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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD July 1974 A pre-election wail from the wilderness Stop that talk The upsurge of talk about western separatism since the election is distressing. Everything possible should be done to cause its abatement. In this time of extreme mobility when probably a majority of Canadians have had the experience of living in some other part of the country or are destined to do so sometime in the it is absurd to look upon those other regions as alien territory and their people as something akin to enemies. All regions are parts of Canada and all the people are as those who move about soon discover who talk of separation in the west must belong to the minority who have never lived elsewhere. That most of this talk seems to issue from Alberta is shameful. Albertans do not suffer in comparison with people in other provinces They are better off than most and somewhere close to equal with the rest Times have never been better for Albertans. Political power may be one thing that Albertans lack. This is partly due to the democratic system of representation by population but it is even more the result of a continuous voting pattern in favor of speaking out of the opposition side of Parliament. In the past this situation has given cause for complaint of neglect but in recent times the west's legitimate concerns have been receiving the attention of the government. Fairness requires an acknowledgement of this fact. Breaking down into smaller national units is surely the wrong direction to take today. Tribalism is a plague in many parts of the world at a time when concerted action is required for coping with massive threats to human existence And westerners are not a separate kind of breed anyway except in story books. Living with mistakes Assessing blame for the city's new sports complex failing to meet the requirements of the nearby Lethbridge Community College might satisfy the ego needs of the principals it does nothing to pacify the outraged feelings of taxpayers faced with the threat of a separate sports facility being constructed for the college. Obviously a serious mistake has been made. There may be no alternative but to eventually give the college the green light to proceed with plans for its own recreation facility. it is not likely that the provincial government or the people appointed to the college board of governors to protect the interests of the people will quickly or readily approve such a move. It would be politically inexpedient to assign public funds for a sports facility to rectify a mistake too soon Learning to live with mistakes is a fairly common experience Unpleasant as the prospect may the college physical education instructors will probably have to make the best of what is now available for some time. The public will expect it of them. Under the circumstances it would seem that the least the city officials could do would be to soften the burden of having to adjust program and time- tables by giving the college firm commitments on use of the Sportsplex. To vacillate on this matter is to com- pound the mess which has developed. There is a likelihood that if the proposed bypass route does run between the college and the Sportsplex it would speed the approval of a separate sports facility for the college Having students drifting back and forth across the bypass road would soon be seen to be intolerable. Maybe the college case for a separate sports facility would be strengthened by the isolation anticipated by the president Strange bedfellows At a recent conference in delegates to a meeting of the Inter- national Labor Organization failed in an attempt to blacklist the Soviet Union for violating their 44-year-old convention against slave labor. Twenty-three nations were on the cen- sure list submitted by a committee report Most of them were in Africa and Asia but the list included Chile and Greece This was the first time a major power had been put on the The vote was 123 to 0. This was short of a quorum and therefore failed to pasfc. Among the abstentions were the Soviet bloc and many Third World countries. The censure attempt of the U.S.S.R. was directed at a 1961 Soviet law which requires compulsory labor for persons socially useful work and leading an anti-social parasitic way of life A group of international jurists had found the law to ve a violation of the ILO convention of 1930 which was ratified by the Soviet Union in 1956. Since Russia had been criticized before at these international meetings for this same it is likely that the The Gulag setting forth conditions in slave labor camps within the U.S.S R provided the im- petus which led to the inclusion of Russia on the proposed censure list. An interesting aspect of this censure attempt came in the defence given by the Soviet delegate. He as a matter of that the report was an attempt to renew the Cold War. But he then went on to deny that compulsory work by elements could be likened to forced labor. He asserted that work is becoming an increasingly natural need for human beings and fight against idlers is a fight against These arguments are not unknown in Canada but they corne from the other end of the political from con- servatives who oppose welfare programs or who demand that welfare recipients work for their government paychecks. All of which leads to the conclusion that ideas make strange bedfellows and that the political spectium a circle and not a line extending indefinite- ly to the left and the right ART BUCHWALD Pulling the plug on TV WASHINGTON If nothing President Nixon's trip to the Soviet Union showed the United States how the Russians could pull the plug on the American TV networks Several nights while the American TV correspondents were trying to report on dissidents in the Soviet Russian technicians pulled the plug out on them and they were unable to transmit their reports When President Nixon heard about it he immediately contacted Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev and How did you do Brezhnev retorted Mr. Mr. Nixon said. know it wasn't an and I'm not criticizing you I'm really interested in knowing for my own not could I be Mr. Nixon said. been trying to shut off the American TV correspondents for years. I just never knew uow to do Brezhnev said. over to the Kremlin and I'll show I bring my scientific technical ad- Ron along with course. What is detente for if we can't help each other pull plug out on the The next morning President Nixon and Ron Ziegler were driven over to the Kremlin where Brezhnev and several of his technicians were waiting for them. sorry I can't give you MIRV Brezhnev said. about the Mr. Nixon replied. is more Brezhnev took the two men into a room marked in There was a large switchboard manned by a Soviet general. Overhead were five or six TV monitors. listen the president warned may never let us see this on Brezhnev Soviet commentator He is going to give the evening The Soviet general immediately pulled the plug The screen went dark. did you pull the Mr Nixon wanted to know not for him to say what kind of evening it is. Some Soviet citizens may ask why is it a good evening. We don't let our people know if evening is good or bad It makes them nervous taking all this the presi- dent whispered. Channel Brezhnev said the commentator glorious leader of the Soviet Leonid reported today that a new milestone had been reached in the Soviet- American detente. The which will be signed tomorrow by leaders of both specifies that The general pulled the plug. Mr. Nixon looked at Brezhnev. The Soviet leader better they don't know what we agreed on. Next they'll want to know what we didn't agree fantastic. What is the red button over there on the Mr. Nixon asked. is our multiple television cutoff switch. We can cut off all channels at same a Nixon gasped. want Brezhnev asked I Nixon said. do we have to give you in Brezhnev thought a moment and then take another By Bruce Herald special commentator A rude camp in the a rainy a leaky roof and a smoky fireplace provided a safe environment for a Canadian election watcher. His knowledge of public affairs might be minimal but the remote storms of politics could not reach his ears and disturb his comfortable prejudices. Best of the antique radio had broken down at exactly the right in the midst of a political commentary by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This delayed report from an impartial observation point is written just before polling day of is out of date. But it cannot be suspected of any partisan any attempt to influence the free voters' choice at the polls. now that the tumult and the shouting have the philosophical mind the mind of present reader for instance already has seen that the election didn't amount to much in historic terms. As the reporter can reasonably assume in the election returned certain members to a new Parliament but it settled nothing else of importance. It gave us no clear view of our future. It did not tell even in the most general what policies the chosen government will follow. all our and the history of other democratic should warn us that any government is almost sure to do the precise opposite of what it lot you seem to care that our ocean resources are about to be extended two hundred miles out to sea Trudeau now a professional politicia By Richard Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA You can't beat a somebody with a runs the oldest adage in politics. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's spectacular victory confirms that truism. Trudeau is a somebody. He carries a natural aura of authority. He compels even by those who disagree with his policies or who dislike his personality. Conservative Leader Robert by never convinced Canadians he was a true leader. A mid-campaign Gallup poll showed that Stanfield's public rating as a leader was lower than it had been in a similar survey taken in 1968 just after he had entered federal politics. Canadians trusted Pierre Elliott Trudeau. They didn't trust Robert Lome Stanfield. That basic personal far more than campaign or the lucky or unlucky or the merits of rival decided the election Trudeau earned that trust. He turned the campaign into a referendum about himself in a way that has no equal since John Diefenbaker at the height of his form. Right at the Trudeau defined leadership as the issue He never let the issue escape him. don't have to love as he said vote for The entire Liberal campaign was concentrated upon and designed to magnify him. The tactics used were as skilfu1 as any seen in recent years. Trudeau either put himself on the front pages by the power of his personality and by his flair for self-dramatization or his name was kept on the front pages by wife Margaret's by inspired gimmicks such as the whistle- stop train and by the succession of policy announcements Liberal advertisements featured only Trudeau Trudeau's but even more the manner by which he achieved marked him as a professional and dispelled the aura of that had surrounded him after his romp in 1968 followed by near-defeat in 1972. There was more to the election than just politics and personality The results Letters David Lewis' defeat The tragedy of David Lewis' defeat in Monday's election did not escape the notice of many great Canadians. John Diefenbaker indicated his respect for Lewis and said he was very sorry for his defeat. Prime Minister Trudeau expressed regret Mr Stanfield noted Parliament's loss. Mr a former Rhode's devoted virtually all his adult life to the service of the cause of social justice in Canada and to the party which has taken up the cause. In view of his hard work and honest integrity often at pecuniary loss to himself it is little wonder that he earned the respect of his fiercest opponents. We are afraid that Mr. Hurlburt's charge that his party leader is for regretting Mr. Lewis' loss shows how immature and short-sighted he really is. That Mr. Hurlburt fails to understand honest disagreement can take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect shows how little suited he is to sit in Parliament. We are inclined to doubt that Hurlburt has any understanding of parliamentary tradition at all. As the ancient's man who is no judge of character has none within himself with which to JOHN McINNIS LUBA LISUN Lethbridge amounted to a statement by Canadians about how they view themselves and their country The view proved to be like looking at a bottle and it half-full rather than as Trudeau put it. Stanfield preached a gospel of frugal self restraint. Canadians either did not hear his or heard it and did not believe it. The vote of self-confidence in above all the outcome in Ontario where electoral results are the least affected by local constituted at the same time a vote of self confidence in the state of the economy Trudeau called inflation rather than Plainly he understood better than his opponents Canadians' concern about the cost of living. It showed up in every opinion yet Canadians did not translate their concern into a belief that anyone or any policy could solve or that Canada's economic health demanded the kind of draconian measures Stanfield proposed. Stanfield's misjudgement of the mood of Canadians was his most serious error. Convinced that inflation alone would cause voters to change their he waged a one-policy campaign. That policy price and income controls confused the general public and just as damaging worried traditional Conservative who lost the edge of their enthusiasm. of the many election night surprises was the superiority of the Liberal at least in Stanfield's campaign was but in a limited technical and logistical sense. It lacked verve or variety. Despite his dogged tenacity Trudeau on election night praised his and despite an image of hard-rock Stanfield never connected to Canadians. He remained outside the Canadian mainstream uninspired. In sheet numbers 95 the Conservatives remain relatively but that strength is an illusion. The Prairies not for Stanfield'and still less for his but against the East. Elsewhere the party has been driven back to its rural strongholds in Ontario and the Mari times. The state of the New Democrats is far worse. The party lost half its and leader David Lewis. The NDP campaigned in that difficult zone between being a splinter group with imaginative if sometimes impractical ideas and a true national party. It reached for both goals and achieved neither. Trudeau achieved all of his with a flair and precision that at times was awesome He saved the Liberal party from being bottled up in fortress and has put back together the classic coalition of a party with its weight in the in Ontario and but with support also in the far east and in British Columbia Trudeau's success breaks a pattern that has seen the inflation issue bring down almost every western government in recent years. His recovery from near defeat carries him into the charmed circle of John A Macdonald and Mackenzie King as the only Canadian prime ministers who have managed such electoral feats The victory was but it was not his alone The basic strategy was shaped by campaign co-chairman Keith brought back after the 1972 result at the insistence of Ontario Liberals. Monday night was sweet vindication for Davey He won the majority that three times had eluded him with late prime minister Lester Pearson. For two weeks he had told key political journalists that party surveys were and indicated a and none believed him. DaVey achieved perhaps his greatest contribution ever before the campaign began teaching Trudeau that politics could be fun. The change in Trudeau's manner from resigned acceptance to uninhibited enjoyment of the was evident from the first day of his campaign. sincerely planned to do before it was elected. These are gloomy or cheerful depending on a man's individual view of what should be done. Either the thing to expect from now on is the totally unexpected. But it always except in a camp. The camp dweller can expect the expected the alternating sunshine and the heat and the collapse of the pump at the worst the arrival of hungry guests when he is lying flat on his back under the pump house and the cook is fresh out of firewood and hamburger The city the great urban mass of the can have no such confidence in human events All both rustic and can understand in retrospect that the sovereign issues facing Canada were almost avoided in the election campaign. This is not alarming or surprising It is quite normal because the sovereign issues are usually too unpleasant for discussion or too complicated for if the politicians happen to understand them Such thoughts are not original. They are merely emphasized in a summer camp when the radio has mercifully broken down and a man can think as he even if his mind is no more reliable than those of the last minute pundits it pleases the camp man to think that the election honest enough within its immediate national was largely irrelevant to its true which is not national but international To mention that fact is to be accused of anti as if to be pro Canadian a man must ignore the shut his patriotic eyes and pretend that the rest of humanity does not or at any rate that it will have little effect on Canada It does exist all tne same. It refuses to go away and it poses certain questions never answered and rarely considered in the election campaign far as the broken radio has informed the camp The like the was in no state of mind to answer the questions or even to ask them in understandable terms. Then at this very point in an out dated election an unlikely collaborator came to his rescue. The day's mail had just been delivered to the tin box half a mile away and in it was found a magazine containing a taped interview with Clare Boothe of all people. And happily ignorant of Canada's summed up the questions and the true election context in a couple of sentences The American said Mrs. numbered six per cent of the world's population and yet used 35 per cent of its basic resources. this once waspish and now repentant lady the billions of people in other nations let a handful of Americans go on consuming the lion's share of the world's perishable and irreplaceable Not long one when the Arab oil states already have demonstrated the alternative possibilities One also imagines that the government not yet elected at this writing will have to ask in the question that Mrs. among asks in the United States The answer in the two countries will be different because their and their demands on are but the broad context is the same. Soon it will declare itself in various unsolved economic in prices and in prosperity or the m the endless struggle for world in desperate foreign voices much louder than the the wind and the broken radio. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mall 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 Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;