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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHDRIDQE HERALD NOVtmMf EDITOltlALS Shock treatment Shocking as the court injunction order- ing a halt to the huge James Bay hydroelectric project may be to Quebec Premier Robert there could be some therapy administered by it to everyone who reflects on the significance of the action. Despite the obvious energy crisis fac- ing North Americans which might seem to sanction the pursuit of development of new sources at any a judge has in- dicated clearly that other considerations still have a claim for attention. The rights of native people to pursue their traditional ways of gaining a livelihood cannot simply be brushed aside. Here is a clear challenge to a fun- damental premise of the modern in- dustrial society that there can be no turn- ing back. A spokesman for the oil in- for took it as axiomatic it a public affairs gathering in Lethbridge that there has to be a press- Lng on for new sources of energy because jeople will not give up their high stan- lard of living. The air con- and all the other conveniences to which people have become accustomed are necessities which cannot be surrendered. Now suddenly the unthinkable looms as a real possibility. What may have seem- ed a subject for mere theoretical discus- sion has acquired new dimensions. Peo- ple may not choose to live more they may be forced to do so. Of course the court action is not final. The odds are probably great that legal ways will be found to permit the James Bay project to continue. But the compla- cent assumption that nothing can arrest the mad plunge onward has been shattered. Not only will this event serve to'make people consider more seriously the possibility of having to cut back on con- sumption but it will perhaps bring about a deeper concern for human relations. Consulation and the reaching of agree- ment have a significance that should not be these are the sort of things which are essential to true humanity without which life may prove in the end to be not worth Swing to buses An increased demand for bus transpor- tation is looming in view of the expected rising costs of gasoline. What Lethbridge residents may not realize is that the transit department is one of the most obliging in the city. Ac- cording to superintendent John his department is geared to supply the transportation needs of all residents. what we are here he in- sists. Transit systems are being updated in many larger centres in order to cope with additional commuters. In Seattle a free downtown bus service has been inaugurated to encourage shoppers to leave their cars at home. With bus stops so handily ad- ditional bus shelters envisaged for strategic prompt and efficient service plus the fact all senior citizens can ride the buses it is highly likely busing in Lethbridge will gain a new pop- ularity sure to be appreciated by economy-minded residents. RUSSELL BAKER Conservative chic Suddenly conservatism seems like the ideology where the fun is. This is a switch. In the old days Bogart it was the Liberals who enjoyed life. Liberalism con- noted fast advanced ideas about crude sport with stuffed shirts and general hell-raising. All the really great peo- ple were Liberals. Bogart was a Liberal. There wasn't anything else worth being. To be there were a few Conservatives around. They came to class in blue-serge suits. With vests. They usually had three last names and a for Chom- pingham Compton Wigglesby II. I am loading the dice a bit but in a tight space art's distortions get us fastest to truth. Conser- vatives were S-Q-U-A-R-E. The powerful odor of sin emanating from liberalism must have been partly responsible for its huge recruiting successes over the years. Surely emitting sanc- timony and cigar had little allure for youngsters deciding which road to take in life. How different today. Now it is liberalism that beckons to ashes and pain. Its old gaiety is gone. Dank vapors lie heavy in the vale of uplift. We speak of the atmosphere of times and but has at- and the atmosphere of American liberalism has changed for the sadder. Is it because of all the In the Bogart period liberalism always as did the New York Yankees and the U.S. whose parallel declines suggest infinite speculation. Success bred which bred more and as the cvcle was success became merely a habit. A of is notljing more than a failure of originality. Times suddenly habits become old habits. Old habits usually don't succeed in changed times. And originality has failed. Nowadays liberalism seems earnest duty. Peevish factions arguing dogma which misinterpretation of scripture led to these harsh remind us not of Bogart. And the What happened to the At a time when women are waving ideology all over the liberalism doesn't have any. All maybe Jean Westwood. But the big names like Abzug and the kind of women who can make a conser- vative grind his teeth down to the gums as Mrs. Roosevelt used to are not but militants. Militants make scenes. Liberals wish they although they will fight for their right to do of even when the point of the militants' scene is to humiliate or destroy Liberals. Do you have to like the hair shirt to be a Why do they so willingly sit still for all that The rule nowadays when you have a kick a Liberal. Why Liberalism doesn't kick back. It would be illiberal. Conservative. We are talking about undefinable of course. liberalism the words are useless for political discourse un- less we understand that they have no absolute that their importance is in their power to evoke ever changing and sometimes unreal images in the public perception of politics. In some of its other today's con- servatism must seem appealing to the kind of people whose patience is running low. For one conservatism allows you to be ornery. It is part of the just as it is part of the code that a Liberal has to be mister sweetness and light. In the present state of the world there is a lot to be said for any faith that sanctifies short and conservatism seems to do the trick. It also has a closet filled with fearful rapscallions whose existence threatens the human the the insidious the council on foreign relations. A successful doctrine needs such satanic powers in opposition. They increase the believers' joy in the good fight. Conser- vatism has the best villains just as liberalism used to have them in Wall economic royalists and all. Conservatives also have a lien on the American hence easy access to warm patriotic flushes. the human im- pulse to squash upstarts impulse Liberals are compelled to is made respectable by conservatism's good-guy commit- ment to the bellicose salvation of feeble countries from communism. As a you can also denounce taxes without feeling disreputable. Even if you are rich you aren't even obliged to feel rotten about it. surely an ism whose time is here. I hear conservatives these days even take a cocktail. They still lack a of but Ronald Reagan's time of glory may be yet to come. CANADIAN ENERGY ON THE HILL By Joe MP for Rocky Mountain Plenty of energy... a little short on policy Experts generally wrong By Bruce Herald special commentator WASHINGTON Seen at first in its physical its furious and its daily avalanche of consumer the United States economy is a staggering spectacle. Measured in abstract mathematical it is unlike any other achievement of in any time or place. Viewed from as both a market and a it of by far the largest external factor in our nation's economic an absolutely essential ingredient of its prosperity. If all this seems un- almost a law of the immediate more the long- term prospects of the world's most successful production apparatus certainly are not. When a few little Arab shiekhdoms can disrupt the gears of such a mighty its vulnerability and dependence on forces outside its own control suddenly appear to mock the the businessmen and the economists. The same is true of every modern industrial system in the even the and especially the Canadian. Apart from these as basic as they are often ig- what is actually happening in the American economy today and how does it affect To those when put to some of the leading economists inside and outside the official Washington there is no reliable answer. Or perhaps it would be more ac- curate to say that there are as many answers as and economists. But leaving aside the con- stantly changing the official line or conven- tional wisdom the Mid- dle East explosion at any can be thus roughly sum- marized After a year of growth sur- passing earlier and an inflation about twice as bad as the experts the economy will keep growing at .a reduced but high rate in barring some unforeseen accident. Inflation will sub- but not very much. Unemployment will rise marginally but not in- tolerably. There will be no serious only a read- justment of some unspecified or what the experts call a soft landing after the dizzy space flight of the boom. To be the official line is not necessarily accepted outside the establishment. it is flatly rejected as mere political soothing syrup and graveyard whistling by many economists who have no stake in the Nixon government's survival. To such dissenters something much worse than a painless readjustment appears inevitable next and their alarm finds its latest confir- mation in the energy crisis. Between these opposite views a Canadian reporter can venture no judgment. In any beyond the im- mediate the reporter was mainly concern- ed with a question sure to out- last the oil shortage and cold Can the inflationary joy ride continue without at anything like its current Here again the experts' answers are in almost grotes- que but un- doubtedly the perpetual debasement of money is becoming more and more accepted as the wave of the the normal way of life. To take a startling exhibit in this bland one ofrthe greatest experts in the a figure of worldwide reputation and a lifelong' sound money man came back from a world tour not long ago to report that no was truly prepared to forestall the steady destruction of curren- cies obviously the fragile Canadian government is Discounting these another of equal assured me that the economic and the average American could live and per- with an annual inflation rate of four or five per though it would be ruinous to some sectors of above all the old and their life savings. According to this brutal as I happen to totally the nation's whose work and thrift built the economy from the are expendable. If there must be something gravely wrong with the morals if not the economics of the or more likely both. However one regards the thesis of perpetual and profitable it needs some refinement when applied to where the like its counter- part in has never yet grappled with the basic and in the Canadian case never will if it can possibly be disguised and at least until the next election is safely past. A final report from Washington must try to refine the thesis in continental terms with a fact much more important than economics. But in any aspect of a bewildering argument it should be remembered that the by and have generally been so on their are probably wrong now. of a Good judgment rather than nerve By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator cwrse I Deed tbt car you don't expect me to walk to my keep-fit OTTAWA In response to a question from Eldon Woolliams. the minister of mines and resources has flatly denied a rumor that the federal government is considering a takeover of the Syncrude project and tar invoking for that pur- pose Section 91 of the con- stitution. Mr. a front bench Conservative from is certainly no ad- vocate of such a plan. In the idea seems to have originated with NDP thinkers although it is not party policy. It may have derived some credence from the recent grand gesture of the premier of British Columbia who says that he is ready to cede the provincial energy resource rights if Ottawa has the to declare that all natural gas and oil will pass under national control and ownership. If Ottawa already has the power which some have been reading into the above noted Mr. Barrett's gesture may be somewhat superfluous. It also seems oddly at variance with his hopes of Rene to whom he has also gestured in a most amiable way. Neither in his present career as the leader of separatism nor in his part role as a minister in the Quebec government has Mr.' Leves- que ever indicated a will- ingness to yield anything to the central government. specialty as Mr. Barrett may readily ascertain if he cares to check. It is not surprising that the story mentioned by Mr. Wool- liams was categorically denied in the House of Com- mons. While the Trudeau government is not usually reluctant to assert the federal it is difficult to believe that it entertains the extreme view of the constitution held by those favoring a takeover. Section 92 sets out the ex- clusive powers of the provin- cial legislatures which extend to local works and under- takings. Three exceptions are of which the first two are specific. These lines of steam or other telegraphs and other works...connecting the province with any other or extending beyond provincial lines of steamships between the .province and any British or foreign country. Then comes such works although wholly situated within the are before or after their declared by the Parliament of Canada to be for the general advantage1 of Canada of for the advan- tage of two more of the provinces. It is entirely possible that the courts might place a rather liberal interpretation on the term But it would be almost revolutionary to apply it to a resource. The case of the uranium industry is utterly exceptional for the with nuclear meant the bomb in the first an ex- traordinary intervention which no province in the cir- cumstances could reasonably have opposed. If the federal on the strength of this sub- can move in on any provincial it can have its way with the con- stitution. The fact that most provinces retained their resources on entering Con- federation and that the prairie provinces won them from Ot- tawa after a 25-year fight means nothing at all. For Mr. it is a question of On the it is a question of judgment. The Trudeau after has had some dealings with the notably over con- stitutional reform. Ministers must know that if they assert a power so they will have to deal not solely with the troublesome Mr. Lougheed but also.with a potentially troublesome Mr. Bourassa and doubtless other premiers with an eye for what happens tomorrow. It is even possible that the thought has occurred to Mr. Barrett. It would go far to ex- plain the grand gesture. Everyone admires a generous giver and there is not much point in holding back in the coal when there is not the slightest possibility that a handsome offer or be accented Some people see the energy dispute as being a straight fight between the east against the west. That is a dangerous view both because it is too simple and because it can lead us to treat friends as though they were enemies.. Regionalism is involved. Westerners know we have suffered historically from national policies designed to build the east. And easterners have grown accustomed to cheap fuel. But other factors are at work. 1. Despite talk about an Ottawa does not have a comprehensive energy policy. They are reacting to rather than planning for the future. A lot of their reactions are short- sighted. 2. Donald Macdonald is the worst possible negotiator. An intense his style is to insult his opponents. His reputation in Ottawa is as a in a China 3. The NDP thinks energy might be an issue which will make Canadians forget how obediently the NDP has sup- ported Mr. Trudeau. It is the only question on which they dare to be bold.- and they have been able to threaten the government. Since the NDP has nothing to lose in they are prepared to inflame eastern opinion against Alber- ta. 4. The federal cabinet is split. That is one reason why on a led Alberta ministers to believe the 40 cent was going then on a raised it to Cabinet perhaps the forced him to change the policy. more diplomatic man would have warned but Macdonald is no What Albertans must remember is that the Liberal- NDP coalition doesn't speak for eastern Canada. In a year those parties were rejected by five of the six provinces east of Manitoba. Other eastern Canadians are more understanding of Alberta's situation. through its has criticized Ot- tawa's in a China approach. Ontario believes that co-operation with Alber- instead of can achieve genuine national agreement. Progressive Conservative from outside have all resisted the tempta- tion to win cheap popularity'at home by attacking Alberta. So Alberta has many friends in the east influential friends. Our twofold challenge How is to keep our and to disarm our enemies. It won't be easy. There are eastern fears which can be excited. One is a fear of shortage the fear of being cold in winter. Another is a fear of ex- travagant fuel prices. A third fear inspired and manipulated by the NDP is a fear that foreigners will use Alberta resources to eastern Canadian consumers. Albertans might think these fears are fgolish but we can't deny that they or that they muSt be met. Premier Lougheed and his ministers recognize that fact they have been careful to brief interested eastern Cana- dian and ha-ve guaranteed a price break for Canadian consumers. Robert and other national PC have made Alberta's case to eastern audiences. If we keep our and make our we can keep and win the support in eastern Canada which is essential if Alberta is going to have a better deal. If we lose our we lose our case because we are a and we have to keep the goodwill of the sensible ma- jority of Canadians who will side with unless we act un- reasonably. This is a frustrating time to be an Alberta MP. Your natural when your province is is to lash out. Yet the best way to serve Alberta is to keep our many friends in eastern Canada. I was talking the other day to a young playing his first year of Junior just after a rough penalty- studded game. want to play he the crowd wants me to Any Alberta MP knows how he feels. But we also know that there are rules to the which have to be if we are serious about winning. Letters United we stand I do not want the people of Canada and especially Alberta to be blinded by the promises of our government or the fiery words of NDP leader David Lewis. promises that's all we hear. If the government nationalizes the oil and other large cor- porations because of this energy we will have nothing but socialism and something that we deplore in other countries. I do wish the people who want to create trouble between the United States and Canada good neighbors and friends for years would leave well enough alone. Leave our trade agreements with our good neighbor as they are. What we have share with and what they have they will share with us. We in Alberta wish this good neighbor policy to continue. why is there always someone who wants to downgrade a good leader by slandering his good name or digging up his past. They had better sweep their own doorstep off first before finding fault with others. Why does everything we have here in Alberta have to go especially into On- tario and always into Quebec. We pay for it to go east and they mess around with then we pay for it to come back. Then there is the pending closure of our grain elevators by removing the train service. How can the west survive if they keep closing down those things that are our lifeline and Let us stand on our own two feet instead of wanting the .government to take over everything. We have had a good let's keep it and fight for our rights. We need the railroad to keep our elevators our farms operating and small towns ex- isting. The railroad com- panies have never lost money. During the 30s- the farmers even had to pay them to move the cattle and grain over and above the railway taking the produce. So come on Alber- tans let's stand together for its united we divided we fall. Let's fight to keep our resources here and be able to sell to whom we wish. MARY HAMLING TyrelPs Lake. Disgusted I was really mad and dis- gusted at The Herald for putting the story about group sex on the very front page and on the top where people would be sure to see it. Is The Herald going along .with this kind of filth by putting it on the front Why couldn't it have been put on another page in an out-of- the-way It really was not worth printing at all. Someone down there at The Herald must be really sick. I felt like discontinuing The Herald and I may yet do so. M. EGGER Lethbridge. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. 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