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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, October 16, 1974 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Comeback for the Kakapo? A team from New Zealand's Wildlife Service have captured two of the country's rare native parrot, the Kakapo. The flightless kakapo is facing extinction and officials plan to release the two captured birds on a remote island free of predators in the hope that the birds will breed. Lougheed campaigner now competitor CALGARY (CP) When Art Smith, president of Inter- national Jet Air, helped Peter Lougheed get elected premier, he never expected to end up competing with the Progressive Conservative leader. But that's the way it turned out when the Alberta government bought Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) this summer and Mr. Smith, 55, says it's enough to make him think of going back into politics. "I happen to be an ardent free enterpriser, in fact I'm beginn- ing to wonder if I am a member of a dying he said in an interview. "I think the only thing that would bring me back into (politics) is if I could be convinced that there was an portunity to represent private initiative and the private sector. "If we destroy the individual or corporate initiative to do things for ourselves, we'll end up as a nation that makes a living collecting taxes from one another. I think it's that serious." Mr. Smith served two terms as a Calgary alderman, one as an MLA, three terms in the House of Commons and was defeated in a bid for this city's mayor's chair. He also spent four years at the United Nations, two of them assigned to Dag Hammarsk- jold, the secretary-general. In 1963 the junior high school graduate who never did get back to finishing his education, opened a public relations firm with a borrowed typewriter and his wife as his secretary. Public relations business early 1973 he was involved, among other things, in public relations, including helping the Conservatives unseat the Social Credit party in Alberta and building a forestry complex for the Malaysian government. Then be joined the Alberta con- glomerate Allarco as a vice president who got tagged with the specific duty of making Jet Air pay. That was before Mr. Lougheed decided to buy PWA. "I think in this last situation (Premier Lougheed} made a mistake. "The justification for (buying PWA) was flimsy, the conse- quences of it were, I thought, never explored and it is contrary to all of the principles on which he campaigned. "If there is a continuation of absolute plain socialism de- veloping in Alberta or in the country then I would decide to re- enter the political forum with one objective and that is too see a return to sanity. "There is no way that Jet Air is going to compete with a government-owned airline that established itself as a Crown company and avoids federal income taxes, that has the resources of approximately 1900 million or billion a year and can buy any number of planes. "I object on two counts. It totally dislocates the ordinary market place and it's contrary to the principles on which be was elected." More headaches But a threat from the government he helped form is not Mr. Smith's only headache. There was also the federal government which has been slow to grant Jet Air routes where passenger travel is heavy and this, coupled with a record of losses, has led to a staff cut to 71 from 135, an end to scheduled routes, and a decision to concentrate on Arctic chatter business. "The regulatory system in this country is so slow it is gradually strangling the opportunity for private, smali com- panies to expand in the areas of the regional carriers. Unless the federal government changes that system there won't be any third-level carriers in this country in a couple of years because most of them are in very serious financial difficulties "I'm not asking for any subsidy, merely the right to fly competitively. "AH OK authority Jet Air has bad in the past is to fly literal- ly from nowhere to nowhere. "We are not going to continue on a wide profile hoping we are going to get some routes when we are caught in between two governments, one as a competitor and the other that over- regulates us." When Art Smith isn't flying about caring for the concerns of Jet Air, he's trying to grab a little time with his family. He has two grown sons and be and his wife adopted a baby girl five years ago. fashions month 3 days only Save Our best- selling plush nylon pile Save 25% Our best selling shag. If s terrific! 11 99 Reg. yd. sq. yd. 12 Reg. sq.yd. going to love it! 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