Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Need for a fighting strategy looms Thundoy, Novimbtr 10, 1972 TM UTHMIDOI HfRALD S By Bruce Wluleslone, Canadian syndicated commcntalor Flushed by election fever and Conservatives. clo- Tie Opposition must confidence in the skills anxious t o vindicate himself, sure as used to pass the tax credible amendments to the Progressive Conservative 'rirne Minister Trudeau is go- "reform" legislation will be- emment sponsored as a potential govern- ng to want sometliing better come a forgotten manoeuvre. changes which evoke a true han a life of political suffer- The Progres s i v e Conserva- resonance with the First, our relations with the United States must be sort- ance. He is likely to be seeking tives will have to become reso- The historic position of the out, a subject that was in election sooner rather than lute and unyielding, particular- servative party would be a mentioned in the re- ater, but first he has to catch ly when the true Interests of the starting point: recognition that Jie Opposition. Some attractive- economy are at stake. Wild or freedom, not undue election campaign. Then our push for trade with other y baited hooks may be dan- frivolous spending programs upon the state, is an must be planned- gled Iwfore Ibem including tax must be resisted they that can arouse the all, there must be a sense :uls and per laps new spend- were superficially appealing to electorate. More broally, accep-ng programs. the electorate. Otherwise the tance of greater individual commitment to a new role. Are we to become the senior Mr. Trudeau will have to as- Progres s i v e Conservatives sponsibility and freedom in what is left of the ume what, for him, would be could preside, eventually, over government control are the i conciliatory aspect amend- an economy that has been su- kinds of issues that will appeal nenls and suggestions would be perheated by a minority gov- to the present mood of people olerated from the Opposition, ernment that was over an- in all of Canada, but particular-jartic u 1 a r 1 y the Progressive xious to preserve its rule. ly in Quebec where there Is a wish to run individual a "bridge" between Europe and North America, or a docile junior appendage of the United States? By the middle of this decade Canada needs to come up with some Dcnnu'i? uinoi little interest in or we will have no op- tomb except the last mention- UUIIIll V whole strategy for taking over the reins of government from the Liberals one. If the Opposition fears to offend the electorate by weak re- to be a combative to the Trudeau govern- highly controversial. That does not mean indulging in polemics, but in contesting the electorate will note this and probably give the Opposition a low rating. such as personal tax cuts that a Literal NDP in brief likely to too long, much of Art of Ink Paint- prosperity has by Ryozo Ogura, (Long- in stimulating the Canada Ltd., SS.25. 127 by providing him with ijfe Jtf PI They imply that our current economic troubles originate solely in domestic underconsumption, so our politicians have been tempted to promise to fight unemployment and unsatisfactory rates of growth entirely within the domestic economy, and by domestic policies such as tax cuts for individuals. This ignores the great importance that international Ogura, creator of over sumi-e, or Japanese brush paintings and teacher of this art form for 20 years, says the idea of this ancient art style is "to give life but not necessarily realism to what you paint." Tlie simple plants, brds or animals created with but a few strokes of the brush, leave the art lover with a finished J V -L for the Canadian economy: its efficiency and he either finds appealing or dislikes there seems It is nothing more than an attempt to isolate the world economy and yet be no in-between. Each painting in the book is broken down into a stroke-by- 1973 fcyNEA, Inc. V "My idea is teed on wnof'j selling, kJof. want ta open a vine and the greatest proportion of trade to gross national product of any nation in the world. Any such attempt story for the beginner to follow. Along with a short history of the art style. Ogura also lays out the materials and equipment needed to create it. to the way the wealthy m earlier times fled the are deep philosophical Here are the to escape the can have only one result: the to this art form, involving Zen Buddhism and Oriental for your NEWS spreads more but this is hardly PART 1: 1-to try to topple; 2-b, 3-b; 4-True; does more damage. So the charade that our for the beginner who is looking only for self-enjoyment. PART II: 1-c; 2-a; 4-e; are purely domestic best description of ink PART III: l-d; 2-e; 3-c; 4-b, countered by imaginative and innovative programs. is that it is one subject done with varying shades PICTURE QUIZ: Kakuei sparked by the black and white on plain could lead to greater GARRY ALLISON Melchers has an for beauty and a reputation for quality Melcherc VERYllD UISTII.I.I.KUS, IJ Melchers Melchers MelchersDistilleries Limited, Montreal, Quebec RON. CABANA 'M If the adversary role of Opposition is Ignored, the Lib- erals could recover against all odds and win the next election with or without Mr. Trudeau as their leader. It is to be1 hoped that Mr. Stanfield will realize his oppor- tunity, and set his mind on new things. First, he must show that he can help to develop a legisla- tive record. This is not an im- possible task for Ihe Opposition, paradoxical as it may seem. Amend m e n t s to government sponsored legislation could be proposed which would conform to the shifting arrangements of power in Canada. For example, the suburbanites and the so- called middle class feel ignored as no party appears to be gear- ed to their specific needs. Rath- er, the parties are over-anxious to cater to the lowest income groups. Most Canadians wish to be In the middle class: either to climb to that status or hold on tenaciously if they reached that level previously. The force behind the Credit- isle campaign in Quebec and the Conservative campaign in rural Canada is the result of a feeling of near despair. They are driven to rage by the disin- tegration of middle class vir- tues and the steady rise in prominence of everything they considered anathema: welfare a massive bureau- cracy, heavy taxes, and waste- ful spending by the government. What is needed and wanted are measures to help provide for Ihe aspirations of" this great but ignored segment of the elector- ate. Then, Mr. Stanfield must show toughness. Only a resolute man could have withstood the psychol o g i c a 1 punishment he took during the past four years when he was severely criticized. Every pundit said that he would fare badly in Ihe 1972 election. Instead, of course, he persever- ed and campaigned with a dog- ged persistence that won over many voters. What is needed now is the same vigor in the form of an old fashioned brand of exhortation to move the country to share his emo- tions and develop a belief in economic freedom. A leader has to explore the more important possibilities and probabilities in a changed pol- itical calculus. The most signi- ficant developments that bright- en the future are the middle class outlook of most voters, re- vised attitudes of union mem- bers who resent inflation, the needless waste of labor man- agement confrontations, the new goals of young voters and tha desire for low-key federalism. Voters want to be taken into account and, paradoxically, let alone. This will require chal- lenges and tests of our political leaders. The new groups striving for recognition are not the same as the old voting blocs. Their attitudes should provide a se- vere jolt to small "1" liberals who came to believe that they alone had exclusive stewardship over the conscience of the na- tion. What we can see now Is frus- trated populism and Idealism, a longing for affirmative lead- ership and measures that can be grasped and related to, as well as a rejection of negative politicians. In any case, the poker hand about (he dale of the next elec- tion can be decided on such a hand. The government can lay down its cards when it wants, perhaps, on a piece of legisla- tion that the Opposition Is total- ly unable to swallow; or, the Progressive Conservatives can outbluff the government when it is convinced that it can put its chips down with a near certain- ty of winning. The economy may be boom- Ing, but the next election will lip nobody's pushover. Will the Liberal hold on Quebec be weakened? Will the Progressive Conservatives he able lo hold on to their immense majorities in the west or do better in On- tario? Tlie hopes for a decisive majority rest on the answers to those questions. They we un- answerable now, but it is to be hoped that the new mood of the nation can be read successfully next lime around. 'Crazy Capers' Kananaskis confusion By Margaret Lcwli CALGARY There's no disputing the fact that an upgraded road is needed in the Kananaskis Valley, if for the safety factor alone. The existing forestry trunk road either resembles the original Texas dust bowl in summer or a skating rink in winter and in all weathers at anything over 30 m.p.h. it's a perpetual hazard. But I think that Highways Minister Clarence Copi- thorne has gone to the other extreme en- dorsing the construction of a 70 m.p.h. highway which, he proposes, will eventually carve its way 700 miles through the frontal chain of the Rockies. I would suggest that something a little more compatible with the scenic and recreational values of the area be designed that will reflect the beauty of this unique area as well as upgrading the present road system. The positive impacts of a paved highway are multiple: greater degrees of safety, higher compatibility between through and recreational traffic, improved views of the valley, increase in recreational opportun- ities, elimination of dust on tlie roadside foliage spoiling wildlife grazing areas and so on. But wouldn't all these benefits be equally aclu'eved with a road designed with more sensitivity for the area than the im- pact a 70 m.p.h. highway would have? The Calgary district chief engineer for the high- ways department must think so he has suggested a 50 m.p.h. maximum road with cut-offs for viewpoints. The right-of-way being called for the road allowance in the Kananaskis Valley is 150 to 200 feet as compared with the present average road width of 66 feet. The treble widening will result in the long term ef- fects of river diversion, drainage pattern alteration, soil erosion prior to revegela- tion, tree removal and the loss of wilder- ness qualities. Bearing in mind that the national and historic parks branch arterial rural road standards only call for a cleared right-of-way of 120 feet and that the applica- tion of such a right-of-way would minimize the negative environmental impacts, I ques- tion why a more compatible road design couldn't be considered. Mr. Copithorne tas emphasized "poten- tial use' to support his endorsement of the development. Naturally, the opening up of the Kananaskis Valley with a paved road will diversify and intensify its recreation- al potential, a situation all of us welcome. Despite the present hazards of the road now, an estimated 700 tourists use the area during an average summer day. As the road becomes more accessible, a greater number of skiers, hikers, fishermen, hunt- ers, campers, picnickers, photographers, school children and interpretation groups come to the area, particularly from such large urban centres as Lethbridge. But surely they don't want to be bombing down the road at 70 m.p.h. on a highway that fractures the entire beauty of the area. It would be really interesting to learn Mr. Copithorne's understanding of 'potential especially in terms other than recrea- tional. Mineral extraction is the obvious thing that springs to mind, especially bear- ing in mind the rich Elk Valley coalfields snuggled just across the B.C. border at the southern tip of the road. Essentially, there's nothing wrong with that either. The Kan- anaskis has already yielded some of its fos- sil fuels to developers as well as having its water power harnessed. But to what extent will this extraction be operated to justify the road development? The design of the road Is something I would expect to see linking two industrial centres limited in their market potential through lack of road transport facilities. Is the Kananaskis valley offering such a link? Before it does, mining companies are going to have to step very gingerly around the federal forestry experimental station, the ranger station, tlie watershed research area the environmental research station, the hy- dro electric facilities, the recreational campgrounds, the institutional unit, the 71- lot cottage subdivision, the Snow Ridge ski area and the youth hostel. In other words, the Kananaskis Valley is predominently a recreational research area and the road should be designed specifically for that. By comparison, road system designs In the United States are worth looking at. Tlie Interstate 101 Highway parallelling the Pacific coast for nearly a thousand miles is a delightful recreational road, geared to tlie needs of the local logging industry yet complimentary from every scenic and recreational aspect. At the end of the line are the San Francisco and Los Angeles freeway networks, again road systems ca- tering to phenomenal traffic loads and un- doubtedly desiped by a genius. Our Kananaskis road development, by comparison, is clouded In coufusior for one of the most Irritating things about the en- tire development Is the highways depart- ment's reluctance to release statements on their future proposals for the road. The present and potential use of the Kan- anaskis highway is predominantly that of recreation and tourism yet its design Is for that of maximum through traffic load. How much more commendable would it be for the minister of highways to step Into the open and let the public know his exact in- tentions for Highway No. 40, then let the public participate In hearings to express their views, concerns and desires. Tlie real purpose of the highway seems to be hidden in the vaults of the department of high- ways. I can only presume that It's some- thing none of us are yet to be made awara of. Conscription is coming Wage and price controls loom for Canada. The U.S. and Britain already have them, and it is only a matter of time till the magnificent self restraint of Canadians explodes under the pressure of inflation. "What was it like to live under wage and price controls, children are ask- ing their fathers who served as draft dod- gers during the Second World War. I evaded some of the worst action of the 193JH5 wage and price controls by joining the Air Force. But I saw enough of it to know that it was hell. Today, when you see t middle aged man whose gait is faltering and whose eyes have a strange, other-world- ly look, he is probably one of those brave lads who suffered amputation of their an- nual increment. Yes, it was a time that tried men's souls. Men, some of them little more than boys, or even women, got up each morning U> march off to the car-shattering fun- of (lie shipyard. Not one among them doubted that somewhere in that maelstrom of steel there wailed a cheque with his number on it. a cheque no larger than the previous month's cheque, piercing the armor of his acquisi- tiveness. How did we do it? From what source of Inner strength did we draw the courage to work on, day after day, frozen to the duck- board of our remunerative rut? Well, when you're caught in the no-man's- land of wage and price controls, you must liold fast to the ideal that what you are doing is for the good of the country, rather than for number one. This requires an enor- mous effort of adjustment. Many of us are not going to make it. We shall have to be taken out of the line the assembly line- arid placed in homes for the unbuttoned. It is not too soon, therefore, to outline some of the daily drill that enables the wage and price controlled veteran to carry on. First, you are wakened In the morning by the bugle call of reveille, blown, either live by your mate or as a recording. Before breakfast (served In tin plates and visually all members of the fam- ily rise and salute the flag. Your field ra- tions (lunch) are packed in your old kit bag, which also contains your troubles. Moving into the combat area, you and your fellow controllees sing songs to keep up your morale "Oh, It's a lovely war on "Inky Dinky Status Quo" and other rousing ballads. At tlie office or factory, you fall in, three ranks, shortest on the left, tallest on the right, non union in tlie middle. You are inspected by the O.C. Personnel, who gives you a little pep talk about keeping up pro- duction at all cost, lest your wives and daughters be raped by ravening Japanese industrialists, or by the Bosch sneering astride his VW. Once at your post, dreary yet dangerous as it is, you have nothing to think about except the halcyon, pre war days when you strolled blithely on the picket line, this happy greed, warmed by the prospect of 21 per cent over two years. Here is where history depends on your sustained faith. God is on Ihe side with the heaviest wage and price controls. There are no atheists in the stockrooms. You may also Iw sure of this- conscrip- tion is coming. So how do we explain to our grandchildren that we didn't volunteer to fight the great war against inflation? Unobservant husbands Mind the itcp, pleise. Elspclh was little miffed nt me the oilier day when Doris Bessie got in the car with us nnd I failed lo comment on tho new coat Hint she wns wearing. I had boon told that Doris hud a new coat but Ihe truth Is that I hadn't been observant of her old coat nnd, not. knowing which she had on, was keeping n discreet ny Dong Walker "He's Elspcth said of me. "Hn never notices anything that anyone is wear- Ing." "Oh, I'm used lo Doris replied. "Don wouldn't hnve known I had a new coat either if he. hadn't been with me when I bought it."