GORDON MacNAB June 21 1958


GORDON MacNAB June 21 1958



Re The Churches’ War on the Scandal Sheets (May 24) . . . there was a sentence that made me smile: “But they [churches] will apparently have to win without Union Nationale.” Some censors of the provincial board of censure are in fact quite friendly with the scandal sheets. One . . . wrote in one of these branded hebclos (weeklies). Another . . . advertised every week in at least one bebdo. During the provincial election in 1956, the municipal election in 1957 and the federal election, candidates backed by the Union Nationale used the sheets for their advertisements. During a debate in the Quebec parlement, Maurice Duplessis said that in his opinion there were only two noxious newspapers in Quebec: Le Devoir and Vrai, the unofficial Civic Action League newspaper. All the bebdas hail Duplessis and all he does. —CLAUDE DAGENAIS, MONTREAL.

Flowers for the Tories

* Are Quebec censors friendly to scandal sheets?

The Mailbag contribution (May 24) on the cornflower’s gentle past was both educational and interesting. However, being a Canadian of four generations, I believe the Conservative party should choose a flower more symbolic of Canada. Take the Iceland poppy which grows in profusion around Banff and Lake Louise. It would also honor our Icelandic Canadians. Another flower is the aster, called the flower of loyalty.-MRS. IRENE BIRD, REGINA.

* Two more flowers for the Tory bouquet

How a reader rates Maclean’s

* How Canadians can bankroll Canada’s future

Your Preview is excellent “ Backstage “ Editorial “ Mailbag “ Articles “ Departments Photographs

but your lack of fiction (2 short stories

—at least one per issue) is hurting your MAGAZINE.-,J. LINDEN, MONTREAL.

How to rescue democracy

Bruce Hutchison asks Is Democracy Obsolete? I do not think it is obsolete, but rather misused. The country is not run by the people or for the people, but for the big businesses. During the last two years it has been brought out in the open just what enormous profits have been made by smart financiers. We have members of our governments indulging in it too. There is a remedy for all this. We have around six million people on the labor force—why not

have these people invest in the future of their country? This can be done by forming a co-operative for the people, and allowing those who can pay only so much per month to do so by payroll deduction, the same way we financed the wars. If the deductions were only $10 per month the capital raised would be $720 million a year. The money could be invested in industries needed in Canada. Prime Minister Diefenbaker has stated that Canadians should control more of the wealth of Canada than they do. This is the only way the majority of people could invest in the progress of Canada and share the wealth. -.J. T. EGAN, NORTH KAMLOOPS, B.C.

^ Bruce Hutchison is too much of an artist to be a praiseworthy interpreter of the Canadian political and economic

scene. The beautiful paragraph and the striking sentence carefully arranged to hit the reader’s heart instead of his mind is more poetry than prose. While eminently suitable for a book such as The Unknown Country it degenerates into mere propaganda when applied to political exposition. What this country needs is much less impassioned oratory. Not more.—s. R. ELLIS, SARNIA, ONT.

The first two-color stamp

In your Background brief, Our Stamps in Two Colors (May 24), you say, “It’s not Canada’s first, however, a stamp for the Red Cross holds that honor.” Undoubtedly you are referring to the Red Cross stamp issued in 1952 (Scott's catalogue number 317). This was not the first Canadian stamp produced in more than one color. The 2c Imperial Penny Postage Issue of 1898 (Scott’s catalogue numbers 85 and 86) holds this distinction. It is a beautiful stamp depicting a map of the world in not two but three colors. The British Empire is colored carmine and the remainder either black and lavender or black and blue.-C. I\ GUBBELS. LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.

Reader G ab be Is is right, Maclean’s was wrong.

Bar whistles at kids’ camps?

Dorothy Sangster’s article on camping. Should You Send Your Child to Camp (May 24), was an excellent eye-opener to us in the west. What has me furious is Peter Whalley’s cartoons on camping. Any camp that employs counselors who believe in the use of the whistle is surely defeating the democratic ideals of modern camping. Whalley went to the wrong CAMPS.-GORDON MacNAB, VANCOUVER. ÍC