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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, July 30, Confidence in Thieu's regime rising By Joseph C. Harsch, Ctllsttan Science Monitor commentator Parkinson's law applied It was in that the government in Ottawa, having identified infla- tion as the greatest single menace facing the country, announced its de- termination to curtail government spending, and in particular to reduce some of the gross swelling evident in the federal civil service. Readers will recall the furore this caused, espe- cially when government spokesmen speculated publicly that as many as civrJ service positions might be eliminated. That was four years ago, and it seems that times and views have changed. Evidently there is no longer any great concern over infla- tion in Ottawa or in any other Canadian seat of government, for that matter. From coast to coast, federal, provincial and municipal budgets keep spiralling upwards as chase prices, prices daase wages, and everyone able to do so chases dollars. As for the federal civil service, the notion that there might be any i educ- tion has long been forgotten. The positions some simple souls might have thought were to be elimi- nated are all still operative (if that's the word) and at least as many new ones have been created. Not only are all those government jobs still intact, but most of them are far better paid than was the case in 19U9 when the policy of austerity and restraint was being so highly publicized. Some examples: number of positions paying a year or more has increased by more than 23 per cent; number of scientific proiessional jobs, which pay from to per annum, has gone from to and is still ris- ing rapidly; and foreign ser- vice positions, with salaries ranging from to have increased from to Comparable increases in both num- bers and pay have occurred in almost every civil service category, with the result that federal spending on salaries and wages, which totalled billion in 1969, has risen by no less than 50 per cent to a staggering billion. This wildly exceeds any increase in population, or in growth of the national product. Readers may judge for themselves whether there has been any commensurate in- crease in government service or ef- ficiency. Proud accomplishment The first search for a new Alberta novelist has ended in blazing glory. The three winners in the new Alber- ta writer's competition sponsored by the creative writing division of the department of culture, youth and re- creation, won Macmillan contracts (a splendid record for a publishing firm "sporting" enough to gamble on one publishable Twenty- seven of the 98 submissions receiv- ed found their way to Macmillan's editorial offices and there is not the slightest doubt that many of these will wind up between the covers of books. The winner was 48-year-old Mrs. Jan Truss of Water Valley, north west of Calgary, whose novel "Bird at the Window" earned her a cheque for presented at an awards ban- quet in Edmonton plus the fine publishing contract from Macmillan with an advance cheque and a guar- antee of against royalties. A Calgary mother, 36-year-old Cecelia Frey, received a publishing contract with a fine advance against royal- ties) for her story "Breakaway" with 21-year-old Fred Stenson of Twin Butte, also winning a Macmil- lan contract. The creative writing division, sup- ervised by weU known Alberta writ- er, John Patrick Gillese, has been established to encourage and help Alberta writers by offering corres- pondence courses and sponsoring workshops in both northern and south- ern locations. Of special interest to Southern Al- bertans is the fact, that competition winner Mrs. Truss, who has been writing four years, decided to write her winning novel while attending the first Southland Writer's Workshop held in Lethbridge last September, organized by well known Coutts writ- er, Mrs. Eva Brewster, a regular contributor to The Herald. With such glowing results realized in the first competition, comparable, or even better accomplishments can be expected in the second. ART BUCHWALD Cover-up experts WASHINGTON Long after Watergate b over, certain phrases repeated during the bearings will remain with us. Already they are being used by Middle America to cover various situations. The other day at exactly a.m. Min- tonburger staggered into the hallway of his house. His tie was askew, there was lip- stick on his collar and there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Mrs. Mmtonburger in her dressing gown was waiting for him. "Do you swear to teH the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you "Yessir." "Where the hell have you "I'm sorry. I didn't hear the question." "I said where the bell have you "To the best of my recollection I was at Henry's Bar and Grill." "Whom were you there "I don't have all my records with me, but 1 believe I was there with Sam Carls- berg, Ed Tuborg and Charlie Schlitz." "What was discussed at the bar until in the morning" "What meeting are we talking about BOW" "The one you just came from." "Well, let's see. As far as I recall, discussed the of running-back Duane Thomas to the Washmgtin Redskins." "Is Oat aQ you talked about" 'To the best of my knowledge I believe that is all we talked about You must re- member, Senator I mean, Dear that we're talking about something that happened several hours ago, and although I'm trying to be as candid as possible, it is very difficult for me to remember every- thing thai tod; place last nighJ." "All Mrs. Murtonburger said, go- ing over somr- notes she was holding in her r.and, "let's go on to another subject 'What's that lipstick doing on your I never heard of any lipstick on my colkr." nghl there "I believe we haie to put this in the proper context I recall during the evening brusning pas. a lady who had. been push- ed into me by a man. Her lips hit ine right on the collar." "And that is your "As far as that particular incident is concerned, I would say it is an accurate description of it at that point in time." "Would it surprise you, Mr. Mintonburg- er, that I called ReUly's Bar at midnight and spoke to Reilly, and be said you hadn't been in all evening." "What night are we talking about "Tonight" "I believe Reilly is mistaken. I specifi- cally remember being there." "Then you would say that Reilly is not telling the "On this particular point, I would say he is not" "Why would ReuTy lie about your not being in bis "To protect himself. Reilly has perjured himself on many occasions, and be is con- stantly seeking ways of getting immunity." "WeU, let me ask you this. Do you think you have a right coming hi drunk at 2 30 in the morning wifti lipstick on your "In hindsight it was probably a bad idea. But at that point in time when I did those things, I was only following the or- ders of my superiors, Sam Carbberg, Ed Tuborg and Charlie Schlitz. As I look back on it now, I should have inquired as to why they wene asking me to do certain things, which may under the present at- mosphere appear to some to be evidence of wrongdoing." "One fine; question, Mr. NMonburger. What is your advice to other husbands who might find themselves in the some "Well, sir, I would say that I am not proud of what I did, and I guess I am lack- ing in moral fibre which caused me to go along with what everybody else was do- ing" "Mr. Mintonburger, thank you for your candxJ and forthright testimony. You have been a very co-operative witness. One more thmg, will you be available for fur- ther questiomrg tomorrow monung il it is reeded''-' why Fro WASHINGTON, D.C.- French money is moving back into Saigon along with French businessmen, French techni- cians and the promise of one new factory and the prospect of more. Along with this the French and South Vietnamese governments are elevating their diplomatic missions to each other to full embassy status. But the French are not according embassy status to the National Liberation Front (NFL) delegation in Paris. In other words, the French have decided that (he govern- ment of President Thieu in Sai- gon has respectable survival prospects. The French now ex- pect it to be the important po- litical force in South Vietnam for the visible future and that the time has come for them to treat it as the established au- thority in South Vietnam. This development, most wel- come ki Washington, win be confirmed if and when the Jap- anese begin moving into Saigon in similar manner, as they are now expected to do. Once both French and Jap- anese capital begins to fill the gap left by the departure of American troops and the de- cline of Americon economic aid, Mr. Thieu's government mil have- new friends and as- sociates of great value. The vital thing for Mr. Thieu is not 'That Lincoln Continental Nixon gave you is being recalled there's a bug in it." NDP policies for all seasons By Anthony Westell, Toronto Star commentator Guided democracy is the phrase to describe the proceed- ings of the national policy con- ference of the New Democratic Party. The delegates went through the motions of submitting reso- lutions, debating and voting upon them, but what came out was almost exactly what the leaders wanted. National Leader David Lewis set'fiie tone in this opening speech: "I invite you to remember that this is almost certainly a pre-election convention." He wanted quick, quiet ap- proval of a popular platform, not radical ideas to alarm the voters. Nothing to upset the un- ions who provide cash and votes. No blood on the floor. He and his supporters were in almost complete control of the conference and its machinery, and they got what they wanted. The official resolutions com- mittee labored in private to re- solve policy disputes before they became public, and to blend controversial opinions into bland composite state- ments. The chairman of the public sessions kept a tight bold on debate, turning off the mi- crophones of speakers who threatened to get out of line, and calling for votes before ar- guments became heated. Since the suppression last BERRY'S WORLD year of the Waffle movement, even the traditional left wing of the NDP has been disorganized and disheartened. There was no effective chal- lenge to the official leaders. The official resolutions were officially approved, as if they were on some automated duction line. Lewis and his sup- porters got the policies they wanted policies for all sea- sons, one might say. The NDP, for example, is well known to be a nationalist party, strong for Canadian inde- pendence, highly suspicious of foreign capital and multina- tional corporations. Of course, the policy becomes a little more difficult when someone Daises the question of multinational unions. At this conference, two local parties wanted to raise it with resolutions urging the need for_Canadian rather than inter- national unions. What emerged from the reso- lutions committee was a com- posite statement piously defend- ing "freedom of association" without relation to race, creed, nationality, color or religion. Sex was added as an after- thought. When the debate was called, union spokesman were lined up at the microphones ready to de- fend international unionism, attempt was made to bear another point of view, but the delegate chosen was mixed up and spoke to the wrong resolu- tion. Soon the vote was called and freedom of association was approved without one word being said in support of Cana- dian union nationalism. The NDP is of course a so- cialist party, or at least a social democratic party. It believes presumably in a planned rather than a market economy, with the state regulating affairs in- stead of private corporations. Certamly the market econ- omy is not working very well at present Rising prices are prob- ably the hottest political issue of the day, and the NDP had to address itself to producing a policy on the cost of living. One mfcht have expected it to point out the failings of the free market, the necessity for state intervention to plan the econ- omy. After all, conservative governments in the United States and Britain and the Con- servative party in Canada have proclaimed the need for at least temporary controls on prices and incomes to slow down in- flation. But a comprehensive plan for the economy would require con- trol of incomes as well as prices. The unions don't want that So the conference was treated to the remarkable sight of Lewis denouncing controls as phony, simplistic and dishonest It obediently passed a resolu- tion saying that the answer to rising food prices is to increase production that is, to restore the classic Liberal free market Meantime, it said, we should tide over the poor and the aged by paying higher welfare and ill pretend Tm tinge naff-national of company end you pretend you're a small Indeptndent ol company, and I'll put fte squeeze on your To be fair, the resolution also called for a prices review board to roll back unwarranted price increases. But as it did not say bow the board would decide which increases were war- ranted and which were not, it really didn't help. Would a rise in wages be an increase in costs justifying a higher price? Or would wages be rolled back? The delegates did not get into any awkward questions like that In fact, I don't think there was a single mention of wage and price controls during the actual debate on the cost of liv- mg- The party took a different view of the market economy when it came to consider energy poJky. "The NDP believes that the energy crises demands that an energy resources m Canada be brought under public control." Although it was not very pre- cise in recommending how that should be done. There should be "a national energy planning board which win assist the gov- cmrnent m developing a na- tional energy policy." I sug- gested to Lewis that the resolu- tion was essentially proposing machinery make policy, but he would not agree with that There were a number of speakers in the energy debate but not much real argument That had gone on before in the closed sessions of the resolu- tions committee, where the composite policy statement was drafted, issued, recalled, rewrit- ten and issued again. The trouble, one gathers, was that the report of the party's task force on energy, headed by Max Salteman, MP for Water- loo, was not acceptable. Salts- man is a maverick who thinks that controlling industry, rather than owning it, is the important thing. He does not really care if an owner is Canadian' or for- eign, which is heresy to nation- alists. Lke a member of the old Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, he also believes that the national government has the duty and the power to take charge of energy policy, and that annoys NDP provincial premiers. Further, Sattsman wants the government to plan policy for all forms of energy, not just oil and gas. The report of the task force has not been published, so we don't know exactly what it pro- posed or how far it differs from the policy adopted bete which, incidentally, as a loyal party man, Sattsman supported on the floor. It was all smooth, managed. All, that is, except the women. Perhaps a third of the people at the conference were women, and they were led by a caucus of liberationists who were more radical than the majority but organized and ef- ficient They upset the official schedule a little by demanding extra time to debate their cause, and pushed a resolution against the platform in favor of a special aU-women conference next year. When the platform decided on a voice vote that the resolution had been defeated, the women demanded a count and won handsomely. The women in fact seam to be the new radicals in the New Liberal Party-pardon, New Democratic Party. so much the actual money, but visible evidence that the French government thinks he is real If the Japanese make the same calculation and begin act- ing on it, quite a lot will have changed in Southeast Asia. The biggest change will be that a non-Communist government In Saigon wiU be seen to be viable in its own right, not just as a client end puppet of the United States. And that, of course, would be a substantial argu- ment of vindication for the Am- erican investment in South Vietnam. Against this healthy trend for Saigon must be set the contin- ued deterioration of the for- tunes of the present non-Com- munist regime in Cambodia. Its so'diers continue to fall back on Phnom Penh whenever the Communist forces nudge them. They show a spectacular lack of enthusiasm for combat There is nothing in the mili- tary situation to justify any hope for the Lon Nol govern- ment from the moment Ameri- can bombs cease curtailing the capital after the ides of August. Washington now is pressing Marshal Lon Nol to come to the United States for a "rest." He is reluctant, but is expected to do the prudent thing at the last moment. Once be has left, it is presumed that those left behind will make the best deal they can with the advancing Communist forces. Washing- ton's hope is that Prince Sihan- ouk will come back to head a coalition. That is now regarded here as being the best that can be hoped for out of the general collapse of the Lon Nol re- gime. However, as one official painted out, "We didn't go into Cambodia for the sake of Cam- bodia. We went in to save South Vietnam." WeU, the American military and poHtical intrusion into Cambodia did stop the flow of military supplies from the port of Shanoufcville to the pro-Com- munist NLF forces in the Me- kong Delta. Nothing comes to those forces from that source now. Nothing has come from there to them since the Lon Nol regime was set up. What we wfll soon be leant ing is what other forces operate in Cambodia beside the Ameri- can and what those other forces win try to do. The big question is Peking. Does the Chinese government prefer to have Cambodia run by the local, na- tive Khmer Rouge Communists, or would it prefer a coalition with Pribce Sihanouk sitting on top and playing the various fac- tions off against each other No one in Washington seems to know exactly what the Chi- nese intend, nor exactly what they can do to support their preferences. But the time is nearly over when Washington wffl be the main outside influ- ence anywhere in Southeast Asia. Japanese influence is ris- ing rapidly. Everyone in that part of the world feels (he shadow of China to the north. French money ond culture sur- vives surprisingly. Recent Am- erican visitors to Saigon report that the appearance and behav- ior of Saigon remains more French than American. The American presence has all but disappeared. There is hardly a trace left. What win be the net resuft of the interplay of these other out- side influences That, it seems, is what we wiU be learning in the very near future. The most interest- ing immediate fact is that to- day France and probably to- morrow Japan will be putting their money on the survival of the Thieu government in Saigon. crazp capo? Where have yon been tUt time? You know I bonff kept waiting! The Uthbridge Herald Ttt St S., Letbtxttge, AlberU LETHBRIDGE HERAU> 00. LTD., Propriewn and Pa PBbiafaed 1MS-1IM, by Bon. W. A. BUCHANAN ____ HOY THE HOAIO WIU.IMH HAY K. WM.KIK UK ;