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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LEiHBRIDGE HtRALD Monday, Scptombtr 30, 19.4 Rebuilding public confidence in economy Further stalling objectionable Mr. John Munro, Canada's labor minister, sometimes is hard to under- stand. He told the farmer owned terminal elevator companies at Vancouver, in effect: "If you don't voluntarily pay the rates suggested by Dr. Perry, we'll ask Parliament to make you pay them." The companies refused to pay volun- tarily, on the ground that the Perry scale was highly inflationary. The union naturally refused to settle for less, because the labor minister had promised them the full Perry scale. So the elevators remain closed and Canadian grain exports remain stalled. Now Parliament is convening, and the minister has said he doesn't know how soon the bill he promised the grain handlers' union will be introduced. And he has also said he is concerned about so many labor disputes being shoved into Parliament's lap. But who first raised the prospect of this one going to Parliament? If he wanted honest negotiations to continue following the Perry report, why didn't he stay out of it? Why, in par- ticular, did he not keep silent about in- volving Parliament? He and Mr. Lang have botched this problem. Their only honorable course is to bring in their promised legislation im- mediately. Further stalling only raises more doubts about their responsibility. International legal concerns The International Commission of Jurists is one of many world organizations whose specialized work is little known to the general public but whose reports and periodicals have an effect on the decision makers of the world. The commission was founded more than two decades ago to realize the lawyer's faith in justice and human liber- ty under the rule of law. It fs non political, independent and impartial and it concerns itself with a variety of sub- jects such as human rights in Islamic law and the international crime of apartheid, both of which are discussed in a recent issue of its regular publication, The Review. This periodical attempts to focus attention on problems in regard to which lawyers can make their contribu- tion to society and to furnish them with information. However, although the commission addresses itself to the legal profession, anyone may join the organization, or sub- scribe to its periodical or buy its special "eports which are too lengthy to include in The Review. Three recent reports have a topicality which should make them of general interest to those who want more than news accounts and who, in their search for objectivity, value a legal and an international point of view. Violations of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Uganda is a staff study by t the ICJ and provides factual verification of brutal internal repression of General Amin's 3Va year reign of terror. It is available for eight Swiss francs from the commission offices, 109 route de Chene, 1224 Chene Switzerland. The second is a report on conditions in Uruguay based on a joint ICJ-Amnesty International mission to that country in the spring of 1974 and it costs five Swiss francs. Publication of the third report, on Chile, is expected soon. It is the result of an ICJ visit to that country in April, 1974, to study the legal system and its application to human rights. It should be of considerable value in assessing the present military regime, whose recent first anniversary coincided with U.S. admission of serious involve- ment in undermining the duly elected government of Salvador Allende. Postage is free for surface mail on these reports. Next, the Brooklyn Bridge The offer of the provincial government to purchase the land on which the Frank slide rests is a worthy attempt to a historical and geological landmark. This is not the largest slide of its kind in the world, although some peo- ple seem to think so, but it is one of the largest and possibly the best known point of interest in Southern Alberta. Nevertheless, if the deal is completed, Alberta's capital city should be prepared for an onslaught. When word gets around that a province with an annual surplus of million has bought a pile of rock, every con man in the northern hemisphere will be heading for Ed- monton with a scheme in his head and a wooden nickel in his fist. Some enterpris- ing American may even turn up with scale drawings of an ancient structure spanning the water between Manhattan and Long Island, gambling that western Canadians haven't yet had the opportuni- ty to buy the Brooklyn Bridge. En garde, Edmonton! RUSSELL BAKER The hick Lindbergh just did it. It was unheard of. rans and children of the 1970's were astounded. Evel Knievel was astounded, too. Jo were the press and television and Muham- mad Ali and Bobby Riggs. They all told him it was antique to just do it. "Nobody just does it any more, Lindy" the closed circuit television people warned him. "Nowadays you just talk about it." Lindbergh was lOth-rate at talk. His long .suit was grinning. So he grinned and climbed nto his overloaded airplane with no front window and just did it. All the way to France. When he landed at Lebourget outside Paris fie was greeted by two wire-service reporters and an irritated airport electrician who had tad to work late that evening because his boss lad heard Lindbergh was flying the Atlantic and might need the runway lights turned on so ic could see to land. The reporters' first question was: "Why did just do it. Lindbergh grinned. Their second question was: "Don't you mow that nobody just does it any Is that Lindbergh replied. Next day. several American papers carried a three-paragraph story about it. A man lamed Lindbergh, the stories said, had done a strange thing. Nobody had ever flown solo rom New York to Paris before, and now had done it, just lake that. He had jo excuse for his failure to talk about it for nine months beforehand. He had just simply 'one ahead and done it. On his return to the States. Lindbergh was ;till unrecognized except for a few fans of Jans-Atlantic flight who were embittered jccause he had taken all the excitement out >f the big event by just doing it. Destitute and unable to buy airplane fuel, ic was finally rescued from obscurity by "rtalcoJrn Bascom. the entrepreneurial genius who understood the age in which we live. It was Bascom who had turned the David- 3ohath fights into one of the richest bonanzas of al] time with his skillful promotion. Who will forget the spectacle of David and Goliath on the Carson show, exchanging threats to ;lay each other on the big day? Or their chai Howa ed with the terror of the Philistines and the Israeli shepherd boy rolling on the studio floor in an exchange of powder-puff punches to the clavicle? Their first fight, staged for closed-circuit TV a ticket) in the Houston Astrodome (beer at a can) ended indecisively when David's slingshot broke on its second heave and Goliath accidentally broke a toe with his stone club, thus forcing the referee to end the match and whetting the fans' appetite for the million rematch in the Yankee Stadium. Under Bascom's direction, Lindbergh agreed to spend two years talking about his determination to whip the Atlantic in solo flight or die in an attempt. Unfortunately. Lindbergh had so little talk that he had to be accompanied everywhere by a publicity agent who said that Lindbergh was concentrating so completely on his coming struggle with the Atlantic that he was unable to speak. Public interest had just begun to stir in the Lindbergh promotion when Bascom took his young aviator and a television crew to the oceanside airport from which the flight would begin. It was Bascom's intention to get some publicity film of Lindbergh shaking his fist at the ocean and wading in to punch the waves, but the airplane had been wheeled out for the photographers too, and the sight of it dis- tracted Lindbergh. "Kiddo." said Bascom. "what we will do on the big day is this. You will start to take off. and stop half way down the runway, and come back and say the engine has a serious ping in it and will have to be rebuilt which will take sight months, which will give us an even longer period of buildup in which to fleece the suckers." Lindbergh grinned and climbed into the air- plane and turned on the engine. He was airborne in three minutes and hours later he was in Paris. Bascom was furious when he reached him by telephone. "You can't just do it. you dilapidated anti- que." Bascom shouted. 1 can't help myself." grinned Lindbergh. On his return to the Stales, he was jeered through the streets as a hick who was too dumb to handle a big-time hustle. His apologists said his only fault was that he had paMe lo the limes By Bruce Whitestone, syndicated commentator Pundits will doubtless spend the next few weeks discussing whether or not the federal budget unveiled last May will be changed. The real questions, however, both here, and in the United States should be very much bigger ones: what is the best way of coping with the disruptive impact of the immense forces of our near runaway inflation and how can the next federal budget help to accomplish this goal? Inflation has, of course, become the paramount global economic problem. It is devouring a significant por- tion of our real take home pay. As a result, consumer pessimism is rampant and people must now realize that they are worse off than a year ago. This holds true not only in North America but in Western Europe as well. Price turbulence is having such a disorienting effect on family budgeting that even those who receive cost of liv- ing allowances or are fully compensated on paper by wage increases, are adversely affected. Cost of living indices understate the true inflation rates so standards of living are suffering. Further, as our economic system is buffeted by inflationary stresses, un- employment is starting to rise. Of course, the finance minister could propose tax relief to reduce temporarily the pressure on personal budgets. However, any tax cuts here would soon lead to even more inflation, so that price rises would fully offset any increase in take home 'This one's got me nine-letter word meaning 'an increase in the currency in circulation or a marked expansion of credit, resulting in a fall in currency value and a sharp rise in Stanfield's weighty political problems By Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star commentator Robert Stanfield has some immediate practical problems to cope with. In a year or so he'll step down as Conservative leader, and at that time he will have to move out of Stornoway, the Opposi- tion Leader's official residence in Rockcliffe Village. Stanfield is trying to decide whether to buy, now that prices are down a little, a second house in Ottawa or one back in Halifax where he eventually will retire. Stanfield's weightier prob- lems, obviously, are political: how to use his authority, while he still has it, to push the Con- servatives in the direction he thinks they ought to go. "My goal is to turn the party- over in as united and as cohe- sive a form as Stan- field told me in an interview. "I want to make sure also that it stays on course on certain basic attitudes toward national unity, for ex- ample." It won't be easy for Stan- field to do what he wants. Quite aside from the wishes of dissidents like Alberta MP, Hugh Horner. the election result and the fact that he is a lame-duck leader have under- cut Stanfield's authority. The larger consequence of this will be a political imbalance: the Conservatives will be too pre- occupied with their own prob- lems to have much time to spare to perform as an official Opposition. Stanfield's specific difficul- ty is that he must now operate less as a conventional leader than as a consensus chairman. The distinction became clear in Stanfieid's answer to my question why he had not shuffled his "Shadow Cabinet" of MPs who act as spokesmen on different sub- jects, but instead re-ap- pointed everyone to the posts they already held. (A post in the Shadow Cabinet means not only prestige but a chance for potential leadership can- didates to make their name.} "My influence that's not the right Stanfield said. He searched for an alter- native, could not find one and continued, " influence in caucus in terms of making more extensive changes will be greater once caucus has had a chance to assess everyone's performance in their present jobs." Any the Con- unite against a common enemy, and Stan- field intends to use this for- mula as often as he can. Many observers were surprised by Stanfield's recent support for Prime Minister Trudeau's re- fusal to call a "summit" conference on the state of the economy. explain- ed Stanfield, "I'm not interested in giving Mr. Trudeau a chance, each time we ask a question about inflation, to say, 'Well, that will be dealt with in a con- ference in January or when- ever', and so get away with saying nothing." Stanfield's anger at Trudeau's failure to consult the Opposition on the choice of a new Speaker is entirely non- partisan. "He is the Speaker of the whole House, hot of one said Stanfield- He has advised Trudeau that he will not, as is the custom, second the nomination of the new Speaker. Even without Stanfield's prodding, the Conservatives likely soon will be forced to pull themselves together. A pair of ministers who were THE CASSEROLE Just when people are getting accustomed to using credit cards for everything, three credit card firms have decided to allow merchants accepting their cards to give dis- counts to cash customers. Carte Blanche Corp. and Central Charge Service of Washington. D.C.. have joined American Ex- press Co., which agreed to the procedure in an out of court settlement of a suit filed on behalf of Consumer's Union. Folks who thought detente might lead to a reduction in arms just don't understand. Ac- cording 10 U.S. Defence Secretary James Sehlesinger. "The notion that detente permits us Jo disarm is a widespread illusion."