Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE irtHBRIDOE HERALD Monday, 5, 1972 Victor Mackie Independent women There is little doubt, in the minds ol Canada's women at least, that Parliament is badly in need of more representation from the distaff side society. A louder female voice m consumer matters, housing, health and welfare and other relative con- women and so women now should ig- nore the parties in rebuttal. There are fallacies in this reason- ing. Any woman, or man for that matter, has a much better chance of being elected if she (or he) has the backing of a political party. Our would introduce a parliamentary system is based on wealth of practical experience the the existence of parties and persons government cannot afford to miss. It is hoped that at the next election there will be a goodly number of qualified women candidates throwing their hats and wigs into the political arena. But there is a right and a wrong way of doing so and Toronto's ac- tivist Women for Political Action group is starting off on the wrong foot. They are insisting that women who wish to run as candidates should shun the established political parties and run as independents. Two of the group's number have already an- nounced their candidacies and will follow the group's dictum. Their rea- soning in going it alone is that politi- cal parties have in the past ignored experienced in politics state they can be more effective working under the umbrella of an established party. If, however, an independent woman candidate were elected what influ- ence would she have in the House of Commons as a lonely backbencher among the opposition? Even govern- ment back-benchers have long com- plained that their are taken lightly or passed over altogether. But at least they have the opportun- ity of arguing their opinions in cau- cus. The next federal election will very likely see several women stumping the hustings. They will be much more successful if they do so under the aegis of one of the old parties. Message for new premier A few months after the People's Republic of China took its seat in the UN replacing the Nationalists, Taiwan was relegated to the back pages in the news. The crisis is over; the situation unsolved; Taiwan goes on as before, apprehensive, un- certain of its future, but prospering reasonably well in spite of its uncer- tain status. A small news item of some signifi- cance appeared recently stating that Chiang Ching-kuo, the Generalissi- mo's son had been elected premier. This was hardly unexpected, be- cause the new premier has been run- ning the day-to-day affairs for some time and has always been expected to inherit the mantle of power from his father, who was re-elected to the presidency this spring at the age of 84. In spite of his years, Chiang the elder continues to make the big decisions. What was unusual about the elec- tion of Chiang the younger was that the vote in parliament was not un- animous. Although he won by 381-13, there were 13 blank votes which add- ed up to 26 dissidents. The Nationalist parliament is made up of members who were elected on the mainland before the Communist takeover about 23 years ago. There are less than half of them left and most of those are over 70 years old. New elections cannot be held until after "national recovery" but in 1970 partial elections at the national level were held and 26 new members elected. It is impossible to say whe- ther these new members were the "dissidents" although U is impossible not to suspect that they were re- sponsible for the protest vote. There are signs of increasing rep- resentation of native Taiwanese in lower echelon governmental posi- tions, and several of them now hold senior officer positions in the army. This can be interpreted as a trend towards further future integration, due as much to the fact that the old guard nationalist Chinese are dying off and have to be replaced, as agi- tation among the Taiwanese them- selves for equal representation in government. Although the movement for inde- pendence for the Taiwanese has had a great deal of support abroad, it has been totally unable to make an im- pact at home. Nevertheless it cannot be dismissed as ineffective. The knowledge that it had overseas sup- port, must have had some impact on the Nationalist government. It can- not continue to attract world sym- pathy if it shows no sign of easing its stranglehold on the indigenous people of Taiwan. The new premier would do well to heed the message. A slippery subject JUST AS WE always knew they would, the Americans are going to lug oil down the coast of British Columbia. Just as we always knew he did, the average motorist in Bonehead, South Da- kota, doesn't care an ecumenical dam If a tanker ruptures and turns Canada's west coast into a tar sump. And just as we always knew it would, the government in Ottawa is making feeble gestures of protest, threatening to hold its breath till it turns blue in place of the territorial waters. Never one to exercise restraint when the situation calls for emotional outburst, this column exhorts all Canadians to rally to the cause of preserving a magnificent coastline, its marine life, waterfowl and islands, of human recreation, I make this plea not merely because I happen to own a hit of waterfront property on one of the Gulf Islands. Such may be the immediate reason for my having to be pried off the ceiling. But even if 1 were not looking forward to retirement on a shore where the tide is good for more than a lube job, I would urge you to write your MP AND TELL HIM, in the cherished phrase of our dear Queen's Consort, to get the finger out. Finger, hell let's get the whole arm out. The time has come for Canada to make a muscle. Somehow that tiny bicep has to ripple, or, if not ripple, bulge a little, or anyhow make a very ugly pimple. The obvious counter-measure against tankers shipping U.S. oil from Alaska to Cherry Point, Washington, is for Canada to sow mines at the entrance of the port of Valdez, Alaska, where the tankers will take suck from the oil pipeline. Hellyer contends communism spreading OTTAWA Paul Hellyer, I lie former defence minister in tlie Pearson cabinet who also served as a senior cabinet min- ister in the Trudeau administra- tion before he resigned, is con- cerned about growing Commun- ist influence in this country. He is not alone in this worry as recently Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon, who served as foreign secretary and prime minister of Britain, wrote there Is no secret about Soviet aims. Mr. Eden is alarmed over the increasing build-up of Soviet military power by land, sea and air from the Mediterranean to the Arctic. He contends Russia seeks the destruction of the western alliance, the with- drawal of all United States forces from Europe and the eventual domination of that con- tinent. Mr. Hellyer Is more con- cerned with the immediate threat to Canada and Its institu- tions by the Soviet subversive activities. He is disturbed at the way in which the Canadian gov- ernment is keeping Canadians "in the dark" about the extent of Communist subversion. He said recently only oath of office he swore on entering the cabinet prevents him from proving his point. He was num- ber two man in the Trudeau cabinet when he quit and conse- quently when he sounds a warn- ing about Communist activities in this country he should be given a hearing although his There appears to be a precedent for this type of blockade. The Canadian mines will have to be of a very sophisticated type, acoustical and magnetic, with the timer set to activate the mine on a wet Monday, when most Canadians don't much care what happens to them. The mines will be sensitive enough to distinguish a vessel weighing over tons and toting muck. When activated, each mine will explode with enough force to pop out a flag saying EFF OFF. Anticipating that some tankers may slip through the Canadian mine field, we must prepare a second line of defence against the inevitable accident that will wreak havoc on the environment of our west coast or the Strait of Georgia. All ships from Alaskan ports, on coming within 10 miles of the coast of British Columbia, mil be placed in quarantine and fumigated for the dreaded ice worm. Because the ice worm is notoriously hardy and resistant to all known pesticides, the quarantine could last for months, even years, while the tanker is checked for ice worms by sped ally-trained teams of Cana- dian gulls. (Specially trained to sit down a lot, take coffee breaks, etc.) Finally, if an oil tanker somehow sur- vives both the blockade and the quaran- tine, and it attempts to enter the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the population of Victoria, B.C. will jump en masse Into the strait to form a human chain defying the ship to run them down. It is the least we can do, especially if we live in Vancouver. Come, countrymen, to pen, to pen! Lest everything come to him who wades. (Vancouver Province Features) The pay-off By Doug Walker HAD the impression that Doc Vaughn was a dedicated golfer. He seems to be out on the course every time I put in an appearance. It was something of a shock, then, when I was playing a round with Doc on a lovely evening to hear him say that he wouldn't be out for a few was taking time out to paint his fence. The probable explanation is that he was paying his wife off for hauling his cart around the golf course. 'Harvey's TERRIBLY applied for a Canada Council Grant, a L.I.P. grant, unemployment insurance 1 Letters To The Editor University success is community responsibility The Lethbridge Herald, to Its recent analysis of the Univer- sity of Lethbridge enrolment problems, shows its inability to perceive a subject in depth, an inability to do its research and a lack of courage in editorial opinion. The Lethbridge Herald at- tempts to view the university as a creature for scientific an- alysis, when in fact it is part ot the community. It is. difficult to believe that The Herald would maintain its current pre- tense of disinterest if the un- iversity suddenly did close down. Over 200 of its full-timo employees and their families as well as 1200 students would sud- denly leave and that would have an impact of some con- sequence on the economic af- fairs of this small city. The Herald seems unable to perceive the long-term benefits a university can bring to a city. Hecent trends in education are toward an open system in which intelligence is the only prerequisite for scholarship. This university has taken that position. Under-graduate educa- tion has been neglected hy vir- tually every university in Cana- da. The faculty at Lethbridge must still compete in the inter- national world of scholarship but must draw on the as- sistance of undergraduate rath- er than graduate students. Thus, the climate, facilities and the resources make Lethbridge a paradise for ambitious stu- dents. It is unlikely that any university could produce under- graduates who so quickly ma- ture to scholarship. The univer- sity is criticized for too few courses when a number of re- cent studies suggest universit- ies have too many courses. Shouldn't there be some depth perception between these ex- tremes? In his article, Jim Wilson states that there are schisms in the faculty over administra- tion strategy in the current fin- ancial dilemma. In support he cites a senior arts and science faculty member who wishes to remain anonymous. One can sympathize with lack of cour- age in a man who must have the shelter of anonymity but not with the reporter who ex- ploits him when the statements are untrue. The decision to maintain the strength of the education faculty was made by general faculty council on which arts and science holds a voting majority. The decision was based on the important role the education faculty plays in the university and commun- ity, not on any "assumed" greed of members of the edu- cation faculty. Nor does arts and science "just get the cut- backs." In the arts and science faculty there is no evidence that any teaching function has been jeapordized. Host reorg- anization has been on an ad- minstrative level and was probably worthy of review un- der any circumstances. A com- petent reporter would make himself aware of these facts. Note, for example, that arls and science will offer two new degrees in the coining year. Irresponsibility charged Those who have a direct as- sociation with the University of Lethbridge will no doubt react to the recent series of articles concerning the university in the Lethbridge Herald in their own way, but I feel that it is neces- sary for those of us not direct- ly concerned with the univer- sity, but who care for its fu- ture, to protest at the irrespon- sible approach your paper has taken to its problems, and your articles were indeed very one- sided. If you wish to discuss its problems, also discuss its vir- tues in just as positive a way and not imply incidentally. Your sampling, by your own statement, was inadequate. Ten students from Medicine Hal mean nothing. Three or four hundred might. This type of reporting in The Herald has not been confined to the university problem. Your consideration of another ice fa- cility for the city was equally one-sided and unfair even though I happen to agree with your conclusions on this occas- ion. If The Lethbridge Herald is to retain its position as an in- fluential and respected paper, its attitude to the reporting of public questions must improve. You have done Lethbridge and its university nothing but harm. G. S. GRAY. Lethbridge Cats more bother than dogs Is our way of life deterior- ating? Certainly we do not seem to be continuing to build on the true and well laid foun- dations of the early residents here. Evidently they were folks of breeding, were good neighbors ever ready to extend a helping hand to their fellow- man in times of trouble, or sickness. How soon we forget. Many women today are living alona because their men-folk heard the call of duty and wenS through the horrors of war, hoping that those who were left would live in peace. Some of these women returning homo from work are greatly cheered by the friendly welcome of a neighborhood dog, or his hark after dark gives a feeling ot security. Why are others so in- considerate? Enough about our canine friends. When our authorities are con- sidering the matter of licenses why is some thought not given to our feline population which seems to abound here? These animals come into our gardens and kill the birds destroying our joy in their beautiful song; scratch up our plants In an ef- fort to hide their misdeeds; soil our basement windows leaving a wretched odor; and disturb our night slumbers with their howls and screeches. Does not this situation call for felines to be licensed? TOLERANT. Lethbridge, The altitude of The Herald as expressed by Jim Wilson is that it is up to the "government as to whether or not it really wants a university In Leth- bridge." Herein lies the trag- edy of the situation. Leihbridge is saying to the government, "We just don't care, do what- ever you want." If Lethbridge really wants a university it's going to have to work for it. The Herald Is the Press and if it gives the university a fair press it will be a good press. If it gives a good press success Is assured. Public donations of scholarships could bring the best students in the province to Lethbridge. Letters to the gov- ernment would help assure the survival and growth of the un- iversity. Tf The Herald and the public pursue an unconstructive and negative attitude toward the university and higher edu- calion, tKey will damage not only the institution but higher education itself. It is at this point that the lack of courage of The Herald is so obvious. There is more at stake than the cost of concrete or the tempor- ary unemployment of profes- sors. Man is a long way from a very good knowledge of any- thing. Is this community and its paper now saying there is no virtue worth fighting for in knowledge and education, that there Is no Important service the university can render the community? The decision is up to the community and all the blame cannot be shifted to the president of the university or the government of the province on such an important principle. IAN WHJSHAW. Lctlihridge. former Liberal colleagues now seek to downgrade the former influential cabinet minister, by scoffing at his statements of alarm and suggesting he Is tilt- ing at windmills. As a ranking cabinet minister Mr. Hellyer had access to the complete and unabridged report of the 1969 Royal Commission on Security. After some argu- ment among cabinet ministers and senior public an abridged version of that report was finally made public. Among other things the report said that "Canada remains the target of subversive or poten- tially subversive activities, at- tempts at infiltration and pene- tration and espionage operations conducted by communist coun- tries; and, in addition, Canada can be used as a base for opera- tions against other countries, and especially against the United States." The report was never debated in Parliament. Mr. Hellyer has said he would be prepared to tell what be knows if the gov- ernment would set up a royal commission. He hints that it is developments since the presen- tation of the last report on secu- rity that have caused lu'tn grow- ing alarm. As a teaser he cited an occurrence before the 1968 general election. According to Mr. Hellyer just before that election State Secre- tary Gerard Pelletier "came into the cabinet and said nerv- ously that the Company of Young Canadians had been infil- trated." Mr. Pelletier added, according to Hellyer, that he was worried that the extent of the infiltration would become public knowledge before the election. Once the election was over, Mr. Hellyer said he was as- tounded to learn that the gov- ernment failed to take decisive action to meet the situation. It did nothing until It set up a parliamentary committee In- quiry more than a year later following public complaints against the CYC, said Mr. Hell- yer. Mr. Pelletier counters Mr. Hellyer's charge by pointing to the results of the inquiry hy tha Commons Committee on Broad- casting Films and Assistance to the Arts. He contends that it shows the Hellyer story to be untrue. He said he would not say what was said in cabinet, because of his oath. Meantime Solicitor General Jean-Pierre Goyer has sug- gested that Mr. Hellyer has breached his oath of cabinet se- crecy. He told Parliament that the findings of Uie Royal Com- mission on security in relation to the Communist conspiracy were as valid today as they were when the report was is- sued in an abridged version. Mr. Goyer reassured the Commons. He said it was not correct to suggest that the pub- lic version of the report played down the dangers. He claimed the published version on that point differed only slightly from the complete report. He said that RCMP Commis- sioner W. L. Higgitt and J. K. Starnes, director general of se- curity and intelligence, assured him the "situation is fully under control." However Mr. Hellyer's reac- tion is to dismiss Mr. Goyer as Inconsequential. He also points out that Commissioner Higgitt in the fall of 1969, several months after the security com- mission report was issued, held a press conference. He said the Communist threat in Canada re- mained. He also said that there was little doubt that establish- ing a Communist Chinese em- bassy in Ottawa would lead to increased espionage activities in North America by Peking. This drew a rebuke from Prime Min- ister Pierre Tnideau and it was the end of press conferences by the commissioner. Justice Minisler Otto Lang has commented that Mr. Hell- yer's charges make little sense. It was he that suggested that Mr. Hellyer was "tilting at windmills." The former Liberal cabinet minister has quit the Liberal caucus and sits as an Independ- ent Liberal on the government side of the House. He has founded Action Canada which will run candidates in the forth- coming federal election. Clearly as the campaign progresses he intends to spell out in more de- tail the reasons for his mount- ing alarm. It could strengthen the right wing influence of his new political group in the Cana- dian election arena. The Lethbndge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERAIJJ 10. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -1934, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member ot Tne Canadian Press and tne Canadian Dally Newspaptr Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of CLEO w. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"