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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, July 28, 1971 Voug Walker TJte Alberta election-5 When re are One doesn't have to belong to the fanatical wing of the Women's Lib movement to agree that there is still a good deal of discrimination against women. It starts with government. H o w many women are in Parliament, how many in provincial legislatures? When the Alberta election was called last Thursday, Social Credit and the Conservatives had each nom- inated in 72 of the 75 constituencies, and in each case only two of the 72 candidates were women. One or the other of these two parties will form the next government. None of the ten Liberal candidates of that dale was a woman. The NDP had eight women among its 52 candi- dates. the women? Who is to blame? None of the four parties discrimi- nated against women in its member- ship. With each party the choice of a candidate is up to the membership. There are as many women as men in every constituency. So in every nomination the women are equally responsible with the men. The fact that with the two major parties there are only two women candidates each, is as much the fault of the women as the men. Why did the women give such strong support to the men candi- dates? Obviously because they thought they would be better candi- dates. Is this acceptable? If not, what are the women going to do about it? The onus is theirs Canada and East Pakistan On Monday Mr. Sharp announced substantial additional contributions from Canada to the relief of the East Pakistan disaster. This is in the right direction. The government would be entitled to multiply the as- sistance several times over. Can Can- ada afford it? Of course she can. This country, with all her troubles, is infinitely better off than most na- tions of the world. If Canada cannot do more, what hope is there for these people? The seven millions of East Pakis- tan refugees in India are said to con- stitute the most extensive human tragedy of modern times. That it is in part a political matter doesn't soften the tragedy. But there is another tragedy crying for relief, and that is within East Pak- istan. Only last November the heavily populated coastal area was flooded, hundreds of thousands drowned, mil- lions made homeless, and crops de- stroyed. The civil war has made mat- ters worse. Then, remembering that East Pakistan never did have enough food for its people, the nature of the famine there can be appreciated. Al- though the Pakistani authorities are to blame for much of the grief, the rest of the world must not shut its eyes to the grief. It seems from Mr. Sharp's state- ment that Canada is assisting with relief supplies for East Pakistan, as well as for the refugee camps in India. This is in the humanitarian spirit that ought to shape Canadian policy. The cost is high Twenty-six Canadian students and professors led by Kenneth Woods- worth, a Vancouver law teacher, have been touring China. In the main they are comparatively young, highly trained specialists in various fields- agriculture, medicine, and a wide va- riety of sciences. Mr. Woodsworth, who made a trip to China before the cultural revolution says he is amazed at the progress in living conditions. The improvement is re- flected, he says, in the numbers of cars and bicycles on the road, in the quality of the food, and above all in better housing. That's all to the good. But Mr. Woodsworth also added that there is another striking change. That is "in the degree of political indoc- trination. Of course it was there be- fore the cultural revolution. B u t on nothing like the scale of today." One of the reasons for the higher tempo of propaganda must be to off- set the effects of the Cultural Revolu- tion that attempt to reverse the trend to revisionist c o m m u n ism which turned young people into ter- rorists and disrupted the political and economic life of this huge nation for at least three years. It is diffi- cult to understand how indoctrination could be set at a higher pitch than it was in the early sixties, when it began in kindergarten, was broad- cast on every street, in every school, commune, factory and farm. Now that China is beginning to open up to visitors, who are naturally im- pressed with the tremendous strides the country has made in unifying a diverse population, in feeding the hungry, in giving its people a sense of purpose, it would be well to re- mind those privileged to see the re- sult that all this has been achieved at severe cost. That cost is total con- trol of the mass mind, an intellec- tual automation, never before seen in the history of the world. ART BUCHWALD Any number can play WASHINGTON Last week the most unbelievable event in American jour- nalism took place. William F. Buckely Jr., the distinguished conservative columnist, television star, lecturer and selfless de- fender of the rich, pulled a hoax on the American public. In his National Review magazine Mr. Buckley published what were purported to be "top1 secret" documents on the Vietna- mese war. The documents, which were cooked up by his staff, read like the real thing and all the wire services, the major newspapers and NBC and CBS reported them as legitimate news. Mr. Buckley revealed the next day in a press conference that the reason for the hoax was to demonstrate that forged docu- ments would be widely accepted as gen- uine, provided their content was plausible. Now for those of us who, up to this time, have believed every word Mr. Buckley has written and every pearl that has dropped from his lips, the news that he would be part of a hoax on the American people came as a shocker. We conservatives don't like hoaxes. We like our news on knee-jerk Doves, bleeding- heart politicians and limousine liberals straight. Credibility is the greatest weapon in our battle against the forces of social- ism, welfare coddling and the conviction of Lt. Calley. The danger of someone getting away with a hoax in this country is (hat other people can perpetrate hoaxes, too, and their motives may not be as sincere as Mr. Buckley's. Suppose I printed a press release which I said I received from the National Re- view. "William F. Buckley Jr. announced to- day he was shaking up the staff of the National Review on the advice of a top secret study he had ordered done by Nor- nian Mailer. "At the country house of his good friend, Gore Vidnl, where he is spending the weekend, Mr. Buckley said he was tiring his siter Priscilla Buckley as managing editor, not because of nepotism, (Mr. Buckley has been urging Congress to pass a bill making nepotism but because of the recent articles in the National Re- view criticizing Che Guevara. Guevara was a dear friend of Mr. Buckley said, 'and as long as I own the National Review he will be treated with respect.' "As his new managing editor Mr. Buck- ley has selected Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the historian and an old friend of the fam- ily. will bring to the National Re- view the liberal social consciousness that we have been striving for in our maga- Mr. Buckley said. 'His position on the Vietnamese war, welfare and law and order coincide with my own philosophy and when he speaks for himself he will be speaking for me.' "Mr. Buckley also announced he was proud to have persuaded John Kenneth Galbraith to write a weekly column with particular emphasis on wage and price controls. "There is no man belter versed on the economy than Mr. Galbraith and we're proud to have him aboard.' "Mr. Buckley said he was adding sev- eral new departments to Inn magazine. One would have to do with urban affairs and the plight of the blacks in the inner cities. He has persuaded his good friend Mayor John Lindsay to act as a contribut- ing editor. lie has also signed Dr. Spock to write a column on raising children. 'The National Review' will hit hard at Hie reactionary forces in this country that are holding America Mr. Buckley said. targcls will range from J. Edgar Hoover to John Mitchell to Spiro Agncw. We will attack the oil interests, the gun lobbies and the military-industrial complex. This I promise my readers, or I will go back lo Yale.'" (Toronto Telegram News Service) Saving free enterprise by controls QFFICIALS or Hie depart- ment of consumer and cor- porate affairs look upon the huge new competition bill (in- troduced in the House on June 29) as a means of saving the free enterprise system. Many people will be puzzled, if not antagonized, by the contention that more government regula- tions will enhance the free functioning of the market. The answer of the officials is that some control is the only way to keep competition, the es- sence of the market system, alive. Competition is constantly threatened by monopolistic ten- dencies and by a variety of business practices such as price fixing, collusive arrange- ments to allocate market, col- lusive arrangements to restrict entry or expansion in a market, resale price maintenance, and misleading advertising. Conse- quently in all capitalistic coun- tries, governmental interfer- ence has been deemed neces- sary in order to protect entre- preneurs from their own death instincls. An indication of how badly the system is working in the eyes of Canadians may be found in the growing number of complaints registered with the department of consumer and corporate affairs. Although Box 99 Ottawa was advertised only once, the number of letters reaching it has been doubling every year. In 1968 there were complaints, In 1969 there were and in 1970 there were Indications are that there could be as many as letters this year. Busi- nessmen ought to be sobered by this picture. The competition bill not only reflects the concern of the av- erage consumer as indicated in registered complaints but ex- presses the expert opinion of the Economic Council of Can- ada which set out proposals for a competition policy in 1969 at the request of the federal gov- ernment. What we have in the new bill is the best of previous legislation in the field with sig- nificant additions and altera- tions as proposed by the eco- nomic council Perhaps the most important innovation is the shift from a total reliance on criminal law to a greater emphasis on civil procedures in dealing with com- petition matters. It seems lo be generally agreed that some practices have such an adverse effect on the market system as to warrant outright prohibition. Some other practices, however, lack the certainty to be dealt with under criminal law. This is especially so in the case of the merger which can be neu- tral or beneficial to the public interest. An official of the de- partment estimates that only 30 out of the 500 mergers that take place annually deserve to be prohibited. Even the 30 cases might be free of wrong intent and therefore should be prevented without penalty. Therefore the Combines Inves- tigation Act is to be repealed and a competitive practices tri- is proposed to act as an adjudicative body under civil law to deal with mergers and other matters. All Canadian mergers involv- ing assets in excess of five mil- lion dollars will have to be reg- istered with the tribunal. Mer- gers involving foreign owner- ship will have to be registered regardless of size. A mech- anism is thus provided for keeping track of concentration trends. It should be welcomed not only by Canadian national- ists but by businessmen gen- erally inasmuch as the in- tention is to save the trouble now experienced when mergers are challenged and found unac- ceptable. Nationalists will also be pleased with another feature of the bill. The tribunal will be given the responsibility of keep- ing foreign firms under scrut- iny to prevent the application of foreign laws within Canada which might be deemed to be adverse to Canadian interests. For the first time, services wili be covered by inclusion, along with commodities. The economic council in recom- mending this noted that service industries now employ over half of the Canadian labor force. Of all 22 nations on the Organization for Economic Co- "You were investigating the theft of our secret files and somebody stole your Letters to the editor Not in favor of long hair on males I am in favor of hair. There are few things that enhance a w o m a n's appearance and create a feeling of well being more than a nice hairdo. I think medium length, well-coif- fured hair does wonders for a woman. Well-kept hair is like- wise as important to boys and men. It should be within the limits of propriety. The ears should be well trimmed out and the hair well above the collar at the back, clean and combed. Sideburns and moustache trimmed and not too long are a matter of choice. But long hair for a man or boy rhould be definitely out. It is revolting. It'is a reflection on any man or boy and on any father who will allow his boy to wear long hair. These are some of the reasons: 1. To the Christian, the Bible condemns it. (1 Cor. 2. It shows an attitude of re- bellion and dissent against oth- Cheap nationalism It is unfailing that whenever Germans achieve something outstanding, they ar'e met with hate or refusal. Many German- Canadians are a little different in their attitude towards life but statistically achieve the highest standard of living com- pared to all other groups of immigrants. Whether you act normal, humble or arrogant, it is always criticized in public or on the job but one gets used to it. With all respect to Mrs. Brewster's suffering under Hit- ler, this writer also spent six years behind barbed wires but is unable to hate the grandchil- dren of the people who voted Hitler into power. As far as the poor knowledge of the English language of the band members is concerned, these kids were accompanied by several interpreters and Mrs. Brewster should know .that students living close to the French border pre- fer to learn French, not Eng- lish. Also, the hymn, "Deutsch ist die always was and shall be their provincial an- them same as in any other na- tion or province. As a Ham- burger I sing the hymn "Ham- monia" and my neighbors from Holstein sings "Schleswig-llol- stein etc. Mrs. Brewster should go to Europe (west) and see the youth of all these nations living in peace, having buried their hate and rejected any cheap nationalism which in the past caused so many wars, and I am sorry to say, now rears its ugly head right here in our adopted homeland. P. 0. W. Pincher Creek. A suggestion, With civic elections coming up this fall, 1 would like to make a recommendation to those seeking office on our city council. My suggestion is that all nominees make public an ex- haustive and accurate list of (heir business inlcrcsts