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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 become New Zealand's fourth L a b o prime minister at the age uf 49 the country's youngest prim minister in half a century. He makes an immediate im pact because of his size. Mor than six feet tall, he weigh more than 250 pounds and ha weighed a lot more. His siz makes inevitable his nicknam of "Big hut h3 is bullry rather than portly. Handsom and graying, he is gentle in pri vale conversation, making a strong impression as an intelli gent, reasonable, thoughtful well balanced politician, re mirkably free from prejudices Kirk is one of numerous Zealand polilicans to rise from very poor beginnings lo promi nence. The son of a cabinet maker, he left school at the age of 12 and worked as a scrub culler, filter and turner, rail way cleaner, operator of sla lionary engines, and engineer on a ferry in Auckland harbor But he talks little about his early life and struggles. HIADE 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 laljor member in 1957 and has been in national politics since. Ke rapidly made an impressior in the party and was elected president 1964. Hie next year challenged the party leader, A. H. Hordmeyer, and succeed- ed him as leader of Ilia opposi tion. In spite of two unsuccessful electoral campaigns, his lead- ership has never been chal- lenged. 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 Ihe 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 lakes a close intercsl in for- eign affairs. His reports ro Ihe party after lours of Ihc Orient have been notably perceptive and well balanced, although they have aroused some res- liveness from radicals in the parry. 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 fo 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 lo (he former Rulh Miller. Man-led in 1911, lliey have five children. Mrs. Kirk travels with him frequently. Although she takes no direct part in public affaire other than as a politician's wife, she is an advocate of more women running for pub- lic office at every level. Clfiims Israel wnnl TORONTO (CP) Arch- bislion Gcorgp Khodr of the Greek Orthodox Church in Lebanon says Isr.irl dojsn'l want peace in the Middle East because it would dry up the American jnojicy available to il. Tin saifl Israel is determined lo expand inlo nciGliboring Arab because of ils groiving population. Archhislion Kliodr said Arabs WTO finli-ZionisI, nol anli-Jetv- Ish. "I have found in North Amer- ica Ihal you dare nnl be nuli- 7'onisl or speak out agninsl Ihc state of Israel of the frar of being called anli-Semi- lic1." he snid. lie said Israel would be "slu- pid" lo iranl peace because "if they had peace limy wouldn't have American money available lo Ilipm." PROTEST JAILING OF IRA LEADER Crowds of sym- pathizers of the Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Republican Army, march through en roule to Maler 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 priesfs and doctors ollempied 1o shoot iheir way into the hospital ward, where MacStiofain is being held. Language problems in news again 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 nlo 1973, if only because the ong-delayed report of a royal commission on the status of the reneh language in Quebec is espected to come down by the end of this year. Viewed from one direction, he question involves anxieties n two French- Canadian minority in an Eng- ish language Ncrth America, nd the non-French minority in Quebec. Both groups lend to feel hieatened in a rapidly chang- ng society and the focus at present is on education, as at ilher 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 lo the day when the government will de- cide which institutions your Wagner escapes Tory criticism OTTAWA (CP) Despite a isappointing performance as Quebec campaign leader for the 'regressive Conservatives in asl month's federal election, Ulaude Wagner seems to be re- eivmg lillle criticism from top igures in the party. Conservative leader Robert jtanfield, speaking in Edmon- on last week, blamed the arty's lack of organization in Juebcc and "errors in judg- menl" for Ihe selback. Meanwhile other leading 'cries have blamed lack of em- iliasis on party platforms and candidates and incompetence on he part of the party's Quebec ireclor. Before the federal election, he Conservatives had three IPs from Quebec but emerged the voting with only two Ir. Wagner, in St. Hyacinthe nd Howard Graffcly in Bromc- lissisquoi. Mr. Wagner, a former provin- ial Liberal cabinet minister in !ie IDGOs, resigned as a Scs- ions Court judge belore the lection and look over as Con- c-rvalive leader in Quebec wilh onsidcrable affairs. The Tories emphasized his cputalion and parly posters across Ihe province referred lo Ihe Stanfield-Wagner team. DOES BLAME WAGNER One man who did blame Mr. Wagner for (he 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 1965 and 1908. Mr. Asselin said Quebccers 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 bis re-election bid in Montreal Sle.-Marie lasl month, laid the fault for Ihe parly's misfortune on Claude Dupras, provincial parly direclor who was respon- sible for conducting the cam- paign. Mr. Valade said Mr. Dupras was incompetent. Thco 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 hurl the Conservatives' chances. ST11ANGK CUKATUnl! .shares ivilli ,ill oflior .mi- ni-Is Hie need lo cal. liul, man is ov.o of Ihc animals that cal when Ilioy nre nol. ami one of Iho few that drink when they are nol thirsty. mechanic specializes in intricate parts work LOS ANGELES (AP) Al- fred Whileing repairs and rebuilds automobile trans- of Ihc most in- tricate of automotive mechani- cal Insks. "He's been working for mo for about years, and I'd be hard put to replace the says his boss, Charles Amador. "He's n pood rcbuilder, Rood mechanic, has a good everything." Whileing, has been blind for years. "Once you decide you're not going to have your vision back, Ihcn you go about your busi- says Whileing, blinded in nn explosion in 1017. In Ihc ncxl eight years, Whileing underwent four unsuc- cessful conical transplants. Wlien he realized there was :io hope of regaining his sight, he purolled in a mechanics school. HAD SERIES OP .lOItS Whileing specialized In auto- malic transmissions, which have as many as 500 parts. After six mouths of training, he got his first job in a repair shop. Three days later, ho was fired. II took him a year to find an- other job. Since Ihen, he's bad half a dozen jobs. His skill increased with ex- perience. His assets arc a mem- ory sharpened by its extra bur- den and sensitive hands that "sec" in Iranrmission parts Ihat arc invisible to trained eyes. And now he has a sleady job in n transmission shop in Holly- wood. Whileing has been married 31 years and has three grown chil- dren, including a daugliler who was born a week aflcr he was blinded. iionsns When horses first evolved GO million years ago, they were fox-sired forest dwellers thnl scampered over Ihc rough dc- )ris where they lived. 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" o n Ihe part of Ihe 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 Quebec practice until the St. Leonard affair. Premier Robert Bourassa's Liberal government so far has stood pat on that law but the 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 not English. In July, a study commis- sioned by the education depart- ment found that in 1971 a total of Quebec students switched from the French to English school system, with only 824 going the other way. The report caused consider- able soul-searching, though the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations said it over- looked an important large number of English-speak- ing students enrolled in French immersion courses. Leukemia treatment developed PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Medical researches have de- veloped a method to treat leu- kemia more effectively by speeding up the long process of selecting the proper treatment drug. The scientists cay they have taken Isolated human leukemia cells and induced them to multi- ply In the laboratory for periods of 38 to 96 hours. And for the first time, they say, these labo- ratory-grown cells are represen- tative of the ones which gow In the patient. The eight or nine drugs used to combat the incurable blood cancer disease can then be tested simultaneously on these leukemia cells growing In sepa- rate test tubes and the most ef- fective 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 until the best one is found. He said this can take from a wee'l to two months, while the new labo- ratory method takes only about two days. TowJay, Nov.mbtr 28, 1972 THE LITHIRIDCI HBULD IS Social services plan pressed VICTORIA (CP) Premier Dave Barrett of Brilish Colum- bia called Monday for provin- cial control of social allowance funds, saying the federal gov- ernment has demonstrated no understanding of the regional differences in social needs. In a brief address to the open- ing 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 o[ times since taking office in Sep- tember that he believes Otta- wa's social policies are damag- ing ro 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 taldng 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 a response to problems instead of the result of planning, the 42- year-old former social worker added. De s p 111 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 in 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 Copiet plui ta 7269 Tnird Aye. It's Sno-Bird Sparkling White Wine -.ilmw.. from, GIVE FAMOUS PLAYERS THEATRE TICKETS THIS CHRISTMAS The gift of happy hours. Available at the Cash Office Second Floor 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. 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 ihree pre-Christmas shows on Saturday, December 2nd, 9fli 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 1'ne 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 10 Chri 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 ;