Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Solurday, September 4, 1971 One Prairie Election promises The Progressive Conservative parly won this week's provincial clcclimi for other reasons tlian its promise's. Mr. Lougheecl need not have been so lavish with his promises. They weren't necessary, iintl he should not be held to them. Indeed, he cannot be held to them. Whether the Social Credit cam- paigners correctly added up the cost of Mr. Lougheed's promises million was thu figure they arrived at) is not too important. However anybody else adds up Ihe figures, it is still a formidable total. And there was another firm promise not to impose a sales lax. The people don I expect miracles from Ihe new premier. All (hey ask is good government, efficient govern- ment, imaginative government, sym- pathetic yet firm government. As election campaigns go, Mr. Loug- beed'S was a sjood one. In spile of certain lapses he conducted himself responsibly. The people expect him to govern responsibly, regardless of what might'have been said or left unsaid during the campaign, and they need not be disappointed. A bill of rights as premier was assured, Mr. Loug- heed was asked what item of legis- lation would have top priority wilh him. With almost no hesitation he said a provincial bill of rights. Dur- ing the campaign he explained that such a hill would take precedence over all other statutes. It will be interesting to see how the Communal Properties Act stands up when a meaningful bill of rights is passed. The pursuit of perfection An interesting comment on Sekou Toure, leader of the Republic of Guinea, adds a further dimension to Dr. Frank Morlcy's discussion of per- fection in his weekend meditation be- low Guinea, under the leadership of President Toure, has deteriorated into a state of economic ruin and politi- cal madness. The precise role of Portuguese Guinea in last Novem- ber's "attempted invasion'' is not known but it seems clear that those chiefly involved were refugees from the tyranny of Toure's regime. Thou- sands of Guineans have chosen lo live elsewhere rather than face dra- conic prison senlences on mere sus- picion of being members of a "Fifth Column." President Toure got (he way he is because of his idealism. E. C. Sch- warzenbach of Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Zurich) has observed that every de- viation from his standard is regarded as treason by President Toure. Founded on abstract concepts of per- fection, the president has a totally false image of man which leads him to brand every egoistic impulse, ev- ery personal interest, as "hostile to the people." A person in a position of power who does not understand or acknowl- edge the limilations (imperfectionsi of human nature is dangerous. In the name of his god, his program, his idealism he can justify the most ap- palling measures that wreak havoc on men and. nations. Tlie pursuit of perfection needs always to be accompanied the humbling confession of falling 'short and the enabling grace of the sense of forgiveness. Those who recognize no need for forgiveness do not usually extend it in their relationships. Weekend Meditation Is trying to be perfect -wrong? TTNTIL comparitively recently the effort to be perfect was taken for granted in the Christian life. Christians were lo follow on to perfection. When a certain great denomination inducted their minis- ters they required them to vow that they would strive for perfection. This was Wes- ley's great ideal. It was considered by all the sainla righl that they should imilate Christ and thus become Godlike, and so great books were written and titled "The Imitation of Christ." Did not Paul speak about pressing on toward tire mark as if he were striving to be perfect as was perfect? Ministers preach sermons enlitlcd "Mateng the ir.ost of your best for the sake of others." The idea of laking it easy or as the tramp put it "Walking with Ihe wind at my back" was considered deli- nilcly sinful. Bui now all lhal has been changed. Arlicles are written on "The Tyranny of and perfectionism has been called self idolatry leading to all sorts of neurotic conditions, a most dan- gerous and unhealthy attitude. One of Ihe great novels of our day was based on a Scotsman who, upon being made a church elder, immediately so changed his whole life and the life of his family, that he made his home a perfect hell and he him- self became a tyrant plunged in a gloomy condition. Striving for perfection can lead one to insanity. Also, as Monica Furlong observes that failing "To renounce the idol of perfection'1 men may become iiuensilive to the action of God within them. Yet very few of us have any reason lor concern that we may ever achieve perfec- tion. Far from il, as one of the great mod- ern writers remarked lhat life's only sad- ness is the failure to become a taint. Sin has been described as "Falling short." a failure lo reach certain standards or ideals that were attainable, and the greatest an- guish in life is to look back and see times when we failed to measure up, when un- doubtedly, one could have done belter, far far better, and ullcrly failed to do so. We must deal seriously wilh Jesus' command, "Be ye therefore perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect." Wilfred Grenfcll, the great doctor of Tjabrador, in hk book "What Life Means To Me" 535 s iJiat "Hip. Ivigliesl reward of life In me would be, In be like Jesus." Jesus told bi.s disciples that their righteousness must exceed that of Ihe scribes and Pharisees. He asked them "what do ye more than Barclay's comment on Jesus' command to be perfect, is that the Greek word for 'pcrfecl' is 'tcleios.' This word is used in Greek, not in any philosophical sense, but lo denote a functional perfection, thus a sacrifice offered to God had to be per- fect, that is, it couldn't have any fault in it. A ship that was well made so lhal it could stand up to the slorms of the sea was a perfect ship, an instrument that was adequate for it's job was a perfect instrument. Tlie word 'teleios' comes from the noun 'teles', which meanl Ihe end or purpose or goal. Thus, a thing is perfect, if it realizes the purpose for which it was planned says Barclay. A man therefore, is perfect if he fulfills his own nature, if he fulfills Ihe purpose for which he was put into life, and becomes, in other words, a perfect instrument of t.he Divine. If eternity be necessary for the achieve- ment of this command for perfection, then a new power also is necessary. A man definitely cannot achieve this kind of life in his own power. Once, a preacher was ghbly quoting from Rudyard Kiming'a "If." ''Yours is the earth and everything that's in it and what is more you'll be a man, my One member of the congregation got up enough courage to say to the preacher, however, "Yes, If. If you can. But what if you He was quite right, no man can do these things in his own strength. Jesus held up to, men an impossible ideal by any human standards, and the only way in which we can hope in any measure to achieve this kind of perfeclion is through tlie strenglh wliich God supplies. II is interesting that the greatest saints have been most aware of their imperfec- tions. The people who have never tried to follow the commands of Jesus, find it easiest lo be aware of their own goodness, and boast that they are as good as Ihe peo- ple who go to church or some such non- sense. We depend on no righteouness of our own and no strength of our own, we arc, all of us, most sinful creatures, and any goodness we have is snmolhing that is given lo its and all our way In perfeclion Ihc M ay of Dh inc leading and Divine strength. It is liltle wonder that after this ciimrnandina.nl, Jesus goes on lo talk about the need nf prayer, fur prayer is certainly a primary necessity if we sic prims In fol- low in Ihi.s uay, if we are going to make of ourselves the sort of person lhat we were meant to be. Here also. Jesus gives new rules regarding prayer. Prayer was lo bo kepi clear from cant and foolish repeti- liun. il was net lo have "Kir.ply phrases'' It was lo have a great simplicity and JCMIS gave PH an example "The Lord's Prayer." PRAYER: Oh God, fulfil in me thy per- fect will. I'.S.M. Guessing game By Dong Wnlker PRIOR to the election, some of the Herald staff engaged in n guessing game alinul the outcome. The winner was Clco Mowers who called the Progressive Conservatives In lake 15 scats as against 27 for Social Credit and three for Ihe I wasn't even close. My guo.ss was Ilial tho Social Crediten would win 41! scats, the Coaservalives 27, and the NDP two. My only comfort in having Iwcn so badly out is (lint friend Jim Maybic was even more wildly guessed M Social Credil, 111 ('onservalive, and three NI1P. The sajjaciousnrss displaced by Mr, Mourrs indicates why he. is the editor and why Mnybie and I flro Just underlings. Lougheed's observations recalled Milm-'s Note _ jip. I'elor I.uuglieed, wlici will become lircmicr ul AlbiTlii next week, was ;i panellist al Ilir Due Prairie Province confer- -dice in Lclhliricigc last year. His remarks on (he fiilnre n- Jirsion of (lie (lirce prairie provinces are Ilieretorc nf significance latin, anil are reprinted in part liclow. Inci- dentally, on Che same jianel ivilh him was Mr. Allan Ulakcncy, who livo months ago became premier of Sask- alehuwan. response to this spcci.'ic question of One Prairie Province is mixed. Frankly, I have -in open mind about il not because my initial response ii not on tho negative side but upon my feelings after reading the initial statement made here by Mr. Richardson and after hearing some of Ihc remarks mj.de earlier here .0- day. We had better be careful we politicians in prejudg- ing the mood and the feelings [if the people that we attempl In represent because I do not Ihink that the people have faced up to this question as yet so others have forced us to come to grips with this issue and wilh IJu's queilion. So, I retain an cpcn mind. If I have to take an initial position on Ihe question of One Prairie Province, it is (his not at this time. Rut. I do think thai there is a se- rious problem in arranging a conference such as this and then prejudgmg the views of the people. Now I have to take issue with earlier remarks of well-being and of self-sufficiency regard- ing the people of Alberta. As far as I am concerned, there is concern deep concern about Hie Alberta economy auout the whole Prairie situa- tion, and about Canadian unity. Li lenns of the objective of this conference I sense the same confict the other speak- er' have mentioned thai Al- vin Hamilton spoke about Ihe need to balance between Hit- desire for Canadian unity on one hand and the aspira- tions and Ihe economic and so- cial realities of this region on Ihe other. Secondly, when I as- sess the objectives of this con- ference the difficulty of f.n- suering the specific question One Prairie Province I have to come back to the as- sei.sment of how does it affect the individual person a citi- of any one .of the provinces in terms of liis opprrtunity and of the services that he might be provided. I believe that the answers (o these questions con- tain the framework for this is- sue AW, as to the possible alter- natives in my mina', there are four. The first one is the idea of a separate nation I reject it completely and un- equivocally, without any quali- fication. I do not think Iliat it is a serious alternative and I gather that most you concur'. Secondly tlie question of the they are. I cannot accept that cither I feel that such a pos- tion would be misinterpreted it would little lo overcome the lack of understanding by central Canada by the cen- tral government towards our problems towards Ihe aspira- tions of Ihis area. I cannot ac- cept Ihe fatt (hat we can leave things as they arc so, I sub mil, that we have lo look 'a other alternatives. The emphasis on this confer- ence has been lo the lliird al- ternative to one of boundary changes changes in provin- cial boundaries this has been discussed in terms of Alberta merging with British Columbia, of the three Prairie provinces, of evolvement of the north and of all four western provinces. 1 frankly find that my initial adverse reaction has to do with this cor.cern of remoteness, that arises from my limited ex- perience in political lUe and in- volvement with goverment pro- grams. I am deeply concerned about the problems of transmit- ting a government program '.a the people in a meaningful way in assuring that a program whether it be an adult re- training program a housing program or other people-di- rected programs gets to the people, in terms of concrete re- sults. The more Uiat I am in- volved, the more I appreciate Ihe dilficulty of being able to transmit a well-prepared, and, if you like, status quo or as one speaker, well-financed program in such put it, let's just leave things as a way Hilt it produces the end results lor the citizens which we all strive. So, major reason for reacting unfa- vorably lo Ihis proposal is a feeling of remoteness already existing the remoteness our citizens feel towards our pro- nnci.il goraramenl as well as the remoteness and aliena- tion of our young people from uur institutions any move towards centralization and I think ladies and gentlemen Iliat's what UBS proposal is is a move in my opinion, in the wrong; direction. Now, there is a counter an- swer to Alvin Hamilton's ques- tion and others have dealt wiUi it and that of course is a shift to regional government. It raises also the question of the merit of direct relationship between the large melropolitan areas and the federal authority. Frankly, I believe we may in time have lo move in such a direction. But in terms of (ini- ing, I do not consider the al- ternative of provincial boun- dary change as (he alternative which I feel at the starl of the 70s is the best approach al least for Alter! a. However, the fourth alterna- tive is the one I would like lo support, endorse and encour- age That is an alternative pro- viding for a much greater de- gree of co-operation between provincial administrations in a much more extensive way than ive have had in the past. I re- gret the terminology of the Prairie Provinces Economic "I want to plant his feet firmly on the ladder of future success and financial security where's the sports department Letters to the editor Opporluniles ior youth at SAIT a success It's good news time, the fed- eral government's Opportuni- ties For Youlh has sponsored a successful summer day camp at the Southern Albert? Insti- tute of Tectaology in Calgary. 11 lias provided 30 students with a summer job, 25 instruc- tors and 5 cb-ordinators. It also provided 750 Itids from 13 to 16 years old, plus approximately Forked-tongue speaking Afler reading some of the statements made by Ihe as- sodalion executives regarding the jail staff going on strike, il is no wonder that the Indian refers lo Ihe while man as speaking a fnrkrrl First rinc member sl.llr.s l.lii'l the striki- call is not piililir.il blackmail bul then he slates that it is an opportune time. An opporlunc lime for whal? Next one memlwr stales lhal Ihe insliluliuns would lie given ample notice of a slrike call but anolher member stales that Ihe lime would be a .see- ret so that the government wouldn'l have time lo call in HCMP or armed lorcex person- ncl, thereby making Ihe slrike more offer live. I, for one. would not want In be a jail offiei.il and have lo rely on I hose types of people. Jail givirds must remember that llx'y have Liken an oath of allegiance and by going on slrike would make it inanda- lory for Ihe atlorney general lo fire as an obligation In Ihe public. It is a sad day govern- ment employees have lo used as political pawns by a few association niemlwrs and a sadder day still when these same employees arc unable lo see lhat Ihey arc being used for someone else's personal gain. II. 11UDAH. Conld.llr. 'Crazy Capers' Tragic news I'm nfrn.nl, Mr. Brown ihc's .turned upl 20 senior citizens with a place lo go and lake one of 1.1 courses for a period of three weeks. The com'ses offered were photography, baking and cake decorating, electronics, drama, journalism, athletic skills and techniques, woodworking, use of computers, aulomolives, ra- dio broadcasting, and a variety of aiis and crafts. The summer day camp had three phases in which all those involved seemed to enjoy as well as letling belli studeiils and instructors do something useful with Hieir time. There was a veiy minimal cost of one dollar lor regisl ration and all materials were supplied. The instructors were those young adults who had attended SAIT, a i! d these .students laught Ihe summer day camp students Iheir programs during Ihe mornings and ll'on Ihe af- ternoons were set asirlc for ev- eryone lo enjoy a variety of recreation, bawling, bascb; II, swimming a n d many oilier things. Slimmer day camp students went home wilh such things lhat they rrradc at the camp its radios, lawn chairs, sculpture, cakc.s, newspapers and a host of other inoinentos. Although the budget was small and advertising for tlio camp was very scarce, Ihey had a fAxxl number inloresl- cil young Icenagcrs altending, and l-.opefully next year a sim- ilar camp will once again bo Kt up at SAIT. All UA1T students bulb gratis and undergrads can be proud because SAIT was one of the few chosen out of thousands of proposals for Opportunities For Youtli. The SAIT summer day camp is a good example that projects run by youth, for youth can be a great success. MARILYNN KNOCH Calgary. for Council. I think lhal it is a mis- my nomcr. In facl, with due re- spect, gentlemen, 1 submit Uiat it has not been a success. The concept is right bill it hasn't been successful by means of the existing vehicle I feel lhat it is time to reassess it. For what is it, in facl? II is merely a meeting of once or perhaps twice a year of the premiers of three Prairie prov- inces. I was delighled to read a report of Ralph lledlin's pre- sented to you yesterday in which he refers to the Prahia Provinces Economic Council. This should become an etfec- live inter-provincial agency provided with 3 strong secre- tariat and with staff charged with examining proposed na- tional policies and assessing them in terms of their prairie implication. The legislatures s o u 1 d provide substantial funds and full support. I endorse thus position on be- half of Ihs people whom I rep- resent as being a forward slep. 1 endorse it because I consider il a way in which we could move in terms of a co-operative ap- proach without becoming tangled up in tire question of political boundaries. I do not accept the argument that merely because the gov- ernments in the other provinces and the opposition in the prov- inces are of a different political stripe that such an expanded co-operative approach would ineffective. We have had ex- amples which have been point- ed out where (Us co-cperation lias worked on a piecemeal basis. But, there are many more places where this co-oper- ation cbidd be developed and used effectively. The whole area of provincial involvement with Hie operation of the Ca- nadian Wheat Board is one ob- vious case in point. Tnera should be a clear arid direct voice by provincial administra- tions in the operations of the Canadian Wheat Board, and of course, a joint sharing of re- sponsibility at the same tune. There is a clear need for such inter provincial organization and perhaps tin's is within the framework of the proposals that Mr. Richardson presented at the opening of Uus confer- ence perhaps it is also wilhin the framework put forth by Allan BlLkcney and by Alvin Hamilton but, il must be more Ihau just Ihree premiers meeting once a year. The ob- jective is much larger and more significant than that and 1 hope that the follow-up of this conference would involve a commitment by legislatures in all three provinces to provide funds lo support il as well as from the federal authority. It could have as one of its tasks, (he area of constitutional re- form something that I think is so badly needed an as- sessment from a Western Ca- nadian point of view of where the divisions of responsibility .should lie between the three le- vels of government. This is an important task and I believs comes within the terms of re- ference lhal Air. Hamilton re- ferred to. Li conclusion I hope that you will not end this discussion here. I do not think it is for me to suggest where you go from here, but I do hope that what- ever is developed or has been started during these four days in Lcthbridge that there will be some through. I that the priority of any follow through would be given not to a continuation of discussing an adjustment of provincial boun- daries, hut lo cstabbshing Uie best way in which the case for Ihc West could be pul lo the people of Canada; the best way in which Ihere could be Uie maximum degree of co-opera- tion to meet the many valid poinls lhat have been presented here loday and during the past few days by the speakers that have attended this conference. Looking backward Tlironch the Herald The third session of the IjCague of nations opened in Geneva loday under Ihe threat of wilhdrawal from Chile. 19.11 Pcler Verigin. Douk- hobor leader, stated loday re- ports from El Paso, Texas lhat Doukhohors in Canada were to emigrate to Mexico, were un- founded. Kill London sources said lhal German losses in the war with Hu.ssia !lni.s far are be- lieved lo total about and that Russian losses have been to ooo" in the bloodiest fighting ID history. 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