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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, October 5, LETHBRIDGE Inflation-hit armed forces cut back OTTAWA (CP) Canada's inflation-hit armed forces are cutting personnel and other costs and studying how to trim what they term a much- needed modernization program in an effort to re- main within their budget. Acknowledgement of the serious position of the forces was given in an interview Fri- day by Defence Minister James Richardson who said he will seek additional money for the defence budget next year. Mr. Richardson and other sources said there is intense study under way to see how the stretched-thin forces can live within a budget when inflation is running 10 per cent or more. Already the forces have been allowed to drop to about under authorized at a time when expanded peacekeeping duties are sapping available resources. Mr. Richardson said there must be cuts in personnel and operating costs and capital ex- penditures will have to be de- ferred or perhaps cancelled. A reduction in capital ex- penditures will be sad news to' a force in the midst of a modernization program that was made necessary by. an only recently ended budgetary freeze. He also said he must look at Canada's commitments to see if trimming is possible. Canada now has troops serving with NATO in Europe, 950 on Cyprus and in the Middle East. The minister will visit all three areas later this month and it is expected he will in- vestigate reduction of the Canadian United Nations con- tingent on Cyprus. While saying he will discuss the need for more money with treasury board, the minister also said the forces must live within their budget, which is about 10 per cent of the total expenditures of the federal government. The 1974-75 estimates call for expenditures of about billion. Sources say that some forces exercises have been cancelled already and others probably will get the axe. One official said search and rescue seems to be the only operation that will not be studied with a view to possible reductions. An example of cost-cutting is the laying up of the sub- marine Rainbow in Es- quimalt, B.C., two months in advance. She is to go out of service at the end of the year but was to have taken part in exercises before that. Mr. Richardson commented in an interview after he was questioned in the Commons by Allan McKinnon (PC-Vic- the new Conservative military critic. Mr. McKinnon said he has heard that commanders have been warned of a 30-per-cent cut in operating and mainte- nance expenditures this year. Mr. Richardson did not deny this figure but replied that cuts will have to be considered in ail per- sonnel and capital expen- ditures. Mr. McKinnon told reporters that a 30-per-cent cut would bring the forces to a standstill. He said the cuts show that Mr. Richardson's much-heralded policy of allowing the defence budget to grow seven per cent a year is nonsense. "There is going to be a suc- cession of bad news for the the former naval offi- cer forecast. Mr. Richardson announced his seven-per-cent growth rate last October, saying it meant a new era for the forces because they could plan ex- penditures well in advance. Kneels to sign Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam kneels to sign a guest book offical residence of Prime Minister Trudeau Friday night. Mr. Whitlam is in Ottawa for a two-day unofficial visit during which he will meet .with Mr. Trudeau and see Niagara Falls. Trudeau's friend rockets upward OTTAWA (CP) Michael Pitfield, a friend of Prime Minister Trudeau who has rocketed upward in the federal public service, was named by Mr. Trudeau Friday to the top non-elected job in BOBTARLECK STANDS FOR Broader representation on city council Continuing support for essential community service programs Stricter monitoring of the allocation of city contracts. For Alderman elect BOBTARLECK X Concerned for the 70's to Etoct Bob Twtock Ottawa, secretary to the cabinet. Mr. Pitfield, 37, is expected to take up the job early in 1975. Currently deputy minister of consumer and cor- porate affairs he is on five- month executive leave until Jan. 15 studying and teaching at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. R. Gordon Robertson, 57, cabinet secretary for 11 years, was named in the Trudeau an- nouncement to a new secretary to the cabinet for federal-provincial affairs. The appointment for Mr. Robertson was set up in a speech to Parliament Wednes- day by Mr. Trudeau, who said the new office would be es- tablished to give added impor- tance to federal-provincial relations. r Girl Guides of Canada Guide Kathy Scheu is shown presenting a collection of Guiding books to Mrs. Kay MacLeod, vice-chairman of the Lethbridge Public Library board. The books were donated by Guides and Brownies throughout Lethbridge to be used as resource material by the public. Looking on next to Mrs. MacLeod are Mrs, M. Scheu. Lethbridge Division Commissioner and Mrs. H Ruston, Stafford District Commissioner. The Girl Guides of Canada is a member of the United Way. From the funds collected in the 1973 campaign it received More is needed to sustain its services. Give generously during this year's campaign Sept 16-Oct. 16 Your United Way contribution helps 14 other agencies in addition to Girl Guides of Canada United Way tee The United Way 1120 7th AVMIM South Lcihbridga, Alberta (C vi tl4 JlMtiont wIP 99 toy ufHttel receipts.) REGISTERED NURSES Alberta General Service Nurse I: a month B.C. General Duty Registered: a month, first year Ontario-Ottawa Civic Hospital: a month, minimum starting CLERK Ml Province of Alberta: S382-S553 a month City of Medicine Hat: Clerk a month Clerk a month City of Calgary: Clerk a month Clerk a month GARMENT WORKERS Province of Alberta: a month Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton: a month SNOW PLOW OPERATORS Province of an hour City of Edmonton: an hour CARETAKER Province of Alberta: a month City of Calgary: S648-S780 a month City of Medicine Hat: a month POWER PLANT ENGINEERS (2nd .Class) Province of Alberta Salary: International Union of Operating Engineers: (as of Oct. SOCIAL WORKERS Alberta Social Worker I: Compared to school teacher, same educational standard, similar responsibility to society: Edmonton School District fl7: starting. Civil Service Association of Alberta ;