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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD May 1974 the legislature Could Peter Lougheed really blow the lid off By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON An eastern journalist said he was literally terrified of what the Alberta premier would say about the tulure of petrochemicals in Canada. That was understandable for the inexperienced reporter facing a major government announcement. But he wasn't inexperienced and he had been filing major government announcements off the top of his head for years. So it wasn't the tension of filing a story. It was a stomach-rending certainty that the Alberta premier could actually blow the lid off Confederation. He looked that concerned. An observer had the feeling that the eastern journalist had lived in the West long enough to understand if he could not the premier might do just that. His if projected as an accurate reflection of eastern demonstrated the crippling power Premier Peter Lougheed is reputed to hold by frightened eastern consumers of Alberta resources. His concern transcended the chance to grab another Toronto front-page headline. This was more serious than jokes about and easterners freezing in the dark. his worst speculations did not become fact. Mr. Lougheed finished his statement on petrochemicals and Alberta by threatening only partial closure of the tap on products shipped east. Alberta's willingness to supply her eastern neighbors with natural resources will undoubtedly be an issue in the federal election now in progress. But Prime Minister Trudeau can hardly walk out of an agreement on oil prices he accepted so enthusiastically for Canada and point out Conservative Alberta as the villain for increased gasoline prices. The is still receiving four dollars per barrel of oil less than the world market price. Could the prime minister then claim Alberta is strangling the central Canadian petrochemical If it it is only with Ottawa's blessing. The prime minister is on record with the statement that products should be developed in areas with a natural economic advantage. Mr. Lougheed promises that Alberta will service of an industry it recognizes as vital to Ontario. But Ottawa must start paying more than lip service to regionalism. Reading an exchange of letters between Alberta and Ottawa reveals that Ottawa is clearly committed to encouraging growth of the Commentary petrochemical industry in Alberta. In the Mr. Lougheed seems genuinely indignant that Mr. Trudeau is failing to meet that commitment made at the Western Economic Opportunities in conversation with himself and in the House of Commons. Alberta has made it clear to Ottawa that while the agriculture industry is its immediate hopes for creating more jobs lie in fostering a strong petrochemical Mr. Lougheed says. If the federal government was indeed committed to regional it would tell a Crown-supported petrochemical plant proposed for Ont. to head the premier tells the legislature. He trots out a bundle of reasons for Alberta's opposition to the project as now conceived. This single complex would use a staggering 16 per cent of Alberta's proven conventional crude oil reserves with no direct employment benefits to Albertans. The company had not even approached Alberta to discuss locating within the province. Even that wouldn't hurt so much if the jobs weren't going to the region of Canada now enjoying the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs and the highest wages. natural resources into petrochemicals and thence plastics and other products creates large numbers of Another giant petrochemical plant backed by a federal Crown corporation for Sarnia when Alberta has the Some commitment. Not only that. The project would downgrade oil that could be used to better employment creating purposes. Of barrels drained from the province only about would end up as ethylene and subsequent refined products. The remainder would be sold as heavy heating oils. The premier is willing to compromise if some of the jobs can be created in Alberta instead of in Ontario and the project modified so as not to compete so heavily with Alberta plants. The same rules apply to natural gas future job opportunities from its refining must come to Alberta. In the same manner that Alberta crude will not be exported to a Sarnia plant to create more manufacturing Alberta gas products will not be exported to meet any more than the needs of normal growth of present industrial needs in Sarnia and the rest of Central Canada. Upgrading the resource at its source is an avowed goal of the premier and apparently of the prime minister. So what happens when Mr. Lougheed says a Dow-Dome proposal for upgrading natural gas will send half the product to the Northeastern United States for the final job-intensive upgrading into products such as He says that if any of the 50 per cent of its product now slated for the non-competing market in the northeast states is diverted back to Canada by Ottawa it had better come to Alberta for upgrading. If the which would also supply a starving Ontario petrochemical will be vetoed. For someone so concerned that upgrading of petrochemicals be done in the the premier appears strangely unconcerned that 50 per cent of the plant's product will not be upgraded here. But he can refer to a third project in the expanding petrochemical field to prove the government is interested in Alberta First. An AGTL CIL proposal would do all its upgrading and processing of natural gas within to the tune of an estimated jobs. Alberta could severely hamper production of petrochemicals despite federal jurisdiction over interprovincial trade. But for the moment it seems the province has taken a negotiable stance. Confederation as a result probably continues to beat in one eastern journalist's heart. Resident closes alley If the city doesn't want to buy then they can't use this north side alley. This is the feeling of John Talerico who has fenced the alley at 613 16th St. N. because he owns part of it and the city doesn't want to buy it. The city engineering department says Mr. Talerico is within his rights to fence his property even though the alley is used by residential traffic and garbage trucks. The city says it sees no problem with garbage trucks because are many dead alleys in the one more shouldn't make too much difference. Just Arrived a large selection of famous PIN WHEEL STEM WARE Imported from Czechoslovakia Ideal for Wedding Gifts Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN City rejects U of L power bill plea A request by the U of L for a lower electrical which university officials estimated would save the university about a was turned down by city council Tuesday. CartHtod Dttrttf Mechanic CLIFF BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BIN. PHONE 327-2122 SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING PlKMM 321-2176 SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION it the WAREHOUSE -1920 2nd Avenue South May 23rd Sill Hirls p.m. No Hwirvi This weeks sale will feature a good selection of Household Effects and Miscellaneous Kerns. HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 1S202ndAVE.S. LCTHBAIDQE TED NEWSY UC. 010213-41 AUCTIONEERS KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 012116-411 The university wanted reclassif ication as an industrial user from its present commercial classification on the basis of the amount of power it which it said is comparable to that used by large industries in the city. Council rejection of the request was based on a city utility department report which said some 150 other city power users could also ask for reclassification on the same resulting in a considerable revenue loss to the department. The report noted that the University of Alberta's physical plant director estimated that university Could save about a year by shuting off unnecessary and air conditioners. On a proportional basis the FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 3274M5 E. P. C.D.M. FOX LETHIMNE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL Now is the time to consider AIR CONDITIONING from your 'Air Conditioning Centre of the South' LTD. 1282-2nd A vc. South Phone U of L could similarly save about said the which included a photo of a well-lit U of L lighting up the surrounding coulees at night. Handicapped residents will continue to get free parking in the city. City council Tuesday approved a recommendation of the traffic advisory committee that parking permits be granted free of charge to the handicapped. Handicapped persons have to present a statement fro'm a doctor certifying that they are permanently handicapped in order to get their permit. A request by Barker's Agencies Ltd. to convert a house on the southwest corner of 13th Street and 6th Avenue S. to a real estate office was refused by city council Tuesday. The agency asked council to approve rezoning of the property from residential to commercial. Aid. Vera Ferguson said such a decision would go against the city's general plan and previous council decisions to allow no more BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Cvtnlnpj till v PHONE 321-0372 12th AM. It should remain residential or 13th Street will become another Mayor Magrath she said. The vote was 5-3 with Aid. Steve Aid. Bill Kergan and Mayor Andy Anderson voting in favor of a motion to have the necessary rezoning bylaw drawn up and considered. A city council decision two weeks ago to refuse angle parking near St. Michael's Hospital on 9th Avenue was overturned Tuesday. Council voted 5-2 in favor of the request after hospital board chairman A. W. Shackleford asked for a reconsideration of the previous decision. The city engineering department had recommended against angle parking because it would provide only seven more parking spaces at an estimated cost of The hospital offered to pay of the cost to convert the area back to angle parking. A curb had been put in several years ago and the city had dumped dirt to begin landscaping the disputed but it had never been finished. Guards unhappy elsewhere but staffing problems at Lethbridge jail' Lethbridge Correctional Institute has not suffered the recruiting and staff retention problems that have cropped up at other Alberta administration and union officials said Tuesday. Ward a correctional officer at the jail and chairman of the Lethbridge branch of the Civil Service Association of said some guards were concerned about salaries. They were on the second year of a two-year he said. They got a six-per-cent raise Jan. but last year's inflation rate was so the guards were behind. Guards at some other jails were becoming he said. Warden L. J. Fisher said the staff turnover rate at the Lethbridge jail was and recruiting had been excellent this year. The warden said the staff is up to strength at including 48 at the Correctional Officer I the starting level for guards. Bill president of the had said earlier in a statement the government admitted there were problems in recruiting and retaining staff at some provincial jails. He charged staff were being hired without the competition required by law. The Peace River Correctional Institute had about 20-per-cent fewer guards than it he said. The CSA had repeatedly asked the government to negotiate the guards' but the government had repeatedly he said. it is going to keep snouting about the sanctity of the collective agreement whether they can hire staff or not at this current pay said Mr. Broad. Kiwanis chooses officers Officers for the coming year were elected recently at the 22nd annual meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Green Acres. Mel Hamilton was elected Bob Montgomery Ray Cook vice-president and Bert Stretton treasurer. Bill Al Rick Ross and Sid Silk were elected to two-year terms as and Harold Pinney and Jim Spoulos to one-year terms as directors. Dirk Getkate was appointed secretary. prices panel planned A report on the Canadian Labor Congress convention in Vancouver last week and plans for a public panel discussion will head the agenda today for the Lethbridge and District Labor Council's monthly meeting. A new financial secretary will also be to replace Helen who resigned earlier because of other commitments. Council president Fred Nowak said Tuesday the panel set for June will be open to the general public. The topic will be wage and price control and the cost of living. MAGRATH BAND TOPS B.C. COMPETITION MAGRATH The Magrath-Cardston Marching Band won first place in the best Canadian brass band competition of the Victoria Day Parade at Monday. The band won fourth place in the overall bands competition including American and Canadian bands. The bandsmen were to arrive home at a.m by bus today. Taber MLA proposes confidentiality bill A bill to prevent disclosure of government files on citizens has been introduced in the provincial legislature. MLA Doug Miller introduced the Individual's Document Confidentiality which would prevent officials from disclosing copies of documents kept by the government without the written consent of the or the parent or guardian of a child. Mr. Miller said he introduced the bill because of the growth of government and the lack of a policy to protect confidentiality of documents about individuals 10 years of service Five employees of the Lethbridge Municipal and Auxiliary Hospitals have been given 10-year service pins as part of Hospital Day observances. The employees are Emile Sophie Lydia Karl Pickles and Trudy Wermuth. The bill would make disclosure except at a trial or by order of the legislature an offence. Fines would be for individuals or for cabinet ministers. No plea on charges A 20-year-old Lethbridge man charged with two counts of breaking and entering a charge of auto theft and a charge of a carrying a concelaed weapon Tuesday was remanded in provincial court to Thursday without plea. Kenneth Willy Unger 322 3rd St. was charged May 18 with Break- ins at Glascon 327 3rd St. and Grover Sales Ltd.. 334 4th St. S. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz BMg. 222 5th St. S Phone 328-4095 love is saying it with roses on your anniversary. MARQUIS Flower Shop 327-1515 Fur Coat Storage Time The Lethbridge Furriers PHONE 327-2209 LETHBRIDGE REFRIGERATION LTD. Commercial Refrigeration Specialists WALK-IN FREEZERS COOLERS ICE MAKERS 111 11th Street South Phone ;