Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
fr _ THE LETHBR1DGE HERAIQ Monday, Juno 1, 1970 Bruce Hutchison Important Tour Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has returnuci from hi" Pacific tour. Some will have their impression of him as a playboy confirmed because the Prime Minister was willing to unbend as usual. But it was an im- portant tour which the more highly publicized exploits of Mr. Trudeau cannot obscure. Simply by going to the countries in the P'acif'ic sphere Ihe Prime Min- ister accomplished a good deal. When the head of a state visits other lands it is an indication of the importance attached to them by the government of the visitor. The building of good relationships' with countries across the Pacific has been recognized of late to be of great significance by Canadians. H lias been obvious that the Prime Minster attracted a great deal of attention. His awareness of the tilings that appeal to contemporary people makes him fascinating to many who might not ordinarily take note of a political figure. This pro- vides the Canadian Prime Minister with a hearing he might not other- wise receive. Apparently people in distant places heard some tilings they did not ;xpect to hear. They are so accus- tomed to the calculated utterances of diplomats that plain speaking was something of a shock. In addition to plain speaking Mr. Trudeau was also capable of. discussing the prob- lems of other countries intelligently. One of the really important long- range impacts of the lour will surely be the announcement of develop- ment aid to Indonesia. That coun- try has a great deal of promise but has been floundering as a result deposed President Ahmed Sukarno's folly. It stands a good chance now lo fulfil its promise under new lead- ership. Besides doing the right thing in extending assistance, Canada may eventually discover this to have been a good thing in terms of future trading relationships. Thanks to the tour and the pub- licity that attended it Canada's influence in the world has been greatly extended. Chou's Bark Premier Cliou En-lai has laid it on the line. He has told Japanese in- dustrialists that they must not aid or invest in Taiwan or South Korea, must not assist the U.S. War effort in Southeast Asia, or engage in joint venture tie-ups with American companies if they want to do business with Peking. The bark is noisy, but the implied bite isn't worrying the Japanese very much. Their exports to China for the first four months of this year are already three hundred per cent above the same period in 1969. In that year China bought million. worth of goods from Japan, indicating that Peking has an over-riding need for the products of Japanese industry. As things stand, Chou's threats are mere rhetoric even though some Jap- anese firms who conform to his edict may be favored over those who don't. The time has not arrived when China is in a position to force Japan into a hard decision between trade with China or trade with the West. 'Let Them Eat Caviar' African squatters in a disused Paris factory were treated to a Lucullian banquet the other day. It came straight out of Fauchou's'lux- ury grocery store, purveyor to the gourmets of Paris. The goodies, in- cluded vintage wines, Russian cav- iar, pate de foie gras with truffles all topped of with exotic cream cakes. It was distributed free to the astonished recipients by youthful philanthropists wearing Maoist bad- ges. The modem Gallic Robin Hoods had staged a raid on Fauchons, stolen the toothsome dainties and handed them out with magnificent abandon to the astonished Africans. They said, in total disregard for the truth, that they were not "thieves but militants of the peoples' re- sistance." The whole thing might have been dismissed as a publicity seeking high spirited prank, if it were not that it was plainly connected with a series of widespread disturbances which have plagued France in re- cent weeks. Bombs have been going off. in public buildings, utilities in- stallations and private properties all over the country with alarming reg- ularity. President Pompidou has made an impassioned appeal for calm across the nation and has told the French people that they must not believe a revolution is at hand. As things are now, the French people do not appear to require this reassurance. But what has been going on in France during the past month has shown that the hard core of rabble rousers, anarchists and self-styled Maoists are still around. Unfortunately they have some sup- port in their activities from the powerful French Communist party which now accuses M. Pompidou trying to 'divide the opposition, di- vide the workers, divide the nation." It's an ugly combination, holding out little hope for a peaceful summer. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON Hardly anyone has noticed it, but what was formerly known as the "Vietnamese" war is now be- ing called the "Indochinese" war. This is in absolute violation of Article XII of the Geneva Convention, which reads, "No one may change the name of a war without first submitting the name of the new war to the International Commission on War Names." To find out how Ihe United States man- aged to get away with changing the name of the war, without appealing to Uie com- mission, I sought out Claudius Norn de Plume, Ihe administration's legal adviser on war names. "Mr. Nora de Plume, on April 30th of this year the United Stales charged Ihe name of the war from Vietnamese to Indochinese. What legal grounds did we have for doing "Well, first of all I would like lo say lhat technically it should not be called a war, but a 'police action.' If it were legally a war then it would have to be declared as such by Congress. Since Congress has never declared that we're at war, we can call what we're doing out there any (bum tiling we want to." "That technically is true.'1 I said, "but everyone, including the President of the Unilci! Stales, has'callcd it a war. Wouldn't it hcrnme a war just of popular "Hut even the spokesmen for the Penta- gon refer to it as a war.1' Mr. de I'himo bristled. "We are not at war. Tile U.S. Constitution is perfectly clear on this matter. We cannot be at war unless the president asks for a declaration of war, and so far three presidents have refused to do this." "Well let us say, then, that the Vietnam- ese 'unpleasantness' is now known as the 'Indochinese trouble.' Doesn't this require some official act or "Only if we were changing the name of tire war uli, uh, uh, on a permanent basis. You sec, according to the rules of the International Commission on War Names, you don't have to file the name of a new war for 90 days. Since we're pull- ing out of Cambodia by June 30, we are not obligated to request a change in tiia name of whatever we're involved in." "But suppose the South Vietnamese stay in Cambodia after June 30: Won't that make it an Indochinese "Not if the South Vietnamese arc only in Cambodia to clear out sanctuaries. There is a clear distinclion in international law between those who wage war in another country and Uiose who invade another country for the sole purpose of destroying the enemy's supplies." "Mr. N'om de Plume, did the United States ever consider going to tiie Interna- tional Commission and formally requesting a change in the name of the "It came up at one of our staff meetings, but it was decided that to request a change in Ihe name of the war would be unneces- sary. When Ihe French there, it was tin1 liioodiincr-c When Ibc French got out after the Geneva Accords, it became the Vietnamese war. The fact lhal it is now called Ihe Indochinese war again only means we're taking up where Ihe French left off. You don't need an international commission to toll yon th.vL.'' (Toronto Telegram IS'cvvs Service) After The Sun Dance Comes The Rain THE American philosopher dians born long after Uic Great able masochism and a stubborn lion and especially the poor, Uie jority, is not really a human 1 George Sanlayana, was Depression, or Ihe old who have death wish. We have it from aged ami the weak, They are being at a 1, nol a pol tician not thinking directly of Canada forgotten it. Why the surprise? David MacDonald, president of Ihe victims of a cos push to; w n cechons hut tliinking when lie said that any genera tion refusing to read the his- tory of the past must repeat its mistakes. But this is precisely what Canada has been doing in the last year or two. It acts as if there were no yesterday, no tomorrow, only a hidc-uus to- day. Hence, all ot a sudden, the na- tion is amazed to find itself in a mild business slump which surprises only the young Cana- Because a large part of the na- tion, for all its supposed knowl- edge, is still historically uncdu- the congress, that Prime Minis- process caused mainly by a tor Trudeau is deliberately put- rise in union wages much fasl- ting people out of work to servo or than the rise in individual cated, economically illiter ate a "stupid, cruel, callous policy output, according to official sta- and wildly deluded about its of perpetuating further suffer- tislics that few Canadians have ing on the victims of inflation." read. The victims of inflation! Who are (he-y? Not the labor union members, whose average current affairs. If this seems a harsh judg- ment, observe the recent prai- rie sun dance at Edmonton where the nation wide Cana- dian Labor Congress accused the federal government not merely of idiocy but of mcur- a kind of computer on who wants to anlagonize everybody, cxccpl a few tycoons, and de- stroy his government and hia career. Well, whatever Mr. Trudeau Mr. MacDonald, with his cur- ,nav b'e (and I don't pretend to ious view of politics, ignores understand that mystery) wo the statistics and Uirusts aside can surely doubt lhat he is non- come, so far, has increased Ihe fads by announcing his own human and quite insane. much more than prices. The horrendous psycliiatric_discov- can doubt, on the other hand, victims arc Ihe unorganized workers, the majority of Ihe na- ery. He finds that Mr. Trudeaii, that his superior intelligence the chosen servant of the ma- and pure sainthood compel him to burn himself and the rest of us at the stake, like the prison- "It's Right From The Top Wall Street Letter To The Editor Student Employment: Open Letter To Universities Unemployment seems to loom very high on the horizon as one of ttie major problems of universi ty stud ents d urin g the summer period. The news- papers quote to us regularly the number of young folks who will be unable to gain employ- ment dining the present sum- mer time. Agencies have been set up to assist young folks to find work and to enable em- ployer and employee to come together to discover potential of prcspec t i v e applicants. But there does appear to be yne big problem which can be solved by the universities themselves alone. The difficulty would- appear to be that the summer frae time of the university student lias been changing these past few years and his availability on' the labor market does' not entirely coincide with the per- iod through which he would bo the most useful. Many firms could employ young people dur- ing the months cf June, July, August and September, but the universities no longer register their students during the last The re sort industries all across Canada absorb each year a large number cf sum- mer students, but they must lock outside this field to gain people who can work through September in order not to have all of their staff leave right after Labor Day or even be- fore that period. If young stu- dents were free until at least the end of the third week in September, then there would be n far greater opportunity for them to gain employment in the the and carries on through greater part of September. If the universities thea wish to assist the summer students, there should be very deep con- sideration of Uie possibility of changing tile university calen- dar It is already loo late to make ers of Uie Spanish Inquisition or the gasoline soaked Buddhist monks of Vietham. In short, we are entitled to believe thai he is a man and not a flaming monsler out of a Gothic tale. It also happens. fortunately for all of us, that he is not uneducated in history and economics. He therefore knows lhat a dropsical inflation- ary boom was bound to break at some point under the weight of its own excesses, with seri- ous damage to many people. He has been saying so for more than a year (as some of us said long before Ihen) and he can- nol be in the least surprised when Ihe break occurs, the only question being its depth and length. From Ihe state m e n t s of Messrs. MacDonald, T. C. Doug- las and Robert Slanfield, those slrange new allies, one might think that if it were not for .Mr. Trudeau there would be no inflation in North America, no break in the boom, no trouble in Wall Street, no blunders in the While House. Apparently a Canadian prime minister could have prevented all these tilings if he had so desired. Yes, and he could instantly cure infla- tion, according lo his critics, by increasing it Ihrough still high- er wages and easier money. Mr. Trudeau, we are inform- ed, rejected such obvious reme- dies because, after devoting lifetime to leftist reform, he has become a rightist, a reactionary, a too! of the Big Interests. Dr. Jekyll emerges in his trua shape as Mr. Hyde in the weir- dest psychic transformation since the famous lilerary night- mare of Robert Louis Steven- son. Even if we believe the ghast- ly ghost slories told by the al- lied labor leaders, socialists and Conservatives, only the econo- mically illiterate can believe thai inflation, and inevitable re- cession, are a contest belween what we loosely call the Right and the Left. If the thing were that simple, how comes it lhat the left-wing Labor government of Britain imposed a direct freeze on wages, relaxed il to win the present election and doubtless will impose it again to prevent another exchange disaster after the election is won? How conies it lhal the governments of Rus- sia and other Communist conn- tries, hardly organs of the Right enforce deflationary measures so brutal that no Canadian un- ion would accept them for a moment? The red herring of Right and Left does not distract Mr. Tru- si change for this year, but that from the true, practical, week of September, and more tourist service. IMcst of us are and more universities and col- well aware that the tourist busi- ieges are setting their entrance ness is net particularly heavy date earlier and earlier in that during Uie month of May and month. comes into full swing in June 'The Trend' Worries Teachers is no reason why universities should not immed'iately look at their program for 1971-72 and cany out some research to ex- plore whether this suggested approach :s a valid one or not. Both Hie sludenls who have gained employment as well as Ihose who have not should be able to assist in such an evalua- tion. Similarly, it should not be mathematical problem of a na- tion which has over stretch- ed its economy by demanding more than it can produce, dis- g u i s c d the gap by raising money incomes and. incidenlal- ly, crushed Ihe weak who no bargaining power. Bui if Mr. Trudeau is not dis- tracted, Uie public mind cer- tainly is and part of the blame Recently, your page contain- ed a letter, signed about the facts of education in the public schools of this city. I would like to be very gentle with Air. Disgusted because 1 believe that he is a little naive and possibly an admirer of all administrators. In the last few years, there have been seven movements in the administration of schools four of them have been given to "outsiders" and tliree went to city teachers. Teachers cf the city do not have any monopoly on these jobs a.s everyone recognizes, nor do they object to "outsiders" who are better qualified and have more experience. It's the trend and the way these openings were handled that worries teachers, ar.d they are really worried, Mr. Disgusted. You'll know that if you are in touch at all. But I seriously dcubt if Mr. Disgusted is in touch his secord point demonstrates. This is pure, unadulterated hogwash No one in this ago is "superior by virtue of Ihe fad thai Ihry are completing doctoral pro- grams." The "natives" are rettlo.-s and Mr. Disgu-tcd decs not like it one bit. And I doubt if any such candidate has a "wealth of experience" on lop of a seven year university pro- gram. unless he is vcrv old and worn. Besides, it has never yet hap- pened that additional adminis- trators did not become a nuis- ance to Ihe classroom leacher and I see no reason why it won't happen again. In addi- tion, a small system like Lelh- bridge hardly needs such an ex- pensive extra layer. The ex- perts have been wrong before often. I am fully aware of the policy mentioned in point four, and don't doubt thai is a good one, but I want to know why, if it has been in force for a number of years, that only one local man was appointed? There must be some more ready and able. Doesn't that seem obvious to you, Mr. Disgusted? There is a clear-cut trend, Mr. Disgusted and you ought to he aware of it. Questic-'s have been raised in the minds cf informed teachers. Answers are urgently needed if morale is to survive and your letter answered nothing. LOUIS BURKE. Lethbridge. too big a chore to explore the must be placed on him. For, needs of prospective employers, with all liis genius of conununi- particularly the construction in- dustry and those who service "let's Go On Strike' cation, he has never got his message, or his real intentions, the tourists and Uie regular clearly through to the people. summer trade, to discover whe- ther any such change would be of real value lo them. D. F. BECKER, Acting Director, Banff School of Fine Arts. LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH TOE HERALD Kidge greeted to Canada's 19JO It has been asserted by the Pacific Northwest Tour- ist Association that tourists would spend at least one mil- And until he does the sun dance of Edmonton will continue there and everywhere, followed by chilling economic rain and po- litical hurricanes. (Herald Special Service) lion dollars each year in Can- llidge erected to Great War dead. Mod ft was announced to- day lhat the federal a.nd Al- berta government had just signed an agreei..ent lor the development of the St. Mary- 11 has become Canada's theme song, "Lets go on strike." IS'cbcdy appears to have time lo think of those who can't go en strike, so when Ihe cost of living gees up, a Id of people have to take the consequences, especially the senior citizen, lie hr.s to take the rap. lie pays for cducaljon he decs nui re- ceive, helps lo pay build- ings which he does nol use, ho can't go on strike for bettor con- ditions, and is submissive and for -small mercies. Thrive nasty ok! seniors re- member Ihe blood and tears in tho years gone by. The Iwelve hours down lo ten and then to tho eight hour day. No fringe benefits and no culfcc breaks, 113 holidays. II yen did earn your bread you did nol. eat. If did not earn your shoes, you went barefcol, and if you did no! eiirn your clothes, you went in rags and tatters. These nasty eld seniors bring these things up and think labor is selfish and ungrateful and years ago should have support- ed the mcvc irade to control Ihe cost of living, so lhal we ail bcnclil from any chants in the cccncmy. The al the ncgo- fiaiing table in those days was nol as tranquil as today and there were always a few goons ready ar.d willing to help you reach The nasly old senior citizens have always been a liability, so why don't they go on strike some way or ano'.hcr and be identified iikc the rest? DICK laSIIEIi. Letliuridgc. ada if the Trans-Canada high- fivers irrigation project way was built. m Southern Alberta. High winds have de- stroyed at least 10 per cenl of the Saskatchewan and central Alberta wheat crop, llllll Deliberate bombing altacks by German planes have smashed to pieces the beautiful memorial on famed Vuny IMO _ The Communal Prop- erties Board of Alberta and tile OK llulterite Colony have been warned by the Warner local of the FUA that if necessary, civil laws will be broken if the llul- teritcs are sold the old J. T. lleringer ranch in the Warner area. The LetKbridge Herald 504 7th St. SM Lethhridge, Alberta U2THBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! 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