TALKBACK

TALKBACK

December 1 1969
TALKBACK

TALKBACK

December 1 1969

TALKBACK

NDP: What happened in BC? / Trudeau’s top 30: “Everything for Quebec” / Saskatoon: Where the people won

RE A New Direction For The New Democrats: LEFT! (October Canada Report): The recent BC election was not won for Social Credit by Premier Bennett’s vastly expensive campaign against socialism. What influenced me to vote for Social Credit was mainly the solid alignment of the NDP here with the trade-union movement and the arbitrary way some trade unions acted this year in their negotiations with employers and their conduct Of prolonged strikes. The NDP and their supporters defeated themselves.

G. E. LOMAS, VANCOUVER

>k I disagree with your reasons for the defeat of the NDP and Tom Berger. With Social Credit we know what costs are, but Berger was promising too much, with no solutions as to where the money was going to come FROM.-J. D. TELFER, HAZELTON, BC

The last shall (not) be first

You credit Desmond Morris, author of The Human Zoo, with originating with his previous book, The Naked Ape, the pattern “followed” by other authors, such as Robert Ardrey (African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative) and Konrad Lorenz (On Aggression). Actually, all these books were published before The Naked Ape.

W. F. SIGURDSON, MD, WINNIPEG

Dr. Sigurdson is correct. Maclean’s regrets its evolutionary error.

An award for ‘2 Cities’?

Congratulations to Marjorie Harris for her report on the Toronto and Montreal fashion shows, A Tale of 2 Cities. She deserves an award. If something doesn’t come from this fantastic article, it won’t be her fault.

JOHN WARDEN, MONTREAL

4« The two fashion shows were completely dissimilar. The Montreal Fashion Group show was co - ordinated, produced and edited by the Fashion Group. The Ontario Fashion Institute show was paid for, in part, by the Ontario manufacturers and, therefore, if they paid to show even the worst creation, it had to be shown. To be able to produce an exciting fashion show in the O’Keefe Centre before 3,000 enthusiastic people, when the merchandise is conservative and salable for the average income, is no small feat. To have designers create their own look and completely co-ordinate each tableau, as the Montreal Fashion Group did, is also a big job, but guarantees success, since the merchandise is edited by fashion experts. — MRS. SHIRLEY CHEATLEY, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, FASHION GROUP OF

TORONTO

Marjorie Harris replies: “Mrs. Cheatley’s point of the dissimilarity in background of the two fashion shows is well taken — but l pointed this out in my article. What I

attempted to do was take two well-promoted and — by their own admission — major fashion events and discuss them. Since they were presented to a paying public, it seemed fair enough to discuss them publicly. Surely the fashion industry in Canada is mature enough to take criticism.”

Good word for the Good Life

As a Scottish immigrant of nearly 60 years ago and a constant enthusiast for Saskatoon, on whose city council I served for 26 years, I express my thanks to Maclean’s and writer Jeannine Locke for Saskatoon: The Good Life City. It is refreshing to those of us who have worked for the city for most of our lives to read appreciation of our work, instead of the petty criticism we hear from a small but noisy minority of our citizens and the take-it-for-granted attitude of so many others. - JOHN CAIRNS, SASKATOON

>k A most refreshing article on a people who appear to live in a storybook era where greed, discrimination and rebellion have no place. These people show that fighting for their rights and working together can bring remarkable dividends.

MRS. MARIAN HAMMELL, SUDBURY, ONT.

5k Speaking as a former Yankee, Saskatoon compares favorably with most any western U.S. city of like size. It is an oasis of progress, culture and education opportunity in a desert of ignorance and stubborn backwardness. — MRS. O. BITTNER, ESTERHAZY, SASK.

5k You showed a picture of canoeists and described them as Boy Scouts (below). In fact, these were boys from St. John’s School of Alberta. They had come from Red Deer, Alta., down the Red Deer River to the junction of the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan Rivers. From there, they went up to the North Saskatchewan River, then upstream to Prince Albert. I know: I was the steersman of one of the canoes shown.

ANDREW WINCHESTER, HOLY REDEEMER COLLEGE, EDMONTON

Spread the ‘Revolt’

Congratulations on Taxpayers Revolt. You have done a service for all Canadian taxpayers, and Maclean’s readers should send their copies, suitably marked up, to their political representatives. Politicians must be reminded they are public servants.

H. J. B. RICHARDS, MONTREAL

‘Sensible’ — too soon

Senator Keith Davey’s idea of turning Toronto and Montreal into provinces (Platform) is hardly new. When I was campaign manager for Allan Lamport in his first bid to become mayor of Toronto in the early 1950s, I suggested this idea as a platform plank, but we dropped it as being politically impracticable at that time.

ROBERT SYRETT, TORONTO

Trudeau trusts ...

It is interesting to note that of The 30 Men Trudeau Trusts, 19 are from Quebec. It certainly explains a lot. Roll on, next election! MRS. J. CAVERS, OTTAWA

5k Was Walter Stewart trying to give Trudeau’s Top 30 youth to match their brilliance? Charles Drury is 57, not 47 as stated.

W. H. CLEAVER, DAWSON CREEK, BC

5k Since reading your article, I have become a separatist. With such a setup in Ottawa, the government presents itself as separatist, whose policy cannot be other than “everything and anything for Quebec and to hell with the rest of Canada.” So, because we, the rest of Canada, can look forward to no interest being shown in our affairs, let us go whole hog and give Trudeau and his sycophants what they are aiming for: Quebec as a separate entity. Lock the gates and throw away the key.

A. S. BLACK, VANCOUVER

5k Obviously, our government policy is under the direction of privileged, comfortable young men. Since, it is unlikely that

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they have experienced poverty, insecurity or discrimination, it is unrealistic to believe that they can truly understand or correct the problems of Canadians suffering under those conditions.

WILLIAM DASCAVICH, MUNDARE, ALTA.

* We in Manitoba know our hometown boys who have made good, and that picture of Marshall Crowe you published certainly doesn’t look like Crowe the army officer 1 met overseas in World War II or the Crowe who served at the UN while a member of Canada’s External Affairs Department. How about a picture of the real Marshall Crowe? And while you’re at it, tell us who the man is whose picture you published in error.

CHARLES BIESICK, WINNIPEG

Reader Biesick is correct. The published photo (above left) was that of the late Dr. David Landsborough Thomson, vice-principal of McGill University at the time of his death, October 20, 1964. The real Marshall Crowe is shown above right. Maclean’s regrets the embarrassment to Mr. Crowe.

‘The forgotten children’

I congratulate you on a fine article, The Child Of The Alcoholic. I, too, am one of the “forgotten children.” At 26 years of age, married with one child, I still carry the emotional scars that living with an alcoholic parent gave me. The man I married later became an alcoholic. I have found in Al-Anon the help and friends I have been seeking all my life. In Al-Anon we learn that the family is not to blame for the actions of the alcoholic. Once we realize this, our feelings of guilt gradually disappear and we feel compassion for the suffering alcoholic. At long last I am truly happy and live life to the full.

(NAME WITHHELD), SAINT JOHN, NB

ík I am 18 and have been going to Alateen for the past year. My parent has not changed or stopped drinking, but through Alateen I have changed. I know now that alcoholism is a disease and I have learned to detach myself from the problem emotionally. I am sure other children will also find a new way of life through this wonderful program. —(NAME WITHHELD), RICHMOND, BC

?k This dynamic article will reach into many hearts. As the bewildered wife of an alcoholic, I watched two of my “forgotten children” muddle into adolescence and an early departure from home, too frightened and helpless to know where or how to seek help for our family.

(NAME WITHHELD), SAINT JOHN, NB □