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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuttdiy, II, TMI UTHMTDOI MRAIO B3 It was not the old chiefs finest hou r By Allan Fotheringhim. la The Vancouver Sum OTTAWA The geriatric pixie of the Liberal party, Jack Pickersgill, was given one of his infrequent glimpses of an undefended microphone recent- ly and disappointed no one. As a rule, he said, racial bigots vote Conservative. One can de- BERRY'S WORLD bate that thesis (essentially true) till the glasses are smashed, but that is not why we are gathered here today. It is to mourn the relic of John George Diefenbaker, who gave a performance last week that seemed designed as living "Just between you and me, how Joes your stuff stack up with amvfth proof of the philosophy tossed off by old enemy Pickersgill. In a parliamentary office early that Monday, an NDP member cursed the presence of Diefenbaker in the debate on bilingualism. For perverse rea- sons known only to himself, Mr. Trudeau had insisted on the Commons reaffirming its belief in the principles of the Official Languages Act. It ap- plies only to the sensible right of federal civil servants to be able to deal in their own na- tive language but, predictably, this roused panicky old fears and prejudices. "Dief has such a reputation in the complained the young NDP man. "He is such a master of debate and timing and studied insults. The press jumps for anything he says. He can create such a disruptive influence. He did it on the hang- ing issue. He's going to do it today. He sets the tone of this House back 20 years. We could get a lot done without him The NDP man wasn't so much feeling sorry for Bob Stanfield as feeling sorry for his own party and the Commons itself. The old warrior is that dan- gerous a presence. At the time, this idle observ- er was not much swung by the NDP fellow's argument sole- ly because of a memory of early January. We've all writ- ten off frail old Dief many times, wishing that he'd bowed out before he became a cari- cacture of himself. But then there was that speech at the opening of this Parliament in the first week of January. All the old gifts were there. The superb timing, the delicious ridicule of the recalcitrant Lib- erals, the abuse, the anecdotes. Afterwards, I tracked the Hansard and preserved it as a memento for someone someday who wishes to know how the language can be used magnifi- cently by a 77-year-old man who speaks extemporaneously, but whose words, in print, co.rte out in carefully shaped sentences and paragraphs. At that time, I bit my tongue and regretted previous beliefs that the man would be better re- tired. He was a superb adorn- ment of Parliament and the parliamentary process that day. A week ago, John Diefenbaker made me cringe in my seat for coming from the same half of the country that he does. As be rose in the debate at to follow the low-key, con- ciliatory soeech of Finance Minister John Turner, Diefen- baker was given little applause by the tense Tory ranks. He had already cast this perfunc- tory debate into an issue earl- ier by refusing to go along with the unanimous, all-party agree- ment to limit debate. He launched into a self-serving ex- cuse that he had "devoted my- self to the unity of this country long before many members of this House were bom." He was, be reminded his Torv col- leagues, "a minority within the Conservative party." He turn- ed an accusatory finger on Robert Stanfield. It was such an outrageously 421 5th ST. S. 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SALE ENDS JUNE 16, 1973 327-4951 selfish justification, ranging back over his past slights, that the House froze into silence. The prime minister, which may have been wisdom then again may not have been, had removed himself long before Dief arose. John Turner sat opposite, appearing sad and embarrassed for the old war- rior. "When I was leader of this party we sought support in Quebec He ranged over dead, forgotten turmoils in his party, dredging out the record of George Drew and past lead- ers. The speech, it turne-1 out, was aimed not at the Liberals but at his own party which once spurned him. He did not face opposite, but turned and harangued his own troops. Behind him, Harvie Andre, seated among "Dief's Cowboys" but in fact a university profes- sor from Calgary Centre, put his head down on his forearm on his desk and could not lock. Claude Wagner, the Que- bec lieutenant to the right of Stanfield, rested his chin glum- ly on his fists and peered straight ahead, refusing to gaze at the speaker. The old man almost lost com- plete control. He defended, as if an asset, the fact he never learned to sneak French. "I'm not like the leader of the Oppo- sition "He managed to make it scind like an insult and turned to point down at S'anfield, who has performed the remarkable feat while in his mid-fifties of starting from scratch and mastering a sec- ond language. The Tory leader was two seats to Diefenbaker's right in the front bench, House leader Jed Baldwin having cleared out as if to dodee the crossfire. To his credit, Stanfield turned full face to Dief, who loosed the blast of pent-up resentment. It was an incredible sight, the stolid Slanfield taking at point- range the abuse from the aged statesman vhose pride has never forgotten nor forgiven. Dief dredged it all up: The bilingual cheques, the absence of the Union Jack beside the Speaker, chortling in glee over the Liberal members in Otta- wa who lost their seats to the civil service anti-French back- lash. The press gallery regu- lars guffawed loudly at the more outrageous passages. Be- side me, an editorial writer from an Ottawa paper got up and left in disgust, unable to take any more what he re- garded as the j'epresentative of Western Canada. Diefen- baker rambled beyond his al- lotted time and the mortified MPs silently acquiesced when the Speaker asked permission to let him go on. John Turner sat in sad fascination at the spectacle of a once-great par- liamentarian making a fool of himself. One thought of Gor- die Howe, hoping he wouldn't try to make a comeback with Houston. "God help ended Dief, "and tne disunity in which it finds itself" His Cowboys tucked in back of him, led by Jack Homer of Crowfoot, pounded their desks in approv- al but Stanfield and Wagner sat unmoving, no doubt con- vinced that any chance they had of presenting a united party that had some appeal in Quebec was gone for this Parliament's Me. If Stanfield's 107 seats had any merit left in challenging Trudeau's united 109, it disappeared that after- noon. Bryce Mackesey, the tough little Irishman from Ver- dun, who is a deposed Liberal cabinet minister, rose as the next speaker. Stating politely first that "this Parliament would be a poorer place with- out he said forlornly: "God help Canada if the views of the Rt HOT gentleman should prevail." Don't do it Gordie Books in brief "Bead Craft" by Natalie Donna (George J. McLeod limited, 128 pages, cloth paperback A batch of bountiful illustra- tions and all the technical know-how involved in beadwork makes this a thoroughly enjoy- able volume. Included are size, description and a great variety of uses for commercial beads, includ- ing ponytail holders, necklaces, rings, flowers and even some unusual holiday decorations. In combination with beads, >ou will learn how to make useful and decorative objects from discards such as spools, fliptops off beverage cans, drinking straws, and bquid de- tergent bottles. There is also a source of sup- ply in the back for those who want to purchase by mail order. This useful little book prom- ises those with a creative ima- gination lots of happy hours ANNE SZALAVAHY The pocket strain From Hamilton Spectator Predictably, the pressure is on Queen's Park to keep shovelling tax money into education, whether a continuation of the school spending spree is justified or not. If the government backs away from its education spending ceilings, it will be a sitting duck for every pressure group south of Hudson Bay and the wage earner, al- ready taxed at a punishing rate, will be picked clean. The latest squeeze on the Queen's Park manshmaillow came from an organized group of sign-carrying protesters who de- manded that the government lift the ceil- ing Teacher job security was the foremost Issue. In effect, the protests were tell- ing the government to hang the expense and keep hiring teachers whether they're needed or not. Naturally, this was vigorous- ly supported by the New Democrat leader Stephen Lewis. What Mr Lewis and the protesters were demanding in effect, is that taxpay- ers guarantee teachers' jobs. It is the height of irrespons'bility. If the government guarantees teachers' jobs, then it is obliged to guarantee all other job categories. The government would be compelled to provide jobs for everyone in Lne trade or profession of his choice. Mr. Lewis iLust realize that even in a socialist dreamland that is not possible. enlightening to note what Ontario might expect under a New Democrat gov- ernment led by Mr. Lewis guarantees of government jobs to everv pressure group that comes along; not any but of the protester's choice.) Those who protest agamjt the govern' ment's painfully long overdue restraints ia education spending have tried to cloud the issue with pious utterances about "the quality of education" as if money quality in education. Over the last 15 years Ontario has Spent unprecedented millions on education, a tid- al wave of spending unrivalled in the prov- ince's history. If spending is the deciding factor, the young people emanating from Ontario's education machine should be the most superbly-trained human beings in ex- istence because provincial educational spending is about 15 times its level of 15 yaars ago. If educators are capable of raising the quality, surely they'd have done it there has been no shortage of money and des- pite the protests, Ontario education spend- ing is nothing less than lavish. Crushed under rising taxes and slapped with rising prices, the Ontario wage earn- er is hardly in a position to pay today's high educational salaries and capital expenses for people and facilities whose services are surplus to community needs. And those teachers who strike bjcause they think they are being treated unjustly risk losing the goodwill of the majority of par- ents and other taxpayers in this province. Indians getting attention From the Great Falls Tribune Leaders of the militant American Indian Movement who sparked the strange confrontation at Wounded Knee, unquestion- ably were successful in achieving one of their main goals focusing national and international attention on problems of In- dians. They se'ected a site for the confron- tation with care, realizing that the bloody massacre of about 300 unarmed Sioux Indi- ans at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890, by the 7th U.S Cavalry, created unlimited publicity possibilities. The federal government, long ashamed of the Wounded Knee massacre and other injustices to Indians, now has the oppor- tunity to set up policies that will correct current wrongs and take the steam out of the confrontation-minded militants who might want to show their fellow Indians what can be eccomplished by violence Illegal acts by the AIM leaders can not be tolerated or condoned but the nation does have responsibility to do a much bet- ter job with Indians. The Indians have been getting the short end of the stick for decades and they have problems that require immediate atten- tion It is generally conceded that therw have been tragic eg in Indian ed- ucation programs. A survey in 1970 show- ed that 42 per cent of Indian school children almost double the national av- erage drop out before completing high school The sunev showed that nearly 60 per cent of UK Indians had less than an eighth-grade education. Infant mortality among Indians has been shocking. The 1970 survey revealed that there were 36 deaths per births at least K) points higher than the national av- erage. Unemployment of Indians Is a national disgrace UnemploymHnt on the Indian res- ervations ranges from 20 to 80 per cent and averages about 40 per cent In 1950, 50 per cent of the Indian families had incomes below and 75 per cent had incomes below A new policy certainly is needsd to help restore dignity to Indians and to give them a chance to improve their educational, health and employment standards. Report to readers Doug Walker One of the hardest things to master in newspaper work is style the arbitrary rules followed in newspapers where thsre are options in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. The Canadian Press style dif- fers at certain pointe from that adopted by ce-wspapeirs m other countries; it is some- tisies at variance with what a person lEiairned in school; and vexing questions frequently are not covered in the style book. To add to the confusion, some news- papers adopt an individual style. An editor has to be constantly alert in handling copy from diverse sources to see that it is all brought to uniformity. From British copy he must eliminate the 'u' from all words ending 'our' (except Sav- iour) but in American copy he must add an extra vowel in words such as archaeol- ogy and manceuver. the Americans make one word out of percent we have to split it into two. But while both the Brit- ish and Americans hyphenate ceasefire prefer it unbroken. Knowing where to use hyphens is par- ticularly troublesome. The tendency seems to be to run words together but there are all sorts of exceptions. The easiest excep- tion to remember is when two of the same vowel come together (e g. co-operate, re- Another tendency is to reduce the amount of capitalization. Unless titles and offices appear in conjunction with the name of individuals they are lower cased (thus Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, but the prune Government departments and committees are generally lower cased, but not always, unfortunately. M is a rule to use Hie full name of an organization before indulging in abbrevia- tion e g North Atlantic Treaty Organiza- tion Periods are not used in ab- breviations unless a word results (U S., W H Although USSR does not spell a word it gets the period treatment because it so frequently appeal's in relation ;