Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
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Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Telephone 328-8171 Wednesday, February 28, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - 29 MLAs bow heads Black-draped desk of Len Werry, 45, Alberta minister of Telephones killed Sunday in a car accident on a highway east of Edmonton, near Edson, dramatizes his absence as members of the Alberta legislature bow their heads in memory. s about beef price OTTAWA (CP) - Representatives of Canadian beef cattle raisers said Tuesday that despite the present high price of beef, the consumer is buying more of it than ever before. This indicates that people "are not that concerned" about the price, which has risen only half as fast as incomes, members of a delegation of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association told the Commons special food price committee. In a long and detailed brief and. in discussion with committee members, it was said that the high price of beef today is the result of a shortage that is being overcome. The brief said: "In the main, most beef producers believe that retail outlets do an excellent job of handling high tonnages of beef at what must be considered modest markups." _ But the brief, uiplaying some abivalence, said there is an "infrequent but troublesome tendency" on the part of retailers not to reduce prices as prices to farmers fall. This situation occurred "too frequently, the last occasion being in the August to October period of 1972." "There is some Justification, of course, for a time lag of up to two weeks, at the maximum, but we believe that the instant retailers buy beef at reduced wholesale prices the full benefit of these reduced prices should be passed along to consumers. "This is one source of recurring discontent beef producers have with an otherwise fine retail function." Questioned on the apparent contradictions in these remarks, Charley Gracey of Toronto, Phone service for baffled taxpayers OTTAWA (CP) - Taxpayers baffled by their new forms can get their questions answered by telephone up to 8 p.m. two nights a week, the revenue department announced Monday. Department experts will stay at their phones each Monday and Tuesday evening until 8 p.m. local times from now to April 30, deadline date for filing income tax returns. Other weekdays the service will continue on regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Toll-free long distance numbers are available for persons who live outside the centres where district offices are located. Evening hours will allow queries by persons who cannot telephone during their working day, the department said. Experience shows that most of such calls come early in the week from persons who ran into a problem with the tax form during the weekend. manager of the association, said retailers had rectified the situation after the cattle producers raised the question last year. But then he said that this slowness to reflect lower wholesale prices at the retail level has happened once a year around September. But aside from that, the cattlemen's main point was that beef prices were fair when all farm costs were considered and that generally speaking nobody up the price chain is takiBg too much for himself. Consumer demand and acceptance set the price. "Consumer acceptance Is at the highest level in history in Canada and per-capita consumption of 90 pounds per year counterpoints any concern this committee may feel about current price levels," a summairy of the brief said. COSTS RISING Costs of production were rising faster than prices to the fanner. The farmer had responded to the cost-price squeeze with dramatic in-ci-eases in productivity. Beef prices increased at half the rate of both incomes and the cost of living index. Canadian beef herds were growing rapidly, spurred by high prices. But any attempt to limit or control the prices would discourage production. _ This would increase the scarcity and result in higher prices. When supply exceeded demand the prices would drop. Meanwhile, the association protested announcement in the budget now being debated in the Commons that tariffs on imported meat would be eliminated in an attempt to reduce the cost of food. Mr. Gracey and George Morris of Merlin, Ont., president of the association, objected that the eumination of the tariff was made without consulting producers. They estimated that the elimination, because of .various factors, would cost the Canadian producer about lVa cents a hundredweight. It was questionable that this cut in the price of beef would be reflected at the retail level, and if it did it would not come until the summer. They said Canadian producers still have to pay a tariff when shipping beef to the U.S. Banff awards BANFF (CP) - The Banff Centre has announced five fellowship awards of $650 each in its cultural resources management course March 11 to 24. Recipients are Allison Bishop of the Nova Scotia department of education, Marge Fowler of-the Ancliorage Community Col-ifcge in Alaska, David LUes of the University of Alberta Theatre, Fiona McCall of Toronto, and Dianne Miller of West Vancouver.