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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta HE JUST DROPED IN TO KISS THE BRIDE This guest did his best to make it tc the church on time for the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Batt. The couple was wed on Can- adian Forces Base Edmonton where the groom and his falling friend are members of a Forces jump team. Tide of anti-Yankeeism said swelling in Canada By HOD CURRIE WASHINGTON (CP) Sena- tor Frank Church said Tuesday a "tide of anti- Yankeeism" is welling in Can- ada and it "is possible that President Nixon has been badly Informed" about circumstances there. Church, chairman of the Se- nate subcommittee on Western Hemisphere affairs, said in a Senate speech that during the last 10 years "Canadians have been moving toward the conclu- sion that they arc, in effect, subservient to the United States." He expressed "concern about the increasing anti-U.S. senti- ment in and said Ca- nadians are searching for peaceful ways lo assert their national independence. "Where this search will lead them is still uncertain, but the growth of Canadian nationalism is a reality which we, in the United Slates, must reckon with and acknowledge." Referring to the U.S. 10-per- cent supplementary import duty announced by Nixon Aug. 15, Church said "if there is any one country that deserves an ex- emption, Canada is that coun- try." All signs indicate that the next Canadian election "will be fought on fiercely nationalistic lines." He added: "I only hope, in order to stem the rising tide pi anti-Yankeeism now welling in teat country, that future U.S. foreign policy decisions show more deference to Canadian sensitivities." VEER AWAY Church outlined lire degree of U.S. ownership in Canada and noted that Canada has "veered sharply away" from U.S. for- eign policy in many areas. "This impulse of Canada lo find a more independent course in foreign affairs has its roots in the events of the 1960s. The shocked reaction in Canada to racial conflict, riots and politi- cal assassination in the United Slates, along with Canadian dis- taste for the Vietnam war, fos- tered a wave of anti-Yankeeism which swept through Canada's intellectual and artistic com- These "ill-feelings" not only continue to persist but the sur- tax "has exacerbated them still further." It was possible Nixon was "in- sensitive" to Canadian circum- stances because he was badly informed. "Even through Canada re- frained from retaliating in kind to our surtax, the Nixon pack- age may produce other harmful effects. This is the third lime in a decade that Canada has un- successfully appealled to Wash- ington for an exemption from a balance-of-payments measure. Also, Canada's unemployment rate now has reached 7.1 per cent, considerably higher than our own." Prime Minister Trudeau had always regarded "Canadian na- tionalism as a regressive force." "Nevertheless, events and public opinion are forcing him to make policy decisions which reassert or een extend the area of Canadian nalional con- trol." The Lethbridge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October 20, 1971 Pages 31-38 Conservatives may increase oil, gas royalties to meet promises By WALTER KREVENC1IUK EDMONTON (CP) Where, an oil industry spokes- man asked, is Alberta's new- ly-elected Progressive Con- servative government going to get the money to meet its many election promises? Chances are the Conserva- tives will increase oil and nat- ural gas royalties, since the less-palatable alternatives are a sales tax or boost in the provincil income tax. The royalties, set for 10 years, come up for renewal April 1. Premier Peter Lougheed has been advised to take it easy, and not to "forget that the province is the largest sin- gle beneficiary of the oil and gas business." Carl Nickle, publisher of the Daily Oil Bulletin in Calgary, said the Alberta government already is getting 62 per cent of the profit. Mr. Nickle said the province gets a higher percentage of the gross value nf oil pro- duced than any member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, if leases, royalties and so on are in- cluded. MAY DECLINE Reductions i n incentives and financial interests and in- creased government control and levies could all reach a point where the industry de- clines and government reve- nues decline The Conservatives are aware of the possible conse- quences of an increase in roy- alties. "We are not unmindful of the story of killing the goose that laid the golden says the party platform. But Mr. Lougheed is talking about a balanced budget, something the province hasn't had for three years, and will have to find new sources of revenue to reach that objec- tive- Alberta is already some- what of an oil exploration backwater. There hasn't been a major discovery in the prov- ince for five years and com- panies are moving into more attractive regions in the Arc- tic, offshore and the North Sea off Britain. FANTASTIC PLAY "The North Sea is a fantas- tic oil play and the govern- ments are doing everything possible to encourage this de- said Stan Milncr, vice-president of the Inde- APPLIANCE TV CENTRE WAYNE BAKER WAYNE BAKER SUGGESTS FOR EASY WINTER CLOTHES CARE SEE THIS GENERAL ELECTRIC GAS DRYER With features like 3 Temperature Selection Safety Start Switch Permanent Press Cycle Automatic Cool Down Porcelain Tub Porcelain Top 3 Way Venting V--V Not Ai Illustrated MATCHING 2 SPEED AUTOMATIC WASHER FOR ONLY 329 APPLIANCE and TV CENTRE 812 4th Ave. S. Phone 328-1673 or 328-1332 Directly Acrott From Enersons' Downtown Showroom EASY TERMS GRAIN TAKEN IN TRADE FREE DELIVERY ANYWHERE IN S. ALBERTA. pendent Petroleum Associa- tion of Canada. "This area is going to drain off exploration dollars from Alberta as the Alaska play did a few years Mr. Milner said. "Not only could Alberta suf- fer the direct effect of losing petroleum industry explora- tion activities, but also the shift .away of the large sec- ondary industry which has built up around the petroleum industry." The royalty on crude oil now is eight per cent on a well that produces 750 barrels a month or less, increasing on a sliding scale until it reaches 16 2-3 per cent when a well produces barrels a month. The royalty is based on the value of the crude at the wellhead and averages 14 per cent. On natural gas and its by- products, the government gets 16 2-3 per cent. H. H. S'omer- ville, deputy minister of mines and minerals, said the government's share is one- sixth of what the operator of the gas well gets, less the cost of processing. Mr. Somerville said about 15 per cent of oil production and 20 per cent of gas produc- tion is not subject to royalties, because the mineral rights are owned by individuals or a company. Alberta introduced its first royalty on crude per 1, 1930, and placed a royalty on natural gas in 1943. Through successive changes, it reached its present level in 1962- Alberta government income from the petroleum industry since 1947 exceeds billion, with billion coming from royalties. In the first eight months of 1971, ro y a 11 i e s brought in million, com- pared with -S9.8 million in the same period last year. Tlie government now is re- viewing the royalty structure, intent on coming up with a formula that will increase revenue but will not discour- age has been a more lucrative source of funds. Exploring companies have put more than billion into the provincial treasury since 1947 through the purchase of permits and leases on Crown land and through rental pay- but revenue from this phase of industry operations has been declining in recent years. The government puts per- mits, leases and drilling re- servations up for bids, then charges the successful bidder rent of an acre a year on leases and 50 cents an acre each six months on permits. The company must drill a well in the permit area within two years in the case of a it reverU to the Crown. The government earned million from rentals and Crown reserve sales in the first eight months of 1971, compared with million in the same 1970 period. New tax tables OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister E. J. Benson last, Thursday announced a cut of] three per cent in federal income tax for individuals, retroactive to last July 1 and extending to Dec. 31, 1972. 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