Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBSIDGE HERALD Friday, August 13, 1971 Herron Urbanization task force A government study, for in a n y people, lias come lo be synonymous with avoiding coming to grips with issues, it is a good way to spend money, keep people employed, and slock archives. Not much can be ex- pected in Ihe way of solutions. Awareness of this outcome of so many sludies lias led In a new ap- proach liy the Alberta Task Force on Urbanization and the Future. No at- tempt is going to be made to compile a report for submission at the end of the three-year planned life for the task force. Aside from four regional co-ordinators and a few research as- sistants there will be no appointed bodies of people. Initial topics for consideration have been suggested for each region but no limits on what may be pursued is intended. These things are indicative of the unique- ness of this study. The nature of the general topic is such that a different attack has to be taken. Actions on some problems arising in urban development may be advisable as soon as solutions are Where is everybody Parliamentarians have been on Ihe hot seat lalely. They heard the grass roots nimble when they took a hoist in salaries. Then the roots rumbled louder when Maxwell Henderson, the Auditor General pointed out that few members of Parliament have bothered lo make a pay deduclion [or days missed in the Commons. Now along comes a professor from McJIaster University with statistics which indicate that between October and June the average rale of absen- teeism among .AIFs amounted to 38 per cent. Furthermore Professor Ro- man March said, only 62 per cent of the members were present to vote during that period, and 52 of the 264 members were absent for 50 per cent or more of the votes taken. The members of parliament natur- ally have been a little annoyed at these figures and some have accused the professor of a report filled with inaccuracies and "generalizations." There are many good and legitimate reasons why attendance in the Com- mons is haphazard they claim. Ill- ness, work on Commons committees outside Ottawa, visiting the constitu- ency should have been taken inlo ac- count, they insist. The professor has conceded those pouits but maintains thai MPs take too many ''junkets" which are dis- guised as work He gave as an ex- ample the MP for Halton Went- worth Jim Morison, who organized a visit last April to France, along with five other MPs. They spent quite some time on the ski slopes at Val-d'Isere with parliamentarians from nine other nations. Morsion didn't get to go on the trip because he broke his leg, but he de- fended it and stated the MPS spent more time in "deep consultation" over Britain's entry into the Com- mon Market and its effect on Canada than they did on the ski slopes. The professor was unimpressed, and many grass rooters will be also. The lime may have arrived when MPs should be asking themselves, "is this trip Doubless Prof. March's report was inaccurate and far too general. Still the work of Parliament is very ser- ious business indeed and should never be given a low priority by members who hope that when they are absent the votes will go the right way. Prof. .March may not have pro- duced a thorough report but he likely gave the MPs something to think about. Perhaps attendance will im- prove hereafter. A life saver Bouquets are in order to the direc- tors of the City of Lethbridge Com- munity Summer Program and the Al- berta Motor Association who are co- operating in a bicycle riding instruc- tion course for five lo ten year old youngsters. There is no charge for this invaluable service and all par- ents of bicyclists in this age group are urged to take advantage of it. Any motorist who has come to a sharp stop behind a wobbling bi- cycle ridden by an absorbed child who has no conception of the danger around him will be thankful lo hear that something is being done to teach him the safety rules. Parental efforts are often ignored by the small fry, but lessons in the company of friends have the stamp of officialdom, par- ticularly if those who have taken the course are given an award in the form of a small badge or certi- ficate. This course is a life saver and the child whose life may be pre- served by taking it could be yours. Hazardous holidays "IT'S holiday time around Uie office. People are peeling off from the co- fee wagon every day, pockets full of the plastic spoons they'll need for the camp- ing Irip to Lake Coliform. These are Ihe fortnights of freedom from home and desk, the precious that give Mother a chance to fall in love all over again with her electrical appliances, that give Father a chance to find that there are worse holes than the one in his secretary's head, and thai give the kids a chance to hear their parents engaging in those rousing dialogues, rich in vivid phrases, that only the great outdoors makes possible. I'll be taking some holidays myself tliis year, but not yet. I like to get in shape before I step out of my rut and get knock- ed down by a vacation. Holidays are not something you want to rush into. I've seen many people take them before they were ready, without their go- ing away for a couple of weekends to build up .their resistance to camp stoves, bird song and sand in Ihe salad. They come back, but they usually have lo be helped to their desks. We had a fellow conrc back lo work just last Monday, afler n couple of weeks of camping. His right liaml was still pump- ing an Invisible primus stove. When we grabbed his right hand, his left arm started chopping wood. When we held hnlii hands, his feet thrashed out, kicking dirt on a campfire. We hnd la send him lo the first-aid station so he could taper off on insect rcpcllnnt. Another staffer, fellow who works in town and lives in a downtown residential area that gets first crack at the tuiog. went off inlo the country for three weeks. Breathed nolhing but clean, country air. He came back looking great. The only trou- ble is, the minute he takes off the oxygen mask he falls flat on his face. Some vacationers try to get around these hazards by spending their holiday at home, "just loafing and doing the odd job around the place." According to the Dominion Bu- reau of Statistics, last year of Ihem fell off ladders and broke one or more bones as Iheir holiday Ircat. July and Au- giisl arc Ilic peak months for sliding off roofs, bricking yourself up and saw- ing yourself in half. Next lo active service in war Lime, Ihe annual holiday is the most dangerous pe- riod in a man's life. Many men, for instance, meet their fu- ture wives while on their holidays. They get the idea (hot a woman's clothing needs ravolvc around a bikini, and lhat love can live on fresh air and a side order of chips. Only after they have been married for a while do they understand that a two-week holiday at Desperation Point costs a man roughly MjDJm, spread over a lifetime. Tilings arc no heller for the girls wlx> sail off in hopes of a iliipboard romance. The only goodlooking malc.s aboard ship are (ho crew, who arc usually Greek and already engaged to Onassis. Still, we are basically a pioneer nation. The annual holiday is our only opportunity to mninlain (he tradition of coping with hardship and suffering. Hemcmber that, as the fiirl in the office hands you your holiday emergency medi- cal kit, and you'll come home ,-i teller person. (Vancouver Province Features) Inevitable step in Northern Ireland seen rather than waiting until reports are written and submitted lo an un- certain government fate. Coming to grips with these problems may best be done by citizens who have be- come aroused by them, in contrast to appointees who mighi be dispassion- ate and disinterested. The suggested topic for intial study might not find a response in the region where it has been suggested. Urbanization has been taking place at such a rate that the quality of life may be threatened. Already some cities in the world appear lo be over- crowded and their facilities over- taxed lo tlie point where existence has become ugly, brutal and oppres- sive. It is vitally important that urban centres be kept under scrutiny and directions be taken that give hope of avoiding some of the worst mistakes that could be made. The intention behind the Alberta task force is admirable. The flexible approach to its work is commend- able. The outcome of it all is un- predictable. It has our best wishes. I-JEFOIUi D r i a n Faulkner, the piime minister of Northern Ireland signed Uie internment order thai went into force the other (lay, fight- ing had broken out again in a particularly vicious way. Brian Faulkner is an Orange- man, lie is not a landed Irishman as Terence O'Neill and Major Chiehester-Clark were. IJc is of what used lo be called the mercantile class- es. He was at one lime opposed lo Terence O'Neill and made furtive attempts to depose him when he was prime minister. Hij allempls were based on op- position to Mr. O'Neill's liberal- ism and reformisl policies, In time Prime Minister Faulkner seems to have come lo see Ihal Mr. O'Neill was right and that if he had been given the support lie deserved, Ihe worsl of whal has now hap- pened might nol have taken place. Mi'. O'Neill reforms have gone forward. But the situation has grown progres- sively worse, and where once the Northern government could have been rightly faulted for whal it had done and had nol done, Ihe faull now lies sub- stantially elsewhere. The situalion now is that for almost a year the Protes- tant majority has held ilself in check with what is unbe- lievable restraint The Ulster Volunteers a sorl of Protes- tant IDA has been sealed off into ineffectualness and the majority has trusted to the po- lice and the army to maintain order. They have not been able to do so because both forces have been fighting with Iheir hands tied. II is impossible for peace forces to maintain order while they must adhere to laws designed to deal only wilh mi- nor breaches of the peace and- non-lelhal criminality, wlu'le Ihe lawbreakers fight an open war wilh arms and Ihe cover of a section of Ihe community. Sooner or laler the Northern prime minister was bound to give the police and army the freedom lo cope wilh civil dis- order without having to fight gun bailies in Ihe strecls. Thai is what he has done. The intern- mcnl order gives the peace forces the power to inlern with- out trial, all those known or believed to be involved in the present disorders. Already the abuse is fall- ing on the prime minister's head. The prime minister of the Irish Republic has called it "evidence of Die jwverfy of the Norlhein government's pol- icies." In a way he can be un- derstood, lie is silting on his own powtlcr keg and must make gestures though he knuws very well what problems Mr. Faulkner faces. Indeed, he passed similar legislation him- self only last year and threat- ened to use it, so his remarks can be taken as tactical rather than critical. But the situation as it now stands has lo be understood. There are two branches of Ihc Irish Republican Army so-called Ihe illegal organi- zation that has done most of the killing and all of the bomb- ing in Ihe Norlli. Neither of these branches which were killing one another recently and now live under an uneasy trace wants the reform pro- gram to go forward. One of them Ihe so-called Provi- sionals, receives funds from the United States and the funds depend on the evidence of ac- tivity provided by killings and effective bombings. This body wants chaos Out of chaos something of what it hopes to achieve may come. What thai is depends on which branch you lalk to one is sectarian in the reli- gious sense; the other, the one favored by Bernadetle Devlin, is ideological in a poli- tical sense, and favors left- wing socialist and republican solution not just to the troubles of the North but for the politi- cal future of the whole country. The support of the IRA now stems from passion aroused by years of demon- strations, propaganda, shoot- ing and counter-shooting lhat have made more and more people on both sides as ir- reconcilable as they appeared to be ]5 years ago, and 50 years ago. There is no longer reason in it. It is unrea- soning anger, often at myths that never were or at facts lhat have since been corrected or are being corrected, and the Letter to the editor Government not Intent on destroying Parliament My attenlion has been drawn lo a recent (July 13) column by Bruce Hutchison which appear- ed in your newspaper under the title "Parliament undergoing gradual change." The article laments the de- cline of Parliament which, the author contends, results from Uie efforts of the present prime minister lo change in a basic way the whole governing system of Canada. Parliament, says Mr. Hutchison, is the first victim of this alleged change. he hopefully con- cluded that, in spite of govern- ment indifference, obituaries for the institution may be pre- mature. As one who has liad the op- portunity to watch Parliament operate on a daily basis during Uie past Ihree years, I can op.ly be encouraged llial at least Mr. Hutchison has not given up hope. However. I should like to suggest respectfully that he has become a bil of a pessimist.. Parliament may not function in the same manner as it did years ago, but surely Mr. Hut- chison would be the last In sug- gest lhat revisions in them- selves are suspect and damag- ing. .Since tire present government was elected in Parliament has undergone substantial changes. They have nnl hcpn changes in Ihe "whole govern- ing system." They have been changes designed lo make the presen1 system, 1.1m institution of Parliament and its individu- al elected meinhci-s iMttor pre- pared lo respond lo rapidly in- creasing legislative demands. During the hectic years of minority governments in Ihc sixties it was evident Ihal the procedural machinery of Ihe House of Commons was less and nble to moot, these de- mands. Considerable study wag made by representatives of all parties to determine what re- form measures might be insti- tuted to improve the silualion and, at the same time, protect the traditional rights of both government and opposition. Up to the election of J963 there was no agreement as to specific reforms bul there was widespread agreement thai re- forms were necessary. In the first session of this Parliament the government introduced a number of changes. For the first time a minister was appointed to operate full time as government house lead- er, ralher than performing this functio in addition to anolher cabinel job. Therefore, a senior minister is now free to devote his entire activily towards or- ganizing Uie business of Parlia- ment in a realistic manner in consultation with his opposition colleagues. In the current ses- sion of Parliament this level of consullalion and co-operation has achieved results that are recognized by all parlies. Another innovalion was a sig- nificant expansion of parlia- mentary committees allowing them to examine thoroughly all estimates and legislation with Ilic exception of tax bills. This increased reliance on the com- inillec system permits individ- ual members In havn a premier opportunity lo policy and work Inwards change ns So They Say He's nol responsible for what he's saying. He's emotionally upset. The poor man has liccn under a lot of pressure. York Gov. Nelson Hnckcfellcr on criticisms of the ilalc legislature by Mayor -'ohn Lindsay of Now York City. was evident in the results of studies on Arctic sovereignly and tax reforms. In addilion, channeling consideration of leg- islation at various stages throughout the parliamentary system had helped to reduce bottlenecks in the House of Commons itself. This does not mean that debale ilself is re- duced. In changing Ihe rules of Par- liament, the government also moved lo slrenglhen the posi- tion of Speaker of the House of Commons. His power has been considerably increased by the abolition of all appeals against his rulings and the present in- cumbent further maintains his impartiality by silling as an in- dcpendcnl. Finally, Ihc growing complcx- ily of parliamenlary business has been recognized by Uie government in its decision lo provide annual grants lo each political party for the purpose ol increasing its staff and re- search capabilities. These revisions and there arc others have been direct- ed by a pri..ie minister who has a personal commilmenl lo maximum possible attendance in the House of Commons for (he daily question period. Jfis attendance lo dale during Ihis important period is excellent. In order lo avoid absences hi'oauv? of couflicls of connnil- nieuls, the prime minister c.s- lahlished a rosier system which guarantees tlir. presence of every department at ques- tion period three days out of each five to be represented either by a minister, on acting minister or the parliamentary secretary. He has made n point of giving his policy statements in Piirliaiucnl, a procedure which has licon followed in most cases by his cabinet col- leagues. I merely wish lo point out these facts as an illustralion lhat they do not seem to me to indicate a government which is intent on destroying Parlia- ment. On Ihe contrary, Ihey are Ihc aclions of a govern- ment vliich was given a major- ity mandate by the Canadian voters to get doira lo work. It would seem natural that part of lhat mandate might include improving the efficiency of Parliament. BARNETT J. DANSON Parliamenlary Secretary lo Ihe Prime Minister. Ottawa. Looking Through the Herald Mary Irene Pariby of Lacomlje, minister wilhoul portfolio is the first woman to serve in the Alberta cabinet. She was first president of the United Farm Women of Alberta. Increases of 50 per cent in wheat exports from Canada is recorded by the Do- minion Bureau of Slatislics. A total of bushels this year compares to bushels last year this lime. 1911 Moving lo check the spread of infantile paralysis in professional politicians on the minority side have nol helped by al firsl acccpling and Ihen refusing tlic chairmanships of pailiamenlary committees set up lo plan or execute the re- form program. When gunmen sil behind you and have DO scruples, it is nol easy lo work with "Ihc enemy" even Ihough his objectives have now be- come your own. So Mr. Faulkner has taken Ihc siep that had become in- evitable. Tlte police and the army are arresting and pul- ling in prison men who have been known lor years, and who in the- past two years have operated openly, as the military leaders of private armies. When the storm breaks around Mr. Faulkner, little re- gard will he paid to the fact Ihal Ihis method has always worked in Ulster in bring- ing Ihc killing to an end. There will be lamenlalion from all quarters about "men languish- ing hi jail wihout Irial." II will be ignored in the lamentalions that these men lalk freely lo Ihc press about their activities, wave coverage lor them, ad- mit that without coverage they would be ineffectual, and name Ihe killings and bombings for which they expecl "credil." What is Mr. Faulkner to do? Allow the killings to go on? Allow these men lo prevent the Calholic population from giv- ing the reform program a chance to work? Or is it his public duty to ensure a climate in which ordinary men may ex- e-i dse their minds instead of one in which gunmen exercise their marksmanship? Pressure from the ill-informed and "lib- eral" in England may cost him his job as it did Mr. O'Neill and Major Chichesler-Clark, bul the point bad been reached where he had no reasonable al- ternative. Nearly 200 3'ears ago the alternative was almost identi- cal. Political murders and riols were the order of Ihe day and General Lake called out troops. The Earl of Clare al- Icnipled to restore order and came to his own political de- struction. The comments of Sir James Prior, writing at that lime 17B7 have greal rele- vance for Ihe dilemma faced now by Brian Faulkner. He vrotc: "Slates men prepared as ihey best could lo meet those terri-ble emergencies where passions of the most violent and painful nature are evolved, and where in war among breth- ren success is little less painful than defeat. "Nothing within Ihe range of public duly can so much try the capacity ol rulers as the judicious suppression of domes- tic rebellion. Foreign enemies may be met, foiled and dis- posed of. But with our country- men, our townsmen, even our acquaintance, in arms against authority, we scarcely know how lo deal. Our wisdom and humanity are equally at slake; our decision judgment, discre- lion, put upon Ihe slretch lo draw Uie line belween what is just and whal is vindictive, be- tween mercy and resentment; to subdue, but not wholly de- stroy; to punish the leader rather than the follower; to save the loyal from the trai- tor, properly from the plun- derer, life from the murderer, age and infancy from the ruf- fian all these, exercised wilh Ihe of a good man, >el Ihe firmness of a wise one, fdi m one of Uie severest tests of human capacity. And who is IIP may pass through such an ordeal, and wholly escape censure? Who. if he errs a little on one side or on the other, is nol entitled lo be considerately judged'" (Herald Special Service) backward I h c province, the Alberta Board of llcallh today issued an order banning children 17 years of age and under from all places of public assembly until further notice. 1951 Farmers of Vancou- ver Island and Uie Fraser River valley facing a Olio crop loss due lo Iwo-monlhs of drought, have pclitioned the federal government for imme- diate aid. officials predict Canada's longest standing niounlainoivs slock of whcal will he cul by half or more in tlie next .six nionlhs. Tlic Lethbridge Herald SM ?th St. S., LGthnririfie, Alberta LETJIBRIDGE HERALD CO, LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon, W. A. BUCHANAN Second Mall RwjMrnllon No. 0017 Member of The Canadian Press and tho Canadian Dally Ncwspsnfr Publishers' Association nnd Ihn Audit Bureau of Clrculntloni CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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