Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, July 1971 Maurice Western The Alberta election-'! Strom and Lougheed On every voter's mind will be the comparison of Peter Lougheed with Harry Strom. How would Lougheed stack up as premier against Strom? If the comparison is on merit, abil- ity, courage, imagination and integri- ty, it would be a toss-up. If it is on experience, Strom would win hands down, for the very obvious reason that Social Credit won the last election. But if it is on wiiui. might he called glamor or charisma or political sex appeal, Strom would be the loser. "A new kind of Social Credit posters are saying of Strom. That is true, perhaps in a sense not intended. The fashion today is to go for the glamorous politicians, the ones with a good TV presence, with good looks, with polish, with a quick tongue. Strom does not fit that image. Although born in his home constituency, his Swedish ancestry is still evident in his voice. His short radio talks are not easy to listen to and probably have done him no good. His television personality is little better. He does not as they say. He still gives a good deal of his time to his church, which may not impress some of today's voters. He does not dominate his cabinet in the same way Mr. Manning did; his min- isters are freer to run their depart- ments in their own way, Yet he has given fairly strong government, gov- ernment that seems to know where it is going. His strength is in the personal contact. Those fortunate enough to know him and they are legion unanimously respect and admire him. Mr. Lougheed has not been tested in the same way, but he shows much potential. He is obviously a leader, a team leader. He has succeeded in nearly everything he has tackled. Un- like Mr. Strom, he was born into comfortable means and an estab- lished name, but fortunately the pub- lic has learned not to hold that against any person. Most important of all, so far as the casual citizen is concerned, he will clobber Mr. Strom in the radio and television department. If he is elected because of his greater polish, his youthful handsomeness, his personal charm, it would be a travesty of democracy. If he becomes premier because the people feel he can fill Mr. Strom's shoes and do as good a job or better, more power to him. Let's keep in time Another referendum on Daylight Saving Time (DST) is to be held on election day August 30, and the people of Alberta will have another oppor- tunity of voting to keep in time with the rest of Canada. Alberta is now the only province in Canada which does not advance the clock ahead an hour in April to lake advantage of summer sunshine. There are some people who feel that DST is nothing but a nuisance. One group, the farmers, prefers the sun in the early hours of the morning; an- other group, young mothers, complain they can't get their children to bed at a decent time in the sunny evenings. But there are other considerations of more value. People who work from 9 to 5 have longer evenings to enjoy recreation, and considering the fact that all winter long this large segment of the population straggles to and from work in the dark, like moles, their wishes should be known. Then there is the economic factor. Our business and commercial links with major centres in the east are limited to a short day during sum- mer as these areas already are an hour or two ahead on standard lime, and in the case of Montreal and New York are three hours ahead when they move to DST. Thus when Alberta opts out of DST and other provinces opt in, the business community is even more out of step with its Eastern associates, causing delay, inconveni- ence and annoyance. The unnecessary problems Alberta suffers because some people express unwarranted concerns over DST should be given a good deal of thought by all voters who go to the polls next month. The drug scene By Joyce Sasse Xo Westerner can hear ac- counts of the great Opium Wars of China and not be ashamed. The drug turned a nation of people into a hopeless, helpless mass of dazed skeletons. Read a couple of books written by Pearl Buck or Dr. Han Su-Yin and see what I mean. These wars were fought in the mid-nine- teenth century. They were caused by greed. British greed! What did the lives of a few million Chinese matter, beyond the fact that their numbers assured a good market, especially if the produce being traded was addicting. When Peking objected to the trade, the British simply closed their ears. When the sale of opium was made illegal, British ves- sels openly came to the mouth of the Canton River bands of smugglers took over from there. When addiction gained such terrible proportions, the emperor ordered foreign merchants to surrender their stocks. The British superintendent of trade blithely ignored the order. It's no wonder war broke out. One war wasn't enough. These economic animals persisted in peddling their putrid, valuable cargoes. Fourteen years later a second war broke out. But by that time it was too late. The vampire had succeeded in planting cancerous cells in the marrow of the nation. A year ago I had the privilege of visiting Katmandu, Nepal. That's when the hippie population in that city was at its height. They came there because hashish was cheap. They came there to leech off the tiny nation that had lived for centuries as primitively and innocently as a nursery. Nepali men have used hashish for gen- erations. In the evening, after foiling in the fields or trcking through the foothills, they relax with a draught or two from their pipes. They have used the drug with discre- tion. They still remain a noble race. Others, move barbaric, invaded their country, bought up supplies, surrendered themselves to tile sensuous pleasure of es- cape. They came from Europe, America and Japan. They came in 1970. Their abuse was disgusting, degrading. I confess that I gave a loud cheer for the little Kingdom when it had the guts, a couple of weeks after our visit, to refuse these opportunists entrance. Recenty our American radio station an- nounced the conclusion of an agreement between the U.S. and Turkey. That Middle Eastern country has promised that, within the next couple of years, it will ban the growth of the poppy (the source of I heard this news, and I was ashamed of my people. We act as if it were tile fault of Turkey that our youth are being crushed by drugs. I hate myself when I think this way but if it be the fault of Turkey, or Vietnam, or Korea (where the poppies grow easily and the supply is is this not a righteous judgment on the actions of our great grand- fathers who first imposed opium on Asia because of their raw greed? But honestly, are wre so immature that we have to have governments act on our behalf, putting things up out of reach, like we do when an infant is first learning how to walk? The weakness is not in the drug. It is in us. Such treaties indicate our society's sloth- fulness, our unwillingness to take respon- sibility for our own actions. Such treaties debilitate us, dehumanize us. By doing these things, we abdicate our role as free, thinking human beings. And where does it go from here? Today a couple of governments get together to make a treaty regarding opium. We suc- ceed in passing the blame on to Turkey. Tomorrow? Are we going to have to legis- late more closely on liquor? Or will our provincial governments hush us then too, reminding us just how much tax money they derive from this trade? And the day after? How long will it be before someone else has to legislate on what Lime get up in the morning, and how many times we can use the bathroom in a day? Well, haven't we already insisted that the govern- ment make the decisions and tell us what to do about drugs, because we haven't the fortitude to think and act for ourselves? Whenever we relinquish our decisions to someone else, we ccas.e to be human. We deteriorate from within. Her old nemesis By Doug Walker TUDI was very much involved in the op- H was Judi's idea that Elspeth should 1 crafion of the Aardvark Incorporated have company on the job. Naming one of boutique at the fair this year. She engaged Elspelh's friends, Judi said, "she would be her mother to spend an afternoon tending Rrcal in "luting the public because she is shop just as Albi did wilh her mother, Mrs. Caiman, for several day periods. More protection for Canadian manufacturers Although Parli- vested right to whatever share cost sweaters in recent years maintain such produi ament is in recess, the he may have won at some for- will be as elective in the future manently but rather government docs not tire in lunate point in time. is uncertain." them to provide a I works, good or otherwise. Neither do the ever-industrious lobbyists. Recently, Jean Luc Pspin took aotion under the anti-cpn- sume; extile and Clothing Board Act to shield us against the menace of imported knitted outer garments; That is to say, sweaters, cardigans and pull- overs. This matter has already been studied by the tariff board. The market for sweaters is very much larger than it used to he, having expanded by 50 per cent in the 1950s and by 80 per cent in the 1960s. During most of the 1960s, Canadian shipments grew too, but the share of the market held by domestic manufacturers pro- gressively declined. While producers live by pro- fits, not by market percentages, it is always assumed in protec- tionist arguments that the Ca- nadian manufacturer has a Before the tariff board, Cana- dian industrialists complained mostly of imports from Asiatic countries, from Romania and from Italy. There has been a big increase in the market for low-priced items such as chil- dren's back-to-school sweaters and ladies' pullover cardigans. To meet this competition, dom- estic manufacturers went in As to the value of further restrictions, the board was dub- ious. Normal tariff rates, it said, are virtually meaningless in respect to this competition. "Experience suggests that even the use of quotas frequently serves only to prolong some- what the life of the domestic industry. In Canada, we have a number of illustrations of this maintain such production per- will use temporary opportunity to seek other aven- ues for employment of the capi- tal and human resources in- volved." This may be the justification for referring the matter to the textile and clothing board, which the manufacturers have been encouraged to look on as a more sympathetic body. They are supposed to submit a sweater selling for and compared it with a Canadian sweater for which the custom- er pays He also pointed to a Romanian import, a woman s sweater in synthetic fibre, available for If manufac- tured in Canada now, he as- serted, it would have _to carry a retail price of In these circumstances, the caution of the tariff board is understandable. Mr. Pepin, after his Chinese for high fashions and fancy steel cutlery, nib- an adjustment plan, incorpora- trip, is high on trade with the knits, with a wide range of colors and yarns. According to the board they did rather well until 1969, when shipments slumped. The board found that Cana- dian knitters have now largely relinquished the field of low- priced "staple" sweaters. It was anything but optimistic about the prospects. "Whether the policies of innovation and flexibility which enabled the Canadian industry to adjust to the rapid and substantial in- crease in the imports of low- ber-soled canvas footwear, the knitted glove industry and, more recently, the decision of one of the major electronic tube manufacturers to cease production hi Canada of re- ceiving tubes and color picture tubes." "In these the report concluded, "it would seem that in areas of domestic production which appear to be most seriously threatened by low-cost imports, the prudent manager will not rely on quo- tas or other restrictions to ting their new thoughts on in- novation and flexibility. The new board, inspired by this, is empowered to recommend spe- cial measures of protection. This means, obviously, that the consumer is to pay more. On the basis of their own rep- resentations to the tariff board, there is no other way of satis- fying the domestic manufactur- ers. They complained at hear- ings that prices of imported sweaters are "ridiculous- ly low." The managing direc- tor of one of the mills exhibited "A house call at this unearthly hour? grief, madam, 1 am NOT a doctor Letters to the editor Luck of foresight on part of Whoop-Up officials Having attempted to partici- pate in the 75th Whoop-Up Days activities, I am astounded at the apparent monopolizing tac- tics and lack of foresight on the part of the Board of Directors. I had the misfortune to at- tend the Tuesday night Grand- stand performance, which was terminated after the first few minutes by inclement weather. Tickets were then made avail- able to the audience for the following night's performance or for any of the Rodeo events, although this did not include readmission to the grounds. Several members of the audi- ence, myself included, were un- able to attend any further events. Since the Board of Di- rectors does not permit a re- fund, we were left with the anticlimax of a wasted eve- ning, our pockets feeling light- er for the money spent on Grandstand admission, plus gate admission for those in- tending only to view the Grand- stand Show. Tins is not the first year that the weather has interfered with the smooth running of Whoop- Up activities and tin's being the 75th year, it is certainly high time that at least one Board Member could have reached a solution to the Grand stand problem. Surely a temporary tent-like structure consisting of a roof and able to enclose three sides of the stage area is alt that is required to ensure the show will go on regardless of weather. After all these years, however, it appears doubtful if the Directors are very con- cerned whether events take place as scheduled, as long as the public is willing to pay. If the Board of Directors is Do editorialists know reporters? With reference to your edi- torial entitled, "What of the next arena you have clearly implied that City Coun- cil is responsible for failing to negotiate an agreement with the Exhibition Board for the construction of an arena. The Exhibition Board made a proposal to City Council which appeared to fulfil .some of the city's major ice needs. The proposed financing ar- rangements were not accept- able to City Council. Council immediately struck a commit- tee to NEGOTIATE these terms with the Exhibition Board. The committee shortly reported that the Exhibition Board was NOT prepared to negotiate these terms. I am strongly in favor o f ycur newspaper scrutinizing and commenting on the af- fairs of the city, f believe that it could be fairly charged that your paper and the other me- dia have failed in your re- sponribility to your citizens. Age discrimination o II is interesting to note, and satisfying to those who have worked for it. that the Alberta Human Rights Act has been extended to include discrimina- tion in employment on grounds of age. Any older pfrsons who have good reason to feel they have been discriminated against for t'nis reason reason to know they are the test qual- ifier' fc the position but it was given to a younger person should get in touch with the Human Ilighls Branch, KIWI Will Ave., Edmonton (i. ami if the employer is Ihc provincial government, or the federal government, it wouldn't bo a bad idea to get in touch with the Ombudsman. One c' the rankest disrcimi- nations perpetuated is the one agains' age Lethbridge city hall personnel department is guilty of it; Canada Manpower offices here and in Calgary are practising il; and employers who complain about the calibre of help they arc getting these days have only themselves to blame when they advertise an ago limit, as does the Univcr- sily of U-thbridgo. Lclhbridgc. However, by this and other editorials, you have clearly demonstrated that you are not prepared to do your home- work. Your reporting of city hall affairs is near impec- cable; your editorial writers give the impression that they have not yet been introduced to your city hall reporters. If your editorial writers arc not aware that the paper has very knowledgeable reporters, if Ihcy cannot find Ihe energy to consult wilh administrative staff, at least call one or two aldermen who arc intimately involved in a given issue. Per- haps it is time to introduce a fifth estate. JIM ANDERSON, ALD. Lethbridge. Keillor's N'nlr: Alderman An- derson confirms that there were no real negotiations be- tween City Council and the Ex- hibition Board. That is a civic disaster, as suggested in our editorials. The people will be paying dearly for it. As for the responsibility for there be- ing no negotiations, if it is as clear-cut as Ahlcrmnn Ander- son suggests, I hen the direc- tors of tho Exhibition Board should resign. Somehow we feel il is not as clear-cut as slated above. adamant that it cannot make refunds, then the perfor- mance should take place, re- gardless of the weather, and not leave the public to gamble on a performance. There are adequate facilities at ths Race Track and Casino for this type of activity. I fully understand that contracts with performers have to be adhered to, but this is the responsibility of the back- ers and not the general public. If the Directors are in dire financial difficulties, I am sure that donations would be forth- coming from benevolent citi- zens, provided that it is listed as a charitable organization and issues receipts for income tas purposes. W. CARSON. East. He took with him a num- ber of prominent businessmen, including the president of the Canadian Importers Associa- tion, Jean Louis Gervais of Montreal. Interviewed by the Globe and Mail, Mr. Gervais remarked enthusiastically that it is time for importers to go East." He listed opportunities in China. The first, by interest- ing coincidence, was textiles. The same issue of the Toron- to newspaper carries two long reports on the electronics in- dustry, a super specialist in the arts of restriction. In the first we read that "the strong- est year on record is being forecast for sales of color tele- vision sets." The market is said to be "so buoyant that companies are talking of the rebirth of the electronics indus- try." This splendid development results from removal in the last budget of the five per cent excise tax on home entertain- ment products. There is one sour note. The government, by acceding to a long-standing demand of the in- dustry, has cost industrialists some money. Many companies had inventories on which tax had already been paid. It is un- likely that this will be refund- ed. The firms, it is said, had to reduce their prices immediate- ly to nreel public expectations. Still the horizon is fair untl one turns the page. There we read that the manufactur- ers are hoping the anti-dump- ing tribunal will take a "hard line" when it considers imports of Japanese and Formosan sets next month. National Revenue has made a preliminary finding of the dumping, and the tribun- al has 90 days in which to decide whether there has been, is, or is likely to be, material damage to Canadian producers. The distressing prospect is, therefore, that what the con- sumer has gained by the action of one department of govern- ment he may lose through that of another. It is worth observing in this context that while low-cost im- ports are bad for the consum- ing public, they are not neces- sarily bad for the electronic manufacturers. Yen' much de- pends on how the tariff is rig- ged. In its report on sweaters, the tariff board makes a slight detour to comment on general developments in trade with the East. "The electronics it notes, "has also developed the advantages of operating in the low-cost countries: while much of this production has taken place in Japan, an increasing share of it is being accounted for by other countries, such as Hong Kong and Taiwan." In other words, low-cort parts are admirable so long as they are imported by the com- panies for use in tlreir all- Canadian sets. But the same parts are a threat to our future if they enter the country in Japanese sets. In the latter event, they are as National Revenue has already discovered and as the tribunal is to verify. As usual, it is heads we win, tails you lose. Nothing is more remarkable than the patience of consumers in this country. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Lethbridge. Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 F. S. Ratliff of Medi- cine Hat, has been contacted by the Wisconsin Society of Equity, made up of over Wisconsin farmers, to send his rainmaker to Wisconsin. The rainmaker, C. M. Hatfield of California, was promised three thousand dollars for every inch of rain. Forestry officials in British Columbia are gathering all available men to fight for- est fires which arc raging throughout the Fernie Cran- brook area. 1041 Max Dormdy, Social- ist leader in the French repub- lic was assassinated today at the hotel Rclais De L'Emper- eur at Montcllmar, where he had been detained. 1931 US. Defence Secre- tary Marshall said today the proposed for for- eign arms aid would provide "only the essential military requirements" for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower's forces. 1S01 Value of construction started in Alberta's ten cities in the first five months of the year climbed 27 per cent over the same period last year. The Letlibtidge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1903-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 0012 ember of The Canadian Press and tile Canadian Dally Ncwsoar-nr Publishers' Assodallon and Iho Audit Bureau of clrculalS Member Pul CI-EO W. MOWERS, Edllor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Minting r.iMor Fditor ROY F MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Pane Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"