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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Blakeney sees economic boom developing in Sask. REGINA Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatche- wan says his province is on the threshold of an economic boom. He sees his NDP govern- ment's problem not as gener- ating economic but as guiding that develop- ment to produce the best so- cial effects. And he says one method he will use is more government involvement in areas such as secondary manufacturing. In an interview with The Canadian Premier Blakeney discussed the prov- ince's economic future and his government's approach to economic What do you see as the economic prospects for Sas- katchewan for the next 10 We're not going to be industrially booming and I don't expect Saskatchewan to be the Pittsburgh of the but I think that there will be a prosperous agricul- tural industry and a substan- tial secondary industry made up primarily of smaller plants and a few larger primarily based upon re- source extraction. The upturn in agricultural prices is a long-term although I don't necessarily say that the prices will stay at their present levels. This will mean that there will be more intensive agricultural more will be pro- duced on each acre of land.... The big of is livestock. Livestock will vary a depending upon the availability of feed but basically it's very much a growth sector as to primary production and the process-' ing. TREND MAY REVERSE Do you feel that this will reverse the trend towards a declining within the next 10 but this is not to suggest that the population will go up a great deal. There's no enormous advan- tage in a larger population although I would anticipate that the amount of economic activity generated by a more prosperous agriculture will in fact lead to secondary in- dustries which will cause a reversal of the population de- cline which has been so sharp since 1964 or 1965. What factors do you see behind the attraction of more secondary other than the increase in farm rev- I see some change in transportation and freight rate structures which make it more accordingly more that secondary manufacturing will take place that the processing of raw materials will take place here. We're seeing this now with respect to oilseeds and we're seeing an increasing amount of it with respect to livestock. More livestock in the -.last several years has been processed here and less in relative terms shipped out in live state. ACTIVITY GROWS Would it be fair to say that this growth of secondary industry is due mainly to changed federal I think it isn't. Many of them are really in spite of federal policies. I'm not aware of any fed- eral policies which have as- sisted the growth of the live- stock industry very much. Certainly not their current policies that deal with feed grains and certainly not their Optimistic premier Saskatchewan's economic future bright transportation policies which have over the years dis- criminated in a very strong way against the devel- opment of secondary industry here in the Prairies. the reasons are be- cause the economy on the Prairies is becoming more people are generating savings and there's just more economic activity here pro- viding a larger local which is really the essential basic reason. Is this forecast sig- nificantly dependent on the federal promise to change the transportation rate certainly this would greatly assist matters. A number of the forecasts are dependent in part at least on the department of regional economic expansion doing some of the things that they say they're going to do. We believe that some of the more irrational freight rates cannot long be sustained. It's not a case of our need- ing any positive dis- crimination in our but only a case of removing the more glaring discrimination against us that would promote industries like the livestock industry. When you describe the factors behind the economic growth they seem to be main- ly general economic trends. Do you credit your own policies with significant of our own policies are primarily signifi- cant I in that will be designed to see that this general agricultural pros- perity is translated into the largest possible number of vi- able family farms. This is the essential thrust of our that it is pos- sible to produce a wealth of agricultural products on these prairies. We are also attempting to see that the development of our timber particu- larly but oil and po- are done in a way so that we generate the largest possi- ble amount of economic ac- tivity here. Hence our conscious divert prime wood from the manu- facture of pulp to the manu- facture of saw timber and this involved in th6 short run turn- ing off a pulp mill project. But in developing saw timber produces two or three times as many jobs per thousand board feet or per cord of wood used. Your problem then is.not generating economic but guiding it to the advan- tage of the Right. For the num- ber of people who are here and the number of people who are likely to be Sas- katchewan is very rich in re- sources. We will have a volume of primary production Labor turmoil threatens cold winter There's a killer on the loose. Alberta Check Stops are out to stop him before he stops you Did you know that alcohol is involved in half the traffic deaths in Here's the grim prediction for the next 12 300 Albertans killed. Another injured or maimed for life. Concerned Albertans want to stop the slaughter. Support the Alberta Check Stop program. When you come to a Check show your pink card. Your delay will be kept as brief as possible. But the impaired driver must be kept off the CHECK STOP ALBERTA CAN MEAN SAFE DRIVING. HELP US KEEP THE IMPAIRED DRIVER OFF OUR ROADS. Efttctiw 1. Under the auspices of Trie Soiiciior General s Department 00706 LONDON Britain was hit Monday by a round of strikes which many union and civic officials warn is but a foretaste of what promises to be a cold and troubled particularly in the London area. Sir Reginald head of the Greater London Council says the combination of a critical shortage of workers and low pay has in fact already placed London's vital services in danger of collapse. law and housing and these hallmarks of our are under he and many others agree the situation is bleak. TROUBLES INCREASE London already faces dis- ruptions in its fire and am- bulance dozens of schools have been put on part- time because of a shortage of some 263 the police force is drastically under- manned and a number of sub- way stations have been closed for want of workers. Hundreds of city buses await repairs in under-staff gar- ages. Scores of traffic lights don't function. One big city saying are stretched to the is sending surgery patients to smaller suburban hospitals. The London situation is due to two major the high cost of living here which en- courages workers to seek jobs in other and the low unemployment rate which leaves the manpower pool vir- tually empty. Unemployment is a little over two per cent closer to one per cent in the London area. The one-day strike Monday of engineering workers hit the motor industry and shipywards and forced suspension of publication of the eight national daily new- spapers and many smaller ones. Although the 1.4-million strong union struck to protest a fine for refusing to attend an in- dustrial court most of the threatened industrial actions are over pay and bonuses. Some post office clerks went on strike at mid- day in support of wage claims and the city fire department Paper faces million libel suit MIAMI C. G. a close friend of President has filed a flO-million libel suit against the Washington Post. Lawyer representing Rebozo filed the suit in federal court charging The Post libelled the Key Biscayne banker in an Oct. 25 article that claimed Rebozo cashed in stolen stocks in 1968 after being told they were stolen. Rebozo's suit charges the story was false and malicious. The Post article was based on the sworn statements of an insurance investigator that are contained in a Miami court file. George the investiga- testified under oath that he told Rebozo on Oct. that 900 shares of IBM stock accepted as collateral for a loan by Rebozo's bank were stolen. The Post said that more than a week after Riley's visit to 300 of the IBM snares were sold for Rebozo's suit charges tut Riley could not have told him on Oct. that the stocks were stolen. He said that E. F. Mutton and Jhe brokerage firm from which the stocks were and the Fidelity and Casualty Co. of New Mutton's did not have already 500 men short has been warned firefighters will answer only emergency calls soon if their pay demands are not met. The Labor-controlled Greater London Council blames the anti-inflation policies of the Conservative saying the freeze on already-low salaries amid increasing living costs is caus- ing workers to flee London. TEACHERS MOVE OUT Most city workers get a cost-of-living bonus to help meet higher costs here but the for say the annual comes nowhere near filling the gap. Teachers' salaries range from to and many have been moving to other centres they the pay is working con- ditions pressures less and living costs particular- ly housing far cheaper. some areas have already experienced power the threat of more to come as the electrical power engineers union imposed a ban on overtime in support of wage demands. The big coal miners' union has a meeting scheduled Thursday to vote on a similar overtime ban. City ambulance drivers are to decide within the next two weeks whether to take in- dustrial with their leaders saying such a move would cripple non-emergency services such as transporta- tion for out-patients. In another British Rail says it is at least men short in the London area despite a recruiting campaign and this may mean interrupted rail commuter services during the winter. in agricultural for- est mineral prod- which will be the envy of most places in the world on a per-capita brsis. .Businessmen in Sas- katchewan have had almost 30 years to adjust to CCF and NDP governments. Do you still find hostility in your rela- tions with Caution is probably a better word. Many of them feel that somehow they ought to be at odds with a govern- ment which is democratic so- cialist in its orientation. Certainly the small busi- nessman has a great deal to gain from a policy which is designed to make our re- sources here generate em- ployment here. Basically the larger corpo- rate giants of our economy operate outside any effective competition and it is those people we are in effective control of the econ- omy and are not responsible to anyone for the way they exer- cise that control. DISLIKES INCENTIVES Do you find any philo- troubles from giving incentives and financial aid to the larger We are obviously trou- bled by this. We want to gen- erate some economic activity here. In some cases we can- not assemble either the tech- nical expertise or the market- ing expertise to organize that particular economic activity as a Crown corporation or as a co-operative or privately own- ed by Saskatchewan people. We find ourselves then faced with the real dilemma of whether we assist a large cor- porate organization from out- side to develop some economic activity here. You've set up a Crown to go into the petroleum exploration business. Is this part of the beginnings of a trend away from incentives to doing it yourself through Crown corpo- Certainly I think that's partly the case. We are mov- ing in the area of timber to do some of it ourselves and not to provide what we think were very lavish incentives to some private United States to develop our timber resources. Some of the incentives offered to the oil companies were generous. We feel that many of these are no longer necessary and that we can in fact either de- velop it ourselves or by the very fact that we are in the business of developing it our- selves cause others to con- tinue their development with- out any additional incentives. Are you thinking of go- ing into any other fields be- sides oil and it's entirely likely that we'll move into other fields. We have taken a major position in an embryonic ma- chinery manufacturing com- pany in Saskatoon. If this should prove to be a viable we will probably be going into joint ventures and very possibly majority Crown ventures in other fields of secondary manufacturing or perhaps even of livestock agricultural products perhaps I should say. Relations between Ot- tawa and the Saskatchewan government seem fairly strained at certain es- pecially over agricultural de- velopment. Do you see this as a serious obstacle to Sas- katchewan .1 don't regard the strained relationships as a serious obstacle to Saskatche- wan development. I regard some of the policies which have led to- the strained rela- tionships as a serious imped- iment. We can hardly be enthusias- tic about federal government policies which essentially have decided that there will be selective price controls in three or four areas of the one way or namely feed grains and petroleum. That's all. We would like to think that selective price controls might have found their way into au- tomotive products or fertilizers or agricultural of which we produce but which we buy in large quantities. Unfortu- it was not thought nec- essary to apply any selective price controls in those areas and it's not surprising that we find that particular selection unattractive to us. So those policies are cer- tainly leading to strains and can certainly hamper devel- opment. For we think that the federal government should be assisting us to develop a livestock processing industry here Anything which is in to export the processing to other parts of Canada is designed to im- pede our economic growth. We can't really read the current federal government feed grain policies in any other way. Sears FOR YOUR ADDED CHRISTMAS SHOPPING CONVENIENCE YOU CAN TELESHOP 328-6611 24 HOURS A DAY INCLUDING Sundays AND ;