Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, February LETHBRIDQE HERALD-17 Widow 'ruffles a few feathers9 Senate speaker's job time consuming By CHERYL HAWKES OTTAWA (CP) In a year as the Senate's first woman Speaker, the only interior orating Muriel Fergusson has found time for is to line her offices with visitors and the things they bring with them. However, the Speaker's chambers she moved into last January at the start of the 1973 parliamentary session have acquired a homey lived- in look. Despite beamed ceil- ings, gleaming oak bookcases and highly polished furniture, things look to be in a state of semi-chaos. "Must get this library or- she apologizes, as an aide searches for a mas- sive volume of Senate De- bates, "and that couch has to be moved out of here some- really doesn't belong here." TOO BUSY It's obvious the 74-year-old widowed lawyer from Fred- ericton, N.B., has been too oc- cupied with the responsi- bilities of her of ref- ereeing Senate sessions and give much thought to how the pencils are lined up on her desk. Works of several Canadian painters hang on the walls. Tables and bookshelves dis- play some of her many gifts from people invited to her chambers The path to the Speaker's office is so, Senate observers agree, than it ever was during the terms of her predecessors. "Why I've had members of the Commons tell me they've been here for years and had never even walked down to this end of the she tells you. The petite, energetic, 21- year Senate veteran is said to have raised more even ruffled a few feathers- carrying out the duties of her office than anyone before her. Tourists or school children visiting the Parliament build- ings might be surprised to find Murl Smith, her secretary, beckoning them in for a tour and brief chat with the Speaker. A parliamentary restaurant manager was quietly advised that "as long as I am Speaker" the waitresses he employs to serve at Senator Fergusson's parties should re- ceive the same pay as the waiters. Social functions often carry her through until after mid- night on days that begin around a.m. Still she finds time to attend meetings of many associations to which she belongs, crochet part of a dress for Mrs. Smith, arrange flowers in her chambers or dip into her collection of Ca- nadian literature. Mrs. Fergusson has no car of her own. With typical infor- mality she uses the tax- free automobile allowance in- cluded in her remune- ration to pay cab fare to and from various functions. "A lot of people think I should have a limousine. I could buy a car but I'd need a chauffeur. I can't very well park the car in a snowbank and scramble out in a long dress." Close friends say she is ob- viously in her element meet- ing and bringing people to- gether with her warm and li- keable personality. She looks younger and healthier as Speaker, they say, than she did when serving on Senate committees, making trips to China, Hungary, Africa or Washington with parlia- mentary delegations and speaking to groups across the country. "All this entertaining isn't just for fun, though, you know. It's my job." She pauses, then adds with a characteristic giggle, "But it sure is fun." She says she would like to end her Senate career as Speaker. Legally, she may remain in the upper house the rest of her life, since she was appointed long before a 1965 law made retirement compulsory for senators at 75. "But I voted that everyone should opt out at 75.... I think it would be inconsistent if I stayed on." MAY GO BACK If she decides to retire sometime after her 75th birth- day next May 26, she will probably go back to Fred- ericton "to pick up where I slipped out." Mrs. Fergusson once prac- tised law in the New Bruns- wick capital and served for a time as a city councillor and deputy mayor. 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She says she feels more confident when she presides over Senate proceedings than she did a year ago. the cue cards she once relied on often drop to her side now and the rare disorderly senator may find himself snapped back into his seat with a few firm words and a citation from the rule book by Madame Speaker. She recalls those first few uncertain weeks when she was furiously studying the Senate rules. "Looking back on she laughs, "I wonder how I ever had the nerve to get up there." It sure is fun Muriel Ferguson spends time entertaining on job Ar fcy la WeeWhimsv Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I have the same problem that the engaged girl wrote about. I wet the bed. Your reply was curt and unsympathetic. You have no idea of the heartache and humiliation bed-wetting can cause an adult. Are you going to sit there and tell me that we are the only two grown-ups in the country who have this problem and that we don't deserve a decent answer? With all the columns you devote to teen-agers with pimples and men who wear their wives' pantyhose and women whose "zing" has lost its "rang" after a hysterec- tomy, why can't you spare an inch of column space for a serious problem? Is there NO answer except long-term therapy? High Tide In Denver Dear High Tide: I'm sorry you felt my answer was "curt and unsympathetic." As I told the engaged girl, nine out of ten bed-wetters are suffering from an emotional problem, and even though the problem is unresolved, the bed-wetting usually stops by age 12 or 13. When bed-wetting continues into adulthood, it means the problem is unusually severe I know of no bargain-basement solution or magic short-cut to dry land. A grown woman who swims every night should be willing to do whatever is necessary to put an end to it. And that, dear lady, may mean long-term therapy Dear An Landers: Six years ago my eldest daughter was married. Her younger sister was married two years later. 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