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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, October LETHBRIDQE HERALD __ _ _ 1 1 Richardson, top general differ on defence cuts f 'Canadian men die too young9 OTTAWA (CP) Defence Minister James Richardson and his top general apparently are wide apart on what to do about Canada's inflation-hit, overworked armed forces. The minister says the forces can stand a reduction from their authorized strength pro- vided they are well equipped. Gen. Jacques Dextraze, chief of defence staff, feels the forces cannot fulfil their commitments with less than the authorized strength'of persons. Meanwhile, with the size of the forces now down to about Allan B. McKinnon of Vic- toria, new Progressive Conservative military critic, has charged that funds are low and morale lower. Gen. Dextraze's feelings were, revealed in a September letter to his forces. He denied rumors that the strength was to be reduced and said the number of personnel can only be changed if its commitments are reduced. He said he believes "that we can meet our. commitments within our present ceiling' of I am equally sure that we cannot do it with less." The general said the forces are the most ef- ficient military organization in the industrial- ized world. "But I know that there is no fat left; indeed, we may have cut too near the bone in some areas. And so, my position is that unless we eliminate a major commitment, we cannot pos- sibly do our job with few people. "Of course, I believe that every one of our commitments is necessary to the sovereignty and security of the nation; but this is my per- sonal judgment, the government may decide to eliminate some of our tasks, and that is the government's prerogative." He said he knows the men are overworked and that any further reduction of personnel will produce an impossible situation in many units. The general pointed out a situation that makes inflation more difficult for the military equipment costs rise faster than prices in the economy as a whole. Later this month, Mr. Richardson is to go to West Germany, where there are Ca- nadians; Cyprus, 950 Canadians, and the Middle East, Among other things he will see whether he can reduce the Cyprus commitment. Meanwhile, he is committing himself to con- tinuing needed modernization, even at the ex- pense of manpower. In a speech at Montebello, Que., Thursday he said there must be an increase in the defence budget to buy new equipment. Then he added: "I think we have concentrated too much on the numbers of people that we have in the Canadian armed forces. We have picked as if it was some magic yard- stick. "All I'm saying that it isn't." Military capability had to be the first concern of the forces and capital costs had to be moved up. The minister is expected to speak in the throne speech debate this week and to reply to a hard- hitting speech by Mr. McKinnon, who said: "Our defence situation is serious. Funds seem to be low, but not lower than morale in the ser- vices. The result of years of neglect is beginning to show. The minister cannot further reduce the stringent budget of the forces without doing them serious harm. TORONTO (CP) Canadian men die too young, federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde said Monday. He told a conference of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans that life expectancy of women exceeds that of men by five years. And men lose three times as many years of potential life as women through the five major causes of early accidents, coronary disease, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, suicide and other accidents, the health minister said. He listed some examples: 1971, men died in automobile accidents compared with women; winter, 112 men died in snowmobile accidents compared with 15 women; times as many men as women died from in- dustrial accidents and six times as many from lung cancer. The ratio is similar for drownings, cirrhosis of the liver, suicide and bronchitis. 1971, more than men between the ages of 35 and 70 died of cardiovascular disease, but only women. I SOCKEYE SALMON 99 Sm Trader. 7% oz. net wt. Argood Pure, 24 fl. oz. tin STRAWBERRY JAM I09 Aruood Pure. 24II. OZ. tin I19 100 GROUND COFFEE Safeway All Purpose, 11b. pkg. PANCAKE SYRUP Empress and Waffle Syrup, 44 oz. net wt. bottle FROZEN FOODS CONDENSED TOMATO SOUP CONDENSED VEGETABLE SOUP TOWNHOUSE SOUPS Tomato or Vegetable Cond., 10 fl. oz. tin o Crafted in Staffordshire, England at home in castle or cottage... in warm earth tones to grace any table. STRAWBERRIES Bel Air Frozen Sliced Canada Fancy, 15 oz. net wt. pkg. 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