Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
fhe big book we've hern waiting income security plan legisla- tion at the current session ol Parliament." As initally pre- sented, it will not provide for the new flexibility outlined in ttic letter. Mr. Trtideau goes on to say, however, that if it seems desirable after consulla- tion with tho provinces, "the federal government would be prepared to recommend lo Par- liament the amendment of the bill, nt the appropriate stage, in. a manner to permit it to bo implcmenled." On other questions which have separated Ottawa and Quebec since the Victoria con- ference specifically manpow- er centres and occupational training allowances less pro- gress has been made but the outlook has become more opti- mistic. The principles involved In Ihe family allowance propo- sal "are clearly capable of ex- tension to other income support programs." What is proposed at Ihe mo- ment is an arrangement ol con- venience with a purely statu- tory basis. However, the prime minister slales that the federal governmenl would be willing lo contemplate a constitutional guarantee if this seems desir- able. The hope is thai, with Quebec satisfied on these points, it will now be possible to achieve the Victoria package of constitulional reform. The proposed competition act has also aroused the hostility of several provincial govern- ments; among them Ontario. At the moment Ollawa's think- ing on this subject is obscure, It is known that Mr. Basford's bill will be revised in consid- eration of many critical repre- sentations. From various state- ments, an impression had de- veloped that the changes would be major although this was perhaps premature. If Mr. An- dras feols "an increasing sense of commitment to the policy thrust of the whole it is difficult to believe that he will abandon tlie tribunal, which was the main subject o5 con- troversy. White it seems altogether im- probable that the government intends to press ahead with tins legislation in the pre-election session, there would be value politically in removing some of the apprehensions entertained in provincial capitals. From this standpoint, the understand- ing with Manitoba is doubtless helpful, "I keep getting these days when I can't stomach them either." But what Is Mr. Andras seek- ing from ttio provinces? Ho is asking, apparently, that the provinces should agree in ad- vance nol lo contest the consli- tulionality of the federal bill. It is not easy to see how Mani- toba could havo granted prior consent unless il lias been given a preview of the legisla- tion which seems impossible when Mr. Andras slates that ho is "not locked into specifics yet." Language is all important in such complex mailers. Whatever the answer to this riddle, there is a more impor- tant point to be made. This U ttiat a law, otherwise unconsti- tutional cannot be made consti- tutional through tlie mere col- lusion of governments. Some competent lawyers held that the Basford version of the com- petition bill was an invasion of provincial jm-isdiction. No one outside government is in a posi- tion at this time to reach any conclusion about (he Andras version because it is not yet public property. This much may be said; that Hie slatus of (lie bill when il. emerges, will be determined by the courts as they delimit on the one hand the area of busi- ness activity which falls under provincial jurisdiction as com- ing wilhin property and civil rig tits and, on the olher, the extent of the federal power over Irade and commerce. Whether Ihe provinces are ac- commodating or not, the inter- ests directly affected by the new regime to which Mr. An- dras looks forward, will be business interesls. II. might be supposed [rom all these federal-provincial confer- ences and agreements that con- stitutions exist for the benefit of governments. Let them agree and all will be well, But this is not the case at all. Con- silulions are for people and in fact many ot Ihe cases which have done most to shape our constilution have resulted from tho action of private citizens. We were told for years (al- though Ihis now seems doubt- ful) that (he merger provisions ul the old law were inopera- tive; if so they were not vic- tims of provincial aggression but of appeals by affected busi- ness. When Ihe government has lime for legislation on compe- tition, Mir. Andras will be in a position of political advantage if lie can produce a bill which will nol draw fire from provin- cial capilals. But bis primary lask and no easy one is lo write legislation with a good chance of surviving court chal- lenge over the next 10 years. The more new ground is broken ilie more difficult this he and the greater for sometime to coine the uncertainty in the business community. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Tim Traynor Electioneering in U.S. an exhausting process ''There is a grave risk that we are going lo bore the country lo Mayor John Lindsay of New York said recently of tlie going-ons associated with this presidential election year. It is indeed mind-numbing to contemplate the build-up to the November polling which will decide who guides the United States over the next four years. With the general election still more than seven months away, hundreds of thousands o! dol- lars have been lavished on the tiny electorate of New Hamp- shire. (As one commentator noted, there would he room in the Rose Bowl to seat comfort- ably those who cost ballots in Ihe inuch-ballyhooed primary event in which Democratic par- ty candidates indicated which of several candidates they pre- ferred to mount the party's challenge lo President Nixon later in the year.) Far greater sums were pour- ed into the recent primary in P'lorirta. Initial indications were lhat over a million dollars was being put out for advertising on television and in other media. The Democratic primary was contested by six candidates who mount major cam- paigns. John Lindsay was pro- minent among (he hig spend- ers, committing upwards of. to broadcast advertis- ing alone. New Hampshire and Florida were only Ihe firsl two of 23 more or less similar primary events. (Thcro will he some re- talivciy low-key affairs, hut a large number will he full-blown contests comparable to, if not surpassing, (hat, in Florida.) What this means is that there will tic an almost pol- ilical clamor 'liitil early July. There vvil! he a -slight with the emphasis on slight pauso in late July and early August, after which the campaign pro- per will get under way. Assuming that the person who becomes the Democratic presidential candidate is one. who has participaled in the pri- maries, he will already have tione a monumental amount campaigning before ho even be- gins to confront Mr. Nixon di- rectly. It must he emphasized lhat the preliminaries whose scale has long been legendary letter to the editor Hibernating? Congratulations and a big thank you to our city council members for coming back to duties after their wholesome and restful hibernation from October 71 till the middle of March and now busily dis- cussing, whether ice fishing on Henderson Lake should be per- mitted or not. It is ridiculous, considering ice lishing now, when Spring is around the cor- ner. I think ice skating and ice fishing need the same condition of ice, to be safe, and should bo decided and permitted togeth- er. The council members have permitted ice fishing, but by now there is hardly any chance for it since the ice is rapidly melting away. The winter kill has surely already taken its toll, while the city council members enjoyed their "well- earned hibernation." Or is the permission for ice fishing meant (or next winter? (In case, council starts hibernating again in October, before such matters could he discussed.) AN ARDENT FISHER- WOMAN. Lethhridga f have been greatly embellished since Ihe 1968 presidential con- test. The list of primary states is longer, and new life has been breathed into some state pri- maries which have not In the past generated all-out contests. The new situation reflects the desire to add flexibility to the process of choosing the Dem- ocratic party candidate after the turmoil which the old pro- cedures generated in 1G68. A second byproduct oE discon- tent with the syslem was a mild limilation on campaign spending, particularly that tied to television and other adver- tising. There has also been an important reform of laws cov- ering campaign contributions. Jn clue course, this should have a dampening effect on the outpouring of money on po- litical campaigns. (The law does not tnke effect unlil after the first four primaries.) But with a large number of candi- dates contending key primaries, the expenditure flow will still be heavy, as will be Ihe bom- bardment of slogans and poli- tical rhetoric. And the energy demanded of candidales, particularly the man who leads the pack, Sena- tor Edmund Muskie, will be awesome. Especially since his lacklustre viclory in New Hampshire, Mr. Muskie will have to run hard Ihrough all the early primaries, and per- haps through every one of them. During an informal Interview In the midst of the Florida campaign, Mr. Lindsay talked of what it means to be a candi- date in Mm. "The election process is un- civilized in this country. It is an endurance test. Tn his case, Ihe Florida cam- paign he skipped New Hampshire meant altcrnM- ing one or two flay's work pre- siding over tho horrendoui problems of New York, with several days hard campaigning at street corners in the white suburbs of Miami or the black ghetto of Jacksonville. Unlike Mr. Muskie, Mr. Lind- say is concentrating his efforts on a limited number of target states. This fits his position as a relative outsider, whose main hope is to make one or two good showings which would keep him in the picture as a possible allernative if other stronger candidates stumbled in Ihe course of the primary ordeal. The strain of campaigning is evident on Mr. Lindsay's face, as on those of his rivals. But he brushes this aside, saying politics is a matter ol "punish- ing yourself" and that heing mayor of New York is an even greater endurance tesl. "for me its a way of he said. the'view of some leading polilicat figures, it is time for a new approach to sel- ecting men to contest the gen- eral election. One of the fore- most Democrats in Congress, Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana, has proposed that the mish-masli of slate primaries be supplanted by a single na- tionwide primary contest. If. this campaign is anything like as punishing as it promises lo be, Ihe country may well be receptive to the idea of turning to something radically different in future. (Herald Washington Bureau) Looking backward Through The Herald 1012 Advertisement: Dray- ing of all kinds. Western Trans- fer Co. Ltd. the qualily and eiuantity of the oil struck at Kevin, Montana, is sufficient to prove beyond a doubt lhal oil in great paying quanlities ex- ists, and that southern Alberta will some day constitute a big oil producing district, is the opinion of S, E. Slipper. first ladies' night sponsored by the Lion's club proved a most successful and delighlful cvenl on Friday eve- ning at the Marquis Hotel. shows for Ihe airmen at No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School opened in Ihe recreation ball at tho school Thursday night with "That Night In Rio." 1952 Thirty divisions for the April 7 vole on Hie proposed municipal hospilal district scheme have been organized by City Clerk T. Ferguson, re- turning officer for the ballot- ing. I he Ictlunridge Herald 501 7th St. S., Lclhbridgc, Alhcrla LKTinmrDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No. 001! 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