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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 28-THE IFIHBRIDGE HERALD Ihursitciy, Mo nil 16, 1 MASTER'S VOICE Two-year-old Susan is inlrigucd by music from on- olher ago coming from cm antique Edison phonograph player on display at a store in Westminster, B.C. You're milesahead at 4-pIy Nylon STRATO- STREAK '83' 4-ply Nylon STRATO- STREAK '78' SPECIAL PRE-SEASON ON ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT DELUXE CHAMPION NOW ONLY BIG SAVINGS FORD, CHEV., OLDS, BUICK, MERC., CHRYSLER, PONTIAC, DODGE, RAMBLER, PLYMOUTH OFFER ENDS MARCH 31! FRONT END ALIGNMENT xn ty itsi DISC BRAKE SERVICE 10-POINT BRAKE OVERHAUL I How nailable st these Firestone Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 'They could easily be defeated9 By TOM McCAnTIIY SI. 'Cnllinriiics Stanilarcl -7T. CATHARINES, Out. (CP1 It will be four years oti April 10 since Judy LnMarsti left llic i'arlinmcnt Ilili stage amt tier ofteji controversial role as a minister o( Hie Crowii. Today, (lie n year-old former lealth and welfare minister and state secretary lias settled into comparatively prosaic career a small-city _i Hie usual variety of crimi- lal and civil cases, hmctiing and talking shop with colleagues in a restaurant across from the court house and enjoying a eenungly uncharacteristic ano- nymity. However, the outspoken pub- lic servant wlw bad all Canadi- ans aware of her Otlawa pres- ence and opinions Ins not, as just another of the more than 100 practising lawyers in St. Catharines, taken her sharp eye off the world around her. fn a wide ranging interview, she talked, among other things, about government, the law, crime and punishment, Quebec, youUi and herself. Miss LaMarsh, as is natural after her eight years in federal politics, maintains a special in- terest in the Ottawa she isn't sure how Prime Minis- ter Trudcau, whom she was once heard to refer to as a would fare if a fed- eral election were called this spring. SEES MINORITY "I have serious doubts about what would happen in an elec- she said. "I think they (the Liberals) could easily be defeated. I think (here's going to be a minority government." The economy Is really a "bread and butler jlie said, and if the government is to lhat "they'll do far belter." But, she added, the final tcsl of any election is leadership, and on thai score she doesn't think Hie I'vogressivc Conserva- tives or the New Democratic Party have made sufficient im- pact lo win the race. said the Tnidoau govern- ment's handling of the Quebec crisis with the imposition of the War Measures Act in October, was a disastrous mistake "sorry record" in terms the number of arrests made and the long periods of incarceration suffered by many people. CapKal punishment also is a pet peeve on which Miss La- Marsh disaerecs with the direc- tion taken by the federal gov- ernment. HACKED AMENDMENT She was in the cabinet when the death penalty was sus- pended, and was originally re- sponsible for the parliamentary1 amendment that retained capi- tal punishment for persons con- victed of murdering a peace of- ficer. Unfortunately, Miss LaMarsh said, "ite cabinet has reserved for itself 'lie Queen's preroga- tive." "And I thought it should be fettered in that bill. In fact, no one has been hanged. It was really a fraud on Parliament. "I wouldn't want 'o be a prison guard knowing that a man was there as a so-called lifer and that he had absolutely nothing lo lose." Turning to the LeDain com- mission on report on the non- medical use of drugs, Miss said she lakes Hie view lhat "it's probably true thai more harm i.s being done to young people by the law than by marijuana." Hut (mm her own observa- tions, the "frequent use of pot is a crutch which deprives people of Hie ability to cany out any kind of project." It's my feeling a lot of these kitls have such euphoria using grass that their ambition, if any, is just gone." NOTBS CHANGES Miss LaMarsh believes there have been a lot of changes in the legal profession since she left her Niagara Kails practice in I960 to enter politics. Nowa- days, she lives in Niagara Falls but much of her law practice is I conducted out of her office here. "It's much more money-ori- I enlcd. Most lawyers seem to be more concerned about how much money they're making than about Ihe kind of service they're giving. "And an awful lot of lawyers while 1 was away seem to have made a killing most often in real estate, speculation and things like that." So disenchanted are some lawyers of her acquaintance, she said, that they would like to get out of the profession, and she explained the probable rea- son: Clients don't have the same confidence in their law- yer, and as a result flit from one to another depending on what their requirements arc. Another thorn in her side is the size of fees paid by the province of Ontario in legal aid, especially for divorces. aid divorces have all kinds of schmozzles that other types don't have, partly because a lot of these people haven't kept any papers, any indica'ion of where their spouse is. Many of (hem have had all sorts of li- aisons." SUGGESTS NEW COURT She said the whole area of family law has many inequities, and one solution would be to bulk everything involved in marital into a new domestic relations court. Outside the practice of law and her opinions about it, Miss LaMarsh still is in demand as a lecturer and after-dinner .speaker, although requests have dropped to about two a week from as many as 30 during the first two years after she left the federal cabinet. Looking back on her days in Ottawa, she said that of the two ministries slio headed that of secretary of state was the most enjoyable. "I enjoyed meeting people in the arts. It was far var- ied. It was a fun portfolio. Per- heps it was not so important in the economic mainstream of life, but very important to a young country and one which is trying to find its own identity." As for the present and future, Miss LaMarsh said she would not be prepared to re-enter fed- eral politics. Nor would she ac- cept a judges hip, which it was rumored she was eager lo do after leaving the cabinet. A judge's life is "very lonely virtually drop your friends and every'liing else." "In the legal profession, I can keep working at trying to pa; off the debts I gol in politics." SAVE SPECIES Scientists from five countries, including the United Stales and Hie Soviet Union, have proposed a ban on polar bear hunting in inlcrnational waters to protect the species. SIMPSONS-SEARS Shop today! These special low prices expire Sat., March isth Big, 16.6 cu. ft Coldspot frostfree refrigerator NOW WHITE Charge it an four all-purpose account Completely frostfree. 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