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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April 27, 1974 Political chess game intrigues woman MP By ANDRE OUIMETV OTTAWA Monique begin is quite incapjble ol sitting btill in the quiet obscunty of the Liberal backbenches and she has managed to spend a good part of her first year in Parliament outside of it taking an in-depth course in Canada s international relations First I was asked to be a delegate to the Commonwealth Conference here last the MP for St Michel said in an interview and I don't know why I was asked I read enormous amounts of briefing material, listened carefully and didn t understand a thing And all of fall, Miss Begin was in New York City as a Canadian delegate to the United Nations "Again I don t know why I was asked, and I thoroughly hated it for the first three weeks But I stuck it out and ended up loving it because I began to understand the chess-game tnat is international politics On a purely personal level, she welcomed the three- montn break away from "the terribly boring daily routines that are necessary in Ottawa where you can t ever stop to even read a single book I didn t see myself as a diplomat I m more a politician blunt, a down to- earth fighter in contrast to what I saw as diplomacy refinement, embroidery and cocktail parties But as a sociologist she holds as PhD in the subject Miss Begin was fascinated by the problems a nightmare of de- colonization which she was assigned to at the U N She fouond that non-aligned nations 'mostly Black who now make up two-thuds of the made a good case against Canada's economic iclations with colonised countries, in Africa Canada would gam their trust by breaking its commercial ties with the colonies ot Portugal, for example It would be symbolical and would only involve a few million dollars ol trade a year Mozambique and Angola produce coffee and sugar which can easily get elsewhere from autonomous countries Miss Begin would support a kind of labor ethics code perhaps drawn up by the industry and commerce department which would forbid Canadian investors to do business in colonised countries There is too much Canadian investment in South Africa at the moment for any action to be taken there, she added, but Canada s image would certainly be better if other colonised nations ceased to be clients of ours In January, Miss Begin was sent as a delegate to NATO for study of the military aspect of Canada s relations She came back quite baffled by the fact that the NATO forces in Europe "are so much weaker than the Warsaw Pact forces on land in nuclear power and in sub marines and thej are supposed to be a deterrent I don t understand the reason for it The only use she saw tor NATO was as "a way for Canada to exert its influence with 12 or 13 European nations depending on whether you count France or not in a kind of political forum Miss Begin s new love of JUST a shipment of SUNBEAM SINGLE BLADE LAWN CHAMPS Convenience Handle Rear Discharge 2 Speed Motor Vacuum Deck Grass Catcher Single-Lever Height Adjuster MOTOR MOWER 817-3rd Ave. South Phone 327-2669 intei national relations came at a time when she was utterly ted up' with her previous passion women s rights She came to politics after spending three and a half years as secretary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, where she uiss-irossed the country hearing women's groups and helped draft the commission's report "But that's the type of work which takes everything you ve got and although the experience will always remain a part ot me and I'll continue champinr.i ng women s rights in the pi ivacy of caucus, I've had it iar as any public action is concerned As one of the first three women MPs ever elected in Quebec she regularly gets letters from women who would never write to a male MP but sav they feel they can relate to me She doesn t hide the fact that the whole -subject annoys her 'because I ve finished that job and there is a need for new blood and new ideas on the subject With her background in sociology Miss Begin has applied a systems analysis approach to the work of the backbencher in Parliament and came up with the conclusion that 'for the most part it s a rotten system as far as the individual MP is concerned She was first taken aback by the "terribly cumbersome apparatus of the Commons and its committees, and later came to the conclusion that a backbencher has very little input into policy making The root cause of this lack ot input she leels, is the very difficult access to information, kept confidential by the public service and Cabinet when very often it should be available to all, and particularly to MPs I ve found that on average policy is about two years in the making originating nearly always in the civil service then going to Cabinet, Cabinet committees and the Privy Council before being made public 'That s when the MP is given three minutes to decide for or against the policy it s ridiculous A direct result of the lack of information she feels, is that Commons committees have a tendency to act as it they were royal commissions instead of asking existing bodies with power of conducting hearings on a subject the committees end up holding their own healings a waste ot time A government backbencher can provide a certain >nput, Miss Begin has found, "once his 01 her credibility has been established with Cabinet but that's tenibly difticult to do and it can be wiped out with one wrong move In any other organization, vou are given a breaking in period the more responsible F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ave Aand13thSt N Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 5 Cards for 1 .OO or 29C Each Thrae 7 Numbar Gamaa JACKPOT Frei Gimis ind Frit Cirds DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money ChildrinundirlEntlillowiil WEIGHT WATCHERS SAVES YOU ON ENROLLMENT FEE FROM APRIL 22nd TO MAY 4th Clip out Coupon bilow and pnsant at any Wiight Watchirs Class! For more information and the nearest you Call ZE-06124 (Toll Free) This Coupon Worth YOU CAN MAKE IT TOO! Coupon Only Toward Initial Enrollment Foo HERS. Not Acceptable Toward Weekly Foe Coupon Valid Only From April 22nd To May 4th (incl Coupon Not Valid For Senior or Student! (Spocial ftatei Alwayt In effect) Coupon Valid in Alberta A Satfcatchowan Only Coupon For Parian the job the longer that period when you are not expected to be productive Here, however, vou le plunged into boiling water trom the first day after the 72 election, the Liberals held a 24-hour caucus to explain things to new MPs, that was all and it was considered a great innovation Calendar Tin will square and round dance at 8 p m Monday in the Moose Hall All square dancers welcome Women are asked to bring a box lunch The Association of the United Ukraine Canadian Ladies Branch will hold a tea trom 2 to 4 30 p m Sunday at the Sir Alexander Gait Museum Southmmster UCW will hold a used (ind usable sale from 6 to 9 p in Thursday and from 9 a m to noon Friday in the church hall, llth Street, S Items will include clothing for men women and children, jewelry toys, books and small household appliances A special meeting of the Lethbndge Music Club will be held at 8 p rn Monday in the Bowman Arts Centre for all former members and interested persons St Augustine s Church will sponsor a spring tea from 2 to 4pm May 4 Included will be a bake table, sewing table, novelty table and door prize Everyone welcome The monthly meeting of the McNally Women of Unifarm will be held at 2 p m Tuesday at the home of Mn> Buster Morden Dorothy Gentleman will speak on Men of the Trees Roll call will be My Favorite Family Activity There will be a reception held following the citizenship ceremonies Tuesday at St Augustine's Hall The Sir Alexander Gait Chapter, IODE will be hostess The general meeting of the Mathesis Club will be held at 2 30 p m Tuesday at St Andrew s Presbyterian Church lounge, 1818 5th Ave S McKiIlop Church UCW Units will meet as follows Rosaine Unit 2pm Tuesday with Mrs W R Johnston, 510 24th St S Bevan Unit, 9 30 a m Wednesday with Mrs Mary Sorochan, 1911 Lakeside Rd Haszard Unit, 2pm Wednesday and Mrs C F T Haszard in the church lounge, Reed Unit, 8pm Thursday with Mrs H H Quick, 2414 16th Ave S Caufoot Unit, 8 p m May 6 with Mrs M D Rombough 2214 26th A St S Liska Unit at 8 p m May 7 with Mrs Janet Wiebe, 1417 16th Ave S Students from Winston Churchill High School will be offering Stanley Cup pool tickets to the public in a door- to-door blitz Monday evening to help raise money for their educational field trip to Expo 74 Ann Landers Window washing time Summer-like Lethbndge weather brought Yeo of a downtown grocery store, out to wash away the grim winter winds settled on the win- dows With all that water floating about a fellow has to protect his pants, and the perfect solution is to roll them up to a safe level Dear Ann Landers: I read your advice to the young woman who was concerned about marrying a man with whom she was very much in love because her blood type was Rh negative and his was Rh positive An aunt who was a registered nurse told her that such blood types often produce children with blood disease, and many do not survive Your answer to that frightened girl's question was a far cry from the standard of excellence I have grown to expect from you My blood type is Rh negative and my husband's is Rh positive We have four beautiful healthy children thanks to a procedure discovered about six years ago Did you check with a physician before you wrote that reply? Taken Aback Dear Taken No, I did not, and I am ashamed of myself I always advise pregnant women to see an obstetrician as soon as possible, and I hope she did Ten lashes with a wet noodle won t do this time I deserve twenty With my stellar array of medical consultants I ceramly should have talked to somebody The correct advice that follows was checked out with Dr Friednch Deinhardt, Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at Rush- Presbytenan-St Luke's Medical Centre in Chicago When a pregnant women is Rh negative and her husband is Rh positive, there is always the possibility that her baby will be Rh positive The first child is never affected But the second child and those that follow may be The mother can now receive an injection after the birth of an Rh positive baby By so doing, the chances that her next child will have a blood disease are reduced considerably Dear Ann Landers. Last week, we had a birthday party for a girl who works in our office We all agreed that nobody could spend more than I didn't have time to shop, so I went to the drugstore downstairs and picked up a bottle of bubble bath They don't gift-wrap Everything goes in a sack It looked awful, so I threw the sack away and presented the bubble bath in the original box I was later told that I had insulted the hostess because an unwrapped gift is like coming to a parly naked It shows you didn't think she was worth "dressing up for Right or wrong7 Gifi Rapped Dear G R An unwrapped gift is pretty tacky, but it's not a crime Had you gone to the party naked you could have been arrested for indecent exposure Forget it Discover how to be date bait without falling hook, line and sinker Ann Landers's booklet, "Dating Do's and will help you be more poised and sure of yourself on dates. Send 35c m coin along with a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope and your request to Ann Landers, P.O Box 3346, Chicago, Illinois 60654 Arabian horse show The seventh annual all- arabian horse show, sponsored by the Chinook Arabian Horse Association will be held May 24 to 26 in the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavillion Chairman is Robbie Robinson of Taber, who has been a breeder and exhibitor of pure-bred Arabian horses for six years HELP US TO HELP OTHERSI The Salvation Army Welfare Services Niad Clothing. Furniture. Toys, Household Effects Call 326-2860 For Pickup Service OR LEAVE AT 412 HI AVE S CASH BINGO TONIGHT, OUOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL JlOO Blickott pliytd lor III! wan iviry Silurdiy plus NiMbtr Jickiols JACKPOTS NOW and (Locatad lo No 1 MINUS ONE CLUB DANCE Polish Ave. and 13th St. N. Saturday, April p.m.-1 a.m. Music by the "MUELLERS" Members and Invited Guesll Don't take chances! Have your RUGS and FURNITURE CLEANED by the '''flower-fresh" Absorption Process NO messy soaking NO harsh scrubbing Furnishings ready for use same day for FREE pfione WILSON DONALDSON 1404 11th Ave S Lethbridge phone 328.5886t 327.6984 n n H e nnal cleaning ii n ei efl ihe commen .u ne and the --------_. A Cr cm Research Tot in LJboratonei. Attention: Mothers of Pre-school Children The University of Lethbridge is offering an OBSERVATION NURSERY PROGRAM TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS MAY 7-JUNE 6 a.m. in the University Child Care Centre Student Union Building The Nurseiy provides an opportunity for mothers to learn more about needs and development of the pre- school child Children are supervised while mothers observe and hear lectures by early childhood educa- tion specialists Topics of discussion include language and physical development and helping the handi- capped child FEES REGIb I HA I ION at Ihe Registrar s Office or prior to the first class Free and Welcome SALON LADIES! DO IT NOW! There is still time before the July, August holidays to tone your figures for swim and beach wear and to let you pose with confidence for the cameras that record you as you are Try on last years swim suit check yourself m the mirror and where there are bulges or sagging muscles or you would like to do something about that bustlme, drop in to the Lethbridge Figure Salon at 256 B-13 St North Lethbridge, and let Grace help design a personalized (exercise) pro- gram Jhat will help you achieve your goals HOURS: The Salon is open 9 00 a m to 9 00pm Monday thru Fri- day until June 28 when sum- mer hours will be adjusted to meet demand Frequency of visits is up to members RATES: Monthly rale lor dk .4 A A 8duit, i. Monthly rate lor ttudentt up lo MRS. GRACE SOMERVILLE PHONE NUMBERS Res. 328-4395 Bus. 327-2151 ;