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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, March 7, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD -3 Cabinet mulls plans to protect Canadian cattle industry OTTAWA (CP) Farmland MPs and the cattle industry have joined in an assault on falling beef prices that likely will end in government action to block low-priced imports from the United States. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan indicated in the Commons Wednesday that the cabinet is considering seriously a number of moves aimed at protecting the domestic cattle industry against imports. Among the options are: Deficiency payments to cattlemen that would make up the difference between selling prices and production costs with tax money; restrictions against U.S. cattle fattened with the growth hormone diethylstibestrol (DES) or remstitution of the product for domestic use; an import formula based on cattle populations in each country; high surtaxes on imports. In the past, the government has relied on surtaxes to pro- tect the domestic cattle market. In February, 1973, however, all tariff charges were eliminated in an effort to lower consumer prices. But the cents a pound on live cattle, three cents a pound for reinstituted when the U.S. did not take similar tariff-cutting action. Last fall, the tariff was dou- bled when the domestic market was threatened with a flood of low-priced U.S. imports brought on by the end of an American beef-price freeze. U.S. cattlemen had held their animals off the market while the freeze lasted, then sold heavily when it was lifted. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association, pressure group for the industry, recently has been arguing for a new system that would restrict imports to GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE FRIDAY SUNSET FORECAST: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat Cloudy periods today with occasional light snow, highs near 10 above. Lows 10-15 below. Friday, mostly cloudy with occasional light snow, highs near 10 above. Calgary Cloudy periods today and Friday with occasional light snow. Highs both days 5-10 above. Lows 10- 20 below. Columbia, Kootenay Cloudy with sunny periods today and Friday. A few snow flurries. A little colder. Highs today and Friday ranging from near 20 in the northern Columbia to about 30 in the West Kootenays. Lows tonight 10 to 20 except about 5 below in the northern Columbia area. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Cloudy with scattered snow showers mostly southern mountains and continued cold east and north today and Friday. Highs both days 10 to 20 north 20 to 30 south. Lows tonight zero to 10 north 10 to 20 south. West of Continental Divide Cloudy with scattered snow showers mostly mountains today and Friday. Highs both days 25 to 35. Lows tonight 5 to 15. Sioux and Ritt Hog feeders Many sizes Sioux Round Ritt in lino Four hole to Twelve Hole feeders available at.. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutts Highway Box1202 Phom 320-1141 AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 a.m. March 7, 1974. Highway 3 east, Lethbridge to Medicine Hat. travel lanes are generally bare. The highway is very slippery throughout with patches of packed snow and occasional drifting in shaded and sheltered areas. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Highway 3 west, Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and B.C. Boundary, travel lanes are generally clear with sections of compact snow in sheltered areas and very slippery conditions, especially through the Crowsnest Pass. Highway 4. Lethbridge to Coutts. light snow with slippery sections throughout. Highway 5. Lethbridge to Cardston and Waterton. light snow cover with very slippery sections throughout. Highway 6. Pincher Creek to Waterton. snow covered with sections of ice and hardpacked snow. Highway 2 north. Fort Macleod to Calgary and Edmonton, travel lanes generally bare with very slipperv areas throughout and some patches of compact snow. Highway 2 south. Fort Macleod to Cardston and Carway, light snow cover throughout with slippery sections and patches of compact snow. Highway 23 Junction Highway 3 to Vulcan and High River, generally bare with some sections of compact snow. Highway 36, Taber to Brooks, loose snow on road with some icy sections. There are some light drifts and plowing and sanding are being done. Highway 1 Trans Canada east Calgary to Medicine Hat and Swift Current, generally bare and dry with occasional sections of ice. Highway 1 Trans-Canada west. Calgary to Banff, driving lanes bare with occasional slippery sections. Banff to Golden, mostly bare with occasional slippery sections. Sanding is in progress. Golden to Revelstoke. driving lanes generally clear with a trace of snow. Sanding is being done on the slippery sections. Revelstoke to Three Valley Gap, atrace of snow with sanding being done on the slippery sections. Three Valley Gap to Sicamons, trace of snow with sanding in progress on slippery sections. Banff-Radium Highway, V4" of snow. Plowing and sanding being done on slippery sections. Banff-Jasper Highway. 1" frost with plowing and sanding being done on slippery sections. Ports of entry: Times in Mountain Standard Time (Alberta K opening and closing times: Carway 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Chief MonnVffl closed: Coutts open 24 hoars; Del Bonita 8 a.m. to S p.m.. f iTigsgate open 24 hoars; Porthill-Rykerts 7 a.m. until II p m Wild Horse 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.'m. Logan Pass. (Canada Cwtoms hoars moved hoar earlier Jan. 6 when Montana went on daylight a percentage of exports to the U.S. Currently, about cattle are shipped to the U.S. each year and the cattlemen say that only one-tenth, or cattle, should be allowed back in as imports. The ratio is about in line with the population ratio. Mr. Whelan indicated outside the Commons that deficiency payments to cattlemen are unlikely. He said that most farmers do not want that type of subsidy. Instead, "past history has shown that I've leaned heavily on surcharges." Last week, however, he said in an interview that proposals to protect the domestic industry would be "different than we've ever had that increased speculation that the government may opt for the quota system on imports. While there is no quota on imports now, there are certain restrictions on exports. An extra two-cents-a- pound levy is charged for each export animal weighing more than 700 pounds and there is a 10-per-cent duty on all exported beef. Otherwise, U.S. tariffs are the same as those applied by Canada on imports. Concern over cattle pnces follows heavier-than-usual imports during the first part of the year. Imports during, the last two weeks rose to about head, up from about in the same period last year. The cattlemen's association has told Mr. Whelan that there are a number of reasons for the increase and for the current confusion in the domestic market. "We are sure that many of the present problems in the American market are the con- tinuing after effects of the 1973 price ceiling the association said in a recent brief. "Cattle are still coming to market in peculiar patterns and there are clear signs that the backlog of American cattle, especially of heavily finished cattle, has not been cleared away. "This problem is magnified by the consumer resistance to current or recent retail price level and by the malaise that grips the American politi- cal scene." The cattlemen also argue that high feed costs, forced up by soaring world demand, have pushed domestic production costs above current prices. The association says farmers must make 50 cents a pound to break even. But their profits recently have slipped to about 48 cents a pound because of the heavy imports. The issue was raised in the Commons by Bert Hargrave who urged the government to take immediate action to solve the problem. He is a former president of the cattlemen's association. Mr. Whelan said he expects to make a statement within days, and that the issue has been raised in cabinet. He added that the govern- ment is watching the DES situation closely, but that there is no need for immediate alarm. The hormone only recently was relicensed -in the U.S. and cattle given it would not come on the market for several weeks. sought by hospital CHICAGO (Renter) A Chicago hospital is trying to trace former patients who have been exposed to the risk of thyroid tumors because they underwent x-ray treatment when they were children. Hospital authorities said yesterday that people all over the world could be facing the same risk. Authorities at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Centre said the treatment, directed at the neck, was accepted medical procedure for dealing with acne, tonsillitis and enlarged adenoids and thymus glands hi children in the 1940s and 1950s. But recent medical evidence shows that the rate of both mabgnant and benign thyroid giand tumors is higher among adults who had x-ray therapy as children than those who did not EUGENE WHELAN Liberal leader ejected VICTORIA (CP) Liberal leader David Anderson was ejected from the British Columbia legislature Wednesday, after charging again that Premier Dave Barrett had lied to the house. When he refused to withdraw the accusation, he was ordered out of the house by Speaker Gordon Dowding. "The premier and minister of agriculture have said Mr. Anderson, who had made the same charges in the legislature Tuesday afternoon. At the time, they were ignored by the premier. This time the Liberal leader was ordered to withdraw the statement by Hartley Dent acting as chairman of the committee of the whole house considering government spending estimates. "I cannot withdraw a state- ment I believe to be said Mr. Anderson. Mr. Dent repeated the order, while the premier interrupted to ask in a conciliatory way if it was not the sole right of the offended MLA to ask for withdrawal. He was told that it is the duty of the chairman to make sure the rules are followed, and Mr. Dent asked the Liberal MLA for a last time: "Are you refusing to obey an order of the "That would be a logical as- said Mr. Anderson. Mr. Dent took the house out of committee, which brought the Speaker back in, and told Mr. Dowding what had hap- pened. The Speaker told the house "the duty is on the Speaker to preserve the dignity of the House and to uphold the rules." He asked if the accusations had been made in the heat of debate, and if Mr. Anderson would acknowledge a mistake. "Everybody errs, you know, but we are all prepared to repent." "Yesterday and today I said it in careful said the MLA. Cuban trade issue sparks hot exchange WASHINGTON (CP) A senior official of the Nixon ad- ministration says an American decision on the sale of goods to Cuba by foreign- based U.S: subsidiaries should "accommodate the interests of all concerned." He said the specific question of selling Argentine-made cars to Cuba is under review. Commerce Secretary Fred- erick Dent made the statements Wednesday in a lively exchange with Senator Vance Hartke at a session of the Senate finance committee dealing with a trade-reform bill. There was no mention of the proposed sale of 25 locomotives to Cuba by MLW- Worthington Ltd. of Montreal, which is controlled by a New Jersey parent firm, but the Canadian locomotives and the Argentine cars have been consistently linked in debate here and abroad about U.S. laws banning trade with Cuba's Communist government. Hartke, a free-wheeling In- diana Democrat who opposes the trade bill, raised the ques- tion of the proposed Argentine-Cuban deal and asked to' whom the parent American automakers owe allegiance. Dent, 51, a colorless former textile executive, said the question needs to be put into perspective. "If it were a foreign multinational operating in Virginia, what would our position be in dealing with he asked, adding later. "It seems to me that you have to evaluate all of the circumstances that you have to look at it from both viewpoints and develop policy on that basis accom- modating the interests of all concerned." But pressed repeatedly by Hartke to say whether U.S. policy is "to ship or not to Dent replied: "This question is under review precisely because of the Cuban situation Asked later about Hartke's own position on sales to Cuba, an aide to the senator said: "That's not the issue. The law says they can't make the sales and he thinks you should obey the law. But it's really a question of where the jobs are. The cars should be. shipped from Detroit." Cuba has asked for motor vehicles from Argentina in a three-year deal, with of them to be made by subsidiaries of the Big Three automakers of Detroit. State Secretary Henry Kissinger and the White House are both reported to be involved in the pending decision of whether to license the Argentine deal as well as the Montreal locomotive contract. Either case would represent a substantial break in the 12- year U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba which applies to both U.S.-based firms and their subsidiaries abroad. The Canadian government has made representations to the U.S. about the locomotive deal, but Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie said there has been no reply yet. Kissinger is due to appear before the finance committee today and may find himself under pressure to announce the Nixon administration's policy on the Cuban question. 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