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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THi LtTHBUOGI HEUIO FrWoy, Ar.il 10, EDITORIALS Bruce Hutchison Hopes For Housing The proposals for low-income housing made in the legislature by Municipal Affairs Minister Fred Col- borne should serve to arouse flag- ging hopes. People concerned about the serious lack of such housing are willing to try just about anything to get a start on meeting the need. It is unfortunate that Mr. Colborne tarnished Alberta's image somewhat by suggesting the prime purpose in taking speedy action is to beat the other provinces to the pie offered by the Federal Government. How much better it would have been simply to have put the emphasis on showing the way with a workable scheme. There is no doubt about'what the prime purpose should be and that is .to make it possible for builders to give attention if not priority to a badly neglected area of bousing, This concern was actually apparent in Mr. Colbome's announcement and in previous statements he has made and should not be allowed to be submerged in the impression that a scramble for money is para- mount. Naturally, people, in centres outside Calgary and Edmonton are concerned about why the scheme is being con- fined to those two cities. The fact that Lethbridge City Council has wrestled with the need for low-income Housing and has initiated its own plan is indicative of the awareness of need for housing of this kind else- where than in the two major centres. Lethbridge officials are right in press- ing for more than an explanation they want to be included. Littered Lethbridge The pollution teach-in held in Leth- bridge rectsnt'.y was given practical support from Old Mother Nature when high winds whipped filthy bits of paper against every back-slop in town. Fences, hedges, curbs and build- ings were banked high with paper serviettes, hand-bills, kleenex, old Heralds; cardboard boxes and other mementoes of man's casual indiffer- ence to his surroundings. True, the public is not accustomed to thinking of paper in terms oJ a pollutant, as we regard it as having to do only with contamination of soil, air and water. By broad definition however, auth- orities at the teach-in assured the lay- audience that pollution is anything that is added to the natural environ- ment which detracts from man's life. Paper is a by-product of one of our major natural resources, but when seen blowing about the city as un- controlled as dust it becomes a pollu- tant, for it certainly detracts from man's life. It's one thing for the apathetic public to lay the blame for the pol- lution problem at the door of indus- try. It's quite another to recognize that the individual'contributes to the problem every time a gum wrapper is thrown from a car window. No doubt there are litter laws in the city, but they cannot be very .effective, or this, condition would be minimized. The careless delivery of fliers is also a problem. Often these are left on .doorsteps where they simply blow away. It would be a further help if more litter containers were- set around the city so people can be en- couraged to deposit garbage proper- ly. In fact, in consideration of the seriousness of the paper pollution problem locally, an annual anti- litter campaign to sharpen'up public responsibility in this matter, might be a good idea. Salary Considerations Members of Parliament need more money. But so do a lot of other people who aren't going to get it.- a special committee is now officially gathering evidence, there is not the slightest doubt that being an MP costs more than it pays. Almost without exception they are poorer than when first elected, even the very frugal ones. Most of the burden comes from living away from home or maintain- ing two homes. His constituency demands that he come back fre- quently, and yet most of his time is spent in Ottawa. If he lived vrithin his parliamentary income he would be neglecting some of his duties. The only people who can really afford to serve, then, are those with independent means or income. That is unhealthy. So that the people can elect a poor man, if they wish, with- out plunging him into debt, the sal- aries must be raised. The rub is that MPs aren't the only ones in that predicament. the present MPs sought and won office knowing (or they should have known) that they would lose money. Two considerations therefore arise. If the present committee finds an increase essential, it should not apply until after the election. Thus the present members would avoid a good deal of criticism. Secondly, in all their deliberations they should be equally concerned about those countless Canadians who are equally deserving but unable to raise their own incomes. Art Buchwald. WASHINGTON I was in New York the other day and took a ride with a friend of mine in a taxi. When we got out of the cab my friend said to the driver, "Thank you for the ride. You did a superb job driving." The taxi driver was stunned for a sec- ond. Then he said: "Are you a wise guy or "No, my dear man, and I'm not putting you on. I admire the way you keep your cool in heavy traffic." the driver said aid drove off. "What was that all 1 asked, "I am trying to bring love back to New he said. "I believe it's the only thing that can save the city." "How can one man save New "It's r.ot one man. I believe 1 have made that taxi driver's day. Suppose he has 20 fares. He's going to be nice to those 20 fares because someone was nice to him. Those fares in turn will be kinder to their employees or shopkeepers or waiters or even their own families. They in turn will be nicer la other people. Eventually the good will could spread to at least people. Now that isn't bad, is "But you're d e p e n d 1 n g on that taxi driver to pass your good will to others." "I'm not depending on my friend said. "I'm aware that the system Isn't fool- proof. I might deal with 10 different peo- ple today. If, out of 10, I can make three happy, then eventually I can Indirectly in- fluence the attitudes of more." "It sounds good on I admitted, "but I'm not sure it works In practice." is lost if it doesn't. It didn't lake any of my time to fell that man he WDS doing a good job. He neither received a larger tip nor a smaller lip. If It fell on deaf ears, so what? Tomorroow there will be another taxi driver whom I can try to make happy." "You're some kind of a I said. "That shows you how cynical you have become. I have made a study of thu. The thing that seems to be lacking, besides money of course, for pur postal employees is that no one tells people who work for the post office what a good job they're doing." "But they're not doing a good job." "They're not doing a good job because they feel no one cares if they do or not Why shouldn't someone say a kind word to We were walking past a structure in the process of being built and passed five workmen eating their lunch. My friend stop- ped. "That's a magnificent job you mean have done. It must be difficult and dan-' gerous work." The five men eyed my friend ly. "When will it be a man grunted. "Ah! That really is Impressive, You must all be very We walked away, I said to him, "I haven't seen anyone like you since 'The Man of La Mancha.1 "When those men digest my words, they will feel bcller for it. Somehow the city will benefit from their happiness." "But you can't do this all I pro- tested. "You're just one man." "Tho most important thing is not to get discouraged. Making people in the city be- come kind again is not an easy job, but if I can enlist other people in my cam- paign "You just winked at a very plain-looking I said. "Yes, I he replied. "And if she's a schoolteacher, her class will be In for a fantastic day." (Toronto Telegram Newi Service) A Lunge At The Heart Of The Crisis AFTER A time lag of two years, the Canadian nation ic allowed to hear ai grim se- cret concerning its own public business. This shaking disclo- sure comes at last from Pierre Trudeau, who believes in full communication with the people, st the right moment but no soccer. During the liberal party leadership struggle of 1968, be informs Time magazine, were having a terrible crisis over the dollar. I suppose I was a bit traumatized by those cabi- net meetings when we almost saw devaluation of the dollar. 1 reafire that the generosity of governments had almost brought us to economic di- saster. "1 vowed that we wouldn't let it happen again and that'is y.-by so much of our time is taken up with planning and wby the government appears to be mov- ing rather slowly to those who hoped that we would bring in great decisions quickly." So now we know. The nation faced a devaluation if its cur- rency 'and a disaster two years ago because its governments bad been too generous in their spending. Which, translated into plain English, means that these governments had inflated the national economy to the break- ing point. And this point has not been passed yet. Mr. -Trudeau's revelation is Interesting to historians but it tells uV little about our current a f I a 1 r s. If government could hide its true thoughts in 1968, wlial thoughts is it hiding now w h e n the crisis, in somewhat different form, is still with us? The prime minister does not say, and perhaps, for the time being, be is wise not to say, as the Pearson government was wise not to reveal the earlier exchange crisis aud start a panic. But Mr. Trudeau's lime. is limited, and limited, oddly enough, by his own "planning." At the first of the year he premised to curb inflation, en- forced all the orthodox fiscal and monetary treasures, per- suaded business managers to restrain their profits and asked the labor unions to re- strain their wages. Such was the grand plan, devised in two year's of cabinet meditation. Already it is in niira because labor rejects any restraint, and prices, inevitably, are rising u fast as ever. Obviously, when be has pro- mised so much and delivered so little, Mr. Trudeau cannot abandon the crisis to the pres- ent grand anti-climax and trust that inflation will quietly go away. He is bound to do some, thiig or confess that his govern- ment has failed as badly as ill predecessors. If the prime minister again feels "a bit we need not suppose that he real- ly expected the grand plan to work on schedule. He is too wise U> have counted on any- thing so c a s y. Once he knew that labor would not co-operate he must have known that the plan could not possibly succeed "Something Has To Be About This Littering" Richard Purser Bertrand's Nationalistic Platform Que.-Pre- mter Jean Jacques Ber- .trand was the only one of Que- bec's major party leaders to reveal anything of importance .as all four officially opened their campaigns for the April a election. What he had to reveal was dismaying, considering that as the party of the outgoing gov- ernment, his National Union is as likely as any party to form the next government. The KU platform turned out to be na- tionalistic and and Ottawa to the point of quasi-separatism. The platform was nailed to- gether at a day long, closed- door session of party represen- tatives from all over the prov- ince, meeting in a Montreal sports arena. In the evening, Premier Bertrand revealed the results to the press. That they were what they were was per- haps not surprising, consider- ing that the policy making session and the preliminaries to it were managed by Inter- governmental Affairs Minister Marcel Masse, the Quebec gov- ernment's chief Ottawa-baiter. What is damaging is that Mr. Bertraixi has gone along with the wild men of his party who have been making separatist noises for the last several weeks. Many Quebeckers had hoped that Mr. Bertrand, gen- erally regarded as a sincere and decent man and hitherto a proclaimed believer in Canada, would in due course put down the extremists. He had earlier demonstrated his goodwill in pushing through the famous Bill W, guaranteeing English lan- guage rights in education, de- spife opposition from the more .nationalistic members of his cabinet. But when Mr. liertrand uroko his relative silence on separa- tism, hopes were dashed as he delivered hij parly's chief campaign proposition: an ulii- ircalivm that Canada must have by 1974 a constitution suitable to his government, if rc-clcct- ed, or he win put Quebec's sta- tus in Canada to referendum. Following the press confer- ence, Mr. Bertrand formally opened his campaign io the packed 'sports arena here in Cowansville, 50 miles east of Mpntreaf in his own- riding of Mississquoi. Surrounded by his entire cabinet and all but one of the other 107 NU candidates, he allowed Mr. Mane to intro- duce him' wkh one anti-Ottawa tirade, and then followed with another of own. There is a large English- speaking population in Micaiss- quoi, among whom Mr. Ber- trand is personally liked. He has customarily won more Eng- lish votes here than NU candi- dates can usually expect. On Sunday, he interrupted his speech in French for the usual few ritual remarks" in English to those of the English speak- ing community, most of whom were absent: "I wish to tell them that I am asking again their sup- port; they are welcome in the. National Union party, where we consider Ihem as much Quc- beckers as those of the French language, srd we need Ihem in Order to promote the progress and development o( this great territory which is so fruitful in all natural resources. To my English speaking friends, tell Ihem I lave remained the same faitMul to those at my language, but without having any discrimination to others who do not have the same be- lief, who do not speak the same language." This won applause from the French speaking audience, but whether, in view of what else he said, he will retain his large personal English vote is an question. The National Union platform calls for setting up a presiden- tial sysltm. Exactly what Itiat means remains unexplained. Mr. Bertrand's comments to the press were vague. He spoke of modernizing Quebec'i parlia- mentary bntitutxm with ele- ments from the presidential system while retaining some of the British parliamentary sys-- tern. "We would like to co-or- dfaBte both and by to have a system wKch would answer the needs of Quebec." The one certain point it is a companion plank in the party platform is that Quebec wouid have at fixed dates. This would automatical- ly end the next National Union mandate, if any, in 1974. This was the date recently mention- ed by Finance Minister Mario Beaulieu for possible separa- tion if Quebec did not by then get its way with Ottawa. There have been repeated appeals to Mr. Bertrand and other minis- ters to disavow Mr. Beaulieu for the sake of Quebec's econo- nuc future. But row Mr. Ber- trand ha> joined the call him- self. The vindidiveness of the NU campaign against Ottawa and the Quebec Liberal party as ils stooge will now know (ew bounds. Last week Nalural Re- sources Minister Paul Allard set what was regarded as an extreme tone when he said: "A victory by the Liberal party of Quebec will give Ottawa confrol.of til our Quebec pos- session. When Quebec govern- mental delegations go to Ot- tawa they have the impres- son of being at the Kremlin." But now Mr. Bertrand has given hij seal of approval to this sort of thing, Mr. Masse established the elevated nature of the cam- paign at the opener when he said that Liberal leader Robert Bourasw was net a cWcf at all but a puppet of Ottawa and Hs master Trudeau. The Que- bec Liberal party, he said, totally attached to Ottawa and might as wen hare the slogan "Ottawa first." (The National Union in 1966 election had the slogan "Quebec firaU" Thii year it ha been toughened to "Q6ebec more than Bertrand proved as ca- pable as Mr. Masse of distort- ing, the position of the provin- cial Libertls. "The Liberal be said, "proposes pas- sive obedience to Ottawa, a pol- icy of submission, and a Que- bec just nke the1 other prov- inces." It was the party of ser- vitude, he said. One wonders whether Mr. Bertrand is trying to compete with the Liberals or the Parti 'QuebecoJs. (Henld Quebec Bireai) and he must surely be ponder- kg an alternative. What is itT When Professor Kenneth Gal- brailh, the famous American economist, conferred privately with Mr. Trudeau last autumn, I ventured to suggest that their conversation might have impor- tant results later on. We may see them before long. The prime minister remain- ed silent after this talk but professor made DO secret of hii own thoughts. In a public speech at Ottawa he argued that all efforts to halt inflstioa by the orthodox policies would fail, simply because they could1 not check the appetite of the gi- ant industries for profits and of the giant urjons for wages. As long as they handed on 4eir rising costs of production to the helpless, unorganized consum- ers, the price' spiral would con- tinue. v So it did, while the govem- axrJi maintained the brave hope, and may even have be- lieved in moments of optimism, that tile grand plan .would work somehow, despite the profes- sor's warning. Though the hope failed, the government kept a stiff upper lip and refused to admit that Mr. Galbraith may have been right from the start in proposing direct control over wages, profits and prices in a few key economic areas. Re- cently, however, certain trial balloons have appeared in a stormy sky. Thus Senator Maurice La- monlagnc, an unsuccessful poli- tician but n distinguished Cana- dian economist, tefis the govern- ment, as Mr. Galbraith it, that all the present policies are futite and destructive. In the jargon of his trade, the senator sayc that "this kind of infla- tion originates from the use of monopolistic controls in the supply side by both business. and labor unions, not from ex- cessive over-all demand It is quite possible to have at the sarr.e lime cod-push inflation ard deficit-Jit aggregate de- mand, rising prices and reces- sion." This is precisely what Mr. Galbraith said last autumn in 'simpler language and both economists reach an identical conclusion. As the senator puts it, "I am afraid that compulsion will have to be used in some form and in some areas to curb tte power of bigness in busi- ness and in the labor unions." If these views came from an ordinary member of the Senate not be significant, but they come from the inside of the Liberal establishment, from Lester Pearson's chief sd- viser and idea man, from an intimate friend and supporter of Mr. Trudeau. They can only mean, at the very least, that the theory of direct controls, al- ways rejected up to now, has become respectable. How controls could be en- forced under the Canadian con- stitution, which gives the prov. inces jurisdiction over most wages, profits and prices, the senator does not tell us. if he knows. How they would work in practice a hideous trative at best be does not explain, either. These, apparently, are problems for the lawyers and the bureau- crats, who thrive on a diet of mysteries and riddles. Anyhow, it seems quite safe to guess that a traumatized gov- ernment is considering a final desperate leap into the un-. known, a lunge at the heart of the crisis when all the tinker- ing on the periphery has clear- ly failed. And after two more years or so, we may learn what Mr. Trudeau, the master of communication, was" actually thinking in the spring of 1970, (Herald Special Service) LOOKING BACKWARD THKOUGH THE 1920 Use of poisonous gas, similar to that used in the great war, is suggested for the extinc- tion of grasshoppers in western Canada areas by 0. R. Gould, M.P. for Assiniboia. The gas would also kill millions of goph- ers, although prairie chickens and ether wild life would prob- ably withstand the poison. The Duchess Of Bed- ford, 64 year-old aviatrbt who only Tuesday made her first solo flight, took off >t a.m. today on a long distance flight to Capetown and return. Hit Manitoba health authorities said today they be- lieved they the typhoid epi- demic which struck the French- Canadian section of the prov- ince under The death toll to date has remained at six. 1150 Britain has banned Uw use of combined diphtficria- wbooping cough injecUons where infantile paralysis is prevalent. According (o findings published by the British Medical Associa- iion, the injections may have caused severe attacks of polio. ItM There were 887 births in Lethbridge In 1959 a slight decrease from the year earlier, according Io the report from the Lethbridge Health Unit, Birth rate per population 27 compared to 27.7 in 1956. The provincial rate wai 30.7. The letlibndge Herald nb K' s" Abridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Mill Reftrtrailca Nanbcr tat AwiH Bcrrlu CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor ud PubUD-.o TKOHAf K. ADAX9, CtEtriJ Kt HAT AnocliH Edllor r.. x WAIXEI "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTrT ;