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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, June 11, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 The choice is hard enough without this! By Anthony Westell, Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA An outfit known as the Citizen's Coalition has been buying big ads in the papers to advise the national party leaders: "Before 1 vote for any of you on July 8, I'd like straight answers to these five ques- tions." The questions are about inflation, government spending and unemployment insurance and innocent stuff like that. The Citizen's Coalition. I gather, is the creation of Colin Brown, the wealthy insurance man from London. Ont., who has appeared in various guises as a crusader against tax reform, the welfare state and similar evils. In this manifestation, he has asked some upper-income citizens for a head to finance the coalition and pay for the initial ad. As the ad says that "420 people have chipped in to buy this." I guess he's raised S42.000. The only donors I've seen identified are two former premiers. John Robarts of Ontario and Ernest Manning of Alberta. I'm sure they're able to look after themselves and won't miss a hundred bucks, anyway, but the ad does go on to appeal to ordinary people to send cash to "help you ask your five questions a little louder." I wouldn't want ordinary people to waste their money, so let me do my best to provide free of charge the answers to the live questions, Question One: "Why is the cost of living so high? You politicians keep blaming the rising cost of living (inflation) on unions and big business. But the federal government is the biggest business in Canada. And you keep grabbing more and more of my money to pay for it. When are you going to freeze the cost of If they could just take a rest from beating their wives, the political leaders would probably say that the premises of the question are misleading. Nobody is blaming the unions for inflation. The government's Economic Review, published in April, noted that labor costs per unit of output rose at an annual rate of 5.1 per cent between 1966 and 1972 but only by 4.7 per cent in 1972 and 1973. Business profits are up. of course, very sharply and New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis thinks that has something to do with rising prices, but we don't want to get into that, do we? Nobody is going to "freeze the cost of government." anymore than they are going to freeze the cost of London Life Insurance company, or Eaton's or The Star or any other institution which grows along with the population and the economy. Question Two: "Why is, the cost of government going up even faster than the cost of groceries. It isn't. Food prices really started to climb in 1972. There are various ways to measure them. World'food prices, for example, were up 88 per cent in the two years 1972 and 1973, and that shot up the price of all the groceries we import. The price of Canadian farm products rose 42 per cent. The selling price index of foods was up 35 per cent. In 1973. the increase in the cost of food for home consumption was about 18 per cent. The increase in federal expenditure was 15.5 per cent in 1962 and 11.3 per cent in 1973. The second part of this ques- tion doesn't make much sense either. It says: "Since 1969, the money you take in income taxes has doubled. I'm not making twice as much as I was in 1960, but you guys are collecting twice as much." Federal direct taxes on people rose from billion in 1969 to billion last year, which is a long way short of doubling. Question Three: "In 1969 the government promised not to hire any more civil servants. There were of them then. Today there's What happened? And while you were hiring all those new guys, the salary bill for the civil service doubled. have to pay the bill, and I'm not so sure I can afford it." That's a better question, although it is not quite right. The 1969 freeze was only temporary. Even so. a lot of people are worried about the growth of the bureaucracy. But as a taxpayer, you're still well able to afford the cost of the government services and salaries. Disposable income is the money you have to spend after paying taxes, and the total has been rising sharply. After allowing for inflation and taxes last year, the average Canadian had 6.8 per cent more income. Question Four: "Why does it take a mail strike to catch the people who are stealing from the Unemployment Insurance I'd like to know that, too. So. I suspect would Pierre Trudeau. Robert Stanfield and David Lewis. But it's not a big deal to get excited about. There have always been people who have managed to live without working that is. by ripping off the rest of us. Usually they have been rich people enjoying inherited wealth. Now there are a few hundred or a few thousand relatively poor people milking the UIC or some welfare fund. My guess is that there are stilf more rich parasites than poor. Question Five: "When are you guys going to stop? It seems to rne that all you politicians are equally to blame for the present situation Stop the rate of growth of the economy which is the highest for years? Or the growth in employment? Or the increase in old age pensions? Or the rise in personal spending on consumer goods? Or the growth in corporation profits? Or business investment? The economic situation looks pretty good, in fact, except for inflation, and this election is all about how to deal with that problem. The voters have to listen to the different ideas of the political leaders and decide which they like best. It's a difficult choice and advertisements full of misleading questions don't help at all. Novel political nomination Bv Eva Brewster, freelance writer A collection of brief book reviews "What's the Matter with by June Shore (G.R. Welch Company, 126 pages, Wakefield Quinn. who's almost 10, has a problem. He's used of school money to buy himself a fishing rod and intends to repay the unofficial loan with his Christmas cash presents Unfortunately, the cash presents don't come and Waketield has to think up ways oi earning a lot of extra money As he tries to redeem himself. Wakefield learns something about temptation. responsibility, and the results of dishonesty. A very good story that should appeal to students in the 9-12 year range. TERRY MORRIS "The Canadian Writer's Market" by Eileen Goodman, Third edition revised (McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 157 pages, S4.95 This up to date version of writer's markets contains a wealth of information for beginning and established writers. With each market is a short description of the tvpe of 197J by NEA "Because I have no bumper stickers does not neces- sarily mean I have nothing to say'" material accepted and in most cases the payment offered. Also included is a comprehensive section on copyright, a list of publishing houses, sources of writing courses, writing for TV and radio, prizes and awards, and manuscript mechanics. A must for every writer. ELSIE MORRIS "The Bollo Caper: A Fable for Children of All Ages" by Art Buchwald (Doubleday Company, 56 pages, Add the name of Art Buchwald to the list of those striving to stir the public conscience against the slaughter of endangered species. In this fable he has a fabulous leopard go through some amazing antics to save himself from being turned into a fur coat for movie star Lulu La Looche. The story isn't as humorous as one might expect from Art Buchwald but will please most readers nonetheless. DOUG WALKER "The Misspeller's Dictionary" by Peter and Craig Norback New York Times Book Company. 88, distributed by Fitzhenry This book should be a great help to all those who have trouble finding words in ordinary dictionaries when attempting to check their spelling. A comprehensive list of words that are difficult to spell is arranged alphabetically with misspelled words spelled as they sound i appearing in red and having the correct spelling alongside in black. Six basic rules for spelling are provided at the beginning of the book DOUG WALKER "The Heyday" by Bamber Gascoigne (Clarke, Irwin Company Limited, 22i pages, Bamber Gascoigne used his grandmother's diary and photographs to recreate the story of her life as an actress in Edwardian times. She joined a travelling theatrical company as a "premium artist" and was initiated into the mysteries of life behind the footlights. There were essential chores such as buying make-up and clothing. rehearsals, travelling, ai.d getting temporary lodgings but there were also many exciting events to be noted in the diary. During one performance an unfortunate Ophelia spoiled her grand entry when she disappeared down a nole in the stage. On another occasion the young actress and a gentleman friend disguised themselves as Indian royalty and had a hilarious time spoofing the local inhabitants. When marriage ended grandmother's brief stage career it could have been a natural end to a nostalgic tale. But there's a postscript which adds a remarkable twist to this story of an actress and her loves and deceptions. It was a pleasure to read this delightful book. TERRY MORRIS "Basic Boating" (Prentice Hall, Toronto, S9.95." 382 Before you launch that summer water craft, take a look at this volume. In fact, before you even build or buy a boat, this book is worth reading. A paddle and deck shoes don't make a skipper. A lifejacket isn't the only thing to have aboard for safety. And you will need to understand nautical charts are quite a little different then highway maps linking gas station to gas station. Basic Boating is a layman's maritime manual. An excellent reference and study text for small boat owners sail, paddle or power driven. Profusely illustrated and indexed, the book includes some practical exercises to. test your progress on water. Highly recommended for all boat enthusiasts and perhaps great for father's day gifts. NOEL BUCHANAN How can I explain to the three people, who were so determined to nominate me as candidate for their respective parties, why I had to turn down that magnificent challenge? The temptation to represent Liberals, Conservatives and NDP on alternative days of the week was overwhelming. To show I did not refuse lightly, let me give a few pointers for an exciting campaign into three political directions. The first address on behalf of the Liberals would go something like this: "Ladies and Gentlemen: We have made mistakes in the past, but I promise we have learned from experience. We know now it is possible for an efficient government to be all things to all men. I guarantee that, within a few months after re-election, the Liberal Party will have inflation licked. Corporations, especially the oil industry, will get every incentive to forge ahead with explorations.' Being taxed a little more heavily will be added inducement to digging deeper to get a bigger return and to gladly pay more for the opportunity of keeping all of us in the power and comfort to which we are accustomed. Since we will have finished with inflation, workers' adjusted wages will be far beyond everybody's needs. The wealthy will remain prosperous, poverty will be a thing of the past and everybody will become a home-owner. Parents will no longer have to pav for their children's sins for there will be no sins. We have come to the conclusion the latter have as much right to their fun as have their elders to alcohol and cigarettes which have proved such a blessing for our budgets. Although we saw no need to mention higher pensions for old people in Mr. Turner's financial proposals, this plan was destroyed by Conservative and NDP demands for another election. Their unreasonable greed for power will, in future years, be-recognized for what it is: a selfish lust to do better than we did. I can say now what the candidate for the Conservative Party is going to say tomorrow in a rally Mr. Stanfield promised to attend: The Liberals have stolen our manifesto of party policies from our previous election campaign. They have infringed on copyright: even the sequence and layout of their pamphlet are identical. She will be right but there is no monopoly on ideas and. after all. aren't we large family? Would a brother sue for the adoption of some of his ideas0 Of course not. He'd be proud. Since we have also accepted advice from the NDP. we offer the best of all worlds. Vote Liberal." The following ..ight. the Conservative candidate is introduced. She bears a remarkable resemblance to the Liberal speaker but listen to what she has to say: "Ladies and Gentlemen: The liberal party has stolen our blueprint of instructions to party organizers from our last election and. since they have adopted our suggestions, we have no quarrel with their future plans All we would add are a few little freezes and controls temporary of course. I promise, we will have inflation licked: corporations will thrive and so will the rich, the poor, the young and the old and everybody can become a home-owner, even babes in arms. The Liberal candidate made similar promises but. remember. Liberal promises are made tu be broken. Because we are Conservative, we still believe in honoring our gurantees For that reason alone, vote Conservative." The next day. a large NDP audience hears their identical twin of the Liberal and Conservative candidates: "Ladies and gentlemen: We have learned in close co- operation with the Liberals, how easy it will be for a responsible NDP government to be all things to all men. Since we dictated most of the Liberal policies in the last Parliament. we are in full agreement with their program except that we would impose even higher taxation on corporations than the Liberals would dare. We would have inflation licked in no time at all. We will provide low-cost housing, adequate pensions and universal love. To prove how serious is our intention to unite the large divided family of Canadians, we have decided to vote into power the representative of both Liberals and Conservatives. We are doing this nation a service, previously unheard of in a democracy. Imagine the tremendous savings in MP's high salaries alone, not to mention the reduction of noise, mud slinging and verbal abuse in Parliament. Vote XDP and never again will candidates from other parties have to be heard. Their verbosity has so far elicited nothing but a country-wide yawn and. as far as I can see. leaves the 'electorate cold, bored, bothered and bewildered. How much more exciting to have our representative arguing with herself." If. after this novel campaign idea. I have not yet lost the reader (as presently competing candidates have lost me i he may well wonder how I could possibly refuse such a unique chance of getting into politics. The sad truth is. I failed to liberate my husband sufficiently to prefer a politician in Ottawa to a wife who. occasionally, has a meal ready for him at home. But don't lose heart, my three courageous nominators. The way this election campaign is going, we'll soon have another and then we could feasibly have a single nominee to represent all parties because there is a lot to be said for their identical aspirations and a lot more that's better left unsaid It's your vacation- we'dliketo help make it the best. "Charles Chaplin, My (Penguin Books. 494 pages, The "little tramp" traces his life from his childhood through to his blissful life with his lovely Oona. No book can capture the charisma that was Chaplin on the screen, not even a book by Chaplin himself. For fans it's a must, for it's a book about a genius of the best type, the type that made the world laugh. For the true Chaplin fans though, lay the book aside and watch him in action every Sunday night on Channel 7 it beats heck out of any book. GARRY ALLISON "The Snow People" by Marie Herbert. (Longman Canada Limited, 229 pages, Next time your wife complains about her dishwasher breaking down or one of her many electric appliances going on the fritz, give her a copy of this book to read. And when she reads about Marie Herbert's sojourn with the Eskimos along with husband and daughter Kari. shell be happy to go back to the luxury of washing dishes by hand and taking out the garbage. GARRY ALLISON The Kissinger touch Bv Norman Cousins, editor of Saturday Review World would :u'- us a call 1bmk that And it-jisymcnl plan thai SUMS yC'iii We'd liK1 lri i tins the best vacation you tvn Yes, we can help you. LAURENTIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION LTD. "Children of the Unicorn" by Will Millar (McClelland Stewart Ltd.. 160 pages. S5.S5K Tins dcJightid book offers a combined. personal autobiography. group and scrapbook. wiih stones. and personal reflections. From poverty- ridden villages an Northern Ireland's County Antrim 1o the giant studios of Universal Pictures in Hollywood, the reader shares in every heartwarming moment of the Irish Hovers' hard-fought slrupcle to worldwide fame Thr lough early years in Canada, the search for a style they could call their own. the Ihrill of success, the excitement of globe-trolling ronrrr! lours 11 "s all here in a book thai possesses all the endearing qualities of Inc music the play fvritinc. funny, earnest and loucbinc CHRIS STKWAHT With each passing day. the negotiating feats of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Middle East loom larger and may. in fact, represent the high point of American diplomacy since the end of the Second World War. No matter what happens in the Middle East even if for some reason the agreements between Israel and her Arab neighbors should fall apart the astounding achievement of this one man will light up the human imagination for many years to come. Foreign policy is supposed to be a grim and impersonal business. It is played for high stakes by men who are trained in cold formalities. The notion that one man, through the warmth of his personality, his ability to inspire trust and the sheer candle power of his intelligence, can bring about profound historical change is a notion that doesn't square with the general view of diplomacy. Yet this is precisely what Henry Kissinger has has not been done by any of the other statesmen who tried and some of the mightiest names in diplomacy in the past 25 years are on the list of those who sought to mediate in the Middle East. If we ask why it is that Henry Kissinger has been able to accomplish the seemingly impossible, we are not likely to find any single answer. The fact that he was willing to commit himself fully to this enterprise is certainly one of the reasons The fact that he was not-too proud to serve as a messenger boy in running back and forth between the opposite camps is another reason. So is the fact that he understood thoroughly the position of each side and was able therefore to eliminate the kind of misunderstanding that so often produces impasse or breakdown in negotiations. But perhaps the single most important reason for his success is thai hotn sides believed in him and knew that it they accepted any agreements he helped ;o negotiate they would not be tricked Nothing was more d r a m a 11 c a i i y characteristic of the adversaries in the Middle East controversy over the years than the fear each side had 01 being tricked b> the other. The Arab nations had contended they would never sit down with Israel at the conference table because they hao no confidence in any agreement that Israel would sign Israel was beset by the same doubts about the Arab nations Henry Kissinger was shrewd enough to keep the sides apart during the negotiations This was the reason for his shuttle diplomacy So long as each side dealt with him. there was a chance that the old problem of mistrust could be surmounted. In his own person, he supplied the trust that had always been missing. If he gave assurances to one side thai an agreement would be honored by the other, it was his endorsement that made that agreement credible.and acceptable In an age of onrushmg depersonalizanon. computerization and technological abstractions, it is heartening to see the dramatic proof that an individual human being can make a diflerence. and qual- ities of personal warmth, inteiiieenct- ;snd integrity can change history ihe holier This is not to say that enduring peace nas finally come to the Middle East Bui last people can derive hope Irom the sari itial j Marl has been made and thai the arduous complicated Jask of peacemaking can now forward with iho evidence that ihere jre oi dninc even the impossible ON THE USE OF WORDS Theodore M. Bernslem Unattractive attraction. Sometsrnes in writing you simply can t win. Take a look at this sentence, "the inquiry summoned 11 Mack and one white sailors." It sounds wrong and the reason for that is what is known in grammar as attraction: The influence thai seems to demand agreement of a word with a nearby word JTI this instance agreement in nurnbcr When you have wnllen one. you expect 1he noun to be sailor, not sailors. However, if the word were sailor, it would stiH sound wrong because 31 and one don'1 add up to sailor. You can't win cither way. and the only way you can win is to reconstruct 1br sentence "The inquiry summoned 12 sailors 11 Wart and one while or "The inquiry summoned one while and 11 black sailors Word oddities. A forlorn hope really isn't or a1 least wasn't what you think it is 11 was oi iginalh a phrase, verloren hoop. meaning a lost band m troop It applied a detachment of soldiers senl .1 dangerous mission, hence a desperate adventure with iiUle chance of success The word hoop was confused with hope, s- today 1hr phrase is chiefly used to mean a lain! hope Sometimes people cet ;n thr morass "i a complicated sentence and commit errors even though !hc> know better -lust about everybody knows thai neither should be followed ny nor. bul occasionally you will see something like this The judge ruled that neither the National Committee, which oricinalh brought the (nil ,sc1ion in the Watergate case or ihr Cnmmitlee lor the Re-election 01 the President had the lecal status sue or br surd The wr.ter "i that