Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Liberal party decimation in West forecast Wednesday, September 26, 1973 LETHBRIDGE HERALD VANCOUVER (CP) The Liberal party faces possible decimation in the west in the next federal election, says the Toronto-based editor of Maclean's Magazine, Peter Newman. "While flailing away at the Escalating food costs universal EDMONTON (CP) Infla- tion and rising food costs are international problems large- ly rooted in international causes, an agricultural economist said here. Escalating food costs are a problem "in any country you can Dr. Michele Veeman of the University of Alberta said during a panel discussion sponsored by the Edmonton West Federal Liberal Association. The causes were as widespread as the problems. Massive wheat purchases by the Soviet Union, widespread drought and crop failures, a disastrous Peruvian anchovy crop and other factors had pushed up prices in the face of increased demand. Dr. Veeman said answers might lie in establishment of international buffer stocks of grain or long-term agreements on food exports arranged through the United Nations or by individual countries Dobson Lea, president of Unifarm, said changing eating habits in other countries have added to the demand for high- protein foods. Steak that sold in Canada for 69 a pound found willing customers in Tokyo where it sold for a pound Mr. Lea said farmers cannot escape some of the blame for the rising costs but stressed that today's prices for produce follow years of returns below the farmer's cost of production Farming was a capital intensive business and unless fair returns were realized farmers would continue to be forced off the land Murray Hawkins, an agricultural economist at the University of Alberta, criticiz- ed the federal government for not taking positive action against increasing food prices Conservatives for being un- responsive to the aspirations of Quebec, the Trudeau ministers have themselves remained at least equally insensitive to the needs and ambitions of that two-thirds of Canada west of the Lakehead." he told the Van- couver Board of Trade Mi. Newman accused the government of dividing the country into three distinct parts: Upper Canada (On- Lower Canada and, Outer Canada (the rest of the He said Prime Minister Trudeau had never understood or really governed the latter part. "Pierre Trudeau today is the prime minister of a small triangle formed by Montreal, Toronto and Mr. Newman said. He said most voters in the general election last October felt Trudeau had lost touch with their real concerns "and what was worse, he didn't seem to care The editor predicted a spr- ing general election and said the Liberals face the double dilemma of not only holding onto every seat they have now, but also somehow winn- ing two dozen more to make up a majority "it is becoming clear that the Conservative party, despite its many internal weaknesses, has emerged as the only effective opposition to the government Mr. Newman said the New Democratic party's "unwavering support" for the Liberals has made it unusual- ly vulnerable at the polls "If. in the next election, the voter wants to express his dis- satisfaction with government policies he will not, strictly speaking, be able to vote NDP. since that party has not only loyally supported all those initiatives, but in an increasing number of cases, helped draft them Mr Newman said this could help the Conservatives cap- ture existing NDP seats by capitalizing on the mounting anti-government feeling across the country. Combining this with growing support in Quebec for the Social Credit party, he suggested the government which takes power could be a minority one. led by Robert Stanfield, a man he described as having "an unerring in- stinct for his own jugular." B.C. PLANS END TO 4RIP-OFFS' IN GAS EXPORTS VANCOUVER (CP) Premier Dave Barrett says that British Columbia no longer will tolerate massive losses in natural gas export revenue He told the constitutional convention of the Inter- national Woodworkers of America that his government will legislate an end to such "rip-offs" during the current session of the legislature The premier said million was lost each .year in gas export revenue He said this would buy a lot of chronic care hospitals, a lot of room at universities, or could create a retirement pension plan that would allow workers to retire earlier The NDP, said Mr. Barrett, was told that only "clever businessmen" could manage the provincial economy, yet the government had just received a report from the National Energy Board in- dicating losses up to million a year on natural gas exports "We find that these so- called businessmen, the so- called business entrepreneurs and the business-oriented government, were mishandl- ing our natural he said "I tell you that in the present session of the legislature, there will be no more giveaways of our natural gas as was done by the former government. "Now that the vested interests are out of power, you must continue to work and fight for the party that represents your interests We must show North America what a wealthy jurisdiction can do with proper manage ment on behalf of the people Legal battle hampers northern development YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) Development and the northern economy is being hampered by the legal battle over whether Indians have aboriginal claim to the Mackenzie valley, says the president of the Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce. Doug Finlayson of Yellowknife was commenting after the annual meeting of the chambers' directors at which a motion was passed calling for quick settlement of the Indian's land claims issue. "It's slowing things down, Mr. Finlayson said referring to the attempt by the Territories' Indian Brotherhood to file a caveat on the oil and gas rich western third tof the Territories. Mr. Finlayson said he could not give specific examples but added he was sure the effect of the land claims case was being felt in the area of resource development The directors approved a motion asking that the Mackenzie Highway be con- sidered an extension of the Trans-Canada Highway Mr Finlayson said this would allow for increased federal spending By recognizing the Mackenzie Highway as part of the TransCanada Highway, Canadians might understand more readily that Canada is not just east and west but north and south too, Mr Kinlavson said EATON'S What A Sale! What Savings! Only three more days to take advantage of the val- ues during our big Trans-Canada Sale. Recheck your Eaton flier delivered to your home. It's loaded with savings for all the family. 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