Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, October 26, 1974 LIHIOIIIALS Two remarkable statements! This week should be remembered for two remarkable statements. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan has finally said something on behalf of the consumer and a corporate executive has put into words an idea that has crossed the mind.of every taxpayer at least once. Mr. Whelan now claims that it is the farmers and not the consumers who are posing a threat to national marketing boards. He has further stated that if the producers and provincial marketing boards lack what he calls the necessary commitment he alone can not make the national boards work. In other works, unless the producers follow the game plan, as they did not in the case of eggs, where high prices tempted some of them to produce more than their quota, the marketing boards will fail and both the consumer and the producer will suffer. This does not touch on the moral ques- tion of the Tightness of policies which control production when the world at large is starving but at least it signifies that consumers are no longer crying in the wilderness and that Mr. Whelan knows they exist. The statement from the eastern Cana- dian businessman, which was so striking that he wished not to be identified, concerns the failure of a Canadian microsystems company, a part of com- puter, telecommunications and electronics industries. The trouble with the company, he said, was "too damn much government money." He credited government grants and interest free loans of around million with under- cutting management discipline and tending to eliminate the need for ef- ficiency. "They just kept on he said. Both these unusual remarks may be somewhat less than objective, originating as they do from frustration and bitterness, but they will be welcom- ed by the consumer and taxpayer, who also experiences occasional bitterness and frustration. is an all too common belief that government money is largess which needs no strict accounting. This attitude is as common in the giver as in the receiver. Maybe it's tone to reiterate that government money does not come from Santa Claus but from the pocket- book of everyone in one way or another. Welcome voice School boards may be the most effec- tive channel to the provincial govern- ment for voicing community concern about the increasing use of alcohol by those in the 15- to 17 year age group. Not only do they have an easily recognizable interest in young people and what influences them but they are also a force not easily ignored. Individuals and volun- tary associations would not command the same attention as school boards, es- pecially if a large number of them are in agreement. There may be difficulties in trying to roll back the age at which people can legally purchase liquor for off premise use without revoking the legislation that dropped the so called "age of maturity" from 21 years to 18 years of age. But that is something the government and its legal advisers can wrestle with. Even should the government fail to do what the school boards desire in this matter there is value in going on record as deploring the drinking being done by high school students. It is, as Lethbridge Public School Board Trustee Doug Card said, one way of telling young people that it is not good to consume alcoholic beverages at a young age. Some dis- approving voices need to be heard in what young people must readily assume to be an almost universal climate of approval of drinking. But surely the government is not un- concerned about this matter. The increase in the number of teenage drink- ing .drivers involved in accidents has to be something to cause concern. Pro- jecting the increased incidence of alcoholism resulting from earlier starts along the road should evoke alarm. County of Vulcan school trustees deserve commendation for taking the initiative in trying to raise a strong voice that the government cannot ignore, and may well welcome. THE CASSEROLE A director of the Insurance Prevention In- stitute told delegates to the 65th meeting of the International Claims Officers Association that fraudulent accident claims costs the U.S. insurance industry billion annually, and that one claim in every 10 is fraudulent in some way. Alberta's service station operators are finally seeing the light! Like bus drivers, they're in favor of an exact change system. Church collections have always worked on that system. WEEKEND MEDITATION At least one government agency will never be accused of acting precipitately. In 1969, at the time the sweetener cyclamate was banned, President Nixon directed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to review a list of over 500 food ingredients and additives, to see if they were safe for human consump- tion. It is now more than five years later, and FDA has finally reported on the first 20 items it has checked out. At that rate it will take another 120 years or so to complete the review. Disturbers of the peace All prophets are hated because they are dis- turbers of the peace. What man worth remembering was not a disturber of the peace? Max Beerbohm once remarked, "I am a Tory Anarchist. I am willing for anyone to do anything he wishes, as long as it does not disturb the things to which I have been ac- customed." The lack of a prophetic element has been one major defect of the modern pulpit. A review of a volume of sermons preached in a rich suburban church stated, "These sermons lack something basic and vital in our contemporary life. There is never a note or a phrase which will in any sense dis- turb the complacency of the millionaires. Preached in a world of suffering and un- employment and wars and exploitation, they are full of sweetness and light and literary charm, and detour around the conflict of our times, or leap completely above it" But who wants to stick out his neck with the inevitable result? Is it not much more profitable and comfortable to say sweet nothings? And these fellows who urge you on to "hit out hard" will turn tail and run when trouble conies. Don't count on anyone helping you when you get involved. Consequently as the Manchester Guardian once remarked the posture of most preachers is that of "holding Roman principles in graceful attitudes." Most people, not only preachers, aim at be- ing orthodox. So yon hear men boast that their politics have never changed during their lifetime. Victor Hugo remarked that that was poor praise. It was like praising water for be- ing stagnant or a tree for being dead. The water and tree, however, cannot remain in the same condition over the years. A dead tree disintegrates. Stagnant water becomes slime. So with people. Let no man excuse his rigid position by saying he is conservative. Your true conservative, as Burke pointed out is a dynamic fellow. Too many people confuse conservativism with stupidity. It is dangerous to be a good man in a time like this in a time like any in history, for when was goodness safe? Goodness is dis- turbing always. Hie test of a saint is whether be sets up an earthquake inside yon. Dic- tators know this and try to kill off good men knowing that they are dangerous. Goodness is also highly mteflif ent, consequently dictators are also highly nervous when an intelligent man comes near. Stalin said that when anyone spoke to him of intelligence be smash- ed his skull in. Goering said he reached for his revolver. Of course you can always call the good man a fanatic. So the epithet "fanatic" has been flung at the bead of every reformer and saint since the beginning of time. A line in a popular book some years ago begged: "Be disturbed, be disturb- ed at least to the extent of a 'tut'." There is something in the divine order that dislikes complacency and is always at work to upset it. The Psalmist says, "Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God." It was always a sad day for Son when they were "settled on thdr tees." When Israel in their flight from Egypt began to settle at Mount Seir, the Lord told them, "You have compass- ed this mountain long enough; turn you northward." As with a nation, so too with individuals, it may be the saving of your soul to give up everything, to make a dean break and a fresh, radically new start This is hard to do. Abraham was commanded to leave his kindred and all his familiar country and go to an unknown land. It must have been hard for him as it is hard for men today. Peter tempted Jesus on the Mount of Transfigura- tion to stay there permanently. Jesus replied sharply. "Get thou behind me, In his Study of History. Arnold Toynbee points out the danger of idolatry, the sore doom of societies that worship institutions and techni- ques. The state that worships a method of warfare and doesn't change will finally be crushed by some new technique of warfare. It is sure death, says Toynbee, "to rest on one's oars." In life there are signs up everywhere, "Don't park New truth keeps coining; new ideas are born; new horizons beckon. To stop them is as hopeless as King Canute sweeping back the tide. If God wills them, man is powerless. The destiny of the human race is, as Whitman said of America, to be pioneers. "We must march; we cannot tarry here" PRAYER: Distant w, O God, wttfc the prempttog wad power of the Holy Spirit, and direct to MW dentation, until at last we from this werM to tint to eternal aod spiritMl. F. S. M. Letters Hurlburt's attitude "Can't help that, corporal... new policy... fewer men and more equipment." Armed forces insurance By Paul Hellyer, Toronto Sun commentator OTTAWA It has happened again. Defence Minister Richardson has announced a further reduction in the strength of the armed forces. The news has been greeted with consternation by officers and men alike. And well it might. This is just the latest in a series of contractions going back to the mid-Sixties. At that time, any excess fat was carved away and each succeeding slice has been getting closer to the bone. Present strength is below 80 thousand and even that figure is too low for the variety of roles and tasks that have been assigned. Figures being dis- cussed by government in- siders would be disastrous. Not only would the number of tasks be sharply curtailed, it would be "game over" for the Canadian Armed Forces as a highly sophisticated and world respected professional force. The suggestion .that the reduction of personnel will free more money for equip- ment just doesn't hold water. It would if there were no infla- tion and if under those cir- cumstances a permanent change in the balance between personnel and equipment ex- penditures were planned. But in today's highly inflationary situation, the government is just trying to make a virtue out ot necessity. To keep the forces at their present strength and to give them the equipment they bad- ly need requires more money. Not more money in real terms but more of these increasingly worthless pieces of paper we call Canadian dollars. Without it, the result will be reduc-i tions in both personnel strength and equipment purchases. Vast expenditures are re- quired for new equipment. The aging Centurion tank should be replaced. A new long-range coastal patrol plane is long overdue. A new interceptor is required to replace the obsolescent Starfighter (CF-104) and air defence command's Voodoo Then the Freedom- Fighter (CF-5) can be phased into the training role in accor- dance with the plan at the time they were purchased. In addition, a plan should be adopted to lay down one keel a year so that the fleet can be replaced on a systematic rota- tion basis without violent swings in the level of expen- diture. At the present rate of inflation, if more money is not available, the forces will be reduced to impotence in four or five years. Should the government allow this to happen, it will show that it has learned nothing from history. In the 1930's, the Tories decimated the forces. Now the Grits are doing the same. No one likes to pay the bill for police and armed force protection but in a world of increasing crime and violence, both nationally and internationally, it is an in- surance premium we have to pay. In addition to its primary responsibility in matters of sovereignty, support of NATO, Arctic surveillance, peacekeeping and aid to the civil power in times of riot and insurrection, the armed forces provide many side benefits as well. They train many of the pilots who fly our commercial airplanes. They train tradesmen of all sorts and thousands of high school dropouts have learned a trade and established themselves. They have been called into ac- tion to control floods and to help harvest crops. In 1967, they helped save the forest industry in Labrador. The call came in the late afternoon on the eve of Canada's 100th birthday. By dawn, the advance party was in position and by early that morning men and equipment were available to help the gallant forest rangers fight the fire. Joey Smallwood credited the instant reaction of the armed forces with sav- ing the forest industry. Canadian servicemen are real professionals. They are among the best in the world. Their level of excellence takes years to acquire. To keep those skills and have them available in case of emergen- cy, they will need the per- sonnel and sophisticated equipment necessary as well as sufficient operating funds to provide adequate training. Since the government can find the large amounts of money necessary to pay un- employment' insurance in a period of rising un- employment, it can also find the money necessary to keep the armed forces operational if it wants to. Failure to do so will be a considerable disser- vice to Canada. In a recent speech in the House' of Commons the honorable member for Lethbridge, Mr. Ken Hurlburt, showed his true colors on at least five impor- tant issues, namely: the place of immigrants in Canadian life, the worth of teachers to society, bilingualism, a dis- tinctive Canadian and, fifth, public welfare programs. (Hansard, October 16, Mr. Hurlburt's intolerant attitude towards anyone not born in Canada and his contempt for teachers was shown in his remarks to Mr. John Rodriguez, MP for the constituency of Nickel Belt in Ontario (The Herald, Oct. The really sad day, in my opinion, is for southern Alber- tans, when we are all tarred with the same brush and branded as narrow minded, parochial bigots. With regard to social assistance, Mr. Hurlburt showed a callous attitude toward those people who are less fortunate than many others, namely, those whose livelihood depends upon: old age security payments, widows' allowances, workmen's compensation, social welfare payments, hospitalization through medicare, unemployment benefits, disability pensions, veterans' allowances, and other such social aid. Mr. Hurlburt, and his Progressive Conservative cohorts, would "freeze all welfare programs at their present level, making sure no new ones are and would phase out all such programs over a 10 to 20 year period. It is indeed a sad day for the people of Lethbridge that we must bear the yoke of being associated with a member of Parliament who displays such selfish, grasping characteris- tics. It probably will be four years before Lethbridge voters have an opportunity to change their federal represen- tative. Perhaps by then they will have been humiliated enough by their current shoddy representation that they will choose a more enlightened member of Parliament. BESSIE ANNAND Director, Lethbridge Metro Council of the NDP "Reconsider bylaw The editorial Oct. 21 (Fresh Air, fresh-thinking) expressed the thinking of many people of this city. Up to now city coun- cil has been inclined to turn a deaf ear to pleas for more con- sideration for the problem of burning paper, leaves etc. I would also like to com- ment on the article, Lifting of city burning law makes firemen unhappy. Perhaps the reason there are more fires since the bylaw was enacted is due to the failure of the coun- cil to realize that most of the garden debris was too green to burn, hence, the incident of the man pouring gasoline to help it along. Many women are of the opinion the two weeks allotted for burning, while the leaves were still on the trees, showed a lack of concern or was deliberately to prevent burning. I would also say that when Mr. Kometz says people could just as easily take their leaves and rubbish to the dump, he fails to realize not all have cars nor are they in the for- tunate income as Mr. Kometz. Many have incomes of the minimum wage of per hour or slightly higher. They can scarcely afford the bags for the weekly garbage, especially the deluge of fliers and other trash which they cannot burn. How can they af- ford to hire someone to haul their leaves and rubbish to the city dump? lam concerned by the lack of consideration by some aldermen for these people. This fall I'have clean- ed up my yard five times. Besides what little I could burn I had 15 bags of leaves blown into my yard from trees on city boulevards or other property. Bylaws should he enacted for the benefit of all. It makes just as much sense to say no one should be permitted to drive because of traffic ac- cidents, as it does to say no one can burn leaves, papers etc. because of fires caused by carelessness. There can be bylaws enacted to prosecute those who cause fires by negligence. Why penalize everyone for the few who are either lacking in sensibility or just plain careless. The new council should reconsider the matter of burn- ing barrels and rescind the present bylaw in its entirety. MRS. ANNA MacLAREN Lethbndge Garrison project confusing Congratulations By Maurice Western, Herald Ottawa commentator is well under- stood, especially on the government side, that ministers do not mislead the House of Commons; they merely confuse it. Thus the only possible explanation of occasional answers adorning Hansard is ministerial forget- fulness. Two questions addressed to the government last Friday had to do with the Garrison project. The first, arising from representations by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, was put by John Diefenbaker and drew a reply from Allan MacEachen which was straightforward if not very comprehensive. Mr. MacEachen referred to the exchange of notes with the United States government and discussions "which made the point very strongly that Canada does not accept any injury to its waters from such diversion." The second question made reference to the Garrison dam, among other projects, but was concerned with the export of water and par- ticularly with certain remarks attributed to Jack Davis while a member of the government This led to the following remarkable exchange. Hon. Jeanne Sauve (minister of the en- Mr. Speaker. I am not aware of the exact position to which my predecessor was referring Any matter which arises between Canada and the United States concerning trans-boundary waters is dealt with through the appropriate existing mechanisms. Mr. Wenman (Fraser Valley What are they? Mrs. Sauve: In particular, the International Joint Com- mission. The fact is that the Garrison matter, which unquestionably concerns trans-boundary water, is not being dealt with by the International Joint Commission. Nor has it been handed to a body which can possibly be described as an "existing appropriate or otherwise. It may well be that the Canadian government would have preferred in the first place to entrust the problem to the International Joint Commission. It may now have reasons to wish, even more ardently, that the matter was before the IJC. In fact, however, a decision was taken, perhaps with reluctance, to refer the many environmental questions in- volved in the project, not to the commission, with its vast experience in such matters, but to teams of Canadian and American officiate acting as a task force for this particular purpose. While this group will undoubtedly draw on the resources of various branches of government in both countries, it is an ad hoc body and in no sense an existing mechanism. There Save been references to the IJC (concerning water quality in the Red and Souris rivers) on matters related to those which (lie officials are studying- This woald make recourse to (be commission entirely logical and reasonable. Bat for reasons which have not been explained and most be political, it has been decided that the UC should not be entrusted with the present studies. What makes the assertion which appears in Hansard the more surprising is the fact that the Canadian and American officials met hi Ot- tawa to plot their work as recently as the end of August Following the discussions a press briefing was held in the Lester Pearson Building. The natural question was put; why, in view of its acknowledged competence, long experience, semi-judicial procedures and standing with the North American public, was the IJC excluded from studies of such great impor- tance for Manitoba? The answer then given me was not particularly infor- mative. Its general tenor was that there is no automatic obligation to involve the com- mission in such problems (which, of course, is A matter may be referred to the IJC or there may be a decision, as in this case, to rely on official and ultimately governmental negotiations. The explanation went no farther and perhaps nothing more could have been ex- pected because officials can- not fairly be required to ex- plain the political decisions of their masters. From a quick check with the commission Monday it is clear that nothing has changed. It is quite possible that the situation confronting the Canadian government at the outset was delicate and that questions about the course followed are not particularly welcome. But if ministers are touchy on the subject bow is it possible for such astonishing assertions to find their way into Hansard? "Any matter concerning trans- boundary waters is dealt with through the appropriate ex- isting mechanisms. In par- ticular the International Joint Commission." Some matters, yes. Any matter? Not necessarily. And not, specifically, the Garrison Diversion. The other night I was sure The Herald was serious, with the editorial, Fresh air, fresh thinking, (Oct. 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