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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETH8RIDGE HERALD Tueidny, Auguil 31, 1971 cslcru Alberta Is in good hands Kirst, of course. he.irU cmifjriiUi- lalions lo Mr. ruler and his and rnmlulates. Al- berla is in good h.imis. Second, thanks to 1'i'cniu-r Strom ami Social Credit for Iliu many good years they Iliiri province Third, how odd that the soulh and only the south should have stayed with Social Credit: What is the explana- tion? What mil it mean in Hie legis- lature that the opposition .should ho almost all from the south'.' Could it lead to discriminalion against Ihc south? .Mr. Lminlioed is not like that. Fourth, what happened lo the ND11'.' The only explanation IH that loo many people who miuln have voted NDP kiieu' their vole would count for more, in defeating Ihe gov- ernment, if Ihey Progressive Conservative. The Liberal vole had no dilTicnlly in moxini; probably moslly lo the (.'on.scrv.Uive candidates. What will happen to Social Credit nmv? Can it .survive as a parly in opposition'.' Can it remain a plausible alternative lo the Progressive Con- servative government? Is there an evenltial opportunity for the Liberals, now that Social Credit is repudiated'.' It is good that Mr. Noticy was finally elected. Ills voice will be a one. his viewpoint on most issues one that should be expressed. It is unfortunate that the Liberal leader was not also elecled, In popular uilo the major parlies not lar apart. Perhaps it is loo early lo Ihe obilnarv of Social Credit as a major political force in Ihis province. Indeed. Social Credit held its pruuims percentage of (he popular vole, uhcreas Ihe PCs picked up what Hie Liberals and NUP losl. Slill it is members elected, not Ihc popular ole percentages, that counts. This was a Progressive Conservative victory How can il he explained'' There a lot of lillle grievances against the govern- ment, no gieal ones Discontented people lend lo against Iheir gov- ernments, so there be more (lisoonlent in Ihc norlli lli.in Ihe soulh. especially among farmers That could be an interesting sociological study. Probably the best explanation of the iipsc-l is 'the simples! that the people felt they were not risking any- thing by making a change. The Lougheed strategy was wise, jle was not overly crilical of Social Credit, lie just offered a new and fresh team dedicated to trying lo do better. Years ago there were Ihose who predicted Mr. Louyheed's entry into federal politics, perhaps as national leader. Monday's election did noth- ing lo repudiate that prediction. The prospecl may bollier him for his work is cut out in Alberta for the next few years, and he knows it. May he give as illustrious leadership as Iliosc uho know him expect of him. And in Let lib ridge.... In of the sw ing away from Social Credit in central and northern Alberta, the results in Ihe south are surprising. The PC candidates in southern Albcria worked just as hard as those in Ihc north. Why didn't il. pay off for them? If there was to be a Conservative swing at all, most observers expected it to show up in Lelhbririge East. Medicine Hat. Card- ston and perhaps a few other seats. Mr. Anderson was certainly the tinder-dog candidate in Lethijridge East, so his victory over Mr. Barton must be all the, sweeter. Mr. Gray was expected to gh e Mr. Gruenwald a better run in Lethbndgc Wesl. It can be demonstrated thai Ihc Iwo Conservative candidates outworked land outspent i Ibeir Social Credit rivals. Indeed, the explanation for their defeat may lie in that fact. Perhaps their campaigns were loo slick, or loo abrasive. Perhaps Ihey exhausted the volers. and a back- lash developed. In eflort expended. Ihe Conscnu- candidates deserved to do bcUer. IVhile their campaigns lacked credi- bility at times, they didn't fail for lack of trying. That is why such warm consralnlalions must be given Mr. Gruenwald and Mr Anderson. They didn't win at the street-corners but thcv won where il really counts the ballot boxes. Good luck In them as they speak for Ihis cily Irom Ihe oppnsilion side of Ihe legis- lature. Greenpeace on the ivurpath By Margaret Liickhurst n Huvavt I h n Arwrie.iii Alnnnr ('omnmMoji's pl.irn in explode a five mcfralon nuclear s'jpiT- bomb at Ihc Aleutian Lsland of Anu-hiikn in October are finalized by an eco- logy-minded committee called Don'L MaUe a Wave. Organized in British Columbia by Irving Stowe, a Jewish lawyer dedicated lo Ihe preservation Ihe environment, the com- mittee grew rapidly and began Awaking out against the concern for (.lie damage Ihe proposed detonation might do. Mr. Stowo pomls out thai the AEC tool; every precaution it could think of in the last tests in Xcvadn, hut regardless, there was a cloud of dust feet high with. radioactive leakage which could be moni- tored as far away as Canada, and respon- sible for 300 pcoplu having lo be do-con- laminnted. He also notes that Amchilka Island is located almost un top of the Aleu- tian Thrust fault is n northern ex- tension of the evil San Andreas fault. This unstable fissure in the earth's crust is quite capable of going into orgies of de- struction williouf any from a nuclear bomb. .Mr. Si owe says the earth- quake in created a tidal wave which caused death and damage all along the B.C. eoasl. The AEC blithely denies thai uny se- vere damage might be caused humans by the October detonation (at the same time they icfnnre regarding marine life) but it is felt by many leading eeo- lopsls that Ihe proposed blast, v.luch is 250 times more powerful than the bomb which devastated Jliro.sbijn.-i, could threat- en the coast of Canada in three ways. H could start an earthquake, or a tidal wave, and precipitate radiation leakage which could damage. human and wildlife ir- revocably. In an effort Ihey hope will pre- vent the AEC from carrying out il.s mis- sion Ihe Doa't Make n Wave twnmilleo has purchased a fishing boat the Green- peace is Beautiful which they will man and sail Lo Amchitka. 'ITicy plan to land on the island and Mctimlly stand over the steel-lined holes which were built at a cost: of million, in preparation for tho ex- plosion. 'IV cnmnnUrr i- iml r'Tl.tm thrir nb- irciivrs 'no fur liicre ;irc for- midable ahead of llieni. Them Ls a question of how a Canadian ship will fare, in American tLTriiorj-. The inci. that sev- eral people or, board the Greenpeace are American citizens engaged in a nefarious scheme is a further complication. Also Ihey reraH vrhiit happened in 1953 wbnn another boat ventured against the. AEC. In 1958 a Quaker keieh called the Golden Rule sailed from California (o protest (lie nuclear lest on I ho island 01 liniweLok, rear Bimini. It never got further than Hawaii. There the four-man crew was ar- rested and (o two months in jail. While doubtful that their protest mission will be accomplished, the committee hopes (hat the Greenpeace journey will stir up public reaction. They deplore Lhe AKC's justification for the test that il is a security requirement for Ihe United Si a Los and the rest of the Free world when, as part of the free world, Canada by its focal ion faces a far larger per cent of risk from the test than the United Elates. The committee has slated that public rejection lo the Greenpeace mission has been pond, but ihry arc disappointed Uiat Ihe federal pdvernment has not been firm- er in its protests (o the AEC on the tests. Tbe eomirJtlee is al.so distressed because Ihti minister of fisheries and forestry, Lhe lion, -lack Davis, cancelled the insurance on (lie Gix't-npo.icc because il is not em- ployed in actual comnK-rcial fishing, .so in order lo tie able to sail out of Vancouver harbor it has lo be insured lo Us full value SJO.OQO But Ilk.1 committee is determined. They are hoping that ns Ihc- lime draws nearer iim.i Ihe public becomes more aware (if (ho ramifications of ihc proposed test, fi- nancial .snppnrl for Ihe snihng of Green- peace, might, b c more readily available. 'Iliey are also hoping ibat enough pressure will eiiKKKilc from rwpon.s'ibta quarters that Ihe AK-C lo withdraw Lhe project altogether. If such is Ihr ease, then Ihc enmmillpc have provided an immense .M'rviee in tho protection not only (ho iromr.cnl. hut in (he possible lo ,-is Little doubt ll.v DCIIIJ; rj'lll'; nilu in Ilic jiewsronin .ilmnL spelling is: in donbl. consult Ilic (licLioiit'ry. Occasionally, bowevor, soinc- (ine Irics- llic sliorlcul of rnakuif; ,1 (jcncivil njtjKial for help. ''Dues iiinone Jiuoiv lo went up the cry one day. fi'Arr. Hickard promptly and anlhonla- lii'ely rallied off (he Idlers. Then after a .slight pause he meekly added, ''f Illink." Defence downward reshaping continues i X'lTAWA The Willie I'ap'-T, Defence in Ihe "'in, reveals on page 32 'NATO's colleclivL' defence rests primarily on de- fence- of national i.s one of only hvo part- ners which s'.aticn forces .sifle Ilieil' oivn ciinliiient and six that slatiun Ibom oulsidi! their borders for NATO pnr- "An (if Ibis sil- we learn, "i.s inipor- lo put in p.-'j'yjH'c- tivc Ihe uhange in Canadian force deployment announced in April laou" As n tainted juslificaiion of change, Ihis is .sonieuhal pecu- liar since ifc is an Ibat Ihe situation i.s as U'.L' situation Mbre prebsiiiR, jirobably, tlic other eon- corns noted by Mr. Maedowikl, idlhungh not in his order. We had competing national aims: There was a regrettable limit on liinds available lo our gov- wniiicnl; and fortunately ILII- rope in a position lo as- sume a larger share of Ihc cash burden. Tim reason whv must of our partners play the slay at-home roles is obvious, bill not men- tioned in Hie white paper It is nnlcd, in passing, "that is slil] probably (.lie ino.sl sen- sitive point in Ihe ICast-West balance of power.1' This being tbe case, most NATO comman- ders must still think in terms of .Soviet divisions on (heir fron- tiers and cannot, accordingly, concentrate on the ir.arc attrac- tive defence themes which Icnm so largo in Mr. Macdon- ald's first 32 panes. Thus HC find on page Iliat non-military challenges lo Canada's sovereignly and inde- pendence may arise during the J'JTOs. While deterring war is r.cl un objective Canada alone can achieve, and is [here-fore one which must be pursued through collective security ar- rangements, the other chal- lenges lo sovereignty and in- dependence must be met exclu- sively by Canada, the provision of adequate Canadian defence iniisl Ihcrcforc, be a mailer of firsl priority." (Jiven n choice between the rtusKiati.s and a non-military Ilireal. what commander would choose Ihe Russians? The logical conclusion, it seems In me, is that Mr. Mac- clonald should concentrate on ra.Tiulir.fi iawycrs. Surveillance and control are key while paper seem how- ever, In be stronger on Ihe former Ihan on Ihe latter; pos- sibly because the control part is more l.kely lo unset people. One grasps quite readily what the armed forces arc sup- posed lo spot: territorial viola- lions; infringements of Cana- dian laws; pollution which "Just reading of jiour proud show of national independence in returning the Bomarcs and your brave words on Arctic sovereignty now, what con I do for you Letters to Ihe editor Down tie garden path to complete enslavement of ninn prnmises bv piirliK, and most of Lliein have n de- cided Lrcnd fo socialistic pio- posals. Please read with nc from the of Kirl iMarx, written more (han me hundred and twenty years ago. lie said, and I quote dinct from JlThe Communist Ulaii- o.l: in the mosL advanced countries the fol- lowing will be pvelly general- ly applicable: t. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public pur- pose. 2. A heavy progressive (r graduated income tax. 3. Abolition of all right D( inheritance. 4. Confiscation of the prop- all emigrants rebels. rcnlralizalion of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an ex- clusii'G monopoly. G. Central ization of the moans of communication and transport in the hands of tiic state. 7. Extension of factories a nil instruments of produc- tion owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the im- provement of the soil gen- erally 111 accordance with a common plan. 8. Equal liability of all to 1 abor. Establishment of in- dustrial armies, especially for agriculture. 9. Combination or agricul- ture irilh mymifrjcliirmg (hislrics; prndual abolilion of the distinction between I own and c o u n I r y. by a more equitable distribution of pop- ulation over Ihc country. 10, Free education for all children in public schools. Abolilion of children's factory labor in Us present form. C o m b i n a lion of education w i t h industrial production, etc., etc." The foregoing quote is avail- able for all lo read from their own book, and is THEIR PLAN for the complete lake-over1 of an advanced country such ns ours. I urge you to react Ihose points again and again, and sec how far we have been led down the "garden path" to complete moral, mental, finan- cial and physical enslavement. A meaningless election poll I IKIVG before me an artcle v.-hich appoiirccl in The Ileidld Friday. Anptisl 20. rcpcrlmg Ihe result "f a pnhlic opincm poll on Hie provincial clccto. In my opinion Ihi.s poll is mnn- ingless. I am a upiversily sIndent ulio has no course in lics. so. Uic faiills of ilns were rciit'lily .-ipparonl to me, as Ihey be lo ;.uy- one gave Ihe .slory fifteen minuics' Niougni. First of all, lllo .sample viously Loo small This is ad- milled by Lhe writer, hnl he fionelhdL-s.s exacl ;icr- of vole (hslribulidi I checked will) inalh. (lo-prrtmont and in- formed that a sample, sliiiikl cunlain at Icasl one and pref- erably Ino per eent of llio uhole. 'I'his should have ICIMI about ion in [jMlihridge and MO in I-clHjridflc Kasl, (ar than the poll included. find lhal Ihe nn- dec'ided volei'.s jjol in- ehided' Thai in iisolf is I'lutifih lo make Ilie poll useless. Wisn'L all llw campainnini; and billy- IHIO spewed forth from Hi o politicians mainly dirnclcd al iho I.Kiyinfl M1t l ho nlldeeidcd di-slroys ;iny [Kjll, lut mailer what perienl.- of Ihe cleclor.s coitirl- cd. And [hose uho refuse! (o answer mils also be Rrmpnl .lill) Ihe undecided, for are just as likely, as far as Ihc poller is concerned, to yote any particular party as the undecided voter is. Reading further, we find that Ihe samples were not even randomly ilista-ib u t c d through out the constituencies. Instead, small areas were used, appar- cnfly nfler examining (he re- sulis of the election. Clear- ly, this is a highly questionable procedure, even if (he results from Ihe old single constituen- cy are properly split. Consider 'Crazy Capers' Yns, a man is only nllow- nd one wife, son. K i.s .1 kindly law Lo jirolccL Die the mobility of the population for example. A poll is nol much good un- less tire sample is chosen ran- domly, is of slalislically valid size, anc. includes the results from all Ilic snbjcds chosen. Surely IJic editor knows Ihis. Was Ihis article presented lor .some political reason? One could spcciilalo on .several, especial- ly considering Ihe story which appears beside Ihe one in ques- tion. (Liberals .support Conser- vative DON HALL. EilUor's Noli': No excessive claims for (lie nccurnry of The Herald's poll were made. Admittedly Ilic number of persons polled should Imvn been larger, linl time ,ind re- sources difl not perniil il. Thf. so-called (I'nllui) poll eonlacls far fewer Ihan oni-lenlli o[ one per cenl. The random method is not (lie only worth- while mclliml. Tlip Ilrrahl rhosc lo poll R small arm Hint In previous elections provfil typical of Hie whole eonsliliiency, assuming I li a I it was likely lo he Hie same Hli.v lime. IVe fell our read- ers would he interested in knowing (lie resulls of such a Irs.s-flian-pprfer-t .sampling ex- ercise. Tlie impliralinii lhal Iherr was a iiolilical molivr i.s- hrnnilli reph. More Irend Ihi.s way. and less of Iree compclative enterprise is piomiscd by most all polili- fiil hopefuls. Some will argue that social- Ism is something different than communism, but both Socialists and Communists know better. Jolin Strachey, a top official in Iho Labor Socialist party of Great Britain, in his book en- titled "The Theory and Prac- tice of Socialism" had this to say. "H is impossible lo estab- lish communism as the imme- diate successor lo capitalism. It is accordingly proposed lo establish socialism as some- thing which we can put in Ihc place of our present decaying capitalism. Hence, Communists work for Ihe establishment of socialism as a necessary tran- sition stage on Ihe road to com- munism.'1 Whether like to believe :l or nol, the facts are there, and we are so gullible and apathetic that we will not seo their plans. It would dif- ferent if there was nol a belief way. but (here IS A EETTEH WAV, and it is up lo AIJ., OF US lo search out thai way be- fore il is loo lale, and our precious freedoms are losl. A. E. HANCOCK. Raymond. might di.slurb unr balanced ec-o- Dopy. ''Incidents may involve, for iiwliince, a fishing vessel, an (til lanker or ;j private1 air- craft." The (rfficnlly is that our mare nuslmms are considered open by certain olher gov- crnmcnls, especially that of the United Slates. Jt dues appear IJf.'iL, if In rnn- Irol Hie Americans, they will iiL'cd all the lawyers Mr. Mac- dcnalf] is cajuibJu of scraping As the minister candidly com- mented al his press conference, the armed forces have been liiiESing IhroLiph a dlffienlt peri- od, Tliis is since Ilip new rclcs appear lo call for longer explanations every week. In Ihe mil dislnni. past had an army, a navy ami an air force. We now have "an impor- tant reservoir of skills antl capabilities: a resource which may be used lo carry out es- sentially non-military projects of high priority and importance to national development: a catalyst (o slimulale tlie intro- duction of new techniques into Canadian industry." To cap it all, behind Ihc man in uniform is a Volume of defence pur- chases which assist in the at- tainment of (lie gave rumen is objective of regional economic equality. Whether one is a cor- poral or field marshal, all Ellis calls for a good deal of adjust- ment. It is net sin-prising to read dial there i.s going to be a change of emphasis. We are new going in for versatile forces an'l multi-purpose equip- ment rather Lliau a hi.ch de- gree of specialization. Multiple (ahkinp, is to lie the1 watclnvorxl in recognition nnssihly of the government's rapidly changing objective and the endless vari- ety of our non-military foes. The while paper contains little that was not expected. IL has been decided, after an argu- ment with the Americans, to abandon Ihe Bomarcs although for hygienic reasons cited in miK'h political discuss- ion Tho Vocdiios will retain widcar ur.-iporr; since, without Ihom, they bo ineffective! in inlcrccpliiig bombers with nuclear loads. The anr.imenl is that Bo- niarcs once served an impor- tant liual imrpase, .shielding the concentrated population of east- ern North America and proVcl- ing Vie deterrent. But against. missies, ho cninprrhrnsixt1 sys- ICMU for prn'icctint; llu cities row oxi.-ts (lie deterrent, based largely in the West, is bltlr lu'Ipcd by dislanl and iicrahlc ('.nmarcs at N'orlli Bay and La Macnza, This might suggest that wo need more inlt'rcepicrs, al- though the government has been able to resist thn idea. A deterrent (o any such conclu- sion IS h SALT talks will iii'luce Ihr lo retire Ihc'ir bniubn's: in v.Jiicli case, presumably, tlic, Voocir.os will follow (hem into oblivion. As wns also cxpeclcd the CF 5s arc lo be kept available for .service in emergency on NATO's northern flank, Elsewhere on the NATO front, our small force now in reserve being reshaped il.s new duties. Us Centur- ions arc lo be retired in favor of air transport able, light annor- od vehicles for reconnaissr-ice, possibly [he Scorpions now used by British forces. Thus the dnwmvanl reshaping continues, r.Hhough relatively minor decisions nnd inflation have combined fo impose some check, (he forces mil comprise .some IJo.OOO per- scnncl be freed in Iwo .stages from the freeze imposed on Ihc department. Mr. Macdcmaid does nol anti- cipate further while papers in J.'i70s. Knr Ihe lime beinp. at one uperalinn lift is deemed sufficient for the armed foiTos. Thn pnwpLTt of another paper would prolnbly he more Ihan they could slnrd. (Jlcr-ilil Dllaivji Hiin-an) Looking backward Through the Herald There arc now automobiles licenced [or opera- tion in Alherfa. This is a steady jnercase from last, year's iiulos, iftlll .Steps are being taken fo give effect (o the provincial proposed .scheme for the construction of