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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDOE May Another hearing needed Sale of the Lethbridge power plant to Calgary Power has appeared likely for some now it seems almost certain. The fact that a city council committee reached a unanimous decision to recommend this course of action suggests that further debate would be a waste of time. another public hearing should be held. It is possible that others who have interested themselves in this issue have points to make that the committee members may have overlooked or underestimated in significance. Considering that this input is the council can hardly afford not to invest a bit more time for its reception and evaluation. Even if such an exercise should prove lo only confirm the Tightness of the committee's it would be of considerable value. The opponents of the power plant sale might still be of the same mind as when they but the opportunity to hear their case and to weigh it against the 'arguments marshalled by the committee could result in the majority of citizens supporting council in a decision to sell. To fail to hold another public hearing would almost certainly be political folly. No council can afford to nourish suspicions of secret agreements and invite charges of arrogance. the impression was left at an earlier hearing that before any final decision was made there would be another opportunity for public and it would be wrong to break faith with the citizens on that score. The case for selling the power plant apparently is so strong it left no doubt in the minds of those on the council committee that this is the if not course of action. That being there should be no fear in laying it before the public and hearing what others have to say about it. Quebec language bill The Quebec government appears to have projected itself into a situation irom which it cannot win by introducing legislation to force greater acceptance of the French language. It does not go far enough to appease the separatists and it goes too far to appeal to a large portion of the rest of the citizens. In the face of many indications that the French language is losing it is not surprising that some attempt should be made to stop the drift and perhaps reverse the trend. Measures to encourage the use of French ought to be introduced and would doubtless have the approval of the majority. In a predominantly French speaking province it is only right and fair that there should be an expectation that business and public affairs should be conducted mainly in French. By proposing to resort to coercion to try to produce more people whose basic language is the Quebec government has aroused considerable antipathy among ethnic groups in the province and has provoked some uneasiness in its sympathizers elsewhere. This comes perilously close to infringing on a fundamental right. People who reside in Quebec ought to learn French and expect to use it in public. But Quebecers are also citizens of Canada where in most of the rest of the country English is the predominant language. whose children will be subject to the coercive aspect of the new understand the importance of giving English priority simply because of that predominance. the very desperation to shore up a flagging language inherent in the legislation underlines the concern of immigrants that they be able to choose English as the language of instruction for their children. Seldom in matters such as the encouragement of language and culture is the objective better attained through coercion than by persuasion. This may be brought home to the Quebec legislators as a result ot the current outcry against the new bill. Unfortunately a lot of harm will have been done in the process which may take years to undo. ART BUCHWALD The great jewel heist WASHINGTON where is my matched set of emerald and diamond necklace and The last time I saw them they were here in the I think they are over in the chief of protocol's is my jewelry doing over I don't know how to tell you but they're not your didn't sell them to pay our back taxes did Pat. You see those-jewels were given to us by the Saudi Arabian royal you told me that you gave me the necklace and earrings for my did not. I distinctly remember saying that I could give them to you for your birthday but it would be isn't what you said at and you know it. You said that someone had offered to sell you the set for and you could raise the money without any trouble at all. The question was not whether you should pay it. but would the jeweler keep demanding more money later on. You said if it cost you more than it would be don't care what I Pat. I still knew the jewels were given to us by the Saudi didn't you tell me that in the first security. I couldn't let anyone know the Saudis had given us jewels. If I the Swedish would start giving us jewels and there would be no end to that's the'only jewelry you ever gave stop crying. I remember the days when you were happy to wear a cloth isn't the Dick it's the fact that you misspoke. How can I believe in your credibility if you won't even tell me the truth about my birthday wasn't my Pat. If Maxine Cheshire hadn't stuck her nose into the White no one would have known about the Saudi gift.. Don't you see what they're They're out to destroy understand Dick. At the same time it was wrong not to tell me who really gave us the jewels. It's almost you Here comes Father my Jesuit priest. Let's ask him. do you think I did anything wrong in not telling Pat the jewels I gave her came from Saudi Mr. President. You did the right thing. It would have been immoral to tell her the truth. Good Book says 'He that deceiveth his wife is innocent of all amen.' even the church supports it's not important. But what do I tell She thinks the diamond and emerald pin is her we lost don't we just tell her the sure Father McLaughlin has a good answer to that Pat. says in the Good 'When an Arab king gives a gift of the price of oil goes up a barrel.' Tell Tricia you lost Letters good ol' Bob WHO... Trudeau's leadership By W.A. Montreal Star commentator OTTAWA There should be no difficulty over the twin questions of leadership and of national issues or problems as they arise in this 'election campaign because what is involved goes far beyond mere matters of personality and individual appeal. The qualities of leadership which are matters of concern today are quite separate from any attributes of personal charisma. They involve a man's ability to the judgment with which he does and a much more general characteristic as well. This is the capacity a few men have to convey the impression that they will be as able to cope with the unforeseen and unpredictable problems of the future as with the known ones of today. There is a further quality in- the need for it is very evident today but probably al- ways important. This is the capacity to give a society some sense of the feeling that developing events are not entirely a matter of chance buffeting by uncontrollable torces. It seems likely that this election campaign will involve two levels of which to some extent all such contests do. At one level there will be the party strategists are realis- local efforts to gain marginal the seats where no great distance separated winner and runner up in 1972. Attempting to influence but separate from it. there clearly will be a contest of an effort by both the prime minister and Mr. Stanfield to persuade voters across the country that they are more to be entrusted with the nation's affairs than their rival. In Mr. Star.field's we will have to judge by assess- ment of his record in opposi- because his period as premier of Nova Scotia is not recent enough nor widely enough known to be much of a factor with Canadians generally. In Mr. Trudeau's case there is the advantage of having watched him in the exercise of actual power for the last six since he has now been prime minister longer than either Mr. Pearson or Mr. Diefenbaker. It is quite clear that Mr. Trudeau possesses ample abil- ity to take decisive action when unusual events demand it. This can be concluded from his economic leadership in 1969-70 when he was convinced that inflation must be brought to a from his handling of the crisis of October 1970 when James Cross and Pierre Laporte had been and more recently during the oil crisis. Some common qualities run through the handling of these events. The action taken was strong and decisive. 'In the first the original anti- inflation fight and the reaction of the it has seemed to me that there was an element of extremism that was disturbing. The original economic policies of-the first Trudeau government were not so much wrong in themselves as in their application. They were imposed with an iron hand and left in place much too long. I was among those who defended the use of the War Measures Act during the October crisis but it quickly seemed that the powers actually invoked were excessive and that the revision of when special legislation was presented to too limited. There a revision. The handling of the oil prob- lems that started in mid-1973 showed but not all of these same qualities. The fed- eral government was decisive and it acted quickly. There was a period when there seemed to be valid reasons for fearing that the federal government might be tempted to use the oil issues between itself and Alberta as an election issue. Either these fears were not which I do not wholly or the grounds for them were rejected by the powerful men at the centre of the Liberal party. Either the handling of the oil question was without the element of extremism which marked the first two of the three greatest problems that have faced the Trudeau governments. It would be ungenerous to deny that an interesting element of maturing has been at work. Granting his ability to re- spond to it seems to me that the questions about the prime minister's overall lead- ership involve two other aspects of his job. His handling of men does not inspire much confidence and it is hard to see how democratic governments can proceed as well as they should if this quality is lacking. In his earlier Mr. Trudeau proved to be thoughtful and articulate in the expression he gave to a range of contempo- rary concerns that were not always as evident even a very few years ago as they are now. This on the an impressive performance. Yet in it does not seem that Mr. Trudeau left much impression of being the man with the answers or more precisely of being the man likely to find the answers. In the case of the first of these the management of Mr. Trudeau has not really put the national interests ahead of loyalty to colleagues and an 'unwillingness to iniure them. No one wants to see a butcher in the prime minister's but when an individual minister is clearly failing to win confidence through the way he handles important the time obviously arrives for a change. It is this sort of change that Mr. Trudeau is not good at and it is a serious defect in any man leading a government. The prime minister's election advisers would not have had much trouble producing the current fighting Trudeau since one side of his personality is aggressively partisan. The philosophical side of the prime minister is equally genuine. the two never seem to meld into a harmonious individual with the capacity to leave others feeling that he has the ability to chart a sensible course through difficult waters. This which is very suggests some interesting contradiclions in Mr. Trudeau as prime minister. Chilean junta diplomacy poor By Hugh London Observer commentator not to much tho M no house LONDON Eight months after the military coup against Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende the international outcry against the junta which took his place has hardly it seems to be getting stronger daily. The coup of September 11 was a particularly bloody affair. No one will ever know the exact number of but the Swedish Ambassador in Mr. Harald who was active in human rights ques- tions in Chile in the weeks following the coup until he was expelled by the put the number of dead at around No single event in South America has claimed as many lives since the long and bloody wai between Paraguay and Bolivia in the 1930s. For all the traditional governmental instability in Latin America and the continual palace changes of power are often comic opera affairs with comparatively few shots fired in anger. This was not the case in Chile last year. It is arguable that the appalling impression caused by the bloodshed might have to a great extent been effaced had the junta made a great effort to return to some semblance of normality at once. They did not choose to do this. A state of internal war still exists which gives the armed forces power to do whatever they want. There is still a curfew in force during which the armed forces are able to do whatever they would not want the public to see. The humber of political prisoners in dropped since the height of the emergency at about is now around half of what it was at the end of last year. At the same time the police methods have become more sophisticated and the relief organizations sponsored by the church have a growing dossier on the violence and torture which is being used on an increasing scale. The junta has also followed policies which have resulted in a massive increase in unemployment. Some .people are estimated to have been thrown out of either to reduce the often inflated pay rolls that the nationalized industries had in the time of Allende or as part of the political reprisals against militant left-wing supporters of the former president. The torture and the unemployment have been the subject of severe criticism by the Catholic Church in headed by the Archbishop of Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez. The Church in many other parts of the world and the powerful Christian Democratic parties of Western Europe and of other parts of Latin America are joining in the chorus of protests already mounted by the Socialists and the Communists who were defeated in the September coup. The most charitable of the military junta's policies so far is perhaps that is has yet to acquire the political skill in hiding its misdeeds which other more sophisticated governments have long since mastered. Family life brochure The Lethbridge Catholic School District has distributed an information brochure on the proposed family-life programs. The brochure is not only an object lesson on how the administrative elite in schools and politics go about saving face and but not it is also further evidence of how far from the magisterium of the Catholic Church is the whole notion of classroom sex instruction. The report last month which provoked criticism of the proposals was that the committee concerned had recommended the use of the Edmonton program as the basic foundation of the Lethbridge one. This occurred despite assurances to the contrary a year and without pub'ic debate or consultation of parents except for the ones whom the protagonists of the scheme had invited. This brochure deliberately gives the impression that the Lethbridge Catholic schools been investigating the possibility of establishing a In other the imminent acceptance of a bad scheme that was shown to be in conflict with the teaching of the Church and with parents' has been transformed into merely a possibility. How chameleon the committees have been viewing films which they did not have the good sense lo view before they recommended the and finding that complaints were justified All of this would be to the good if it means that a more careful approach is but that remains to be seen. the brochure quotes a passage from the documents of Vatican II which approves of and prudent sexual But out of all the they could find only a statement with which no sensible person could quar- rel. opposition to mass propaganda type of instruction is answered by reference to responsible as though the distinction is not precisely the point of all the fuss. Of course Vatican II advocates sexual education. So do of the right kind. But I challenge them to produce any papal or Vatican II statement to support the sort of instruction they envisage 1 have a whole collection of documents which sHow quite clearly that sex instruction to the mixed class is expressly forbidden by the magislerium of the Church. Any sensible parent will trust others to do tnis job only under strict it's ihe job of self styled but of the parents and their friends. With so many queer versions ol Catholic teaching and so much difference between orthodox Catholicism and what is actually taught m classrooms parenls have to be cautious. Those who care will be. The brochure quotes Vatican II as stressing the role of parents. Very But what happens when heretical notions of Christianity conflict with what parents know the official Church is teaching11 What guarantee is there that Father X or Sister Y. or layman Z is The fact ihat Bishop O'Byrne may approve oi some course does not show that n is right. After all. when we have a Doug Roche who attacks Pope Paul's leaching in his book. The Catholic- as editor of the Western Catholic Reporter i until his recent entry into and weird substitutes for the Faith disseminated by people who take six week courses on of the almost anything goes' Quite apart from anything schools run D y conformist bureaucracies are simply not parents need to take more initiative PETER HUNT Lethbridge Greediness indicated In a letter Eva Brewster writes that Young's references to Israel's greed for land can be ignored as illustrating the reporter's state of mind and prejudices. Greed is a strong word with an unpleasant connotation. what do events seem to Israel's claim for occupation of certain areas is that it needs defensible borders. I have not visited the areas concerned as Ms. Brewster has. but know it only from photographs and films. Presumably the Suez Canal or the passes in the the Dead Sea and the Golan Heights can be considered to be defensible but what aboul the part of Jordan west of the River How can the Jordan through most of its course be considered to form a defensible In one place Ms. Brewster uses the words 'then and then for the same kind of establishment. Are these three terms Certainly the word settlement implies the intention of permanence. Il Young finds groups of people on the Golan Heights and m the Sinai taking steps which could indicate permanence is he not entitled to think ihat is what they have in There may be contentions 10 the contrary. That be diplomacy. Israel has slated definitely that it will not give up Jerusalem. i will it agree to it beco'.ung a city under international control. Two thousand years ago it was the Jewish but the holy city of the Jews only. Since historical or legendary or some of has made it tno holy city for and one ol the holy cities for Mohammedans as well. In my opinion Israel's stand on Jerusalem is therefore out of date. There is the old saying that actions speak louder than words. SVERRE J. SOLBERG Lethbridge Writers miss point I agree wholeheartedly with Sylvia King-Brown when she states that Louis Burke is a bore. Not only is he a bore but he also seems to take a sadistic satisfaction in the reports of Irishmen being killed or injured by bombs planted by characters too cowardly to stand face to face and fight. Of course there are cases where unarmed people are shot down by these same cowards but this only happens when the victim is outnumbered and then preferfably from ambush. What all this has to do with the British monarchy or any other I fail to see as the events of the last few vears in Ireland have simply consisted of the cowardly murder of Irishmen by Irishman and has nothing to do with the British except in the somewhat warped mind of Mr. Burke. I also find articles on this theme by Peter Hunt equally oi the issues which are the of all the shooting. 1 ihiriK it rather unfortunate these two gentlemen .inould be authorities on many subjects when their only guide is their own personal opinion of their ability. It must be very obvious as to why Mr..Burke did not stay in Ireland. G. D. LEE Milk River The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th SI. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher 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. 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