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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta For some Ugandans Canada no paradise Madatall Bardal flashes a ready smile behind the counter of his East Indian grocery store in Toronto. is very good here In Canada. so easy to make he three years I will be a Mir. Bardai had the same kind of store before in Kam- Cheryl of the Canadian Press Uganda. He employed 35 he and he worked eight hours a day. He lived in a new home and he drove to work in one of his seven cars. the 35-year-old father of two runs his small Toronto store with the help of his Shamin. they work 16 hours a living in a rented apartment above. those 16 hours are many times more happy than those eight in he says. The Bardais are among the Asians who arrived last fall after their expulsion from Uganda by President Idi Amin. They are among the happier what Immigration officials like to describe as one huge success. Of the who arrived look- ing for fewer than 400 are said to be still jobless. For that Canada has not been a bright new life. Take Pyarali a Kampala retailer who has hunted fruitlessly for work in Toronto since his arrival. him either very early in the morning or late at cautions a friend. looks for jobs all He arrived penniless last au- forced to leave his capi- tal behind. at he was preparing for another day's job-hunting. His wife had been working for four days and his since last November -with an insurance company. The eldest of was to go to don't like her to work. I want her to go back to school- she was in Grade 12 in Uganda. For Mr. initial op- timism has diminished and he wonders. think it is because of my you There are store signs seek- ing workers sometimes but I ask the manager about that he are no jobs here.' New York Timei Service MUNICH In the country of Willy Brandt and warming east west there is ne important section that jn't want to go the ate government there so trongly distrusted the treaty establishing relations between ast and west Germany that it .ook it to the courts to make tire it would not be interpret- id as sealing the division of the Id Reich. an independent king- experence And he has been told repeat- edly he needs Canadian exper- ience. Government officials agree that is a common roadblock for Asians seeking jobs. Says a catch-all the great cop-out when some potential employer doesn't like the look of some- and it doesn't violate the Human RigMs the over-all economic absorption rate has been high. The Ugandans themselves have helped ensure that. Ugandan Asians have been very good Freda Hawkins says. Dr. Haw- kins was one of two national coordinators overseeing the entire movement of the expell- ed Asians. She is a senior im- migration consultant with the secretary at state. polite and friendly. They've settled in with a minimum of complaint and a willingness to take va- rious kinds of employment and get started. very obvious that this is a community with a lot of Many even those with Ugandan citizenship who were officially entitled to stay foresaw the expulsion and made arrangements to get some of their wealth out of the country. Madat began looking for a business as soon as he arrived in Toronto last fall with his wife and their 15- months-old daughter. He formed a partnership with another Umed and a Canadian and set up an importing business sim- ilar to the one he ran in Kam- pala. vast majority of these people are business says Dave Ashby of director at the Ontario Wel- come House. was the major factor which led to their expulsion from wasn't They practically owned the The influx of experienced people will be good for the Mr. Ashby said. make good no doubt about The rush of Ugandans in the fall has slowed to a trickle. many of the newcomers are considering sponsoring other members of their fami- lies who are in Britain or transit camps in Europe. Manisha Vyas is looking for- ward to a family reunion in Canada. A immacu- lately groomed Manisha was the only member of her family holding a British passport. She watched the rest of the family shipped off to ref- ugee camps in Europe and then boarded a plane alone for Can- ada. A former Manisha now works as a clerk in the accounts branch of an Ottawa department store. She has sponsored the family's entry into and they are set- tled in London. Manisha met her Rosemin on one of the 31 chartered planes the government used to bring the Asians here. They decided to come to where Rose- min works as a keypunch op- erator in a data centre. The government spent close to million on the movement and settlement of the Ugan- By far the largest ex- pense was the chartered flight from Kampala. Other costs were inland transportation from the special reception cen- tre at Longue to other hotel accommo- dation and living expenses while the Ugandans looked for housing and jobs. Set up committee Included in the over-all cost was the the government spent on 11 welcoming commit- tees set up across the country to assist the newcomers dur- ing the first six months. Funds for the centres also came from provincial governments and voluntary agencies. The Ugandaris have gen- erally become well establish- ed here in a short time. But for the move to Canada represents a long step down the economic ladder a fact tliey accept cheerfully. Mr. Bardai recalled the fam- ily's departure. wife was crying and sobbing. We practically had to carry her onto the plane. She did not want to leave. lived in our new house only two months. I left behind seven brand new cars so many things so much to leave behind. we are happy much A few Ugandans have insist- ed on repaying all expenses in- curred on their ing the charter flight from immigration officials say. The overseas flight was def- initely says Ranjit chief of immigrant and mi- grant settlement in the immi- gration department. The rest is but we're not Toronto got the lion's share of the refugees. More Ugandans actually set- tled in com- pared with Toronto's 805. But most of the Asians who went to Ontario passed through Toronto on their way to small- er centres. Montreal received about a major share of the 700 who settled in Quebec. Two hundred and seventy five set- tied in the Maritimes and slightly more than 600 went to the three Prairie provinces. Bavaria always seems a step behind the times dom until marches to different music from the rat of the county. Its 10.5 million people do not vote the way the rest of the country either. In the state government the ruling party is not Chancellor Brandt's Social but Christian Social personi- fied by the ample Bavarian fi- of its Franz Josef Strauss. aren't always caught up the Strauss said in an interview in his Munich party office recently. I had been right with the times when I was I'd have been a so it isn't all The like are rather defensive about their past and their present and express thein detensiye- ness when they vote. Willy Brandt won a national parlia- mentary majority last but in Bavaria his party actually lost a few votes. This is the land of oompah bands in sau- sage and yodeling. They even talk differently in Bavaria. 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