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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 THE UTHBRIDGE HERAtD Thundoy, May 14, 1970 Would You Believe Senator E. C. Maiming, For Instance? Several Exotic Names Expected In Senate Sweepstakes liy JOHN MIKA Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau may well disorient po- litically sta'id Canadians a few days after he returns from Uie Far East late this month. Because he's expected to throw in several exotic names among the dozen or so appoint- ments hs is 'planning for the Senate in June. Would you believe Senator E. Davie Fulton? Or Senator E. C. Manning? Or Senator Robert Bonner? There's considerable doubt that any of these men would agree to accept appointment but some sources here have little doubt that'making the offer is under serious consideration. And given the circumstances, there are far from inscrutable reasons that argue'powerfully in favor of a Liberal government accepting retirement from ac- out Canada by now that the Sen- live politics as a former Tory ale cf Trudeau's adnuu-strsticn justice minister, a former So- is different from those lhat have cial Credit premier ar.d a for-1 gene before. mer Social Credit sttorney-gon- The cornerstone of this differ- eral as excellent credentials for i ence was his choice of a pas- seals in the Upper House. Mr. Trudeau proclaims him- self a pragmatist who. eschsw- ing political labels as irrelevant, believes deeply that a structure of "countervailing forces" is necessary for a dynamic form cf government capable of chang- ing with the times. So Tory and Socred should not be scare words to him and a strengthened role for the Sen- ate which will require vigor- ous and experienced men of va- ried persuasions in both the gov- ernment and opposition sides of .cnste and clever competitor, Paul M a r t i n, as his first ap- pointment with the office of gov- ernment leader in the Senate. Senator Martin pledged that he would strive to revitalize tho Senate. Since then, the Senate has spawned more important dis- cussion in its special commit- tees on poverty, the Benson White Paper, Ihe news media, government expropriation pow- ers than even the lower chamber lias managed with a larger end younger group. the Red cculd be in' 5 There are row 15 vacancies: two in Nova one bicameral svstcm was ndcilod esch in Alberta and Ontario, in the 1807 it is the cards. (where only Senator iJnhn Nichol three It must be apparent through-'each in Manitoba and Quebec; Racial Issues Kept Out Of Elections In London With 'little likelihood or an early rewriting of Ihe constitu- tion, with scire of tho existing vacancies going back three and four yesrs and with the sub- stantially increasing workload, the rumors here that Mr. Tru- deau will announce his appoint- ments in early June are ecTjre- ly credible. DOZEN SEATS He is, as many of IKS prede- cessors have in the past, ex- pected to fill only some of Ihe appointments, leaving him room to manoeuvre in this area. Ths concensus appears to settle around a dozen seats and this too is credible. It also appears likely in- deed it would not he in char- c t e r otherwise that his hoices will be men of some per- crmance. many fu'nlly ,1 (Victoria's fanner mayor R. B. Wilson raid well known con- ervationist Roderick HaJg- Jrown have rumored in i.C.) and seme cf partisan gus- o (for instance, Manitoba's ve- jred liberal leader Mol- gat has been irentioned as a But the fairly strong rumors Messrs. Fulton, Manning By COLLIN LEGUM London Observer Service LONDON Fears that the colour problem might becme a major issue in British politics have not been borne out by the results of last month's Greater London Council elections, ac- cording to a survey by Nicholas Deakin published in the latest issue of the journal RACE TO- DAY. Although six of the 32 London boroughs have a high propor- tion of immigrants, Mi'. Dea- kin's analysis shows "a total absence of evidence to suggest that immigration or race rela- tions ever became an issue." In the six boroughs with most immigrants, Labour won Iwo (Hackney and the Conservatives won three (Brent, Haringey and and the result was split in Lambeth. In the six boroughs with the low- est proportion of immigrants, Labour won one and the Con- servatives five. But a breakdown of the .vot- ers in these 12 seats shows that the social class composition of Computers Create Cashless Society EDMONTON (CP) Tech- nology is making a "cash less society" possible, Ihe Pacific Northwest consumer credit- con- ference was told here. Denis Higgins of Toronto, gen- eral credit manager for the T. Eaton Co. Ltd., said computers are helping to make such a so- ciety because an economy moved by credit requires more record keeping. Computers now are used for bookkeeping only, said Mr. Hig- gins, but they could bo used for scoring a consumer's credit He told about 450 delegates that society is changing and the U.S. Tea Tasters Keep Their Jobs WASHINGTON (AP) The Nixon administration has reap- pointed the board of tea experts -after legislation was introduced to raise the tea import tax to cover the costs of tea-tasting. The president announced sev- eral weeks ago that he would save annually by elimi- nating the board that meets once a year to establish taste standards for tea quality and purity. The tea industry said Nixon could not abolish the board without repealing the Tea Importation Act of 1897. RELEASE PRISONERS RAMLA (AP) Israel re- leased 55 of 150 Arab prisoners captured more than two years ago in an Israeli ar- mored assault on Jordan. They were taken from prison and transported lo the A 11 e n b y credit industry must respond to these changes or government will. THREATS DIRECTED "Criticisms and even threats are being directed towards our industry by government." Governments have said infla- tion has stemmed from consu- mer credit, said Mr. Higgins, and tins is tnie "particularly of general credit cards, like those used by banks." He questioned whether the in- dustry should extend more credit during a period of infla- tion but said- an individual not granted credit would be placed at a great disadvantage in an affluent society. CREDIT EDUCATION Tom Caporale, director of public relations for Beneficial Finance Co. in Toronto, said credit education is becoming more important. He said the sound use of cred it is "geared to national wel- fare" and finance companies two years ago began a massive education program. About pieces of liter- ature, speakers and films on credit have been made available to high schools. He said finance companies now are co-operating in making a film showing the pitfalls in unwise use of credit. Bridge on the Jordan River. cents) a pint. DRINK MORE BEER LONDON (AP) Britons are drinking more beer than ever since the government raised the price by twopence a pint lasl year, the National Federation of Licensed Victuallers reported. Consumption had risen by well over pints a day in the first two months after the price was raised to two shillings (26 .he borough is the decisive fac- or. In the predominantly work- ng class boroughs tradi- ional Labour strongholds until :he huge Conservative victory n the 1967 London swing to Labour was strongly marked, regardless of whether the proportion of immigrants is very high or very low. iOCIAL COMPOSITION Boroughs of a mixed social composition and a high proper- ;ion cf immigrants show mid- dle range swings to Labour; so do those with almost no immi- jants at all. Predominantly middle class boroughs exhibit- ed little or no swing to Labour. Mr. Deakin finds, on the evi- dence available, that where im. migrants do vote they are vet- ing along established class lines. Suggestions that anti Gov- ernment parties or candidates might have benefited from black disillusionment over the Labour immigration policy re- ceive no support from the re- sults. "If the brown bourgeoisie of Baling (where there is a Sikh Conservative on the Aldermanie bench) have any inclination' to- wards worshipping the rising sun they showed nc clear sign of it at this says Mr. Deakin. Equally, sug- gestions that black radicals might support the Communists seem to have been miscon- ceived. Another important but little- noticed feature of the election was the lack of support receivec by the extreme right wing can- didates who played specifically for the anli immigrant vote In almost every borough Sir Os wald Mosley's Union Movemen candidates were at the bottom of the poll, often with derisory votes. In one borough they wer'e defeated even by the wholly frivolous Bread and Circus Party. Only in one did they man age to get more votes than even the Communists. comments Mr Dtakin. "there is absolutely no evidence. that there is so mucl as a breath of wind to stir the sails of anti immigrant candi dates standing outside the ma jor parties." Another aspect of the elec tion is the absence Of black rep resentatives on the Council. The only one elected topped the pol in his borough. Although then were, no clear signs of dispro- portionate abstentions in the elections by coloured citizens Mr. Deakin concludes that there is some evidence of a ground swell of resentment about the continued absence of black can didates. eil will seem against the background cf an unconventional prime minister attempting to refashion the va- rious areas of government credible instruments. To resurrect the Senate as a viable partner of power (an ef- "ort which began with the first ?3rious proposals of Senate re- 'orm only seven years after the necessary to er.d a century's un- dermining cf public esteem. ft began with Sir John A. Mac- dc'jald, who appointed a total cf 117 Seiyi.lors o'udnn b's regime, all of than Tories except two personal friends. And 93 years later, when thcn- Prime Minister Pearson ap- prin.tcd tfe> last dozen ser.a-'crs cf his administrat'cn, no less than a prominent Calgary Lib- eral cfficirl was moved to pub- licly condemn the batch as mak- ing the Senale "a political gar- bage can, a depository for those political leftovers whose cre- dentials could only be called shabby. "There hss bean no prime minister who has been as guilty as Mr. Perrscn in making the Upper Chamber the pc'itiea! jcke it is Ihe cub-aged G. Alax Jupp concluded. OBVIOUS METHOD Meeting the ererent E-mong His eligible produced by oiher poEical parties would be an cb- vious method for Mr. Trudeau to avoid such corrosive accu- sations. But there is a much stronger reason for seeking opposition members of quality far the Sen- aid Bonner might be approach- ate. It is Mr. Trudeau's theory of countervailing forces. If the plan is to re establish the Senate as a functional, in- stead cf ceremonial, arm cf the governing process then it be- comes essential that the Sen- ate itself have a healthful bal- ance of political tension. That can't ba sa'.d cf its present com- position: 60 Liberals, one Inde- pendent Liberal, two Indepen- dents ard only 24 Conservatives, adopted by the fathers of Con- (with 15 more potential Liber- J filling the Yet there is an even more p o r t a n t, and specific, reason j why Socreds and Tories should' ae considered as desirable ap- pointees for the western prov- ices. And it would seem "likely to impress itself strongly prime minister who ta unemotional view of federalism a logical mechanism for gov- erning a huge and diverse coun- try like Canada, provided some of its cogs and gears have not been stripped by partisan jam- ming. A month ago. at a little-noted ceremony in the Centre Block to unveil portraits of 19 former Senate leaders, the prime min- ister was called upon to address a few perfunctcry words to the small assembly of i friends and onlookers. Among his this significant passage: "Speaking to myself, I should say simply that I have every respect for this institution (Sen- ate) and that I hope it will re- main firmly established in our parliamentary traditions. "I repeat, I belief th bi camera! system' Is a very important part of Parliament, especially in a federal form of government and I am sure it will continue for many years to perform its very vital func- tions." Notice the stressed ly in a federal form of govern- ment." Historians, and tlis documents agree that a prime purpose of the bi cameral system being was a desire to special aspirations and ore house to represent the people and the other to in Ottawa but this multi-voiced babble was ineffective, irierests in a the West had valuable pow- only temporarily in John hie AS n why Quebec, frustration helps explain the Maritinies were interesting footnote of our kely as regions and given history: why on number of seats have always Jealous- kes in the Senate. protected the Senate while the western of the abolitionists have for Confederation, they from the West (Stanley se as a region and latest bill to abolish >d further 24 seats, to keep Upper' House', was defeated ave last an provincial governments have always expresed one who speaks this 'radical' tongue of Ihe West has been reforming the Senate to to the Senate yet. K more power as their really didn't matter when Senate seat was a sinecure. ne for instance, has does if those seats are to be contended that the with power. s to not be changed would be surprising if Mr. consent recognizing who knows all the his- vas some degree it provides it with a measure of security arguments for federalism, was unaware of the deep satis- French-Canadian the West would experi- I satisfy this need, it if it's native political e necessary to appoint a were finally on (Sen-will of French speaking senators for Quebec and by appointment to the Upper House. And be in was assured of a overlook its value, how- voice in the Upptr small, as a countervailing hat matter what against the increasingly a who live between Ontario and the separatists of the West. liament, form of sure it years to al func-especial-govern-cuments rpcse m to the Commons. Western Canada too has been afraid of being crushed between the Tory Grit nutcrackers wielded by the more populous central Canada which controls the elected Commons. But the Western Fact has never been given voice in the Upper House. So the West developed radical parties tho there are reasons aplenty to listen to the rumors that Mr. Trudeau will call on Mf. Manning, Mr. Bonner and Mr. Fulton (who, although true blue Tory is serving the B.C. government as its appointed chairman of the Law Reform Commission) to re-enter public this time for the good of their whole country. Just because it's beautif don't have to baby it. This isn't a brittle beauty that gets rattled when the going gets rough. It's as good digging down a gravel road as it is sweeping into the country club. Steel unitized body, careful construction and low profile tires take care of the rough stuff. Sleek looks and a luxury interior take care of the prestige. 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