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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 HCBALD May 1974 Two sides toBourassa-Trudeau alliance Playing with public money Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff is right when he says it would be a shame to build duplicate sports facilities side by side in the area of the Lethbridge Community College campus. Since both the Sportsplex. which is a and the LCC gym. which is now only a come from the public the taxpayer may be forgiven for thinking of it as the understatement of the year. When the present site was chosen for the Sportsplex. back in the days before it had a before Lethbridge had the Canada Winter and while the city was still debating the need for a multi-purpose arena and a site for it was a common assumption that the south side location was recommended because the college would use it. Back in Ihose days it was even thought that the college would help pay for it. The basis for these one of which has already turned out to be is the cause for some especially among those interested parties who had favored another site. The department of advanced education makes an easy scapegoat in the present imnasse. It is Jar awav in Edmonton and it is a familiar target. And it did refuse the college permission to help finance the arena. But the college also bears some responsibility. It had implied that the money was available and that the institution was interested in such a multi- purpose and there can surely be little doubt that this is the reason for its location. The must shoulder some of the responsibility. It undertook the project without having anything concrete in the way of commitments for its financing and use. And recently it complicated the problem of the college's possible use of the facility by entering into a deal with a professional hockey club. More and more the affair has taken on the unflattering appearance of a poker game in which the city has gambled and the college has bluffed. These are not responsible particularly among those who serve the public or public institutions. An accommodation must be found for joint use of the 'Sportsplex by the city and the college. To duplicate the facilities would be intolerable and politically deadly. The hounds bay on The baying of the hounds in pursuit of President. Richard Nixon continues despite his release of transcripts of tapes of White House conversations. In fact the transcripts seern only to have aroused the hounds further. There may be a notion that this shows a perverse streak in the critics of the president But the nature of the transcripts makes it difficult for anyone. regardless of their not to be suspicious that the tapes were transcribed in such a way as to protect the president. Much has already been made of the unflattering picture r.he edited tapes give of the president That alone has lost him the of some who had previously stood on his ff the president has not actually incriminated himself in what has been made public he has presented himself as not much better than the mafia types. Those involved in the Watergate investigation will not be able to accept the assertion that nothing pertinent has been deliberately omitted. Nearly two thirds of the and omissions in the transcripts were from the statements of the president. Many of the omissions occur at critical points in discussions of me Watergate affair. WEEKEND MEDITATION In the transcript for April discussion between Mr. Nixon and his top domestic John the president spoke 176 times and Mr. Ehrlichman 179 times. There were 98 omissions from Mr. Nixon's comments and only six from Mr. Ehrlichman's. in a 64-minute discussion between the president and Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen on April the transcript shows that Mr. Nixon spoke 297 times arid Mr. Petersen 283 times. There were 73 occasions when Mr. Nixon's comments were and only 10 when Mr. Petersen's were It isn't any that the investigators are not satisifed with the transcripts and want to hear the tapes themselves. The disproportionate number of omissions from the president's comments simply invite the conclusion that the cover-up continues. William F. Buckley Jr. has written that the president would have been better off to have burned the tapes and announced that fact. There have been any more doubt about the president's involvement in the Watergate cover-up than there is now arid there would have been less damage to the image of Nixon himself and to the office of the presidency. The fellowship of giving Paul's letter to the church in Philippi is full of good things. It is one of the loveliest works of literature written. A man would have to have a hard heart indeed to read it. wouthout being profoundly moved. Paul begins the letter by saying that he thanked God for every memory of them and their fellowship had him the greatest joy. Think how remarkable that is. How many of your memories bring you nothing but. thanksgiving and Rare indeed is the memory untinged by regret. have you in my says Paul. Few of us could coin such a splendid phrase. He prays for and nothing encourages a man more than knowing tbat someone is praying for him. He says that his prayer is that their love may abound more and The whole purpose of life is to increase in love for love of love of mankind. For Paul love was not a sentimental thing. a word coined by the was really an intellectual not and meant and perception. This kind of love certainly was not blind. Paul had had a grim life and at this very time is a prisoner in Rome. In a letter to Corinth he relates how often he had been left for and suffered countless hardships on sea and land. Me had been betrayed by friends. Yet he tells the Philippians that everything that had happened to him had been for Muggeridge told a Vancouver audience that he lived without that the sad things of the past had been necessary and to regret them would be to doubt the providence of This surely is a remarkable faith. Such a faith Paul had. Another remarkable thing Paul says is not only is he unafraid of he longs for it since to die will be gain. He will be united with Jesus in a more real way. To in the is better for his and he hoped to visit them once again. Such is his confidence in the future life and his reunion with loved ones. William Barclay points out in his commentary that when Paul says he a desire to he uses a word for striking camp or loosening the ropes of a ship and setting aail. Both pictures are a picturesque way of looking at death He tells the Philippians that their con- versation must be appropriate to their Christian profession. This rebukes most of us. Conversation is too often and often thoughtless and vulgar. The Apostle James says that conversation is of utmost since it not only expresses character but forms Here is something to think Paul has the Hebrew belief of the importance of words. Then Paul proceeds to describe the kind of love that should exist between the Philippians and urges its development and cultivation. They are to keep themselves free from selfish ambition and the strife that comes from pride and self-esteem. They are to think of the others as better than not less and keep humble since humility is the key to peace and love. Thomas a Kempis makes much of as do all the saints. Paul abhors boasting of any kind. Everything a Christian has comes to him through the grace of God. In grace he is a rich man indeed. Paul keep free from worry since the man who truly believes in God has nothing to worry about. Keep in a constant state of rejoicing. Never be but practise a life of prayerful reliance on God and then you will receive the gift of the peace of God. Paul himself has learned an to be content in every state in which he finds himself. Just the he is happy to receive their gifts. Now ttiis is the mark of a great spirit. It is easy to but few people can receive a gift graciously. There is a pride in man which resents receiving. In true friendship there has to be both giving and as Paul says. How beautifully he speaks of their the expression of their and how valuable it was to him. A lesser man would have rejected or been ungrateful for it. How good they had God would bless them for it. Such wonderful friends they Gratitude is the mark of a great soul. In true friendship both giving and receiving are imperative. Grace be into and from God our Father from the Lord Jesiu Chrtit. St. Pwl'i prayer for the Philippics. F.S.M. By Dominique Montreal Star commentator MONTREAL Obviously Premier Robert Bourassa is going to do all he can to help Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's election campaign. It would be unthinkable for him to desert a fellow Liberal and a fellow Quebecer. Party politics don't allow any other course. the political relationship between the two has not been all that advan- tageous and straightforward. a Stanfield victory would not be considered a total disaster in Quebec City. As far as the provincial cabinet is con- there has always been a sort of trade-off implicit in its support for the federal Liberals. On the positive administrative relations between the two levels of government have become smoother and more effective. This has been accompanied by a dramatic increase of federal spending in this province. The principal cause is the unprecedented influence wielded in Ottawa by French- speaking ministers and civil servants something which the federal Liberals have worked hard to bring about. The social and economic benefits of intergovernment cooperation can hardly be minimized. Nor can one overlook the con- solidation of Liberal power in to the point where it almost shuts out any federal or provincial. The negative aspects of the Bourassa-Trudeau alliance are also very important. Wide differences have appeared on issues related to and they cannot be dismissed merely as rhetorical exercises. On the they are deeply rooted in Quebec politics. The Quebec government has been facing uncommon rigidity on constitutional issues which have a practical impact on practical matters such as social communications and industrial development. Fiscal and monetary policies are also felt to be and Finance Minister Raymond Garneau this week did not hesitate to pan the fateful Turner budget. The long-standing grievance of the Quebec government has been Prime Minister Trudeau's exaggerated insistence on maintaining the full extent of federal allegedly at the expense of provincial jurisdiction and of regional interests. mans jot up fcr French election confirms minority rule By Joseph syndicated commentator PARIS The first round of the French presidential election confirms what lias become the iron law of politics in the Western democracies. Governing parties everywhere are losing opposition parties are not gaining. Instead the votes arc going to third forces grouped around personalities with a seemingly- direct approach to problems nobody understands very well. As a solid majorities are increasingly hard to find these days. That pattern has now emerged in countries of the diverse kinds. Recent. elections in Denmark and West Germany all fit. the mold. The underlying explanation seems to be that disillusioned by years of steady are looking for new men with new- ways to deal with such unhappy side-effects of growth as corruption and official complacency. Here in as the prime victim of these feelings was the chief candidate. Former Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas had the backing of the Gaullist party machine arid its leading public figures. He came in the words of one of his as grandson of General de Gaulle and the son of Georges But. thus encumbered by yesterday's he could not win credibility for his pledge of a The party here as everywhere turned to be a myth. Like m a n y y e e r a n M. Chaban-Delmas had some dubious tax deductions and some shady contributions. The whiff of corruption him badly in such traditional rural strongholds of Gaullism as Brittany and Alsace-Lorraine. He came in third with under 15 per cent of the vote half of what he figured to get when the campaign began. Vatican fights divorce law By David London Observer commentator ROME Italy's referendum on divorce Sunday could still go either according to the latest opinion polls. The battle over the divorce law passed three years which right-wing Catholics are seeking to repeal. has become embittered by a dispute about whether Catholics are morally free to dispute the teaching of the Church in what is. after all. a civil matter. The signs are that the Vatican is bringing in its heavy guns to swing the vote in favour of repeal. The Italian bishops have said voters must defend the Christian and this is being interpreted from the pulpits as a vote against divorce. But many Catholic intellectuals have publicly come out in favour of leaving the divorce law alone and some congregations have walked out of church in protest when priests began electioneering from the pulpit. The Vatican has severely disciplined a well-known Don Giovanni a former Benedictine abbot. Don who holds the same rank as a has been campaigning for a free choice for Catholics over divorce. He has now been suspended by his Order and lost his right to say Mass. The Cardinal Patriarch of Venice has sent written warnings to more than 28 of his priests who took part in pro-divorce rallies. The Church's propaganda campaign seems to have caused a significant number of those who were earlier prepared to vote in favour of divorce to waver. The polls indicate that the victory predicted for the pro-divorce lobby a few weeks ago is now in the with an increasing number of electors 15 per cent saying they are undecided. The state television and radio network RAI has imposed a rigid censorship during the referendum campaign at the behest of the powerful Christian Democrat cutting out every imaginable reference to divorce from television and radio including plays and documentaries. Even a television program commemorating the centenary of Marconi's birth was cancelled on the grounds it contained an interview with the radio pioneer's daughter by his first an Englishwoman from whom he was later divorced. A Feydeau marital comedy was rewritten before it was broadcast on the radio. Signor Amintore leader of the Christian Democrat has described the divorce law as and other opponents condemn it. both on moral grounds and as bad law. This is not the opinion of foreign who compare the law favourably with the divorce laws of other European countries in relation to protection given to the weaker party and provision for maintenance and custody of children. The Italian of Appeal has also found in a recent its first on the that the divorce law does exactly what it sets out to do provide a legal remedy for the breakdown of a not apportion blame for it. The statistics of divorce also that the avalanche of promiscuity predicted three years ago when the law came into operation has failed to take place. The divorce rate is now- declining. Three-quarters of decrees relate to partners who have been separated for more than 20 years and most people seeking divorce from the civil courts belong to lower income groups it is certainly not a law for the rich as the Church's law of annulment has tended to be. Most will not be voting tomorrow simply for or against divorce. The issue has been broadened by the Church and the political parties into a contest between conservatives and progressives. Italian election results since the Second World War show the progressives are habitually blocked by a few per cent of moderates who join the traditionally conservative forces in key elections. Do the radical social changes which have taken place in Italian society during the past. 25 years mean that the time has now come for the progressives to take That is wr.flt the referendum will really be deciding. His losses did not swell the vote of the chief anti- government Francois Mitterrand. M. Mitterrand had the unified support of three opposition parties the the C o in rn u n i s t s and the Independent radicals. He ran an effective campaign taking his distances from the Communists and showing himself to be a man of stable middle-class instincts and statesmanlike outlook. He led the field with about. 43 per cent of the vote. that was far less than the 46 or 47 per cent. M. Mitterrand and his men were looking for when the voting began. Apparently some keen for a change and not. averse to the were suspicious of the opportunism in M. Mitterrand's richly political'past. He ran below par in districts noted for loyalty to Communist and Socialist candidates. The great beneficiary of the Gaullist collapse was Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing. His Independent Republican party has virtually no local organ- ization. But the finance minister more than made up for the party weakness with a brilliant personal campaign. He was by these to his undoubted personal honesty. He was also able to dispel his major handicap the appearance of being an upper- class prig. He was even able to a burden into an asset. The statistical experts claim that the run-off between M. Giscard d'Estaing and M. Mitterrand on May 19 will be very close. My own sense is that M. Giscard d'Estaing has the momentum to win fairly big. In any France will be getting a serious and able president. these are the rea- sons why the possibility of a Conservative government in Ottawa is not viewed with alarm. Opposition leader Robert Stanfield has acquired a reputation for moderation and particularly because of his handling of the issue of bilingualism and his refusal to take political advantage of the misgivings it has brought about. It is felt in Quebec that he would seek to maintain French influence within the civil a situation on which provincial authorities here have become heavily dependant for financial and policy reasons. One of the greatest assets of any provincial government is the availability of political and administrative pipelines into Ottawa. Problems are best resolved in an informal manner by politicians and civil servants who know each other well and whose careers have crossed at various points in time. This has been Ontario's unparalleled ad- vantage in its dealings with the federal government. But in Quebec's lan- guage and cultural barriers have made consultations more awkward and less productive than would have been the case if the people involved were fa- miliar with each other. The results have been that federal programmes have often seemed tailored to meet the needs of Ontario while they generally aroused considerable resistance in Quebec. The existence of so-called French Power in Ottawa has helped provide Quebec with effective pipelines into the federal cabinet and civil service through which its own interests could be pressed. Such an improvement has been due to the efforts of Prime Minister Trudeau and of Jean Marchand and Gerard Pelletier. Their political objectives have been to satisfy moderate nationalist claims as regards the tradi- tion a 1 lack of Quebec influence at. the federal and at the time to integrate the province more closely into the Canadian picture. fn the Prime Minis- ter Trudeau has had to take a strong stand against the centrifugal tendencies of Quebec besides fighting separatism and the Parti he has also tried to resist any erosion of federal power on the grounds an adequate French presence in Ottawa could meet the legitimate demands of Quebec. He has refused to make any constitutional concessions to even though that province had the support of several other governments across Canada. This is the weak point of the Bourassa-Trudeau alliance. Both of them are i n competition as spokesmen for the aspirations of and such a situation has already given rise to considerable friction. Premier Bourassa has been saying on vital cultural such as the province allow an Eng- lish-speaking majority in Ot- tawa to make decisions will affect the future of French culture. Accordingly there have been many angry rebuttals from federal Communications Minister- Gerard Pelletier. The political competition can never really be resolved because the premier and the prime minister are active at different. levels of government. While they draw their political support from the same the voters are apparently not interested in resolving the issue. They massively support in spite of the fact that Stanfield sounds relatively flexible and that. Rene Levesque has been offering the definitive solution to the problem. Under these conditions there is no alternative but to maintain the existing alliance. Most people in Quebec are not troubled by the political ambiguities which it and they find some political advantage in exploiting its underlying ten- sions. The Uthbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. 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