Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
312 THt IETHSRIDGE HERALD Tliunelay. October 7, 1971 ill iiidiiiiftictitriiig Canada in urgent need of new national industrial policy llv KiaLY 1'rcss SrinitT Wr'Hrr OTTAWA Ciuuula frame a national in- dusLrial policy Unit will reverse thr decline in nianLifat.'turin.t; '.vhu'h hcis the .spe- nnd economic structure. This is an urgent need, says tlu1 Science Council of Canada in a .special report to the federal Ewernrm'iil. All levels of pov- ernincnt and industry should i'd-operate closely 10 do it. The report cites a variety of alarming signs in inamuaclur- production since 1968 in science-based industries, de- dining employment and an even more rapid in profits. "ThLs deterioration places many of our recent investments education, in borrowed cap- in social jeop- says the report. Neither resources industries nor service-producing industries can fill the gap. Many manufac- turing industries may not sur- vive until things pick up. The Science Council report is part of a continuing study of in- process of creat- ing anil offering goods or serv- ices that are new, bettor or cheaper than those previously available. KntiLled Innovation in a Cold Climate: The Dilemma of Cana- dian .Manufacturing, the report makes it plain that Uie cold re- sults as much from government ati'l public altitudes as from the weather. li says the fundamental impe- diment to successful industry in i K the poor relationship bciiveon husincss and govern- ment in devising industrial pol- iJLssm1 course lor religion study TORONTO (CP) The de- partment of education an- n ou need today that course guidelines on the study of world religions aru being sent to On- tario secondary schools so such courses can be set up. I' said in a news release that the guidelines refer directly to five Bud- dhism, Judaism, Christianity other reli- gions also may be studied. The department said such courses are not aimed at en- couraging students to adopt any specific religious beliefs. The guidelines suggest courses could include visits to churches, synagogues or mosques and the examination of aspects of religious tradition, in- cluding religious objects, art, rituals, costume, architecture and music. RE-ELECT W. VAUGHAN HEMBROFF FOR CITY COUNCIL Experienced, Youthful Representation for ALL Citizens of Lethbriclqe by VI. Voughon Independent candidate for city council icy and implementing it. there are grounds for concern, for the relationship be- tween industry and government in C'anada is 'by no means gbod enough to ensure that this co-op- eration will take place." Most of the impediments to innovation arise from this un- willingness lo co-operate. It lists some as an inadequate technology base, limited market size and access, poor climate for investment, poor manage- ment skills, improper location of industry, tariff and non-tariff barriers, too-small size, the multi-national corporation. The pnncipal remedy: federal government, in collaboration with the provincial governments and with industry, should develop a co-ordinated industrial strategy which recog- nizes the significance of innova- tion and gives priority to indus- tries of high innovative poten- tial." "Stralogv should be national j in scope and every government deparlmenl and agency should have terms of reference related to it. A centra] point in govern- ment should be designated to lead in fully implementing it. j Industry must participate in its formulation. "We eannot emphasize strongly enough that the in- dustrial strategy must be co-or- dinated: Among federal depart- ments: between provincial and federal governments; nnd among industries. Little such co-ordination presently exists." SUPPLY INFORMATION Industry should devise better machinery for reaching consen- sus on policies and commuiiicat- ing with governments on them. i Ii should assemble better infor- mation nnd analysis and pro- vide them more effectively to government and public. The Science Council says it is up to others to decide what the national strategy should be. ilul essential elements should capi- talize on two ada's growing population of skilled people and the store of natural resources. "Both of these strengths can be made to work in our favor in industrial strategy that stresses medium- and high-technology manufacturing in fields related lo our production of resources." The council says Canada can- not afford lo enter the post-in- dustrial era without first de- veloping a better industrial economy. Time lo make cru- cial decisions in this regard is short since the world economy already is beginning to impose specialized roles on individual countries. "II Canada wishes to become an innovative industrial nation, now is the time lo declare its in- tentions." The report says that in the last two years probably only out of the scientists and engineers produced found jobs in manufacturing which look half the university output hi the first half of Ihe In addition, there is serious doubt about the ability of gov- ernments, educational institu- tions, resources industries and service industries to continue hiring them in large numbers. ALL THREE LACKING It says growth, competitive ability and profits go together and all three seem lacking in Canadian manufacturing at the moment. Capital investment in manu- facturing would decline four per cent this year over 1970 com- pared with an ll-per-eent rise in industry generally. Shortage of capital comes at a time when manufacturing also is expected to instal equipment to minimize environmental pollution. The report says that trends in employment, production volume and "represent a threat of unusual severity and duration." Tliis is even further compli- cated by the United States im- position in August of import sur- charges, Ihe rising exchange rale and possible recurrence of inflation. If the manufacturing trends continue, the economy will be- con-e increasingly dependent on resource and service industries and less and less involved in world trade. In the end, "we will become suppliers of raw materials to the North American continent." B. NURSES' MODEL with washoble white nylon Reg. S13.95 ith rolor-d face P. LADIES' GOtD WATCH E. GOLD SPRITE with sweep second bond ond block (Imp. Reg. F. CHROME MARLIN with sweep second hand and expansion hand. Reg. SI 1.95 M. LADIES' GOLD CAVATINA expansion Mrtip Reg. K. LADIES' 'GOLD WATCH black strap. Reg. V. 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