't com- pete successfully with eastern businesses. Actually we thought of investing in a few things in Quebec. But we de- cided to put our money into other areas that didn't have such an uncertain political climate." :UFF BLACK, R.D.T., C.D.M. HACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAl DENTAl BLDG. Open Saturdays Evenings by Appointment PHONE 327-2822 ed in February following re- ports that he had conferred w'th Social Credit Premier Harry Strom on sharing candi- dates between the two parties. Mr. Strom has indicated the next election will probably be called in 1971, four years after the Socreds, under former pre- mier E. C. Manning, won 56 of the legislature's 65 seats. Mr. Lowery, has complained of the Liberal party's "lack of said a number of party members were "following my lead" and getting into the So- cial Credit party. He an observer at the Socreds' two-day policy confer- ence in Edmonton earlier this month. Mr. Lowery, a Calgary busi- nessman and United Church minister, said the legislation passed by the government in the past sitting was "very pro- gressive." He expressed admiration for the premier, Education and Youth Minister Robert Clark, and Hay Speaker, minister of social development. Mr. Lowery is a delegate at the One Frame Province En- quiry in Lethbridge. WESTMINSTER DRUGS Westminster Shopping Centre 13th St. N. Phone 328-7833 New Phone Number for Doctors and Prescriptions only 327-6969. 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