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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, 19, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Turkey prices too high OTTAWA (CP) Grocers are selling turkeys at a loss to lure people into tbeir stores, but Beryl Plumptre says prices still may be too high. "Turkeys should be a good the chairman of the food prices review board said in a recent interview. Stocks were abundent. "But I think prices are pret- ty high, frankly." Turkeys weighing more than 20 pounds were selling at prices about seven cents a pound less than it cost merchants to buy them from wholesalers here Wednesday. Prices ranged from 49 cents a pound for utility grade to 53 cents a pound for grade A. Ten to 16-pound size usually bought by families- were about three cents-a- pound higher than the current 63 to 65 cents a pound wholesale cost. Retailers use the birds as "loss leaders" to attract cus- tomers who will load their grocery carts with trimmings and other food. Even then, one expert said: "Processors usually make a deal with retailers because of the volume and cut their prices about half a cent a pound. So retailers don't lose much more than a nickle a pound." This year, there is more reason than ever for low turkey prices. Production increased seven per cent, to 214 million pounds from January to the first week in December from 200 million pounds during the same 1973 period. By the first week in Decem- ber, about 84 million pounds of turkey were being held in stor- age, some 26 per cent more than the 66.5 million pounds stored at the same time last year. With the exception of eggs, turkeys are the only farm commodity controlled by a national marketing agency. Mrs. Plumptre said con- sumers should buy Christmas turkeys as carefully as possible, adding that utility grade turkeys "are a very good buy." Simon defends Canada oil policy Nuclear-powered heart Klaus Wachsmuth of Ottawa, shown with his mother Eloda is the first child Ontario to have an atomic heart pacer installed in his chest. The new device was implanted when the boy's old pacemaker, which was battery powered, started to fade. The new pacemaker will not need replacement for 10 years. Manitoba byelection Friday WINNIPEG (CP) The personal popularity of Premier Ed Schreyer and the hopes of the Liberal party to remain a credible force in Manitoba politics will both be put to the test Friday in a provincial byelection in St. Boniface. Mr. Schreyer is a close political friend of NDP can- didate Larry Desjardins and has actively campaigned in the Winnipeg riding in an ef- fort to increase his majority in the legislature and restore Mr. Desjardins to a cabinet position. Paul Marion, an ex- Progressive Conservative, is running for the Liberals and hopes to use the byelection as a springboard to the provin- cial party leadership early next year. Mr. Marion defeated Mr. Desjardins by one vote in the June general election in a two-way race not contested by the Progressive Conservatives. However, Mr. Desjardins took thp results to court, the election was declared void, and a byelection was called to fill the resulting vacancy in the house. The two political foes have squared off again in a hotly- contested and often low-level campaign, and they have been joined by a third candidate, Conservative Paul Fredette. Mr. Fredette, a professional singer best known for his renditions of 0 Canada at Winnppeg Blue Bombers foot- ball games, is a newcomer to politics. He is given little chance of winning the byelec- tion, but the votes he denies the other candidates could well determine the winner. WASHINGTON (CP) U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon renewed his defence of Canada's oil-export policies Wednesday night in the face of recent criticism from some members of Congress about Ottawa's deci- sion to end oil exports within a few years. "I rather believe that we would act the same Si- 'mon said. Appearing on the public- television show Firing Line with columnist William Buckley, Simon said the Cana- dian decision was related to plans to pipe Western Cana- dian oil to the Montreal market "As a result, they're phas- ing out our oil imports to our Midwest, but doing it in a and this is done after close consultation with won't be too disrup- tive, as we bring on additional supplies in this country. Mexican job applications being taken OTTAWA (CP) The Man- power department is taking applications from young technicians and specialists wanting to work in Mexico for four to 12 months A Canada Mexico ex- change program has given about a dozen Canadians a year for the last two years the chance to train in a number of specialized fields ranging from agriculture to architec- ture and from museology to oceanography. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age, have a basic knowledge of Spanish and a post secondary school degree or technical high school diploma. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31, 1975. EXECUTIVE CONCERN -The U S. Postal Reform Act in 1970 created a goveitiment- owned postal service under the executive branch, replac- ing the old post office department. "And I believe they're going to co-operate completely. I've met with them three times on this subject in the last three months." Simon, who has publicly de- fended Canadian oil policies in the past, did not indicate which Canadian officials he had discussed the situation with, but Prime Minister Trudeau, Energy Minister Macdonald and Finance Minister Turner have visited Washington since the fall. The treasury secretary, for- merly in charge of American energy policy, indicated mix- ed feelings on the question of Canada's export tax on oil, now set at more than a barrel. At one point he said Ameri- cans criticize the tax and "I must admit that I don't believe we should criticize" it. But when Buckley suggested that Canada was "guilty of a little historical profiteering" by following the oil-producing cartel's rise in prices, Simon replied: "Well, this is the one dis- agreement that I have with them, that for years they had the benefit of exporting their oil to us at a higher-than- world price because we were controlling our oil through the quota system at a high price. "So they had the benefit of oil while it was much cheaper when it was coming in from the Arab countries and elsewhere. And they should be taking that into con- sideration now We should be getting a slight break on oil imports from them "Our arguments on that re- main quite inconclusive up to this point, however." WILLIAM SIMON The LARGEST ASSORTMENT of imported styles in LETHBRIDGE VAN'S t Pre-Christmas Color Sale 9 fwr WF PORTABLE TELEVISION MODEL CTE 460 King's walnut finish charcoal bronze trim rotary tuning Phosphor dot picture tube volt chassis Accumatic 2: Automatic regulation of color and tint speaker nor u am PARTI 1 -lowest; 2-c, 3-False; nnoncno i PART II 1-b; 2-d; 3-a 4-e; yuui ncno i PART Ml 1-e; 2-d; 3-b; 4-a, PICTURE QUIZZ Donald MacDonald, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources VANS TV SALES SERVICE 1236-3rd Ave. S. 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