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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, July Anthony Westell A confusing session ends for Parliament i_ t__ f nrfl nhfilirfllv OD! The AIC convention The Agricultural Institute of Can- ada convention in Lethbridge this week is not only the biggest ever held by that large organization out the biggest ever held in Lethbridge. Those close to the heart of the con- vention marvel at the way it has been organized and the way Leth- bridge has stretched itself to try to make everyone comfortable. It is to be hoped that adequate recognition and thanks are extended to all those in the organization, espe- cially its Lethbridge organization committee, and to all those involved in hosting and serving the conven- tioneers. There may be room for argument about the value of conventions, but there is no doubt that in the years ahead more and more peojjle will be involved in more and bigger conven- tions. Lethbridge, with less than abun- dant facilities, is becoming favorably known as a convention city. This AIC convention will prove to the skeptics that bigger things than be done than have been done. Its a gas, S0on _ no one knows how soon- economy fare passengers will be able to fly to Montreal from Lethbndge and home again for the same price as it costs to fly to England, or Am- sterdam, or Paris and back. It's go- ing to be a happening in which a lot of us are eager to participate. Just think of it! We'll be able to fly at least part way across Canada for the same price as we can fly the Allan- tic Nowadays charter flights from Cal- gary to London, Eng., cost about return. The price of a single economy adult return ticket to Montreal is priced at ?256. But our own airline, the federally owned Air Canada, has at least seen the light. A lot of Cana- dians are anxious to see Canada first and they haven't been doing so be- cause it costs too much. If the fares are right we'll be able to afford to see our own country, or part of it, without floating a personal loan. It s a gas! rvTTAWA The parliamen. tary session began back in those crisp, vigorous days of fall when the world was at our leet. "We stand on the threshold of greatness" prom- wed Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the throne speech outlining his program for the year. But the high promise turned almost at race to bitter ashes with October crisis and the long-drawn out dismay over suspension of civil liberties and a debate that still divides the nation. "Through the bleakest whi- ter weather the Capital has ever recorded, with the snow piled in mountain ranges around Parliament Hill, the government turned a cold face to the unemployed, in the in- terests of its overall economic strategy, and discussion fray- ed the unity of the Cabinet and the confidence of the Liberal caucus. With spring came hope for more constructive and joyful politics. Police powers were lifted from Quebec. Unemploy- ment began to drop. The prime minister got married and his mood changed: there was no more swearing at Parliament or at the unhappy pidceters still trailing their forlorn hopes around the Hill. And now, just as the sum- mer heat and the humidity which raises tempers as fast as temperatures has closed on the Ottawa Valley, Parliament has gone on holiday a month shorter than usual so MPs can come back in the cool of Sep- tember to debate tax reform. It's been an .extraordinary session on Parliament Hill, a year of extremes and con- tradictions, a year without a theme or a pattern. It was the year in which we discovered that we could lose our liberties overnight when the Cabinet exercised its auto- cratic judgement that an emergency existed. But it was also the year in which the same government introduced legislation to strengthen the right of the citizen against the police, by reform of the bail system, and to curb wiretap- ping. It was the year in which the opinion leaders the mass media, the ed overwhelmingly against the prime minister. Yet the gallup poll this week showed him moving up in public accept- ance. By contrast, Conserva- tive leader Robert Stanfield has had a good winter, in poli- tical terms, of unemployment and disillusion and has seem- ed to make a personal impact on the people, yet his parly is losing ground. The New Democrats chose David Lewis as their new lead- er and came away from the convention worried sick lhat Ihe strong showing of the left- wing waffle group would make them appear too radical to the public. Yet the party won strongly in Saskatchewan, where the waffle faction has been highly visible, and at a party in Ottawa this week, a Liberal MP, Pat Mahoney from Calgary, was taking bets that the NDP will beat out the Tories to become the official opposition in the next election. It was a year in which the House of Commons bogged down badly on several occa- sions, with protracted debates which were more or less fili- busters on the Public Order Act and the Government He- organization Act. Yet the rec- ord of legislation approved tons out to be surprisingly good; better than 40 bills, with the hope of passing sev- eral more during September. One could go on detailing the contradictions in apparent trends in public life, the politi- cal predictions which proved wrong. But in summary, il is a year "in which politics have seemed even more uncertain than year in which the suspicion has been grow- ing on Parliament Hill that un- seen forces are shifting the scenery of national life, rewrit- ing the familiar script, chang- ing the rules, undermining all our absolutes. One is left without certainty about anything, with only im- precise impressions and notes in the margin of a book which is being rewritten. For example, whenever Members of Parliament gath- er at the bar these days, as they did at the Speaker's cus- tomary adjournment party on Wednesday, there is likely to be a discussion about the rele- vance, or irrelevance, of their own institution, Parliament. They know that it is not func- tioning well, they suspect that many of its procedures and Cautious cheers The announcement made by the Canadian minister for industry trade and commerce, Jean Luc Pepin, that Canadian wheat will have pri- ority in the Chinese market, is more than welcome, particularly in the West Praiiie farmers who have suf- fered for years by the instability and uncertainty of overseas sales can look forward with confidence to a bright future if the price is right. It is true that recognition of the People's Republic has warmed the climate of friendship between Canada and China and that in- creased trade is one of the hapy re- sults But China is in a competitive market and it is unlikely that Pe- king will continue to buy from us if it can get a better deal elsewhere. Australia has been selling large quantities of wheat to China for years. It is understandably dismay- ed that Premier Chou is giving pri- ority to Canada. Will the Australians lower the price in order to make a sale? And how long will the Chinese continue to buy great qunatities of wheat from us when we buy so little of anything from China? A seven-to-one trade balance in our favor cannot continue forever, and the Chinese have made it plain that they expect us to put this situa- tion to rights. Canadians look forward with anticipation to the Chinese trade mission to Canada which is planned for the near future. They are likely to include silk, tea, cotton goods, possibly canned products like ginger, or bamboo shoots and maybe some Chinese made bicycles, or household furniture. But Mr. Pe- pin has given no clear indication what products the Chinese want to sell to us, and until we know, cau- tious optimism is in order rather than loud huzzas. No more Turkish poppies The Turkish government has at last put a ban on growing poppies. Strict control will be enforced as poppy farms are phased out and funds for replacement crops made available. This is a welcome step forward in the attempt to control the narcotic traffic because an esti- mated 60-80 per cent of the heroin entering the U.S. is derived from Turkish opium poppies. But there's little hope that in the end, there will be a noticeable drop in heroin sup- plies When one course of supply dries up, another rears its ugly head. A very large potential for illicit traffic exists in Iran which legiti- mized poppy growing two years ago after a 13 year ban. Afghanistan is another major source and Laotian Burmese morphine is also thought to figure in the illicit heroin now sold in England. It is impossible to control these sources of mutual in- ternational agreement. Dr. Carl Chambers, director of research for the New York State Narcotic Addic- tion Control Commission, is appre- hensive that when the Turkish ban goes into effect, there will be a heroin panic in New York, thus causing the price of methadone, a legal heroin substitute, to go up. There is a methadone black market patronized by addicts who can't get accepted in legal methadone pro- grams. If the price goes high enough, the doctor says, some meth- adone patients who didn't sell be- fore, may now be persuaded to do so. Money talks, loud and clear. Another New York doctor involved in the fight against narcotics says, "You don't get rid of an addict by simply taking his drugs away from him. For when you do, j'ou still have a sick, anti-social, parasitic indivi- dual who needs to be treated." Ad- diction is a hydra-headed monster. So thanks to Turkey for its ef- forts to shut down its share of the drug traffic. But don't let the pros- pect of temporary short supply slow down efforts to eliminate it. Cana- dians have their share of drug users they could do without too. Holidays on the farm The Hamilton Spectator ONTARIO farms are appealing vacation overwhelmingly urbanized province, most Mt anH ttw nrnvincial neonle live in cities or their suburban satel- spots for city folk and the provincial government has decided to help farms make the most of then- considerable holi- day potential. Agriculture Minister Stewart has an- nounced grants up to covering as much as 40 per cent of costs, will be avail- able to help farmers supply guest facili- ties. It's a good scheme for farmers, particu- larly those running marginal operations. And even better {or city dwellers seeking a couple of weeks of fresh air, quiet, good food and an intimacy with nature that ur- ban life denies. A few years ago, most city people had close relatives on farms. Families could escape the cities' roar and bustle and taste the fuller life for a few hours on a Sun- day or give their children weeks of free- dom on the land every summer. But il isn't, that way any more. In this people live in cities or their suburban satel- lites and relatively few have roots or branches in the farms. Some farmers, without government urg- ing, have been boarding vacationers in re- cent years but the idea hasn't even begun to approach its great potential. Scenery, tranquilily, wildlife, field crops, gardens and livestock the everyday elements of the farm are treasures most city peo- ple only glimpse. Many urbanites would gladly exchange a cottage vacation, often as crowded and noisy as city life, for a farm holiday. With a few modest renovations, a big farm- house could easily accommodate a visiting family. Mr. Stewart's grant program would rot only help farmers and their guests; it would help ease the strain on existing play- grounds by opening a rich recreational re- source on every city's doorstep. At long last By Bill Hay Well, the Fair Board has done it nt lastl That 150 feet of miserable, dirty, dusty, mucky entrance to the grounds on the Hen- derson Lako side is being paved. After all these years of griping by pa- Irons to any event held in the enclosure, money spent for parking paving, Whoop-Up compound, storm sewers installed and a beer garden built, the directors have final- ly seen the light. Just why that miserable entrance was never finished off properly has never been satisfactorily explained. In any event, con- gratulations to the Board and every suc- cess for the forthcoming exhibition week. "Like mem, as YOU won't be using your pad much this summer Letters to the editor Suggests cosmonauts are not real heroes Your editorial of July 2 titled "The Russian Tragedy" typ- ifies the low level of critical consciousness which is so pre- valent among contemporary 'progressives.' Pray tell in what sense are the dead cosmonauts "heroes" to be emulated. Perhaps death is always tragic but by what standards do you call these particular deaths Did they willingly lay down their lives for even one single solitary human being? It is ob- vious to all people that the three accidental deaths oc- curred not in the relief of hu- man suffering, but in the du- bious advancement of a techno- cracy's strangling conquest of nature. Thousands tragically die daily from malnutrition and in savage imperialistic wars and yet you call those who waste precious resources on further unneeded technolo- gical advances "heroes." Your worship cf so-called 'space heroes' is no more en- lightened than the adoration that misguided historians of by- gone days heaped upon mania- cal battlefield-butchers who they immorally built into "mil- itary heroes." As surely as the glorification of war encouraged further human destruction, so will the glorification of the technocrat result in the de- struction of nature and the de- humanization of mankind. Now, more than ever before In man's history, there is a desperate need for human and humane heroes. Surely the med- ical people who labor in chol- era-infested India arc more he- roic than the mechanical men whose programmed responses guide technocracy even into the heavens. We, the people, have been fooled into believing that the opposing forces nt work in tho world today are capitalism and communism. As your editorial pointed out the Americans and the Russians "have much to learn from one another." indeed they do! Like, how to better exploit the resource's of the third world, how to better Supports grants proposal The "Hatchet" of City Coun- cil has been hauled out again! How can its conscience allow it to cut off help to such or- ganizations as the John How- ard Society and the Salvation Army whose charitable atti- tudes are such that one could say of each, "Its left hand knoweth not what it's right hand Does this City Council fully appreciate the background of these great or- ganizations? As for the "blina" and "those in nsed of mental per- haps, we and the council are the ones who are "stumbling around in the dark." But cer- tainly the council was not blind enough to be unaware of the desire to raise their own sal- aries, while doing a job "sup- 'Crazy Capers' Yes, but npnrt from fingernails, what fil- ing experience IMVC you liacl? posedly" as their contribution to the community and one loo that brings them much publi- city. I agree, Mr. Editor, that these grants should be taken completely out of the hands of the council and placed in Ihose of the Community Chest, which is our appointed body to collect and dispense such assistance. This would not only eliminate councillors battling for "pet projects" but perhaps would contribute to a tax reduction, which is much needed. Amazingly in the past It years, city taxes have more than doubled. Yet what have we got in those eleven years? Vandalism rampant as n c v e r before; dreadful destruction of private property and parks; se- rious noise and water pollu- tion; ah incredible drug situa- tion- a growing number of frightening assaults, robberies and break-ins; a continual tearing down of the old and building up of the new (no great city was built in one term of office or even in one Together with these we have a once very prosperous downtown area struggling now for Us very existence in a small city of some people, set out on the broad, open prairie, in view of great majestic mountains and now being commonly re- ferred to as a second "Peyton Place." I hear you say, "this Is prog- but is it? MARIAN VIRTUK. Watcrlon Pork. repress domestic minorities (the Jews in Russia, the blacks in how to better wage war against their fellow man and against Mother Na- ture. America is the enemy. Ruthless Russia is the enemy. Complacent Canada is the ene- my. Let us begin to recognize that Armageddon will be fought be- tween those who believe in man and those who believe in ma- chines. Technocracy is THE ENEMY. Power to the People. YIP Lethbridge. traditions are absurdly obso- 'lete, but they are not sure what changes to make or how to make them. Opposition MPs tend to pin their faith to bringing TV into the commons. "TV would do more than 20 years of reform- ing the rules" says one young Tory, and he's probably right. Members would behave quite differently if they knew they were under constant public scrutiny; the public would de- mand and get rapid change it could see the existing Com- mons as it really is. For the moment, it Is the liberal backbenchers who are reluctant to give consent, aware that most of the film footage would be taken from the question period when the Speaker, by tradition, gives free play to the Opposition and government members have to sit dumb in their places. But TV is coming to Parlia- ment and bringing with it the revolution in public expecta- tions. Then there are the disturb- ing reports that out in the country where the real people live, new political organiza- lions, new ideas about dem- ocratic institutions, are taking shape and will soon render all our present structure obsolete. The point was well made by a Quebec journalist at the Vic- toria Constitutional Confer- ence. He could not have cared less whether Trudeau and the provincial premiers found a new formula for dividing pow- er. He had been out studying the community groups taking roots among the poor and alienated in our urban society and he had found that one of the great irritations is divi- sion of responsibility among levels of government which makes it hard for them to get action on their problems. He was convinced that the Vic- toria Conference was squab- bling over a structure of gov- ernment doomed to collapse and over power which is rapid- ly passing into other hands. That journalist is not alone in his analysis. Some of the more thoughtful people in all the major parties have been warning for a year or two that the present system of chosing politicians to exercise power is losing public credibility. A senior bureaucrat in Ot- tawa puts it more specifically. "Once upon a time, MPs really iv.presented their constituen- cies. They were the leading lo- cal citizen. Now they represent almost noBody; most of the voters don't even know who they are." One of the main reasons that government may fail is simply that it is too slow. Communica- tions make people impatient. They demand instant answers to today's problem, for tomor- row there will be a new crisis. But it taltes a year to define a problem in realistic terms, de- sign a solution, sift it through the bureaucracy into legisla- tion, win the approval of Cabi- net, move it through the parlia- mentary process into law: nine years, for example, from the appointment of the Carter Commission to the bill on tax reform, and still a long way to go. Paradoxically, the very at- tempt to bring the public into the decision-making process Trudeau's participatory dem- ocracy by white paper and draft bill causes further de- lays and more impatience. Indeed, it has been a con- fusing year. And now your friendly" local MP is coming home for two months. Ask not what is happening in Ottawa; he isn't sure. Tell him what is happening in the country, be- cause we all. need to know. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 The conference be- tween the Irish Republicans and southern Unionists called by Eammon de Valera, the Republican leader of Ireland, resumed today hi Dublin. big terminal ele- vator which is now looming on the skyline of the East bridge industrial area will be ready to handle grain by the end of August. 1941 Marshall Petain indi- cated today he wants Vichy's new constitution to abolish uni- versal male suffrage and in- structed the constitution draft- ing committee that a "state born of national revolution must be authoritarian and hierarchic. 1951 A record price for a purebred Hereford bull in Can- ada has been obtained by Ar- thur Crawford-Frost, owner ot the Cacrlcon Ranch at Nan- ton. His herd sire, Dandy Domino 12 was sold to Lazy River Ranches of Saratoga, Wyoming for 108 men were kill- ed in a sudden gas explosion and fire in a Czech coal mine today. 504 7th St. S., .Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisheri Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member nl The Canadian Press and tho Canadian Dally Newspnjw Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manaoer JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY WALES' "WALKER Advertising Manaqrr Edllorial Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;