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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Premier rises from poor New York Times Service AUCKLAND, New Norman Eric Kirk becomes New Zealand's fourth Labor prime minister at the age of 49, the country's youngest prime minister in half a century. He makes an immediate im- pact because of his size. More than six feet tall, lie weighs more than 250 pounds and has weighed a lot more. His size makes inevitable Ms nickname of "Big hut he is bulky rather than portly. Handsome and graying, he is gentle in pri- vate conversation, making a strong impression as an intelli- gent, reasonable, thoughtful, well balanced politician, re- markably free from prejudices. Kirk is one of numerous New Zealand politicans to rise from very poor beginnings to promi- nence. The son of a cabinet- maker, he left school at the age of 12 and worked as a scrub cutter, fitter and turner, rail- way cleaner, operator of sta- tionary engines, and engineer on a ferry in Auckland harbor. But he talks little about his early life and struggles. MADE IMPRESSION Kirk came to public office in the small South Island town- ship of Kaiapoi, where he be- came mayor at the age of 30. He entered parliament as a labor member in 1957 and has been in national politics since. He rapidly made an impression in the party and was elected president 1964. The next year he challenged the party leader, A H. Hordmeyer, and succeed- ed him as leader of Uie opposi- tion. In spite of two unsuccessful electoral campaigns, his lead- ership has never been chal- In interviews immediately after the election Kirk indicated that strictly domestic issues are likely to get priority in his administration, including price stabilization, reform of wage- fixing measures, rent controls, easing of property tax burdens relief of taxes on overtime. Essentially he is a moderate, without close ties to either the trade union or intellectual wings of the party. Not a doctrinaire socialist, he is basically prag- matic and has kept his options open. He has traveled widely and takes a close interest in for- eign affairs. His reports to the party after lours of the Orient have been notably perceptive and well balanced, although they have aroused some res- tiveness from radicals in the party. RALLIES SUPPORT On occasion he has been in- volved in bipartisan efforts in foreign affairs. Last year, dur- ing the crucial phases of New Zealand's effort to win favor- able trade terms from the European Common Market fol- lowing Britain's entry, he made a successful visit to England to rally labor support for New Zealand's case. Kirk is married to the former Ruth Miller. Married in 1911 they have five children. Mrs. Kirk travels with h 1 ir frequently. Although she take no direct part in public affair, other than as a politician', wife, she is an advocate ol more women running for pub lie office at every level. PROTEST JAILING OF IRA LEADER Crowds of sym- pathizers of the Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Republican Army, march through ih-? en route to Mater Hospital, where convicted IRA leader Sean MacStiofain is in. police custody. They were pro- testing his six month jail sentence. Earlier, gunmen dis- guised as priests and doctors attempted to shoot their way into the hospital ward, where MacStiofain is being held. Language problems in news By JOSEPH MacSWEEN MONTREAL (CP) Que- bec's language problems, cause of lively controversy in recent years, are again receiving in- creased attention. The volcano-like subject will almost certainly remain active .nto 1973, if only because the long-delayed report of a royal commission on the status of the French language in Quebec is espected to come down by the end of this year. Viewed from one direction, the question involves anxieties in two French- Canadian minority in an Eng- lish language North America, and the non-French minority in Quebec. Both groups tend to feel threatened in a rapidly chang- ing society and the focus at present is on education, as at other times it has been on lan- guage of work and business. Faced with a declining French-Canadian birth rate, Quebec governments have been trying to attract into the French milieu various ethnic groups now opting for English-lang- uage schooling. MINISTER SPEAKS Jean Bienvenue, Quebec im- migration minister, spoke in a "frank, man-to-man" manner to the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Men's Associ- ation here. "For the past year I've been repeating that I still believe in persuasion, rather than coer- cion, to convince new Quebe- cers to integrate themselves more and more into Quebec's francophone majority. "It's important, therefore, that each one of you help us so that we'll never get to the day when the government will de- cide which institutions your children must attend Largest of the so-called immi- grant groups in Quebec, the Italians were traditionally the only ethnic strain opting for French rather than English- many, indeed, are but this educational pattern has changed in recent times. Mr. Bienvenue said present trends could lead to unwanted mentalities of "rejection" on the part of the majority and "persecution" on the minority side, leading in turn to a school- language explosion such as oc- curred in suburban St. Leonard three years ago. CONFIRMS PARENT RIGHT Following the 1969 outburst, the former Union Nationale government passed Bill 63, pro- viding the right of parents to choose the language of instruc- tion for their scribing in law what had been Wagner escapes Tory criticism Quebec practice until the St Leonard affair. Premier Robert Bourassa Liberal government so far has stood pat on that law but th separatist Parti Quebecois in troduced in the national assem bly last week a private bill de- signed to remove this right in the case of pre-school children whose maternal tongue is no English. In July, a study commis jioned by the education depart ment found that in 1971 a tola of 3.217 Quebec student switched from the French I English school system, will only 824 going the other way. The report caused conside able soul-searching, though th Quebec Federation of Home an School Associations said it ove looked an important large number of English-spea ing students enrolled in Frenc immersion courses. Tundoy, Novwnbtr 28, 1972 THI IITHW1IDGI HBtALD IS jeukemia treatment leveloped PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ledlcal researchers have de- eloped a method to treat leu- emia more effectively by peeding up the long process of electing the proper treatment rug. The scientists say they have iken isolated human leukemia cells and induced them to multi- ly in the laboratory for periods f 36 to 96 hours. And for the rrst time, they say, these labo- atory-grown cells are represen- ative of the ones which gow in ie patient. The eight or nine drugs used combat the incurable blood ancer disease can then be ested simultaneously on these eukemia cells growing in sepa- test tubes and the most ef- ective drug can be used on the patient from whom the original cells were obtained. Dr. Glenn Fischer, professor of biochemical pharmacology research at Brown University, said the standard drug testing method involves using one drug at a time on the patient unti the best one is found. He saic .his can take from a wee'l to two months, while the new labo- ratory method takes only about two days. Social services plan pressed VICTORIA (CP) Premier Dave Barrett of British Colum- >ia called Monday for provin- cial control of social allowance unds, saying the federal gov- ernment has demonstrated no understanding of the regional differences in social needs. In a brief address to the open- jig session of a two-day provin- cial welfare ministers' confer- ence. Mr. Barrett said his gov- ernment believes Ottawa should have the right to set minimum standards in the social al- lowance field, but not more than that. The New Democratic premier has mentioned a number of times since taking office in Sep- tember that he believes Otta- wa's social policies are damag- ing to provincial efforts. The conference, which ends Tuesday night, is being held in the B.C. legislative chamber. Ottawa has sent representatives but the federal government is taking no official part in the proceedings. Mr. Barrett said most of the social services offered in Can- ada and North America are the result of guilt feelings of peo- ple without need. Programs have thus been i response to problems instead a the result of planning, the 4Z- year-old former social worker added. De s p 11 e British Columbia's wealth, he said, five per cent of the population relies on so- cial allowance for its income. Mr. Barrett said the key to relieving the poor from their problems is to put more money n their hands. This cannot happen when "paternalistic, patronizing" so- cial programs are imposed on those in need by "too many so- cial workers like myself." Mr. Barrett said B.C. "des- perately wants federalism to survive we want this coun- try to survive." 100 Copies plut tn 1269 Third Aye. S. Sno-Bird Sparkling White Wine Claims Israel doesn't, leant peace TORONTO (CM Arch- hifhon George Khodr of the Greek Orthodox Church in Lt-hanon says Isrnrl doesn't want peace in the Middle East because it would dry up the American money available fo it. Ho said Israel is determined to expand into neighboring Arab stales because of its growing population. Archhishon Kliodr said Arabs wrc not anti-Jew- ish. "f have found in North Amer- ica that you dare not lie anti- Zionist or speak out against the stato of Israel because of the fear of being called anti-Semi- lic." be snid. lie said Israel would be "stu- pid" to want peace because "if ihey had peace I hoy wouldn't have American money available to them." OTTAWA (CP) Despite a disappointing performance as Quebec campaign leader for the Progressive Conservatives in last month's federal election, Claude Wagner seems to be re- ceiving little criticism from top figures in the party. Conservative leader Robert Stanfield, speaking in Edmon- ton last week, blamed the party's lack of organization in Quebec and "errors in judg- ment" for the setback. Meanwhile oUier leading Tories have blamed lack of em- phasis on party platforms and candidates and incompetence on the part of the party's Quebec director. Before the federal election, the Conservatives had three MPs from Quebec but emerged from the voting with only two Mr. Wagner, in St. Hyacinthe and Heward Graffely in Brome- Missisquoi. Mr. Wagner, a former provin- cial Liberal cabinet minister in the 1960s, resigned as a Ses- sions Court judge before the election and took over as Con- servative leader in Quebec with considerable affairs. The Tories emphasized his reputation and party posters across the province referred to the Stanfield-Wagner team. DOES BLAME WAGNER One man who did blame Mr. Wagner for the Conservatives' poor showing was Martial Asse- lin, now a senator' who was first elected as a Tory MP from Charlevoix in 1958. He was de- feated in 1963 but re-elected in 19G5 and 1968. Mr. Asselin said Quebecers did not like political turncoats such as Mr. Wagner who, be- sides being a Quebec cabinet minister under Jean Lesage, ran for the provincial Liberal leadership in 1970, losing to Robert Bourassa. DIRECTOR INCOMPETENT But Georges Valade, who lost his re-election bid in Montreal Ste.-Marie last month, laid the fault for the party's misfortune on Claude Dupras, provincial party director who was respon- sible for conducting the cam- paign. Mr. Valade said Mr. Dupras was incompetent. Theo Ricard, who stepped aside as Tory MP for St. Hya- cinthe in favor of Mr. Wagner after representing the riding since 1958, said his replacement had not hurt the Conservatives' chances. RTliANGE CHKATUnK M.in shares witli all oilier ani- nvls Hie need to cal. but man is one of Ihc nnimals that cat when I hey are not hungry and one of the few that drink when they are not thirsty. Blind mechanic specializes in intricate parts work LOS ANGELES (AP) Al- fred Whitcing repairs and rebuilds automobile trans- of the most in- tricale of automotive mechani- cal tasks. "He's been working for me for about 2Vi years, and I'd be hard put to replace the says his boss, Charles Amador. "He's a good rcbuildcr, good mechanic, lias a good everything." Whilcing, 57, has been blind for 25 years. "Once you decide you're not going to have your vision back, I lien yon go about your busi- says Whiteing, blinded in an explosion in 1947. In the next eight years, Whitcing underwent four unsuc- cessful conical transplants. When he realized there was no hope of regaining his sight, ho enrolled in a mechanics school. HAD SERIES OF .IOHS Whllcing specialized in auto- matic transmissions, which have as many as 500 parts. r After six months of training, he got ills first job in a repair j shop. Three days later, ho was fired. 1 It tnok him a year to find an- other job. Since'then, he's had half a dozen jobs. His skill increased with ex- perience. His assets arc a mem- ory sharpened by ils extra bur- den and sensitive hands that "sec" in transmission parls that arc invisible to trained eyes. And now he has a steady job in a transmission shop in Holly- wood. Whiteing has been married 31 years and has three grown chil- dren, including a daughter who was born a week after lie was blinded. FOX-SIZED HORSES When horses first evolved CO million years ago, they were fox-sized forest dwellers that scampered over the rough de- bris where they lived. Canadian General Electric Appliances Make Practical Christmas Gifts Looking for something practical for Mom or that special person on your gift list? Then be sure to see the wonderful selection of General Electric small appliances in the electrical section, second floor you can choose from mixettes, cof- fee percolators, fry pans, irons, toasters, kettles, electric kn'ves, can openers and so many other items. A representative of the Canadian General Electric will be in the small appliance section, second floor, Thursday 12 to 9, Friday 12 to 9 and Saturday 9 to to assist you in your selection. Be sure to see her. GIVE FAMOUS PLAYERS THEATRE TICKETS THIS CHRISTMAS The gift of happy hours. Available at the Cash Office Second Floor Eaton's Christmas Show for Children at the Paramount Theatre December 2nd, 9th and 16th Santa Will Be There! Eaton's has arranged with Famous Players for the showing of three pre-Christmas shows on Saturday, December 2nd, 9th and 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to enable you to Christmas shop at Eaton's while your youngsters attend the show. Santa will be there wim a Christmas goodie as the youngsters leave the show. On December 2nd "TARZAN AND THE BIG RIVER" will be shown while on December 9th "TARZAN AND THE JUNGLE BOY" will be line feature. The feature for December 16th will be announced later. Tickets for those 14 and under are available in the Children's Wear Departments, Main Floor and in Toyland, Lower Floor m T EATON'S comes to life BUY LINE 328-8811. SHOP EATON'S WEDNESDAY 9 'TIL 9. GIVE EATON GIFT CERTIFICATES THIS YEAR. AVAILABLE AT CASH OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR ;