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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDOE HERAID _ Sotuiday, 21, 1970 Anthony Westell Con tmenta liza tioii Fears have been revived that Can- ada is destined to be swallowed by the United States in- some kind of relentless process known as conliu- entaliatiou. Economic takeover will inevitably be followed by political union, it is argued. The most pessimistic account of Canada's declining state of indepen- dence until recently liad been Pro- fessor George Grant's Lament for a Nation, published in 1963. Hut now historian Donald Creighton has jwb- lishcd a book, Canada's Kirst Cen- tury, in which he describes creep- ing continentalism as so far ad- vanced that only very drastic mea- sures can avert its "final triumph. He argues that Canada's indepen- dence has been eroded to the point that it may only be restored by na- tionalization of her leading indus- tries. This makes recent actions of the Federal Government in regard to foreign ownership highly signifi- cant. T h e Government's policy in the face of the American challenge is apparently shaping into one of resistance. That seems to be a logi- cal conclusion to draw from the in- terference in the sale of Dcnison Mines Ltd. Those who are especially concern- ed about this issue of Canadian in- dependence will be interested in An- thony Westell's columns today and Monday. In these articles be dis- cusses the probable revival of the proposal of a Canada Development Corporation. Whether lliis will go as far as Professor Creighton advo- cates in the direction of nationaliza- tion remains to be seen. It will be intercslino to see how far Prime Minister Triideau will gr> in defending nationalism against his previously indicated inclinations for internationalism. Unwarranted Criticism Alberta's Progressive Conserva- tives have been attempting to main- tain momentum in their drive to- ward a victory in the next provin- cial election. Their members in the Legislature have been keeping up a constant barrage of criticism of the Government which has been effec- tive in keeping (hem and the party before the public. Criticism of the Government's pro- grams lor senior citizens is apt to do (he Progressive Conservative cause more harm than good. That it was unwarranted criticism will be recognized by most Albertans. It is doubtful if any other province comes close to matching what has been achieved by the Social Credit Gov- ernment of Alberta in providing care for senior citizens. Those who have been long-time ada is destined to be swallowed by residents :n the province will easily remember when senior citizens were largely cared for in old houses pressed into service as nursing homes and lodges. Accommodation was limited and very costly. New- comers to tiie province may not realize the extent of the change but they cannot fail to be impressed by the network of modern facilities now cxisting. The contrast between what they find iu Alberta with what they were familiar with in other parts of the country is likely to be striking. Perhaps (here slill are not suffi- cient services available for the ever-increasing numbers of senior citizens. H may never be possible to achieve the ideal. But the Gov- ernment has obviously done a good job in this field and" deserves ap- preciation for it. All of which sug- gests that the Opposition criticism this time has been unwarranted and unworthy. Diplomats In The Dumbs Low morale in the diplomatic corps has been alluded to by External Af- fairs Minister Mitchell Sharp. This is no doubt partly traceable to the aus- terity measures necessitated by the Government's cutback policy being applied lo all departments" of the civil service. Austerity is bound to have a dampening effect. The chief cause of low morale, how- ever, is likely lo be the absence of a clearly defined policy. There has been a delay in the publication of the while paper on external affairs in which that policy is expected to be enunciated. Meanwhile, it is obvious that a shift is taking place already. The shift is from political to commercial activity. Some consular posts are being reduced and trade personnel in- creased. Some sort of reorganization of Hie departments of external affairs and trade and commerce would seem lo be desirable in the light of such a shift. This is under study and is seen as a real possibility. Even if Prime Minister Trudeau's remark about a good newspaper being as useful as an ambassador's report had been intended merely as a witticism it was hound to have a deflating effect on the diplomats. They would see it in the light of the shifting emphasis and anticipate a coming end of their functions and jobs. U is lo be hoped while paper can soon be made public so that m embers of the diplomatic corps, especially, can become cog- nizant of policy and how they arc expected io fit into it. Weekend Meditation Too Lule! Too Late! Q.VE of the sad stories about the death of Jesus was lhat about Joseph of Anmathaca who came after Uie crucifix- on to get the body from Pilate and bury it. He was a member of the Sanhcdrin cut evidently not present at the trial What a Pity he came so late! If ho had been on time he might have saved (he life Of Jesus. But then how many people live in remorse because they bring flowers or kind words after a man is dead. The flinty Car.vie would regret his lack of kindness late 3S haS ar'0tlicr spouil-'' to" Many harsh words have been iaid about Hurrying. "Slow and steady wins the race said Robert Lloyd in his oil-quoted poem "The Hare and the Tortoise." "Hasten warned Suetonius. Growled the Elizabethan, Thomas Shadwell, "The haMe of a fool is (he slowest thing in (lie world." lien Franklin the ol practi- cal wisdom, taught that "the iLcsl beasts are always strongest and manage loo to live the longest." A farm adage had it thai "the fastest grown pumpkin is alii ays li.e poorest." Bui if the Bible warns lhal "he thai believes will not make hnslc.'' il also warns, "Ifp that bclievelh will r.ol Doors of opporlunily open and dCM for- ever. "Jesus of passes by." told the blind begging by the roadside. Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem ID be crucified. Me uould never pass lhal wav again. It was now or never for the poor fellow. Opportunity never back There are valid arguments against action. There may be much was'e mo: ion in ha.slo. Hut how often until an accident occurs before putting up proper road signs. They wail for a five before erecting a safe Men nnlil the horse is .stolen Wore locking door. Jesus had a story aho-.i! it. He of five wise girls who v.erc ready for !ho bridegroom's coming and live foolish bridesmaids who v.erc ready and. when they did 'll.e dw slmi." I: is a dreaillul picture of Ihf <.f many a person. The liriilt-smaids slepl when they could have been for (heir missing oil for Ihe lamps. Continually one encounters people who wish thai at school they had fried harder, that they had net been drop-outs. They missed ac- quiring skill while they were young. Ten- nyson expresses the palhos of 'the parable of the lazy bridesmaids, "Late, late, so lalef and dark Ihe night and chill: Ulc, laic, M late! hut we enter slill. Too late, too laid Ye cannot enter Henry James has a story about a man w'no had been warned against some terrible tragedy of life against which he must ocwarc. A girl wlio loved him finally be- came aware of what the peril was and Irml lo warn him but couldn't. He could not know it until she died. Ite had missed love. The chance came and passed him by. One of the most exquisite poems in (he English language has boen written aboul such a situation liy Chrislina Gcorg- ina llossclli: 'Too late (rr loir, lo-i late fnr j-iv, TOT bit1, too laic' You loitered on (he loo long, You trifled at lire Ihe cnchan'.cd dove upon her branch Died without a mr.te: li-.c- enchanlcd pnncf.'s in her liicd. behind I In: grate; Her heart was starving all llic Yo-.i iiKicic il u.iil." 1'iiiir Joseph of Ariin.iiiiai.i' Yd i.r- did conic at Ip.-l. The kfctf. is lhal lie an uncle of .Mary's and onrr bro'ichl boy Irais lo Cnrmnll. Hi; Icjjend lilakc uro'.n his foonv "And dul frtt ,n ancient time." S'.ireSy he great agc in ccsnirg v.hen he did to the body of a crucified criminal. If only lit: had come earlier! Hut late llwn never. 1'raytr: Kicp my i-ic-s 0 !u til? chances and of daily life Ibal I llj! gnat when it comes. F.S.M. Toward New Foreign Ownership Policy 0 VA ls much sm'c a llcsree of national the formubtion of new pohcies farther advanced towards ownership in the key sectors of and legislation on subject the economy. have priority on Uie cabinet's At Ihe same lime, draft legis- wrvdcd sgerala. lation lo establish a Canada De- Market rumors first alerted Ottawa to Ihe fact that the Dcn- ison mine, representi.ig more lhan 40 per cent of Canada's uranium resources, was about a new national policy on foreign ownership than niost people realize. arbitanly banning the sale, ed to recognize it during the and went into Uic Commons to hectic hours of decision announce it slill wearing the on foreign ownership are quiet- .off. ly on their way into law, others sMf slnce ere in the action files in govern- ment departments, and the cab- inet is preparing to proclaim a modern philosophy of economic sovereignly. Minister wilhout portfolio Herb Gray has been studying the issue of foreign investment since November and will submit a discussion paper lo cabinet tliis month. He will recommend establish- ment of a ccnlral office to co- ordinate federal policy, one of the remaining Walkins propos- als, and suggest a new over-all strategy. This will be based on Ihe proposition lhat, while continu- ing lo welcome foreign develop- ment capital, Canada must pre- afler lying or. Uie first promised in 19C3. But it will probably under- to a vs companv. go radical revision before be- As a British company already uig presented to Parliamenl. One of (he architects of the new corporation, and probably its first operating boss, is ex- pected to be Maurice Strong, former president ot the Power Corporation pool of private ven- ture capital. A dynamic ideal- ist who seeks to combine capi- tal m ial methods with socialist ob- jectives, lie is now completing the job of reorganizing Ihe for- eign aid program and has been lalking lo Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau about possible new jobs. The Denison mines crisis serv- ed lo focus Tnidcau's attention on the threat of sudden foreign takeovers and to ensure lhal owns the other resource, the sale would have left Can- ada with less than 10 per cent ownership. Trudeau had to act quic-kly to pi-event the sorl of ad hoc derision made without reference to broad principle or policy which he hales to make. But niicn he came back to hi it slill wearing black jacket ill w'nich he greet- ed Ihe Queen. The reasoning, quite simply, was that (he government, while developing an over-all policy, could not afford to let such a large block of resources pass inlo foreign hands. Trudeau has never been keen Oil U'.e concept of "buying Can- ada back from but Mine owner Stephen Roman subsequently explained that he was prompted lo sell his million company by the threat of the Paper on tax reform. Had Ihe govern- mcnl allowed the deal to go through and the resource to pass into foreign hands, the blame might liave been firmly pinned lo Uie lax proposal. Certainly, (he critics ot the he has talked in favor of keep- White Paper would have had ing control of the growth indus- a powerful new weapon with Ines of tomorrow. And uranium is a tomorrow industry. Canada's position in Uie fiercely competitive business selling atomic reactors depends which to attack the government. Trie roots of llw government's decision, however, go much deeper Ihaii Die immediate office that Monday (March 2) lo an extent on. being able lo after lunrlung with Ihe Queen guarantee supplies of uranium, as she visited Ottawa on her flighl lo the Pacific, and began a meeting with officials, Fin- ance Minisier Edgar Benson in- terrupted to advise him thai Ihe sale was nearing completion. Trudeau al once called the cabinet, secured approval for And ownerslup of (he rich Den- ison mine could be a factor in the coming negolialions wilh the United States on a continental energy market. The Denissn affair aha had explosive political potential, al- though ministers hardly seem- "Uneasy Rider" Letters To The Editor What About Final Payment On Winter Wheat? Like many oilier farmers. I am becoming suspicious of the pohcies of the Canadian Wheat Board, in particular, its policies concerning the final payment on winter wheat. 1 have not heard or read anything pertaining lo it yet. As it appears, it has been the intention of the Wheat Board lo use the profits made by Durum wheal lo balance losses in spring wheat. I fear wilh many others lhal winter wheat has been put into liic same position. Durum is now consid- ered as a separate category, as is made public, but nothing is said about winter wheal. If it. is lire intention of the Wheat Board to use the profit made on winter wheal to partially al- leviate losses suffered by sales of spring wheat, I, like many olhcrs, have lo protest vigor- ously, as there is no justifiable reason for this action. Winter wheat is only a minor commodity grown in a smal! area. It has bcon moving fast, so there arc little storage charges to be paid. I, again like many others, do not see any jus- lice in Irying to make scape- goats of these farmers who have been trying for years lo stay away from adding lo the growing spring wheat surplus. The acreage payment rcgula- lions point in the same direc- tion. Those farmers, who have summer fallowed coasistenl- ly, in spile of official govern- ment recommendation (govern- ment agriculturists) and high pressure advertisements of fer- tilizer companies, arc the dupes of tire situation brought forth lo great extent by those grain growers who listened lo this by confiscating a fanner's prof- it from other crops than spring wheat, to slop the gap caused by (he spring vheal surplus, nobody can expect our co-oper- ation. As an afterthought, I have for years contended lhat Ihe West is a summerfallow country. If the government would enforce false advice, and who made 'aw lhat would prohibit seed- stubbling in a common prac- -1-1--1- lice. Farmers who have been slubbling in are paid now for Mimmerf.illow; those who have summcrfallowcd all along for years, gel nothing. If the Wheat Boaid or gov- ernment is going to top Ihis off Education Must Progress I would appreciate it verv much if you would print (he fol- lowing Iclter which is in reply lo an arlic'e which appeared (on this page) in The Lcth- hridgc Herald on March 12. F-ducalicn today is in a lur- moil of change. In answer to Mr. liurke's comments that there appears lo be a 'creep- ing cancer' on the educational horizon, we would that in researching an ,-iriicle Ihe author owes it to his readers to check Ihe fads to be includ- ed before putting them inlo print. Unfortunately. Mr. Curke could be bothered lo con- tact the school involved. He is aware lhal he. as well as une c'sc interested in education, is more lhan welcome to visit (-in- sc-hcot ubile it is in ses- sion. II is on this lhat I wish to ,'cl Mr. Hurkc straight someone else v.ho is to high- ly paid perform Ihe technical tasks, releasing leathers to be- come more proficient and pro- fessional in Iheir jobs of leach- ing? Who knows? A research pilol projccl al General Stcwarl School lo lock inlo llic feasibility of jusl such a proposal is now in operation. Mr. ISiirkc'.s research skills lacked accuracy in lhal during the IM-ro school term [here were fix professional educators on stalf, r.ol six professional His 1 uonld like lo comment on a rcmaik by C.lenn Wyroslok The Ilcraid sports writer. On Saturday. March 14 he staled lhat: "llcib Dawsun of Victoria in hii arlicic "Sheep Or Sh'c'p- Composite is a pretty good ball player hul someone should give, him Ihe money for a bairciil." Dob Is an extremely gixxl player and (he length o'f his hair is hii own business. In the future, perhaps Mr. tok could keep to reporting bas- ketball and leave his personal remarks and prejudices oul of Uie paper. UOi) General .Ste'-'.ail School has, since ils establishment, licci progressive in the educational field in attempting lo provide (he best possible education for the ..students uho attend il. Educators apree thai many of Ihc tasks perform in M'lii'U in a day, week. Month and year have no direct connection with teaching. Could and Iwo non professionals. During (be picsenl school term there are five professional edu- cators and Ihrcc Icacher's-aides not five teachers anil (cur aides as indicated by Mr. Burke. It is true thai (hero has been discussion of a further reduc- tion in professional slaff, but the final decision will resl with the professional educators tin slaff. Further lo Ibis, Ihe staff has been involved in the deci- sion making policies of Ibis research orojccl and mighl well resent being labelled, "sheep." Furthermore, we wordcr if Mr. Burke is aware lhal besides the stalf ar.d administration cf Gen- eral Stewart School lliere have been involved in Ihis project representatives from the Gen- eral Stcwarl Home and School, Alberta Teachers' Associalion, University of Lcthbridgc, Lclli- bridge Community College, De- partment of education, p-.ihlic anil separate school leathers and Change is diflicull lo accepl. However, progress docs nol come with maintaining Ihe sta- tus quo and lo allcmpl lo do so is bul a fulile elforl in Ihis day and age. E. li. TANNK, Principal, General Slcwarl School. ing slubble land, or cropping the same land two years in succession, this would alleviate our troubles considerably, and would not cosl the government a cent. Irrigated land would be exempted. This law would not only keep our surplus down; il would ba sound conservation practice. Of course il would not be popular wilh Ihe fertilizer companies. D. T. DETXIEnS. Craniim. Although economic national- ism has not been the official Liberal doctrine since Ihe dis- aster of Walter Gordon's 1963 budget, there has remained a strong undercurrent of concern in liie party. This bubbled up Ilircugh some cf the new Liberal JlPs in the caucus lasl year and was forced on Ihe attention of the cabinet in Ihe fall. By Ihcn il was clear lhal na- tionalism was on the rise among young Canadians, the NDP was adopting it as its major polili- cat plank, and even Ihe Conserv- atives were making aaxious noises about foreign ownership. The finance department, pre- occupied by inflation and tax reform, prepared a position paper for the cabinet that was so inadequate lhal Trudeau de- cided lo commission a .special study by Gray. It was not offi- cially included in llic young minister's terms of reference at the lime because he did not want to be under immediate political and public pressure. Part of Gray's job has been lo bring logelher information on existing policies and acliviilcs by different federal departments concerned wilh foreign owner- ship. Much has already been done by past governments and by Ihc present one. Banks and federally incorpor- ated insurance and trust and loan companies may not be sold lo foreigners, and legislation now before the Commons will bring sales finance companies under the same rules. and magazines, with the exception of Time and Header's Digesl, arc effcclivc- ly reserved to Canadian control, and rules for Canadian control and content of broadcasting are lightening. The new Corporations Act will compel disclosure of in- formation by foreign subsidia- ries. Combines legislation is al- most ready ar.d will encourage more effective competilion by foreign and Canadian owned firms. The government is con- sidering Ihc federal role in sel- ling rules for securities mar- kets, and there have been talks with Washington on preventing Ihe extension of U.S. laws in- to Canada through U.S. owned companies. Looking lo the failure, Cojnmu- locations Minisier Eric Kicrans is lalking about a Canadian agency lo regulate a computer network as a public uliu'ty, partly as a safeguard against U.S. control. Meanwhile, Ilia Eleclronic In- duslries Association of Canada floodod Parliamenl Hill wilh personalized copies of J. J. Ser- van-Schreibcr's besl seller. The American Challenge, which de- scribes Ihe technological take- over cf Europe by U.S. indus- try. Emphasizing Ihe import- ance of computers and other forms of electronic technology, the association asked: Will Can- ada be left behind? That is a central question (or Trudeau and the cabincl ss they seek a modern Canadian answer lo an American challenge which is based on managerial skills as much as on money and on technology more than on terri- torial ambitions. (Toronto Slar Svnilicatc) LOOKING BACKWARD TIIIiUUGH HERALD canning of peas is a possible induslry for southern Athcita as il has been found that field peas can be matured here as easily and abundantly as in any other country and es- pecially on irrigated land. I MO-A reward of SI00 has been offered by the people of Milk ilivcr for information, leading lo the arrest of the per- son or persons responsible for Uie dubbing murder of Long Slim, a Chinese businessman of the town. claims lhat nine f-hips were sunk in an attack on a convoy in the Atlantic were denied by Ihe Admiralty. One Nonveigan ship had lo be abandoned and one Norwcigan and one Swedish ship were hit. 1830 The Alberta Legisla- ture passed estimated expendi- tures cf more than MO.COO.OOO. Included in these estimates was (he paving of Ihe section of highway bclwccn Taber and Winnifrcd, which will complete Ihe link between Medicine Hat nnd Pinchcr Creek. decision to close llic Anglican and Itoman Cath- olic residential schools on Ihe 1'cigan Reserve will complete a program drawn up in I9JG. The lethkidcje Herald 501 7lh SI. S., Lclhbridge, Alberta l-ETOBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1003 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Cbis Mail KeKljIrjIlcn Number W2 cl Tr.o tttnarljan PffM a-d OrJriian D.nly FQbteMu' M'oclalicn and Ihe Asdil Kuica-j cl Circalillcni CI.EO W. MOWERS. Edi'.or irrf mbllstel THOMAS II. ADASIS, Gcmil MaiMjtr JOl; IULH WII.I.HM NAY ROV r MILKS nnvoi.w .Manner IVilcrial "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOU1H" WAI.KKH C ;