Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 16, 1974 Responsible decision That Mr. Robert Stanfield has acted responsibly in announcing his intention to retain the leadership of the Conservative party for a period up to two years will be disputed by very few. Those who wanted him to resign immediately are obviously a distinct minority. For Mr. Stanfield to have resigned would not have made much sense. It would have left the Opposition in the House without an official spokesman and the party without anyone around whom to gather force. The Conservatives could easily lose effectiveness in such a state. A period of time is required for the aspirants for the leadership position to emerge and gain support. While this process is taking place Mr. Stanfield has given assurance that he will remain at the helm and hold the ship on course. Political conventions do not necessarily produce leaders who unite their parties. The Conservatives could emerge from theirs, when it is held, with some wounds and divisions. Mr. Stanfield has given additional assurance that he will not contribute to any such difficulties for his successor by stating his intention not to sit in Parliament after he turns over the reins. When Mr. Stanfield wryly observed that it would take the country some time to get accustomed to his absence after he leaves the political scene he really was close to the truth. He has won widespread respect during his years as leader of the Conservative party and will be genuinely missed. Power lines in the 'Pass The decision of the Energy Resources Conservation Board to route the Calgary Power B.C. Hydro connecting line north of the Crowsnest Pass area establishes an alarming, if minor, precedent and raises some unanswered questions. One of the reasons given for selecting the northern route is that it will not be as visible from Highway 3 as the route proposed by Calgary Power which would have used the 'Pass corridor. Does this mean that land within sight of a highway is to be protected and that land which can't be seen from a highway matters less? This is an alarming precedent to be established by a provincial board. And in this case it seems ridiculous. FYom Highway 3 one can already see a sulphur extracting operation, a coal cleaning plant, a railroad, other utility lines, other industries and some empty main street stores. Is this the view that is being protected? How will this argument hold up when the highway is rerouted? And how does it hold up now beside the energy board's comment that future industrial development in the 'Pass will likely be north of the river and therefore closer to the main transmission line? Since future industries will also want to locate near the railroad or the highway what will protect the traveller from the sight of these developments? And to get down to the basic question, which is seldom asked, why shouldn't he see them since he daily enjoys the benefits of living in an industrial society? It is a fallacious bit of reasoning but one common to many planners that industrial development is unsightly. It is not the development which is unsightly but the carelessness with which it is often imposed on the landscape. And the farther removed it is from sight, the more careless it is apt to be. The floor of the "Pass is already a service corridor. While it is understandable that those who live there would not willingly clutter it up with more service lines, it does not seem esthetically proper to remake yet another part of the landscape for another power line. This is particularly so when it is planned along the lower slopes of Crowsnest Mountain, surely the single outstanding geomorphological feature of the whole area. More unanswered questions arise from the comparison of costs of the route proposed by Calgary Power and the route assigned by the ERCB. The ERCB gave as one of its reasons for picking the northern route the fact that this was less expensive to build and to maintain. If this is true, what justification did Calgary Power use in picking a more expensive route? Were they more concerned about comparative environmental damage? But the ERCB says the northern route also disturbs the flora less and causes less physical damage. The arguments set forth by the ERCB for the alternate route may seem to make the Calgary Power planners look simple minded. To be quite frank, this is not really an acceptable conclusion. It is hard to believe that the power company would have picked as its number one choice of routes one which was both more expensive and more environmentally damaging than the one they have been given. However, it is equally unlikely that they will protest the decision. After all, it is the province and its agencies, not the power company, which are entrusted with protecting the environment on behalf of the people and if they are satisfied, the company is apt to be. ERIC NICOL Quest for an honest man Mr. Diogenes, a neighbor of mine who is a bit of a philosopher and lives in a tub, was cleaning his lamp when I dropped by. "How was your trip to Washington, I asked. "I should never have gone there for the replied Diogenes, scraping a large clot of mud from his lamp. "Conditions were terrible." "The wrong place to pursue your search for an honest man." "Visibility zero. Couldn't see a clean hand in front of my face." "Why would you choose the U.S. capital when looking for a man of "I enjoy a challenge. Last summer I went to Ottawa. Pretty blah." "Canada can't hack it with major-league "I knew that if I could find an honest man in Washington, I could find one anywhere in the world. There would be hope for humanity." "It didn't work out that way." "No. The first night I set forth with my lamp, I got mugged. They stole my wick." "What would they want with a "Down there they'll smoke anything. The second night, I met a person who said he was an aide of Richard Nixon. He offered me if I would say that I'd found an honest man at the White House. "Where at the White "Preferably indoors, but he'd settle for a gardener. I had to turn him down, of course, not only because I am incorruptible but because inflation has eroded the value of Diogenes paused to pick snippets of tape recording from between his bare toes. I said: "Tell me, Diogenes, why do you persist in this fruitless quest for an honest man? Surely after more than two thousand years of prospecting it is plain that the pure gem of truth does not exist in human kind." "I've been tempted to abandon the hunt, he nodded. "Especially after General Power Corporation offered to sponsor my road trips if I used their batteries in my lamp. But if I give up looking for an honest man, who will take over the work? It's the kind of job that nobody wants when it's easier to go on welfare." "Have you ever thought of changing your hunt to look for an honest "Yes, but I'd need a larger lamp." "Sometimes I gazed at my fingernails "sometimes the object of one's travels is to be found close at hand. The honest man you seek may be as near as The glass in the lamp shattered. "Now see what you've said Diogenes, crossly. "That's the first glass that's broken since I visited Madison Avenue. I'll have to ask you to stand back. You may crack my tub." "May I tell my readers what will be your next area of search for an honest "Insurance he said. "Because honesty is the best Diogenes threw the remains of his lamp at me. Honest. Worst problem By Doug Walker Elspeth and I defected from the United Church one Sunday in July and went to the Baptist Church. I was afraid the minister, Keith Churchill, thought we really had defected. He had a piece of paper in his hand and looked like he was ready to write our names on a prospec- tive list. But it turned out that he was simply prepared to note down the problems people had no doubt remembering the words of an old divine, "be kind, everyone you meet is bearing some kind of burden." We told him he could put his paper away because we don't have too many problems. The worst problem in our home is that of child abuse the kind where the kids give their parents a bad time. Mr. Churchill doesn't know about that sort of thing yet. 'Nanny" Stanfield acts decisively By Maurice Western, Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA Robert Stanfield acted decisively on Wednesday to ensure that the Conservative party in the 1970s will not be wracked, as it was in the 60s, by a civil war over the leadership. His straight-forward state- ment to caucus was in harmony with his patient efforts over the years to restore unity to a divided party. If it left some questions unanswered, the simple explanation is that they are not answerable in present circumstances. There was always something ludicrous about allegations that Mr. Stanfield was personally "power hungry." He had too much good sense and self- disparaging humor ever to regard himself as the indispensable man. When the time came, he needed no help from anyone in reading the handwriting on the wall. Being Stanfield, he also made some quips about it to newsmen in what was otherwise a very serious press conference. Having read the message, his own inclination was to step down immediately. But the Conservatives are in a dilemma. If they require a new leader for an election in 1978, they have a much more immediate requirement for the old leader in Parliament in 1974. Some of them in fact may be more pro-Stanfield than Robert Stanfield but in this they are not to be encouraged; they are to face realities, not pursue illusions. This time there will be no "loyalists" and "rebels" because, by the will of the leader, there is going to be a vacancy at the top. Mr. Stanfield's first point was that he will not lead the party in another election and will not stand again for the House of Commons. Presumably he does not wish to run the risk of em- barrassing, (by his con- tinued a new Conservative leader. That such a risk exists, he knows from experience. Various statements of John Diefenbaker have been interpreted from time to time as indications of dissatisfaction with the Stanfield leadership. But there is the immediate problem to be faced. Mr. Stanfield will continue as in- terim leader on his own condi- seem also to coincide with the best interests of his party and have been accepted by caucus. The first, (already is that his decision about retirement be accepted. The second is that the timing of his resignation be left to his own judgment, after due consultation with colleagues and party officials. Finally, Mr. Stanfield will not commit himself to any fixed period of interim leadership but will remain only as long as he retains the confidence of caucus; a condition necessary if the party is to be an effective force in the House of Commons. Various hypothetical ques- tions arise. What happens if some unexpected crisis precipitates another election before a new leader is chosen? Mr. Stanfield's common sense answer is that he cannot read the future. An assumption must be made and his position is based on the assumption that the Trudeau Government, possessing a majority, will remain in office for a normal four year period. What constitutes confidence? In Parliament the test is majority vote. But within a political party, matters are not so simple. A party leader can tolerate one or two dissidents; the more easily, perhaps, if they have established reputations as "mavericks" in the country generally. But his leadership is in peril if he is opposed by a substantial minority for in such a case the party is constantly embarrassed in Parliament and discounted by the nation's voters as a governmental possibility. Mr. Stanfield will stay on only if he enjoys the broad support of caucus. He plainly has no intention of presiding over a party of quarrelling factions. At the same time he is well aware that he is opposed now by a few members, of whom Jack Hor- ner is the most outspoken. He conceded frankly that the en- dorsation of Wednesday was not unanimous. It is Mr. Stanfield's position, however, that so long as the caucus generally is with him, he will not allow his hand to be forced by one or two dissidents. As to the timing of a con- vention, Mr Stanfield expressed no opinion. Depending on circumstances, it might be advantageous to hold one at an early or a later date; so little time has passed since the election that the matter has yet to be seriously discussed by the party. There was perhaps an indication (although this is speculative) in a reminder to reporters that the constitution provides for a leadership review at an annual meeting to be held before the end of March 1976. Presumably a caretaker leader, acting out of a sense of duty, would not care to look much beyond a date fairly close to the half way mark in the 30th Parliament. Mr. Stanfield was clear on one other point. In returning power to the party, he will make no attempt to influence its choice of a successor. He was careful, in fact, to avoid even general statements which could be construed to indicate a personal preference. It is now for the party to search out a leader with national appeal. Mr. Stanfield's last service, in the role of caretaker, is to afford it the necessary time in which to pursue that very important task, while continuing to dis- charge its responsibilities as a vigilant Opposition in Parlia- ment. THE CASSEROLE Speaking of the economic situation in Italy recently. Signer Giovanni Agnelli. Chairman of the Board of Fiat, said, "The situation is so grave that we cannot spare any effort to save ourselves. Everyone must work, including labor." mechanical problems. It takes some rather sophisticated machinery to properly emulsify the mixture, so it may be a while before the average motorist will be able to lower his gas bill by pouring the odd bucket of water into his fuel tank. Whatever else may be said about the recent energy crisis, it certainly stimulated research into ways and means of reducing waste. Thermal experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have demonstrated that proper insulation and more efficient motors can cut consumption of electricity by refrigerators in half. That's a significant saving, when it is considered there are about 75 million refrigerators in use on this con- tinent. Since last November some trucks at the University of Oklahoma have been operating on a mixture of gasoline and water, with better mileage, less pollution, and no special Crusades don't always bring out the best in their supporters. Leaders in the battle for a I constitutional amendment to give U.S. women equal rights are becoming impatient at the slow progress of their campaign. Now they're telling their followers to "get rid of idealogical hang-ups." and to stop worrying about changing opposing legislators' minds, and concentrate on getting them to change their votes. It may say something about "the system" to observe that those who want to change things are often accused of acting politically, or with political motives, a charge that's rarely made against those who want things to stay the same. Letters Misrepresented hotel As an employee of the Prince of Wales Hotel for the past two summers, and as this year's front desk manager, I very much object to The Herald story (August 13th) on this hotel. By his focus on the contentions of Mr. Perks, the writer has seriously misrepresented and mis- stated several aspects of hotel policy. Any person calling from a location in Canada, and wishing to make a reservation here is asked to give us the relevant information. We ourselves phone our reservations department in Glacier Park, then phone back the reservation to the caller. The guest is not asked to make any calls other than the original one to the Prince of Wales. Likewise, when someone comes to the desk wishing to stay here in the future, we place, and pay for. the call. The prices on our brochures represent American currency for the hotels in Glacier Park. Canadian currency for the Prince of Wales. We charge our guests and keep our books in terms of Canadian dollars, not U.S. dollars. When we do accept U.S. currency, it is discounted and converted to Canadian funds. It is not true that our "Canadian guests play second fiddle to Americans on package nor are all of our package tours American. We have a major Canadian tour coming through two nights a week In any case there is certainly no differentiation between any nationalities on the part of the staff. The implication that there is one is a ridiculous and uninformed accusation. The suggestion that the interior of the hotel is "shabby" or "ordinary" is disproven by everyone who walks into the hotel. The lobby especially is beautiful, elegantly-decorated, and well cared for. It is much photographed by tourists, and we receive many complimentary remarks and letters from our guests and visitors. The condition of the hotel is especially admirable when it is considered that we are open barely 2'a months per year, and that we operate with seasonal help. Anyone familiar with the extreme weather conditions in the Waterton Lakes valley will also realize how well the structure has weathered since its construction in 1927. In the various articles on the hotel, both in The Herald and other papers, the authors have thus far failed to point out the fact that we have an exclusively Canadian staff. Most of us are university students; some of us. especially those in positions of public contact, are bilingual. We may work for an American corporation, as do so many others in Canada, but we are working in a Canadian hotel, in a Canadian national park. I would like to extend a cordial invitation to all Canadians, including Mr. Scarth and Mr. Perks, to come down to Waterton and visit the Prince of Wales Hotel. We ask for support and patronage rather than for criticism from afar. KATHERINE BEATY Waterton Lakes Park Local nomination day September 18 is nomination day for local elections. Canadians are fortunate to have elections by secret ballot. Any adult resident of Lethbridge can run for office, there is no fee. and nomination forms can be picked up at City Hall. Local aldermen have worked hard and tried to make Lethbridge a good place for all of us. One of the best things they have done is hold occasional open sessions with the general public to receive beefs and bouquets about anything from anybody. Such meetings are the essence of democratic life. However, there are people who feel they could do a better job on council than some of our present aldermen. Nomina- tion day is the time for them to offer their services. Local school boards badly need new blood. Teacher morale is low, salaries and working conditions are among the worst in the province, and upcoming salary negotiations will be bitter and long. The public school board conducts its business in an atmosphere of furtive secrecy. A pilot project on Objective Based Education carried out at a local elementary school was a disastrous failure. Yet, teachers associated with the catastrophe were promoted, the financial cost is hidden in the accounts, and students are left to carry the scars of the failure. Trustees are now trying to force the project on all schools. We need interested citizens and retired teachers who know the system to serve on our school boards and clean out the educational stables. Whatever your interest, council or school board, exercise your democratic right to run for office and on election day. get out and vote LOCAL CITIZEN Lethbridge Poor identification The photographer of the whitetail buck in The Herald Aug. 12 could benefit from a course in game identification. The picture is excellent, but the buck is obviously a mule deer and not a whitetail. Whitetail antlers consist of a single main beam from which the individual tines project, whereas on mule bucks, the main beam itself divides into branches. A whitetail's tail is grey above, whereas the mule deer's tail is white with a black tip. While on the subject of errors, let me point out that I was disappointed with the headline, Blast destroys Calgary cop car. I realize that some people refer to colored people as niggers and to peace officers as pigs or cops, but I do not applaud The Herald's choice of words. Peace officers are policemen and the car which was destroyed was a police car, not a cop car. NIELS E. KLOPPENBORG Lethbridge Disrespectful headline I take issue with the tront page headline in The Herald, Blast destroys Calgary cop car, (Aug. Room wasn't even an excuse not to refer to peace officers as police, and the press should lead in helping the public to respect these men who risk their lives for our protection. This incident could easily have resulted in several fatalities. A READER Magrath The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Lethbridge. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E BARNETT Business Manager "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"