Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
36 UTHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, June 20, 1973------ Whitlani wrestles with two houses Australians may face new poll CANBERRA. (.CP) Less than months after an elec- tion that bi ought a Labor ernment to power for the first time in 23 jeaia Australians are facing the prospect of a new poll in tne govern- ment's existence could be threatened The pioblem is Australia's two-House parliamentary sys- tem which makes it essential for any government to have a majority in both houses if it is to rule effectively The Labor government of Cough Whitlam lias a nine- seat majority in a 125-seat House of Representatives but holds only 26 of 60 seats in the Senate And all legislation has to be passed by both the House and the Senate before it can become law With the hostile Senate blocking important govern- ment legislation Prime Minis- ter Whitlam can, under the constitution, call for a doub e election for all members of both the Senate Uld the House of Representa simultaneously He is thieatcmng to do this Ine comoumci opposition of Country party and right-wing Demo- cratic Labor Partv is becom- ing mcreasmgly confident tnat it can taK3 on the gov- ernment and win COiNFIDENT OF VICTORY But Whitlam and his close advisers refuse to conricler the possibility of defeat in an e ection and his threats to call an early vole for botn houses of Pailiament are at least be- ginning to be tal en seriously. Working to Whitlam's ad- v artage is that he can decide the timing of an elsction and the issue He will also be ab'e to paint to a degiee of government ac- tivity during his short period in office that is unequalled since the Second World War. In fact, if the government does s'rike troub'e it will be because of its controversial ugor than its m- pctivity The contrast with the lethargic attitude of the last vears of the Liberal-Countiy Party government is most juaincu Whitlam, who is also foi- eign minister, set a scoiching pace in world affairs when he took office, establishing diplo- matic relations with China and East Germany within weeks and later wnth Nortn Vietnam There have also been Australian diplomatic By VINCENT MATTHEWS CP correspondent and trade contacts with North Korea, Cuba and East Eu- ropean countries Whitlam has rejected oppo- sition charges that he is fak- ing Australia "into the Com- munist orbit" He says he is simply putting balance into Australia's foreign policy. He argues that the previous gov- ernment's policy was ob- sessed with the thraat of ji _ _ __, i ii :_ luiimiuiuaiii cuiu tiua led to the i ejection of any dip- lomatic or political links with Peking CRITICIZED BOMBING But the most controversial aspect of Labor government foreign policy has arisen from the deterioration in relations with the Unitsd States This originated from a highly critical letter sent by Whitlam to Piesident Nixon during the Christmas bomb- ng of Hanoi and Haiphong and strongly-worded attains bv other Labor ministers Apparently, the Labor vic- tory at the election surprised Washington officials who had been told by the U S Em- bassy in Canberra that there wculd be no change of gov- ernment. Reliab'e sources say Presi- dent Nixon rejected an offer from Whitlani to visit Wash- ington to smooth things over but, invitation or not, Whit- lam will be in Washington early in August on his way to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting ID Ot- tawa But it is on the home front that Whitlam's real troubles been looming. Because of constitutional require- ments, the earliest time for a double dissolution of Parlia- ment would be September or October. By then it is expected in- flation may be reaching eco- nomic crisis levels in Aus- tralia Since Labor came ?o power, the inflation rate has jumped from five per cent to an estimated eight per cent a The government is making desperate efforts to curb prices and I as ut> a justification tribunal to in- vestigate price rises by major companies. 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Paddy Hamilton flew northern Canadian fla By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) "Then there was the time we had to eat our dogs Robert (Paddy) Hamilton, 73, bounced from chair to map to folder of mementos and back to the chair again to puff another roll-your-own cigarette as he talked of the days when he was an RCMP constable in the Canadian North "The patrol lasted three months we didn't eat all the dogs, we had to have some to bring us back but we had to eat some Mr Hamilton spent 17 of his 27 years on the force in the Arctic His northern serv- ice was in the 1920s and 1930s when to be a Mountie there was a mix of boredom and adventure Paddy s seivice staited in 1928, just six years after the RCMP began establishing permanent detachments on the northern archipelago When he went on patrol, Paddy would load about a ton of walrus meat on the dog sleds and then put his own supplies on top of that Part of history Food for the trip was made in a big kettle Beans, bully beef, sausages and what have you were dumped together to form a "goulash." This was spread on the ice to freeze and then placed in bags for the journey Off they would go, for days or weeks and one time for months a constable would jump into the RCMP Twin Ot- ter and fly a patrol that would cover the same ground in a matter of hours The Paddys of this world are part of the history of the RCMP which is celebrating Tls 100th anniversary this year. He went to the High Ar- ctic at a time when the main police duty was to protect sovereignty Two years after the veteran of the Insh Constabulary joined the force on the Prairies, he arrived at the RCMP detachment on Elles- mere Island The population of the not th- em Canadian island then v i s two constables and a few Gieenland Eskimos, clustered on Bache Peninsula across the water from Green- land "Our job was to fly the Un- ion he said in an inter- view And there they sat In the winter months of darkness "we had our hobbies." Watched Danes "We built furniture, they gave us tools and lumber We built a detachment The only things they gave us were a typewriter and two morris chairs. "When the sun came up we'd make a patrol We'd be gone just as long as we wanted to They would patrol up the coast to make sure that Danes, contesting Canadian sovereignty in some areas, had "Qt crossed over from Greenland. One there was a report of a German Arctic ex- pedition Paddy was ordered to look for it. That's the patrol that took three months He and two Es- kimos never found the ex- pedition, although they came across evidence of it "When we got back (In the summer) we found the supply ship had left us no stores. There were reports that we were lost" Duiing the winter the post lived on supplies left over Kom the previous year. 'Banana Belt1 In the spring they sledded down to Craig Habor and found their supplies "plus a gallon of rum. sitting m the middle of a medi- cal purposes only. "We doctored ourselves right there and then Paddy, who had never heard of the eastern Arctic when he volunteered for the North, spent 10 years on El- lesmere and Devon islands, as high as you can go in Can- ada, "because I wanted to." He moved to the "banana on Baffin Island in the neighborhood of the Arctic Circle, and Hudson Bay, after he married a woman who was a tourist on a supply boat. He liked living in Isolation, he said "You weren't troubled with anybody Time was your own. "Nothing ever happened to me except I fell in the water sometimes You had to get out quick Nothing included q 'me. Asked what police work he had to do he was hard pressed to find an answer, and managed to remember an attempted murder and a couple of cases of failure to support a family. More easily he recalled de- livei ing a baby and acting for government in delivering family allowances or provid- ing relief. He would visit na- tive camps to see that the Es- kimos were not starving. "There was no he said flatly, expressing anger and disappointment that southern ways that have in- vaded the North have brought crime and made the Eskimo dependent on government. Times have changed The snowmobile and aircraft have replaced the dog sled. But the change for the RCMP is relatively recent.