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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE November 20, 1974 Money-watching government cancels north sovereignty flights JAMES RICHARDSON OTTAWA (CP) The inflation-pressed armed forces have cut back sovereignty flights over the North and the North Atlantic, flying just long enough to maintain crew expertise Defence Minister James Richardson gave figures in- dicating this Tuesday in the Commons and announced that sovereignty flights over the vast, under-populated High Arc- tic have been cancelled temporarily Patrick Nowlan whose question- ing brought out the figures, said later the government is showing that it cannot police or protect its own territory dur- ing the financial squeeze that is restricting armed forces operations He said NATO allies are concerned about the cuts Largely as a flag-waving gesture, the forces have been fly- ing Argus long-range patrol aircraft from Comox, B C or the Mantimes over the North about twice a month, winter and summer, for years Although the air ciews did othei antisubmarine training, polar bear counting, fisheries the flights, their mam job was to tell the world that the thousands of square miles of empty Arctic- archipelago up to the North Pole belongs to Canada The flights in the elderly Arguses lasted for up to 14 hours and were exhausting, but were regarded as an essential part ol the forces' second of the country There have been no flights since last September and Mr Richardson said outside the Commons there may not be an- other until early in the New Year He said the sovereignty flights have not been permanently cancelled He also said that in the month of October there were 15 Argus flights for a total of 150 hours per plane over the Atlan- tic and 12 Tracker-shorter range patrol an craft-flights for a total of 67 hours per plane Tnose hours are for NATO commitments, fisheries patrol envnonrnent work, sovereignty flights over the Atlantic coast and other work They represent a 30-per-cent cut in Argus flights over the Atlantic and an even larger cut of flights of Trackers, which generally are on fisheries patrol work Mr Nowlan said in the Commons that the cuts will be in force until the end of the fiscal year March 31 He said in an interview that Americans and NATO allies are asking Canada just how deep the cuts will go He warned if cancellation of northern sovereignty flights continue "there is going to be somebody else up there and it's not only going to be the could be the Ameri- cans Mr Nowlan said it takes 10 hours for the propeller-driven Argus to get out to a patrol ana, so there are not many hours left for actual patrol PATRICK NOWLAN CHICKEN Maple Leaf Frozen Whole Canada Grade A SPECIAL met SOLID TUNA Sea Trader White, oz. net wt. tin Piedmont, 32 fl. oz. jar DRESSING FINEST MEATS STUFFED OLIVES Empress L.P. Manzanilla, 12 fl. oz. jar Canada Grade A, Ib. Family Pak Government Inspected, Ib. Ranch Brand Picnic Style Pork Roast, Ib........... BEEF SHORT RIBS FRESH PORK CHOPS SMOKED SHOULDERS SLICED SIDE BACON PIECE BOLOGNA CHICKEN PORTIONS FROZEN SEA FOOD SPECIALS Swift's Premium or Lazy Maple Rindless Vac Pak, 11b. pkg. Maple Leaf, Ib. Manor House Frozen Thighs and Drumsticks, Ib........ 119 SAFIWIT smut MIC! INSTANT COFFEE Edwards Chunky, 10 oz. net wt. jar 85 2 0 49 COD FILLETS Rupert Brand. 1 1b nit wt. frozen pkg HEADLESS SHRIMP Caribbean Frozen Count. nelwt box 109 FISH STICKS A Boston Blue Water Brand Frozen. 14 oz net wt pkg PINK SALMON Frozen. Vz's poly bag. Ib........... 2 89' 49 T-BONE or CLUB Canada Grade A Beef Steaks SEE THE VANCOUVER FANCY SAUSAGE DEMONSTRATION IN ALL 3 STORES CAKE MIXES urrwir vtau met USE CHRISTMAS SEALS I Mrs. Wright's, Assorted Flavours. 19 oz. net wt. pkg. UftWAI wcui wci Each It's a matter of life and breath. VALUES EFFECTIVE IN LETHBRIDGE NOVEMBER 20 to SALES IN RETAIL QUANTITIES ONLY! Copyright 1960, Canada Safeway Limited ;