Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, May 22, 1970----- Anthony Westell Beef Looks Good The report of the government's "task force" the future of Can- adian agriculture is one of the major documents to come out of Ottawa in recent years. It should be studied by every farmer, for the person who grows any farm product must take some responsibility for market- ing it. Much of the reason for the present predicament of the wheat industry is the glib assumption of the growers that the market was none of their concern. While proces- sors and governments are involved in so many of the marketing func- tions, the growers must take the leadership. They can do that effec- tively only if they know what they are talking report releas- ed by Mr. Olson this week should help them greatly. As reported by The Herald's Ot- tawa correspondents, the document looks on southern Alberta optimisti- cally, not for wheat but for beef. In fact the beef industry has the brightest future of any part of Can- adian agriculture, and Southern Al- berta, because of its grassland for calf crop, its grain for feeding and its climate for economies in both raising and feeding, is in a favored position to capitalize on a healthy beef outlook. This, of course, vindicates the judgment of the packing companies who have built and will build here. And it will open up many more op- portunities. A hide-processing plant is now announced. More feedlots will have to be built. Organic fertilizers will eventually be made here. Prob- ably more feed manufacturing will be..done. Meat processing naturally follows the packing plants. It should be noted that the report is not uniformly favorable to this part of the country. It sees no justi- fication for a greater beet-sugar industry, and hints that the present industry may be hard to justify. Considering the value of the present beet industry to the economy of this part of the country, every effort should be made to maintain it. But those who would like to see it ex- pand will have difficulty making their case. In the spirit of involving the pro- ducers in the problems and oppor- tunities of the market, some effort might well be made to bring all farmers in southwestern Alberta to- gether for a full study of the report. Making Work Work no longer has a mystic quality. Making work so that people can somehow find redemption through it is unappealing. Yet work is still the basis on which a large part of the monetary system func- tions and many people do not have access to the money they need unless they can find employment. This is especially true of young people who are preparing themselves for vocations in society. In order to continue their educations without getting hopelessly in debt they need to find summer employment. At the present time employment prospects are not too bright for stu- dents. A significant effort is being made by Canada Manpower in co- operation with community groups to place students in jobs. But there has been a 100 per cent increase in the registration of students seeking employment over last year. There is justification, therefore, in making work. It would assist greatly if even part-time and short-term jobs could be created to provide the opportunity of earning some money for students. Instead of criticizing young people for taking to the road it might be well to give some thought to how they might be given something to do not for the sake of doing but to satisfy their need of acquiring some money. If they cannot earn money they might as well become transients and see the country. Unwarranted Interruptions Watching sports events on the people's television network, the CBC, has become an exasperating business. It appears to have become a policy to break into the broadcasts to give some news. During the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs a whole period of hockey was replaced in the interests of keeping sports fans informed on the return trip of the astronauts. The ill-fated moon mission was cer- tainly an event of major interest but it turned out that there was really .nothing new to report at the time of the hockey game. Certainly the desultory chit-chat of the space ex- perts could not compete with the interest in the hockey game. Recently a very good baseball game between the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets was inter- rupted at a crucial point to give run-of-the-mill news. There was no time in the news selection that could not have waited until the game was over. It was a senseless source of irritation to the viewer. When the CBC schedules a sporting event it is almost certain that the only people who will be tuned in during that time will be sports fans. They tune in to watch a game not to catch occasional news flashes. Interrupting sports events would be justified if some really signifi- cant happening occured. But break- ing in for routine news is making a ritual out of programming. Such interruptions are unwarranted, irri- tating and asinine! Art Buchwald WASHINGTON "K I had any money, I'd be buying stocks President Nixon said on April 28, 1970. Since the president uttered those im- mortal words, the Dow Jones industrial average has nose-dived well below 700 points. The opinion of most experts on Wall Street is that if Mr. Nixon had in- vested in the market on April 28, he would be jumping out of the window of his White House bedroom this morning. A haggard investment analyst told me, "The only thing the president could have made money on since April 28 is Cambo- dian railroad bonds." "Why do you think the president went out on a limb like "He was trying to restore faith in the stock market." "Why did he "Any time the President of the United States takes time out to buck up the mar- ket, Wall Street panics. After his state- ment, everyone said, 'Why would he say something like that unless the country was really in bad "Then you think the president could have done more if he'd said, 'If I had any money I would sell all my "If he had that, I believe Dow Jones would have gone through the roof." "Surely the president must have known that by making his statement of April 28, he would have caused the market to go down." "Not true. Since the president has been in the White House, there has been a com- munications gap between himself ant! Wall Street. The. president is so protected by his White House staff that he has no idea what is happening in the financial world. He believes the people who are doing all the selling on the street are a small minor- ity of malcontents, troublemakers and bums. He has no idea that it's really Mid- dle America that's causing the stock mar- ket to go down." "Why in heaven's name doesn't someone tell I cried. Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans tried to see the president to tell him but he wasn't sucessful, so he wrote his now famous letter." "The one that was leaked to the "That's it. The one that began, 'I be- lieve this administration finds itself today embracing a philosophy which appears to lack appropriate concern for the attitude of a great mass of Americans those people who fiddle in the stock market.. "That letter had a tremendous effect on the president, didn't "Well, it came as a shock to him and after it was published the president agreed to see the head of the Chase Manhattan Bank. The head told him that unless the president took back his words about buying stocks, the Dow Jones could go below 500." "What was the president's reaction to "He expressed concern. That night he couldn't sleep so early in the morning the president and his valet went up to Lincoln Memorial where they saw several brokers from Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith sleeping on the stone steps. He woke them up and told them he understood their problems, and IK tried to explain to them why he made his decision to announce that if lie had any money he would buy stocks." "Die! they I asked. "Let's say they listened, but they didn't promise him a ticker tape parade in New York this year." (Toronto Telegram News Service) Confederation Stacked Against West pRAIRIE Canadians arc searching'restlessly for a New Politics which will give them a greater feel of power and participation in solving present problems and shaping their regional destiny. They did not find what they wanted in the concept of One Pr'airie Province at the con- ference in Lethbridge, Alberta, last week, but the quest will continue for a new leader, a new party, or a new structure of government in Canada. For the truth today is that confederation is stacked against the Prairies. Allierta, Manitoba and Sas- katchewan together have only 45 MPs out of 264 hi the Com- mons. Worse, 34 are Conservatives or New Democrats at a time when the power of government is rising and influence of the opposition parties declining in Parliament. In the Liberal caucus of 155 members, there are only 11 from the Prairies a tiny fraction against 64 from On- tario and 5C from Quebec. Prairie ministers are juniors, lacking the power base and the political skill to be seen by the folks back home as vigorous and influential spokesman at the centre of power for the re- gional interests. Manitoba's James Richard- son is earnest and amiable with all the private resources of a millionaire in his Winni- "But I always thought it was the CAPTAIN who went down with the ship peg home base. But he has about exhausted the patience of his cabinet colleagues by carping endlessly on Western alienation to the exclusion, they complain, of making an effective contribution to broad- er government pfoblems. Saskatchewan's professorial Otto Lang is buried under sur- plus wheat and further weak- ened by his feud with Premier Boss Thatcher. Alberta's Bud Olson carries the burden of being a political turncoat from Social Credit to Literal and represents the rural people of his prov- ince, instead of the hustling oil men and sophisticated urban voters of Calgary and Edmon- ton. Even the understand ing jvhich has often allowed the Prairie Premiers to act to- gether, despite different party labels, at federal provincial conferences is now breaking down. Manitoba's Ed Schreyer is on the right wing of the New Democratic party, but far to the left of Thatcher, a con- servative Liberal, and Al- berta's Harry Strom, a cau- tious Social Creditor. The Prairie split was gaping at the last meeting of finance ministers when Manitoba reg- istered its dissent from the fiscal conventions of its neigh- bors. As Strom last week, at Leth- bridge, went rudely put of his way to say Alberta has far more in common with British Columbia than with Saskatche- wan or Manitoba. Prairie Canadians sense rather than analyse or under- stand their lack of power in Confederation, and are thrash- ing about in frustration and be- wilderment for solutions. Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau advised them, in a re- cent speech in Winnipeg, to fol- low Quebec's example in send- ing better men to Ottawa to take power. But that is non- sense, at least for the forsee- able future. There is no power vacuum to be filled, as there was when Lester Pearson was resigning as Liberal leader and prune minister, and Trudeau was abh? to move in. So three basic strategies were talked about on the Prairies, at Lethbridge last week and elsewhere. The first is separation from Canada. While this option comes increasingly into politi- cal conversation and makes exciting headlines, it appears to have almost no serious ad- vocates or broad public sup- port. A few wealthy westerna's outraged by the lax White Paper may talk about the se- curity of independence of Ot- tawa's grasping hands. Wheat farmers infuriated by the fed- eral government's inability to sell their product may threaten to seek their own national solu- tions. Albertan right wingers irritated almost equally by welfarism and bilingual i s m may dream of cutting loose from the effete east. But when David Elton of the University of Lellibridge sam- pled public opinion in Alberta recently, 95 per cent rejected separation from Canada. Talk of separation, in fact, is mostly a way of drawing eastern attention to western problems, and the average prairie Canadian remains the most patriotic of citizens. The secont solution being discussed is reorganization of political institutions within con- federation to give the Prairies more muscle in Ottawa. This was the purpose of the One Prairie Province proposal at Lethbridge last week, but it broke down under analysis largely because it would not really change the power posi- tion at the centre. One big province woold have the same number of MPs and Senators as three smaller ones, and the influence of cabinet ministers is as much a matter of ability and political personality as it is of votes back home. Look for example at the growing cabinet authority of Transport Minister Don Jamie- son, despite the fact that his. home province of Newfound- land has only seven seats in the Commons. There is speculation also about developing a new institu- tion in the form of a party to unite the west. But this is an old prairie dream which gave rise both to the CCF-NDP and the Social Credit, without solving basic problems or pro- ducing the man on the white horse to lead the west of its difficulties. The third and most practical course being debated on the Prairies is to seek a looser Canad i a n Confederation in which power would be decen- tralized from Ottawa to the provinces and regions. This is the type of federah'sm long sought by Quebec and in- creasingly attractive to On- tario. If the Prairies, which have been centralist in out- look, now add then- voices, the flagging constitutional confer- ences will take on a new vigor and importance. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Prairie Union: Small Thinking On Big Subject By Charles King, in The Ottawa Citizen T SUPPOSE it could be taken for granted that the local politicans would find little at- traction in the- concept of Al- berta, Saskatchewan and Man- itoba being merged into a sin- gle Canadian province. Alberta's Premier Harry Strom, a man of no particular vision who presides over the richest of the three Prairie do- mains (and perhaps godliest, Letters To The Editor since it has voteJ Social Credit in nine straight managed to chuckle the whole thing off in his address to last week's conference on the sub- ject in Lethbridge. In what was described by an admiring newsman as "one of his most sparkling and witty displays since becoming pre- Mr. Strom said he'd rather marry his wealthy So- cial Credit neighbor British Golden Saskatchewan We in .Saskatchewan have no wish to become the patronized poor relation in a trio of prov- inces. Mr. Strom's attitude has shown us very quickly what such an arrangement would be like. We the people didn't want it anyway. We may not yet be too rich nor too powerful. The odds against us have been heavy, but we are gradually getting there under our own steam. We don't need help, nor pity. His- tory will one day show that Golden Saskatchewan will one day be second to none. We are a hardy lot and quite capable of standing on our own two feet. We have COT pride. We love to visit your beautiful province and are quite content to leave it that way. MURIEL CATHY GRIFFIN. Eegina. Mortgaging The Future Two recent news items in The Herald (14, 15 May) con- cerning planned exploratory drilling for natural gas in Cy- press Hills Provincial Park point out the fact that Alberta lacks a realistic policy on re- sour'ce exploration in her parks. If exploration is to be allowed, it follows that even more disrupting and polluting of the parks' environment will occur when marketable quanti- ties of mineral or petroleum products are found. When a government is too in- tent on exploiting its province's non renewable resources it must face the fact that it is mortgaging the future of its people. Statements like that at- tributed to Mr. A. R. Patrick, minister of mines and min- erals, that "My only concern is that we retain the confi- dence of the industry which in- vests the money which is so to our economy" are frightening to me. Who is concerned about the people who recorded four mil- lion visits to Alberta's parks last season? J. FAHR. Coaldale. Goodwill I would like to publicly thank Mrs. A. Donaldson, Mr. Vic Meech, and Mr. WiK Bowns for their splendid co-operation in helping me meet, greet and show a group of tourists pur city. The tourists were truly im- pressed, and assured me '.hey would be goodwill ambassadors for the City of Lethbridge. I would also like to thank Mr. Bowns and the Chamber of Commerce for supplying litera- ture for the tourists to take with them. Goodwill is one com- modity we can give away and it doesn't cost a cent. D. F. GORDON, Manager, Marquis Hotel. Lethbridge. Columbia than Wave any truck or trade with those Liberals and socialists to the east of Ed- monton. It didn't appear so- witty in cold print, and if that is the way Mr. Strom sparkles, we denizens of the East can be grateful that we have a natural comic like John Robarts in charge of things at Queen's Park. But if the Prairie premiers find it difficult to see beyond their own borders to envision a concept of a greater Canada, it is ah1 the more gratifying that one federal politician, Supply and Services Minister James Richardson, considered it so appealing. Mr. Richardson was careful not to endorse the idea without reservations. His own constitu- ents in Winnipeg might rebel if he pushed the concept too far. But he left little room for doubt that the federal government would look with favor on any move to consolidate the politi- cal power and clout of the West in a new form of Confedera- tion. He even quoted Prime Minis- ter Trudeau to back up his en- dorsement of the proposed new order: "After all, the British North America Act was written by Easterners. Perhaps that is what is wrong with it. Maybe it is too dry and stuffy. It would be improved by an in- fusion of Western spirit. We need some fresh ideas in our constitution and we count on Westerners to provide them." If he is seriously looking for fresh ideas, Mr. Trudeau might just as well forget about the premiers, who are all captives of their own vested interests, and go to the people them- selves for enlightenment. I suspect he would find a greater consensus in favor of the proposed amalgamation than the premiers are prepared to admit. It wouldn't bring any imme- diate change in the size of Western Canada's representa- tion in Parliament that's a matter of population and peri- odic redistribution. But it would give the West a stronger and more persuasive voice in national affairs if regional boundaries were set aside and talents pooled together instead of being dissipated in their pre- sent form. E c o n o m i cally, "Canada as Mr. Richardson likes to call it could become a po- tent third force in the country, perhaps outranking British Col- umbia and creating as much emphasis and interest as On- tario or Quebec. The 3% million people of the Prairie region would be able to speak as one in applying pres- sure to the federal government to act on their behalf. No longer would they have that forlorn feeling of being ignored by Ottawa, since Ottawa has shown that it is vulnerable to that kind of pressure from ma- jor organized blocs. The big 'problem, of course, is to persuade the Western poli- ticians themselves that it's a good idea. Two of the premiers Mr. Strom and Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan, Mr. Thatcher and Manitoba's Ed Schreyer, or Mr. Schreyer and Mr. Strom would have to step aside. Perhaps the answer would be to retire all three of them and. seek a new man for the com- bined job. In any case, to bring the idea forward as Mr. Richardson suggested, the weight of public opinion will have to be mar- shalled and brought to bear on the reluctant politicians. Impossible? Too far-fetched for serious consideration? It's happened elsewhere in the world with striking results. There's no reason it couldn't be brought about in young Can- ada. And the lesson 'of Confedera- tion itself is surely that mir- acles can be wrought by men of goodwill with a common pur- pose. A stronger and more demo- cratic nation could be the prize, and that's a goal for every Canadian to cherish, Mr. Strom notwithstanding. LOOKING BACKWARD THKOUGH THE HERALD 1920 A Coleman woman was fined and cost or three months in jail for assaulting a police officer when he was searching for an illicit still in that area. 1930 Permits are to be given to responsible persons to trap and kill total of not more than 20 prairie wolves on the Cypress Hills Forest Re- serve in Alberta and a bounty of ?5 for each wolf killed will be paid. housewives are paying a higher price for their sugar, the price having advanced 35 cents per hundred pounds. that Lethbridge's construction boom is of major proportions is shown by the number of contractor's licences taken out so far in 1950. This year to date, 97 licences have been issued. warning of a pos- sible epidemic of poliomyelitis this summer, The Lethbridge Health Unit has announced a special clinic for vaccination of busy adults who are unable to attend regular clinics. The Letliktdge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbnclge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. 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