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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - March 26, 1988, Brandon, Manitoba LOCAL NEWS SPORTS AGRIBUSINESS Outlooks Partial clearing new storm Details on Page Tory harmony 2 Wheaties pay price Three of four big guns may be out 1 March 1988 350 619155 Andre sfeps up battle with bonks over fees ANDRE Full disclosure OTTAWA CP Consumer Af fairs Minister Harvie Andre has stepped up the pressure on banks to eliminate certain service charges and ensure customers know exact ly what they are being Andre revealed Friday that in a letter to bank bosses he has aked that they change the way in which they apply charges so as to benefit The current practices are irri tants to Andre said in the I am determined to see some change that benefits consumers in their dealings with Andre said in his letter to the chairmen of the six big banks I would urge to be as vigorous as possible in the disclosure of all aspects of the terms and conditions surrounding the services offered by your The law demands that the banks obtain express agreement from customers before they levy any But in a draft report on a study leaked to The Canadian Press last the Commons finance com mittee questioned whether banks were skirting that One in how the banks could introduce a charge for a monthly fee when the balance in an account falls below some specific minimum without direct notification of the individual bank customers in the draft report How they do the draft con is by using blanket agree ment The problem in Canada is that most customers at financial institu tions have signed blanket agree ments that appear to waive notification requirements and that enable a financial institution to levy reasonable service charges at its The agreements appear to override some law aimed at protecting the but they have not been successfully challenged in the the draft The committee has decided to release its final report on the study Tuesday and hold a public inquiry later this spring into bank Ian infor mation officer with the super intendents said it has been our understanding that the banks are acting We know that account cards have been used for decades and it doesnt appear that theyve ever been illegal theyve never been contested in court or anything like Legal officials in the super intendents office who looked into the issue after the draft report was leaked say they have no real prob lem with the We think the spirit could be beefed up a countered Jodi spokesman for They may well be in technical she But what were looking for is a bit of movement in terms of greater more consumer edu information more readily and perhaps movement in the area of advance warning when service charges NEWSTurner goes on the offensive Line Noriega fails to pay troops PANAMA CITY AP Panamas de facto Manuel Antonio has failed for the first time to pay the troops supporting him as the countrys economic crisis deepens and the opposi tion promises more confronta Also the civilian government that acts for Noriega threatened to re yoke stores licences unless M iioffa tney ODserv iNoriega a weeklong general strike and open to sell such essentials as medi cine and The strike has shut down more than 90 per cent of Pan amas Cash and food are in short The mean said it was planning massive street antiNoriega demonstrations for Monday that appeared likely to trigger a confrontation with troops loyal to the May ignore rules WINNIPEG CP The regulatory agency for Mani toba pharmacists may ignore new rules designed to increase paperwork for druggists who charge more than pharmacare We have basically told the government we are not prepared to act until we have a meaningful Or ville president of the Manitoba Pharaceutical As said It would be up to the as sociation to discipline pharma cists who dont comply with the new rules that require separate forms to be filled out every time a fee above that permitted under pharmacare is A spokesman for the Mani toba Health Services Com mission said if regulations arent the govern ment might have to Inside 28 2327 THATS THE SPIRIT John Turner flanked by CP wirephoto former Senator Paul Martin and Windsor MP Herb Gray Too many things to PM says no election yet OTTAWA CP Despite the latest public opinion poll suggesting an increase in Tory Prime Minister Brian Mul roney hinted strongly Friday he plans no election until at least I dont pay any attention to these Mulroney said of the Angus Reid poll that showed his party tied for first place with the New Democrats at 34per cent support among decided The survey gave John Turners Liberals 30 per What matters is whats happening with the said Mulroney despite his was beaming as he stopped to talk to reporters outside the I travel a I think I have a good idea of whats going what the reactions the prime minister adding that Tory resurgence has been gradual but Thats solid Thats whats hap pening in this he repeatedly refused to rise to the bait when asked whether a sum Poll analysis 28 mer election might be in the Weve got trade to Weve got Meech Lake to Weve got tax reform to bring Weve got child care to Weve got a full Our four years are not even up until the 17th of So weve got lots of time to do the job we have to The Reid survey contrasts sharply with the last Gallup which early this month gave the Liberals the lead with 37 per cent of compared with 33 for the NDP and 28 for the Liberals on Parliament Hill appeared slightly depressed by the Reid although they brushed off suggestions it might reflect poorly on What it means is that we cant sail through the next said Liberal MP Jacques the partys deputy House We have to roll up our sleeves and work wirephoto BEAMING Brian Mulroney reacts with pleasure outside the Commons to the results of the latest Harsh attack unleashed on con man PM by PETER MASER Southam News Liberal Leader John Turner unleashed a stinging attack Friday on Brian describing him as a cheapshot a con man and a branchplant prime minister who takes orders from Washing The unusually harsh for follow repeated charges from Mulroney that the Liberals must offer the country an alternative to the free trade agreement theyve pledged to ter But in a speech Friday to the Ontario wing of his Turner said the Liberals had no lessons to learn from Mulroney on trade or on any ether We have no lessons to learn from a prime minister who prom ised us but has become the prince of the cheap the master of the the great deal maker who threw away all our best cards before he even sat down to negotiate the trade deal with the Before becoming prime min Turner Mulroney was a plantbranch manager who shut down the mine at on orders from the Hanna Mining of Turner Mul roney is a branchplant prime minister and he leads a govern ment with a branchplant men and whenever head office even in a Brian Mulroney When President Ronald Reagan says pur prime minister asks how he earning one of several standing ovations from the crowd of about Turner said it was Mul roneys kowtowing to Reagan that resulted in the elimination of the National Energy changes to the Foreign Invest ment Review and amendments to the laws on patent Canadians would massively reject the Conservatives in the next election and replace it with a solid and substantial Lib eral he Canadians are not going to vote for Brian a man who wants to be Governor Mul governor of a 51st he See TURNER 1 27 1113 22 5 Show me what to press if I waul to record a uiovie after Ive goutto Doer picks up bigname support by DON MACDONALD WINNIPEG CP Gary Doer has cemented his position as the man to beat for the leadership of the Manitoba New Democratic Party by securing the endorsement of three powerful cabinet ministers and the Speaker of the who had already been considered the favorite in the lead ership appeared at a news conference Friday with Deputy Premier Muriel Attorney General Vic Health Minister Wilson Parasiuk and Myrna who was Speaker until the legislature was dissolved March MANITO ELECTIO Parasiuk and Phillips were the only real surprises in the group backing the photogenic 39yearold urban affairs Schroeder had already said he would support and Smith had been widely rumored to be in his The emergence of Smith and two of the most visible women in the is a boost for Doer and a blow to rival leadership candidate Maureen community services is campaigning hard for the support of women delegates with the message that if she is voted NDP leader she will become Canadas first woman She has also issued campaign litera ture with endorsements from prominent women across the prov But who is also the min ister responsible for the status of declared not only women can be sensitive to womens is Hemphills failure to win the en dorsement of any female caucus members does not bode well for her bid to succeed Premier Howard who resigned as leader March 9 and called a general elec In stark contrast to the Doer news Hemphill ap peared with three NDP backbenchers only minutes after the cabinet heavyweights had heaped lavish praise 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