Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 23, 1970 · Page 19
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 19

Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, November 23, 1970
Page 19
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'We Are French Peasants in Land of English Lords' By TOM TIEDE MONTREAL (NEA) - Rene Levesque is a slight, short, bald, gaunt man who often puts his hand against his aching back. He. doesn't look like he could lead anybody out of a burning building. But until near martial law was declared here last month, he was rapidly leading Quebec Province out of Canada. Levesque, 47, is the founder and definite head of the Parti Quebecois (PQ), which has as its goal the secession of one- fourth of Canada's 22 million people. For the past year, It appeared as if this goal, centuries old in Quebec, was nearing reality. Starting with practically nothing, except pez'haps sentiment, Levesque's party promised freedom and first-class citizenship for French Canadians. And the PQ gathered 23 per cent of the vote in last spring's elections. More recently, a provincial poll indicated this public support had risen by 10 full points. Then the bubble broke. Separatist terrorists put the nation into a frenzy with kidnap and murder. And, although the revolutionaries have nothing to do with the Parti Quebecois, that fact has been fogged in the national distress. Thus, circumstances have at least slowed Levesque's moderate movement to separation. "Some will lump us with the nuts," he says. "So people fear separatists right now. If an election were held tomorrow, my party would be humiliated." Times Herald, Carroll, la. TP MomJay, Nov. 23, 1970 * For French Canada, the situation is a sorry one. For even those who do not believe in secession here believe Rene Levesque's party is a force for good. The federal minister of labor, Bryce Mackasey, put it thus: "I would sacrifice my life to see the existence of that party (PQ) preserved. Although it wants to bring an end to Canada, that's their privilege. It is what democracy is all about." Beyond politics, Levesque's PQ has done what a century of confederation could not do — convince the nation of the frustration in Quebec. "Here we are," says one French speaker, "beggars in our own land. I am out of work. I live in an animal pen. My children wash with cold water. My wife is old before her time. Why? Because we are French peasants in a land of English lords." The allegory is dramatic, but it smacks of the truth. Diane Cohen, a Montreal economist, says that to be French in Canada is to be miserable. Her reasons: French Canadians make up one-fourth of the dominion labor force, but 41 per cent of its unemployed; on the average, English-speaking workers earn 40 per cent more than French- speaking ones; nearly all unemployed people in Quebec are French; this year, 3,000 new jobs have been created for 75,000 new Quebec workers. But over-all figures are hard HI QUALITY CASSETTE TAPE RECORDER FECIAL ?49 " 95 $39 95 BALKS CLOTHING CAMERAS _ - FURS GUITARS and cool. Take a look at an average Quebec ghetto instead. According to the province's Corporation of Social Workers, the welfare rolls there are growing 20 times faster than the population, infant mortality is twice the rate of English middle class and the French teen-agers are seven times more prone to arrest than English middle class youths. In one survey of 331 first graders last autumn, 104 were found undernourished, 97 were retarded in weight and height. As one surveyor concluded: "Perhaps it would be better not to be born." This then, says Rene Levesque, is the reason for Parti Quebecois. Sitting at the end of a long table, his face muscles slightly twitching, he cannot hold his anger when discussing free Quebec. In his opinion, the separation terrorists are "an accidental group of irresponsible s.o.b.s." Yet separation itself, he adds, should not be condemned: "Most Quebecers are fed up with things like Expos (held in 1968) and Olympic Games (slated for 1972) while our ghettos spread, while we have to fight for the right to use our language." He pauses. "May I be blunt? What would it be like in the United States if one state was 80 per cent Negro? They would want to do things their own way, right? And if they weren't allowed to, then they would want to break away, just as we do." He suggests such could lead to a second U.S. civil war. Levesque's idea is to avoid such a Canadian tragedy. He talks of a "bloodless divorce," reached through elections — negotiations. He believes Canada "could not stand in the way of majority Quebec opinion." And, despite the setback of recent days, he still insists that majority is coming. He even sets a tentative date: 1974, the next Canadian election. "We have one of three votes in Quebec now; by then, we hope to have two of three. If so, we'll be in power and the divorce will be made. It is inevitable, I think. After all, what is the use of having a bed partner if you cannot stand the touch of one another?" It's at 101 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines if you want to buy brick. It's wonderful there because of the giant display of hundreds of colors, textures, and sizes of Brick that are avail­ able for your selection. Take time, browse through the wonder­ ful world of Can-Tex Brick. Free coffee, too. <LL1 M !3 euro 101 ASHWORTH ROAD WEST DES MOINES, IOWA Just 4 Blocks South of 1-235; off 63 r <* Street Exit. (515) 279-9721 4-H News Activities of Carroll Area Boys, Girls Clubs WILLEY — The regular meeting of the Willey Merry Maids 4-H Club was held at the parish hall November 13 at 7:30. Roll j call which was "What I want for Christmas" was answered by 28 members. For recreation it was the initiation of new members and the installment of new officers. Four guests were present. Lunch was served by Terri Halbur, Cathy Schumacher, Susan Mayer, Mardell Trecker assisted by their mothers. The regular meeting of the Grant-Sheridan Jolly Janes 4-H club was held November 10 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting was held at the home of Margaret, Jane and Julie Wiedemeier. Roll call was "What I had for breakfast" and was answered by 14 members. There are seven new members: Mary Jo Ausman, Marva Riesselman, Terrie Tigges, Sandy Schleisman, Ronda Welch, Joyce Pudenz, and Lori Scharfenkamp. Business was the installation of the new officers. Christmas plans were made and Awards Night was discussed. Mrs. Reibold gave a talk and demonstration on fondu cooking. A talk was given by Julie Wiedemeier on "Meal Planning — Menus." The next meeting will be held at Joe's Executive Club. After the 6:00 dinner the meeting will be held followed by a gift exchange. Lunch was served by Margaret, Jane, Julie and their mother. Unit Displays Yule Gifts (Times Herald News Service) ARCADIA — Articles purchased for the Veterans Christmas Gift Shop in Des Moines were displayed at the Monday night meeting of E h 1 e r s and Gerken Unit 694 American Legion Auxiliary meeting held in the social room of the Arcadia Fire Hall. Rehabilitation chairman, Mrs.. Leo Berning, explained to 44 members and seven guests the purpose of the Gift Shop and that the gifts are purchased for it from the unit's poppy sales. This year's gift valuation is $21. Mrs. Don Badding also displayed the gifts she purchased for the unit's two sponsored children at Woodward. Mrs. Warren Andersen announced the Junior Christmas party will be Dec. 5. Presiding at the meeting was Mrs. Vernon Noelck. Announcements were made of the county meeting at Glidden Nov. 18; mid-year conference at the Savory Hotel in Des Moines Nov. 22 and 23 and the Bloodmobile to be in Arcadia on Jan. 22. The unit will again send local servicemen Christmas cards and gifts. Mrs. Vernon Noelck was endorsed by the unit as a candidate for 8th District presi dent. The Christmas potluck for the unit will be at 6:30 p.m.-Dec. 21 with Circle No. 4 with co-chairmen Mrs. Leonard Booth and Mrs. G. W. Evers in charge. There will be a dollar gift exchange. In charge of the evening's entertainment and lunch was Circle No. 1 with co-chairmen Emma Vonnahme and Mrs. Richard Ricke. Door prizes were awarded to Mrs. Leo Berning and Beth Berning. Helpful Civic Information to acquaint you with your neW community. Call the Welcome Wagon Hostess so that she may visit you. Phone 792-3609 I G-STORE PRICES GOOD TUE. & \ Save $1.40! Enameled Roaster Reg. $2.89 $|49 Limit One Covered 17!£x13x7 '/>" pan with built-in tree and gravy well. Holds a 15# fowl, 18# roast, w-rsu HURRY IN FOR THESE FANTASTIC VALUES! WED., NOV. 24, 25 ONLY Glamorene Spray Oven C ^ner Reg. $1.10 V 55 Aerosol 3 -mfnufe action removes baked-on grease and crust, saves energy and time. 8 ozs. 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