The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on February 13, 1979 · Page 18
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. Ottawa Jomal Tuesday, February 13, 1979 National Federal cash . .-Itfi Barre refuses .Page 18 n to fund four unity grdups MONTREAL (UPC) The federal government will provide financial aid to four groups who have ; challenged the legality of Quebec's Charter of the French Language, Secretary of State John Rob erts announced Monday. , . Roberts rejected suggestions the timing W the announcement was prompted by thiyears fede'rV al election. '':$$-i "It Just took awhile to tfirk Out the detail'siie said. "The protection of ':lvlIHberties and lan- guage rights inrfhe Canadian constitution Is our fundamental position. Roberts said the altfwas approved "because of our concern that language rights must be protected. We actively support minority groups struggling to protect their rights from erosion." He said Ottawa will provide the maximum 20 - per cent funding to the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal and the Federation of Home and v School Associations, who claim Bill 101 contravenes the British North America Act. Roberts said financial aid would be given also to two Quebec music companies The Divine Singer, which opposes limitations on language rules for signs arid Le Monde de Music Discus Ltee, which has challenged restrictions on the use English ads and labels. All four groups began civil suits in Quebec courts last year. . The federal government is also helping individuals or groups outside Quebec defend their French language rights, Roberts said. The amount of aid depends on the resources of the complainants in each case, he added. to take stand " ' on se varatio n . our fates are a pleasant surprise! At Tllden, irs our policy for every station to have Its rates printed and displayed because we don't want you to trunk that we charge "what the traffic will bear l Also, we think Its gimmicky to feature absurd "come-on" Drlces when the real cost ends up being the kind of surprise vou don t need once you've figured It outl what we feature is what you pay! so next time you need wheels; get them with no gimmicks from Tllden. And as we Include 200 kilometres on the house per day at most of our stations, we think you'll find our rates an even more pleasant surprise! Featuring fine cars by General Motors. RMMvattons 232-3838 CP photo Barre addresses national assembly By Peter Hadekel Journal Quebec Bureau QUEBEC The Parti Quebecois government has failed to get any political mileage out of the visit to Quebec of French Premier Raymond Barre. Despite attempts by PQ officials to solicit French encouragement for the Quebec independence cause, Barre has gone out of his way to be cautious and discreet about the. national unity issue. Barre addressed the Quebec National Assembly Monday only the second foreign dignitary ever accorded the privilege but he said nothing that could be interpreted as supporting the PQ goal of political sovereignty for Quebec. The atmosphere seemed cold in the house as Barre gave a passionless review of France-Quebec exchanges in cultural, educational and technological fields. He said the main preoccupation of the two governments should now be to increase economic co-operation. Barre repeated French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing's pledge that France will not "interfere In the internal affairs of Canada." He said that whatever decision Quebec takes about its political future, France will offer "its understanding, its confidence and Its support," Premier Rene Levesque who appeared somewhat deflated by Barre's remarks replied that he sees Quebec-France relations as a model for future relations between a sovereign Quebec and Canada. Throughout Barre's three-day official visit to Quebec which ends tonight (Tuesday) Levesque has unsuccessfully attempted to draw Barre out on France's attitude to sovereignty-association. Observers speculated that the cool atmosphere in the national assembly Tuesday was an outgrowth of a banquet Sunday night.- where. Barre seemed uneasy at remarks made by Levesque. The Quebec Premier who was in a relaxed and light-hearted mood after the three-hour state dinner gave a long and rambling toast to his guest which turned into a partisan political speech. Giggling frequently, Levesque took political swipes at Prime Minister Trudeau, whon he compared to the fictional character Dr. Stange-love, and at former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa. He also failed to amuse his guest when he joked about Barre's prolonged silence at an Ottawa news conference last week. The silence occurred as Barre sought "the right words" to answer a question about future France-Canada relations. a a Levesque trips called failure Gunman gives up THOMPSON, Man. A man armed with a rifle . surrendered to police Monday afternoon after spending about 24 hours barricaded in a house in this northern Manitoba mining community. An RCMP spokesman said the man threw out his .22-calibre rifle and a knife following talks with police negotiators aided by a local doctor. Police said no one was Injured In the incident and no shots were fired. "-i ': i ' . - Mayor makes plea for mill TORONTO Dryden Mayor Tom" Jones,, said Monday he and the citizens of the northern Ontario" community wanton unequivocal statement from the provincial goyenttient that it will make;ure the Reed Paper Ltd; plant there will not shut down; Mayor Jones appeared, (before the natural-re, sources committee along with seven other Dryden! citizens. All told the committee that jobs were more important then environmental control. There re 1,700 Reed workers in the community of 6,700. Reporter given secret data TORONTO Two staff members of the London Psychiatric Hospital testified Monday that they gave a newspaper reporter confidential Information on a former patient facing a murder charge. Samuel Isaac Sussman, the hospital's director of social work, and psychiatrist Dr. Joanne Silcox said they were interviewed separately by Helen -Bullock of the Toronto Star on Jan. 30, one day after the former patient was charged. MONTREAL (CP) groups. such as Puerto Premier Rene Leves- Ricans. In the U.S. que's trips to the United Tom ' Nadeau, a 32-States since, his 1976 year-oId.film producer, election have failed to neari Levesque speak win American sympa-. In, San, (Francisco and my mr u.c muac v svjr round 'Mm "a com- erelgnty-assoclatton, . says a prominent Quebec editor and political analyst. In a lengthy assessment published Monday and, based on dozens i of -interviews with prominent Americans, Montreal Stared-itor Gerald Clark says the "Parti Quebecojs (PQ) has no allies In the United States, either in government or financial circles." Some of those interviewed politicians, bankers, academics and artists are quoted as saying the Quebec nationalist movement, with its socialist tinge, smacks of totalitarianism and discourages American Investment. Other U.S. observers cited by Clark said that Quebec nationalism unpleasantly reminded them of demands for more cultural and language rights by ethnic manding personality." 11 But, ; Clark- writes, Nadeau added: "If the PQ goes .on too long with a diffuse problem and a rather vague con cept of sovereignty-association it will eventually lose out, like the black movement in the United States, which started with a burst and then waned." George Ball, a former U.S. undersecretary of state and now a New York merchant banker, and Max Frankel, a New York Times editor, both spoke out against nationalism and ethni-cism wherever it appears. "I deplore nationalism, whether it is in Quebec or Scotland, based on sentiment and reasons that are not realistic," Ball said. "I deplore parochialism, the attempt to outline special pressure groups within Society." Victim of media - Strong . TORONTO (CP) Maurice Strong says he Is VWctIm of trial by . media and dirty pool by Journalists who are trying to dig into his background to find a reason for his resignation as a federal Liberal candidate. STRONG Strong, former chairman of Petro-can and a self-made millionaire, said in an Interview Monday that he quit as candidate for the Metropolitan Toronto riding of Scarborough Centre because of his involvement with one of his United States companies, AZL Resources Ltd., a division of Procor Ltd. He said he has been forced to operate the company personally because of commitments he made when he took it over. The company owns about 1.1 million acres of land in Texas and Arizona. His withdrawal had nothing to do with a lawsuit in the U.S. involving the takeover, Strong said. Last September, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a claim for a preliminary Injunction against the takeover. The injunction was sought in a suit by Mutual Shares Corp. of New York, which holds less than one per cent of the shares of Procor. The ' corporation alleged that Strong and his partnersjjained control of Procor through fraudulent means. Judge Charles Stewart found Mu-tual's claims were unsupported by evidence and without merit. y. h IF WE'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER YOU COULD HAVE mmmmm ENTER THE JOURNALS WE'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER CONTEST Ottawa Journal 36SUurtr Ave. W., Ottawa K1Q3K6 ;i" FUN IN THE SUN CONTEST 4 ; : i. '. -.- V-.V.V. i- V ;V ' V V I "I J- CITYXOWN i, . i v vw 1; SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER V . . v v . n hauA tti Kama Manitoba PS purge charged WINNIPEG (CP) Howard Pawley, leader of Manitoba's New Democratic Party, says the Conservative government has trimmed the lean along with the fat from the provincial civil . service.-: ' ; v Pawley, the 44-year-old Selkirk, Man., lawyer named to head the party ; , afte? - Ed Schreyer stepped down 232-5176- i" 1 - i Pn of your Travwf , Agent i n, tor Air Canada "STTI THE TRAVEL " PLACE PLACE UEU. CANADA ; 100 ELGIN 8T. ' ' SM4101 ' to become governor-, general, terms the government payroll cuts "a purge." He says the effect has been a paralysis of the government's ability to deliver programs and even the Conservatives are beginning to sense the Impact, "They have gotten rid of the.clvil servant who stuck his neck out, who was .. innovative, competent, " - a doer. And, the people, who have come to the fore. In so many cases, were those that .were comfortable ana just warming a seat" ' ' ." 1 ... Premier ; ' , .Sterling Lyon says his government has achieved a reduction in the provincial payroll, of about 1,700 positions. " Pawley, who will lead the party until a convention In November, said that If the NDP had been re-elected in 1977 it would likely have embarked on Its own restraint program. However, the party would not have taken the Conservative path. Instead, spending re straints would have been in the areas of public works and highways and not in programs for the ill, the needy and the elderly, Pawley said. Doctors turn toe into thumb TORONTO (CP) Doctors have amputated a toe of a Thunder Bay, Ont., man and have attached It to where his right thumb used to -be. Bill Elko, 49, who severed his thumb while working with a circular saw In his home last summer, Is expected to be able to use his hand again by June on his job as a maintenance , electrician... v-. .' '' ''" " Dr. Ronald Zuker, who performed the surgery last , week with two other doctors, said the second toe from Elko's right foot was removed and, with the aid of a microscope, was sewn to his hand. - ' ' Elko said he Is happy with the results of his surgery but plans to relax after he returns home. - -, .r v : '

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