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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta eulogize a y, 30, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 ornat extraordinaire By TUB CANADIAN PRESS tarv unification (for belter or I built and sustained it for many] Montreal T-a Prcsw. part.1-, can Kt All considerable years after the Second World no insuit to his 1'car.oi. Editorials on the which V.'ar. Tv.-ice vetoed by the to say tnat, death of former Canadian Itated, too, a for the job of he was an as'fcrage prime minister Lester B. I'ear- jstr0na. enlightened OoW'ition general of the United He had little alisctiwi the perpetual Ijick'.-rings Mr. 1'earson turned with He didn't like ir> Toronto Globe and Mail: Mike Pearson lived an Dicfenbaker. Canada will miss this nice but much inevitability to domestic politics. He blushed a1, tr.e of the fanfares and slupid orations made ab'j-ji, him I.c I dinarily rich and fruitful who finished Journal: political was t: He moved easily from Pf-arsrin. first kx minister of Timid, reserved, he ni-go'.ia'-vU c demic life to the civil service and finally into WliifJ-SlaiutartJ: If ever a man tried to affairs and as prime really difficult to gtt angjy. three are not normally com- j nicate with so many and was patible or complementary ca- understood by so few position, as an important part of the new world John Timi's-Clolic: will judpe his with fcirr (jilts of corcia! because his vision of life, his o'.vn and that around Bowles Pearson. ".MiXe Pearson's lifetime countries and rj.-r.'.fr livins prime minister. It is that so amiaKe a man syrnpatr. to v.-as above and beyond that were many and, al- an impre'sive fit merely making a personal career. There was about most Cancans un; 0LUties and doubtedly tnirJ: of him as firft to diplomacy was the cer.trt of much controversy yA throughout his life an air foremost a politician, mlmtrv the man as prime f- simple human decency and kindness and an unpretentious manner that maiie him one greatness ;vas more as a diplomat. Indeed, his political career lift a great deal to table and influential in this dangerous and constantly cbal-! s n gin 2 Ect of new rxj'itica! -arguable, his love ci Carre- a does not. Canada will r.b'.'or t' a coy1' the best-liked political person- desired, although he spent His flexibility an-J to alities of his time. j latter 15 years in active also, in tho r--': j of ore sort or another as party leader Sun: Now i Toronto Sun: Mike Pearson's Probably the most at long intervals, a stature has grov.-n over the stood politician in Canadian a man vear Expositor: and express iti o! have come to realize still be true that he is its common mavbe Mike Pearson was Province: as the suoerb Mike Dov.-is; I. a o! "our great prims minis te.-s. Pearson didn't just enhance than "as the Canada found such a v. His minority government gave Canada's reputation as an inter- ime but public achievemer.t. f. us medicare, tne pension plan, .national diplomatic and peace- 1 jina) of hW0rv fa whole by any al! r. a fairer shake for Quebec, rnili- lliecpins? he in it Ihfi with far !ar2or ''.-ft to r.Hory's s'nane through his long career i ii r.ot i-i'i- i dedicated to the service of his v.'vJd ti'.ize.n people. Mr. Pearson under- .tio.-i of stood that the Canadian unity s could only be cemented through re and recognition of the French j acceptance of cultural duality I and recognition of the French tewjir: Mr. fact. And he had an obsession tiAr a man] with Canadian unity. It is lortu- i rr- so- i n'-te that the country had him rLJ-.jT'jr. f-oin i as its leader at this moment to its history. Mr. Pearson Hf- i was above all a great servant "hutr.or' snd a great Canadian. Quebec Le Soleil: A great Ca- nadian and a great citizen of j the world. Hare are the men who give themselves so en- Itirc-ly to the cause of under- standing among nations and above all to the safeguarding of world peace. A missionary i for the brotherhood of man, Mr. 1 Pearson wanted (his fraternity to exist inside his own country. That is why he was sensitive to QvOj-yj's and French Canada's sivjEtion. He understood that a united Canada relied es- on the equality of chances, on the cultural equal- ity of the two major ethnic communities which make up the country. Chronicle-Herald: 11 Ihe Right Honorable Lester Bowles Pearson was too fine a gentleman to be accorded at the present time In our nation's his- tory the accolade of being a great political leader or prime minister, be was nevertheless recognized throughout the world as an outstanding diplomat with few equals. He was, more- over, a warm friendly unassum- ing individual who made Vangs and common folk alike feel wry much at ease in his pro- scenes. Winnipeg Free Press: Never was there a more likeable prime minister nor one more wholeheartedly dedicated to the best interests of the country he saw them. His term in of- fice, by the standards of his Liberal predecessors, was not long, but in those years he changed Canada. If the domes- tic record was mixed, some of the achievemtns were certainly substantial. Winnipeg Tribune: In his time, Canada blossomed as a middle power and exercised an influence quite out of proportion 0 the country's real Etalure. Canadians in general and the world as a whole may have for- gotten this, but it did, as much as anything to give Canadians jride in nationhood, His stewardship occurred during a difficult time and as a politician J5r. Pearson ruefully admitted that he mafe some mistakes arxl had to endure some fail- ures. But (here wt-re other triumphs besides giving Canada a distinctive flag. Victoria Times: For a man who turned instinctve'y to per- suasion rather than to authority to gain his ends, Mike Pear- son's legislative record is an impressive one. Welfare meas- ures, a Canadian flag, the ini- tial recognition of Quebec's case for greater participation, the trial abolition of capital were the wori; of an understanding man. His mastery of compromise, his ability to bend v.ltb th-? storm, [proved to be invaluab-e in the 'critical c'ovs o! French-Cana- dian for stone'.vali 1 tactics at that time coulcl have been for Canada. New Year Greetings It's time- to rinj: nut our for health, wealth and happiness for specially nice' friends and customers. STERLING SHOES 320A ST. S. PHONE 357.3344 late Harry S. Trwnan, it ap- pears that his domestic ;as teen undervalued by his con r Tl'l KEITH WAHS DISPATCH DEPT. "MICK" MIL DISPATCH DEPT. ROBB SLOAN OlStAY ADVERTI'ING REPRESENTATIVE ;