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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THt ttTHBRIDOE HERAID Ihurlday, Auouit 3, Special Interim position Few people probably expected tlie government to adopt a position on marijuana mucli different than Hint announced by Health Minister John Alunro tlie oilier day, consequently little disappointment, will ensue. This does not mean that the position is satisfactory, however. Lelhbridge Police Chief Ralph Michelson, for instance, lias observed that federal urging to prosecutors to request absolute or conditional dis- charges in cases of possession of marijuana for personal use takes the teeth from the law. It is hard to see why the police should bother to make arrests at all if little or nothing is to be tlie consequence. They would be wasting their time, An even more fundamental weak- ness in the position is to be found in a comment attributed to Dill Gore- wicii, an agent for the attorney-gen- eral in l.uthbridge. He said, "those persons who will nse marijuana will use it regardless of the laws." That puts tlie finger on the essential futil- ity of trying to get effective legisla- tion to deal with matters of private behavior. It doesn't work because in- creasingly people are holding the view that tlie state has no business passing laws lo regulate behavior ex- cept when it impinges injuriously on others. In all probability the position now taken will prove to be an interim one on Ihe way lo legislation. This is very likely what Gerald l.cDain, chairman of the federal commission on the non- medical use .of drugs, had in mind when he said that he would not bet on any legislation being permanent. Legalization ultimately seems inevit- able. Merger in Middle East? Libya's president, Moamer Quad- hafi is pushing hard for union with Egypt, forcing Cairo's hand in a mer- ger which President Anwar Sadat probably doesn't want, Col. Qadhafi made the request for union last February. At that time President Sadat asked for five months to think it over until August. Correspondents on the spot report that it's all a little embarras- sing for Sadat, coming so quickly on the heels of the ouster of Soviet mili- tary personnel from Egypt. They give as reasons that although Sadat is making threats against Is- rael he really does not want to go to war now, and is in fact, looking for some kind of settlement, either tem- porary or permanent. Qadhafi on the other hand, fana.'.ically opposes any kind of settlement. Then there is the question of Syria, Ulird partner in the Federation of Arab Republics. Syria dislikes the idea of any bipartite relationship of Egypt and Libya and has been out- spoken in its disapproval of Cairo's ouster of the Russians. If union of Egypt and Libya became a fact, Syria would probably bow out of the federation. Another complicating factor caus- ing Sadat to hesitate, involves the 110 Mirage fighters sold by France to Libya three years ago. Forty-five of them have already been received and continues at the rate of two per month. Although the French know that there has been close co- operation between Egyptian and Lib- yan air forces, they have convenient- ly shoved this situation under the nig because it suits tlieir purposes at the moment. But a de facto politi- cal merger of the two countries would present very difficult problems for the French government, which has held firmly to a policy of refusing to supply arms to belligerent Middle East countries. It has regarded Egypt as a belligerent, but not Libya. Under the circumstances France might be forced lo discontinue de- livery of the planes. On the other side the coin, how- ever, President Sadat will be reluc- tant to refuse union. The immense oil wealth of Libya, its population of only about two millions as compared with Egypt's 38 million, are contri- buting Sadat needs the money; another two million people won't matter all that much. For his part, Col. Qadhafi is highly dependent on the Egyptians. They have largely taken the place of Itali- ans as teachers, advisers to tho army, the police, and other jobs which the Libyans cannot supply themselves. In short Libya needs Egypt and Egypt needs Libya. Whether the pro- posed union will become a union in fact hangs in the balance. Saying is not necessarilv doing, but there i.s nothing in the present situation suggesting peace around the corner in the troubled Middle East. High priced he Ip A woman in Calgary recently ob- jected to a bill for from a le- gal firm for services rendered. Tlie woman claimed that the firm only put in 14 hours on the case and that an hour was too much to charge. A taxing officer apparently agreed because after reviewing the situation he reduced the bill to allowing an hour as reasonable. When the woman still objected and took the matter before a judge she was advised to pay the revised bill and consider herself fortunate. Confirmation of the judge's opinion may be seen in another case in To- ronto. A taxing officer there order- ed a legal bill of for 35 hours' work cut to In that in- stance the hourly rate of was cut to considerably above the rate judged acceptable in Cal- gary. Lawyers, of course, like other peo- ple, have to live. But if tradesmen are to be subjected to continual crit- icism for hiking their hourly rates to perhaps a maximum of then in fairness the lawyers deserve to share some of the growing public re- sentment of the burden of paying for services. They may even have to face the prospect of ordinary people learning how to do their own legal work or limping along without the niceties of legal ministrations. British education TJOLYHEAD, Wales The ideal tirjnal syslcm certainly docs i By Loais Burke wluca- --_ --.t exist in Britain or anywhere else for that matter. However, some very good institu- tions do exist in all sectioas here uni- versities, public schools, grammar schools, cornprehensives, secondary modems, tech- rjcsls, and elementary schools. Alberta ed- ucation may have some things to learn, yet it really has no catching up to do as some anglophones imagine. Britain is worried about the future In ed- ucation. Firstly, there are too many grad- uates chasing too few jobs. A familiar pat- tern in Canada, too. Secondly, traditional grammar schools are scheduled for the scrap heap vrfiile comprehensives are due to replace them. Comprehensive schools theoretically equal- ize the student body by lumping all under one roof. Parents believe that most of them simply reduce all students to tho lowest common denominator. Concerned parents coll these "new" In- stitutions "sink" schools because "they aro bottom-heavy with children of less-than-av- erage ability for far too long" reported Mark Vaughan in The Times, July 4, 1572. is particularly troublesome where fhcckmess has evolved it, violer-.ce, mis- chief turned to vandalism and the ulea of student power rampant. Students of innr.T London schools are quite well organized and have held demonstrations and chal- lenged authorities on many issue including uniforms ajod regulations. Where comprehensive schools are large, as in or Uverpool, problems abound. This is nol necessarily true where institutions are small or medium and thereby manageable, In addition, British educational psychol- ogy and methodology have changed radically. The application of classroom individualism disturbs many parents. Stu- dents are happier, hut parents are not. School becomes fun, but the Three R's suf- fer, they claim. At Hamogate, Yorkshire, a family moved ,-uvay lo avoid a certain school and others pay S15D a term at a private school rather than use the counly primary one. ft is true that thirds become sus- pect very quickly; that all cannot be pleased; lhat some people deliberately set themselves down to pick a project apart. No one is happier than the I- tolfl-you-so person. There arc quite a few educators hoping to be in this category. Most of them arc headmasters who firmly IxHieve in tradi- tion and the old ways of doing things. These are amply supported by n targe; hody o' older teachers who are unriMr: lo adjust and rope. Tncse twri pillars aro by a rnaxr, of parents who see Ihe schools as a means to climbing a nmf; or two up the social ladder. They may be right loo. In the meantime, problnrns abound. Urit- kh education is far from if. has a long way to go, bill Ihcn, so have all terns. Bennett continues quarrel with Quebec ICTOIUA Premier W. A. C. Bennett, who hiis c.Jled a provincial election for August 30 mid will likely win it, lias inaclo himself the unquestioned master of llriUsh Columbia's provincial politics, Hut his views on federal affairs havo always been shorl-siyhtcd mtd shallow, his feuds with four MKicrasivo prime in i n Istcrs ugly, personal and useful only to him. It is against this hack- ground that his latest venluro into the business of the nation nuist be judged. When lie proposed, in a recent interview, thai the peo- ple of (Juolx'c should decide by referendum whether thy wish- ed to rcninin hi Canada or not, he was obviously flying one of his familiar to lost (ho clui'loru! wind in his own prov- ince before he sc-eks a seventh term of office. If opinion scums favorable to sucli a referen- dum, ami hostile to tlie French Canadian nuumuiuly, Mr. Hcti- nell doubtk'.ss will exploit his proposal in a political cam- paign nlready under way. If it proves unpopular tie will drop il, jtrsl as he .suddenly reversed himself in a constitutional dis- pule witu the federal govern- ment some four years ago. Hut if the people of Canada ;tt largo Imvc no direct interest in his immediate tactics, they aro vitally concerned with Ihe na- lion's future and should under- stand Mr. Bennclt is pro- lie believes that Quebec lias tlie right lo secede from Can- ada niui e.m make llmt decision for itseif at (bo ballot box. Ho also says (hat if (Jucbi'C de- cides lo secede ll would be re- hut by no means falal lo the nation, Canada would slil! survive, he thinks, (hough split in two by mi jiulcpi'mlcal stale on Ihe SI. Lawrence. Tim Canadian version of West juid Pakistan would flourish, even if Ihe original model col- lapsed in war. Ignoring this ;ind other lessons in modern history, Mr. Bennett argues tlial Ha- waii, a remote Pacific island, is a loyal slate of the American Union and therefore that Ihe Maritime provinces would slay in Confederation when Iliey were geographically und eco- nomically separated from H. No Canadian government has even accepted such a simplis- tic assumption. All of Ihem have realized Hint Quebec is an essential organic part of the na- tion and thai its departure would disrupt, if it did not total- ly destroy, the work begun in 1WJ7. Moreover, as Prime Min- ister Trudean has observed, there were two partners in thai bargain and if ii ]s ever re- opened, which he has no rea- son to expect, Ihe English- speaking Canadians inside anil outside Quebec will have rights of decision, loo. In Migtfesling a quick anil ra.sy answer to Canada's oldest 'When are they going to have one over fn Canada problem, Mr. Ilermetl forgols nil this long experience and (he contemporary fact that no referendum whether (bey way, to test the wishes of Uio French Canadians. If they independence (regardless of Us disastrous economic cost) they can vote for the legal separa- tist party in a provincial elec- tion iind for separatist candi- dates in a federal election. On both constitutional and practical grounds the referen- dum llieory is plain and ehtevou.s nonsense. However, it may serve Mr. Dennett's tem- porary convenience by appeal- ing to local prejudice and arousing an anti-French back- lash in liis favor. TJesidcs, any federal government, Liberal or Conservafive, provides a handy whipping boy in a distant, rich and self-centred province, and every government, in the last hundred years has been so used by all British Columbia premiers at election limes. When llic prime minister hap- pens lo be a I'rcnch Canadian, whose popularity has lately fall- en, he makes a perfect target for Premier licnncll. Hut there is more lo it than that. The premier not only con- demns the policies of fed- eral governmcnl, sometimes with .sound reason, hut dctesfs its leader personally and is de- termined lo overthrow him, if he can. For that purpose ho has often urged firitish Colum- bians lo vote for any national candidates, provided they aro not Liberals. Mr. Tnideau, for his part, has grossly bungled his business with Mr. Bennett by calling him a "bigot." and Iho prime minister's temper tantrum was the last straw in breaking the chance of con- structive relations between Ot- tawa and Victoria. A quarrel of men rather than policies Ihns poisons the polili- ran atmosphere in British Col- umbia when it, and the nation, ore facing elections. Meanwhile the public need not count on eny rational discussion of ils paramount cultural problem by Mr. Bennett, who has never understood il and is solely con- cerned with another electoral victory. Thougli he could prob- ably win, and deserves to win U, on his own successful record without raising a divisive Issuo outside his own jurisdiction, ha is taking no chances. His feud with Mr. Trudcau may givo him some extra insurance against Ihe minor risk of de- feat hut il will do little dam- ago to tfie nation's unity so long as Canadians cast of the Rock- ies understand what Mr, Ben- net L !s abou t on I he wcs tern side. Dave Humphreys Unions' actions in Britain edging close to anarchy T ONDON With thousands of dockers, miners, busmen and assorted other workers dcmoastrating instead nf work- ing, Brilain cnmc dangerously close lo industrial anarchy. And lhat would have been a short step away from political tur- moil The general strike, threaten- ed by Ihe Trades Union Coun- cil for this week, would have been a preview only and n dem- onstration of the disruptive power of a mass disaffected work force. Rcf crri rg f o the i mpnssG which the country reached after the jailing of five dockers for contempt, the Yorkshire Post, "The door has wedged open for future anar- chy. Brilain may have to live permanently or. Ihe of pos- sible chaos, while tho disruptive elements search around for rew excuses to undermine Jhi.s country's .stability rmd confid- ence in itself." The disruptive elements corno in various varieties. As sfivurvd thousand dockers and syrnpath- marched through London, Communists and intern ationnl socialists banded out fmti-flov- ernmenl papers. Trntskyitcs some-time's descended on a pub with pcipcrs, "talking up" revo- lution. These rfisruptorfi aro a tiny fraction of work force but (hey work at proprt- ganda, some with almost Fana- tical sinfjlemindedncss. The disrupters may also rnfiriji the er.lire formal Urili.sh Irade union movement, under present leadership. They nro the people who called for a one- day .strike, with rlcrn- on.strations for the release n[ Uio five who worn held for con- torn pi of Ibn Industrial I Stirs Court. Thi.s v.vis (he ominous ileveloprnr-nt. It niifjhl presented a rnns.s of discontent ripo for TictivisVs to exploit, fvfore important, tho unions have oven now ran UK! themselves against. Ihe of Britain's Iwri major parlies for a Tho release of the jailed dockers opens the possibility of solution by nego- tiation, The present industrial mess is merely another chaplcr in Ihe continuing story. Tn 10G9 the governing Labor party was de- feated in its attempt to legis- late over the unions. The prime minister, Harold Wilson, said his government's legislation was "essential to our economic recovery, essential to our brl- ance of payments, essential to full employment essential to the government's continuance ir. office." His reading undoubtedly correct fmcau.se n year later, after giving way lo union oppo- sition, his government de- feated by the Conservatives fifihliiif! on a strong of union reform. Tlie Labor parly bus loft unresolved the (jues- lion of who i.s going to control whom in ils relations v.ith the This is serious be- cause, should the Conservatives be forced into an election, the onfy alternative (govern men t starts from a very weak posi- tion. Mr. Wilson, glossing over the furclamcntnl problem, has con- tended himself with .seeking party advantage, JIow tho government f joint; (o get out. of its mess? ho furiously askwi I'rirnc Minister Heath in (he Commons. The renl quest 1cm now is, how is Uritrrin going to gof out of (bis mrrss Tlifj government nl.so carrie.s some blame. It has taken an nltogdlu-r holicr-lhnn-lhou alti- tude to its rela- tions art. Urea king inlo n whole reiv field, copying in places fmrn foreign experience, il might have approached ils Insk uilli fli'xibilily. SiJgfir.slim! the ncrvl to snvn fare, Mr. Wilson Mr. IleMh's "Ilif! fncc lluil Mop- ped a Ihomrarid ships." When tlio Tones brought forward Hi ei r r r-f or m pr npos all I wo ycrtrs this correspondent Socia fly a nd eronorn i rally they will only irffcclivo iif they achieve Ihcir Mated purpose, Industrial peace and healthier shop relationships, re- storing confidence in liritain fn that, they have failed; and the Tories get low in [irks for tactics. With the Labor pai'ly actively encournging disruption, the government migh' be pushed into an autumn election. Party Chairman Anthony Wcdgv.ood Tienn compared I he jailer! dock- ers to Uio Labor movement martyrs of the Jfllh Century, Millions of Rrilons would re- spect them, Mr. licnn saiil, for they went to jail in conscience: The dockers were jailed for re f ILS in K to heed yn ordor of tho Industrial Court, established by the government's legislation, to slop "blacking" trucks parrying conloincrs on to the docks cau.se they were with non-dock The men re- fmed to recognize the mint lo plead, argue, or in any v.'fiy prescr.1 a cn.se. After for- malities ran out, the court was lefl wil.h no allernalive re- straint. Or v.as 31? Labor rela- tions specialists arc of Uvo minds. Some: argue UK t the of contempt should never have been brought uitn the field. Yd tlu- court itself is accepter! for IMior re- latioas, it must, lo IH: effective, carry all the powers of court, of (lie land. In the politically climnln of P.rilnin's Industrial relations, the way v.'iis opened for martyrs. The court president, Sir John Donaldson recognized (lie risk v.'fien he released Ihe men, not because they bad purged their contempt but Ix'cruisc of tho dangerous con Frontal ion building up. snid lie U i n f i v o v. e rr '-el: i to 1 m martyrs, OIiviorMy, IIP ralrul- release nfjc-r four days was preferable lo continued martyrdom. Crowds of workers cheering oulsido Ifio court alfcr Ihe re- lease were in no dmibl of llirir victory cnn ntso Intrr- as n defeat for th" ruin of law. As men in tho road outside, whose Intimida- tion has prevented national newspapers from publishing for four days, are cheering tlie news. Sir John said in the original contempt decision, "can they pick and choose, relying on ft fie law) for (ho protection of their homes anrl families but rejecting il when, even temporarily, H obstructs Ihcir industrial objectives? It Is a simple if.iiie but vastly im- portant, for our whole way of life is bnsctl upon (lie accep- tance of I he rule of law." The government, faced with inevitable economic problems arising from joining the Com- mon Market, is tempted by such a simple, clear issue. ftivcsn llio opposition's record mid house-keeping, it is Ihe one issue of which llic govern- ment miglil stand lo win, per- haps al n high cost In social n.i well as trial rclalions. Strong arguments ngnlasL an election also Include the Labor party's opposition to Ihe Mar- ket and the government's fail- ure to control inflation and stimulate the eco.iomy. As well, on Ihe day thfi men were released, tho House of supreme court of Iho land, ruled lhat unions arc re- sponsible for the notions of their members. It overturned an Appeal Court ruling relating lo another case of "blacking" where the union refused to-tEike rcF.pnnsibihly and was heavily fined. One aim of the Act has, at long last, been realized. Union leadership is pledged fo obey the law while fighting for repeal. Whether the union is capable of controlling ils members will be Uio ni'xl issue. (Hrrahl London bureau) Looking backward Through (he Hcrnhl C. A. Magrath has been mi rued Irj I he new fuel hfuml, flpnnirilcrl by tho Domin- ion fjovernmt'ril lo have Rcner- nl super vision over tho supply of roal and other fuel through- out, dnarla, Service Garage nno of Iho best known automobile firms, recently moved from their former loca- tion: in Iho old Whitney building lo thfi prc-miscs formerly occu- pied by Miebfirh 1012 fn order that they may receive the equipment for fhuir trfiininj; al Sarccc crimp Calvary, military cadets of HIR ('ol Initial R arc lo fall in at Ihe LCI on Tuesday juorninj! nine: o'clock. 1032 Hector rampaging Miners .scored six runs In the last inn- in yesterday nf- [o knock nvrr Matfralh Kant's 7-4 mid movn into llio Southern Alherta senior bnsc- bal] filial against Ixjlhbridgo Cubs. The Lethbtidge Herald 7lh St. S., Lcthhridgc, Alberta IUmilHtf irrcRALT) TO. LTD., Proprietors anrl Publishers Published by lion. W. A. WiCllANAN Secor.d Clais Man Reghlrallon No. NAmt.rr Ui- CanAJlnn Preii nnd Mve Dairy PuMhhers' and Tfie Audit Bureau nf Clrcufarloni CLEO VJ. MOWERS, Editor THOMAS H. ADAMS, Manager DOM PILLINO WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Editor ROY p V.II.ES K Manager fedironal Paga Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;