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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta September 13, 1972 Taxation of people one of his pet peeves no favorites when lie goes on the warpath HOD SYKES Calgary mayor Railmeu. sign new contract ROME (AP) Unions repre- senting railway workers reached a pay agreement with :he Italian government, ending !he threat of new national rail strikes. The unions said the accord meets Iheir demands for a oi lire monthly- for all employees. The average rail worker now gets about ?S03 a month. By GEBRY BUTTON CALGARY (CP) When Mayor Rod Sykcs goes on the warpath nobody is immune from his verbal hatchet. Tar- gets include the Iccoral and provincial governments, the po- lice department and the news media. He is at his best in conten- tious situations aid one of his tavorites is taxation of the peo- ple. "I'm not proud of being In the raly province in the coun- try without a sales I'.e said. "I think a sales tax is the fairest of all because it only taxes people with money 0 spend who are actually spend- ug it. "If it is selective you can bj sure that it doesn't affect food or eluldien's clothes or books or drugs things that are necessities of life, so it can in effect, to a fcgree, be a lux- ury tax." The tall, thin 43 year old mayor, serving his second lerm, said: "Tecs are made to be trod on. You can't take a strong stand without tread- ing on toes. I've alienated peo- who thought a friend was someone who lies down 1 rolls over and plays dead the going gets rough." He said, he backs the aver age citizen because "I have a special responsibility to the ple who can't speak for them- selves." "I will fight for a square deal for a rich man it he's right, but there is no way that I have to bond over backwards to look after him or worry about his interests because he's able to look after them him- self." BUSINESS' Mayor Sykes, father of five children, voiced other views as fast as questions were asked. "I don't like politics and I'v never made any secret of that I think it's a dirty business there have to be better way o earn a living." Of tiie news media, he said: "Most of the press, the media I run into, are pretty good peo- ple trying to do a tough ob, it is a lough job because you're meeting deadlines ihe average politician that I've seen lies down on his back for the press, he's just so grateful for any kind of publicity or ex- posure that he can gel that he will do anything for them. "My attitude is very simple. Look, you fellows can criticize me all you like but it isn't a one-way street. If I don't like what you say, right or wrong I'm going to tell you so the way I always anybody, to your face. "I think the news media have quite a bit of house cleaning to do in their own backyard and so I'm trying to rsmind them of that. And their attitude is that politicians aren't supposed to answer back USES POLICE CAR That's Mayor Sykes, a mild- looking man behind horn-rimm- ed glasses, the man who in 1969 auctioned off tho mayor's traditional limousine supplied by the city. He now rides in a police car with a police chauf- feur. "I don't like the old Cadil- lac, white glove image, the New-car sales show big increase ndlanders take to the road ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. CCP) Traditionally home bodies, New- foundlanders have taken to the roads in unprecedented num- bers this year. Finance Minister John Crosbie describes it as a "peculiar phenomenon." Sales of new cars to the end of July were up 37.4 per cent over those for the January-July period last year. Motor vehicle registration fig- ures, which over the years have increased about 10 per cent an- nually, jumped by about 12 per cent in 1970. 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To lop it all, Newfoundland vehicle owners can. also couni) on the highest maintenance rates in the country, and most miles are logged on rough and rocky roads. The vehicle itself quickly disintegrates through rust caused by the salt sea air. At Confederation with Canada in 1940, there were only about cars and trucks on the entire island. Road construction was per- formed by manual labor and maintenance meant n horse and two-wheeled cart filled with earth and gravel and attended by a man with pickaxe and shovel. Since Confederation, thou- sands of miles of new roads have been built and many of the old trails rebuilt and paved. This year's budget for the lighways department calls for million including capital expenditures on new roads and upgrading as well as paving. The large increase in the number of motor vehicles began at the start of the last decade. In 1961 there were about vehicles compared with in 1951. In 1971 there were registered and drivers. To supply the car-happy New- foundlanders, two modern roll- on, roll-off car ferries now pty between Saint John, N.B., and St. John's and between St. John's and Halifax. limousine bit. In effect, I'm rid- ing on other people's backs. However, I've been embar- rassed a few times when I've had to pick up visitors at the airport because the police often send me dirty cars." At first he only wanted to run as ail alderman in 1969 to shake up the city administration he had often criticized. "I'd been pretty critical of governments, particularly local, as being complacent, lacking leadership. I was also donng a lot of public speaking and en- couraging businessmen to quit bitching and do something. Finally, I felt I'd belter shut up or do sometliing myself." In 1969, his main priorities were public housing and an open administration. Both promises have been kept but Mayor Sykes said he wants more im- provement along those lines. He defeated Mayor Jack Les- lie, seeking hU third straight term, during his first campaign. Mayor Sykes received votes or 60 per cent of votes cast ill 1969 compared with Mayor Leslie's second- place total of Last year, Mayor Sykes de- feated four others easily with votes of 57.9 per cent of votes cast. SAME OBJECTIVK After his second victory, he said his objectives remainec the same as he pushed ahead with his programs for open gov- ernment, housing and employ ment. "That's what the people have voted for, isn't Mayor Sykes, who married his French-Canadian wife, Gi sele, 16 years ago, was horn in Montreal but raised in Vic toria. He was an accounlan' with a national firm in Victoria Vancouver and then Montreal. In 1961, he joined Canadian Pacific and took charge of ecp nomic and financial studies i tlie company's research depart ment. The following year h moved to Calgary where h helped organize Canadian Paci- fic's real estate subsidiary, Marathon Really. On his posilion as mayor, he syas: "I can'I afford what I'm doing I'm craning less money than I ever did in recent years here and 1 have far, far less secur- ity and a far less pleasant life. You've got to be crazy to be here." He earns about annual- ly, counting expenses, and has resisted any revision of salar- ies for council and himself nee he's bccai in office. LEANUP NEEDED "There's a hell of a cleanup j do in city hall, we've got to lake this a more effective ad- ministration. When we have one our job, then we can look t ourselves and say: "Do we r don't we deserve an Increase n "We do have a problem that jothers me greatly. It's a sim- ple fact that Western Canada nnd Alberta in particular have no strong federal voice. Nobody who stands up on his hind legs and calls the shots the way they really are in Ottawa.'" Mayor Sykcs, who works 12 lo 15 hours a day, said govern- ment is interfering in areas 'that don't belong tn govern- ment." "Government is interfering in family life, education to an ex- cessive degree and in businiess. The consequence is that the range of conflicts between the citizen and government is grow- ing enormously." He said there has to be s fu- ture for local government be- cause "the best government is one that is closest to people and the one thev relate to." "I can see all kinds of gov- ernment being eliminated but I can't see local government being eliminated but I think you could eliminate pro- vincial government with prob- ably very few people going lo Ihc funeral." Judgement reserved EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta Supreme Court of Ap- peals has reserved judgment n the ease of Barry Levy of Boulder, Colo., sentenced to 15 years for bringing 600 pounds of hashish into Canada. Levy, 23, is appealing the jury conviction and the April 0 sentence handed down by Mr. Justice M. E. Manning. Levy and five other men were convicted after RCMP seizec the huge shipment in Red Deer Deer as it was about to ba flown to the United States. Th shipment had been brought in from Afghanistan. The five others pleaded guilty in provincial court and eceived eight years each. Defence counsel Arnold Mplr said there were eight or nine errors in Mr. Justice Manning's charge to the jury, and these could have influenced Ihc ver- dict. EAIU.Y INK Pioneer Canadian schoolchild- ren made ink from the sap of maple trees, copper sulphate, and in winter Ume, a little whisky to keep the mixture from freezing. NOTICE The Cily of Lethbridge will be.offering 51 lols for sale in the Westbriclge Subdivision (see Map) during 1he week of September 25th 1972, and applica- tions will be received in ihe office of the Cily Manager commencing al Noon on Monday, September 25 and lerminaling at p.m. on Friday, Sept- ember 29. As there are certain regulations and specifications which must be observed in the development of these properties, prospective puchasers are requested lo obtain a brochure which has been prepared in this regard and will be available at tho office of the Cily Manager on Thursday, September 14. Further information relative to this subdivision may be obtained by con- tacting Mr. Ken Scman at Cily Hall or by phoning 328-2341. 328-9231 ;