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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LEIHBRIOGE HERALD Salurtlciy, Noysmbtr !770- Epic house battle taking shape over auditor-general controls By DAVE McINTOSII OTTAWA (CP) An epicj parliamentary battle is taking shape over the government's bill to restrict activities of the auditor-general. Parliament's overseer of federal spending. Opposition spokesmen s a y they will force tlie government to use closure rather than agree to such a measure. Closure is the parliamentary device used to choke off protracted debate. The Conservatives and NDP appear delighted (hat the gov- ernment has given them an issue they believe they pan got widespread public sup- port. said there will be tlie administration. In the middle, spokesman no retreat by making no comment, is Maxwell Hender- son, auditor-general for the last decade who has upset the Tru- deiiu government for more than two years with such exposes as the million refit of the air- craft carrier Bonaventure just before its sale for scrap for less than million. Mr. Henderson, whose salary I is a year, has not been given a raise by tiie government since 1965 though deputy minis- ters have had three raises since then and earn up to He has complained that the government will not give him the staff he needs to perform his watchdog role properly. The government's bill, intro- duced Monday in the name of C. M. Drury, treasury board presi- dent, would impose limits on the auditor general's current au- thority to call Parliament's at- tention to "any other case" he thinks should be reported in ad- dition to any enumerated mis- handling of public funds. RIPLEY OPtlCAl OISPSNSINC OPTICIAN service mecns serving people" 618 3rd Ave. S. PHONE 328-7426 Henceforth, "any other ease" duties: the proper keeping of accounts and the expenditure of that policy may have resulted in} and backfired. Mr. Hate is still wasted expenditure. For example, it was Conserv- ative government policy to build the Prince Edward Island causeway and Liberal govern- ment policy to cancel the pro- ject. Thus, it is contended, it was not the auditor-general's job to remark on the amounts spent before cancellation. The auditor-general's office has always maintained that it does not make comments on policy but only presents facts on wasteful and improvident ex- penditures. 'uie Tnideau government was particularly upset earlier this year when the auditor-general's office made public figures giv- ing the names of Canadian car manufacturers who had re- money as directed Vparlialceived some million in re- as oireeteu uj miua ,mrfc.r The auditor-general w o u 1 d I Canada-U.S. auto agreement. ISO have to teU the government wcre als< hi advance what he planned to eased annual rpnirt md the counts c o m m i 11 e e of which annual leport and me ,Alfred Consenrative Jlp for Wellington, is chairman. It was soon after this that the Liberals attempted to get rid of Mr. Hales as chairman. The plan became known publicly publish simultaneously its own observations on his findings. BAD CRITICISM The government's argument is that Mr. Henderson has been commenting detrimentally on government policy endorsed by Parliament. It claims that the auditor-gen- eral has no right to make re- marks about policy even though MAYOR'S PROCLAMATION WHEREAS the Canadian FederaHcm of Music Teachers' Association, devoted to promoting the appreciation, earning and value of music particularly to young peapie, to fasienng and developing a keener interest in the art of music, to introducing and encouraging Canadian composers and performing HOW THEREFORE, I Mayor of the City of Lefhbndge do hereby proclaim the week of November 22nd to 29th, 1970 as CANADA MUSIC WEEK and invite all citizens of this community to celebrate this observance, recognizing the importance of music, musicians and musical organizations to the cultural of our community and country. Dated this 21st day of November A.D. 1970 A. C. ANDERSON, Mayor chairman. Mr. Drury asked "whether we should look for really another kind of person to be auditor-gen- And Donald Macdonald, then government House leader and now defence minister, said there was a feeling in the cabi- net that some of Mr. Hender- son's criticisms were "mrfair." Gcraid W. Baldwin, Conserva- tive House leader, says the gov- ernment is trying to gag a par- liamentary officer whose dili- gence has embarrassed it by ex- posing extravagances, waste and stupidity. He says the Liberals want to replace Henderson with "some political hack who will bo an obedient yes-man." Thus the battle is joined. If Mr. Henderson's aanual re- port is stripped of its needling, one of the chief sources of mer- through'the Commons public ac- riment in Ottawa will be re- Action on oil pipeline plans near WASHINGTON (AP) Inte- rior Secretary Walter J. Hickel said yesterday he espectes sig- nificant action on the proposed trans-Alaska oil pipeline within the next 10 days. Hiekel did not say what, sort of action was expected, but his department has yet to approve company plans for construction of tlie pipeline. Approved plans are necessary before the department can seek the removal of a court injunc- tion, obtained last April by con- servationists and Alaskan na- tives, which now blocks the is- suance of permits for pipeline construction across A1 a s k a 's vast federal lands. A group of oil companies called the Trans-Alaska Pipe- line seeking to construct a billion pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to an ice-free port at Valdez on the state's southern coast. Hickel has said in the past he would issue permits for the pipeline once TAPS has met all legal requirements and has sat- isfied the interior department that its plans will protect native people and the environment. moved. In his first annual report in 1861, Henderson disclosed the case of the air force moving 18 officers and men from Cal- gary to Montreal at a cost of to build a house for an air (marshal which it thought it could buiid for and which, finally cost In 1964 came the case of the jarmored personnel carrier known as the Bobcat. It took 10 years and more than ?9 million to develop and then it was sud- denly found that" a better Ameri- can vehicle was cheaper. In 1966 Mr. Henderson re- vealed the case of the air force's "bomb toss computer." The air force had spent more than S7 million for this equip- ment for the OF-1M jet bomber though it had previously discon- tinued training on the type of weapon the computer was de- signed to control. The office of auditor-general was created in I960 under the LAND AUCTION DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS LETHBRIDGE, Alberta FRIDAY, DEC. 4th P.M. SHARP Sole w held on ery site. 11 be prop- legal DescrlpHoni Part of N.E, Vt See. 2, Twp. 9, Hge. 22, located In ihe River' bottom on 3 West of Uth- feridpe, Alberto. 10% down on th with She balance to be Department of Highways after the snle. The Deportment of reserves right fo accopf or reject any or all bid favorable Sale witt be held in Hurlburt Auction Service Premises, SAtE CONDUCTED BV HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICES LTD. 1920 2nd Ave. lethbrielge Phone 328-4705 AUCTIONEERS: (erf Ncwby lie. No. 41, Koilh Irdmonn tie. No. 453 Conservative government o f John Diefenbaker. Mr. Hender- son, then a top man in the fin- ancial department of tlie CBC, was picked for the post. Pakistan had warning of cyclone WASHINGTON (AP) The United States warned Pakistan a possible cyclone was brewing in the Bay of Bengal a week be- fore the storm smashed ashore. The first warning was sent Nov. 5, when U.S. officials spot- ted the storm, then a tropical depression, via weather satel- lite. Then daily cablegrams on the size and location of the storm were sent to PaMstan beginning Nov. 7 and ending shortly be- fore the time the cyclone moved ashore. "We don't know what Train. ings they sent out fco tlie peo- said David Johnson, direc- tor of the national environmen- tal satellite service for the Honal oceanic and atmospheric administration. He said while the U.S. did not identify it as a cyclone nor esti- mate the wind veoloeity, it provided basic information on the size and location of the storm. He said the service lias dis- tributed a publication to weather officials around the world "that does relate the di- ameter of a storm and the or- ganization of a storm to approx- imate wind velocity." "I presume that meteorolo- gists there would have known about that he said. The ITOS-I weather satellite took a picture of the storm Nov. 5, he said, and U.S. officials saw it developing when the pic- ture, stored on a recorder, was transmitted back to earth over the United States, Faces charge of mischief SOBEL, Que. (CP) A young restaurant owner, who told police last week he was robbed of he was carry- ing in a briefest, faces a charge of public mischief. Provincial police completed their investigation of the theft Thursday night and swore out a complaint against George Lee, 32. He had lold police Nov. 11 he was carrying the money for un- I specified reasons" be- cause he did not like banks. The mono." supposedly in -1, M anil ?5 bills tat QPP dot- )ioy said: "If that was the case he .vould not have been able to get all that money ilito his small briefcase." WINNER Uciko Yone- yama was chosen Miss Inter- national Japan in Tokyo. The 19-year-old high school girl will represent Japan in next year's Miss Internation- al contest. ROBBED OF JEWELRY LONDON (AP) Scotland Yard today investigated a re- port from Cotntesse Jacqueline de Ribes, one of international society's "beautiful p e o p 1 that she was seized from behind in her suite at Claridge's Hotel, tied up and robbed of jewelry. The vicomtesse, wife of a wealthy French banker, has not yet been able to estimate me value of the stolen jewels. B.C. abortion rate tops OTTAWA (CP) At least therapeutic abortions ware performed in Canada in the first year they became legal under the Criminal Code, Die Domin- ion Bureau of Statistics reported Friday. A special report by DBS for the year ending Aug. 25, 1970, showed the abortions were per- formed in 143 hospitals which reported having therapeutic abortion committees. Because hospitals are not re- quired to report the number of abortions, DBS says it cannot be certain that more than were not performed. For example, two large On- tario hospitals and one in Quebec did not respond to the DBS invitation to report their therapeutic abortions. DBS' says the two Ontario hos- pitals which did not report prob- ably performed 200 therapeutic abortions. These probables are not included in the DBS total figures. The Criminal Code amend- ment which went into effect Aug. 26, 1969, removed a doc- tor's criminal liability in per- forming an abortion when au- thorized by a hospital commit- tee. Previously, all abortions under the law were illegal. The rfbortion rate to Canada number of legal abortions per 100 live, 2.3 in June and July this year. By province it ranged from 0.7 in Brunswick to 6.3 in British Columbia. Newfoundland and Prince Ed- ward Island reported no abor- ions in those two months. Here is the provincial break- down for therapeutic abortions reported 'for the year ending Aug. 25: Newfoundland 9; 12; Nova Scotia 111; New Bruns- wick 31; Quebec 181; Ontario Manitoba 109; Sasfcatche- SALES APPOINTMENT! FRED V. KALICUM Mr. Lyndon D. Foster, General Sales Manager, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Fred V. Kalicum to their sales staff. Fred is wellvknown in southern having re- ceived his schooling in Skiff, Wrentham, Foremost and Warn- er. He is a licensed pilot and was in the crop spraying busi- ness as well as being engaged in farming. Moving to Lethbridge o years ago he became active in curling and golf developing many friends and acqurvi He is a married man with 4 children. We invite you to call on Fred for any motoring re- quirement he is well quali- fied and able to assist you. 1718 3RD AVENUE S. PHONE 328-5526 Bales appointed iicw director WINNIPEG (CP) W. E. Bales has been appointed re- gional director of insurance for the Unemployment Insurance Commission in the prairie re- gion, it was announced today. Mr. Bales was formerly area director of (lie UIC in Hamil- ton, Onl., and has been man- ager of the commission's of- fices in Gananoque, Woodstock, Guelph and Sudbury. wan 91; Alberta 318; B.C. Yukon. 4. The Canadian abortion rate of 2.3 compared with 4.6 in Eng- land and Wales, 8.2 in Den- mark; 10.0 in Sweden and 133.6 in Hungary. DBS also reported that deaths of females caused by abortions were 13 in 1969, the same as in 1968. It said 11 of tlrese deaths in 1969 resulted from abortions induced without medical or legal indication or sell-induced. No deaths resulted from abor- tions induced for medical or legal indications. ASHPHALT 1 PAVING 1 TOLIESTRUP SAND and GRAVE Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702 327-3618 NOW RENTING "Stafford Place" 1103 5th Avenue S., lethbriclge One and Two Bedrooms All Suites Availoblo ISIh Phone 327-3570 328-1370 327-2423 by ITHACAN GROUP of DEVElOPMiNT COMPANIES We know a great lace to eat between. lontreal.Toronto The Canadian, one of the world's great trains. It has one of Canada's finest restaurants. And it goes right along with you as you cross the country. It has a master chef and food so good you'll look forward to mealtimes. There are other conveniences, too. Lounges and a variety of accommodations. Soft music. Air conditioning, ot Scenic Domes that stay with you all the way. With all this you'd expect the cost to be high. It's not. Call your Travel Agent or CP Kail, Hall ;