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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta inc UK i nctmi.u i 1V79 Ric Swihart Western farmers still battle for visit from federal man Heee Honorable Eugene federal minister of to his up and close that window. That strong west wind is distracting my speech writing. I have to get this last page done so I can get to the weekly dinner meeting of the Ot- tawa Weekened Straw- berry and Dandelion Growers Society Sound Well that just about spells out the attitude of Mr. Whelan toward Western Canada in all matters dealing with agriculture. Western farmers and ranchers have begged for help from the federal government and for the most it has fallen on deaf ears. If the help does come from it is usually too late or at least later than the distress call asked for. Being in the honorable profession of finding news one gets copies of Mr. Whelan's usually about three days after they have been delivered. Since Sept. I have received 15 copies of speeches. Five were presented in Ontario to two farm a county a meeting of Limit 1 Adults Only POCKET FLASHLIGHT With this all you do is clip and bring it to the RADIO SHACK 327 5th SI. S. Canadian diplomatic representatives and one to a luncheon for delegates to Flowers Canada Conven- tion. One was delivered to a Quebec farm group. Since Sept. Mr. Whelan also presented five other all to Liberal association meetings. And all in On- tario. Four other talks were presented deep in Western Canada The most notable was presented at the world grains seminar in Win- one Mr. Whelan couldn't miss because of the very nature of the topic. Another was presented to the He Des Manitoba recreation com- mittee. HONEST TALK He did manage to get down to honest farmer talks at Eston and both in Saskatchewan. I guess visits any further into the heart of namely would have taken our dear fearless minister of agriculture too far from the friendly con- JET TOPS ARE HEREI FITS 1-TON TRUCKS Vacuum formed of heavy gauge A.B.S. mounted on a steel frame. Split level to reduce wind resistance and increase head room. Gives your truck a sleek new look. Trim can be color matched to truck. One year guarantee. Easy terms. THE MOST VALUE FOR THE LEAST THE LEADING TRUCK TOP ON THE ROAD TODAY. SEE LAWRENCE DAHL or PAT O'CONNOR It A M DISTRIBUTORS 1812 2 nd Phom 328-9531 fines of Liberal namely Ontario. But then a visit to the west in any magnitude would be like shutting the barn door after the cow got out why boast and brag about what a fine job the federal government is why rattle on about being a a man who says what is on his mind or why try to explain about farm especially that which has been forced upon farmers in the west when there are no votes for the Liberals in the west. I just when parts of Alberta agriculture are in the greatest period of Mr. Whelan chose not to visit Alberta. EXAMPLE The prime example is the livestock industry. Alberta kills about 32 per cent of the national cattle number slaughtered during any given period. This along with produces the great majority of the feed grains that feeds the great majority of cattle in Canada. There has been talk of a downfall of the cattle in- dustry because of high feed prices. If the govern- ment is the culprit which set the high price in such a short period of time. There have been com- plaints about the Americans destroying the Canadian cattle that the federal govern- ment didn't have enough concern to stop the flood of U.S. cattle into Canadian packing plants. Well Mr. Whelan finally swung something to add to the import tariff for live cattle and dressed but it was Finance Minister John Turner who made the announcement. This was one chance for Mr. Whelan to get an in with western cattlemen and he missed his chance. There is a major agricultural centred in Southern which has been trying to get an interview with Mr. Whelan for some weeks now. Of- ficials of this group have been in Ottawa on business and even then the sacred minister couldn't see them. The last report is that Mr Whelan will succumb and see them sometime during January. My prediction for the next when ever it is is that the Liberal government will be lucky to get any votes at all from the rural sector in the west. It is cabinet ministers like Mr. Whelan who give farmers and ranchers a bad taste in their mouths. The only thing that will save the Liberal govern- ment in the west is the huge prices farmers are getting for their produce. And even then the govern- ment is what we did for Its too bad government thinks fanners are a little slow. Farmers know the high prices for farm produce is a result of world demand and not what some government type did or said. With a little more action along the lines of the legislation pushed by Mr. Whelan and maybe the west will get another westerner named to the post of federal agriculture minister. And it won't come too soon. ALBERTA HOME INSULATION CO. 324 MM a. S UftkrHM P. A. DM MM M7-63W We specialize m insulating older existing buildings and homes Serving Southern B.C. lor 25 Crankshaft -Bring it to the EXPERTS at Crankshaft reminding Con Rod resizing Main Bearing Housings align honed Crankshaft Kits for popular models For Complete BAALIM WHOLESALE LTD. 20510th STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-8587 or the Garage or Service Station ;