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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta A THE LETHBRIDGE HERAlt) Tuesday, foWunry 23, Desbnrals Strikes and politics MIKT ,'liinuary 17, almost without ii brc.ik, Ihe L'oiiimuniciitions anil tr.m.spurt system of Canada, uf which il.s publicly owned airlines arc an es- senlial part, lias boon badly dis- There iras very Jillle fniie bo- i.wron Ihe end of lhat air controllers vhcn Ihe nation suffered a breakdown in airlines traffic-, and the present walkout of electronic technicians. The present strike lias Tint meant that all aircraft arc 4niiinded, although the leclnu- d.'Mis claim that Ihc planes ivon'l IK: llyinjj if there isn'l a settle- nviil soon. (This implied Ihrcal doe.s- u L appear lo have any fmmdalion in 1. What, the technicians predict vil! happen and what does, in acliuil occur, are freqnenlly at van- ai'ce. i Nevertheless no Canadian needs lu lie ;old what ihe delay and nnccrtain- means to thousands of exhausted, frustrated people, slouching miserah- 'v in crowded air leiminals wailing ncniallv to take off. II is not only the passengers who Miller. Commercial airlines are .in essential part of Canadian life, a link which hinds our far-l'lung people In- gelher. Uncertainly concerning Hie cnnlinuily of airline operation t'.'fccls even one. even Ihose not ilireclly in- volved. It is time beyond lime lhat order and confidence lie. re- stored. U Ihis moment the gnvcrriinunt appears to lie pursuing a policy of iion-inlei'Icrencc, Tor which il is being widely criticized Why doesn'l it take Meps 10 end (he walkout'.' Jl could ver> well he thai Prime ..Minislor Trmlrau is adopting n deliherale v.ail-and-see policy. 11 Hie- sliikc goes nn long enough, ihere is hound to be. widespread public support lor an end lo liie right to slrike in essential government services. In lhal case, it would become politically expedient lo introduce such legislation in .Par- liament or on the hustings. And poli- tical expediency is surely [he only rea.-on such legislation has not 'been discussed unlil now, Star spangled in Peking Peking's welcome 10 President INixon, broadcast over 2.200 miles wilh Martlmg clarity, was subdued by com- parison wilh other celebrations in minor of clher head? of slate- Neiei- ihelcss it would be a sour-souled cyme, who could look at it without a thrill if emotion. Here was an honor guard I h f Peoples' Liberation Army, ".landing rigidly at attention in per- fect alignment, a sight to call for plaudits from Ihe most crilical Bri- tish regimental sergeant. And when thai remarkable band burs! forth mill a perfect rendition ot Ihe " spangled Banner" who anioim' Ihe millions who watched and lislemJ could remain unmoved? H was a splendid of Ins- Ion-. one knows whether the im- plied promise of lhal. scene will ever be translated into realilv bill it w .spniG-ticklnip inslanl to be cherished in memorv in Ihc hope of what, some day, could become Ihe vision we all like to dream about Don't rock the boat Signor! Major troubles in Pakistan, India, the Middle East and other events of great global significance have push- ed Latin .American affairs off the ironl pages in Ihe last few months. The Chilean political situation de- serves some comment not so much because it looks like trouble ahead, but. because, il doesn't. fi moiilli ago President Sal- v.i'iur Mlende, who heads Ihe only fleeted Marxist government in the world, found himself in a box with 1Jie opposition party, known ns the Christian Democrats, which launch- ed a rensure motion against the miii- isler of the interior, Sr. Jose Toha because he bad done nothing to curb left wing extremists who have or- ganized themselves into paramilitary brigades. Tlie censure motion passed Ihe chamber of deputies and would have been passed by the upper house loo. if Sr. Allende had not hit on a novel solution, lie simple persuaded .Sr. Toha to portfolios with the minister ol' defence. The crisis was over. This lour de force was followed by hvo by-elections in which both Ai- lende candidates were unheard of occurrence in other Marx- jsl controlled governments where election results are always known be- fore the vote takes place. 'Hit Ihe usual "informed sources" are not in tlie least excited about the situation. Rather than indicating a desire for a change in government or opposition 1o 'Marxism they sim- ply report, almost without exception, that Dr. Allende has been given a signal. Don't try lo accomplish ev- erything you want overnight. Chile is doing very well, both politically and economically in comparison with most of Latin America. Don't rock the boat. .Signor. if you please. Dow' what comes natclierly! Margaret Lucklinrsl (SOCIOLOGISTS suggest UiaL the roles men and ivomcn have inherited arc traditional and could be inter changeable if society v.ould allow. Tlie theory is that men -would make suitable housewives if they took ihe notion, and women could run chaiusaus losing a false eyelash. Perhaps so, but, Iliere are some areas svhere women have an instinctive lead over men, and of course the converse is true, This fact registered mth me recently I was in a department store nn the mor- ning of n advertised fabric sale. knits were on for half price and the was literally under siege at 0 a.m. by early bird shoppers flew to the loaded counters to get the best selection. In this parLiciilar field of human rela- tionships, it has lo be said thai women arc far superior lo men when it corner lo bargain hunting. They display alhlclic techniques which would easily over-shadow a hockey shoving, thing goes and fill's fair. Moments after ihe sale began pirls and women ware standing around with whole bolLs of cloth in Lheir arms, waitmp tor a harassed clerk's attention. On the fringe of this inclcc .stood a distressed looking mid- die-aged male anxiously clutching fl and viewing l.ho onslaught, with open alarm. lie made a tentative move towards ono counter but was immediately elbowed by B hefty woman, liody-checked by a light weight and tripped by a tr-cnager. rmlcr such aif.ack tlio man sensibly mrealcd lo fi ha fa diManco waiting, I expwt. lo SPO whal pickings left when the dust .set- tled. I haven't had six and Ihree, Kon.s for nol.hing and my compas.sinn for the man's phghi was aroused. I fought my way ove.r lo his .side and naked if I could help. lie shoved the list into my hand and sighed. "An angel of mercy has arrived! My wifo has flu hut she was determiner! to lake advantage of this sale. When I volunteered 1 had no idea it would be such a where'.s Ihe referee? There are Mtme dames ;iroimtl liere who should bo thmun out of the Someone, dclib- heels and now my arch is ground right into my socks. Here'.1-; the list yards, color, y.ipper and thread. If }uu are successful. my heartfelt thanks. I only hope >ou carry medicare card with you." bb much for ihe male-female bargain hunting role. I3ut in other areas men have instincts which are as inherent as baldness and hoards. For example I've noticed that if you lift the bonnet of any model car you'll immediately be surrounded by a half dozen leennge v.ho will peer into its mys- lerioiu iiiMde.s .'ind .ilU'inpt lo diagnose the problem. And very often they arc accurate for they seem to know instinctively what alt (he and doodads are for. To the average woman, a car's intestines are com- pletely mind-boggling deliberately ar- ranged Unit she is completely depen- dent on IHT friendly service station. I can Ihis female deficiency by my own experience. A few ,'igo our oldest boy had been fruitlessly looking for .summer work. Then lie plronw) one day, triumphant. 'Tvc been taken on by a brake drum and shoe he shouted hap- pily. "I start tomorrow." I had immediate; reservations. "You'll find railing soles onto hods awfully dull." 1 advi.scd, ".so uhy don't you mln Ihe drum department? You know lnm aluays wanler] drums and you he able to pick up n set of ihern Tor lilUe." There u.i.-- ;i Mlnur at Ihe uihir end while Iho lad soiled out this Molhercsc. Tlu-n tolerantly he exphiued (u'ithout Lun.'hint; which was cnmmendablr) that brake- drum ;iml :-hnr lo dn I (iidn'l h.iien to his (xjilanahrtn aulom.'Jiicnlly I Kucv. I'd never understand. So nuirh for Ihe rnle in com- plicaled arc undouhfedly right when Hiry ,-ay mm and women can inlerchaiiRo their Iradihonal roles. Hut the thing, is they have lo wiuil fo. 1 can'l see men si .'im- peding lo n store, even if they were giving away. And wom- en will enniimio In find cars innnrds baf- fling, entiix'ly on the wi.sdom of ser- Who will lead Conservatives in Quebec? iQTTAWA Possibly Iho most Important njid en- during or Robert Slanficlil's contributions lo liis party has been (he complete overhaul of I lie federal Conservative or- ganization in Quebec. It is also his most specula- tive investment in tho tuliire. "Unless the party can find a commanding figure lo lead it in Quebec in the election ex- pected this year, it is unlikely that Rtanficld will reap tho full benefit ot four years of inten- sive work in the province. Despite the Conservative leader's claim in Montreal last month that "It doesn't matter to me whether it's one man or a the party's search for on impressive and identifiable Quebec "lieutenant" is not only continuing but intensify- ing. The man most frequently mentioned is still judge Claude Wagner, one-time attorney gen- eral in .lean Lesage's Liberal cabinet in Quebec and a con- tender for the Liberal leader- ship in Quebec against Robert Bourassa only a few years ago. The party's inability to find I lie right man for the top job in Quebec is its most pressing problem in the short term. In the long run, it is a relatively minor aspect of .Stanfield's re- organization and reform of the party apparatus in Quebec. 'Hit effort started diately after the debacle nf June tfifis. when the party suc- ceeded in winning only lour Quebec peals and when Heal C-F.ouelte's Credilistos c a in e within sight ot overtaking the Con.-ervativos as the second most important federal parly in Quebec. There were many explana- tions for the Tories' disastrous Miowing that year. Firsl of all. (here was Stanfield himself, a iinilin.mial Marilimcr wilh little apparent under standing of Quebec. The party became identified with a "two nation" constitutional philosophy which was 3 liability in English- speaking Canada and produced no discernible benefits in Que- bec, This philosophy was ele- gantly propounded by Marcel Faribaull, Montreal lawyer and tnisl company executive who displayed all the charac- teristics iji 1S6S ol a great Que- bec leader of Ihe nineteenth century. Finally, there was the fart lhal the Conscrvative- orienl.ed Union National? Parly bad been in power in Quebec and was in the pro- cess ot preparing its own de- feat in 1370 Tho Conservatives' Quebec campaign in 11X18 was a six- week affair directed by an ad hoe organization working out of temporary quarters on Notro Dame Street in the old section of Montreal. "We worked our hearts out but we just didn't have re- called one veteran of that cam- paign Ihc other day. The party was abnosl supine for the coup cle grace adminis- tered by Pierre Tnidcau. "That vast, bloody as the 1DC8 campaign veteran re- membered il. In tlic wake of the election, it was an obvious decision for Etanfiold to order his Quebec people "to start from scratch." Those wert the words he used in the summer of and he promised lo give Ihe Quebec wing of the party imusual access lo his own lime and en- ergy in Ihe coming four years. Tho results are evident lo- riav. P a i d-up party membership, at a year, has increased from in IflWI to 2S.OOO by last November, according lo figures supplied by the party and said to accurate. The annual fluid-raising dinner addressed by Stanficld, which started in Mil with Ihc sale of a few7 hundred tickets, produced a sale of lickcls last December. Part of ihii money has been used to support permanent sec- retariats in Montreal and Que- bec city. The Tones claim that the Liberals out-spend them K i s-to-onc on administrative budgels for parly headquarters in Montreal, but tlie establish- ment of a permanent party bu- reau in Montreal is a new and symbolically important achievement for the Conserva- tives. Since under the guin- ance of Claude Dupras, a <11- year-old Montreal consulting engineer, Ihc parly association In Quebec has been decentral- ized and slructured to enable it to "pyramid" Ihis Spring. At tho lop of the structure is a troika of three men; Dupras and two Montreal lawyers, Claude Nolin, the "old man" nt 411 years of age, and 82-year-old lirian Mulroncy. Benealh Ihem is a 13-mcmbcr execulivc com- mittee and 10 regional or- ganizers. This central structure is to be duplicated in each of the regions and finally at the riding level. The central 26-man struclure was exhibited publicly by Stanfield in Montreal in mid- January, when he officially launched the party's 1372 cam- paign in Quebec. By Ihc mid- dle of March, tlus cadre will have grown lo the ''officer corps" for the army of workers needed for the election which the parly now expecls in June. More important Ihan Ihis technical reorganization is the The inscrutable smile fact Iliat Ihc party now opcr- ales in French nt all levels in Qiicher. Even in 10611, the Con- servatives in Quebec were in- fluenced strongly by tlie rem- nants of an old English-speak- ing hierarchy, ft was common for Ihe parly leader's office in Ottawa and party officials in Toronto to deal wilh party af- fairs in Quebec through these bilingual English-speaking Con- servatives in Montreal. The parly now claims that this pat- tern has been broken once and for all. The only "English" name among Ihc 13 members of the troika and executive commil- Ice loday is Brian Mulroney and he is far from being a typical member of Montreal's K n g 1 i s h-speaking establish- menl. He grew up in Baie Comcau on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, learn- ing French almost at the same lime as his mother tongue. After graclualing from St. Francos Xavier University in Nova Scotia, he acquired his law degree at Quebec's Laval Vnivcrsily. The new treasurer of (he ex- rculivc commillce, 52-year-old Jacques Couiiois, president of (he ''Canadians" hockey club and vice-president of a bank, is typical of the important re- cruils that Stanficld has attracted in four years of con- stant private meetings and quiet persuasion in Quebec. Key people in the party In Quebec don't believe that these changes will automatically produce results this year. In their oplimislic moment.1; they sometimes talk about re- pealing the kind of upset vie- loj-y lhat the lale Daniel John- snn engineered for the Union Nalionalc in realistically, this is Ihc way they look at it: "The Liberals have never fought an election in flu's prov- ince with us. They've had to fight the Creditistes and where Ihey have fought the Cred- itislcs, they've lost ground. "They have won every elec- tion in this province by tradi- tion and default. Our only com- mitment this lime is that we're going lo make sure 1hat if a Liberal wins a seat against us. lie's going to have to work for il." But the crucial question, wliich Ihc party will soon lo answer, remains: who will march at the head of Stan- field's new army in Quebec in 1972? (Toronto Star Ohservw correspondent No solution in sight for India's Kashmir problems nrately Mcppcd nn my foot with her high auUnrilics. D1CLHI Elections are held in Indian Kash- mir after the mell in Ihc .spring. Rut the most impor- tant political party, the Kash- mir Plebiscite Front, is banned and ihe man with the largest personal following. Sheikh Mo- hammed Abdullah, is in exile in .New Delhi along with liis fliief lieutenant. Afzai Reg, ibe president of Ihc Front. So far Ihe official parties, whatever are called, have won "elections'1 because cither they were rigged or (he Pleb- iscite Front was no! participat- ing. Once, under Chief Minis- ter Glnilam Mohammed Baks-lu, abol.t -10 candidates were found guilty of .some tech- nical offcnec and debarred from standing for the election. Mir Qasim, while not as high- handed as Bakshi, ncvei tbelcss lo ra-orl lo nrac- ticns to get the PJebisciic Front nut of the way ibis time it had decided lo ccnlcst all 7o scats. The Fronl's can- didates may slill stand as in- dependents now lhal ii has declarwl illegal. nehind all Ihis is refusal of Iho government of India lo face re..lilies in Kashmir. The p 0 p u 1 a lion is predominantly Muslim in 1 million ifindiisi and has never accept- ed Ihc decision of the Mnharnja llari Singh lo join India after the state was'at- tacked by Pnlhan marauders (iiipr'irlcrl by unil.s cf Ihe Paki- ;iflei- j.arlilion ii5 Today Ihere is a hard COT ot pro I'aki.slani elr-nin-i.s enliiiisiasm for Pakisiaii not been diminished by Ihe h a p p c n in Bangladesh. There iirc a loi moi-i- pinple wh.i feel wilh Sheikh Abdullah lhal. in accordance iviih ihe promise ijivrn by Ihe lale In- dian ['riini- .MiiKslei .lawa- it ,i plelijs r i I n br- lielif nilcrna- .inspires In [ind out (ho v.'ill of iho people of Ihc slnle__ whether Iliey want lo accede lo India I'aki.slan or remain of bnlli. Sheikh Alxiullali himself has no! Inken a position on any of Ihose Ilifce possibilities but to Jiiin say (Iiat he hopes for an independent Kasl.....r vhich will allow hnih Indians and Pakistanis nccess Lo Kashmir, fjeliru, it is lie- heved. would have solved the issue in a rational manner bul for Ihc introduction of the cold war into the silly-continent and the pressures exerted by Ihe United Stales on India through Pakistan. Pakistan, with Ihe Letters to the editor knowledge that the leading military p o w e r of Ihe world was backing it, framed its de- mands in such an aggressive manner that Indian leaders fell they could nol submit. Today conditions are even Britain's 'bloody' bill II was really nice Lo read Iliat letter on Northern Ireland. I have no doubl lhal Anne Smith is an innocent, holy or otherwise. The lady did a good job of misinforming the public. It's about lime she got an eye- ful: a worm's eyeful. She chat- ters about poverty and welfare in freland giving I lie impres- sion that she kneu all. Allow me space to present Brilam's 'bloody' bill that .she and her kind may realize something of the nature of lhal account. Then, she may be able lo see oues whom. Item 1. Ireland lilcd white for three centuries. Item 2. frish pejisanls ship- ped off as slaves to Australia and Ihe West Indies for two centuries. Item :l. Irish Iruops used ns fodder for enemy quns in two wars. .lust how much does the ladv rcekon the British moguls ov.c Ihe Irish people? About Icn billion a year from now till eternity, perhaps. Besides, those same moguls have sucked blood in vampire activities from botli Indians and Eskimos in this land. Under the flag of the Hudson's Bay Company, they bled them for centuries. They sucked Af- rican blood for centuries, loo. By now, Anne Sinilh ought lo conclude that the frisb paid (enfold for every penny Ihey squeeze from their blood- suckers. Become a worm like me, friend. One sees all things much more; clearly from that elevation, believe me. U even saves one from misinforming Ihe public. LOUIS BIIDKE, PEASANT AND WORM. l.cthbridge. Royally agreements more unfavorable for any proper sclllcmenl of Ihe Kash- mir question. As long as the euphoria of the recent military viclory over Pakistan remains, public opinion will not support any concession. India is also i-eluctanl lo make any genr crous gesture because of Pres- ident Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's close links with Communist China. Tho Chinese have re- cently built a road connecting Sinkiang wilh the part of Kash- mir under Pakistan's occupa- tion. There Is another difficully in dealing with Kashmir. The emergence of Bangladesh is widely hailed in India as (he collapse of the theory that Hindus and Muslims consti- tute two different nalions, the view propagaled and pressed by JMohammcd Ali Jinnah, the. founder of Pakistan. There is a good deal of Irnlh in this. The Bengalis are different linguisti- cally, racially, culturally frcm Ihc Punjabis who constitute Ihe bulk of Wcsl Pakistan. Ticli- gion could not suppress these disparities. But the Kashmiri Muslims, racially, linguistical- ly and cullurally. have strong affinities with Pakislanis, and in addiiion (here is Ihe com- pelling facior of geography Kashmir, unlike East Bengal, Looking THR 1IKIIAM) lies ncxl (o West Pakistan. If the rulers of Pakistan had taken steps lo improve rela- tions wilh India over the years, by now the Indian public would have been in a frame of mind lo accept the realities of tlie situation. As it is, India gets nothing out of Kashmir other than trouble. Millions of rupees have been poured into Kashmir as subsidies, a good deal of them going into the pockets of corrupt politicians. With an un- easy conscience, Indian leaders bave had lo justify rigged elec- tions and bans on polilical par- ties. There arc people in India who deplore Urn in Kashmir. Two leading newspa- pers Tie Statesman of Cal- rulla and The Hindustan Times cf New Delhi, have writ- ten editorials criticizing ihe government's approach lo Kashmir and Ihe suppression of d c m o c r a I i c norms by Ihe Mr Qasim gov- ernincnl. Bul even if she want- ed lo. Mrs. Indira Gandhi could do little to ease the sit- inlion. This is the worst pos- sible time for any action on (he subject. Aril s'o. in Ihe spring, (here is likely lo be ,-uiolhcr rigged election. lor Tlir mill The Observer. London) The lime is fast approachim; when the government will determine what the rato .structure For oil and fins royal- lies will he for the next ten years. I Ihink il. is a lair assump- tion to make that the decision will affect every Alberta lax- payer in one form or another. Our (axes no doubl will con- linuc In ini'JTiJsr in I lie fuliim bul they will be more oh- vVo They Say The churi'li is Irnaciously conscrvalive. We .should nol even imagine Ihe o[ changes, evolutions and l.rans- lorninliflns of (lie clmrcli in mailers of failh. J'finl ns Ihe. Synod of Bishops con- vened in Home. noxious if we don I gel a fair shake on Ihe royally agree- ments, There will be a public forum held in Lclhbridgc. February 21. lo discuss this very issue. Il is sponsored by ihe Albeila New Democratic Parly. H is I'xpcclcd lhat if will lurn mil. lo bo an all-parly forum .since representatives from Ihe Con- .snvalivcs and Hie .Social Cred- it parlies have been invited lo .speak and debalc Ihc issue wilh Mr. Clivml Notley. A poor lurnout would no doubt indicate a lack of con- cern for Ihc topic under dis- cussion. It follows of course Ibal Ihe same lack of concern oiiKlil. In he praclisc-ri if ive have n sales lax imposed on us in I lie near fill lire. HELMUT HOFFMAN Friday mghl Ihc WMS of Ihr Coald'alc Uniled Church bi'ld a successful rabbit and chicken pic supper. The Lclhbridgc Play- goers made a favorable- im- pression wilh Iheir presenta- tion "I "And So To at Ihe Annual Alberta dram a lie backward festival held in Kdmnnlnn. inij-.A drastic rrducliou in Iho fixed on U'lll- bndge's .sired railway system can lie e.vpcclcd this year. in.12 Poslal delivery has been inr.iiguraled in Ilia (lieu- dale and subdivi- sions, Poslmasler Arnold Dar- lington announced lo The Her- ald loday. Tlie Lcthbridge Herald 71h St. S., Lplhbridflc, Alberta IKKALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers 1'uhlisbed by linn. A. liUt'MANAN nocnnd Class Mall Rffirtrnlirin Nn 001? iLrr of The Crmndinn Press nnrl ihp C.innrthin D.nly Av.r-iialion flml Ihc Auilil u n( Circulallom Cl I'O VJ. MOWrRS, Tdilrr nnd Tiihiishrr THOMAS H, ADAWS, nr.rj m i irjr, wn.i IAM HAY '.VinnoinQ fdilnr Ttlilor ROY I MILLS K. WAI.KFR AfJverliilnu Miin.virr tdilorlrtl Pnqc Cdllor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;