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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta M-THK LETHMIDOE HERALD-THvnday, January Albmta Tax plan no big deal CALGARY (CP) Energy Minister Donald Macdonald's announcement in Washington that the Canadian export tax on crude oil will be reduced if American prices fall "is nothing to be excited John Poyen, president of the Canadian Petroleum Association said Wednesday. "It's a matter of elementary economics that we can't price ourself out of competition by imposing an export tax of this proportion to raise Canadian crude prices to the artificially high current world prices." he said. Noting U.S. energy chief William Simon suggested a price of or a barrel, Mr. Poyen said Canada simply couldn't impose a tax of 16.40 a barrel on the one million barrels of Canadian crude going to the United States every day. Carl Nickle, a former president of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada, said Mr. Macdonald's statement indicated that he realizes the export tax at is "sheer stupidity." Lid urged, on fuel prices EDMONTON (CP) Grant Notley, leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party, today urged the Progressive Conservative government to make sure that fuel prices in the province are kept at present levels during the 1974 crop year. If the oil industry is not prepared to comply voluntarily, it should be compelled to do so by the legislature, he told a news conference. Urban motorists, Mr. Notley said, can be protected against a sudden price increase by a reduction in the gasoline tax. Alberta's farmers, on the other hand, do not pay such a fuel tax. Wholesalesale price controls, therefore, are the only option available to the government, Mr. Notley said. Faulkner visits Calgary CALGARY (CP) Secretary of State and Mrs. Hugh Faulkner will visit Calgary Thursday and Friday on their way back to Ottawa from their honeymoon at Sunshine Ski Village in Banff National Parik. The minister will attend a forum on the balance between federal and provincial power at the University of Calgary Thursday, joined by his wife in the afternoon in tours of the Heritage Park and the Glenbow-Alberta Institute. Mr. Faulkner may also attend the annual meeting of the Calgary Centre Liberal Association Thursday evening, said Michael Webb of Calgary, national vice- president of the Liberal Party. Highway viclim identified STRATHMORE (CP) RCMP have identified Clifford Lyle Johnson, 25, of Hanley, Sask. as the man killed Tuesday in a collision between a half-ton truck and a semi-trailer truck on Highway 1 three miles east of here. RCMP said the accident occurred during a snow storm that hit southern Alberta Tuesday afternoon. Blood donors are needed CALGARY (CP) There is an urgent need for blood donors of all types, the Calgary branch of the Canadian Red Cross says. Ralph Ridley, blood donor panel organizer, said the shortage is "a carry-over from the festive season." Regular blood donor clinic schedules were disrupted and many doctors postponed non- emergency operations until now, he said. The society is running special noon clinics Thursday and Friday, Mr. Ridley said. Liquor claim turned down EDMONTON (CP) Liquor has perpetuated many evils but it's never "turned an honest man into a Provincial Court Judge George Forbes said Wednesday. He made the statement in sentencing Martin Nepoose, of no fixed address, to eight months for the theft of a milk truck Dec. 24. Judge Forbes said the defence contention that Mr. Nepoose should be given the consideration of the court because of a drinking problem was not a valid excuse. Vacuum cleaners branded shoddy By PETER M1CHAELSON OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- ian Standards Association's (CSA) methods of evaluating some consumer products for safety and performance should be examined by a special inquiry, says a standards writer for the association. Bob Jerabek of Ottawa. Mr. Jerabek, also an inde- pendent inventor .and re- searcher, said he bases his claim on documented evidence that some CSA- approved vacuum cleaners are fire hazards. Others carry misleading in- formation OP .he compulsory CSA nameplate of approval which gives competitive advantages to some manufacturers, Mr. Jerabek said in an interview this week. Dr. P.O. McTaggart- Cowan, executive director of the Science Council of Canada, said he believes the evidence and suspects it indicates general shoddiness in other areas of manufacturing. Dr McTaggart-Cowan, a critic of weak consumer protection regulations, said in an interview that manufacturers' associations such as the CSA have not been diligent enough in protecting the public. "These findings of Mr. Jera- bek's should be brought to the public's he said. Mr. Jerabek is a former di- rector of research for a large vacuu-m cleaner company, Dustbane Enterprises Ltd. of Ottawa. He left his job in 1972 and set up a testing lab- oratory in his Ottawa home. TESTS RUN He said he has run extensive tests on 30 brands and models of vacuum cleaners sold in Canada with CSA approval. He found that the CSA am- pere ratings stamped on all machines varied up or down from actual power consumption by 10 to 35 per cent. This means some high-pow- ered industrial models are used unwittingly in ordinary electrical outlets despite safety regulations. George Lilley, CSA managing director, said the association accepts recommendations of experts on its standards committees. Vacuum cleaner ratings are based on their opinions, on test procedures and, often, on the standards imposed in other countries, he said. The CSA writes standards tor most electrical and mechanical products sold in Canada, as well as other products. Its committees are manufacturers' represen- tatives and CSA officials. Gloves come off at vegetable, fruit hearings OTTAWA (CP) The gloves came off at tariff board hearings Wednesday as spokesmen for different aspects of the fruit and vegetable industry traded views on problems facing pro- ducers and processors in Can- ada. Garnet Nix of Ottawa, president of the Canadian Food Processors Association, started it when he referred to the fact that some processers loan growers capital to keep them going until crops are harvested. This capital, Mr. Nix said, is used for seed, fertilizer and various pest controls because "the grower can't collect until his crop is taken in." Stuart Thiesson of Saskatoon, executive- secretary of the National Farmers Union, said this locks farmers into an arrange- ment that is tantamount to slavery. Outside the hearing, which is the first time in 17 years that tariffs on fresh or processed fruits and vegetables have been reviewed fully, Mr. Thiessen expanded on his comments. He was highly critical of what he termed "this close buddy-buddy" relationship between some processers and the farmers who supply them. Mr. Nix, in an interview, stressed that the loans to the farmers are interest-free and that the processor, in fact, is losing the earning power ot the capital that has been loaned. "We're doing the grower a he said. PLAIN HOGWASH "They've indicated that we're doing it to keep the grower in bondage. That is just plain hog Ken Marisette, a tomato farmer from Picton, Ont., supported Mr. Thiessen, saying some .things had happened to him, which he said could not be coincidence. Mr. Marisette said a farmer can have a good crop, and when he tries to deliver to his processor he finds the canner has run out of cans or cannot get enough labor. "It happens all too he said, adding that contracts with processers frequently are not worth the paper on which they are drafted. Ed Connery, a root farmer from Manitoba who works acreage that his father and grandfather did before him, doesn't seem to feel his way of life has much to recommend to his three sons. Mr. Connery, from Portage la Prairie, lost on his 225-acre operation from 1968 to 1970 and barely recovered in the three intervening years. He and his wife, who acts as his accountant and secretary, take in a total of about in annual salaries despite the fact they pay out in wages to their employees. Sears accent The style is spring. The fabric is wool. The price is right. Two-piece suits cut from 100% wool worsted are styled right, priced right for spring. The jackets have linings treated with Sani-Gard" to stay fresh, free of odour from absorbed perspiration. The pants are perma-creased. The jackets have crisp 2-button styling with regular or slanted flaps on the pockets. Colours range from medium to light, patterns from small and neat to big and bold. Plains include the new soft flannels. Sizes: Regular 36-46, Tall 40-46, Short 38-44. 69" at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or money refunded and free delivery Simpsons-Sears Ltd. STORE HOURS: Open Daily from a.m. to p.m., Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall, Phone 323-9231 V ;