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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Two Canadian Hurrahs for whom? Thuwloy, Otlobsr 1 J, 1972 Till IETHBRIDGE HERAID 5 a name in history Hy Slimm ilerron, Winnipeg commentator (or I'T publications By W. Mowers REMEMBER w hen a mediocre English fighter of life. K was terrible. (he stuff written iihoul it stirred up ;t great deal of emo- tion for British fighters who can't fight but are British. It all reminded me of the Calholic priest who took his Protestant minister friend such things arc known outside Ireland to sec a hoy he sponsored, doing Ids bit in Hie ring. The hoy crossed himself just before he left his stool. "Will that help the Prod asked the Pape slyly and the Pape said, "Not if I ho can't fight." 1 watched the first edition (if this season's Weekend on CliC with this occasion in mind. We were promised a hit on Can- ada's miraculous victory over atheism and totalitarianism on the ice 1 must confess I expected an instant put-down Our election of major interest Charles King, in The Ottawa Citizen "It says much about Can-, ada and Canadians that, after severe strains on relations between the two countries, the United States can view- Canada's 1972 election with interest but without concern. II is a more favorable silua- lion lhan Washington, on Its record, had a right lo ex- pect." 'T'HUvS the New York Times Ihe most prestigious newspaper in the Western world, on the subject of our parish events on Oct. 30. It made the leading editorial on a quiet news day, and answers those who suggcsl, quite wrong- ly, that Americans arc showing no interest in what goes on these days north "I the 49th parallel. In fact there is a good deal of attention being paid in many quarters south of the border. It shows up in such items as George McGovcrn's interview with a Montreal weekly, in which he displayed a gratify- ing knowledge of Canada's eco- nomic concern with her giant neighbor, and berated the Nixon administration for nay- ing less attention to our jpipcs than we deserve. Most of Ihe major Ameri- can newspapers have taken nole already of the Canadian election race, and whether well-informed or not, have ven- tured to explain the issues as they see them. The Christian Science Moni- tor, for example, predicts a close race between Pierre Tru- deau and Robert Stanfield, and observes that both men have changed considerably since their last confrontation on the hustings in I960. "It is a milder, less abrasive, more experienced Trade au that will lead the Liberal party to the polls this it declares. "The image of the carefree bachelor politician of 19C8 has given place to that of family man with charming wife and sturdy son. But fundamentally Trudeau has kept bis idealism and his dynamism, even if the hard facts of political life have dipped the wings of his ambition. "He is today one of the most imaginative thinkers among Western statesmen." But lest anyone think Iho Monitor is choosing sides, it of- fers this friendly judgment of the prime minister's rival for power: "The Conservative leader, Rolwrt Stanfield, has grown in stature since the last election in 1868 and is widely admired among people of all parties for his integrity and his modera- tion." Though NDP leader David Lewis doesn't make the Moni- tor by name, his parly does. "An unknown it ad- mits. The New York Times shows every evidence of taking Can- ada's side against Washington in tho economic difficulties we have encountered over the past 13 months. "Washington is it says, that at this point in Can- ada's history the two biggest parties are led by men strenuously reject appeals to the anti-Yankee residue alv.'ays present in the political sub-soil. "Both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Stanfield not only shun cheap anti Americanism hut consis- tently disappoint even some of the more responsible Canadian nationalists, who fear that un- checked American penetration will bring the loss of Canadian sovereignty." And from across the Atlantic, a full page in Le Monde, France's most important news- paper, offers this judgment of our prime minister: "The true ambition of Mr. Trudeau, a mixture of the eth- nic, the esthetic, and national self-respect, is to give it an identity by making of Canada a different is to say a belter America than that image offered today by the United States. "Mr. Trudeau certainly seems to be dreaming the 'American dream' from which his southern neighbors have awakened. But the difficulties loom on a scale with (he coun- try itself, and given that elec- tions are just around the corn- er, he has little enough time to persuade his fellow Canadi- ans that he has chosen the right road." Gone are the days, it would sec-m, when events in Canada went unnoticed beyond our bor- ders. It is just as important that Canadians should recipro- cate, and not let our parochial concerns blind us to what is going on in the greater world outside. and didn't get it. What they did was, to me anyway, very good entertainment very funny. John Dicfcnhaker blas- phemes! John Munro, minister of federal as distinct from provincial or lesser health in a pub which appeared to have George Chuvalo in it also, looked just right in the setting and if liis mouth hung open a lot one must understand that the difference between glory and disaster for his Hockey Canada expenditures, 31 seconds. My wife said: "t don't know' why you should expect a put- down tonight but that may be because you're an immigrant" (she tries (o make me feel at home in her "but as a Canadian native, born" (she was the first while child born in British "I can tell you now that the put-down will not begin till tomorrow." And tomorrow it began. This is one of the advantages of be- ing bom Canadian. It is a dis- fc-lvtnlnge to be bom Irish because the Irish have to say at all times, at home or abroad, that their native land has no faults, or Irish spies send home their stuff and people write and tell them they're traitors. The way to become a national hero in Canada is to put the country down, or one's fellow Canadians down unless you belong to a claque of fellow-Canadians who boost one another. There was the fellow who came on Viewpoint and told us how Canadian he was and bow many times he had crossed ihe country and what a rotten lot the Canadian hockey players worn and one sat and listened and thought who the hell cares how often you've crossed the country and what has it to do with the thing anyway? But I'm not concerned with the viewpoints expressed about the players, only with the pat- tern which appears to be fixed in the collective Canadian psy- che: Go lierserk with jubilating celebration and next morning and for days after shaft the baskets. Personally, I found the Canadian captain very amusing while he sat in the penalty box. cutting somebody's throat with Mcc weather lor Ducks. When it comes to your favourite Andres Duck, pleasure knows no season. Andres Cold Duck, a beautiful blend of champagne and burgundy. Or Andres Baby Duck, the happy marriage of a robust, red wine to a delicate, sparkling white. Whatever the weather, now's the time to get quacking. ANDReS SPARKLING BABYDUCK COLD DUCK O ANDRES WINES, (ALBERTA) LTD n-in n gesture. I can't think, liko Dr. Pcnficld, that I ought lo stay home for a while because Esposilo behaved like tliis, I can'L imagine anyone who doesn'l take himself a lot loo seriously slaying home even be- cause of the escapades of that lawyer who went with them. Hockey is entertainment, isn't it? The nalional honor wasn't al stake. The image of hockey players may have been. Musi we all answer for them? And isn't that to forget that, almost without exception, pro- fessional athletes are big strong healthy and quite simple men who think of little else but tha Ihing they do? They play hoc- or football or baseball and they do it for Ihe same reason that I write: because it ob- sesses me and it pays me. This is why men who are good at their jobs leach, preach, paint, write, play or write music, or do anything they want to do well. They don't commit the na- tion to approve or disapprove Iheir behavior. They are enter- tainers when they go on the ice or the foolball field and I must confess Ihey entertained me not only wilh their hockey hut with their other antics. On occasions like this one must expect people to remem- ber the words of 0 Canada when Ihey can't remember them at an election meeting, ami< to bawl them with tears of joy in their voices. But true patriol- ism finds only amusement in pseudo-patriotism and there is as much pseudo-patriotism in Ihe put-downs of Team Canada as there was in that reception they got in Toronto. It was an exactly right louch when the nrgsni7pr.s had annlher bash at 0 Canada and found the band had gone in out of the rain. But maybe the whole affair' was no more Canadian lhan any- Ihing else. I do remember, as T sale1-, the British when Warci- ano beat their fighter I can't even dig his name out of my head. His skill was defec- tive but his courage was vcddy British sah. No harm done. Do you really expect analysis of mass emotion from hockey commentators? I mean, who called the team Team Canada? Why not just Canada? Because the filing these days is to talk of and call things Information Canada, Radio Canada, Slatis- tics Canada? or are we hav- ing bilinguausm made easy in a bastard English-French coun- ter-lransialion? No mailer how you look at il, it has its mildly amusing side and it's over now. Mr. Trudeau says we can heat anybody at anything. So we can beat anybody at anything if we think that's all that impor- tant? Even so, there's a little thing buried somewhere in this pat- tern that is important and has nothing (o do with hockey. One of Canada's best novelists in my opinion the best is Rob- ertson Davies. He wrote Fifth Business which was a best-sell- er in Britain and the U.S.A. and was praised a bit in Canada. lie has now writlen The Man- ticore which is also an excel- lent book. The fact is that Dav- ies is one of the best novelists writing today in the English language. But have you heard of Ms new novel, seen any fuss Hboul il? No, I think. But you have heard a great deal about one of the worst novels ever written in Canada by anybody at any time, Tha Great Canadian Novel, by Har- ry J. Boyle. Why this 'differ- ence in treatmenl? Harry is a grand fellow. But his novel is excruciatingly amateur a n d technically quile shocking. Still, he belongs to the Toronto com- munications community and lived in it for many years be- fore he Iwcame No. 2 Czar of the CRTC. A lot of people owe Harry a great deal. They are crowding around now, paying old. debts, showing the flag, marking Friendships and plugging the book of one of Hie old Ijoys, wliile a Iruly distinguished nov- el by a firsl-rate Canadian craftsman and artist has so far gone unnoticed. And this is very Canadian, It is very "Literary" Canadian. The Toronto literary claque couldn't ignore Harry's book. It is part of the claque's public face. They can ignore Davies book. He is not, he nev- er has been and he is too rts- criminating ever (o be able to belong to the claque. It will be left for (he Ameri- cans and Ihe English to give him his dun. You can say Uiis for Ihe hoc- key fans: When thai last game was being played Ihey were rooting. They saw good hoc- key. They "saw good fights. They saw superb entertain- mcnt. Thai's what hockey is all aboul in Canada, isn't it? Books now? Ah, that's a dif- ferent mailer, Sports writers can turn on hockey players; they can praise or blame Ihcm. Bui Davies is a pol- ished craftsman and artist. And the "critics'" of this nation? !.et's give a big one for Good Old Harry. But: Robertson who? Danes? But he's nol one of Ihe bovs, is he? Gull is a big name in Canadian history. 11 has been honor lo share ils jicrpctualion wilh Ibc city of (Jail, GO miles southwest of Toronto, miles wwt o( Ham- ilUm, The this city will he in- creased. The name Gait is tjcing removed from the Ontario map. Gall has two growing neighlwrs, Preslon and Hespeler. H has been decided Ihat Ihe three communities musl amalgamate. If Ihe new larger cily ailopled one of Ihe three existing names, jealousy from the other two would be expected. So il is agreed that an entirely new' name will he picked. The de- cision will be made next week. John Gall, a Scottish novelist, became in- volved in business and politics with his ap- pointment in 1820 as commissioner (in Bri- tain) for Canadian claims arising frurn tho 1312 war. He first came to Canada in IJJ25, and in 1827 founded (iuelph. The same year his 'friends gave his name to Gait townshtp and to a small cominunily called Shade's Mill. One son, Sir Thomas, became cliicf jus- tice of Ontario, the other, Sir Alexander Til- loch Gait, one of (he senior Fathers of Con- federation. He was Canada's first finance minister. His son, Elliott Torrance Gall, came lothe West in 18EH and laler pioneered in railway and irrigation development in and around Lethbridge. !l was after him the Gait Gardens, the old Gait hospital, the Gall School of Nursing, Gall coal and other Leth- bridge features were named. On the use of words II By Theodore Bernsleln Youth-yak. The exclamation Oh wow! in- dicates, as is probably obvious, pleasure, delight or surprise. is probably not so obvious is that it is not always uttered as a or a shout. Sometimes it Ls voiced in ordinary conversational tones, as in, "Man, can lie play tlic tnoog, oh Just quiet, like. Mutual. The word mutual, properly used, indicates interaction or reciprocity between two or more. Thus, Jack and Jane can have mutual admiration, and if Jolin and Jill feei the same way toward them and each olher and Jack and Jane feel thai way, too, the four of them can have a mutual admiration society. But if Jack and Jane merely both admire John, they have for him is a common ad- miration, not a mutual admiration. Like- wise it is improper to say, "China will not obstruct aid by the Soviet Union to their mutual Tilly, North Vietnam." In that sen- tence no adjective at all is needed, but if one is used it should common. Ke- ciprocal is olten equivalent to mutual, but not always, for one thing, mutuality des- ignates a relationship thnt is simultaneous, whereas reciprocity can designate some- thing that, occurs later than what is being reciprocated, Ynr another tiling, mutual is not used to refer to concrete things; people can indulge in mutual criticism, but they cannot exchange mutual punches. Asa it may be said lhal strictly speak- ing mutual friend is improper, but the Dickens novel has brought it into accept- ance and, in addition, to use the phrase common friend might sound like a derog- atory term. Tliat, however, Is an exception to the rule concerning the misuse of mutual. Word oddities. When all is noise and con- fusion, it is sometimes spoken of as bed- lam. That word comes from an early form of the name Hclhlcliejn. Not that there was undue noise and confusion in Bethlehem, but rather that the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London, founded in the middle of the thirteenth century, became a hospital for lunatics a century and a half later. There noise and confusion pre- dominated sheer bedlam. Pretentiousness. A speaker suggested more emphasis on vocational guidance and placement and on what he-called "aUitu- ditial reconditioning, particularly in terms of value structures relating to_ r.onprofes- sional job opportunities.1' If one might es- say a translation into plain English, what he seemed to saying M-as, "Get them not to look down on blue collar jobs." But note the pomposity of the quotation. Look rd "aLtitudinal reconditioning." Look at ''in terms of." Look at value st runt virus.'' Then consider how the speaker, in seek- ing to sound Impressive, has muddied his thought. Everyone's trying lo be a social scientist these days or to sound like one. A little more windyfoggery like I hat and human beings won't able to communi- cate with one another. is TI rhetorical figure in which a single word is used to link two thoughts, each of which gives a different meaning to the linking word. A ex- ample: "Willie Mays smacked a pillar fit the airport and a home run at Candlestick Park today." Notice that smacked has the meaning of walked into, then tho meaning of hit a baseball. That's syllep- sis. Sometimes a writer, trying to sound wit- ty employs it like this: ''More Mian tnrca years and several hundred vice-presidential speeches later, Mr. Agnew was still trying to persuade Americans to accept bis phil- First later is used in the literal sense of the passage of time, then it is used, in the sense of totaling or counting. That particular type of syllepsis, by tho way. is so common as to he bromidic. But figure is sometimes used with Idling humorous effect. Word oddities. Since bromidic appears in the foregoing item let's take a look at the word bromide, which means a trite, com- monplace expression, a cliche, It also can mean a commonplace person, (hough tt Ls rarely used in that sense these days. Tiia word was coined by Gelett Burgess in 1905. The meaning of bromide is a com- pound of bromine. Some such compounds nre used as sedatives; they put one to sleep. And that's what Burgess had in mind when he called cliches and some sons bromides. (The New York Times) A nation of wheat WASHINGTON Is the purchase of wheat by toll) the Sonet Union and Peo- ple's Republic of Cliina a Communist plot to destroy the United Stales? I have it on liighest sulhority that it is. The decision lo use wheat as the ulti- mate weapon (o wTeck the capitalistic sys- tem in Ihe United Stales was made back in the Khrushchev era, but the actual im- plement at ion of the plan went into effect this year. Here arc the minutes of the meeting held in Ihe Kremlin that laid the plot all out: "Comrade Khrushchev has promised to hury the United States. How do you plan to do Ihia, "Is Comrade Khrushchev re- plied. ''We bury Ihem with wheat." "With a Politburo spokesman asked. ''Over the 10 years will buy American wheat, increasing the purchases every year. Prelty soon American farmer will find raising wheat so profitable he refuse to grow olher crops. "American people will go (o supermark- ets and find nothing but bread on sale. Housewives will riot and the seeds of rev- olution will be planted." "Is fantastic idea, Comrade Khrtish- chcv." "Is better Mian fantastic. As our grain orders come in. Americans will he forced to plow over suburbs, dig up four-lane high- ways, tear down golf courses to supply more, wheat. "Football fields will be taken over by the government to plant wheat, strategic air bases will be closed and crops sown where runways used to be. We will make price of wheat so high everyone will become wheat farmers in America. They'll grow wheat flt .While House, nt Niko missile sites, at Disneyland. From one end of the country to the other will be nothing but wheat fields." "Go on, they said excitedly. "United States will have no place to store wheat. So office buildings and fac- tories will be requisitioned by government for grain elevators. Apartment buildings will be taken over for storage. People, will have no plnce lo work or sleep. But our orders will continue coming in." "Wait a minute, a Politburo member said. "Where will we get til" the money to pay for the "Long-term Khrushchev said, "and also we will gel the Chinese lo buy wheat." "The Chinese? Can we get Peking to buy "What's Ihe matter? You never heard expre.ssion million starving China- "Okay, is good so far. What do we dn "When entire American ccnomy is de- voted to growing wheat, we loll United States we have loo much wheat nnd cancel orlcr; United States is stuck with billions of Ions of wheat and capitalistic system Is buried under its own grain." Unfortunately for (lie Soviet Union, Khru- shchev's plan to bury the United States never got off the ground because lie was unceremoniously kicked out of office for banging his shoe at the United N'alions. But recently someone found Ihe plan and il was resurrected and renamed t h n "Brezhnev wheat plan" and put into ef- fect this year. When the CIA reported to President Nix- on tho real reason belli nd the wheat pur- chases and liic threat it posed to the Am- erican people, the president, dcj-iwrale for foreign gold, shrugged his slioirMcrs w[ saictj "Let them eat cake.1' (Toronto Sun News Service) ;