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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Juno William CendynJotms Prison Not For Drug Users 11 is unfortunate that the publics attention to the LeDain report on the noil medical use of drugs should have been distracted by the contro versy over the report being leaked to Time The leak is tiie governments and Pariiamtnts con The report is the peoples con Most we feel the present law as applied especially to the soft drugs such as is It is not and cannot be It does not have public re at least among a vast throng of young They are not per suaded that its use is that much worse than the use of The LeDain commission faced up to the and decided it would be much better to change the law than to let it stay a mockery or to make a stern effort to enforce It recommended only a nominal at for the use of and one of the commissioners said it should not be an offence at Health Minister iVIunro said the government is prepared to go part but not ill of the Why not all the way he doesnt But his intimation that marijuana will be transferred out of the Narcotic Con trol Act into the less ominous Food and Drug Act is and even more encouraging that for the lesser drug offences prison terms may be Munros apology Monday night for promising abolition of prison terms is to be It is hoped that his earlier promise will become government policy SP repr chf Diplomatic Footsy Chinas royal refugee Prince Noro dom Sihanouk has arrived in North Korea for a state According to messages from Norman The Lethbridge Heralds correspondent in the ebullient prince was given a full head of state ceremony at the Peking railway with Premier Chou Enlai in person to wave him The prince now heads what he calls the Royal Government of National Union of and because Pyonyang was one of the first na tions to recognize Sihanouks lead ershipinexile of he has gone to North Korea to ask for equip training and logistical support in his efforts to overthrow the Lon Nol The New China News official press of has denounced the Lon Nol the South Vietnamese and Thailand and said that they were all acting in concert under antiCommunist leadership to suppress the Indo Chinese There is no indication so far about what help the North Koreans will extend to In June 1969 South Korean intelligence reports in dicated that the North Koreans would eventually seek help from the Chinese rather than the Russians in their continuing efforts to take over the North Korea is fiercely in dependent and in recent years clashed with Chinese troops in border inci dents Although the regime has not had open disagreement with the it has not hesitated to show its disapproval of Soviet rapproche ment moves with the When the world conference of Communist par ties took place last North Korea did not send a even though Soviet President Pod gorny went to Pyongyang in May in an apparent attempt to persuade it to Russia has not recognized Sihan ouks government and has not with drawn her ambassador from Pnom implying token approval of Lon Nols government a game of diplomatic footsy at which the Russi ans are past Any move to support a Chinese sponsored government in Cambodia will alarm which is trying desperately to extend its influence in East Asia as prestige in the area Its a kind of eyeball toeyeball diplomatic with verrry interesting results for the SinoSoviet power The Filthy Atlantic Pollution caused by oil leaks or spillage is one of the greatest con cerns of modern Vast sums of money are being spent in efforts to reduce the danger to our environ ment and our In most each nation looks after its own pollution but who is re sponsible for cleaning up miles of open Atlantic Thor sailing in his papy rus boat from Morocco to Am has radioed a report that the ocean is polluted by floating lumps of asphalt like He says that it is so bad that swimming is unpleasant and in some places the water is discolored and unclear Heyerdahl is collecting samples of the filth to prove his point to the who might otherwise be It is significant that Heyerdahl chose to inform the Norwegian am bassador to the UN of his It is probably the only organization which could bring sufficient pressure on all nations who use the sea lanes of the Atlantic to transport to act in concert to clean up the and to take more effective measures to prevent A Good Canadian Is By George In QTTAWA Cities a whose constituency is has suggested that perhaps theres been too much talk about rights and not enough about His which he put to Undersec retary of Slates Jules Leger in the form of a is that there ought to be a Canadian Charter of Duties which every one would be asked to subscribe A Canadian By I wish Id thought of But never mind raise your left palm place your right over your and repeat after A good Canadian is A good Canadian is a friend to all and a brother to every other Canadian if every other Canadian will just learn his hell tell him A good Canadian is prepared to make any sacrifice for his just so long as it doesnt involve the Canadian Radio Television Commission stopping him from getting The Flying A good Canadian is never hesitant to speak out against social es pecially if it occurs among grapepickers in Southern A good Canadian is free from ra cial but for their that theyll stay home where the climate is more suited lo A good Canadian will stand behind any effort to lessen the politi cal or cultural domination of his country by always provided that it wont cost him A good Canadian is clean in thought and especially if anyone is A good Canadian stoutly asserts that matters of national and international af his central Government is sovereign in all fairs and parades outside the nearest Uni ted Slates Consulate wherever the mood takes him to try to improve the A good Canadian recognizes the and Toronto truth of the saying that the rain fails alike on the just and the why would he be getting wet A good when he travels is quietly superior as he contem plates the crass materialism of the na when he travels east or boasts that he has the second highest standard of living in the A good Canadian is a friend to all and a brother to every other but would rather not have him move in next door or try to join the same golf A good Canadian will denounce for his disloyalty in leaving the country the same artists whose work he couldnt find time interested or thought while Hie artist was at A good Canadian is passionately de voted to national just so long as it doesnt involve subsidiz ing a bunch of heningchokers in the At lantic Provinces or bailing out a bunch of malingering sodbusters in the A good Canadian takes a keen in therest in keeps himself well in and is able to make incisive judg ments about policies and persons Ron ald George Spiro Agnew A good Canadian laments the Amer of his country and the pale ness of the Canadian and pays his dues in tha Georges A good recognizing that D standard of life and a standard of liv ing arc not necessarily Hie same demands clean clean bettor housing for livable preserved wilderness lower A good Canadian is clean in thought and deed especially if the deed is covered by the Criminal in which case he has a There Fair makes I he old chest swell and the heart boat doesnt it Jls so sort of morally The Mediterranean Military Balance AJADIUD The continual use by the Americans of their nuclear submarine base and two air force bases on Spanish territory is still in doubt despite renewed fears among Western military ob servers about growing Soviet power in the Clearly there is still a di vergence of opinion between the soldiers and the both in Washington and Mad regarding the value of these American leased But both Spanish and Ameri can senior military officers are convinced that a new lease should be signed for a further five They point out that there are now 150 airfields in the Med iterranean area in countries under Soviet a n d 44 of them are already equipped with Russiansupplied MiG jet In the West ern there is al ways the possibility of a change of government in Mo which would put a more leftwing regime in and there arc indications that Al geria is willing to make a deal with the Soviet Union regard ing the key former and now unoccupied naval base at The commander of the Uni ted States Sixth station ed in the Middle Admiral Horacio stated in a re cent interview that he believed that the Soviet Mediterranean fleet could be wiped out within six But Admiral Rivero admitted that the difference between victory and defeat lay in air Most Western strategists agree that land based aircraft are essential for the protection of any Admiral Rivero said T h e secret of superiority over Russia in the Mediterranean is the Soviet shortage of aircraft Without air superior he the Russian ships are a suicide des tined to end up at the bottom of the sea within six hours of the outbreak of But the question that West ern commanders are now con sidering is whether air su periority exists in he Med iterranean if it does how to maintain Ad miral Kivero was speaking only of his command and the Russian Any in cluding those that make up the might of the Sixth Fleet and the rest of the naval forces on Europes south ern is a silting duck for air craft and provided it is within It is also true that landbased aircraft have a longer range and a greater weapons payload than carrier based As the Russians inch their way along the African coast of the he Suez Canal and southward into the Indian they ere grad ually setting up a chain of air fields which could launch planes northward across the to reach tar gets deep inside Italy and Only the Western end of the Mediterranean has yet to he filled in on the rimland map use a military intelligence phrase showing Russian in Along the North African the United Arab Repub lic is already wellequipped with Russian even Russian and antiair c r a f t now promised Frenchbuilt Mirage is closer to the Commun ist world since the recent coup and its excellent re cently vacated by the British and American could serve the Russians Fur ther Tunisia has already somewhat anxiously put out feelers for eventual member ship of fearing that she will be squeezed between the leftwing regimes on both her eastern and western while showing new signs of alliance with the is at the same time flirting with the Russians about defence L That should help my own LIFT Along the northern coast of tlie Spain is not a member of NATO and as serts that she has no desire to She may or may not allow the United States to keep bases in her while pursuing a policy of aloofness from should still be counted with the West in the event of a major conflagra and NATO bases in Italy appear to be reasonably permanent at the and the military regime in Greece can presumably be counted on to support the Pentagon if the balloon goes Finally there is which is close enough to the Russian border to have second thoughts about the extent of her participation in a Mediterracan and which is affected by a chauvinistic pride similar to that of the Spaniards when it conies to considering what fa cilities should be granted to the United States Air Military planners are using thsse arguments to urge the Government and the Congress to be more gen erous in meeting Spanish de mands about the conditions for retaining American bases in In a it is Impossible to make a military estimate of the situation in so large an area as the without taking into account strategic planning throughout the when the United States is trying to re duce her international commit more American troops are scheduled to be withdrawn from Military plan ners are aware of the argu ments of European political leaders who feel that the ten sions between East and West are less now than ir previous But they contend that the potential enemy Russia militarily stronger now than ever In the Penta gan if troops are with then some other plan for Western defence must be worked It is the nature of military leaders to plan for the political leaders to negotiate for something and the people of the world to hope for the Once again in the his tory of the the Med iterranean may be the scene where mankinds future will be Written for The Herald anct The London Boris Kidel Brandt Slowed Down By Election Blow TJONN Chancellor Willy Brandts coalition govern ment lias been severely shaken by the disappointing outcome of the recent provincial elec tions involving nearly half of West Germanys Not only did the Socialists SPD fail to obtain the sweep ing endorsement they had ex but their Free Demo cratic Party FDP coalition partners suffered disastrous This setback has pro duced a grave threat for the survival of Germanys first So cialist led Government in 40 Encouraged by its the Christian D e m o c ratic CDU opposition is certain to intensify its efforts to bring down the government by caus ing a split between Brandt and the The elections for new state Parliaments in North Rhine Lower Saxony and the Saar had been turned into a plebiscite on Brandts per formance as Local issues had been driven into the background by the bitter con troversy over the governments policy of improving relations with Communist The result indicates that the CDUs virulent camp a i g n against the proposed agree ments with the Soviet Union and Poland on non aggression and border recognition made its mark on By assert ing that the government was selling out vital German in terests without obtaining any thing in return from the Com CDU leaders success fully exploited nationalist prej udices and anti Communist By far the gravest conse quence of the election is the FDPs elimination from the Parliaments of Lower Saxony and the By failing to ob tain the required 5 per cent minimum of the votes in Carry On From The Calgary Herald A LBERTA is extremely for tunate in the highcalibre type of man it has serving in the office of lieutenantgover Grant MacEwan took on the role at the begin ning of The normal term for lieutenantgovernors is five which means that the appointment will he up for con sideration once again within a months The Alberta government will be doing the province a good turn if it urges MacEwan to accept a renewal of his ap pointmcnt and stay on for another It is doubtful il a n y other province can boast a chief ex ecutive officer who works as tirelessly and effectively in Uie role as the manysided Grant MacKwan lie pops up a the most unexpected times and places in large and small communities throughout the wherever h i s pres ence is desired to lend dis tinction to a special He leads off marches for char ily and a hririk pace to wards the finish only floes ho do Iho usual cere monial things lieutenant gov ernors are required to do such as open and close the Legisla sign present awards and greet distinguished vis he makes interesting writes digs out fascinating bits of Cana dian history and has been writ ing a weekly column on the subject of en titled Our Natural for The Herald Magazine for the past fourteen MacEwan had a distin guished career in university professorship before coming to Calgary nearly Iwenly years lie was a Calgary alder man for five years ami served as Calgarys mayor for two years later after a stint in the Alberta Legislature as lead er of the provincial Liberal Me carries a sense rf conU gions Hilhusiasm about with him wherever he His knowledge of the Prairie re gion and its people goes as does his unabashed affec tion for In he makes an ideal lieutenant and we hope he government will insist upon him staying two tiie FDP no longer qualifies for parliamentary rep resentation Inevitably mis caslrophic defeat will cause the FDPs right wing to clamor for the termination of the partnership with the The con servatives in the FDP had op posed a coalition with Brandt from the pointing at the election they can argue that continued alli ance with the Left will lead to their partys total With only a 12 vote major ity in the Federal Brandt cannot rule witho u t FDP Already before the poll the FDPs rightwing faction seemed in an increas ingly rebellious Because of FDP abstentions the budget for the Chancellery was passed with only a six vote margin earlier this The FDP defectors made it clear that they withheld their support in protest against Brandts East ern During the coming weeks the CDU will go all out in its efforts lo lure FDP reb els into definite anti govern ment The Socialists al though failing to achieve the expected emerged on the whole honorably from the elec In Lower Saxony they re tained their position as the strongest party and in the Saar they slightly increased their It was in North Rhinc Germanys most populous that they suf fered a cruel Exhilarated by the higbly encouraging forecasts of public they fought Iho campaign with a conviction that an absolute majority was within easy Unhappily for the ths polls Inriied out lo be With a per mostly at the expanse of the Free Demo the CDU displaced the Socialists as the strongest party in Hie The only consola tion for the SPD was that in relation to autumns gen oral election its vote decreased by a per This in dicates no major decline in So cialist strength since Brandt assumed office eight months But it also shows how SPD leaders were over optimistic in bcliovirs thai the over whelming majority of young Germans voting for the first time would automatically sup port the Even if the CDU makes no immediate headway in detach ing a sufficient number of FDP Members of Parliament from the coalition to defeat the gov ernment Brandt now faces an extremely difficult The FDPs struggle for its survival will act as a brake on his ef forts to reach a settlement with the largely on account of FDP the government has been obliged to slow down the negotiations with Poland and To add to the the government saw itself forced to pledge that the treaties would be ratified only if new guarantees for Berlin had been obtained from the Brandt will also find the FDP more reluctant than in the past to support the domestic re forms he promised to the coun try when he became Chancel Anxious not to antagonize its remaining middle class the FDP will resist So cialist plans lo extend workers rights in industry and to in crease taxes for higher income The danger arising out of this election is that Brandt and the Socialists will find themselves increasingly paralysed by their coalition The remedy already put forward by some SPD leaders is the dissolution of Parliament and new general under West Ger manys the open ings for new elections are re Brandt would have to create a situation where Parlia ment refused him a vote of But the danger is that the CDU would immedi ately present its own candidate to succeed Brandt as Chancel Rather than face the risk of new general elections the majority of the FDP Parlia mentary party might easily vcie for the CDU Brandt cannot accept such a risk of a CDU lake over of his own free As the sit uation stands now it seems likely that for the time being Brandt will straggle on with his difficult and timorous coalition partner to remain in office he will have to trim his plans for a more just and forwardlook ing Written for The Herald and The London LOOKING BACKWARD TIIKOUGII TIIE HERALD 1920 Two representatives of the Soviet government were in Canada recently to discuss the feasibility of a Canadian Soviet trade 1930The Prince of bachelor heir to the throne cf England was 36 years old tD His birthday present is a DC HavilandPuss Moth with a totally enclosed Finance Min ister Kalslcn today aikcd tre mendous sacrifices of the Ca nadian people for war pur Drastic increases in in come taxation reaching every earner and almost prohibitive taxes en automobiles were an nounced in the peacetime draft in Ihe Unilcd States is just about set to run on for two or tllree more istifi The Union Nationals the powerful and awe s o m e poiitical organization which has ruled Quebec for 16 years toppled to defeat yester day when the under Lesage won the provin cial elections with 50 of the 93 The letltfaidge Herald 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HEKALD Proprietors and Publisher Published 1905 by BUCHANAN Second Class Mail IleKlstration Number 001 Member OI Tdo Canadian Press atld tliu Canadian Daily Newspawi Publishers Association nnd tho Audit nureati of Circulations Editor end Iunlisner THOMAS General JOp IHY IMilor Idilor IttlY DOUGLAS K WALKKI Advtrtisins Manager Editorial 1aao Kdllor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH ;