Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
May 1974 LITHBRIDOe HERALD -3 Alborta Irregularities found CALGARY City auditors have found an apparent misappropriation of funds in the Calgary Housing Authority and authority chairman Andrew Louks has promised a investigation. Mr. Louks said Tuesday the city's internal auditors last week found in the authority's books for the last quarter of 1973. No estimate of how much money was involved has been made. Police have not yet been called into the but Mr. Louks said will be no The authority with provincial and municipal public housing units in the city and its 1973 budget was million. Oil tax fears unfounded CALGARY Fears that with the defeat of the Liberal government the oil industry might not collect and pay the current federal export tax on crude oil' are John Canadian Petroleum Association said Tuesday. is no doubt that the industry will co-operate with Workers escape death EDMONTON Eight construction workers-escaped injury or possible death when the roof of an enclosed swimming pool complex they were building collapsed during their coffee break. The million development was being built at Hardisty Junior High School for the Edmonton parks and recreation department. The pool was to open next summer. The part of a 25-man construction were drinking coffee about 30 feet from the building when a pre- cast concrete beam sagged and collapsed. Higher pay the answer EDMONTON The best way for employers to avoid unions forming among their employees is to pay wages higher than those paid to unionized Dr. John Crispo of the University of Toronto said Tuesday. Dr. dean of the management studies told the annual meeting of the Canadian Warehousing Association that industrial relations is one of the most neglected areas in Canada today. He said both Dofasco and International Business Machines have paid higher wages than their unionized competitors. had offered better wages than their competitor Stelco had taken to the bargaining table which made Stelco look he said. 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Mainly cloudy with showers. Lows 35 to 40. Highs neap- 50. Kootenay Today and mainly cloudy with showers and thundershowers. Chance of frost tonight. Highs both days in mid 50s. Lows tonight lower 30s. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Continued cool with occasional showers or rain or snow today and Thursday. Highs both days 45 to 55. Lows tonight 25 to 35. West of Continental Divide Continued cool with occasional showers or rain or snow today and Thursday. Highs both days mostly 40s. Lows tonight. 30s. MISKIN and SOILMOVER SCRAPERS The FARM SCRAPER that 'Does the Job in a 7 YD. MISKIN and 7Va YD. SOIL MOVER available now at... GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Oil export tax boost labelled blackmail By DAVE BLAIKIE OTTAWA The gov- ernment plans to raise the ex- port tax on crude oil to 15.20 a barrel June 1 from M after saying last week that its defeat in the Commons might wipe out the levy altogether. The announcement was made in a telegram to oil producers from Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. He asked them to continue paying the charge'despite the fact that legislation authorizing it died when Parliament was dissolved for the July 8 federal election. The announcement brought a fresh round of criticism from opposition leaders over statements made by Mr. Macdonald and Prime Minister Trudeau last week before the government was defeated. Both said the government would have no authority to collect the tax if an election was forced and the legislation was left unpassed. A spokesman for Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield said the announcement reinforces charges of fraud and blackmail made by Mr. Stanfield during the weekend in Fredericton. SEES BID TO MISLEAD He told a party meeting Sat- urday that the statements by Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Macdo- nald amounted to a frantic attempt to cling to of- mislead the country and mislead There was no doubt at any point that oil companies would continue to pay the tax whether legislation was in force or not. David New Demo- cratic Party echoed the blackmail statement by Mr. saying that the increase a mockery of the that government spokesman talking about last In a statement released Tuesday by his he endorsed the increase but expressed dismay the alacrity with which the Liberals bounce from at- tempted blackmail one week to correct action the In his Mr. Macdo- nald said the increase for June is necessary McauM of higher crude oil import prices facing refineries in Eastern Canada. The tax represents the difference between the fixed a barrel price for crude oil produced and used in and the going rate on international markets. FOLLOWED TALKS The a barrel export charge went into effect April l after a national oil setting the fixed domestic was negotiated by Prime Minister Trudeau and the provincial the government in the collection and remittance of the export he said in an interview. But the industry would reserve its right to oppose the tax and the proposed increase to a barrel. The CPA represents most of the petroleum companies which export crude oil. Ports of Times in Mountain Daylight Time opening and closing Carway 7 a.m. to 10 Chief Mountain Coutts open 24 Del Bonita 8 a.m. to 5 Kingsgate open 24 Porthill-Rykerts 7 a.m. until 11 Wild Horse 7 a.m. to 4 Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Logan Pass. premiers. Mr. Macdonald said in his telegram that National Energy Board calculations indicate it should be raised to on June 1 to take changing international .price trends into account. Governments in foreign countries supplying Canada with oil are planning to increase their cut on oil produced by companies within their he said. This will mean higher import prices in Canada. He said uncertainty surrounding the plans of foreign governments may make the adjustment to too high or too low when all the facts are known. If it proves too companies subject to the export tax will be compensated. Domestic oil from Western Canada is used in all areas west of the Ottawa Valley under a national oil policy adopted in 1961. Imported largely from Venezuela and the Middle supplies most markets in and East of the valley. Money collected from the export tax is used to subsidize oil prices in the equalizing wholesale prices across the country. Retail prices vary with transportation costs and provincial gasoline taxes. price increases caused by the national oil agreement take effect today. 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Mr. Gillespie said he was suggesting this as a He said one dollar's worth of ethane can make about worth of which can be upgraded into of first- line of second- line derivatives and of third-line another although the industry consumes only three or four per cent of the petroleum refined in then worth about it upgrades this petroleum into rubber et cetera valued in excess of billion. That is indeed LAW BACKS POLICY Earlier in his Mr. Gillespie talked about recently passed to the Export and Import of which are designed to promote resource He said that where Canadian resources can be upgraded before export in sound and viable economic the government expects Canadian industry seize the opportunities at its own Export controls would be imposed only a measure of last Mr. Gillespie said the need to develop a strong petrochemical system in Alberta is primary while the two major systems that already exist in Montreal and must continue to grow. 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