MAILBAG

May 1 1965

MAILBAG

May 1 1965

MAILBAG

Proud —of which Canada? / Movies may be better but audiences aren’t / On the trail of the X

IN YOUR March 6 Editorial (It May Sound A Bit Old-Fashioned To Say So, But Patriotism, After All, Is Still Respectable) “one of the most powerful, most thoughtful men in the Canadian government” is quoted as saying, “I am proud to be a Canadian.” This leaves me wondering. Canada is two nations — one English-speaking, the other French. Which one is it that he is proud of? English-speaking Canada and the U. S. are as one in tongue, culture and, until 1776, in tradition. Ties between the U. S. and Commonwealth countries are strong. Political anion between the U. S. and Canada within the Commonwealth would be of mutual benefit to both.

\. G. COLLINS, W1LLOWDALE, ONT.

¥ I, too, am proud to be a Canadian. There is something in your editorial, however, that brings up an old and vexing problem to me. You say, “If we support good government and have our affairs managed by people dedicated to the national interest . . . our future as a people will be rich I am an average Canadian who has voted faithfully many times — and I have never yet discovered any means of bringing any influence to bear in selecting candidates. I am always urged, “Vote as you like, but vote,” but far too frequently I am forced to try to choose between two or more candidates who in my opinion are not qualified to contribute to “good government.”

R. E. GRAHAM. BROWNSBURG, QUE.

What’s that up the flag pole?

You are raising the wrong flag in your cartoon, titled Born In Battle (Reports, March 6). The official flag has eleven points; you have raised one with thirteen points.

E. KUSICK, HUDSON, ONT.

Menace at the movies: audiences

In answer to Peter Martin's Argument Why Don't Movie Critics Ever Warn Movie Fans About The Perils Of Going To The Movies? (March 6): I am one of those “splotchy-faced adolescents with low IQs and shabby rumpled uniforms.” I am an usher. I am also a second - year journalism student and editor of The Carleton, undergraduate newspaper at Carleton University, Ottawa. He complains about being made to wait behind a velvet rope; I’ll bet he and everyone else behind that velvet rope had their mouths open all the time they were waiting, just to make sure they ruined the show for every customer in the hack ten rows. He wonders why he had to wait even though there were seats available. I congratulate the theatre. I'll never understand why customers pay $1.50 to see a multimillion-dollar motion picture, and then insist on walking in halfway through

the performance, destroying the story continuity for themselves and disturbing the audience that arrived on time. They wouldn't do it to a stage play.

JIM ROBINSON, OTTAWA

* Unbelievable collection of silly prattle.

VIC HRYHORCHUK, 1 ACHINE. QUE.

* May 1 remind Martin that the young ushers spend the hours that they could he studying, at work to earn money for their educations and futures?

JACQUELINE SABER, TORONTO

X-hausted

According to In The Editors' Confidence (February 20), artist Lewis Parker searched for but could not find an animal with a one-syllable name beginning w ith “i.” The simplest solution to his problem: ”1"! Which makes the one-syllable list (not counting birds or fish as animals): ape. bear, cat, dog. elk, fox, gnu. hind. I. jark, kid. lamb, mule, nag, ore. pig. quail, rat, seal, tom, us, vole, whelp.

-. yak. zho. I hope that some

reader can supply the missing “x” before I die of insomnia!

J. D. SANKEY, CHERRYHINTON. ENGLAND

The Tommy Burns question

Stephen Jones Gamester, in When Little Tommy Burns Outslugged The Biggest Brutes In Boxing (February 6), says the fighter was of German descent. I believe research will show that Burns' father was named Noc Brousseau. a French-Canadian.

ARTHUR BÉLANGER, OTTAWA

Gamester spoke with the town clerk of Hanover, Ont., birthplace of Tommy Burns; the clerk, in turn, talked with Burns’ brother, who stated that their father was horn in Germany and that the family name was Brusso.

Are the French to blame?

Re Blair Fraser’s Backstage In France (March 6): The French, he they in France or in Canada, seem hardpressed to have equality of treatment. Could it be the fault of the French? De Gaulle, like Quebec, would like to run the show — NATO, ECM, the UN and what have you. 1 am sure that neither Britain nor the United States are trembling in their shoes in fear of what De Gaulle will do. The U. S. can no doubt soon close the hatch on movement of U. S. gold to France, simply by ceasing to buy French goods. There is a slim chance, too. that the U. S. economy would weather such a calamity. Is this the way to give a country back its pride? Remember Hitler: he gave Germany

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Refocus for welfare / New nation needed? / Praise for a dramatist

back her pride. Make mine democracy — I don’t care for someone sitting on my face.

EUGENE !.. HAMM. CLARENCE, N. S.

Training to fight poverty

I was favorably impressed by Our Invisible Poor, by Al an Phillips (February 20). The training programs for the poor I favor are those that go right out to the people, teaching, providing motivation and encouraging them to help themselves. -— ROBERT

K. WHITNEY, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

L Having farmed with a reasonable degree of success for the past forty years in the Interlake district of Manitoba, I was shocked to learn that I had been living all my life in one of the most poverty - stricken areas in Canada. Truly, the poor must be invisible. Ph il I i ps gives this district a black eye it does not deserve. It is capable of producing heavy crops; total crop failures are almost unknown. There are modern homes, fine cars, and TV in almost every home. All this, to me. is evidence of prosperity. GEORGE WATSON, ERIKSDALE, MAN.

* In your Editorial, Why Mobilize For An All-Out War On Poverty?

Isn’t Victory Already Within Our Grasp''1, you suggest poverty can be successfully fought "within the context of our present welfare spending.” The present welfare structure allows these people to subsist and propagate their own subculture, thus adding to the total sum of human misery. As this subculture grows, so do our welfare payments to maintain it. To wipe out these depressed regions, our welfare system must be drastically redirected and more sharply focused. Programs of birth control and adult education will be needed. Furthermore. our present approach in adult education must be changed if we are to help people who cannot even understand that to improve their lot. they must become aware of the world around them.

BEVERLY ROBERTSON, DUNDAS, ONT.

Nine’s stronger than ten

I add my voice to E. U. Smith’s (Mailbag. March 6): why not a nine-province Canada? We nine English-speaking provinces are getting fed up with Quebec's demands and the Liberal Party’s policy of appeasement. If Ontario and the eastern provinces won’t join with us, we out west will be forced to go it alone; we have everything necessary to form a strong dominion of our own. We are tired of Quebec colonialism. Let us internationalize

the St. Lawrence River, take back Ungava, which doesn’t belong to Quebec anyway, give the Atlantic Provinces more representation in the federal parliament, and be a really united Canada.

E. H. COCKLE, MANNVILLE, ALTA.

Let’s hear it for the lion

I take exception to your article What Ne.xt For Se.x /n The Movies? ( Reviews, March 6). The men of my generation, with few exceptions, respected virtue in women. Humans are neither beasts nor insects, but created in God’s image, a little lower than angels; they can exercise their Godgiven power to control lust. The king of beasts is both graceful and virtuous; when he seeks a mate it is for the express purpose of reproduction -— an excellent example for some of the present generation.

MARTHA GIBSON, BARRIE, ONT.

Who was that lady . . .?

I agree w'ith Mrs. Rachel Keogh (Mailbag, March 6) when she says the Queen is not a Canadian, and should not have been included in your Outstanding Canadians Of 1964 (January 2). The Queen has many outstanding qualities, but being a Canadian is not one of them. However,

I do not agree with Mrs. Keogh when she says the Queen had no business in Quebec. The Queen had been invited to Quebec by Premier Jean Lesage. He was not “forced to welcome” Her Majesty, and he did not lose prestige in Quebec. He was more respected than ever by all thoughtful Canadiens. I agree that our new flag is a beautiful symbol and I pray, please God, that it may never wave over the Republic of Canada.

M. E. ALL WRIGHT, ST. JEROME, QUE.

Hands off!

In reviewing The Education Of Phyllistine shown on CBC-TV (A Maverick Formula For True-to-Life TV, Reviews, March 6), Maclean’s rendered a great service to Canadian television viewers, and to Canadian Indians. Paul St. Pierre's rejection of CBC attempts to water dowm the impact of a poignant story with fake emotional effects and verbose dialogue, demonstrates his integrity. My own reaction to Phyllistine was exultant; thank God for a dramatist who knows how this should be done. I know' Canadian Indians, and the reality of Phyllistine and her guardian leaped straight to my heart. The “tittering virgins of Toronto” are well advised to keep clumsy hands off this dramatist's work.

KATHLEEN WARD, TORONTO

According to Sir John A.?

As a fourth-year Honor History and English student at the University of Toronto, I appreciated the tribute paid by David Crane to Donald Creighton (The Man Who Revived Sir John A., Reports, March 6). What a tremendous amount of research Creighton put into his work. But Creighton’s biography is not objective history; its point of view is subjective. The price Creighton had to pay to be exciting was a narrowing of his book’s objective focus. Basing his work mainly upon Macdonald's letters, Creighton tends to view events through Macdonald’s eyes and distorts his treatment of two important events in Canadian history: The Treaty of

Washington (1871) and the execution of Louis Riel ( 1885).

DAVID B. SCOTT, TORONTO

More pools, not bigger

In The Yes-Man Who Said No (Reports. January 23) was a reference to Olympics - sized swimming pools in schools. If the main object is to teach children to swim, a pool of this size is indeed gilding the lily. Competitive and public swimming would be better served by providing more large pools for the use of all citizens. Any school basement could incorporate such a pool and water-changing would be easier. Many such pools could be installed for the cost of one elaborate model, with consequent benefits to the many instead of the privileged few. J. YOUNG, EAGLE LAKE, SOUTH RIVER. ONT.

Who’s damned?

I was shocked by John Gizen’s letter (Mailbag, February 6), condemning millions to eternal damnation. Said Gizen: “All through the Bible it is plainly taught that only a few will be worthy of that eternal bliss (heaven)." 1 presume that Gizen would say that he believes in a God of love. Yet this same God would create — with certain knowledge of what the future has in store for them — uncounted millions, in order later to see them burn in eternal fire? That is a loving God, a God of mercy? - GUY W. ARNOLD, HAMILTON. ONT.

The shared loneliness

I note with regret that in discussing Toronto’s French-language radio station, CJBC (A Lonely Experiment In Togetherness, Reports, February 20), you failed to mention The Learning Stage. This one-and-a-half-hour English-language program is, in my opinion, one of the finest series on CBC radio.

DAVID COCROFT, LAKE FOREST. ILLINOIS

“I am happy here”

After reading and rereading Harold Town’s To Canada, With Love And Hisses (January 23), the only possible conclusion I could come to was: what a hell of a country this Canada must be; what a rotten population and

what a most rotten government. Then, fortunately, I received a letter from my son, who has been three years in Canada. He wrote: “You ask me, whether I eventually may return to the old country. To leave Canada? This fine country to which I owe all my self-respect and self-assurance? No — certainly not, unless they chase me away. I had a very, very hard time, it is true. I am working harder than I ever did in my life. But I am happy here.” One statement against

another; I feel more inclined to believe my son. If Town would pass a couple of years (as I did) in a socalled “Re-education Common Dwelling” (you call it a concentration camp) — and this not for having written a whole book of criticism against his country, but only one sentence — he may have a splendid opportunity to find out that after all things in Canada are not so rotten, that it’s a fine country to live in. FRANZ EISSLER, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

What Americans don’t know

Congratulations on your choice of Hugh Campbell’s article about the feeling of bitterness toward American policy in Vietnam (The Americans Are 7 heir Own Worst Enemies In Vietnam. January 23). Unfortunately, this feeling prevails in many, if not all, the spheres of American influence, and is the least understood at home.

MRS. HELEN M. EMBLEY, SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA ★