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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Octobtr 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 9 No increase in UIC rates due to surplus OTTAWA (CP) Unemployment insurance premium rates will not be increased in 1975 because of a surplus this year in the employee-employer account, Manpower Minister Robert An- dras said Tuesday. Mr. Andras told the Commons manpower committee that pre- mium rates for 1974 have met the needs of the unemployment insurance account. The employee-employer share of payments into the account cover costs of the program to a ceiling of four per cent unem- ployment The government pays the balance. Employees pay a premium of for each of insurable earnings and employers pay for each of insurable ear- nings as their contribution into the account. The premiums were increased last January for 1974 and were also raised in January, 1973, after benefit payments exceeded the amount predicted when the revised unemployment in- surance program went into effect. Mr. Andras told the committee in a statement that the new premium rates, "coupled with increased administrative effec- tiveness" have left the employee-employer account with a sur- plus which could rise to million by the end of the month. The surplus could climb to million before the end of 1974, barring adverse economic conditions, he added. "This surplus will be applied to the elimination of the deficit which accumulated in the employee-employer account during the initial trial years of the new Mr. Andras said "Unless there are drastic adverse effects changes in the current economic situation, this surplus will bring us considera- bly closer to our goal of retiring the million deficit in the employee-employer account by 1978." Mr. Andras said the government was continuing to examine the Unemployment Insurance Act to ensure that it was achiev- ing its objectives. The government has promised changes to the act to en- courage re-entry of the jobless into the work force and make the program more responsive to regional interests. But the July 8 federal election prevented the introduction of changes into Parliament earlier, government spokesmen say. Mr. Andras has said the changes would relate extended benefit periods to regional unemployment, discourage people from quitting jobs casually and allow more flexibility in time restrictions put on the 15 weeks of maternity and sickness benefits. The proposed changes may come late this year or early next year Parliament urged to set up system for TV coverage OTTAWA (CP) Parlia- ment should set up its own facilities if it wants Commons and Senate proceedings televised, CBC president Laurent Picard said Tuesday. "We would not like to be the ones to film the House of Com- he told the House broadcasting committee. The best method would be for Parliament itself to install television cameras and make a live or videotape feed available to news media, he said. News outlets such as the CBC then could use the film for newscasts and program- ming. He said no decisions have been made but the CBC would probably use parliamentary film for daily newscasts and perhaps a special program en- tiWed This Week in Parliament. Extensive editing would be needed, he said. He all but rul- ed out continuous live broad- casting from Parliament, ex- cept for special events such as a federal budget. It would be impossible for the CBC to do. given its nor- mal broadcasting schedule, and audience interest would not warrant it in any case, he said. Ralph Stewart (L Cochrane) asked whether an educational cable televi- sion channel might be set aside for continuous cov- erage. Mr. Picard said continuous coverage is "something to think about" but the cost of cable coverage would be high The government has an- nounced plans to work out an acceptable procedure with opposition parties to allow television coverage of Parliament. Television is restricted now to the formal throne speech ceremony at the opening of each parlia- mentary session. Mr Picard's appearance coincided with the com- mittee's study of the CBC's budget for 1974- 75. He told MPs on the com- mittee that the network will need an additional million to million next year to pay for expanded programs and rising costs. And a projected to additional allot- ment annually will be needed by 1978-79 to offset revenue losses from advertising reduc- tions requested by the Cana- dian Radio-Television Com- mission, he said. top price for tickets MONTREAL (CP) Although a ticket to the 1976 Olympics could cost as much as officials of the organizing committee say seats will be made available to underpriviledged persons. "We nave already had sev- eral organizations come for- ward with an offer to make money available for the pur- chase of tickets for welfare mothers and Howard Reford, committee secretary-treasurer told a news conference Tuesday Tickets to some events like canoeing and rowing would be free, he said, and there was another option available to provide tickets. plans are not final on be said, "at every Olympics there are blocks of tickets that go on- sold for most of the preliminaries and some of the lesser sports." "This plan will make some of these available to people who could never otherwise afford to see any of the Games." Maarice Forget, committee general-manager, said although the top price for tickets is there are going to be some available for as lit- tle as and the average is between and "Considering be said, "I do not consider those prices outlandish, certainly not compared to what Munich charged in 1972." Body sought WILLOW BUNCH, Sask.