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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI ItlHMIOOI Memloy, April 10, UMIOIUAIS Anthony Westell Trudeau's Firm Hold On Power Reins Youth Centre (tint W a erected i century A youth hostel for the many tran- sient young people arriving in the city with'many more expected through the summer is urgently needed. Yesterday was already too late for its provision and it must not be put off until tomorrow. The committee working on the problem envisages a drop-in centre to meet certain basic needs of mobile youth. These include a place to sleep, to eat, to bathe at a minimal cost. This may be the time to be thinking of a centre where other needs could _ be met as well. The hostel might incorporate the concept of the crisis centre with professional aid being available on call at all times. There might be merit in considering the needs of local youth as well as of visitors when weighing the value of such an extension of service. The make-up of the planning com- mittee is impressive because it is expressive' of deep concern in the community. There is a bridging of the generation gap through the commun- ication of this concern. But talk must kad to action or the gain will turn into loss. What is hold- ing up the implementation of the idea is a place in which to operate. A- search has not yet turned up a def in- ite location. Now members of city council and citizens generally are being appealed to in the hope that this road-block might be overcome. Some- where there must be an answer. The talking, meeting and planning have been for the most part, relevant However, if the concept of a drop-in centre cannot soon get off the ground the committee will be forced to con- tinue taxiing along numerous run- ways until it runs out of gas. The'needs are great, the resources are great but if action cannot soon be taken, talk will be seen as cheap and will beget frustration which be- gets anger which begets trouble. B.P. Canadian' the towered, turreted and gar- goyled East Block on Parlia- ment Kill. Here the Prime Minister has his offices and gathers hit cho- sen political staff around him in high ceuinged chambers behind anonymous green baize doors. At the north end of the block, where there is rug underfoot and red plush set into the door panels, the mandarins of tfae Privy Council office extend their influence into all the de- partments of state at they plan and co-ordnte government programs and.exercise gic control over the flow of pa- per through Cabinet ma- TV Prime Minister's office and the Privy Council office to- day occupy almost half the tioo, and they long ago over- The East Block in fact b the closest Canadian equivalent to Washington's White House as the headquarters of the execu- tive arm af government. Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau has accepted this more readily than his predeces- sors and .eabrged.hh personal staff to ghre.bim greater effec- tive power and control over the eat ire.''operation! of govern- ment. His office establishment is 77 persons, induojnj .confidential aides on private contract to a year aril service stenos. At the most .recent count, 73 posts were filled. This compares with Lester Pearson's establishment of 44 in 1967, his last year as Prime Minuter, and far lever k KM time rf rtirfinintir The fact that Trudeauc' (UK is larger that of his pre- deettsors is not necessarily a cnticKin. Pearson's, we grossly overworked and kardry what it meant to take a day off at weekends. They fired de- cisions from the hat and the of- fice was sometimes fe a state of barely controlled chaos wbiei was reflected the image at the government; Dietenbaker was destroyed. partly by the absence of an ef- fective machine for making de- osionK and exercising execu- tive authority. Trudeau learned the les- son of these because bis staff is based 'on veterans of tfae Pearson years, and even earlier. Contrary to widespread im- pression, he has not b a whole new team, but taken ever the enbog East Bbtk UblBhment and entarfed it by recruUiag, ia the maim, young men whe were akeady werk- iDg around tne swrerBBsent. His principal aide, fcr exam- ple, is Mare Laknde who first came to Ottawa to work for Conservative irniiitor Davie Fulton-in the Dieienbater era and later returned as policy secretary to Pearson. One of Laknde's first af advice to Trudeau was enlarge the 'private staff so that sides would have time to think and to otgaause. Among the new aides, execu- tive'assistant Gordon GiMon, chief speech writer Tim Por- taous, special assistant Mknel Veonat and regional desk pervisor Dave Thomson, to mention only some examples, all worked previously far LnV erai ministers. They are afl fandkar faces on Parliament Hill, and when ob- Correspondence Costs The taxpayer who writes a letter to the Prime Minister or to one of the cabinet ministers should reckon on the exercise costing a lot more than the energy expended. It will cost considerably more, too, than six cents charged to the post office deficit for the reply that is made. Some idea of what correspondence with parliamentarians really, costs Is found, in the columns by Anthony Westell being run this week., In his second piece he notes that the Prime .Minister's office receives an average of 450 letters a day compared to 185 a day when Lester Pearson was the head of the Government. This has necessitated an increase of 16 employ- ees, from 21 to 37, in the correspon- dence section. Salaries for these peo- ple alone would amount to a sizeable sum... Participatory democracy is proving to be considerably more expensive than has been so much response to the White Paper on Tax Reform that Finance Minister Edgar Benson has on hand a backlog of about letters, petitions and submissions with more arriving at the rate of 250 a day. In order to cope with this mail Mr. Ben- son has set up a "special project team" to function over the next three four months at a cost of Since this money comes out of taxes it means that Canadians have been taxed for their thoughts-on taxation. People must think it is worthwhile to engage iii all this correspondence. It is to be hoped that they are correct in their assumption and that the ex- pressions of opinion make a contribu- tion to the democratic process. China Coming Out Following the period of almost ex- clusive preoccupation with internal affairs during the cultural revolution, Middle East coincide with those of the U.S.S.R.- does not bring the two troubled, giants closer together. The China appears io be moving towards talks border problems -between _i._ _i_ china and the U.S.S.R. do not appear a more active international role. What this means is uncertain but it cannot go unnoticed in centres of govern- ment around the world. During the cultural revolution China withdrew all her ambassadors except the envoy in Cairo. But last year 17 ambassadors left Peking to take up appointments abroad. Following a lull more appointments are now being made. Last month there were ap- pointments to North Korea and Fin- land. Observers in Peking say Cey- lon, Norway and Yugoslavia are good bets to receive ambassadors before long. China's interest in Africa and the Middle East is enigmatic. Both econ- omic and political activity have been "noted. That her sympathies in the to be getting anywhere. Despite continued strained relations there was a report.recenUy from Mos- cow1 that the two countries had agreed to upgrade their missions to each other's capitals. Ttu's would mean the restoration of full ambassadorial rela- tions. But Norman Webster in Peking says .there has been no Chinese reaction to this report. Canadian officials have "expressed hope recently that there might be a statisfactory windup soon to the long negotiations on'diplomatic recognition Such a hope must be based on some- thing more substantial than the im- pression that China is making a. bid to assume an active role in the interna- tional community. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON Tie dismissal of Rory Edelweiss from the Internal Revenue Service has been upheld by Bu- reau 1040 as well as 1040A of the IRS and has been confirmed by Clark MoUenhoff, the White House assistant in charge of in- come tax returns. Edelweiss has become a cause celebre in taxpayer circles because he tried to sim- plify the federal tax form, much to the horror of everyone in the Department of the Treasury. His supervisor, Gtamderming Hindsight, said that the IRS was perfectly right to fire Edelweiss. "He was a Hindsight said, "and could have destroyed the entire tax- collection system in this country." "What 4M Edelweiss fry to "He .tried to write a tax form that the average taxpayer couM understand." "What on earth I asked. "Who knows what goes on hi a mind nke that? Some think he was working un- der too much pressure, Others say if he bad been given a test when he was six years oH, we would never have hired him. "In any case, Edelweiss came to us eight months ago- with a simple tax form which anyone could have filled out. He had elim- inated references to forms VM, 3503, 2106 and 2950SE, and such phrases as 'see tax rate schedule HI on T-l and tax table B on T-2.1 "What did you "We thought he was joking at first. But Edelweiss said he was dead serious. He had worked on the return for over year and felt that the implementation of it could cut down the, taxpayer's work to three hours." "1 hope you fold Edelweiss where Io get I said. "I may''not be able to stop but at least I can make you squirm" Letters To Adjustment Centre For Social Problems It is obvious that major changes are being made in the basic attitudes toward old age, mental. and social problems. Today there are many organi This composite fact suggests that there is a very teal need for an all-encompassing organi- zation to correlate the activi- ties and efforts in the interest cifiraUy for juveniles and un- der; Alcoholics- Anonymous; the John Howard Society 'with their efforts on behalf of prison inmates; the Canadian Mental ..._ zations serving people: the so- Health Association. Probably, of efficiency and economy. The rial "development department, very shortly there will be drug very fact of the change in the organizations established as a result of the Le Dain commis- sion's, investigations. primarily concerned with the financially underprivileged; the Alberta Guidance Clinic, spe- Bus Service Curtailment "At tis immediate superior, I tried to talk sense into him. I toM Hm that if we simplified the present federal tax form so people could understand it, they might de- cide not to pay their taxes. The real pur- pose of a complicated tax return form was to wear the taxpayer down, so by the time he finished making out tht return, he was so exhausted he would be willing to pay whatever he had just to get the return out of his .house." "He must have seen the logic In 1 said. "Edelweiss was adamant. He said under his system the tax forms were so simple that he could save the country the man hours of work which are now devoted to filling put the 1040 return. "But I toU Edelweiss that if God wanted the American people to have t. simple tax return he would have created 6ne for them. He wouldn't budge, so I had no choice but to turn him in to the authorities." "They murt have been upset when they heard Edelweiss was trying to make tax return that anyone coulrt understand." "Absolutely furious. _The IRS has a staff of people who do nothing but compli- cate the income tax forms. Whenever they discover that an item is comprehensible, they immediately take it out and replace it with something so vague and confusing that no one will get it. When they heard one o( their own was trying to simplify the We o( the taxpayer, they considered it treachery o< the first order." "So he was "We made an example of him. After what we did to Edelweiss, it's going to be a long lime before anybody comes up with any bright ideas on bow to save the taxpayer his sanity and time." Tekfram Newt Service) I hope council won't take Mr. Ketch's latest remarks too seriously re: further bus ser- vice curtailment, It is commendable to want to fay and make the transit sys- tem a paying proposition and to try and save the taxpayers' money, but I feel the city has. obligation to provide an ad-" equate daytime bus service, just as well as it feels it lias an obligation to increase sal- aries for councillors and.the new city manager, to 'sponsor a one'- PP dinner, to donate worth of electrical cables to the university, to donate various amounts to pri- vate groups, etc. etc. Perhaps there are times the buses do not.carry many passengers, but how, under Mr. Kotch's proposed times of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., a.m. to p.m. and to p.m., could f pos- sibly take my pre school chil- dren to the City Health Unit (which is only open between and a.m. and to p.m.) or to a doctors' or dentist's appointment at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.? I do not drive (we do not have a second and 1 could not afford the taxi fare each way'into town if I had to keep an aniuiiitiiieut when the buses weren't run- There are also some handicapped and older people .who-do not drive their own cars who would surely rind it hard to get around if the bus service was curtailed to the ex- tent suggested, as .well as chil- dren travelling to kindergar- tens. I understand that buses are being used by the school board and perhaps the city isn't charging enough to cover the full operating expenses hi this area, Abo, if the bus hours are further shortened, does this mean that the drivers' salaries will be reduced or do we pay them riot a service! Two final points wouldn't this be a deterrent to downtown shopping? and 1 wonder what kind of bus service will be provided for the west side uni- versity? DOWNS. Lethbridge. A Step Backwards In regard to the present con- troversy over the curtailment of bus service, a good point was brought up (not original) on a local open line radio show. Despite the current building boom and Ihe increase in pop- ulation, Lethbridge remains a dead town at night. This is con- firmed by many travellers one of whom described it as a "graveyard with lights." Often the orJy traffic is Uic meeting arid the taking off, of the buses, ute schedule, W minutes at rush hours. The buses are much more up-to-dats, the drivers better drested and more busi- nesslike. This same city has also wash- ed out the Wednesday afternoon store closing and stores are open every day until 6 p.m. and both Thursday and Friday evenings. In Lethbridge, the memory stifl lingers of down- town merchants a few years ago displaying signs in their it I _ ifrt i. title of the department of re- form to the department of cor- rectional institute or from the department of welfare to the department of social develop- ment shows the government and-people are becoming alive to .the fact that a great deal. more, is going to have to be done'now to a Deviate'and pos- sibly eliminate mental and so- cial problems in the future. An adjustment centre could be tht answer. We seem to be lacking, In quite a few respects, the ne- cessities required to meet all of today's probious. In a previous letter I stipulated that criminal offenders should be treated for their anti social behavior. There is, little or. no help avail- able in Canadian institutions. As a result of the1 article in the .April 11 Weekend Magazine "Speed we are a little more aware of the immensity of the drug probiein using speed'in What is more horrifying still, is that there is no orgaoizatioB specifically designed to de'al with this situation. A very great segment of the adult world could very well do a fair amount of mental and social adjustment. It is there- fore vital that an. organization large enough and broad enough in scope, be instituted to enable the opportunity of mental growth and or adjustment fur all. Just how, we might ask; is an organization such as this going to be started? Primarily gov- ernment legislation, at the re- quest of the people will have to be passed; setting up an ex- ecutive organizing body and outlining the plans, aims and duty of this body.. Then will be- gin a long, tedious, and very likely heartbreaking job, the bringing together of all the other organizations. How much is this going to cost? The most common com- plaint of the present organiza- tions is insufficient funds to do even, the existing work. So, it is going to cost a great deal of If I can see a man or woman who knows' they have had one drink too many and be able to suggest we 'visit the centre the if I can know that the family down the street who are having trouble getting along, have a place to go to get the most expert help; if I tak in a worried way about the new men and ww ways m the East Block, the y are probably thinking chiefly of Jim Davey, year -old pro- gram secretary, terious figure became he don not fit of the lutmafcuil Ottawa patterns. A stav figure, with, tak 'fair hair and aq anriouc ponied face, Davey 'is a sciential by training and a piaonnr and pro-1 grammer by vocation. He worked on market re- search in Montreal and experi- mented with techniques of or- ganization aad analysis m beat rfcfcng potties before going work for Trudeau in the leader- Now be lives in the heart of civil service Ottawa his include External Af- fairs Minister Mitchell Sharp and retiring Deputy Ffeam Minister Bob Bryce goek jag- ging every morning, aqd wafts to in the .East. where he tries bard to obey Trudeau's injunction to al hia staff to stay out of mutiovtuj by keeping a low profile.' As program sec re tar y and resident systems expert, Davey analysed the PM's responabil- ttes in his different roles w bud of government, parliamen- tary leader, pubbc personality, chief of tfae Liberal party and private man. Flow and other techniques of business or- ganization ration the PM's time and attempt to keep him on top of aC bis jobs. Davey also cries to keep the mer all1 government political program on a four year track, intervening in policy de- ciskms 'when they seem to lagging, and keeps in touch with U.S. think tanks to try to give the administrafian a per- spective on Canada throngi to the year .This passion tor pUnnBg, this professionalism in the Edt Block, is deeply suspioouB to pnKtkaans and observers lAul in the tradition of geotlemanhr amateurism. Many of the peo- ple who regularly deplored tha disasters and crises of the Pear- son and Dierenbakcr yean now look back upon them with af- fection as somehow more reas- suring and comfortable than tha smooth hum of Trudeau's com- puter. But the fact is that Trudeau h running a diffa'eut style of government and of potties. The speed and pressure of govern- meat administration b con- stantly incressiDg. To use only one East Block index, the num- ber of papers going before tha Cabinet ckwbled from an aver- age 383 a year in 1957-59 to about 800 a year 10 yean later. Off Parliament ffill, Tru- deau's personal style attracta not only adulation but afeo an- tagonism. He cannot 'move around Canada unrecognixed, or at least unregarded, as prede- cessors could, and pubbc ap- pearances have to be carefully planned and managed. The politics of protest, for ex- ample, often bring him to a con- frontation with angry groups, 'and some radicals seem to ba trying deliberately to provoka him to mdUcretion or violence, in the same way that in the United States seek to pro- voke authority to expose ways of violence. Trudeau, also usee his pennn- al staff to develop info mating and advice'from'outside tba Cabinet and the regular chan- nels of civil service organiza- can look at my own children tion, so tfiat he has policy op- anH kvww I u__' i. _ i._. and know that I am at the very least paying for a pov sibiUty of a better world for them and their children, I could feel some satisfaction. 1 wonder how much more im- portant it is to rid the mind of man of how much more it is worth than the cost of anti-poOubon measures. B. B, MOYNAN. Lethbridge. twos before him tual decagon.. While aB this explains why Trudeaa hm increased Ma pri- vate staff, it does not change the fact that, for better or for worse, he has .drawn more of the reins of power into his own hands than any recent Minister. (Copyright, Star Syidkate) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HEKAU) in Can- ada increased to in mid- March, an increase of from a month earlier. This puts unemployment within of .the post-war peak of reached in 1968. It was announced to- day that mask-hill star and radio and film actress, Grade Fields, win entertain at the Lethbridge arena, May 5. Miss Fields will be in Lethbridge as part of her cross-Canada tour. IMt Germany celebrated Adoif Hitler's birthday today with the controlled Nazi press eliminating all war headlines from the front pages to devota the space exclusively to an eulogy of the former Austrian housepainter. new rocket motor of the celebrated research scientist, Dr. Paid Heykndt, was clocked at at mph in Ber- lin. The seven pound motor was in Max Valuer's rocket car, There were IS 17 rail- way accidents in Canada in 1919. Of these, 233 were fatali- ties. There were 231 highway accidents, an increan over past years. UK uu, IA UK; iji If they make thetr last run at premises, "vote NO to night as is proposed, downtown shopping." Lethbridge will be a graveyard without the lights, Let's compare Letbbridge with a city of Ihe same pop- ulation in another province, There Ihs bus fare is 15 cenls and Un buses are on a 20 min- Let's not be too (pick to pat ourselves on the back for having such a progressive com- munity. This bus curtailment is a step backwards. S. C. WH1PPLE. Lethbridge. So They Say The Ladies Home Journal creates fruwtratiom which lead to depression and anger be- cause wornen cmnol Bve up to what the magazine tells them they should. Pines, sodal worker, psychotherapist and member of Ihe Radical Feminists whn sat in at the magazine's New York The Lethkidge Herald _____ 504 7th St. S., Lethbridfe, LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors md Pnbtisben Published 1905 1954, by A. BUCHANAN TM Ottdin mm Md tn Cabtdiu DliU Xanm ntlaill' M tarno ct CirnblM CUO W. UMT mt ruMMv ntOHAl ADAHS, Onml Hluxr Kit IALLA WILLIAM DAT Mir.afini Assocfile CdKor HOY F. 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