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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thurlday, December 28, 1972 Statesman Mike Likable Mike Pearson has passed from the scene. Since his retire- ment from the political arena in 1963 he has not been in the news much but Canadians have not forgotten their former prime minister. Few politicians have enjoyed the personal j.-'jod-.vill directed his way even by tiiose who disagreed with the policies his government. There are many who felt that Mr. Pearson was wrongly cast as leader of a political would like to have seen him remain in the field of diplomacy. The international ac- claim he received for his efforts in peacemaking suggests that he would have been an outstanding secretary general of the United Nations, a posi- tion for which he was seriously con- sidered. Although the Pearson years in Ot- tawa are remembered mainly for such, negative and unproductive things as the flag debate, there were some substantial achievements. Prob- ably the most important thing un- dertaken was that of undergirding na- tional unity. Mr. Pearson early per- ceived the need for giving the French fact greater attention in this connec- tion. What he achieved in a quiet way has threatened to come undone recently but if the crisis passes, a strengthened Canada will emerge, owing much to the foresight of Lester B. Pearson. World leaders will laud Mi. Pear- son for his statesmanship, and right- ly so. But Canadians will be sorrow- ing over the loss of Mike, the man with the v. arm smile, an enthusiasm for sport, a zest for service, a vision for the world and a love for his country. Feeder institutions Opposition MLAs appear bent on keening alive the furore over uni- versities Ln the south half of Alberta being used as "feeder institutions" for the University of Alberta in Ed- ir.onton. It is a normal political man- oeuvre to try to goad the ruling party into mistakes, but to succeed in this case would prove so expensive that it is questionable whether the at- tempt can be accepted as respon- sible. "Feeder institution'' implies a sit- uation in which a student commences his educational program at one uni- versity, but must go to another to complete it; the first institution would be the the second. That this "feeder" status is quite inferior is left to the hearer to infer, aided no doubt by inflection and context (and perhaps by what most south Al- bertans are apt to associate with the word Examples are numerous. A Cal- gary student wishing to take law can acquire the prerequisite BA in Cal- gary, but for the law degree must go to Edmonton. Similarly, a would-be dentist may complete the two-year pre-dentistry prog-rarn in Calgary, but for the remaining four years must attend the province's only faculty of dentistry, again in Edmonton. At the University of Lethbridge the situation is much more pronounced. Its only degrees are those offered in arts and science or education, which means that most students seeking pro- fessional degrees and all who aspire to graduate studies can begin pro- grams at Lethbridge, but must go elsewhere to finish them. So it would appear that Calgary and Lethbridge are. in a sense, feed- in; fan ugly word) students to the University of Alberta. But is that necessarily bad or un- reasonable? Not when the alterna- tives are considered. If the government were to adopt a policy that students must be able to complete whatever programs they wish without having to transfer, ob- viously their home universities would have ti offer complete programs in whatever professions or disciplines students might elect. Clearly, then, the only acceptable institution is the so-called multi-versity. with its com- plete range or professional faculties and with" graduate studies to PhD level in all disciplines. To propose that Alberta should have three or is it four? multi-ver- sities is mischievous nonsense, how- ever it might suit certain part- ies. Moreover, opposition MLAs know it. It was they who established a pro- vincial body to regulate the prolifer- ation of duplicate facilities at provin- cial universities, and who took the initiatives in attempting similar ra- tionalization across the prairies. That those sensible endeavors did not eli- minate all needless duplication doesn't mean they should be aban- doned. Rather, they should be re- doubled, and encouraging local em- pire-buiMin? is no way to achieve that. School councils By Terrence Morris, Flee The Lethbridge Public School Board has organized meetings so that the public can express its opinions about the goals erf our public school system. This is an excellent opportunity for interested citizens to have their say about what our schools should or are supposed to be doing. At a recent pub- lic meeting there was a large turnout of citizens who posed questions that, ranged he whole spectrum of public edu- cation. The one theme that ran through al! the questions ar.d discussions was concern. Concern Cor glited students, for children lost in classrooms; concern about the optn area schools, about the curriculum that is imposed on our students; concern about what we are doing for our students v.ho sper.d up to 12 years in our public school system. Ore way in which parents could find an effective outlet for their concerns aboyt our schools would be through a school council. The school council is an ifaa proposed in the Worth Report, accepted by our school and encouraged by our school su- perintendent. Tr.e school cwmcil would in- clude representatives from teachers, par- ents, and in the secondary stu- dents. Tr.e council would be free make sugsfcstions to the school and would have access to trustees on all matters the school and its program. It Ls Ukeiy that school councils would form a strong central committee that be able to take cor.tens directly to school board a form of commu- nication that is woefully inadequate at the present time. Trx-re .should be nothing revolutionary in the idea of a school for public cation U a service that cat1? up million.1? cf dollars every reahze hrivr much rnor.ey is spent en edijcation it is amazing hov; Htt'e can effectively rli- Putting speakership above party strife By Mauride Western, FP Publications Ottawa commentator OTTAWA: For all its mani- fest disadvantages, in i n ori'.y government may yield a few benefits. The nomination of Hub- ert McCleave as deputy Speak- er is at least a tentative sicp towards a desirable re-form. Commenting on the announce- ments, the prime minister said on Tuesday: feel confident that the election of Mr. La- moureux aJid Mr. McCleave to these two offices (of Speaker and deputy Speaker) will furth- er cooperate in the House." He also noted that the elections had given no party a majority. In other words the member for Halifax-East Hants has been nominated as a gesture to the Conservatives. Wrong that their predictions have corse true that everyone B avoiding rne I have simply out o( fodder. Actually. I havf: more rr.a'erial (r.sn I "r; u.-.e. for filler? .''..-ir. redurtr! by the aoundar.ce of ar'jd ro' accordingly no assurance what- e ver that a m a j ori ty go vern- would feel an obligation to follow the present lead. It LS unlikely, to say the least, that there will be much co- operation in the new Parlia- ment. The lines of the princi- pal actors have been more or less vmtton in advance hy elec- toral events. Tiius Mr. Trudeau and David Fxiv.'is may he ex- jxictcd to urge (hat the parties shoul'l tcno fiictifig on 2 faraway nation Vittr.amese already bErgair.e.d in good faith? Asia does not echo loudly in the same week, the air Besides, force i n this s mall .south er n town lost an average of almost foes tr.is time. Suppose where few see the eastern a day, out oi a total Nixon could send bombers eral press that President only about 100 said lf> be op- vrave upon wave over Hanoi so disdains. Television news at any or.e time in the ar.d all cf North Vietnam, until the local channels theatre, Tr.ese ex- last he subdued an more of the natural suggest tliat ed governmen-t in Hanw, wrJch in Managua than of the North Vietnamese. EO far had been abandoned by fioviet can-made havoc in cowed, are as al- ar.d Chinese regimes The head li r.es tel t o; to escalation more for trade with the Culted "pause" in the bombing a strong new measires of States than for allies or Marx- e re us presi den t ordered own. is the history .sod i clarity or tie- Christmas, and viev, CTS of this unv.innible unspeak- cency. Evtn suppose the break- Washington-Green Gay war. dov.-n of i.s the fau't game a smiling those of us ensued with of Hanoi, although available evi- Kissinger watching the in ore way a no', her' since it more nearly sugge-iU the tors at p 1 a y. But the pause a "hot war" in the ear- opposite. Even so. rlo the Am- sccompariiod by the pledge s i x t i e s. what is crican people v. scorched- the full weight of death ar.d a deadjy rine. In earth, makw struction will be rer-vijrned Kennedy and Johnsfm' ad- i'-iw carried out in once toon as the celebration of too, the truth em- their good narr.e? birth of Christ cen be got out only gradually, if at Is it really thr- American the way, ar.d the Men o? :n thU the Elc-n to homo Year enjoy their foo'ball ir.ri it was to our If it thousands suffer sr.d at to an exrxjct- v.hy r.ot .send in ojr ar.d unchecked armies ar.d over North even '-hard in South Vietnam Are we ar.-d pra c'.i ca men v.'ho r.o or.e there entitled to bornh kill ard ieve in the e f f i c %.rjv of or bel'ieved Ir.e North rnsirn ar.d rJer-.voy, in order to rejoice, For the rriffsi could mount, an American order on ed America n slaughter an offcr.sive. world v or even on Sou-.h- Asians prooabiy wj'l not h t h li f- thus ex posvJ e-- 1 Asi a rnuch more effect on the Ho :-e leuks which are So if Nixon h in the riuht in the So'Jth it did tr.e radio news broad- about that, then suppose the was tried before; evon st have made it B-52's fail. they higher level o: kr.ov.'n tr.at Nixon v.rl rnske Hanoi corne to the ne- which bombing ur.'il North po'jai.intj t-jble in a '.-rial therf; i-; to in what tiv; evidence to fsi'h." How logical trst Should re then uo iFocic-'y, to '.o'jrd when Lyndon to nuc-Iear Is there primarily on ty.d ii id i'! anv limit s'd can it not for them-- enti'Jerr.er.t to pur-.-ie victory in cd into v.hy a peo- V.e-.nam only :-o rr.'.ny perhaps into then'; to deal in so dc In or.e wfcck. in fact.. if they this weapon rot ihit? is overcrowded f') sr-rs-ice cornmr-nlaUir The radio fere rspirily. Tn- is similsr in a reso'J re c v. h: cri f he g f- rr.ent by iw, tf.orc V: frr; v, at rr.ore than miii.'.n tr, ofr- revj'jrcfj. the r-sko u.-.': of i'. zr.'l fo: ri'lio sl'o rnovwi to s f-rwjs 1 y thr c- c ned y ii a which L'llf chan- congest: on a r.d i r, tc-r f e: r U th': sir to Isr.'i mobile have to iro r.r." rnobi'f; radio is 7.' ay radio u'.cd hy 'r; oiher ft is aJ.vj s vital t. ti'.w for th': for v.'hi'ch 'or and 'Jtiii'.y rtvjio frco'j'-n- r'--'a in a.-, wfrll a b.-oad .-.egrnf.Tit is by inrJiviflusl sro An rlepart- compressfc'l into a single b'jcp The federal r: n s receives Coo takirrj? a ho'ir po- srx! or, 'ii.'j fc.-. cornrrinni iori -t i rniihon Fr.o scmwls of freo air radio 15 mitters, with the nurriber for a aa overriding UxJay. if given the or- ders, it was the American peo- ple corJtrrtd ori him the to do so; and if he Ls the commander in chief, it is the American peop'.e who pay the taxes to supply the forces he co The po li tics I rnate of the nation, the attitude of its people, perrni'-s almost without protest these massive assaults on another people. There Ls no peace. There Is shame on earth, sn American shame, perhaps enduring, sure- ly personal ar.d immediate and icescapahle, V.Yjatever happen- ed in Paris, it is not they in willful are hlastirjg o'jr c-i'ies ar.d our people. It is v.e who have loosed the holo- caust. For the all-important reform, an independent and more or less continuing the parties deserve only limited credit. The great step waa taken when Lucien Larnoureux, having earned the confidence oi all parties in the House, stood not as a partisan but simply as Mr. Speaker in Slormont Dun- das. Nothing has come of vari- ous plans to create an ariificaj constituency, for the presiding officer and various parliament- ary' veterans, including John Diefenbaker, have doubted the wisdom of such a course. But a strong convention is gradually becoming established; a devel- opment owing a great deal to the voters of Stormont Dundas, vho have twice refused to be di- verted hy partisan enticements. The British have not been isfied with reform at the top. At Westminster nominations for committee chairmanships origi- ni'.e with a business committee panel on which all parties are represented. It is nut consider- ed unusual for a socialist to pre- side over a committee examin- ing proposed Conservative leg- islation. Commonly, although not invariably, deputy succeeds to the Speakership. In such matters party identification is no longer deemed important; what is essential Ls competence cf which ore indication is dem- onstrated impartially in the chair. It i.s to this goal of reform thai the parties should now more purposefully direct themselves. Nothing in the ex- perience at Westminster sug- getts that the business of Par- liament would suffer if chair- manships were divided and not solely by the Liberals and Conservatives; there are New Democrats in the present House vho would make pre- tifjina officers, ff the nomination of Robert McCleave be regarded as a step in this direction, the choice H an excellent one. Mr. has considerable ex- perience: except for the period 3963-fj5. he has represented Hal- ifax since He was one of the bright yoijng men who suf- fered under employment in the days of the huge Diefen- baker majority although he did eventually become a parliamen- tary sx-cre; a ry z nd promoted various including di- vorce re-form. A scholarly law- yt-r, he was never a particularly partisan and is popular members generally. Mr. possesses an- other quality which is a proven in the chair, an engaging sense of humor. He once enliv- ened a dull debate with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that immigration officers should ap- ply a single tet to potential immigrants: Would you buy a used car from this man? There, is no supgestion that Messrs. Trudeau and Stanfielci h ve bee n buyin g used cars lately from Boo McCleave. Probably they have endorsed him for other, and even more persuasive, reasons. Tncre ia still some hope that the Cana- dian Parliament will haul itself in'.o the century afthough we have only 27 years Ui go, goorf is (ftof man probably on tne o long S., CO. LTD., Pro rietors and Publisheri Published by Hon. VI. A. BUCHANAN KU CLEO DC1I ROY F "THE HERALD SERVES THE ;