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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta [The election trail Poor people forgotten! Widnnidny, Oclobor 33, 1972 THE IETHBBIDGE HERAID 31 By WILLIAM BORDERS New York Times Service, TORONTO Mrs. Beth MacDonald, an unemployed widow who lives on a pen- sion in a shabby rooming house here, Is not planning lo vote in the Canadian election next Monday. "Whoever wins, what dif- ference mil it make in my life" she asked, as she eased down into a chair in a cheap cafeteria in which she spends nearly every morning, stretch- ing out a cup of lea. "The poor people who live In the cities are the ones who are forgotten In she mused. "The politicians wor- ry about everyone else, but not us." All of the national candi- dates would dispute Mrs. MacDonald1 s v i e w, with charts, white papers, plans and programs to show how much they care. But her complaint reflects a development that Cana- dians, including some of the politicians, are just beginning to recognize: as Canada be- comes more and more an ur- ban nation, it is acquiring new urban problems long familiar in the United States, including big city poverty, racial ten- sion, traffic congestion arid the like. Alliuogh some Ameri- cans 'Still think of this as a land of trout streams and limitless pine forests, two- thirds of Canada's 21 million people now live in cities, and one-fourth of them live in four largest metropolitan areas Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Pointing out this population trend at a campaign rally the other night in Toronto, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said it was important that Toron- to's rapid growth not make It an unwieldy dinosaur, an un- feeling megalopolis." "We know the advantages o! city life and we also know the disadvantages, and In- creasingly, we are coming to realize the the prime minister said. The cities and suburbs are the power base of Trudeau's Liberal Party, contributing most of Its seats In the House of Commons. Determined to keep his ma- jority In the House, the prims minister has been campaign- ing Intensively In the urban areas, and In Just the las few days his government an nounced plans for a SO-acre urban renewal program in Ottawa, and a park on Lake Ontario downtown Toronto. Although the announce- ment1; were greeted with some cynicism The Toron to Star called the park plan politics" they were expect ed to do the job of picking up votes in the two cities. The opposition ProgresslV' Conservative Party holds si most no urban seats In th House, but its leader, Robei L. Stanfield, is also campaign Ing hard in the cities, agains heavy odds. A Progressive Conserva Hve Government would pro mote the use of innovative de- sign In housing; it would pro vide federal assistance fo the deyelopment of mass Iran sit one of Stan field's brochures promises. Stanfield has also pledged lal he would strengthen the cderal ministi'y of urban af- airs, which Prime Minister udeau established last rcar, in recognition of the nc- clcrating movement of Ca- nadians to urban areas. Canada's cities seem, as ne visiting American put it, 'more liveable, more design- d for than many cities in I he United States. Montreal has a vast under- ground complex of boutiques, heatres and restaurants, con- nected to a subway system which, though much less so- ihisticatcd than New York's, s clean, quiet and almost freo of crime. Metropolitan Toronto has one-fourth as many people as S'ew York city, bu Hast year New York had 62 times as many robberies, and 38 limes ss many murders. The middle class has not left the Canadian city centres to the same extent that it has In the U.S. Urban life works In Can- said a Liberal Party candidate in Vancouver. But there are signs of change. Sociologists say that one reason Canada has been so calm is that there have been few sharp ethnic differ- ences; most of Its people have been of British or northern European descent. Now that homogeneity is being eroded. Immigration from Italy soared during the 1970's and there are now perhaps people in Toronto whoso mother longua Is Italian. The Black population has shot up, to, largely through immigration from the West Indies. At the time of the 1961 census, there were blacks in all of Canada. Now it is thought that there may bo or more in Toronto alone. "When I came here from Barbados in the 1950's I'd see maybe one black person a said Austin Clarke, the managing editor of Contrast, a three-year-old Black orien- ted newspaper. "Now we're all over the Clarke said that there was as much racial discrimina- tion here as in the U.S., and that the difference was that Blacks In Canada had not or- ganized to do anything about it. In Winnipeg, there Is In- creasing concern about unem- ployed Indians, who stand around on street comers drinking cheap liquor. In Van- couver, housing developments ere gobbling up the sides of once unspoiled mountains and because of traffic, a short drive fo work in the morning can take an hour. Urban problems like that are cot yet a central issue, as this national election cam- paign nears its end. But they are being talked about more than they used to be. And many concerned city dwellers hope that the discussions will lead to a new national con- cern about the cities, no mat- ter who wins. As a Conser- vative Party worker In Otta- wa put it: "Bolh parties have been ig- noring the cities, as urban problems quietly grew and grew. It's about time some- body began to care and I think perhaps that's happen- ing." Political union never ivill occur FREDERICTON (CD-Nova Scotia Premier Gerald r.egan Bays that full political union of the three Maritime provinces never will occur. He told delegates attending the annual conference of Uie In- stitute of PuMic Administration of Canada that political union win't bo nccessnry if the three provinces are effective in [heir attempts to integrate services. Premiers Richard Ilatfield of New Brunswick and Alex Camp- bell of Prince, Edward Island eaM Iho question of political union will not resolved until future dale, although neither offered a prediction of the ul- timate lutcome. Premier Ilatfield called for the formation a Maritime Province Commission, a body which will submit a long-term plan for regional development. Premier Campbell said tbo present course of action by the three provinces through the Council of MarUimo Premiers leading to fuller integration of services should continued and even accelcratttd. Both the premiers' coimrsl and Maril.imo Provinces Com- mission were recommended In the Maritime Union study re- port, a document which called on tho three provinces to work during the 1970s towards politi- cal union by 1930. NOT SKIRTING ISSUES The three premiers diagrecd with one conference delegate wlio suggested the premier's council was skirling main issues and said tho region would bn better off with a Rtngls civil service antl co-ordi- nated tourism and Industrial promotion. Premier Kegan said only "marginal benefits" would be achieved through common ef- forts in promotion while "the mere magnitude" of a civil service was not a accurate as- sessment of its merit. "Attempts by tho three prov- inces to enjoy the co-operative benefits of closer co-operation presented a dilemma for the Premier II eg an Mid. YORK or Wax 14 oz. Cam of 24 ,69 IIBBY'S Kernel or Cream Stylo 14 oz. 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