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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thundpy, I, 197] THi LtTHBBIDCI HERALD 29 Compulsory supermarket pricing won't help shopper Tax, revenue officials work on tangled mess OTTAWA CCP) Compulsory unit pricing of superm a r k c t goods would difficult to ad- ninister and its benefits to shoppers might not oulwcight lie costs, says a research re- xnt ol the consumer affairs de- lartment. The report, released Wednes- day, fulfills a promise made last year by Consumer Affairs Minister Ron Basford when lie was guiding the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act through Parliament. Unit pricing was left out o t li e the minister said he favored its in it was con s i d e r e d outside the federa power. The act docs give the department authority to study the feasibility ar.d ef- eels of unit listing f the price of any product ac- ording to a single unit of mea- ure, allowing easy comparisons f value for various packages and brands. The pricing system, already .1 voluntary use by some chains such as Steinberg's, Food City anrl IGA, is welcomed by the consumer, says the report, and it is probably "here to stay." MUST BE BENEFIT 'Compulsory unit pricing for all stores can only be justified if it can be shown that the bene- fits to consumers will outweight the costs and that schemes ore unlikely to be introduced volun- the report Eays, Compulsory unit pric- ing, even if restricted to fairly egislalion to force unit pricing, t suggests that laws be created ,o standardize the labelling as- sociated with any voluntary sys- Legislation might be de- sirable to secure uniformity in pricing programs, prescrib- ing the form in which the unit price shall be displayed, but al- lowing stores to decide whet jer or not to introduce a program.' Enforcing a compulsory sys ;fem would require detailed reg KEEPS 'EM ON THEIR TOES This is a recent and of- ficial photo of the new King of Nepal, Birendro Sir Bick- ram Shah Deva, and Queen Aishwary. The 26-year-old Harvard man and leader of the world's only Hindu throne has become a legend among many of his 10 million sub- jects. Since taking office four months ago, one diplomat soys can see a positive change in Ihe tempo of the bureaucracy." The King has even shaken up the royal family, setting up a commission to study their commercial holdings. ______ Siamese i twin girls arrive OK SASKATOON1 (CP) Uni- versity Hospital announced Wednesday that Siamese twin girls were born at the hospital by Caesarcan section. Dr. A, W. Taylor, hospital medical director, said the girls joined at the chest. They were reported in satisfactory condition. Dr. Taylor said the twins have a combined weight of nine pounds, 13 ounces. It s the first time Siamese twins have been born at the hospital. Names of the parents were withheld. Dog guards body of master CALGARY (CP) A large dog, locked in a house for sev- eral days with the body of his dead master, refused to allow police to enter Hie premises. The dog stood guard over the decomposed body until subdued by darts from a tranquillizer gun. Four police cars went to the southeast area after an elderly mau who occupied the home had not been seen for several days. His name has been withheld. It's believed be died of natural causes. West Dorset wildcat well drilling set CALGARY (CP) Lawton Clark, president of the Calgary- based Page Petroleums Ltd., says the company has won ap- proval for a drilling project in Dorset, England. The firm's plan to drill a mid- cat well in West Dorset at first angered some residents. The well, scheduled to reach a depth of leet, is ex peeled to be spudded later this month and is located atop Wel- come Hill in a field which was once the cricket pitch for resi- dents of the nearby village of Powerstock. Mr. Clark said in Calgary this week the company persuaded British authorities and county residents that drilling for oil would not desecrate the area. The agreement includes res- toration of the area alter drill- ing and laying of a plsstic pipe to bring water to the site, in- stead of trucks. Mr. Clark, from Amarillo Tex., admitted he blundered a1 a public hearing when he told area residents his company was only interested in a small part of Dorset "all the rest is just scenery as far as we're con- cerned." It was an uninlentlal turn of phrase, he said. "It's beautiful country and I want to see it preserved as much as anyone." large stores, cost burden. could be a real Although the report counsels against federal or provincial illations or, as an wide discretionary alternative powers fo government inspectors: "There are two recognizabl offences, ommission and erro of calculation. "If computers latter OTTAWA (CP) Tax and revenue department officials are working hard to unravel all he tangled applications that might flow from Finance Minis- ter John Turner's budget pro- posal ti grant tax relief to man- afacturing and processing [irms. Mr. Turner announced May 8 that the profits of manufactur- ing and processing will be taxed at a basic rate of only per cent wliile other corporation profits will continue to be taxed at 50 per cent. He said this would be a powerful incentive to expand output and employment in the manufacturing and proc- essing field. But what happens to a firm's .era are used me, s onjv come is from manufacturing or eliminated, but the day-to-daj processing? Tfcere arc (even hour-to-hour) operation of F a store makes the former very'ous cases.of firms manufactur- difficult to avoid." part of its line of goods in anada, while importing other products to offer customers a complete line of products. The tax proposal is novel, in that such a division in tax rates based on a company's activity has no', been tried before. The revenue department says it cannot render a judgment on how the new tax will apply in specific coses until regulations have been promulgated. They cannot be drafted in final form until Parliament has passed the new tax law based on the budget. SEEKING ADVICE The finance department says it is consulting a number of au- thorities, seeking advice on hov, the regulations should be worded. What is needed is a set ol rules to isolate the taxable profits from manufacturing anc processing activity from the the: laxable profits of a firm, One way might be to apply tho wo tax rales to separate jranches of a firm, but a great many firms do not keep account of their costs and gross reve- nues on a strict branch account- ing system. Even where such branch ac- counting is practised by a firm, tlie allocation of management, depreciation and other overhead costs o' the whole firm among its branches is a matter of arbit- rary judgment. What the regulation-writers need is a formula that will be fair to manufacturers and pro- cessors on the one side, and to packaging retailing and service activity on the other. In addition to being fair, the regulations have to be clear and tight, not open either to mixed interpreta- tions or loop-hole escape routes. BAN IIAIH Indonesia has launched 8 campaign to abolish long hair on men. 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