Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
BRUSSELS (Reuter) Tempted by the prospects of de- tente with Eastern Europe's Warsaw pact countries, the North Atlantic Treaty Organiza- tion stands today at a cross- roads in its 22-year history After years of seeing itself as a bulwark against Communist expansion, the NATO grouping of 15 Western countries now is seriously examining a mode of Ontario farmers fear heavy loss CHATHAM, Out. (CP) Brit- ain's entry into the European Common Market has caused widespread concern among fanners in the rich agricultural region of southwestern Ontario. The province exported million in agricultural products to the United Kingdom in 1970 and botn farmers and govern- ment spokesmen are forecasting a decline. Deputy Agriculture Minister Everett Biggs said in October it would be 1973 or 1974 before the real pinch of British entry would be felt in Canada but con- ceded an export decline was in- evitable. A serious drop could be ex- pected in the export volume of onions, corn, beans, canned cherries, asparagus and toma- toes, he said in a speech at Giffilph, Ont. Andy Watson, provincial agri- cultural representative for the south-western county of Kent, agreed the short-term outlook was bad but said there was a chance of "the whole Common Market" opening in the future. PREDICTS TOTAL LOSS T, Howard James, a Blen- heim, Ont., onion shipper, pre- dicted a total loss of the British onion market which has aver- aged bags over the last few years. "We will have to pay he said, "And this will make a difference of about 20 per cent in our price position." The eight major onion export' crs in Ontario have been Searching for new markets, he added, but "none that are prom- ising" have emerged. The same prospect for the soya bean market in Britain 100 Copies plus tax held out by K. A. Standing, secretary of the Ontario Soya 3ean Growers Marketing Soard. He said it would be vir- .ually lost. Mr. Biggs had similar com- ments in October and suggested at the time an effort be made to place soya beans in a free trade [low between Canada and the United States. Soya beans accounted for million of the million in ag- i c u 11 u r a 1 products Britain bought from Ontario in 1970. FORECAST TROUBLE Heavy market losses were also forecast by the Ontario Vegetable Growers Marketing Board and the Cedar Springs Growers Co-operative. We will have to look for new markets and we may, in the case of tomatoes, consider switching from the production of rounds to the roma type foi tomato said Frank Parry of Chatham, a marketing board director. Jim McGuigan, a former co- operative president, feared total loss of cherry sales to Brit- ain and said U.S. growers would have "a tremendous advan- tage" over Canadians. It could force conversion lo machine-picking operations and result in a loss of employment to workers used in the annual harvest, he said. SEES SOME HOPE Winston Eagen, wee-president of the Green Giant vegetable processing firm in Windsor, Out., pointed out two areas that might lessen the blow for the industry. He said it was possible the government might help offset losses and there was a chance British consumers might be willing to pay for quality. Few Common Market coun- tries could match the quality of produce from Ontario, he said. Both government and industry spokesmen emphasized the need to seek out new markets. relaxing tensions with the Soviet Union and its allies. Since its creation in WTO has epitomized the Irans- itlantic solidarity of democracies fearful o] expansionist ambitions. Developments in reclnt years have eroded that solidarity and irought into question the future role and development of the alli- ance, which groups the Britain, Canada, Belgium, Den- mark, France, Iceland, jUxembourg, the Nethei ta-way, Portugal, Greece, Tur- cey and West Germany. The two-day winter session of s'ATO foreign ministers in Brussels Dec. 9 and 10 demon- strated vividly that the organi- sation is well aware of its di- lemma and is feeling its way forward with extreme caution. WILLING TO PREPARE The NATO ministerial com- m u n i q u e reaffirmed NATO's willingness to b e g i n prepara- tions for a European security conference as soon as Berlin agreement was reached. Finland has offered to play host to such a security confer- ence, and preliminary talks to- ward convening the conference could begin in Helsinki in May or June. Broads in 22-year slaps down an president TORONTO (CP) Retire- of directors announced the of G. Fleming l-xlgar of Paul Britton attitudes "mutual and balanced of Union as chairman and M. L. seemed U) be reflected by both blocs in Atlantic Alliance has Ltd., a major as president and chief 194 wording of the English trying with some of Uiurentide officer. its communique which sources say thai in persuade was announced Edgar will continue as a allied governments terms, time is on Ibe governments to of both Laurentide and the Finnish initiative and the French text which the Warsaw pact, which has an edge over NATO in terms their defence budgets and not to mistake the promise the same time the Acceptance. were "favorable" to the with Eastern Europe ly and The S, 500-word culs reality. U.S. officials here tend to LIMIT he said NATO ministers about prospects for U.S., i, Dcn-, to intensify their bilateral contacts to prepare for a security some force reduction in the highly-sensitive central European area. They say that if e, approach of NATO represents a significant (CP) degree of security remains stable, reductions on PRIVATE the attitude of such will have their are not merely 3sion Britain and the U.S. exemptions increased economically e r s previously heen less duties trimmed officials, however, about UK security conference cent next year as the provincial government brings so sure. They suggest U.S. optimism ir partly due lo notice trial the time for its system into line with pressures on ts way they seem keen to make the most of the federal tax structure. Finance Minister to bring home some oi the U.S. troops petitions for Private Bills at the I believing it should not serve to perpetuate the post-''fcond-World-War division announced here that Quebec, the only province Europe. They also argue that of the Legislative Assembly will NATO's its own laxes, will cut laxes on lower personal current strength of the Warsaw pact forces, the chances on Monday, the twenty-first day security a STAND CLEAIl NATO has made it clear and take a bigger slice of high a meaningful reduction are slight. The only Kremlin that either means the tax total, is likelv to accept is to of cutting back and provincial might be harmful to of troops in Central go up for those alliance, alks must be high on the than if single H. agenda or the if married, but will NATO alliance, in must agree to holding slightly for those continue its own studies of the legislative talks on a NATO J269 SMALL BOOK MOSCOW (AP) Nikolai Syadrfety, a Ukrainian crafts- man, has produced a .02-inch- thick miniature edition of a novel. SIMPSONS-SEARS Hershey Draw Contest Winners of 2 Black and White Portable TVs MR. J. SEtESKI of 1410 19th St. N., lethbridge, was one winner of a Black and White Portable TV. 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