Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAU' Monday, February 28, 1971 Pan! Jackson Slipping in the back' door nimiicralU'n department luif been plapml spirallin" problems fur several now and Lilely lliiTC lias hoi'it talk (if iniro- liuciim a iH'w, toucher Il has Ivon surest cvl Iliai Hit' new law would make il inuui more da- I'icuh ior unwanted aliens to i-nler Canada and to live and work here. Il would also put a damper on Am- erican deserters, dralt dodgers and -hip-jumpers who look upon Canada as the land of milk and honey. H would cut back drastically on the ut appeal lo Hie Immigration Appeal Board. The mess in which the department Inids ilself is not of its own making. II Mems from n relaxation of Can- ada's immigration regulations and praclk'cs in which resulted in ihonsaiuls of so called visitors ar- riving here with Ihe intention of ap- plvnm later for landed immigrant stains, l-'iiUircs show thai alter this initial relaxation of Ihe law, 2G.OOO persons applied for landed immigrant stains after originally entering Canada as visitors. The number increased year- ly, so thai al Ihe end of 1970 there. al least fifty thousand, lisli- niales released recently quote the number o[ immigrants now in Can- ada without legal slalus to be as high as two hundred thousand. U present Ihc immigralion depart- ment maintains offices around Ihc Mailed by officers who screen prospective immigrants. 11 they can- meet certain specifications of the flcpartineitl as lo age, education, knowledge of Krench or English, .skills, and personal assessment, they are rejected. They are not given Ihc opportunity lo appeal Ihe adjudica- tion. However, if these same persons come to Canada as visitors and ap- ply for landed immigrant slalus, if they fail to meet the necessary stan- dards they can immediately enter an appeal. Consequently, Ihe Immigration Ap- peal Hoard has been swamped. As of last October it had a backlog of over cases and this has been increasing al 400 lo 500 a month. The department can do little at the mo- ment but issue would he immi- grants with work pcrmUs: it they cannot find work they are eligible for welfare. When Ihe time comes for their appeal lo be heard, these hope- fuls are flown lo Ottawa at public expense lo appear before Ihe board, and their expenses are paid while they are in (he capital. Kveu though there is high unem- plovmcnt al present, Canada still needs immigrants. Particularly de- sirable are those with skills or pro- fessions which are in short supply in this country. But the present system is in chaos and simply is not work- ing out. Consistency in the law, both here and in the offices abroad, would certainly help (he situation. When an applicant is rejected in his own coun- try yel is entitled to appeal here, there is an indication that many arc getting in through the back door, And when this happens, there is ev- ery possibility I hat many of them mav l'c undesirable. Sympathy for Mr. Heath Britain's entrance into the Euro- pean Common Market seems des- iined lo be anything but triumphal. This has been well portrayed in a cartoon in which Prime Minister Heath, grimy with coal dusl. stands knocking at the door of the Common Market." Initially tli'j cost of belonging lo Uie Common Market is expected to be high There are payments to be made as well as adjustments to Ihe conti- nent's higher cost of living. Propo- nents of membership think the long- term benefits to be gained make it all worthwhile. Obviously t li e British economy needed lo be performing well in the period prior lo ihe entry. The coal strike means lhal it is sliU likely to be weak when il ought to be at its strongest. 11 is not only that the wage settlement with Ihc miners has strengthened Hie inflationary trend Hie government has been trying to stem; a severe setback to production was experienced as a result of the strike, recovery from which will take a long time. .Mr. Ilealh must find it difficult lo continue to speak with confidence about Britain's ability to get the econ- omy moving. Any flagging of enthus- iasm for his overriding purpose to join the Common Market could result in defeat. The slim majority of eight votes in a recent stage of tliu enabling legislation shows how shaky the government position is. A few more members succumbing to faint heartedness could mean the end of the dream and the Conservative government, If. in the face of the additional pro- hlems in Northern Ireland, Malta and Rhodesia, Mr. Healh suffered de- feat al Ihe next vote on the Common Market and expressed relief to be relieved of all the responsibility, who could blame him? ART BUCHWALD Zero population The latest news from Uic Census Bureau is that younger women are refusing to have children, and the United States is fast approaching a "zem population prowUi1' rale. This means ihe death rate and birthrate figures in the t-ountry will sonn be even. Disturbed by this information, I sought om thrt'L- younp ladies in a coffeehouse to find out what had gone wrong. Their names were Fern. Clara and Man' -lane, and they siuirm wuh three boys Harry, Frorj and Claude. I said, ''I have just read in newspapers Hint women in Ibis country only had an average of 2.-J children in opposed to 23 children in and if the trend continues they will be down to 2.1 in a few years which could mean ?.cro population growth. How can you explain "Who v.anls Kern a.skcd. "Bui." I >airl. "lliul is. the role n[ women fn Ihcir nun kind thr [ininl." Clara said, 'Who wants in reproduce hke us'.1'1 "I don't I said. Clara :-.aid. "It's a H'-'rKTation problem. Mir Ueneration had a high opinion nf voursoKes. You thought you uere wonder- ful people -strong. Jionesl, pi uduciiu' ;md (Jixl-f canny. 'Mien-fort1 um uanted lo reproduce more of the .same. "You jKsumed lhat. jour wnulrf hr- ju, l like vfni ;md you wanted lo floor! Ihe country with lilllo copies o[ yoiirvolf "Well. it. didn't work out. lhat t !ara con eluded. "Yon produced an en- lirely rljfferml breed we've decided v.r. don't want imy more like us because wr- run't. si find each other." "Why ihfliiM UT brthic.s uho ,'ire as uiilripp) ami miMTalilo as we. Mary .lanti nskcd. don't want any kids like Fern said. Harry protested, ''you're my girl- friend." "I dor't mind you as my Kern said, I couldn't stand you as my "It's true. 1 could never think of raising a Claude or a Fred. I wouldn't have the slo-jnarh for ii." "That isn't a nice thing to Fred said defensively. "Well." Clara replied. "Would like lo bu the father of Fern or Mary Jane or Harry or "1 wouldn't even want to be the lather of Fred said. F understand I said, ''Ihfi rea- son why you don't want to have babies is llii'it you're afraid they'll all turn out like >ou.'' "You Rot il, Fern said, "we know we've flono l.n our parents, ami not lo let our kitls do that lo us.'' Clara said, "f couldn't hassle with my kids (he way hassle uilh my mother. I'd RO up Ihe wall." I protested, "if you all lhat ihe American people the greatest, magnificent and wondrous people UK- world has CUT could go dov.n the drain." ''It's not our Mary .lane said. ''We're physically bid. n o I. monlfilly equipped for il Fern .said. "Oner Ilir rrmnl.n down to population growth, I mifdil. recon- sider the. whole. Hut at Ihe, mo- ment, I'd r.ilhor take the money it. cosit 10 raise. child and RO lo Europe." DiiyinR A Honda Jl.'irry .s.iid, "uwild lie more fun than a kid like me." (Toronto Sun News Scmrrj Leadership outcome of election uncertain QTTAWA The forLuiii-s uf four men JIMS in Ilic lancc as Uic final weeks nnd inonllis of the. (Iwincllc Whatever IH.-I- ;ior statements are made fi'oiu now on in Uie House of I'mn- nions by Uiti leaders cf M'e various political parlies can they will miide an oye on ihe voters. Kor Prime Minister Tnidrmi. Progressive Conservamv Op- position leader Robert ficlcl, New Democralic- leader David Lewis and Credit leader Heal Cauuelli' [In.1 cliips arc undoubtedly doun and the wheel is in the greal Canadian elect inn game. Strangely, the man uhu stands to lose most come tion day is Ilic prime mmisier liimself. Wilh 150 scats m Par- liamenl. whiUlecl down from in the ISIW) federal election, Ihe Literals face the almost impossible lask of trying to hold on In what (hey captured in onlslandiiip circumstances. True. .Mr. Tnidean can prob- ably afford lo lose a few seats an'l come out of an election lalllo relatively unscalhed. But if. as some now think, the federal Liberals may be in for substantial losses in On- tario and British Columbia, then the prime minister faces Ihe of the liead of another minority govern- ment. His opponents relish fhis idea. They feel that losses of between 20 in 30 seats for Mr. Trudeau will kill once and for all Ihe mayic that surrounds his image. They also believe tlnil the prime minister would not be able lo live with Ihe daily frustrations of minority government. 1'or Mr. Stanficld this is a make-it or break-it, election. He lias lo at least slash Mr. Trn- dcau's majority so vigorously that after the election Mr. Tru- rlean rclums ivilh a minority government. Unless he can do this, or pull off Ihe coup of per- suading the voters lo elect a minority Progressive Conser- vative government, his position as parly leaders will be se- riously undermined. There has already been much speculation about a sitcee.ssor to the 58-year-old Nova Scolian. It's been said that cither On- tario Premier William Davis or Alberta Premier Peler lieetl would have a voler ap- peal almost lo Mr. Tru- deau in his heyday. Alvin Ham- ilton, agriculture minister un- der John Diclcnbakcr, is hop- ing for rc-clodion lo Hie fed- eral fold. For a parly ex- tremely strong in l.he West, Mr. Lougliecd, Mr, Hamilton and people .s n c h as Calgary IIP JCldon Woolliams, the PC sha- dow justice minister, all offer alternatives to Mr. Stanfield should Ilic Conserralives not show a strong resurgence al the polls. Of all Uie federal parly lead- ers, Mr. Slanficld probably de- serves better Lrealment lhan he'll get m many quarters. Ironically, his experience gain- ed in trying lo keep the PC parly in one piece during Die years following the disastrous 'How do they expect us to ge! the brands off the IBGfJ election has undoubtedly given him Ihe ability lo shoul- der disappointment easier than mosl. Mr. Lewis will be fighting his first federal election as leader of Uic NDP. Since Ihe 1DCB Tru- deau sweep, his parly has in- creased ils representation in Parliament from 22 lo 2f> mem- bers. Indeed, il is the only party lo have increased ils rcp- rcsenlation since Ihe last fed- eral election. What must be woiTying Mr. Lewis now i.s that there is cur- rently no real evidence of a big NDP breakthrough coming. Even the most optimistic pre- dictions give (lie party (lie chance of increasing its repre- sentation in Ottawa by perhaps a scat in British Columbia, maybe a couple in Saskatche- wan and perhaps one or two in Ontario. Same pundits even suggest a loss of seals come election day. Some political observers have suggested thai while Mr. Lewis is probably more lhan equal lo former NDP leader Tommy Douglas on an intellec- tual he lacks Ihe sparkle ?.nd personality of the former Saskatchewan premier when il comes lo mass appeal among the vnlcrs. Mr .Lewis has indicalcd Lhal the N'JP may be on the verge of a big brcaklbrugh in Que- bec. If that breakthrough does not materialize, he may be able lo take solace in a theme he has uttered often: The dreams of democratic social- ism are not easily achieved. Unless Ihe prime minisler ac- tually holds on lo mosl of Ihe seals he has or Mr. Stanfield succeeds in forming a minorily government, Mr. Caouclle may well come out of Ihc coming combat, belter lhan any. With J.'i seals in Ihc House nl Com- mons. Lhe siluation looks ripe (or Uie outspoken Mr. Caouelle lo increase lhal number by anything up to a dozen more seals. Earlier statements by Social Credil spokesmen that the party will elect mass represen- tation from across the country, particulalry in the West, have been largely discounted. Mr. Caouetle himself in his realis- tic moments, probably expects nothing more than a strong surge for his party in Quebec. As such he can hardly bo in for disappointment. nirrald Ottawa Burep.n) Maurice Western Geoff roy case discloses faults in penal system OTTAWA: Tn his report on the Geoffrey case, Jean- Pierre Goycr finds no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of anyone. What happened was a bona fide error. This Is remarkably temper- ate language. The report itself suggests that there was quite astonishing negligence. Re- sponsibility was so nicely shared that in Lhe end, iL seems to have burdened nobody. Statistics about the sncccws of the temporary leave pro- gram, although interesting, are not very pertinent. Yves Gcoff- roy, as the report delicately re- frains from noting, was a con- victed wife-slayer serving a life sentence. It would naturally he assumed that more than ordi- nary care would ho exorcised in such a case. Instead (he de- gree of care excreted was con- siderably less lhan ordinary or al least the public imibl hope that that is true. Mr. Geoffrey obtained leave of absence tn marry Ins para- mour. Tlui report miles lli.il on January II, the court 01 appeals of Quebec rejected Gooff roy's appeal. "Hence I ho question of Mr. G e o f froy'.-s Letter to the editor wife's inability to testify against him is unlikely to arise in tho case for which Mr. Geoffrey was in penitentiary and con- cerning which he had lodged an appeal." Obviously, lliis is not' a de- fence of the penitentiary ser- vice or its chief. TL is a for- tuitous circumstance. When Mr. Geoffrey left on his hon- eymoon, no one knew what the court of appeal1! would da. The fact was that Miss Parent (now .Mrs. Geoff roy) h ad been an important prosecution witness. On becoming the wife of tho accused, she could not be re- quired to testify. IL is conceded that the legal implications were not even con- sidered. Mr. Geoff roy, as it turns out, has been the instru- ment of an important reform. P.y his romantic exploit he has exposed a weakness in the sys- 1'j.n. Henceforth, ''uhcn any inmate presents a request for permission to marry, advice on Ihe legal implications of Ihc mnrriapo inu.sl lie sought in advr.nco from the provincial at- torney general." There are lo bo other safn- guards. Thus temporary leave without escort will not be con- sidered until at least six months of sentence have been served; or, in the case of those serving life sentences, habitual criminals, sexual of- fenders and those known to he connected with organized crime, until three years have passed. There will be no leave of absence for dangerous sex- ual offenders until psychiatric has taken place and special clearance been granted. Furthermore, the regional di- rector must approve the first two leaves of absence granted to inmates in Uie four cate- gories. What is startling about these guidelines is the fact that the need for tlrcm lias only now be- come apparent. This is also rather strange. Capital punish- ment, has been suspended ex- perimentally, A substantial ar- gument against (lie experiment' was that life sentences nou- adays are usually term af- fairs. Those who made (he ar- gument were entitled lo expect rather more thru this from the assurances offered at that time. Game (lepiirLmcnt officials co-operated 1 would like lo up a few Mi'- nalier's part in In.i Idler almiit feeding of the elk. The Spnruond Rod and (iun Club did follow in the rescue operations, bul under I In.1 guidelines of Hie tiami- liiulo Ray DeMardii of Cnm- hrook and the eonsurvaimn nl- ficvr, .lack Williams of Ferine. Mr. minor's sUiloimsnl lhal Ihc prime branch not concern.- ed is false. Afler v-o, Ihc Spanvnnd ll-nl ,ind (Inn ('luh, askrd for .'id vicr from these two nirinln'r', nf Ihe biaiieb, Ihrrr a follow up done, hy lhe.se lei- lows. Them were phone calls back and forth to find out if the panic xvns taking to I ho food. So aelually li> call down I host- inline ilcparlnicnl offi- cials fur not participating is foolish, due lo Uie. fact that (ho I'Vriuc: Rod and (Jim Cluh er dc.sirt'd their pnrtifi- palion in Ihc past and are cry- ing aljoul il now. Mr. Bailor talks uf Washing- ton and Wyoming feeding of elk, which cost as high as liuo annually. I was wondering if Mr. llaber road the lalu.sL budget .set for the coin- ing year hy the II.C, govern- menl, There is only just over Sloo.OOfl increase in I ho, game dcparl nie.nl. Imdgel, w h i r h doeMi'l ev( n eover inflalinn. 'Mir poinl. I am Irying lo make hero is lhal. Wyoming and Washington recognize fish and wildlife a national re- source' and on Ihc other hand, llrilish Columbia, according lo the statutes, do not, even recog- Ihe fish and game, as users of the water and land. So until I his is changed I do not think I bore bo rnucli difference in the altitude lo Ibis problem in tin's area, or even in the uliolo of B.C. Mr. Bailor states in his let- ter that the game branch has proven lo him that il had no iulero.st in co-operating the .sportsmen's clubs or their affiliai ions. 1 have only one que.slion to ask. How much o[ an effort did ho make Ihrnugli Iiis local club to co-operate wilh Ilic members of I ho game tle- p.irlincnt in Ins area? 1 do however agree Mr. Bailor's lasl, poinl. If il. lakes the ballot box to make the B.C. government realize lhal. there i.s a place for fish and game in this province, I nm nil fur il. Bin. SAVILOW, lYc.sidcnl, Sparwoud Rod and Gun Club Recommendations for leave will have to be supported in fu- with clear reasons backed by documentation. A sound suggestion. The rea- soning in Mr, Geoffrey's case remains unclear. Instead of doc- umentation, the report of the .social agency, according lo Mr. Goyer, was "based on hear- An important1 consideration was the state of licalth of Mr. Geoffrey's brothers. They were believed to "suffer from fairly senous cardiac pathology and therefore in the event of death, the (three) children would be destitute." Investigation has shown lhat "undue credence" was accorded Uiis hearsay story. Thus Miss Parent entered the pic'tiire. Will) (he brothers in this unhappy plight, she "could support and lake responsibility for Die children, Ihe marriage giving her the right lo be the K h e apparently nindf. a rierp impression; rec- ognizing tlu1 possible conse- of her marriage, in- rjurlijitf the dire possjbilily lli.it her husband might lose liis ap- Looking TIlllOUGlI THE IIEHAUJ will have a new industry, thai of Ilic nianufnc- iiirc gasoline IraUovs. Rube DcRlou-, UK; Ma- (lianl. was in the cily yesterday looking for boul.s in the eh.s.s. Rube can IIP readied al Mafiralh nmlime. U'lMiridp- Dn.ird of Tiade endorsed Ihe underlak- pcal and might not be Rranlcd parole on his first eligibility dale. Apart from this fortitude, she "appeared to have the charac- teristics that would make her a satisfactory mother and su- pervisor of the children's up- bringing." IL seems, in the circum- stances, an odd conclusion but sometimes things do turn out that way in soap opera. Perhaps fortunately for the children, the supervision was rather brief; the, new Mrs. Geoffroy having departed, probably for another Jursidic- UDJI, Mill) all her appealing characteristics. It is altogether likely lhat the Jiappy couple were the benefi- ciaries of Uie incredibly sloppy proceedings described in Lhe repoil Hill Mr. Goycr is not out of the woods. Few things are more difficult to sell in pol- itics lhan a plain late of spec- tacular inefficiency. Olhcr and darker inlcrprelnlions will cer- l.iinly be placed on ci'enls. Jlr. Geoffroy on extended leave is an issue; not lo be banished by an in-lioti.se report. (Herald Rurcaii) backward ing of carrying on Ihe adver- tising campaign for Ihe "Soulh- orn Scenic Heel Trail" from Medicine Hat lo Ihc Pacific Coast. I'YiYlay rvcninc; in (lie sliiclio of (.Mot: Ibn 1 oc I branch of Ihc Canadian U'gion cuniplclt'd anoUicr of llicir rec- ordings of voices of Ihe women of Ihe U'thhridjTe district and members of (lio UM' at Med- icine Hal for overseas. The Uthbridge Herald 501 7lh St. S., LclhbridRc, Alberta MnnmnR HERALD no. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published inns hy Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Ercoml class Mall No Cini5 Mrmlicr nf Thf C.inndlfln Press nnd Ihr Cnnntlinn Onily Nrwspaner Publishers' Associniicn rtnd Iho Audir cl CircwMNuns CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor nnd Pohli-.hnr THOMAS H. ADAMS, Grnrr.il Mnnnrirr DON PILI.UJG Wll 1 1AM MAY AVin.lolnfl FiHter A'.wi.itp Fdir.ir ROY l-'WILTh nOUGI AS K WAIKTR fdwrrtir.inp Mnnntirr hdilonnl Pflqf EdUor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUIH"