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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, October 5, 1973 Government rights 1'ietniei Petei Lougheed has announc- ed that a gas and oil royalty will be implemented Until the details are known judgment should be withheld However the confrontation between the provincial and federal governments continues It is being rehned and the issues somewhat nairowed but still Uieie is no meeting of the minds I lie federal intervention in oil export pricing is understandable The right indeed the duh oi tne ledeial author) to set up the tules for international liading (diinot be questioned The im- position ot an expoil tax is legitimate Phis tax increases the puce to foreign pmehaseis and that too is in order The w oi lei s major oil exporters are doing it and s prices should go up con euiienlh This countiv is in no position to sell its el.mmishing oil resources at k ss than lair maiket pi ices The Mberta "over mm nt set a good piecedent when it insisted on higher pi ices for Alberta gas But the position ot the Albeitd govern- ment vis-j-vis Ottawa is not without mont It is now well established that thoie was little meaningful con- sultation between Ottawa and Ed- montejn beioie the new federal policy was announced although there is a federal right to infer ene most of the oil and gas in ques- tion is owned by the province and as agents toi the ownei it is the provincial governments right to control the development and marketing A great jutt ol this provinces prosperity has come from the gas and oil ownership md the continued prosperity depends on it That is not to say that unrestricted development is necessarily in the pi en me e s best interest but the Alberta gou'inments interpretation ot the pioMnce s best interest should have a strong beating on federal pohcv A correct action The sUitie that has followed Canada s iceogmtion ol the new government in lule is somewhat surprising It seems to be1 (ominu I mm the. verv sources which in the pasi wire most cntical ol the no- lion that i ee ogmtion implied moral approval I4 oi v s the Peoples Republic ol lima vv is absuidh treated as though it ihdn t exist simplv because the United s (lisiippioved ol Communists and tin v ink nl Ihev had used to oust I he govunment ol Chiang Kai-shek f i me c'kh fdl ,n line behind the position Liken its powerful neighbor until llu liudcau goveinment had the om agi to ,ut according to conviction In the new government in hile the Canadian goveinment is acting in consistence with its own follow ed on ptevious occasions This also happens to have been the standard prac- lice ol most nations until the aberration introduced during the time John Foster Dulles was US secietaiv ol state Regrettable though it mav be that the demoeiatic tiadilion ol Chile has sui- leied a setback as a lesultot the military eoup the practice ol iecogni7ing the gen eminent m power should not be all iwed lo once again be subject to moral judgment The Canadian government has done the correct thing no matter what judgments theie mav be about Tightness oi ongness ERIC NICOL Giving thanks Ii u Th rnksyivintr messages Ilillo Divid Pieiii heie What do vou ou m PUIH who Piei re I jiisl wanted to lei vou know that I and the I ibe i il mi 101 itv gove i nmenl ire thinking ol is we Hi inks this Ihmksgivmg e i e Ui Ue lul lur ill the good things we ve m I hi p isi ve ii md we ptav thai will c oiiimue during (lie vear ahead Who IM we piavingto Ciod I sec 'us ol (omsi David il lhat s the vvav vv int ii II voud pulet lo limit outside inlliNiui w( llpiav to I hi dieal Beaver is we II ilso put in a good word tor the old i_( piiisioiuis md the line i iploved I m mil huvmg a lutki v ihis ir I slill Ii ivc i lot Ii II ovei liom the turkev f got lasl October doodbve David and tha iks again Mv le How I have taken Ihis op- pm limit v 10 spe ik lovou as president ot the I mte dst tics on the mallei ol thanksgiving I vv mi vou (o know that to the best of mv know h due no thanks have been given to me m to mv issue lales in the White House or to Ihe ol IK is ol Hie ampaign to Re eieet the Pie side nl oi lo the Republican Parlv that we M not lullv pet bushel but il might nevei lall that I u anvwav I 2 Cattle Beel piodueiis had an ex poil emhaigo slapped on one Mondav akemoon m just horns befoie the heaviest urn ol slaughtei cattle in the week so that puces lell while eat tie were on the move to maiket Then m September Ottawa stalled before reim- a taiill on T S beel that de lav lesulled in one-wav liceliadc and m one week moil than 000 V S cattle niive'd il anadi in slaughter houses Ion ing Canadian eat lie pi u cs down again 3 Petroleum Pi ti oleum was also hit twiee In st bv the uncertain Iv a boul i pipeline lo V. mlieal the government s ml one would be built then b ie k( tl oil md now no one knows loi sine what the plan is oi wb it the implications n e loi Mbe ila s mat kels in Onl u io md the West or loi long Kim expoils lo the I S Ihe second blow was the an nonneimenl without ellee (ivi consultation of an export I ix on Mbeita oil to the 1T S Midwest Flie piobkms could UKIW mote acute paiticulailv concerning pelioleum where Ihe ie IK basic pohe v dis igue minis between Mbeita md Ol I iwa In addition I) iv id I (vvis Im leasons ol bis own lias begun to mount m ill ag mist the Mberia Kneigv Companv and the Svneiuele pioject I he leal danger in these developments it, that they signal that Western Canadian inleiests aie less important to Ottawa than other interests That is impoitant because cveiv. goveinment must choose pi unities usually when vou help one vou hurt otheis In eonlioiling bread prices Ottawa huit Western wheat pi odue ei s in e ontrollmg beel puces Ottawa hurl Western ittlemen the apparent jiohev seems hkelv to hint pioducers lusi at head-ollice but people in the held me lulling peti oleum set vices and businesses in towns like Swan Hills Whiteeourt Fox Creek Ion allcv Turner and elsewhere Ottawa s actions this sinmmi levealing a consis lent bias against Mberta s mteiests stuns Irom three SOIIHCS One is simple ig noi UK i an example nohodv who undeistands the (dltle business would an noiine e an i mbai go on a dav hours IK loi e the luaucst tiadingol I he week second is habit The p die in ol making decisions which scive ential Canada his been well established (suiee( I) Howe) and there is no iti the cabinet i oi s( moi e il sei vice I stuiiig enough to challenge tli it pallein 1 he thud is polities 1 orced to e lioose between Toronto Monti el consumers and piodueeis Hie pre sent nrnent lavors their siiongholds Sine i the i on (e r em e taught I he liudiau government thev in t win the West without giving major concessions I susped the have deeided to ui iti oil the West lor the next h (lion llieir ae lions icllect Hi it dee ision loi U e steincis this di ignosis is not encouraging md I would wele omt evidence 111 it it is wiong II it is cor ic el Mbuta Mi's MI As and individual are going to lace in uphill light at least unlil things hange in Ottawa Letter More trails needed Ihe iiient article in The lleiald (oneoinmg horse liails and laeiblics was read with interest On behalf ol the Whoop Up Siddle lub I would like to expi ess appiee lation to Ibe I e tbbiidge paiks and roeica lion (Ic pat Inienl lor its e-ndeavoi to piovide some liails and facilities lor the felbbiidge liorsemcn We have iise'd the Indian Rattle Patk and eotrals lor several pancake bieaklasts and also as a halfwav resting stop on out liail i ides bv hotsemen numbeiing Irom a lo over sixtv While we have apptcciated the one ex isimg itail we are anxiouslv BERRY'S WORLD Americanism hinges on whose ox is gored By Tom Wicker, New York Times commentator r 1973 by NEA "Honestly' Sometimes you make me wonder if that 'sieqe mentality' at the White House is catching'" NOKK Beware ol noetic justice win eh olten means one wrong on top of mother Die Nixon administration lot e xample has insisted that libeial eouit decisions and soli headed judges have (lev iled the rights ol accused above the rights ol societv No administration has done moi e lo trv lo make il easie i to put people in jail liom its jneventivc detention law for the Dislnct of olumbia lo its widcsprcacl n s ;