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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, February 14, 1974 L Just married Chris Vogel, 26, left, and Richard North, 22, look over a marriage certificate issued after the two were joined in a homosexual marriage this week at a Unitarian Church in Winnipeg. The two Winnipeggers said it is important for society to recognize the right of homosexuals to legal marriage. Critic says RCMP morale still low EDMONTON (CP) A for- mer RCMP corporal whose criticism of the force's morale and administration two years ago caused ques- tions to be asked in the Commons says the problem hasn't changed. Jack Ramsay, who resigned from the force in 1971, reiter- ated his charges that behind Ulster dreads election By ROD CURRIE LONDON (CP) Moderate politicians in troubled Northern Ireland face the British general election with a growing sense of dread, fearing violence and a devastating challenge to the shaky power-sharing set-up recently developed under the fledgling Executive Council. Some politicians have ex- pressed concern that the Irish Republican Army may use campaign confusion and hubbub as a cover for assassination attempts against three leaders holding cabinet posts in the Council. Although police and army sources disclaim knowledge of any such plot, no one doubts the fourth in Ulster in 12 spawn renewed bloodshed. Aside from violence, officials within the power- sharing coalition of the Unionist, Catholic and non- sectarian Alliance parties agree the last thing they need just now is another election. The future of Ulster is not a campaign issue in the United Kingdom generally, but it is the only issue in Northern Ireland and will pit various factions of the coalition against each other in a divisive battle just when they hoped for a period of relative calm. The only people elated by the prospects are Protestant rightwing elements who broke with the old Unionist party by opposing power-sharing and who now see the election as a referendum on the popularity of the non-sectarian government. the force's carefully-polished image lies dangerously low morale. The trouble results from the RCMP's inhumane discipline and inept administration, he told a meeting at the University of Alberta. Officers still are instructed to remain aloof from their men and enforce an outdated code of discipline through fear, intimidation and the "kangaroo courts" of internal investigations, he said. Mr. Ramsay said it is diffi- ciilt for civilians to understand the nature or the extent of the situation except through published reports of police brutality or corruption within the force, or personal experience at the hands of an RCMP officer. In shoring up an injust sys- tem by fear and intimidation, the RCMP's administrators create a contempt for the val- ues their men are sworn to up- hold, he said. "The internal pressure forces members to develop survival techniques and leads to destruction of their sense of justice." Men treated without consideration are unlikely to consider another individual's rights, he said. Mr. Ramsay said RCMP de- tachment members are inst- ructed not to associate with members of the communities they serve. "Let's go back to the good old days when the legend was created. Coming West, mem- bers stayed with the Indians and were damn glad of it, and with the settlers in their sod shacks. "They knew these people, understood their problems and could see that justice was served." Mr. Ramsay, however, also said that despite deep-rooted flaws in the RCMP, it still qualifies as one of the world's best police forces. "It attracts excellent men but had bad leaders. It's raw potential is simply not being developed." The former corporal's origi- nal criticism of the force was contained in a Maclean's magazine article. Exile 'worst thing9 could happen to author EDMONTON (CP) The Soviet Union exiled writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn because imprisonment would have made a martyr oot of him. Dr. Max Mote, Soviet affairs specialist at UK University of Alberta, said Wednesday. The wi iter arrived' iff West Germany from Moscow. Dr. Mote said that in terms of farther writing, exile is the worst thing that could have happened to Solzbenitsyn because he now will be cut off from his sources. Dr. Mote predicted the United States Congress would adopt a tougher attitude towards the Soviet Union. 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