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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI IETHBRIDGE HERAID December 1971 Closure on the tax debate The government lias announced it will force a vote on the lax On the bill itself there is room for On the governments right press it to a there can he no valid It is a huge with hundreds upon hundreds of debatable and the right of Parliament to en gage in such debate cannot he ar But that right is not intermin If debate were allowed to go on to its natural conclusion the mea sure would never to a vote and regardless of merits it might have the country would never get the benefit of a new tax Parliamen tary critics have two ways of defeat nig the One is by mustering the votes in the House of the other is by filibustering it to They have been working on the sec within Ihe rules of the Now the government has invoked a prior rule and ordered a The voters may rebuke land per haps defeat the government for its tax They should commend it for showing the courage of its convic tions and strength in If it believes its bill is as surely it then its inescapable duty is to see the filibuster brought to an end and the peoples representatives per mitted to The bitter choice General reaction by the British press in regard to the proposed set tlement on the terms of Hhodcsian independence has been that it is about the best deal Britain could pos sibly No one expected that the oneman onevote principle had a but at the very least the agreement provides that there will be less less discrimination and more power to the Hie big question will they ever become the majority even in 30 There are many loopholes which could delay progress to major ity rule even by the turn of the cen if the white minority uses the subtle ways of the educated and superior to prevent the African march to There is some encouragement in the appointment of the commission which will decide whether the terms of independence are acceptable lo all the Rhodesian Mack or Its decision will be based on obser vation of the testing of public opinion in This is a most difficult but provisions have been made which go a long way to assure that an honest result can be The personnel of the commission who will assess the results is en The first three names an nounced are Lord a former judge and now president of the Brit ish press Lord former Conservative minister and ambassador to Washington whose father played an important role in examining the land problem in Rho desia and finally Sir Maurice Dor former governorgeneral of Malta and Sierra who as a young colonial governor held notably radical views during the decoloniza tion era in West There is still a very long way lo go before ratification can be And even after progress will still depend on the good will and in tegrity of the leaders of the Rhodes ian Theres going to be a lot of water flowing under the Rhodesian bridge before any settlement completely satisfactory lo the white the black Rhodesians or the British can ever be The fact that such a settlement is Sir Alec DouglasHome has it is the best 1 could From the point of view of the black its but its only inching The bitter choice for them is less racialism or as practised in South Africa Christmas gifting By Betty pOALALE I just had to tell you Our Christmas shopping is ALL DONE And it was FUN All that is except my husband Ivans gift for me but then it seems lo be traditional with him to buy his gift for me the day before Christmas maybe that last minute ex posure to the hustle bustle of the Christ mas crowds does something special for Dollars just dont seem to go very far these and being from the farm there seems to be even less of so last year we tried an We had a family we number 10 now with the childrens spouses and one who is still to be added and we agreed that our gifts to one another should have a limit of one dollar per It was a great and no one ended up with a mountain of bills facing them in the month of The Christmas tree WAS rather sadly deflated compared to other because of the smallness of the but it was great fun discover in each package how imaginative each person had and how much thought they had given to each others real needs of the little And oh what a bless ing to have so much less paper to clean up and the ease we found in finding just the proper place for each So we done it localise was and it is the giving that is so much more important than liio My girls reminded m c of Christmas past when their Did used to save his 50 cent pieces in a little Scrvel refrigerator bank that came with our old coal oil At Ivan always gathered the children around took the tiny screws out of the back of the bank and dumped the big pieces of silver on the lie would make four equal piles of silver one for each of the children and thai would be their Christmas spending money for the Usually it amounted to or And they did nil their shopping with I hear you oh that was those But is Im trying to lell you It can still be done if you just and look around a little Here are some suggestions of what wo found at one garage we found a wholo Meyers shelf of handy items for 99 cents There were socket small wrench level and nylon rope and many All hardware departments have a whole host of kitchen wooden rubber meat box of fancy wallboard push pins for posters or re plastic rubber jar open and spoon A shelf marked 88 cents items disclosed all sorts of little toys the right size for small cars and blocks and games and A search in the stationery departments of stores brought out dot bocks and packages of non toxic felt pens to trace them all sorts of coloring books and new boxes of exciting books of stickers to punch out and find the right place to put Little books anywhere from 35 cents lo 65 cents to read and to be read match box toys for 75 a real delight to any What fun they would have collecting And did you ever think how much more fun it would be for if we gave them gifts any time during the just because we love rather than have to wait for Christmas or birthdays The countless bazaars have been a boon 10 Ihe Christmas They offer such beautiful items for sinii reasonable prices gifts of love made by willing hands for Ihe cause in which they believe the be it the cmuch or Ihe hospital or their Every 1 personally say my lit tle prayer of thanks for the tender loving care put into all the beautiful items made by Tilda How about some of your own tender loving care Bake a batch of or your veiy best or a pan of creamy toffee or or hot muffins for Christ inas breakfast for your If you dont milk a cow any find some in dustrious neighbor who and treat your friends lo a jar of rich farm or three dozen farm fresh Even the grocery store is chick full of treats for Christmas that your friends not buy Try you will find it a lot of Re it isnt the gift that is important 11 is the giving and il isnl the food that is it is just BEING iiisi By DOUR Wnlkrr A MKICT1NTJ I ittiMKlcd once favorsome old one of which badly ol unexpectedly by the presence of He intended to say that Ilic visit i perKonaKc of omc suppos01 iis n whatever ho The chairman drafted somebody to inlrnducc the visitor to Ihe Anthony Westell Leaking of cabinet secrets is serious QTTAWA When HitGray report to the cabinet on foreign investment leaked lo the Canadian it was merely an unusual The publication of the con fidential cabinet dceision on the which quickly in another paper followed seem ed a The third leak of a cabi net paper on Indian suggests a We it a branchplant someone who has access to government records and the belief that he is the best judge of what the public has the right lo and In addition to excituig the amusing the opposition and annoying the the trickle of leaks raises se rious longterm Those people who see nothing but good in the publication of cabi net papers should understand that they are really approving a fundamental change in our system of responsible govern 1 happen to think that we should reform the system to make more information avail able to the public and to open decisionmaking Lo Ive been advocating it for But 1 dont think we should be hustled by some self appomled savior with a copy ing The cabinet system as we have known it depends on con The prime minis ter asks one of his colleagues to study a particular area of policy and lo make recommen The minister takes his draft proposals to a committee of where they will prob ably be The commit tee report goes on lo full cabi net for final probably after further debate and This decision becomes gov ernment policy when it is an nounced in the form of legisla a cabinet order or a white The cabinet is collec tively responsible for the col lective and any min ister who cannot give his sup port must When there is a leak in the middle of Ihe policymaking Ihe cabinet collective ly is For the publication of Revenue Minister Herb Grays draft re port showed that he was rec ommending a new agency to screen foreign What happens now if the cabi net modifies that or even persuades Cray thai il is not the best course Can he survive in Ihe exposed lo jeers and criticism Ibal he is knuckling or must he resign This is hypothetical it seems thai the cabinet will in Grays pro But only a couple of years Prime Minister Pierre Tmdcau made Ihe mistake of allowing his Paul Ilellyer to serve as bead of a task force on housing and to identify himself with public proposals lo When the cabinet was reluctant to act on some of the recommendations Hcllyer had little alternative but to Certainly he could mil stay in the cabinet anrl support policies different from those with which he had publicly endorsed in the report of the task The Conservatives have call ed for the resignation of In dian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien on the basis of Indian reaction to a leaked cabinet The document shows that on July 29 the cabinet endorsed in principle the decision of its so cial policy committee to begin a million program to de velop nalive culturaleducation The paper called for more detailed studies lo be prepared this and noted that funds for this year would have to be provided in supplementary estimates for the secretary of states depart I dont know if Ihe cabinet has yet made the final deci sion scheduled for the but Ihe funds seem lo be included in the book of supplementary estimates put before Parlia ment Bui Indian leaders are con on Ihe basis of Ihe July documenl leaked U them that the cabinet is holding back the promised money to pressure them into good behav In their they are re fusing to aceepl any help whatsoever from and it is this apparent breakdown in communications which has brought the call for Chretiens So what has been achieved by the leakage of Ihe cabinet document before a policy deci sion had been made Some TV film and politi cal debating But the In dians seem to be worse what was achieved Letters to the editor Amazed at high salaries of teachers The school authorities asso ciation of Lethbridge and Medi cine Hat should be commend ed for presenting such a com prehensive and clear report on contract negotiations between the school boards involved and the ATA teachers Anyone who reads this re port must surely be amazed at the high average salaries teachers arc now receiving and it is unthinkable thai the 1972 salary scale as per the conci liation award would bfi readily acceptable to the According to federal govern ment we note that from 1949 to 1969 farmers av erage income increased by 34 per All employees in come by 133 per cent and teachers income by 194 per From 1959 to 1969 farm ers income increased by 23 per all employees by 56 per cent and teachers by 82 per The all employees group includes store auto ami also teachers and the in crease in this category would be somewhat less had teachers been From these figures il is ap parent that the ATA has been successful in achieving abnor mal salary increases and the conciliation award indicates a continuation of Ihis trend at an accelerated Teachers now have lo be the group of em ployees with Ihe highest hourly based on their teaching week of 23z hours and Ihis over a nine month This work week is evidently still not satisfactory to the ATA how who want the maximum Long live Chief of Police Michelson leaching time to be 22 It will be difficult for those people on low fixed and the many thousands on salaries substantially less than those enjoyed by teachers to understand why they should be asked to pay the teachers Health Care and Blue Cross premiums as well as Iheir A local teacher recently stated in The Herald The ideal education situation would he to have a tutor for each This is as prepos terous as sounds and this pu pilteacher ratio is no doubt the ultimate aim of the IRATE Wit limit the opportunity to prepin the the poor fellow ell back ou get was second to no What he said was the visitor second lo fellow on my out of the Mdc of bis How low can you In reply lo LawAbiding Citi who is too cowardly to sign its I can only say Long Live Chief of Police llichel Hie police arc far too busy wild genuine crimes lo dealing false punish and if Ihe youth hadnt deserved the he wouldnt have got It wasnt a matter of a few ten cent It wasnt he destroyed hut lht he de which was If Ihe police let these boys off the boys only snigger and go do something We must stop crime at the begin or soon we cant live in a If we all brought up our families in Ihe soppy manner lhal LawAbiding sug we would soon have a whole generation of liltlc Miggilmc we return In the medieval thumb screw and or that hang people for stealing a loaf of but lalely the whole of the country has beon to sympathize with the dragging in Ihe most improbable examples to port our Everyone be lieves Hie for in when it Is known thai such people never tell the and never looks at the evidence at As for being finger what is so terrible about that Ive been fingbf and for a criminal record eith You cant join the armed services nowadays Many hospitals routinely finger and footprint new and some places require finger prints for drivers bank books and credit It is simply a form of identifica The police may have my finger prints any time they They wont ever find them were they shouldnt AMY by Ihe publication of Ibe Gray report and the cabinet minute approving it in principle and calling for further studies The editor of the Abraham said he un derstood there was a deadlock in Ihe cabinel over whether to publish the Gray He claimed rather piously thai hi making public part of Hie docu he was seeking to break the deadlock and force the gov ernmenl to issue Ihe whole re But there was no dead Trudeau had made clear several occasions that he considered the Gray report to be a confidential cabinet pa and once the prime minis ter had the matter was The provisional In was to issue a white paoer when Ihe final policy decision had been Whether the paper would have been as complete as the Gray report is an open but certain ly it would have been more readable and more likely to re ceive broad public The Gray document contains very little new information and consists mostly of explanalion and discussion in almost un readable What the cabinet will decide now to publish remains to be Fewer people now within the government apparatus will have access to cabinet The machines which shred up con fidential papers will be busier than Ministers and pub lic servants will be less ready lo talk even privately about matters before the This is not a criticism of the Canadian Forum or of any ol my journalistic colleagues for publishing the private papers which came into their Im sure lhal in Ihe same posi tion I should have done the same partly because of the desire for a scoop and part ly because the journalist is not in a position to make ftaal judgments about the public in James Reston of the New York for Ihoughl it was nol in the public interest o publish his knowl edge about the planned Bay of Pigs adventure and has since lamented that if he had re ported what he he might have saved his country from a terrible The first duty of the journal ist is to publish what he When he decides to censor him self he had better be very sure where the public interest really and be ready to accept responsibility for his the responsibility of the politician and the pub lic servant is to keep official To breach them is to claim to know the public inter est belter than the government elected by the public to serve its These cabinet are serious matters and not simpjy politi cal Certainly we should have better access to research ma lerial which lies behind cabi net One rec ommended by the economic council in its recent is to follow the British practice of publishing green papers Uiat summaries of information about a problem to encourage public discussion before the cabinet is ready even to state its own policy hi a white pa Another which was debated in the Commons by backbenchers from all is to further strengthen par liamentary by giv ing them better research fa cilities and more independence from cabinet Those ideas and discussions do not make headlines or scan dals on but they are the right and responsible way to go about reforming and ing our system of Toronto Star Syndicate Looking backward Through The HcraH Complete menial midget Commenting on a letter to the editor in The Herald by A law abiding citizen and in which Lawabiding appears to me to be n strong believer in the right of persons to steal or deslroy properly without penally and who suggests a police chief who warns these nasty is a doddering It seems to that our police forces have a hard enough time to protect the public without persons like Lawabiding giving what amounts to aid md com forl lo Ihe The tax payers of Lethbridge have suf fered thousands of dollars of damage in the lasl few years from these vandals Uiat Law abiding seems lo believe should be exempt from any punish ment and il is my considered opinion that only a person who is an of society or a complete mental midget could condone criminal Wilh citizens like the saying that crime does pay1 could be reversed and ev ery would be obliged to guard his properly night and I have always noticed that those people wo criticize the police forces the most are the type who make Kilice forces HAY inn MPP for is planning to introduce a bill which will call for the closing of all relail stores and barber shops at 6 every 1921 Fine weather and good roads a crowd lo the opening concert of the Ca nadian Chautaugua appear ing in Winnifred for three The special CPR pas senger car lo be carried on Ihe northbound train to Okotokfl has been ordered and we hope Ihat a good number of Hockey fans wiil travel with the Kinsmen hockey Names of about 100 members of the Canadian arm ed forces overseas who will broadcast to Canada on Sun were made public 11151 Close lo 65 oil painl water pen and ink and pencil drawings were seen in Ihe 13th annual exhibition of Ihe Lethbridge Sketch The letlibridtjc Herald 504 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Published 1005 by BUCHANAN Second Class Mali Registration MtmLer of The Canadian Prosit ano mo On Publishers Association and the Audit B No 0012 ntnan Daily Newspaper rtflti of Circulations CLEO Editor nncl Publlshor THOMAS General Manarior JOE QALLA WILLIAM HAY Editor irilo Editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS WALKER Advertising Editorial Pflgs Editor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH ;