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Canada couldn’t face tariff-free foreign competition The high cost of bigamy: a second wife’s long ordeal

September 22 1962
MAILBAG

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Canada couldn’t face tariff-free foreign competition The high cost of bigamy: a second wife’s long ordeal

September 22 1962

MAILBAG

Canada couldn’t face tariff-free foreign competition The high cost of bigamy: a second wife’s long ordeal

Ken Lefolii’s proposal (Why Canada needs a new kind of nationalism, Aug. 11) is nothing less than an invitation to economic suicide. In the absence of even the present meagre trade protection, the bulk of our Americanowned industry would close their Canadian operations and transfer production to the States. In addition, much of our Canadian-owned industry, which is ridiculously fragmented owing to obsolete anticombines legislation. would be unable to face up to the exports of large-scale foreign industry. Most objectionable of all, however, is his turning his back on the tremendous potentiality for growth inherent in working toward greater industrial maturity. By eliminating foreign components in goods of local manufacture, by displacing finished imported goods for direct sale on the local market, we can find a thousand times greater growth than by destroying such secondary industry as we have in order to attempt to continue the export of raw MATERIALS.-EDWARO CARRIGAN, TORONTO

The human cost of bigamy

There is no humorous aspect to the innocent party involved in a bigamous marriage ( How to spot the marrying kind, Aug. 11). In the two articles written recently in Toronto-published magazines no mention has been made of the heartbreak, embarrassment and expense to the second wife in a bigamous marriage. I was left after a year of such a marriage without employment, but with an infant to support, a doctor's bill, an annulment to pay for, the shame of being publicized in a local newspaper as the co-respondent in the first wife’s divorce action, the constant embarrassment of being the mother of a child after the legal return to my maiden name, then, five years after remarriage, the expense of a change-of-name action for my child. Even now the pain is not over; my child will reach the age of asking questions as to background. Incidentally, the bigamist was never charged with bigamy and has not contributed any support to the CHILD.-RENFREW, ONT.

Maclean’s normally refuses to run unsigned letters, but for obvious reasons the writer's name is withheld in this case.

Nutri-Bio is good for you

Your article on Nutri-Bio in the July 28th issue is an insult to the intelligence of Nutri-Bio users. We do not buy it because of the “razzle-dazzle marketing scheme” or because of the “high-pressure positive thinkers” who are selling it. We buy it because it produces amazing results. No $12,000,000 business is built on initial sales and disillusioned customers, but on repeat orders and enthusiastic customers . . . Our family of six has followed Canada’s food rules more than

most families of our acquaintance, to which we have attributed our betterthan-average health. We started using Nutri-Bio products three months ago, mainly to prove to ourselves that we did not need them. However, the change in us was so remarkable that my conscience is forcing me to take time from my busy day to write in their defense. — AUDREY FOSTER, OTTAWA

The Bomarc and the Maginot

There are good physical reasons for being quite sure that a test in the Pacific would prove the Hon. D. S. Harkness’ point in Two views of the Bomarc issue (Aug. 25). And yet, Paul Simon is right and the Minister of Defence is wrong. Simon’s arguments do not depend on the premise that an H-bomb has to explode once an A-bomb goes off near it. If the enemy can wreak destruction upon us with impunity by rigging his bombs

to go off under certain circumstances, then he obviously will. Harkness is wrong, because he and his advisors are making the traditional military mistake of assuming the war will be “played” by their own rules. Thus arose the Maginot line; thus NAIO is arming with “tactical" atomic weapons (the enemy is not supposed to counterattack with anything bigger than that); and thus we have that dodo, the Bomarc. So thank you, Paul Simon, for having tried to inject a bit of imagination into our military planning. Let us hope your needle is longer than their hide is thick. — J. c. VRANA, L.ONGUEUIL, P.Q.

Solution: put a tax on money

There was one tax which Peter C. Newman, your Ottawa correspondent, did not mention ( Backstage in Ottawa, Aug. 11). This is a tax on those directly responsible for the exchange crisis, namely the foreign speculators. A very high tax on interest, dividends and capital transfers out of Canada would solve the exchange problem, since the other aspects of our international accounts are in balance. Such a tax should not be applied if the funds in question are reinvested in Canada. Thus ... the money would go into capital investment in the Canadian economy rather than disappear out of the country. Such a tax would pull in at least half a billion dollars. — n. M. SMITH. OTTAWA

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Is it Diefenbaker’s duty to attack Russia at the UN ? Why the Chinese named a school after Norman Bethune

I*. V. Lyon gives a misleading impression to Canadians (Argument. July 28) when he tries to make them believe that the first speech of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker at the United Nations in I960 was a disaster and the matter will be made worse when a second one is delivered this year. Mr. Lyon would like to lorbid our diplomats from even mentioning the freedom of nations now under Russian domination . . . What about the millions of people and whole nations that are being wiped out by the Nazi regime of Moscow? Is it not our duty to raise a voice in defense ol their rights to live in freedom? Do we have to be hypocrites, or a people without a sense of honor? Canadians have always stood for justice and freedom. Let's uphold this reputation. — V. ONYSCUUK. TORONTO

From China, news of Norman Bethune

My father was a United Church missionary in China when Dr. Bethune was in the communist area (The only Canadian the Chinese ever heard of, May 19). But, though he himself was a Canadian, he had never heard of Bethune until he came back to China in 1955 to visit me and my family in Peking where my husband and 1 both teach. Then, one Sunday as he was going to church in a pedicab, the driver turned around and with typical Peking politeness asked: “And what honorable country do you come from?” When father replied that his humble country was Canada, the driver at once exclaimed: “Oh, that’s the country of Bai C'hu-en (Bethune) — he was a fine man.’’ Father was mystified and feared that his Chinese, acquired during 30 years in the mission field, must have got rusty during his retirement. Next Sunday, however, father was on his toes. After church service, he adjourned to the pastor's room for a chat and when a little Sunday school pupil came in, he said to her: “Do you know where I come from? Canada—Bai Chu-en's country. Have you heard of Bai Chu-en?" The little girl looked at him with the mixture of astonishment and tolerance of a Chinese eight-year-old and answered: “Of course, I've heard of him. We have a whole lesson about him in our textbook.” A few weeks ago our youngest son, Paul, now in his second year at a Peking primary school, came home brandishing this same lesson. (Unlike his grandpa he had been introduced to the name of Bethune in kindergarten.) Here are our joint efforts at a translation of it:

Peking Municipal Lower Primary Experimental Textbook, Lesson 27: Bethune.

“In 1937 China's war against Japan broke out. To help the Chinese people resist Japan. Bethune led a medical team 10,000 miles over mountains and across rivers to China—to work at the vers front line in the Shansi-C haharHopei Border Region.

“He saved the wounded without fear of danger or difficulty. When he was at the front in Central Hopei a bomb dropped right by him, but he calmly went on operating. Sometimes he even used his own blood to give transfusions to the wounded who had lost much blood.

"He used to say: 'The wounded are dearer to us than our own brothers, for they are our comrades.'

"In November, 1939, when he was operating on a wounded soldier in a village in Wan County, Hopei, he got an infection and died.

“To commemorate this great foreign friend we changed the name of the medical school of the Shansi-ChaharHopei Military Region to The Bethune Medical School. Chairman Mao wrote an essay. 'Ín Memory of Bethune.' praising his great spirit of internationalism.”-MRS. ISABEL CROOK. INSTI-

TUTE Ol FOREIGN I ANGUAGES, I’EKING, CHINA

Allen oil Florida: enough, enough!

Readers of your magazine calling itself “Canada's National” doubtless are becoming disgusted as well as bored (I knowI am) with the mass of Tourist Bureau-style propaganda on behalf of an American state. Florida,

by R. T. Allen (Why Canadians go south in summer, Aug. I I ) which in ever-increasing volume clutters up Maclean's to the exclusion of articles of much more value and interest to Canada. This man may claim Canadian citizenship, but. residing in the U. S. A. most of the year, he works hard advertising the attractions of Florida, to induce Canadian settlement of that state . . .—MRS. E. STEWART. VICTORIA, B.C.

What DRTE means

1 have just finished reading “Canada's first satellite goes up soon” ( Maclean's reports. July 14) by Jane Becker. Most interesting, but Jane neglected to tell us who these DRTE (dirty?) scientists are working for.—R. s. MACTARI. AN E, LONDON, ONI .

They are working for the defense research board and DRTE stands for defense research telecommunications establishment.—THE EDITORS.