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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta OTTAWA CHOKING DEVELOPMENT So says Alberta premier Harry Strom who feels the federal government should encourage people to move from depressed areas )o areas of high opportunity. See accompanying story. The LctKbtidge Net; FOURTH SECTION Lcthbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, November 25, 1970 PACKS 4MB Canada suffering claims Alberta premier Ottawa choking devel By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Harry Strom contends that to combat inflation the federal government should en- courage the movement of peo- ple to areas of high opportu- nity from depressed areas. He said in an interview with The Canadian Press that Ot- tawa, by trying to dampen (lie booming economies of Al- berta, British Columbia and Ontario, lias been choking de- velopment to the detriment of all Canada. "What we really need is the transfer of people between areas of low opportunity and areas of high Mr. Strom said. Cutting off development within "the developing areas will have a downward pressure on the economy of the whole country." So in trying to curb growth in "have" provinces, the have-nots were also being hurt. Mr. Strom also called for the federal government to in- dicate quickly its position on resource development propos- als in the white paper on tax reform. Additionally, he wanted a policy statement on foreign ownership in Canada. ROOM FOR MORE Both of these matters have a direct bearing on the amount of foreign capital which flows into Alberta, he said. Until there was a policy statement, exploration for oil and gas in Alberta would con- tinue to decline. Mr. Strom said there has been an improvement in fed- eral-provincial relations since Prime Minister Trudesn took there is room for more. Confirming that feelings of Western alienation are fos- tered by discriminatory freight rates, Mr. Strom said the Prairie Economic Council will be doing more work as a Western bloc to combat dis- crimination. The council, made up of the three Prairie premiers, also should work at industrial pro- motion and marketing on a regional basis instead of leav- ing them to individual prov- inces. Switching to oil, the premier said spills are not a major issue in the province. There had been spills and there would lie more. The important thing was to ensure that pro- per prevention and control methods were developed something in the works now. The Social Credit govern- ment was advocating multiple use for wilderness areas and while there might be some un- touchable areas "1 do not be- lievs these will be large blocks." DISTURBED BY QUEBEC Premier Strom noted that 70 per cent of Canada's na- tional parks acreage lies within Alberta's boundaries, which meant large areas al- ready were untouchable for resource development. The quiet, unassuming pre- mier said Alberta was "very disturbed at UK situation as reported to us" in Quebec. The imposition of the War Measures Act had achieved its first goal, which was to give authorities p o w e r to question people without tele- graphing to them their intent. "Under the circumstances, I believe this was a necessary step and have fully sup- ported the federal government in their action so far." He also thought the people of Canada must trust the fed- eral government, which had a great deal more information than was available to private citizens. "I am not disturbed by Hie fact the War Measures Act has been imposed and I don't feel in any way my freedoms have been he said, who likes horseback riding and sluing but has little time for them, said politics no longer are something a man gets into after he's finished in private business. "I do believe that because of the calls that are made on politicians today, it is becom- ing more and more a younger man's job. And of course. I hasten to add that at this point I do not consider myself an old man. I still consider myself a comparatively young man." COULD BE ELECTION Mr. Strom, who became leader of the Social Credit party when E. C. Manning re- tired in December, 1968, and who has never faced the Al- berta electorate as leader, hinted there would be a gen- eral election next year. "Traditionally, Albcrtans have voted every four years. And I haven't seen any reason to depart from that tradition." The last general election was in May, 19G7. An edited version of the in- terview, held in the premier's office: QUESTION: What is the state of Alberta's economy? ANSWER: One of the banks' reports that I read re- cently states that the province of Alberta is the only province in Canada that does not have any soft spots in its economy. I am encouraged by that kind of report. I believe that we have some problem areas such as maintaining proper relationships between revenue and expenditure and this is something that we will con- tinue to work at. Gener- ally speaking, Alberta's econ- omy is one of the bright spots in Canada. Q: Alberta is the only prov- ince without a retail sales tax. How long can this continue? A: I'm not speculating as to when it will be, but we have no intention of bringing in a sales tax until it is abso- lutely necessary. NOT AGAINST LA110R Q: There hare been charges the Alberta government is anti-labor, particularly after introduction of the new Labor Act this year. What V.IT views? A: 'We have dercd ourselves as a- ment as being igair.1.-'. Mr. (Ray) Keisrsoa. done an excellent job of iding an atmosphere w'v-v has prevented Alberta having a number of problems. We arc anti-labor and have no ink, lion of promoting any tion that will bo enst as ,YM; labor. I hsvn no hcHilii- tion saying that bcliv labor is entitled to fair coni.it- eration from government awi this is what we intend to give them. Q: There ha" not been a major oil in for more than revenues from -'.Ti'Wn are down. Does this mean ziie bloom is off Albortans o'! boomu A: I donl say that i' sarily indicates U'.c.sv further potential be discovered. But it goes ivi.i. out saying that when lion is spent in that this curtails aoiiiii.-v- of money that would he able here. MOST STILL OP1 N And we can't n ci to M t fact there have her of statement" r1 d various crganizatio berta should lie cut 11 ploration in certarr i 11 4 I think1 this also il ute to seme of th ci So I hope that we jlc to assure the peoo f interested in looki r 01 that there are still n which we would we c e ploration. In fact, I would sug gest the greater pi of hi province is still open for ploration. Q: Are you happy with re- sults of your criticisms of the white paper on tax reform? A: I bciieve we have been able to get the federal govern- ment to recogniile some of ths problems that will result if they were to proceed with the oroposals. particularly as affects resource develop- ment within our province. He arc not totally happy with tie results we've had to date iwause they have not really mmiltcd themselves. f'lVESTHEM CREDIT Q: What comments do you iave generally en fcderal-pro- vincial relations? A: I certainly can't spend all my time condemning the federal government and I give them credit for trying to establish a means of dialogue. The prime min- ister has on a consistent basis attempted to bring the prov- inces together with the federal government to discuss areas in special concern. 1 believe that we are being consulted to a much greater degree than we have in the past and I can honestly say lhat frcm the standpoint of the federal government at- tempts are being made lo get the views of lh.e provincial governments. In order to make it more effective, v.o believe it is im- portant for us to establish an inter-governmental agency that will act on behalf of our government in all negotiations that are carried out with the federal government. SOME WON'T AGREE Q: Is the need for an amending formula more ur- gent than tiie need for a re- written constitution? A: Several provinces are not going to agree to the re- written constitution without knowing what the amending formula is. 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