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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE IETH3RIDGE HERALD Tueldcy, OclcUr 3, 197J- Ric The mighty unions are striking again (literal- ly) and it is poor independent Mr. Fanner who is pay- ing the price. This time it took a government order to end a 25-day strike which completely tied up Ihe Vancouver docks. Now, of all things, the poor liltlc grain handlers are crying because there isn't enough, grain enter- ing (he port facility lo keep all of them busy. If they hadn't struck a dagger to the pocketbooks of West- ern Canada's farmers in the first place Ihey wouldn't be out of work now. To add insult lo injury, the union lias asked the aid of fanners to locale lost rail cars. If that isn't pointing a finger at the rail company, snow isn't white. A union leader tried to lei! Ihe world lhal for Iwo week after the strike, all things had returned to nor- mal. How anything held up for 25 days in an area as large as four provinces can be normal right after the fact is beyond me. An interesting point is that the upcominf Ol 30 fedreal election was called Kept. 1. The grain handlers weren't ordered back to work until Sept 5. Why did the government allow the walkout to per- sist when it knew the outcome right from the be- ginning. Besides, it makes gocxl political propaganda to tell the people all the things a government is doing for them AFTER the election has been called. Alberta's economic mission lo Japan has re- ceived the blessing of Premier Lougheed and his government as well as Western Canadian Seed Pro- cessors Ltd. of Lelhhridge. Bright trade pictures are being painted almost daily as a result of the trip. Dr. Hugh Horncr, Alberta agriculture minister said the trade mission from this province was very timely, coming when the Japanese were interested in investing in foreign countries to reduce their trade surplus as well as increasing imports into thai coun- try. He noted the Japanese consumer demand for beef, pork and honey is increasing at a 20 per cent rate each year. Because of their limited production and technical resources, domestic production is un- able to keep pace with the increasing demand. This leaves Alberta in a very enviable position wilh prod- uct to fill the need. Products of particular interest to the Japanese Include malt, rapeseed oil, mayonnaise and feed stuffs. This fits right into the back pocket of WCSP arid, could mean great things for this local comnany with more than ?1.5 million of payroll entering' the local economy. Gordon S. llolmslroin has been nrimcxl "encral iiKinager of the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board, settling (lie personnel of the group for Ihe first time officially since the June 2 resignation of former GM Dr. Bruce Jeffery. Mr. Ilolmstrom had been office manager for the group since the formation of the marketing board in Prior to that he worked 14 years with Ihe Alberta Livestock Co-operative as veil as working three years wilh Weillcr and Williams. Jock, lhat wonder dog introduced last issue, and (he new fallen snow brings an incident to mind which Jock would rather forget. Being a normal dof for tne most part, he and rabbits just don't mix'and one day on a visit to relatives in Saskatchewan, Jock spoiled a few jacks hopping across the road! Our mistake was stopping Ihe car and lelling him out to check out Ihis situation. Three sniffs into the wind brought Hie location of (he lucky fooled creature into perspective for Jock and off he went. The road' wasn't in the best of shape but by running in the nits, lie was able lo keep from losing loo much ground. Then the snoalcy rabbit turned 90 degrees ran across the ditch and across Ihe field. Jock followed suit and promptly disappeared from site. His long leg base short chassis got high centred and the aid of us, he could have spent his en- tire Christmas talking about the one that go away. Leighton Buckivell has traced family ties to NWMP GREG MclNTYHK of Tlio Herald Buckwell traces his family history in Fort Macleod hack to a grandfather, E. H. Maunsell, who arrived with the first (loop of North West Mount- ed Police in 1874. "You could say we're fairly well 53-year-old Social Credit MLA says wilh a twinkle in his eye. At 18 he left Gract- 11 in school lo run a small ranch north of Forl Mactecd (hat his father had settled in 1920. His fattier dJed in am) hLs mother died this year. A bachelor, he is continuing to operate the ranch when not sil- ting in the legislature. Having lived all his life with a mother who cooked his meals and washed lus clothes, he never married. Asked why not, he jokes: "just lucky I guess." Mr. Bucliwoll, opposition farm critic in the legislature, is cur- rently on a committee investi- gating reform of legislation gov- erning Hutteritc lant'i holdings, lie has served committees that delved into taxation, occu- pations and professions, politi- cal boundaries 'and other pro- vincial affairs. lie is a director of the Loth- bririge Northern Irrigation Dis- trict, a role that at present gives him an inside view of the negotiations going on between Alberta's irrigation districts, Ihe provincial government and the fcc'oral government. Water hungry southern Al- berta requires roughly 5EO mil- lion in improvements to its irri- gation system over the next few years, he said. Mr. Buchwell dcscrihes Ihe limited success at getting this progrr.-n started "frustrating." accused senior govei-n- mcnt officials Alherta En- vironment Minister Bill and Fa-'eral Agriculture Minis- ter Bud Olson with "politick- ing" when they made recent announcements that money was available without first reaching agreement beteen themselves' Without an agreement be- tween al! three parlies local, provincial and federal noth- ing substantial can lie done. One stumbling block is lack of agreement on a new cost sharing formula to replace Ihe current arrangement where Ed- mor.ton and Ottawa together pay Bfi per cent, while the irri- gation districts must pay 14 per font. A now equal throe way split has been proposed, hut not fin- ally accepted by all parlies. Looking to the future Mr. Buckv.cll predicts there will Ire no more land put under irriga- tion, but current irrigated laud will he more intensively water- ed v.ilh new sprinkling tech- niques. Like many Alberlans IVfr. Buckwcll's involvement wilh Social Credit goes hack to the Aherhart days. His parents were followers of Ihe evangelist, Calgary high school principal in 1933, two years before the William Aber- hart government was elected. In 1907 Mr. Ruckwell was handed the Fort Macleod scat in the legislature by retiring Socred James Hartley. Mr. Buckwell was the local Socred rtiastitucrx'y association presi- and had active in the party for years. With Mr. Hartley's support he defeated George liimmis, currently mayor of the town, for the Soered nomination in HH17. He was unopposed for re- nomination in J371 and in the Icrghton Buckwoll Socred agriculture critic election defeated Dan LcGran- dcur, Conservative, and S i d Cornish, New Democrat, for the seat. Mr. Buckwell has a lay reader in the Anglican Church (or about 20 years and [ekes a few services a year for absent ministers. lie is active in the Fort Mac- leod Historical Society and is on a committee of southern Alber- tans, headed by Frank Smith, executive vice president of the Travel and Convention Associa- tion of Southern Alberta, ar- ranging celebrations for tlie 1973 74 centennial of the RCMP. Queen has been in- vited to Fort Maclcod in 1D74. A sister Ruth, is married to l.arry King, secretary man- ager of the Fort Maclcod His- torical Society which operates Ihe Fort Museum. The Buckwell family in Mac- ieml will celebrate its 100th an- niversary in along with (he force. Mr. Maunsell, Ms grand- fother, remained in the force for a few yenrs and then start- ed ranching in southern la. Local legend has it that Mr. Maunsell purchased the cattle from the old Cocbrane ranch, sold to a Kroup of Mormon set- tlers shortly after Ihe turn of the century. The story is that after rmndir.g up all the cattle, Mr. Mnunscll paid on the spot by writing a cheque for wilh a stub of a pencil on the back of his saddle. Mr. Ahiunsel and a brother had a large ranch in the Peig- an Reserve Grassy area wilh about cattle. They liad the IV brand, one of the oldest registered brands in the province. Mr. liuckwell has hung back a.s farm critic in the legislature, giving the new Conservative, government and Agriculture Minister Hugh Horncr a chance to try their ittoas oat. The "Ihrust" of Ihe new gov- ernment's farm haa hec-n to try to open new mar- kets for Alberta products, ra- ther than to increase produc- tion. If new markets arc found, production will follow I h e y claim. "If we can't increase mar- says the opposition MLA from Macleod, "we're looking at market controls. As much as I abhor Uiem, there's no other choice." Mr. Buckwell said the Socred Opposition will "get serious" about its role as government critic by the spring 1073 session of the legislature when govern- ment programs have bad time lo be tried out adequately. Mr. Buckwell says he hasn't definite plans for the future but will nm for re-election "if they'll have me." People of the south ANN SIRYVNAK ;