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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 LETHBFIIDGE HERALD Thursday, October 11, 1973 'Secure boundaries are vital' Armed forces 'in new era9 GEORGE HEES OTTAWA (CP) In what he called a "new era" for the armed forces, Defence Minister James Richardson announced a program today under which the defence budget will increase seven per cent a year for at least the next five years The minister announced at a news conference a combina- tion of increased spending and reduction in some equipment and establishments to permit an increase in the capital ex- penditures that will eventual- ly reach 20 per cent of the total defence budget. At the same time the minister expressed hope that the total defence expenditures will become a smaller portion of the gross national product, total value of all goods and services in Canada. He said the defence budget will grow by more than million a year for the next five years By the fifth year of the plan, the budget will be more JAMES RICHAKUSOlN than billion, compared with the billion of the current fiscal year. This year capital ex- penditures amounted to about 11 per cent of the total budget or about million. The minister said expenditures next year will be about million and by the end of the five-year period should reach million. George Hees, Conservative defence critic, said after the minister's news conference that with inflation increasing by 8.5 per cent a year, the government will actually be spending 1 5 per cent less each year on defence "This is a shameful and in- excusable position for a government which has pledg- ed its support for a collective security system, the purpose of which is to prevent a third world war." He said the capability of the Communist forces is steadily increasing. Equipment payment Much of the additional money, in the early part of the five-year period at least, will go to pay for equipment already ordered The government will obtain a new long-range patrol air- craft at a cost said to be as high as billion, new com- munications equipment, a new surface-to-air missile system, some helicopters, trucks and other equipment. To effect savings to help pay for increased expenditures the forces will. the Pine Tree radar line sites in Ontario 38 CF-lOOs, all 20 years old, out of service. Sell or lease four destroyers which have become redundant because of additions to the fleet. anti-submarine equipment from 16 of 33 tracker aircraft. the 29-year-old training submarine HMCS Rainbow. by one-half the million annual civil emergency measures finan- cial assistance program. Limit size The minister said the size of the armed forces will remain at about and the number of civilian employees may be reduced slightly by attrition He said the savings resulting from the announced cuts will increase annually un- til reaching about million by the end of the five-year period The defence department budget increased from billion this year, the end of a three-year budget freeze that resulted in the forces falling behind in their equipment needs. The minister put heavy em- phasis on his statement that the department is entering a new era. "It is an era of growing budgets, an era which I hope will be one of still higher morale and, above all, an era in which the Canadian armed forces will be spending the taxpayers' money to improve Canada as well as to protect Canada Negative statement But Mr Hees said the minister's statement "is mainly negative in that it deals principally with what the government is eliminating, rather than what it is improving Mr Hees, who has long said that Canada should increase its contribution to the NATO forces in Europe back to its level from the pre- sent saiu the minister's remarks will be a disappoint- ment both to the armed forces and to Canada's allies. Mr, Richardson, in men- tioping new expenditures planned by the forces, did not mention a replacement for the elderly Centurian tank About million was budg- eted this year for such a re- placement but the govern- ment decided, after studies of the British Scorpion vehicle, to stick with the Centurians. But the minister said there will eventually be a replacement. The minister's decision about the sale or lease of four destroyers follows earlier an- nouncements that the naval arm has not the men to man the ships Get new ships The sea arm is getting four modern destroyers, the Iro- quois, Athabaskan. Huron and Algonquin To be dropped are the St. Laurent, commissioned in 1955 and based in Halifax and the Chaudiere, commissioned in 1959, the Columbia, com- missioned in 1959, and the St. Croix, commissioned in 1958. The last three are based on Esquimau, B.C. Also based at Esquimau is the Rainbow, a Second World War American submarine which has been serving as a training vessel. Three1 modern Oberon class submarines operating now in the Atlantic will continue in service. Answering questions, Mr. Richardson said he could not tell the effect of inflation on the annual budget increases. He said he would hope that government action to curb in- flation would mean it would not have too much effect. He said the government has set no target on what per- centage of the gross national product should be spent on de- fence. At present about 2.3 per cent of the GNP is spent on defence. Israel would accept conditional ceasefire NEW YORK (Reuter) Is- raeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban says Israel would accept a ceasefire in the Mid- dle East if the Egyptian and Syrian governments agreed to restore the previous ceasefire boundaries that were in effect when the current fighting started. "Surely, the only answer is to restore the legal system of the ceasefire that existed before Oct. 6, and from then to proceed with negotiations for Eban said in an inter- view on the CBS television network. Asked by CBS correspon- dent Richard C Hottelet what he saw as the broader im- plications of the new war for the future prospects of peace. the Israeli foreign minister replied: "On the one hand, it points up the sterility and the futility arising from the absence of peace. On the other hand, Israel must learn two lessons: The first lesson is the total fragility of the written under- takings and of guarantees and of signatures of our neighbors. And the more substantial which will have its effects in the peace learned something about the vital im- portance of secure bound- aries." Eban, attending the United Nations General Assembly here, said every Israeli was asking himself the question: "What, heaven forbid, would our situation have been if the Egyptian and Syrian armies had sprung at our heart and our throat, not from places dozens and sometimes hundreds of kilometres away from our population centres and our main cities, but from the previous armistice lines that existed on the fourth of June, 1967? I shudder in terms of all our nation's history to think what our fate would be." Hottelet, saying the Arabs had fought better this time than ever before, asked Eban if this gave them a stronger negotiating position. Eban said, "it re- mains to be discussed and analysed how much of this ad- vantage derives not from better military posture or talent, but from the extraor- dinary circumstance of sur- prise and initiative which they seized because of the circum- stances." Sudbury newsmen maintain walkout SUDBURY, Ont. 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