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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, May LETHBRIDGE New Legion program designed to improve 6our way of life' ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) A program to combat the "unrelenting deterioration of our way of life in Canada" was approved Tuesday by delegates attending the Royal Canadian legion's 25th biennial convention. The program, known as Ac- tion, proposes to encourage public support for law and order, fight drug addiction, improve the quality of justice and give Canada a more hard- nosed image in international dealings. Action, prepared in the form of a report by a Legion committee under chairman Robert Kohaly of Estevan. Sask was approved by the convention's more than delegates "almost a legion spokesman said. Mr. Kohaly said forces threatening the Canadian way of life would be attacked by programs developed at all levels of the legion in conjunction with experts from such organizations as the Addiction Research Foundation, police associations and education bodies. "A lack of confidence be- tween the public and the police represents a situation which is, m our view, most undesirable in the Action report says. It says a way must be found to restrain the use of all forms of drugs, especially among the young. The report says commutation of death sentences should be left to the Supreme Court of Canada and not the federal government. "We are also concerned that a life sentence may mean serving only seven or eight years. "There is evidence that the Canadian public supports the retention of the death penalty for certain crimes." The report accuses the courts of "considerable leniency" towards the rich. "Courts must continue to dispense justice according to law. "In addition, the quality of justice is suspect having regard to the attitude of individual judges on given subjects... it is not uncommon for lawyers to go judge- shopping." The report suggests that judgeships be lifetime careers with "the judge-to-be learning his profession in apprentice- ship." "Our system, which dictates the political appointment of judges, leaves much to be desired." The report says Parliament should pass laws enabling po- lice to use electronic surveil- lance devices in the pursuit of undesirable elements; but it says such devices should not be used to interfere with civil liberties. It also says government should not use the "national interest" as an excuse for withholding information from the public. While maintaining that the news media must be free to report and comment on events, the report says the freedom of individuals should be protected. It expresses concern about the "irresponsible releases of how-to-do-it information as news items on such subjects as drug-making, bomb production and methods of inconveniencing police." The report also questions whether Canada's "good-guy" image in international relations should be maintained. "While the image may have served its purpose in the past, we can no longer afford it and should now be willing to accept criticism for policies which are in the best interests of Canada." The convention ends Thurs- day. Language splits Canada DRUMHELLER, Alta. (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau has gone about the whole language question the wrong way, Jack Homer, Conservative MP for Crowfoot in the last parliament, said Tuesday. He said in an interview bilingualism should have been introduced in the school system over a 12 year period. "But to declare it now by one passage of one piece of legislation would divide Canada at the community he said. "The division at Moncton is merely an example of what I cautioned the government of 1969 would happen. I'm certain that in many parts of Canada there are many similar situations where the people who have lived together harmoniously for years are now divided because JACK HORNER of the language question." Language is not an election issue because the leaders know Canada is divided on it, he said, adding he thinks Quebec has gone too far with its legislation. "When Bourassa says that any immigrant going to any country must learn the language of the country and Quebec is a French nation, he's going just a little too far for me Quebec is part of Canada yet He went on to say the three leaders should be saying now they will contest the Quebec legislation in the supreme court because it runs contrary to the existing federal bilingualism bill. liquid produced Leland Clark Jr., right, has produced a liquid he says can be used as arti- ficial blood and also can be breathed in place of normal air, as the la- boratory animal in a beaker of the substance at left is breathing it. At right, .Clark, a professor at the Children's Re- search Centre of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, removes the ani- mal from the beaker up- side down so the liquid in its lung will drain. Lougheed: transportation common key for growth MONCTON, N.B. (CP) Transportation is the common ke_ T... the economic growth of Canada's Atlantic and western regions, Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed said Tuesday. Speaking to the Atlantic provinces Chamber of Commerce, the Progressive Conservative premier said the National Transportation Act should be reassessed in regard to regional economic development Job creation efforts should spread throughout rather than concentrated in the industrialized and densely populated central region. "I'm optimistic that we've reached that stage of maturity in Canada to accept that as a basic policy of our nation." Premier Lougheed said Canada needed to attract foreign investment while controlling its own economic destiny. Canadians needed to be "intelligent" in their approach to the United States, the country's greatest single trading partner He said businessmen were concerned with the growing involvement of government in the private sector and as he faced tough questions on what that involvement should be. It was a question of what was needed for the people and who was in a position to provide it "I think we have to accept the public desire for a larger government role in balancing the situation regarding large corporations, but making sure that everything is done to stay out of way, help and assist, and not interfere, with the development of small and locally owned businesses." PREMIER LOUGHEED GET SUM SAVINGS! Summer Specials On CARPETS FURNITURE APPLIANCES 326 5th Street South AND CARPETS LTD till 9 pm Friday Phone 327-8578 ;