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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta ins bB i na Election on election This summer's general election could be simply a prelude to the main bout in the fall. It is a even prospect. The outcome of the summer election is apt to be little different from the one held two years ago. There might be some shifting of seats from one party to the the Conservatives emerging with the greatest number but not with a majority. A Conservative government would not likely have the support of the New Democratic Party for long. If it has been an embarrassment to New Democrats to have to support the it would be almost shameful to have to back the Conservatives after all the reflex remarks made about the Tories. Even if the NDP felt obliged to give the Conservative minority government a chance to it couldn't last long. The Conservatives have promised wage and price controls. The moment the legislation for controls is introduced another election might be necessary since the NDP consider controls to be anathema. There might be a chance that the Liberals would save the country from another election in this circumstance. Although the Liberals have rejected the idea of controls they have not been as adamant in their opposition as the NDP. They might want to let the Conservatives introduce controls and get burned in the process and hope to benefit from the disillusionment that would seize Canadians. Elections can produce surprises nobody knows how the people of the polls will cast their ballots. But the chances of an indecisive election in the summer with another election in the fall are unfortunately. Bilingualism elsewhere An unforeseen consequence of the entry of Britain into the Common Market has been the informal dethroning of French as the accepted language at the Brussels headquarters of the European Economic Community. A British publication reports that French speaking journalists are becoming distressed at the increasing use of English at briefing sessions. Although French has no special legal status in the it had been used at these even by as a convenience. The Italians are partly responsible. For some time they have blocked discussions in insisting that the Italian language has equal status in the community. Their devious aim has not been to promote their own language but to have English accepted as a working language along with French. As a solution to the an EEC publication has in a dull attempt at that Esperanto be used. Two Dutchmen did better with their proposed which nonne in disputatione consumetur quanam voce lingua Latina enuntianda The bilingual disputations between French and familiar to are not the only language troubles in the world Sweden is currently under considerable pressure from its sizeable Finnish population to institute a degree of bilingualism. The who emigrated to Sweden in huge numbers following Finland's defeat by Russia in 1944 and who have continued to cross the border for many have pointed out that their homeland has been bilingual since it became independent in 1917. Both Finnish and Swedish are used in Parliament. law street signs and movies are all bilingual. The Swedes are expected to be especially since Finnish President Dr. Urho on a recent called attention to the problem. The two languages are unrelated and mutually unintelligible and it has been almost pathologically difficult for Finns to learn Swedish. Investigations have shown that many become semi-literate in a culture that denies their educational and linguistic needs. They insist that language is still a vital part of their identity. This is an idea which will be understood by many n'est ce Joe y xdfflvW. A ii Recompense for strike losses A lot of people get hurt financially by strikes. Some of those hurt the worst may not have anything directly to do with the business or service struck. All sorts of businesses were hard hit by the recent postal and air line for instance. Employers lost revenue and employees lost wages which cannot be recovered. Some sort of recompense for the innocent victims of strike action needs to be found. The action of some manufacturers in suing the-government for damages for permitting strikes in the public service draws dramatic attention to the need. Claims ought at least to be allowed on fines levied against unions in cases of illegal strikes. But even with much stiffer fines being imposed it is not likely that there would be sufficient to cover all the claims. Consideration might bo given to the creation of some sort of strike insurance but the difficulties of determining who should be expected to pay into the fund and how benefits would be paid make the idea unattractive. In the meantime the government might ponder the similarity between the plight of the farmer struck by some unexpected setback by nature and the predicament of the small businessman hit by the consequences of an unexpected strike in some other sector of the economy. If the farmer is worthy of some assistance why isn't the ERIC NICOL Roll out the barrel The Alberta government says it doesn't know what to do with all its new oil money. Ahem. Premier I just happened to be sniffing the air in this disadvantaged area where I and I caught a whiff of the billion surplus burning a hole in your public purse. I'm sure you can contain the blaze. You have projects to promote secondary industry in and there is no real danger that Edmonton will be submerged under a lava- like flow of the old filthy. But I wonder if you have given any thought to paying pensions to the veterans of the Alberta Tens of thousands of Canadians among whom I am proud to be numbered spent even of the Second World War in the training camps of Alberta. Who can forget those storied imperishable in the memory of those who Fought against the Hun Claresholm Lethbridge Vulcan Macleod Penhold Red Deer. Not too many naval units were involved in .he-Alberta but for the army and Jie air force Alberta was the first taste of Dattle mostly against the girls of whose loyalty to the Allied cause sometimes acked the last full measure cf devotion. Does not Alberta owe something to those jrave most of us as green as the prairie wheat in who crowded the .raining camps of the The aircraft ve manned filled the air over and it s on record that not a single German bomber past Many berries. The imperial navy of Japan was denied iccess to the waterways of central Canada hanks to the trainee army engineers Iropping bridges into Alberta rivers. The roads of Alberta have a sound foundation. Because countless pairs of Canadian feet pounded them flat on route marches. The bombs fell in but our arches fell in Alberta. I don't usually want to talk about but I was one of those who bled for Alberta hundreds of dollars blown on milkshakes alone. I was trying to consolidate my position with a waitress at the soda fountain in Calgary. At that time I was stationed at RCAF Command on the top floor of a Calgary department store. Each morning we went regardless of weather in the to the 5th floor. Some of our chaps never made after a hard night. Stumbled out of the elevator at the wrong and went for a Burton in Ladies Lingerie. If the people of Alberta are free today to enjoy the green deluge of oil do they not owe a debt of beefed up with to those gallant men who poured their service pay into the breach at a time when the province was cowering in the funkhole of a have-not agricultural What a grand gesture it would be if the Alberta government now set aside a few of its surplus millions to compensate the Canadian veterans of 1939-45 who still suffer from the hardships endured in the foothills middle- aged men and women who are allergic to who hurst into tears at the howl of a We don't ask for Mr. Lougheed. A small percentage of your oil royalties would perform miracles to salve the old wounds. As we used to sing in the pubs of embattled out the We'll have a barrel of fun. Vero fiddles while Lethbridgp A touch of class in Brandt's decision By James New York Times commentator WASHINGTON The political instability of the free world is getting a little scary. In recent days and President Pompidou of France has Prime Minister Heath of Britain has been and now Chancellor Willy Brandt of Germany has resigned. The loss of even if it is only is particularly sad. Brandt is what we call in America a That is to he was not merely a manager or a technician of but a leader in the old fashioned tough and but with a sense of humor and a sense of history. He may be the best political leader we have in the Western and it's too bad to see him but it's not surprising. in American means style of manner or conduct. Hemingway thought of it as something deeper than a way of behaving well in difficult a kind of inner or as he called under This was the way Brandt looked from the outside. Maybe he fooled us. nobody least of all for we see politicians only when they are on display or on guard. But even if he is being wily and retreating only to at least took his chances and risked his job in order to save his honor. They found a spy from Communist East Germany in Brandt's office. The facts were not in dispute. The spy was a trusted aide to the chancellor and admitted his loyalty to the Communists. Brandt didn't hire him and the West German counter- espionage officials didn't expose but Brandt took responsibility for the offense. He didn't know what was going he but the should have so he resigned. It is interesting to compare Brandt's reaction to scandal and President Nixon's. And also to compare the parliamentary system of democracy in Europe with the presidential system of democracy in the United States. Brandt and Nixon both said that they had to take for the scandals in their but Brandt felt that if he was he had to get and leave the issue to the while Nixon felt he had to stay on. But this is much more than a question of style and manner. Brandt was a key figure in the politics of the world. He fought for the unity of Western partnership with the United States and compromise with Moscow and Communist East Europe. It was a almost an impossible but somehow he managed to keep the American troops in while reconciling the old German conflict with and balancing the political forces at home. When France argued against Kissinger's offer of an Atlantic with the United it was Brandt who insisted on maintaining the and got the funds to keep the American troops in Germany. it was Brandt who insisted that Western Germany must come to terms with the Soviet Communist East and the Communist states of Eastern Europe. He also made his peace with Secretary of State Kissinger who didn't like the German to the but who came to believe in Brandt and urged him to go to Cairo and help resolve the savage conflicts of the Middle East. So the West is weaker now without and in some ways without Heath in Britain. Heath was for the unification of and his Harold is not so sure. All this leaves the free world in a state of political instability. The president of the United States is facing the possibility of impeachment. The prime minister of Britain is trying to govern without a majority in the House of as is Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. France has broken the Gaullist tradition and is staggering now between a government of the right and the left. Portugal has thrown off 50 years of dictatorship and is in a revolutionary with the Communists emerging as the strongest party. Spain is waiting for the death of Generalissimo with his his and his granddaughter exercising critical political influence in Elsewhere in minority governments are trying to maintain except in Greece where the generals are in and of course Italy is trying to prove that governments are not really necessary. Willy Brandt understood all this and used his philosophy and his eloquence to try to hold the West to unify compromise with and retain the Atlantic partnership with the United States. Yet he felt he had to resign when he was compromised at home He was he for his staff and they let him so he got out and put the decision to his Parliament and the people. The parliamentary system of political responsibility in Canada and Europe is the same as the or basketball system of responsibility in the United States. If the team loses and winds up in trouble or in the you get a new coach or a president or a prime minister. You deal with the facts. You don't ask whether the leader is a nice with a long contract and a pleasant wife. Or whether he wanted to win but lost You get yourself a new leader maybe worse than the old but you make a new beginning. This is what Willy Brandt has done. He got in so he got out. It is a hard but not too bad. He put his honor ahead of his which is what is meant by And the guess here is that he will be back in power before too long Recent French elections show Gaullism is dead By C. L. New York Times commentator PARIS It is not yet clear who won the French elections begun May 5 and scheduled to end May but it is obvious who lost them. That man was the late Charles de Gaulle. If nothing the quest for a new president touched off by Georges Pompidou's death proved that Gaullism could not long endure without its namesake and inventor. The General himself often confided to with a mixture of pride and that he had no successors. Surely an able lieutenant with much political never pretended that he was more than a man who occupied the Elysee seat that had been filled by his great predecessor. Pompidou emphasized both continuity and change from the original tenets of Gaullism. Jacques Chaban- who sought to pursue a similar was unable to sell the idea to France's voters despite the fact that he had been a was a resistance is a handsome a fine and boss of a political stronghold in Bordeaux. Chaban he is known to the failed lamentably. This was partly due to his own shortcomings was touched by a tax scandal and is a poor and partly due to the sordid rivalries of other Gaullits scrambling for power. But mostly it was due to the fact that Gaullism is dead. It couldn't survive de Gaulle. Gaullism was not a political philosophy. It was a vague mixture of national pride and a sense of grandeur which the general manipulated skillfully into a power apparatus and a policy method that aimed at increasing French influence and prestige. It was never a intellectual code like Marxism. It represented a mixture of the general's thoughts -and the historic events in which he was personally acting a role or taking a lead. Andre the famous writer and a member of de Gaulle's thought that this in a sense resembled the situation of the French revolution by its personalized haunted subsequent revolutions in 1848 and 1870. France is and has been for several generations a democracy in terms of its credo and also in terms of its administrative although during that time it has been headed by kings and some of whom seemed to conceive of themselves in a quasi- monarchic sense of function. An odd stew has been cooked of financial social justice and traditional strains. These tend to rival each other in a national political body where right and centre have never ceased to compete. Frequently especially THE CASSEROLE during crises such as the German occupation that produced de Gaulle and the Algerian war that produced him again the French have shown a preference for a strong man at the helm. But only for a time. And even during that the strong man has seen the value of paying tribute to mass instincts by often adopting in his speeches the vocabulary of leftist thinking. De Gaulle was a master of this using left to curb right and vice versa. Although many modern concepts of democracy were first defined by French philosophers and practiced by French democracy here has tended to lack a sense of civism and appreciation of what contributions can be made by the private sector to the public weal. communism is probably somewhat different here from other European countries. The party is well-organized and can count on impressive support at the ballot boxes. although de Gaulle used to proclaim that communism was an that worked for a most people voting Communist here are only in truth expressing opposition. as the 1974 election approaches its climax with two standard-bearers Valery Giscard d'Estaing for the right and centre-right and Francois Mitterrand for the left and centre-left Gaullism as an issue disappears. Of course Giscard never an orthodox Gaullist will do everything possible to depict the disasters that face France should Mitterrand's Socialist- Communist coalition win. This will have strong appeal among practicing Catholics and those who still announce themselves as But for the first election in 16 neither de Gaulle nor Gaullism is the key issue. New men and policies that at least appear new will govern France as the memory of grand old general fades into the history books. Because of abnormal weather conditions across the there's more than just a possibility of a world shortage of cereal grains. If it and is as serious as some experts it will be interesting to see how the countries justify using hundreds of millions of bushels to make beer and while people are starving. The organizers of a youth festival at have had three rock bands withdraw because of crisis and Anyone remember that expression about the The senior vice-president of Imperial Oil Ltd. believes oil companies must have greater returns on their investments. He told the National Energy Board recently that since 1947 industry returns have averaged only about 12 per and will have to be higher than that if oil companies are to continue developing Canada's oil resources. There are some people who might think tripling in 27 years 12 per cent for 27 even when not comes to 324 per cent isn't too bad a especially when in most tho parlv voare aro tha loan nnmc The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors ana Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H. FILLING 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 ;