Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE UTHBRlDGi HERALD Mondoy, October 30, Globalists not limited by boundaries Is growth always good? Earlier this year there was lalk of a new mammoth hog processing plant to be built in southern Alberta; Taber was most frequently mentioned as a likely site. Little lias been heard ot this scheme lately, ami current rumors suggest it may not mater- ialize. IE the negative rumors turn cut to have been well founded, there is bound to be disappointment in some quart- ers. New industries, especially those c-losely related to agriculture, are gen- erally welcomed in southern Alberta, and one offering 1500 new jobs would be attractive to almost any business community. But even though the value of such an industry to the over-all economy can scarcely be argued, it does not follow that any or all industry invar- iably is a boon to a partciulav com- munity. To illustrate the point, just suppose the projected plant were to materialize, with Taber the site. Even without, a glance at any sur- vey that may have been made, it is obvious there would have been an enormous economic impact on the region, greater even than that which followed the establishment of a uni- versity in Letlibridge. The payroll as- sociated with 1500 new jobs would come to ten or more millions each year, to be spent on food, clothing, 'housing, cars, various forms of enter- tainment, and all the usual things. This would mean new or enlarged shops, hanks, garages and many other businesses, all employing even more people. To the producer, such a plant would provide a vast new market, and make greatly increased levels of operalion profitable. This in turn would mean even more millions of dollars cir- culating, and supporting additional agri-businesses, feed producers, im- plement, dealers and the rest. But while all forms of business were reaping the benefits this new cash flow, what about the ordinary people ot Taber? Many would share in the general prosperity, no doubt, but what of their town? At present, they seem to like it pretty well the way it is; do they want to see it changed, as much as this new plant would change it? The changes would be really dras- tic. KifteerThundred new jobs would mean something like 5000 new resi- dents, enough to more than double the size of the town. There would be 1.000 new- housing units, or so more school children, perhaps anoth- er more voters on the rolls. New shopping centres, new schools, miles of new streets, new utilities, new rec- reational facilities, new political pal- terns, and much, much more. Some of new things the list above is very far from complete might he welcome to some of the present citizens of Taber. Others not. Did anyone ask? It is realized that failure to equate Growth with Ultimate Good is a form of heresy, hut common sense whisp- ers that'perhaps every town or city shouldn't he grabbing' at every new industry lhat comes along. At the very least, there should he the oppor- tunity for the citizenry to consider AliGlher they really wanl all the changes a new industrial neighbor will bring, and a forum in which lo make their views known before the event. NEW YORK In IMS Karl Marx and Friedricli Engeis put forth Ihc thesis that world peace and a new world order ultimately he founded upon the common economic in- terests of working men in all countries. "Workers of the world, proclaimed the Communist manifesto. Now, af- ter a century of global -wars, some lending businessmen are offering, a counter thesis; that multinational business is creat- ing the basis for peace and a new world order. Hy Leonard Silk, New York Times ctmiuientatir A spokesman of this new doc- tvine, William I. Spencer, pres- ident of the First National City Corporation, addressing t h o American Chamber of Com- merce in Frankfurt, many, recently declared; political boundaries of "The nation- slates arc loo narrow and con- stricted to define the scope and sweep of modern business." At a time when pohlicans have been moving lo create re- gional mnvkcts lo supersede national markets, he said, hus- inessmen whom he called "tlie new globalisls'1 havo been making "quiet on a much larger scale. "They see the entire world as a market and as a site for the production of goods and said Spencer. "They understand that ideas can he bovn anywhere and expressed in any language. They seek profitable oportunity in addres- sing themselves not to the de- mands of the privileged few but lo the urgent needs of the over- whelming many. The multinational explosion, said Spencer, is much more than what Jca.vJacqucs S e r- van-Schrciber, the French ed- itor, first denominated The Am- erican Challenge. The Citicorp president said that of the billion total, American multi- nationals account for only billion, foreign multinationals based abroad and also operat- ing in the United Stales account for billion, and what ho calls "interproduclion abroad" Home care There is a comforting assumption abroad that the problem of neglected and abused children is solved by the expedient of placement in foster homes. Some doubts about the ade- quacy of that assumption arise as a result of reading the initial reports of the findings of. the government- appointed committee on child foster care in Alberta, headed by Judge A. P. Catonio. Although some foster parents do an exceptionally fine job of caring for children, there are not enough of that kind. In too many instances chil- dren receive only custodial care be- cause the foster parents lack the spe- cial insights and skills to deal with emotional problems. Much as social workers in the field would like to place children where they would get only superior care, this is not always possible and Ihe acceptance of some- thing less often becomes necessary. This should give pause lo those who are ready lo advocate foster care in every situation where nat- ural parents appear to be doing a less-than-satisfactory job of looking after their children. Ideally, says Judge Catonio, children should be left with their natural parents. Even from a practical point of view it may be best to leave children with their parents and spend time helping them do a better job. The uprooting of children is a ser- ious matter. The emotional disturb- ance of leaving familiar surround- ings and routines may be more damaging than the parental inade- quacies from which the children are supposedly rescued. In the Letlibridge area the philoso- phy lhat now prevails is that every effort should he made lo keep chil- dren in their homes or at least in their own communities. Good re- sults, generally, are being noted. It is a trend that could well become policy throughout the province in the future. All situations, of course, cannol be handled in this way. It will still be necessary to establish receiving cen- tres for children and group homes for adolescents. And foster parents will be needed in some cases. But no longer can it be assumed that remov- ing children from "undesirable" homes is always the right approach. Profanity is profanity After Mr. Trudeau made his latest, utter- ance of the monubyilablc that has earned him membership as an honorary nuileskin- ner, Trado Minister Jean-Luc Pepin sug- gested that the public might be less of- fended if Mr. Trudeau swore in French. "French Canadians are easier on ing than English Canadians appear to M. Pcpin is reported fo have said, "Per- sonally, I swear only in French." I have thrashed through copies of the B. ,and B. report seeking confirmation of this vital concept of bilingualism. The authors seem to have neglected the matter of which language the prime minister should swear in. Possibly they didn't to stir up Ihe old hornet's nest ol other ethnic groups who would be miffed if the report mado ;French the official language of cussing. The Germans, the Italians, the Ukrainians, the all can make a case for their as equally flexible instruments for their transmission of an obscenity. Very 1 kely our native peoples, loo, present a claim for seniority in the choice of language that strip.- the bark Ihc lodgcpole. fn this type of communica- tion, you can't beat sign language for cul- tural impact. M. Pepin therefore may be guilty of ling- uistic chauvinism %vhen he recommends that the leaders of our political parlies, i! not the rank and file, swear exclusively in French. The Anglo-Saxon politician is automati- cally placed at a disadvantage. The crash course in French that he may have taken very Jikley omitted n working glossary of expletives, lie must fall back on such blunderbusses as he recalls from his one university course in The French Romantic Movement "Sapristi" "Es- pece de and similar antiques that provoked the Three Musketeers but are not too effective against the average heckler today. Assuming that party leaders .such as Mr. Rtanfield master enough contemporary French foul language lo compete with Mr. Trudeau, the greater part of t h e public will fail to grasp their meaning. To most English Canadians all French sounds dirty. When the prime minister answers ques- tions in r'rcnch at a conference, at Inasl. half his listeners suspect that the pro- grain he i.s outlining involves the genito- urinary tract. ''Pardon my many of us say, after we've let fly with a comment on our applying the hammer to the nail That be- longs to our finger. Everything considered, and dcspile Mr. Pcpin's attempt to improve the lone of parliamentary language, it seems prudent not to creak: an elitism of epilhels in French only. Canadians have the righi lo be offended In the language of their choice. What may be Ihe more sensible remedy i.s lo adopt the rating system used by our film censors who often include the warn- ing language and frequent swcar- im; Mr. Trudeau's election campaign can tlu-n bf: ralcd X or It. mature audiences (Vancouver Province features J accounts fov Ihe remaining ?150 billion. But a leading academic auth- ority on the multinational cor- poration, Prof. Raymond Vcr- non ot Ihc Harvard Business School, warns that resistances to the rapid growth of the mul- tinationals are building up. Observing the upsurge of na- tionalism and the squeeze being put on the multinationals in oil, copper and ottier industries in many parts of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the growth of anti-Ameri- canism in Canada and Western Europe, Vcrnon asks whether the multinationals may not bo app-oaching the end of an era. He observes that multina- tional business in particular areas has characteristically un- dergone "life cycles" of growth and decay. At first, the poofcr "host" country eagerly invites the multinational companies in, because it needs capital, tech- noligical knowledge and access lo foveign markets. But, as time passes, the host country grows less dependent on foveign capital and technol- That is the scenario present- ly unfolding in oil. Verncn thinks Ihc multinational oil companies have played into the hands of the oil-producing countries by as he sees it exaggerat- ing the world fuel shortage. Simlar life cycles, lie says, can be found in the role of mul- tinational companies in high- technology industries. At first the host countries arc worried about technological gaps and capital shortages. When their fear of such gaps and short- ages diminishes, they lake a less hospitable view toward for- eign investors. !n 1918 there were only about ICO multinational corporations; today there arc some The growth trend is likely to slack- en, but it still seems far from its limit. Whether the politicians can create the enabling conditions for futher progress of the mul- tinational revolution remains the great unknown. Taxpayers saddled with pre-election promises By Maurice Western, Ottawa commenlator for KP Publications OTTAWA If the political parties are as serious as they profess to be about electoral re- form, the next Parliament should consider the practicality of a ban on announcements of local spending projects within a staled period prior to polling dale. The practice did not originate with the present Government. It is so old that an eminent Ca- nadian historian, Chester Mar- tin, traced it beyond Macdonald to the backwoofe society of the united province of Canada over which Lord Sydenharn success- fully presided. But there is this difference. Early govern- as they may have Ijeen.had relatively little power to influence the electorate by judicious dis- tributions of the taxpayers' own money; modern governments spend on such a scale lhat they think nothing of adding a billion a year to the Budget through their proliferating programs. It is of interest that at least one Minister has questioned, by plainest implication, the prac- tice that others have been fol- lowing. Early in September, Bryce Mackasey, Minister of Manpower, announced an ex- tension of the Local In- itiatives Program. When the liming was questioned by re- porters Mr. Mackasey stoutly insisted that the program is not a "political He made the point that new projects would not be approved until after Iho election. If Mr. Mackasey is this would seem to be one of his sounder ex- ample lias been lost on cabinet colleagues such as Jean March- jmd, Kon Basford and, in b i g league projects, Tierrc Elliott Trudeau. Spending announce- ments have been falling like the gentle rain from heaven; the peculiarity of the gentle rain in Ottawa in 1972 being the fact that it is only occasionally genlle and scarcely ever stops. Thus, on the morning of Wednesday, October 25 press gallery correi'pjndcnts dis- covered in their pigeon holes no loss than eight orange and white messages of good cheer from the offices of the Minister of Slate for Urban Affairs, All arc marked: For Release Im- mediately. All have to do with MHC loans. The Ijeneficiaries will be found in Halifax, Allen J. MaeEachen, president of the Privy Council, today an- nounced on behalf of the Hon. Kon. Basford Athabasca, II o o s o m i n St. E u- Etache.Quebec, Hardieville, Al- berta, Hay River, two Quebec municipalities, and Ottawa. There is no special reason to doubt the worthiness of any of these projects, But who would have suffered unduly if the an- nouncements had been deferred six days until October 31 as Mr. Mackasey would presumably have recommended? Again, if the timing is wilh- out political significance, why was it necessary to include ad- ditional interesting but scarcely vital to loan recipients? Thus is to go for low-rental housing in St. Eustache. For the further enlightenment of appreciative citizens, there is this note: "In the province of Quebec, during the period 1SG8-1D7I, more than S336 million in federal funds have been approved, providing a total of housing units and beds.1' And hopefully, with the im- mediate release of these tirl- ings, a satisfactory number of votes. But Mr. Basford, even with eight credits a day, could scarcely hope to match the per- formance of Jean March and. The department of regional ex- pansion deals in very large sums; it also manages pro- grams of truly remarkable flexibility. Four random examples from the past fortnight will make the point. On October 16 Mr. Marchand issued, "for immediate re- one of his run-of-the- mill announcements concerning grants to Pretty Polly (Can- ada) Ltd. and 11 other fortu- nate firms intended to create Gift jobs in Quebec province. On Oclobcr found lime in this busy season to sign an agreement with Mr. Gerard Lc- vesque committing the govern- ment to additional expenditures Letters Farewell Lo Letlibridge I would like to take this op- portunity before we leave Leth- bridge to thank the general public for Hie very kind and courteous manner in I hey have acknowledged mo, during my seven years of min- istry with the congregation of Ti c bclhbridgc: Pentecostal It has been a pleasure to min- ister to the corgregation anil to serve the community in other ways. It was a delight to have a part in teaching religions ed- ucation in the Agnes Davidson School. I appreciated very much the business associations T have liar! in the city. I will long re- member Lothbridgc and carry with me very fontl memories. T would he remiss if I did not acknowledge the very fine ad- ministration of the city fathers, and wish Mayor Anderson and all council members the very best as they endeavor to give pood leadership to this growing community. REV. W. J. GAMBLE Lethbricige. million in grants, mil- lion in loans) lor new projects in the special area of the Mon- treal international airport. On October 23, Mr, Marchand announced a loan guarantee of- fer or 25 per cent of the outstanding balance) for a new hotel enterprise in Quebec. But not all the projects dealt with by the Minister are on this scale. Also "for immediate re- lease" was a communique headed1: "Regional Incentive Grant to help create Two Jobs in the Renfrew-Pembroke Spe- cial Area of The recipient, Gary Wilson Tire Service Lid. is to bo assisted with This may be the political equivalent of "God sees tho little sparrow fall.' Is it in- tended to inspire a similarly grateful response? It seems to me that no stag- gering blow would be dealt the economy of Canada if there was a moratorium on such an- nouncements (routine or other- wise) during the period envis- ioned by Mr. Mackasey. How far they influence voters may be doubtful? To the extent that (his is the intention, they are not flattering since the calcu- lation must be that we have not emerged very far from the backwoods. 'Crazy Capers' Dr. Johnson says IT "Ugh! look of that oil! Call HfW and find eat it oitf- Ihiny'i bciaa dona clcail" In response to the letter fOcl. 2fi) by a concerned parent, al- me lo quote Dr. Samuel Johnson 17511, "An unpraclirnl observer expecls Ihe love of parents and children to be con- slant and equal, but this kind- ness seldom continues beyond Ihe years of infancy. I n a short time the children become rivals lo Ihe parents, benefits a-e allayed by reproaches, and gratitude debased by envy. Par- ents and children seldom act in concert. Kach child endea- vors to appropriate She esteem and fondness of the parents and the parents, with ycl less temp- tnlion betray each olher to tho children. Thus, some placo their confidence In the rathe-, and some in the molhcr, and by degrees the house is filled with artifices and feuds (lie children are more effected liy the direction ourselves lake, than try tho eoiToctioiis we give tlwm. Ago looks vrilh temerity on youth, and youth' v.ilh contempt on the sity of age, Ihe parenls and children [or Ihe greatest pail, live on to love less and and if those whom nature has uniled are Ihe torments of each other, where shall we look for tenderness and DICK FISIIKR 'J'hose poor men look worn out shall 1 turn it off and give them a rest? The Lcthbtidgc Herald 501 7th St. S., Lcthbridge, Alberta LETIIBniDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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