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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Canadians who are involved are reported to be disappointed with the quality of confidential briefing: Britain is providing for the Commonwealth on her negotia- tions to enter the European Common Market. Two so-called "consultations' have talffin place so far and both have given Commonwealth representatives little more in- formation than they have been able to read in newspapers, an informant said. Canada, in particular, has been trying to get a close work- ing relationship with British ne- "otiators to the point where Britain would hold bilateral talks with Canada each time a sensitive issue arises in the bar- gaining which may affect Cana- dian interests. Canadian officials tried to get that kind of relationship with the previous Labor administra- tion hoping that Anglo-Canadian ministerial discussions might have taken place here just be- fore tlie Common Market nego- tiations opened in Luxembourg June 30. LABOR PLEDGE VAGUE But tlie Labor government de- clined this proposal saying its ministers would be too busy with the June 18 general elec- tion. Labor Leader Harold Wil- son, who was then prime minis- ter, had promised that the Com- monwealth would be fully con- sulted on the Common Market negotiations but he did not com- mit himself on the depth of the consultations. His only one which the Conservative govern- ment has that Brit- ain will seek to protect the Brit- ish market for Commonwealth sugar and New Zealand dairy and meat products in the event that the entry bid succeeds. However, issues have been discussed in a general way be- tween British and Canadian offi- cials on a number of occasions in London and Ottawa, the in- formants said. The conclusion some Canadi- ans have reached is that British actually doing the as free a hand as possible, fully understanding that Britain may lose the benefits of remaining Commonwealth tariff prefer- ences once entry stages are completed. The question Canadians are trying to determine is how much value Britain places on _ Monday, July 13, 1970 ans Put entry to the Canadian market. Britain still is one of Canada's leading suppliers and biggest markets. If, in the Canadian view, Britain is prepared to sacrifice some particularly sensitive local market for C a n a d i a n goods as part of Common Market entry, Canada would have to warn about possible counter-action against British products going to Canada. But there is a feeling in Canadian quarters that Canada does not have much leverage in attempting to persuade Britain on a specific course of action on her European f With which may continue for a year or two. Commonwealth preferences were powerful weapons in the early days of confederation, much to tlie annoyance of the United States which felt this was a deliberate trade fence against her exports. Many of these preferences have been washed away through post-war international tariff bargaining, COULD MEAN SWITCH Withdrawing from Britain preferences that remain at the time of British entry would normally give Canada power to exact some equivalent concessions from an interested petilor, such as the U.S. But the U.S. government is not expected to obtain fresh authority from Congress for another major round of world tariff bargaining before 1973, or perhaps even later. Should Britain complete her Common Market bargaining by 1971 or 1972, Canada might find itself in the position either of allowing concessions on British goods to remain in force though British tariffs against Canadian goods might or withdrawing concessions thereby giving the U.S. benefits without getting anything in Inundate In N. Greece SALONIKA, Greece (AP) Floods caused by torrential rains hit northern Greece for the second lime Friday night and Saturday, killing two persons and injuring thfee others. Hundreds of homes were inundated in the northern Greek capital of Salonika. Three persons were reported missing and feared drowned, police said. Tlie rain disrupted telephone communications and power distribution. Livestock losses were SENNELAGER, West Germany (CP) Canadian infantrymen have proved themselves NATO's best marksmen by winning the Prix Leclerc in competition with teams from five other NATO countries. Canada won the annual competition Thursday for the second time in the event's 20-year history. The event tests the classic qualities of the fitness, marksmanship, teamwork and leadership. It includes night-firing and a cross-country run in full battle dress followed by firing at pop-up targets. The 20-man Canadian Best from the Royal Canadian Regiment was led by Capt. Jim Senccal, 25, of Clive, Alta. Germany won second place, Britain third, Belgium fourth, the Netherlands fifth and tlie U.S. last. The U.S. has won the event seven times in 21) years, the Netherlands and France four times, Canada and Belgium twice and Germany and Britain once. Tlie trophy is named after Mai-shall Jacques Leclerc, who, commanding the 2nd French Armored Division, led the first Allied unit into Paris in 1944. died in an airplane crash in 1M7 at the age of 45. Canada won points in the competition, Germany and Britain SMELLERS AKRON, Ohio (AP) The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. says it has assigned six scientists in its chemical division to smell the company's products. It said its "odor panel" is to find, identify and try to eliminate objectionable smells in products. In addition to their own noses, the group will use various scientific instruments. Dark-Haired Beauty Wins World Title MIAMI BEACH (AP) Dark-haired beauty Marisol Ma- laret Contreras of Puerto Rico was named Miss Universe 1970 Saturday night, edging Debbie Shelton of the United States. The audience, jammed with Latin Americans, cheered -wildly as the 20-year-old secre- tary from Puerto Nuevo was se- lected to succeed Oriental beauty Gloria Diaz of the Phil- ippines, who crowned the new international beauty queen. Miss Contreras, a green-eyed knockout, says she is terested inmatrimonyand motherhood despite being "thrilled to represent my island in this contest." Listed behind the first run- ner-up, Miss Shelton, were sec- ond runner-up Joan Zealanf of Australia, third runner-up Jun Shimada of Japan and fourth runner-up Beatriz Gros of Ar- gentina. Miss Contreras measures a stately 35-23-35, stands five feet eight inches and weighs 125 pounds. She attended the Uni- versity of Puerto Rico and en- joys swimming and dancing. Her crown carries with it in cash, a per- sonal appearance contract, worth of furs, a wardrobe for a year, hairpieces, hosiery and cosmetics. Miss Dominion of Canada, Norma Joyce Hickey of Darn- ley, P.E.I., was not among the finalists. 'Banana-Eating Event Winner Claims Mark PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters) Steyen Nel, 30, claimed a world rec- ord here. He gobbled down SO'.i bananas in 10 minutes. Declared the winner of a banana-eating contest, N'el then rushed outside and dis- appeared for a moment or two. "I entered for the sake of sportsmanship and enjoyed it, but please, no more bana- he said later. 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