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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, LETHBRIDGE UN emphasis shifts from political to economic UNITED NATIONS (CP) Emphasis in the United Nations is shifting from the political to the economic and the process is likely to be accelerated in this new fall session of the General Assembly. The great East-West con- frontations of the cold war are rapidly becoming a thing of the past because, as one diplomat put it, they now are increasingly irrelevant to the economic problems facing a large part of the world. Confrontations still develop periodically in the security council but they have none of the fire and the drama of the political clashes which grew out of such world-shaking events as the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War and nuclear testing in the atmosphere. The General Assembly dis- cussions now turn more and more to economic issues, often spurred by the demands of underdeveloped and developing countries seeking a better standard of living and a greater share of the world's wealth. An example was the special session on raw materials call- ed last March at the behest of the developing countries. The smaller nations finally overrode the objections of the bigger, industrialized countries and, by virtue of their greater voting power, steamrollered through a series of resolutions calling on the big powers to give them greater economic help. Another example is the ap- proaching world food confer- ence and the emphasis United States President Ford placed on this in his address to the UN on Wednesday. Ford urg- ed the countries of the world to join in a global strategy for food and energy, warning that failure to co-operate on food, oil and inflation "could spell disaster for every nation represented in this room." What the diplomats call the decolonization era also is vir- tually over. That era, which generated some of the great debates of the past as "third world" countries fought for the freeing of colonial lands, has been brought to a close by Portugal's action in deciding to grant independence to her African colonies. Only two major issues re- main in that field questions of Rhodesia, where a large black majority is ruled by a small white minority, and South Africa, whose policy of apartheid has long been condemned in UN debates. Stanfield's top man Ronald Ritchie moves up quickly The new fellow on Tory street OTTAWA (CP) Ronald Ritchie is determined to face down dissension within the Progressive Conservative party over his sudden emergence as the powerful top aide in Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield's office. He says he is treading wari- ly in the new job but is deter- mined to play an active role in the upper ranks of the Con- C J EQUIPMENT RENTALS 1410 2nd Ave. S. 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He took over as Mr. Stan- field's principal assistant last week, abandoning an affluent life in Toronto's Deer Park district for a west Ottawa high-rise home and a cramped Centre Block office near the Commons chamber. As Mr. Stanfield's senior as- sistant, Mr. Ritchie can exert influence over who the leader sees and what he does. He is Mr. Stanfield's go-between with the party and the 95- member Conservative caucus and the director of a 29-strong staff in the leader's office. One Conservative regularly involved with the party caucus said some members are bewildered by the appoint- ment and irritated that "the new kid on the block" would move so quickly into a senior post. It pays about a year. He said the irritation in- creased when Mr. Ritchie went before the television cameras shortly after his ap- pointment to give his views on the state of the economy. "There are hard feelings as it is about caucus having little say in what goes the caucus informant said. "Some MPs felt that Ritchie should stick to his filing and let the politicians discuss policy." Alberta backbencher Stan Schumacher (Palliser) recall- ed the reaction in caucus when Mr. Ritchie was introduced to the MPs by Mr. Stanfield. "Some of us thought that the fund-raising collections from the oil companies must be he said. A confident Mr. Ritchie said 'he is accustomed to plunging headlong into new situations. "However, I obviously have things to learn, and t will never learn all that I want to." he added. Mr. Ritchie sees himself as neither a permanent fixture in the leader's office nor a peacemaker in the continuing strife between predominantly western-based party dis- sidents and the so-called Conservative "es- tablishment." Meanwhile he will help Mr. Stanfield clear the way for a party leadership convention, probably some time in 1976. 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