Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September 25, 1971 Maurice Western Government ignores legislation on wheat payments o O...... ,ntm fnr -ranted C-244, either as Uie result i politics shift A new pecking order in the world of power politics is in the making and nobody is betting on who will emerge top dog. The signs are that no one will, although ugly confronta- tions between nations leading to the threat of war will inevitably continue. Here are a few broad indications about what's going on. Russia has compromised on Berlin, building up its power in the Middle East, and trying hard to arrange a European security conference which will con- firm the division of Germany and Europe into two distinct spheres of influence. The Americans are not retreating into isolationism, but they are get- ting out of Indochina as fast as they possibly can, reducing their military commitments wherever they can ana insisting that from now on nations which have depended heavily on American military assistance for their defence must become more self- reliant. China is breaking out from us former isolation, gaining influence in Europe and in Asia, and is fast be- coming a power to reckon with in the world political arena. Japan is in a stale of flux, no longer finding the U.S. its right arm economically and militarily. It is looking to China as an outlet for its immense industrial production but with apprehension, fearing the possibility of future aggression. Un- ease concerning U.S.-Cliina detente is rising in Japan. in Europe, the British are almost certain to join the Common Market, and the Common Market one day is almost certain to become a political union as well as an economic one. No one. not evert the most learned international politicians, can predict what the line-up will be next month, next year, or five years from now. But James Reston of'the New Times has come up with the predic- tion that global co-operation in world affairs: "Is too powerful to be slopped by il- lusions in Moscow about Mr. Nixon s forthcoming visit to Peking. The nations are becoming a little less interested in settling their disputes by force of arms and a little more interested m co-operat- ing in limited fields because it is in their selfish interests to do so. They have to co-operate in the fields of world aviation, health, communications, environmental pollution, trade, finance, drugs, for example, to avoid damage to their own people. This is the fact that is very slowly making its way in the world as Ihe capacity for mutual destruction increases. The philosophers have known this for gen- erations and centuries, but there is now quite a lot of evidence around thai govern- ments are adjusting to this basic reality." Thank you Mr. Reston. Those crambs of comfort coming from a man whose journalistic approach has never adopted the Pollyana smile, are more than acceptable in a world which heretofore has been too ready to solve its problems by con- frontation and war. OTTAWA The old rule that in matters of legisla- tion the government proposes and Parliament disposes has apparently been modernized by the present administration. What happens now is that the government assumes, thus dis- posing of the legislative prob- lem and enabling Parliament to concentrate on other sub- jects. In the emergency debate re- cently there was a good deal of political chaff and other mat- ter foreign to the point at is- sue. This is, quite simply, that the government has chosen to ignore a statute which, it hope- fully hut wrongfully assumed, would he now be replaced by another, of greater virtue in the eyes of ministers. There are opposing back- ground theories which may be noted rr. passing. The first, that of the Liberals, is that the op- position wilfully o .strucled pas- sage of the agricultural legisla- tion, including Ihe Grain Sta- biliz.'.lion bill. The second, lhat of Ihe opposition, is that the government practised a bit of blackmail in order to improve the parliamentary behavior of other parties. Eilhtr theory may be per- stasive; indeed there may be an element of truth in both. But neither is strictly relevant to the charge which has been brought. The same may be said about excursions into the rec- ords of the various parties in agricultural legislation; about the merits of legislation past and prospective, about wheat sales 'ast year, and about Otto Lang's avowed eagerness to go to jail in the cause of the prai- rie farmer. The key point is: Has the government acted within the law L withholding payments under the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act? It may be taken for granted that Mr. Lang's intentions in respect to the farmers were of the best. "There is no he said, "and there never has been any doubt that what we have been doing with Bill C- 244 was, in terms of 1970-71, at- tempting to take the mil- lion which the treasury might otherwise have spent, under the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act, to add million new money and pay that to the grain producers as million instead of million." The fact remains that Bill An intimation? Philadelphia has a school board that dared to vote in June to discon- tinue all extracurricular activities in the city's 285 public schools. In addi- tion to sports, the programs in art, music and journalism have been dropped. This action was taken in the face of a projected S39.5 million deficit for the school system in the current year. The savings resulting from cutting out the extracurricular activities will only amount to S4.5 million but it was felt to be a step in the right di- rection. Since education costs have soared everywhere in Canada and the Uni- ted States, the possibility that Phil- adelphia's action is an intimation of things to come in other places is real It will at least be tempting to many school boards to follow suit and try to chop out what some people call "frills." School boards lhat make such a move need to be prepared for pro- test. An article in Sports Illustrated says that members of the school board in Philadelphia have been be- Weekend Meditation sieged by angry citizens wanting the restoration of sports. Nob o d y seems to care about the other things that also have been eliminated al- though many more students partici- pated in them than those who took part in sports. It is regretlable lhat the protest has singled out sports in Philadel- phia. Team sport probably isn't very important in the long run. There is a good argument to be made and it has been made by one of the con- tributors to The Herald's weekly edu- cation column on the editorial page education in leisure time pur- suits. Music, art, writing and non- team sports are of great significance in preparing people for a future that promises more and more leisure lime. They may be as important as the old staples 'of the school curricu- The action in Philadelphia indi- cates how desperate the people char- ged with responsibility for running school systems feel about runaway costs. It may be a poor decision to start pruning the program bul who has yet come up with a belter one? Faith: the force oi life SAINT PETER says that God is a faithful creator. Saint John says that God is "faithful and just." The book of Hebrews was written at a time when all the evil forces of the Roman Empire threatened to exterminate Ihe Christian church and the author exhorts the suffering martyrs, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waivering; for he is faithful by promise." God is utterly dependable, he keeps his promises, we can trust Him ut- terly. It is very easy when we are healthy and prosperous, full of animal spirits, to keep a certain kind of faith, but it is very difficult when 'the world tumbles in, when the powers of sickness and evil darken the sky and sweep away everything which we have valued of the true and the good and the beautiful, to believe in God. There comes a time when our footsteps echo down empty corridors and the oft-quoted phrases of faith seem so much hollow mock- ery so that we believe in spite of evidence, seeming to be flying in the face of reason. It is this kind of faith that makes a dif- ference, this kind of faith thai matters. This is the faith which Chesterton says, "Hangs by a hair of the mercy of God." The only faith that matters is the faith that has gone through such an experience. All the saints speak of "the dark night of the soul." Many people in such a time be- come cynical and bitter. Life hardens the heart, breaks it or makes it sensitive. The only light worth having is thai which shines in darkness; Ihe only faith worth having is thai which has survived fear; the only spiritual victory of any value is that which has risen above ruin and destruction, see- ing the whole world shaken, but the foun- dations of life secure. "Count it all wrote Saint .lames, "When you meet with various trials." .Je- sus said, "In the world you shall have tri- bulation, but be of goal cheer, I have over, come the world." In life we arc all soli- tary individuals. Countless millions vainly try to escape their inner loneliness by join- ing crowds. "We suffer alone; we sin alone; We die alone." There is a time and place when every soul has lo stand alone. No one really can share our suffering and sorrow in life. Nor indeed can anyone un- derstand our sin or share that. It is when we reach the end of our tether that God comes in. The place of despair becomes the birthplace of hope and faith. It is an amazing fact that only when we have lost all hope in the things of this world lhat we find a victorious faith. As long as we have faith in some olher salvalion, we can have no failh in Ihe salvalion of God. The dean of American psychologist, William James, that magnificent man of faith, tells how all one winter he was on the verge of suicide. Then he goes on to relate how he found faith. "There is a state of says William James, "known to religious men and lo no others, in which the will to assert ourselves has been displaced by the willingness to close our mouths and be as nothing in the floods and water spouts of God. In this stale of mind Ibe hour of our moral dealh has turned into our spiritual birthdate." We are very iguoranl creatures. As Thomas Edison said, we don't know the millionth part of one per cent about any- Ihing. We don't know whal personality is. We don't know whal lighl is. We don't know what electricity is. We don't know what time and space are. We speak of an in- finity of universes, but who understands this or can comprehend it? As a mailer of fact we do not know anything more about the fundamentals of life than was known two thousand years ago. No man can prove the existence of God, but every man can ex- perience God. No man can know of another life but the great men of every age have told of their experience of a life that seems to How around this life, a world which they can penetrate, a mysterious world which is nevertheless just as real for them as this life of materialism and mortality. Not only Christians have spoken of Ibis by any means. Plato and other great Greeks wrote of it as have people of the Eastern religions. We need not live the weak and meagre kind of lives we do. We can dis- cover the powers and the resources of God us we reach into the darkness to grip his hand and respond to the pull of it Prayer: "Grant 0 God that thy great- ness may flow round our incomplclness; round our restlessness thy rest." F.S.M. ''Believe me, I'm sorry Mr. Trudectu but I'm single-mindedly dedicated to winning the war on inflation, the fight against unemployment, the battle to overcome poverty and uh, the '72 election Letters to the editor Lethbridge takes another step backwards 0-244, either as the result ol opposition wickedness or gov- ernment iiiismaragement (or a bit of both) is not yet a statute. On the other h.md, the Tem- porary Wheat Reserves Act, not having been repealed, un- questionably is. Fence tire question put to the minister by Alfred Hales (PC- wno is chairman of the public aciounls commit- "Does be not agree that leg- islation passed by this House and on the statute books of Canada should be enforced and acted on until such lime as it is amended or repealed by other Mr. Lang described this as "an easy, general question to answer in the affirmative." He then explained that, in this par- ticular case, the government could fairly easily have made the payment "with the inten- tion that, upon the enactment of the bill, the amount indi- cat.'d would have to be repaid by the (Canadian) Wheat Board to the government of Canada, in which case the wheat board would have had to carry that in the contingency fund." Had this been done, Mr. Lang surmised that opposition mem- bers "might have dragged the wheat board into partisan poli- ILa1 debate." This is to say that it would have been an inconvenient business and that the opposi- tion would probably have suc- cumbed to partisan tempta- tions. Granting both dark pos- sibilities, how does this put the government on the right side of the law? S t a n ley Knowles inquired: "Can (the minister) tell the House by what legal authority, order in council, minute of the treasury board, or what have you, the government has re- frained from paying money set out under the Temporary Re- serves Wheat Act and, in par- ticular, since he has referred to the fact that Bill C-244 was in- troduced on April 29, 1971. by what authority were those pay- ments not made between Aug. 1, 1970. and April 1971 when they were required to be made on a monthly basis under the provisions of chapter 2 of the statutes of To this Mr. Lang replied: "When this House speaks in en- acting bill C-244, as it pre- sumably will if the opposition will allow that to happen and as the government intends and proposes, then the effect of that law will be the removal of the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act as of July 31, 1970. It was on the prospective implementa- tion, therefore, of this fact that the government acted to carry out what would be the proper result the moment that bill is passed." I am sure that most people in Lethbridge are delighted to see that, at least on the sur- face, we are a forward-looking, growing, expanding community. There does seem, however, to be a cross section of people here who continue to think small and live in the past. This is not a healthy situation, es- pecially when we realize that this kind of thinking, put into action, can have a very deteri- orating effect on the future of this whole area. In the past few weeks we as a city have experienced two major set-backs, in my opinion. Firsl, of course, was the way that the majority voted here during the provincial election. We have never had a strong voice for Lethbridge up in Ed- monton and this time around (isn't it we have two voices, both members of the op- position who will be heard only in protest, if they arc heard at all. For thirty-six years "Bible Bill" and Mr. Manning told the people of Alberta, in so many words, that they and Social Credit had been chosen by the Lord to bring the province out of the wilderness and into the promised land. Campaigning under the cloak of religion worked wonders all those years until this time around. Of course, we in the south it seems swallowed the bait once again, hook, line and sinker In all fairness we must admit that Social Credit did give good government to Alberta in many ways, but Mr. Strom just couldn't radiate the same pow- erful God-like image of his pre- decessors and now it's a brand new ball game, to the joy and delight of many of us. I do hope that some of the bright, younger men we passed up in this area will consider running again in future elections. Most of them seem too good to be passed up and forgotten. We goofed again, the way I see it anyway. The second set-back was the vote against the bylaw calling for a fluoridation plebiscite on Oct. 13. It isn't a question of whether fluoridation is good, bad or indifferent but we as citizens should have the right Voters beware of teachers With civic elections on Octo- ber 13th the electorate should now be considering very care- fully, the suitability of candi- dates for the offices they are seeking. Regardless of how in- epl a candidate may be, or Eeyore In his viluperalions against the new university building, my good friend Jim Fishbourne re- minds me of all males his age (including myself) when con- fronted with a new hairstyle among their women rela- tives and secretaries. Regard- less of whether the ladies arc pretty or not, we grumble be- cause we resent change. ICcyorc, Iho immortal jackass of Winnic-the-Pooh is the proto- typical example of such grum- bling. The new building is func- tional and has the true beauty of simplicity which (Iocs not cloy as would the decor char- acteristic of personal the sort, of decor that, is an af- fliction and embarrassment lo all but its individual owner. PIHUP I1EANE, DEAN OK AliTS AND SCIICNCK, T1IK UNIVERSITY OK LETHBRIDGE. what particular cause he is es- pousing we will be hooked with that person for three years. High salaries with twelve pay cheques for nine months work have attracted so many into the education field thai there is now a surplus of teach- ers. In view of this situalion there have been continuous dia- tribes in The Herald by certain teachers relative lo the pupil- teacher ratio. One teacher who contributes many inane articles suggests there should be many times the number of teachers in the elementary grades as have now. The reason for this continual pressure is solely for the purpose of adding more teachers to the payroll. If ac- complished, this would result in further substantial in- creases in our education costs, and drastically higher property taxes. Nol long ago teachers were competent to teach classes of lictwecn 50 and GO. Now many complain of the workload will) classes half Ibis and un- fortunately there is no im- provement in the quality of the product being turned out. It is of course the aim of the insidious teachers Union (ATA) lo have some of these expensive policies put into ef- fect along with ultimate con- trol of work rules and salaries. School board employees are ineligible to run for seats on the board. Retired teachers are, however, eligible and will, if elected be endeavoring to achieve these aims on behalf of the ATA. HOME OWNER. Lethbridge. Eccentric I am writing regarding the picture of Ihe four Lclhbridge hunters in The Herald of Sep- tember 22. Each of them had shot five Canada geese. I dare say we should he proud of our great hunters in Lethbridge, but I am one of the few eccen- trics in this city who prefer to see these beautiful and noble birds alive and free. The last time I saw twenty Canada geese, they were flying in for- mation across a setting sun which was throwing its golden reflections down upon the blue nocky Mountains. There were more than twenty, there may have been fifty or sixty. I won- der how many of these glorious geese will ever make it back to their southern wintering grounds' KLAINK KING.BROwN. GRADE 10, LCI Lctbbridgc. to express our own opinions on this issue through a vote. Per- haps Ihe Iwo council members who killed Ihis plebiscite should explain their course of action. If Ihey do nol, many of us will conlinue to feel that then- rea- sons were selfish and personal and lhat they did nol acl in Ihe best mteresl of Ihe community. Ordinary cilizens like me may be able to get away with horse- and-buggy-days thinking be- cause we have little influence in making rules, regulations and setting up policy. Surely, however, we don't have to tol- erate people with lack of vision on city council. If you are as unhappy with the turn of events as I am, perhaps we can eliminate these elements of dcadwood on civic election day. Let's all put a lit- lle more Ihought into our vote this time around. Perhaps, at long last, we learned something in the south from the results of the provincial election. ALLAN WALKER. Lethbridge. S'o we get back to and yvesumptions and there the matlrr rests. When the govern- ment gets a bright idea, Par- liament evidently can be laken for granted. This is scarcely flattering to members. It has not, in fact, always been true; not so long ago a tax bill was defeated. Further, Ihe govern- ment being very ambitious, fin- ishes every session with an- nounced legislative business which has not been completed. Anlicipalions are inadequate substitutes for statutes. A gov- ernment which relies on them is bound to find itself in hot water. If the government can set aside a statute (even an in- convenient one) in one case, it can do the same with any oth- er. Cilizens find il difficull to escape parking lickels by pa- rading Iheir good intentions or explanalions lo Ihe effccl lhat Ihey were stopped by talkative friends on the stairs. They may be found less than tolerant of ministers who ignore statutes for roughly similar reasons. (The Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Through the Herald 11121 The Toronto Globe to- day said thai Ihe Canadian manufacturers of farm ma- chinery and implements will set new prices for this year. The machinery will average for 20-30 per cent lower. imi Hon. Frank Slanfield lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, was found dead in his bed this morning. He bad suc- ceeded Hon. J. C. Tory on Dec. 3, mill. Duke and Duchess of Windsor arrived in Miami today from the Bahama Is- lands, where the Duke is gov- ernor. They will make an ex- tensive tour of the U ni t e d States and Canada before visit- ing the duke's ranch in Alber- la. 195I The Iranian govern- menl today announced lhat all remaining 350 British oil tech- nicians in southern Iran will be expelled from the country. lillit Premier Khrushchev removed the cnd-of-the-year deadline for a treaty with East Germany in his talks wilh Bel- gian Foreign Minister Spaak. The LetHbndpe Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1805 -1854, by Hon. W. A. 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