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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 1HI UTWUOCt HHJUD April II, EDITORIALS Joseph Kraft Brandt At The Edge Of Eastern Policy Harrying Henderson Criticism of Auditor-General Max- well Henderson deserves to be quer- ied. Opposition members rightly want to know if the criticism reflects Gov- ernment sentiment. The criticism has been aired pub- licly by two cabinet members: Don- ald ilacdonald, president of the Privy Council, and C. M. Drury, president of the Treasury Board. There is a 'suspicion that the Government may be embarrassed by Mr. Henderson's disclosure of misuse or misappropria- Uon of public funds. Embarrassment is to be expected. It is outrageous that the Auditor- General should have to report that the majority of his recommendations of a year ago were not acted upon. Austerity appeals ring a bit hollow as long as there is careless house- keeping in branches of the govern- ment. Some room for questioning how far Mr. Henderson should go in com- menting on Government policy may be allo'.vcd. But it may not be pj: sible to' give the public a trus picture of Coverameat without touch- ing on policy. When Mr. Henderson pointed out an apparent discrepancy with regard to loss of tariff on motor vehicles he was interpreting legisla- tion and in consequence dealing with policy. As the watchdog of the public purse he may perform a very valuable ser- vice in raising questions of policy. The questiou of tariff on motor vehicles turned out to be of very great interest to members of Parliament and the public in general. Mr. Drury under- standably is sensitive about this since it was his dealings with the Ford Motor Company that did not fol- low the letter of the law but the spirit of it as he saw it (but not as Mr. Henderson saw Harrying Mr. Henderson for rais- ing such uncomfortable matters is constitutionally questionable because he is a servant of Parliament and (he people not of the Government. It is also politically foolish since the Government is in an awkward posi- tion as long as it runs a poor fiscal shop. WA S HIN GTON The best biof now going to- the diplomacy of (his country and Us friends is the eastern policy of West Germ Chancellor Willy Bnadf. But the lirait at that policy the edge where' Ilia civet way lo deep water is alreadv in view. And the chief purpose of Chan- celkr Brandt's current sUlf visit to Washngta is- dis- cover how far he can safety go More turning back to new in' Western Europe. Washington's Interest give BOOB regine mum support. And tbat that Presided Nixon and hu chief advisers have to put aside once and far all their vulgar af-siiipptioa that Heir Brandt and his Social Democratic col- leagues are nice guys irho fin- ish last. Boon's eastern policy in- volves active engagement of. Communist regimes in older to remove Uaiiien to ordinary human contact between 50 mil- Wed Germans aid II nut- Germans. Te that end, ChanceMv Brandt tea cet vita East Gencan Cfaaa- eeitv WiK Stopo, Bnadt'l chief .fereign policy adviser, Egat'BAr, has bees mcctirc Strict leaders. Aid the stale secretary of the ministry, Gearg Duckwiti, has meeting with .Polish offi- eiab. The first traiti of the eastera foSef hsvc bees doubly tasty. The regimes haw bew put mfcr precute U snow that they are ant the ob- stacles la a European settle- ment. This curry aad Bau'i other friends have last been able la lalk with BuuiaB aad UK East Europeans without being subjected to the so dear la previous re- gimes in Boa of sefliaf out the Germans, But the soundsafs in the East have not brought good news. It has been brought htnw Herr Brandt that be cannot go No Change Voters in ths Selkirk byeledion gave the New Democratic Party can- didate, Douglas Rowland, a decisive victory. The result is that there is no change in the political structure. Some may try to see the vote as an endorsement of the Schreyer gov- ernment in Manitoba. But it was a federal byelection not a provincial one n that the policies rf Premier Schre- yer really couldn't count mach. Those who might see the vote as a rejection of Prime Minister Trudeau forget that the people in the Selkirk: riding didn't accept him when he was swept into office and apparently have simply seen no reason to change now. Thus it is not so much a rejection as a reaffirmalion. Mr. Rowland received roughly the same number, of votes as Mr. Schrey- er had in the 1968 election. The candi- dates for the other parties received far less than in1 the 1968 election. This .could mean that supporters of the other parties were not greatly in- terested because'they felt nothing im- portant was at stake. At any rate, the NDP held the seat previously and they still hold it. Nothing has changed. No light has been shed on the political scene. On The Other Flank Canadian concern about American economic domination Is more than matched in Mexico on the other flank of the United Slates: This is causing American business heads some 'con- ..cern. A new president.will be elected In Mexico in June. The candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Parly Luis Echeverria Alvarez, is a cinch to win .the post.. canization" has been, in effect for some time which requires that Mex- ican partners .or investors be invited into foreign-owned businesses. Some U.S. companies have branches or subsidiaries in Mexico, and 60 per cent of thenvhave already undergone some degree of Mexicanization. A growing number of these joint opera- .tions are now controlled by Mexi- cans. The si o g a n used by candidate There are indications that Mr. Ecte- Echeverria is "upward and onward." verria will make life at least a little more uncomfortable for U.S. busi- nessmen in the future. American investment in Mexico, totalling billion, has been under Increasing pressure for more Mexi- can partitipatioru A policy of "Mexi.- not'mean very much but it suggests to American businessmen that the policy of Mexicanization is likely to be pursued more vigorously, under the new president.' They expect there .will be growing nationalization at every level. Must Canada Go Down The By Mckarl J. NeeAaai, b TV GUe aaJ MaD, YOU like Canada to became part of the United States, with yourself your wtft) your children, at aay rate becoming Americans? If your an- swer fc yes, (here's problem; U your en- a OMB further questions arise. What art you doing to prevent H from What are. you willing to do ta It from hameiJng? I mate these notes in the wake of var- rious remarks by the eminent historian'.- Dsnald Creignton, whose, new book, Can- ada's First Gentry, has 'put him back In IDS limelight. Prof. Crdghton wrote a prerioua history of Canada, Dominion of the North, which was first published in 3M4 and came out in t revised, updated form In 1957. Since then the historian has changed his irind about Canada's future. He thought then that Canada would re- main aa iDdependeat nation; he thinks now that it mc't; it's turning rapidly and in- evitably from Dominion into minion. Toward the end of Dominion of the North (1957) Prof. CreigMon wrote: "A robust feeling of confidence in the (uture found expression in Canada's words and deeds as a North American pbuer. Nobody tmiWed any longer to give serious consid- eration to the old fear of annexation by the U.S. Canada's relationships with fee U.S. were close and important; bul they did not weaken her consciousness of her 'own Identity, or qualify her determination lo safegaurd her own political and econom-' k future." Today, Prof. Creighlon thinks "conlinenl- slism" has taken over the economic and tveotoally political consolidation of North America. "We've lost our he says. "We're going to be dominated by all the wtrst features of the United Slates, and fcere'll be no escape. It's a (ragio story." So fur, I'll agree with him. Almost everything Canada has during the lant decade or so has brought il closer (o absorption by the U.S. The final step may come 10 or 20.or 30 years from now; nobody knows. But come it must unless Canadians just what It happening, "Thank good news it's only the air pollution. For a minute there I thought my watch had stopped arid it was evening already." Letters To The Editor Inflation: Another Form Of Pollution I would like to submit this reply to Mr. Earl Doucette's Open Letter to Premier Strom. Mr. Dooceae's letter pof- trays the thoughts of a dollar grabbing .uajonite who in all probability never had it so good in. ope ft the .world's highest jiving standards. intellectuals and admini- stratori of our country can see the danger and fallacy of in- flation, and are making an hon- est endeavor and an appeal to all to hold the economic line, and how does .labor support this move? It appears to me tbat they are "heU as you say, on Mmming more strikes, down everyone's throats' with utter disregard of the conse- quences. After all, union offi- 'dais must "earn their so they call a strike. This feathers the nest of union members but, what- of .rer's great Investment risk, phe his operational-costs, as well as his diminishing mar- ket because the likes of you are "heU bent" on pricing our cutuiuy out- of world markets. Do yon realize that the whole world is watching North Ainer- noou'c ruin and that you are one of the contributing infla- tionary factors? Where win you strike when the fixed salary class'and .the ica slowly reduce itself to eco- peuaooers? U you're so "hell bent" on stimulating inflation, then you had better dump a few of your strike dollars into the hands. of the needy. It might give you a good inward feeling. You speak of employers en- joying great profits! Do you give any consideration to the economic, race and stan- dard of Hying race without unions. It 'would serve our country wdl for labor, manage- ment and government to make broad study' of the Japanese system but then; this might tend to eliminate feather bed- ding. _ V. Unions have been essential and. the.''up- grading of our economy and I will condone their, efforts of we are flat on our faces and yesteryear 100 per cent. But in, your union dues are in the greedy dutches of the union Tbe Japanese kel a war but they are certainly winning the gel deeply concerned about it con- cerned enough to support massive aad drastic change. K's thai I part company with Prof. Craghton. He says an getting luumiied: "Everybody suddenly seems to be alarmed about the. Ion of'.our nation- hood." From my on tipeiithce of talking with Canadians aO across the country, I see little evidence of this. Many, especially in the actively want to see Canada join the U.S. Many are passively resigned to it. Many (the great majority) neither know nor care about it. I eaooanter only a few who like Prof. Cretghton real- ize it and regard U as a tragedy. The average Canadian (if such a person exists) doesn't want to become an Ameri- can. But he's not willing to dp those things probably tough, sacrificial things that are necessary to prevent it. He would, I think, vote, against any party wmmilled to doing those things. Hie average Cana- dian doesn't think In heroic or imaginative terms in patriotric terms, if one may UK that dangerous adjective. He's a staid sort of person who prefers and gets staid leadership; or rather, non-leadership. Only In the last years have I seen Canadians come alive to and (or Canada. Once, of course, was the Second World War; Canadians then wished to do, and so did, great things. The other timi was the Ccnlennial year, 1967' Eipo, Bobby Giraty all the rest. A lot of people thought 1967 marked the beginning of a new era in Canadian life, in Canada's sense ol nationhood; I was right, I think, in predicting it only a flash in the pan. So Into the States we're going, step by tlep. You could say it Is lor lack of na- tional leadership, but I won't buy that, It's loo an excuse. National leadership Is a matter of national will; the people must first have the determination, the collective desire, lo do this or that; the leader then appears, and has something to lead, soira- Ihing lo vrork with. This will simply does not exist among Canadians generally; until and unless It does, Canada will continue lo go down UN continental drain. The Right Up U would seem that anyone who criticizes the action of Qty Council or School Board, particularly if they are way over the age of so, and mire so if they' are Pensioners, are Dot supposed to have enough knowl- edge to do ao. I am referring to the recent-articles, by The Her- ald Staff, one written by Mrs. Anderson and another by Jim Wilson. As to the lirst-mention- Anderson says some of us 'are prone to 'rag pick- ing1, and .Ine chewing.' Well! I, for one, art getting very tired of being told that I am ignor- ant and not qualified to com- ment on City affairs, when it concerns the amount of money I have left to b've on, after paying my way. Some of us are living on less trran the so called "allow- ance" received by the Alder- men. Some of us have not any great amount of savings eith- er, and we ire having to dig in- to these savings to pay on taxes.' Mr. Wilson says no taxpayer has the right to open his mouth about Education when after all we are paying the cost of It di- rectly or ireh'recdy. This Is ra- ther an arrogant statement to make, and as to attending School Board and Council Meet- ings some of us older people are not too keen lo get to late night meetings, bul surely we have the right to comment on what we read in The Herald reports of these! It that some people who ran for Council say Iney sympathize with pensioners 'troubles, but won elected they forget about it. Some even op- pose the home owner grants, without offering any conqreU aXerntlive, and that is one thing we have to thank (be Pro- vincial. Government tor. A tot o( us have raised and educated our families, .and tried to fire as decent law abiding citi- zens, and now we are being toM la "Shot-Up." G. KENNETH WATTS. Lethbridge. Justice For Pensioners Concerning the irtide on Page Five (April 1) entitled "Among The Missing" from the Winnipeg Tribune. This is a weO researched documented ar- ticle- on the present phght and injustices perpetrated on old age pensioners by the federal government (Tbe government of (he Jast This article is unique and realistic in that It does not beg (or charity or handouts it asks strongly for equality and justice m govern- ment dealings with the elderly pensioner. Why couM'The Her- aid stall not write, and print an editorial comment of Oris merit and quality on betialf of the aged it was not beyond your capabilities. More likely it was a lack of genuine interest and concern for the pensioner's plight any previous reference you have made regarding people on fix- ed income, hat been little more than a whimpering whisper. inequality and injustice- a to be deplored in any cuuuti but where il is so pamfoDy evi- dent in our own land, lets have some support, some "Hister'1 (o help get these injustices put right Don't overlook the fact that did age pensioners are people too. May I suggest that a little "moral persuasion" might be in order to get city council to give consjderation-to grant- ing old age pensioners city bus fares at 'prevailing student rates, I do not subscribe to the principal of something for free, J. M. SYKES. Lethbridge. 'Crazy Capers' recent years, they have cer- tainly lost their sense of values and are contributing to the de- struction of everything that their predecessors fought for. As you say "A ftimnmA new Industries would not guarantee and why? Because another- strikes would rliminalf them. I am not snti-omoa, but, when they deliberately go against the gram of Canada's 'inflation problems Una I say "Hail Harry Strom" for in my way of thinking, Inflation la another form of pbDotien and umfafiiAiwi contribute! to it, TnindeoUUy I am quite con- tent in Don-onuo shop. Part of the silent majority. MAX BROWN. Blainnore. much further without obbged lo recognize East Ger- many. He and bis cahient have' already decided tkat there's. DO prospective gain m faster relationships between Gerstam vnka would warrant boa at tab time. The problem, accordingly, is at what point 4nrt of recognition to break off the dialogue with Ike East.' Bonn's present dryiritioa is to go about halfway the-; hurdle of. recognition befare turning attention to tat step of improving West peaa cohesion- Speafieany, the idea is lo accept Joint men- henhip for both East and West Germany in lie United Na- lions, and then to more for- ward with 'BritMi in the European Common Mar- krt. After IhW, Brandt mlfht tun anew to the big of treeing up relations between Germans. Politically, however, that scheme' presents p r o b I e ms. Whue both the Common Mar- ket project and.lhe hope'for easmg relations between Ger-' mans are very popular, johrt membership in the UN is not., It is sure 'to be attacked by the Christian Democratic .oppo- sition as a step toward tion. For the same Herr Brandt's coalition .part-. Den, the Free Democrats, have reservations- That is reason why Foreign Minister Walter Schee; who is a Free Democrat, -was not included hi Herr Brandt's official the Washington visit. So far the United Slates has' not been against the policy. But President'- Nixon and bis chief advisers While House aide Henry Kissinger and Assistant Secretary of Slate Martin -Hillenbrand pleased to'think of themselves as "realists" in European pol--' icy. They are accustomed to; deating win a. West Germany run by Christian As Mr. Nixon's gaffe 'in grabdating Herr Brandt's Christian Democratic at the time of the election last.-" fan indicates, they tend to write off the Social as lasers. V In these then, has been eleancul American. support for Herr'. -stead there has been perpetual haggling over such semiilaiy issues as troops in; Germany, V balance of- payments; fnreigrt .'aid, and the outlook for an East-West security icooference. More recently; the State De- partment has talked of having the West Germans push the Common Market countries lo lower tariff barriers against American agricultural produce. 'And Bora has felt constrained to advance a 'counter-project for a special EoropeaB- com- mission, in Washington .to' han- die relations' the .Unaed States and the Common Market The'-. serioDS American In- terest at'this time b: to stop the "fendnR. .The .fact is tot Herr Brandt is as sure' an anfi- Commimist, as steadfast in defence rf Bertn, as even1 Mr. Nixon himself. Hen Brandt is the key man man important, sUly as it may sound, than Mr. Kissinger in promoting.British entry to (hs Common Market. The Brandt regime, hi other 'words, B at least as preooia' lo this country as any previous West German gorguniBits. If It fen or 'even faltered, every body's plans fcr a more peace- ful world would-be badly, ebm- promised. And.it is about tina the Nixon administration pro gratiotn acceptance to the coo- dition that makes Willy Brandt a principal figure for tht achievement of successful poti- ty. im Incensed at the h'.gti cost of clothing in the United Stales, thousands ol Americans are discarding high priced for derdm overaOi. With the tjeiuejuous demand for over- aUs, the price of jeans in does where overall clifa have.been Mazted, has gone.from two six doQars a pair, IsM Chinese bandiU today captured a Canadian, C. A. Bridgeinan of the Unted Cburch of Canada, and the Chinese pas- tor at Changchow and convey- ed them, inland. Ransom of Whose Responsibility? I wwider how much respon- sibility the chain stores assume for the push carts they provide lor customer convenience? Some people take the cart fuH of groceries home and after the the cart b emptied a youngster pishes it into the nearest avail- able lane and kaves il there. Without brakes and lights a puff of wind can start the cart nikaf Mo Ua laaai of traffic, A driver entering the lane from an avenue swerves to avoid contact with cart and ends up against a tree.on the boulevard or against a fence. The question: In case of In- juries to person or persons or damage to property, who Is liable. Intriguing, isn't il DICK FISHER. crop prospects for south Alberta were bright today n iKmers contemplated above-normal precipitation fig-- ures for the first haU of April. The figures for the 16 days of April this year already double that for toe entire month in W. G. Hardy, an Ed- mould) novelist ud head of UM department of classics at UK Unrrenity of Akerta has been elected presUwt of toe Cana- dUo Authors Aswcation, it was announced today. Dr. Hardy is best known for his three in- ternationally smujgrul nonli Father Abraham, Torn Back The River and Afl Tnmpeti i r L EMuueu. MM Construction of s four-lane divided high- way spanning ten oiks between Lethbridge and Onttafc will likely begin DBS The Lethbridge Herald )M Tlh S, S., Lefbtrldgc, Albnia LFTHBRrDCE HERALD CO. LTD., Prsprietors and Fwbasbed W6 1J54, by Bon. W. A. BUCHANAN Clio acfMritta Xivhv mil TW rii i Tnm at Cwta Dilfr 1 Must you make such a thing about il oxo v. Mowiat, TBVHAI S. ADAMS. KO. SALLA flnlfv WTU.IAX RAV Anorllle MMr DOUGLAS K. IrX MBUID SUVES TW fOWBT ;