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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IE1HBRIDGE HERALD Friday, April 7, Colin .4 bold approach in Britain Tho dHcdmu of Hie economy in Canada illicit perhaps benefit by sunk Croat Britain's Inirtfiel plans v.'hidi were announced recent- They are in direct contrast lo the program and seem to in- dicat'1 a promise of long range liem-ids of considerable si7.e as well as immediate financial encourage- ini'iil to the taxpayer. Tlic objective is to stimulate pro- duction from a sluggish three per I-CTI to a buoyant five. Anthony Bar- chancellor of t'.ic exchequer, an- nounced further income tax rcduc- lions and purchase tax cuts, but for llic wage earner I In- most exciting oews was lliat he would have immed- iately, an e.xlra pound a week on !ns pay cheque. There is also a boost nf lib per cent for old aye pen- sioners. Eventually the government will move towards a complete overhaul of the system villi llic inlroduclioi: of Ihc negative income tax. This in- volves replacement of lax exemp- tions with tax credits based on mari- tal status and the size of the family. When an income falls below the. level of credits, the taxpayer becomes eli- gible for some compensation. Another of the budget's proposals is a major program of depreciation allowances and regional development grants aimed al encouraging indus- try to modernise prior In Britain's eiili'y uilo Hie European common market competition. Write-offs will be permitted on all new investmeiH in plants and machinery. Additional investment assistance will bo pro- vided in areas ol high unemployment, particularly in the north ol England anil in regions in Wales. The Ijritisli governmenl hopes lo encourage this up dated financing by gradually increasing contributions by employer and employee to the social security fund. Hut largely il will be made possible by relinquish- ing an immense portion of budget, surplus. This method is not deficit financing as planned on a scale m the United States. But it will mean no more than a modest surplus ol 2U5 million pounds next year com- pared with the 1.5 billion pounds this year. Some critics of this revolutionary budget maintain thai the government has been ton generous. Hut Britain has to replace some of its major induslries (such as coal) if it hopes (o compete favorably in Hie Kf.M. A little boldness in financing will doubt- less create new jobs and a bniist in the economy which has been needed there for too many years. NATO intervention Two stubborn prime ministers, IJoin Mintoff of Malta and Edward Heath of Britain, were recently taken off Ihe book by the intervenlion of NATO. The March 31 deadline for evacuation of British forces from Ihe Mediterranean island had nearly ar- rived when an agreement was reached for rental of air and naval liases. There Is no real strategic value In the island bases today for Britain so resistance on the port of Mr. Heath to Dora Mintoff's outrageously high rental demands is understandable. But NATO commanders feel that the Soviet Union must be prevented from occupying Ihe island and have agreed to pay S23 million of the million annual rental. The value of Malta to NATO is questionable. Keeping the Soviet Union out of Malla does not mean RIC NICOL Benefits of good government IJOOTS of derision have greeted Pre- mier Sennet's challenging in Ihc courts the provincial equalization grants. The general feeling in (lie rest nl (he coun- try is that we of Ihe banana belt have slip- ped on our own peel, landing on our head and causing the rocks therein to shift dan- gerously. To clear up (his misunderstanding we should know that the equalization grants are based on the assumption that Canada is divided into "have" provinces and ''have-not1' provinces. The prov- inces, like B.C., Alberta and Ontario, con- Inbule lo the "have-not11 provinces, such as Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, be- cause otherwise there goes tlie whole neighborhood. This fiobin Hood concept taking from the rich to give to the poor is not rec- ognized by the government of British Co- lumbia, long ago assigned Sherwood Korost lo Macmillan-Bioedel, with limited public access to Maid Jlarian and other amenities. Premier Bennett (sometimes known as the Sheriff of Nottingham) obviously be- lieves that all provinces are created equal, and that they stay that way except for l.hosc that fall under the evil depleting in- fluences of government by Liberals, Con- servatives or NDP. Take Saskatchewan, for example. Saskat- chewan ha.! never elected a Social Credit Kovcrnmcnt. This has deprived the prov- ince nol only of major industries but of natural resources such as limber, mines, tourism and fish. Saskatchewan is stuck with a lot of wheat, potash and rape entirely dependent on George Reed for pro- gress. Alberta is a case slightly different but almost as sad. The province enjoyed Lho blessing of Social Credit long enough to discover oil and natural gas. It became one of Canada's havmgcst provinces, and Road finally clear for peace in Sudan 1 UMJON Ceiu-ial Joseph the si'iiiiu- military louder ul the Soullii-rn Sudan rebel niovcmc-nt. tire Aryanya. as dissipated (oars that Mie raft agreement iwcmly cached behvcen his ded-Kalion iul tlic Sucluti light vim into lasl-miiuUe dif- ficulties. Despite some on his own part ahont the role of Sudanese; nrmy nniLs 'in the tlirec southern proriiiccs, lie left Ins secret head- quarters in rebel teirilory to travel lo tire ICthiapinii capital. llic end ol a Ihreal from that quailer. Absence of a base in the Mediterran- ean has nol prevented the U.S.S.R. from maintaining a considerable presence in (be area. At any rate, the clause in the agreement that the bases will not be used against any Arab stales must suit the Rus- sians very well. Money spent on our behalf by NATO officials will help the economy of Malta to a degree. Unfortunately, however, the number of Maltese em- ployed at the bases will be substan- tially reduced. Mr. Mintoff is thus not helped much with his serious un- employment problem. The solution to the domestic problems Malta lies elsewhere than in rental of military bases, the importance of which are dubious despite the decision of NATO officials lo intervene nnd effect a settlement between Malta and Rri- tain. Photographic critic Addis Ababa, lo rnlify tlio agreement last ucek. It was signed on bclialf of General Gaatar el Niimciiy's niliii" revolutionary council by Ihc minister of forcipri affairs, Dr. Matisour Khalkl. Tims Hie last obstacle IMS been overcome lo Ihe full re- storation of peace lo tile Sudan, which lias nol known since Us independence in 195G. The actual shooting slopped when tho ceasefire came inlo operation four weeks ago. Welcoming the agreement, the Sudan's ambassador lo London. Mr. Abdullah! cl Has- san sairl it "represents a vic- tory, nol only for the people ol tlic Sudan but also for Ibo peo- ple of Africa as a whole. 11 is a victory for the fortes of peace and unity in Africa and a blow lo those who wish lo see Africa weak and divided." The agreement lias mcl wllh enlhnsia.slic approval from all parts of Africa, whose leaders have sent their congratulations lo General Numciry on his salesmanship in bringing lo an end Africa's most harrowing ard civil- It has hecn waged cease- lessly for almost 17 years. I'nder Ihc agreement the re- bel forces have nol been asked lo lay down llicir arms. They will be brought into Ihe new capital of Hie autonomous Southern Kei'ion, JubH, by their leader General Lago, where they will be inlegralod into the Sudanese army, tlie police and the nev.' regional civil service, or reselllcd into civilian life. General Lago is liimself os- pectcd to assume a prominent command position within tho military commission of six of- joyous v.cre the chimes of tlte couliell. Now, alas, in the fullness ol their [east, AlbcrUns have rejected Ihe ultimale source of all that gas anrl lubricating jelly. The oilwells have already started to dry up. and a dark cloud Is parked directly over Jerry Keeling. Compare this miserable tale tire just rewards of British Columbia, Social Credit government dated from Pa- leozoic Limes and the seeding ol the great rain forest. The continuity of Iliis benign political environment has spared Ihc huge stands of Douglas tir and hemlock from Ihe blight thai dccimalcs limber in Quebec and the MariLimes: The French fact. British Columbia has successfully con- tained the P'rcnch fact to cornflakes boxes, Ihe Vancouver International Airport and a other minor areas difficult to spray. then, asks Premier Bcnnfll, should the chosen People ol ISrilish Columbia be required Lo subsidi7.e those tribes lhal con- tinue to wander in the wilderness of Grits and Toric-s and Pinkos? There arc none so blind as those lhat will not. see, and wilful myopia scls in immediately east of Ihc Rockies, worsening (ill the vision fails al- together in Newfoundland. Instead of Illo enlightened in- li.lbilanls of D.C. v.ilh cqualiralion grants In less-favored provinces, we sug- Kest. should educate those provinces in the error of their ways. Natural resources must be earned. Lumber docsn'l grow on frees. Hydro power is nut lo spent like water. There is more lo mining lhan digging in. This information is available from Vic- toria. The government of British Columbia generously invites have-not provinces to solve their money problems once and for nil, by ordering a of Premier Ren- ncit'.s biirfcfl spocrh for hnrn nf plonly. r'rnsi. brethren, (oast1 By Doug Walker A TOW weeks ngo the members o( The Herald btalf and llicir partners were treated lo a dinner and dance. As an extra touch, a photograph tnkcn o[ the staff for later riislribulion, Klspelii east her crnicid eye over my print for nwhilc and having noted the pre- dominance of men she said, "It would ha'.o a Ix-tier fncluro if il had hern nf Lhe wives." "Do you have any shots for all thrs poverty that's going liters three (mm Ilia North ;nul three from Llic Smith wlio will supervise 11 if relnrn to noL'tmilily. SI ens lire1 JJHW beinij I to establish ;m inln in) tfovern- inenl for Ihe sou I hum region, which comprises jirovinccs of Kqiialoriu, Upper Nile iinil llahr Ml (ilmziil. IL will be com- posed nf ;i high rxcnitive coun- cil its own president and o people's regional assembly which, at first, is lo be nomi- nated ami luUT bo replaced by an nll-cleded body. The iioti-Arnbic black Suda- nese will therefore assume (or the firsL lime a hitfe measure or rasprm.sibilJty for llicir oivn affairs under Ihe autonomy provided hy the Southern Prov- Solf-fJovcnunpnl Act which has been formally promulgated alter the raLifica- lioji cojnplelcd on March 27. This pence now opened (lit- for the massive Insk of tlic movement hack to llicir homes of between million and three million refugees and other homeless people who, for a geiipr.ition or more, have been living cither in makeshift villaprs in the Dusli or iti iu neighboring conn- The United High Commission- er for Refugees, Prince Saclrud- din Klr.n, lias mobilized a special relief effort lo supervise Ihe return of the exiles. Volun- tary and oilier agencies are now expected lo send in per- sonnel and aid to cope with Ihc huge inimhers of people who have already started moving hack to their abandoned home- steads, or lo the largely empty towns. Jubci itself is already growing in size, is expected lo quintuple Us population within a year. The Sudan government Is it- self its available personnel and other resources lo deal with the huge problems which will now be faced. But cannot, possibly hope lo cope on its own, and re- gime is therefore looking hope- fully lo international agencies and well-disposed governments to help promote the successful consolidation of the agreement. [Wi'illi'ii foi- The Ilrralil nnd The Observer London) Carl Nixon pressed to speak out on Soviet Jewry TCMSHl.YGTOX When President Nixon visits tho Soviet Union in May Llic 2.2 million Jews in that country may give him a biggcr head- ache than the hardline mem- bers of the Communist parly. Which is ironic, since Nixon won his political spurs fighting Communists, or lliosc alleged lo he. The President is under in- creasing pressure to make (he fate of Soviet Jewry a major item of talks and negotiations with Soviet loader.1.. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews wants Mr. Nixon to tell (he Russians: "Free your Jcus." It further wants Mr. Nixon lo box in Kremlin leaders by an- nouncing that he will guarantee entry into the United Slates to any Jew the Soviets permit lo emigrate. President Nixon knov.s how Letters lo the editor sensitive Soviet leaders arc on Ihis subject, fio while he seems willing to woo, or al least pla- calc, American Jews by giving Israel planes and other hack- ing, he is reluctant, to confront the Hussions with an issuo that might foul up his trip and dim- inish his claim to Uie title, "Mr. Peacemaker." Harold n. Light of San Fran- cisco, vice chairman of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, vs travelling the country to arouse concern that "Presi- dent Nixon has never himself made a serious public state- ment re Soviet Jews." Light recently sent the presi- dent a telegram in which he relayed a request, from four So- viet Jews to meet with Mr. Nixon during liis visit to the Snvk't Union. Their rationale is that Mr. Nixon will never learn Ihe truih about the suffering of Jews in Hussia from Soviet leaders, or from Jews hand- picked by the Soviet govern- ment to speak about the prob- lem. As letters and petitions roll Into the White House, inspired by Light and others, (lie presi- dent must wrestle with tbis set of faels: The Soviets already made what for them arc unpre- cedented concessions, permit- ting some Jews a, rnonlh lo leave Russia. Those allowed (o emigrate represent only a fraction of the Jews requesting exit permits. Those leaving tend lo be wom- en, children anrl old men lie- cause the Russians arc supcr- sensilive over even the siifjftes- lion that "Soviet citizens" aro beinp; allowed to po join tlie Israeli army and on Rus- sia's friends, the Arabs. Responsibility for emergency services like to inquire ahuut the recent snowslorm in I.efhbridrje and who was sup- fjosed to he the ordinal or for all emergency services. If there is supposed lo be nn Emergency Measures. in have- n'l hoard From il. Al-in it Ihe civil defence prnplo ,-irr. opcr fil- ing in where aro In a rcc-cnt LSEUC of The Herald there Luo iirlicte.s concerning the buffalo jump of T'ort Maclcod