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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18-THE LETHBBIDGE HERALD Wtdnwday, October 24, 1973 Ottawa reneged on participation pledge B.C. to pay tab for Canada exhibit at Expo 74 in Spokane SPOKANE Wash (CP) It's up to British Columbia to save face for Canada at Expo '74, this city's world fair dedicated to a beautiful en- vironment Like Expo 67 in Montreal, the world fair here is being built on islands, but in Spokane, the islands were already in place in the middle of the Spokane River Some of the Montreal islands were made of fill Canada's decision to pull out of the fair, made in July, shocked and angered officials here, but most temper their anger with happiness that British Columbia is par- ticipating, the only Canadian province to do so "Along with many other people here, I find it in- conceivable that our neighbor to the north would withdraw after making an extensive said acting mayor Del Jones. "But we're thrilled that the B C government is going to pick up where Ottawa left off And Expo '74 general manager Mel Alter said he feels "a deep sense of loss that Canada isn't going to par- ticipate and I don't know if I dare hope for a change of mind." "But we're delighted to hear that B.C is going to come in One Seattle newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, lam- basted the decision and said Canada "has tarnished its im- age by reneging on its pledge to participate." What exactly is Expo '74 a world fair that has been building with little publicity? To start with, it's the only exposition approved for the United States for the 1970s by the 36-nation Bureau of Inter- national Expositions in Paris. It's also one of the first events in the celebrations marking the U S Bicentennial in 1976. The fair, to run from May 4- Nov. 3 next year, will be held on a 100-acre site on two islands just yards from the grimy downtown core of this northeastern Washington city. Fair officials admit the fair won't compare with Canada's and say it should more proper- ly be compared to the Seattle fair of 1962 But even that comparison is not exact, because the largest pavilion at Seattle was only square feet, while the Russian pavilion, the largest here, will be square feet. "We think it will be a jewel box of a world is the way Mr. Alter put it. Already, preparation for the fair has transformed the city. Before work started, the islands were a tangle of neglected warehouses, railroad yards and industrial junk. When the fair is over, the entire site will be turned over to the city for use as a park. On top of that, the city will also gain a theatre, a legacy of the Washington State pavilion. Planning for the exposition began in spring, 1970, and the Canadian government was the first foreign government to an- nounce its participation, in May, 1972 The Canadian plan was a pavilion costing about million and the country, being so swift off the mark, had first choice of sites. Canadian officials soon began arriving here and there was talk of how Canada would set up an ecologically- conscious pavilion. There were even rumors of a natural-foods restaurant con- nected to the exhibit. "It's almost laughable to say said Mr. Jones. "You are a great country with tremendous resources and the money for your exhibit was just a drop in the bucket." The Americans are par- ticularly puzzled by Canada's tight money policy because the economic fallout from the fair is expected to benefit the Western provinces. Jack Geraghty, in charge of the fair's marketing operations, said Expo '74 visitors are projected at .8 million, many of them making the fair just one stop on a Pacific Northwest vacation that would naturally include Canada. White Flour Harvest Blossom All Purpose Special Frozen Peas Scotch Treat Canada Choice 2 Ib. bag Special PrlcM In Oct. 24-27. 1973 IN THE BAG Beans and Pork Taste Tells in Tomato Sauce 14 ft. oz. tin Special Sparkling Fresh Produce B.C. Mac Apples Canada Cee Grade Ideal for Hallowe'en Hand Outs, 14 Ib. economy pack Safeway price ea.......... Coffee Tone Red Grapefruit Cauliflower Florida Full of Sunshine Flavor Size 48s 49 Instant Coffee K-- 49' 4% m m aw Crystals Tomatoes ssasu Rodina Bulgarian Std. tin 59 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES SAFEWAY CANADA SAFEWAY LIMITED Orange Juice Bel Air Frozen Concentrate 6V4 tl. OK. tin Special _ Aylmer Soups Green Peas Fruit Juice Special Taete Tellt Atwrted Canada Choice 14 (I. OK. tin Special T.II. Plnk Puf0 Concentrate 48 oz. tin Special O R ;