Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 TIIF IcIMBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Muy 1, 1977 Unreasonable procedure In every .-.ussum ol Parliament, at EOine point, filanlcy Knottlcs, New Democralic 1'arty jnembcr from Winnipeg, brings a million calling for improveniL'iil in the old pen- sion policy. Tins year, other suggestions, lie asked dial old age pcmsions lie anlomaUeally increased to keep pace wilh the rising eost of. living. Supported by all parties in the Oppot.iion. he lU'in even further by Hi-win" that "ic pension age be low- ered lo 60 years and llie. basic nil a raised trom' lo S15D a month. Iln nolcd lhat Ihc corresponding aid lo Ihc elderly in the United Stales is SlliO a month. This with r.neniploymcnt a major concern. Mr. Knowlns' argu- ment lhat pensioning folk at Ihe age of liO. thus releasing some Canadians not yet pensionable trom the labor force, seems an eminently sensible idea which would serve two purposes. It voukl open up many more jobs for Ihe unemployed and at same lime relieve those of. (ill- is who are wcaiy of work. lint the gmernmenl didn't buy the idea. 11 ailouc'l the proposal lo be "talked out" uillioul a vote. Tin} government perhaps has good reasons for rcjcclini; ihe siiggeslion of an earlier pension age but what can be Ihe reason for refusing to up- grade pensions 10 meet the rising cost of living'.' Kood prices alone are escalating alarmingly, not lo men- tion Ihe cost of clothing, drugs and other necessary ilcms._ There arc of course many mem- bers in the eminent who are dis- turbed at Ihe poverty level many ol our senior citizens are forced lo live at. Why then do they not heed Mr. Knowles" motion and vole according to their conscience? rather than what party policy has dictated they adhere to? .Such dismissal of inlelligeiil ideas of where they originate a shocking inadequacy in parliamentary practice. In the long run the only ones who lose in this procedure are Ihe little people whose cause is never won for them. Spring at last! 'ildfimers claim that the winter lich has finally melted away was of the longest in Iheir memory d would heartily agree. Al- .iiigb il didn't set records lor long of sub zero weather it did set 'intisually early with frost and followed by snow. snow. snow. i March when Hie Land ol the 4 Mine Sky is usually beginning to ni a bit grecii, the only thing that is green were the faces of the OH bound with envy for those escapees tripping oft lo lla- ..aii. But if winler comes, can spring tie far behind maybe a month? Well yes. as a matter of (act. As weeks ol sullen weather crept into .April and nature with its automated precision called robins back and pushed up the tulips, the usual good humor of local folk seemed also to be almost frozen. Conversation be- came more and more preoccupied with "crummy weather1' and emigra- ting south. It's comlorting. however, to know lhat we alone were not being picked on by a capricious Mother Nature. Storms beleaguered the cast and west coasts and dismal conditions were reported in between. hill everything Icven spring) comes to those who wait. And at last the buds are budding, the fish- ing rods and golf clubs have been dug out and rakes and lawn mow- ers are once again being put into service. Best of all. (here's a sense of cheer in the air; people are smil- ing even if it is income tax time. It's amazing v.hal a spell of good weath- er can do to dispositions. And just in case it doesifl. last (Heaven for- make the most of it so everybody out. out. out' ER C NICOL Who is an Indian? 1T I1AD lo happen. A repro.stnULive Hie East Indian community has sug- gested at a conference on cultural minori- ties, that Canadian Indians should find an- other name. "No other immigrants have had lo face the indignity that we came from India had to face immediately on landing. We, Ipso facto, ceased lo be Indians became East Indians." Too true. Our East Indians were made lo suffer because Christopher Columbia, an Italian working out of Spain, committed a blunder in navigation and thought that the aborigines of North America v.ere In- ilians because the native girls brought spice to ships Iring at anchor. This Is no slur on Italian Canadians. Crossing the Atlantic by ship in 1492 wa? almost as arduous as it is today. Columbus csn be excused for assuming lhat he had in fac't reached Iiidin. as per contract. If. somebody had told him that be slill had anolher 10 thousand miles or so lo go, there's no Idling what he might have called the Indians. However, the result in Canada has been that a native of Trinidad, living in Toron- to, is an eastern West Indian, while a Van- couver Sikh who moves to Halifax I; an [Cast Indian from Ihe Right there we have enough confusion (o make us wish that Queen Isnliella had found some useful hobby oilier than aillccliiifi conlinenls. In addition lo the West Indians and the F.a.sL Indians we Hie plain Indians (not lo n nfu.-.cd wilh lln1 plnins Indi- .'m.s' Ihr1 m qiK'slinn a .'-pnkrsnvm Tnr lltn-.r> Cnnadinn Indians Ihal irjcrlrd finding .-imillin We rmi't blame them. They didn't invite i.olumbus lo come over and mislakc Ihrm fur people living cm Ihc oilier side of the glnbe. If Ihe while man kmnvs neilhcr where he's going nor when he's got there, that's his hang-up. Hard pemmican. The situation is not materially improved by pointing out lhat Ibe Canadian Indi- ans originally migrated from Asia, trek- kin" across Ihe Bering Strait and sifting down (hrough iXorth America, so that in effect the Canadian Indian and the Cana- dian East Indian come from the same neighborhood, give or lake a thousand miles, and a few thousand years. Il.'s a pily (bey can't boili be caller) Ca- nadians. Thai is, Canadians of Asiatic de- scent. Unfortunately, that makes most of the rest of us Canopeans, or Canadians of European descent, which may be descend- ing too far. If it is any comfort to Ihe Canadian East Indians, their name is an improvement over what they w-ere called in Vancouver's younger days, namely Anybody who uorc his hair wrapped in a (urban was called a Hindu, which of course was like calling anybody wearing a bowler hat and carrying a tightly furled umbrella an Anglican. Perhaps the East Indians along with Ihe rest of us who art prnud uf our ori- gin should resign ourselves to Ihc fact that the Canadian nation is made up entirely of cultural minorities. Even Ihe English Cana- dians are an ethnic minority group no'.v. The fact hasn't sunk in yel. that's all. If English Canadians were more aware nf Ihc new generation they would under- stand Ihal what they slill think of as .1 Canadian lalks lilt- an Amcricin, dresses likr nn lircks likr a l-'rrnrh- rn.-ni, ;in and spinlii.illy wilh Ihe Hairy Ainus of .lapan The only nnme Ibal seems lo nvtr all of us is Canadians. Il isn't much. (I o d knows anil Hare Krishna, bul il. will have In i inn rr Sun Sxmlitah i Warned in a dream llv DnilC W.llkr, Vyilll.K I In ,ll nishK Illllrmj tlr .i.-ili. l.i mil lalhrr liled hy Ihniii'lil, nf fence il llian Ihe li.-ick in I lie Ir.i. .seem-, Ihal my nn this dilin'ial vi.-v. may have v.nnnnl inin the Mihen iM-imis I run I think I have In he. a lailer-day of our friend .ludi l-'illn In di.slnrli her .lnM-ph or :i of Sicmund .'.luiiiher She iheanierl Ihal she in a Freud In ihe of Ihal dream ircr.vrl "f jienple vvaldinn: me put up a .1 uanuni: Ihal any attempt nn my parl In lrn" 'lieaiin.l r In ai eepl -lii'li :if an uiipninled illiMlllilly, and I' ei lo--ed mecli nn and Jiliulo liv Ihe wainini; Issues in Europe could bring changes OMXJN: So iniich Tor Ihe. Mi'ilisli card in We.sl Ger- man ;ind I'Vendi politics. West Cic-niiiin C'haiK-cllor Will y Brandl. played il on Uic- eve of the Baden-Wuertk'mbery style election, fresh fniin Ills Iriura- ptianl visit to London la.sl weelc. The importanl result of his visit, lie told Germans, was Hint tin' lirilish sovornmenl had pnlilicly endorsed liis pol- icy f o r relalicns with the. East. His parly promptly loi-t the olec'lion, fought mainly on the eastern policy. F r c n c li Pompidou played hi.; lirilish uard nuich more subllv and it was assumed until this week, more ingeniously By asking (lie French lo vole directly on the qiie.slion of Rrilish member- ship in the Common Market lie would enhance his own political leadership, .splilline; Ihc opposi- tion in the voting. The response was such grudging approval that, il could hardly be called ii vielory. The results are blows to the personal prestige of Mi. Brandt and Mr. Pompidou since both leaders campaigned slrongly. Mr. Brandt (old (he voters of the south-western slate their main concern should he wheth- er West Germany will he al- lowed !o balance its members in (he woslern alliance wilh an nnder.S'tanding with Communist eastern Europe. Mr. Pompidou asked for "massive to help him in defence of French interests in the expanding Common Market. Of I he I wo voles the Herman was perhaps more significant inleraalionally. The Bundestag in Bann is scheduled lo vole on Hie ratification of non-ag- gression Irealies witli Poland and the Soviet Union this week. In Badcn-Wucrtfcinbcrg, the Democrats campaign- ing against ratification of (lie Ircalics, increased Iheir share of Ihc vole by nearly 10 per cent to win clear control of (he stale government. More impor- tantly, they keep control of Ihc federal upper house, Ihc Biin- dcsrat, where they will fo'-ee (he federal lower house, the Uunclc'sUg. lo ratify (lie trea- ties by an absolute majority. This follows according lo West (icnnan constitutional proce- dure. The trouble is that Mr. Brandt's coalition government can only just scrape together Hie absolute majority. To achieve that majority, Mr. Brandt will need every vole in his own Social Demo- cratic and in Hie small Free Democratic Party, Hie junior coalition partner. One Free Democrat dcfccled over the treaty i.ssue at the same lime as the election in Baden-Wuert- tcmlicrg. Will anolher [allow? The federal parliament must ratify the treaties before the Kov'et Union will co-operate in the new agreements providing easier acccsr and communica- tions between East and West Berlin. Thus a lot is at stake in Bonn miring the next month, although not as much perhaps as Moscow would like to scare the (icrinans into believing. H.Q. ALLIED OPPOSITION COMMAND "The troops are as keen as mustard and chafing at the bit." Pressure has been stepper! up recently, with Moscow's sug- gestion that trade wilh Bonn will suffer should parliament decline ratification. Ironically, Moscow has in cffecl just rec- ognized Hie Common Market which lias been one of the op- posilion Christian Democrats' basic lo he firm- ly established in exchange for ratification. The Moscow offi- cial paper, Izvcstia, has dropped unsnal hostile refer- ences lo the Market and ad- mitted that France favors Ihe expansion. This is considered tantamount Soviet accept- ance of Hie market. In FrLllce. President Pomni- (lou has been aiile to claim vic- tory, wilh Gu per cent of Ills voters approving bis referen- dum, and per cent opposing il. liven so. it's nardly a mas- ,sivc oiii. But because 39 per cent of elicible voters ab- stained the Socialists are also able lo claim victory for Iheir campaign on abslcnlion. Only 37 per cent of c.igible voters backed the president, 17 per cert opposed him and seven per cent spoiled their ballols. No great consequences need he attached to Iho result because President Pompidou, unlike his late great predecessor, did not warn of resignations or perils facing (lie nation in case of de- feat. Common Market expan- sion has been ratified by the French (instead of by their na- limud assembly) which may he all lhat really matters. Mr. Pompidou, as chairman of the 10-nalion expansion summit meeting in October, can even claim wholehearted support of Ihc people for his policies as long as the sailing is smooth. The preliminary expansion nc- golialions in Brussels and Lux- emburg have olreadv encoun- tered heavy ueadier. Tlra French want a new high-pow- ered Common Market political secretarial based in Paris to co-ordinate policy among mem- ber countries. The British nnd West Gei-mans appear lo be leaning more towards strength- ening the European parliament and placing a weaker secretar- iat in Brussels. In the event of deadlock or serious argument, amoug 10, Mr. Pompidou may come Lo rue Ihe day he set upon bis ingenious referendum, because the results will be of small comfort. (Herald London Bureau) Maurice New family allowance plan meets stiff opposition rPHE positions adapted by (he Opposition parties on Hie family allowances Bill now be- fore Parliament are of consider- able interest. Although the Con- servatives have criticized the measure in detail, they will ap- prove iL in principal on second reading. But the XDP. having changed course in mid-debate, oppose income related ances in principle, arguing in- stead for the concept of univer- sally. Their view i.s that family allowances were not. inlroduced as part nf Ihc war on poverty and ought not to be refashioned now for Lhat purpose. Some where along the line, the New Democrats linvc made a re- markable discovery; the emer- gence in Canada of thorough- ly disaffected middle income group. Although the argument foreshadowed by David Lewis, il stated most clcarlv by David Orlikow last, Tuesday, The NDP is emphatically for the liigher benefits, which Mr. Lewis described as minimal. But the government is wrong because it proposes', in .Mr. Orli- kow's words, "to Lake money has been given to people who are, really, poor people in Ihc lower and middle inecnn brackets and redistribute it to people who are desperately poor." In rcjecling this ap- proach, the NDP maintains lhat the money ought to cornc from the rich and from the corpora- tions. The, sen.se of alienation among persons in the middle group is not difficult to explain. Infla- tion, pushing up salaries and also costs of living, lias moved them into Ihe heavily taxed cat- egories. Obviously, the govern- ment, must have very large rev- enues Lo support all the great welfare and income rcdistribu- schemes implemented in recent years. The NDP has al- vays Itecn an ardent champion of -such reforms and has, in- deed, been prepared at every stage to go much farther than other parlies. But a new situa- tion has now developed because advancing wages have placed many trade unionists in the tax-vulnerable middle income group. Mr. Orlikow's examples of some significance. Ho mentioned the many people in Hamilton, workers in steel works and other plants, who cnrn in excess of and will thus be deprived of income by (he new scheme. It may not be entirely coinci- dental lhat the NDP's change heart about the middle income group occurs at (he very time when Mr. Lewis has opened a heavy attack on Mr. Slanficlfl's parly. According !o numerous r cp o r I s the rather than the New Democralx gained politically from the fall-off in Liberal siippor' ICci- Orchestra the over-taxed .niddle class have not as yet. sunned a in Ihc NDP nnd I disagree with (he may have heard on a in these .croMjiS will have lo he or converted Mr. is In may lie! v.'lio m lasl review on ihe. (he present (rend of Herald, April 2-1 th, which was not lo rein in Ihe affections criticism by Pat Orchard of its entirety, would do many irade union supporlers. Lelhbridge Symphony lo enlice Ihc (his. however, wbi'e con- In fiilm-d concerts. 1 lo press fur his present i' is '.minus lo say ihal this concert very be will have In fmu musical offering has sevcr'.'il errors mart'- rich people lliaii scribed in ridiculously obvious to the yrL been loenled by N'a- terms." I, for our1, was uell as lo Ihc audience, Kcvrniie or else demon- In sec ,laon Hnwnian In 1 ho orchrslr.i. Mm! il is In Ihrol Ml. nn ni any and Ilinnk ynu for n Ihr mduslrial linrl niadc up IKT iinnd en Ihn In likr a show hr-foiv- Af.I'JX.AN'DMi, MH.S UK- sluff nf alliliKle it liC1 ;indablr. "1 he arqiimcnl. IhaL UK- .symphony nrrhexra .'in oll-a malc-ur and along wilh ollior vould much nrofcr In hax'1 henc- final ;unl Herald is lo be ijiH'.slinn of Ihe slruclive criticism, and nn! on Ihe number of du full of cniidi'miiinu c. allows eorrcspondcnl these .'iiid flouoTv. iiicnii.'nujiii'h' ti) icpoil on the Ml'KKlv of Mm Six Counties rrnlesMir Nmlliam Ireland. His mile; (illier hi- nn Ilir Ihc rights nf have noliiTiI thai Sliaim ilard vJnrli Ihc n people in Ihose viiMvs on Ire la IK! ai-1 n-ai-Vird allhnni.'h Im umild 1 me In believe Mir onlv itncs lo Iir prinlr'l !hr hi adriil IT iimnnu llm firsl. The Sinrp Ihr hr- h.'nr ;i In livirn Al Ic nn inilrpcndrnl parl til the >rar (here hnvn lln-y ,in> Quclicc, or fom1 cdliinins Ity Mr. Ilcr- Lcthbridj'.i' MIMIC culture v, ln (his Is not. If the NDP is now to be a champion of the middle group, it must first decide what cate- gories of taxpayers it wishes to defend. Where do the "working people in the midcis class group" (Mr. Orlikow's phrase) end and the rich begin. This i3 very important because the plan outlined by David Lewis would cost an additional million. The trouble with the very rich is lhat they are very few; they simply do not dispose of taxable ircome at all comparable to lhat claimed by groups in the ranges up to This is clear enough from the tables regularly published by the De- partment of National Revenue. The NDP attempts to escape (he difficulty by focussing atten- tion partly on industry. Stop the give-aways, argues Mr. Orli- kow. In particular, he calls at- tention to grants nf the Depart- ment of Regional Economic Ex- pansion, contending that these of.cn go (o affluent corpora- tions. ''If the government really wants to fight poverty, why does it not wipe out these give- aways and give the money lo those who need Certainly the DRKK pro- Looking Tlirmisli The HiTHld A serious fire at the ricllaw holel was averted urday by Ihc timely in'.ervcn- of Ihr maid. The volunteer fur brigade Minn had llx under ronirr-1. MUi: The law firm of cnvilfli nnd who have been offices in the I lank of Commerce Building, have miived lo a spacious aiul attrac- tive suite in Hie Herald build- ing. Sixlh .street south. 11H2 limit nf 40 miles per hour for IjCllibridge and district, motorists as well prams are open lo serious criti- cism. Experience may show that t good deal of public money lias been unwisely used to promote the development of uneconomic industries. But at least the purpose is to create ]obs, which are surely to be pre- ferred to welfare hand-outs. Everyone is in agreement that industry at the moment is not generating sufficient employ, n l. How is it to generate more if it is to be saddled, as the NDP proposes, with a new rintl heavy burden of taxation? The New Democrats have, of course, enthusiastically Copied Ihe argument of Eric KicrsKf: that the load should be shifted lo bear more heavily on re- source industries. But this would (o the further disad- vantage of provinces weak in manufacturing and dependent nn development. There is also a point of importance emerging from !aMcs in Mr Turner's Economic Kcvicw. These show that the much abuscci primary industries have been far more iT-sistant to inoreasinp uncm- plnyment than has manufactur- ing or even coiistruclion. (Herald Oltmi a .Bureau) backward as 'ill olhcrs in Ihe province and Dominion goes into effect Lwtoy, May t. A benefit dance for HT Medicine ll-il l-'loorl lidicf J'niul v.ill ho Maccd hy I'm J.ellihriflgc Junior Chamber nf Commerce nn May !l in tho (ieneial Slewail Branch (if Canadian Legion. Through speci.il nr- rangemcMils willi Ihe i; I li- bridge aiul Macleod Liberal A.s- MM'ialions. Lester B. Pearson will arrive by plane lo mc-i't as many South Alhertans as passible. The Lcthbridgc Herald WH Vlh SI. S., Alhrri.i LF.TllRIllDd'K UKItALD HO. LTD., rropnclors nnd PuhlishCfi Published jn.TI, by linn. W, A. BUCHANAN l cinss Mall Rriiir.lriill No 001? uriMu of Clrcul.il Ions "THE HERALD StRVES THU SOUTH"