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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LFTHB81DGE HERALD Monday, September 18, 1971 Bruce Hutchison Election will express attitude of nation ,The right to know The Primo Minister's office has been deluged with letters protesting Toronto and Vancouver, cities which would he expected to receive a large {hT'aruSSiTn of Ugandan Asians to proportion ot the refugees cities this country according to reports which have seen great changes in emanating from Ottawa. The govern- character and composition of. their inent's decision to institute a pro- population due to the influx of immi. gram of admission on an emergen- grants from abroad who tend to con- cv basis was remarkably swift by gregate there, comparison with some other Com- Protest is likely to grow, and some monrealth nations whose decisions commentators believe that the Ugan- are still hanging fire. The one na- dan immigration question may be- tion which might have been expected come a hot election issue, to accept at least minimum number, Whether it does, or whether it does India has responded negatively, not, the refusal of the government Others have not responded to the either to announce a quota, or to es- eall for help at all. timate the number of Asians it will Generally speaking, public re- rpHE ELECTION on October 30 will decide whether Pierre Trudeau or Robert Stan- field should govern Canada dur- ing the next four years, but it will decide little else. This is quite normal under our system of government. For all tho brave talk of facing issues, solving problems and mapping the future, the democratic pro- cess seldom makes specific de- cisions because it cannot. Only two Canadian elections in this century, so far as I can recall, answered any definite question of policy the defeat of reciprocity in 1911 and, in 1917, the enforcement of con- scription by a Conservative- Liberal coalition. With these ex- complicated and often beyond ceptions, the electorate chose the public's understanding, between two leaders and two parties, and the victors then decided all the great issues as they thought wise, without con- sulting the public. It was not consulted directly even when Canada entered two world wars. This does not mean that tho people had no influence on their own affairs between elections. If an election had been called whenever the nation had to de- cide a matter of high impor- tance the polls would have open- ed almost every week and we would have lived in a state of continual plebiscitary chaos. In- stead we have lived, and lived well, all things considered, un- der representative government, Their influence was felt every the elected men making the de- day in Parliament and the cabi- net chamber where the politi- cians were always thinking of their future votes, But the spe- cific questions could not be sub- mitted to the public because they were too numerous, too cisions which we are unable to make, for physical i! for no other reasons. So it will be next month. Does anyone suppose, for instance, that the election will decide the greatest of all Canadian questions, the future relation- sliip between two separate cul- tures, languages and lifeways? Of course not. All the voters can decide is whether Mr. Tru- deau or Mr. Stanfield and their parties, are the better equip- ped to deal with the problem. In either case tho chosen prime minister and his col- leagues must frame a policy which neither they, nor the ua- tion, can yet foresee. Again, who knows what the next government will do about unemployment and inflation when neither of the political sponse and editorial opinion, mclud- wing y y ing that of Sons have stood aside on this issue, Mtar a he c'risS IMherefore comes as a shock to Canada may be the chosen home of thousands more ban was originally too hat so many Canadians op- anticipated, particularly since the pose admission the Asians. The anti-Asian nots in Great Britain protests come mainly from the large metropolitan centres Montreal, protests come mainly from the large have demonstrated that they will not receive a royal welcome there. The mountain labor'd... There are times when you just can't help wondering about official announcements The other day, noting that in the tween what the farmer receives for his produce and what the rest of us must pay for it in a store. Perhaps it was observed that the prices of. past year there has been a 7.4 per many commodities tend to go up cent rise in food prices, the federal Department Agriculture solemnly announced its belief that a share of the responsibility for this in- crease rests with the food industry's processors, packagers and distribu- tors. The department did not disclose details of the research program or other effort that lead to this re- markbale discovery, so oiie can only speculate as to how it came about. It may be that someone finally no- ticed there is a bit of a gap be- (often) and down less often) while the commodities them- selves sit quietly in a warehouse or on a shelf. Probably we'll never know just how the government does it, but 0119 hopes the mechanism is not too elab- orate or expensive. Because this knowledge could have been obtained fairly easily by asking any one of Canada's five million or so house- wives, who have known for some- time that it is the middleman who sets our food prices. The barbaric strike Justice Minister Otto Lang says the strike is a "barbaric weapon" which injures a lot of innocent peo- ple and therfore ought to be elimin- ated. Mr. Lang was not only pro- testing against the tremendous loss of income suffered by prairie farm- ers during the recent Vancouver dock strike, but at the danger, to men and the employers' association expressed opposition to federal gov- ernment interference. The Free Press goes on to say "that continued reluctance of man- agement and labor to heed Mr. Lang's advice places the responsi- bility for action on the government of which Mr. Lang is a member. If the public brought about by strikesi the Liberals were to do something in essential services. The justice minister and his col- legue, Labor Minister Martin O'Con- nell, have both come out for ar- bitration as the only sane solution when the parties to a labor dispute cannot agree. The Winnipeg Free Press states editorially that recent opinion polla show that there is falling support for the right to strike, particularly where the general public is affected and that some other method set- tlement should be found. It should be emphasized that sup- port for the right to strike comes not only from the unions. It comes from management as well. In the West coast dock strike both parties, striking West Coast longshore- concrete along this line, or to take a positive position on the matter, with the understanding that if re- elected they would then act on it, they would undoubtedly gain more votes on the coming election than they would lose." It would seem that if the Liberals were as confident as the Winnipeg Free Press is that withdrawal of the right to strike woud win so many votes they would campaign on this issue. But the Liberals know, as well as other parties do, that taking an outright stand might very well re- verse the opinion polls. It's one thing to state an opinion in a ques- tionnaire, it's quite another when it comes to the .crunch at the ballot box. Hacking hockey QUICK wrist thoughts while watching the Canada-Russian ice hockey series to date: Both of Canada's leading national sports lean heavily on the elbows. (The other one is boozing, for the purpose of this family publication.) The Russians are in better shape than our guys. Hell, even their national anlhem outlasted ours. Our team should never shake hands with the Russians before the game. That's when they cripple us. Sinden won't admit it, but we have 20 guys playing with their right hands crimped to sausage rolls. The Russians are also better skaters than the Canadians. They skate as though their trainer learned conditioning from Ivaii the Terrible. Getting away from Ron Ellis is no problem when your skating drills are motivated by a pack of hungry wolves. Also the Russian hockey team pass the puck better than Team Canada. They have been taught to get rid of the puck as quick- ly as possible. They show the value of learning to pass with a live grenade. Rus- sian players wbo don't make the team given decent burials, instead of being sent to an expansion club. This sustains the crlibre of hockey. Finally, the Russians excel at showing restraint. In tactics, they emphasize tho first syllable. They do not spear. They may shish kebab a little, but always with discretion. As for Canadians, in the first gams they 'It's Jake Gaudaur, Coach sez for pete's sake don't tell 'em about John De St. Jorrf parties has any anssver to that conundrum and both can only pray that it won't become in- tolerable before the polls close? The same is true of Canada's relations with the United States, a problem of immediate con- cern in the specific case of the automotive pact, and much greater concern in tho case of energy resources and foreign Investment, but a problem which both nations have tacitly agreed to postpone until their elections have passed. After- wards, however, it must be faced in a myriad of decisions by the two national govern- ments and legislatures, not by the people. Even if the Liberal and Con- servative parties knew how they intended to deal with these things, even if they had any clear plans and were ready to disclose them now, still we would not know the outcome after the election. For accord- ing to the oldest law of politics, governments almost invariably do in office the opposite of what they proposed in opposition not because they are dishonest but because unforeseeable events modify all plans of mice and men and a new situation faces every government almost every morning. Of that law we have vivid proof in the Canadian govern- ment's familiar zigs anS zags, the American government's re- peated somersaults and the re- versals of policy even in the all-wise, strictly planned and foolproof governments of Rus- sia and China. The law is uni- versal in a world where every- thing changes at an accelera- ting rate and literally no one can hope to see far beyond the next weekend. Our own election is very Im- portant all the same. It will not settle anything specifically but it will express, in vague, In- choate form, the general atti- tude bf the nation. To use a loose and misleading but con- venient phrase of shorthand, it will show whether our society is moving to the Left or the Right. It will choose the men who must answer, for better or worse, all the questions as they arise, quite unpredictably, from diay to day. A democratic elec- tion can rarely do more than that a bestowal of trust iu certain human beings, not in gods, an act of faith and, as Churchill once said, the worst conceivable system of govern- ment, except for all the others. (Herald Special bureau) Tug-of-war for Asians in Uganda uneasy situation forgot that the exchange of gifts was sup- posed to end after the face-off. Twenty-two million Canadians looked at them and uttered the familiar national sports cry: "Yech." Expanding on this thought, they said: "Just like I said, them overpaid bums ain't even in condition." Our guys were not working out there. It was Holiday on Ice, without the legs. Every time a Russian sped past Phil Es- posito he looked more like a roadside bill- ing for La Dolce Vita. The team spent so' much time on their knees they looked as though they were coached by Billy Gra- ham. The situation was helped by the TV com- mercials in which NHL players flogged various pieces of hockey equipment with which the protect their flab, and Harry Sinden did his impression of Elmer Fudd, the lard-head that always loses to Bugs Bunny. It was not till the second game that we learned that the Canadian team was ac- tually very fit indeed, in the corners. They gave the Russians a lesson in positional play, the position being horizontal. They demonstrated that individual free enterprize wins over the commune, i! the puck bounces right. If the puck bounces left, as it may dur- ing the remainder of the series, in Rus- sia, the result will have no bearing on the fact that Canada's national game is la- crosse. And blamed if we'll show the Russians bow to play that. WITH the exodus from Uganda barely under way a strange tug-of-war over the unfortunate Asians has developed within the Ugandan Government since President Idi Amin's decision to expel all non-citizens of Asian origin last month. Some departments here are working hard to implement the President's policy. Applications from Uganda Africans to take over Asian shops, farms and businesses are being processed. Banks will shortly be asked to put up much of the money to buy them out (though whether the banks will oblige or t h e money, if it is forthcoming, will ever reach the departing Letter to the editor Asians Is Indian nationals, mainly professional men working on contract for the Ugandan Government, have had their foreign exchange re- mittances to India stopped. Pressure is also being ap- plied to Asians who took out Ugandan citizenship. General Amin retracted his threat to throw them all out too but his officials checking Asian citi- zens' papers are displaying en- thusiasm and often ingenuity in reducing the final number. When the process is complete a mere out of are ex- pected to be confirmed as citi- zens. But other sections of Uie Gov- ernment are working in the op- posite direction. They are equally busy encouraging or Myths should be dropped In the sports section of the September 9 Herald, Pat Sul- livan waxed eloquent about the behavior of two black Am- erican Olympic medal winners during the awards ceremonies in Munich. Now, Mr. Sullivan is entitled to his opinion, but may I respectfully suggest that some of the words he chose to use in describing how Matthews and Collctt acted just might bear a relationship to their de- meanor. He wrote: "Collett and Matthews appeared as though they were enjoying a jazz band in Harlem The language was unfortunate, to say the least, but its tenor has not been unknown in North Amer- ica in the past. What is sur- prising and depressing is that this utterly gratuitous and insulting kind of verbal stereo- typing is still being practised in what is alleged to be a reason- ably enlightened part of the continent. It may be news to Mr. Sul- livan, but most blacks in the United Slates do not pick cot- ton, eat watermelon, tap dance, sing spirituals, or listen to Jazz bands in Harlem. Self-righteous indignation is one thing, al- though not really called for by Mr. Sullivan in this case, but perpetuation of a vicious be- havioral myth, inadvertently or otherwise, is something else altogether and should not be al- lowed to go unchallenged. CHESTER B. BEATY Lethbridge So They Say The challenges facing our so- ciety today are so big and ex- citing that this is the moment for women to be widening their horizons, not narrowing them. Let us get ourselves obsessed with something bigger than sex- ual politics. Castle, member of Ihe British Parliament, charging the U.S. women's liberation movement with wasting its time on trivial- ities. compelling Asians to slay. Teachers, doctors, engineers and other professional people, whether holding Indian, British or-Ugandan citizenship, have been instructed to hang on. Some of them have already been issued with exemption certifica- tes. A number have been refused tax clearance papers without which no one working in Ugan- da can leave the country. This sudden desire to hold on to the people whom General Amin has accused of'sabotag- Ing the nations's economy" also applies, in some cases, to Asians working for themselves. Recently, two doctors, a dent- ist, a nurse, a construction en- gineer and a lawyer in Mbale, a provincial town near the Ken- ya border, were told by the authorities that they could not leave the town without permis- sion. Under no circumstances were they to close down their practices. This administrative confusion symbolizes the schizophrenic state of mind of the Ugandan Government today. General Amin, obeying the word of God and gratifying a popular im- pulse, kicks the Asian parasites out. His civil servants at least those responsible for keeping the country functioning shut tho Asian technicians in. Many people in Uie Goveni- ment, supported by a large number of Uganda's intellec- tuals, would like to see a slow- er and more orderly departure. But the way the whole affair has been bandied and the growing feeling of insecurity among all Asians here suggests the situation will become even more chaotic as the exodus ac- celerates. For the Asians are not only worried about their families, their property and their fu- ture. They are also profoundly frightened. There have no serious anti-Asian incidents apart from the disappearance, and presumed death of Anil Clerk, the Asian MP last May and Kampala remains calm. But most pocple one talks to here asxese some kind of fear. The least worried, Ironcial- ly, are those being thrown out, providing their British or Indi- an papers are in order. They are losing a lot of material wealth. Apart from in cash and worth of personal goods per family, they can take nothing with them. But the fact that these people seem re- markably cheerful or at least calmly resigned is In itself a sign of the gravity of situation. Most of them have money, relatives and homes to go to elsewhere. How- ever, it is still remarkable to come across people who seem to be abandoning large, com- fortable houses, big cars, busi- nesses that have taken years to build up, with a feeling very close to relief. The other two categories Ugandan citizens and Stateless (who will probably number 15, 000 eventually) are even more scared. For the former Looking Through The Herald entire British Allan- tic fleet is being sent to rein- force the Mediterranean squad- ron for the protection of Con- stantinople and the Dardenaltes. 1932 A gradual reduction of the pupils at the nurses train- ing school at Uie Gait hospital is to be made until the num- ber reaches 30. 1M2 Dr. Morley Tuttle left there is the fear of a backlash against them wl.'in the econ- omy begins to suffer. And there is also a deep-seated anxiety that President Amin has a pol- icy of enforced integration up his sleeve. Confusion and unhapplness has been further compounded by the way families have been split by the crisis. This has bis en partly brought on the Asians by themselves who often deliberately took out different nationality within the same family unit as an insurance pol- icy. The result, however, can be disastrous, a typical case being a man with British pap- ers, his wife with Indian, two children perhaps Ugandan and a third Stateless. The political, economic and logistic aspects of the crisis arc clearly im- mense but nothing so far has malched its tragic human di- mensions. (Written for The Tlcralrl and The Observer in London) backward the city Friday morning to join the medical corps of the Ca- nadian (active) Army at Cal- gary and expects to leave there shortly for an eastern centre. 1352 There is a possibility that one ward of the proposed Lethbridge and district muni- cipal hospital will be a veter- ans' ward. The Letlikidge Herald S04 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1D54, by Hon. W. A. 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