Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuwday, October 8, 1974 Imported labor necessary Dr. Bert Hohol, the provincial labor minister, has echoed the opinion of Nick Taylor, Liberal leader, that it is not good to bring outside labor, particularly from foreign countries, for seasonal purposes into Alberta. Both made particular reference to Mexicans, a number of whom are now working on Southern Alberta farms. Both takejthe traditional position, that imported labor does Albertans out of employment, that if the wages were high enough Albertans could be found for the jobs, and therefore that imported labor tends to depress wages. This is wrong. First, there is no unemployment in Alberta. Everyone who wants a.job already has one or can find one. Hundreds and hundreds of jobs are un- filled. Second, many of the unfilled jobs are at work that few Canadians and Alber- tans want to do. It is too hard, they say, too uncomfortable, too tedious. Third, there is a limit on what certain jobs can pay. There is no point in offering a certain rate if the farm or business can't afford it. Fourth, if Mexico or any other country has surplus labor, a low standard of living, and the desire and need for work at the rate that the Alberta business or farm can afford, and if Canada has any over all moral responsibility for the condition of the people of Mexico, then giving work to Mexicans is probably the cheapest and also the best way of helping them. Take a typical resort hotel, for in- stance, such as the Banff Springs. To stay open the year round it needs a large staff. Even in the summer, when univer- sity students are available, it has trouble getting staff. When classes resume it has worse trouble. Paying much higher wages is not the answer because it would price itself out of business. Besides it would be oily taking people away, from other equally important employment, and wages there would have to rise in self defence. There's a word for wages and prices going up without commen- surate increase in production. The word is. inflation. And there's a price. The price is higher and steadily higher cost of living. take a new industry that hopes to provide good paying jobs but which is starting on the proverbial shoe string and at the outset needs all the economies it can get in order to go into business. If it can get workers for X dollars it will have a chance, but if it has to pay 25 per cent more there is no point in trying. K a few Mexicans, otherwise unemployed and doomed to a life of poverty, would like to work for X dollars, why not let them? No Canadian is being hurt. And so with certain types of farm labor. Sugarbeet producers are striking it rich this year, but prices won't always be this high. Sooner or later the tough decision will have to be faced by many farmers again whether to quit because no Canadians can be found to work the fields satisfactorily at wages that can be afforded, when perhaps in northern Mex- ico there are thousands of good people who would dearly love the chance of such a job. Coalition government for Britain As the unwanted British election nears talk of a coalition government has increased. Coalition government has historically been associated with crises and the United Kingdom is obviously in a crisis situation. Neither of the two major parties, Conservative and Labor, now seems capable of commanding a sufficient ma- jority to enable them to act decisively. The support of the various nationalist groups and the Liberals does not seem promising for an effective minority government. Thus interest has been ris- ing in the possibility of a coalition government. The Economist argues that not only would this turn to coalition government be popular as relief to the continued uncertainty inherent in jtninority government, no doubt but it might save the country from the possibility of a marxist solution to its economic troubles. "Infla, on and incipient marx- ism will not be mastered in Britain if six million votes in the centre are to be vir- tually ignored in the cabinet and the says The Economist. An Observer commentator has gone beyond mere speculation about the possibility of a coalition government to propose the nature of it. He argues that it will have to be a government of in- dividuals rather than of parties because none of the leaders can take their followers into such an arrangement and would not, function well if they did because they would be bound to party positions. The man most likely to be able to form a government of individuals, it is argued, is Roy Jenkins, now home secretary and formerly a chancellor of the exchequer. Being on the Right of the Labor party he holds many views .to -which leading Liberals and some leading Conservatives would happily subscribe. There is not much evidence that the party leaders are willing to give way to allow such a person as Roy Jenkins to form a coalition government so all obser- vations such as those noted above may be nothing but wishful thinking. At any rate they add interest to the outcome of Thursday's election, an election of great importance in the Western world. ERIC NICQL A dog don't jog A car just drove past our house, a large black dog loping along behind. Another city dog being taken for a run. Because the city pound has escalated putting the pinch on vagrant pups, and a dog" is less fun to own when all you need to add is love plus impounding fee, more and more urban dog owners are using the automobile to pace Prince on his nightlv orbit. This is a terrible thing. The owner no doubt believes that he is giving his large dog the exercise the animal needs, to prevent a coronary. The reasoning is that if jogging is good for people it must also make a bonny whoofer. This shows a complete lack of understanding of what a dog finds rewarding in going for a trot To the dog. getting there is ALL the fun. His run is a many-sprinkled thing. The canine bladder functions differently from that of the human, so that the dog may attend to an unlimited succession of deserving sites. To have to hasten the mission, to be denied its diversity, is a travesty of promenade. Galloping behind a moving car and ignoring the various aromatic charms of pole and shrub and fire hydrant may be okay for the challenger for the heavyweight boxing crown, but it is bad, bad. bad for Bow-wow. The dog's mental health goes downhill and 'round the bend non-stop. Vets report an increase in the number of cases of dogs that have no definable illness yet are moody and apt to break into tears when shown an ink-blot that looks like a tree. These dogs are frustrated. Not for nothing was "Rover" the popular name for a dog, before his master grew wheels. Now he roves only in his dreams, back legs twitching convulsively after a brisk work-out behind the family sedan. A straight line is not the shortest distance between two pointers. The bee-line may suit the bee, but the dog- line is circuitous, an erratic progress controlled by what is probably the world's least predictable aid to navigation the dog's nose. Deny a dog the right to run on his nose, and you have a sick sickum. In his normal, healthy state of mind, a dog chases a car because he figures he can catch it and kill it. Or a near-sighted Collie may see automobile traffic as a herd of sheep, his job being to nip their heels and try to make them get some sense. None of this satisfaction is afforded the dog whose master whistles him to heel to a bard- top. Dog owners have shown much ingenuity in attempting to belie the fact that dogs, especially big dogs, do not belong in the city. They convince themselves that Lassie finds life just as exhilarating doing all that leg- wort on a treadmill. Lassie does not concur. Lassie has indeed taken to biting the milkman, as a gesture of alienation from the all-too-human notion that joy is found through jogging. As everyone knows, when dogs were created, God got their rears mixed up, and ever since that time dogs have been searching, each for his own dog-end. A delicate pilgrimage, fraught with detours. Which explains why: A dog don't jog. "Perhaps if you left your money at home you could skate faster..." Wonderland economics Bruce Hutchison, Herald special commentator When, she arrived at the Mad Hatter's tea party in Wonderland Alice was disap- pointed to find that the usual hard-boiled eggs were missing from the table and there wasn't much bread and jam. "Sorry about, the said the but the government buried them to keep the price up and wrestle inflation into the ground." "I'm afraid I don't exactly Alice confessed. "That's because you weren't taught modern economics at school as I was, in the same class with Mr. the Hatter ex- plained. "And now I may say in all modesty that I'm the most respected economist in Canada. The government con- sults me before it makes any important decision and quotes my advice in every speech. The results speak for themselves." "What the country the sleepy Dormouse muttered, "isn't an economist but a psychiatrist. Eggs yesterday, eggs tomorrow never eggs' today." Ignoring the interruption, the Hatter- went on: "My poor child, the first thing to under- stand is that profits have nothing to do with inflation. Any business corporation will tell you so. And wages have nothing to do with it, either. Ask any labor union. Or call a plumber and look at his bill. No, inflation is the conse- quence of something else en- tirely, as the government already has discovered." "And what could that Alice ventured to inquire. "When we find out we'll let you the Hatter replied. "Confidentially, the government has begun to think that it's due to global climatic changes, sun spots or earthquakes." "Or election the Dormouse mumbled. "Pay no attention to said the March Hare. "He's only a disappointed Conser- vative who couldn't even get elected. All talk of government spending as an inflationary factor is sheer nonsense." the Hatter agreed. "Mr.. Gillespie has demonstrated beyond doubt that the government spends little to speak of. It merely transfers money from one person to another, with a reasonable overhead charge." "For the Hare added, "if the government transfers money from your pocket to mine then precisely the same amount remains in existence, no more no less. So the transfer makes no difference to either of us. That's just plain "I'm not very good at said Alice. "Nor am the Hatter ad- mitted. "But that's unimpor- tant when you're spending billions. After all, what's a billion now-a-days? To tell the truth I don't really know. Neither does the government, so it doesn't matter." Hiding her confusion, -Alice offered to wash the dishes which, after many tea parties, were piled high on the table but the Hatter objected somewhat angrily. "There are certain he said, "beneath the dignity of true Canadians. We have fhat fact directly from no less an authority than Mr. Bryce Mackasey." "By the way, he's running the Post the Hare remarked, "so you should mail your- Christmas cards tonight at the latest." "Better the Dor- mouse grumbled, "send your friends a government bond. You couldn't find a cheaper gift. Besides, it won't be worth anything when you grow up." "All the same, it'll make a nice souvenir for future generations and encourage the saving habit among a thrifty the Hare suggested with a mischievous giggle. "Now that's a subversive idea if I ever heard the Hatter protested. "As Mr. Turner says, fellows like you would psyche us into a depression. But don't worry, child. There'll be no depres- sion in a country that can af- ford to bury millions of eggs to keep the price up. We'll let the foreigners do the worrying so long as they buy our exports." "On the other hand, we won't let them have our sur- plus the Dormouse whispered. "Of course said the Hare, "and we won't let their cheap goods in here to break down our standard of living." "Quite the Hatter exclaimed." And thanks to the government and its Liberal free-trade principles, the standard of living keeps rising all the time. The statistics prove it. Still, I must say I would like an egg with my tea now and then." "You should listen to Mr. said the Hare. "He's always warning against such excessive expectations. Well, run along home now, Alice. We have a whole night's work ahead of us to qualify for unemployment insurance." Letters Indian protesters How fast the facts can' get changed or the right ones omitted to make a different story. The Indians that were crossing the country with bombs strapped to their bodies have suddenly become the poor mistreated people and the RCMP the big bad boys. What ever happened to plain and simple truth? These In- dians were crossing the country with bombs and said all of the way that they were not afraid to die. They took over a building while they stayed in Ottawa and they threatened to force their way into the Parliament building on opening day something that no Canadian has a right to do! Then when they tried to force their way into the building the police tried to calm them peacefully. Three times the militant In- dians tried to force their way past the police but until the In- dians-started using their signs as clubs and throwing rocks the police did nothing violent in any way to the Indians. Now the do-gooders are all saying that the police, who were at- tacked first, overreacted! What is this? Get RCMP I for one hope not! They were there to protect the people that run this country and that is all that they did. No Canadian has a right to take the law into his pr her own hands. If we start doing that no one will be safe in this great country. There are ways to get what we want and channels to go through-. For- tunately most of the Indians realize that but a few seem to have a juvenile point of view about these things. Two- hundred Indians hardly repre- sent the majority of our peo- ple in this country. Perhaps the media would be better serving the people if they were to spend more time reporting about the rest of the Indians that do things ac- cording to the law of this land instead of the few that break the laws. SHERLEEN SHEEP WOMAN HUNTER Cardston Community services Small communities and large are continually faced with the problem of balancing public services to a municipal tax rate which is acceptable to the community as a whole. To provide services which include paved roads, snow removal and weed control on a full coverage basis .is a problem that very few, if any, villages, towns or cities can afford. This must be faced with co-operation of all residents as well as those elected representatives. It seems that some relative newcomers are vague on these facts and perhaps think that money is no object or that it grows on trees. Perhaps it has not occured to some that those clean sidewalks in front of the mayor's house, or some of the councillors, is a result of their own efforts. Their hard work and concern for the appearance of their property is the reason they are also giv- ing their time to civic affairs, and probably why they were elected in the first place. They are not the type of people who rest on their posterior and cry for someone to do something. To suggest that this phenomenon is a result of one's station in civic matters and is being paid for with tax money is irresponsible The elected representatives of any civic office 'must be considerate of the community as a whole. They must con- sider the pensioner and the people with fixed or low in- comes. They must consider the rights of all, and not be swayed by those who may just make the most noise. W. R. HACKE Coutts Unconvincing campaign The. campaign for fluoridated water has proved unconvincing so far. Here is why. Pro-fluoridation people say their point of view is sup- ported by studies. Just saying it or alluding to studies isn't good enough. The public wants a copy of these studies before the plebiscite date and a chance to question their validity. The pros say that if fluorida- tion was not beneficial manufacturers would not put it in toothpaste. Ha! Manufac- turers once put chlorophyll in toothpaste and claimed it reduced cavities. The only thing it reduced was the size of people's wallets. The chemist for the pros argues for fluoridated water by saying fluoride is no more harmful than sugar. I wonder whether he would add sugar to the water. Some people can- not tolerate sugar because they have diabetes. Our children are getting enough sugar from pop and certain gums that are said to prevent cavities. It has been said that doctors would not be recommending fluoridation if it was harmful. The folly of this argument is seen when we consider birth control pills. These pills are made and prescribed without adequate testing. The em- barrassing side-effects come out later in the news. I challenge the pros, who say they respect the right of others not to be mass medicated, to drop their hypocrisy and vote against universal fluoridation. Lethbridge REXHAPP Babysitting facilities The devolution headache By David Macdonald, Herald London commentator Misery likes company By Doug Walker Bill Cousins must be really and truly dis- illusioned with his golf game. I got the sense of his mood about golf when 1 was at the Collegiate one morning and met Bill in a corridor "How's your asked Bill. I replied. said Bill LONDON The govern- ment white paper on ad- ministrative devolution for Scotland and Wales is an ex- ample of the Labor Party try- ing to have its cake and eat it too. Roughly, what is proposed is directly-elected assemblies that would be given the right to dispose of a lump sum supplied by Westminster. This spending would be confined to certain areas of responsibility devolved from Westminster io the assemblies. Scotland would have a legislative assembly, partly because it has retained its own separate legal system since the union of the Parliaments in 1707. Wales, whose act of union with England came into effect in 1536, would have an assem- bly with executive powers. Logic dictates that assump- tion of such new powers would mean the abolition of the of- fices of the secretary of state for both countries and a reduc- tion in the number of MPs each country could send to parliament. This logic was recognized by the Kilbrandon Com- mission, which proposed that in exchange Scotland should have 57 MPs instead of 71. The reason is that they at present have more MPs per head of population than Eng- land to increase their influence and to take account of the size of some sparsely- populated constituencies. But in the white paper this aspect of the Kilbrandon report, fruit of four years work and one million dollars, has been cast aside. Labor suggests that Scotland and Wales should have assemblies, and keep both their secretaries of state and existing Westminster representation. Northern Ireland provided the precedent for the Kilbrandon approach. Because it had its own directly-elected assembly it was permitted to send only 12 MPs to Westminster, instead of the 17 it might otherwise have had. Labor's reason for retaining Scottish and Welsh representation at current levels is political. Hie party's national strength since the last war has been consistently sustained by good support in both regions. One objection to the assem- blies common to both regions has been voiced by Welsh Lib- eral MP Emlyn Hooson, who called the proposal "merely another tier of government'" Both regions already have district and county councils and parliament at West- minster. Local government in Wales has already been severely shaken up by a Westminster-ordered mas- sive reorganization designed to reduce the number of coun- cils. The'same process is doe to take place in Scotland next year. Opponents of the assemblies say life will be one long elec- tion campaign for the Scots and Welsh if devolution goes through. Officials already elected to the Welsh councils and those preparing to take them over in Scotland next year are already asking what new traumatic reshaping of governing responsibilities will occur under the assemblies. Unless nationalist voter sap- port shrinks on Oct. 10, devolution will continue to be both inevitable and a nasty headache to the rulers at Westminster. With reference to the article on babysitting facilities in our local bowling alleys, (The Herald Oct. my first im- pression was that the mothers that use these facilities for their children, usually only once a week for about two hours, should feel guilty for doing so. If these facilities were used full time, in other words, eight hours a day, five days a week then I ought agree. As to the part about the children not receiving snacks or refreshments, no they are not supplied. The mothers of children that wish their children to have something while they are in the babysitting room usually bring a snack with them. As to the point about certain children not wanting to go "into the there are some children who do not want to be anywhere including home if mother is not there. (Mrs.) PAT MCMILLAN Lethbridge The lethbridge Herald _ S04 SL S Alberta LETOSTODGE HERALD OO. LTD PtfbWwrs Second Clan Mafl No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. 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