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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednoidoy, November 15, 1972 Civil servants escape NDP axe By MICHAEL HUGHES VICTORIA (CP) Two monlhs aflcr Iho New Demo crats took over the governmenl of Drilish Columbia, the cm service rolls along unclrangec although the managemenl structures o[ the province's two Crown corporations have been scrambled. Despile the administrative flip-flop that occurred in the Aug. 30 election, the day-to-day business of running the govern- ment is handled by virtually the same public servants as were at their desks prior to the de feat of the Social Credit party that had ruled since 1952. With one notable exception only the executive boards ol B.C. Hydro and Power Author- ity and" B.C. Hallway bear the imprint of the "socialist hor as former premier W. A. C. Bennett called the NDP. The exception is the firing of Ronald B. Worley as deputy minister of travel industry. Mr. Worley was a persona! friend of Mr. Bennett and last year completed a book on the former premier entitled the Wonderful World of W. A. C. Bennett. Asked about liis dismissal, Mr. Worley. consultant for a Victoria radio station, said he could not work with the NDP because he is a "democratic free-enterpriser Other than Richard L. Colby, who was appointed by the NDP to replace Mr. Worley, all dep- uty ministers remain the same, WOULDN'T SWING AXE Premier Dave Barrett, a for- mer civil sen-ant himself, said when he took office that the civil servant need not fear that the would fall once the "hordes" moved in. However, the premier has said all public servants should retired at G5. A spokesman in the Civil Service Commission said it was new policy under the NDP that the compulsory- relirement-at-65 rule will be en- forced. In the past, he said, those who reached that age were allowed to remain, subject to a review every three months, as long as the department they worked in approved. As a result there are a number of over-65 employees among the government workers who will gradually be replaced. The over-65 rule becomes in- teresting in light of the govern- ment's appointment of 64-year- old David Cass-Beggs to replace Dr. Gordon Shmm, 76, as chair- man of B.C. Hydro when he re- tires Dec. 31. The appointment of Mr. Cass- Beggs, now chairman of Mani- toba Hydro and former general manager of the Saskatchewan Power Corp., was the subject of some criticism because of his NDP leanings. Mr. Bennett termed the ap- pointment "political patronage" and called for a public inquiry into the appointment, saying his performance in Manitoba and Saskatchewan had been re- ported by some as less than magnificent. Asked whether there was any conflict with Mr. Cass-Begg's appointment and his own feel- ings about retirement at 65, Mr. Barrett would only say "he's not 65 touching off specu- lation that Mr. Cass-Beggs may head Hydro only a short time. Included in other Hydro per- sonnel changes was the dis- banding of the 10-man board of directors, which included two former Social Credit cabinet ministers and other party favor- itse, and replacing it with a five-man board. The two former cabinet min- minister Ray Williston and recreation minis- ter Ken replaced with two NDP ministers. Also dismissed from the board was Einar Gunderson, long-time So- cial Credit party fund-raiser and a former finance minister in the Bennett government. Both Mr. Gunderson and Mr. Williston also were removed as directors ol the B.C. Railway, the province's second Crown corporation. Mr. Barrett, like his became presi- dent of the railway while Jo- seph Broadbent remains as gen- eral manager and director of the board. Other new directors include Labor Minister William King, a former locomotive engineer, and Ted Rowland of Burns Lake, B.C., a member of the legislature in the late 1940s for Uie Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, forerunner of the NDP. One example of how little the new government tampered with the civil service is the contin- uing presence of Lawrie J. Wal- lace as deputy provincial secre- tary. WALLACE STAYS ON Mr. Wallace filled, that role in the former-government but also was deputy premier under Mr. Bennett. Despite his close con- nections with the Social Credit government he still carries on under a government which has a dramatically different politi- cal philosophy. The civil service has been a stable group for nearly 20 years. The last major overhaul occurred in 1954 after Social Credit took over, when about 350 B.C. Hospital Insurance Service employees were let go after it was decided to drop the premium system in favor of fi- nancing hospital care through a provincial sales tax. Although the civil service could carry on in its present state for some time, a number of changes are expected in the top echelons of public boards such as the Public Utilities Commission and the Liquor Control Board. The LCB is one man, William Bruce, a brag-time civi! ser- vant. A 1970 royal commission on B.C.'s liquor laws recom- mended a three-man board and it is likely that two NDP ap- pointees will be appointed. Two members of the PUC Chairman Dr. J. F. K. English and Fin McKinnon, are both over the retirement age of 65 and so may be replaced on that jasis. The third member, Lyle Wicks, is 60, but the fact that ic was labor minister in the So- cial Credit government, until fefeated 10 years ago by Mr. Barrett, may force him off the commission. The members of the PUC are appointed for 10-years terms Dr. English was appointed in 1965) and can, like any other civil servant, be terminated 'for according to stat- ite. Hijacker wounded during gun duel ALICE SPRINGS, Australia (Reuter) An armed hijacker and a policeman were wounded today as Australia's first case of air piracy ended in a running gun duel at Alice Springs air- port. A hospital spokesman said the policeman, reported to be shot in the back and legs by the hi- jacker as he tried to wrestle away a sawed-off shotgun, was in serious condilion. The hijacker was also in hos- pital with gunshot wounds. The gun duel brought lo a close a drama in which the hi- jacker had held 23 persons hos- tage aboard an Ansctt Airlines Fokker Friendship aircraft on the ground while he negotiated for a light plane and a para- chute. It WBS while the hijacker was putting on a parachute and pre- paring to hoard a light plane at this remote airport in the cen- tral Australian desert that po- lice tried lo seize him, touching off the gunbattlc. RAN INTO BUSH The hijacker ran into the bush surrounding the airport hut was seized shortly after- ward. The hijacker commandeered the aircraft as it was preparing to land Til Alice Springs after a flight from Adelaide miles lo the south. Aboard the plane were 34 passengers and four crew members. The man's motives remained a mystery. 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