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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta May M, 1970 THE LtTHBRISGE HERAIB ALLAN BLAKENEY, EDWARD BENOIT AND PETER LOUGHEED Listening intently at the final session of the One Prairie Province Conference in Lethbridge Canada West Council Urged Richardson Repeats Proposal By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer Federal Supply Minister James A. Kichardson Wednes- day repeated his proposal that a Canada West Council be formed to continue considera- tion of the One Prairie Prov- ince concept and indicated that federal funds would prob- ably be available to help fi- nance the council. Mr. Richardson delivered the keynote address to the One Prairie Province Enquiry Sun- day, remained throughout the conference and spoke a second time at its conclusion. Following the OnePPE's f nal session, he told delegates he thought it was still too early to decide whether or not One Pral rie West- would be better for the Prai ries, but "I can see real meri in considering the concept fur ther." Television Networks Become Too Massive Canada's two national televi- sion networks have become "too massive and too expensive" to survive, according to f o r m e r CBC and CTV broadcaster Lau- rier LaPierre. Dr. LaPierre told The Herald that cable television broadcast- ing will inherit the network field, and1 he, fellow broadcast- er Patrick Watson and pro- ducer Douglas Leiterman have submitted a proposal for a ca- ble network to the Canadian Radio-Television Comntision. "We expect to hear from them he said, "and I ex- pect a positive reaction." The cable television network would start in Ontario and Que- bec, but spread as soon as pos- sible across Canada to become the first national CATV net- work. His company would produce a wide variety of shows for CATV syndication to district cablevisi- on systems. The show would either be videotaped and ship- ped to the local systems or Cameron Willing To Take Chances Criticism 'of the Canadian Senate as unrepresentative and unworkable has been common during the One Prairie Prov- ince Enquiry, and at least one senator says he is in complete agreement. Senator Donald Cameron, who represents Banff as a Lib- eral senator and is one of the five Albertan senators, said in a Herald interview he would be willing to stand for election. Senator Cameron was a OnePPE delegate. "That's not necessarily the best way the Senate could be the senator said, "but under the existing circum- stances perhaps it's the most reasonable." "I'm willing to take my chances I'm delighted with the new role the Senate is ta- king, as a sort of Royal Com- mission on matters the federal government refers to us for study. "We can do it at a tenth of the cost of a Royal Commission, and do it he said. Absenteeism is t o o common in the Senate under the exist- ing scheme of appointments where "senators are reaping the rewards for past services." The result is that a few sena- tors who are willing to work are overloaded, "and a lot of others are hardly ever there." Senator Cameron said the sys- tem he would prefer and 'which he has proposed in the Senate is that of the 102 senators provided for in the BNA Act, 22 would be appoint- First Item Lethbridge Herald editor and publisher Cleo Mowers telling Alberta legislative. Leader of the Oppositon Peter Lougheed that if he is elected Premier at the next provincial election, "the first thing you find on your desk on the first morning you're in office will be a trans- cript of your One Prairie Prov- ince Enquiry address." Mr. Loughced' called for con- tinued study of the One Prairie Province concept, and a con- tinued development of regional forms of government. ed by the prime minister and premiers from the business and academic world, another 40 would be appointed regionally by the federal government and the final 40 would be appointed on a per capita basis by the provincial governments. "Some of my colleagues dis- agreed with me, but I'd still like to see that system Sena- tor Cameron said. "It would get away from the unrepresentative system we have now in our method of Sen- ate appointments, and make Senate decisions less of a rub- ber stamp process." transmitted by microwave tele- phone channels. "I expect there will soon be a federal crown corporation for the distribution but not for production of CATV pro- Dr. LaPierre said.' At present the telephone com panies have a monopoly on transmission facilities, he said and can thus charge high prices for distribution. Dr. LaPierre's p r o d u ction company would come at an op- portune time, since .the CRTC has ordered local cable televi sion companies to start broad casting some of their own pro- gramming, particularly of a lo- cal nature. Dr. LaPierre said a nationa CATV network could be or- ganized so that public affairs programming, could have Ibca and regional tie-ins. For example, on a program concerning the federal govern ment's White Paper on taxa- tion, the national cable network could provide an over-all dis- cussion with Finance Minister Edgar Benson and some na- tionally known economists, leaving gaps in the timing for local comment on how Leth- bridge or southern Alber- ta could be affected1. "We're enthusiastic about the possibilities of CATV in na- tional Dr. LaPierre said, "and we think it will be a far more valuable means of broadcasting than the large networks we have today." HANS HASSEIMAN Crack Formtr Addrttwi He said Canada West in volved much more than the for ma! merger of the three prov inces: "The central objectives woul( be to achieve a greater cohe- sion, a unity over-all policy and action in Western Canada to improve the operating effi ciency of all three levels of gov ernment, and by doing so, to achieve a stronger roll for the West in the Canadian Confeder ation." He said this would involve restructuring of all three levels of government relationships within Canada West: A strengthening of city gov ernmente, "which are closest to the a reorganization of provincial government so a benefical combination of cen tralized and decentralized ad ministrative systems could be obtained; and a new definition of the power-responsibility re lationship between the new pro- vincial and the federal govern ments. "The Canada West concepl could achieve the best of ev erything for Western Canadians and still at the same time im prove our Mr Richardson said. And a Canada West Council established oh completely un political grounds, is now an ur gent need. University of L e t h bridge Acting President Dr. Bill Beckel.said in wind-up remarks that the university and the Lethbridge Herald co-spon sors of the "car become the focal point for voluntary coming together" of those interested in continuing investigation of One Prairie Province feasiblity. "We are going to follow it Dr. Beckel said. "H one idea has survived intact during this conference it has been the con- cept of Canada West and the recognition of the need for a Canada West Council." Cleo Mowers, editor and pub- lisher of The Herald, said he was convinced that "the course of Canadian history will be changed by this conference." He promised a continued in- terest in the Canada West con- cept, but said the next move will have to come from an in- dividual or group willing to raise funds for a continued study. 'A Canada West Council is a unique opportunity for the Prai- rie provinces to Mr. Mowers said. 'This conference was not in- snded to dispose of the subject. !t was intended czily to intro- duce it into the public arena, and its own strength should car- ry it from there. ''We wanted to open the minds of the people to the pos- sibilities of change, and to the difficulties and we have >een emimimently successful in doing so." No Problem Alberta Catholic School Trus- ses' Association president Sle- >hen Rusak says co-ordination if education in One Prairie to by one lelegale as the "Achilles heel" rf Prairie union would pre- sent no problem, since "educa- ion is no longer as Important in forming social beliefs as it mce was, and is now becoming iccepted as just another gov- service." 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