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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, Octobtr 27.1973-THE LETHBRIDGE Test case may decide future of truckers By RICHARD ANCO TORONTO (CP) A test case now before the Canadian transport commission is getting maximum attention from the trucking industry. It could set the industry's future growth pattern. The attention is on a public hearing of the commission which will have to rule whether Sunday commercial trucking can be exempted from prohibitions of the Lord's Day Act. In effect, the truckers want to be allowed to do legally what they have been doing for until a Supreme Court of Canada decision ear- lier this year. Specifically, two Winnipeg trucking companies have ap- plied to the transport commis- sion for permission to haul products over long distances on Sunday. Without weekend driving, they say, it's impossi- ble to have goods dispatched Friday night delivered to customers early Monday. CLAIM DISADVANTAGE The truckers claim they are at a disadvantage in com- petition with railways and ships, which are allowed un- der the 1906 act to operate on Sunday. If the two Winnipeg Reimer Express Lines Ltd. and Imperial Roadways Ltd the green light on Sunday trucking, tran- sport commission can expect of traffic jam of applications for the same privilege from at least 11 companies operating between Western Canada and Ontario and Quebec and at least six operating from .the Maritimes. The three-man commission, headed by Laval Fortier, heard the fourth day of testimony Friday The hear- ing resumes Tuesday. For the first time, the com- mission is faced with organiz- ed opposition to Sunday trucking. Four years ago it granted Sunday highway privileges to two companies, one in Montreal and one in Hartland, N B. but the applications were unopposed Lawyers for the Ontario and Quebec governments con- tinued their cross- examination of witnesses Friday, arguing that Sunday trucking for most shippers is more a convenience than a necessity RESOLUTIONS CITED The commission has heard of opposition resolutions pass- ed by municipal councils of Sudbury and Hamilton The Canadian Automobile Association next week will present its case for keeping Sunday highways reserved for recreational motorists But officials of Reimer and Trudeau forgets worries By DOUG SMALL CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) Wide-eyed children and a clump of carrots helped Prime Minister Trudeau forget political worries Fri- day as he spent a gentle day mingling with Maritimers. A scheduled ceremonial meeting with 17 members of his 30-man cabinet in historic Province House here capped the second day of a no-fuss two-day Maritime visit. It opened with an emotional stop near Truro, N.S., Con- servative Leader Robert Stan- field's home town, where Mr Trudeau joined about 500 townfolk to open athletic facil- ities at a provincial training centre for about 230 retarded children. Throughout the stop, Mr. Trudeau responded with smiles, gentle words and a decree that the children take the afternoon off from school. "You look like A good gang of Mr. Trudeau said from a gymnasium stage. "I'm not going to do any work this afternoon so why don't we all take a half holiday and knock it off." The children screamed their agreement. Later, during the official opening of the centre's new swimming pool and sports facility, he quietly told the children: "I've loved you He added that he hoped his son, Justin, would "be able to love others like you when he grows older." The children replied in like terms to the prime minister's affection. Their feelings were perhaps best summed up by a poster on the centre's wall read by Government House Leader Alan MacEachen, who accompanied the prime minister. "Mr. Trudeau is going to go into the wrote student Brian Clark. "And we're go- ing to sing songs. Then Mr. Trudeau is going to go back to his country and we can go into the pool. Imperial said in the first four days that without seven-day utilization of their tractor- trailers a viable highway tran- sport operation is impossible. The firms are asking for the right to travel on routes be- tween Winnipeg and Toronto and Montreal. Since most of them are in Ontario, the provincial government is ex- pected to carry the brunt of the opposition. Mr. Fortier said Friday that the position of the commission "is very restricted." The Lord's Day Act is a federal statute but is administered by provincial attorneys-general. RULE ON EXEMPTIONS "We are not here to enforce the Lord's Day he said. "We can only rule on whether exemptions should be per- mitted." The act authorizes the com- mission to lift the ban on Sun- day trucking where there is "undue delay" in freight traf- fic. For years, however, truckers have operated on Sunday on the assumption that it was a work of necessity, an exception under the act. That was until the Supreme Court ruling which rejected that assumption and ordered that formal exemption must be sought. Some observers feel that if the current applications are turned down, a compromise agreement may be reached between the truckers and the Ontario and Quebec governments permitting Sun- day operations during certain hours, perhaps before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m Sears CORRECTION In the Sears Saturday Specials advertisement which appeared in Friday, October 26th Herald on page 28 ELECTRIC BLANKETS QUEEN DUAL ELECTRIC BLANKET SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN INCLUDED Sears CORRECTION The Tire and Auto Centre advertisement which appeared on Thursday, October 25th in the Lethbndge Herald The following items should have read as follows: Rear Window Defogger 4 Q. 99 Reg. 19 10 W 30 Oil Reg. gallon Sorry for any inconvenience. 2.22 There's a killer on the loose. Alberta Check Stops are out to stop him before he stops you dead! Did you know that alcohol is involved in half the traffic deaths in Alberta? Here's the grim prediction for the next 12 months: 300 Albertans killed. Another injured or maimed for life. Concerned Albertans want to stop the slaughter. Support the Alberta Check Stop program. When you come to a Check Stop, show your pink card. Your delay will be kept as brief as possible. But the impaired driver must be kept off the road! xllbcifa CHECK STOP ALBERTA CAN MEAN SAFE DRIVING. HELP US KEEP THE IMPAIRED DRIVER OFF OUR ROADS. Effective Under the auspices of The Solicitor General s Department ;