Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 LETiiBRlDCC- HERALD Tuesday, August 24, 1971 Bruce Hutchison The unions resist I S. labor unions are obdurately ivsKting llic iragu'-pi'ice freeze even IliouLjh Labor SourcUiry Hodgson has said" that Ihe administration would rely on purely voluntary compliance. In oilier words, if strikes arc called, Ihe sjovernineni will not use its pow- ers id order men back to work. Workers currently oul on strike arc aiumuinlly ivuisiiis; lo relnni lo their and leaders of Ihe biggest and mosl powerful unions have been al- most without exception hostile (o the jn'csidenl's atleinpls to call a halt lo inllaiionary increases. (The ex- ceplion is Ihe Lit million member in- dependent Tcamslers L'nion which lias promised support of Ilie new eco- nomic program i The unions accuse Mr. Mxon of lavonni; bie business with lax cuts anil pi'olccliii.'i aqainsl imports which Ihe jircsiclenl believes will stimulate Ihc economy and create employment. Unionists must surely admit that their demands for higher wages have conlrilmled lo Hie inllaiionary spiral and thai union members stand to lose as mucli as Ihe rest ol the people if it is allowed to continue. Now tkat the waKc-pncc freeze has been put into ericd. union members wlio insist on bucking Ihe edicl no mailer what, might weli be asked lo answer one simple question. How is it possible for the economy !o expand if wages rise and prices remain fixed? The answer can only be Ibal it is impos- sible. Preliminary indicLiluiiis are lhat the adminislralion's vilnl message is not gcllin" llivouuh cillicr to the lead- ers or the rank and lile union mem- bership. It's lime it did. If it doesn't Ilie whole purpose of Ihe wage-price freeze will have uone down Ihe drain and Mr. XiMm s chaines of re-clec- lion aloii'4 wdli il. Canada's think tank Canada's proposed institute for Re- search on Public Policy which will probably become incorporated some- lime this fall, is having an auspicious beginning. The federal government will provide the- new iiistiinte with an initial grant of S9JO.OOO and will malch all bopcd-l'or endowments from provincial governments and private with an additional granl of up lo iW millions over Ihc seven years. The institute will be a Canadian version of Ihc prestige ladeii InMilulc in Washinglon U.C. which stresses study id' long- term policies. The man behind the project in Canada, Mr. Ronald Rit- cluc. is an executive of an interna- tional corporation. Imperial Oil. His recommendations will serve as a basis for the "think tank." As a man accustomed to think about prob- lems of world-wide significance, he undoubtedly will be able to attract men of similar slalure to (he re- search mil re. Probably many Canadians will view Ihe "think lank'' as merely a method of keeping royal commissions on something-or-otiHT going non-stop at all times. There are those who have said that what this country needs is not more planning but gelling on with what has been planned previous- ly. They base Ilieir argument, with some juslil'icalion. on many reports, papers and commissions which for reasons lhat are hard to uncover, ul- timately got side-lined. l-Jiil in time of economic uncer- tainty. .-ocial changes occur almost weekly, when one nation is dependent no! only on ils own re- sources bul also the resources of other nations, any instrument which may better be able to cope with the complex problems of government should be an opportunity to do its stuff. As an aid to politicians and others who are involved with public matters, (he new centre should prove a inslrnmcnt indeed. Orpl van flight VOULIA il a y Tans' Sophisticated. Culuirefl. Fashionable. The Arc o f Triumph. Versailles. Moulin Rouge. Tlie painters in the disirict of MoiiUnavle. Ex- olie foods and wines and per- fumes. ay around Ihc u orld from Seoul and we arrived, my friend and I and another acquaintance, swathed in ihrly eyes burning from lack of sleep, shwiMn-s aching from lining chil- dren, and cuddling (linn romclimes Iwn or Ihree a lime. You see. v.e were the escorts assigned lo fake fifleen Korean or- phans lo liicir new homes in France, It ivas as thrilling an experience as it was exhausting. IL was as rewarding as it was demanding. The whole Hung sianed a couple of months ago v.hen Rila said. "For a lark let's apply in the Holt Adoption Program and see if they'll need any extra escorts for orphans going 10 Europe this summer." We had no specific summer plans, and why not Europe when Ihc transporlalion aspect was taken care of'.' For weeks we heard nothing. Our jrjnds mulled over alternative holiday plans. We were hesitant lo even lei ourselves think about lhc possibililics. "Hello. This is Jean Alman at Halt's We a flight scheduled for Paris, July WcuM you be interested Ten !o rcl ready. Ten davs lo let Ilie sink in nut ]nst Paris. London the Lorn re, Buckingham Palace but thirty hours with fifteen children in- fanls. preschoolers. They didn't speak any English. We'd seen harassed parents on other flights with only one or two of their onu. The immensity of (he assign- ment dwarfed us. "Could you be present lo meet your children and get a briefing next Tuedav? One p.m." The "yes" stuck in Ihe bottom of my throat. It was still there on Tllcday when I saw Hum: four on hollies, a couple o! six-year olds, and the rest ranging some- where between. The day was frightfully warm. Some o! them were afraid. Others tirud. Others resigned lo whatever might be (heir fate. Soon-Ok came li; me right away. She laughed and gurgled, and reassured me. I reached another hand out lo encourage Mi- Hyun. one of (lie older children. She just stood there, never blinking her eyes, JK-UT hclraying a Ihouphl. My measure was being lakfii. I fell very small. home- one set on my lap. Her head was damp with perspiration. Sobs came came from deep wilhin her broken- hearted sobs. There seomecf nothing we could (In lo Ihcm. The oilier cacurU were as uncertain as 1. Only cue Ihoiighl remained. Somehow those thirty hours pass. Ol'iers had survived. SuicK we, too, would return to tell our talcs. By Ihe lime Hull aulhurifies left us at Ihc "emigration'1 barrier at Kimpo .Ajj-- porl. Ihere was no lime tor questioning. A couple of homeward bound American sol- diers picked up a child ill each arm. and oul ID Ihe plane. I checked nn inii.se one la.it lo make sure I had all Ihc passporls. The first, two hours Seoul to Tokyo was a dry run. (Don't take me too li- terally') II gave us a chance to develop a .-y-tem. Everyone had lo he belted in like it cr not. "Xot too much rich food." one veteran warned, "or you'll have upset stomachs." Bottles, disposable diapers. A broken heart. "That's right little one. com- fort him.'1 The children had become brolh- era and sisters. Their strength lay in this bond ot umly. Two of the four hours in Tokyo were hours of iT.spke. Air-Jine babysitters took our rc'spousibhty while we went to the dining room fur dinner. Tfen Ihij Ijig hup twenty-Tour hours lo Paris refueling stops in Anchorage and Hamburg. Twenty-four hours of water- ing an'i Inilclirg and sctlling, and rcsct- tlir.g them MHO (lie scats. Twenty-four lunirs rl grir.sing lo know and love each chilli as an individuM. Twenly-four hours of we were all they had al Die [ireseni moment. Twenty-four hours ol all thc.se things and two minutes of sleep Ry Ihe lime we reached Orly Airporl, on the Odlskirls cf Paris, we were as pro- tective as bears. They were ours. They needed us Yes, and in our ex- haustion we needed them. We'd come through together. 'file nev, parents count hardly wait lo scoop ihi-ir new- sons and daughters up in (heir aims, caress and cuddle Ihem. We rc.sirainrd Our work was ended. But it. shall he years Ihc re.-l of our live.-, beiore we forget Ihc liny hand daspcri in ours: Ihe lidlc fellow so ptoiid of his new Klmi-s he'd ralher contend with the blisters linn Ihink cf removing Ihem: I hi1 lillle. uirl who was afraid lo put her in anoHier adult unlil she coi'ld Mire Ihal Hits lime il would be Inr IVals wrilcil 111 im Trais ni lilude. anil .simpalhy, and wondering. Tbcv would hi: lilllc l-'renchmen, everuir.e "I them. would do I heir homeland proud. Au frvoir.' G crons fly QXF. UiinR Ilinl. Ihc rest of our family ,iinR in il. Aside from ncsidrs (lie cnnk is iirmnirnous in not i i .1 iK-inK vm .nhout is puddinK illc "iroo u'iis juinr rejection, Mastering nation as well as government IJiVDEIl fin old law at Cana- dian politics any prime minister's career moves (hro'igh (wo distinct phases. A parly leader may win Ills first eleclion ralher easily nncl quickly mailer his new gcn-ern- menl. Hut this docs not neces- sarily mean that lie has mas- tered (in1 nation lo read] (lie second phase: undisputed pow- er. In fact only five prime, min- isters at mosl Macdonald, Lauricr, Eorclcn, King anil .St. Lnirent ever readied (hat phase ap.d (ruly mas- tered Hie nnlion. Today, their ciu-rcnl. suc- cessor, Pierre Trudeau, is encountering the old law and facing the familiar test which so many man Iiai'c failed. Three years ago in his dizzy triumph he seemed to he the nation's master but now conies his tiiii of (roubles, as it comes to all prime ministers. In the Catiic side of his mind he planned, programmed, com- puterised .'iml while papered everything for Hie election of or souiHT a perfectly logic.d French design liliu a formal garden at Versailles. We arc reminded liowever, when lie wears Ilie kill of Hie Klliolt clan in Nova Scotia, that lie Is half Scollish, and this other Tradc-aii must .see that the lone is not working very well. seldom docs, since the democratic process is by na- lure illogical. The Ihrifly Scottish Tru- dcau doubtless lias added up Ihe figures and noted a equation. Me knows (hat lhe loss of some 20 Lib- eral seals will destroy his ma- jority h Ihc next Parliament and plunge Ilie nation back into the disorder of minority gov- ernment. He knows loo, (hat (hose sc.'ds are in danger. It would require no earth- quake, only a mild tremor, lo lose liidf a dozen, or more, in Hie four western prov- inces. In Ontario Ihe Liberals surely reached their peak In lyo'l, can hardly fto higher and must reckon on Ihc pos- sibility of goiny down, at least marginally. Even with ils solid hold on Quebec and ils small cliilch of sate seals in the Maritimes, the government could lack a nKfjority, Ihoi'gh no other parly could hope to govern, unless Ihe climate changed unbelievaby before next summer. All this arilhinclic means lhat Mr. Tnideau has not ycl mastered the nation- lie ha: merely mastered his govern- ment and party, another thing entirely. And the fact that no rival leader is anywhere near him in lalent or public con- lidencc does not solve his prob- lem. Ke alone can solve it. The sudden change in his personal plans, the cancella- tion of his African lour. Hie tacit admission lliat his eco- nomic policies h a v e been bungled, the folksy visits to Iho V'esl and Ihc Maritimes all indicate that the French and Scottish Trudcaus arc Ihinkinc furiously. They had better. Why, they must he asking, is the neat timetable planned in Ifllill so obviously crumMing? For two main reasons, as a remote ob- server sees il. The design was too logical, and too naive at the beginning. It provided lor some three years of leisurely study and preparation followed by a fourth year of legislative blitz- krieg and (hen an eleclion lo confirm these "ast social re- forms. But it allowed for no accidents and a grave eco- nomic accident of unemploy- ment combined with inflation has intervened Lo alter every- thing. Conscqi'cnlly. the govern- ment approaches the election lhat must finally lest 'he prime minister under condi- "Can't see what they're so uptight about WE'VE been in an 'utter turmoil of uncertainty and monetary chaos' for ages lions lhat he did not foresee. Slill worse, Ihc most Ij-oversial ilcms in his program reform, Ihe Competition Act and oilier legislative boxes overloaded by Pandora will soon be opened lo provoke pub- lic dispute when Ihc govern- ment can least afford it. Apai1 from his batlcred limetablc, something else has happened lo the prime minislcr and it may be more serious. As lie clearly foresaw from Ihe start, his personal magic is now waning. How could it be otherwise? The sort of miracle performed in 19GB is not re- jjealable. Of course, be :nay win a second majority Lo master (he nation, lie cannol it by Ihc original melliod of gaudy Trudcaumania and an- olher Roman circus, because Ihc public mind has lurned sober and skeptical in a dif- ferent and less happy lime. Also, with lhat almost in- fallible subconscious wisdom lhat so often saves (he dem- ocratic system in the pinch, the Canadian people have sized up Sir. Trudeau for themselves and their judgment will not change significantly, before the eleclion anyhow. What is their judgment? It is still very high, I believe, but not the judgment form- ed Ihree years ago. The prime minislcr, as seen by the peo- ple, remains unequalled in lal- enl, m crowd appeal, aim LSI indispensable in his party, but his defects at last are clearly visible above all, a streak of intellectual arro- gance which all his charm, and even his Scollish coslumc, cannot disguise. Since he has so few defects, perhaps Ibis one wuuldn'l mat- ler lo much in normal limes. In our abnormal, jillcry times it could be just enough (o lilt (he balance of a light eleclion when Mr. Trudeau, nol his party, will win or lose a ma- jority. If anyone nolcs even Ihe slighlcst flaws in 3 prime minislcr and none, being human, is without them. his friends cry foul and denounce Ihe critic as an enemy. Now, it happens that [bis old reporter, while disagreeing vilh some of Mr. Trudeau's policies, ean see no practical allernalive lo him and HO good for Ihe na- tion in a in in o ri ty govern- ment. Nevertheless, that pos- sibility has lo be .faced by bis friends and enemies alike, as be is presumably facing if. And in Ihe nc.vt decisive year noth- ing could help him so much as a lilllc humility. (IkTiild Special Service) X el son Otlali Nigeria trying to forget the wounds of civil war T AGO.S Eighteen months afler a fcarsomely cosily civil war. the Federation of Nigeria has made smooth and rapid progress lo tolal recov- ery. Ahiiougli still in serious trouble ivilfi ils depleted for- CMiiii exchange reserves Hie rederal eminent fwighl Ific without foreign borrowing country's booming oil in- dibLrv lias cushioned the econ- omy The war. however, lias nlM) k-fl the- country wit.h other scars. Tor example, Xigcria is in the grin of gangsterism Hint, is beginning lo give her Ihe image of a miniature Chicago. De-spile a irthlcss alliimpL at ils suppression by both Ihc fed- eral and slalc authorities, the wave of lawlessness continues. More than 20 armed robbers have been publicly executed rc- cenlly. both in the federal capi- tal nf Lagos and in many state capitals. But the prospect nf a .shameful public death does nol seem lo he a sufficient deterrent. At. Ihc height, of the civil war many hardened criminals were, either recruited or press-gang- ed into Ihc armies of both .sides. They only stayed in long enough (o be (.rained in Ihc I'-se of sophisticated weapons before desert along wilh Ilieir nuns, quantities of amnuniiiifin. uniforms and even jungle boots. Kvery indication is lhat il uill be a long-drawn, hitler and costly simple before Ihe fed- eration is rid of these scattered bands of armed robbers whose operalions are beginning lo tell the nerves of millions of Hut Ilie notable achievements have liron nvde in recon- ciliation, rehabilitation and, to a lesser degree, reconstruc- tion, more than overshadow Iho menace of armed robbers. The thus, by naluro a very people, arc Ihrin- vi Kcs MII prised a( (he rapid- i'> w ilh I hey have been making up Ihc severe losses of the civil which followed their aitempi to set up their own stale of Biafra. Enngii. Aba, Owern and many other big cilics and (owns in the East Central State the heart of former Biafra are booming again. The only majo" city in (he East Central .Stale that has been .slow in pelting back on ils feel is Onilsha. Ihc home lown of both IUr. L'kpabi Asika, Die adminis- trator of the state, and Dr. Xnamdi Azikhvc, the former president of Nigeria. OniLsha's handicap is two- fold. Firsl, il was considerably damaged during the civil war. with its famous market, built al Ihc cost of more Ihan half a million pounds, left in a sliam- bk'.s. Secondly, the neighboring people of Newi, whose tremen- dous business acumen made tlie pre-war Onilsha what it was, have now decided to bend (licir energies lo develop tlieir own town. The Ibos who have relumed to Lagos and to other states of Ihc federation have not doing badly cilhcr. They have boon .surprised at (.ho v, arm ili Roficrl. reception given them by other Nigerians, thousands of whom have even been going out of their way not only lo offer shel- ter to returning Ibos but also lo make them gifts in both cash and clolhing. But, on the whole, Ihc Ibos' undispulablc ability, enterprise and imagin- ation has been predominantly responsible for their successful rehabilitation. Ibo labor is in demand in many areas, especially in northern states that cannot sup- ply ihe skilled and educalcd labor ihey need. Recently, commissioners from some of the norlhern stairs visited the East Central State to recruit labor. Thousands of properties hr- lonpinp lo Thus, both in the fed- eral capital of Lagos and in olhcr stales, have? hren handed back lo (heir former owners, together- with rentals thr.t the properties yielded during (heir absence. And with Ihc cash realized from this exercise, many were lo revive lln.'ir business. Rut. llic most iniporlant aspect lias been Ihf1 re.Mfiralion of lira nwl belief on the [bos in one Ni- geria. The only fly in (he ointment remrins Ihe non-rrluni of I he Iho properties in Port Ilarcourt. Hie cain'lal of Iho Hirers Stale. Tbo Iljvpr.s pcupji- Jinve mil been able lo lorpel whal llir-y understandably regard as Ihe grcal hurl done them by Ihn Ibos during the cripis. I''nr' luTinore, argiunent is prtiiif; on bi'lweon HIP ment of the lr.asl. Ccnlrnl Sialo and (hat of t.ho neighboring Hivors Slalo. Before Ihc civil war, IMIITZU, now Ihe canilal of Ihe. Ivisl Centnd .Slalr, Iho r.ipilal of Ihe former Kaslern Hepion of Nigeria. And as Urn capital, i( WYIS Knugii that hfinsfvl li.'ind Hegislr.v of Ihe whole rc- jvon The rivers .stale j'ovr1 mciil IKIH' jusl hand over prupcrlv in ils iiiri.sdiction lo nvcry in- dividual Ibo pops up to claim it. It needs to verify (lie claim and it atnmtl do ihis cross-checking without access lo Ihc original documents, which, it says should he hand- ed over. The response of Ihe govern- ment of Ihe East Central Slalo (o alt this has so far equally re- jiKtincrl as stiff-necked, II imiin- lains that it cannot surrender the originals of documenls to properties by the Ibos in Port IJarcourl. It has. how- ever, made photostats of such documents available lo the gov- ernment of Iho Rivers Slate. The originals, it says, can only go to a third party (i.e. the federal governnienl This situation is Inn-ling the economy of both stales. The I bos still feel une.i.sy ,'ihouf go- ing lo live and ply their busi- Looking Tliroiisli Hie llcr.ild Sir t'am Hughes, Can- ada's minister during Iho early years of Ilie Kirsl World ar died today after a pro- longed illness. lie years old The of C'orbin, thriving cnal mining centre in lliu Knoienay, uas report- ed pr.-iciically doomed din; lo Ibe forest firt's spread uig liirouiiliDiit the area. Iran's army of about men ua.s reporlciJ bo nesses in any part of the Rivers Stale. Commerce between the two states although not yet up the scale one would have cxpcclcd it to be still re- mains unbroken. But (.he Few Ilws who have the courage lo go into the Rivers State to buy or sell or transact any oilier form of business only do so uith Ihc greatest reluctance, such is tlic legacy of Jialc be- queathed by Ihc There arc, however, no such difficulties between the East Central Stale and its southern neighbor, Iho Soulli-Kastcrn State. The people of Ihe two slates, despite the mutual dam- age done them by (lie war, have apparently decided to for- get Ihe past and live and work amicably together. (IVrillcti for The Ilrr.iltJ ami The Observer, London) backward re.sjsling British-Russian invad- ing forces, spreading the war across Iran, wedged strategic- ally between Din Persian (iiilf and (lie Caspian Sea. ISI'tt Appointment o f a commission lo sli'dy Ihc pro- posed Smith Sask- atchewan Iliver irrigalion pro- ject was announced loday by I he prime minisler'-: office. The Canadian Wheat announced anl hoi-hat ion of a supplementary (junta of lo bushels of oals apjih- cvihlo I rarh permit holder. The Lethbridge Herald 501 7th SI. S., L-othbritlgc, Alberta UKUALD CO. LTD., and Publishcn Publi.sbrr] by Hon. W, A. HUCIIANAN v Class Mfill Reqislraiion No 0017 Mcni ,rr at Tno Ginntllnn Press Iho Cnnnrffnn Daily Ncwspappr riiLiithr-rs Ar uncial ion nntl Ihn Audi! 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