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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Tuesday, September 19, 1972- Ric SWIHART Agriculturally speaking, if Alberta's Progressive Conservative party doesn't win at least a pat on the back for reams of legislation aimed at rural citi- zens, something will be considered amiss from Uiis corner. Tliis statement comes from the sheer lack of years in the harness but since taking active steps in the re- porting of agricultural events, I have never seen a pro- vincial government take command ol the scene to pro- tect the rights of individual agri-businessmen. Likely the most evident move has been the pres- sure exerted by (he provincial government on the Canadian wheat board in an attempt lo quash a fed- eral power over rapeseed marketing. The CWB requires, because of antiquated laws, that the marketing of rapeseed must fall under it's jurisdiction. This means the quota, set by the CVVB, must be followed. The proper filling of acreages, com- bined with the necessity of having the proper amount of rapeseed marketed, becomes the bug-a-boo of Al- berta farmers in particular, all because of the quota. Lethbridge is blessed with the largest processor of rapeseed in Western Canada. When running short of raw seed, the call went out to keep the plant run- ning, and in the process, about 250 people employed. When the CWB "caught up" lo the farmers, they look the precious permit books away like taking candy from a kid and also took money out of many pockets. Without their permit books, the farmers couldn't fill quotas on other grains and lost the opportunity to haul some grains. Knter Dr. Hugh Homer, Alberta agriculture mini- ster, and soon out went about charges by the CWB against farmers who had hauled rapeseed above Uie quota established. While waiting for the test court case to come be- fore the judges to attest the constitutionality of the CWB in placing restrictions on Alberta grown prod- uct headed for an Alberta based and Canadian- owned processing company, Ihe CWB reinslituted the charges for the majority of the "Jaw breakers." When is Ihe "little white idle" in charge o[ grain movement going lo realize some favor for Canadian farmers and Canadian industry IN CANADA? It is okay lo rest on the loud hurrahs of some huge wheat sale lo China hut thai won't help the cash crop farmers in Western Canada. The Alberta Simmenlal Association has announced 17 provincial 4-H award winners for the 1971-72 sea- son. Shane Tomas of the Vauxhall 4-H Beef Club led the list with a 3.8 pounds per day gain. He was the only southern Albertan lo make the list. For 1hose avid gardeners who have scads of car- rots left in the garden, there is a good method of pre- serving them for use later in the year. The ingred- ients of this secret, drawn with a mighty force from the files of one Murray McLelland, includes water and household bleach. After the mud has been removed from the car- rots, cut about one quarter of an inch off the top of the vegetable, just below the green crown. Dip the carrots in the bleach and rinse in water and air dry for about one halt hour. This takes care of the bleach smell. Store in a polyethylene bag al about 32 degrees (the best possible Murray said this method is not one proven by research but he has kept carrots with a crunch for up to one year with it -JOCK, my failhful Dachsund-Cocker Spaniel cross companion of more than 15 years, has provided more hours ot entertainment, surprises and friend- ship, more limes of trying patience and hours of anxi- ety and countless other personal feelings that it will indeed be a dark day when he passes on to the Great Soup Bone In the Sky. The whole thing started innocently enough when I picked him from a litter of 10 "pure-bred" Cockers while attending Ihe Calgary Stampede in 1957. It was when I relumed some weeks later to pick him up that the distinct appearance ol "who left the door lo the kennel open" greeted me. Like any child, Ihe instant love "my dog" won over the supposed flaw in appearance. Why doesn't this work with people? Doug Miller MLA municipal government grad ny GREG McINTYRE of The Herald Doug Miller (SC Tabcr- Warncr) [its neatly into Ihe so- cial fabric of southern Alberta, He is Social Credit, Mormon and the son of a coal all associations rooted deeply in the development of this area, In 1967 he jumped from "show business" Ite owns two theatres in Taber into provincial politics succeeding [ormcr Sacred welfare minister L. C. Haimrast. Mr. Millor was president of Ihc local Socred constituency association when Mr. Haimrast, Y7, asked il he care to take over as Socred standard- bearer when he relired- "I said I would if I had his support and he said 'You've got Mr. Miller recalled. A past hospital trustee, chamber of commerce director, councillor and mayor of Taber from 1039 to IW2, Mr. Miller moved easily up the ladder to provincial politics. He said he never made much of a conscious effort to get into office, but seemed, to simply there when UK job needed to be done. "If you speak up, the first thing you know, you're in Iho he said. "At election time there are usually lots of people out work- ing for the party. But most of the time only a small handful of us carry on." ONLY ANSWER During the 1930s Social Credit was the only answer for Alberta, said the MLA. It prom- ised solutions to the depression, particularly its effect on rural Alberta and to problems Iho United Farmers government was having financing govern- ment programs. The party of- fered the evangelical appeal of "Uiblc Bill" Aberhart. .Mr. Millsr married Anne Eliz- Harris, also of Taber, In 1925. Itc was 30 when William Aberhart came to power in 1335 winning 5C of the G3 scats in the legislature. "Everybody in this area was Social he said. "We just didn't have anything in Al- berta imlil Social Credit came along." His father, Dave Ijddell Miller, who worked in coal mines in TalKr, Lcllibridge and C a c m o r c, was a "real party -he said. "My brolhcr-in'-law, Roy Lee, was the MLA tor Taber for years and my falher-ln-Iaw was also a party supporter." STILL ALIVE Mr. Miller said Social Credit is still alive and well today, de- spite the defeat in 1971 of tho government of Harry Strom, Alberta's third Socred premier. "Social Credit hasn't di- minished like the Conservatives have he said. "At the last annual convention there were more members than there have ever been." Long before William Aber- hirt discovered Social Credit :ory in 1932 he had a large p-'rsonal following with his ra- dio evangelist program and tho Calgary Prophetic Bible In- stitute. RUNS THEATRE Mr. Miller lived for a short time in Cardston but he was of- fered a job in Taber and re- turned to run the town theatre. He started working in the Ihe- nlro at age 12 and continued part-time until he left school at age 17. "I was the caretaker and general handyman. I rolled reels, swept up, changed the advertising, kept Ihe coal heat- ers going arid was paid 50 cents Doug Milfer Show business to politics a nlglrt plus free shows." At 10 he secured a projcclion- 1st licence, but left the movie business in liis 20s to take a correspondence course in elec- trical engineering and worked a few years as an electrician, mainly wiring new homes. In 1931 he returned to the theatre business renting and later buying the former Rex Theatre in Taber. In 1949 Mr. Miller replaced the Hex with a new building, the Tower Theatre, which is still running. In 1952 he added a drive-in theatre. The Tower is currently rent- ed to long-lime employee Peter Campbell CONCERNS Mr. Miller's concerns are similar today to when he cam- paigned ami won easily in 19GT improvements to rural Alber- ta, particularly the Taber area. There Is still a need for more accommodation for the aged, he said. A nursing home at Taber and a senior citizen's residence at Millc BJver would help, he said. He has been unsuccessful in a campaign to get improvements to highway 3G, which starts at Warner and runs north through Taber as far as Lac la Biche. The strip between Tnlier and Brooks is paved, but the high- way has never received the support it should as an alter- nate route to Highway 2 run. ning norlh-soulb through Cal- gary, he said. Highway 36 should have been tevclopcd as an alternate to llighway 2. It would liave alle- viated some of the traffic con- gestion at Calgary and Lclh- bridgc, said Mr. Miller. lie has also pressed, again without much success, for pre- cautions that would prevent tho annual flooding of the Oldman River near Taber. Extensive ice damage to Taber Provincial Park last winter was an exam- ple of the problem. As opposition "watch ('og" on environment matters, Mr. Miller has taken n low prolile, convinced that "we've carried this concern for the environ- ment a little to Hie extreme." Lemon Pot Roast-yummy Finding recipes that combine, good taste, nutrition and low- cost cuts of meat can be a real chore a times. Jean Swihart found one which would suit tho IJste of most any connoisseur. The tille Lemon Pot Iloast would help indicate the type of meat to to used and should lend some insight Into the typo of cooking lo be used and tho length of time needed. It calls for a three to five pound beef roast such as chuck or rump. Mrs. SwiharL used a rolled Hank which weighed ZVi pounds, Ingredicnls nrc: lemon Bauco; one clove garlic sliced; a half a cup ol lemoo Juice; tliree slices of lemon cut In quarters; a half of a teaspoon salt; two tablespoons finely chopped onion and a half tea- spooon each of pepper, celery salt and thyme. Combine all sauce ingredients and let stand for 24 hours. Brown the roast in a hot, heavy kettle or pot such as a Dutch oven. Arid the lemon sauce. Cover the pot lightly and simmer for three to four hours or until tender. Rpmeber the secret in the cooking is sim- mering the roast do not boil. Serve with hot sauce. Mrs. Swihart's roll- ed flank served five adequate- ly. The recipe if followed will serve six to eight. ;