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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD'- Tuesday, May T2, 1970 PREMIER POPULAR WITH YOUNGER SET AT ONEPPE Muscle Power Not Wanted Burns [t Could Be Damaging A Queens University profes- sor urged Monday that the idea of prairie union not be looked on as a means of building up self-centred political muscle. R. M. Bm-ns of the Queens Institute of Intergovernmental Relations said he detects traces of "alleged regional griev- ances" in current interest in union of the three prairie prov- inces. Canada, he said, could be damaged if this is carried too far by using union as a %aPierre Airs His Vieivs [ass Media Blamed DR. LAURIER LAPIERRE 1TV HIGHLIGHTS! TUESDAY SPECIAL: "One Prairie 5 p.m., Cli. 3: CATV telecasts today's afternoon session of the four-day conference on Prairie union. DRAMA: "Mission: p.m., Ch. 7: The IMF is ordered to resuce the leader of a Latin-Ameri- can democratic movement a priest being held captive by two political enemies. MOVIE: "Tiie Lonely p.m., Ch. 9: A TV-movie suspense yarn in which a private detective is a suspect in the killing of a singer he was hired to protect. Stars Harry Guardino, Dean Jagger and Barbara McNair. DRAMA: "Marcus Welby, 8 p.m., Ch. 11: A rerun in which a black police detective knows he is ill but makes it impossible for Wclby to treat him. With Percy Rodrigues. SPECIAL: "One Prairie 9 p.m., Ch. 3: CATV telecasts tonight's session of the four-day conference op. Prairie union. INTERVIEW: "Pauline p.m., Ch. 13: The author of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang tells why she believes bad movies are sometimes more important Uian good ones, and which ones she considers significant. WEDNESDAY .MOVIE: "The Deul's 1 p.m., Ch. 7: A 1033 film in which a man returns to the New England town whore his falher has been executed. Stars Burl Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. SPECIAL: "One. Prairie 2 p.m., Ch. H: CATV telecasts this morning's session of the four-day conference on Prairie union. By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer Former CBC broadcaster Dr. Laurier LaPierre blamed the mass media Monday for being in large measure responsible for regional misunderstandings in Canada. Dr. LaPierre, McGill profes- sor who was fired in 1966 from the controversial CBC public af- fairs show This Hour Has Seven Days, said "if we are so developed in the communica- tions field, why are we so bloody A speaker at the One Prairie Province Enquiry, he said the mass media had too often pub- licized the problems of Quebec at the expense of items from other regions. The lack of news on provin- cial topics would make it "dif- ficult for a conversation on a unified Prairie province to be carried on by a westerner and a resident of the Maritimes." During Monday morning's dis- cussion period at the Exhibi- tion Pavilion, Dr. LaPierre suggested the enquiry partici- pants had shown a preoccupa- tion with Quebec. He said later this was the result of mass media emphasis on the central province. The CBC, which through the recent Quebec election could have created a new dimension of understanding, had provided "bad coverage, both in the elec- tion campaign and the results." The Seven Days show, which Dr. LaPierre co-hosted with Pat- rick Watson, presented the first national TV "continuous effort not to be based on a viewpoint from Toronto and Montreal." He suggested both the CBC and CTV should increase region- al output on national networks, and should originate drama and discussion programs outside Canada's two largest cities. Director of McGill Univer- sity's French Canada Studies Program, Dr. LaPierre recom- mended that the big eastern daily newspapers provide mor'e coverage of western legisla- ture proceedings. And the papers should "have stables of experts in western af- fairs, living in the west, who could make assessments from a western point of view." "Too often Prairie coverage is hidden away in the back pages." He also suggested a govern- ment subsidy to newspapers would allow for faster trans- mission of papers so they "did not' arrive days late" in distant areas. Warning Issued Maritime Union Study execu- tive director Fred Drummie says the One Prairie Province Enquiry shouldn't be under- rated: a similar enquiry was held in 1965 at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Just three years later the Maritime Union Study was for- mally established among New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and a final report will be released this summer by Mr. Drummie, which 1 almost certainly be acted upon, perhaps resulting in Mar- itime Union. weapon against Ottawa, th economic power of Ontario am British Columbia or the de mands of Quebec. "In the conditions that w face the answer to Can ada's regional problem is no tied to the creation of a smalle number of larger provincia power centres, struggling no only against the national auth- ority but against each other a wen MORE PROVINCES "If general federal expert ence is any criterion, what Can ada probably needs is mon provinces, not fewer, with thi provincial units accepting thet proper and important role, a: agents of the provincial inter ests and partners in the nation al purpose, not as competitors for the national authority." Prof. Burns spoke on the sec ond day of the four day one prairie conference, which is ex amining the idea of merging Al berta, Saskatchewan and Man itoba. 'Where economic and socia movements assume politi c a he said, "the dan gers of excessive concern with regional attitudes has particu lar hazards "The real danger lies in any attempt to substitute the re gional or provincial will for the central will in matters proper I ly national in nature or impact LED ASTRAY Prof. Burns came down nei tier for nor against union bu told delegates: "I sometimes think that we have been let astray by the too ready con cept of a homogenous prairie region." In recent years, the interests of each province had taken dif ferent paths. There were grow- ing economic differences. Anc of course there were political differences. In fact, he quipped, federal- ly there seems" to be only one remaining common factor: John Diefenbaker. It's difficult to see any eco- nomic advantages in union, said Prof. Bums. "The sort of economic advan- tages that would accrue have been largely available through interprovincial co operation for many years. They are still available "I find it hard to convince myself that the government of one prairie province is going to have any more influence in the international markets for o i I, nickel, wheat or potash, or in making prairie manufacturers any more competitive, or con- sumed products any cheaper, Jian the three that we already aave." SAVINGS SMALL Much the same thing could be said for union for administra- te efficiency, Prof. Burns said. There could be gains in quality of government but cash sav- nfts liMy us small. "I suspect the improvements in processes of government might be thought less signifi- cant when weighed against the losses in local influence which many people are now busily trying to preserve. "If consolidation is the best route to these goals, we might logically consider carrying on the whole way to a unitary state I don't think that, case is likely to be made." As. for political advantages of union, he said: "The provinces are not is- lands in a prairie sea. They are part and both historicallv and currently a vital part of the Canadian federation. Any- thing proposed must be consid- ered with that fact in mind. Old Bonds Would Have To Be Broken By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor The feasibility of a One Prairie P r o v ince was dis- cussed in terms oE the sociolo- gical altitudes of each of the three prairie provinces to each otter by Dr. Mildred Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Illinois during the second day of the OnePPE Monday. Dr. Schwartz said that while it is recognized that the many people bound together by politi- cal outlook and interests have a need to satisfy their wants, the needs and wants of others must also be recognized to avoid continual conflict. If prairie union is a desir- able objective then the relative gains and losses must also be considered in proceeding with it. Dr. Schwartz, an authority in public opinion research, re- ferred to a compreh e n s i v e study made of the prairie mood in a nationwide survey taken after the 1965 general election. More than adults were interviewe. concerning their political opinions and behavior in a study designed by John Meisel of Queen's University, Maurice P i n a r d of McGill, Peter Begenstreif of Rochester, Philip Converse of Michigan and Dr. Schwartz. She said the survey pointed up the merits that one province reflects to another, and the at- titude of each province about it- self. "People exist as a member of a group, and as a member of several groups. This rela- tionship has many dimensions, some of which affect it more than others. "We often like what we be- long to more than what we do not belong to. "What we have is superior to what others possess." Dr. Schwartz explained this rationalization as a means of coping with the pressures of the external world which often "undermine a precarious self- esteem." She likened this attitude to the feeling of detachment and superiority of the provinces to each other. In the conventional five re- gions there is a strong inclina- tion of each region to think it is better off, has more power and is a more attractive place to live. She said this attitude may be contradictory to the rial situa- tion where conditions are in fact better elsewhere. Dr. Schwartz outlined these regional attitudes in her forth- coming book on the signifi- cance of regionalism in the po- litical life in Canada. While it is natural to choose one's own region as being more attractive to live, Dr. Schwartz said, the prairie provinces show- ed important variations in that they differed in their selection of desired places to live. In the public opinion study, Alberta had named herself most attractive place to live with B.C. and Ontario trailing second and third. A smaller proportion in Saskatchewan had named itself first with B.C. sec- ond a'nd Alberta third. Manitoba however, chose B.C. as the most attractive province in which to live, with itself sec- ond, and Alberta again third. In the matter of power, Que- bec was usually given the nod over the individual province. Alberta was the sole prairie province to place itself first with Quebec second and B.C. third. Ontario as well placed itself first. Dr. Schwartz identified the feeling of greatness within the province of one's residence with a feeling of well-being. Of great significance to the concept of prairie unica then, was that among the three prai- rie provinces Alberta was list- ed in first place by over 90 per cent of those who believed the province to be better off than other provinces. Alberta named B.C. second and Ontario third. Saskatche- wan merely tied itself B.C. for second place an named Ontario third. Manitob named Ontario second and B.C third with itself just a little be ter than the Atlantic province who agreed that they were th most disadvantaged. Dr. Schwartz asked if til view that the other two pra rie provinces had toward A berta could be related in term of prairie union. "Will Alberta be an alto five.partner in she as] ed, "or will it be viewed wit envy and Any a tempt at union must be of beni fit to all its constituent par! and these benefits may not b the same to everyone, sh warned. She said political leaders wi have to ensure that Alberta high esteem does not result i changes in each province, tha Alberta will automatically hav the privileged position. "Union might for instance im prove opportunities in Manitoh but it must not endanger it, own feeling of prestige an pride. Although the provinces Saskatchewan and Maratob are oriented westward, Albert does not reciprocate, this ath tude to its neighbors. It, too looks westward to B.C. "New territorial ties are pos sible but only if there is a delir erate effort to change the ol bonds recreating in their stea< something new." DR. MILDRED A. SCHWARTZ Think Big., Act Big Says B.C. Premier If the aim of the One Prairie Province Conference now under way in Lethbridge is realized, 'there is some hope for Can- Premier W. A. C. Bennett of British Columbia said Mon- day in Victoria. The premier, who two years ago took his idea of a Canada composed of five provinces to a "ederal-proyincial conference in Jttawa, said this country must orm strong economic units if t is to compete in world trade. 'Canada must think big and act big if we are going to take aur place in the great world .hat now is he said. The premier made the com- ments in an interview in his of- ice. Near his desk stood a map irepared for him about two ago showing a Canada of Stronger Base Says Brummie Maritime Union Study Execu- te Director Fred Brummie, ommenting on the -sweeping iberal victory in the P.E.I, lection: "My God! But it will ive Premier (Alex) Campbell he chance to deal with Ottawa rom a much stronger base." He said there is no danger of e new P.E.I, government, hich has 27 of 32 seats, becom- ig over balanced without an "fective Opposition. "Only 100 votes or so in each onstituency could swing the ext election so the whole gov- niment would be changed lat's Opposition enough." He said the Liberal victory ould force New Brunswick and ova Scotia into early elections: If strong Liberal sentiments re part of a continuing trend, ie trend will be even stronger ext year and their governments till face even greater odds jainst re-election then." five provinces British Co lumbia, the Prairies, Ontario Quebec and the Maritirnes. He said he supported th name Canada West for the pro posed prairie province, addin that "B.C. is really Canada Pa cific, although he wouldtf want to change our name." As to the objection raised a the conference concerning th possible loss of identity of thi three provinces, he said peopli from eastern Canada already refer to "the or "West ern Canada" and less often tc the three provinces by name. "And what's wrong with the he asked. A Canada of five provinces is "just common he said adding that fewer voters were registered in '.he provincia election in Prince Edward Is land than appear on Victoria's voters' list. Such small provinces will be unable to compete in the years ahead and "equalization pay- ments are not saic Premier Bennett. "The federal governmenl should look after national anc international matters and all others should be handled by the five units that's the way to unite the country." 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