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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta W.dneidoy, January 13, 1971 - THE LETHMIOOE HERALD - 47 Could create social powder keg Tension mounting among 25,000 young Quebecers seeking work By DAVID BARKER MONTREAL (CP) - It's a cold, grey winter for more than 25,000 unemployed young persons in this turbulent city. Despair, frustration and anger among increasing numbers of educated, articulate young who cannot find jobs could spark Quebec's social powder keg. A lot of the tension is being felt by c o 11 e g e -t r a i n e d French-speaking Quebecers, "We've got to find jobs or it's going to blow up," says Fernand Daoust, general secretary of the 225,000-member Quebec Federation of Labor. The economic situation, some observers say, has already produced terrorist actions by the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec. Mr. Daoust says society and the media "create needs for things like fancy clothes and cars which appeal to the young." "But then a young person . can't find work and has no money in the capitalist system and becomes asocial or anti-sodal. Such persons then become candidates for the FLQ." Besides the general frustra- tions of not being able to find work, the French-Canadian unemployed has less job mobility than his English-speaking counterpart who can always try somewhere else in Canada or the United States. RESENTMENT ARISES And there is "more resentment among young professional francophones who do not have their proportion of responsible positions," says Mr. Daoust. "It changes too slowly," he says. "If French is not the working language, the worker is blocked in promotions because he has to speak English." Sometimes this becomes simply a scapegoat when a person is not promoted or is laid off, Mr. Daoust adds. "But why spend 13 years being educated in French if I have to work for 40 years in English? "It's a question of dignity." Michel Allard is a 23-year-old University of Quebec student in administration who persuaded the university to establish a placement service in 1969. He now works there part-time trying to find jobs for fellow students. "French-speaking students believe many of Quebec's problems have been created by the historical fact of English dominance. "There is an accumulation of injustices" causing a "slow rage" among increasingly-politicized French-speaking students, he says. A strong desire to be "masters in their own house"-a political slogan of the mid-1960s -p r o v i d e s the background to personal injustices. CREDITS COME HIGH Mr. Allard is married, has gained admiration from some businessmen for his work with the placement office and his administration of a pavilion at the Man and His World fair site last summer. He says: "If business can invest a militant or activist student, they will have a far better employee in five years than one who politely says 'yes sir, no sir'." Mr. Allard says about 500 graduates, many who have paid $5,000 or more out of their own pockets for education, are registered with his office and only 75 with technical, professional or business training even have a chance to find jobs. About 40 per cent of Montreal's 64,797 unemployed at the end of December were under 25, a total of 25,586, statistics of the federal manpower office show. Raymond Poirier, manpower director for the metro Montreal region, says probably about 1,000 of the 26,000 young unemployed are university graduates and that "we are getting more dropouts." Mr. Daoust says unionized workers "have probably been less affected by unemployment" although reports indicate between 7,500 and 15,000 of the QFL's 150,000 Montreal members are out of work. And he notes that it is often the young who are first laid off under seniority clauses, the same age group which produced half the speakers at the last QFL convention and is led by articulate militants. Busines, government and labor have been aware of the growing unemployment for about 1V& years and Premier Robert Bourassa recently said jobs for university graduates is a Quebec priority. Is there a solution? "We haven't even got to first base on general unemployment," says Claude Le-combe, assistant general manager of public affairs for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "Industry, government and labor are scratching their heads now." In some small communities the number of available jobs was tripled, he says, but it demanded a massive community effort in an economy that was not as bad as it now is. No similar program has been planned so far to deal with general or youth unemployment, he says. OTHERS AGREE Mr. Doust's warning of possible violence is echoed by MacEwan College opens this fall EDMONTON (CP) - Grant MacEwan Community College, Alberta's sixth such institution, will open in the fall of 1971, the board of governors has announced. The college, which will offer a type of program not given in universities, junior colleges or technical schools in the province, was named for the lieutenant-governor of Alberta, a former dean of agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan and author of several books on Western Canada.. Barry Moore, chairman of the board, said the college is a combination of ideas from Ontario community colleges, which concentrate heavily on adult educa-1 Uon, and certain West Coast institutions, which have instructors going into company premises to give classes. "We will offer some career programs, but not strictly vocational training and will presentj courses in the humanities within I and extra to these programs. Candidates will come through our doors for training as nurses, medical technicians, social service and community development workers and certain business operators." A permanent site for the college has not yet been selected, Mr. Moore said. But buildings are not the prime consideration and several existing buildings in the downtown area could be used. John L. Haar has been appointed president of the college and will take over full-time responsibility in April. NEW LAW HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong has a new anticorruption law, but it won't stop civil servants from accepting invitations to lunch or dine out. The Legislative Council removed "entertainment" from the definition of "advantage" before approving the measure. business, government and education authorities who remark that the under-25s are better educated, more aggressive and more familiar with the tactics of collective action and confrontation than their predecessors of just five years ago. Depressed by repeated rejections in the labor market, the young are also disillusioned to find that more years in school do not prove an easy ticket to financial success, or even a job guarantee as they were led to believe. "I might just as well have taken shorthand and typing," says Janet Chiesa, an attractive 22-year-old who speaks fluent English, French and Italian and has a degree in communications from Loyola College. After applying for more than 50 jobs since last spring through the college placement office, the federal manpower centre, newspaper ads and simply knocking on doors, she foiv d ore last week as a hospital ward aid earning $75 a week. It is to last only six weeks and was obtained only through a friend. DISCOUNT Skim MHk Powder Lucerne Canada First Grade Five Pound Net Weight Bag L89 Writing Pads 29* Safeway 10" x B".................................. "�> Noxzema Cream I-49 Special Offer ............................... 2-**i. iars Spray Starch 2: i�� Niagara..........................20 fl. ox. tin PRICES EFFECTIVE in Uthbridge Stores Jan. 13-16 Jumbo Gums 79� Dares............... ..................2