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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 7, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg fret press May Page focus the Western premiers Are unlikely to reach any breakthrough agreement on the Meech Lake Brace Ottawa by Fred Cleverley Winnipeg free press Portage la Prairie Ottawa bashing is a Shrub found Only in it usually Flowers twice a during gatherings of provincial occasionally it fails to usually in years Fol lowing a change in the Federal gov regarded by Federal officials As a noxious it is highly prize by regional politicians As a useful tool in achieving non elec toral Ottawa bashing is alive and flow ering profusely at the meeting of Western provincial premiers Here this because All four Western premiers dream in conservative Blue the bashing will not be As Blunt As it might have been had Ottawa been wearing Liberal it be quite the Host of the premiers meet Manitoba Gary made this Clear in an interview in his office Friday he said dissatisfaction with the Federal government was not confined to any single Western we have talked about whether any one province is being treated and there have been perceptions from time to time that Manitoba is being treated More but you look at the unilateral Cap limits on Feder Al transfers to provinces where is taking them Ottawa to court you look at Saskatchewan Premier Grant who in the past has been As cooperative with Ottawa As any and now he is the most aggressive in trying to negotiate the farm Aid insisting that provinces cant and of course that is North Dakota does not have to pay part of the farm Don Getty has been Long suffering Over a number of whether it be the appoint ment of Stan Waters to the sen or other issues on which there seems to be a total Lack of under standing by then there is the whole inter Estrate which i think is going to be the Lon term major and which has been raised at each of the premiers conferences i have British Columbia Premier Bill Vander Zalm made a big Issue of this in Parksville in 1988 and he is absolutely we As a Western Region want to take advantage of the free Trade agreement but How can our manufacturers compete when theres close to a six Point spread Between prime rates in Canada and the no accusations i dont think anyone is trying to accuse Ottawa of motives on the it is their insistence that they have no role to that this is a total monetary Issue that is in the hands of the Bank of this is counter to what they said when they were in then finance minister Michael Wilson was hammering away at the tru Deau government for High interest Filmon agreed that there could be no regional interest rate policy and that lower interest rates would fuel his argument that the inflation would be Felt most in the pockets of High and would quickly con sume the danger in current interest he was that we Are getting close to causing structural damage to the to where Plant expansion and housing is feeling the in an Effort to Send a signal of sorts to Ottawa that this years meeting of Western premiers will not be simply a complaint the first Day of the conference will be devoted to economic these will include some Fine tuning of the which came into effect last to reduce inter pro Vinci Al Tariff the pres ence of fiscal policy and Western projects almost guar that some Ottawa bashing will take place almost As soon As the meetings about the Only item which should be free from complaints against the Federal government will be discussions aimed at reviving the Western Power an idea of interconnecting electrical utilities in the provinces to share output and bring better planning to the construction of new Power even this May produce some com ments involving Ottawa which will include the environmental reviews of projects in Alberta and Sas and the pending review of Manitoba plans to proceed with a big new Power Plant on the Nelson River at Filmon said the Western pre Miers Are Likely to press for a process which would see provincial and Federal environmental reviews take place at the same Mani he favored development within the Best environmental guidelines lumping to Gether Federal and provincial re he would allow a reasonable approach to the marriage of development to environmental there is unlikely to be any move ment on the Meech Lake Accord As a result of the Portage while the other three provinces have approved the All of their premiers Are fully aware of Manitoba Ottawa has been suggesting that an agreement Between Filmon and nip Leader Gary doer could effect an Endrun around Liberal Leader Sharon car stairs opposition to Meech this wont happen because the bulk of Manitoban would not stand for should doer and Filmon at tempt to do Ottawa something neither wants to they would in effect be handing the next provincial election to car stairs on a Silver disagreement Meech Lake is some thing on which there is no agree ment Between Filmon and the other three none of the other Western Given the troubles each has with is Likely to attempt to pressure Fil Mon into bending to Ottawa will on this Ottawa bashing will be made a bit easier this year by the outburst voiced by conservative Felix Holt Mann in the House of commons last Holtmann complained that the Western premiers would ignore their own problems in order to gang up on the Federal Holtmann has been sent an invitation to the Public dinner which is part of the annual meeting he just May have a bit of difficulty getting through the Mars congressman backs super Collider Washington the Congress Man from Mars stalked Down the aisle of the House of representatives last week in his trademark Maroon Black Bel bottomed trousers and Black Cowboy loaded for Bear from tall As Gary he looked As if he were on his Way to main Street at High by the time he was he had done the legislative equivalent of emptying his six gun into the nation of India million offer to take part in the multimillion Dollar building of the worlds largest and most powerful particle Accel Era he left India Only one Way to pick itself up out of the dust and join the new High technology crusade open its markets to this was another scene from one of Washington most entertaining legislative the Battle for the superconducting super Canada already has a bit part and May soon have a bigger the government has asked Canada to consider participating financially in the building of the Accel if that Canada would be Able to bid for construction Canada also would be a Welcome partner in the advanced pure scientific research that is the reason for building a tool of High Energy the accelerators Job is to whip up two streams of called in opposite directions through 54 Miles of underground when they the collision will Pulver ize them into the smallest Ever sub atomic physicists then will be Able to Analyse them to unlock Basic secrets of the uni although All this soars into the intellectual Back on the ground Are to be found the politicians who must be convinced that the idea could work and that it is Worth the Mammoth one is Ohio Democrat James tra informally known to his Polit ical colleagues As the Man from Mars because of his unusual political a former county he once told a jury that he certainly had taken a bribe from mobsters to ignore loan gambling and drug trafficking in his sting operation his he was that it was a Solo sting he had returned the bribe after his sting unfortunately he could not prove that because the Man to whom he gave Back the Money had Digap the jury found him inno a stentorian voiced he campaigned successfully for the democratic nomination for con Gress despite the Handicap of having been described by the county demo cratic chairman As a a a raving his Campaign Calls for the rope for dope paddlers did much to endear him to the unemployed steelworkers in his Steeltown in the House since when he checked in his sheriffs he has developed a reputation As a Trade a Savage oppo nent of big spending and a tireless proponent of More spending in his economically prostrate he is also a master of the one of which is his passionate support for the big spending plan for the super David Macdonald Washington editor he ought to be All in favor of any foreign contribution since Congress is trying to hold to billion the contribution of the Federal Texas has agreed to put up a billion dollars of its on top of the site acquisition which will be that leaves billion to be found using the current congressional Cost estimate of no evidence in the estimate of the department of which is supervising the is that billion is More during last weeks floor debate on the authorization the friendliest opponent suggested the fiercest no evidence supplied for either Traficanto amendment prohibits bids on super Collider contracts from countries found by the president to be engaging in unfair Trade practices against the United some thought he might mean Japan but he soon made it Crystal Clear that India was the he said that when negotiators had asked for Market Access for India told them to go to when he shouted that last two dozing lawmakers woke with a Start and a crowd of chatting members at the Back fell then he clinched it with i know that India is the Only country that has offered any Money to help build the but we ought to Tell it to keep its million until it opens its markets to our nobody spoke up for protectionist India and the amendment went through on the apart from his theatrical the floor politics was heavily direct As it has been from the on the question is Texas getting too much again of challenged that idea every time it came up but the new Jersey demo crat steering the Bill through the Shoals of amendments outdid them in loud indignation every time he chose to see an insult to texan one Issue of interest to Canada that was not addressed was the eligibility for contracts of countries not on the presidents Trade hate list and not disposed to contribute to the projects As the authorization Bill limits contracts to Domestic firms foreign firms in countries contributing to the Sec foreign firms that will perform most of their contractual activities in the United states joint ventures of foreign and firms organized expressly to bid on Sec no More than 50 per cent of any major system or component May be bought for the Sec in a foreign country unless the Energy depart ment determines that it is not Avail Able in the United the idea is to keep the construction the related jobs and the funds at Home As far As the unanswered question is whether this is consistent with the free Trade Ottawa As any and now that the inflation would he favored development tation to the Public dinner which is it also a of the one the funds at Home As farts re he is the most aggressive in trying Feit most in the pockets of High within the Best environmental part of the annual meeting of which is his passionate support for fee unanswered questions is w to negotiate the farm Aid and would quickly con guidelines lumping to he just May have a bit of difficulty for this is consistent with the insisting that provinces cant fume Gether Federal and provincial re getting through the the spending plan for the super with its time the cites cyclists Learned responsibility if it is possible to find some Silver lining in direction you Are insists on passing in the curb to allow a steady Stream of traffic to have actually Ridden them themselves those Clouds that brought Winter Back to Lump u the same Lane you Are Riding and then just As All the cars have gone sunday afternoon along the Assiniboine Winnipeg a week ago it is that they kept in d there is the Lunatic who speeds past you in buy and a cyclist is coming along at Bike path cyclists will encounter entire irresponsible cyclists off the City Llop swi eco heavy traffic and just As he comes up to you about 2530 Miles per will step right out lies out for a sunday stroll along the two years ago i wrote about this Irres Ponsi w Jblake 1 screams something directly at you not into his path As though the cyclist Doest when you try to get past them they and managed to fill the Lette Stothe always flattering i might add and speeds Ive seen women with babies do this youre some kind of not Only Thi if it is possible to find some Silver lining in those Clouds that brought Winter Back to Winnipeg a week ago it is that they kept irresponsible cyclists off the City two years ago i wrote about this Irres Ponsi and managed to fill the Lette Stothe editor columns for several Days with the howls of anguish from Manitoban who All claim to be responsible cyclists and who said that i had tarred All cyclists with the same Brush and disagreed with every word i that particular column also produced comments from assistant commissioner the commanding officer of d division of the Royal Canadian mounted who wrote a letter which was not intended for publication but which invited me to use some of the statistics the ramp had collected on bicycle As free press sports writer Al bes himself a sent to my computer desk a list of habits of motorists which most annoyed two years ago i reported in two 1 saw 14 cyclists ignore red this before the cold weather hit in one week i saw ten cyclists speeding through Light controlled intersections As if they did not two years ago i spotted two cyclists going the wrong Way on one Way this with the cycling season still in its i have seen Stop signs Are just As irrelevant to cyclists in Winnipeg today As they were two years assistant commissioner henrys letter made a Point which i find criticizing cyclists is still quite close to being As Uncan Adian As criticizing be cause of the perception that cyclists Are Young people who must be forgiven their indiscretions As far As the Highway traffic act is statistics accumulated by the ramp show that Young cyclists Are not the Only irresponsible ones in the these statistics show that cyclists Over the age of 21 years account for per cent of accidents involving bicycles in cyclists who Are Over 21 should have the maturity to As the commissioner Points that the bicycle is not a toy but a vehicle to which the same rules of the Road the commissioner Henry provided were bicycle accidents had shown an increase of 23 per cent Over the previous injuries were up by per cent and fatalities had increased by 40 per four accidents out of five took place after police investigations showed that some bikes had no some had no some had of the nighttime three out of four produced injuries and one in ten resulted in a what about the cyclists Side of the Story Besson lists ten things motorists do that annoy him the d there is the Motorist who is so paranoid about passing a cyclist that he will sit on your rear wheel for blocks refusing to make a move even when you wave him d there is the Motorist even though there Are two open lanes going in the same direction you Are insists on passing in the same Lane you Are Riding d there is the Lunatic who speeds past you in heavy traffic and just As he comes up to you screams something directly at you not always flattering i might add and speeds believe when you Are concentrating on the Road and the traffic around this can be very unsettling and has almost caused an Accident with me several d there is is the Motorist who believes All cyclists should stay an Inch off the curb and makes sure he Doest give you any More room than that even if he has to drive you off the Road to do this could be the same Motorist who Doest bother to shoulder Check when he makes right of he consider giving a signal d there is the pedestrian who will stand on the curb to allow a steady Stream of traffic to and then just As All the cars have gone buy and a cyclist is coming along at about 2530 Miles per will step right out into his path As though the cyclist Doest Ive seen women with babies do this As Well As elderly believe if they Ever get hit broadside by a Bike moving at that till d there is the Motorist who Doest Check before he opens his car d there is the Motorist who Waits at a controlled intersection to allow traffic to go straight before making a left hand As soon As the last car whisks by he stands on the Gas without checking to see if a cyclist is still in the i almost bought it one saturday from one of d when they Tell us to ride the Bike paths because they Are i wonder How Many have actually Ridden them any sunday afternoon along the Assiniboine Park Bike path cyclists will encounter entire families out for a sunday stroll along the when you try to get past them they think youre some kind of not Only but you also have to Deal with skate roller skiers and Blind Corners that Are potential d there is the Guy in a parking lot who backs out of a parking stall without checking to see if there is a cyclist coming his understands that Bicy cles Are not he also supports compulsory helmets for cyclists and compulsory insurance As these Are attitudes of a responsible too bad there Are so few to be seen now that the warm weather is doonesbury by Garry Trudeau in taping a my memorial 5tanp thought of could we hop jus focus and sent rec

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