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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 LETHBRIDQK HERALD May 1V74 EDITORIALS Election almost certain An election seems almost certain as a result of the budget brought down by Finance Minister John Turner last night. No attempt seems to have been made to please the New nothing could have won the approval of the Conservatives. It was a budget that might have been produced by a government with a comfortable majority in mid-term. Only by loading the budget with a lot of things advocated by the NDP did it seem possible that the Liberal government could stave off an election. That way it might have caused the New Democrats to continue support of the government to avoid the embarrassment of being taunted about being disloyal to their own proposals. Now the New Democrats will have to vote against the budget to avoid a different kind of embarrassment. To support the government after this would be hypocritical. There is nothing to indicate that an election would produce a different kind of Parliament. The polls have consistently indicated that support for the various parties has remained almost constant since the last election. It is even likely that the majority of Canadians do not want an election. The Liberals may be gambling that by blaming the Conservatives and New Democrats for forcing an election they can make some gains. A as compared to a assessment of the budget can come later. If it is rejected on Wednesday and the voters return a different party to power no assessment need ever be made. Nothing has changed The unexpected election of six Progressives in the recent South African election will probably mean a more lively opposition to the governing Nationalist it won't mean a thing as far as changing the racist policies in effect in the country. Except for the election of five new Progressive members at the expense of the United the official Opposition the' standings in the Parliament are virtually the same as before. Prime Minister John Vorster has a mandate to continue to uphold the apartheid vision that has prevailed now for 26 years. Whatever modifications there have been in the rigid separation of racial groups in South Africa in the last few years have not been due to the hammerings of opposition members in the House. The few concessions that have been made have been forced on an unwilling government by the business and sports worlds. If the coup in Portugal should eventually lead to independence for the African colonies there will be different kinds of pressures exerted on South Africa. Until now Mozambique has provided a buffer against the militant black regimes. The day may not be far distant when South Africa will feel the pressure of military threat. This possibility does not mean that Mr. Vorster and his followers are apt to be more susceptible to the urgings of the Progressives to adopt a more enlightened racial policy. The on the is that it will lead to a more rigid hewing to the line in the interests of security It is tempting to see the election of the six Progressives as heralding a new but it would be a mistake to count heavily on the dawning being imminent- Australian elections Interest in the elections in France and other events on the international to say nothing of speculation here at home about upcoming has overshadowed Ihe fart that Australians arc going to the polls May 18 to elect halt the members of the upper house of the national Parliament as well as to vole on tour retm'iidums put on tho ballot by the ruling Labor Party. Prime Minister Gough Whitlam hopes to obtain a working majority in 1 he- Upper House since most oi the retiring Senators are non-Labor. Senators arc elected tor six years with half of them retiring at every triennial election. the Senate has turned down Wlntlam's referendum proposals and he has finally resorted to a constitutional prerogative to put them on the ballot during the Senate elections. The having to do with flection reforms and municipal spring from the prime minister's belief in a centralist form of government while many politicians arid other citizens share his view that the country deserves a better constitution than the 75-year-old one under which it is now most of them seem io prefer to wait for the report of the constitutional reform convention. This body was set up last September in Sydney and is due to report to another convention in Melbourne in May. It is reported that unanimity has already been reached on many points by the working which include all parties m the national and state Parliaments. With o n 1 y 1 w o s t a t e La b o r in Tasmania and South lo Whitlam direct fhe outcome of the election is verv much in doubt ART BUCHWALD The million WASHINGTON It received hardly a mention in the but the Pentagon last week just happened to million it didn't know it had. It seems that the Defence Department had asked for billion for aid to South but Congress had voted only billion. Instead of the Pentagon getting upset by the cut in funds it announced that it had million which could make up the difference. How did the Pentagon find the It's a very interesting story. Two weeks ago two cleaning women in the Pentagon were working late at night in the basement of the building. One of the ladies was a new employee and she opened what she thought was a broom closet. Instead of brooms and mops she saw neatly piled stacks of brand-new bills. she said to the lady she was working ain't no brooms or mops in that closet. How am I supposed to get my work done when all they keep in there is Henrietta came over and looked in. to you're right. They expect us to clean the mop the halls and dust the furniture and they don't even give us the tools to do it with. Let's find the They brought the supervisor back. He peered into the closet and became angry. I told them once I them 100 times the only thing I want to see in broom closets is brooms. I'm going to get the duty The duty a was asked to come to the basement. When he showed up he couldn't believe his eyes. much money do you think there is in that 'Bout Henrietta said. The colonel rushed off to call his superior at home. the cleaning women just found million in a broom closet in the The general was furious. ''Why are you bothering me at home at this hour about Turn it over to the colonel said. The next day the Lost-and-Found officer put out notices on all the bulletin boards in the Pentagon which anyone has lost million in new kindly pick it up as soon as possible at Lost-and-Found. If the money is not claimed within the it will be turned over to the South Vietnamese Although there are thousands of people working in the no one admitted to owning the money. This caused some wild speculation. The Army said the Navy had hidden the cash in the broom closet so they could buy an extra submarine when no one was looking The Navy said the Air Force had stashed it away for the next overrun on a new Lockheed cargo plane. In any no one claimed the cash and it was turned over to six cadets of the South Vietnamese marine corps who were returning to Saigon after a visit to Parris Island. But the discovery of the money caused a storm at the Pentagon. The secretary of in a very tough memo to all will be no more storing of unaccounted funds in broom closets. closets will be used in the future solely for cleaning utensils. If there is one thing I will not stand for as long as I am it's a rlirtv Pontaann Next three years decisive for world By James New York Times commentator WASHINGTON One of the perversities of history is that it refuses to adjust itself to the convenience of men or nations. It keeps asking the most critical questions at the most awkward times. It ought to know that President Nixon is preoccupied with the Watergate and that everywhere there is now political disruption and a longing for quiet to sort things but it will not wait for a new political order. In the next three years are likely to be decisive on four fundamental 1. Whether there will be peace or war between the Soviet Union and China. 2. Whether the race in strategic arms particularly multiple nuclear warheads on intercontinental missiles will get beyond control. 3. Whether there will be a new order or war in the Middle threatening the very existence of the state of Israel. 4. Whether Europe will move forward toward political union and a trusting partnership with the United or fall back into nationalism and encourage American isolationism. of has a way of going on regardless of the prophecies of calendar but there is something very special about these coming three years. The danger of war between Moscow and Peking is not a Sunday supplement nightmare. Nothing troubles Secretary of State Kissinger more than this and presumably he has more reasons than anybody else here for worrying about it. But right now is the dangerous time not three years from now. By then China will have an offensive nuclear arsenal of its which the Soviet Union could not attack without risking nuclear retaliation by the Chinese. By presumably political power in China will have passed from the older South African Progressives advance By Stanley London Observer commentator CAPE TOWN For years the Progressive party in South Africa has been represented m Parliament by a solitary the remarkable Mrs. Helen Suzman. as a resutt ot the recent general there will be six. It is a modest enough number in a 171-meraber House of but lo judge by the jubilation in Progressive ranks a new Enlightenment has dawned in tins politically medieval country. The Progressive party now expects to grow stronger and or better still to flower with the United Party's reformists and the new Democratic party into a hard-hitting opposition This is not necessarily illusory. White South Africans are usually thought of by the rest of the world as being all LETTERS but the fact is they have just voted into Parliament six people who stand quite openly for a sharing of white power with the blacks. A whiff of change must be in the because it brought men of remarkable calibre to the Progressive party's team of election candidates as it did to the reformist United Parly's these candidates stand head and shoulders above the average United Party or Nationalist MP. They could be the forerunner of a whole new breed of business and professional men until have refused to touch active politics with a barge- pole. For 13 long and lonely years in Mrs. Suzman kept the Progressive Party in A German The Queen married to a German Burke's article. April Certainly his mother was the former Alice of but his father was Prince Andrew of his grandfather was King George I of the Hellenes and his great grandfather was King Christian IX of At his birth he was named Prince Philip of Greece and during his youth was under the guardianship of his Earl Louis Mountbatten of Burma. Prior to his Prince Philip renounced all Lethbridge his Greek titles and adopted the name Philip until King George VI created him Duke of Edinburgh. The British monarchy is foreign why stop Countless invasions and migrations through the have possibly given us all some if we each traced our own ancestry. Even Ireland was invaded and settled by who originated in southwest German and east France. W. CARSON LDS church attempt I was very much displeased with the obviously immature attitude taken by Warren Caragata in the Chinook article regarding the LDS church and the Indians. A lot of remarks were taken out of context and when he could no longer think of any abuse to throw he sub-headed it with ones that are trying to get you to heaven are the ones telling you to go to What other religion for that mattdr urtiat take underprivileged Indian children into their homes where they are raised with their Or maybe Mr. Caragata could tell me if he knows of anyone who would buy a large potato farm was just done in and then turn it over to the Indian people. I'm not saying we are but at least we're trying. A few more should instead of tearing down the people who are. PAT BOWEN the forefront of public attention. Few mren could have survived the ordeal as well as she has and retained not only their but also their sense of humor. But if there is one thing she will be remembered for it is her remorseless defence of civil liberties. Colin like Helen has seemingly inexhaustible resources of energy. He took the Progressive party over from its former leader and revitalized it by updating it. and taking note of the trend of Afrikaner politics. He fought and lost the Sea Point seat by 231 votes in 1970. and even lie might not have had the heart to pick up the pieces and go on again if he had lost again this time. Among the Progressive party's six MPs are two Afrikaners. One of them is Rene de former editor of the Johannesburg who comes from an old South African family. For all his fluency in both his sophistication and enlightened he is a politician in the traditional Afrikaner mould. The other Frederick van zyl formerly lecturer in sociology at Stellenbosch University fount of and Cape Town and now Professor of Sociology at the University of Witwatersrand in was one of the of the whole election campaign. A Progressive candidate who turned out to be something of a phenomenon was Gordon who married was divorced Harry Oppenheimer's daughter and became one of the top nine executives of Oppenheimer's giant Anglo- American Corporation. Oppenheimer has been the Progressive party's main backer over the years. No one had given much for Waddell's chances in Johannesburg but seldom have South African politics seen anything quite as awesome as the efficiency of his campaign. there is Rupert chairman of the Progressive party in the Transvaal and a builder by challenge a United Parly in but switched when the United Party toisted an arch- Mr Etienne on to a resentful Orange Grove constituency Lorimer saw his opening and went in for the kill. His success was probably the most remarkable of starting from late in the fie winkled out a United Party front-bencher with case. Nothing demonstrated the opposition electorate's disenchantment with the reactionary United Party leadership more than Lorimer's victory. generation of Mao Tse-tung and Chou En-lai to the not-so- old military and political leaders coming along. China will be less vulnerable to attack by the end of 1976. This same time frame applies to the arms and this is why Henry Kissinger talks with such urgency and passion about it. Despite the present political weakness of President even regardless of whether he is impeached or the process of building and deploying the hydra-headed nuclear monsters is going to go on. If there is no agreement to limit the production and dispersal of the MIRV's in the next year or there will be so many of them on both sides by 1977 that the only hope then will be to try to agree to destroy wHat has been produced at such enormous risk and cpst. This is a much harder proposition. Again in the Middle despite all the political there is now a better chance for a compromise peace than there is likely to be in the foreseeable future. Kissinger has won the confidence of President Sadat and King Faisal. The domination of Arab policy by the Soviet Union has been broken and the disunity of the Arab which always existed even during the last is now apparent. the hope of an accommodation and maybe even of a tolerable peace exists now. It is the worst time in many ways for the Israeli government and it is awkward for the U.S. but it is the only time we have right now and it looks better than any other prospect of the next three years. though the new French government is not yet the new British government not yet in and the West German government wracked by internal economic and even security it may be that these internal troubles will force the west. Europeans to consider more seriously the dangers of disunity and the advantages of a political union. the combination of all these problems at this time obviously places on Henry Kissinger immense responsibilities lie is fighting not only political weakness at home and abroad but which he fears is carrying events beyond rational management. That is whv he is so irritated with Senator Jackson and otlieis who seem to think that if Kissinger solve all these problems now with great big splashy the next U S administration will be able to do so. they will he different problems by Kissmgoi far more difficult to Lettgrg Cardston integration I have found recent articles on the Cardston Indian situation often depressing and negative. Surely suicides and the discrimination the writers dwell on are not confined to this particular area. Since I assume The Herald's purpose is to better the native situation and foster might I suggest a better I have on several the Lee Creek Elementary school in Cardston. Readers might be interested in hearing about the integration that takes place there. Native women assist as aids and bus and work together closely as a liaison between the teachers and younger students. This most commendable attempt at integration is admired in educational circles throughout the province. It is not but one of the best attempts of it's and a fine spirit of co-operation is evident. Of real human interest would be an article on the refreshing relationship of my friend wiili her Indian neighbors. Their five children spend much of their free time m her home Encouraging their school helping them prize their providing books and musical she assists them and their mother in countless ways. Usually short on but long on love and she provides frequent meals in her home. She enjoys their as most of her family are now grown. Feeling strongly that they have an important she does her best to help them prepare for it. Many of us write piles of words with verbal solutions to but she and her kind have no time tor accusations They are too busy bettering the situation. MRS. ELIZABETH UAVIES Magrath The Lethbridge Herald 504 7m St. S Lethbridge. Alberta LETH8RIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;