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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 1H5 U1H3KIOGE HERALO 12, 1972 Losing his majority changes Trudeau By peter Deibarats, Toronto Star, Ottawa commentator European Security Conference Finally, it appears there is to be a full scale European Security Con- ference. It is planned for 1973, fol- lowing the exhaustive preliminary talks nfj'.v going on in Helsinki, be- f-veen 32 European nations, plus Can- ada and the I'rr.ed. I: in !Sc4 that Russia tirst sou sh l a too level conference to deal matters afiee'.Lig European see- coe. the di'-iiicn of Germany, ar.d a that" even dls- isfit be inter- was ierr.corary. Relations bet'-veen Russia the state' or ''Cold r. VYES the archr.ect. of c.c-al ct Russian foreign nolicy. as fsr as ar-ycr.e l-cr.e'.v. Co mini' o rim: Nik- ita rChrjshchev, recsrit vrlnner of the that followed Stalin's death in an quan- outside Russia. Destiiiniza'ion hail not yet been heard oi. There r.o Pact, no European Market. Tee Berlin V.'all still seven years In the future. Militarily. Rus-ia was tezinniEg to emerge a ntic'iear pwer. She had detcr.ated her hydrogen bomb, Suir_k. e corno'iete military parity with the U.S. was under way. It is a different Europe today. The Coid War seems to be a thing of the past, and there is scarcely any debate about Communist domina- tion, of Eastern Europe. A pact af- the permanent division of is about to be signed. In military" matters Russia negotiates v. :-r tvi" US. as an acknowledged equal. it would seem the So'.ieti have been well rewarded ior their lor.z 19 year wait, and that thev to the European Secur- itv" Conference in far better shape than anvone could have predicted in 1K4. Ail is serene in the Communist world, hovever. Led by Romania, several oi the smaller European na- tions have used the forum provided in Helsinki to ISSUE remarkably stri- dent demands for independence, for greater recognition of their sovereign- ty in political as well as in economic What this means is difficult to say. It is often the case that conferences are arranged to permit just this sort of declamation, to allow the lesser partners to blow off steam, so to speak, before the real powers down to business. Such statements by normally docile satellites are very interesting, nev- ertheless, and if they can be taken at ar.ything approaching face value and it is by no means certain that they can't add up to a clear welcome statement that smaller Eurooean nations will not be con- ten1: "forever to have their affair? settled '.r. Miscov.-. or in negotiations between .Moscow and V.'ashmgton. It w. an unfortunate time, in one respect, for Prime Minister Tnxleau to hold a confer- ence outside the country. Sud- denly expo-ed to a man was radically different to the or.e they had met in Yf.1. a post election Trudeau who still puzzles many Canadians, the British journalists baffled and bored. "Being prime minister oC Canada for more than four decided The Times this week, "has dulled him nearly beyond recognition." In fact. Trudeau's behavior in London Did little to do with his four years as leader of a major- ity government, but a great, deal to do with his thoughts during the six unce he kit that majority. There was so reason ex- pect The Times to appreciate that it was Ob-serving politics! leader in hi! fliel-t from a diffi- cult battle, or that Tradesu was Mew needed There are arsany boys in Leth'nridge the ages of siz and 16 are betas raised without fathers. A recent survey indicates that although mother; doing an admirable job of raising their sons in a or.e-pa.-ent family afrangerr.er.i they are the first to adrrnt their sor.s dreadrully rn-ss a dari. Counseilors. teachers and social Corkers are also o: this teed. For this reason an attempt is to organize a branch of the Big Brother movement in Lethbridge with an initial meeting slated for the Civic Sports Centre Wednesday niaht. It is hoped a large number of both men and women will he present to learn first-hand the benefits oi this fine program. There are sijrty Big Brother groups operating throughout Canada' One recently has beeri established at Med- icine Hat but generally speaking little If anything been done as yet in Alberta. From a monetary point of view alone the results of. such a program could spare society immense sums, cf money for correctional meas- ures might ensue vrhec a boy lack.i direction in his life. The program rerj'jirfcs men. from 21 years of age, right up to and in- cluding who love boys. There is no outlay of money in- time. All it takes ii a little or four hours a as many minutes as it takes to wateh a cou- ple of TV the results attained could be most worthwhile and gratifying. >ro star.ds so straight a.- when he stoops to help a fatherless boy. ART BUCHWALD On searching luggage WASHP.'GTO.V of the ai.-liras are row searching carry-on in or- der to thwart T-js is a very practice, bu it to In the to jive much thwjght to what you psoted in suitcase. tKat strangers can tr.-wsh your personal efiev.u. to cringe style of vraveiling. Some people don't care whet an airUr-e employee or federal r.-arsj-jsl when te zips open yo'jr v.s.Sf.S'-.. I rr. of I ge. tKri'tz -ffx. my fi-ght Is anro-ixed. For or.e f get arxsijt anyone dirty in rr.y Fi) i.tay over at a hi? So I ijrr.it ail tht readir.a ;n c'jr.ducting what he regarded as a tactical retreat objec- tives were far removed from tne concerns of British joicnal- But it was clear to Canadians who travelled to Lon- don with the prime minister that his press conference there merely reflected awi confirmed certain decisions that Trudeau has made atwJt his political under the present condi- tion. The atmosphere of the press conference, of the whole to London, was Cfrrtaicly dull compared with t h e that Tru-ieau provided for the media during his previous trip in ThU fostered h-y prime minister, even succeeded iri obscuring the fact that some inteTesting developmerjts did oc- cur during the visit Tr.e fact that the Queen may vhit Canada twice before rezt autumn certainly has political significance here. Trudeau's ex- pressed desire to Inform Heath about Canadian-American dis- cussions on Vietnam before the British prime minister receives Washington's version at the end of the month was a revealing comment ahc-ut certain diffi- culties between Canada and the L'.S. in this area. There were also signs that Trudeau was moving toward his first visit to France since he oe- carne prirr.je im- portant previo-jsiy impys- fible step in the process of in- creasing Canada's contacts with the European Economic munity. "If the French had ir.vited me, I'd be golne trere too. But they the Ca- nadian prime minister told a television in Lon- don. Later. T-heri of the British prime "miriner at 10 Downing Street. Trudeau's din- ner companions included the French amteMador to Britain awl Michel Jobert, the "Marc Lalonde" of Ihe prime minis- ter's office in Paris. Despite these potential talJang points, Trudeau seemed to de- liberately loecp ria press confereTKe on a routine course, and to the of reaction that The Times gave when it the "dour contrast" with his 1S69 bwjt v.ith Brftbh journalists. One in- that Trudeau's per- forraaoce wa.5 calc-l'alfcd was his 07.T1 reaction iaimediately after it This was a suggestion to oce of rJs special assistants, that the two of them should head directly from- Canada House, where the press anference was hel-d. to P'ortnum and Mason's, most hmtrioui feed my baggage to the Sceeoh of C-eorge hwr.r.fiy old cops of the Reader's I an-, even about niy toilet ar- ing rr.y baggage. I r.e-.er if I'm using the right or the right after-shave lotior.. Recent.y f offered a lady marshal Arier.e P'rarxu an ai.tacid tab- let sr.d she produced ore of her It's a ma zing people feel guilty '.or.'.eor.e goes through their U partirjjiarly true of worn- er, have to open '.p their It takfift my to get her right sr.e's going on an airplane trip. Tr.en afterward she's sure if .t cortai.-Ad the right thir.gi. If I a.oy to oeir.g learch- ed at the airport, it is the impenorja] way it', do'-.e. '.'-.'is'ly the secret yo'ir bag sr.d then vsve ihrough I i'tir.s. V. v.o'Ud sdd rmxh rsort to ii if ftey vouid each carry a piece of cralk or. TOUT TV.ov, -cf.o "A'' he river, 're of seats. Tr.ose receiveri "r" have to re. par.l first press confer- erice after tloe elec-tion. when be announced ras new cabinet at a second press conferecce, wtiea he before the Liberal caucus in Ottawa to discuss election, arjj in Resina on tre eve of hh lyjrjdon trip whea he aodressed an a'jdience of Trudeau's hearing in all appearances ha.s been con- and "chas- to '.he deccrlvtte of Dt'.id In polity as as style, the prime r.'. to have been re'.reatir.g for strategic rca.sc--_i. tre proiram have rrjoved '.ry; Liberals closer to the taken Con- eer.-a'.ivas during the campaign. The new Lih-era! aprxrtach to L'jiorarj-j- aM progrand this win- ter also to Con- leader StaniieW. The next v.ili reflect ?-'DP lor ta.r rezlef. All are that pr.rr.e made a fiiriy in'eiiectJjal sji- j'i-trr.er.t to r.ew a iurprl-.L'.g c--veVjorrjerjt in o-'f rj.1 07.-r for in political leaders. ita'.esunan may weU tl-ir.k cSfitrer-tly from his fet- b-, citUera oc certain he car. try to coTvey his special to thern." he Trrote in "fcut in the feal analyrU it is the sK-.eta! win frit must prevail, no', his Tnfl." o: I'JIs as.-eed wj.r: ihis asse-sznetil in a a ft--.- days ago. ''Tr.-ere's rjo that he's iitellecfjally for the nezt sei'.ion of the he said, ryjt whether he's prepared! erMtiosaliy for what he win tevs to go througi, is Strom intends to remain active in politics By Greg Mctatyre, Hsrald DA Harry Stroni tead the Cre.it. fsrty an grsve? jay thfe more Aherhart or Err.ss'. have of fe still largely pcterJial of irriga- em Alberta'i more trian a d1 ut the Cotaervatjves were irrigation diiJ.nct> under a urJ- the ri.ve, Credit on the form set of reguSatiorj. he said. year-old MLA for Cypress the polls in 1571. did not aitagether desire the !tp Others 3ay SocUl Credit, job. forged with rjrs! du.-- In a recent laid ing the depresskti, ha.1 rjn i'.'. the of his 17 ysan in course and .Mr. Strorn hap- the legislaTjjre waa the astccia- pentd to he leader at the lime. tiorJi he had with farrn peopte It's possible a rryjre after hii in single greatest accom- a party leader Is rtfftx. %f. first week in Fiii> rjary, I.L-. S'.rom said v.iii or "I'ii an for tre mr> stitutficy of Cypr'A? for- ward thfe fijtJj.'-e, that TC-'J will rrjy -Aay." Hs are of to y o ]J r a return to thft for to rt'.s. fyjrr.rr.rm In that Pre. rnier has a futere. U decerxl on the leader, o'jr ability to Iceep of the times, and on the performance of emrr.ent ar.d a number other. he said. the to he- Strom declined to dis- what qijalities the neT? rt for cce caradirfate az> After U'O eeMions of the leg- Blature, Strorn said he was "eztrernely at the }oo M ML As are as fe official reent to ovfoeition not been r.e laid. of govemrr.eTit i? to rnake deci- yxj have core. Oppv.iUor, Job U en- tirely must coo- criticize, aithough, tl-rf Fsced yith prooleEaa, ir.'jrJdpalities are at the road, he Thrwigh yfite. ejch a Urljari Lxal fir.d ki detail stai rights It hai pov.ers to the fgll, ssid. Munrc'pal cwctila csaTacay have little say LT bcvw they gath- er or tax tnwjey. are directly reeporiiiyj! to provinces under thft Eritiia ;.'orth America Art. He fe ritvv efforu OecentraU- zatioTi oi government arji aM to areas ojtiirfe Calgary 'X LviiisJ.ry ter Fred recent es- tir.oAte that half the toanj the Oppor- r.ave to Irxeud iri Calgary he said U troe it h ir: tion to v.hat fuoi was set up to do. that U help the fn private can b the Cori-rervativM have' given ir, Calgary'arj. no awn-ance Cat fe munid- be better gain than on road? other ser- viow throujAout r-TOvince. te cal ;r.? of tho a "j'jst not to people of he r, IP! fc have Vrf. (xAa> !al to defeat Ixxjgheed gov. errrr.er-t at M election, he "I jiirty dtfinjfcely SW 7th St. IxAhijfifjge, LETBERIDGE HERALD m. LTD., ProprMwi PuWr.ed by Hon. W. A. P 3 ''v. 'J Pr.-.t C-i PW.Vtri' tvss.tfss. CLEO W BOv p-; Edrf'X HERALD THE ;