Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Under the dome By THE CANADIAN PRESS Alberta a welfare state 'High-handed bull in a china shop9 Tuesday, October 23, 1973 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 3 Werner Schmidt, provincial Social Credit leader, says Alberta is becoming a welfare state under the Progressive Conservative government of Peter Lougheed. Mr. Schmidt said the government is destroying private initiative by making inroads into business through the organizations such as Alberta Energy Co. The government also creates instability in business by breaking contracts, he said. Mr. Schmidt added that the provincial civil service should be reduced and the government's spending should be discussed in the Legislature. Totals misleading Federal statistics which said food costs in Edmonton and Calgary increased three times as much as the average increase in 12 Canadian cities last month are misleading, says Bob Dowling, provincial consumer affairs minister. Mr. Dowling had been asked by Bob Clark, Social Credit House leader, what measures the government might take to combat the 2.7-per-cent in- crease reported for the two cities by Statistics Canada. "By way of an explanation, you will find that the arithmetic of the press is not what it should said Mr. Dowling. Outside the House, Mr. Dowling said peaks in the prices of beef and pork and the public utility board's approval of higher milk prices contributed to increases in food costs in Alberta during September. But a federal subsidy on milk, effective Oct. 15, will bring milk prices down and a decline in the price of meat is also anticipated, he said. Trust fund wanted Provisions to have down payments on construction of homes held in trust until the home is built have been in- troduced in the Legislature. Bob Dowling, minister of consumer affairs, said once the legislation is passed the government will be ready to set conditions for licences and trust funds for house-building contractors. The move is designed to cur- tail abuses that appeared in the industry last year when a number of persons lost their down payments after the com- panies they were dealing with went bankrupt, the minister said. The trust-fund provision would come into effect by Jan. 1. Education ombudsman Education Minister Lou Hyndman says he intends to discuss a proposal for an om- budsman committee in educa- tion with the Alberta School Trustees' Association and may conduct an opinion poll of teachers on the subject. The committee, proposed last week by the Edmonton area council of Home and School Associations, would consist of an education department representative, a school trustee, a classroom teacher, a psychologist and two representatives of parent groups. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE WEDNESDAY Hat L A few showers. Winds Lethbridge 37 Highs 50-55. Lows near Pincher Creek 30 Wednesday: Cloudy. Highs Medicine Hat 40 45. Edmonton 37 Grande Prairie Today Overcast Banff 36 fog. Intermittent rain or Calgarv 32 beginning this morning. Victoria 39 N25. Snow in the Penticton 48 Highs about 40. Lows Prince George 33 30. Wednesday: Cloudy Kamloops 47 a few flurries. Highs Vancouver 41 40. Saskatoon Regina Winnipeg Toronto Ottawa Montreal St. John's 40 69 43 68 44 61 34 61 41 58 44 47 35 Kootenay Region Today and tonight: Occasional rain. Wednesday: Cloudy. A few showers. Highs today and Wednesday near 50. Lows tonight 30 to 35. Halifax 35 Charlottetown 35 of Continental Fredericton 31 Cloudy today. Cooler Chicago 46 Scattered showers New York 50 tonight. Variable Miami 68 and cooler Los Angeles 61 Few showers Las Vegas 62 the mountains. Highs to- Phoenix 61 65 to 75. Except 55 to 65 Rome 45 Lows tonight 35 to Paris 52 Highs Wednesday 55 to 65. London 46 of Continental Berlin 36 Showers and cooler Amsterdam 41 and tonight. Partly Moscow 32 and continued cool Stockholm 28 Highs both days Tokyo 55 to 65. Lows tonight 35 to 45. Linden Trailer The TOUGHEST 5th WHEEL TRAILER on the market today! see it now at... GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Couttt Highway Box 1202 Phone 328-1141 Fort Macleod is in progress. All remaining highways arc in good driving condition. Highway I reported bare and dry. Widening (if one mile sec- tion of Highway No. 3 east of PORTS OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing Carway V a.m. to 10 p.m.; Chief Mountain closed; Coutts 24 hours; Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m. to midnight; Wild Horse 8 a.m. to5 p m Rooseville 8 a m to midnight. Logan Pass open. Alberta Tories balk at Macdonald attitude By PAUL JACKSON OTTAWA Veteran Alberta Parliamentarian and former Progressive Conser- vative House Leader Ged Baldwin calls him an "agent provocateur" someone with a set mission to stir up con- flict between the federal government and Alberta. Red Deer MP Gordon Towers, a person who normal- ly believes that if you can't say something good about a man say nothing at all, has been so aghast at his behavior he's resorted to condemning him as "ungentlemanly." And Calgary North MP and Queen's Councel lawyer Eldon Woolliams describes him as "high-handed, a bull in a china shop, a man who tells people what to do without ever taking their own views into con- sideration." The man they are all talking about is, wouldn't you guess, Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald who has openly said that people like Progressive Conservative federal leader Robert Stanfield educated at three different universities including Harvard Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed also educated at three univer- sities including Harvard and others who voted Conser- vative last Oct. 30th as nothing more than a bunch of "rednecks." Alberta MPs in Ottawa just don't know what to make of Mr. Macdonald and another incident erupted last week that added to the confusion surrounding the energy minister's activities. After Alberta Premier Lougheed and Calgary MPs had pleaded with Ottawa to allow exemption from crude oil export taxes for any oil from the Athabasca tar sands so that the gigantic Syncrude Canada Ltd. project shouldn't be jeopardized, Mr. Mac- donald suddenly stood up in the Commons and indicated he didn't know what all the fuss was about because Syncrude officials had told him the special exemptions weren't needed. Alberta MPs were stunned. It was all news to them. It was also news to an Alberta provincial government of- ficial in Ottawa. Mr. Woolliams, accusing Mr. Macdonald of having PRINCESS WEDS MUEHLDORF, Germany (AP) Princess Kira of Prussia, great-granddaughter of Germany's last Kaiser, married the son of a Kansas City, Mo., paint company ex- "personality defects" which have destroyed chances of quick settlements between Alberta and Ottawa on energy matters because of his "inflammatory statements" has already urged that Finance Minister John Turner take over at least negotiations involving tax matters because if nothing else Mr. Turner >s a man of "diplomatic ways." Hardly a day or so goes by in which Mr. Macdonald doesn't do something that upsets Alberta MPs. One MP who is becoming in- creasingly worried about the Ottawa-Alberta energy con- frontation is Rocky Mountain constituency member Joe Clark. "The real disagreement between Alberta and Ottawa is about the way Canada should look in the year Implicit in the federal government's attitude is a pic- ture of Canada which con- tinues to concentrate growth and industrial development in the central provinces. Against this is the Alberta view that there should be a balance of growth in Canada a balance in industrialization between Central Canada on the one hand, where it has been en- couraged often at the expense of other regions, and on the other hand Western Canada and particularly Alberta where the potential for growth is comments Mr. Clark. "If Syncrude fails or if effective control of petroleum passes from Alberta to Ot- tawa, that will constitute the single most serious attack upon Alberta's ability to grow that we have witnessed since the says the Rocky Mountain MP and former journalist. INCOME TAX COURSE BY CORRESPONDENCE You can Earn Extra Income Learn how to prepare the new Tax Forms and become an INCOME TAX CONSULTANT. 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