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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Moy 22, WO Under The Saddle' From TheRedToRockies i By JOSEPH MacSWEEN Canadian Press Staff Writer Economist Merril Menzies, a westerner through and through, was listening to a speech in French by a fellow- economist from Quebec when up popped that infernal word, separatism. "I hope Dr. Menzies can as- sure us that some of the wil- der statements about Western Canada separatism are not said the French-Cana- dian, glancing sideways at his prairie friend before the Ot- tawa Commons committee to which they both made submis- sions. Perhaps somewhere in Ca- nadian affairs a small wheel came full circle with that re- mark. Dr. Menzies, one-time Saskatchewan farm boy, con- cedes he was surprised at the turnabout, inconceivable only a wheat crop or two ago. "I said that when it comes to separatism I stop being a social scientist and become a ASPHALT PAVING TOLLESTRUP SAND ond GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE '328-2702 327-3610' Canadian, he re- called in his Winnipeg home. 'JUST PLAIN MAD' Social scientists, politicians and white-collar people gener- ally use big, round words such as alienation and disenchant- ment to tag the mood in West- ern But a wheat farmer took a short chop with a verbal scythe: "Hell, we're just plain mad." One Winnipeg taxi driver, an admitted separatist, used language that might have brought blushes to the cheeks of Rene Levesque as he ber- ated the term that meant a number of things, none of them good, but never the geographic east: the At- lantic provinces. In the view of some in- formed spokesmen, Western Canada now stands, in one re- spect, where Quebec stood not so many years ago, just be- fore separatism became a real issue there. The it's "all the way from the Red to the Rockies" and some British Columbians, too have a brand of discon- tent b e f i 11 i n g a province boasting a breed of Canadian all its own. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC 324 5th SI. S. Ph. 328-7684 Above Capitol Furniture EDDY DIETRICH, C.D.M. Emotional factors, frus- trated aspirations, traditional distrusts and "suspicions con- are some of the things westerners say ap- pear beyond the comprehen- sion of'their eastern compa- triots. Intangible as1 well as tangi- ble under the described a s hardly less important on the long haul than the economic problems of which, particu- larly in Saskatchewan, plugged wheat elevators are a stunning symbol. COULD BE IMPROVED "Some matters could be greatly improved out here without costing the federal government one said a well-placed Calgary observer. "In Ottawa, they have the idea that if they explain some- thing once, the whole country hangs.on Uieir words and they don't need to do anything else. It just doesn't work that way. "You read what the prime minister js doing in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto. Perhaps you're pleased with what he's doing. But he needs to be visi- ble out here, too. "Even if the prime minister cannot carry around in his briefcase the solutions to all problems, he can show he is aware of them and has some detailed knowledge of them. Canada is held together by an emotion. This requires some- thing more positive than a purely intellectual approach. You feel left out at this dist- ance.1 That sentiment of distance- makes-the-heart grow-colder was encountered by a touring reporter even before reaching the Prairie provinces. It seems to figure in the think- ing of sober citizens from the Lakehead westward crossing lines of affluence and lack. "We sometimes feel federal ministers come out here, and make an elaborate show of listening to our ideas, when we know a decision has al- ready been made in said a Winnipeg agriculture insider. 'CURIOUS POSITION' Psychological factors were mentioned again and again. One young ing of how Canadians in one region often have little com- prehension of aspirations in many prairie people grew up with a vision of their region as the bread- basket of me world. Canadi- ams in general reaped benefits from the sweep of that aspira- tion, so the wheat problem now was not one for the West alone. "An aspiration like that must not be killed without something taking its the Albertan declared. The "curious position of being poor at a high level" tends to becloud in some minds the economic position of Saskatchewan, said Dr. Norman Ward, one of Can- ada's distinguished political scientists. "It's really only wheat, but potash, said the University of Saskat- chewan professor-author. "It appears now that po- tash, for all the size of the de- velopment will not do for Sas- katchewan what .oil did for Al- berta. "When you see yourself sur- rounded by valuable wheat that apparently you can't even give away, what do you do? A political realignment of some kind is expected by Dr. Menzies. Other moves are recent Lethbridge con- ference on the possibility of a one-province prairie region and studies on the implica- tions, particularly economic, of western independence. It seems significant that some of the sharpest discon- tent is expressed in Alberta where, as easterners say, oil millionaires grow like weeds. "Many people in agriculture are throwing up their hands and giving said Paul Babey, president of the 000-member Farmers Union of Alberta. Smouldering anti-east re- sentments flare when the economy hits imbalance. "People wonder why condi- tions really are this way, and a strong feeling develops that we'd better look at some al- ternatives." Past premier E. C. Manning of Alberta, youthful-looking Social Credit elder statesman, discussed the scene hi charac- teristically measured terms: "The feeling in the western South Lethbridge Shopping Centre on Mayor Magrath Drive BEDDING PLANTS 2 Baskets I each SAPLING TREE I 00 ELM-ASH C00 JUNIPER CHARGE IT" STRIP Tooth Paste LADIES' TEENS' HUMAN HAIR WIGS SWIM POOLS Reg. 18.99 12.44 Quantities limited. ON SALE FRIDAY EVENING AND SATURDAY ONLY. Limited quantity "CHARGE IT" Lawn Ornaments Flamingos and others. Reg. 3.49 value. Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri. 9 to 9 p.m. BOYS' GIRLS' BICYCLES 20" Wheel Regular 44.95 DELUXE 18" Barbecues JAVEX BLEACH 192-or. Jug or FLEECY SOFTENER SAVE OVER Regular 12.95 Sleeps 2. Regular 48.88 provinces is best described as such as sep- aratism and secession are ex- aggerations at this stage. There's not a separatist move- ment in Western Canada. "But frankly, in the 35 years I've been associated with public affairs I have never known a stronger feel- ing of alienation towards the national government and in a sense towards central Can- ada. "Because this is not only a feeling towards government. It's a feeling that, the whole business and commercial structure, the general struc- ture of the heavily populated areas of Canada, are not in touch with the problems and concerns of these regions, and haven't any deep interest in them." Help Train Journalists -Williams WINNIPEG (CP) The spe- cial Senate committee on mass communications gave Canadian newspapers one of the greatest opportunities ever afforded an industry to tell its story tq the public, Ivor Williams, president of the Canadian Managing Edi- tors' Conference, said here. Mr. Williams, of the London Free Press, told the opening session of the three-day confer- ence few Canadian institutions had previously had such a chal- lenge and opportunity to review history, objectives and philoso- phies as Canadian publishers and broadcasters received in the last few months. He urged editors to become associated with the training ol journalists in universities and community colleges. Hene J. Cappon, general news editor of The Associated Press, said the press probably is re- ceiving more skeptical and sus- tained mticism than ever be- fore. Part of this was politically motivated, but there also was "a blind striking out of people caught in social change." MUST CHANGE STYLE Such changes called for a new type of sophisticated and versa- tile news reporting, combining fact and interpretation. The AP had expanded heavily its staff of specialist, investigative re- porters and maintained an 11- member team based in Wash- ington ready to report intenr sively on every matter of public concern. Mr. Cappon participated in a panel discussion with John Alius, general manager of United Press International for Canada, and John Dauphinee, general manager of The Cana- dian Press. Mr. Dauphinee said CP also was increasing its staff of spe- cialist reporters. He was im- pressed with the high quality of recruits in the last two years, including young, people with post-graduate degrees who 10 years ago did not show much in- terest in entering newspaper work. The panel discussed develop- ments in wire-service transmis- sion based on high-speed equip- ment and the use of computers. Mr. Alius said UPI hopes to develop within two years a com- puter system whereby sub- scribers will have access to the agency's entire news production rather than the limited service now available through conven- tional teletype transmission. French Defence Chief To Visit OTTAWA (CP) Andre Fan- ton, state secretary to the French minister of defence, ha_s accepted an invitation to visit Canada May 27-30, the external affairs department announced Thursday. Mr. Fanton will hold talks with Defence Minister Leo Cadieux and members of the defence staff and will visit, the Canadian forces base at North Bay, the nuclear generating sta- tion at Pickering, Ont, the mili- tary college at St. Johns, Que., and Fort Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. Yurko To Run In Gold Bar EDMONTON (CP) -Bill Yurko, member of the Alberta L e g i s 1 a ture for Slrathcona East, will contest the new Gold Bar constituency for the Pro- gressive Conservative party in the next provincial general election. He was nominated at a con- stituency association rally. Mr. Yurko was first elected to the legislature in a byelec- tion last year when former Pre- mier E. C. Manning resigned his scat. Outdoor Fun Begins at Prices effective until closing Saturday, May 23rd TABLE RITE RED BRAND CHUCK ROAST ECONOMICALLY PRICED Western cross rib cut. Table Rite Red Brand Beef Beans and Pork Top Valu 14-01. tins for HEINZ STRAINED OR JUNIOR n I m I Excluding meats A Baby Foods for bbf KING SIZE 1106 Detergent 1 GLEN VALLEY Prune Plums. 5 WHITE GRANULATED SUGAR 5-lb. pkg. Orange Juice Top Valu Frozen 6-or. tins 20' TOP VALU COLORED MARGARINE Mb. pkg. NABOB DELUXE Tea Bags ROMPER Dog Food IS-oi. tins CANADA NO. 1 CALIFORNIA NEW POTATOES 10-lb. bag "Let's Go to the Races" Weekly Winners THIS WEEK'S 500.00 WINNER MRS. JOHN HALIET, RED DEER Mr. Charles Lazzarolo, lethbridgg 10.00 Anne Klassen, Coaldale WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES ;