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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 to areas of high opportunity. See accompanying story. The LetKbtidge Hera FOURTH SECTION Lcthbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, November 25, 1970 PAGES 4MB Canada suffering claims Alberta premier Ottawa choking deve By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Harry Strom contends (hat to combat inflation Hie federal government should en- courage the movement of peo- ple to areas of high opportu- nity from depressed areas. lie said in an interview with The Canadian Press that Ot- tawa, by trying to dampen the booming economies of Al- berta, British Columbia and Ontario, has been choking de- velopment to the detriment of all Canada. "What we really nefid is (he transfer of people between areas of low opportunity and areas of high Mr. Strom said. I 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 ware 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, hs 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- oral-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 he 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 "I do not be- iiev.e those will be large blocks." DISTURBED BY QUEBEC Premier Strom noted that 70 per cent of Canada's na- ticiial 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 the fact tlie War Measures Act has teen imposed and I don't fee! in any way my freedoms have been he said. who likes horseback riding and skiing but has little time for them, said politics no longer are something a man gets into after lie's finished in private business. "I do believe that because cf lire 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, 1 do not consider myself an old man. I still consider myself a comparatively young man." COULD HE 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 bo 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 tire premier's office: QUESTION: What is the state of Alberta's economy? ANSWER: One of the banks' reports that I read re- cently slates 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 LATJOR Q: There have been charges the Alberta government is anti-labor, particularly after introduction of the new Labor Act this yeai t views? A: We hiu n ii derod ourselu s merit as f Mr. (Kay) ht i or done an excellent job of iding an it mi I'HIO has prevented Ah 0111 f having a nun i of 1 problems. anti-labor and b m n (ion of promoli in 1 cist as labor. I h n lo tion saying that bcl labor is entitled o hir con eration from ynei in nt 11 this is what irtud to them. Q: There I ot Iw r major oil disco i r for more than i: revenues from T r are down. Does this mean zire i bloom is off t i r tins o' j bcomu A: I dont sa U it J sarily indie tos i i further po'cntial 1' c discovered. But it j. T s out saying that WK.I-.II i lion is spei t m t n tl that this euit lis t i K of money tna oul 1 he i l able here. MOST STILL And we tan t n cr to A t fact there b nir her of strteTenN d N various organ zitic berta should I cut (J e ploration in ce lair i 11 I think' this also i! rite to sen e rf th t So I hope that we jlc to assure the ppoo e interested in looki f r 01 that there are still u which we ould we c e ploration. In fact, f would sng gest tlie greater pi of he province is still open for ploration. Q: Are you happy with re- sults of your criticisms of the white paper on tax reform? A: j believe we have been able to gst the federal govern- ment to recognide some of Ite problems that, will result- if they were to proceed with the proposals. particularly as affects resource devclop- i cut within our province., le are not totally happy with ic results we've had to date jcause they have not really minified themselves. IVES THEM emcmr Q: What comments do you ive generally on fcderai-prb- vrncia! relations? A: 1 certainly can't spend 11 my time condemning the kderat government and f urst give them credit for trying to establish a means of dialogue. The prime min- isler 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 that frcm the standpoint of Hie federal government at- tempts are being made to get the views of tbfl provincial governments. In order to make it more effective, '.ve believe it is im- portant for us to establish an inter-governmental agency that will act on behalf of our Oovernment in all negotiations that are carried out with the federal government. SOME WON'T AGREE 0: 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- rriften constitution without 1 nowing what the amending firmula is. Our province is one of them. I do not think 'that we should strive to get a total package of amend- ments accepted at this time, but get a minimum number accepted by all provinces, de- termine the amending for- mula and get, the constitution back to Canada where in fact it becomes our constitution that we can handle in any manner we wish. NATIONAL IS THE PROVEN COMPARE! THEN BOY HT THE STOIE WITH QUALITY GOODS AT LOWEST GROCERIES AT UNBELIEVABLY LOW PRICES UP TO 50% OFF IN TOWN LOWEST TOY PRICES IN TOWN VISIT OUR TOYLAND! DOZENS OF NAME BRAND TOYS GAMES AT LOW DISCOUNT GAME TOY -_ ZIPPITY SPEEDWAY SET MATTEL'S FAMOUS TIPEE TOES DOLL Complete wilh horse and 1 f Bicycle EACH WHEELS" COMPETITION PACKAGE 51'75 FAMOUS EACH KABOOM 50-95 Reg. EACH IN THE DARK" _ft KABALA 'H Great funl Reg. SET STURDY ALL CAST DETROIT CARS QFf With plastic storage garage. Reg. SI. 50 IACH ASTRONAUT! _ __ CAIUSTO From Jupiter. Reg- SET MATTEL'S UN1-TRID ff SPACE HAULER Reg. S7.99 EACH L c 0-FARM TRACTOR With barn. Reg. 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