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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Buoyant year forecast OTTAWA (CP) - Canada can expect 1971 to be a buoyant year in consumer spending, new house construction, and business expansion, Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin said in a year-end statement. But be warned that inflation-sry pressures must continue to be checked. Mainly because of booming export trade, 1970 was a better year for Canada than for the United States or Britain, Mr. Pepin said. This country had an increase of about 6.5 per cent in its gross national product', about three per cent in volume terms and 3.5 per cent in price increases. There was distinct slowing in consumer spending and many lines of demand for manufactured goods during 1970. This dampened inflation. "However, there is continuing upward pressure from the cost side which has yet to be adequately contained," the minister said. DEMAND UNUSUAL Demand for Canadian products in Japan, Europe and other countries not traditionally regarded as big cu s t o m e r s sparked a dramatic upsurge in exports. Incomplete figures for the year indicated' a merchandise trade surplus approaching $3,000 million, almost four times (he surplus of 1969 and more than twice the previous record, set in 1968. After covering the usual deficit in non-merchandise trade, Canada would still record its first over-all balance-of-pay-menta surplus since 1952, and it Auto centre to open on Monday A new automotive travel centre opens Monday adjacent to General Farm Supplies on the Courts highway. The grand opening of the Toyota Travel Centre will run from Monday to Friday. Factory representatives from Toyota Incorporated will be available through the week to answer all technical questions. The 3,000 square-foot carpeted showroom will have 12 vehicles on display in a unique palm tree setting. The new travel centre will also be selling mobile homes, motor homes, travel trailers and truck campers as well as the complete line of Toyota cars, trucks and four-wheel drive units, general manager, Hank Camp said. The centre will employ a sales staff of four. could be approximately $1,000 million. For the New Year, Mr. Pepin saw a continuing high trend of primary steel production, generated by major oil and natural gas pipe line project demands. Sotitham ends broadcast operations OTTAWA (CP)-The Canadian Radio-Television Commission announced here approval of three applications under which direct participation of Southam Press Ltd. in broadcasting operations will be ended in three western cities where it publishes daily newspapers. The broadcasting enterprises are located in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. In each case the Southam Press shares in them are being transferred to Selkirk Holdings Ltd., a holding company in which Southam Press has a large interest. Greater Winnipeg Cablevision Ltd., operating a Winnipeg cable TV system, got approval to transfer 250 common shares, representing 25 per cent of the ownership, to Selkirk from Southams. Calgary Broadcasting Co. Ltd., operating radio station CFAC, got permission for a similar transfer of 100,000 common shares, representing 40 per cent of the ownership. Edmonton Broadcasting Co. Ltd., operating radio stations CJCA and CJCA-FM, was approved for a similar transfer of 100,000 common shares, representing 40 per cent of the ownership. Agency closed for back taxes SEATTLE (AP) - The state seized property owned by Ralph Williams Northwest Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc., here ami closed the automobile agency on warrants charging non - payment of more than $143,000 in back taxes and penalties. "We will no longer sell cars in this state," said Robert Friedman, general manager of the agency after the seizure. "But this state hasn't heard the last of Ralph Williams." Friedman said Williams himself knew nothing of the closure. He blamed the slumping Seattle economy and a consumer protection lawsuit against the dealership for a recent decline in sales. "We barely sold 100 cars in December," Friedman said. Strong demand trends were apparent also for housing, consumer goods, and other business capital spending. "Consumer spending seems likely to be a much stronger element in the economy than was the case in 1970, "The saving rate of the Canadian consumer has been unusually high during the past year and a return to a more normal savings pattern would suggest a stronger market for consumer goods generally. HOUSING STARTS UP "The increase in housing starts now underway will encourage consumer demand for home appliances and home furnishings. With easier credit conditions and settlement of the major 1970 (General Motors) strike, higher automotive sales are also in prospect." After four years of relatively flat or declining investment by business in new plant and equipment, "a relatively strong forward thrust in this key sector" seems evident for 1971, Mr. Pepin added. A recent survey of 200 large companies showed an 11-percent increase in capital spending i n t e n t i on s. The main strength was in oil and gas pipe lines, mining and electric power industries, with more moderate increases in manufacturing. The minister said the government will continue to encourage "a sound and sustainable rate ot economic growth for Canada with all Canadians sharing in the benefits so derived." "It is important that this objective should not be frustrated or denied as a result of our failure to check inflationary trends in costs and prices." Parks system expansion rate faster OTTAWA (CP) - Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien said here that Canada's national and historic parks system expanded at a greater rate in 1970 than in any year since its inception some 30 years ago. In a year-end review, the minister said four new national parks were added, bringing the number to 24. Three new historical areas were added to the historic parks branch, bringing their number to 50. From a personal standpoint, Mr, Chretien took great pride in establishment ot the first two national parks in Quebec. These are Forillon on the Gaspe peninsula and La Maurice in the St. Maurice River Valley just north of Trois-Riviers. The other two new national parks are Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and Gros Morne on the west coast of Newfoundland. Also under study as national parks are an area near the east arm of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, along with areas that could result in establishment of Canada's first underwater hational park. The new national historic parks under negotiation include L'Anse-aux-Choix, a 4.000-year-old burial ground. Both are in Newfoundland. Seturdfly, Jonurdy J, 1*71 � THI LETHBRIDGE HKRAIR _ f*| DEEP TRENCH The Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench is 36,198 feet deep, says the latest National Geographic Atlas of the World. Labor plans campaign against pollution in '71 EDMONTON (CP) - The Al-berta Federation of Labor will launch an anti - pollution campaign early next year, executive secretary Eugene A. Mitchell announced today. The campaign will Involve labor councils and local unions throughout the province. Other anti - pollution groups will be invited to join the project. Mr. Mitchell said pleasure must be brought to bear on governments to bring about adequate regulations and enforcement of anti - pollution measures. "While we must have protection against industrial waste being dumped into the atmosphere and water ways, much more attention must be given to the unhealthy environment that many workers are exposed to daily at their work place." Neil Reimer, chairman of the Best Wishes TOYOTA4 TRAVEL We were very pleased to be chosen to do the electrical work. See us for work in Oil Field, Industrial, Commercial and Maintenance Installations and Repairs, and Cable Trenching. - DORREN ELECTRIC LTD. 226 22nd St. N. Phone 327-6060 or 327-6068 Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, will be campaign director. Lowest of 12 truck lenders win couucil OK TABER (HNS) - The lowest of \1 tenders from seven local firms for the supply of three trucks were accepted by the town council, for a total cost of $13,237. Tenders accepted are: threaten gravel truck complete with 5-ton-box - Chief Service for a Fargo unit, at $7,350; 1-ton flat deck truck - Perdue Motors Ltd. for a GMC unit, at $3,845; and half-ton mini-truck - Ken-way Service for a Toyota unit, at $2,045. The public works committee recommended the purchases, having considered five tenders for the gravel truck, four for the flat deck, and t'nee for the mini. Town superintendent Bent M a d s e n advised council that the insurance claim for the wrecked dump truck being replaced was on the basis of $1,700 with the old truck remaining the property of the town. Mr. Madsen said that the practically new engine, and other parts, would be useful as replacements on the other two (and similar) trucks now in use by town crews. Up to four months is required for delivery of some of the new units. all purpose EASY-UP single span and multi-span buildings SINGLE SPAN ... SO SIMPLE TO CONSTRUCT THAT TWO MEN CAN ERECT A 14,000 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING IN DAYS Keep your design options open ,., Behlen's easy-up single span makes it easy. See Toyota Travel Centre's new showroom and service department all under the one roof of a Behlen Building. SEE US FOR COMPLETE DETAILS GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES COUTTS HIGHWAY, LETHBRIDGE PHONE 327-3165 SH0WR00 of ovr new IILITIES Come and Look Us Over / Southern Alberta's Largest Carpeted Showroom HANK CAMP LES INGLE FRED STORY PETE ALEXANDER Let over 100 years combined selling experience work for you! Featuring On Display ... (TOYOTA FACTORY REPRESENTATIVES IN ATTENDANCE ALL WEEK.) Toyota Cars and Trucks Why Don't You Get One - In 1971 m ' *' '-"V' <* s" *"' Mobile Homes By Homco & Ritzcraft Skylark Campers Skylark Trailers mm CHOOSE YOURS AND YOU'LL BE KING OF THE ROAD mm mm AVAILABLE IN II FT., 22 FT., 24 FT. AND 27 FT. MODELS ress Motor Home RAVEL CENTRE DIVISION OF HAICO MANUFACTURING Southern Alberta's Largest Import Car Dealer Home of Skylark Trailers and Campers COUTTS HIGHWAY, LETHBRIDGE Phone 327-3165 ;