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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBHIDQE OCIODtf 1i, W9 Defence budget to grow OTTAWA (CP) After liv- ing for years with tightened belts, some controversy and less-than-perfect morale, the armed forces appear to be entering a period of tranquili- ty and relative prosperity. This appears to be the out- look after Defence Minister James Richardson announced last week that the department budget will grow by seven per cent a year for the next five years. The announcement follows recommendations from military chiefs on ways to br- ing the forces up to the stan- dard they want. The announcement actually puts an annual freeze on military spending, and although it is difficult to tell the effects of future inflation, senior forces personnel appear happy with the for- mula Mr. Richardson pushed through cabinet with some dif- ficulty. Mr. Richardson told a news conference last week that the cabinet tried to reduce the seven-per-cent annual in- crease that will take the defence budget up to about billion a year in five years. Armed forces officials, in- cluding Gen. J. A. Dextraze, chief of defence staff, now will be able to plan ahead for new equipment after almost five years of belt-tightening budgets. Gen. Dextraze, in an inter- view acknowledged that the morale of the 83.000-member force was affected during the austerity years Last year the department ended a three-year budget freeze that restricted spending to about billion annually. But even before the start of that freeze funds had been restricted and the forces had started to feel the pinch. In the last year, with the budget past the billion mark for the first time, there has been a steady stream of capital spending, on everything from arms to roll- ing stock. Senior officials now can answer demands from throughout the forces for spending necessary to keep them up to date. Gen. Dextraze, while acknowledging sagging of morale added that too much has been made of the question. He said there was no question of low morale when the forces were called in on the 1970 Quebec crisis. The men then had acted professionally and did their jobs happily. He said there was bound to be some unhappiness when long-standing traditions were changed by earlier unification of the three traditional military groups. But the period of instability following unification was end- ed and the general is seeking ways to inspire the espirit de corps that once came from membership in famous units. Believing that everybody wants some identification he is working toward badges identifying forces personnel as members of a particular branch of the service and a particular part of that branch Another west tour for Lang OTTAWA (CP) Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, will be on the Prairies again this weekend, the third in less than a month. He starts his tour Thursday with a speech in Winnipeg to the Canadian International Grains Institute. Friday he is in Regina for meetings with the Saskatche- wan Federation of Agriculture, directors of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and the Palliser Wheat Growers' Association. Also Friday, he is to attend two public meetings on feed Rouleau and Sou they. Two more public meetings are scheduled Saturday, at Muenster and Cudworth, before Mr. Lang returns to Manitoba for a meeting at MacGregor. 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