Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IE1HBRIDGE HERA10 Tuesday, December 21, 1971 The Semi tonal dilenina If the Senate fails lo pass Hie sov- ernmcnl's tax bill before Ilic .Jan- uary i deadline, it will risk severe criticism from certain sedions of the public which will accuse it of. obstructionism, of a failure to ac- cede to the wishes of the pcopVs elected representatives in Ihe House of Commons. If it does pass the bill, without, lengthy examination and de- bate, it will be told that it has be- come simply a rubber stamp body, a useless appendage of the body politic. Some Senators, such as Sen. J. Harper I'nnvse of Edmonton, accuse "powerful newspaper interests" of intimidating them. What the media have done is simply to point out the dilemma which individual Senators confront in attempting to decide how they should vote on the issue. It is a legitimate subject for con- troversy. Members of the Senate are simply demonstrating that skins are thin in the Upper Chamber when they object to public discussion about a problem that is vital to its role now and in the future. Information and referral Coincident with the launching of an exploration into the need for an information and referral service in Lethbridge is the issuing of a report on youth by the Canadian Council on Social Development. It proposes that, the federal government finance such instruments for youlh in lar- ger urban centres. Critics of Hie PUT nmlliplying social service programs will be jus- tifiably dismayed by this CC'SD pro- posal. Why is it necessary to have special 'youth' informal ion and re- ferral services Most of the larger urban centres already have some form of a central service seeking to assist people to find help appropri- ate to their needs. Surely young people can be served through the existing agencies. People who appreciate HIP. impor- tance of social services can at the same time object to duplication. The notion that various age groups re- quire their own special information service or that different aggrega- tions of agencies, public and private, should also have theirs is absurd. In the end there would have to be an agency to call to ascertain which information service to consult about the place lo go to meet a need. At a recent public meeting held in Lethbridge the importance of pro- viding a central clearing service was indicated and the machinery was set tip for invcstigaling the idea fur- ther. Two things seem to be involved that are distinct and yet related: in- formation and referral. The library can it is already doing to an ex- tent few people realize supply in- formation on social sen-ices. It is the tying in of skilled evaluation of: need so that proper referral is made that poses a problem. The federal government appears to have already become involved in this concept of central clearing services. Information Canada is now in exis- tence with branches in some cities. Why this service could not have been supplied through the public libraries is a mystery. Now there seem also to be some stirrings among depart- ments of the government to provide referral service as well. Before this gets established in some permanent form it would be well for commu- nity groups, as is the case in Leth- bridge, to channel it into what is really required. Vallieres and Levesque Firebrand Rene Levesque, leader of the Parti Quebecois is having his troubles these days. Mr. Levesque, whose separatist movement got 23 per cent of the popular vote in the last Quebec provincial election, has attracted a supporter he could do without. He is none other than the accused terrorist Pierre Yallieres, now7 in hiding, who has written to Claude Ryan, publisher of Montreal's Le Devoir renouncing his support of the FLQ, and placing his blessing on the Parti Quebecois instead. He says that the latter is the "main strategic political force in the liber- ation straggle." Mr. Levesque has always dismiss- ed the FLQ as a legitimate route to separatism in Quebec. He wants to achieve it by democratic means, and he wants his party to maintain politi- cal respectability. Mr. Levesque knows that there are many French Canadians who follow his views con- cerning the future of Quebec, but few of them are willing to associate themselves with a radical force like the FLQ. Further, although the Parti Quebecois, supported the stand of. the locked out workers at the Mont- real newspaper La Presse, it did not take part in the demonstrations last October 30. Mr. Levesque could re- ceive no assurances that violence could be avoided, and he thus per- suaded a majority of the party exe- cutive to refuse participation. (The vote was The rumpus has been smoothed over for the present but Mr. Leves- que is going to have to do a diffi- cult repair job before he is able to re-cement his party on a solid base. Mr. Vallieres' blessing is hardly the kiss of death yet. But it has given Mr. Levesque a severe cold which could become pneumonia, if un- treated. Anyone for by .Margaret Lttckliurst Christmas we're going to have a big roast of beef for dinner instead of the traditional turkey. At a dollar-plus a pound this will mean a tuck in the budget followed by weeks of meals of macaroni, but it will be worth it. It's not that we don't like turkey mind you, because we do. But as it's the most economical buy right now, at 39 to 59 cents a pound, we have it so regularly that its glamor as a feast meal has diminished. The same applies to chicken. At sale prices of 39 cents a pound we have it fried, stewed, broiled and casseroled with unex- citing regularity. We'd like to have a good- sized roasting chicken once in awhile, but tliey're a rare find. Most of the chickens on the market today are hygionically pro- duced, poor things, never seeing the light of day, and with a grossly limited rate of longevity. Weighing in at a skinny two to three pounds, they're mostly wings and works and the average cook depends on giving them some flavor by dipping the pieces in an assortment of herbs and spices. Remember the days of the 8-pound roast- ing capon? Now that was a real Sunday dish and could feed a good-sized family. Tire drumsticks on such a bird were plump and juicy and the neck (which usually went to the youngest child) was mealy and sa- tisfying. The chicken necks we get today tucked in with under-developed giblets are scrawny twigs of things hardly worth boil- ing for soup. The fact of. the eating matter is that there isn't the variety of either Sunday or feast day meats lo he had any more. Years ago in our household on Sundays we had loin of pork, dressed veal, leg of lamb and roast beef on a rotation basis. Today provided I could buy a bit of veal at. all I'd have to hire an armored car to get it home safely, so costly has it become. And lamb, if it is local, is so scarce that shop- pel's literally fight over it. In one super- market I picked up a lamb roast, the only one in the display and was about to put it in my cart when a middle-aged man whisked it out of my hands, wide-angled past the soups, plunged through a block of gossiping housewives, lateralled a pass to his wife which I almost intercepted but was just a fingertip too iate. The wife made a perfect catch and ran all the way to the check-out counter. >faturally I called "foul" and complained to the butcher who shrugged unsympathetically and comment- ed that it was all in the risks of the shop- ping game. With technology as advanced as it is to- day I can't understand why nutritionists don't experiment more with cross-breeding of various species, which, if successful would offer a broader choice both to house- wives horcd with the same limited selection, and lo palates bored with the same limited diet. A crossed turkey and sheep (or for example would un- doubtedly look like a Runyancsque crea- ture beak-less, with two legs and woolly- feathers, but think of Ihe meat it would provide! Or no. maybe we shouldn't. Well then, what about a cross between a cow and pig, or no moos is good moos. Okay, so fir being silly and it's a nutty idea. But as a housewife who spends hours hang- ing over Uie meat counter I sure wish sci- entists would come up with something now for a change. New, tasty, and chffip. Garbage servers By Doug Walker Taking Canada for granted in the U.S. WASlllM.Tii.N Ask any you know In name Ihe pucrnur Ki'neral of Canada. Nut fine out of know tin1 answer. The Canadian prime minis- ter was rec'cntly in Hie U.S., and ho lias a pretty young wife v.-ho i.s rail eas> lo forget. But I'll wagei- that not two Ameri- cans out of HI can name him. Ask whether Windsor, On- tario, is north, south, cast or west of Detroit and people out- side the Motor City will in- variably say nonh, which is wrong. It i.s an oft-staled (rtijsm that we in the Uniled States are just plain dumb regarding our neighbors lo the because tliey pivo us so little trouble that we take them for granted, and because the rela- tionship seems FO completely in our control that Americans have been conditioned not to give a damn. Tt is an incredible situation considering how inseparably we are linked lo Canada in terms of military security, cul- ture and virtually every other area of life. As for run- rroniiinirs, Cana- dian Ambassador Marcel Cadicux said reccnt.lv: "There. ai'c no other na I ions in the world that arc as closely link- ed economically as the United States and Canada. The Uni- ted States buys per cent of all the things we sell and sells us 75 per cent of all the things we buy. That 75 per cent is a quarter of all (he United States' exports. We arc your best customers and you are ours." This being the case, you would think U.S. citizens would be debating, pondering, agoniz- ing over the anger and con- sternation that have gripped Canada since President Nixon imposed new economic regula- tions last Aug. 15. But when, if ever, have you heard Canada's economic woes mentioned at a dinner party, luncheon gathering, cocktail conversation? You sometimes hear talk of the increasingly strained rela- tions with Japan, but if Ihe 10 per cent surcharge that Mr. Nixon imposed on certain im- ports was a blow to Canada's solar plexus, most U.S. citizens never even heard an "oucli" After Canadians failed lo persuade Treasury Secretary John Connally to exempt Can- ada from the surcharge, Cana- dian Prime Minister Pierre Klliolt Trudeau said on nation- wide television: "I don't think they know much or care much really about Canada." Cadieux figures thai the sur- charge could cause Canada to lose almost ?900 million in ex- porls a year. This would throw an estimated Canadians out of work. "Too you say, "but Mr. Nixon had to do something to combat the horrible unemploy- ment in our country." Not many of us realize that unemployment has been run- ning even higher in Canada than in the United States. The s u r c h a r g e ostensibly was imposed to force some na- tions to eliminate discrimina- tory tariffs and other barriers to American goods. Cadieux points out that "Canada has no such barriers it had none to eliminate." There have been hints that (he U.S. hoped to pressure Can- ada into renegotiating the pact on automobiles and into easing the pressures on certain Am- erican firms. But it appears that Canada got caught in the surcharge d r a g n e I. because Connally and Co. did not want to get into the tough work of di.ciding counlry by country who deserved exemption. The Irulli may be that Con- nally has convinced Nixon that there is no reason why lit- tle Canada should have a trade advantage of billion a year over lite big United Slates. So we have imposed the sur- charge simply lo say to Can- ada: "Don't expect to sell us more than you buy." Trudeau raised this possibil- ity with Mr. Nixon, who was "sensitive" to even the sugges- tion of such a high-handed in- tent. Trudeau told his Mouse of Commons, lie said the presi- dent assured him that the Uni- ted States i.s able to "accept a Canada with a strong trading and current account position vis-a-vis the United States." Furthermore, Trudeau re- ported. Mr. Nixon assured him that the United States wanted a Canada that is independent both politically and eco- nomically. A lot of Canadians, perhaps including Trudeau, believe lhat that is just talk. So they arc talking angrily of drastic moves lo end economic depen- dence on the U.S'. ft is hard to sec how that can be achieved when foreigners own 58 per cent of Canada's industry, in- cluding most of il.s oil. per cent of its chemical industry ami 75 per rail of its ma- chinery p r o diK'tion. "Foreign- ers" in this context means U.S. citizens. In his Detroit speech, Cadieux threw out a most un- siibllc threat, lie said that if the policies llr. Nixon an- nounced on Aug. 15 must be en- dured for a long period, "then we will be compelled to make basic readjustments in our trading patterns. find it hard to believe lhat we could so dra.slically re-arrange Lhc com- mon structures of our eco- nomies without severely affect- ing our relationships in other respects." T h e non-diplomatic transla- tion is: "Keep messing with us economically and we might wind up trading more with Eu- rope and the Communists and refusing to co-operate w'ith you in defence and similar mat- ters." Docs anyone in the U.S. take Cadieux seriously? No, "who's most U.S. citizens would ask. They wouldn't know him from Roland Michener, who just happens lo be gover- nor general. (Fit-Id Inc.) A. w WH66L v V', "Yoohoo, Mr. Nader Ralph Bruce Hutchison Society depends on state in economic crunch TT seems that I hove Riven my poor wife a bad reputation through report- ing some ff Ihe ;its of our children about their mother's cooking prowess. Doris Bessie served up something to her family that son Ken apparently didn't fancy. "1 though Mrs. was the only one who served her family he said. HpHE bread and butter economics of President Nixon's gra.nd strategy are plain enough he is trying to halt, by repugnant direct controls, ar inflation which otherwise will ruin him and his people. The gut politics of the experiment are equally obvious he has decided that the. na- tion will back him against cer- tain big labor leaders. He has checkmated the Democrats by adopting their own policy. But behind the immediate economics and politics other long-term consequences are as important as they are difficult to foresee. At least can he sure that something basic has happened in American society when government seizes the de- cisive levers of the economy and undertakes to manage it directly in peacetime. A subtle point of no return has been passed. The social apparatus will never be exactly the same again. So, you may ask, what else is new? Isn't society overv- wherc in flux and revolution? Why get excited merely because a conservative president has reversed his life-long principles and adjusted himself to the inv peralives of (he day? Why both- er to elaborate the obvious? All this is l.riK1, of course, is almost a and fulure. shock already become the norm of our life. Yes, hut Ihe particular shock of Mr. Nixon's policy or rather his blind groping for a policy that will work is worlh considering, all the same, as a towering landmark on our North Ameri- can journey lo unknown desii- nation. In Uie nature of politics 1-bat landmark will be ignored or disguised as much as possible. No politician likes to admit that he has been wrong up to now or that anything unpleasant is occurring under his manage- ment. Thus Mr. Nixon says that his controls are tempor- ary, that he will soon remove them, that after a brief detour the American System will re- sume its old familiar shape, the American Dream its old reality. Even if I lie controls do not last long, however, even if the experiment fails in its present very flexible form, even if the economic problems are some- how cured by others means, even if Mr. Nixon is defeated next year even then this year's events will not go away and leave the social landscape unaltered. For they represent something much bigger and more durable than any presi- dent or any specific policy. To over-simplify a complex process more psychological than economic, the American System It as found, in the crunch of currencies, produc- tion costs, prices, unemploy- ment and the rest, lhal the old rules haven't worked. How could lliey work when the game itself is a new game, when the United Stales no longer holds all the high cards, when foreign players hold some of the highest and when, at home, the unorganized public holds the low ones, losing every trick? Since UK game had become a ,self-defeating s e r a in b I e, .liner the I'nilcd States had gone almost broke inlenia- lionally. where do tlte des- perate victims turn? They turn to the .stale because there is no one else to rescue them. And the state, is forced, willy- nilly, to prescribe different rules, calling them abnormal and temporary. So in their present form, they doubtless are. Yet the moral of this curious tale re- mains, and future historians will recognize it, even if we don't. The moral is still mostly hidden from us in the rush and midst of our daily affairs, but we can begin to distinguish its vague outlines, though the poli- ticians, the business managers and the labor leaders arc doing their host, to obscure it. or per- haps do not understand it them- selves. In .short, the lesson taught by our recent experience is Uiat a modern, independent a r. d brittle society will not allow the great power blocs within it to stretch its fabric beyond tolerable limits. At .some point it will save itself by any avail- able means, however repug- nant and him ever they may contradict all its former as- Mimplions and con volitional The Ihe polili- rians, the slogans and the wis- dom may pass. The show must go on. The society, always changing for better or worse, will .somehow live. If if cannot, live under the existing rules it will write new ones and change them, loo, as it goes along, To the rcmolo foreign ob- server of the American horizon today Ihe paramount rule, stands out as clear and stark a pinnacle in Ihe Rockies of Colorado when Ihe .society (ails to discipline itself it will invoke the state's discipline Ixv cause it has no alleniaUvc. Only when it learns to disci- pline itself, and the giant pow- ers overstraining it, can society afford to relax the state's clumsy but necessaiy disci- pline. In the power contest among our neighbors, that time has not come yet and if it does nof: come soon we Canadians will have to accept something like President Nixon's disagreeable remedies or face the risk of disaster in our turn. For, after all, Canada is still part of lire Looking Through The Herald 1921 At a special meeting of the UFA, held in Barnwell, the proposed idea of having a cheese factory was discussed. 1931 Clinics are held monthly at the nursing Mis- sion. Doctors from the country may bring in patients for study by the specialists in charge of this work. 19-11 Prejudice against women in industry is fast be- ing overcome as the need for more and more women to continent, and if a far wider human dilcmmS. At any rate, no maitor how things gn in the next year or two. and no malter how the rules are further changed, a pre- cedent of the first nragnitH.de has been established. Having invoked I he power of the state as the- only power able to save it from itself, society will in- voke it again in fulure strug- gles, whenever it can find no other wav out.. backward work at speeding munitions output becomes apparent. NegeSiatlons are be- ing earned on with the archi- tect who drew up (lie plans for the- now Gait Hospital, in the hopes thai some of the cost in- volved in creeling it may be reduced. of a further worl.h of wheat and bar- ley lo Communist China, to be shipped from the west coast ports, was announced today by Agrieiilturc M i n i s 1. e r Alvin Hamilton. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lelhbndgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 0013 Mflmber of The Canadian Press and me cnniiomn Daily Publishers' Association find thti Audi! Burp.iu of circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Puhtlshor THOMAS H. 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