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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thuraday, OctolMr EDITORIALS Canada and the EEC The prime minister's visit to Brussels at the end of the week may not be as successful as his rapprochement with France. Mr. Trudeau will be seeking non- preferential trade agreements with the European Economic Community. Ger- many, The Netherlands and Italy are reportedly already ready for exploratory talks with Canadian representatives following the prime minister's visit. However, both Britain and the U.S. are opposed to the development of closer ties between Canada and the EEC. The British are reluctant to give up their traditional relationship with this country for a bilateral trade deal which would take in all nine EEC countries. And U.S., which has been putting diplomatic pressure on Britain in this matter, is reported to he opposed to closer political and economic relationships between Canada and the European countries. The EEC is already the second biggest trading partner of Canada, next to the U.S. The European community, on its part, is interested in Canada as a source of raw material and a market for manufac- tured products, particularly since this country has pleasing prospects for sur- viving in today's economic jungle. Canada, for its part, wants to establish a political as well as an economic relationship, as a part of its effort to arrive on the world scene as a mature and independent nation. This is a desire which both Britain and the U.S. find hard to accept, in much the same way that parents find it difficult to accept the fact that their children have grown up and may actually become competitors. It cannot be denied that there are economic issues involved in this attempted rearrangement of traditional alignments, but the political issues in- volving Canada's maturity and independence can be assumed to be closer to Mr. Trudeau's heart. The prime minister's visit to France in advance of his negotiations with the Common Market as a whole was.well timed. France, being the maverick of the European community, as well as having emotional ties with Canada, could be ex- pected to welcome Canada's prime minister warmly, with full respect for his desires for the nation he heads. But the EEC, whose interest is economic and whose approach must be unified, may be less responsive to Canadian desires. Attacking self-indulgence The undertaking to point people away from the personal and collective disaster to which self-indulgence and lib- ertarianism can carry them is fraught with pitfalls for the pol- itician, as Sir Keith Joseph has discovered in Britain. In a speech which may have been calculated to promote his candidature for leadership of the Conservative party, he strayed beyond safe generalities to a specific to which exception has been taken. The furore that has resulted may prove fatal to his chances of succeeding the present Conservative leader, Mr. Edward Heath. Much of what Sir Joseph had to say about the need for self-discipline would be appreciated by sympathetic people anywhere, especially those of an essen- tially conservative outlook. But Sir Joseph included a specific illustration of the need for self-discipline that made him appear to be something of a snob. As a lord in a society that still freights a residue of class distinction it may well be that Sir Joseph is a snob. Snobbishness isn't an ingredient for political success. Sir Joseph is legitimately concerned children brought into the world carelessly and allowed to grow without much direction and no discipline. He knows from his experience as minister of social security that this is the recipe for producing problem people. He fears that problem people will continue to produce more problem people until society dis- integrates under the sheer weight of them. By singling out the lower classes as the ones responsible for this situation, however, he overlooked the implications of his own assessment of widespread lack of self-discipline in society. The up- per classes, the well-educated and the well-fixed, are liable also to be guilty of casual procreation and subsequent neglect of their offspring. To see in Sir Joseph's remarks im- plications of "master-race" notions is going too far. He did not advocate forci- ble, approaches to birth control; he mere- ly proposed that birth control facilities be made more available. Some would likely see this as a contradiction of his appeal to a return to moral values and he anticipated this by observing that ex- tending birth control facilities is now the lesser of evils. Calls to self-discipline and the curtail- ment of self-indulgence would be more effective if they applied with equal force to all segments of society, and did not just single out the aspect of sex. The life- style of people in Britain and elsewhere with its emphasis on conspicuous con- sumption has to change. Leaders of all stripes have to start saying so and mak- ing specific proposals for implementing the change. It is unfortunate that Sir Joseph's attempt to strike out in this direction was marred by an apparent class-consciousness. THE CASSEROLE A research project at Jefferson Medical College, (Philadelphia) is developing a com- bination of vitamins and nutrient that may protect people against some of the harmful effects of heavy drinking and smoking. Such a project is quite consistent with current values, which show a clear preference for allowing any indulgence and attempting to deal with the consequences, rather than im- posing the slightest restraint. Showing a fine sense of the cultural niceties, during a debate on whether to spend or so to send two bands and a float to the 1974 Grey Cup extravaganza in Van- couver, Mayor Pierre Benoit of Ottawa said even if it is just the biggest drunk (in Canada) it is as much a cultural institution as the National Arts Centre." Needless to say, the expenditure was approved. Advance publicity for ex-president Nixon's memoirs is starting already. A literary agent who says Nixes has engaged him, says "his book will be candid, honest and honorable about the events of Watergate." Obviously the truth in advertising rules don't apply to publishing. Berry's World A letter to the editor of an Alberta weekly puts it very nicely. With names changed, it read: "According to Mayor X's campaign manager, as reported in your paper. Mayor X is entitled to UK credit for all the good things that happened in our town. Now, all we have to find out is who is entitled to the blame for all the stupid things that happened." IF EACH CANADIAN ATE 1 LESS HAMBURGER A WEEK ENOUGH GRAIN WOULD BE FREED TO FEED 5 MILLION PEOPLE! Sh-h-h-h-h-h-h Possibilities in Europe By W. A. Wilson, Montreal Star commentator PARIS The warm words closing out some old history had barely died away on the first day of Prime Minister Trudeau's, visit here, when Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and his officials left the Canadians "very impress- ed by the practical, business- like way the French proceeded." Canada and France both are among the world's great trad- ing nations but trade between the two is unimportant, a situ- ation that can be explained historically but which seems unenterprising on both sides and unrealistic. Within an hour of the official lunch which Chirac gave Trudeau at the Quai d'Orsay, he was mak- ing it clear that the French see energy as the key to more developed relations and are confident that they have something to offer as well as something to ask. The French government is questing around the world, seeking the means to ensure itself of adequate energy sources in future. Sources of energy are the gravest lack which this varied and for- tunate country suffers. In return, the French are con- vinced that they have tech- nology of their own to offer and there seems to be no doubt that they would like to explore some sort of partnership with Canada in this field. Specifically, they would like to start serious dis- cussion of some sort of joint enterprise that would com- bine Canadian uranium and hydro power with the latest French nuclear technology to produce enriched uranium, vital to the so called second generation power reactors. Canada has no technology in this field. During formal speeches, both Chirac and President Giscard d'Estaing were at pains to emphasize the way in which France has revitaliz- ed itself, emerging from a period of stagnation and im- mobility, to become one of the front-ranking industrial nations. It was evident that they are conscious of Canada's close association with the United States and were anxious not to be thought of in terms that might have been appropriate 15 years ago. Trudeau came here, osten- sibly, to pursue Canada's so- called "third diver- sification of its ties and inter- ests so as to reduce an abnor- mal reliance upon the United States. He spoke of this objec- tive to the French leaders and of his desire for some sort of arrangement with the Euro- pean Community that would protect Canada from being squeezed between its economic power and that of the United States. The French, it has been made clear, have not reached a definitive position on this last problem. They are not un- sympathetic to the Canadian worry but they are extremely anxious to avoid precedent- setting agreements that other industrialized nations, might seek to follow. French support is vital to the Canadian objec- cannot succeed if any major EEC country opposes it. Giscard d'Estaing ap- parently delayed any decision until he had met Trudeau and heard the Canadian case from him Chirac produced a sensitive and significant description of Canada at his luncheon for Trudeau, speaking of "a com- plex society seeking to dis- cover through new techniques and the possibilities they offer, the art of being pluralist without dislocation, complex without mutilating itself, bilingual without tearing itself apart." That is by no means a bad description of vital Cana- dian social and political objec- tives. When all this was done, however, and the tour d'horizons completed on each side, the French came to the gut issue of the day, the one on which everyone's future hangs precariously balanced: energy. Their position is less immediately dangerous than that of Italy, Britain and Japan but it is uncomfortable, and the development of sources of supply with foun- dations that are not fi- nancially crippling are of great importance to the French government. Canada, as an energy rich country with much of its potential still un- developed, obviously has 'much to offer energy hungry nations. Proposals such as the ones the French are tentatively putting forward will, before very long, test Canada's maturity. If we really wish to reduce an abnormally heavy reliance upon the United States, base the foreign- related segments of our economy on several countries rather than on one dominating one and then make sophis- ticated use of our resources, some opportunities are close at hand. The French appear realistic: They do not seem to expect to secure their future supplies without making more than monetary contributions along the way. The French leaders have suggested a very large topic for discussion. They have done a little more than that. They have suggested that, if Canada genuinely wants closer relations with Europe and a reduced reliance upon the United States, there is a key in the door which could be turned. If Canada ever decides in favor of turning the key, its possession of resources vital to the world gives it leverage. If this leverage, a sense of opportuni- ty and a decent moderation towards other nations aU were combined, the results could be extremely interesting. Ford missed major institutions By Joseph Kraft, syndicated commentator font has asked me to tell you to waste less EAT THAT ALL WASHINGTON President Gerald Ford has something truly important to say to the country. He's telling us that the national lifestyle has to change. But this idiom is so square, his concept of the world so Boy Scottish, that the message is not coining through. The basic Ford message is announced in a key passage from the president's speech to the Future Farmers of America in Kansas City. Mr. Ford said: "Americans have an inter- national reputation as the world's worst wasters. We waste food, gasoline, paper, electricity, natural resources hi fact we waste almost everything." The meaning of that com- ment is very plain. Mr. Ford is telling us that the country has to come off the spree of self indulgence which has marked oor national life dar- ing the past decade and more. He is saving that the country has been living too high; that we have been profligate in spending and borrowing; that we consume too much, es- pecially in the precious matters of food and energy. No one can seriously doubt the validity of that criticism. Indeed it is remarkable only because a president is now making it. Still Mr. Ford ought to get high marks for saying what other presidents should have said long ago. But once the trouble is diagnosed, what should we do about it? And who should do it? Mr, Ford systematically ex- empts from ceusuiv, or even attention, the major in- stitutions which dominate national life. He has yet to say a hard word about the banks and other financial in- stitutions which do so much irresponsible lending of money they haven't got to they don't for purposes that serve no good. Neither has he pointed a finger at the big aato com- panies and their allies in much of the rest of American industry for producing the big gas guzzlers. Nor has be said anything about the oil companies and their windfall profits. Or the unions and the wage push. Instead, Mr. Ford has directed his attention to or- dinary people and the one in- stitution which serves or- dinary people the federal government. Government spending is the big villain hi Mr. Ford's rhetoric. The one serious sacrifice be has asked of anybody was his request to postpone the pay rise doe government workers. Mr. Ford r nds ac- Letters Sad life for Indians 1 feel very sad about the way of life of the lower grade of Indians. I work in a store right among them and have learned to love a lot of them. The only times they are really repulsive is when they are drunk and in a mean mood. What do they live for? Sex and food. That is all they know. No work, nothing they know how to do. For kicks they drink, beat whoever gets in their way and use drugs, whether it's sniffing glue or using hair spray or anything else. The Blood reserve is one of the wealthiest reserves then why should this problem exist? First of all, they have everything handed to them. Why should they take welfare? They can grow all their vegetables on their land. They have an abundance of cattle for meat, plenty of grain for flour. Why not work for their food? They could have meat processing plants, community gardens, a flour mill. They could work. If they don't work they don't eat. The band has capital, it should use it to better the people by help- ing them to help themselves. Three children in one family had eye-teeth growing out the side of their gums. When ask- ed why they don't get their baby teeth pulled (it wouldn't cost anything) they said, "Oh, it would hurt." It will hurt a lion individuals can take. He tefls children to dean their plates. He asks mothers to bay warm clothes. He coonsels fathers to budget their expenses. Not sur- prisingly, that simplistic preaching is not getting across. It is not only cynics in the press that scoff, or iietwoik executives who fond nothing in the president's speech to justify his being carried live on television. The point of all this is not that President Ford should stop talking to the country as some people suggest He is touching on a central problem, and he ought to be speaking out all across the land. Bat the country is ready for analysis that goes beyond the folk wisdom of the past cen- tury. Mr. Ford needs to move quickly from homiletical generalities to a selective program that addresses the flesh and blood institutions which dominate the real wuiU of 20th cenbny America. lot more to get both sets pulled. Just today we had a 12- or 13-year old girl come in so drunk she had to ask someone to put the money in for a bot- tle of pop and to pick up'a quarter she had dropped. She was with older men who made sure she didn't stay long, or we would have had the police out. Women come in with cuts, bruises and swollen faces, who have been beaten up by their husbands. Traffic ac- cidents are increasing. My boy got killed in April for no reason except a drunken driver pulled out from behind a bus so drunk he didn't know the next morning he had killed anyone. What was he charged with? Reckless driving. I'm glad I don't know him. The children are handed a dollar. What do they buy? Gum, candy and chips. I have yet to see one of these families I am talking about eating corn, peas, carrots, let- tuce or celery. They do buy fruits but their biggest purchases are cigarettes, chips, pop and candy. I still think the solution is not so many handouts but working for what they get. Am I too far wrong? I think anyone is happier if they are busy and have, an aim in life. SAD BY- STANDER Glenwood Broncos9 magazine I attended the recent Lethbridge Bronco Saska- toon Blades hockey game and I happened to see the Lethbridge Broncos magazine published for the game. This issue contained an article call- ed Hockey My Way, all about what comes to a woman's mind when she stumbles upon the subject of hockey. "A detailed account of the basics of the game through the eyes of a the article described the puck as a "chocolate marshmallow pie without the' marshmallow" (what a homey the play with its "constant pushing and shoving making one cringe with and "formidable" looking padded players. The "detailed ac- count" went on to define icing the puck, offside and offside pass in the simplest possible terms so any dumb broad would be sure to understand it. The writer of this condescending drivel was conveniently unnamed but I have a strong suspicion that he is a very male chauvinist pig writing with some archaic stereotype of a female sports fan in mind. The article im- plies that all female hockey fans are novices to the game and all unknowledgeable fans are female. Also, the issue featured a girl clad in a short striped shirt demonstrating referee signals, something which -was illustrated far more artistical- ly in the first part of the magazine. The redundant se- cond showing must have been for any "leg" man who might have missed it the first time. I would like to say to editor Ron Lyon and many businesses advertising in the Broncos magazine that I was disgusted and repulsed by their little publication and I'm sure any female reader would have a similar reaction. A fine hockey team like the Broncos needs a game magazine which informs and entertains all of its readers, not one that alienates half of them. MARY DIESER Coaldale Hurlburt reasoning Remarks made by Mr, Ken Hurlburt during his contribu- tion to the throne speech, which were reported in The Herald, Oct. 18, certainly gave me cause for concern about his ability and safety on the road, to say nothing of his orientation skills and simple reasoning power. I simply cannot understand how one could lose oneself where town names are un- translatable (except in this case Lac for Lake) and miles are surely posted in numerals. Is it not possible, I asked myself, that our member of Parliament might even need an interpreter to drive 40 miles west of his home town from Bellevue to Beauvais? Or would be be comforted by the reassuring "English ness" of Lee Lake and Beaver Mines which he would pass on the way? As a "guess and navigator myself, I certainly sympathize with Mr. Hurlburt's predicament upon realizing himself lost, once or even twice, but three times.. MO ADAMS Pincher Creek Letters are welcome and will be published providing: identification is included (name and address are required even when the letter is to appear over a they are sensible and not libelous; they are of manageable length or can be shortened (normally letters should not exceed 300 they are decipherable (it greatly helps if letters are typed, double spaced with writers do not submit letters too frequently. The Lethbridge Herald S047lhStS USHbrtdgt, Alberta ICTHSRIDaE HERMJO CO. 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