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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, November 18, 1974 THE LEiHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Ministers seek welfare reform OTTAWA (CP) Welfare ministers will be trying to pin down a formula for an income maintenance program Tues- day and Wednesday as they carry on with a proposed com- plete overhaul of the country's social security system. It will be the first full federal-provincial meeting between federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde and his provincial counterparts since the meeting held in Ed- monton last February. But behind-the-scenes negotiations between federal and provincial officials have kept the planned reform of welfare programs up to a schedule proposed in 1973 by Mr. Lalonde. The review is ex- pected to be complete by April, 1975. Federal officials are hoping that at this meeting, a variety of minimum income support alternatives can be debated and a basic pattern thrashed out. Mr. Lalonde says the minis- ters are not likely to discuss costing of such a program yet but there could be some preliminary discussion of financial and jurisdictional arrangements. Since the federal govern- ment announced its proposed overhaul in 1973, family allowances have been tripled, pension plans have been amended to provide higher benefits and social security benefits indexed to the cost-of- living increases. Now the governments are getting down to the more dif- ficult ground to come supplementation for the working poor, income guarantees for those unable to work and a community employment program for the jobless. Pilot projects for the com- munity employment program are expected to be announced by the ministers at the conference. Manpower Minister Robert Andras will be a participant. Eva's body brought back to Argentina BUENOS AIRES (AP) The body of Eva Peron was returned to Argentina on Sun- day after 19 years abroad and placed beside that of her hus- band, Juan Peron. The service followed an emotional turnout by adoring Argentines who threw flowers and shouted: "Evita, Evita, we feel you are present." The return of Eva, who died of cancer in 1952 at the age of 33, ended just before dawn when a chartered Argentine Airlines jet touched down at a military airstrip after a 14- hour flight from Spain, where the late President Peron spent many years in exile. Some test community pro- grams are ready to be started this fall in a number of centres. The federal government is still maintaining, as Mr. La- londe said recently, that "the best social security is a job." But there are many in- stances where- welfare pays more than the minimum wage and family allowances com- bined and federal government spokesmen say they want to maintain the incentive to work. One federal government official said he does not ex- pect all ministers will fully agree on one pattern of in- come support and supplement supplementation. What the of- ficials will be looking for is a system that will be flexible enough to allow differences, he added. The next set of -federal- provincial conference may es- tablish what the base level of income support should be, he said. Whether income support would be down by outright grants, such as the family al- lowances, or through the tax system, still must be decided. The base level of individual. or family income could also vary from place to place. Outside influences may be evident Turner's had help with tonight's budget By STEWART MACLEOD OTTAWA (CP) The budget speech of Finance Minister John Turner, which went to the printers at noon Friday, probably has been influenced by more people than any other budget in Cana- dian history. "Let's face says Mr. Turner. "It has been up in lights since last May and everyone affected by proposals in that budget has made their views known in the meantime." Whether the budget to- night will be similar to the May rehearsal, which was killed by opposition critics, re- mains to be seen. But it's clear that Mr. Turner has not lacked advice on rewriting some of his lines. "Just about every group af- fected by the May proposals has been to see us, either with delegations or written says a finance depart- ment official. "And there has never been so much mail preceding a budget." Apart from the removal of the 12-per-cent sales tax from footwear and children's cloth- ing, and higher Canada Savings Bonds interest rates, the measures proposed in the May 6 budget have not been implemented. When the minority Liberal government was defeated over that budget, Mr. Turner said he would bring it back if the Liberal government was re- turned to office in the July 8 general election. However, there are bound to be some changes. In the mean- time, the finance minister has said the government will mod- erate its spending, perhaps re- ducing the deficit of million predicted in May. And since May, the govern- ment has been bombarded with petroleum industry com- plaints about proposals to pre- vent oil and mining companies from deducting provincial royalties in calculating federal tax. Mr. Turner has also been told by countless delegations about the need to encourage more housing starts and more exports. But the greatest number of representations, by far, in- volve inflation, says one of- ficial. Since the May budget, Mr. Turner has met every Com- monwealth finance minister, had three talks with his American counterpart, met all finance ministers from the European Economic Com- munity and he has had a series of discussions with economists from other countries. He has received briefs from the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Manufacturers Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and various industrial, urban development and financial groups. Hundreds of the individual letters received by the depart- ment are repetitive, and are answered by officials. "But the minister has seen every new says an aide. He has met MPs from all sides of the House and has held two two-hour meetings with the Liberal caucus to hear suggestions. There have been other meetings with regional caucus groups. Since May, he has met every provincial finance minister. In addition to all of this, Mr. Turner has his own private network of "listening posts." Officials say he keeps in touch privately with academics, business leaders, labor of- ficials, economists, accoun- tants, small businessmen and others to get their viewpoints. When asked about this tele- phone network, the minister added only that these opinion- moulders also include farmers and students. "You get a pretty good feel of things when you talk to these people across the country.'' "He spends a hell of a lot of time on the says one official. Anyway, the first theoretical draft of the new budget began about two months ago when Mr. Turner, feeling he had digested most of the proposals, sat down for a long session with his deputy minister, Simon Reisman. Together they organized the approach, discussed the for- mation of groups to work on various aspects and set a rough timetable. In subsequent meetings they brought in M. A. Cohen, assistant deputy minister in charge of tax policy and federal-provincial relations; William Hood, assistant depu- ty minister for nb and Rodney Grey, assis- tant deputy minister for tariffs, trade and aid. Several other unit heads became in- volved as they discussed pro- posals and probable reaction to them. Other ministers were called in for talks about measures af- fecting their jurisdictions. These were known to include Energy Minister Donald Macdonald and Urban Affairs Minister Barnett Danson. From mid-September to mid-October, the budget very informal says the minister But in the last month, there was nothing in- formal From the initial discussions with a half-dozen key depart- mental people two months ago, an estimated 25 became "intimately involved" four weeks later, says an official. "They knew basically what the budget would contain." An estimated 150 were working on specific aspects of the of what only a couple of paragraphs would contain Two weeks ago, all the budgetary proposals had been established and preparation began on the minister's hour- long speech to be delivered Monday night When the speech-writing began, the minister called in Bruce Mac- donald, his special advisor, and Dennis Orchard, head of the department's information services. Indian settlement may be expensive OTTAWA (CP) The cost of settling Indian land claims may run into hundreds of millions of dollars, Indian Af- fairs Minister Judd Buchanan said in an interview. But the minister said the government had no intention of re-opening existing treaties with Indian bands. the government said we will honor the treaties but it did not say we will sort of re- open the treaties in effect and start negotiating he said. Mr. Buchanan was inter- viewed on the CTV program Question Period, scheduled for broadcast Sunday. He said the Quebec govern- ment and the James Bay Development Corp. might have been more careful in their planning for the massive James Bay hydroelectric pro- ject in northern Quebec. If they had been more careful, they would have consulted earlier with the native people in the area, he said. The federal and provincial governments agreed Friday to pay million to Cree and Inuit in the James Bay area in compensation for adverse ef- fects of the project. The cor- poration also agreed to move the site of one of its proposed dams to protect the native peoples' traditional hunting grounds. Mr. Buchanan said the deci- sion by the federal govern- ment to authorize the spending of million for the James Bay Cree and Inmt bands to take the Quebec government to court played a large role in the settlement of the dispute. the general feeling I think is that this was really what brought Quebec to the bargaining table he said. Mr. Buchanan said the gov- ernment is trying to create the situation where native people have a choice between their traditional way of life and the moving into the urban economy. But he said that the funds going to the native people in the James Bay area will not be going to individuals. 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