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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Some pleased, some angered with budget The Canadian Press Finance Minister John Turner's federal budget was far from a smash hit with his political foes and some others Monday night, but appeared to appease many sectors of Canada's beleaguered economy. "It's the biggest ripoff of any province that ever oc- curred in the history of said Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed, angered at federal inten- tions to take a larger share of resource revenues. However, Mr. Turner defended his budget and said the government will not stand by and watch a province attempt to gain full share of resources revenue through nationalization. He said the producing provinces will have to reduce their oil industry taxes or royalties if they want the in- dustry to remain healthy. Echoing Mr. Lougheed's sentiments, Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield termed the budget "dishonest" because resource taxation changes will not solve the dispute between Ottawa and the provinces over taxation of mining and oil companies. Builders happier Meanwhile, the budget was described as "very en- couraging" by the president of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada. Ernest Assaly said the reduction to five per cent from 11 per cent on the sales tax on building material would cut the cost of an average house by That, together with a bonus now given first-time house buyers, would substantially help lower-income earners buy nouses, he said. Henry de Puyjalon, president of the Canadian Construction Association, concurred. He said he was "delighted" with the budget's approach to housing problems. On the economy in general, Lorie Tarshis, economics professor at the University of Toronto, con- sidered it "a good budget." "It doesn't make any pretences about trying to do something about she said. "It tries to do something for the little man." No complaints here John Bulloch, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businessmen, said the budget will be welcomed by thousands of small businesses across the country. "He (Turner) is doing the logical thing, forgetting the inflation war, retaining consumer spending and stimulating the housing said Mr. Bulloch, whose federation encompasses businesses in Canada. However, the secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labor Congress said there is nothing in the budget "for working people." "It's strictly a budget for the wealthy and monied said Don Montgomery. "These people will receive much less from the budget concessions than what they have lost through inflation." And Chris Mills, secretary-manager of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, said he was "slightly disap- pointed" that the budget did not deal with agricultural problems and food supply. "The government apparently is prepared to deal with the problem of rising food costs by putting more money in the hands of Mr. Mills said. "The government has accepted that food prices are going to continue to go up, and to deal with the inflationary pressures the consumers will have to have more money." David Kirk, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, also noting the little mention about far- ming, said he could understand the budget's preoc- cupation with other problems. He said he had hoped that capital-gains tax would have been abolished on family corporation farms and on I can't say I am disappointed it was not there." v Hatfield gets majority FREDERICTON (CP) Premier Richard Hatfield's Conservatives were returned to power in the New Brunswick election Monday but the results showed a breakdown in the province's traditional political alignments. The Conservatives made gains in long-time Libe. 9l pre- serves in northern New Bruns- wick while the Liberals cut into Conservative strength in the urban centres of Saint John and Moncton. Final Standings: 1974 1970 PCs 33 33 Liberals 25 25 Independents 0 1 EDMONTON (CP) The federal budget violates the federal provincial oil agreement and is "a real setback for Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta said Monday night. The premier, who says the province no longer considers itself bound to the oil price of a barrel agreed to last March, feels the budget proposals represent "the biggest ripoff of any province that ever occurred in the history of the Confederation." The British Columbia and Saskatchewan governments appear to have lined up with ,Mr. Lougheed in opposition to the budget handed down by Finance Minister John Turner in the Commons Monday night. Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan said the equalization provisions in the new budget "appear to be a clear, direct specific violation of both the spirit and letter of the March agreement of first ministers." BC. Mines Minister Leo Nimsick said the federal government is "constitutionally wrong" in not allowing mining royalties to be deducted by companies computing their federal corporation taxes. The proposal that all three provinces object to would refuse oil companies the right to deduct their provincial royalty payments in computing corporation tax. This, said Premier Lougheed, amounts to double taxation and federal interference in a provincial resource and taking to a year out of the pockets of every Albertan." Mr. Nimsick said B.C. will continue to charge its royalties, and will allow deduction of royalties as a cost item. Neither Mr. Lougheed nor Mr. Blakeney who control virtually all of Canada's oil and natural gas between them would say what their next move will be, although Mr. Lougheed said his province will not increase the oil price immediately, as he said it has the right and the power to do. He said provincial royalties will not be reduced, but Alberta was studying oil in- dustry incentives. The Progressive Conservative premier of Alberta said the federal Liberal governmenl has no mandate from Western Canada to tax provincial royalties. The Liberals based part of their stand in the last election on their royalty plans but only received 28 per cent of the votes in Westerr Canada. Mr Lougheed said The Liberals did gam most of their support in Central Canada and were using this man- date "to tear apart the resources of the West." The Lethbridcje Herald .LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1974 15 Cents Booze, tobacco levies raised Budget lowers income taxes Burning bodies Israeli civilians in the town of Beit Shean burn bod- town, killing three Israelis and leaving 20 others wound- ies of some of the Arab terrorists who attacked the ed. Story on Page 2. Mother of 3 wins million Inside HAMILTON (CP) The third Olympic lottery Monday has produced only one million- aire and made 10 men. who shared the second million- dollar ticket, richer. Audrey Robb, a Hamilton mother of three and recently separated from her husband, became a millionaire Monday night on ticket number 1863677. Ten men. employees of the Butterfield Division of Litton Business Systems of Canada Ltd. in Rock Island. Que. will share the second prize. They held ticket number 5239440. The computer selection process drew ticket 5392462 as the winner and the holder of ticket 4581580 gets Ticket number 2938639 was drawn for and the six- th ticket. 2948842, was worth The seventh ticket drawn, 5462372. won and went to 2293868. The holder of ticket 413675 receives In addition, three tickets. 3863013. 4512496 and 5940244, are worth "What do you mean you've recycled 24 Pages Classified.......18-22 Comics.............6 13-15 Markets...........16 Sports..........10.11 Theatres............7 TV.................7 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 15; HIGH WED. 35; SUNNY, MILDER. Doctors, gov't meet on fees Effective dates of tax changes By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The government has begun meetings with the Alberta medical profession on possibly renegotiating physician's existing fee schedule. Dr. Robert Clark, executive director of the Alberta Medical Association, said following the first meeting Monday that no decision has been made regarding renegotiations. Another meeting has been set for Nov. 25. Representatives from the governmenl and the AMA dis- cussed physicians" economic situation and exchanged data on their financial positions, he said. The medical association, which has had two four per cent increases in fees during the past two years, feels infla- tion has eroded those increases. Dr. Clark said. The AMA its an- nual meeting in September to approach the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission for a renegotiation of their contract which is to expire Dec. 31 1975. Negotiations on that contract were to begin March 1 1975. Seen and heard About town Stuart McDowell, Canadian foreign trade official, saying "acts of God" cannot be used in contracts with socialist nations Lethbridge MP Ken Hnrlbnrt indicating he was taken aback when slopped suddenly by a guard pointing a rifle with a bayonet at him during a visit to Cuba. Calgary Power rates hiked Southern Alberta residents and industries will pay an average of 17.6 per cent more for their electricity starting Dec. 1, following governmenl approval of interim rate hikes by Calgary Power Calgary Power spokesman Steve Bareham said today his company has received approval from the Public Utilities Board to boost domestic and industrial rales by 17 6 per cent until perma- nent increases are finalized by the PUB following formal rate hearings to be held Mar. 3. 1975 He estimated the average increase facing urban residents at monthly Consumers belonging to Rural Electrification Associations will pay an average of 37 more a month Meanwhile, rate increases in the City of Lethbridge will be slightly below the provin- cial average, city Utility Director Oliver Erdos said this morning. But city council has decided to intervene against perma- nent rate hikes at PUB hearings next year Council agreed Monday to hire Red Deer lawyer J W Beams to intervene for the city through the Alberta Association of Urban Municipalities OTTAWA