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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta B.C. Conservatives losing confidence The Ugandan dictator A bit of unexpectedly good public relations has come the way of General Idi Amin the murdering dictator of just when his excesses of power at least to hopeful to presage a departure from the office he seized January 1971. Amin is the subject of a 90-minute documentary which has been called the funniest film in Paris and which has been in on British television. Although the film shows him in all his various he comes according to the as a chuckling his ruthiessness hidden behind the facade of a bumbler. London Observer correspondent David who was expelled from Uganda and later from all of East Africa at Amin's insistence because of his reports on Ugandan has just written a book chronicling the general's career and describing him as an incompetent ruler and a killer. The Uganda dictator was born into tribes known for sadistic brutality and lor poisoning enemies. His mother earned her living practicing witchcraft. His army career from assistant cook to officer in the King's African Rifles included incidents of torture and murder. Since seizing Amin has expelled all the Asians from the country. ART BUCHWALD A question of amnesty PARIS While some things have changed in Paris in the last few the Frenchman's love affair with his car remains as strong as ever. It is a known fact that if you knock down a Frenchman's wife he will apologize to you. but if you scratch the fender of his automobile he will kill you. The streets of Paris have remained the same but 'he number of vehicles in the city has increased 300 per cent. This presents a slight parking problem But the French driver has solved it with typical Gallic ingenuity. He drives to his gets out of his car and leaves it right in the middle of the street. If there are too many cars already parked in the middle of the he'll park it on the and if there is no room on the he'll just drive in into a sidewalk cafe and leave it on your table. The death of President Pompidou had a tremendous emotional effect on all of France. But French automobile owners were probably more affected by it than anyone else It seems in when a new president is amnesty is granted to everyone who committed a minor crime. Since most crimes in this country have to do with France mourned the passing of its president by violating every traffic law in the book. From the moment President Pompidou's demise was announced to the day discard d'Estaing was sworn in as the new the French showed their sorrow. Instead of tearing their clothes as they do in some the Fiench people tore up their traffic tickets. In Pans there are meter maids called because the color of their uniforms resembles that of an eggplant. When an warned a driver that he had failed to put money in a parking the with tears in his would president is and you know where you can All during the period of the French went through red broke the speed limits and drove in the wrong direction up one-way streets. Whenever they were stopped by a the drivers would laugh hysterically and give me one give me 10. I want to make the amnesty There are very few countries that know how to take advantage of the changing of presidents. It occurred to me. as I talked about those wonderful 35 days with my French that the United States might be able to adopt the amnesty procedure to its own crisis. One of the majpr questions of Watergate is what will happen to President Nixon if he is tried and found guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. There is also the problem of all the trials of people involved with the Watergate scandal. Why not pass a law when a new American president is sworn all the people who had anything to do with Watergate would automatically be given By the stroke of a President Ford would absolve everyone of any crime having to do with dirty obstruction of justice and perjury The slate would be wiped clean and the United as France is doing would begin a new era of joy and optimism. If France can forgive and forget the crimes of 40 million French surely the United States Can do the same for a few hundred misguided souls in Washington. The writing hazard By Doug Walker A fellow accosted me on the parking lot at the golf course one day you are sne of those people who believe the world was created in 4004 I was dumbfounded. It turned out that he had read my pieces taking issue with Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky's use of the Bible to support his theory about planetary collisions and had concluded that I am a crass literalist. Highly by this I began to hotly deny subscribing to anything so crude as the chronology supplied for the King James Version of the Bible by Archbishop Ussher. I wondered how anybody could so misunderstand my position. Later I remembered something I once read in an article by Mr. Sheed of the publishing Sheed and Ward. He said a writer needs to learn that it is impossible to write anything that is incapable of being misunderstood. Maybe some others will find solace in too. WHAT'S HE SELLING BUBONIC PLAGUE By W. A. Montreal Star commentator threatened to expel all British and has been guilty of the worst excesses of uncontrolled military power in all of Africa. He has ruled by the simple process of elimination. In spite of all Amin appeals to many Africans as an indigenous national leader and it is true that the country has not collapsed economically as was predicted when the business class was driven out of the country. Part of the reason for this is that the eastern bloc nations look on Uganda as an important influence in central Africa. The country is receiving support from Libya in the form of a million Russia has been supplying arms and Yugoslavia has also given assistance. Another reason may be while there are shortages of basic foods such as sugar and few dare complain. French audiences are being convulsed by some of Amin's antics. The danger inherent in the documentary is that it is hard to take seriously anyone who can be shown to be ridiculous. For David Martin and others like him who know the truth and who have seen behind the facade of as some of the press have dubbed the colorful the old music hall joke applies. When does it Mostly when they laugh. VANCOUVER-Five weeks of intensive campaigning have dispelled some of the early certainties politicians felt about British Columbia when the election was called and replaced them with a new element of doubt. Predictions about the likely way in which this province's 23 seats will be divided up are put forward with conspicuously more caution today than they were at the beginning of the when the Trudeau government had just been defeated over its budget and the election brought on. Then some of the most firmly held bits of conventional wisdom about the election centred on this province. The most frequently offered scenario put forward by Liberals and Conservatives with surprising unanimity and subscribed to by some New went something like this until very recently. A quite special sort of un- popularity has been incurred among many British Columbia voters by the Barrett government and this was expected to rub off in the federal election to a greater degree than developments at one level of government generally affect voting at another one. This was expected to be to the detriment of New Democratic party candidates and some of that party's figures certainly thought this was going to be the case. The Tories rather than the Liberals would the scenario because the Trudeau administration is unpopular in Western Canada. At the same the analysts went all four seats the Liberals retained in 1972 were in all by the Tories not the NDP. Even as professional a politician as Ron Basford was held to be in danger and Jack Davis was thought to be a virtual write- off. it was the Tories would win from both New Democrats and Liberals and the latter would lose a significant chunk of the small hold they still have in Western Canada. The Barrett government was elected by a combination of hard-core New Democratic support coupled with a swing element coming from people who normally voted Liberal or Conservative but who had become desperate to get former Premier Bennett's Social Credit government out of office. There seems to be doubt that a significant part of this swing vote has in fact been alienated by provincial government and in ways that create fear and uncertainty as well as disagreement and dis- approval. If this rubs off federally more a period of unpopularity by Premier Davis' Ontario government would be likely the reasons are fairly clear. The element of tear and uncertainty is a factor. The New Democrats have the clearest ideological foundation of the Canadian political parties and anyone afraid of the economic consequences of their actions for is likely to feel the same fear of their federal The party clearly stands for the certainly has to admire her for running a thrifty Regional sacred By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA At a time of mounting concern over government it is surprising that the critics have had so littls to say about the grant programs of the department of regional expansion. The estimate for industrial and commercial development this year is approximately million but departmental hand-outs provide little impressive evidence that taxpayers are getting value for their money. The handouts have become so familiar that they are now largely except presumably by the fortunate recipients. But these regular listings of unconsidered trifles represent considerable public outlays. Is the Government in many instances merely assisting business to do what business would do anyway for the most commonplace com- mercial In the politics of Canada re- gional expansion has become one of those sacred causes which no political party would dream of attacking. Even a program ought to be a target of criticism if waste is in- if subsidies are mere- ly being scattered in all direc- tions with no guarantee that the money is yielding the best return. The latest summary of in- centive offers is characteristic. Some of them are concerned with new plants or plant others with notably bakeries. It is entirely understandable that new plants will not move into slow growth areas unless certain known collectively as the infrastructure are provided. in terms of services sometimes offer more than new pro- ductive plans. But it is also a common pnnntrh that services tend to follow in- where there is a basic shops will natu- rally spring up to meet the needs of the work force. What is the point of subsidizing what .will happen Mr. Don a most amiable man with a large finds himself this month in a position to extend help to three bakeshops. They are not therefore their absence has not up to this a deterrent to in- dustries that but for a shortage of have responded to the department's call. Each is in- terested in expansion and each with a bit of taxpayer's to provide more jobs. If Mr. Jamieson had been less happily endowed with he would certainly have responded favorably to Karnes Kitchen in as he has but he might have had doubts about Mother's Own at New Brunswick and would presumably have told Ben's Limited of Halifax to come back with a better proposition. For the curious facts are fhpcp A for to Karnes Kitchen will net 25 additional jobs but a hand-out of to Ben's will produce only 20 jobs. That means per job in the one case but in the other. In between is promising three jobs for Of there is much that we do not know about these how much they pay and how long they last. What monitoring does the department do and when does it do Suppose Mother six months after that she can dispense with her newly ac- THE CASSEROLE A researcher at Rutgers University thinks over-emphasis on alcohol as a cause of automobile accidents may be counter- as it could result in other possible accident causes being overlooked. Wonder how that reasoning applies to seat-belts and all the other safety gadgets that are so highly but that haven't seemed to lower the accident toll appreciably. A recent headline from government-owned companies says isn't considering how hopelessly inefficient government run businesses according to most businessmen. Veterinarians in Australia have begun to take an in since Dr. John Jang of Sydney started using it to treat ailing polo apparently with considerable success. This should dispel any lingering suspicions that auto-suggestion is a factor in some of the dramatic cures attributed to acupuncture. It's pretty hard to a lame horse into running freely. Redd star of the T.V. comedy Sanford has the kind of financial problems a lot of people would be willing to struggle with. He is quoted as got to make a million bucks to clear What I need is a per cent so I can make some capital gains. Either or Nixon's tax quired brood. Does Mr. Jamieson get our money Or would this be considered unproductive and not in the happy Ottawa scheme of subsidy On the face of other offers are more at least in part. There are for in Medicine one for the expansion of a plant to manufacture sewer pipes and flue the other for modernization of a brick plant at Redcliffe. These are naturals for the Medicine Hat so that it is not clear to me why I -XL Industries needed Mr. Jamieson's assistance. The program might appro- priately be renamed Mis- cellaneous Subsidies. It appears to be open to anyone who qualifies and the qualifications do not seem to be very difficult. There is doubtless a need for jobs at Lac Quebec and a similar need in Nova Scotia. But on what principle does the department pay to create two jobs manufacturing concrete blocks at Bridgetown while offering at Lac Megantic to a fibreglass sailboat manufacturer whose project is expected to create 39 As there is nothing unusual about this latest shower of subsidy dollars. The handouts have become com- regular dis- tributions of largesse to tirms here and firms there in accordance with principles toe general to convey much meaning. How much of his government benevolence is necessary and how much is gravy train wholly without economic pur- The taxpayer knows only one thing with uncertain- he is the ultimate source of every dollar that Mr. Jamieson records in these new routine listings. same sort of policies at both levels. While this element of provincial government unpopularity is still thought to be a factor in the there is distinctly less conviction over the likely consequences. Some Tory or- ganizers still profess unbounded insisting that they will hold their present eight seats and win eight all four Liberal-held ones and gaining four from the New Democrats. Some other still close to the centre of things note that they are getting disturbing reports from canvassers indicating that a significant part of the disaffected New Democratic vote is going to Liberal candidates rather than Conservatives. They believe there is a riding-to-riding vari- with the swing to the Liberals less evident in areas where there has been a strong Conservative presence in the past. Conservatives impressed by these-reports are inclined now to concede that the Liberals will hold their present seats and one or two. Liberals who were badly discouraged earlier are now inclined to say fairly firmly that they will hold at least three out of their four may hold all of them and just might pick up a couple. These predictions of Liberal gains are perhaps even more cautious when they come from realistic Liberals than when uneasy Conservatives make the suggestions. A large swing took place in British Columbia in 1972. Part of it was Social Credit support moving to the Conservatives with the decline of that party and some was dissatisfied Lib- eral support abandoning Prime Minister Trudeau's followers. Socred support started to erode seriously in 1968 and the process was effectively completed in 1972. Thus it can be argued that the most significant swings in political affiliation in the province took place two years ago and that it is now much harder for the Conservatives to close the gaps that remain. If voters dissatisfied with the New Democrats tend to divide between the two major parties of does not close may simply ensure the safety of a New Democratic candidate. Even where New Democratic members are not running some gaps look too large to close. Grace for is not contesting Kingsway in this election and her replacement is much less well known But in the NDP took 57 per cent of the the Conservatives 21 per cent and the Liberals 19 per cent. The New Democrats have such a wide margin even with a new they seem un- likely to lose the seat now Recent opinion polls have also tended to cast doubt on the earlier views of the British Columbia indicating greater Liberal strength than had been expected and where the polls overlap they tend to corrobo- rate each other. This has con- tributed to the more open- minded view of the province. At the beginning of the cam- the Conservatives found it easy to get funds from corporate donors. It is known that they are both here and considerably greater trouble now in getting in the last of the money on which they have been relying Political pro- fessionals believe that when funds tend to dry up for a party late in a campaign it is because potential donors have reassessed its chances of winning and down-graded them. In this case it would probably simply reflect a feeling that the Stanfield campaign has not been effective in selling the party's key price and incomes controls. Commenting on how the reputation of the Canadian Football league has nose-dived lately vis-a-vis the NFL and the newly organized World Football Wayne sports editor of the Edmonton this newest war between you'd swear the CFL had hired Richard Nixon as public relations A fund of has been established to provide for Vietnamese war orphans. God knows the cause is and funds are needed. But this is scarcely a beginning. There are children in Vietnam who lost one or both parents during the fighting. Nine dollars per child won't go very far. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Lethbrldge. Alberta LETHBRIOGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 CLeO Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING DONALD R. DORAM Managing Editor General Manager The Reproductive Biology Research Foundation in St. Louis has created a real dilemma for the super-righteous. A study it conducted has identified something that reduces the male sex which ought to please them. But that is smok- ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;