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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THf UTHWIOGI HHALD VMmdir, April 1, WO Richard- Purser Not Higher Taxes, You Say? The most incredible feature of the whole White Paper debate is what Mr. Benson felt compelled to say to a group of tax experts in Montreal last week, and that they received it co incredulously. He said the purpose of the tax "reform" proposals is not to raise more money, but to raise any given sum more equitably. The Canadian Tax Foundation meeting is reported to have given a loud groan at that statement. This should have been emphasized right from the start, and when the debate grew loud and heated, Mr. Benson should have kept interjecting that statement. Instead he sat silent while the country twisted the "fairer taxation" theme into one of "higher taxation." The White Paper itself is a good deal to blame for the misunder- standing, and of course Mr. Benson must be held accountable for that. Rates of taxation are the function of annual budgets, and must be adjusted to suit the times. But the tax so to speak, is more permanent, and that is what the Carter Commission and the White Paper were supposed to reform.. Should there be a capital gains tax? If so, what should be the base? Should assumed gains or only 'realized gains be taxed? These are subjects for debate until the new laws are passed. Since capital apprecia- tion is a longer-term, even a life- time matter, the rate of capital gains tax should be as permanent as pos- sible. But much of the national debate which has confused the public and complicated the issue is over other figures and rates and exemp- tions which are the function of bud- gets and the responsibility of the gov- ernment of the day. The U.S. Congress passed a major tax reform measure only a. few months was intended to bring the tax system up to date, and it did plug many loopholes and is now regarded as a big improve- ment. However in the process it cost the government a good deal of rev- enue, and now the rates of taxation will probably have to be changed. If the new-tax system adopted by the Canadian Parliament means more revenue to then the rates here will have to be changed too. The government must be held accountable for every dollar of un- necessary taxation Every dollar must be spent wisely, and to the country's greater benefit than if the taxpayer had been free to spend it himself. But that is a different question from the tax system or tax philosophy that ought to be the sole subject of the current national debate. Mr. Benson has been negligent in keeping the questions separate. Turnabout On Housing City Council has done a turnabout on the issue of low-cost housing. Having earlier rejected a scheme that was about ready to be launched, council members have now' reversed themselves and will start negotia- tions all over again. Pressure of public opinion brought about the decision to make a fresh study of the matter. But it was not a simple yielding to pressure that is behind the agreement to proceed with a project. Apparently the study con- vinced some of the previously op- posed members that there is need for such housing in Lethbridge." Without even examining statistics It would seem logical to expect there would be such a need. Lethbridge would be a very unusual place if it did not have its share of people on the lower rungs of the economic The Peopl It is time to take another poke at City Council for Its arrogant approach to the people's business. Most Council debates and decisions are anticipated in the official agenda, prepared and distributed the Friday before a Monday night meeting. The agenda is not available to the public, however, before Monday morning. The press, as the public's agent, cannot report the public busi- ness to be settled that evening before the noon broadcast, in the case of radio, and the late afternoon, in the case of the newspaper. So there is almost no time, before the aldermen Art Buchwald Separatists Show Strength In Quebec QUEBEC Cm' The bee election campaign will not gel under way in earnest until the parlies can present Dearly complete fields of candi- dates. The Liberals, weakened wave of retirements among their members of the. national assembly, are scrambling to recruit big-came candidates to provide a prospective cabinet team such as won in 19CO. Na- tional Union ministers are mak- ing a few minor forays into the hinterland to promise a road here, a hospital there, just to prove Ihe party hasn't really changed since the old days, and to order the faithful not to escalate the "war with Ot- lawa" Iheme too much for fear of driving voles lo the Cred- itistes. And the Credilistes are trying to live down federal parly leader Real Caouette's in- credible bungling at the provin- cial leadership convention re- cently. Only one party is maintain- ing a high early pro- file the separatist-Parti Que- becois. And it is getting plenty of mileage out of it, attracting wide publicity and showing con- siderable sign of popularity. It cannot vet be said whether the PQ or the Cndjtida will have the biggest effect on ladder. The only centres lacking low- income people are suburban develop- 'ments in which cost of housing is at such a level that the stratification is in the order of good, belter and best. Advocates of the do-it-yourself phil- osophy often forget what a large part the helping hand in all success stories. Without the boost of inherited capital or influence or opportunity or sheer luck', most people would not likely be very well off. It should appeal to the sense of fair play as well as providing philosophic satis- faction that some families be given the opportunity, through low hous- ing rentals, to advance. Regrettable as the delay has been there' is cause for rejoicing that Council has now come to a mous, decision to proceed with a much needed project e's Busiims are able to dispose of the items, for Uie people to get in'on the discussion. (Some public business is settled in private, and some without agenda notice, but those devious practices are another subject.) Aldermen are elected to use their own judgment in deciding city policy. We do not go along with the pressure-group theory of government. However, we do insist that the people have the right to know, before as well as after. In delegating the right to legislate, which is part of the representative system, the people have not surrendered their concern for their own affairs. WASHINGTON My friend Adman'i U- year-old son came in the office to me the other day. "Fve decided to go (o Canada rather than in the United States Army." "Ji It because of the war in I asked. "No. It's Just that I don't want to work fa the post office." "I don't understand." "1 have lo live with myself. And I don't think I could do It, knowing what I havo done to somebody else's mail." I said, trying to talk him out of leaving the country, "there's no guarantee Just because you're in Ihe United Stales Army, you will have work in a post of I ice. You might be assigned lo running the rail- roads, in case they go out on strike." "1 don't cere. Working on the railroad U u btd as working in the post office, One il as immoral as the other." "Would you consider working as an air controller during their slowdown "Yes, I would. I don't think a man should go into the Army and do anything he doesn't believe in. I don't believe in aviation. It's a cruel and ruthless, business." "But the Army has more to offer than working in a post office, or on the railroads or in air control. Why, with Ibc proper training, you could even become first- garbage man." shook his head. "It's no good trying to talk me into the bright things about soldiering. I know they're going to make me into i letter carrier." "Why are you so "Because when I got my draft notice, fcey anted me ill was afraid of dogs." "Tbrt ojoen'l men you'U automatically become a postman. I know many men now serving in the armed forces who have never seen a mailbag." "But what about the ones who have? 1 know one kid I went lo school with; he barely had six weeks of basic training and they pulled him out and sent him to the Grand Central Post Office lo sort packages, llis mother hasn't heard from him since." "But that's probably because of lha I said. "If soldiers aren't going to handle the mail in this counlry, vAo "Don't try lo talk me out of il. I know what will happen. I'll go'in and they'll brainwash me. They'll say that not snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can stay me from my appointed rounils. Once you lake thai oalh you're committed." "You're being loo I said. "What's to prevent you as a soldier from replacing a fireman or a policeman or wen a social worker during a municipal strike? Just because you put on the uniform of Ibo U.S. Army doesn't mean you'll be assigned lo the mail." "I'd rather bo a livo he said, "than a dead ZIP code breaker." "But if you go fo Canada and the postal slriko is over you won't be permitted lo como back to Uie United States." "I've made up my mind. I've seen what happened lo other GIs '.vbo worked in tha post office. They've become embittered and mean and cruel. Give a guy a stairs-can- celling machine and he becomes an animal. They're rot going lo make me into a mon- ster." "Look, Instead of making you work in the post office, suppose Ihe Army assigned you (o Saigon? How would you feel ho said, "that would be different. (Toronto Telegram Newi Service) "Is that your idea of an April fool, Mac? Trying to trick Lethbridge into daylight saving letters To The Editor In The Final Analysis Who Is Really Dividing Canada? The report of Roy Blais1 res- ignation as president of the Progressive Conservative As- sociation in Taber-W'arncr con- stituency was read with inter- est. I share with him the concern that western Canada is being treated badly by those who represent us in the federal gov- ernment, with the emphasis al- ways on eastern Canada. The Social Credit party-has always Broken out against this prac- tice Social Crediters share with Mr. Blais concern for the sugar beet industry and how. easily it could be expanded if the east would buy our sugar and help make Canada less reliant on foreign countries for the major part of our sugar supply. Pres- ent subsidies could be elim- inated if the. sugar beet indus- try was given tariff protection similar lo that protecting many other Canadian industries. by the Federal Government and There are inequities in other rail tariff rates favor shipping live beef over dressed meati.. areas of Canadian industry. Production of Canadian oil Is limited to less than 50 per cent of Us depending on the United States quota system while eastern Canada imports its oil from abroad. In the production of meats, e'a stern producers receive freight benefits in two ways. Western feed grain transporta- tion to the east is subsidized Unfair To Your article on the Editorial Page of the paper on March Mth had the headline "Rho- desia and you seem lo derive some satisfaction from this conclusion. However, I think the writer of this article, along with a lot of other peo- ple, has a very short memory as to the part played by Rho- desians in two World Wan. In the second war, Rhodesia sent more men in proportion to Us SATO's So-Called "Dances" If the Southern Alberta Tccn Organization (commonly known as SATO) would like (o be what they started out fo be, a fin- ancial success, I suggest they liad belter smarten up, but fast. So far, fhu majority of the groups they have brought in have been heavy, acid rock groups that have played noth- ing but psychedelic, electrify- ing ncid rock songs-to-gel-slon- ed-by lasting from 10 lo 45 min- utes In duration with half-hour breaks every five or so songs. Now, I don't mind the breaks, except that they are a bit un- neccssaiy in length. The band (stoned as they are) could cool oft within half the time if (hey really wanted to. I've also got nothing against the groups (heavy as they are) cither. Half of them are half-decent, but only as far as concerts are concerned. Along with llicir light shows, ur.derg round movies, Uicir singers, and every- thing else, these conceits could turn out prelly v.ell {financially, and the But, if they want to have dances, why not bring Pnzxled I don't know what lo think. G. N. Lelhbrldgo Editor's Note! Join the club I in a good dance oand? They could bring one in for approxi- mately the same cost as one of Ihese hippie ones (or maybe even a bil and make some money, for a nice change. They also could change their present name lo change their present reputation, or they could take my advice and change every- thing everybody knows about them (o "good" instead o( "pcoi'." A Local Concerned wilh SATO'S Future Survival. Lcthbridge, 'Crazy Capers' Yes, certainly, soft of fiver? What population, than any olher member of Ihe Commonwealth, to fight the Axis Powers. They played a partfaJarly gallant part in the f i g h t ing against Rommel in the western desert, when many of their anti- tank batteries fought until they were wiped out. Ian Smith a very dislinguishcc fighter-pilot, was shot down -and r.sdly burned. The "Peaceniks" who are the loudest in their request for British intervention in desia, (which it is very certain will not take the form of arm- ed fores since it would certain- ly mean the downfall of any British government 'hat at- tempted seem lo condemn Rhodesia much more than some of the other acts being commit- ted around the world. Comparatively little was said about Ihe Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia by Ihcse people or about the plight of the Arab refugees in the Middle East over the years. Or about the exclusion of Indians from Ken- ya by that government, which also seems to have tribal trou- bles on its tenth now. I have a good friend of my first war days, who visited his son who Is farming in Rhodesia list summer, he brought back a very different account of things over there (hen we read in Ihe papers, lie found things along pretty well, and said the Black population appeared to be in good shape and quite happy too. At least they have, a stable government, and are not being massacred la a civil war. Perhaps more of these peo- ple who advocate Armed Inter- vention wouM like to volunteer to go over there and fight, G. KENNETH WATTS. The same, thing can be said of eastern processed vegetables invading the western markets. The eastern producer a freight subsidy which allows the goods to undersell the west- ern processor's. It is unbelievable to think that vegetable processors in the Taber area are talking about cutting vegetable'acreage: in 1970. We have the soil, techni- ques, processing facilities, and farmers win to grow vege- tables. Why should we be pre- vented lo operate to our full capacity oy competitors whose plants are heavily subsidized by the federal government? Who in the final analysis U dividing Canada? Are our prob- lems so big that they cannot be resolved througi honest admis- sion and a total leasMssuieut of Canadian potential? Why don't we undertake a study of how our total economy can be moved around for the benefit o( all Canada? R. F. GIBB. Taber. the old parties, but Reae lw- esque's dynamic campaign is obviously developing into a thing to watch. Second only lo the question of who forms Ibe next ymiaaat. of Quebec after April 29 is the question of what site showing Uie PQ and this may be the nxst important question in the long run. Large audiences and trenea- dous enthusiasm have beta marking the appearances ofthe PQ's big names, which, inadav- lally, are becoming more nu- merous. Jacques Pariwau, the party's resident economist, is proving a big attention-getter everywhere he goes. He was nominated PQ candidate for the Montreal norlieod riding rf Ahuntsic by a wildly cheering crowd of last week. A Urge nationalist element there and the expected retirement of the popular Liberal incumbent, Jem-Paul Lefebvre, Mr. Parizeau a chance. He and Mr. Levesque also went over well before a sizable audience in Chkoutimi, metrop- olis of Ihe Saguenay region, where another big name, weQ- known c r i m I n o 1 o gist Mare- Andre Bedard was nnminatfii He will battle Quebec's engsia- tic Cultural Affairs Minister, Jean-Noel Tremblay. party is also fieUtog such prominent Quebeccn at Bernard Landry, former spe- cial advise So the edrratkn de- partment, former Laval Univer- sity professor Doris Lustier, and well-known lawyer Guy Bertrand. A big Caleb re- cently was University at Montreal law professor- Jac- ques- Yvan Morin, a leading in- tellectual and contributor fo tfat French-language press. Mr. Levesque is singuUrty anxious to convince the prov- ince's minorities that separa- tism is no threat to them. His decision, reached after several days of hesitation, to run again in bis present riding of Moot- real-Laurier, is evidence of his stress on this point. He was elected easily enough there three times before, but as t Liberal. But Mr. Levesque, taking tin risk of _his life, says that to flee Lauricr in search at a "safe" all French-speaking ri- ding would raise another'wall between majority and minori- ties. He will stm face Liberal competition from Mrs. Jeanne Sauve, a CBC commentator, just as Mr. Levesque once was, and who speaks fluent Italian. Mr. Levesque professes to be- lieve his party will get 25 to 33 per cent of the vote, although partly officials privately believe a-showing of close to 20 per cent will maintain the party's viability even if no seats are won. A vote such as Mr. Leves- que predicts would be bound to be translated into at least some seals, but few outside the party would share his claims that he has -30 guaranteed strong rid- ings and will get 75 per cent of Montreal's white collar vote. .Yet it.is true that there is t real current of independence timing through Quebec, H be says, and it is by no means as as is popularly sup- pled that it is largely coo- fined ic the youth and intellec- tual cornirmniaes. A soKd mid- dle-class, middle-aged element is evident at party gatherings. Former federal MP Gilles Gregoire, now PQ candi- date in the Saguenay riding of Jonqiaere, may have been over- ly optimistic recently when he remarked laconically that "ordy 35 days' before independence should be easy to bear" the election is April 2J but never were truer words spoken than Mr. Levesque's: "Even U ,we only carry ten or 1Z ridings, the national assembly win never the same." 1 (Herald Quebec Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD 11IROUGH THE HERA1.P The Prince o( Wales was given an enthusiastic wel- come today, in Panama City as he went to the executive man- sion to pay forma! call on President Levebre. W. T. Cosgrave was today again elected president of the executive of the Irish Free Stale. Starting today there will be six aircraft and 12 TCA crews operating daily at Kenyon FVU. Tram Canada Airlines are doubling tilt ratio line service between Van- couver and Winnipeg wWch the reuon for the (realtr In- creased aerial actlvily. Leth- bridge is a Junction in the air mail service. 1MO One of Canada's top atomic scientists, in an unusual speech, today suggested Can- ada is in danger of falling be- hind in the world's atomic race and will continue to until she u willing to put up more tisls and money. The government, with two record peacetime deflefto on its short record, now intends to ride the crest of.economic expansion into i beUnced hodgct. Il win leave Ux unchanged. The Lethbtidge Herald BM 7th St. S., Lefhortdft, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Prvprieten PnbHiitn Publisted im by Hot. W. A. BUCHANAN ttamt OMI tumknn, Ranter MU OCO W. DOWCM MM mi I. ABAM, Oiml M tot IALLA MAM4M TlttUr Trffi rlHUlO SEKVtS THE SOUTH" WTU.IAX RiY AMcrflU EdMr K. WAU.TI ;