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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UlllURIDOE LD Imstlny, Paul Whileldiv Quebec cabinet minister decides to stay CITY It wasn't cnllcd a news conlorenco hero of such occasions. Toothless laws Tho Ontario Hospital Labor Dis- Ncady'tlirce weeks aHo'ttie mm-medi- cal staff of Toronto's Western Hos- pital struck. Two weeks iiftcr that the Ontario Labor Relations Board decided that (lie. stnke was unlaw- ful, Toronto Western has acted. It lias told the strikers that they are dismissed, althouyh they probably will bo considered for re-hiriny when current negotiations between the labor relations adviser to the. hos- pital and the representative of the Canadian Union of Oeneral Kniploy- ees are concluded. 'Hie court initially refused lo issue an initial injunction which would have sent the workers back on the job. Why? Tlie presumption is that the law 'has one face for the unions and another for Ihe rest of us. It took two weeks for the labor rela- tions board to make up its mind that the strike was unlawful. that time the hospital was forced to re- ject many patients, some ot them waiting for vital surgery lo discover whether they had cancer. For some of these patients the dispute has made ttio difference between life and death. The employees have taken the law into their own hands. They are attempting to do so with impunity. The aclion of the hospital authorities in dismissing tliem under Ihese circumstances is entirely justi- fied. Contempt for the law whether by groups or individuals can only end in tyranny. The hospital's employees have grievances which they consider grat- ifying for taking matters into their own hands, if the government of On- atrio does not lake action ngainst unions which flout the law, chaos in all kinds public service will ensue. It should write legislation allowing for disbandinent of illegally striking unions and exact financial penalties. Toothless laws are useless. NJ front-pngo news outsklo Quebec province, but tlie de- cision of Claude Castonijuay lo remain a member of Premier Bourassa's cabinet was nonthe- loss an important development in Canadian politics. As social affairs minister Mr. Castonfinay is one of most powerful and influential men in Quebec. He is also tlio cliief architect of Ills province's constitutional relations with ilio federal government, and liail threatened lo resign at Ilio height of tlie labor crisis last May because of Ihe stalemate in talks with Ottawa. Recently, Mr. Castongnay to announce that after "period of reflection" bo had decided to continue in the cabi- net, ending speculation that bo would quit the provincial Liber- als lo Join with Ilono Leves- iiuc's Parti Qucbecois, Mr. Castonguay's reasons for staying are apparently more pragmatic than ideological lie said ho feels liu must con- tinue to work out a compre- hensive social welfare policy and press for the necessary concessions from Ottawa. His announcement wasn't embel- lished with the usual platitudes about renewed confidence in the government lhat are typical Inevitably, however, Mr. Cas- tongiiay'a decision to remain a Liberal and a liournsba cabi- net minister Is being interpret- ed n.s an endorsement lhat federalism while it Is not wliat ninny French-Canadians would like It lo lw Is sllll a viable alternative in Quebec. Tho social affairs minister for tlio province's problems. Mr. Costonguny has clearly avoided becoming trapped by such polarized thinking, which subordinates the p r a c tl cal needs of the province to ab- plans or assurances from Pre- mier Hourassa, Mr. Castonguay replied Hint there lias lacen lit- tle concrete action lo Indicate the government has toughened approach to federal-provlu- stroct concepts of political Ulco- clal relations. OCT. Ho also noted relations with Ottawa have not Improved since lus threatened resignation lasl May, adding that ttio fail- ure of tlio House of Commons lo adopt tho family allowance Ijill before Us summer recess "My resignation would have mcnnl backing down In Ihe face of all Ihe work still to Ixj ac- lios reversed a trend of the last Ihe social affairs several years which lias seen minlsler tolil reporters, lie also many top civil servants, tech- noted realislically that Ills qi'it- nocrats and poillical thinkers ting would not have helped to meant lhat Quebec is at a dead switch lo the Parli Quebccols. break llx> impasse in ncgoti- end in making its reforms. Wjtli Ottawa over new social assistance programs. Asked whether his decision lo slay was based on cabinet This is a reflection of the teiv- dency In Quebec political cir- cles to vlev.1 either federalism or independence as the cure-nil Fire and brimstone It took President Anwar S a d a t four hours to deliver his now-famous fire and brimstone speech, after send- ding his Knvict advisers home. lie fol- lowed it all up by telling Prime Min- ister Golda Meir that lie had no in- tention ot accepting her invitation "direct talks1' wiiii Israel. This hn said, would amount to "surrender" and Egypt certainly had no inten- tion of doing that. (President Sadat conveniently ignored the fact lhat the reverse is (me in certain cases. For instance the President of Pakistan went recently !o New Delhi to nego- tiate successfully the withdrawal of Indian troops from his country. This was not considered a further "defeat" Muammar Qadahfi hates the Rus- sians almost as much as he likes himself. Now the Egyptian president has followed up the rhetoric with missile- firing. Israel says that two of its planes were on a routine mission over the Sinai when they were at- tacked by Aral) ground-to-air mis- siles Egypt claims one tho planes was hit; the Israelis say that both aircraft escaped. You pay your money and make your choice on Ihis one. It may he, as many commentators arc saying, that the Soviets have suf- fered a monstrous diplomatic defeat "The 'with it' guys miff etl be wearing 'em these doyj but that's MY kerchiel and I'M tteatlng it tonight! "I'm very until if comes to took-lhc-rkh tax progromsf" As an Important member of the Bourassa cabinet, Mr. Cas- tonguay said ho will use tho next federal election to "inform Ihe public" about relations with Iho federal government through speeches and press conferences. The development of a com- prehensive social affairs policy the myriad of various assistance plans in more economical and logical ways-is the major preoccupa- tion ol Ihu minister. II is also Ihe key to important constitu- lional reforms and the palria- tion of the Urillsh North Ameri- ca Act. Premier Bourassa vetoed tho Victoria constitutional charter last year chiefly lrecau.se bo hail failed to gain important so- cial affairs concessions from Ottawa. He felt he would loso much of his bargaining power if the liritish North America Act were jiatiialcd before ho got the changes Quebec wants. Although Mr. Castonguay's announcement recently was largely ignored by the press outside Quebec unlike his threat lo resign at Ihe height of May's labur lurmoil it will have a lonK-lcrm effect extend- ing across provincial borders. II ensured that the minister, who has been a central figure In consliUitional negotiations, will continue to have a major say in events that will shapo Canada for years to come. (Herald Quebec bureau) was not considered a further "clctoat" r for the Pakistanis, hut was praised by their enforced withdrawal of mth- L'elcr as a sensible, reasonable arrange ment on both sides.) tary and technical personnel from Egypt. But if Cairo persists in its re- It Is quite probable that President fusal to listen lo any kind of reason i___i :i ,1 Kr-L n rrp n fai TYiill- Sadat was egged on by political pres- sure in Egypt, and by his fire breath- ing Arab allies in Syria and Libya. and brings about a catastrophic mili- tary confrontation in the Middle East, Ihe Russians must consider them- Vietnamese culture submerged in Americanization Particularly Libya, whose President selves well out of it in the long nm. Mystery in Peking Speculation about why Chairman Mao made the decision to acknow overthrow the chairman was released in English translation. Members of ledge that Lin Piao, the man who Lin's family, his wife and his son i3 _i_ i i. _ ;v-ni-il Trnll fnrmpr had been expected to inherit the mantle of supreme power in the Peo pie's Republic of China, instead is are implicated as well as former army and air force commanders. According to the document, Lin Piao eneaeine pundits all over the world, intended to seek the assistance of 6 the Soviet Union in the planned mili- lary takeover. Many questions are left unanswer- ed, particularly those relating to other prime minister of Sri Lanka in meet- highly placed officials who disappear- The announcement was made in a curious way. He told his story to Maurice Schumann, foreign minister of France and Mine. Bandaranaike, ings at his private residence. Mao gave no reasons for deciding to tell all at this time. A lev! days prior to Chairman Mao's confirmation of Lin Piao's death in an airplane accident in Mongolia, the Chinese Nationalist gov- "agents of his arch enemies, jioverish'ed na eminent information service released the Nationalist Chinese. The coinci- the world's ri ed from sight at the same time as Lin and his family. The Chairman knows but he isn't telling. What he would probably like to know, and probably doesn't, is how that docu- ment got into the hands of intelli- ernment informa the text of a document which they obtained through their intelligence agents on the mainland. This top secret document, telling the story of Lin Piao's involvement in the plot to dence of revelations from Taipei and those from Peking within a few days of one another would indicate that Mao's intelligence services are not precisely what they should be, The power of the grape f OUTTS "Could you tell me-, by any chance, why rnir veterinary officer would enter J2 of lablc v.ine on his list of drug expenses? What is the wine for? Oh, this is the auditor general speaking." I got a odd telephone; calls in Nigeria hut this one left me speechless. My husband was ;w.ay touring the province that day hut, as as lie home, I a-sked him hnd drunk 12 littles of wine at his clinic, "The he snid "The horses, of Why had I not thought of thr.V I to Iwk intelligent. In years of maniac; ro a veterinary sur- geon I had learned n lot -ibout the bene- ficial effects of this or (hat mr-xlicine ami seen many a successful trealmont of sirk animals but table v.ine v.-is n new one me. Patiently, .n.s al'-fvmys, explained in great scientific rir-iait, of which far above rny rnenffil v.'ine promoter IKe flow o{ gastnc secretions, (hereby, through the nervCj sfirnuUiUnj; the centre of Ihe brain in as it d'K'S in Jiurnnns. Taking pity on rne and, indirectly, on tho auditor general's funnily luisciendfic; rnind, he ''You kriivw that mare in the clinic Ihf one rh hard Sv- n off J-.r-f F-'jf.f-rTl Olir.f v, ine a d'sy for (r. e puL her I.TT fec-t, t.f-r l.rr fippMifr: h r.'j-.v a.s fit ".i.e ever cfofjs from be told he often prf'-y-ribed one to ounces of v-ine on appetite. -o'j he n fliffirult ar.d ffm' lo hrinir around p.tt fird.ijon pericnce as it did to piglets recuperating from iron deficiency. A few years later I saw for myself a blessing a glass of wine can he to an animai. I raised a buby in the Cam croons then who, after a serious bout of pneumonia, remained liai.ii.-ss and a poor eater for a Ions time. The day a crate of v.ine arrived at Ihe club-house, my hus- hanri siiKKtstcd I try him with a small glass. From that day on, the lillLe dump meticulously visited the bar to help him- self to a glass of wine once n day ami, while he was not particularly interested in the vintage, his health improved vis- ibly. Within o week he was again KO full fo pranks and Ihe joy of living nobody would have guessed he had been