Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, November 20, 1972 The people's gas The two-price system for Alberta ..atural gas, announced last week by Premier Lougheecl, is bold, contro- versial, and on balance justified. The initiative is to be commended. The government's concern is many-faceted: 1. Most of the natural gas is owned by the people. As their agent it is the government's responsibility to the owners to get as much for it as possible. 2. Most of the gas is exported from the province. The Alberta govern- ment has less responsibility for gas consumers outside of Alberta, less yet for those outside of Canada. This priority was properly enunciated by the premier many months ago. 3. Nearly all of the people of Al- berta consume natural gas, and as their agent it is the government's responsibility to the consumers to see they get it as cheaply as possi- ble. This is especially so in encour- aging industry to locate here instead of at the far end of the pipeline carrying Alberta gas. 4. Although some people are be? ginning to question the "develop- ment" ethic, most Albertans would probably agree that a healthy nat- ural gas industry, based on export markets, is good for Alberta, in the way it stimulates employment and business and the average standard of living. Much of the export market cur- rently being served by Alberta gas was developed in competition against other fuel and energy sources, and the price was low- Now a critical energy shortage is steadily and relentlessly engulfing the United States and to a lesser extent Eastern Canada. In the long run the price of every- thing is established by competition, by the law of supply and demand. Governments can subvert or delay or distort this law, but they cannot repeal it. Therefore Alberta's natural gas is now becoming more valuable in the export market. It is currently quite under-priced. Mr, Lougheed is facing thai fact. Restricting his freedom of move- ment is the existence of long-term leases from the Crown to the gas producing and exporting companies, and long-term contracts at the other end. Part of the premier's new policy is to shorten wherever possible the period of commitment, to give the government (as trustee of the Crown- owned gas) more of the benefit of a rising market. Three concerns remain: First, it is already being charged that the Alberta government is dis- criminating against consumers of this "national" resource elsewhere in Canada, and thus stimulating inter-provincial resentments. This is said out of ignorance. Under the present economic system the owner of any product or service is entitled to gel what he can for it. Alberta got no thanks during all those years of selling gas too cheaply. Secondly, how to give an advan- tage to the Alberta consumers is a problem. Mr. Lougheed suggests one price for all gas, whether consumed in Alberta or elsewhere, and then a rebate to the Alberta consumers. This may be the best way. But the question is technical, hardly one of policy. Every other government feels free to give its own people prefer- ences and benefits, whether home- owner grants, subsidized health care, freer education or what have you. the Alberta government does with the exlra money received from higher gas prices is the concern only of lhat government and the Alberta people. Thirdly, how to relate higher re- turns to the Crown (as owner of the gas) to the private companies who lease and produce and export the gas, will present some difficulty. There will be a tendency to divert to the corporate treasuries as much as possible of the higher prices re- ceived at the other end. Whether and how much more the industry de- serves is a question that should not be permitted to becloud the right and the duty of the government to im- prove the returns to the owners of the gas, namely the people of Alberta. RUSSELL Just plug it in WASHINGTON The extraordinary events at the Bertie household began in- nocently enough several years ago when Martha Bertie gave her husband, Ted, an electric razor. They can't even remember now whether it was a birthday or a Christmas present. In any event, Ted Bertie countered quick- ly on the next gift-giving occasion by giv- ing Martha an electric carving knife. It should be clear, of coursee, that be- fore this exchange, which the Bertles now regard as ttie take-off point, they had al- ready purchased, over the years, an elec- tric stove, an electric refrigerator, an el- ectric television set, three electric clocks, two electric air-conditioners, an electric freezer, an electric clothes washing-and- drying unit, three electric radios and a large number of electric lamps. Also an electric stereo system. And an electric slide projector. And an electric toaster. The electric train lhal Ted Bertie's par- ents had given him one boyhood Christinas was also in the house, as were Ted's elec- tric saw and electric sander and Martha's electric vacuum cleaner. It was not particularly surprising then that after Ted Bertie, on the occasion of their wedding anniversary, gave Martha En electric burglar alarm system for the house, electricians had to be called to deal with frequent power failures. Eventually they ran more lines into the house. Thus strengthened for the long haul, tha Bertles bought an electric dishwasher. On Father's day, although Ted Bertie was not yet a father, Martha gave Ted an electric guitar, a sort of musical return for the el- ectric organ Ted had given her on Moth- er's Day. With tho fourth of July, Ted replied by giving Martha a pair of electric scissors and an electric sewing machine. On the fifth of July, without knowing quite why, Martha countered by giving Ted nn electric comb. On the sixth of July, Ted struck back by giving Martha nn electric hair dryer. For several days they were content sim- ply to glare ot each other, hut in late .Inly Martha surprised Ted one evening with nn electric toothbrush. Ted was silent for more I him two wcck.s. Then, on Aug. iit Napoleon's birthday, TciJ surprised Martha with an electric griddle, and electric mixing bowl, and electric fry- ing pan, an electric rotisserie-broiler, an electric coffee pot and an electric tray for keeping food warm on the sideboard. Martha became sullen and uncommuni- cative. On Labor day she gave Ted an el- ectric blanket, but Ted, who had been ex- pecting something like this, ready for her. He immediately ret orted with an electric can opener, an electric food blender, an electric coffee grinder, an el- ectric hot-dog cooking machine and a beau- tiful electric cut-glass decanter imported from Schenectady. Martha stayed in her room, refusing to see anyone, until Veteran's Day when she surprised Ted with an electric radio cas- sette-recorder-player, an electric typewrit- er, an electric shoe polisher and a bound volume of advertisements by their local electric company on the joys of "electrical living." That night the Bertles had a lender even- ing together. Martha brought out the elec- tric candles she had secretly bought for herself and they played a game of elec- tric football by electric candlelight. On Thanksgiving Day, while carving the turkey with his electric knife, Ted Bertie was severely shocked by the electric wish- bone, which had not been perfected yet and still had bugs in it. He was laken lo the hospital and subjected to a long humil- iating course of therapy before It was safe for anyone to touch him wilhout wearing rubber gloves. When Martha Bertie was admitted lo the hospital for the birth of Iheir first child, Ted was not allowed to visit the maternity ward because he still sizzled and crackled so loudly lhat it woke the other babies. For this reason, he did not learn until Martha came home lhat he had become the father of an electric son, who requires a change of fuses with each fresh diaper. With what modern technology has learn- ed about extension cords, tho child's elec- trician assures tho Bertles, there Li no reason why he cannot live a perfectly nor- mal life, provided he u careful not lo got ruined upon. 'Hie happy Ted and Mnrtlia have already Riven him an electric teddy bar. (The New York Times) 'Of course we're more concerned about unemployment Give equality to all By Shaun Hcrron, Winnipeg coin mcntalor for FP Publications If what are being called ab- original rights were genuine rights, the claims based on them would not affect relative- ly small territories related to treaties or the failure to ob- serve treaties. Instead they would relate to the entire land- mass which was occupied by Europeans who took over from the "original" inhabitants. Since nobody claims that this is the Indian case, what other case is there? Too much his- tory has rolled over too many bridges for this nation to be- gin now arguing with "aborig- inals" about what is truly theirs and what is truly ours. They are part of the whole. There is no other future for them but as part of the whole. As such, their future is better than their past. To offer men their part in and their share of the best, is the best we can offer. This whole business of trying to distinguish the Indian from the Canadian is racism of a subtle and "progressive" kind. It is Indian racism and while racism. It has to be because there is no case for the Indian as a separate nation within the nation except on the basis of his color. If there is a case to be made on some alleged eth- nic ground, then the same case has to be made for Ger- mans, Ukrainians, Greeks and all others except the "original" Canadian settlers, the French and the English. Since this case is not made and will not be made, why make a special case for the Indians? Because he was here first? If that were the basis of any case in any nation, the world would play until the end of lime a massive game of musical and racial chairs. Who was first anywhere? This can'l lie the ground for any kind of sel- llemenL Then because the Indians have land rights given to them in trealies made with their con- querers? But all things that were done away; the country in which those arrangements were made no longer exists; all the circumstances have changed and to permit any of those ar- rangements to become perman- ent would in fact establish a nation within a nation, with its own tenritories, and always of the second class. The future for the Indian in Canada is as Canadian and as nothing else. No matter what arrangements might now be made, the whole direction of this nation's growth and devel- opment is against the distinct survival of separated peoples, on the grounds of race, reli- gion or any other. Race least of all. There is no chance that reserve life, by the develop- ment of Indian crafts and in- dustries, can make an Indian economy workable and self-sup- porting, not even if some bands could survive by farming. It would be mere survival. This country, in spite of the reaction against "growth" which is a temporary bad word to the esoteric Left is destined to grow, in industrial slrenglh, in international importance, in every way that marks the pas- sage of a nation from agricul- tural small to industrial great. To think of redoubts of braves within this growing na- tion is to bring 11th century minds to 21st century prob- lems and it is amusing and also interesting how often Ihe most "forward looking" intellectuals and the mosl aggressive have- nots see the future in terms of the romantic past and don't even see the pasl all that clear- Jy- There isn't any doubt that the great mass of this nation Is im- patient of all talk of aboriginal rights, of the separaleness of the Indian, of any territorial republic within the nation, of any notion that he must be left on the sidelines as a permanent inferior, either through inferior education or in some romantic economic siding into which the star-eyed progressives might be trying to shunt him. What the great mass of peo- ple in this nation want for the Indian is equality of oppor- tunity, equal education, equal rights in the job market, equal qualifications, equal citizenship and all as Canadians, not as Indians. There is no such thing in Canada as Ukrainian equality. There are only Cana- dians of Ukrainian extraction who have all Ihe rights and privileges belonging to all Can- adians. So with Indians. It is Ihe only view of the Indian fu- lure most Canadians will ac- cept and if the Indian affairs department is trying slyly to dispose of Mr. Trudeau's form- er declaration that there will he no second-class citizens in this country, then maybe this is another of the things he should look at. Because a lot of peo- ple are under the impression that Ihe statement may be a cover for the apartheid policy now by some Indians and some officers of the department More attention should be paid to what the impatient young men of Winnipeg's Indian people are saying; and if they are asking as Canadians for the fullness of Canadian life, then we should lake sieps to set them on that road. If they too are asking for privileged separateness, then we should tell them no and tell them at once. But if we do not find nut, ten years from now we may have many regrets that were perhaps avoidable. Role and ethics of press By Tom Wicker, New York Times commentator Numerous readers who sup- ported Senator McGovern's pres- idential candidacy have written lo deplore articles appearing here lhat they considered criti- cal of him and damagng to his cause. Many of these letters asked why a columnist who was sympathetic to many of Mc- Govern's positions should not have written of him to quote one lelter "With wholeheart- ed in order lo im- prove his election prospects. Whatever McGovern's defici- encies, real or supposed, these lellors suggested, he was clear- ly superior to Nixon and there- fore the path of common sense and virtue required unques- tioning support for George Me- Govern; and anylhing less Ihnn lhat was shocking and mayho even dishonest. Ordinarily, the critical mail directed at columnists while it may be instructive lo them requires no public respon.sc. These lellcrs from McGovcm supporters seem lo flo so. In the first place, they hclray, es- pecially on Ihe part of Liberals, nn Ignorance of Ihe role nnd ethic of Ihe press; in Ihe sec- ond plncc, they echo almost precisely hundreds of lellera lhat have been received over I lie yc.-rs from Nixon support- ers or those of Lyndon John- or the Kennedy brother! suggesting Lhat any criticism of any of them is biased, un- worthy and probably dishonest. On this score, political parti- sans seem to be six of one and a half-dozen of (he other. Without undue breast-beating let it be said once and for all that whatever the mistakes o f omission or commission, of the heart or of tire bead, perpet- rated and yet to be perpetrated in this space, whatever faulty Intuitions and specious insights may be expressed in it, It won't be used now or ever lo make any politician, however his fol- lowers may advertise his vir- lue, look good when he looks had, vice versa: or to propa- gandize for anyone's election (it Ihe expense of Ihe Iruth as it can bo perceived and under- stood. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., LcUibridgc, Alberta LETHBIUDGE HERALD no. LTD., Propriclors and Publisher! Published 1905-1934, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second class Mall Rcqlslrntlon No. 001? Mimbir ef Canadian Press and Ite Canadian Dally NcwsoaMr Publishers Association and Audit Dureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor nnd Puollshor THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gincral Manager DON PILLING WIL1IAM HAY Managing Edltnr Editor ROY F. MILES I' WALKER Advirtlslng Manager teutons! Paqo Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH" Letters Unwarranted support Many people of the world con- sider it their God-given right to get what they want by kidnap- pings, killings, violence and wholesale terror. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, when address- ing the United Nations Assem- bly on terrorism this fall, said "This problem must not be ig- nored, simply because it is dif- ficult; there must be no truce with terror. Canada stands ready to contribute to the strengthening of intemalional law to outlaw terror." What an encouraging state- ment! But unfortunately hopes were dulled by a contradictory article by Dave Humphreys, writing from London, England, published in mid-summer. In it, he states, "Under an agreement with the Commonwealth secre- tariat, Canada is 'investing modestly' toward the black rev- olution against Rhodesia. There is no other logical conclusion one can arrive at. After the an- nouncement of an annual con- tribution from Ottawa of toward the "education and train- ing" of Hhodesian refugees, congregated in Zambia and Tan- zania." Announcement of this dona- tion in Canadian papers came shortly after a two-hour CBC radio program, when two black Zimkabwe Liberal ion Front leaders from Rhodesia were interviewed by Canadian university professors. B a c k- ground music was sensational and all combined to have some- what of a "propaganda smell." According to Mr. Humphreys, this Canadian money will fall into the hands of these leaders and undoubtedly be used to "train" guerrillas primarily blacks killing blacks. How did these liberation leaders get into Canada and on our CBC? White Rhodcsian relatives are refused entrance. Does that follow Mr. Sharp's attitude of "no truce with Recently, when the democra- tic world was distressed by Uganda's treatment of Asians and others, Canada's foreign af- fairs, promptly sent off rnors taxpayers money for "I love you" foreign aid to the Ugan- dan government bespeaking nn attitude of "You can kiclc out the Asians, murder whom you wish, but our foreign aid program is unaltered." Much of the "training" of these Rhodesian refugees to whom this goes, is done in Tanzania by Chinese instruc- tors. Equipped with automatic weapons, petrol bombs, plastic land mines (mostly of Ameri- can machetes dipped in poison and aided by drugs to make them mad arid to slimu- late excitement, these guerril- las, many of whom are Com- munists, concentrate on ths Caprioi Strip a large corner area where Zambia, Rhodesia, South Africa and Botswana join. But the most strategic centre of terrorism waged against South Africa and Rho- desia is along the eastern part of this bordering the Zambesia. About one third tha size of Holland and with a popu- lation of blacks, if breached in the middle, subver- sive forces would have free ac- cess from Tanzania and Zam- bia right to the Cape of Good Hope shipping routes and S.W. Africa. A South African police de- tachment (not an army) mada up of whites, coloreds and Indi- ans, constantly guard these guerrilla trails. These police share the same food, living con- ditions and dangers, indicating a lack of racism in defence of Iheir country. Must Canadians subscribe to terrorism? Happiness and satis- faction between races in a coun- try can only be achieved by all working vigorously and sanely together. Terrorist activity only destroys the black, destroys his business, his job. But education, patience, on his part, and a "getting on with things for himself" attitude, may bring the results he desires. Lethbridge. MARIAN VIRTUE Veteran replies In the November 15 edition ot The Herald, there was a letter signed "an Albertan" in which the writer took strong excep- tion to the proposed repeal of the Communal Property Act. I don't agree with him, but that's not Uie point: he has every right to his opinion, and to a forum in which to express it. I won't, however, concede to him or anyone else the right to cite veterans' entitle- ments as any basis lor his own prejudiced thinking about Hut- terites and their life style. As one of the "Canadian boys" who volunteered to do all the fighting and bleeding and dying he refers to, in the last war and in Korea loo, I would like to tell him, and the rest ol the Herald readers, trial: (a) When I joined the army I wasn't a bit concerned about the number or size of Hutterite colonies and I'm no more wor- ried about them now; (b) I hold no grudge against the Hutterites or anyone else who refused In enlist because of their principles; (c) Along with a lot of other vets, I'm fed up to the teeth with being quoted and used as an excuse for other peoples' hobby horses. "AN ALBERTA VETERAN" Lethbridge. Lethbridge against Taber? After reading the huge, black headline (The Herald, Nov. 0) about the effect a proposed new Notley bill will have on the hog processing plant proposed for Taber, I feel this exagger- ated and inaccurate "news" story, as well as the edilorial of Ocl. 30 aboul this same pro- posed plant, cannot go by wilh- oul comment from a resident of Taber. I am sure it is obvious to all readers that neither The Her- ald nor anyone else from Leth- bridge had anylhing derogatory lo say about this proposed hog plant until it was announced lhat Lethbridge was no longer in the running for Ihe plant, and lhat it would be located in Taber. From that point on it seems, there are many thirds wrong with the proposed plant, as far as The Herald is con- cerned. The editorial suggests that no one in Taber has considered the problems lhat will have lo be faced when Ihe plant comes to town. All these things have been under consideration for many months now, and will be faced squarely anci dealt with when they arise. Some may find this hard lo believe, hut all the think- ing people do NOT necessarily live in Lcthhridgc! Public meet- ings concerning the plant have lield, where all could ex- press opinions nnd ask ques- tions about the plant, and they have been well attended. With regard lo tho "news" story referred to alxwo, L li e writer, has reached a long lo tie Ihe proposed Taber plnnt in with Mr. Motleys' proposed Mil, nnd the headline writer ex- celled nil previous cfforls in Mowing 11 up out of nil propor- tion. Only n smnll part of the story even mentioned tho Tnbcr plnnt, nnd was nbvlously tacked on by locnl writer. I would licl Ihnl Mr. Notley (lid not even consider the Tuber plnnt in preparing his bill, and would marto no mention of it In any way if the question concerning the plant had not been put to him by the writer. But the worst feature of the report is that it is absolutely inaccurate, and one cannot help but wonder if it was deliberate- ly made this way, since the in- accuracy has been pointed out to The Herald on previous oc- casions. The fact is lhal the pro- moter of the plant, Fernando E. Tlicafort, docs not plan lo pro- duce his own hogs. He has agreed to purchase all his re- quirements from fanners and hog producers. Only If these people cannot supply the de- mands of Ihe plant will any consideration be given to the company producing Ik own hogs. I am sure it would be much appreciated by the plant pro- moters and all Tabcrites if The Herald and industrial pro- moters in Lelhbridge would quit playing the role of "crepe- hangers" where this proposed planl is concerned, slop spread- ing false rumors, and desist from constantly putting the pro- posed planl in a bad light, as The Herald has been doing with innccirate slories and mislead- ing headlines for Ihe past sev- eral months. What's wrong willi a lilllc op- liniisni and encouragement, for a change? K. L. MCDONALD Talxsr rdilur's Note run usu- ally resist (lie urfir. lo hnvo Ihr last word, lint not In case. (1) We feel our report- ing of (lie Rlcnfort project lias lieen essentlnlly neeurnle. (2) IMr. Nnllcy says Ills hill Is Intended (o cover (lie niea- fort prnjeel. (3) The llenild feels ns responsible to Tuber ns (o This pro- ject hnnlly gnlt Ledi- If Taller wnnts II, nnil knows it would gel, nnil II it is lillllt anywhere, Tnlier It.