Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE IETHBKIDGE HERAID Moncltiy, Deccmlii'i t. Prairie bloc possible under new leaders Pleasant responsibility I-'nr its is strum; on musical and theatrical talent and niiisl of this tak'iil is cnthusUislically available1 the community. The annual musical theatre elii-rl which has just closed is a major case in poinl. The quality of the production and llu- amount of effort Ihal went into il were astonishing. .Numerous oilier "I'oups. in the course of each yeuf, also make out- contributions to Ihe quality of life in southwestern Alberta, to Ihe pleasure of living here. .Now it is lime to put Ihe spotlight on Ih'j .Symphony Asso- ciation, which slaves its first concert Ionian, linlii Ihe orchestra and the chorus, each under highly profes- sional direclion, will perform. This is both an opportunity and a respon.sibihh. It is a rare opportu- nity for all v.ho appreciate good mu- sic, and especially good live music. If they miss it, Ihe loss is Iheii'S. And for those who make their living here and prosper from the presence ol such lakiil and effort, there is a responsibility to support it. The art- ists and performers, in giving so selflessly ol their lime and artistry, need lo fee! that the community ap- preciates and supports them. Cheers are out of order Kidel Castro'.- three week happi- ness tour in Chile lias achieved al least one It's revived inter- est in Latin American affairs which have been all hut ignored here in recent monlhs. Reports have indicated lhat Ihe Chilean president Sr. Allen.de. Ihe firsl .Marxist to he elected by popu- lar vole, had been setting en well his iialiotmlixalion program. But immediately prior to Castro's depar- ture for his Cuban home. Sr. Al- lende's opposition demonstrated its m Ihe streets of Santiago. It started v. illi a march of women, de- manding an end lo the serious food shortage which has hit Chile. The fact is. lhat Chile is desperately short of foreign exchange, and that the lood crisis can he laid squarely at Sr. Allcmic's door. There was apprehension in Ihe in- ternational community that Uru- guay's recent elections might follow the "Chilean political line. But Uru- guayans have voted against Ihe radi- cal coalition parly which adopted a program similar io Sr. Allende's. It had the support of the terrorist Tn- pamaro.i despite their contempt lor elections. The nev, president of I'ruguay is expected lo be the min- ister of agriculture in Ihe former government Sr. Juan .Maria Dorda- berrv. Former President is prevented by Hie constitution from taking office lor a second five-year year. An amendment which would have provided for Ibis has been de- feated as was expected. So the course of .Marxism in La- tin America is meeting wilh some obstacles. I'.m the very fact thai the radicals polled a large percentage of the vole 1'ist how large isn't yd known, bin it is likely to be about SO per cent will encourage them to try harder. And among those left- ists arc the Tupamaros. who are now certain lo step up their campaign of violence kidnappings, hold-ups and guerrilla The outlook for botli countries, Chile and Cruguay is grim. Neither Marxism as in Chile, or elected strong armism as in Uruguay has been able to halt the discontent brought on by inflation, dwindling world markets food shortages and consequent labor problems. Peking party diplomacy The Chinese threw a party in a Peking hotel the other day, in honor of the -Till anniversary of the "liber- alion" their friends the Albanians. invited, but their diplomatic1 friends from East Europe Hungary. Bulgaria. Poland and plus the West Ger- mans, were exlenderl an imitation. II nuiv have been a jolly party for a few minutes but not for long. The guest of honor, the Albanian ambassador to Peking threw the first monkey v. rench in Ihe works when he told Ihe assembled guests that ''U.S. imperialism and Soviet socialist im- perialism continues lo act in collu- sion to divide the world into spheres of influence." The Germans and the 'Kasl Europeans departed immedi- ately, no doubt parking their drinks in the potted palms on the way out. The exodus didn't upset the hosts in Ihe slightest. The Chinese vice- premier followed it up by taking a verbal slap at the Indian diplomat, and at his friends the "social imper- ialists'1 alias the Soviets. Hie diplo- mal departed in haste. None of which proves very much except that talking behind backs is not for the Chinese. Ask llinm to the party, toll (hem frankly you don't like their ideas, or their friends, or whatever. If they don't like, il, they can always go home, leaving extra food and drink for those who really appreciate it. It's known as Peking party diplomacy. ER C N COL Rocking the boat 'APTIVATI.N'G, the case of the school- teacher (Creston, B.C.) who returned SI.COO cf her salary lo the school board be- cause she felt that teachers were pricing ihi'iv.selvcs out of the market. The school board was (New JIalh not- withstanding) nonplussed. The teachers' federation graded the ex- ercise F, for Fink. Only Ihe public, disorganized rabble that we are, have had no official spokesman to boggle on our behalf. Allow me. First. I invite you to agree that in our society of massive pressure groups, lum- bering and wheeling about in contention like hippos in rutting season, it is refresh- ing to witness an individual acting accord- ing to his lights. Or, in this instance, her lights. The rarity f.f the occurrence is indicated by live fact thai Ilio story made the front of the newspaper. Like the birth of-an oaelc in captivity. Or the discovery in outer space of a star that makes unaccountable noises. Labor unions, brotherhoods, federations and guilds, along professional and managerial associations, regard such freak utterances as an abomination. It is a sin against the great unifying force of our lime: greed. Aposlasy against the eolicsive doctrines of Ihe older church are page. M, among the Iruss ads. The bishop who makes Ihe public stalement lhat: priests be allowed lo marry is a minor heretic compared lo a leacher who kicks back a grand lo Ihe taxpayers because she 11.inks .she is overpaid. Orthodoxy loday is based on the gospel lo SI. Lucre, in parlicular: I..MI ball it be giMMi Ihal hath the licaviesl Collectively, the meek nvay well inherit the earth. Your average jwstie, for exam- ple, viewed in isolation does not come across as a large, blunt instrument. But as a member of the letter carriers' union he ceases to be the mild-mannered friend of man and beast, becomes part of a formidable object, an immense boot placed on the neck of the nation's communication. The teacher too is Iransformed by fed- eration into a Gargantua even more terrifying than the corporate muscle of trucker or longshoreman. Most mothers would sooner be deprived of food than have their kids hanging around Uie house be- cause the .school is strike-bound. The teacher in question was not a mem- ber of the teachers' federation, apparently. This means that she cannot be burned at the stake, though six? may get scorched a little in the staff room. As to whether she was right lo rebate the to the school is a complex question thai I prefer not to an- swer as I have ah'cady been hanged in effigy at a PTA meeting. Having no immediate plan of returning to my employer, on the grounds that 1 am pricing newspaper columnists out of Ihe market, I can hardly endorse her act without sounding faintly pha.ra.saic. f would also make the payroll department very cross if I returned pay after they had iv.adc all the deductions for income tax, medical insurance and Ihe pension that will support this gutless wonder inlo il.s clolage. Tile first-aid nurse would want to sec me, Inn, And 1 hale Ilial. lest of putting Ihp. square blocks inln round boles. In principle, however, and rememlioring that lo stand up lo be counled is apt to rock the boat, I am disinclined lo asso- ciate myself with the viewpoint that it is impossible to regard the teacher's action as anything but mischieu'iis. And Ihal's for MIIC. (Vancouver Province features) OTTAWA I'rairie politics hive been unusually vola- tile since Ihe New Democratic Party formed its first Manito- ba government under Ed Sch- reycr in the spring of This year the NDI' returned to pow- er in .Saskatchewan, under Allan Blakeney, and Peter Lousheed led Ihe Conservatives to an upset victory in Alberta, ending years of Social Credit administration. Now that the dust lias set- tled, it has become clear that the changes involved more than transfers of power from one [Wlitieal party to another. There was a shift of power from an older political genera- tion to a younger. This is em- bodied in the three men who now lead the three Prairie provinces. The ideological dif- ferences which .separate them seem to be far less important than their similarities of tem- perament and approach to gov- ernment This is particularly striking when you talk with the three of them, as I did, in the space of a feu days. The political result will be a far mure cohesive Prairie bloc than the rest of Canada has been accustomed to encounter- ing. There were early signs of this at the federal-provincial conference in Ottawa last month. II was clear Ihi'l Manitoba and Saskatchewan came lo the conference after extensive niul- ual preparation; despite parly differcrces Alberla now gives every indication of wanting to IK inv Ivcd. They belong to the same gen- eration. Echrcyer, at :if> years of age, ii the y o u n g e .s I. Blakcney is the oldest Lougheed is 411. Blakeney and Lougheed, Ihe two lawyers, re- ceived part of their education in other countries, Blakeney as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford and Lougheed at Harvard. has a m a s t c r's degree in economics po- litical science and lectured at the University of Manitoba early in his political career. All three men are of intellec- tual ability and confident physical presence. Schreyer is moodier than the other two and probably the mo.st brilliant. Impressions of Blakeney dif- fer widely. There are many who consider him a man. If liiis has been true in the past, my own feeling is that his new political authority has made him more outgoing. Lougheed is by far Ihe most attractive of the three from a television producer's viewpoint. His most obvious political characteristics so far have been ambition and an ability to work incrediblv hard. There is a mure substantial comparison In be made. The main political cbjeclive of all three appears to be sound gov- ernment management. In this tliev resemble premiers of their own generation in other Canadian provinces; but this ii Ihe first time that politicians of this type have coincided in of- fice on the Prairies. It is evident, from talking the three premiers, that this s going lo have a marked effect in relations between these provinces, on their rela- tionship lo British Columbia (where W. A. C. Bennett is the last "old style" provincial lead- er still in office) and on the in- fluence that the Prairie region e.xerts on the rest of Canada. The three premiers agree in principle that this is likely lo happen. In practice, they are working toward much closer a d m i n i strative relations be- tween their provinces. None of the premiers, sig- nificantly, shows much inter- est at this stage .71 discussing political prairie union or oth- er grand strategics in the slyle of W. A. C. Bennett. "I still have an interest in it." said Schreyer, who is on record as supporting Prairie union, "but I think there's more prospect of a functional approach than a constitutional approach.'' Letters To The Editor Jesus Revolution a unique example To Mr. Allan Walker's irre- sponsible assertion that such productions as Superstar are necessary as an approach to modern youth, there can be but one answer. The fact of the matter a fact confirmed by the evidence of twenty centuries is that the message of Jesus Christ, cruci- fied and risen, has been and always will be the drawing card for humanity, young and old alike. Consider for example the pic- ture which the church presents in the world of today. We see the Modernists blindly laying themselves open to the charge of inconsistency or worse paying lip service to Jesus the man while the Judas kiss be- trays his divinity; sowing a human gospel and reaping re- sults which have no power be- yond the narrow confines of mere social reform. We see the Fundamentalists, well-meaning no doubt, but often bogged down in ritualism, formality and apathy the complaisant pulpit edifying the comfortable pew while without waits the multitude, forgotten and unfed. But there is also a third com- pany, men and movements which frequently arise in times of spiritual dearth and which manifest to their generation the intense dedication and mission- ary zeal which characterized that glorious, first century church. There are such in the earth today and from their number I would site a unique example. A recent issue of Time de- votes eleven pages to the story of the Jesus Revolution which during the past few years has swept across the United Stales adding multiplied thou- sands of America's youth to the ranks of the Jesus People. Here is something which is leaving a vital ,ind permanent impression. Tlic secret of its success Jesus Christ a pres- ent day reality to individuals in a confused world. This movement has begun to expand into Canada, and for over a year there has been a dedicated and enthusiastic nu- cleus in the city of Watch the kids. 1 predict great things for the days ahead. REV. T. W. ROYCROFT. Lethbridge. Appeal for natural history collections Before January, the biology department of the University of Lethbridge will be operating in Hie new building. It will, for the first time, have proper facili- ties to store and maintain field collections of preserved biolog- ical specimens for purposes of teaching, research, and dis- play. It takes many years of painstaking w o r k, however, to accumulate such collections. While we have significant be- ginnings in various directions, we would much like to enrich cur holdings. I would appeal, therefore, to anyone who has a scientifically worthwhile collection of natur- al history specimens, including necessary collection data, to consider donating or willing it to I lie university. Too often, such collections arc lost after the initial interest fades, or when they are inherited by the collector's children. A measure of permanent protection can be Open, letter Lo Keen Observer Krom your letters of Novem- ber I- and December I, you display an a.stoundingly strong a n I i Canadian pro-American altitude. Heing a patriotic Ca- nadian (which I assumed you are. patriotic or (ithrrwi.sei, I am thai a fellow Cana- dian would condone such atro- cities as Ihe ones you have de- scribed in your letters. Your at- tiludes pertaining lo Ihe Am- cbilka blasl, bieiilloniiism, ox- porlalion and American over are proposlerous and trea- sonously anti-Canadian. If you bold the Pnited States and your beloved Mr. Nixon so dear f strongly recommend that you go down and join him because you're certainly not wanted iiere. I was also amazed that you didn't sign your name to eilher of the letters, hut I guess it's plain lo sec that you didn't have enough guts to lake the credit for your dire patriotism. ALAN HOWARD. 111. WINSTON CIIUHCIIIU. INCH .SCHOOL. Jxsthbridp1, provided by the university which is not present in private homes. I am thinking particu- larly o[ more specialized collec- tions such as insects, egg-shells of birds, etc. Individual mount- ed animals or game heads, if in good condilion, would also enrich the environment within which students study. Anyone who is willing to contribute such materials is invited to contact the writer at home or at the department of biological sciences. University of bridge. .101! KII1JT. Initiation I do not intend lo enter inlo a writing malcb on the editor- ial pages of The Herald but I would approciale enough space lo invile Hie person who sign- ed himself "Law Abiding Citi- zen" in a recent Idler lo visit me in my office at his conven- ience In discuss Ihe problems ho seems [o have. HAi.ru n. MICIIKLSON, CIIIKI'' Ol'' I'OLICK. think it's worth a Hlakeney, "since every Canadian problem appears lo he a constitutional problem. In thai conlcxt. Prairie union is a good idea. But, in fact, there is :i great deal lo be said for smaller u n i I s of administra- tion." "I just don't see political union at was Lougheed's reaction, "but I think there will be a greater number of times when a combined western ap- proach, hope fully including British Columbia, will occur more frequently. "I Ihink that will be a for- ward Ihing for Canada lhat the balance between Quebec and Ontario will be to a degree off- set by, perhaps, a growth to- wards political union in the Maritimes and at the same time, a stronger and more uni- ted western view." In Blakcney's opinion, any substantial alliance of western provinces has to slart al ad- ministrative rather than politi- cal levels. "All the politicians can do is smile benignly and give their blessing." he said. "If it's go- ing to work, it has to be done by the people even below the deputy minister level, at the branch head level." This kind of co-operation de- pends not only on the phil- osophies of t h e different gov- ernments but on the capabili- ties of the various civil ser- vices. "I think, for instance, that we'll get a prairie economic council as soon as we have a civil service that is geared lo do that sort of said Blalieney. "I didn't inherit one and I'm having to build it. I don't know what kind of civil service Lougheed has got. The previous Social Credit govern- ment of Alberta kept a very tight ship. Their public ser- vants didn't mix with the oth- ers at federal-provincial con- ferences. "Schreyer has now built a good civil service and the links between the Schreyer govern- ment and our own arc really getting quite close in many, many areas. We hope to do the same with Lougheed and as far as I can see, Lougheed hopes to do it with us." "I don't anticipate any prob- lem in dealing with Schreyer or agreed the pre- mier of Alberla. "Even though we may have some ideological differences, I think that we ap- proach things pragmantically. I sense lhat we'll be able to get along very Schreyer said that he was clcscly following moves to inlc- gratc departments of agricul- ture, forestry and fisheries in the Maritimes. "If they manage to do this, I think it's a tremendously logi- cal and rational thing lo he said. "WTe could, in Ihe Prairie provinces, do the same with respect to university grants, university huilding and con- struction, curriculum and ex- pansion. I think there's room for it in resource development as well." He cited, as a small exam- ple, a common program of test- ing farm machinery will come before Manitoba and Sas- katchewan legislatures this winter. The biggest u n a n s w c red question, in this drift toward some form of Prairie union, is the position of British Colum- bia. Blakeney said flatly, "I don't see British Columbia fitting into this just that neatly. At any rale, nothing is going lo happen in B.C. while the pre- sent administration is there. In administrative terms, it's not going to happen, but I don't sec a great deal of affinity any- way." Lougheed, on the contrary, believes that any western alli- ance would be immeasurably strengthened by the presence of British Columbia. All the interviews look place in the offices' of the premiers. T h c y were all recorded on tape. The most extensive was with Premier Schreyer. We talked for more than an hour, start- ing wilh recollections of his first, election to Ihe Manitoba legislature in IS! an elec- tion thai I had covered as a reporter for Ihe Winnipeg Tri- bune. Schreycr at that tune the firsi elected polilician of my own age thai I had ever encountered. I was not the first to notice how mjch he has aged in the past few years. His face was heavier and etched wilh fatigue lines. His associates lold me that he almost never takes ex- ercises during the long Mani- loba winters and that his work- ing hours are long and erratic. During the interview, Sch- reyer answered each question al length, more for his own satisfaction than from any no- tion of public relations. Premier Bkkcncy was the only one of the three premiers who sal behind his desk during t h e interview. The others moved out to informal confer- ence areas in their offices. Wo started out by talking about his daughter's recent experience as a student in a French-lan- guage high school near Mon- treal. Premier Lougheed of Alber- ta is the most "western" of the three outgoing and affable. While Schreyer hunched in ccncer.lration during the inter- view and Blakeney sat rather formally behind h i s desk, Lougheed lounged in a com- fortable chair. II was interest- ing that he opened the inter- view by asking about my own work. The easy manner belied a mentality that is intensely political. In terms of content, the inter- view with Lougheed wras the least productive of the three. It is evident that Loughccd is not going lo make many careless mistakes in Ihe early years of office. Despite ninny efforts to ar- range an interview wilh Pre- mier Bennett in the weeks pre- ceding my arrival in British Columbia and during the week that I was there, he remained unavailable. British Colombia is certairly included in the plans of a high- level private group which is working now in the western provinces lo create a "Canada West Council." At a "Prairie Union" conference in Leth- bridge, lasl year, the idea of such a council was supported strongly by James A. Richard- son, minister of supply and ser- vices and the only Manitoba member of the federal cabinet. Since then a fair amount of quiet preparatory work has been underway. As now envisaged, the coun- cil would be a private non-po- litical organization devoted ini- tially to research and funded primarily by government. Pre- parations have advanced to the stage where a leading western Canadian businessman h a s been csked to head the council but no formal approaches have yel been made to the provin- cial governments. In recent, years, a great deal has been written about west- ern separatism and Prairie union. Separatism is not a se- rious question in the west; po- litical union al this stage is of little more than academic in- terest. But a potent combina- tion of new political types, c o m m o n economic interests and pressures from central Canada arc crcatirg. at this time, conditions for a far great- er degree of weslern unifica- tion than anyone would have believed possible only a few years ago. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Looking backward Through The Herald 1911 At a late hour in the afternoon Ihe census returns showed a total of It is possible that the final returns will reach the mark. Al. the meeting of city council, the mailer ot Ihe ob- jection to Ihe building of the new premises of the Crystal Dairy, made by the residents of dghth street was disposed of. 1 !i.1l Work commenced Sat- urday on construction of snow fences on the frozen surface of Crow's Nest Lake, in an at- tempt to prevent blockage of tlie Pass road. 1911 More than ap- plications for enlistment in the Canadian Women's Army Corps and Ihe Canadian Wom- en's Auxiliary Air Force have been received by tiic depart- ment of national war services. 1951 Canda's population is more than Klll.OOfl short of Ihe 14.000.0110 mark. Ihe Bureau ol Slalislics disclosed in a pre- liminary report on the ifliil census. The Letkbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Ixjlhbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1903-195-1, by lion. W. A. BUCHANAN Sncond Class Mall Registration No. 001! 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