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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDGE July Choosing Robert Stanfield's successor No favoritism to Quebec Tha New York on the eve of Canada's federal commented favorably on the generally decorous campaigning done by the national political leaders The fact that little was said about foreign a matter that nationalists would like to have blown up into an was especially noted as a sign of maturity Another healthy sign was with tew bigoted and mflamatory remarks that could have further harmed Canadian unity were not voiced This does not that all is well on that front There are still too many people outside Quebec who think that province is being shown favoritism because of sensitivity to the complaints and claims of the French speaking majority in the region This may be an appropriate time to point out that Quebec is not the recipient of disproportionate federal assistance If Quebec gets more money from Ot- tawa than some other provinces it is because the need is greater But it is largely an illusion that Quebec receives more than other parts of the country The per capita equalization payments to according to a table of figures published annually by the Treasury Board in Ottawa called Your Tax Dollar is is Saskatchewan gets Nova Scotia New Brunswick New- foundland Prince Edward Island Only other than the three provinces that do not receive equaliza- tion has a lower per capita amount than Quebec of Equalization payments is only part of federal financial expenditures in the provinces but the picture it presents applies to the whole setup Quebec gets more money per capita than some provinces and less than others Obviously it is time to face the facts and stop venting animus toward Quebec The cause of national unity will flourish the better as a consequence Hauling meat The issue involved in the transporting of meat in unrefrigerated vans to outly- ing retailers in Southern Alberta is a simple one Do small trucking firms who say they can t afford refrigeration have the right to subsidize their operations with the health of rural consumers'7 The answer is No this issue seems lost in the confusion which arises because of the overlapping jurisdictions of the provin- cial departments of health and to say nothing of federal regulations which would seem to control the situa- tion but which apparently do not The problem is further compounded by the proposal of the Alberta Motor Tran- sport Association for total provincial regulation of the as it is handl- ed in most other provinces This would mean licensing specific carriers for specific routes and specific services The department of health thinks this would assure the fair imposition of a refrigera- tion the department of highways thinks it would interfere with free enterprise In the instance of transporting the issue of total regulation of the in- dustry is almost a red herring If the refrigeration regulation proposed by the provincial health department were to be imposed as it certainly should free enterprise would rapidly solve the problem Small trucking firms which say they can't afford to refrigerate their trucks for what amounts to only five per cent of their business would have to drop that part of their business Some free enterprising trucker with refrigeration could then handle all the refrigerated trucking for the outlying areas There should be enough such business to sup- port one firm This realigning of the in- dustry might mean the demise or con- solidation of some small firms whose margins are so tight they can't afford to lose five per cent of their business But that's free enterprise It would be bound to happen anyway if the industry came under total provincial regulation through a franchise system and it was found that there were too many trucking firms for the available business No doubt the price of meat to the rural consumer will no matter how the problem is but he will at least know that it is good meat THE CASSEROLE Next time you feel like crabbing because you haven t had a raise for a try 'to spare a sympathetic thought for the members of Parliament who haven't had a nickel increase since 1971 That's three long years ago And all that time they've had to struggle along on a few fringe benefits like the most generous pension scheme in the and a measly a year in tax free expense money Biofeedback is the latest development in the drugless approach to curing certain ailments One procedure that has shown remarkable results is teaching a patient to control bodily functions previously thought to be completely automatic Doctors at the Menninger clinic are said to be achieving ERIC NICOL The bad back VD is on the and there is still a lot of dandruff about But among the plebeian one ailment stands out as the thinking man's misery That is the bad back For solid a man can't beat a bad back some reason a bad back doesn't suit a woman as well as it does a man Maybe this has something to do with the way her discs are stacked on a woman a bad back is a waste of a perfectly good Physicians have bad backs Lawyers have bad backs Higher court justices have absolutely incorrigible lumbar regions The bad back is the status symbol of the professional man whose career has carried him to that pinnacle of success where he can't bend over A man never stands taller than when he can't stoop to help a boy or other members of the immediate family He becomes the complete executive when he has the bad back that precludes his taking out the garbage He can carry a and that's about it Heavier cargo spells agony too sheer to contemplate With his bad back a man cannot be expected to jump out of bed in the morning to make breakfast His spine needs time to adjust to the rigors of being placed on end Only when he is horizontal does the man with a bad back feel free to engage in energetic activities that prove once again the miraculous powers of the human body to adapt to especially circumstances that have their own apartment If these remarks sound tinged with envy it is because as a do not qualify for a bad back The best that members of the working press can aspire to is a bad front That arp rpallv rnrnfnrtahlp nnlv when completely bent over We do quite well in the bowling league But I have a a medical who has a classic bad back distinguished greyat the with military he is the very model of the kind of man whose bad back provides the finishing touch of distinction His wife shovels the snow His children weed the lawn His mother cleans the eaves gutters consummately moves through his domain as the superb though faintly stricken master of all he surveys I have never discussed my neighbor's bad back with him It is tacitly understood that the cause is inoperable He will carry his bad back to the with a last request to be buried on a hard board How he incurred the bad back which has pretty well taken over the regency from epilepsy as the malady of kings no not even knows The bad back just happens Some minor such as picking up an unusually fat can do it The point it is permanent The bad back may click into place for a short long enough for my neighbor to play four or five sets of tennis with his attractive but it always goes out when the cat gets trapped behind the stove An exception to the rule of unaccountability was the bad back brought to my attention recently by an acquaintance who is the head of a Montreal firm that boosts physical fitness When he phoned to say I asked him how he was broke my back last he said Lord How did it he with the tone of the man who has the mast of my sailing schooner The bad oar excellence By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA It seems to me that the if they are will be in no great hurry to seek a replacement for Robert Stanfield as national leader Although Mr who has never encouraged his sup- porters to look on him as the indispensable may be ready enough to open the door to a the party ap- pears far from ready for a change of leaders For some commentators on election night the baseball rule of three strikes and out seemed to settle the matter But politics are much more com- even if one ignores the interesting precedent of Robert an un- charismatic Nova Sco- tian who lost three elec- tions and went on to become a great Prime Minister From where is a new Con- servative leader to come' There seemed to be a good prospect in 1972 that Mr Stan- field would become the first former provincial premier to achieve national power With his failure m 1974 the un- broken tradition of Canadian politics may now be a more serious obstacle In any case the Conservatives achieved their expectations in only one of the four provinces in which they are dominant There is in fact a considerable feeling that Mr Stanfield suffered federally from the unpopulari- ty of the Davis Government in Ontario Certainly this cannot be said of Alberta But Peter although obviously attractive in the would face great difficulties in the central provinces The Conservative weakness is in Ontario and Quebec How would he be sold to voters there when the Liberals have work so hard to identify him with the oil interests from which consumers must be saved9 for the present at that the provincial pre- miers are out of the what of Mr Stanfield's oponents in the 1967 contest7 Some are deceased or out of politics Of the George remarkable successes in treating migraine headaches with this technique Interestingly exponents of Yoga have been doing almost exactly the same thing for centuries A thoroughly sound idea is being launched in B C It is for a government operated ambulance which eventual- ly will have a single telephone number anywhere in the an integrated province-wide communications a provincial control centre to co-ordinate air and long range land and best of a flat five dollar fee for users The service is to be inaugurated in July this and will build rapidly to encompass all parts of B C within a year or two Edmonton please if B C cari do so can Alberta interrupt the country with a two-month long commercial and I lose track of the Respect for law a priceless asset By Anthony New York Times commentator WASHINGTON When President Nixon chose Warren E Burger to be chief justice of the United on May he announced the choice at a televised White House ceremony The nomina- tion was the most important a president could he said He explained in these words for law in a nation is the most priceless asset a free people can and the chief justice and his associates are the ultimate custodians and guardians of that priceless asset Neither the president nor anyone else could have dreamt then that the justices of the Supreme Court would one day sit in judgment on a case that could determine the fate of his presidency But that one sentence of ex- plaining the importance of the well and strangely cap- tures in its two clauses what the case of United States v Nixon is about Respect for law has all along been the the connecting in the LETTER Stock car races The turnout to the stock car races in Taber June 30 would possibly have been better had someone taken tne time to put out some sort of directions We found Taber and then drove around until we found the rodeo grounds The rates at the gate were beautiful for adults for 10-16 years For we watched the drivers go around the track not knowing what was going on or who was driv- ing what1 The public address mm WORLD system didn't work Is u fair to the people who paid a heck of a price or to the guys behind the wheels' Also the washrooms out there are not fit for pigs let alone humans We were informed that the turnout hasn t been good but the races are good Thev were pretty good considering you can't really cheer for something that isn't there DISAPPOINTED RACE FAN Coaldale 1974 by NEA Inc Daddy's new he's taller than you are series of events called Watergate More the issue has been the duty of those who enforce the law to obey it themselves the duty especially of the sworn as he is to execute the nation's laws faithfully The public has understood that theme and followed it through all the evasions and distractions the efforts of the president's lawyers to weave between the criminal process and the dawdl- ing and faintheartedness of Congress Most Americans have recognized the danger to freedom in official defiance of the law The case now before the Supreme Court sounds the theme of duty to but it naturally cannot be resolved in terms of a generality It bristles with specific among them the role of the Court itself And here we come to the second part of Nixon's prescient 1969 sentence There at e those who object philosophically to the idea of Supreme Court justices as of anything Professor Philip B Kurland of the University of Chicago law school has recently denounced dogma of the cult of the the belief that the judi- ciary should be ultimate forum for resolution of every major economic or social question It is fair enough criticism that including have often taken too grandiose a view of the judi- cial function But the argu- ment is stretched beyond history and common sense when used to attack the Supreme Court's role in the case of the president's tapes In so using it Professor Kurland has strayed from the teachings of his Jus- tice Frankfurter and before him Holmes and thought the Court most grievously abused its power in the first third of this century when it substituted its judgment for that of legislatures on social and economic matters striking down a law against child for example They might have felt the same way in the recent abortion for there again the justices dealt with an issue outside their own special competence and experience. But the context of U.S. v Nixon is nothing like that The demand for White House tapes for use by prosecution and defence ques- tions of evidence and privilege and procedure the stuff of familiar judicial not legislative policy decisions on matters remote from the courts Of course there is a more profound constitutional dimension to this case Its novel questions of executive privilege really ask the Supreme Court to define one boundary of presidential power That is indeed an awesome thing to put to Court The constitution might have created a system of totally independent governmental settling disputes among themselves by conten- tion but from the beginning it was not 30 understood The branches exercised overlapp- ing power And the Supreme Court often resolved junsdic- tional even ones of great political between the states and the federal government or two branches of the latter The case does involve in the grand sense of the word There is no denying or the subtlety of some of its problems But more deeply the case concerns law the high place of law in our society Justice Robert H himself a skeptic about judi- cial wrote whatever the Supreme Court's Americans persisted in regarding it as most dispassionate and trustworthy custodian that our system affords for the translation of abstract into concrete constitutional com- mands The public is right to look to the Supreme Court still as the ultimate custodian of the priceless respect for law Hees will be 68 an election comes four years from now Duff regarded as a potential is three years younger than Mr Stanfield but he has twice oeen defeated in the federal field and is without a seat in Parliament Alvin Hamilton made a good run at the last he is still the idea man of his is courageous and loyal although he comes from the prairie wing of the he had no part in the intrigues against his leader But Mr Hamilton would also be at a disadvantage since he is two years older than Mr Stan- field In other it is as ditti- cult to discern an heir ap- parent among the contenders of 1967 as it is among the provincial Conservative Premiers Despite Monday's the Conservatives remain numerically strong in Parliament It is possible that caucus will provide the new leader Of the 95 a number are veterans who can be ruled out as contenders while many oth- ers are men with excellent constituency credentials but no evident leadership qualifications There remain some bright young men recruited in the Stanfield years and it may be that one of these carries a field marshal s baton in his political knapsack In the well regarded newcomers such as Joe Jim Balfour Sinclair John Fraser and the remain relatively untested James although a competent financial has yet to show that he could command a party and Claude Wagner the only possible French Canadian has been up to this time amiably ineffective in Parliament To sum up the caucus can certainly provide a supporting cast But who are they to sup- port9 That is the Convervative problem But in the some- one must lead the Opposition in Parliament In many ways Robert Stanfield is the best parliamentary performer in the group Also the develop- ing situation may yet provide him with opportunities for very effective criticism In effect Mr Trudeau and Mr Stanfield submitted an is- sue of economic judgment and approaches for political deci- sion The Prime Minister was persuasive enough to win the decision But it does not necessarily follow that Mr Stanfield was wrong either in his estimate of the damage likely to result from inflation or in his view that it cannot be successfully dealt with by ex- isting policies If Mr Stanfield was right least in the Government may find itself m grpat difficulties The danger is not only that inflation may continue unchecked but that it may also bring other problems its including the corrective depression that some fear In that the even if it changed as it might have to would be vulnerable to a Conseryative attack and particularly vulnerable to a Stanfield at- tack It despite be premature to wiite off Robert Stanfield on the morrow of the battle The sheer lack of obvious successors is likely to impose some delay on the Con- whatever their postelection inclinations But a year or two could alter matters because politics does not stand stiU If our affairs prosper under the Trudeau a Conservative leadership change seems cer- tain But if good fortune is not the lot of the Government and if the Conservative talent hunt is not particularly it is by no means impossible that Robert despite all his may yet loom as the most promis- ing successor to Robert Stan- field The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St S Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 CLEO MOWERS Editor and Publisher DON H PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R DORAM General Manager ROY F MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E BARNETT Business 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