Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thuraday, 13, 1974 trip necessary "This election was not necessary" is the constant chorus of Prime Minister Trudeau and most Liberal campaign speakers. On the contrary, the election was imperative. Given a minority government situation, and given the frenzied determination of the Conservatives to bring down the government at the earliest possible moment, the decision when the government would be defeated was entirely that of the NDP. After wringing many 'concessions in return tor their support, the NDP found the Liberal government insistent on Liberal policies too. To support some of these policies was more than the NDP could force itself to do. and thus the defeat of the government. The wonder is not that the election comes now, but that it didn't come a long while ago. The prospect of early election after early election is one of the hazards of a minority government situation. If the voters wish to fragment the House of Commons and give no party a majority, it is not fair to blame the opposition parties for opposing the government, even to the point of bringing on an election. This election, costly as it is and in spite of Mr. Trudeau's complaint, is not to be deplored. It is an essential effort to try to cure the inherent instability of a minority government situation. Only if the voters repeat what they did last time will the exercise have been in vain. Respectable Communists A side effect of the detente between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and one which is arousing increased attention and concern, is the aura ot respectability it has given to Communist parties throughout Europe This has been emphasized by the near victory in France ot Francois Mitterrand, with Communist support, and the emergence ot the Communists in Portugal as the best organized political party to arise from the underground. Mitterrand would undoubtedly have put some Communists in his cabinet, although not in key positions, to pay his political debt. Some analysts who felt that the Communists would eventually take over a Mitterrand government, looked on the clifl-hanging victory of Valery d'Estamg as a close call for democratic government in France. In Portugal. General Spinola has put two Communists in his cabinet but is reported to be wary ot extreme leftists and alarmed at their organizing ability. In Spain, where all parties are outlawed, a certain liberalizing process seems to be underway to offset a possible repeat ot the Portuguese coup. It is assumed that it political parties are made legal, the Communist party will still not be included among them. Nevertheless, the break between Spanish Communists and Moscow over as well as the current detente, have given them increased respectability and there seems little doubt that they will eventually be a legal and powerful party as are the Communists ot Italy. The same situation prevails in Greece When a change in that highly repressive government occurs and political parties are once more allowed, the Communists will probably emerge as the largest and best-organized. Finland, where the Communist party was legalized 30 years ago at the insistence ot the Soviet Union, has one of the most powerful parties in the non- Communist world and is most sensitive to pressure from the Kremlin. It shared a popular front government with the Socialists in the 60's and dropped from power when it lost support from the Soviet Union. Today, a split in the party between hardliner Stalinists and moderates, who are in the majority, indicates a certain backing from Moscow for the hardliner element in the party. This is taken as an ominous portent by those who look for signs of shifting power blocs within the Politburo. A widely respected British publication which has a well-honed suspicion of Communists, put the matter in a very simple perspective. If the time ever comes, it said, when a Communist government in a major country allows itself to be voted out of office, then attitudes toward the various national Communist parties may undergo a change. Until then, it implies, it is folly to trust them. EXPO IV Food and extras By Georgean Harper, local writer In a limited time of about two days at the fair (recommended length of stay is two to three daysi all the food available can't be sampled. A Food Fair area is set up to cater to a large number of people in a short period of time, besides various booths throughout the grounds where each different country's delights can be eaten Very plain hamburgers and hot dogs were 50 cents each: a large pop cost 36 cents or a hot chocolate. 21 cents. Try an Indian Samosa. (48 cents) a hot spiced meat filled pastry for lunch. It is a pleasant change from our usual. At Pierres Restaurant famous for the French Onion Soup and for the fact that the French cuisine is only set up at world expositions, there was a continual line up of people waiting to enter. The menu posted on the outside shows French Onion Soup (served with plenty of garl-c a variety of other selections, with the most expensive item being imported jumbo shrimp cooked in butter, lemon, wine and herbs for S4. This does not include beverage or alcohol. The Bavarian Tavern has the best buy at the fair A large 8 inch sesame seed bun is filled to capacity with a choice of smoked ham. corned beef, pastrami or spiced sausage for S2 It is all one can eat for a lunch or light supper, and twice what a child s no one's salary. He is fighting an election in which the support ot organized labor is essential to his success The most obvious explanation for Schreyer's decision serves only to widen the gap between him and Lewis Schreyer clearly believes that any system of controls which does not encompass income would be ineffective For his part. Lewis believes equally that income controls would be disastrous "The record of wage and price controls in Britain us clear They divided the people and produced social unrest Lewis and Schreyer agree on the need to prevent a widening of salary levels but again both approach this goal alone different paths Schriner views income controls as a social instrument by which to close the gaps among workers. He wants cost of living increases awarded in flat amounts to all levels of income earners, rather than calculated on a percentage basis, so that salary gaps between workers do not widen. Lewis, in a speech four months dgo. suggested that high wage earners might moderate their demands to allow low income earners to catch up His speech was coolly received by his audience of labor leaders, and Lewis has not returned to the subject since "The Tory program of controls has turned to slush." Lewis said earlier He spoke loo soon Lewis himself has nisi run into a late season hail- storm Giscard promises equality, democracy for France By Margot Mayne, London Observer commentator PARIS M Giscard d'Estasng pledged himself to surprise the French if they elected him president, and that promise at least he has already kept A wind of change has begun to blow through the stuffy corridors of French government so that old-time politicians, armies of civil servants and the general public are now watching with interest, often tinged with scepticism. 1o see where the first initiatives will lead The president's inaugural message and Premier Chirac's opening speech promised a change of content as well as style "We are going to pass from a rigidly stratified, caste-ridden heavy with the weight of bureaucracy, to a profoundly different France. truly equal and genu.nely democratic." Chirac declared For an hour and a half he outlined the government program friendship with tho outside world, a new stimulus for the ailing Common Market, and Jull co-operation to end the international anarchy in monetary affairs M home, a new economic plan will be introduced to safeguard jobs and redistribute incomes so that wealthier classes pay more Every ministry is to have a built-in citi7cns" complaint department The old and poor are to get a better deal, and for young people France is to become a land of opportunity and evervone will live in humanized towns or unpolluted countryside This attractive prospect is very similar to the New Society outlined by Gaullist ex-Premier Chaban-Delmas four years ago 11 is odd that to achieve it President Giscard has assembled a tram of unknown men. most of whom seem to belong to 1hc category of f a c 1 s bureaucrat s Two men at least have shown colorful personalities Premier .Jacques Chirac has won himself n reputation for outspoken toughness ,is minister of agriculture Closer to Gisrard is his minister "1 the interior or home secretary Michel Poniatowski "Ponia" a lone-time close friend of the president perhaps the only friend of France's basically proud and aloof new leader One of Poniatowski's first acts was to visit 1 he Iflephone-tappine ronlrc near the Eiffel Tower Hr the centre had files on labor 3eadcTs journalists and others. all the dossiers would be destroyed A3) wire- tappinc i.s banned, he except when domestic security or grave crimes are involved Individual liberties would be guaranteed from now nn. including those of foreigners living in France Linked with this question of buceinj; is a significant disappearance from the political scene Jacques Foceard 3eft after 34 vears as head of French affairs of much more The Lcthbridge Herald 5047lhSl S ItrlMjtidae Liberia LETHBP.IDGE HEPALD CO LTD Puipr-eiors and PubliStv-iJ- SfCDnrf Class Mail Wegrsli al'Dn Uo 0012 CLEO MOWERS Editor Publisher DON M PULING DONALD R DORAM Managing Ed'toi l POY r MILES Manager DDUGI AS K iWALXEP sl M FENfON f KFMNriH E "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"