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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, November 29, 1974 AUDITOR-GENERAL J. J. MACDONELL, right, AND ASSISTANT New spending watchdog 'hasn't gone soft' OTTAWA (CP) The of- ficial watchdog over govern- ment spending issued his an- nual report Thursday without exposing major misadven- tures or waste, but Auditor- General J J Macdonell says he has gone soft" on the government In fact. Mr. Macdonell re- ports, he has shifted the agen- cy's approach. Instead of the combative, arms-length relationship with government departments of the past, the agency is intent on getting corrective results by cooperation and con- sultation. Mr. Macdonell took over the office about 17 months ago from Maxwell Henderson, who built up a reputation for being abrasive in his approach to the job. This report, cover- ing the financial year ended last March 31, is the first com- plete one under Mr. Mac- donell. Despite the co-operative new line, the report is sprinkl- ed with examples of waste and mismanagement, in- cluding 100.000 military fur SAND gravel ASPHALT [TOLLESTRUP; SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-8196 caps apparently made for midgets and a muddle in ad- ministration of the oil subsidy program. Outlining the auditor-gen- eral's new approach, the report says he intends to work with government departments to have them correct any identified spending abuses. Their actions will be monitored closely and the auditor-general will come down hard if the departments do not mend their ways. THREATENS ACTION "If action is not taken, then my reports may become just as thunderous as Mr Hender- son's ever he said at a news conference. The report says a new branch has been formed within the auditor-general's department, for special audits and inquiries on a government-wide basis. Its first two projects involve a sweeping study of government financial management and control, as well as an audit of payments and price restraint measures under the government's imported oil and petroleum products com- pensation program to cushion eastern consumers from higher prices for foreign crude used in Canada. This year's report is con- densed to 102 pages identify- ing 80 instances of questionable spending by government departments, from the 144-page report in 1972-73 that singled out 117 cases of wasteful spending. Some of the examples from this year's report are almost comic. The national defence department, for example, spent to buy more caps for its personnel because the first batch it ordered were measured with flaps down and turned out two sizes too small when the flaps were folded in. And there were more horror stones about the operations of the Local Initiatives (L.I.P) grants program. The report says there were instances of grants to projects under current programs even though previous overpayments remained uncollected. A "substantial number of projects'" had such "poor ac- counting records and in- adequate documentation" that they could not be audited without qualification. In another instance, the Royal Canadian producer of all coinage in cir- singled out for failing to transfer more than million of profits to the government. The report adds the Mint has agreed to pay up in 1974-75. The auditor-general's report now will go to the Treasury Board, the body that administers government spending programs, for possi- ble remedial action and even- tually will be considered by the Commons public accounts committee that checks into spending abuses the govern- ment has not corrected. Speaking at the news conference. Mr. Macdonnell said the Treasury Board had acted to correct 55 of the 117 abuses singled out in the 1972- 73 report. 11 The lethbtidge Herald Circulation Department Invites applications from boys and girls 12 years of age or older as paper carriers in the following areas in Lethbridge: 1. Downtown 2. Glendale and Dieppe 3JV o i A from Riilrofd Tncks toQthAve. N.) 4. Northside 328-4411 THE CITY SUPERVISOR Please Write or Phone CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT Schmidt criticizes 'dictatorial tendencies' EDMONTON (CP) Werner Schmidt, leader of the Alberta Social Credit party, has warned the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce to be on guard against the dic- tatorial tendencies of the province's Progressive Conservative government. As evidence of the government's dictatorial leanings, Mr. Schmidt referred to the Alberta Energy Co. and expressed concern about how the govern- ment agency will be operated. He noted that Premier Peter Lougheed, in a letter to the energy company's president, had said that the president David Mitchell would be given a free hand in running the agency. But, the Social Credit leader said, the act setting up the Alberta Energy Co. says the board of directors will be appointed by the government and that its decisions can be vetoed. ONE-MAN RULE Mr. Schmidt said that if one takes Premier Lougheed's letter as the final word in the matter then "we have rule by one man." If the legislation setting up the energy com- pany applies, then it was dif- ficult to understand how Mr. Mitchell, a man who had made his reputation as a businessman, could abide by it. "It is later than many of us Mr. Schmidt said. "It is more serious than many of us believe." He said other evidence of the government's dictatorial tendencies was the appoint- ment of a northeast com- missioner, a move that puts 16 per cent of the province under the virtual dictatorship of one man. LOLLIPOP PROGRAMS Mr. Schmidt said he is also concerned about the government's invasions into the private sector. He gave as examples the government's purchase of a controlling interest in Pacific Western Airlines, the Alberta Energy Co.'s involvement in the Suf- field block in southeastern Alberta, and the government's involvement in oil sands operations, steel and transportation. To keep everyone docile, he said, the government is pushing "lollipop programs" welfare programs for in- dividuals and groups. "These programs are designed to make the govern- ment look good, to urge the voter to vote for it and to dis- courage people from biting the hand that feeds them." Customer thwarts robber EDMONTON (CP) An observant customer thwarted an armed robbery at a bank Thursday afternoon when he alerted the staff to the strange behavior of a man standing in line at a teller's cage. Police said the customer at a city branch of the Toronto Dominion bank noticed the man standing near him was carrying a brown paper bag. Because the man was acting strangely, the customer took a closer look and saw the butt of a pistol partially revealed. The man quickly moved to a service counter and then, with a bank employee, ran out and grappled with the would-be robber, wrestling the bag and gun from him After running from the bank, the would-be bandit was picked up by a cruising police car. one of several alerted when bank alarms were tripped during the scuffle Roland Jale Dumont. 21. of Edmonton, was to appear in provincial court today on charges of attempted armed robbery Day in jail EDMONTON (CP) Tanya Palnna Ramsay. 20, of Ed- monton was fined and sentenced to one day in jail yesterday for her part in a scheme to defraud Co- operative Fire and Casualty Co of 917 Sears S ATU R D A Y LIMITED QUANTITIES STARTS A.M. PERSONAL SHOPPING ONLY! 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