Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, April 14, 1973 THI UTHBRIDGt HSRAlD DAVID CROLL JOHN NICHOL EUGENE FORSEY ECAA braces for farm price talks Canadian Senate seeks new role appraisial By CY KOX BRUSSELS (CP) The agri- culture ministers of the Eu- ropean Common Market's nine member countries are bracing for their decisive conference on the thorny issue of farm prices in the community for the com- ing year. France is holding out for big increases in meat and milk prices even though this bid might cause the collapse of the community's controversial farm policy. The French allege that the United States and latter loud in its. opposition to farm-price increases since it joined the Market Jan. are Dringing pressure to bear on the i don would feel able to go that agricultural policy. The British, Paris suggests, are seeking agricultural con- cessions to the point where their ability to be a Market member is suspect. One possible concession re- ported by a British newspaper to have come under discussion as a means of easing London's opposition to price increases was a lifting of the Common Market levy on hardwheat im- ports into Britain from Canada. Canadian sources here either hadn't heard of any such sug- gested suspension of the levy's gradual introduction in Britain or expressed doubts that Lon- far in seeking farm-policy con- cessions. The Canadians, with their wheat sales to the Soviet Union and China, and the Common Market, with its sale of surplus butter to the Soviets, have both U.S. Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz recently warned a Paris meeting of delegates from Canada and other countries that the Americans would employ protectionist tactics against the industrial exports of countries establishing barriers to the im- been contribuing to the East-1 porting of farm products from West flow of agriculuraJ trade which provides a significant backdrop to the community's impending farm-price confer- ence. the United States. Butz coupled this wanting with a sharp attack against what he called the way the Common Market's agricultural By CHERYL HAWKES ment leader in the Senate from his cabinet post and election of OTTAWA (CP) Warned by, and government leaders and the Speaker by the senators themselves. one of then- own members to "reform or Canada's senators have once again turned their attention to the well-worn topic of Senate re- form. The warning cams last week from 73-year-old Liberal Sena- tor David Croll of Toronto. II touched off three days'of debate in the upper bouse. This week's debate ironically coincided with the resignation of Senator John Nichol, 49. a Vancouver Liberal who after seven years in "the chamber of frustrated. It was an intolerable situation." The Senate has improved greatly since then, he added. Special Senate investigations The major thrust of his pro-! into the mass media, land use, science policy, poverty and other areas had improved the gram is to make the Senate j U.S. subsidiaries source of major capital spending Another important part of the j policy is based on protection- current international farm pic-i ism. hire is the approach of the i WANTS MORE imortant 1973 negotiations! He said Western Europe, al- about the General Agreement i ready a big outlet for U.S. farm on Tariffs and Trade j products, can and should be an even bigger the in- dications are that American j trade representatives in the I Common Market headquarters i city of Brussels mean to try I achieving this buildup of their highly satisfactory one for Ca- nadian wheat sales to the Soviet Union and China. But the Wheat Board is anx- ious to sustain sales in Western Europe. These range from 25 per cent of annual exports, when deliveries to the Commu- nist giants are high, to possibly 40 per cent otherwise. British entry into the Com- mon Market, along with the in- creased executive power of the community's Brussels-based commission, also prompted the board to establish an office here. One of its main jobs will be to act as a centre for observing and anticipating moves by the commission affecting -wheat sales to Western Europe. Obviously major problems He ahead for salesmen in munity now Canadian wheat a European corn- including Britain agricultural sales despite alJ the and amid ominous international thought" has decided to movej on. i envy Senator Nichol was recently appointed chairman of the board of governors of the pro- posed Lester B. Pearson Col- lege of the Pacific. Senator CrolTs 12-point plan for Senate reform includes sus- pension of the chamber's veto power, a lowering of the com- pulsory retirement age to 70 from 75, removal of the govern- more independent from govern- j ment manipulation and more' sensitive to social issues. Senator Nichol's resignation, superimposed on the reform de- bate, prompted further admis- sions of persona] frustration. MORE FRUSTRATION Conservative leader Jacques Flynn (Quebec) said: istime we took stock of ourselves and assessed our wcrjj Are we doing enough? should we be doing? jjave a credibility gap to close. "We deserve better. To be criticized is normal and to be expected, to be praised is ab- "It is with a certain dezree of I normal and unexpected, but to that I see him (Senator Nichol) make this decision, for on occasion, I, too. have been frustrated I am convinced that it takes a lot of courage to make the decision that he has be ignored is frustrating and disappointing." As expected, all speakers were adamantly oposed to the abolition of the upper house and further lowering of the retire- DO YOU THINK THIS WAY ABOUT FUNERALS? Money spent on elab- orofe funerals would be better spent on the living. 1 don't want my body put on public display. want to record my wishes before my death so that my next of kin need not make painful decisions under stress. I want to support a non-profit group work- ing for simple, digni- fied and inexpensive funerals. If so, ask for free folder MEMORIAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA Phone 328-6335 1132 16 St. S., Lethbridge Senator Paul Desruisseaux (L_Quebec) another seven year member expressed his own disappointment in the Sen- ate. "Shortly before the end of my first year in this chamber I came for weeks with my resig- nation in my pocket I would probably not be here to- By IRVING C. WHYNOT CP Business Editor Subsidiaries of United States firms operating in Canada will continue during 1973 to be a major source of new capital spending. That's good news for those who argue that new spending creates jobs, but bad news for those who hold that U.S. inter- I ests already control too large a j slice of the Canadian economy. j The increase in plant and equipment expenditures by U.S.-owned firms is not out of line with the total Canadian ca- pilal investment forecasts for the year, but there are major switches in where the money will go. The government announced last week that total capital spending in Canada this year will be S23.8 billion, an increase something I can't he dav had it not been for the in-! said. terVention of friends here. The j ELECTED SENATE Senate. I thought, had not No one has expressed any en- enough fire, not enough real thusiasm fur an elected Senate, ment age. Senator Eugene Forsey, 68, criticized the tendency toward age bigotry or as he termed "youth chauvinism." "The idea" that when people j of about per cent, reach a certain age thev are j Figures released earlier by necessarily in a process of men- j U.S. department of com- tal decay or are losing their merce put the total plant and sense of political reality is! equipment spending in Canada soul.7' although newcomer Senator by U.S.-owned firms at bil- lion, an increase of about seven per about 15 per cent of the total Canadian capital spending figure. All told, more than one-fifth Desruisseaux. 67, re- j Henry Hicks Scotia) i of all such spending abroad by have been ahead of most other developed coun tries in the busi- ness recovery." in petroleum in- creased nine per cent in 1972 and is expected to increase 11 per cent this year. GROWTH EXPECTED "Expenditures by petroleum affiliates in Canada rose last year while in Japan spending was cut back; in both countries, however, strong growth is ex- pected in 1973. other ily agriculture, public utilities, trade and increased seven per cent in 1972 with a 13-per-cent rise expected for this year. "This is the largest per- centage increase among the four major industry groups. In- creases are scheduled for most major geographical areas, vrith a particularly large rise in Can- ada." The expected spending in Canada in this area in J973 is million, up from mil- lion in 1972. In total, Canada remains a popular spot for such U.S.-con- trolled spending, second only to all oLTurope. barriers against them. i The presence here of this in- i tensively-competitive American representation will be a formi- dable fact of life for the Brus- j sels office now being opened .by i the Canadian Wheat Board. This year promises to be a i polemics concerning protection- ism. But the Canadians continue to express confidence, maintaining that the quality of their product will help them immeasurably in the challenging European era to come. SALES and MOVING of MATURE TREES We also have a smaller spade designed for moving various types of smaller trees SPRUCE TREE FARMS PHONE 328-5806 peated the fears of others that the Senate is not so much in danger of being abolished as it is of being forgotten by the pub- lic. "Very little legislation of any importance now is initiated in the Senate, although it could be easily he said. "The Sen- ate could effectively assist Par- suggested a set proportion of the one-third and. one half be .chosen by their provincial governments. Such a system, he said, would ensure the admission of senators from the New Democratic and Social Credit parties. who have formed governments in the western provinces since the liament to realize the goals con-1 1930's. tained in the throne speech." I Liberal Senator Ernest Man- ning. 64. a former Alberta pre- mier suggested the Senate stop duplicating the work of the Commons. Bills passed by the these U.S. affiliates will be in Canada. GIVES FORECAST The U.S. forecasts made these observations about plant and equipment spending in Can- ada by the U.S. firms: in mining and j smelting fell sharply during i 1972 and is likely to remain at a j low level this year. j "The drop was centred In Australia and Canada where j large increases had occurred in 1970 and 1971, and may reflect i 300 SUNGLASSES to choose from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX INTOLERABLE SITUATION Senator Croll said: "I came to the Senate in 1955.; v I must tell you I was bored and Commons are sent to the Senate I comPletion of expansion for three readings, committee j begun earner, consideration and finally royal assent. Senator Manning's reform would have a bill come to the Senate after second reading. Then sitting as a non-partisan E ATO N 'S in manufac- taring are expected to continue i I modest growth. j j "In Canada, manufacturing j i affiliates increased their spend- i j ing 21 per cent in 1972 but ex- j j body, the Senate would review i the legislation and send it back to the appropriate Common's poet only a small increase this year. The shift may be re- lated to the timing of cyclical j committee with recommenda. j developments Canada, like tions. I the United States, appears to Corolla. 1200. features include: front disc brakes, reclining bucket sftafs, electric rear window defroster, whilewalls and cigarette lighter. Take a "test drive soon. TOYOTA See how much car your money can buy. Check te Yellow Pages gtor the Ttycto Dealer nearest you 'SSSSSSiSSSSSi The Miss Canada Fashion Plus Collection By Exquisite Form Grand Complement to the Inner you and the outer you! Nylon Stretch Bikini Mode of 100% textured nylon stretch lace. 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