Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 - THE lETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, June 23, 1970- William Cemlyn-Jones Prison Not For Drug Users U is unfortunate that the public's attention to the LeDain report on the non - medical use of drugs should have been distracted by the controversy over the report being "leaked" to Time magazine. The leak is the government's and Parliamtnt's concern. The report is the people's concern. Most people, we suspect, feel the present law as applied especially to the "soft" drags such as marijuana, is outmoded. It is not and cannot be enforced. It does not have public respect, at least among a vast throng of young people. They are not persuaded that its use is that much worse than the use of alcohol. 1 The LeDain commission faced up ! to the dilemma, 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. It recommended only a nominal fine, at most, for the use of marijuana, and one of the commissioners said it should not be an offence at all. Health Minister Munro said the government is prepared to go part but not all of the way. Why not all the way he doesn't explain. But his intimation that marijuana wiU be transferred out of the Narcotic Control Act into the less ominous Food and Drug Act is encouraging, and even more encouraging that for the Lesser drug offences prison terms may be abolished. Mr. Munro's apology Monday night for promising abolition of prison terms is to be regretted. It is hoped that his earlier promise will become government polic\'. SP repr cbf Diplomatic Footsy China's royal refugee Prince Norodom Sihanouk has arrived in North Korea for a state visit. According to messages from Nonnan Webster, The Lethbridge Herald's correspondent in Peking, the ebullient prince was given a full head of state ceremony at the Peking railway stations, with Premier Chou En-lai in person to wave him farewell. The prince now heads what he calls the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia, and because Pyonyang was one of the first nations to recognize Sihanouk's leadership-in-exile of Cambodia, he has gone to North Korea to ask for equipment, training and logistical support in his efforts to overthrow the Lon Nol regime. The New China News Agency, official press of Peking, has denounced the Lon Nol government, the South Vietnamese and Thailand and said that they were all acting in concert under U.S. anti-Communist leadership to suppress the Indo-Chinese people. There is no indication so far about what help the North Koreans will extend to Sihanouk. In June 19pecially if anyone is looking. 7. A gooONN - Chancellor Willy Brandt's coalition government has been severely shaken by the disappointing outcome of the recent provincial elections involving nearly half of West Germany's electorate. Not only did the Socialists fSPD) fail to obtain the sweeping endorsement they had expected, but their Free Dem-o-cratic Party (FDP) coalition partners suffered disastrous losses. This setback has produced a grave threat for the survival of Germany's first Socialist - led Government in 40 years. Encouraged by its gains, the Christian D e m o c ratic (CDU) opposition is certain to intensify its efforts to bring down the government by causing a split between Brandt and the FDP. The elections for new state Parliaments in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and the Saar bad been tiu-ned into a plebiscite on Brandt's performance as Chancellor. Local issues had been driven mto the background by the bitter controversy over the government's policy of improving relations with Commimist countries. The result indicates that the CDU's virulent camp a i g n against the proposed agreements with the Soviet Union and Poland on non - aggression and border recognition made its mark on voters. By asserting that the government was "selling out" vital German interests without obtaining anything in return from the Com-mimists, CDU leaders successfully exploited nationalist prejudices and anti - Commimist feeUngs. By far the gravest consequence of the election is the FDP's elimination from the ParUaments of Lower Saxony and tlie Saai'. By failing to obtain the required 5 per cent minimum of the votes in the^Q Carry On From The Calgary Herald ALBERTA is extremely for-tunale in the high-calibre type of man it has serving in the office of lieutenant-governor. Hon. J. W, Grant MacEwan took on the role at the beginning of 1966. The normal term for lieutenant-governors is five years, which means that the appointment will be up for consideration once again within a few months' time. The Alberta government will be doing the province a good lurn if it urges .Mr. MacEwan to accept a renewal of his ap-pointim-nt and .slay on fur another term. it is doubtful il a n y uthcr province can boast a chief executive officer who works as tij-elessly and effectively in the role as the many-sidee coming weeks the CDU will go all out in its effoils to lure FDP rebels into definite anti - government commitment. The Socialists themselves, al-thoug'h failing to achieve the expected gains, emerged on the whole honorably from the elections. In Lower Saxony they retained their position as the strongest party and in the Saar they slightly increased their vote. It was in North Rliinc-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, that they suffered a cruel disappointment. Exliilarated by the highly-encouraging forecasts of public opinion poUs. they fought the campaign with a conviction that an absolute majority was witliin easy reach. Unhappily for the Socialists, five polls turned out to be wrong. With a per cent gain, mostly at the experuse of the Free Democrats, the CDU displaced Socialists as the strongest party in the state. Tlie only consolation for the SPD was that in relation to la.st autumn's general elpction it^ vote decreased by a mere 0.7 per cent. This indicates no m.ajor decUne in Socialist strength since Brandt assumed office eight months ago. But it also shows how SPD leaders were over - optimistic in bclievirg that the ovrr-whclming majority of young Germans voting for the first time would automatically support the Left. Even if the CDU makes no immediate headway in detaining a sufficient number of FDP Members of Parliament from the coalition to defeat the government Brandt now faces an extremely difficult period. The FDP's struggle for its sm-vival will act as a brake on his efforts to reach a settlement with the East. Already, largely on account of FDP pressure, the government has been obliged to slow down the negotiations with Poland and Russia. To add to the difficulties, the government saw itself forced to pledge that the treaties would be ratified only if new guarantees for Berlin had been obtained from the Russians. Brandt will also find the FDP more reluctant than in the past to support the domestic re-foms he promised to the country when he became Chancellor. Anxious not to antagonize its remaming middle - class voters, ti>e FDP will resist Socialist plans to extend workers' rights in industry and to increase taxes for higher income groups. The danger arisirg out of this election is that Brandt and the Socialists will find themsflves increasingly pai'alysed by their coalition partner. The remedy already put fonvard by some SPD leaders is the dissolution of ParUameiit and new genei-al elections. However, under West Germany's constitution, the openings for new elections are re-sh'icted. Brandt would have to create a situation where Parha-ment refused him a vote of confidence. But the danger is that the CDU would inimedi-ately present its own candidate to succeed Brandt as Chancellor. Rather than face the risk of new general elections tlie majority of the FDP Parliamentary party might easily vote for the CDU candidate. Brandt cannot accept such a risk of a CDU take - over of his own free choice. As the situation stands now it seems likely that for the time being Brandt will struggle on witli his difficult and timorous coaUtion partner: to remain in office he will have to trim his plans for a more just and forward-looking Germany. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) LOOKING BACKWARD TIIKOUGH THE HERALD 1920 - Two representatives of the Soviet government were in Canada recently to discuss the feasibility of a Canadian-Soviet trade agreement. 1930-The Prince of Wales, bachelor heir to the throne cf England was 36 years old today. His bii-thday present is a Do Haviland-Puss Moth with a totally enclosed cabin. lyto-Canadian Finance Minister rialston today asked tremendous sacrillt'cs of the Canadian people for war pur-the P"^^^- ^''astic increases in in- come taxation reacliing evei7 earner and almo.st prohibitive taxes cn automobiles were announced in the House. 1930-The peacetime draft in the United States is just about set to run on for two or tlireo more years. I960 - The Union Nationals party, the powerful and awe-s 0 m e political organization which has ruled Quebec for 16 years toppled lo defeat yesterday when the Liberals, under .Jean Lesage won the provincial elections with 50 of the 95 seats. Hic Letlibdc^e Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbi-idge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisbem Published 1905 - 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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