Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
26 THE LETHBRIDGE Thuriday, November 30. 1971 New defence chief Winnipeg Free Press marks 100th birthday faces decisions on expenditures JAMES RICHARDSON OTTAWA (CP) "One. of my main interests will be to see that the Canadian taxpayer feels that his money is being spent wisely." The statement was made Wednesday by James Richard- son, Canada's new defence muv ister, who in the next few months must make decisions in- volving the expenditure of hun- dreds of millions of dollars. "I am interested particularly in industrial and research bene- fits that come to the Canadian economy from national de- he added in an inter- view. And the new minister said he is interested in decentralizing, BO far as is possible, armed forces expenditures that in the past have been mainly made in Quebec and Ontario. FREEZE ENDING There was some surprise at the appointment of Mr. Rich- ardson, a 50-year-old with con- eiderable financial experience, to defence. The timing may be e partial takes over just when a three-year freeze of national defence ex- penditures at SI.85 billion an- nually is ending, and when the forces are seeking a new tank, new aircraft, new trucks and other expensive equipment. The assignment for Mr. Rich- ardson, Second World War vet- eran, former chairman o[ James Richardson and Son bro- kerage firm, MP for Winnipeg South since I960 and supply and services minister since 1969, was announced by Prime Minis- ter Trudeau Monday as purl, of a cabinet sliuffle. Hn takes over from Treasury Board President C. L. Drury who watched over the portfolio after E. J. Benson became chairman of the Canadian r a n .5 p o r t commission last ipring. The ministe. brings some ex- pertise into his new depart- ment. As the man in charge of the goods and serv- ices used by the government, he has bt'en involved in armed forces an planned. He'll need it. At present the Canadian defence forces need: new coastal patrol plane to replace 32 aging propeller- driven Arguses. A figure of S600 million is mentioned often as the cost of this project, making it potentially the largest peace- time defence order. replacement for the Cen- turion tank. The figure men- tioned here is about ?40 million. for trucks, some as much as 15 or 20 years old. No numbers or figures have been mentioned in this connection. WANT HELICOPTERS In addition Uie armed forces would like a new medium-capa- bility helicopter, one that would carry a payload or about 40 persons. Mr. Richardson was inter- viewed only Uie day after he moved into his new office, so he was not in a position to give much of an indication of his fu- ture plans. He was preparing for a meet- ing of NATO defence ministers in Brussels next week. But, looking at the over-all picture, he said he wants to make sure the taxpayer feels his dollars are well spent, to help Canadians feel pride in their armed forces and to help members of the forces take pride in the importance of their work. WINNIPEG (CP) It was a newsy day Nov. 30, 11172, when editor W. F. Lnxton and proprietor John A. Kenny cranked Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Manitoba Free Press off their hand press in a shack on main street. The front page was no eye- grabber, being filled with the text uf the new Dominion Lands Act. But inside the eight-page edi- tion the pioneer plainsman could read of the jailbreak and recapture of local desperado Philip rlussey, belter known as Shorty; a million fire in Boston, and enlargement of the Presbyterian church because of the rapid growth of Winnipeg (pop. Commerce was thriving. The Pride of the West Billiards and Bowline; Emporium, largest this side o[ Chicago, advertised "No cheap Yankee tables" and a 'jar well stacked with "genuine liquors that do not taste of Red River Messrs. Rose and Leacock tn- nounctd the opening of their new carriage shop at nearby Poplar Point, offering wagons, buggies, cutters and the like "which, for material and style of workmaiislup, are second to none in the province." There was even a column headed "women's rights." and how's that for pioneering? IT'S 100 TODAY The Winnipeg Free the name wasn't changed until its 100th birth- day today with a centennial edi- tion containing a full reproduc- tion of that original weekly from which it grew. The paper grew along with the city, which has reached the half-million mark. Circulation of the afternoon daily now ex- ceeds Kenny and Luxton had a win- ner from the start.. Their first six months' operation netted them 5497.60. They went daily July 6, 187'1, by which time Win- nipeg had been incorporated as a city. The weekly continued, how- ever, and still does in the form of The Free Press Weekly Re- port of Farming. By the mid-lOOOs, following the arrival of the railway, staff had increased to more than CO and the rented shack wilh the primitive press brought up hy Ked River steamboat had given way to a new building with a cylinder-lype press capable of producing papers an hour. STARTED WITH SI.000 Kenny, who had financed the venture with from the sale of his farm near Chatham, Ont., retired in 1006 and The Manitoba Free Press Co. was founded. In 1898, Sir Clifford Sifton, a praii'ie lawyer and pol- itician, acquired control and took over as pioiniutor. In lail Sifton lured John W. SALE YEAR-END FACTORY CLEARANCE DUCAN INDUSTRIES LTD. 443A 10th Si. N. Phone 328-7765 327-8331 One Block East of 9th St. N. 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Seeking to expand its news resources, The Free Press in 1907 was a founding member of the Western Associated Press which brought despatches by telegraph from the U.S. and opened an Ottawa parlia- mentary bureau. It was the forerunner of The Canadian Press, the national news agency owned co-operatively by Can- ada's dailies. The newspaper's impressive new Portage Avenue building, opened in scon became overcrowded with expanding staff and new equipment. In IdlH it moved lo its present lo- cation on Carlton St., just off Portage, where extensions were added in 1927 and in Hie ISJCOs. HALTED BY STRIKE The first of its few Sunday editions, an extra announcing German armies had crossed into France, was published Aug. It missed publication for the first time May 16, 1919, with the start of the Winnipeg gen- eral strike which Dafoc de- nounced at tho time as playing into the hands of an inter- national bolshevist conspiracy. Victor Sidon, son ot Sir Clif- ford, became publisher in 19M. In 1959 FP Publications was born when the Ottawa Journal was sold jointly to Sifton and Max Bell, who owned the Cal- gary Alhcrtan, Victoria Tinu'-S I and Victoria Colonist and had an inlcrest in the Lethbridge Heraid. The FP group has since grown lo eight dailies with the addition of Vancouver Sun and Toronto Globe BM Mail. Victor SL'ion died in 1959; his son John in 1909 and Max Bell i earlier this year. S. Malone, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Free Press, became presi- dent of FP Publications with R. Howard Webster of The Globe and Mail as chairman. Included in the centennial edi- tion is a full-page advertise- ment offering greetings from the Free Press's Winnipeg ri- val, the Eoulham-owncd Tribune which doesn't turn 1W) for an- other 18 years. It says: "Wu'J like to (ell you on your birthday we respect and appre- ciate the competition it has helped make The Tribune a better and livelier newspaper. And we think Winnipeg is a livelier and better place In which lo live because it Is one of the few two-newspaper cities in Canada." Cabinet shuffle looms ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) A planned shuffle of Premier Frank Mooreo' Progressive Conservative cabinet appeared to be surfacing in bits and pieces Wednesday as two more cabinet ministers disclosed they no longer held their portfolios. It brought to three the num- ber of cabinet changes revealed so far this week. The latest moves involved Social Services Minister Tom Hickey and Sup- ply Minister Gordon Dawe, who said they no longer held their posts as they left a cabinet meeting. Education Minister John Carter said Tuesday he had been dismissed from his of- fice by the premier. Premier Moores, who an- nounced a news conference will be held Friday to outline a shuffle of his 17-man cabinet and some changes in the senior civil service, declined to com- ment on the ministers' state- ments. Sources close to Mr. Hickey and Mr. Dawe said the two men were being removed from their portfolios, hut the CBC said it had learned they would be of- fered other posts in the govern- ment. "I'll be announcing restruc- turing of the government Fri- Mr. Moores said when' asked for comment. "It would be unfair to go about it piece- meal." SAYS HE'S 'SHAFTED' Mr. Hickey and Mr. Dawe de- clined further comment on the situation late Wednesday, but earlier in tho nay Mr. Dawe told a rcporler: "Now I know how it feels to he shafted. It's not very com- fortable After the cabinet drama had unfolded, Premier Moores is- sued a statement saying Hint security officers had earlier been ordered to remove a re- porter for The Telegram from the premier's offices. The reporter, Bill Kelly, was waiting in a lobby outside the premier's suite of offices and sixjke to hotli Mr. Dawe and Mr. Hickey as Ihcy Ml the cab- inet meeting. 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