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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta West's Discontent Undercuts Sympathy For Quebec Oy JOSEPH MacSVVEEN Canadian Press Staff Writer Western Canada's discontents are undercutting sympathy for Quebec among people in the Prairie provinces, says past premier E. C. Manning of Alberta. Goodwill in a multi-racial population is being eroded by the feeling that the federal government and the rest of Canada heeds Quebec but not the West, in the analysis of the man who led Alberta's So- cial Credit government for 25 years. "It's a combination of two things," he told a reporter. "First, long-standing grievances that are legitimate- these are in the economic field primarily. "Now on top of that a feeling that our people have faced those problems for years, asked for consideration to be given . . . with little or no success. "Then they see the cultural and linguistic concerns of French-Canadians in Quebec getting, in their view, far more attention not only by the national government but by people across Canada." EMOTION IS STRONG Mr. Manning emphasized that "it isn't that our people are opposed to attention being given to those concerns." "That isn't so. They're quite happy to see them given consideration. "But they feel resentful when their own concerns, just because they're in another area and a different kind of concerns, are treated as being insignificant and described as complaints of people whining about their state. This creates strong emotions. . . . "Different people react differently. But I think it would be correct to say that a substantial number, very sympathetic to the concerns expressed by the French'Cana-dians, are less sympathetic today as a result ef this type of backlash." The picture in seme East- ern Canada quarters of a West bristling with red-necked hostility to Quebec did not materialize in a reporter's travels, and was denounced by informed citizens in all four western provinces. "There has been an honest and conscious effort to understand the whole thing and go along with it, mainly to support Canada because we don't want to see it fragment," said E d mo n t o n editor Andrew Snaddon. And author-editor Bruce Hutchison of Victoria, while speaking specifically of attitudes toward Quebec, also appeared to have broader things in mind regarding British Columbia when he declared: "This province is more mature in its thinking and more sophisticated than a lot of eastern people seem to imagine." The traditional free-and-easy mingling of Western Canadians with their American neighbors underlines lack of rapport with (heir Eastern NOWn. BLUE CROSS COSTS LESS! BECAUSE: Some hospital services, the charges for which residents were formerly responsible, are now available through the Government's Medicare program, Blue Cross can offer at reduced rates coverage against the costs of the following services which are not covered by Medicare: DIFFERENTIAL CHARGES (for private and semi-private hospital accommodation) AMBULANCE SERVICES DRUGS HOME NURSING CARE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY DENTAL CARE (for accidental injury to natural teeth) NATUROPATHIC SERVICES Effective July 1st, 1970, every Albertan, regardless of age or health, can obtain Blue Cross protection on either a Group or Non-Group basis. GROUP COVERAGE Single or married persons employed where a Blue Cross group is, or can be established may obtain Blue Cross protection at the following reduced monthly rates: GROUP MONTHLY RATES Single ...........,........................ $1.25 Family .................................... $2.50 NON-GROUP COVERAGE Albertans who cannot obtain Blue Cross membership on a Group basis can obtain identical benefits at greatly reduced rates by . . . 1. Applying to and paying the required Blue Cross subscription rates to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission (See Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission advertisement in this paper) or 2. Applying directly to Blue Cross and by paying slightly higher subscription rates of: NON GROUP MONTHLY RATES Single ........,.......................... $2.90 Family _................................. $5.80 These rates are payable on a quarterly, semi annual or annual basis. NOTE: The specially reduced rates in (1) above are available only to those residents who do not qualify for Group enrolment and only to those who make application and payments to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission. Additional information on Aiberta Blue Cross GROUP Coverage is available from'firms or businesses, having 3 or more employees, and by whom the applicant is employed. Information on NON-GROUP Coverage is available from Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission, Box 1360, Edmonton 15, Alberta. ALBERTA Edmonton - Calgary Canada compatriots. "My Christmas cards come from Montana-I don't know anybody, in Toronto," said a farmer visiting Winnipeg. When a Winnipeger talks to a man from Minneapolis about the weather it is not small talk-they are discussing something in common. In Saskatoon, Duff Spafford, a young professor at University of Saskatchewan, said that considering the influences on him since boyhood, "I couldn't bring myself to cheer for Toronto Maple Leafs." "Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens have damn few fans out here," a friend remarked. NO EASY ANSWER Yet secessionist sentiment -time-honored though it is- was discounted generally. Mr. Maiming said it would not be honest to pretend there is any easy answer to the transportation and freight problems of Alberta, so far from seaports and centres of heavy central population. "But the type of thing that disturbs people is, for example, a conglomeration of rates under which it is possible to move certain commodities from Montreal to Vancouver on a special seaboard rate and back to Edmonton cheaper than you can move them direct from Montreal to Edmonton. "It's pretty hard to tell a man on the street that that makes sense." The great bulk of wheat and other prairie agricultural production was sold on world markets at world prices over which farmers had no control whatever. "On the other hand, the great bulk of what they buy is imported from central Canada behind a tariff imposed for the benefit of the manufacturers." Mr. Manning concedes that farm machinery is a notable exemption and that the whole question of tariffs is complicated. MUST TALK HARD "But, take a farmer who crosses the border and sees his American neighbor buy a TV set for $200 less than he can in Canada. "Now, you have to talk-pretty hard to this farmer to convince him it's a good thing to have a tariff protection because we've got to have industry in Canada. . . . "The feeling in the West is not just towards the central government, but a feeling that the central provinces are not appreciative of the impact on the West. "Just about everything we buy in the manufactured area has in it two cost factors: protective tariff-that is, the price here compared with what it would be if we could import from the U.S.-and secondly, high freight cost because of the distance it has to come. "And this is not borne by the producer of the commodity in Eastern Canada but by the purchaser in the West, though when the western farmer sells his grain, he's the one who pays the freight to the Lakehead, not the fellow buying the grain. "So the western producer says: 'I'm getting hit both ways. I'm paying the freight to bring eastern manufactured goods to this market, I'm paying a higher price on many lines of manufactured goods because of protective tariffs.' " OIL IS CONTRAST Examine, in contrast, what happens in the oil industry, Mr. Manning suggested. Canada imports more than half its petroleum needs, though the Alberta oil industry has been running far below capacity. Western oil is delivered only as far east as Toronto because of foreign oil arriving on Atlantic tankers. "We only supply 48 per cent of our own market," said Mr. Manning, because, producers arc told, to move oil to Montreal would mean an extra one or two cents a gallon in price. "Immediately the great cry from the East is: 'We couldn't do that-it would be terrible, unthinkable.' "Try telling that to the Western Canadians who are paying extra on everything to look after the East's tariff protection. "How can we pay it on everything we buy but they couldn't pay one or two cents a gallon to pick up another 10 per cent of Canada's oil production in her domestic market. "This again becomes political. We lack the population. We lack the votes. So Parliament feels they mustn't upset the people of central Canada." Suzuki... built to take on the Country AC-50 MAVERICK 5 speeds. 4.9 hp. at 8500 rpm. 60-65 mph. 1.61 "x) .49" bore x stroke. Single cylinder rotary-valve QAO O'? engine. ....... w"f #.Ti# TC-120 II CAT Trans: 3 dirt, 3 street. 12 hp. at 7500 rpm. Max. torque: 9.5 ft. lbs./5000 rpm. Singlo I cylinder two-stroke engine. ^�bby........ 519.95: T-250 II HUSTLER 6 speeds. 33 hp. at 8000 rpm. 100-105 mph. 2.13" x 2.13" bore x stroke. 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