Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THf LETHUIDCE HIKAIO Friday, II, UHTOIUMS Maurice Western Heading for the election An election in Alberta is almost certain this year. Although Premier Harry Strom says the ambitious pro- gram proposed for the attention of the legislature has nothing to do with the expected election, it will have a great deal to do with it. If Mr. Strom can call an election at the conclusion of a productive sit- ting it would help his cause very considerably. It is possible that what is accomplished in the next three months could be crucial. The Pro- gressive Conservative opposition has been making obvious gains in public support and the Social Credit gov- ernment needs to demonstrate that it is not coasting but alert to the needs of the time. There are some good tilings pro- posed in the throne speech. A few of them are in the class of catching up. Granting the vote to 18-year olds is a case in point. Alberta is far from being last to move in this di- rection but others have pointed the way. Even the vigorous sounding approach to the pollution problem is late in coming, as is the case with other governments. There are other tilings that demon- strate the government's concern to respond to current needs. The pro- posals regarding stimulating employ- ment, equalizing certain opportuni- ties and responsibilities, expanding park facilities, and others are illus- trative of this. The major headache for the gov- ernment is the rapid shift to urban- ization. Both the cities and the rural areas have new problems as a con- sequence. Despite the fact that the throne speech contained references to working on these problems, there was little of a specific nature pro- posed. This is disappointing. Under Mr. Peter Lougheed, the Progressive Conservatives have the appearance of momentum as elec- tion fever mounts. But Premier Strom may have seized the initiative through his government's proposed legislative program. Much will de- pend on how the measures are fleshed out and if the Opposition can fault them. The creation of a mountain There's an old aphorism which, stated loosely, says "if Mohammed won't go to the mountain, the moun- tain will have to go to Mohammed." Most prairie people who live far from decent-sized hills, not to men- tion full-fledged mountains, eventu- ally learn to accept the never-ending vista of the plaias. They find some- thing comforting in being able to see across two provinces on a clear day, and are often heard to com- plain that mountains make them feel "hemmed in." However, apart from scenic value, mountains have their uses, as resi- dents of Saskatoon discovered a couple of years ago. They decided they would like to host the Canadian Winter Games but'were faced with one problem; no mountain for ski- events. But did that stop them? No indeed. Let's build one, they said and they did. Result, the 1971 Games open today, with Prime Minister Trudeau doing the honors. With Saskatoon's ambition being realized, who knows, mountain-build- ing may overcome the endless flat- ness of the prairies, and may even, in the future, develop a new dimen- sion in over-crowded areas where land surface is at a premium. In- stead of building along the ground in the traditional manner, development engineers may see the value of building mountains, thus taking the strain off the land squeeze face- tiously speaking, of course. How could this be done? Well, one astute Alberta reader suggested in a letter to the editor than an excellent way of getting rid of old car dumps would be to use them as a base for instant, man-made mountains. Pile up all the old rusting chassis found in each community, he said, then cover them up with soil and presto, a mountain! There is something worthwhile in this idea. The unsightly car dumps are becoming more and more of a headache each year, and short of covering them up, what else can be done to hide them? However, while solving our own immediate problems of old ears in this novel way, we might unwittingly create some new ones for the gener- ations to come. Can't you just hear the speculation future archaeologists could come up with when they un- earth a car-mountain, in say, the year 2071? What theory will they pro- pose, regarding the decadent, mater- ialistic, over-polluted society of the twentieth century? It makes for in- teresting cogitation. Saskatoon is to be congratulated for overcoming its geographical limi- tations. Who knows, that city may be some sort of a topographical trend-setter. A national tragedy The financial crash of the Rolls- Royce company is a national trag- edy, a shattering blow to British en- gineering prestige, but it does not mean the end of the famous car and engines on which this prestige has been built. The company, now in re- ceivership has been nationalized, and the aero-engines on which the air forces of Britain and many other countries depend, will continue to be supplied. Without going into the enor- mously complex financial problems involved, it is safe to say that Rolls' fall from the pinnacle has shown that no one European country has sufficient resources to maintain an aero-engine industry on its own. It is now in the books that an interna- tional grouping, backed up by a num- ber of European governments, will emerge as the answer to American competition in this field. A British government take-over of the com- pany will make this kind of Euro- pean agreement easier, and in the end it could, under careful manage- ment, supply European aero-engine requirements. This, however does not solve the immediate problems which have plunged the aero-space industry of both the U.S. and Britain into finan- Splashers, take it easy! f We're all glad to see some signs of spring, in the lengthening of the days and the return of sunshine1, particularly after one of the dullest months on record. But the long win- ter has also brought us an over- abundance of snow which those spooky chinooks have carefully blown around and over, leaving the snow for weary residents to deal with as best they could. But now the sun is getting warm and puddles are forming on the side- walks and along the curbs and streets. Nice deep puddles with lots of dirty water mixed with sand, just, right for giving pedestrians a soaking. Blueprint for enlarged government rVTTAWA: The Government Organization Bill has pro- voked a longer debate than many observers, and perhaps the government itself, expect- ed. This may appear the more surprising since a number of important proposals, those, for example, providing for minis- ters of the environment and of urban affairs, are supported by opposition parties and have been advocated by them in earlier sessions. What makes the bill contro- versial (apart from the obvious fact that it foreshadows bigger and more expensive govern- ment) is the new principle it incorporates. Various reorgani- zation measures in recent years have authorized the creation of new ministries. This bill, in contrast, significantly changes the method by which govern- ment organizes itself. One re- cial chaos. The Lockheed company, already in financial straits, finds it- self confronted with the expenditure of an extra 100 million dollars if it is to retool to provide the engines for the TriStar airliner, whose produc- tion costs have already soared more than 100 million dollars above the fixed price. All kinds of sugges- tions from government and private sources are being thrown out, and no one knows yet what the result will be. In the final analysis, though, it looks as if the Americans would be financing and producing their own advanced aero-space engines, and that the British would be looking around western Europe for co-opera- tion in producing theirs on a mutual agreement basis. As for those sleek, beautiful, and noiseless Silver Clouds, they will con- tinue in production "under new man- agement." And that management could be Jensen, a U.K. company which now produces 800 luxury high- performance cars per year, or pos- sibly the British Leyland company. Over the dead bodies of millions of Britons will Rolls-Royce cars roll clown the assembly lines of another potential bidder, Ford of Britain. suit is that Parliament on this occasion can only surmise the shape of the ministry as it may exist, say, a year hence. In opening the debate on sec- ond reading. Bud Drury made the point that Canadian tradi- tion in this regard differs con- siderably from that of Britain. He observed that "the Crown in Canada has accepted limit- ations on its power to organize itself for affairs of state which are not known in Great Bri- tain." But the government finds this system unsatisfactory since it leads to delays and uncer- tainties. The problem, in its view, has not been met satis- factorily by the practice of shifting duties and responsibil- ities from one minister to an- other with or without port- folio under the Public Ser- vice Rearrangement and Trans- fer of Duties Act. Thus, there is to be a change of system effected by (lie es- tablishment of a new structure which will ensure the prime minister greater flexibility in his cabinet arrangements. Two new sorts of ministers will make their appearance "re- serve as one critic called them. Ministers of state for designated purposes, may, for example, be charged with developing new policies in par- ticular areas where the need is considered urgent. But there may also at any time be un- designated ministers o f state whose essential duty would be to assist over burdened de- partmental ministers. With this new structure in place, Mr. Trudeau will be in a position to effect changes by proclamation without seeking parliamentary approval of new ministries. The remaining par- liamentary check will be the power of the purse, although this has become greatly atten- uated with the growth of big government and the enhance- ment of the executive. The bill provides for five ministers of state for desig- nated purposes. Parliament does not know, in considering the legislation, what particular purposes the government has in mind. No limit is placed on the number of undesignated minis- ters apart from the willingness of Parliament to pay them. It is not very clear either how they will differ from ministers without portfolio, although Mr. Drury states that the latter "would not normally exercise statutory powers, duties functions." It is explained that the new ministries of state will be more or less temporary. In Mr. Dru- ry's words, they will "preside over ministries which would eventually either become parts Most motorists are considerate and patient. When they see a small lake through which they must pro- ceed, they slow up and tippy-toe through at a reasonable pace. Un- fortunately h o w e v e r, there are thoughtless clowns who can't bear to see a pedestrian making it all the way home without at least one small tangle with a puddle. These water- babies roar through all and every bit of water they come across, even if they have to go out of their way to hit it. .So please motorists, take it. easy; wet suits are expensive. "It's mtful! EVERYBODY'S taking up "We may ie coming to the explicit part, take some rfeep of neiv or pasting departments or whose existence would be terminated." But liquidation ii not quite such a simple matter. For ministers have staffs. The new appointees for designated purposes are to have "secre- taries" with the status and authority of deputy Obviously the staffs will have to be looked after when tin missions are accomplished. As Mr. Drury accurately pre- dicted, this blueprint for en- larged government has met with a good deal of criticism. The argument for it is some- what ingenious since it is sup- posed to be a contribution to ministerial accountability. At present, according to this contention, ministers- are over- burdened. The greater the range of their responsibilities, the less they know about any- thing. Parliament will benefit if ministries are somewhat lar- ger since ministers will then able to report with greater pre- cision to the House of Com- mons. This prospect, with its unlim- ited possibilities, has failed up to the present to still the cri- tics who have, in fact, virtual- ly monop o 1 i z e d the debate. There might have been progress if the government had dealt with various issues and questions as they arose. But the debate was launched in somewhat unfortunate circ u Di- stances since the prime minis- ter, who would normally have introduced the measure, was out of the country. His duty ac- cordingly devolved on Mr. Dru- ry. The situation on Tuesday was that, since that .minister's submission, questions raised in the debate had gone unanswer- ed by ministers. So Parliament remains large- ly in the dark about the gov- ernment's intentions. Since it is a system rather than a parti- cular structure which is being changed, it would probably be hesitant in any case. There is a good chance, however, that with fewer uncertainties, there would be fewer speakers and Allan MacEachen might have less worry about his parlia- mentary schedule. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Anthony Westell House question period merely a time of games pencil and smacking his lips in country and probably should prepared pages of patter are wants to make a real impres- anticipation of the coming bat- have died with vaudeville. If not very funny, and the re- sion must press men and the public crowded around the doors of the commons cham- ber as the bells rang to sum- mon the MPs to question per- iod, eagerly anticipating fire- works as the prime minister faced the panting opposition after his travels in the east. "This is the big said one reporter, sharpening his Letters to the editor oming tie over unemployment, Fran- cophone civil servants and all the other current issues. But it wasn't the big one. It was hardly more than a rou- tine day in the that means it was mostly a bore. The question period is the most overrated show in the they ever bring the TV cam- partee across "the floor would do so outside Parliament, Thus eras into the chamber, the pub- disgrace any reasonably sophis- when he wanted to dramatize ticated bunch of schoolboys. lie will quickly see that it does not compare with even the sec- ond-rate soap operas they run in the afternoons on commer- cial channels. The stand-up comics on both sides of the House with their The main reason the institu- tion of the question period sur- vives in its present form-is that it serves the interests of the news media, providing a couple easy stories a day. In re- turn, we maintain the pretence that it is somehow a vital con- tribution to democracy, keeping among ourselves the gossip that City aim: demise of doivntoivn merchant ins mostly a yawning wake of zens, I try to observe the letter and spirit of the law.. I dutifully plug the downtown meters and get my share of meter viola- tions, possibly a half dozen per year, and pay my one dollar ocvcioi penalty without too much Hollars worth erf Tusine'ss" with police, and ended up receiving grumbling. A summons, how- The following may be con- strued an open letter to the City of Lethbridge: At p.m. on Christmas Eve in downtown Lethbridge, I received a parking ticket after first working day of the first working week of the new year, the streets virtually deserted, I received my first meter vio- lation of 1971. To make matters worse, I lost the ticket, mislaid having done several hundred the subsequent notice from the downtown merchants. That was my last meter violation of 1969. At a.m. on January 4, the a court summons. Now I am not a normally careless person. Like most citi- The MPs make the best of the situation by using the ques- tion period as an opportunity to catch headlines and score party points. But few things about Parliament annoy the average back bencher more than to watch the press gallery empty as soon as the fun-and-games of questions are over and the House settles down to the ser- Not opposed to development In answer to the "Glendale Resident" who has been com- menting the past few days in your column. This character seems to have been brainwash- ed into stating some of the most ridiculous statements in regards to the 4th avenue clo- sure and the Shoppers World Complex. One of the most inaccurate statements is that there are 430 people opposed to this project. It has been established that approximately 20 per cent of the renters in the area did not voice their opinions and ap- proximately 20 per cent of property owners were so con- fused they signed petitions both for and against. This closure will be incon- venient for a time, however, it will improve the traffic flow to better the present situation. Furthermore driving onto Mayor Magrath Drive from 4th Avenue is very dangerous and in the past there have been numerous accidents at the cor- ner mentioned. This person further slates that the closure of 4th Ave. will depreciate the land value. It should be noted however, that the last couple of weeks sev- eral houses have changed hands in the immediate area with a substantial profit to the original owners. Also he inferred that the peo- ple should be grateful to the council members who onpnsod this development. But if this cily is ever going to Ret its fi- nancial condition improved it needs this type of development, and others, to ease up the tax strain and improve employ- ment. As far as this person com- plaining of council ignoring re- zoning bylaws and density standards, there is absolutely no cause or justification to be- come alarmed as there is plen- ty of room for future develop- ment in the Glendale area. I'm afraid this person in question, lias an antagonistic view on the matter, and it would not matter any if lie lived in an ideal area for lie would still find room for com- plaint. Lastly, be it known that (lie Glendale residents, for nu- merous years have asked, beg- ged, pleaded, for a playground area to be set up and due to the commotion raised in this issue have finally got some re- sults. In conclusion, may we add that, if a few moments of time would be spent in going to the developer, he would be more than pleased to show and ex- plain exactly what is being done so that one would be able to visualize the vast improve- ment this will make to this area. It will make Glendale residents proud to say, "I live in the Glendale area." "I LIVE IN THE GLENDALE AREA." Lclhbridge. Editor's nolr: Tile letters. referred to were not by one individual as implied iiy the author of the nhove. ever, is something else again. I understand this one will cost me if I plead guilty. This triggered a firm resolve on my business of making law. part that I would no longer put This is not to suggest that the debates on legislation are of great quality or human in- terest, but they do at least deal with real subjects, laws in the making, instead of with the phoney issues which occupy so much of the question period. Even Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield, who has a pre- up with the constant and, at times, overzealous harassment by the city parking authorities in pursuit of their pound of flesh via the one dollar penalty under the guise of enforcing municipal traffic bylaw 2716. The downtown business men have mounted an advertising campaign to encourage patron- age of locally based merchants but it is to no avail. We all realize that the era of the small businessman is ending but his end is being unduly hastened by the rigid enforcement of punit.ive parking legislation. In- itially, I placed the blame on the doorstep of the Downtown Businessmen's Association. A phone call and a ten minute discussion with ils past presi- dent was sufficient to convince me otherwise. Purely and sim- ply, it is a highly lucrative money making operation for the city and one they won't let go of even if it means the end of every last independent mer- chant in Lelhbridge. As a comparatively new citi- zen taxpayer property owner of Lethbridge, I chal- lenge the city to publicly state its real position in this matter and to publish its net operating profit derived from meter col- lections, penalties, and fines resulting from the enforcement of bylaw 2716. If its ultimate aim is, indeed, the total demise of the downtown merchant, then it is proceeding in pre- cisely the right direction and with rare administrative effi- ciency, showing a nice profit in the bargain. JOHN L. HUNTER. ferred position during q u e s- tions and can catch the Speak- er's eye whenever he has any- thing to say, knows that if he unemployment, he left the Com- mons to his lieutenants and toured across Canada. In the House he opened the opposition attack on the gov- ernment with a question about new measures to deal with un- employment. But the attack went nowhere and quickly died out because there is really nothing new to be said about this situation, and Prime Min- ister Pierre Trudeau simply de- clines to be goaded into indis- cretions. He treats the question period for what it mainly is, a party1 game, and the best the opposi- tion can do is to denounce him as arrogant and callous be- cause he refuses to respect their synthetic indignation. Unmoved by partisan critic- ism, uninformed by superficial debate, Trudeau packs up his papers at the end of the ques- tion period and walks out. The House has gone through its ritual for another day. Noth- ing has changed. On such occasions, one has a flash of insight into why so many of the young people who spend a few hours in the public gallery, go away shaking their heads in wonderment at all those funny old men down on the floor playing their antiquat- ed games. It's all so Victorian. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 Thirty Russians left Coleman bound for their home- land. One of them took with him. which is equivalent to a million in roubles at the present price of Russian money. 19.11 Slavery and the whole countryside is buzzing with ex- citement over the news that a rich platinum strike has been made at Dry Creek at. the head of the Livingstone River. rn4i All male students who are physically fit at the Uni- versity of Alberta are required to take the military training in order to get academic stand- ing. 1951 Direct controls may be necessary in Canada to help fight inflation and rising living costs resulting from increased defence activity. 1961 High school courses will commence in the city for approximately 40 local and dis- trict adults who are unemploy- ed. The Lethkidge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. 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