Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
I THI IITHBRIDGE HIRALD Auguit EDITORIALS Strike substitute needed Why meat prices will keep on rising By Bruce syndicated commentator Parliament gave the non-operating railway unions the right to strike. The through tre efforts of a special conciliator and the minis- ter of labor and in many other tried to resolve the dispute before and during the strike. But the government quite properly in the critical moments of the that the strike was that it was a natural extension of collective and it would not be right to prevent the dispute from taking its natural course. Now Parliament is being recalled to end the strike through new legisla- to force the employees back to work on terms not yet decided or dis- closed. What has changed'' In what way is the legal or political situation dif- ferent now from what it w as a month If a strike is the workers' why rescind that This is the only a national rail tie-up was only a while today it is a reality. A strike was tolerable as long as it was only talked about. Put into prac- it is intolerable. If the fight to strike is acceptable only in theory but not in isn't somebody If the country cannot live with a rail strike and gathers in its law- makers to end it just as soon as it is nicely then why pretend the right to strike should be The strike is intolerable. But is the hypocrisy of the public and government stance toward the right to strike in essential industries. Clearly something else must be sub- tituted for the right to strike where a strike is not tolerated. A worrying kind of thing Tins thing called national security has some strange and some even stranger usages It was the totalitarian regimes that first recognized its usefulness as an instrument of government their kind of government. It was a perfect- ly plausible reason for concealing almost any tin from the and a very convenient excuse for extia- ordinary actions on the part of the police or the military. Others were quick to catch on. Now- even in democratic it is almost expected that when ex- cesses of any kind are traced to the government or its a spokes- man will almost ritually cite this com- pelling Telephone tap- inciting to all are on the list or that are crimes cnnni.iicd by nniinary citi- but not when performed by agents of the government in the name of national security. The latest country to find itself in an uproar over national security is where Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and the Australian Security and Intelligence Office or D15 in the argot of the are arrayed against Attorney General Lionel Murphy and the Com- monwealth Police. Parliament and a Senate investigating committee have become and the press is having a field day. The row has been brewing for some considerable time. It surfaced earlier this year when Attorney-General Murphy led a series of police raids on ASIO headquarters. Canadian that would be something like the solicitor-general directing RCMP raids on military intelligence offices at defence His mis- sion was to search for information ou Croat terrorist activities in information he certain ASIO pos- sessed but wouldn't share with the government. The matter was more or less quiet- ened but while the prime minis- ter was in Ottawa for the Common- wealth leaders' it flared up again. Now a fall-fledged investi- gation is in replete with all kinds of dramatic in- cluding charges of a government cov- er-up and implications that highly placed not excluding the prime minister have been less than candid in dealing with ques- tions raised in Parliament. In a kind of miniature Watergate. Undoubtedly the Australians will sort all this out in due time. Gen- erally speaking they're a level headed not given to silly sentimentality or to pointless witch-hunting when it comes to politics. But when a respon- sible minister of the crown espec- ially the whose of- fice is to uphold the law of the land must resort to police raids to get information from those who make national security their it does nothing to a'lay the public's growing uneasiness over how far it can trust government officials who offer this all-too-convenient excuse fov some very strange activities. RUSSELL BAKER Nobody there but them chickens On Sunday we had fried chicken for din- ner. Monday we had roast chicken. Tuesday we had fricassee of chicken with a dumpling. At lunch Wednesday we had chicken soup and at chicken raar- engo. Thursday for we had chicken cac- ciatore. chicken tetrazzini. Dad would get up in time to get to the supermarket before all the hamburger sells said would nol have to eat. all this That was Saturday at dinner when wa were eating the chicken chasseur. said who knew that Dad had indeed risen before the early morning hamburger sellout on tv.o or three occa- sions. In the struggle at the meat Dad had proven too timid to strike the women he would have had to knock down to reach the hamburger. Mother fear- ed that if this were noticed at the meat somebody would say Dad was chicken and he might be baked with mush- slivered chopped paprika and two tablespoons of grand mar- with none of us ever learning what had happened to him. Mother could not fight at the market be- cause she always sat up all night thinking of fresh ways to cook chicken and was ex- hausted by sunrise. Sunday we have fried chicken for dinner. Monday we had roast chicken. There were angry as In tiny on the starring Clark Gable. Why was it always fried chicken on Sun- day and roast chicken on Peopla asked. Why couldn't it be roast chicken on Sun- day and fried chicken on Did mother have to sit up all night to decide that fried chicken would be Sun- day's dish and roast chicken On Wednesday mother shamed the mal- contents into silence with a cltopped chick- en liver salad Thursday we had chicken with nee. chicken curry. chicken croquettes. chicken hash. Monday at lunch we were having an om- elet with chicken livers when Clara n3ticed that tiny little chicken feathers had begun to grow along the backs of Grandfather's hands. Nobody said anything because we did not want to embarrass Grandfather and be- with eggs costing a dollar a dozen and he might turn into a profitable enterprise if things developed as it appear- ed they might. Tuesday had chicken in pot. chicken Isaf. chicken rolls. There was a scene Friday night. know I can't stand chicken Aunt Dora wept. yes. In- dian fine. Mexican all right. Even chicken tamale pie I can she flapping her wings angrily at mother. The who was sick and tired of chick- threw a half eaten drumstick at because of his special loathing for chicken tamale pie. It missed Aunt Dora and hit the pineapple in Mother's Hawaiian renter- which gave her an so that she did not have to sit up all that night. Saturday we had chicken in a pineapple shell. Sunday neither Aunt Dora nor Grand- father could be persuaded to come down to which was fried chicken. They were both roosting in the attic beams. That was when somebody suggested fish. Monday we had fried fish. roast fish. a fricassee of fish with a dumpling. At lunch Wednesday we had fiah soup and at fish margengo. Thurs- day for dinner we had fish cacciatore. Fri- fish tetrazzini. By that time fish prices were higher than eggs. By after a fish we were priced out of the market On Sunday we had fried chicken. World-wide shortages of all basic foodstuffs have already lifted the price of Canada's eat- ing by 16.7 per cent in the past year. And it is not going to get any better. In spite of rec- ord the shortages and high prices of animal feed and eggs and dairy products are certain to persist. Farmers in Canada are already inilitantly demanding higher pricas to cover their extra costs. Food prices in North America are hkely to rise substantially again next year. There is not going to be any grain to spare in world markets until the end of 1974 at the earliest. Replen- ishing the granaries in the United States and which are at the lowest levels since the end of the Second World will take more than the bumper crops now being harvested. the Unit- ed Nations' Food and Agricul- tural Organization estimates that wheat consumption again will be higher than current pro- by the end of this we will be even further behind in our efforts to build inventory. Animal an obvious re- quirement for raising are in desperately short supply. In the shortage is so acute that a buyers' panic is a dis- ''And David Lewis isn't th e only one asking you to do something about food prices Liberals need new set of policies By Anthony Toronto Star commentator Close to delegates will be here in three weeks for the largest conference ths national Liberal Party has ever held. They a new president who will play a major role in pre- paring for the next election. Probably it will be Senator Gil Molgat. a French-speaking westerner from Manitoba. But two well-known ex-ministers are being Bryce Macfc- asey and Jear.-Luc Pepin. an indirect and per- haps hesitant vote of confidence in Prime Minister Pierre Tnideau by deciding in the mandatory secret ballot that they do not want to hold a lead- ership convention. But even in November 1970 when the last test was held in the middle of the FLQ crisis and Trudeau was at the height of his popu- 132 Liberals were in the awkward squad voting for a leadership meeting. So there could be an embarrasingly large minority this time. Trudeau and hig Cabinet ministers on why they have not implemented all the policy recommendations made by the party at the 1970 confer- ence. They'll be told that in fact 80 or 90 per cent of the deci- sions have been incorporated into government policy. But that includes all the motherhood resolutions and excludes such key demands as wage and price controls and a guaranteed an- nual income program. What the conference seems unlikely to be able to do is to give the government and the Liberal Party the sense of di- rection and confidence they so badly need. BERRY'S WORLD Trudeau almost lost the elec- tion last October in large part because he failed to persuade the voters that he had a clear view of Canada's an un- derstanding of the problems and a program to overcome tham. In the year since the Cabinet has been living trom day to tidying up old legislation to make it more at- responding to pressure from the opposition parties in the grappling with issues as they arise instead of planning to avoid them. While the government can still develop plenty of legisla- tion to keep Parliament busy and run a reasonable adminis- it lacks confidence and energy. A policy vacuum seems to be developing. Ministers are snapping and snarling at each other. Backbench MPs are on the defensive. Rank and file Liberals find it hard to be en- thusiastic about their govern- ment. They all badly need a new set of policies which will add up to a coherent national and to an attractive program for the next election. The conference will spend most of its time debating the fashionbale policy Indus- trial and resource Canadian the liveable work and social the individual and and so on. the delegates will be asked to register a written opin- ion on the scores of resolutions printed in their ballot and to vote directly on 30 spe- cific resolutions on key issues. But the chances are poor that any exciting new ideas will emerge. The truth may be that na- tional party policy conferences are out Of date. The modern version began with the Liberal thinkers' conference at King- ston in 1960 which generated a whole new program of social se- curity n ow more or less completed in legislation. The process reached its finest although rather overblown bloom in 1969-70 when the Lib- erals went through a most elaborate performance of col- lecting involving the pub- lic and voting on hundreds of resolutions at the culminating national conference. Now there is nothing much new to say. The information ex- plosion has produced hundreds of books available in any good paperback store which back- ground every public issue and survey every possible solution. The news media explore every current issue to death before the party politicians can get at it. There is also the growing might say government can pay only limited attention to party proposals. It has to re- spond also to the civil service and public pres- sure groups. So although the coming Lib- eral conferenca may be the largest of its it may also be the last. It is being held at this time because the party con- stitution demands it. Given more time party planners would probably have devised a new format. One idea briefly discussed and shelved for future reference was to hold simultaneous re- gional Liberal conferences to go deeply into regional and then to tie them together via satellite TV for a mass nation- al meeting. Maybe in 1975. Is that junk By Don NEA service can't wait until t get to your age so I can nave a prolonged abase The thing about modem or most of the stuff that is pass- ed off as is that there is simply no way to judge it. Take the minor tragedy that befell sculptor John Chamber- lain in Chicago the other day. Chamberlain is an who fashioned two six-foot-high sculptures out of junk metal- twisted automobile crumpled washing machir.es and the welded togeth- er in an abstractly expression- istic or expressionist- ically abstract manner. Chamberlain valued the sculp- tures at a total of who is to gainsay At any it seems that one Walter owner of an art made the mistake of taking the sculptures outside his warehouse to clean them up for a prospective buyer. had them covered with canvas but the wind blew it said Kelly. are being renovated in the neighborhood and a lot of junkmen are around hauling things Junkmen. Junk sculpture. You've guessed the ending. Even the offer of a re- ward failed to turn up the miss- ing works of art. The It's too bad we don't have more es- thetically sensitive junkmen in this country sculpture ought to bear characteristics which even to the untutored eye set it apart from the general run of inventory one finds in a typical junkyard. Which suggests one test of modern art. If a collision be- tween an automobile and a brick wall produces a result in- distinguishable from some of tha tMnM MMhrfaiwI in nip mil. seums. then auto crashes are a great art form junk sculpture is junk. Chimpanzees have been known to throw paint around and come up with abstract can- vases that alleged experts could not tell were not made by hu- man hands. So no chimp has duplicated anything like Leonardo's Mona Lisa. 'Crazy Capers' IL 1 found' out about girls tinct possibility. There Is less than five weeks' consump- tion on ihand. This world short- age is having a devastating ef- fect as feed-grain prices in the last year have soared more than 100 per cent. despite the much trum- peted easing of is like- ly to get only more expensive in the long term. The U.S. feed- grains council recently estimat- on its authoritative supply and demand that Eur- ope will be short of beef until 1980. The shortages in the Unitr ed States have been so intense that Canada has been shipping beef south of the border in spite of our own high prices and strong demand. The beef em- just should curtail this however. The key to the problem lies in North America. The U.S. is the largest animal feed supplier in the world and Canada and the U.S. constitute the only sizeable market freely open to international buyers. Even though there apparent- ly will be an exceptionally fav- orable harvest there and the Russian harvest is much im- proved over last it not bs sufficient to ease the world food situation. this constricted supply put up tile cost of live- stock and meat to the house- wife. Farmers have seeen all the advantages of higher meat prices whittled away by high feed prices. In some they have slaughtered breeder stock rather than continue unprofit- able livestock raisin 5. No fore- cas's show that this situation likely to ease. In fact. _the effects of ths recent price rises are still working their way through to the supermarket. How then can our enormous croacity for production be turn- ed to the advantage of the hun- gry Feed costs repre- sent more than one-third of the cost of producing beef and pork more than half the cost of producing milk and at least two-thirds of chicken and egg producer costs. The answer than lies in increasing food pro- duction. Farmers are not in- clined to put more acres down to feed grain production unless they were assured of stable product prices Here the federal govern- ment can be of great as- sistance. We need a sophisticat- ed long-term program to in- crease supply. An al program should be started to ensure in times of government stockpiles will be increased so that the excess if will not depress prices. The old Biblical adage of lean and fat years is deeply imbedded in our psyche and farmers are qi'ite aware of the possibility of major declines in fead prices even vithin a major secular price rise. The recently propos- ed feedgrains board would not provide long-term price stabil- it would not include a stor- age program so prices could not be set for more than one crop season. The federal government should now plan to build ade- quata granary storage along v.-ith proper port handling fa- cilities. These could be imple- mented as a contra-cyclical pub- lic works policy at the onset of the next business contraction. new joint federal-pro- vincial conservation programs should be started so that fann- ers are able to maintain soil fertility. Education can provide farmers with much needed as- sistance. This would ensure I hat our agricultural heritage will be preserved for future gen- erations and that farmers will not deep-plough the buffalo grass prairies to make fresh wheat fields and fad that they had dug themselves a dust- the government should couple these moves with changes in ths Canada Man- power Act providing mobility and training grants for tempor- ary jobs so that single with their con- could be shifted at govern- ment expense to work as agri- cultural labor. This would add to the pool of farm help which has been continually short for an extended period and makes more sense than our present policy importing offshore farm help from Mexico or Yu- goslavia. The scale of these operations can be modsst in their initial stages. they can provide some long- term answers to our basic prob- lem of insuring an adequate food supply to our population. The Lethbridge Herald 7th St. Alberta HERALD 00. Proprietors and PMisbed by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Ucand Claw Man MtgHtrMIM Mo. Hit Mtmfctr tf Tlia Canadian Prau and the Canadian Dally NawtMMt i' AaMclatton and tlw Audit Burtau of CLEO W Editor and PuWiihar THOMAS H. Cantral Manager BON PILLINa HAY AasociAta Edltar K WALKER BdlMrill THE HERALD SMVIS THE SOUTH'