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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, October LETHBRIDQE Former auditor-general slams gov't spending OTTAWA (CP) Maxwell Henderson has mellowed little in his attitude toward federal spending since leaving the watchdog auditor-general's post in March, 1973. "Waste, extravagance and non-productive spending" con- tinue to characterize govern- ment operations, he told a luncheon meeting of the Ot- tawa Women's Canadian Club Wednesday. And the many documented cases set out in his sometimes-salty, sometimes- humorous annual reports to the House of Commons between 1960 and 1973 con- tinue to be largely unan- swered by the government, he charged. He said he had always re- garded the auditor-general's role as being one of safeguard- ing parliamentary control over public funds. The job does not involve trying to br- ing the government into dis- repute, "although this may act as an incentive throughout the government." In fact, as federal spending has grown from a level of million annually a hundred years ago to a current level something in excess of bil- lion a year, a continuing ero- sion of parliamentary control over this vast spending has oc- curred. Part of the blame for this erosion he laid at the feet of the Commons public accounts committee, which considers actions to be taken upon the auditor-general's report. The 1970 and 1971 reports still await committee con- sideration, he said. So does a draft drawn up at con- siderable expense at parliamentary would finally have set out in legislative form the auditor- general's independence from the government. Meanwhile, the public ac- counts committee continues a practice of meeting only for 90-minute sessions twice a week, and it takes from 18 months to five years on average to have the auditor- general's report considered. This contrasts with the case in countries like Australia, where the whole process can be cleaned up in three to four months, Mr. Henderson said. T. C. Douglas breaks ribs in fall OTTAWA (CP) T.C. Douglas, 69-year-old former New Democratic Party leader who will be 70 this Sunday, broke three ribs in a weekend fall from the roof of his cot- tage. His wife said Tuesday the MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan- The Islands was putting a cover over the chimney of the building when he fell eight to 10 feet onto a stone terrace. Jaworski says evidence shows Nixon is guilty NEW YORK (AP) Special Watergate Prosecutor Leon Jaworski has told the Wall Street Journal that evidence already public and still to come at the Watergate trial will conclusively show former presi- dent Richard Nixon guilty, of obstructing justice. "The evidence will show he's guilty, just as much as a guilty Jaworski said in an interview reported from Washington in The Journal on Wednesday. Javorski also indicated there were areas other than obstructing justice in which a case cculd be made against Nixon. He said President Ford's pardon of Nixon, and its timing, will not affect the amount of information about Watergate that finally, becomes public. The offer of the pardon and its acceptance also show- ed Nixon was guilty, Jaworski said. "A pardon isn't just a beautiful document to frame and hang on the wall. You are offered a pardon only because it is believed you can be charged and con- victed. You accept it only if you want to be he said. The Journal said Jaworski, who is leaving next week after 11 months as special prosecutor, declined to say whether he would have brought Nixon to trial had Ford not pardoned the former president. "Nothing is served by talking about hypothetical situations he said. Trim, Compact Zenith Eyeglass Hearing Aid Make the right decision now and try this reliable Zenith Carlyle aid at no obligation. And if within 10 days after purchase you aren't completely satis- fied, you may return the aid and your money, except for the cost of a custom earmold, will be refunded. Batteries for al! makes of hearing aids. The quality gees in before the name gees on LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. P. A. LEISTER, Cwttftod Muring Aid AudMogM "Helping the hard of hearing since 1943" Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 715-4th Avenue S. 327-2272 Gov't aided strike-plagued United OTTAWA (CP) Industry Minister Alastair Gillespie ad- mitted Wednesday there are grey areas in contracts under which strike plagued United Aircraft of Canada received millions of dollars in govern- ment aid. Asked by reporters about the company's transfer of some production to the United States during a continuing strike at Longueuil, Que., he said it is difficult to know if the move violated earlier contracts awarding million to United Aircraft. "I think every contract probably has a degree 9! greyness. That's why courts exist." A spokesman said Mr. Gillespie was referring to the complexity of the contracts and was not hinting at any intention to take United Aircraft to court. Mr. Gillespie said he is satisfied the company is repatriating production to the Montreal-area plant, but he is unable to judge its frankness about production expansion. "I'll only be able to answer that in the light of their per- formances in the coming months." He had learned about the transfer of 40 per cent of the company's aircraft engine production only after it was under way. Mr. Gillespie said the ques- tion of whether all production of the engines has to be in Canada is another grey area. Research for the engines was financed partly by the government. Production could take place at United Aircraft's U.S. parent company and at American subconstractors if no Canadian production sources were available. He said this was the case during the Longueuil strike, which began in January. Some production has since resumed despite the strike. Ideally, all production should be in Canada "as long as it makes economic sense." "The Canadian facilities have to be competitive." BUY NEW CANADA SAVINGS EVERY YEAR FOR 9 YEARS New Canada Savings Bonds are a g reat combination of security, income and flexibility. They're a secure investment, backed by all the resources of Canada. They pay a year, guaranteed to you year after year for 9 years. Canada Savings Bonds can be bought for cash or on installments wherever you bank or invest, in amounts from up to And, as always, they are cashable anytime at their full face value plus earned interest. Buy New Canada Savings Bonds today. And remember, past Series of Canada Savings Bonds are now worth more than ever. The cash bonus payments have been increased to produce, from September 1, 1974 to maturity, an average annual yield of Complete details are available where you bank or invest. SECURITY INCOME FLEXIBILITY New immigration policy 6non-discriminatory' OTTAWA (CP) Canada will retain the "universal and non-discriminatory" im- migration practices it now follows when a new immigra- tion policy proposal is releas- ed next year, Prime Minister Trudeau said Wednesday. He made the statement in the Commons when question- ed about reports that Im- migration Minister Robert Andras wants the cabinet to approve tougher restrictions to keep immigrants from entering the country. Mr. Trudeau said the government will not dis- criminate against immigrants on the basis of race or the countries they come from. He refused to indicate whether final policy revisions have been approved by cabinet but said a redrafted Homosexual, epileptic bans under review OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment will review its ban on homosexual and epileptic immigrants as part of an over- all review of immigration policy, an immigration department official said Wednesday. The official said the prohibi- tion against both classes of immigrants will be assessed in a forthcoming green paper on immigration policy. The green paper, to be pub- lished in December, will not state government policy but will set out alternatives for discussion before a new im- migration policy is es- tablished. The official said the review is aimed at revising the ex- isting 1952 Immigration Act. The official said the ban on epileptics will almost certain- ly be lifted because the dis- ease now is controllable. At present epileptics require a special ministerial permit to be allowed to remain as-land- ed immigrants. Changes affecting homosex- uals are not as clear, the offi- cial said. The Immigration Act now lists homosexuals under prohibited classes along with prostitutes and pimps. About a dozen members of the Gays of Ottawa marched in front of immigration department offices Tuesday following a meeting between department officials and the group's political action com- mittee. The group says prohibiting entry of homosexuals to Canada is an archaic rule since changes to the Criminal Code have legalized homosex- ual activity between consenting adults. Martha gets a week NEW YORK (AP) Martha Mitchell was granted temporary alimony Wednes- day of a week, one-third the sum she had sought from her husband, former U.S. at- torney general John Mitchell. In making the award, state Supreme Court Justice Manuel Gomez noted that Mitchell grosses a week and that his Fixed weekly ex- penses amount to leaving prior to taxes the sum of Mitchell's financial obligations do not include carrying charges for the Fifth Avenue co-operative apart- ment where Mrs. Mitchell now lives. She is to pay those cbarties out of her alimony. The judge said that "during the past year, the defendant (Mitchell) has expended for plaintiffs (Mrs. Mitchell's) maintenance approximately and it is the court's view that pending the trial of the action, the defendant's obligation should continue at such a rate which rate, in- cidentally, approximates 40 per cent of the defendant's net taxable income." Mrs. Mitchell's lawyer said in a court bearing Oct. 8 that she has bad to take odd jobs because she needed money. position paper is scheduled for release "in the new year." He told Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield he hopes the paper will set out "new direc- tions" in immigration policy and be debated by the Com- mons. If any interim policy changes are made, he added, they will be announced in nor- mal fashion by Mr. Andras. REDUCE IMMIGRATION? Reports published earlier Wednesday said Mr. Andras had nan into resistance from cabinet colleagues by propos- ing restrictions that would reduce immigration from South America, Asia, the Caribbean and parts of Europe. The reports said the propos- als, making it -tougher for relatives of immigrants to enter the country, were put forward because of high infla- tion and unemployment in Canada. Mr. Stanfield pressed for on whether cabinet has decided in princi- ple what must be made. Mr. Trudeau said cabinet discussions are secret and the opposition leader should not ask for details. Mr. Stanfield said that MPs have a right to ask about.government policy. EVER-UTE ELECTRIC LTD. APPOINTMENT Ever-Lite Electric Limited is pleased to announce the appoint- ment of Mr. Graham W. Collins, as Sales Representative for the Southern Alberta area. Exclusive distributor for Ever-Lite INCADESCENT FLUORESCENT LAMPS, Fire protection equipment, idustrial and Manu- facturing. 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