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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta me LCI IJHTOIKIALS The aberration of terrorism Repetitious election campaign unlikely The holding of Israeli school children as hostages for their political purposes by the Palestinian guerrillas is deplorable almost beyond words. But it is not unexpected. Members of the militant wing of the Palestinian movement are absolutely opposed to any'accommodation between Israel and or between Israel and the whole Arab and they can be expected to undertake all manner of outrageous acts which will inflame Arab nationalism and harden Israeli resolve. Society is most vulnerable through its children. By the same terrorist action against children is most apt to bring down the condemnation of the world. the guerrillas no longer care about world or else they have made a tactical error in the field. It can be assumed that negotiations between Israel and via Henry had reached a point dangerously close to success from the guerrilla point of view. It is up to the civilized world to display a united front against terrorist tactics by making certain they do not succeed. The Arabs must not allow themselves to be deterred from their painfully slow acceptance of Israel and they must assure the as well as the that they do not accept terrorism as an instrument of national policy. On the other Israel must not fall into the trap of intransigence set by the guerrillas in finding a solution to the Middle East should continue to rely on negotiation more than recognizing the Palestinian militants for the aberration they are. And in Israel should have the support of world opinion. Elusive justice Expropriation often the cause of disgruntlement for property owners and difficulties for should be improved by new regulations included in Alberta's new Expropriation Act. The fact that it was approved unanimously and enthusiastically suggests the legislators feel a sensitive issue has been satisfactorily dealt with. Seldom is an act so well drawn that it covers all so the legislators' relief may be short-lived. Justice is a concept that has been receiving expanded what is seen as just today may not be deemed so tomorrow. If the new act has not made provision for recompense of roomers forced out of a modest rental area and having to pay much higher rates for accommodation then it is already inadequate. The experience which Lethbridge City Council had in having to assist roomers after the clearing of the downtown area for the big redevelopment project makes that clear. ERIC NICOL The Little Man A victim of dissolution of Parliament was Finance Minister John Turner's designed to help The Little Man. To get his views on the federal election this reporter tracked down The Little Man his full name is Fred Little and he lives in a humble apartment above his small business in B C. and asked did you first realize that you were The Little I read about Mr. Turner's said sipping a glass of beer increase in I never touch the hard and wine gives me the are also a married man with two earning less than ten thousand dollars a been a lot of hard but I've nanaged to keep my earnings down to the evel to qualify for maximum tax said refusing a cigarette. could never lave done it if I'd been an organized to accept big wage you are a small jetting an increased limit on income eligible lower tax The Little Man shrugged 'I guess I just have a natural ability to avoid expanding. Actually my business is smaller .han when I started it thirty years ago. Not nany industries can match that is the nature of your small I asked the Little Man. make bikini underwear for he and he went on to explain that his profit nargin was so slight that there was no of his buying a high-energy- ronsuming such as a private lirplane. ride a he my wife walks. My children don't seem to move at but they still wear out a lot of you would have benefited from Mr. Turner's removing the 12 per cent sales tax on clothing and footwear. You wouldn't by any chance be saving to purchase your first which would have entitled you to tax relief in the form of the proposed registered home ownership savings Little said Fred with simple hardly do about other savings thousand dollars exactly. Interest on under Mr. Turner's would have been tax So many people big people have savings of more than a thousand savings on which they must pay income tax. Whereas you have kept your savings down to the profitable a I Fred in moderation. of us got some of us ain't. The meek shall inherit the and I happen to be loaded with you ever faltered in your pursuit of being the Canadian preferred above all others by the finance Right after I became The Little Man I almost blew the nearly moved to because of the recreational advantages. Luckily I realized in time that The Little Man doesn't have a port to play because of Mr. Turner's you will be voting Liberal in the said The Little Man. time for a By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA Whatever its Campaign 1974 cannot very well be a simple repetition of Campaign 1972. The themes may not have changed very much although their relative importance has certainly been altered by an experience of 18 months. But the situation of the parties at the outset is obviously different and requires from each a different response. This is the third election in which Robert Stanfield has faced Pierre Elliott Trudeau. It is the first occasion on which he enjoys at the beginning a psychological advantage. The Liberal campaign must seek to overcome this and the Con- servative campaign to exploit it. The initial Stanfield advan- tage derives in part from the economic situation and in part from the recent dramatic events in Parliament. In the Speech from the Throne of January 1973 the Government expressed its de- termination contain in- flation in Canada to protect the purchasing power of the It is to be hoped that increasingly consideration will be given to the human factors involved in all plans that call for expropriation of property. These are not necessarily covered when property replacement is guaranteed. Perhaps it is not possible to deal appropriately in law with such intangibles as loss of community and the identity and comfort associated but these things need to be kept in mind if even an approximation to justice is to be attained. The new law should lead to a closer scrutiny of the real costs of development projects. some of these costs have been borne unfairly in the past by those who were dispossessed. Now that the expropriating whatever it may is held liable for all including the providing of equal accommodation instead of just the market value of the confiscated it may turn out that some schemes will not be economically feasible. Canadian dollar in the hands of the Canadian people and to protect Canada's position in world While the trading position remains no one can or does claim that inflation has been contained. It follows that the Government is much more on the defensive than it was in which was anything but a good political year from the Liberal standpoint. Mr. Trudeau has evidently not that attack is the best defence in this situation. The already developed in is that Mr. Stanfield's alternative policies will not work. There be no guarantee that they will. But since the existing up to this have produced such disappointing it may require a great effort of persuasion to deter voters from risking a different approach. There is little convincing evidence that in the ordinary pay more than casual attention to the daily proceedings of Parliament. In the they have shown surprising sensitivity to unusual events. Politicians of some experience once consoled themselves with the thought that the pipeline debate would be swiftly forgotten by voters absorbed in their own affairs. This was certainly one of the more memorable misjudgments of our political history. It would be ridiculous to compare the pipeline debate with the debate on John Turner's Budget. But each had startling consequences. Only rarely does a vote in the House of Commons impel a Prime very much against his to make the trip to Rideau Hall and never had this happened previously as the result of a Budget debate. For years it has been a staple Liberal argument that Mr. Stanfield is an ineffective leader. Uncounted crocodile tears have been shed in his be- half. It seems how- that they will carry much conviction this summer. The disconcerting fact is that the ineffective leader has brought down a once powerful Government. As we do not have many of these Cup Final spectacles in our the affair can scarcely have escaped public attention. Not since 1963 has an Opposition leader been off to a better start. Whether Mr. Stanfield can sustain his momentum is a question that only the campaign can answer. What has not changed from 1972 is the apparent division of the country. Mr. Trudeau still faces the problem of winning adequate representation in the West and Mr. Stanfield must try once again to break the po- litical barriers that confront the Conservatives in French Canada. In making their case to western the Liberals will probably place heavy emphasis on the high prevailing prices for grain and raw materials and on the search for better under- standing represented by the Western Economic Opportun- ities Conference and related such as the efforts Nl trust they won't mind if the other 20 odd million of us don't share their enthusiasm of James Richardson to decentralize government institutions. It can scarcely be to their disadvantage that they have placed another 18 months between themselves and that not very happy venture known as Operation Lift. The Conservative problem in Quebec is at least as difficult and in a sense more pressing. For in the nature of the country they must mount a credible campaign in Quebec to make themselves appear credible elsewhere in Canada. At the moment it does not appear that there is an issue in Quebec distinctive enough to give Mr. Stanfield any particular leverage there. But there are two considerations which may favor the Conservatives. The first is that the dollar has been depreciating as quickly in Quebec as in any other prov- ince. The second is that Quebec historically has not been insensitive to strong movements of opinion elsewhere in the country. In 1972 French Canada scarcely entertained a doubt that Mr. Trudeau would win. In 1974 the air is as thick with doubts as it was in the breakthrough years of 1930 and 1957-58. If the likelihood is that the next Government will be Con- is an act of self-ex- clusion in the interests of the people of Mr. Stanfield may be expected to press this argument at every opportunity. The irony is that Messrs. Trudeau and Marchand have been tireless in making a case in these could tell in favor of the Con- servative leader. They have over and over that in the interests of Quebec and it is most important that French Canadians should occupy prominent posts in Ottawa. How can this be the case if Mr. Stanfield finds himself in a position to form a government but at the same time faces a Liberal No one doubts that Mr. as the favorite will win a majority in Quebec province. But if national cur- rents favor the Mr. Stanfield could benefit from something comparable to an insurance vote. At least it can scarcely be unknown in Quebec that no Conservative leader in this century has demonstrated greater goodwill towards French even on occasion in the face of considerable hostility from certain members of his own party. Republican posture on morals charge alarming By Russell New York Times commentator What is alarming about the Republicans' rush to abandon the 'Good Ship Nixon is the high moral posture they are striking as they go over the side. Being repelled by a president's moral standard is Billy Graham's and when you see politicians usurping the job it's time to hie to the church door and chain the poor box. A group of politicans deciding to dump a president because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. It just isn't done in such circles. There may be sound legal reasons for getting Nixon but the debarking Republicans are not talking law. They are talking and a politican talking morals needs to be taken with a heavy dose of stomach powder. The chances in this case are that moral outrage cloaks a writhing mass of self-interest that what really worries the boys is not the state of the president's morality but the lively possibility that they will all be wiped out the next election unless they are shed of him fast. This sudden concern about morality began with publication of the Watergate which is odd. If morality in the administration was ever to be invoked as justifiable cause for condemning the a far stronger case could have been made years ago regarding his conduct of the Vietnam war. And yet those who raised moral objections about Vietnam were generally viewed by politicians of both parties as soft-headed bleeding hearts trying to corrupt the professionalism of government by injecting criteria that belonged in the pulpit. By any reasonable moral the Nixon of the Watergate tapes seems a fairly decent fellow compared to the Nixon of the Christmas bombing of or the Nixon who made war by personal decree on Cambodia. In the private Nixon we meet in the Watergate transcript seems a far more human fellow than the public Nixon we have watched on television all these years. The public Nixon had the look of a manufactured man who might have been kept stored in a White House closet between public showings. The private man of the apes is a far superior if only because he has the defects of humanity. The now famous which is part of the base for the charges of moral may be mild stuff compared to the truly magnificient barracks language of Lyndon but it is still evidence that he is real. Some might say that the private Nixon is not a very likeable man. He doesn't trust people. He is given to petty backbiting. But these are common characteristics even among ordinary and in any event there is no THE CASSEROLE bugs me is the government continually doing something for the little man nnri vnu alwavs hoino nnt Illtln onnnok Those old-fashioned enough to think that pedestrian malls are places in which people are free to stroll may be a little surprised to hear that in Vancouver's new Granville due to open July there'll be fines from to with jail sentences up to for jaywalking. The colonial practices of the recently deposed Portugese government were universally known to be but other governments seldom said anything about this. Now that the regime has been other governments still aren't saying much. Which says as an Irishman might put it. There are some interesting career the federal government recently advertised for something they call Bird-dog to work in and around Y.T. This somewhat unlikely title describes an individual who aerial operations of fixed-wing air tankers in fire suppression It pays per hour plus Northern if any local bird-dogs think they're officer material. requirement that presidents be likeable chaps. Only that they be able to deceive the majority into believing they are likeable. On the other hand the private Nixon also has moments of touching sensitivity for other people. He frets about the pain being inflicted on the families of the young 'men caught up in the scandal and finds it too to face his old friend John Mitchell in person and tell him he must take the fall. This is a far more likeable Nixon than the public Nixon pronouncing grim- jawed determination never to grant amnesty to the draft evaders. His great we is the very weakness any one of us might suffer from in his position. He indecisive. In a terrible he cannot bring himself to do the decisive deed that would change all the terms of his problem. he sits about for hours and hours considering possibilities and weighing but never reaching a decision. It is a weakness in a but not so terrible perhaps as the weakness of the public Nixon who was forever turning up on the telly just at dinner time with yet another dynamic presidential which often turned out to be another disastrous appointment to the supreme court or another extension of the war. Frozen in he acts far too with annoyed petty slurs on people who have got him into this by listening to obviously larcenous schemes for buying his way by cussing and by groaning that he wished tomorrow were or that he wished he could chuck the whole thing and let Agnew be president. A good deal of the he is simply as who wouldn't having that nightmare to deal His knowledge of the law seems muddled at best and from time to like any human he sits there wishing the whole thing would go away so he could do the kind of work he parleying with the Communists. The trouble may be that the .private being indisputably is so different from the public Nixon that the public may believe he came to office through false pretenses. But the issue is not as the Republicans insist. It is whether the Republicans can survive the public's shock at discovering that Nixon is real. The Utkbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Lethbridge. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO Editor and Publisher As food shortages continue to plague parts of the increasingly strong measures are being advocated to ensure that people don't starve. But there are of course. So no one has had the temerity to try to divert those millions of bushels of grain that go to the brewers and distillers to 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 ;