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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta IJMIOIUALS The campaign 2 All have failed All parties in this election are betray- ing their by saying either too much or not enough. All are telling either un- truths or less than the whole truth. The people must sort out the the par- the the promises. The three opposition parties are guilty of oversimplifying complicated issues. The cost of living is the main theme of all of them. Some of Mr. Stanfield's candidates come right out with the promise that a Conservative government would end inflation. they don't say and they haven't a clue. Either they don't know that in this interdependent world infla- tion afflicts all trading nations but Canada perhaps least of or they hope the voter is gullible. Mr. Stanfield himself is not so simplistic. He says now that his 90-day wage-price freeze is not the but is intended only to give him time to work out a cure. What that cure he doesn't say. Nor does he say how he will balance the budget without raising taxes or cutting services. he will cut government spending by five per cent by eliminating What He doesn't say. As for Social its candidates seem to be running their own as free as ever with their magic promises of taxing spending more and in the process getting out of debt. The chief offence of the NDP is in its imbalance. There is a socialist streak in all and a place for freedom of enterprise in all. It can be argued that the Liberals and Conservatives are too socialist. However they would leave con- siderable room for private enterprise. But the NDP puts most of the blame tor the country's ills on the large cor- porations their political and would tax and legislate them into sub- mission. Yet at the same time it expects them to provide most of the jobs and the capital necessary to create jobs. The abuses in private enterprise must and will be and many people feel the Liberal and Conservative parties have gone farther than they need to check them. At least they are committed Lo the preservation of some large neasure of freedom of enterprise. But the NDP is prepared by its policies and program to choke private enterprise. What will that As for Trudeau and the Liberal their guilt is perhaps the greatest. They are not it like it They are not levelling with the people. They know but they are not sharing their knowledge. They don't seem to trust the people with the truth. What Social Credit and the NDP say doesn't really matter that for neither will form a except that they will have a role in both the constitutency counting and perhaps in the House of Commons. The desperate for a may also be excused some of their contradictions and their failures to explain. But what is Trudeau's He knows that wages and salaries make up most of the cost of profits very and the people can't have high wages and salaries without high prices. So why doesn't he say He knows that the people's expec- tations are the main cause of inflation. Why doesn't he say He knows that with all her is probably the best well off country in the and of all the people on have the least cause for righteous complaint. Why doesn't he say There's an old parable that says ain't no free alone among the knows that. Why doesn't he tell the Why doesn't he give the people some of the facts of instead of promises of more Canada needs a transporta- tion but more urgently it needs a more responsible electorate. It needs a new housing but it also needs a more mature people to live in the new houses It needs better understanding between the English speaking and French speaking but it also needs better understanding among all Canadians of the immutable truth that there is no magic in the people's affairs. This election campaign has desperately cried out for someone to level with the people. Trudeau is the only leader who could have done it. He has failed his high calling. Terrorism to The calm in the Middle East resulting from the diplomatic efforts of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appeared to be short-lived a few days ago as Arab guerrillas intensified their at- tacks on Israeli settlements. When Israel responded by bombing Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Egypt threatened to intervene militarily the stage seemed to be set for the resump- tion of war instead of the convening of the peace talks in Geneva. the leaders of the Palestinian Liberation Organization have announced that all guerrilla activi- ty against Israel has been ordered suspended. If this is a genuine commit- ment on the part of the PLO it could be the beginning of serious consideration of dealing with the organization as the voice of the political aspirations of the Palestinians. Perhaps the leaders of the PLO have Finally begun to realize that they are employing the wrong tactic in trying to shoot their way to the negotiating table. That adolescent approach only makes them appear unfit for participation in the difficult task of working out a suitable settlement of the Middle East situation. The political aspirations of the PLO will win respect only when the demand for rights is accompanied by the accep- tance of responsibilities as well. One way the PLO could demonstrate the genuineness of its intention to suspend terrorist activity would be to return to for proper the recently liberated murderers of two American diplomats and one Belgian diplomat. Lionizing the perpetrators of the several shocking international blood baths must cease before the PLO can ex- pect to be taken seriously as a political entity. No solution to the Middle East ten- of can be expected unless the Palestinians gain an identity. That cannot come through terrorist activity and the PLO leaders may finally have realized it. If the chances of a negotiated peace for the Middle East have brightened some more. Letters The pusher Alarmist speculation By C. L. New York Times commentator WASHINGTON Much ill- informed and alarmist speculation has been touched off by the United States deci- sion to sell nuclear power reactors to Egypt and Israel. This prompted talk of spreading the risk of atomic war in a notoriously dangerous area. The idea is ridiculous. A far greater shock to the world's uneasy nuclear stability was caused by India's explosion of a warhead in a fact that has in all touched off an atomic weapons problem in South America. The most immediate result of the Indian test was an Argentine initiative which has now resulted in a bilateral ac- cord between New Delhi and Buenos Aires committing them to exchange nuclear in- formation. Should Argentina equal the Latin American balance will change. there has been growing conjecture that similar repercussions may ul- timately be seen in Iran. Mrs. Gandhi visited Teheran recently and now France is selling the Shah five large power reactors. While these are not subject to safeguards like those America supplies since France never signed the non-proliferation treaty it is difficult to divert power reactors for military uses. India's explosion did not represent a breakthrough. Its scientific community had am- ple knowledge for years. All Mrs. Gandhi had to do was make a policy decision to go ahead which she did in 1970. Then her scientists manufactured a warhead from plutonium produced by a Canadian supplied research reactor not covered by ade- quate safeguard. The situation in the Middle East is more complex. To begin it is a certainty that Israel already possesses a small stockpile of nuclear weapons. These come from plutonium made in a research reactor supplied by France at near Beersheba. Israel also has smaller research reactor at near Tel provided by the United States. For its Egypt possesses an even tinier research reac- tor at outside supplied by Russia. It is only one thirteenth as powerful as Dimona. Bat the U S. and Soviet reactors are covered by safeguards since both are signatories of the anti- proliferation treaty and bound to international atomic energy agency restrictions. It is im- portant to stress this. Research reactors if not carefully provide plutonium that may be turned into warheads. It is infinitely harder to do this with power reactors. While in theory existing restrictions would prevent Egypt or Israel from misusing the research reactors made available in the past by the U.S.A. and this did not apply to the French-originated reactor at Dimona. The power reactors Washington plans to sell in the Middle East are virtually im- possible to divert to plutonium production. Moreover we have just decided to write even stronger safeguard provisions into contracts. These are designed to block the tiniest loophole that may theoretical- ly exist. For these reasons it would be silly to try to isolate either Israel or Egypt from nuclear progress. Israel has already sent 250 of its technicians to do research here under the Egypt 103. They have made considerable advances and hope to benefit from Eisenhower's 20-year-old Atoms for Peace program. Israel is particularly interested in power for desalting water. Egypt es- pecially hopes to develop a link between its Qattara Depression and the Mediterranean for both energy and irrigation pur- poses. But the Indian test seems to have no such benevolent purpose. Nor is it easy to explain the new Argen- tine link in such terms. And Iranian French plans present question marks. the superpower nuclear balance overshadowing all else. The wary U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. con- tinue to edge toward a balance of mutual The Russians as having completed a vital series of new weapons now urgently propose new limitations to keep the Americans from following suit. Tabulating the candidates By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA Not even the stresses and strains of an ap- parently close election can di- vert the research assistants from studies which should earn them the gratitude of the nation's political scientists. It may not be possible to elect a candidate but at least he can be properly thus improving his chances of sur- viving as a footnote in some future work of scholarship. The Conservative summa- tion appeared on Wednesday and in some of considerable interest. It for that the role of lawyers in politics is which may be an indication that there is greater competition nowadays for nominations or be a reflection of the higher rewards to be derived in these times from private practice. In his well known study of The House of Norman Ward observed that the relative position of lawyers had changed little over a long period. They accounted nor- mally for about one-third of House being much the largest group. It appears from his table that this situation was affected very little by the rise and fall of or party fortunes. Even the Progressive upheaval for a brief gave agriculture first had curiously little effect on the lawyer-politicians who contin- ued to number about 80 in a House of 245. By the first Trudeau Parlia- the proportion had de- creased. According to my count there were then about 70 lawyers in a House of 264. It is difficult to be not all had some with legal listed other oc- cupations in the Parliamen- tary Guide. Of the present Conservative only 52 are lawyers. Administrators and business with form the largest group. Then come 23 in most of them from western Canada. The others represent an extremely wide categories. No less than 15 are from the media. The Conservative researchers also show a keen interest in the ages of can- didates. On the Stan- field hopeful is 40.18. In he is con- siderably in Ontario much younger surprising- ly low average there is In Quebec the average age is the national average to the ex- act There has been a trend to younger Parliaments. Imme- diately after the war the me- dian age of members of the House was indeed there had been little change in this respect since the First World War. it has been con- siderably less. Whether such trends in candidate-selection are to the national advantage is a matter of opinion. It is often said that there are too many lawyers in Parliament but it might be more to the point to suggest that there are too few of the first calibre. their leadership conventions three of the four Credit being the only excep- chosen lawyers over contenders with other SO THEY SAY The more they try to have their cake and eat the crumbier the cake gets. Laurel R. Ohio State University saying women must not demand equality and still expect to be I.J.. Reactions and opinions With the election date draw- ing it is interesting to survey the reactions and opinions of people throughout the riding. Willard Paxman and I had an opportunity to do just that a few days ago. when we made a trip from Ray- mond to south to Del across to Coutts and Milk then north to Warner and Wrenthatn and on east Foremost and points east. From there we went north to Medicine back along the main and from Taber and Barnwell to Stirling and home. Thus we felt the pulse of most of the Medicine Hat Riding. Our first impression is that there is not the dump Trudeau feeling that was present in the 1972 election. This is in line with the feeling I found in Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan where I recent- ly travelled. It seems there is generally an opinion that very little difference exists between the two old line par- ties. Leadership in both par- ties is socialist and both of them are promising impossible all of which can only be given through the tax dollars of the people. The voters are just not go- ing to buy that approach. They are not satisfied with Trudeau's his failure to level with the people among ether the way he has spent us into debt. now pay million a day in interest on the national Neither are the voters to buy Stanfield's price and wage control policy and proposals. We sense that the people feel both of the old line parties are now rapidly eroding our freedoms. They seem so helpless. The general feeling we noted is borne out by the current surveys of public opi- nion taken by the Medicine Hat News. Their given quite assess the public opinion of the four can- Hargraves Olson Ens and Hemingway Taking the trend of all of those polls to and the direction they are it seems that the battle will be between Ens and with Hargraves down the line a long way and Hemingway trailing. People are not saying much this but when you finally get an opinion it seems to be. this we had better try something different. Edwin the Social Credit can- is a strong and vibrant and he is working hard. We will come out of this election with a minority whether Liberal or PC is anybody's but at this point it looks like the balance of the referee in the ball will be Social Credit. This is the one thing that could be an improvement over the last when we had both a socialist govern- ment and a socialist referee. Raymond A. E. Responsible electorate radio and televi- sion and newspaper ads imploring Canadians to exercise their right to vote. Even the candidates as you but please At first blush this seems to be an honorable to have everyone vote. But is it I believe it is not. The net result of voting is the election of a group of men and women who will govern this country for the next few years. Their's will be an enor- mous affecting the lives of us all. The very best persons ought therefore to be elected. Nothing should suffice. The job is too important. If the very best are to be we must have an elec- torate capable of determining who the very best are. We need an informed able to ferret out the real policies of the parties from amongst the plethora of campaign We must not have an elec- torate who bases its choice on gut or on the wealth or appearance of the or on the contriv- ed slogans of the or because always voted for the or for any similar reasons. The electorate we must have is one who will scrutinize the parties and the candidates deliberately and and who will weigh the various party policies and platforms against the needs of Canada now and in the future. We emphatically do not need an electorate who on election day will resort to buy- ing pig in a We need an electorate who will cast a carefully considered vote. The casting of a vote is one of the most important acts the individual can perform. Those who vote haphazardly do for one such vote can cancel out one well responsible vote. The result is an injustice to everyone. Vote as you cer- tainly. But don't vote merely for the sake of voting. GREGORY L. Lethbridge Questionable statement In reply to our most honorable Progressive Conservative leader's com- ment about the meat packing industry going back to on July it is really quite considerate of him to tell the public but not the un- that we are going back to work. A person would think that men of such high esteem and intelligence would know better than to allow the rape of the working man by such companies as these three meat packing plants. The very idea of us going back to work is quite questionable. How can the Alberta government take it upon themselves to give out such a statement to the general It makes a person wonder what govern- ment officials are making for wages this year. A MEAT PACKING INDUSTRY WORKER Lethbridge Prompt return asked This is regarding a bicycle and some elk horns which were stolen from our home late one night. It would be appreciated if these things were returned promptly. Surely their parents can see that these youngsters brought something home that doesn't belong to them. They should return these things to the rear of 1314 5 Ave. A North. We should respect our neighbors and their property and keep this area a nice place to live. R. A. BERLANDO Lethbridge The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDQE HERALD CO. LTD. and Publishers Second Clata Mall Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING DONALD R. DORAM Managing Editor General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;