Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Gordon Holland Foreign ownership worries Australians Can Social Credit fan Sue August i of the toial it has a fuiuiv. iliuiiu vas luim'.-.Ily lareil n> the parlv at its annual coin iMitiim in Canary'last but its decisions are open In iiiiostinii. The consensus of delesales. nineials and MLAs was that to survive and flourish the party must return to the money theories upon which it was founded. These were all that separ- ated il I'rn.r, conventional parlies. There an- no coriamties in polities. However ;i is herewith that this coui'-e v.i'd i-'sure the collapse of the party as a credible force u, Alberta politics. The Pun -i.is financial theories, which the AiV.erta votei'S accepted (in faith ni an, as dead today as the Hat-world theory, and the new ..-liters look on them episedo iu history and all of the other ;n- the human race, v ill have time (or the gobbled} .nook if an allcnipt r, ule in brim; it back lo Inc. there is no other v.a> I" S.'cinl n-.'dil alive, hni ibat nuii't v.ork edhei'. Thi'ouuh lus- aecid.enls, Mich a.s the jmu-tionof Dou-Jas, Abcrhart and the Alberta found ilseli Siu-iiil Credit eminent. Hi'cause uenerally iiovciT.me.nl. after Ihe Iheoryand were, lor'elten it slaved in power lor vru-s ind v, rote important chapters idinn history. ICut time Imai'V up lo il. aiid ils sun has set. need he no reurels or lears. To.kiv's citixens will build their own in southern Alberta, which ,.-iii be counled as Social Credit I'u'imrv we see the irrelevance of ilYredit as a valid parlv of the iuuii'v b.-innini! to take shape. All pnlitical parties exisl lo the people, not to be served. 'Hie Social l-re'lit aberration, created under donbtiul pretences, served ;liS- iiitv and honor, and its passing should be in the same lone. AlELBOURNE C'aiui'liiiii influences in Australia's uranium deposits liiivc been mentioned in Auslralia'.s I'ar- lianicnl to suppcrl a aic eomniiticc of inquiry overseas ownership of tralia's natural resources industries. A Senate inquiry into MV cmtics and exchange over Hie past 12 months has shown up dramatic weaknesse share market and stock ex- c h a n g e operations, hi infiing about improvements even Ihoufili the final report lias not yet been presented lo ParSia Intnl. While, it is unlikely to have Uic impart nf the share- market probe, a sepnrale in- vesUgation into the fnllire own- ership o[ Australia's resources could have important conclu- sions. Throughout Uie 22 years Ihe federal Liberal and Country party government has been in power it has favored the open door policy towards overseas investment in Australia, with the notable exceptions of bank- ing, civil aviation and tele- vision, although the growth of merchant banking and over- seas parlicipalion in the fi- nance industry has increased spectacularly in recent years. The sense of economic na- lioirilisiii was promoted during his Ili'ree years of government John (iorton who interven- ed in I wo lakeover bids Ihe MIX' Assurance Company and the Queensland Mines uranium ill-posits which he consider- ed were not in HIP. national in- terest. Mr. Gorton also in- fluenced Ihe stock exchanges lo change their listing require- ments so that companies could 'Its a puzzlement'1 For th" third time in almost as many American h o p e s for the establishment of democratic forms of -overnment in Southeast have been dashed. First South Vietnam 'ben Cambodia, now Inai- land The military uroui) winch has power, is by and large, the same lot who look over in the 1958 coup. Nearly three years ago, possibly with a nudee or two from the U S Field Marshal Thanom tikachorn save the country a Par- liament and a constitution. He has now suspended both, and is running the show himself with the help of a nine-man board, six of whom are military men. Some observers believe that Tha- nom has not done this because he seeks personal power. They think that with the U.S cliaime in policy vis-a- vis China. Thailand can no longer pursue a policy of isolation at the side of America. H. must take the Ion- view which necessitates an accommodation of. some kind wuli Pekinu and Hanoi. Field Marshal Thanom does not be- lieve this can be done if he has to nut up with argument from a par- liamentary opposition. He says that there is a great need to protect Ihe country's institutions, particularly the monarchy. But his detractors think that he is in reality trying to prevent King Bhumibo! from becom- in-r a rallying point for opposition forces A former king, famous on tne stage and in the movies, if nowhere else, might have said, "it's a puzzle- ment." Whatever the reasons, whatever the justification, the coup in Thailand points up the hazardous life span of democracy in Southeast Asia. Chalk up another bitter blow for U.S. for- eign policy and another talking point for Senator William Fulbright. "I'm not very hungry Trudeau's cracking down on cabinet leaks and i had to memorize and swallow the minutes of the cabinet Weekend Meditation The lacking ingredient TX the midst of all the prison riots in the Vnitcc! .Suite? il is u to read the stories hy Ton. "Five Woman" who passed middle age had spent much nf tt'fir live: in prison. Janie Preston over fif-v had spent about fourteen years in the last sentence being eight years and she was quite re- bellious when her sentence was shortened ,'or good conduct. "Why come out. why musta can yw tell me Ihat'" she asked. "I wasn't no 'arm. '.'.as a. I done nothing wren" i'l there. I dldn t ash ter to come out did a" 'Vhy couldn't they iust've left me alone' 1 don't want to he outside. I want 1 iusi want to be back where a belnng in me cell." She loved her life in prison and used to re- minisce about Diane Richards who uaj, in prison for forgery, said ''Sounds silly, doesn't it to say we had some real pood times in there, bu: il's true, we really did, everyone was friends, we had some good laughs together, lots of fun for all the girls were so nice to me. they were so good. I never thought the day'd come when I'd cry because I was leavum prison, hut I did "cry that day. 1 eric d because they were all' my frienris I v.a.-. leaving there and I was coming nut iu.-i to he on my own." Joe Bishop used lo dream she was back- in prison and would wake up "feeling happy, uni.il il begins to dav.n on me it was "only a dream. I get a warm welcome anywhere else 1 Ilollov.-ay s the only place where it ever happens.' The point is Ibat here these prisoners found love and fellowship ar.d Ihere was a security and .-.afi'y in it. What a tra- gedy that it ciiiild nut he fumd in con- temporary That was what the church was Mippescd to prcvide, a fellowship and a place of refuge. Unhap- pily in many instilulinnal churches there is not enough love lo rait an egg. Kag- awa, the great Japanese .saint used to com- plain bitterly ahr.u! the lack of love in the churches. He called il a famine of love. But at that there is more love in the church than there is outside of it. More, for example, than one would find in any service club or lodge' despite their proliferation. One reason for Ihat is Ihat there is so liltle forgiveness in society. How can von have love widuait forgive- ness? But. if there is no love in the church you cerlainly nol a church, you do not have a Ijroil.erlim.'d or lellowship, and Ihere is no reahlv in worship. The whole, drama of ihe P.ihlo K. d" with the sloiy of bale iX-iib ICIMIS love and life, the hailed and murder of I he Icr.c and lite ol Jesus Christ, iho story of Ho-ca against that of Herod. To Jesus love was die absolute ur- tue, Ihe primarv and he il- lustrated il eonliniiahy in liis [.arables and in tlie practice of his own Ufa. The people he praised were The Gcwi Samaritan, the man who reached across all rational boun- dar-es and racial antagonisms to help a wounded traveller, or the generous heart who gave out cf the spirit of love. He found' utterly rcpellant the unforgiving brother the unforgiving creditor, the hard- hearted Pharisee, ami the man or woman who would harm a child. Il was out of his knowledge of Jesus Christ that St. Paul wrote. "Now abideih faith, hope and love these three but lire greatest of these is love." The prayer of St. Paul was "that yen. being reeled and grounded in lo'v. may have power to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you may be filled with all '.he fullness of God." To Paul as 10 Frederick Fairer, the love of God "is broader than the measure of man's mind, and the heart of the eter- nal is most wonderfully kind." Not to love means that you have never known Jesus, you have never really Ih'cd. for the be- ginning and the end of life is to experi- ence the power and gi'.n of love. Jesus said that at judgment day the question would be net on ;.ry article of the Creed, not what you have believed or .vhat you have accomnlis'ncd oven, hut h'A1. much you have loved. If the church bad cnneenlratcd cm Ibis truth of love and sin love as the only real beresay then il would have the" world count less sufferings and pre- vented many diabolical cruellies. hearts are hungry for fellowship and it is tragic indeed if Ihe only place they can timi it is in a prison. Many people think that sacrificial love has a reality for a foreign thai it cannot have for the layman at homo, hul it has equal validity for an application lo all church- men. Karl Mar; said that, the church of his day would more readily forgive an at- tack upon one of its thirty-nine Articles than upon onc-thirty-ninih of ils iiicoriu', bul the crilicisro perhaps In.- an equal .'.ting for too many churches today. "God is love, and he that loves dwells in God and God in him." Some have Ihmigbl of God as Power, others as Intelligence, oth- ers as Heauty. and nvxlern science wor- ships the God of F.nergy or nalural evolu- tion, but Ihe statement thai "God is l.ovc.'' is as Wbilehead remarked Ihe most pro fi.und slatemenl of I'nless a church is a Iming Icllmcslnp, n company nf men and Mumen vim re- ded 111 Ih'MI' Hi'' "f call it uhal like hut II certainly tiol a Christian clutch does not hear on its Iwdy Ihe marks of Jesus Christ. There are loo many. Prayer: "Grant oh Hi; Spirit may warm these ocilu nurs and fill die cl.uirh will of inc lellou: IIOSS." Walk a lifetime in my moccasins From Kainai News SERIES of arlicies written by Jim Wilson, Lelhbridge Herald staff writer, about Ihe strike aclion taken by three northern Alberta Indian re- serves lias been met with criti- cism by the Indian News Media. According to the editor's note in the first series entitled "News media blamed for In- dian the implication is made that only what Mr. Wilson writes about the Kehewin Re- serve is correct. Having spenl three days on the reserve and visiting only one reserve, does i.ot make Mr. Wilson an authority on the situ- alion in the northern settle- ment. True, some of Us facts were correct, but in the context of his arlicies, he did not pre- sent the true picture as a perm- anent resident would see it, but rather, he presented the facts from an outsider's point of view. In regard to the cost of the reserve homes Mr. Wilson stated that a home valued at SIO.OOO costs the Indian only s.Vh'1. When we imestigaled the facts we were told by Ihe band maiiaper that welfare homes valued f.t SS.riOO could be pur- chased for sns by s welfare recipient: the balance being paid for by Indian Affairs. Should a wage earner pur- chase a home, lie is sub- sidized by the department in the amount of and finances the rest through Central Mort- gage and Housing on a 20-year repayable contract We'lfarc homes are equipped with central beating and elec- tricity, but plumbing is only added al the owner's expense. This is not the case on every reserve in the province. After investigating the facts concerning Kehcnin's drinking waler it was found thai 95 per cent of the wells dug contained alkali and mangr.ne.se chemi- cals, two properties unfit for human consumption. One resi- dent disproved Mr. Wilson's facts when he said, "our water situalion is a fact." Some of the Kehewin resi- dents who read the recent Leth- bridge Herald series were won- dering where Mr. Wilson got his information about their re- serve. As far as they were concerned, his facts were very distorted for the simple fact thai he interviewed very few fam- ilies on the reserve, limiting his talks to those so-called ".spokes- men" living off the reserve. Had Mr. Wilson made il a poinl of questioning the chief, councillors. Ihe band manager or Ihe Keliewin administrative staff who are in the know, he could have related to the public the true picture of the situation there. Instead, he chose to in- terview such people as Fr. Mokakit-Ki-Aikakimat By Kvcretl Simp, ill Kainai News JIM WILSUN'S articles that from friends and appeared in The Lcth- lions as much bridge Herald and reprinted in Albcrtan have been ciues Icily nf nil-it human I'.S.M. The tioned by a number of con- cerned native people. Chiefly in question is depth and Imnest understanding of the entire situation, although the sincerity in effort is very obvious. In all honesty 1 am not lhal concerned about edu- cation, since I believe anybody desiring a good education can gel it easily and for no cost, al Ihat. Perseverance is all lhal is needed by an Indian sludcnt to obtain his desired goals, and can done more easily non-Indian MU- denls i'., provided they m-nrcnnie the contempt I hey receive from those who fear and dislike the! fact that the Indian can prove lie is every bit as capable of achieving a high academic standard. In order lo maintain this high slandard. his strong and cs- .sciilial oompolilivc nature can only bold il he isolates himscif social func- iis possible. (This loneliness has ijcen the cause of a large number of Another defeatist altitude by tire Indian people is that edu- cation, and knowledge for that matter, is an invention by the white people rather than a uni- versal trail. However, it is JM too easy for anyone lo distort fact to suil their own needs whether it is for political, reli- gious, social or any of his de- sired purposes. The Indian peo- ple cannot isolate Ihemselves forever from the rest of so- ciety of which thry arc part of and can play a vit.il role. Instead, they should fry lo be the best student possible as well as in Iheir chosen field, rather than fighting the educa- tion inslilulion. Then and only then ean the nalivn people har- ness their knowledge to accom- plish Iheir desired goals. (Kllilnr's Note: The heading means Strive and Persever- Tetraull who very seldom comes to the reserve and who is brainwashed by IAB, said one person. The real issue, that of an edu- cation strike, did not seem to concern Mr. Wilson, but rather he sensationalized the whole is- sue by poinling out the people's widely publicized sad plight. It is policy that newspapers try and gather all ihe facts concerning a story. Such was not the case for Mr. Wilson who evaded discussions with Cold Lake, Saddle Lake and Kehewin parents why they de- cided to strike and how the stu- dents felt about il, he could have made his story much more informative. After all this is the issue, not their plight, as he put it. Keliewin's Chief, who spear- headed the strike action is torn between a battlefield made up of Indian Affairs and the In- dian Association of Alberta; hut did Mr. Wilson interview him'.' No. And he failed to point out that the three reserves are be- coming a political football with contention arising between Ihe Indian, the departmenl and the association. The chiefs arc nol happy ,-bout the situation but they feel there is no way lliey can give in. If Mr. Wilson had been sin- cere about his efforts he would have related lo the public how the crisis stands at present. The people feel if they give in lo the federal government now. by allowing their children to go bark to school, they will have lost their stand for reeognilion, their rights, and Iheir equality. In the meantime, while Ihere. is a battle taking place a.s to who gets the icing and who eals Ihe cake, the students of Ihe northern settlements are left picking the crumbs because it is they who are suffering the most. If any of the media wish lo send Iheir reporter into Ihe area or to any reserve in Can- ada for that matter, he must, know and understand the situ- .-ilion, and he must learn lo hn human enough to feel il in order to write unbiased opinions about Indian people. Mr. Wilson's allilude and arl ielo would likely he ilie same even if he had spent more time in the area. lie indicates lo the reader that, we are si ill hanging onto the apron strings of the governmenl by nol beinfi independent people. Hew clues he, or any other Canadian ex- pect lo rectify this situation overnight? We have had to liva a life of degradation, depriva- tion and degeneration for hun- reds of years. We are like a festering'sore; we do nol heal overnight. Mr. "Wilson brought out the fad Ihat there is a problem on Ihe northern reserves, but be implies that the problems are small. He, then too, is al fault like the other media who generalize because he did nol distinguish facts and unfortun- ately interpreted the facts to his own liking. An outsider can never really know and understand the situa- tion of Indian people until he himself has spent a lifetime with us. Editor's Nole: Mr. Wilson's articles were nol intended primarily to recite Ihe real problems and frustrations of the Indians, although they did do that. What they did argue was that some of the demands .of the striking Indians were unrealistic and artificial, and served only to becloud the real problems, and that un- witting press, radio and tele- vision coverage had fallen in- to the trap of nol questioning the motives or accuracy of the Indian politicians. Mr. Wilson exposed a serious case of political humbug, and poli- licsl humbug can only harm tile Indians' cause. amend their articles of asso- ciation as a protection against foreign takeover. He establish- ed foreign investment guide- lines, relating local borrowings by overseas companies to the level of Australian ownership. Foreign companies were also discci'.ragcd from borrowing within Australia to finance takeovers or their participa- tion in Australian projects. In nine months Mr. Mc- Mahon has been prime minis- ter, sizable slices of the tin, beach iron ore, wine growing and the flat glass in- dustries have come under overseas control, as well as the huge natural gas field along the northwest coast of the ccn- tinenl. It is not surprising that for. eign investment has become an ii.iporlant political issue and is likely to undergo further criti- cal public examination. Can- berra's latest expression of po- litical philosophies on overseas ownership has brought together the Labor Opposition with its rival Democratic Labor Party in the Senate demanding the appointment of a senate select committee of inquiry during the coming long recess. They are not opposed lo Ihe principle of overseas investment so much as to uncontrolled overseas in- vestment, and propose that the government should cultivate av- enues for the Australian people to retain an equity. Their concern is that 87.8 per cent of the motor-vehicle construction and assembly in- dustry is under overseas con- trol: non-ferrous melals roll- ins! and extrusion, 83.6 per- cent; soap and candles, 82 per cent; mineral oils and re- fining. 81.6 pel' cent; industrial and heavy chemicals and acids. "B per cent; phar- maceutical and toilet pre- paratiors. 76.3 per cent. In the metalliferous mining industry it is 69 per cent; in the fuel sector of the mining industry it is 40 per cent, and in other areas of mining it has grown to per cent. Overseas control is being exercised brancliss of companies incorporated over- seas and registered in Aus- tralia as foreign companies; through Australian companies where at leasl per cent of. the voting stock is held over- seas or where 25 per cent or more of the voting stock is held by one company or group of as s o c i ated companies over- seas; and by wholly or partly owned subsidiaries of compa- nies included in these two def- initions. The DLP-Labor combination assesses the present time as critical lo act on ownership controls because of the advent of the enlarged European Com- mon Market and the rather fluid intcmaiional monetary situation which are encourag- ing nations and individuals seeking sources of exploration and the commitment of capital lo look favorably upon Austra- lia's political stability and great nalural resources to be exploited. Manufacturing and mining have taken huge amounts of this capital, in proportions which Australia has not read- ily been able to provide. North America and the United King- dom provided 84 per cent of the investment money coining into Australia. European in- vestment has been increasing a little in recent years but Ja- panese investment has been limited. Nevertheless A u s I r a 11 a is second onlv to Canada in Ihe extent of foreign ownership of ils industries and resources, and the Canadian experience is being cited as a very good reason for a similar inquiry in Australia. (Herald Special Service) Looking backward Through The Herald One of the best insti- tutions lhal the town of Bow Island has had for (he pasl three fears wa.s the Rest Ro.cim. New that il is forced to dose Ihe entire community will feel Ihe loss. 1931 At Ihe regular meet- ing of Ihe school board il was resolved lo open I lie rink at the Collegiate to all school children of the city at no charge. Ifin This Christmas. has spread to the loy shops, Santa's pack of ack-ack guns. search light batteries and bomber planes puis youngsters right in the thick of war. liijl Welcomed by a large and appreciative audience. Playgoers of Letnbridgc open- ed "its nirronl season with the. production of the .sophisticated comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace." Itliil Medicine Hal Mon- archs vaulted into first plate in Ihe Saskatchewan Senior Hock- ey League Sunday with a viclon over Moose Jaw Pla- Mors before about a thousand fans. The Lethbridcje Herald 50! 7th St. S., Lellibrirlgc. Alberta LETHBR1DGE HERALD CO. 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