Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
44 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wtdnwday, October 2, 1974 Opposition parties get caucus funds OTTAWA (CP) Even though they suffered severe losses in the July election the three opposition parties will continue receiving caucus research funds at pre-election levels, opposition party house leaders say. Conservative Gerald Baldwin (Peace River) and New Democrat Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre) said the government will establish a new formula for allocating research funds among the four parties. No firm commitment was made, thev said, but "an understanding" has been reached which will guarantee that no caucus will have a lower research budget. This includes the Social Credit caucus whose numbers fell from 15 to 11, one less than the traditional 12- member level at which groups are recognized as parties in the Commons and given research money. The old formula was based on the number of MPs from each party and allowed the Liberals a research budget with 109 members before the election. The Conservatives, with 106 numbers, had the NDP, with 31 members, and the Socreds a flat The money is used by the caucuses to pay staff to do research and prepare MPs' speeches on issues before Parliament. Mr. Baldwin said the commissioners of internal economy, a special committee composed of Speaker James Jerome and several cabinet members, now are working on a new formula. He said the opposition parties will continue receiving at least as much research money as they did before the election while the Liberal research budget will increase slightly. Mr. Baldwin said the Conservatives were willing to let the Social Credit caucus continue to have party status in the House even though their numbers fell below the traditional limit. But the Commons should be entitled to review the situation if resignations or defections to other parties cause a further reduction in the size of the caucus, he said. Social Credit leader Real Caouette was allowed to speak in the Convmons Monday when party leaders supported Mr. Jerome's nomination as speaker. Mr. Knowles said this confirmed Mr. Caouette's continued status as a party leader. While the Conservatives have some reservations about the Social Credit situation, the New Democrats do not, Mr. Knowles said. "I know of no better way to mess up a parliament than to tell 11 guys that they don't count." he said. 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Telephone 328-9231 New banking system on way TORONTO (CP) Canadians will move increasingly away from reliance on paper payments as electronic payments systems become technologically superior, says a commercial letter from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. "While it is realized that the payments mechanism will probably never be che- queless or the letter says, "there are clear indications that it will become increasingly automated and it could evolve in the direction of a system where credit to the payee's account is made at the same time that the payer's ac- count is charged." The letter predicts that rising costs and growing delays in making paper payments and the more convenient and cheaper alternative of electronic payments will cause people to reduce their cheque writing. A machine-readable identification card, a pre-authorization system for repetitive payments, an on-line terminal at each point where payments are made and an es- tablished line of credit for all customers are the prerequisites for the electronic system. Salaries, wages, pensions and other payments will be increasingly credited to individual accounts, recurring payments will be deducted automatically and other payments will be made through point-of- sale terminals in retail outlets, the letter says. The speed at which the electronic system will be introduced would be deter- mined by the public's readiness to accept new relationships and patterns of be- havior. The letter says the need for greater per- sonal information and for computers to process it poses a threat to privacy and increasing difficulty in ensuring accuracy of stored information but thatxthe com- puter industry has provided and procedures to guard against these problems. An oldtimer Roy Batterill of Scarborough, Ont, drives a 1923 traction engine owned by Allen Byers of Orilla, Ont., during 1974 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show at Georgetown, Ont. A collection of steam-powered traction engines was on display. Russia's heritage defended by growing pressure group MOSCOW (Reuter) When wrecking crews started to de- molish a tattered 19th-century building on Moscow's Kropot- kin Square, they found behind the building's facade a com- plete merchant's house dating back two centuries. It was one of the few secular structures that survived the Great Fire of Moscow in 1812. But what astonished the de- molition men and the city so- viet (council) even more was the strength of protest when bulldozers threatened to drive right on through the house. Members of the Russian Republic's nearest equivalent to a western architectural pressure group, the AH-Rus- sian Society for the Pre- servation of Historical and Cultural Monuments, literally sal in. day and night, to keep the destroyers at bay. Before the essentially voluntary society was found in 1965 such action would have been unthinkable in a state where government decisions are generally regarded as gospel. The impetus for the society's founding came main- ly from Soviet intellectuals horrified at what they con- sidered tire senseless destruc- tion of Russia's heritage in the name of progress. Some of the showpieces of soviet architecture, Moscow's Prospect Kalinina and the Russiya Hotel, were erected on the ruins of parts of the old town in the early 1960s. Since then, said the society's assistant director. Vladimir Ivanov, membership has rocketed to more than nine million. Everyone pays an annual fee of 30 kopeks (about 40 cents) and many take an active hand in resto- ration work. The Russian society has sis- ter organizations in the other 14 Soviet republics but each looks after its own affairs. From its headquarters in a little 17th century monastery close to Moscow's largely rebuilt centre, the society co- ordinates the activities of 520 salaried workers through- out the Russian federation and the fund-raising and other work of its volunteer cells. The Soviet Encyclopedia de- fines the society's aims as "to work witn the state organs in maintaining monuments, to use the monuments for the Communist education of youth." Ivanov said a building proj- ect will often find the state organs in direct conflict with Uie socieiy, which they must consult lefore going ahead with any redevelopment. "Generally we manage to arrive at some kind of com- promise. After all, we can't demand that nothing be built. That would be too much like Don Quixote tilting at his windmills." In some cases, as in the for- mer Tsarist capital of Lenin- grad or the old Hanseatic town of Tallinn on the Baltic, the compromise means the city soviet re-equips the in- side of a house but lea'ves the shell intact. !n others it involves sub- mitting the city Soviet's plans to the society's own experts, who make alterations, although they cannot veto. In addition to membership fees, there are profits from 12 souvenir factories belonging to the society, one of the few Soviet organizations not ob- liged to plow its turnover back into state coffers, and this year it expects to spend million for conservation work. But the society's greatest service to ancient Russian ar- chitecture is undoubtedly Ihe enthusiasm of its members. Famous Montana bordello contents sold at auction HELENA, Mont.