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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September 12, 1973 Montreal oil pipeline still backed by Grits Seeking (i life style After living for three years on the Hog Farm commune near Taoz, N.M., Jody, shown here with her four-year-old daughter Tiful, says "We don't want to live if we can't live our own way." VICTOR MAC'KIK The Canadian government stands hrmh be- hind its new to build an oil pipeline to Montreal despite vigorous opposition I torn the province of Quebec Knergy Mines and Resources Minister Donald Macdonald informed the Commons Mon- lie rejected suggestions that the federal government was backing away" from that proposal set out in Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's statement last week to com- bat inflation and hold down the cost of living I'nder sharp questioning in the Commons Mr Macdonald said he had noted Premier Robert Bourassa's strongh voiced opposition to the construction ol a pipeline from Toronto Montreal The basic position I have taken with the Quebec govern- ment is. if they can provide absolute assurance as to securit> and price in the Montreal market, we will indeed reconsider t h e decision." said the minister He added later that the lederal government remains to be convinced by the Quebec premier that the Quebec government can guarantee the province s long term oil supp- Iv by means other than the proposed oil pipeline linking Montreal to the west Mr Macdonald acknowledg- ed that there have been increases in the price ot gas- oline at the retail level to Ottawa's declara- tion last week that prices ot fuel oil and gasoline were to be lie uas about a pi ess report that in non-independent Gull stations woie mdeiod to increase gasoline pi ices hv as much as loin cents per gallon Mi Macdonald said he had made enquiries and learned that the press report was "not a tac- tual report However he said there has been an increase or proposed increase at the retail level ol gasoline in Montreal Lincoln A 1 e x a n d e r PC' Hamilton said the pure increase in Montreal was two and one half cents per gallon and it had been mtiodtued by 500 Montreal SIM v ice stations He asked if the gnvemnieni was prepared to bring about a toll back in that price'' Mi Macdonald said the gov- ein merit does not have I uiis d i c 11on to control prices at the re- tail level. However the that 'collusive arrange- ments" led to the increase in price The Combines division ot the justice department is now- engaged in making inquiries. However Mr Macdonald pointed out that the Combines Investigation Act does not in- clude the power to roll prices back without due judicial pro- ceedings The minister was asked il he had made direct representations to the major jjoolco Budget-Wise Comfy Casuals Here's the ultimate in comfort. Urethane uppers, con- trast cut-outs on strap; moccasin toe styling; low J walking heel and skin fit lining. 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Mr Macdonald said a com- bines inquiry is now in process in Montreal. However as to whether the Prices Review Board should have its authori- ty enlarged to encompass gas- oline prices was not a decision he could make. Mr Symes asked if the gov- ernment is prepared to lernove the Ottawa Vdlle> cut-oil line in its oil policy and permit the movement oi western Canadian oil or offshore oil bv truck and boat past the Ottawa valley so that there would be "real com- petition and benefits" tor the consumer in the form oi lower prices? He suggested such ac- tion should be taken pending the decision lor the construc- tion ol an oil pipeline to Montreal Mr Macdonald pointed out that 'the direction ol lower puces has- been reversed irom east to west to west to east He said over 1.000.000 barrels ol crude moved lust week I torn the Ontario region into the Montreal refinery market. .Now that Premier Bourassa has voiced his strong opposi- tion to the building of a pipeline from Toronto to Montreal, has the government dropped its proposal to construct such a pipeline'' asked Kldon Woolliams North) Mr Macdonald said he would be meeting with representatives ol the Quebec g o v e r n m e n t this week (Friday) and also with representatives of the Alberta government The proposed pipeline will be discussed The minister said there were consultations with Quebec officials last July regarding oil policy. "The security situation of the Montreal market and the Montreal pipeline were dis- cussed As I have indicated, the project remains only r e a 11 viable way of protecting the Montreal market, unless the Quebec government can ab- solutely that it will be protected by international contract We will wait to see Mr Macdonald Later outside the House Mr. Macdonald was asked il the government was baeking away Irom its proposal ior a Montreal pipeline No I don't think so It seems to me that the obvious thing is that it the Quebec government can show that it is adequately proteeted against international interrup- tion and also against price es- calation then I.think we might well take a fresh look at the concept 'But quite frankly I think what we have to see is some pretty linn evidence that they have an assured supply under virtually every circumstance and there will not be an inter- ruption." said Mr. Macdonald. Meantime the federal government has asked the Quebec government to produce "hard evidence" that it has access to long-term supplies ol off-shore crude for the Quebec market at reasonable, competitive prices Mr Macdonald has explain- ed that he understands Quebec's concern that the lederal decision might interfere with Quebec's plans to establish petroleum super ports along the St Lawrence based on foreign crude oil. He pointed out however that the lederal government has an ovei-riding concern to insure that Quebec home-owners and motorists have access to heating oil and gasoline in the loreseeable future. Bonus Buys M Footwear for Men Puncture Proof Hunting Boot Priced to Save You Money MI your foot nood protec- tion don t fool around Leather hoot safety toe cushion in- nul comfortable Nuron- Tan 7-12 CSA APPROVED Insulated Leather Hunting Boot for Under ic.idv