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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday. Novvmbtr 29, 1974 Tories: budget will hamper regional growth WINNIPEG (CP) Three of Canada's leading Progressive Conservatives told a party fund-raising, dinner here Thursday that the federal government's latest plans for taxing resource in- dustries will weaken Con- federation. Ontario Premier William Davis and Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed expressed concern that the proposals contained in the latest federal budget would hamper regional growth vital to Canada's nationhood While expressing their feel- ings in somewhat different terms, their message was further federal en- croachments into the taxation 01 resources will deny the Strike brings more layoffs VANCOUVER (CP) A British Columbia Railway- spokesman said Thursday that 500 office employees will be laid off today as a result of a strike by shopcraft workers. The spokesman said the non-union office and ad- ministrative staff will be laid off at the end of their shifts todav provinces, particularly Alberta and Sasaktchewan, revenues needed for economic development. Meanwhile, federal party leader Robert Stanfield said the Liberal government is ob- viously engaged in a "power play" with potentially dis- asterous consequences by tax- ing as income the money oil companies pay in provincial royalties. "If some solution cannot be reached through consultation through the tried and proven methods for making Con- federation work, then our Con- federation will be less secure in spirit." he warned. Mr. Davis told the es- timated 550 persons attending the dinner that Ontario recognizes Canadian interests are intimately linked with the development of the entire country, not just one region. "We are anxious to see the growth and development of our sister provinces, because this is in the interest of On- tario and rest of our country." he said. Mr. Lougheed, among the most outspoken critics of the latest federal proposals, re- minded his audience that Al- berta must make the most of its oil and gas resources before they are depleted. LOUGHEED HAMS IT UPAS 'SHEIK OF ALBERTA' DURING TORY FUND RAISING DINNER Canada may be net importer of oil next July, figures show OTTAWA (CP) Produc- tion of crude oil could fall below total domestic demand by next July, making the Turner ducks questions on winter works programs Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner ducked a question in the Commons on whether the federal govern- ment was going to replenish the multi million dollar capital winter works pro- gram. The million winter capital works program set up in 1972 is now exhausted Edward Broadbent, New Democratic Party parliamen- tary leader, told the Commons Thursday WINTER GAMES And YOU! From 11 to 23 of next Alberta will host the Canada Winter you a citizen a unique opportunity to of by volunteering your Some of, the volunteer cate- which need your help D Timekeepers D Scorers O D Ram Operators C Dispatchers LJ Switchboard Oper itots D Information Work H Resdts fchwrk Staff 1 Doctors 1 torses D SI John's Ambefann D rtiyaotfierapist D lAipal D Secretarial D Office Assistance D ItMete Refstrtboa D famrs D Orfw Car D Drive Tnck D Drire ks D WarehNse Hrip D lactete D top. H ftcttJK I Mtorial I linen Staff SewKtress D Waitress D Infers and CMs D Security Stiff D Ushers D ftttentots D fcMa! Trtj team D Ml CHs ere required In each of 1} regional venue and in total of 3.000 Far more information und to volunteer dial the operator (0) and for ZENITH TOLL-FREE from region only or 327-0626 or contact GarriM coordinator In your region. He asked the finance minister if in view of the ex- pected increase in unemploy- ment this winter and spring the minister was prepared to inject new funds into the winter works program. Mr. Turner said the govern- ment is "reviewing the pro- gram." He added that the momen- tum of the program would carry it forward until May 31, 1975." "We hope to supplement it by providing some stimulation to the housing market and the construction industry. We hope this will remedy the said Mr. Turner. There is an urgent need for municipal services said Mr. Broadbent particularly the need for finances for services associated with the construc- tion of housing. He urged the minister to consider providing emergency low interest loans to municipalities. With the loans they could provide services which are necessary for the construction of an increased number of houses during the winter months. Mr. Turner said provinces exercise authority over the priorities under which the money is to be spent and consequently the winter capital works program in some provinces was directed to the infra structure in municipal services. He recalled for the house that the budget provided tax relief for sewage plants and municipal transport. This should go some way to reliev- ing some of the problems mentioned by the NDP leader. Mr. Broadbent said the fi- nance minister could have given a "simple no" to his question. country more dependent on foreign imports. The fall from producing more oil than the country con- sumes will come next July if the two oil producing provinces agree to leave oil destined for the Montreal market in the ground. National Energy Board fig- ures show that stopping production of the barrels of oil a day destined for Montreal will reduce total production to 1.79 million barrels a day. Total demand for next year is estimated by the board at 1.81 million barrels east of the Ottawa Valley energy line and west of the line. That would leave production barrels a day short of demand, making the country a net importer of oil. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, who confirmed the calculations, points out however that although produc- tion could be reduced, the country will still have the capability to produce more oil than it needs for two more years. The minister last week an- nounced a gradual reduction in oil exports to the United States, cutting them to barrels a day in January and to barrels in July if Alberta and Saskatchewan agree to leave barrels destined for Montreal in the ground each day. Exports to the U.S. during the last year have averaged about barrels a day. Mr. Macdonald said the energy board intended to con- sider the Montreal supplies surplus to Canadian needs and therefore available for export calculations until an extension of the interprovincial oil pipe- line to Montreal is completed in 1976. But the minister said he in- tends to go one step further than the board and ask the producing provinces to leave that oil in the ground, starting in July. Reducing production by that amount would make the country a net importer by July instead of mid-1977 as forecast by the board if production was left un- changed. Mr. Macdonald said the main reason for cutting back exports to barrels a day and leaving the Montreal supplies in the ground was concern expressed by many people over the total amount of exports. 'Canada benefiting from economic Mediator named to end grain inspectors' strike Picture yourself as second quarter millionaire BUY YOUR TICKETS AT MOST CREDIT UNIONS THE WESTERN CANADA LOTTERY More than S750QOO in lolal prizes' 1908 people will win' TicKei sales close January 1975 Preliminary Draw January 31s1 1975 OTTAWA (CP) Talks be- tween union and government negotiators were to resume today in an effort to resolve demands of striking federal employees. A mediator was appointed Thursday to try to end the dis- pute that has led to a strike by 222 federal grain inspectors and halted grain shipments for the second time this year. Tom O'Connor of Toronto was chosen by the Public Ser- vice Staff Relations Board to intervene in the talks between Treasury Board and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The grain inspectors walked off the job Saturday after their union, the Public Service Alliance, rejected a concilia- tion report. The offer would have given the inspectors a 12.5-per-cent wage increase based on July 29 pay rates in a one-year agreement starting in mid- November. The report also proposed an interim nine-per- cent increase retroactive to July 29. The average salary of the inspectors, who certify quality, sanitary conditions and labelling, now is About 50 meat graders in Edmonton. Saskatoon. Toron- to. Hamilton and Burlington. Ont., who joined the walkout Wednesday returned to work Thursday while graders in' Winnipeg joined the striking inspectors. The walkout by grain in- spectors came only six weeks after Parliament forced set- tlement of a West Coast grain handlers strike. KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) Paul Gerin-Lajoie, president of the Canadian Internatinal Development Agency, said Thursday Canada and other well-off countries are faced with the threat of a new Iron Curtain built between the world's poor and rich countries. During the final session of a three-day seminar into Can- ada's relation with developing countries, Mr. Gerin-Lajoie predicted a new economic and political era in which the world will have to rework the international relationships es- tablished at the end of the Se- cond World War. "Canada enjoys a remarkable degree of well- being" against a backdrop of changing international political power, famine and increasing economic turbu- lence characterized by high world inflation rates, unprece- dented balance of payment deficits, sagging stock Nomination MEDICINE HAT (CP) Jim Horsman. 39. a Medicine Hat lawyer, was nominated Thursday night as Progressive Conservative candidate in the Medicine Hat Redcliff riding for the next provincial election. markets and unstable money markets, he said. Canada, in some ways, profits substantially from the present world economic crisis since "the recent tripling of wheat prices has had a greater and more tragic effect on some countries than the increase in oil prices." Mr. Gerin-Lajoie, who at- tended the Rome world food conference, said recent figures indicate "400-million people face a situation just next to death unless sufficient aid comes from sources of food stuff." Israelis kill Arab guerrillas THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel said its soldiers killed five Arab guerrilla infiltrators early today in a fight on the border with Lebanon. The reported clash occurred a few hours before the United Nations Security Council was to meet in New York on the Middle East. The meeting is specifically to vote on whether to extent for six months the mandate placing a peacekeeping observer force on the Golan Heights between Israeli and Syrian troops. Development bank bill sparks conflict of interest debate OTTAWA iCP) A bill to establish a federal business development bank touched off a day-long Commons debate on conflict of interest Thur- sday The subject was raised by Sinclair Stevens 'PC-York- Snncoc) when amendments suggested while the bill was in Committee came up for BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL debate in the House. The bill would prohibit directors of the bank from voting on loan applications in- volving themselves or members of their families. But it would not prevent them from applying for loans Mr Stevens, who said the bill's conflict-of-interest provisions are not tough enough, has introduced an amendment to stop the bank from making, or even Guaranteeing, loans to bank direr-tors or members of their families Allowing family members to borrow from the bank would set a dangerous prece- dent for Crown corporations, he said "J think it's a shameful thing the government is suggesting The bank, if established, would replace the 30-year-old Industrial Development Bank It would be given billion in assets, largely public funds The bank's main function would be to give loans to small businesses that have trouble borrowing money from con- ventional lending markets Mr Stevens urged MPs to abandon normal party dis- cipline and support his amend- ment Bui there was no sign that any of the HI Liberals, who hold a majority in the 264- srat House, would accept his invitation Industry' Minister Alastair Gillcspic said loan applicants, if they are involved in the operation of the bank, must declare their connection publicly when they attempt to borrow from it Relatives of directors also must declare that they have familv members involved in operating 1hr bank, he said, adding that this obligation would be to prevent abuso or conflict of interest News In brief Makarios in Athens ATHENS (CP) Archbishop Makarios was acclaimed by tens of thousands of Greeks today as he stopped here on his way home from exile to confer with Greek officials on the fu- ture of Cyprus. Speaking from his hovsi cony, the archbisnop to.d cheering Greeks thai he vras willing to concede self- determination to the minorit> Turkish community on Cyprus "but not partition of the island Cyclone kills 20 By the Associated press A 12-foot tidal wave swept across small islands in the centre of Bangladesh's "cyclone and first reports reaching Dacca today said 20 people were known dead The cyclone roared inland Thursday from the Bay of Bengal on the southeastern coast near Burma Sixteen fishermen were reported kill- ed on Sonadia. one of four islands still without outside communications todav Clerks to vote again EDMONTON (CP) Strik- ing Safeway Ltd clerks will vote Saturday on a company offer which they turned down in a vote Monday. A petition signed by more than 100 of the striking members of the Retail Clerks Union Local 401 was sub- mitted to union officials. It re- quested another vote on the offer and under the union con- stition members have the right to demand another vote. Insurance costs to go up TORONTO (CP) E. F. Belton, president of the In- surers Advisory Organization of Canada to which 48 proper- ty and casualty insurance companies belong, said in- surance premiums in Canada likely will increase eight to 10 per cent across the board in January. "Current projections of the loss -trend factor are proving to be inadequate in view of the rising cost of auto crash parts and bodywork, plus increased hospital and medical costs." he said. Communists boycott meet ROME The Soviet Canada, the United States Union and'China today boy- and other principal wheat ex- cotted a meeting of the porters met with represen- world's major grain producers and importers on ways to feed 500 million hungry people of Asia and Africa. tatives of famine-stricken countries amid reports that the world's wheat production will be lower next year, forc- ing further depletion of already dwindling stocks. 'Farm labor for welfare' VICTORIA (CP) Members of the British Columbia Federation of Agriculture agreed Thurs- day that all those who could be employed in farm labor should be refused welfare. A resolution, approved at the federation's annual convention, urged the provin- cial government to help alleviate the shortage of farm help by cutting off welfare for those able to work in agriculture. Coal pact opposition grows CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Opposition to the ten- tative contract between the United Mine Workers union and coal producers in the United States appeared to be growing today. In Bellaire. Ohio, Local 2262 president William Yost joined the growing list of low- echelon officials voicing op- position to the agreement reached last Sunday. "The contract doesn't add up to Yost said. "It's really a sad day when coal miners get sold down the road." Bantam book sold CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) Bantam Books Inc., one of the world's largest paperback book publishers has been sold to a European conglomerate for million, it was an- nounced Thursday. American Financial Corp.. a Cincinnati firm, sold Ban- tam to an American sub- sidiary of Institute o. Finance and Industry' International, a Luxembourg based holding company with extensive interests in such Italian firms as the Fiat automobile manufacturer and Fabbri. a major publishing company. The subsidiary is called IFI. Woman candidate passed by DUBLIN (AP) The chances of the Irish Republic electing its first woman presi- dent almost vanished Thurs- day when the Fianna Fail par- ty ignored the candidacy of Rita Childers. Instead they nominated for- mer chief justice Cearbhall O'Dalaigh. 63, a judge in the European court, as their candidate. Small quake hits ''Frisco SAN FRANCISCO