Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
1IFRA1D April 56, 197? Canadian public is worried oyment becomes chief concern TINY VICTIM OF QUAKE BURIED A Moslem priest officiates at buria! as o father the body of his infant after the child been recovered from the earth- ke-vmjsiif-d home in Ohir, southern Iran, Wednesday. At left is n grave digger. (AP Wirepholo) TJy PAUL JACKSON' i IltM-ald Ottaun llnirnu OTTAWA A new puhlic opinion poll now indicates lliat the average Canadian, whether lie is working or not. is now as worried ahout unemployment as political observers say the gov- ernment, should be. In (net, 41 per cent of people polled de- clared unemployment ID he the country's most serious problem. Only seven per cent thought so five years ago. Tim poll was published on the Fame day that Statistics Canada released its latest survey of the joh market showing that, for this time of the year, the unex- pected occurred and unemploy- ment in March jumped by persons and that 642.000 Canadi- ans were now without jobs. The jobless rate in Canada now stands at the six per cent rate that Financo Minister John Turner says is "completely un- acceptable" to the government and the country. For well over a year now, un- employment has been a contro- versial subject En (be House of C o in m o n s. The Progressive Conservatives, the New Demo- crats and the Sot-reds have all vigorously attacked the govern- ment over unemployment. How- ever, they haven't really clone much else. Not one of the three opposition parties have recently announced an intricate program tackling unemployment, W h a t constructive criticism there has been has been of thn "cut taxes and prime the econ- omy" variety. Former finance minister Edgar Benson tried that last fall with his billion dol- lar mini-budget. To critics it doesn't appear to have worked. Or does it? Prime Minister Trnrieau has declared in widely publicized off the cuff remarks thai lliere are plenty of jobs in Canada if Canadians want to take what's going or go to where the jobs are. Manpower Minister Uryce Mackasey said earlier this year when (be Janu- ary unemployment figures were released that the trend was 4 right on target" mid while more people were walking the streets in January (ban in Do- j e o m b e r, more people were also actually working. In fact, looking at it from Mr. Tru- deau and Mr. Mackii.sey's point of view, the government Vs record may nol be as bad as it first appears. In the past year ahouL ]iew jobs have been created in this country- something nol even achieved he- fore in the best, years of the mid-1960s boom. From the government side It appears that while Canada is Just in time for Mother's Day. Vinyl bags, Wet-Sook or dull .finish. They're all the rage about town, And you'll save a trim An easy deal to swing. Jts practically in the bag. 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Even those thousands of newly created jobs could be coming along in spite of, not because of, what politicians and civil serv- ants are doing in Ottawa. Take statistics. One look at the monthly review handed out by Statistics Canada will con- vince you of the wit's contention that figures can be made to back up arry side of a story. In- deed, either the government or the Opposition do use (he figures both for the at- tack and tbe defence. Then there Is the case of the Swedish economist Per Holm- berg. Mr. Holmberg, in Canada to attend a seminar on a guar- anteed annual income, says Canada's six per cent unem- ployment figure is rubbish. The figure is really in the region of 30 per cent, he contends. Holm- berg says Canadian statisticians get their unemployment figures by using "concepts from the 1920s." When It comes to fighting un- employment, Mr. Mackasey ifc- clares that federal programs such as Local Initiative Projects are providing lens of thousands of jobs. The trouble is, they only provide them for a certain length of time. Then there's Regional Eco- nomic Development Minister Jean Marchand's programs. His department is injecting millions of dollars a month into areas throughout (he country to per- suade businessmen to open up or expand plants in depressed areas. Here, the (rouble is that Quebec (ends to gel the iion's share of granls, and also that some people estimate it takes an average of three years to provide the increased number of jobs. Take Mr. Marchand's own re- part on regional development in- centive grants offered to compa- nies in March. Out of more than 100 offers made, iome 80 of them went to Quebec compa- nies. None went to British Col- umbia, one went to Alberta, two lo Saskatchewan and six to Manitoba. In fact, one grant alone, to Taran Furs Inc., ot Montreal, for was in- tended to help create 222 that's more jobs than all the rest of the grants to the four Western provinces combined will create. It seems clear that while pump-priming budgets may give the economy a bit of a boost and stem unemployment to some extent, while programs such as LIP may provide stop- gap jobs for certain periods of time, and while industrial.incen- tive grants may provide jobs in the longterm for Canadians in certain areas of the country, the government and the opposition have still to suggest, a master plan for tackling unemployment in all areas. Bullfighters seek decrease in tax MADRID The bullfighters of Spain have delivered an ulti- matum. The president of their associ- ation, Senor Pace Gamine, has told the tax collector that the toreros will refuse to perform in any Spanish ring if their de- mands for lower taxes are not met by April 30. Because most strikes are Il- legal in Spain, Senor Camlno was careful to add: "This is not a strike. We just will not fight because we do not earn enough to pay taxes." The president, one of Spain's most famous matadors, said thn Spanish Government was de- manding back taxes for four years. "We would have to fight six years just to pay the taxes for those four." Other leading bullring heroes argue that not only is the Tax Bill retroactive, it was also un- realistic. Senor Luis Miguel Do- minguin says: "Many times a bullfighter will fight just to fill in the gaps in the schedule and give the impression that he is in demand. Sometimes yon fight 30 times, make money on 10 fights, and use this money to make up the losses on (he other 20." NO SUBSIDIES Senor Dominguin also point- ed out that in its latest three- year economic develop in e n t plan, the government had al- lotted in subsidies for sport, but not a penny for bullfighting. Dominguin, now 4fi. almost senile by bullfighting standards, made his comeback to the ring last year, not only because he likes lo fight, hut also, it is said, because he needs tbe cash. The stars can earn fantastic sums for one afternoon's work, but it is not all take homo money. Ei Cordobes, who retired last season, was earning for every bullfight, and at the peak of his career he fought over 100 in Spain during the sum- mer season. Rut every matador has lo pay the wages and all the expenses of bis cucdrilla, or team of assistants. He must buy their "suits of lights" as w'ell as bis own wardrobe. Each uniform costs over and every lop torero needs sev- eral dozen. Not only that, the uniforms are oflen destroyed in a single afternoon when (lie bull misses the man but tears and bloodies his suit. Then there aro the managers' fees a big pcr- I cenlage of the lake publicity, j entertainment, travelling ex- penses, as well as innumerable other outlays to maintain the. bullfighter's image. It is even alleged that he must also sweet- en the more unscrupulous bull- fight critics to avoid damaging reports on his performance. If he is injured ami every bullfighter is gored several times durina his professional career he has his medical expenses to meet and faces per- haps several months of unem- ployment. Bad luck has cost many a bullfighter the best part of a full season's work. Many young, ambitious tor eros lose more than money in their bid for fame. Last year a compel e n t, if not brilliant, young matador, Jose Mata, was killed in the ring. The few maestros who reach the top no more than not starve, and some, like El Cordobes, arc shrewd enough lo salt away the money when it comes their way. But even at the top a bullfighter is lucky if he can pocket one third of his official earnings. Hence tha present protest. Bullfighters be- lieve that they should he taxed on their real, not on their theor- etical pay. In the bullfight bars and cafes on Hie Calle Victoria in Madrid the aficionados do not seriously believe that the threatened bullfight strike will lake place. For every famous bullfighter due to appear in the "Cathe- dral" of bullfighting, the monu- mental Plaza do Las Vcntas in Madrid during the classic two- week fiesta of San Isidro in May there arc at least aspiring young Spaniards who would gladly take their place for glory and no pay. Pension plan office opened _ TA1SER (HNS) The open- ing of an office here for con- sultation on Canada Pen- sion Plan problems was an- nounced by J. C. (Fern) Bou- chard, manager of Ihe Lclh- bridge office of (he Canada Pension Plan. The itinerant officer Louis LaPlace wilt he in Taber the last Thursday of each month commencing Anril 27 from to 4 p.m. in office space being provided in the civic adminis- tration building. Mr. Houchard said his offico is endeavoring lo improve pub- lic relations and improve the public image of Ihe service of CPP. The officer will receive in- luiries, explain (he Canada Pension Plan and application forms, counsel on benefits available through CPP pen- sions, guaranteed income sup- plements, old age pensions, dis- ability pensions, and other items. MOST OPPOSED A poll on nudity on televis- ion in Norway showed (hat 63 per cent were opposed lo it, per cent in favor and eight per cent had no opinion.