Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Thursday, October 3, 1974 British Columbia logic The former Social Credit premier wasn't the only "Wacky" thing about British Columbia. For those who are depressed by the sane and the logical in modern society, that province is welcome relief. First, the NDP won power partly on a program of more and better welfare, a more humane attitude toward the "disadvantaged." That was not exactly out of order, considering the Social Credit record in that area. Then a generous program of social welfare was instituted. Then the mayor of Surrey, who happens to be a Social Crediter, announc- ed any employable person in his municipality who wouldn't work would be cut off welfare. The municipality saved about this summer, it is reported, with no one being hurt. Then a number of other municipalities tried the same, with general rebuke by the NDP. Then the provincial minister in charge revealed that his department spent on welfare million more than it had planned to spend, due to a "clerical error." Then last week the same NDP minister announced that any employable person who wouldn't work would be cut off welfare. Then" the provincial co ordinator of the Federated Anti Poverty Groups, in denouncing the minister for betraying the NDP program, said the question is "the eligibility of young adults to welfare, it is clear they havje that right." And the Greater Vancouver co- ordinator of the same federation said "no one has the right to force people off welfare and into jobs not of their own choosing." And finally it was reported that the last-named person quit his position arid went off to live in a commune in the Okanagan. One factor cannot be ignored One of the several factors on which the proposed fertilizer plant at Raymond should be judged is this: In spite of local and temporary dislocations with certain foodstuffs, there is a global shortage of food. Each year the world has about 75 million more mouths to feed than the year before. This year the world's grain production will be 35 to 40 million tons less than last year. The full extent of frost damage to Canadian and American crops is not yet known, but forecasts are mounting daily. The world's carryover of grain from this year to next will be dangerously low, Canadian authorities say. Food production in Canada, the United States and especially older countries like India, is heavily dependent upon fer- tilizer. India's worsening famine is due as much to fertilizer shortage as anything else. All of the natural gas to be used in the Raymond plant would be converted into fertilizer, some for Canada but mostly for the United States. Others factors must enter into the decision on whether the plant should go ahead. But the one sketched above can- not be ignored. Letters Implications of plant "Well actually we did want more money what I'm saying is we wanted more money now of course we could use it now but we'd rather have it later am I getting through to Ford must set policies By James Reston, New York Times commentator Hope for the postal system In the face of mounting frustrations over Canada's postal service, recent remarks of new Postmaster General Bryce Mackasey may seem to offer no help at all. Mr. Mackasey let it be known that as long as he is in charge of the postal system people will come first. It has been the hope of patrons of the service that some day mail will come first. For a long time, now, it has been coming third, fourth or fifth. Magazines published weekly have been arriving in bunches of three and four issues at a time and packages have been arriving late and in poor condition. The recent opening of a special counter for philatelists and those interested in numismatics at the local post office aroused private dismay in some patrons who would prefer that the post office concentrate on delivering the mail, even magazines, on time before it branches off into more esoteric services. But possibly Mr. Mackasey has stumbled on to the solution. After all, the theory under which automation was im- posed on the postal system to speed up mail delivery was that mail comes first. And it hasn't worked. For whatever reasons, inefficiency because of worker discontent, poor machine design, or mis- underUanding in applying the concept of automation to the postal service, mail is being held up probably in the main dis- tribution centres across Canada and something must be done about it. The theory that people are more im- portant than machinery may provide a happy solution by reversing a trend in a deteriorating situation. If Mr. Mackasey can actually improve the mail service he will add to his reputation as a problem solver and he will earn the thanks of hundreds of Canadians and possibly a few letter carriers, who usually bear the brunt of complaints. ART BUCHWALD Economies made easy WASHINGTON 1 listened to tne economic summit for two days and it was a great inspiration to see so many learned men from all walks of life tell us why the country is in such a mess. Although there was some disagreement, this is what we now know for sure. The Republicans are responsible for infla- tion because of their tight money policies, high interest rates and giving in to big business at every turn The Democrats are responsible for infla- tion because of their large welfare programs, reckless government spending and catering to the interests of labor. In order to cure the upward spiral of prices. we have to make more money available for business investment. We must make bank loans more difficult for business investment. Arthur Burns of the Federal Reserve Board is responsible for the recession we are in George Meany is responsible for the reces- sion we're in There is no recession We cannot solve our economic problems un- til we bring down the cost of fuel, particularly oil and natural gas The only way we can gel more iuel is to raise the price of oil and gas to encourage the oil companies Congress is responsible for the cnsi.s because ol the large amounts of money it has voted lor unneeded government programs ess has to vote new funds to keep the country from going into a depression. Unless we have a tax cut. the economy will never recover from the doldrums it is in. The only way to lick inflation is to raise tax- es and keep the dollar from being devalued. The Arabs are responsible for all our troubles. There is no inflation. Our main problem is stagflation. We must stop selling agricultural products abroad so we can bring down the price of food at home. We must increase our food exports so we can have a more favorable balance of payments. Labor has to show more responsibility when asking for wage increases- Labor is being penalized for the mistakes of management We must have wage and pnce controls to ward off disaster. Introduction of wage and price controls would be a disaster. The people who are suffering the most from inflation are the poor, the sick and the old. The people who are suffering the most from inflation are the brokers. We cannot lick inflation overnight Inflation must be licked overnight. Summit conferences are the best way to resolve the matter 1 reathc-d ?-H to mv shell of reference works and the t then Somebody had rn. old grammar 1 couldn't believe it Who could want a thing like thaf it s not 1he first unusual thing to missing from my office 1 used to have a hdndv dictionary of foreign phrases and a dic- tionan of political terms, both of which have rx-en absent without leave for many months I think 111 have to ask the security guard to keep an out for slinky characters around mv office lest I am robbed of my dictionary I should be truly bereft in that event The limp language of a Throne Speech is as much a part of the tradition of Parlia- ment's opening day as the red- carpet pomp and evening- gown circumstance. The authors of the Throne Minister Trudeau and his provide Laskin with at least two lines of substance to deliver. The first of these turned the formal affair into a family re- union "The mandate of the Food Prices Review read Laskin, would be extend- ed for another year. Above him. board chairman Beryl Plumptre smiled broadly in the visitors' gallery. The other passage added up to the most important policy declaration in the speech. "The eovernmenl does not in- tend deliberately to generate slack in tiie economy in order to combat inflation Higher production, not lower, is es- sential to slowing down price advances Trudeau. in essence, is going to nudge Canada's economy in a direction quite different from U S President Ford's "old-time religion" of budget cuts and tight money The full policy direction won't be set until Finance Minister John Turner's November budget, but already some important distinctions can be made: spending won't be held back significantly, let alone in the U.S. Trudeau made the mildest commitment promise to "exercise restraint" (Imagine trying to give up smoking by exercising restraint.) The government's restraint, in fact, will be re- strained: Spending in 1975-76, said the expected to incorporate the costs of cer- tain major new measures." The Treasury Board early this summer proposed to cabi- net that the growth of all de- partments be limited to two per cent a year. The idea was rejected, and has not been re- vived key proposals will encourage increased produc- in areas such as energy, transportation, fanning and which should, at least in the long run, relieve inflationary pressures As much of the Throne Speech, however, was con- cerned not with curing infla- tion but with making the dis- ease more endurable. Ex- amples include the revision of the Canada Pension Plan, grants to house buyers, and a study of private pension plans to find ways "of protecting pensioners against inflation." One of the cross-border differences is caused not by policy but by personality. President Ford has staged a series of public conferences on inflation, which, if they produced no final solutions, at least helped to educate the public and, as important, to involve the public in decision- making. Trudeau's "dialogue" instead will consist of a series of private meetings with interested groups, from in- dustry, labor, professional associations, provincial governments. Therein lies the critical weakness of the Throne Speech. It's a solid, workmanlike document, crammed with useful and im- portant in which could keep Parliament working for a full year. All this craftsmanship, though, lacks an artist. Trudeau's anti-inflation pro- gram calls for no sacrifices, no restraints, and no involve- ment or commitment from the public. The public in the election gave Trodcau a mandate to run the country. He was not given a mandate to ran it as if the public no longer existed. None of the letters on dis- cipline in the Lethbridge schools, especially on the school board ruling prohibiting the use of the strap, have mentioned what the laws of Canada say about the use of force. The Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970, state: "Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction towards a pupil or child, as case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable un- der the circumstances." Furthermore, Martin's An- nual Criminal Code, 1971, quotes this section as the basis for the decision in a court case in Saskatchewan, in if the schoolboy had not committed a breach of discipline, if there were reasonable and probable grounds for the teacher to believe he had done so, his ac- tion of punishing the boy at the next reasonable opportunity after the weekend was ex- cusable under the circum- stances." The volume gives no details as to what manner of force was used by the teacher as punishment. Does then a provincial ruling, as in B.C., or a school board ruling, as here, take precedence over a federal law? The section does not specify what means of correc- tion by force may be used, but the strap has been the accepted- means in our schools. As to any distinction between the terms correction and punishment, the dic- tionary has them as syn- onyms. Deprived of the use of force as a means, the teacher nevertheless is expected to in- sist on a standard of behavior. This insistence then can only be verbal. Insist has not only the connotation of persist but the denotation as well. In other words, the reproval time after time. How much attention will some pupils pay to such reproofs? One wonders what the effect would be, if say, our police were limited to only continued reproofs for traffic offences. Dr. Plaxton has stated that respect for teachers is much lower, and that some students even show enemy behavior towards teachers. If I were a teacher in Lethbridge, I would feel very concerned about what the future in my classroom will be like. S.V. 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