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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta i He LETHBRIDGE HERALD February 20, If 74 Bird invasion causes disaster Starlings fly over the southern Kentucky com- munity of Hopkmsville. Millions of the birds have invaded the area, caus- ing crop and livestock losses estimated at million annually, and Gov. Wendell Ford has declared a state of emer- gency in the county. Dark threat of violence theme of China campaign against Lin, Confucius Conflict of interest directive issued By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Federal public servants have until June 30 to disclose "all holdings, business, commercial or financial, that could conceivably be construed" as putting them in actual or potential positions of conflict of interest. The treasury board has sent a directive to all civil servants. The disclosure must be in writing to a public servant's superior. If the public servant fails to comply with the instructions the treasury board warned it would place him or her in what is described as a "breach of conduct." No specific penalty is set out in tiie directive. In the guidelines drawn up by the treasury board in recent weeks each department is ordered to work out the content of its own STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd StmtS. Phona 327-3024 forms for the disclosures by its employees. The "instruction" directs that the individual public servants discuss the matter with his superior before filling out whatever forms have been prepared. If and when the employees changes jobs within the public service the treasury board requires that a new declaration of commercial, financial and business holdings will be required. This is required because the new job might place the public servant in a position where his holdings would create a conflict of interest. Last December Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau told the House of Commons that the government was actively considering the proper steps to be taken with regard to the public service and those appointed to various offices by the cabinet. He said Canada can take pride in her public service and in the individuals who serve within it. But in any large organization it becomes necessary from time to time to give direction as to the manner in which people must conduct themselves in the course of their employment. Mr. Trudeau outlined the guidelines that should govern the actions of a public servant to avoid conflict of interest when he spoke Dec. 18. "Central to our policy is the principle that it is not sufficient for a public servant merely to act within the law. We believe that there is an obligation to act in a manner so scrupulous that it will bear the closest public scrutiny. "Public servants therefore must not place themselves in a position where they are under obligation to any person who might benefit from special consideration or favor on their part or seek any way to gain special treatment from them. "Equally a public servant must not have a pecuniary interest that could conflict in any manner with the discharge of his official duties. Public servants will be expected, as are ministers of the crown, upon appointment to office, to arrange their private affairs in a manner that will prevent conflicts of interest from arising if there is any risk of that said the prime minister. The treasury board suggests that each department will be in the best position to know where the possible areas of conflict of interest with its employees exist. The board directs that the departments consult with the public service staff unions to draw up the guidelines and the preparation of the disclosure of holding forms. HEART TROUBLE RIFE ZAGREB, Yugoslavia (AP) Of all Yugoslavs retiring early, 51.2 per cent do so due to heart ailments, Vus magazine reported. It called for alarm since heart patients are mostly highly skilled people with great re- sponsibilities. By AP News Analysis By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) Though there have been no official reports yet that it has happened, the dark threat of violence is a recurrent theme in China's wordy campaign against Lin Prao and Confucius. For months, Communist party organs, mass organizations, working men, soldiers and peasants have poured out millions of well- orchestrated words against Lin, China's late, disgraced defence minister, and Confucius, its greatest philosopher. This is the first phase of a new purge and its chief target, the is, the political and cultural elite of the People's Republic. Less clear is which individ- uals are going to come under fire. At the moment, sweeping general attacks on what Lin and Confucius stood for appear aimed at smoking out the guilty. The difficulty in all such purges is determining what is guilt and what is not. The side with the biggest club and the widest power, usually draws up the rules and makes the definitions. 'OUTS' VERSUS But the current campaign suggests that the with little power, are aiming their big guns at the "ins." They are invoking the slogan "Go Against the Tide" to support their assault on the party and cultural establishment. They are denouncing Lin's echoes of the Confucius saying: "One should do unto others what one would have them to to you." The Confucian ideals of moderation and nonviolence are being held up to scorn. Benevolence is a disguise, say the believed to be ultra- conceals keeping people in slavery, exploiting them eco- nomically. Non-violence and moderation, they continue, seek to maintain the status quo while forcibly keeping the masses down. "We will meet counter- revolutionary violence with revolutionary the leftists cry. The credentials they claim are seemingly spotless. In "going against the tide" and clamoring for revolution, they invoke Communist party Chairman Mao Tse-tung's 1966-69 Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. CONSOLIDATED POWER In that tumultuous purge, Mao almost singlehandedly took on the party and government establishment, decimated their ranks and consolidated power while acclaiming the right of all Communists to rebel against the leadership. Mao insisted that the polem- ics be verbal, without any rough stuff thrown in. But the excitable young Red Guards soon forgot this as the purge developed and bloodshed resulted. Lin Piao's power and influence mushroomed when the army had to be called in to curb them. The present purge follows the 1971 death of Lin, accused of high crimes and treason. Identified with the left wing during the Cultural Revolution, he has been conveniently shifted to the Hades of ultra-rightism. This makes it possible for leftists to assail their old colleague while piously denouncing, as they have always done, those who want moderation, a certain dash of liberalism and continuity in Chinese politics. More and more it is becoming apparent that the "Long March" veterans, those who made the military retreat across China with Mao in the 1930s, are in the line of fire. They came out of the 10th party congress last summer more powerful than ever. ALL FEBRUARY 18 to MARCH 2 Stock must be cleared to make room for Summer Sports Camping tquipment Limited Quantities available. Sato Prices Valid ONLY on Ramainina. 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