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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta March 19, THE ISTHBRIDOS HERALD 5 Price tags fly across Canada Tax cuts create store hub-bub By ART JOHNSON Canadian Press Staff Writer The way the price tags were lying, it was as though every rig department store and small hop in Canada had decided to jave a fire sale on the same day, Hoy Goebel, who works for Woodward Stores Ltd. in Ed- monton, says it was "one of the worst hub-bubs I've ever seen." Some stores, like "Wood- ward's, where Mr. Goebel is as- sistant merchandise manager in softwares, didn't get all their labels changed [or two weeks. Customers were given a re- duced price as they paid for their purchase at the cash reg- ister. It was Feb. 20, the day after Finance Minister John Turner introduced the federal budget. He announced immediate re- moval at the factory level of the 12-per-cent sales tax on cliil- effect. dren's clothing and footwear and the sales tax on near-foot items, including candy and soft drinks. Mr. Turner also removed the special 10-per-cent excise tax on toilet articles and cosmetics and the excise tax on time- pieces worth less than at the factory level. ures liavo lowered prices. But] some consumer advocates are waiting to see how long the ef- fects will last. Frances Balls, executive sec- retary of the Consumers' Asso- ciation of Canada, says some stores which immediately of- fered reduced prices are suffer- ing a loss for the sake of public relations. She says some manufacturers are "already making excuses for not reducing prices on cliil dren's clothing and footwear by claiming that the budget moves will merely delay inevitable price increases." Study prices The CAC, with the help of in- formation gathered by Statistics Canada, will study prices ovei the next six months to see if the budget moves had any lasting The Retail Council of Canada ays Inat at the very least, re- noval of the tax should delay some price increases. Price reduction probably will average out at about four to six The sap is running again When children visit the Horlon Tree Farm near Aurora, Ont., they receive 1he op- portunity to learn how maple trees are tapped for sctp and how 1he syrup is made. Above, farm owner Keith Norton explained the tapping process this week to Luciano Cappelli, 11; Dymphna Goralski, 8; and Laura Chenier, 8. _______________________ Trudeau hopes for quiet Commonivealth conference Watching "Parliament will be watching or Mr. Turner said, and I expect that Canadian consumers will, as well." A spokesman for Jack ant ill Ltd., in Edmonton, a chil ren's shoe retailer, said the re- ults were im-mediate, and fo le small shopkeeper, dis astrous. 'We lost our shirts on mcr- handise on the shelf and in the spokesman said, because prices were reduced al- though tax already had heen paid. A cross-Canada survey by By JOHN HAY OTTAWA CCP) Like queen bees in an apiary, the 31 heads of governments invited to the >er about half the tax .hat formerly was levied at the wholesale level, the council says. Here is a look at the situation in each province: Newfoundland: A spokesman for Bowrmg's, an exclusive gilt shop group with stores in other parts of Canada, says the com pany is confused about which items should be reduced, and by how much. Most of the store's spring slock was bought and paid for before the budget. New Brunswick: Two largt shoe stores, Kennedy's and zel Bros., will not lower prices on children's footwear until ne' stocks arrive. Manchester Rob- ertson Allison Ltd., a large de- partment store, already ha lowered children's clotnin; irices on children's clothing by' jetween 10 and 12 per cent. It also has repriced some cosuiet- cs and is waiting for new price ists for candy and watches. Nova Scotia: In Halifax, Ja- net Murray, president of the lo- cal branch of the Canadian Corasumers Association, says she has noticed savings on chil- dren's clothing. She said removal of the sales .ax could be an advantage but prices may rise a gam in a couple of months because of in- flation. Quebec: In Quebec City, some retailers say they have lost money because of the budget provisions. One spokesman said that be- cause .prices were reduced for items on which taxes already had been paid, retailers' losses have been "fairly expensive." Ontario: Helen Rheame, firsl and only officer of Contact, consumer aid group set up bj Nepean township near Ottawa and funded by the municipality says the budget "hasn't af ected She amount of money re- pending on food." As for the tax cuts on chi1 dren's clothing, says Mrs Iheaume, a mother of five 'It's only children's wear aru you get past children1 zes, it gels very expensive.' Manitoba: Winnipeg-area etailers passed on tlie savings rom the budget measures, and most say the reductions are el- ective indefinitely. Joan BYiescn, president of the ilanitoba division, CAC, said if Ke association finds that reduc- ions have not been passed on o consumers, "we will have to from Charter Flights from Calgary lAfiTU Wlln For Your of workers and drones to attend paring to house, feed and pro- vide otfices for the 500 peopl the government leaders wi bring on their staffs, plus up t press, radio and televisio personnel. The conference opens Aug. in the former Ottawa railwa station, now the governmen conference centre. If things go right, the p ings themselves will not hav the make-up or break-up dram of former meetings, when th Commonwealth sometimes seemed on the verge of collapse until the final communique. Peter Roberts, former press secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau, says Mr. Trudeau hopes it will be a relaxed, infor- mal session without the crisis feeling of the past. Nro particular issue is ex- pected to dominate the meeting, although crises, such as Uganda's expulsion of Asians last summer, could quickly erupt almost anywhere and be- come a prime topic for the con- ference. At the last Commonwealth conference in Singapore in 1971, Mr. Trudeau was credited with winning a compromise among members over the bitterly-con- troversial issue of British arms sales to white-ruled South Af- rica. NO AGENDA YET Mr. Roberts, a career ex- ternal affairs officer now re- sponsible for arranging facil- ities fnr leaders, delegations and the press, says the agenda has not yet been drafted. Mr. Trudeau wants to avoid rigid set-piece speeches in favor of congenial discussions. Most of the government lead- ers of Commonwealth countries have said they at least hope to attend the meeting. The newest member repre- sented could bo the Bahamas, which wins independence July 10 and is expected to join the Commonwealth. The Singapore conference was Ihe first held outside Britain and the Ottawa meeting will be the first outside Britain to be attended by the monarch. Queen Elizabeth arrives July 31, but will not attend for the full eight days o! the confer- ence. official says the press contingent is likely to be swol- len by an unusually-large group from the United States, looking for news in the generally-idle August dog days. Officials also hope to use the is usually one of the good-weather months in Ot- enable Commonwealth visitors to travel around the capital area. prices. Prince Edward Island: Hoi The Canadian Press shows that both retailers and consumer groups belien'e the budget meas-1 store operation, has reduce man's of P.E.I., the largest to cally-owned retail departmen Turner immediately after he announced liis budget, asking for a list of specific items af- fected by the tax reductions. "We're still waiting for a re- says Mrs. Lotzkar, presi- dent of the Consumers Associ- ation Of B.C. the manufacturers." Saskatchewan: One small store owner in Regina says that spring and summer clothing for children may cost less, but this all, manufacturers will in- crease their prices. 'All removal of the tax will do is hold inflation down six he said. Alberta: Buth Woods, presi- dent of the Edmonton branch, CAC, says she is disappointed that the tax removal came at the factory, rather'than the re- tail level. But she says "we're always happy to see cuts made when the consumers will share the benefits." She cautions shop- pers to watcH prices closely, and to question store manager- if they don't think price reduc- tions are being passed on. British Columbia: Ruth Lot zkar 01 Vancouver wrote Mr Hospital fire regulations to be revised CALGARY (CP) James Morrison, chief consultant to he Alberta Hospitals Associa- :ion, says a reworked version of the province's 1971 fire reg- ulations concerning hospitals has been worked out between the association and provincial officials. Almost every major hospital in Alberta had been found" de- ficient under the 1971 regula- tions. The new version has already be_en approved by the Alberta labor department and could be- come law through a cabinet order-in-countil. The hospitals will be given one year to meet the regula- tions, said Austen Bridges, pro- vincial fire commissioner. 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Yet, it drives, handles, and parks with the same ease. The big difference is that the Gremlin is almost 450 pounds heavier and has a stance that is from 2" to 7" wider than the rest. So it gives a good solid feeling and a good steady ride. THE INSIDE STORY Gremlin has either a bench or optional bucket front choose. Gremlin has a rear seat like the others except when ours folds down the accessible luggage capacity expands toi 16.7 cubic feet with the optional space saver spare tire. Unlike some imports that offer "wheels" on a take-it-or- leave-it basis, Gremlin offers a wide choice of comfort and convenience options. THE PRICE Gremlin starts at only which is actually less than some of the top selling imports. THE AMERICAN MOTORS BUYER PROTECTION PLAN Like all new 1973 AMC cars, Gremlin is covered by the exclusivo American Motors Buyer Protection Plan, which thisyear, maybe extended for a slight charge and which also offers Special Trip Interruption Protection. Ask for full details. 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