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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8-THE LETHBRIDGE November 6, 1974 Government plans freeze VLA expiry date won't be extended on civil service growth EDMONTON (CP> The Alberta government is plann- ing a self imposed freeze on civil service growth, says Gordon Miniely. provincial treasurer. "Our target is that there will be no growth in the civil service." he said, adding that departments will only be allowed to add manpower in the 1975-76 budget if they have a "good reason" to do so. The manpower shortage in the province was the reason given for the freeze. Separate budget memos have been sent to cabinet ministers advising them of the proposed freeze, in prepara- tion for forthcoming cabinet budget meetings. As of June this year there were persons working for government departments. Mr. Minielv said the civil ser- vice has grown by 6.2 per cent a vear since 1972. BODIES RECOVERED BOGOTA (Reuter) Helicopter rescue units on Friday began to lift 28 bodies off an foot mountain where a Colombian Airlines plane crashed Aug. 12 in bad weather, OTTAWA (CP) Veterans Affairs Minister Dan MacDo- nald said Tuesday the Veterans' Land Act has serv- ed its purpose and its March 31, 1975, expiry date will not be extended. He said in the Commons the act was enacted to assist Sec- ond World War veterans "to engage in farming on a full-or part-time basis following their discharge from active ser- vice." "After such a lengthy period of time, it is difficult to con- tend that there is any continu- ing need for the act to assist veterans to rehabilitate themselves for a career in civilian Mr. MacDonald said. He made the remarks dur- ing debate of a motion calling for reconsideration of plans to scrap the act. Just eight months ago, the then-minority Liberal govern- ment voted in favor of extend- ing the act one year. Opposition members, who had threatened to defeat the Liberal government over the issue last March, were quick Coats Coats Coats A) Young tie-belted style With tailor collar, double breasted front, novelty stitching and welt pockets. 92.5% wool and 75% nylon blend with satin lining. Black 8 Ladies" 10to IS. OUR FASHION BOUTIQUE DRESSY VINYL HANDBAG, n Black. Tgp. Maw C) Simulated fitch fur hooded pant coat Of mod deep pile on ooSyester back. 100% acetate quilt lining. Simulated Fitch fur oniy. in teens" 10 to t4x. 45 B) Budget-minded chill chaser Marie o1 Beige or B'ack canvas iojeiy Brown or pile al colia; and 1ront. Quilt lining. OO Sizes 1010 18. FAKE FUR PILE TURBAN 5 D) Teens' double breasted plaid boot topper iarge rotcned collar and cuf's of eoryiiC- rnociacryhc pile. Of 35% acetate 15% nylon blend. Acetate lining. Brown. Green. 12lo 14x. BRUSHED ACRYLIC CAP A SCARF SET 4.84 F VIJ-M7 STORf mW V Ml WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive Monday, Tuesday Wednesday a.m. io p.m. Thursday Friday a.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. NIT WITH CMFNMCf SATISFACTION GUARANTIED to question the reasons behind the Liberals' change of heart. Stanley Knowles (NDP North who opened debate on the motion, said (1iat last March "we in this made it clear that if the govern- ment refused to do anything about the issue we would vote in such a way as to bring the government down.'' EARNED THE RIGHT Mr. Knowles quoted the minister as saying during debate last March of an amendment extending the act: "It should be made quite clear that we are not doing this as a favor to veterans but simply as a right which they have earned.' Jack Marshall (PC Humber-St. George's-St. who introduced an un- successful motion of non- confidence in the government over the issue last March, said: "Little did I realize at the time just how much effect that motion could have had on the Parliament of the day." MAKE SUGGESTIONS Mr. Knowles and Mr. Mar- shall suggested that the ceil- ing for loans granted under the act should be raised and that loans should be granted for the purchase of lots less than one-half acre. The act provides low- interest loans for certain to for buying farms and for residential lots larger than one-half acre, or fishing vessels. The minister said Tuesday that veterans' housing needs will not be ignored. DEAN WHITEWAY (PC-SELKIRK) SITS IN FRONT OF TENT MP's tent protest ends when Speaker gets tough By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) In his maiden Commons speech last month, Dean Whiteway (PC- Selkirk) pledged to pitch a tent, if necessary, on the doorstep of the postmaster- general to solve a nagging constituency problem. Tuesday he did. But two hours later, under orders from Commons Speaker James Jerome who has authority over the Parliament buildings, he broke camp. At 3 p.m. the 30-year-old MP. helped by two secretar- ies, had unbundled a new tent under a huge chan- delier in a carpeted fourth- floor foyer of the Con- federation Building and pre- pared to bed down. "1 used to be a Queen's Scout." said the perspiring MP. He looked askance at the plastic tent pegs, then at the broadloom which covered a marble floor. But eight cinder blocks, plus four heavy ash- trays, eventually kept the or- ange and blue lent in an up- right position The security guards wore quizzical expressions HAS LATERN Standing beside a small yel- low lantern in front of his tent. Mr. Whitelaw said the issue involved post office hours in Sandy Hook. Man., which serves 62 residents. It close? for lunchtime. then closes for the day at 3 p.m "It's just impossible for many people to pick up their mail, and surely this wouldn't be a difficult problem for the minister to solve." But he said he has written to Mr. Mackasey, and his sec- retary has placed at' least 12 phone calls without making direct contact with the minis- ter. Television cameras record- ed the entire event, getting pictures of Mr. Whiteway, in a neat grey suit, white shirt and gold cufflinks, down on his knees straightening out his sleeping bag. There were pic- tures of secretaries' steeplechasing over tent wires, of guards staring un- comfortably, and of mes- sengers laughing. Mr. Mackasey con- gratulated the Conservative MP on his action RESPONSE QUICK "It's rather astute on his part. He got a lot of publicity, and he has pinpointed a con- stituency problem I expect something has already been done." But the minister said it is nonsense to suggest that he was unavailable. He wasn't aware of any phone calls "but all he has to do is cross the aisle of the House any day. like many other opposition MPs do. Actually. 1 railed his office yesterday. In any rase. Mr. Whiteway managed to get star billing on Ihe Hill Tuesday. There wasn't a smile on his face as hr adjusted the special con- densation cover over the in the event an air-conditioning failure. messenger asked: "What 1imr is your But before dark. Conservative Whip Robert McKinley i PC- Huron i arrived at the car- peted campsite with word that the Speaker had. in effect. cancelled Mr. Whiteway's building permil. "Maybe it's just as said the would-be camper. "These floors are pretty hard." Rapist pleads insanity CALGARY A 26- year-old Calgary man, charg- ed with raping a 14-year-old Calgary girl, pleaded not guil- ty by reason of insanity in Alberta Supreme Court Tuesday. Vernon Roy Craig admitted to the facts of the rape as read in court by Crown Prosecutor Bob Nelles. who said Craig intercepted the girl when she was returning home from school last Feb. 6 and drove her to an open field in northwest Calgary. Three Calgary psychiatrists told court that Craig is a psy- chopath and an electroencephalogram test showed evidence of abnor- mality in two parts of his brain. A statement by Craig said: "I am sorry for her. I hope it doesn't affect her life in any way. I feel 1 need help. I hope 1 can be helped mentally and not be stuck somewhere in some jail." Mr Justice D. C. McDonald reserved his decision to Nov. 28. ;