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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta The e Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, November 24, 1971 Pages 29-30 Alberta MP constantly on the alert Baldwin makes them squirm Schools opera IP. courts Safety scheme working F.y PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa llurcau OTTAWA Progressive Con- servative House Leader Ged Baldwin is labelled in the Mouse of Commons as being a peren- nial deep thinker who surfaces with embarrassing regularity to trip up government members over errors few others per- ceive. The Alberta memter for Peace River lacks the flair and flamlxiyar.ee that characterizes Liberal House Leader Allan MacEachen. The New Zealand-born Mr. Baldwin doesn't have the overt, seemingly frantic dedi- cation to tire cause that one sees in the New Democratic Party's Stanley Knowles. But when this able Queen's Counsel gets up in the House to make a point as he all too frequently does you can be pretty sure that someone is go- ing to be squirming in his seat It was Mr. Baldwin who firsl conceived of the novel idea o! impeachment for three cabinet ministers directly involved ii the non-payment of millions of dollars to Western farmers dur- ing the recent grains stabiliza tion bill hassle. The idea of using the ancient device came to Mr. Baldwin n a jovial moment over mid- morning coffee in the crowded ilth-floor House of Commons cafeteria. No one thought any more about it. Then, a couple of days later and after exhaus- tive research, the PC House eader suddenly brought for- ward a motion for the impeach- ment of Wheat Board Minister 5Uo Lang, Finance Minister Edgar Benson and Justice Min- ister John Turner. True, after much heated de- bate Speaker Lucien Lamour- eaux ruled that the process of Impeachment had long since died in the British Parliament. But Mr. Baldwin had won. He had succeeded in doing what other Opposition members had been trying to do unsuccessful- ly for days on end make the grains stabilization fiasco a na- tional issue that would embar- rass and frustrate the govern- ment. He did just that. The govern- ment finally withdrew the bill and paid out the cash to the farmers. While Mr. Benson and Mr. Turner came business relatively out of the unscathed, Mr. Lang's future remains un- certain. In the House, Mr. Baldwin is an interesting man to watch. Unlike other members, he is never seen reading the early editions of the newspapers or sifting through correspondence while questions and answers fly back and forth. (IN THE AI.ERT The Alberta MP appears to he constantly on the alert. His eyes flit up and down the House from one member to another. His mind searches answers given to Opposition questions, constantly assessing how the answers tie in with past govern- ment statements. The former Parliamentary secretary to the prime minis- ter during John Diefenhaker's reign can probably thank his astute mind to his years as a lawyer in Northern Alberta, where quick-witted manoeuvres and oneupmanship were the order of the day. The 64-year-old MP has never forgotten" that a slip of the tongue, quickly-stifled embar- rassment over a half finished question or certain shades of hesitation can mean the differ- ence between winning or losing the case. And today. Mr. Bald- win is always on the look out for the chance to win a case against the government. The leaking of the Gray Re- port on foreign ownership gave the Western Canadian MP an- other chance to get a dig in at the Liberal administration. Quick has a flash he was up in the House urging unanimous consent for a motion calling for a special committee of six gov- rnment and six Opposition members to investigate and re- ort on the "chaotic" situation urrounding government leaks. For good measure he also tied into the same investigation eports that Prime Minister frudeau has refused to allow VIr. Lang, also minister of man- power and immigration, to jring in his amendments to the mmigration Act. Amendments vhich, says Mr. Baldwin, have already been approved by a 'arliainentary committee. Of course, the Alberta mem- ber failed to get unanimous consent. But his move to annoy ;he government and Mr. Lang, the only Liberal member from Saskatchewan, succeeded in precisely the way Mr. Baldwin had hoped it would. Now Mr. Baldwin is tackling the government on its plans for replacing Auditor General Maxwell Henderson, due to re- tire in about a year's time. Mr. Henderson's exposures of 'numerous incidents of stupid- ity in government expendi- tures" have annoyed the cabi- net who, says Mr. Baldwin, already weakened the au- ditor general and his depart- ment considerably. The PC House Leader says a full-fledged campaign is under way to discredit the auditor- general and smother his re- ports. The intention is to put their own "mealy-mouthed sub- scrvient replacement" into the position, he says. TORONTO (CP) Two I started the first court last Fob- schools in the Toronto suburb of i ruary in conjunction with the ___ i nf fhp MptrOnflll- Scarborough are operating system of courts for violators of safety regulations and teachers say the scheme is working. Students may be hauled into the courts for such violations as tallflng during fire drill, playing football on the boulevard or im- proper bicycle riding. The idea is to make students safety bureau of the Metropoli tan Toronto police department. "We felt by holding actual courts tho students would he- come acquainted with court pro- cedures and why laws are ap- said Mr. Pierce. The traffic safety officer of the area acU as prosecuting lawyer, the school vice-principal such as riding luo on a bicycle or riding on the wrong side of the rond. A copy of tin- sum- mons gcH'5 to the offender's par- ents. Penalties for traffic violations are loss of house league points, for which the various grades in academic, arts and athletic events during the year. School summonses are issued laws and is magistrate, a teacher is de- 0 r violations of school rules fence counsel and the jury is u u warning. made up of boys! 2ndi four girls. A" are declded Regular police summonses, the jury although the public school, one 01 me eguar chools trying the are issued for traffic violations I trate can modify them. Special Emptoymei i: when we we together. Giiatemala lifts state of siege GUATEMALA CITY 'API The state of siege in effect in Guatemala since Nov. 13, 1970, was lifted last night, President Carlos Arana O s o r i o an- nounced. There's work to be done and the Federal Government's Special Employment Plan is putting S498 million to work to help create more jobs for Canadians. Your community can benefit by creating a project that will bring more employment and improve the community through the Local Initia- tives Program. Workers may improve their skills or learn new ones through the extended Canada Man- power Training Program. People with little work experience can re- ceive training because the government will assist employers financially through the Training-on- the-Job Program. For information, contact your nearest Canada Manpower Centre, Canada works when Canadians get involved. Canada works Manpower and Immigration OTlo Lang. Minister et Immigration DANCING DISPARITY Ballet's magic is for some but not everyone. In a white tou tou, track shoes and jeans, 11 -year-old Donna Reid pirouettes blissfully as Scott Hearn, 10, costumed as a prince in Swan Lake Ballet, makes it clear that this cultural enrich- ment project at a Toronto public school does not enchant him. Pepin talks trade in Algiers ALGIERS (Renter) Talks on strengthening trade ex- changes and economic co-opera- tion began today between Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin of Can- Uuivcrsily contract let EDMONTON (CP1 A provincial government contract for site, development, paving and related work at the Uni- versity of Allxrla has been awarded to W. C. Wells Con- struction Co Ltd. cf Kdmonton. Public Works Minister W. 0. Backus said the firm's bid of was the lowest of six. Campus rocked WINNII'Kfi (CP) Tlie Uni- versity of Manitoba in subur- ban Fort Garry was rocked by the third explosion in six months. No one was injured in tho, blast and university offici- als have estimated damage at more than ada and Layachi Yaker of Al- geria. In an opening statement, Yaker said Canada could be an important partner in Algeria's efforts for economic freedom, and stressed the need for an increase in Canadian imports of Algerian mineral, agricultural and industrial products. Algeria is heavily in deficit in its trade balance with Canada, selling wine and other goods worth less than million last year against Canadian exports wheat and about S21 million. COLLECTORS 1TKMS ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Churches in the 19-counly Al- bany Episcopal diocese are to become centres for the collec- tion of used newsprint for rirh- cling purposes. Old rewspapers arc to lx> collected at churches tion of uscfi newsprint recy- cling plant, in Pennsylvania. HI. Hev. Allen W. Brown, Bishop of the diocese, said the project would continue until such time as the government organizes a recycling program. Mixed review for singer TORONTO (CP) Monique added lyrics to the music of the classics before a Toronto audience of 1.500. Slit1 won a mixed review from Globe and Mail critic Blaik Kirhy who said she added too many classics and didn't sub- tract enough material to make room, leaving her with a pro- gram that was 15 minutes too long. "Her classics had variahle success, ranging from the sheer ftin of her song-and-dance ver- sion of Vivaldi's concerto for two trumpets to a ralhcr dull selection from Brahms's .second piano concerto. Too often the great music dominated singer and song." Mr. Kirhy praised (ho Quelw singrr for the way she commu- nicates with an audience through witticisms and chatter and, in her singing, through her face and hotly as well as her voice. He called her "that superb, skilful, amusing and delightful singer" and said she performed better than ever. SIMPSONS-SEARS Make the Christmas Scene In Fashion Fabrics Glitter Puffs and Brocades The perfect answer tor that holiday dress or formal. Our large assortment consists of various colors and styles; to suit every taste. 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