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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta J2 THS lETHBRiDfcE HERAIP June 51, 1973 From your Franchisee! New Car Bettor Servic? Facilities tf Regular Warranty Inspections Batter choice of models Hare Flsxibla leasing Plans Your letsss ton include maintenance, licence, and insurance INQUIRE NOW INTO THE ADVANTAGES OP IcASiNG OVER BUYING Contact BORI5 KORESHENKOV leny Automotive Enterprises ltd. 2nd Avenue and Sth Street S. Phone 328-1101 Ready for the race The lunch-time crowd outside the Toronto- Dominion Centre in Toron- to this week sow a demon- stration of a hot-air bal- loon. The croft will com- pete against nine others in o race of Kitchener, Ont., Friday and in Toron- to, next Saturday. Exports show drp By DONAT VALOIS PARIS Ottawa and Quebec must share the blame for the recent drop in Canadian exports to France, says the head of France-Canada Cham- ber of Commerce here. Michel Nadeau said although the federal industry and com- i-ercp .minister often reproaches Canadian businessmen for lack- ing interest in the French mar- ket, neither the minister nor his Quebec counterpart have ever made the necessary effort to en- tice the French to buy Cana- dian. Mr. Nadeau suggested in an interview the weakness of com- mercial ties with France may be a condition deliberately en- couraged by government au- thorities for political reasons. In 1970 Canada sold mil- lion worth of goods 'n France. The figure dropped to mil- lion in 1971 and to million in 1972. During the same period French imports have grown rapidly, reaching the mil- lion mark in 1972. Federal and provincial com- merce ministers have never or- ganized a large-scale exhibition to promote the sale of Canadian products on the French market, Mr. Nadeau said. Referring to friction between Paris and during the 1960s following General de Gaulle's controversial "Vive le Quebec libre" statement in Montreal in 1967, he said: "Mr. Trudeau has already let it be known that if he wanted to go to France some day he would stay in hotels and not wait for an in- vitation from 1'Elysee." The prime minister has not made an official visit to France since he took office in 1968. "Relations between France and Quebec for a long time have been more a blackmail tool for Johnson and Lesage (former Quebec premiers) against Ottawa, and also an el- ection he said. There are Interesting oppor- tunities in Frsnce for Canadian exporters of food products, sporting and recreational goods and handcrafted Mr. Nadeau said. In Paris there was a "fantas- tic market" for frozen food products which Canada could provide as it does in London. PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS While visiting Israel, this West European leader was nearly Involved in a helicopter accident. Who Is he? HOW DO YOU RATE? 80 feed. to 100 points TO? SCORE) 61 to 70 potato ftti tl H> 90 polna SxaOmL to or UHdstf 11 Wmt FAMILY DISCUSSION QUtSTlbN--------- To relieve unemployment, shonld workext forced to retire at age 60? YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 The EOUSB of Commons gave overwhelming ap- proval to a measure which set as target date for a functioning bilingual public service. b-1980 c-1985 2 was one of the 16 MPs rating against resolution on htllngnalipm. a-Robert Staafield Diefenhaker e-CIaude Wagner Z Vat many years Canada fcas had one of fee moat stringent anttwlretappiag lews la the world. Troe or False? 4 In Spain, Chief of State relinquished seme authority as he named long-time aide Admiral Carrero Blanco to the poet of Premier. 8 Statistics Canada reported that Canadians travel- ling abroad in the first Smooths of this year spent million (CHOOSE ONE: more, lees) than did foreigners visfting Canada in the same period. PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 paints for each word that yon can match with its correct meaning. l.....buoy 2.....divulge S..... random a-to make publio b-something false pass- ed off as genuine c-to keep afloat d-haphazard e-doubtfol PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the clues. I.-.. Hugh Faulkner 2. ....Ron Basford Lewis a-President of Zambia b-Maj-or of Toronto c-Kew Democratla Party leader d-Urban ter fc-Seoretary of State STU DENTS Save This Practice Examination! Valuable Reference Material for s 618-78 PAGE VEC, Inc. Do-good Aussies rock boat in Singapore sailor fuss The old story of man's In- humanity to man brought 60 delegations from 14 couiurhs to a seafarers' conference in Singapore in May. It ended with a resolve by the International Transp o r t Workers' Federation to call upon all shipowners to pay Asian seamen the minimum wage of a month laid down by the international labor organization. But the conference did not resolve a dilemma. Asian crews are often exploited as "slave according to some usiion leaders, but many Asian sea- men see their livelihood imper- illed if thsir wages go too high. No papers A spokesman of the Singa- pore Organization of recently declared that when men join ships here they are often given no copy of the papers they sign, that many v.-ill subsequently refuse to ex- plain why a ship sank under them for fear of being aSfcked by negligent owners that anti- que insanitary tubs are. still sailing these seas, manned by inadequate crews who live in cramped cabin space cockroaches and rats and eat off the decks for lack of tables. The difference in wages be- tween whites and others was illustrated during an incident in Australia in eary April it was alleged that able-bodied Indian seamen on a British tanker were being paid only a month compared with the laid down by the interna- tional federation. The SOS nonetheless claims that the Singapore Maritime Employers Federations E a s threatened to turn lo Hong Kong or India for crews if the 10.000 men here who earn thsir living at sea continue to reject 20 per cent increase in wages offered last December. All this is one side of half the story, however. These challenging, sometimes almost medieval, causes of dispute were recently submitt- ed to an impartial board of In- quiry which has been convened in Singapore by agreement be- tween the SOS and the SMEF. cotted a freighter called the Kota Singapura in order to force its owners to pay the Asian crew more. But the ssamen themselves defied the boycott, cut the hawsers, and sailed the ship home. The outraged Australian union then "blacked" the ship, which soon lay idle in conse- quence and was obliged lo dis- charged the crew. Nothing daunted, the Austra- lians boycotted three more ships manned by Singapore seamen in February for failing to aaree to a per cent wage- hike, according to one of the owners in spite of the fac't that a board of inquiry was al- ready being called to arbi- trate between employers and local seafarers in Singap ore itself. Denial The SOS denied it had con- Spired with the Australian un- ion in order to get more monsy for its members. Indeed, Devan Nair. secre- tary general of the National By DENNIS BLOODWORTH London Observer Pay limit The board is not expected to recommend a pay rise wildly in excess of the shipowners' offer, and if it limits it to 20 per cent, some companies will in fact find themselves giving out more than the award re- quires. For several of them increas- ed wages by 30 per cent earl- ier this year in order to free their ships from being black- listed by the Waterside Work- ers' Federation of Australia. And this is where a paradox begins. Last December, milit ant dockers in Fremantle boy- Trades Union Congress of Sing- apore, protested that ill-con- ceived wage demands could price Singapore seamen out of the regional labor market, and owners lost no time in nod- ding agreement. Meanwhile attempts by the ITF to win for Asians the hish rate it has itself set for seamen everywhere have been reouffed by officials in India. Pakistan and Indonesia, and the government owned ship- ping line in "socialist" Singa- pore has indicated that p a y rises of between 20 and 30 ppr cent would be "quite enough." Suspicion For some Asian governments and even many Asian union members, feel distrustful, some- times frankly hostile towards the do-gooders of the ITF and the Australian unions. Suspicion of their motives rests on their apparent blind- ness to the obvious: salaries and standards of living are low in underdeveloped east e r n countries, and they cannot pos- sibly be raised suddenly and dizzily for those who work at sea without the millions on shore rightly demanding the same for themselves. Any Asian economy asked to accept this load would sink with all hands. The future stability of even Singapore, which probably en- joys a higher standard of liv- ing than all other states In region but Japan, depends in part on a carefully calculated policy of annual wage in- creases, and it was announced on 1 May that they were to raised by 9 per cent as from July. So what are the white down under and up yonder trying to do, Asians ask? Some even speculate that thi Australian unionists may sim- ply be trying to sweep Singaporeans off the sea to give more of the trade to Aus- tralian owned ships, and that the ITF may be using a de- njsncl for higher wages for Asians as a stepping stone to demanding still more for those already further up scale. Selfish At the opening of the confer- ence in May. Mr. Nair ed a blistering on the selfish attitudes of unions in developed countries, accusing the AFL-CIO in the United States of being "openly and even belligerently protect ist in attitude and approach." A "running battle" was in danger of developing between America and South East Asian unions, he said, and added sarcastically "our hearts will begin to bleed for the American worker when h i s plight becomes even one-thous- andth as bad as that of count- lesr millions in Western unions, he had earl- ier implied, were far from being above suspicion of open or secret collusion with their employers against. Asian workers. Meanwhile, wage mean higher freight rates. In 1972 Singapore shippers set, out to braak the "monopolistic contract of the Far East Freight Conference by arranging for Chinese f'iart- ei'ed ships in carry their csr- gnes at charges allegedly 40 pnr cent lower than those of the FEFC. A three man mission just back from Peking reports that the Chinese are now prepared fo increase their present flow of about, 10 chartered freight- ers a month through Singapore "to smash the stranglehold of shipping cartels." moivY The merry go round of ironiss therefore turns full circle. The capitalists of Singa- pore seek help from the Com- munists in China to avoid spir- alling freight charges that partly arise from increased labor costs, while the Austra- lian dockers' union demands an impractical pay rise for Asian seamen whose champion at the apex of Singapore's National trades Union Congress, Mr. Nair. emphasizes that, all this could one day put them on beach, high and dry, for ever. Take anew look at Seagram's 83 Same mellow Seagram's 83 taste. Same distinctive Seagram's 83 bottle, What's changed? You'll know when you make your very next purchase. Good news! Joseph E. Seagram Sons, Limited, Wttortoa, Ontario "JOSEPH v -ONTARIO ;