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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 - THI UTHBRIDOI HERALD - Friday, March 2, 1973 l-IHTOItl ALS Public support? The public, asserts Southern Alberta School Authorities Association Chairman Ray Clark, is behind rural trustees in their stand to refuse any further concessions to the teachers. How does he know what the public thinks on this matter? Some instruments have been devised for taking the public pulse - polls, for instance. No mention, however, is made by Mr. Clark of any sampling of opinion upon which his claim might be based. Maybe if the people were polled they might be found to hold a different opinion. Despite the paid advertisement by the trustees in newspapers, the teachers' side of the story may be more persuasive because it is better known. The fact is that spokesmen for the teachers have been far more accessible to the public, through the news media, than their counterparts among the trustees. Mr. Clark has too often not been available for comment. Statements attributed to him emanate from the public relations director of the Alberta School Trustees Association in Edmonton. If the public is to come to any kind of fair assessment of the issue(s) at stake a better airing of them is required. It is not enough to have contending parties firing off their self-serving statements. The whole truth is seldom contained in documents issued by parties with vested interests; it can only be reached by something akin to cross examination. There was a suggestion made recently by the president of Mount Royal College in Calgary - commented on in this space - that some contract negotiations might well be held in public. A ^good case could be made for such a procedure in this instance. Now may be the time speaking in the House of Commons during the recent budget debate, the Conservatives' farm critic blasted the government for reducing tariffs on certain imported food products. He alleged this move would "cut the very heart" out of much of Canada's food production industry, leading to serious disruption on the farm front and widespread unemployment in the food processing trades. He used the gloomiest of terms, as he predicted bankruptcy for cattlemen especially and disaster all around. Perhaps there was a bit of exaggeration; members of the opposition tend to extravagant phraseology when discussing the iniquities of the government. But he did say, with every evidence of really meaning it, that the farm and ranch people he'd spoken with were as seriously upset as he'd ever known them to be. There is no denying that reducing the price of imports makes them more competitive with locally produced goods, so cutting tariffs on imported meats is hardly good news for the cattle industry. A couple of cents a pound difference is all that is needed to turn a profit into a loss in that business. And with consumers as lumpy as they are over food prices, it would take very little to trigger pattern changes that could be very costly to producers. There is another disturbing aspect to all this. Assuming this report reflects something more than the knee-jerk rhetoric of party politics that dictates that for every government assertion there must be an opposition denial, then food production, still Canada's most important industry, cannot operate without tariff protection. That seems to be the only possible implication, if removal of tariffs means bankrupt producers and unemployed processers. This doesn't mean that Canada's food industry is unsound economically or that it is badly managed. Rather, it points to an imbalance between the Canadian protective mechanism and the bewildering system of tariffs, imports, subsidies and other special measures employed by almost all food producing countries to keep agricultural production just barely profitable enough to persuade the primary producers to stick at it. Eventually, something will have to be done about this, on an international level. Perhaps now. with Canadian grain once more a sought-after commodity on world markets, would be a good time to raise the issue. ERIC NICOL Plug the leak Everyway about conserving our fast-dvvmdling finite resources, but nobody' does anything about it. Alright, goddammit, let's do something about it - my way. I hate to have to take over like this, especially since a small black toothbrush moustache doesn't really suit me but - for the fatherland . . . First. The federal government creates a new department - the Ministry of Future Generations. The posterity minister has the ultimate say in all matters affecting the ability of this country to sustain the yet unborn, in circumstances of at least a reasonable quality of life. This is one government department where there can be no lobbying. The child that is still only a gleam in his father's eye is not apt to muster a pressure group in Ottawa. All the more reason why the Ministry o( Future Generations must have the power to override special pleading, vested interest, economic dogma and growth freaks of all ilks. Second. The new department sets up studies of the uses of finite resources, to determine which uses are necessary and beneficial to Canadian species (including homo Canucks), and which are merely profligate, frivolous and plain dumb. Example, petroleum products. I have prepared a tentative list of yahoo uses of petroleum fuels: Muscle cars. All automobiles that gobble gasoline, the better to satisfy the owner's itch to be the duke royal of dragdom - banned. Like, no sale. If a person wants to lay rubber ho gets a job installing carpet cushion. The minister for posterity introduces legislation that restricts the fuel consumption of internal combustion engines of private vehicles to 30 m.p.h. or better. This makes the steam and electric cars more competitive, on streets where cars potter about with a maximum of quiet and * minimum of call on great, dirty oil tankers lumbering out of the Arctic. Airliners. Research conducted by the Ministry of Future Generations will establish that 90 per cent of air travel is entirely unnecessary. As soon as the average Canadian family gets a little money put by, Mother goes to visit her family in Scotland. Because of the longevity of Scots (especially grandmothers, who sometimes refuse to die at all), this expedition is repeated again and again, the jumbos barging back and forth and biting enormous hunks cut of reserves of oil. TV satellites devoted to global communication between members of families will r :fettively replace shuttling millions of bodies which, it will be found, belong to persons whose travelling is motivated by desire not so much to reach where they're going as to get away from where they've been. American hunters by the thousands f 1 y into the north woods every year because they have found difficulty obtaining a licence to shoot their wives. This is irresponsible air travel. Our great grandchildren will look back with disgust upon us who dissipated in tourism their birthright of adequate petroleum fuels, when we could have visited other countries, as they will, via travel films. Snowmobiles, go-carts, power mowers, etc. Such abominations in a noise-polluted environment are doubly ripe for extinction, in that they use the fuel that thosB grandchildren will have to ration in order to do necessary work, such as powering locomotives and ships. Such measures by the Ministry of Future Generations will of course evoke howls of prdtest from every delayed adolescent unable to assert himself without burning up a lot of long-dead shrimps. It will ignore them. Democratic government must listen to the voices that cannot speak til) Tomorrow. Now, which way to the bunker, Eva? On the Hill By Joe Clark, MP for Rocky Mountain 'I said ... we were one of the lucky ones ... not expropriated for airport expansion." Demands delicate diplomacy By Paul Whltelaw, Herald Washington, commentator When the UN security council ventures from its downtown Manhattan headquarters next month to meet in Panama, it will be more than a token gesture to Latin America and its problems. The security council sessions from March 15 through the 21st is building up as a major confrontation by Latin and South American countries with the United States. At best, say diplomatic sources here and in Washington, it will be embarrassing for the Americans. The United States will almost certainly be subjected to charges of neocolonialism at the meeting. More seriously, the session could seriously damage the already-tarnished prestige of the council and the United Nations. The Panama meeting will be a baptism of fire and test of diplomatic skill for John Scali, the former White House aide who was recently appointed United States ambassador to the UN. The list of American sore points among Latin and South American countries is a long one, ranging from Panamanian demands for control of the strategic canal through their republic, to Chile's trouble selling its copper, to demands for a 200-mile offshore territorial limit by Ecuador and Peru. What worries western diplomats-both American and foreign-is that the intensity and amount of rhetoric could be such as to preclude real developments toward solving Latin America's problems. "If the security council Is forced to vote down a long series of strident and unacceptable resolutions, it could seriously tarnish the council's image among third world nations," notes one Canadian official. Yet, it would be exceedingly difficult for the five permanent members of the security council, or the 10 nations which are rotating members, to approve resolutions put forward solely for the purpose of creating political embarrassment for the United States or anyone else. Canada is currently not a member of the council, and one Washington state department source quipped: "You guys are lucky. You won't have to take sides down in Panama." The Canadian role at the March session will be limited to the sidelines, with UN Ambassador Saul Rae hopeful that he willT>e able to attend. If not, he will send one of his deputies. During a recent conversation, Mr. Rae noted that he has a special personal interest in the council meeting and Latin America because of his recent experience as Canadian ambassador to Mexico from 1967 until 1972. He was also a cere-= dited at that time as ambassador to Guatemala. The United States is attempting to influence Latin diplomats to help keep the Panama meeting low-key on the grounds that nothing will be gained by airing along string of frustrations and disagreements. However, the Americans are preparing for the worst eventualities, and special Latin affaire experts have joined Ambassador Scali's staff in New York. Diplomatic sources In Washington say there is a possibility that Premier Castro of Cuba might join his country's delegation at the council session. They point out that despite the recent U.S.-Cuba hijacking agreement and a slight improvement in relations between the two countries, he could not easily overlook a chance to castigate the Americana on issues ranging from the American-held naval base at Guantanamo Bay to anti-Castro activity originating in Florida. The Panamanians themselves are also involved in difficult and slow-moving negotiations with the United States over the Panama Canal. The tiny but strategic Latin American nation has been pressing with renewed vigor its claim to control the canal and the zone suntwnding it. A former American diplomat to the Isthmian Republic was .. .and now, our'biased AND unblosed newscast.' As uiual, the unbiased reports will be those wMcfc support me tftffflflLffMflJMif . . warned by senior government officials there not long ago that there could be an outbreak of nationalistic violence during the meeting similar to 1964. At that time, Panamanian rioters bat-led U.S. forces in the Canal Zone. Other matters on which the United States may be assailed include: -The tuna fishing war off the coasts of Ecuador and Peru, whose governments claim 200-mile ocean territoriality. They have seized and fined United, States fishing boats within these waters, and have urged other Latin American nations to do the same; -The touchy oil import quota situation involving Venezuela; -Chile's current difficulties selling its copper as a result of U.S. pressure on behalf of an American firm. Relations between the two countries have deteriorated steadily since the Chilean government expropriated U.S.-owned copper mines in 1971. There is also a prevalent feeling among Latin and South American diplomats in Washington that the Nixon administration is not giving the proper priority to the problems of their nations. The diplomats point to what they describe as sharply curtailed American aid to Latin America and to trade barriers which, in their view, adversely affect the economies of their countries. "There was lots of fanfare several years ago that President Nixon would do something about these problems," one Latin American diplomat told me recently. "But we are still in the same situation as before-little more than client states unable to sell our raw materials at good prices while forced to purchase manufactured goods at high prices." He also complained about high tariff barriers in the United States against his country's small output of manufactured products. Earlier this month, in a move preparatory to the Panama council session, President Nixon issued a statement saying: "We intend to fulfil our pledge to support your, efforts to achieve economic and social development in the hemisphere." The president's remarks were relayed by a senior U.S. state department official who read a letter from Mr. Nixon to Latin Americans attending the Inter-American Economic and Social Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia. However, the feeling among Latin American diplomats here and in Washington is that Mr. Nixon's pledge made up in platitudes whatever it lacked in substance. The journey to Panama by the security council is only the second time in the 27-year history of the United Nations that it has met outside the United States. It is an attempt to make the international organization more relevant in far-off third world countries. The first such travelling session was held one year ago in Addis Ababba, Ethiopia. Diplomats at the UN say that'desplte initial reservations by some western nations that the session would turn into a game of "bait the old colonial powers" it is termed a success. They aren't as optimistic about what the security council meeting in Panama will accomplish. Budgets, Blue Book main spending estimates, and redls-.tributlon in Alberta - these were the topics recently - all very, very important to all of us. Turner's budget certainly was designed to appeal to a very broad cross-section of consumers and the NDP! The new budget is a complete reversal of government policy and priorities set by Mr. Turner's budget of May 1972. Economic stimulation is the theme now, with the admitted risk of continuing and even increased inflation. Certainly the old age pension increase and the personal income tax deductions are very welcome and will have wide acclaim. Less than a day after the budget presentation a much less publicized document was introduced - the so called Blue Book of main spending estimates for fiscal 1973-74. After stating in his budget speech "I shall lean heavily on the side of cutting taxes as opposed to increasing expenditures. This reflects the government's determination to impose restraint on its own spending in order to avoid aggravating inflation," Mr. Turner heard his colleague, Mr. Drury (treasury board) announce a $9.3 billion expense total or a whopping 17 per cent increase over last fiscal year! It is another deficit budget of course - a $2 billion one - the same as the current year. The NDP have already indicated their support of the new budget. There is much speculation as to how far this support will extend towards the corporate tax cuts with the fast writeoff provisions of the May '72 budget, when these are brought before the House for approval. Unemployment, inflation and high cost of living - these are the issues facing all Canada as the new budget and main estimates take over our economic direction. I personally hope that direction is right far Canada as a nation - but there are some very ominous clouds in sight. On the home front, redistribution must be a lively topic! The complete change in Alberta's redistribution plan must be due to the obvious need for a change in Rocky Mountain, plus the increased populations of Calgary and Edmonton. Under the new proposal the traditional rural  smaller cities and town constituencies have been sacrificed in favor of three more Calgary and Edmonton ridings with smaller populations in these 10 city ridings. I urge all interested - whether as individuals or as groups to express your views on this subject at the hearings. Notice of your intentions must be given. The question of the effective date for the new electoral plan for all Canada has yet to be announced. This will be determined' by Parliament. Letters Lack at taste displayed During the recent SWATA convention held in Lethbrldge, the closing address was given by Dr. Leon Jakobovits. Due to the nature of his talk and the discipline which he practices, namely linguistics, the speaker had less than an enthusiastic audience. In fact, quite a number of those in the audience showed their disapproval by leaving. The majority of the teachers, however, displayed their sense of fair play by hearing what the gentleman had to say. As disdainful as this exodus was, the crowning act of gross disrespect came at the end of the talk. The chairman, failed to thank the speaker for his effort and time. However negatively the talk was received by the audience, it is incumbent upon the chairman to thank the speaker. The chairman displayed a lack of taste, moreover a dereliction in his position by failing to do this. I hope that Dr. Jakobovits is not a very sensitive man and has not concluded that all south Albertans treat their guests with such callousness. A CONCERNED TEACHER Lethbrldge. Where's the wheat money? What happened to the rest of our wheat money? Last spring The Herald (and Mr. Lang and Mr. Olson and others of their ilk) promised us three dollars a bushel for a major portion of our production. There was a lot of learned discussion by people who wouldn't know a bushel of wheat if it hit them in the face and it was generally agreed that the big paternalistic government had once again come to the rescue of the farmers. Comments by those actively engaged in wheat production and aware of the realities of pricing were dismissed with the customary contempt. The initial price of Durum for example was $1.26. Mr. Lang did a lot of expensive and generous talking, juggled his figures and sent us four cents a bushel. Some got a little more, some a lot less. The export price was said to be "roughly" $1.95% cents a bushel. In the excitement of the election we heard and read of vastly increased returns, price Increases and impending prosperity. Huge sales were made, at prices not yet revealed. There is reason to believe that some of these sales were made at a very low figure, in a rapidly rising market, with far more concentration on political expediency than good business. The election was lost anyway, for the Liberals in the West, and now we have our final payment. Four and three-quarters cents, for a grand total of $1.34-%. Where is the $1.75, or 75 cents deducting the freight? Where is the $2.35 we heard quoted from time to time, or is it just ghostly possible that some of last year's payment had to be set over to make the election price increases? Did it have to cover some of those fast cheap sales, or did it find its way into some other dark corner, or sweeten up a .low-grade account somewhere? This would be a good time to hear from some of the staunch supporters of marketing boards, collectivism, regulation of flax and rapeseed, complete government control and that famous two-price system. L. K. WALKER Lethbridge. Not cancelled In reply to a letter published recently, I would like to inform all who enjoyed concerts, overtures and encores on CHEC-FM that the program has not been cancelled. It has been rescheduled to a different time period. The new schedule is 10 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, and Saturdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again 6 p.m. to midnight. The change is made after hearing many people say, "I wish it was on when I could listen." We therefore rescheduled it to accommodate the people who are at work all day. I feel with this change we will be getting to a larger potential audience. I can assure all listeners of CHEC-FM the change in programming was made after a great deal of research on our part, and not on the spur of the moment. WALT EDWARDS Program Director _CHEC-FM, Lethbrldge The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and PubUsbtn Published 1905  1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN stcond ciaia Mall Ragutrailon No. Wit Mambtr of Tht Canadian Prea� and tha Canadian Dally Nawapaptr Publlahtri' Atioclatlon and tha Audit *vr*�u of Circulation* CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publish* THOMAS H. ADAMS. Gmtra) Manager ' DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Auoclatt Editor ROY P. MILES DOUGLAi K. WALKER Advancing Managar Editorial Pag* Editor THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH" 89 ;