Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THf IttHBRIDGE HERALD Ihurtciay, March 4, 1971 Maurice Western A contest of wills Britain's tug of between the labor unions and the Heath govern- ment's determination to push through the Industrial Relations Bill which would eliminate wildcat strikes has developed into a full fledged bat- tle. The losers are millions of Bri- ton's caught in the middle and they are just a little more than fed up with the whole thing To date the list of tribulations seems endless: a postal strike in its sixth week; a wildcat newspaper strike; threats of a railway strike, plus hike in transportation costs; 21 Ford plants out on strike; the col- lapse of the nation's second largest automobile insurance company; over a million non striking workers laid off without pay Members of Prime Minister Ed- ward Heath's govci nment see the up- heaval as but one stage in the fight against wage and price inflation plus reform of the labor union system. Union officials claim the Indus- trial Relations Bill is unduly restric- tive and deprives unions of their rights. In the meantime, concerned Bri- tons are sharply of their eco- nomic position, and the urgent need for British industry to remain com- petitive ahiuad. They are not amused at the cavalier way union leadership announces the closing of car plants, nevvspapei and other enterprises, even foi a twenty four hour period. They are aware also that there has to be some control on irresponsible labor demands. It is reasonable to suppose that responsible union leaders realize the need for controls too, if the country is to suivive economic ruin. In the meantime, the contest of goes on, the government un- bending, the unions holding fast and calling for continued opposition to the Industrial Relations Bill from all membeis. Who'll give in first is a matter of conjecture, but anxious cit- izens will be happy to see both sides amve at some sort of a draw. On delaying justice "Kangaroo" justice is not justice. If the accused is rushed through court without time or opportunity to get a proper defence, the people's sense of fair play is offended and they will not stand for it. The opposite is also dangerous Unnecessary delays in the judicial process can also pervert and even deny justice. The feeling is very popular that it is often cheaper and much more convenient to plead guilty, even dis- honestly, than to go through the pro- tracted process of disputing the po- lice. The courts are never hesitant to express outrage at that attitude. To plead guilty just for convenience is an affront to the judicial system, they insist, and they will not know- ingly tolerate it. That, then, puts some responsibil- ity on the judicial -system, and espe- cially on the courts, to minimize the inconvenience of pleading not guilty. The courts must be ready to sub- mit to a little inconvenience them- selves to spare the accused (and others involved) great inconvenience. When the accused and witnesses and solicitors have already put them- selves out for the disposition of jus- tice, it behooves the courts to be willing to do the same. Otherwise the judicial process be- comes too expensive for the aver- age person, and he is "punished" less by pleading guilty in the first place than by trying to establish (even successfully) his innocence. Ugliness in Lethbridge The city has a long-term policy of removing utility poles and wires from the streets and alleys and put- ting the services underground. All new areas are being serviced under- ground, and each year there is some money for moving the old services. Consideration should be given to speeding up the schedule The forest of poles and canopy of wires on so many city streets is one of Lethbridge's major blights. Re- moving the offence to people's eyes is w o r t h something. And then, against the cost of accelerating the change, should be put the cost of the annual butchery of the trees per- petrated for the protection of the wires. Motricidation molignancy By Ed of the greatest obstacles to pro- gram change in high schools is the "Matriculation Malignancv It's a malignancy that has divided the high school student population into two classes matriculants and also-rans. It's a barrier that has relegated those stu- dents who are either unwilling or unable to meet its demands into second class educationship. It's a straitjacket that stresses competition and emphasizes grades above all else. Iligh schools have become so preoccu- pied with matriculation that their aim is no longer to provide an education for all, but to get some of their students into univer- sity. In their concern over some of their students meeting univeisity admission re- quirements, they have overlooked the av- erage studenk ami they make up, by far, the largest pioportion of the student population. The belief that high school is for everyone is a myth. It's mainly for the student planning and preparing to go to uni- versity. The justification for mniiculation is that it is supposed to better prepare for their forthcoming crrlral at university or college. It's a scieemng device, we're told, that is supposed to work to the ulti- mate advantage of all students. Its sup- posed to select those student vsho can succeed in, and piofit fioni a univeiMty education. At the samp time, u's to "weed out" those vino can t or won't In doing so, it's supposed to icduce (ho num- ber of potential failures find save counties liioihaniN of dollar I wonder Arc .students who rain a solid .senior matriculation st.uv'mc; i-enei pirp.ued for successful work at Ihe muveiMtv Well not according in a icu'iit finding of Robert Young, .school Mipeniijrndent in New Jersey lie found lhar vfu-lent'- v.ho de- parted from tvpical college pieprtration 'we call it matriculation i did v.rll, or letter than who had coiiluinmi to it" In nth i aimval Mihongh lhat imghi comment VI.K made fin nu lifiirht, I plan to Ifninr it I h.ivi bemr limns In do vnth un in.ni Problems in selling CDC to public The gin eminent is experiencing some dif- ficulty in making a persuasive case "for the Canada Develop- ment Corporation It is one thing to find the right proce- duie for dealing with a "hy- brid" bill but another to sell the hybrid now that it is prop- erly before Parliament. Unhappily for ministers and their supporters, the CDC on its face is an attempt to reconcile irreconc i 1 a b 1 e s. On the one hand it is supposed to be an agency of national salvation safcguanting our future by en- suring that Canadian firms do not slip into American hands. On the other it is supposed to operate as a private corpora- tion in anticipation of profit: Thus it must not be a pur- chaser of last lesort which would he almost bound to lose monev for the shareholders. If the CDC is to be a private corporation operating despite the presence of government as a major shareholder like any other private corporation, nhat is the point of it? Finance Min- ister Benson is keenly aware that the bill must be set in the context of the foreign owner- ship policy now being develop- ed by the government. In his speech on Monday, a masterly demonstration of the ait of walking on eggs, he said: "It should be regarded as only one of the measures to pro- mote greater ownership and control of our economy by Ca- nadians. But I am confident that the role it can play will make a very important contri- bution to our efforts to deal positively and constructiv e 1 y with these concerns." Barnett Danson, the prime minister's parliamentary secre- tary, devoted most of his speech to the larger problem. "It is the first he said, "that we have really begun to come to grips with the owner- ed, with a mixture of ered a charge culty, more or less, by employ- and caution: ''I use which has been brought and ing such phrases as. "We an- 'begun' adrisec.ly as I which Mr. Benson did his best ticioate" and should." ship and control of our indus- try and our resources." lie added boldness the word advisec.ly believe it to be the fiist sub- stantial legislative step to help us 'tip toe1 through the intri- cacies of maintaining a sub- stantial inflow of investment capital, still essential in the view of my party to the dyna- mic growth of the economy, and the Imperative of assum- ing an increasing degree of con- trol over the business and eco- nomic decisions 'vhieh veiy much affect our sovereignty and our development as a more gumem, be independent, for otherwise it might be consid- lo a supposedly independent corporation. He met this diffi- to refute. What will happen if the CDC does respond to signals from Parliament Hill and in conse- quence loses money r.r earns less, say, than the yMj on sav- ings bonds? Presumably pri- vate investors will entrust their funds to some other corpora- tion with a decent rate of re- turn. In that case the govern- ment will be left with the CDC. Will it then be socialism or will it be accorded some more re- distinct Canadian social and po- spectable designation meaning litical identity." the same thing? The CDC is a child of gov- ernment and must have a role that will appear important to the public. Mr. Benson was fairly clear on what it would not do. Obviously, however, he could not be in the position of But how does the government know that the CDC will do these things if it is, in fact, to be a private corporation operating, in Mr. Benson's words, "free of pressure by departments of the federal government5" It must, for purposes of the present ar- handing our marching orders "Daddy says he refuses to get out of bed till they get rid of pollution, unemployment, pot-holes, crime, traffic jams Letters To The Editor Truth of Feminine Mystique demonstrated In your Carl and Betty" edi- torial (Feb. 27) you use a well-worn technique of making a personal attack rather than applying yourself to an honest rebuttal of the person's ideas. Many women will not miss the point that you are against them. We all know that Betty Fnedan is a strident hateful woman, and I understand that all women's liberation groups, including her own, do not want her in their organizations. Is it not true that hi many cases the value of a person's work is enhanced rather than demeaned by knowing the con- ditions that "fostered it? Betty had many strikes against her. Libraries form of insurance Two items in your issue of Wednesday, February 24, were designed to draw comment from tins quarter. The excerpt from the Chris- tian Science Monitor headed "Reading holds its own" (against TV) is strongly sup- ported by Lethbridge Public Li- bran statistics for 1970 which show' that the number of books borrowed by adults for home reading have increased by eighty-five per cent over the past ten Over the fif- teen-year span, loughlv .since the inception of television in Lethbridge. the city's per cap- ita use of books loaned trom the public library has increased from 504 volumes to 96" vol- umes. In the matter of hlelong edu- cation and the substance of Mr Mower's .speech, the public h- hraiy was been lo be a pnm.iix aqenev m continuous over a hundred vears ago and has fought ever since to till th's role adequately I use the word fought because there has alw.ijs k'en j "more prac- tical user for public monev, Muh as parkadcs, sewage tems and uirhng rinks the public h- hiarv has helped teachcis in SKTOIIIC plumbers, lavueis in become vvood-engi avei s, house wives to become historians and er.b.idv to become pohtl- 'i.uis or anvthing else atmid- uit: lo si and aptitude In contrast lo Eho provincial eminent'', pride in its edu- cational .spending is the notable on its financial I'OK for pubii'1 libiai y MTV lie. pioh.ihlv hi It knnw.s thai, ihe last count, AJbeita ea.silv retained its position as a very poor last among the provinces with its nearest competitor con- tributing half as much again per capita. If we regard expenditure on public library service a s a form of insurance on our mas- sive education investment, Al- berta's policy in 1968 cost one tenth of one per cent, our nearest competitor, Quebec, in- sured for twice as much, Sask- atchewan and New Brunswick seven times as much. Anv busi- ness man would conclude that Alberta assumes considerable risk with a policy that can only- he described as plenty-deduc- tible C, F. R DEW, LIBRARIAN, LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY. 'Crazy Capers' You slupid clot, can't you get it into that thick skull that you're qood as Hit! tiLvt She was intellectually brilliant, a woman, Jewish, physically un- attractive, and socially ostra- cized by the people in the small mid-west town of her childhood. Having suffered these unfoitu- nate intersections she was well equipped to analyse her plight and in doing so exposed what must be the outstanding defect of our society. Your advice "don't marry a women's lib activist" is di- rected at men and carried the unspoken assumption that mar- riage in its present state is good. for men. But is it good? For the past couple of jears, survejs have been com- ing out that indicate that, on the average, single men and women are happier than mar- ried men or women. The ad- vantages of marriage do not seem to outweigh the disad- vantages AFarriage is perhaps too con- fining an arena for "the battle of the sexes'' winch is a main cause of frigidity, impotence, prostitution of both men and women (whether married or and in the extreme, of homosexuality and lesbianism. (You further jour attack on Betty Fnedan by telling us that she associates with lesbi- ans Perhaps we ought to as- sert that non-marriage is good for people, or better >et, good for some, bad for others. Your advice is no! needed because even one know s or should know that a man considered normal for our society should not marry someone who cannot fol- low the cultural rules A "nor- mal" woman should not marry a revolutionary man or one who believes Hut man's life .should he dcvolcd exclusively to gen- eralmg hallueinatoi-v Know- ledge, I could advise women lo not marry a man who devotes himself almost exclusively lo generating material pos- sessions, hut then that aberra- tion is culturally sanctioned t interprel your advice as being a for women in grn- em I. I believe that Rettv wants- "to f'ce man from llie 'inequities of ahmonv' I'm pot sure, 1ml I think Dial alimony is foi Iho maintenance of the children. You put them together. It is for the latter that she wanted three times what the courts awarded. Maybe the courts, controlled by men, were biased against the women's hberationist Mrs. Fne- dan, as I submit that you are, and that she was 'perhaps awarded only one-third of what she should have gotten for the children. Why did not the courts award custody to Mr. Fnedan? As for alimony you cannot expect women to give it up before they get their free- dom. I do not contest thai she is most of what Carl says she is but perhaps your paper should also print her side of the story, an attack on Carl and men. You have not given "a kind of coup de grace for Ihe Femi- nine you have dem- onstrated its truih. JOHN MacKENZLE, Lethbridge. Looking Through the Herald 1021 The Western Domin- ion Railway, which has cre- ated some stir in southern Al- berta through rumors of its budding, is again asking the house of Commons for an ex- tension of time. The line is to start at the boundary and nm llnough Tardston lo Pmcher Creek thence north lo Calgary. ira-Southein Alberta is ex- periencing its first blizzard of the winter, following a day of high winds which filled the" air with clouds of dust. of contracts for Ihe construction of the new Thus: "It should concentrate the exercise of its own direct entrepreneurial func t i o n s in those areas of particular prom- ise and interest to the Cana- dian economy where there is not otherwise likely to be a sufficient degree of Canad i a n participation." (Why not' Do Canadian In- vestors think they can make more monev somewhere "It should emphasize areas involving the development and application of new technology. which involve the exploi- tation and utilization of Cana- dian natural resources, those which have special relevance to the development of the North and those in w hich Canada now has or can develop significant comparative advantages by in- ternational standards." This is too general to mean much. The individual decisions will determine the success or faihue of the CDC. Mr. Benson then said that significant steps must be taken to rationalize and improve Ca- nadian industry and that these will involve mergers, amalgam- ations and other corporate ar- rangements designed to strength- en the competitiveness o f Canadian industry. "The CDC should be in a position to play an important catalytic and fa- cilitating role in making such changes possible and reducing (he risks of an undesirable de- gree of foreign contiol of tlis industries concerned." Some businessmen who at- tempted a catalvtic role have been charged in the courts with offerees against the combines law. The government proposes to change the combines law but Parliament has yet to see ths new bill, much less approve it. So the CDC is to serve by fa- cilitating changes which, under the law as it stands, might im- pel the combines people to rec- ommend prosecutions. What is- perhaps lo be anti- cipated is not government di- rection but government influ- ence in the event that Parlia- ment (and the majority cau- cus) becomes worked up about another Home Oil case or the fate of a hook publisher We know that, in the begin- ning and during any period in which the government's vot- ing shares exceed 40 per the deputy ministers of finance and industry will be, ex officio, non voting members of the board. Will they be free of gov- ernment influence? Who will they in turn seek to influence' With what probable results? The government, according to Mr. Benson, will always wish to hold at least 10 per cent of the voting shares. "Thus it will always be in a position to exer- cise the degree of influence on the over-all policies of the cor- poration which would be ap- propriate to its shareholding at any given time Now we see th.e influence and now we don't. It is very much like the experi- ence of Alice with the Cheshire Cat. But at least it will be Ihere in strength at the outset when the CDC is acquiring Crown cor- porations. Will it be free to say yes or no in bargaining with the eovernment? If it says no, it will make a mockery of Mr. Benson's speech. For he closed with the assurance that "it will enable cert a i n government owned enterpns.es lo grow and develop as full fledged mem- bers of the business and in- dustrial community." It will he independent and, if it knows what is good for it, will say yes. This will be the problem for the investor. The more the CDC says sres to the govetnment. Ihe gieater the risk that it will lose its and ours (Herald Ottawa Bureau) backward bombing school at Lethbridge was announced today. Bennett and White of Calgary will build four hangars, a drill hall and two large buildings. The con- tract pnce is The cost-of-living in- dex rose 2 7 points in January to 1752, the biggest roonthlv lump in two years. The index is on the average of WK-l'i. Mbcita's minimum wage will be increased lo 85 cents an hour for both men and women June 1, Labor Min- ister Raymond Reierson an- nounced The Lethkidge Herald >lh St. S., Leflibndgc, Alhcila LETHBRFDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher? Published 1903-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Rcqistralion No 0012 of Thf Canadian and thf Canadian Daily Association and Ihe Audit Bureau 01 Circulalions fl FD w MOWERS, Edllor nnd Pnhltsnrr IHOMAS H. ADAMS, General M-mawr "THF HERALD SERVCS 1HL -SOUTH"