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The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, · Page 7

Ottawa, Canada
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Wednesday, August 12, 1964
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12. 1964 Their Hands In Daddy's Pocket y BRUCE HUTCHISON Special Jswraal Csmspoadin.e Th trm,tri o( th II Canadian provinces ara men of widely varied chancier and' background but all. on as-Mimes, are human beingi. Aa tuck their recent , behavior was eauly predicuble. They have formed an unofficial premier protective association, a tacit provincial trade union to deal iih and, if necessary, coerce the government o( Canada. The consequences will be important and could be dangerous to the - entire federal system, which is in pretty bad shape anyway. Not that the premiers. Intend, any harm., On average they are fine, patriotic Canadians, trusted by their local voters and devoted to the nation's melfare. But once they meet at regular intervals they, unite m a pressure group us naturally as any set of businessmen, drinking coffee and talking shop m the morn-big, become a club of sorts. SHOP TALK ' When the premiers talk ahop the inevitable subject of their' talk Is the federal government, their common competitor in that struggle for power known s politics. As the premiers seek snore power and more money for themselves the federal government becomes. In ' their conscious or subconscious minds, a target of attack, almost a common enemy. The usual statement from their latest conference, indignantly decrying that they have ganged up on the federal govern- hot It also denies the facta of -human nature.' Though they met in private, as they must, one can plainly bear the) premier of . some poor province complaining ' of its poverty and seeking money to solve his problems. The ether premiers, all generous tea, will sympathise and suggest the obvious solution snore revenue caii be obtained without difficulty in Ottawa, not only for the poor but for the rich as well. Premier Bennett, for exam- . pie announces modestly in public every day that British Columbia Is the richest, fast-tat - growing region in the world under nit management ; ' but evea he Is frequently hard ' p awd dsoervas Ottawa's help. - u-arw MHnl ' Thus the next' shake-down : of the federal treasury is ar- I - - - M unitler entismracv but as ' :1 mIJ m RIlMil II. I F awn , daddy's pocket bonk. The same thing happens all the time In every Canadian household. Daddy, in public or private life, is fair game. The premiers, representing -different political parties have no partisan designs on the federal government but 1 they are unified by an Instinct far deeper than partisanship. They are unified by their end-less need for money and. according to the unwritten rules , 'of their anion. they never' j tneatioa publicly that I h a money mast coma from no one bat the taxpayers of their own provinces no matter who collects It That Is the core of the pn,KMt federal-provincial 'contest for both money and Oar constitutional system has 'reached the point where the federal government must accept the unpopularity of collecting most of the visible taxes which It hands over. In ' huge volume, to the provinces. sum provinces ' . This arrangement suits the provincial governments admirably. Since they escape the onus of tax collection, m ' large part anyhow, and enjoy the prestige of spending gen-; erously. the provinces demand " still more federal money and .would be leu than human if they didnX " h hi the immortal words of a former British Columbia premier, the Islet D. Pattullo, the federal government Is "the tens In the pantry." If you . don't like visible taxes blame , Ottawa because It collects thorn. Besides, if daddy Is broke, he can always menu-" factare snore money, In the nivnarF. UNINTENDED- , The divorce between collect- .'big and spending, between en-popularity and responsibility, was never intended In the ' Canadian constitution, lu architects expected th federal and provincial govcra- ' snents to remain sovereign hut separate withia their own prescribed boundaries. One the federal government undertook to subsidise -tht province on s massive seal aad thus Hon tut their miaul wealth, th eonstltu-Haaal system began to change fundamentally without thy change in its wording. A ma-cam af government, to neat- . ( - It articulated aa so nencaw na too inviting. -.;-v:': V ly balanced at the start, has somehow got out of Joint and Is now running wild as tbn federal government vainly tries to apply the brake and the premiers stamp on the accelerator. The chief victim of this disorder is the taxpayer and no government anxious to be reelected dares to tail him what lb joy ride will eventually cost. When responsibility is bandied back and forth between Ottawa and the provinces the taxpayer can be persuaded, for a time at least, that someone else will pay the bill. Among the clearest of all Canadian facts is that the bill already contracted will ra-quirt a "wavy tax increase for everyone, however it la distributed, but that fact is generally overlooked in the rush Snd never admitted at meetings of the premier's , union. ' -- ' COSTLY GAME ' Some highly-placed men at, Ottawa, tired of a costly game, art about ready to reverse the centralist philosophy ol the famous Rowell-Sirois report, hand over snort tax fields, more functions and more costs to the' provinces and make them openly collect all the money they cart to spend. . By this means, wo are told, the original design of the constitution will be restored, th levels of government cleanly separated again and the drive toward ever-expanding socialism in Ottawa halted. - Such a surrender of federal power, already well under way. may gratify ambitious provincial politicians (not Mil of them in Quebec by any means) at least until they have to fact their local tax-payers, but, carried much further, it will emasculate the ftd era I v government and divide Canada into If Balkan states. v This danger has been referred ' to in Parliament by-Hugh Horner, n Conservative MP from Alberta. Commenting on the premiers' conference, be advocated that care be taken that "w don't set up If local potentates and give there money to operate It countries on a lavish scale." ' Moreover, the hop that the ' regnant provinces will be tees interested in socialism than the present federal fovern- ' . ment is very slim. British .Columbia and Quebec, the most intransigent province-, - -are also the most socialistic and will continue to move in that direction as fast as their financial means permit, while always repudiating socialism . and damaging the New Democratic Party, ABNORMAL SITUATION , ' ' The current situation is aa- ' normal and impermanent for human reasons quit outside the constitution and the tax formulae because the federal government, lacking a major ity In Parliament, lacks the , moral strength to resist a pro- - murs' - union much more , "powerful than the parliamen-' tsry opposition. Tlx previa- -cial governments art solidly ' entrenched at home. The led-oral government hangs be th i moment on n chewed thread. Constitutional and financial disorder is pan of the price we must pay for political disorder at Ottawa. That priew, one hopes, is temporary. For ' after all the federal surrenders of recent rimes some , government, at aome point. must resist th family raid on daddy's purse 'Oc finally surrender he nation to Its seperate parts. Has the pre-,- Biters' union thought of that? Rushing (C ISM In fsrk i - LONDON Pan American World Airways has one of the largest platt glass win dows In Europe In its Picca- ,I'T','W-"-- until last week. ;' A customer at tha i ticket , counter who had finished his MOSCOW (UP!) A Vsrg caft In downtown Moscow shut its doors at lunchtime yesterday and hung out sign reading-- "Closed for Lunch." ' - NAME CHANGE ALAMO, Tag. (UP1V Th owner of a grocery robbed of MO Is thinking about changing its- nam. He thinks "Jimmy's Gold Mint" mav business asked in clerk for : directions, . -Cir- - .' - f -in . .. r ; Lunch; " Break ' v ' . THE OTTAWA JOURNAL 7 Laliiri veteAt ndl-iim V tm are .ttfiul- st V tie arrttsr's name It d-sctosed to fAa utton thtt mn pnb-tiik letters cut fn-nmmtt. Tht best left it nOt th Hurt Utter H word t ee-HnfJ I WWWMWWlBWIlWBlWWWIII 1 1 II 1 S SWISPI lWfclllWI HI W W lMMW ,1 ' J" ' """ W'jBW'-WS Liberal Dismissals Sirs: Your recent editorial (July 3t) describing the dismissals had Resignations of Civil Servants - la Saskatch. wan is commendable. However, it shows that you are not familiar with the methods employed by Liberal governments. Those who have had such experience would feel census that the resignations in Saskatchewan had been asked for by the Thatcher government and the dismissals were of those who refused 4o comply. ' You say that lb Cooserva-' tives when taking over the national government did not dismiss civil servants. Neither did Hugh, John Flemming in New Brunswick. Stanlield far Nova Scotia nor Shaw in Prince Edward Island. Their fairness in making promotions regardless of party had no mellowing effect on Liberal policy. When the Robichaud government took office in NB dismissal were in the hundreds, although many ere Vetera as and strong representations were mad by the Legion and th labor anion. "MARY WADDELL. FreoVrtctoa. KB. School Support Sirs: It has just come to my attention that in the province of Ontario, a Protestant ' has no right to make the choict as to which school board to support. The assesa-saent department has informed us that even .though our children will be Mending separate school in the future we are obliged -to support the public school board because' I am a Protestant. I have no desire to support a school which my children whl not be attending and am quite willing to sign a statement that I wish to support the separate school, but -according to th assessment law of Ontario 1 have no say in the matter. It is about time that our Pro-. vincial Government was informed that the days of Martin Lather and Oliver Cromwell are long gone and today both Protestants and Catholics are seeking to understand on another better. Surely such a prejudice law as this should he -revised. . DOM W. VOSS. , IJIJ Avenue "Q. "'. ' Ottawa. ' 'Leare Us Alone' Sirs: I read ka last week's paper. about the maa. who, bewig an epileptic led a normal life, nary because he caa contra) his illness and keep it a secret. This is not the case with all the handicapped ptisans. Believe as I know what segregation is. AH my Ida ia aa open free-for-all side shew. -We deat ask far pity ar sympathy. Wt just want to bo left a tone. should be educated tat Uvt and not to I turn handicapped Is there ao room for sick people, old persons, ' original characters, odd or -different people or do w all have to look like people In a TV commercial? The old countries ar much more tolerant and open-minded about tat live and t be. This country has tot to learn yet. FAT1MA. ; Ottawa.- -.; .. Tourist , "Why yes. sir. you just go right up Sackvillt Street,' the clerk said- pointing across busy Piccadilly. Thank you." the customer replied and. atriding ia the direction indicated by th arm. crashed into the iijiu .mdow. 1. -l-l IjVa m nialal ,hot and tht euatosner rttp - l. -.!, - m,ii t suffer only mraor cuts in the shower of glass. Aa alrlin official said the manufacturer stored a spare window for , just emergency. Acknowledgments ' Th Journal wishes . to acknowledge tatters of thanks received from the following l - ' Th Canadian ' Federation of Business nd Professional Women's Clubs: ; The City of East view ftec-: reatron DepartannC . )'-.'.. . Distressed by Sirs: As an interested observer of the political scene, I am distressed by-the actions of on J. J. Greene, member of Parliament for Renfrew. Mr. Greene elected to represent this riding at Ot-taa and paid by the people of Canada to do that job has been running around the province for the last few 'Peace Our Shelter' Sirs: Whenever the public does not support some official . program or other, the public is quickly labelled apathetic or indifferent. In the case of fallout shelters (Journal Saturday Sections. Aug. I) could-it not be that the public has examined the facts. . exercised its judgment.' and come to the sensible conclusion that there is at defence, whether Chilian or military, against largo-scale nuclear attack? The public appears to realm that peace is our only shelter. Our Government does not at (east official jfe futility of its expensive civil Defence - efforts,- however, was admitted recently by the dismantling of the "survival role- of the Militia..-; The Government's initiatives in the creation of international peace . keeping forces to stop brush - fire wars promise a more realistic defence to major war than the Emergency Measures Orgaattatiea can offer. Why then not divert some money from aa tsaproductivt EMO to th positive study of peace keeping methods as carried out by th independent, but financially handicapped Caaadian Peace Research institute led by Dr. Normaa Alcock and supported by numerous eminent Canadians? STIG HARVOR. . SS Hastey Avenue, . Ottawa. found of Flesh . Sirs. Now that the "Battle of Interim Supply is ended, w are', reminded of the story ; of "Gulliver's Travels' when our fabulous hero finds himself ka the Land of Ullipuu After breaking his restrictive bonds, he assures the tittle men around him that be does, not intend to harm them. . With a record to recent years of adding frivolous x-- penditures such as the cart' and fodder for horses into the Army estimates, sorely Government accounts should be subjected to th most careful and vigorous scrutiny. It would appear that John Dief-enbaker might be ia line lor tbaaks rather than condetn- : nation. i' As to the asatter ol a Summer recess, the serVn.-s of th people must be reminded that the aatiaa's buss a ess comes first, la so mach as our Prime Minister would cast-, vine as that th flag issue holds top priority on the agenda, this b no tJm Joe vacationing in Italy ar anywhere else.' " ' Surety it would seem that ia our present nahappy situation the earns lies with the Prima Minister himself who demands his "pound of flesh. Then, a pound of flesh it shall .be!"' ' LEONARD . SAUNDERS. 2) Chspteau Avenue. Ottawa. . ' ' - -::t Not Our Business Sirs: I kav kt road in U.S. News and World Report ' of July 2 comments by Bruce Hutchison on Senator Barry Gokhrater. t doat know who Mr. Hutchison ia although I ihmk t have heard of Mm before but I don't tMnk it ft nay ot bis bus-nesa or anyone cist's outside of this coun- - try1 whom the Republican ( party nominates far the presidency. . His diatribe la not amusing. ts infuriating to any U.S. ertuen who reads R. . I nm Casiadian born, a graduate of th University at Toronto, class of Mil. but I have been t conservative Re-, PUDIICM WW m WM tHnd Lot ichanc, - m ms f -But go ahead write jmur stuff and I hope the British press does the same because It means more votes for Senator Goldwater. - - ? A H. C MARTIN. ' ' 4M4 Cliff Street. - Niagara Fans. NY. -1ST tsaa m mwr B. lYTKMIB - SSSB RUS - Mr. Greene weeks seeking the leadership of the Liberal Party fur Ontario. Mr. Greene has much to do ia Ottawa, The Liberal. Government is ia a minority position and it is hard for me to understand how he can lake the time to travel around the . province when he is so badly needed in Ottawa. i If there were a desperate, shortage of candidates for the provincial job, I could understand his actions but that is not the case. Let Mr. Greene make up hi nv.nd. Either settle dtwn to doing the should be doing in Renfrew and for Renfrew, or else resign from the House ot Commons and devote full-time to provincial affairs. J. N. ANDERSON. Scarborough, Ont. Praise ot Ottawa Sirs: I hsve sent this' letter to Mayor. Whitton of Ottawa: "Recently a chartered bus of people from Knoxville. Tennessee, and surrounding area, completed an 11-day tour of the New England Sutes and Eastern Canada." We spent a few days and nights in Nova Scotia.1 New Brunswick, Prince Edward la-land. Cape Bretan. Quebec, and one night in Ottawa. We arrived) there in time to employ n young man, a student from Carleton University, to serve as guide while we made a two-hour drive around your, city. -I am writing this to let .'you know that everyone was unanimous In agreeing that Ottawa was the cleanest, most beautiful city we had seen. We never saw rubbish of any1 kind, all lawns. In small homes and large, were beautifully kept. The parks and flower gardens will always be remembered. The young guide replied when ..we voiced our appreciation. 'We have a lady Mayor here, and she gets things .done.' - : "I, wanted to take this portunity to pass this on to .you lor I know that one In a public position does not always receive bouquets. I am sure It requires . capable super-vision to see that orders are carried out, and 1 congratulate yo-i and all who have a part in making your fair, city one that we shall always remember with pleasure." . MARGARET. A BROWN. (Mrs.) ' ' . 2IN White Avenue, Knoxville. - ' - Frightening' Power Sirs: We now see the opening of the next chapter of the Columbia River Treaty. The approximately 3.000 people mho are to ioe (heir rich productive farms and orchards must now be moved, many of them have been there all their lives many of them are on farms their fathers pioneered. Will these people get fair recompense for their property, and labors? It appears doubtful as the BC Hydro and Power Authority moves in on them with the threat, "Either sell out at our terms or we will expropriate at our terms." The . new BC Hydro and Power Authority Act appears to have put frightening powers into the hands of the authority as versus the individual. Is it not time for a Federal investigation into this act to determine where it stands on individual rights? R. STEIN. RR 2. Vernon, BC. Flag Idea Sirs: Would tfcls little suggestion be helpful ia our flag problem? A field of ocean blue: nine red provincial maple leaves: one space for a detachable fleur-de-lis. . IM. Ottawa. Y r'. " i' V . - r-. mt tt -sr . v' l y-.r.-Wi ,..-V Advice to Sirs: !t has been reported in the American press that a group of ladies from some English witches' society are fireing English persecution nd will seek asylum in the S. or Canada. It is further Children's Hospital Sirs:, The parents of Ottawa and, district have been putting up. with hospital facilities (or their children which are entirely, inadequate. At present children are treated in three different hospitals, and on completion, the new Riverside Hospital will also have a small children's department. This community must have a children's hospital to centralise all, the special facilities necessary for the care of sick children. ' Surely nothing Is dearer 10 the hearts of parents than adequate care of their children when ill. Let us have the co-operation of the City of Ottawa and. our surrounding communities in building a hospital of which we can be proud. MARGARET PHILLIPS. (Mrs. N. C.) . Main Street, Ottawa 1. " -' 1 . --w V V : . '-- .'. :. 1 j llit-i Hnstar' the Witches reported that the witches' plan to fiy to their destination.' Won't someone please explain to the poor wltrh-ladiet that a trip by plane, although a bit more expensive, will make their arrival in America somewhat less' disturbing to the natives? . RALPH W. MclNNIS. 1020 Doloto-UreetrApt. 31, Livermore, Calif. A View on Groves Sirs: Permit me to comment on a letter signed by Jim Groves and published in your Columns July 4. This letter was a masterpiece of confusion and to many people it goes a long way to explain Mr. Groves. In the first part of the letter -he criticized the actions of the City Council with special reference to the shortcomings' of Mayor Whittra. Then he tails us thai if he -is elected a member of the Board of Control in December, he will propose erecting a monument in City Hall to M ss Whitton and he suggested that the act as honorary Mayor during tha Centennial in 1917. How consistent! . LEO HENRI.. . 1-11 Livingstone Avenue. Ottawa. . . " .1 . y-J .... ij,; 1 i . : : Keen's tot English mustard , 5 h'all mixed up and ready to use r ..s.wofll they think of next? . ;'; --: ' 'v.. Oi Ducks now you can tickle your old man's ton--si)sviv fi bit of genuine, 'ot English mustard wvv' but a lot of muckin' abaht mixin' it up before 'and,-Lor lummewot a timcsaver! And there's nuffin' wasted see'cause you just keeps the jar nice and 'andy on the table so them wot wants it can 'elp themselves. Best of all luv, it's a mustard wot never dries out or turfis brown. - - " ; Whyncha taki some omc next tme you go 'round the shops. Try it wiv abit of roast btjef or : baked 'am. Mind you, it's fatter than the 'obsotell. But it's luverly luv flippin luverly! V

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