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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LiTHBRIDQE HERALD January 8, 1974 Gentle-mannered meat executive slices successful packing career CALGARY Burns Foods Ltd. was losing a month in 1966 and getting desperate. Arthur J. E. Child, then president of Intercontinen- tal Packers Ltd. of Saskatoon, was hired to put the brakes on the downhill skid. The next year Burns Foods started making money. Today, Burns is the country's second largest meatpacking company with annual sales of million and employs DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE people in 60 plants across Canada. Net earnings for the first nine months of 1973 amounted to almost S3 million. Mr. Child made his start in the meat-packing in- dustry in 1930 with Canada Packers Ltd. of Toronto while getting his master's degree in economics at University of Toronto. "I spent 100 hours each week working and he recalled in an interview. 'Mr. Child remained with Canada Packers, Canada's largest meat-packing com- pany, until 1960, when he left as vice-president to become president of Inter- continental Packers. BRITISH-BORN He was born in Guild- ford, England, and came to Canada when he was young. He is married with no children. He is soft-spoken and gentle-mannered and does not look like a tough ad- ministrator. He is conser- vatively dressed, a taste reflected in the decor of his office nice without being over-luxurious. One would expect that the head office of an organization as big as Burns Foods would be large but no, "our cor- porate policy office has only a dozen people." President Child puts his managers in the field. The biggest issue or non-issue for the packing industry is a government policy to en- sure adequate livestock raised by Canadian farmers to meet Canadian needs. He said if prices for wheat and feed grains were too high, farmers would not grow livestock. There is no physical shortage of meat in Canada but one could be created by government policy just as with energy resources, Mr. Child said. Meat prices will continue to rise, simply because Canadians have been getting cheap meat in rela- tion to other people in the world, he said. With perhaps the excep- tion of South America and Australia, Canadians have been enjoying cheaper By JOSEPH MA Canadian Press Writer Mr. Child said the supply of livestock could be a non- issue if government just left the meat-packing in- dustry alone and let market forces play their role. "If there is a meat shor- tage, farmers will automatically grow more livestock, if there is a wheat shortage, they will grow more wheat. The government policy we would like to see is that of non-intervention." 1974 EL.ECTROHOME CASABLANCA COLOR TV The CASABLANCA. Highlight it in the corner of an elegant living room, and it is a side cabinet of impeccable Transitional styling. Until you glide open the richly detailed doors. And suddenly The Casablanca is 315 square inches of breathtaking Electrohome color picture. CASABLANCA FEATURES: Completely "Solid State" Color Chassis. D 315 square inch picture, n Electronic "Solid State" Varactor Tuning with fingertip tuning action. D Instavu will provide picture and sound within seconds. D Com- parable Tuning pre-select up to twelve channels. D Electromatic Operation truly simple automatic color that you can set to your preference. D Dual Speaker System. D Deilcraft cabinet in a choice of Autumn Oak or Decorator Fruitwood. Remember the Name for Quality Sales and Service VAN'S TV SALES AND SERVICE Open Thursday and Friday till 9 Phone 327-5020 meat in relation to their standard of living, he said. Mr. Child, a former president- of the Meat Packers Council of Canada, said the meat packing industry is vital to the economy of Canada. With annual sales of S2 billion, it is the third largest industry after the automobile and forestry in- dustries. It is the largest single employer in the Prairie provinces. Contrary to popular mis- conception, the industry does not wish to see higher meat and meat-product prices. "We are the middlemen. To stay in business, we must increase our prices when the costs of raw materials and labor go up. Yet we would like to see lower prices, because then Canadians would eat more meat." Canadians, like most other people in the world, have been eating more meat and this is another reason why meat prices must go up. CONSUMPTION UP In 1972, per-capita meat consumption in Canada was 16S.8 pounds, com- pared with pounds in 1982 and 132.2 pounds in 1952. Mr. Child is also chairman of Canada West Foundation, a non-political organization "dedicated to the strengthening of a. Western Canadian identity within Confederation." The foundation was an outgrowth of the One Prairie Province conference held in Lethbridge in 1970. Mr. Child said he is ad- dicted to work, "the No. 1 ingredient for success." In his spare time, he studies languages German, French, Spanish, Latin, Greek and Russian, likes to travel and sail, and is an ardent observer of national and international politics. He is one of the few Cana- dian members of the Inter- national Institute for Strategic Studies. Mr. Child is the author of Economics and Politics in U.S. Banking, and co- author of Internal Control, a book oh business ad- ministration. He taught business administration at University of Toronto and University of Saskatchewan. He says the "secret" in turning Burns Foods into one of the most successful business operations in Canada, was to pay his peo- ple well but demand highly of them. Grass seed- on increase Canadian farmers could produce more grass seed, say Agriculture Canada grass breeders. Grass seed can be sown and harvested with stan- dard equipment. There are enough kinds of grasses to allow more growers to select crops for markets that will quickly absorb increased seed production, the scientists say. Flying doctor suggested EDMONTON (CP) Two Edmonton doctors have come up with an idea for a Canadian version of television's flying doctor. Dr. Peter Patterson, 30, a recently qualified laboratory specialist and. holder of a private pilot's' licence, and Dr. George Marien, 29, a student of both flying and laboratory medicine, want to establish a flying service to serve the Peace River area in north-western Alberta. They propose to visit Peace country hospitals on a regular basis and do laboratory tests as well as fly in on an emergency-call basis. The proposal was presented to the Alberta Hospital Services Com- mission, which would have to sanction the service before hospitals could make use of it, and the commission has put off making a decision, citing the cost involved: Dr. Patterson said the proposal had received a good reception from hospitals in the area since it would be faster than sending specimens to Ed- monton or Vancouver and waiting to get reports back. Both doctors are pathologists specialists who make diagnoses based on the microscopic ex- amination of tissue. DUNLOP FORD'S SELL-OUT Exhibition Pavilion January 23rd to 26th Ntazadan. Spend two glorious in uith Sunflighl from S271) (price per person double CHXU- paru.y) LeaveSundass from Nox Pacilu. Western Airlines Man> other Sunflight taut ions to choose from Prut to dnnn high u'own 5279. 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