Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge. Alberta. Monday, October 15. 1973 PAGES 13-24 Local news ff V' V, NDP meets Roundup In the Gap s? The North Fork Stockmen's Association brought 813 cattle in off its summer range Satur- day. Most ranchers trucked their cattle home, but in the top picture, Hilton Pharis of Cowley drives 88 head through the Gap, about 20 miles north of Coleman. Centre left, Jenny Dweyer, Diane Dweyer, Carol Schweb and Peggy Dweyer, all of Lundbreck watch the action in a loading pen as cattle are herded aboard a truck. Centre right, steaming plates of stew are served up in a modern chuck wagon a converted school bus. Bottom right, the view looking west over the cattle pens. The animals entered from the right after being driven in from the range. er" Walter Kerber photos 'Oil tax necessary' By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer The federal government's 40-cent-per-barrel export tax on oil will benefit all of Canada, including Alberta, provincial NDP leader Grant Notley said Saturday. He said Premier Peter Lougheed's opposition to the tax is really support for the major international oil cam- panies. "If I was the chairman of the board of Standard Oil of New Jersey (which owns Imperial I'd be smil- ing at his Mr. Notley told delegates attending a meeting of the provincial council of the New Democratic Party in Lethbridge. The federal government had to introduce the tax after they discovered that October bids for oil export were priced 40 cents a barrel lower than the market price in the U.S. If the government hadn't acted, American shareholders of the oil companies would have pocketed about million a year. Mr. Notley said. If, instead of the export tax. the government had forced the oil companies to bring their domestic price in line with American prices. Cana- dian consumers would have been paying more for oil, and the Canadian subsidiaries of the foreign-controlled oil cor- porations would have made the extra money. "The course they took was not only in Canada's benefit, it was in Alberta's benefit un- less you assume it is in Alber- ta's benefit to give million a day to Chicago he said. Premier Lougheed is trying to lead Albertans into a con- frontation with Ottawa where the only winner will be the in- ternational oil companies, the provincial NDP leader said. There is justifiable resent- ment in Western Canada towards central interests and Premier Lougheed is "ob- viously making his pitch to tap this resentment." He told the provincial coun- cillors that Premier Lougheed's insistence that Alberta owns her natural resources means taking a provincial approach to dealing with multi-national oil com- panies. Canadians should "at least take a national bargaining Mr. Notley said. In an interview after the meeting, he said Canada's position could be strengthened further by joining the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries "As an exporter of oil, we have a vested interest in joining." The major benefit would be that Canadians could then take a collective bargaining approach with the world-wide oil companies. In addition, OPEC "is doing some exciting things towards, gaining control over the oil in- he said. But. given the advantages, the present Alberta govern- ment would never consider joining because their com- mitments are too close to the oil companies. Mr. Notley said. "I don't question the sincerity of Lougheed and his cabinet, they're just too caught up in the mythology of private enterprise." "The net result of his policy is that they lie solely with the oil companies, but they (the cabinet) are not doing it in a dishonest wav." Grant Notley Alberta NDP Leader Grant Notley called Saturday for the establishment of an extra- parliamentary group to deal with election reform. He said election financing is of particular relevance to Alberta because "we are entering an era of billion- dollar deals." The Alberta government is now dealing with giant multi- national corporations which have, in some cases, "even financed revolution." the NDP leader said. He said the government should set up a committee of labor, business, farm and un- iversity leaders to draw up a non-partisan policy on elec- toral reform, including elec- tion financing. He said the present system of election financing "allows Imperial Oil, or Gulf Oil to subtley. or otherwise, dictate government policy. Lougheed 'missed point" Premier Peter Lougheed missed an important point when drawing up the deal with the Syncrude consortium, says Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley. Although the province will get 50 per cent of the profits, ownership and management will rest with the four oil com- panies making up the Syncrude group. "When you assign the syn- dicate management control, it doesn't matter if you get 50 per cent of the profits" because it has the power to decide how large a profit the company will show, Mr. Notley said at a meeting Saturday. Before establishing its profit picture. Syncrude will be able to deduct all normal operating expenses, as well as the interest on the estimated million the consortium will have to borrow. ,s STsvJ Questions people ask The tourism season is over and Frank Smith, the executive vice-president of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta, has compiled a list of a few of the more amus- ing questions tourists asked over the summer. The questions, put to the counsellors in the association in- formation booths, include. far is it to Banniff? providence is this? we have to change our money? that fort of the your White House? owns Canada? I get a map of the State of the president of this here country? is the best road to Calgar? can we see the famed changing of the guards? dem Chinese Gardens?