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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 75. VOL. LXV No. 156 The LetKbttdge Herald LKTUBR1DGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 58 PAGES Bilingualism hard to sell in Alberta By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A few weeks ago Alberta MP Stan Schumacher sent out a questionnaire to residents in his Palliser constituency. The return rate was almost 20 per cent, significant when most politicians are happy to get 10 per cent back. One of the questions Mr. Schumacher ser) posed was: Do you think expenditure on bilingual- ism programs worthwhile? A full 90 per cent declared It wasn't. Three per cent didn't know, and of the seven per cent who said yes, a goodly number either didn't want any more money to be spent on bihngualism or were undecided whether it should be. To Mr. Schumacher, one of the 17 MPs who stood up and voted against the Official Languages Act, this showed that opposition to bilingualism in the West is still as strong as ever. What's more, Mr. Schumacher was discussing the poll question as a controversy was roaring again in Ottawa about vigorous force-feeding of bilingualism at federal civil servants. Mr. Schumacher, who entered Parliament in 1968 when the rest of the country was going starry-eyed over Trudeaumania, believes that bihngualism is add- ing significantly to the alienation of the West as weH as helping to tear the rest of the country apart. "And just think of he says of Prime Minister Tra- this is the man who was going to unite Can- ada: To any objective observer, the silualion must ap- pear to have deteriorated since 1968." sivalloiv policies The Alberta MP, backed up by the results of his poll and other similar research, doesn't believe that residents in Ms province are. ever really going la swallow the Liberal government's bilingual policies. He points out that as official statistics now show that French is actually on the decline in Canada, as tha years pass and the decline continues, it is going to be an exercise in futility to persuade the rest of ada to become fluent in a language and fewer persons are speaking. One hazard that does loom large though is that as the government pushes on with its plan to fully bi- lingualize the federal public service, Albertans and other Western Canadians are going to lose the chanc'o of getting government jobs or, if they have one, get- ting promotion. "First of all, the majority of Albertans don't speak French. Secondly, they haven't much opportunity or time to learn it. Thirdly, if they do learn it there's little opportunity to speak it on a day to day basis. Tha result is that, as with any language j'ou can't practise constantly, you lose the ability to speak and write it fluently very quickly." Mr. Schumacher says he isn't against a fair quota system of bilingual or French-speaking persons in the public service, but what he does say is that the quota should be based on a percentage of population. "Currently, the trend appears to be to make the public service 40 per cent Francophone. This will mean there's just no justice and no hope for the average Canadian." Mr. Schumacher, a former secretary of the Drum- heller Chamber of Commerce, believes there are a num- ber of other areas where Western Canada is being treated unfairly by Ottawa. "It isn't that the federal government doesu't know the situation is inequitable either. It does. But with its vast concentration of seats in central Canada and Que- bec it feels it can ignore the West and concentrate on keeping these two other areas happy." A good example, says the Alberta MP, was the National Energy Board's decision to ban the sale of 2.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to the United States. The sale, given the thumb's down sign last fall, would have been worth about a billion. "There's no doubt we have enough natural gas to have made the sale. But the board refused to take into account the Arctic reserves. The reason is simple: It wants to force Alberta to save its cheaper natural gas for a time when Ontario and Quebec needs it. And then It wants to sell the more expensive Arctic gas to the Americans." The decision, says Mr. Schumacher, was supposed to be non-political. However, when you serve a straight seven-year term on the National Energy Board you certainly learn to vote the way the government wants you to vote if you value your future career. What can Alberta do about it? Nothing, really. If it was possible, the answer would be to tell Ottawa that if the province can't sell its natural gas now for the price it wants, then it should just lock it in the ground and refuse to sell it at cut-rate prices when Ontario and Quebec decide they want it. But that's hardly possible. Mideast again tense CAIRO (Reuter) The Mid- dle East situation was tense again today with Egypt and Is- r a e 1 maintaining conflicting claims over an air battle off the Israeli-occupied Sinai peninsula. An Egyptian military spokes- man said that eight Soviet-made MiG-Zls drove off a raiding party of 16 Israeli planes and had shot down two Mirages. lie said two other Mirages were hit and that two MiGs were dam- aged. In Tel Aviv, an Israeli spokes- man called the claim of downed Mirages ridiculous and said Is- raeli pilots reporting shooting down two of the Egyptian planes in the dogfight Tuesday. He said all Israeli aircraft re- turned safely. Tile air battle was the most serious incident since last Sep- tember when Israeli gunners re- ported shooting down an Egypt- ian plane flying over their posi- tions along the Suez canal. Six days later, an Egyptian missile downed an Israeli military transport inside Sinai, touching off Israeli air raids on Egyptian missile sites. An Israeli spokesman said the air battle Tuesday occurred after an Israeli patrol was inter- cepted 27 miles off the Sinai coast over (he Mediterranean. Egypt said the fight took placa off Has el Barr, a Nile delta re- sort about 100 miles norlheasl of Cairo. The Cairo spokesman de- scribed- the air battle as a les- son to Israeli planes which, vio- late Egyptian air space. Satellite will be parked CAPE KENNED_Y, Fla. (API A new international commu- nications satellite circled tho earth today as a ground station prepared to guide it toward a stationary orbit miles above the Indian Ocean. From this lofty outpost, tin) payload will greatly Increase space communications capacity to and from 17 countries. Among its first assignments will be transmission of television pictures from the Olympic Games in Munich, West Ger- many, in August. The fourth in a series of Intel- sat 4 satellites was launched from Cape Kennedy Tuesday into a preliminary path ranging from 350 to miles high. At p.m. MDT tonight, the Washington, B.C., headquarters of the Communications Satellite Corp. was to command ignition of a spacecraft motor to lock it in stationary position at the high point of tlie orbital path After two weeks, small jets will be fired to manoeuvre the Intelsat 4 to Its permanent park- ing post above the Indian Ocean. It is expected to be oper- ational in late July. B.C. workers defy edict OTTAWA (CP) An experiment in flexible work- ing hours for the 50 persons employed In the personnel branch of the department of consumer and corporaXo affairs was announced here. Flexible hours are being introduced immediately on a four- to six-month trial basis, said Robert Andras, the minister. Within "limits imposed by operational require- individual employees can select any starting! lime between 7 and 9 a.m. and finish work any lima between and 6 p.m. on completion of Ihe standard working dny. Lunch breaks must lx? a minimum of half an hour. The plan stipulates that an employee's chosen! hours must not conflict with "organizational and ser- vice needs of the and that all employees must be at work during the core period 9 a.m. to p.m. Flexible hours allow an employee to tailor his working day to his own considerations, and also help alleviate traffic and public transit congestion, said Mr VANCOUVER CCP) The British Columbia government's 8 a.m. PDT deadline for a re- turn to work in the construction Industry expired today wiih union leaders slill vowing that building trades without con- tracts would refuse to obey the cabinet edict. Early today, nine of the 18 un- ions locked out April 28 by tha Construction Labor Relations Association representing 840 contractors across the province were still without collective agreements. "Our position is unchanged- no contract, no said Jim Kinnaird, president of the B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council. It was also unclear whether those building trades that were able to negotiate agreements prior to the Social Credit gpv- ernment's 8 a.m. deadline would be returning to their jobs. Union leaders expressed dif- fering opinions on this late Tuesday night. Mr. Kinnaird said there would be no return to work as long as the other unions Were without contracts, but oth- ers said tradesmen working under agreements would report for duly If ordered to do so. All tliree unions, the contractors and the provin- cial awaiting developments this morning ap- prehensively. Although the unions said those without to number about of the CLRA-employed trades- not obey the June 7 cabinet order in council, CLRA President C. J. Connaghan or- dered the industry to lift its lockout by the time the deadline expired. "We will just have to wait and see who shows he said. GOVERNMENT 1'IHIU In Victoria, Labor Minister James Cliahot said Tuesday night there will be no deviation from the government's course. Industry spokesmen said it would be Monday or Tuesday before it is known how many workers complied with the re- turn-to-work order. Both sides said negotiations will continue. COAL PILE GROWS Coal is piling up in the Port of Vancouver due 1o a sea- man's strike in Jopan, At Neptune Terminal, ions of coal lie alongside the conveyor bell. (CP Wirephoto) Rivers lap at dikes in By STAFF AND CP Flooding continued in the Peace River region of northwestern Alberta today as flood-swollen rivers threatened the city of. Grande Prairie and towns of Grande Cache and Peace River. In British Columbia meanwhile dike workers and civil defence officials at flooded Kamloops kept a close watch on miles oC dikes today as pressure continued to build along the Thompson River. PASSING THROUGH Freight train pulls posr flooded Riverside Park in Down- town Kamloops Tuesday. Three baseball diamonds are under waler that has escaped through dikes on the North Thompson River. (CP Wirephoto) Quebec town tops in tax green book Lightning kills soccer player BELGRADE (Reuter) A 15-year-old Yugoslav soccer player who wore a gold chain round his neck was killed by lightning which interrupted a game at a village near Nova Gradiska, 150 miles west of Bel- grade. OTTAWA The Quebec North Shore stopping [own of Sepl-lles has emerged with record average personal in- comes reported in federal in- come tax returns, displacing the rich Ontario communities of Oakville and Sarnia. The revenue department, re- leasing today its statistical anal- ysis of 1970 income tax returns, said taxpayers in Sept-Ilcs reported average incomes of This moved it into first place from 12th in the list of Canada's richest communities as reported in income tax re- turns. Oakville. with taxplay- ers reporting average incomes of took second place and Sarnia was third with laxpayyers reporting incomes averaging Among occupations, self-em- ployed physicians and surgeons again reported the liighest aver- age incomes, followed by self-employed lawyers and notaries, The average income of these doctors was up seven per cent for the year. For lawyers, the increase was three per cent. The lowest class of laxpayer was listed as pensioners. Thero were of them, with an average income of Nearly 20 per cent of federal income tax collections came from people with incomes in the bracket. Seen and heard About town Jack ileintz arranging for a doggie bag at the Monday Rotary Club meeting, and then try- ing to fit all the leftovers in it Alderman Tom Fergu- son warning Mayor Andy An- derson and library board chairman Bill Russell never to eat radishes and dill pickles. Plane crashes NEW DELHI (Reuler) A Japan Airlines plane coming in for a landing has crashed on the outskirts of this Indian capital, airport control here said today. Details were lacking. STATE OF EMERGENCY Grande Prairie's dri n king water was cut off Tuesday when its water treatment plant was flooded by the rising Wapiti River. Strict rationing was imposed, some industries shut down and the elementary schools closed. There were 1.4 million gal- lons in the city's reservoir when Mayor Elmer Eorstad de- clared a stale of emergency. The flooding in the Wapiti is the aftermath of weekend storms which dumped up to eight inches of rain in moun- tains west of here. Grande Prairie itself was not tn danger of flooding because the banks of the Wapiti are at least 10 feet high where it flows through the city. But at least one bridge was threatened near the town of Watino. The river 11 feet above normal Tues- day night, six feet below the bridge and rising swiftly. At Peace River, crews were building sandbag dikes today in an effort to protect lower levels of the town from rising waters of the Peace River. Reports early today said the flood waters were at street level in some parts of the west side of the town, about 240 miles northwest of Edmonton. At Grande Cache, a portable power generator was being in- stalled in the foothills coal min- ing today to partially re- store power after floods washed out the main power supply early this week. A report from Walino, 40 miles south of Peace River, said Ihe Northern Alberta Rail- way and a highway bridge at the town both were' submerged by the Smoky River. O'Brien Provincial Park near Grande Prairie is "in a sham- bles" and under 10 feel of wat- er from the flooding Wapiti Riv- er. A spokesman for the provin- cial parks branch said today at least two other provincial parks are being watched closely as rising flood waters on a num- ber of rivers threaten low-lying facilities. The two causing Immediate concern are at Entwhistle, on the Pembina River about 60 miles west of Edmonton, and at Entrance, on the Athabasca Hiver about 180 miles west of Edmonton. At Prince George, In north- ern B.C. vvhere the Fraser and N'echako rivers join, the Fraser continued to rise and officials expect it to peak today. The river now stands at 33.2 feet, less than a foot below tha 1943 level. Farther down the Fraser at Quesnel, flooding was reported in several sections. No one has been evacuated. The river rosa 13 inches Tuesday and was ex- pected to peak today. Canadian Pac i f i c Railway spokesmen said a washout 100 feet long and 100 feet deep on the mainline between Revel- stoke and Golden had stopped trains. Plan would cut jobless ranks to near zero How about putting mothers on payroll? OTTAWA (CP) Unem- ployment would be reduced to near zero if the country would recognize a broader definilion of jobs and pay for all socially desirable effort, including staying home to rear children, the National Council of Wel- fare said today. The fcderally-ap- poinlcd advisory group report- ing lo Welfare Minister John a program of guaranteed jobs and guaran- teed in c o m e could be achieved, but job creation narrowly based on traditional concepts can reach only a fraction Canada's poverty population. Us report praised the Op- portunities (or Youth and Local Initiatives Program for giving employment and remu- neration in socially-desirable fields not previously spon- sored by the federal govern- CHANGE NIWDED Traditional concepts of em- ployment need to be changed, the council added. A job need not lie unpleasant or involve only Hie production of a com- mercial product. "We will cling to (lie idea that activities such as undoing the results of pollution, prov- iding services to senior citi- zens, and improving the qual- ity of neighborhood life are somehow unproductive forms of employment, while putting the caps on bodies of under- arm dccxioranl inslcad of lol- ling a machine do it repre- sents a contribution to Ihe na- tion's economic growth." There are absurdities in so- ciety's present thinking on what constitutes Socially valu- able activity, the council said. "Is caring for children so- cially valuable activity? At present, it is regarded as such only if they are someone else's children. "Looking aflcr someone else's as babysitter, day care supervi- sor or foster in remuneration. Looking after one's own children is re- garded as doing nothing and unwarranting of a share of so- cietal income. "Cooking meal1; for sl.ran- grr is being employed in a restaurant; cooking them for one's own family is being without a job." INDICATORS 'MINDLESS' The council said Canada's economic indicators arc mind- less measures. It indicates what would hap- if "wo were lo legitimale motherhood as an occupation and remunerate it at the per week salary provided under the Local Initiatives Program." Two million new members would be added to the labor force by adding mothers, ex- panding the labor force by 30 per cent, and nil of them would be1 counted ns em- ployed. The, unemployment rate would thereby drop to four per cent from six per cent. 'Die billion earned as salaries by mothers would mean a 12-per-cent boost in the gross national product. A spectacular drop in welfare costs would result from re- moving mothers with depend- ent children from the welfare rolls. There would also be a sub- stantial reduction in family break-downs, since Inability lo support a family is a prime cause for desertion, and w p m c n r home raising c h i I dren would achieve R new status socially and economically. Men and women would more free to exchange roles. Peking visit WASHINGTON (Reuter) White House adviser Henry Kis- singer will begin a five-day visit to Peking June 19 to continue the efforts of the Unted States and China lo improve relations and to discuss international problems, it was announced here today. 'Sharp? Dis is da Godtathorl ;