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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-30,Lethbridge, Alberta Péy report could be Heath^s hole card LONDON (Reuter) - Coal min*r* ire to begin voting Thursday on whether to hwd a national strfte that would deliver a critical blow to the British economy. Th«e were hopes, however, that a laBt-ditrt solution can be iound to the bitter dispute between the miner» and the government. There was mounting criticism of militant Communists in the miners’ union from the Qf positl<m Labor party and some moderate officials of the miners’ ■«'™ Hopes for averting cent^ on a recent „------: : , relative pay scales within BnUsh industry, report suggested the miners might be singled for pay increases a country-wide strike tfovemment report on - -........ Tiie out [ I'uesaay ne IB renoy w meri. union uiia in-ial leaders to discuss the retort bv the pay i, set up by the government to administer nti'inflation laws Prime Minister Edward Heath told Parliament Tuesday he is ready to meet union and industrial I    ‘ '    ■ ■ board, its anti' Labor Leader Harold Wilson and Derek Ezra, chairman of the National Coal Board, have both called on the government to determine wbethw the report might break the deadlock. For several weeks the miners have been retus-ina to work,overtime and British industry has been forced on a three^lay work week to conserve fuel.    , . . ^ Communists in the country’s coal fields have come under fir« from Heath, the Ubor party, and moderate miners including President Joe Gormley of the NaUwial Union of Minework«». The Labor party, clearly with one eye on a pouible early general election, TueMlay repu ^ diated “any attempt by Communists or others to use the miners as a political battering rim to bring about a general stHke or to call on troops to disobey lawful orders." Neither the Labor statement nor Gormley mentioned any names but they clearly referred to CommniiUt Mick McGahey, the union vicepresident whom Heath had eariier accused trying to topple the government McGahey said Tuesday his earlier statements about appealing to troops to help the miners had been misunderstood, and Uiat he will try to change the government «ily "by the good old-fashioned method of the ballot box.”    . Call for strike vote Miners at colliery near Newport, South Wales, read strike vote noticeThe LetHbrldge Herald VOL. LXVII - 41 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30. 1974 PRICE: 10 CENTS 44 Pages Canadian oil prices will meet market Bus abandoned when blizzard rages over ’Pass WALT£RKERBERpho» The Crowsnest Pass blows cold ... visibility about zero as travel trailer Jack-knifes blocking Highway 3 for an hour. Raging winds hit the Crowsnest Pass Tuesday as the worst blizzard of the season stranded a school bus and dumped more than 15 Inches of snow in the 'Pass. All schools in the Crowsnest Pass School Division were closed this morning until at least noon, leaving 16,00 students at home. The Livingstone School at Lundbreck, in the Pincher Creek division, was also closed today, affecting about 300 children. A school bus with engine trouble was abandoned in Sentinel Tuesday, five miles west of Coleman, and the children rescued |)y another bus. With winds gusting to 70 miles per hour at times, the roads in the district became virtually impassable A house trailer which slid across the highway through the ‘Pass blocked the route near Crowsnest Lake for more than an hour Battling the 70 - mile - per -hour Chinook that switched to a freezing 70 - mile - per - hour east wind last night, highway crews aided truckers and motonsts get vehicles under way Said one motorist: "You have to admire the guys who plow the highway ” As temperatures plummeted in the 'Pass and Lethbridge region to 10 and 11 degrees below last night and this morning, the weather office predicted more of the sanne for the weekend Highways throughout the region should have been cleared by lat« this morning, the department of highways said A group of Lethbridge theatre goers nearly missed the ballet at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary Tuesday night. With blowing snow making driving hazardous, their Northern Bus Lines charter arrived in time for the intermission. In the city itself, University of Lethbridge student Rebecca Robertson was stranded on the CPR tracks because of poor visibility. A westbound train was delayed until a tow truck could remove her vehicle from the right-of-way. But city police reported only a few minor traffic accidents. Barry Temple, of the city works department, said the snow situation on city streets is well in hand. Main roads and bridges were all sanded before most people were out of bed. Air traffic in and out of Kenyon Field was described by the control tower as normal ¿is morning. Temperatures are 16 degrees below normal for this time of year and 4.7 inches of snow have fallen on the city since late Monday Grenada gradually slipping into chaos Current agriculture boom ‘may break many farmers’ OTTAWA <CP) - The current upswing in farm income IS noi new to Canada’s farmers who have seen many boom-and-bust cycles, but this year’s boom may break many of them, the annual agriculture outlook conference was told Tuesday Dr P J Thair, head of the University of Saskatchewan’s agricultural economics department, said that dunng this year of unprecedented net income, farmers will become locked in to higher costs which they may not be able to meet next year Following record net income in 1973, farmers this year will be able to pay the rapidly escalating prices for land, machinery and such production tools as fertilizer "The energy crisis ,will probably add to price increases.” These costs increase the farmer’s vulnerability as his commitments become settled into a rigid upward trend, Dr. Thair told the closing session of the two-day conference The cost-price squeeie has been with farmers for many years but now is becomiiig more marked and when the prices for his products slip again, as they “are almost certain to do,” financial ruin could result for many individual farmers, he said T1>e conference was told projected net farm income this year is estimated at |4.6 billion compared with the record of almost f3 biUion in 1973, basically derived from grain sales Other Implications of the “unprecedented and unpredicted” boom of 1973-74 include a widening of the gap between the rich and poor farmers and no halt in the decline of farms Dr Thair said 50 per cent of the farms now reap 10 or 12 per cent of all farm product sales and the percentage is growing Higher income will not attract new farmers because of the higher initial costs and the many young people now entering farming are only replacements for older farmers who now find it profitable to sell out In spite of the current boom, the conference indicated there IS no more certainty in farming now than previously Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said there was a common thread through the conference that 1974 will be a year of uncertainty and many agricultural economists, as in past years, acknowledged their crystal halls could be clouded. CAN’T PnEDICT “The time when we really need forecasts are when gross changes occur and Uiese are the very times when we can't predict them," Dr Thair said The basic problem remains- the primary national industry depends on world conditions, such as bumper crops or the lack of them Added to that are internal problems such as grain handling, shipping and transportation There were few indications consumers would be relieved of higher food prices The conference does not predict consumer prices, but forecast continued strong prices at the farm gate Grain prices will remain high and although beef prices may vary, they will be near the high 1973 levels Pork prices were predicted to be maintained above the 1973 levels during the first part of this year with some softening possible in the second half Held two months later than usual to keep the industry informed about crop and marketing prospects, the conference was told consumers should have more say in marketing boards Mr Whelan was critical of the conference •» "Personally 1 think there’s a lot of room for improvement,” he said adding that he planned to discuss a price and income stabilization program for farmers with his provincial counterparts today. The federal government’s first attempt to introduce such a plan two years ago was withdrawn when farm groups rejected it because it made no provision for inflation or rising prwluction costs. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Reuter) — The Caribbean spice Island of Grenada faced siege conditions today with Its independence from Britain only eighi days away. Candles and cold water are the chief demand from 35 guests still left at Holiday Inn, now the only hotel of any size left open on the Island. All the others-» or more— have closed as staff deserted, electricity ston>ed and food supplies ran out. Last to go was the Spice Island Inn which closed its doors to visitors this w6ek because of the islaad'Wide strikes by essential workers. Travellers reaching Barbados Tuesday night said all shops on the island are closed and electricity has been shut off for more than a week Looting continues in isolated parts of the capital, St. George’s following riots and shooting last week over demands for the resignation of Premier Eric Gairy “The whole island is gradually running down,” said one man who left Grenada Tuesday. “There’s no rioting just now. Twice they tried to start fresh demonstrations, but the government radio broadcast calls for special aides to move in by the truckload and the marchers back down “No one is really giving way on either side though. It’s like a volcano. There is fear and anger throughout the island ark cou and one spai rioting again . could set them S««n and heard About town Smooth - shaven Brian Woodcock being challenged to a beard • growing contest by Inez Cursoiii and so far Inez is winning ... Bob Bodaark, bus driver, and 30 passengers driving through a blizzard and arriving one hour late (intermission) for the Nutcracker Suite Ballett in Calgary. WASHINGTON (CP) -Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said today Canada’s export tax on crude oil to the United States will be reduced if American oil prices fall as a result of price cuts by other exporting countries. Macdonald arriving here for a three^ay visit to include talks with U.S. energy chief William Simon, was asked about reports that Arab oil producers may consider reducing the sky-rocketing prices for their oil ‘ ‘The export tax is related to th^ international price of oil in the American market,” Macdonald said. “If the oil price drops back, then, correspondingly, so will the tax take.” He said'ne plans to “review a fairly broad spectrum of issues wiUi Mr. Simon, par-ticularlv the Feb 11 conference” of oil-consuming countries convened by State Secretary Henry Kissinger. “There are also a number of outstanding Canadian-American issues, including the effect of our Operation Independence on American expectations in relation to Canada within the next decade/’ Macdonald reiterated his view that condemnation of Canada’s oil pricing policy by Senator Lawton Chiles (Dem Fla.) indicates that “there is an information task to be done down here ” As Macdonald arrived, Frank Kelly, a spokesman for Simon, said the energy chief considers Uiat world oil prices are far out of line and that reductions will be necessary if the exporters hope to retain the American market. PRICE AN ISSUE Kelly said Simon will obviously discuss prices with Macdonald Thursday although Canadian pricing policies will be considered in the broad context of world prices Simon has been urged by Chiles to raise the issue with Macdonald and “let them (the Canadians) know that we will strike back if this nonsense continues ” With only a half-dozen ftCvCLSroKE TO iANFf TO kamlOO TO t^OKAHC )•; Ml TO tFOKANC !>1 Ml The Hast straw^ ' This is the map that many Fernle residents sey was the “last straw." it’s included tn a brochure published by the British Columbia government that will be distributed at the Expo ’74 celebration in Spokane, Wash., this summer. And it ends 60 mifes west of Fernie, Are Fernle residents serious about renewed pleas to join Alberta? Story, photos Page 1».    ■ V    1 members ui the chamber, the Sente Tuesday passed a resolution offered by Chiles warning Canada and other exporting countries that the Unit^ States may retaliate if the exporters keep forcing Americans to pay high oil prices. “Simon has always stressed that he’s looking for a balanced price between imports and domestic production, so that people in the United States are paying approximately the same price for fuel no matter where it comes from,” Kelly said. Simon has m mind a price of (7-f8 a barrel for oil, Kelly added, nearly double the price charged a year ago Canada is to impose an export tax of $6.40 a barrel, effective Friday Once the Arab oil embargo is resolved, Simon expects that exporting countries will have to meet the U S pnce if they hope to retain markets here, Kelly said Chiles’s speech, in which he particularly condemned Canadian pricing, passed virtually unnoticed in newspapers here. Urging a strike against Canada’s industrial “jugular,” Senator Chiles, accused Canada of “hijacking” U.S consumers of $6 million a day through the new 96 40-a-barrel export tax effective Friday “If this kind of a game is going to be played, then we have to play it, too,” he said “We must send Canada a message that these kinds of one-sided actions won’t wash ” While only six senators were in the chamber when the resolution was adopted without a dissenting voice, those present included Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (Dem Mont) and the top Republican, Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania. Canada^s trade hits new high OTTAWA (CP) - Canada’s mternational trade rose to record heights for Iwth exports and imports in 1973 and ended the year with a $1 9 billion trade surplus, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday Exports and imports rose about 25 per cent each to $25 2 billion and $23 3 billion, respectively, said the report based on preliminary figures The trade surplus—the excess of exports over imports—was *478 million greater than 1972 “Nevertheless, this trade balance was significantly lower than the surpluses of $22,billion and $2 9 billion recorded in 1971 and 1970,” the report said Canada’s trade surplus with the United States, its largest trading partner, declined to $590 million from slightly over $I billion in 1972 because the $.17'billion rise in imports to $16 5 billion was greater than the $3>billion increase in exports to $17 billion, the report showed ! lRÍÍ G^ÎVwÎi. ;