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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 22, 1974 THE LETHBHIDQE HERALD 3 Marchand leaves open question of CPR nationalization By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA Minister Jean Marchand left open the question of possible nationalization of the Canadian Pacific Railway Thursday, but said his judgment will not be swayed by any vested interest that might exist in the Liberal party Speaking in the Commons after New Democrat Leader David Lewis called for nation- alization of the "entire she- bang" of the Canadian Pacific Railway, he said: "I do not say no immediately. "I just say that the first thing we have to elaborate is a new (transportation) policy, a corrected or improved policy, to determine national objectives, and after that see by what weapons we can really attain those objectives." Then he added: "Whatever some people may think I have no vested interest anywhere. WILL SPEAK MIND "If the party to which 1 be- long should have a vested interest to the point it would not be acting in the interest of the public just because some of them are linked a little too tight, well at that time you know I think I am free enough to say just what I think about the whole business." The minister gave some support to much of what Mr. Lewis said in calling for an integrated transportation system involving ground and air transport. Mr. Lewis said the CPR gained its "economic empire" through grants of money and land from Canada. Mr. Marchand said the CPR got its facilities "practically free." If it should become nec- essary to nationalize the com- pany, and if the price was pro- hibitive, "then we can use the instruments we have and I would have no objection to na- tionalization." When talking of a possible future need to nationalize the railway, Mr. Marchand mentioned that it might be "silly to have two rail beds following the same path." Mr. Lewis made a strong at- tack on the CPR in a speech criticizing the government's rail policies. CALLS PROFIiS IMMORAL He said profit taking is liter- ally immoral in transportation and that railways, ships, trucks, communications, mining and smelting operations, oil and other parts of CPR's "economic empire" should be taken over by the government He said the CPR subsidiaries are the result of hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and millions of acres of land given to the railway over the years The railway made money out of its subsidiaries "because the Canadian people enabled them to build a those profits belong to the people of Canada." He said an integrated trans- portation policy, covering air- lines and ground transport, is impossible with the CPR in private hands Gov't backed in corner Manitoba on bread prices issue gets tax credit plan OTTAWA (CP) Jim McGrath, the Conservatives' vociferous consumer affairs critic, feels the government has backed itself into a corner on the issue of bread prices That was his contention Thursday in the rapidly-devel- oping confrontation between the baking industry and the government, which is faced with the prospect of a further bread price increase while it is trying to hold down cost-of- hvmg increases. The Bakery Council of Can- ada said earlier Thursday that a one-cent which would bring the average cost of a 24-ounce white loaf to 35 cents, is likely next month re- gardless of what the govern- ment's food prices review board says. This was followed about an hour later by a statement from the food prices board confirming its decision that any further increases in bread prices is unwarranted. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE SATURDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge......33 5 .10 Pmcher Creek... 39 7 .10 Medicine Hat 27 -2 .06 Edmonton.....22 -22 .10 Grande Prairie 27 -22 .01 Banff.......'.35 3 .07 Calgary........26 2 .11 Victoria 51 33 Penticton 56 35 Prince George 35 21 Kamloops 55 34 Vancouver 48 38 Saskatoon.......13 -22 .04 Regma .........18 -17 .03 Winnipeg ___6 -5 .03 Toronto ___ 34 21 .10 Ottawa......... 24 10 .45 Montreal .....24 14 .43 St John's 11 3 43 49 1.33 Charlottetown 42 .52 Fredencton 24 .94 Chicago 35 29 FORECAST: Lethbridge Calgary Today, sunny this afternoon, highs near 20. Lows near zero. Saturday, mainly sunny, highs near 25. Medicine Hat Today, sunny, highs near 20. Lows zero-five below. Saturday, a few cloudy periods, highs near 25 Columbia Kootenay Today and Saturday sunny with some cloudy intervals. A few snowflurries in the East Kootenays and Columbia district today and tonight. Gusty winds at times today. Highs both days near 40 in the East Kootenays and Columbia district and 50 to 55 in the west Kootenays. Lows tonight near 20 in the East Kootenays and Columbia district and near 30 in the West Kootenays. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Scattered snow showers today and Saturday. Partial clearing tonight. Colder today and tonight moderating temperatures Saturday. Highs today 15 to 25. Lows tonight zero to 10 above except 5 below to 15 below higher southwestern valleys Highs Saturday 20 to 30 west and south 10 to 20 northeast. West of Continental Divide Partly cloudy today and Saturday with scattered snow showers mostly mountain areas. Clearing tonight. Colder today and tonight moderating temperatures Saturday. Highs today 25 to 35. Lows tonight 5 to 15. Highs Saturday 35 to 45. PACKERS and HARROWS Order now and be ready for Spring. Flexible, Diamond, Coil Spring Tooth and Mulcher Harrow. 4 ft. and 6 ft. Inland Packers AVAILABLE NOW AT... GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutts Highway Box 1202 PhOM 328-1141 AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 a.m. March 22. 1974. Highway 3 east. Lethbridge to Medicine Hat. generally good with light snow and slippery sections through the towns Highway 3 west, Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and B.C. Boundary, occasional light snow Slippery sections through the towns and in the sheltered areas. Highway 4, Lethbndge to Coutts. snow covered with slippery sections in the sheltered areas. Highway 5, Lethbndge to Cardston and Waterton. travel lanes have light snow and very slippery sections Highway 6, Pincher Creek to Waterton, travel lanes have light snow with occasional slippery sections. Highway 2 north. Fort Macleod to Calgary and Edmonton, light snow cover. Slippery conditions throughout, especially through the towns. Highway 2 south, Fort Macleod to Cardston and Car way. light snow and occasional icy sections. Highway 23, Junction Highway 3 to Vulcan and High River, compact snow with slippery sections throughout. Highway 36. Taber to Brooks, recently opened. Caution is advised due to icy conditions. Highway I Trans-Canada east. Calgary to Medicine Hat extremely icy conditions with some snow. Medicine Hat to Maple Creek and Swift Current is generally bare with occasional slippery sections Highway 1 Trans-Canada west, Calgary to Banff, mainly bare with some very slippery sections. Banff to Golden, generally bare with areas of black ice. Golden to Revelstoke, 1" new snow with slippery sections. Plowing and sanding in progress. Ports of entry: Times in Mountain Standard Time opening and closing times Carway 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Chief Mountain closed. Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 8 a m, to 5 p m Kingsgate open 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 7 a.m. until 11 p m Wild Horse 7 a.m to 4 p.m.; Rooseville 7a.m. to 11 p.m. Logan Pass (Canada Cnstems boors moved one bow earlier Jan. 6 when Montana weat OB daylight Mr. McGrath said in an interview that government intervention is needed urgently, but pointed out that the government last week rejected the idea of price controls on specific com- modities, as proposed by the New Democratic Party. "They've got themselves backed into a he said. He said that holding down the price of bread would be possible only through legislative controls. However, some form of protection was needed if small bakeries were to remain in business. Mr. McGrath said major companies could survive easily because they are part of corporate conglomerates and could absorb losses on their bread by boosting the price of other items. COVER COSTS? The food prices review board's main objection to higher prices has been that they are justified only to cover increased costs. Most bakers increased the price of a loaf of bread by two cents earlier this month, a move justified by the board, but they agreed to Consumer Affairs Minister Herb Gray's request to delay any other in- crease until after a meeting with the board Wednesday. A board spokesman said Thursday, however, that there is no contradiction "absolutely none at all'" in the latest state- ments by the board and the bakery council, which represents 409 of the country's bakeries. The spokesman said it is ob- vious bakeries are faced with rising costs on a number of bread ingredients. Included are skim milk powder, sugar, plastic bags and the gasoline used by delivery trucks. Increased costs do not include flour, however. The price for this was fixed last autumn under a federal wheat subsidy program designed to keep the cost of flour at 7.5 cents a loaf for the next seven years Bakery council spokesman Charles Tisdall of Toronto, an- nouncing the likelihood of a one-cent hike next month, said the govern- ment could freeze bread prices but "then all the ingredients that go into bread would have to be was impossible to isolate one food product in trying to hold down prices. The food prices review board spokesman said there was no defiance in the bakery council's statement. The board had approved a price increase where increased costs were involved and this evidently was the case. He said, however, that one way for bakeries to trim costs is standardization. This would involve all levels of government and industry working together to reduce the number of weights and sizes of loaves. The board also has recom- mended additional government incentives for modernization and improvement of small-and medium-sized bakeries. Strip-ripoff in Montana CRAIG. Mont. (AP) Former Montana governor Forrest Anderson's lounge, the only liquor game going in this Missouri River community, was npped off while the bartender and patrons watched two young women perform an impromptu strip. Sheriff Dave Middlemas of Helena said Thursday that while the persons in the bar "became quite interested" in the girls' activities, two men accompanying them stole about from coin-operated devices. The sheriff said the machines where the coinboxes were pried open were in the same room as the evening's entertainment bat the theft went unnoticed until after the girls and two men left the bar. million cost-of-living tax credit plan, financed from increased mining royalties, was proposed Thursday by the Manitoba government in its 1974-75 budget speech. Also proposed were million in supplementary spending programs, including million to establish a land- servicing and home mortgage fund and lesser amounts for universal subsidies for prescription drug purchases and a major day care centre program. Finance Minister' Saul Cherniack told the legislature personal taxes will remain un- changed, but a series of minor changes in sales tax exemptions and amusement taxes will be instituted "to improve the overall equity of our revenue structure." These changes include certain sales tax exemptions for treaty Indians and transfer of the 10-per-cent provincial amusement tax to muncipalities wishing to adopt a similar tax. Record revenues of million are budgeted for the year beginning April 1, including a carry-over of million in surplus funds from the current fiscal year. Mr Cherniack gave no exact prediction of the current year's surplus, but it is expected to exceed the amount carried over by a considerable margin. BASED ON EXEMPTIONS Under the new program, benefits will be based on two per cent of the value of the individual's personal income tax exemptions, minus one per cent of taxable income. Based on 1974 exemption levels, the maximum benefit for a family of four will be about for a married couple with only one spouse working and for a single person Up for a bite A male and female hippopotamus use a little togetherness in a gesture of friendship in the pool at the Audubon Park Zoo in New Orleans. Whelan hints at subsidy OTTAWA (CP) Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan hinted Thursday that the government might implement a subsidy program for hog producers who are losing money. Replying in the commons miscellaneous estimates committee to Gaston Clermont (L Mr Whelan said the majority of Ontario hog producers "are in favoi of some kind of program." Margo Oliver Weekend Magazine's food editor gives recipes for tasty and colorful tarts. In this Saturday's issue. The letlibridge Herald Mnce Igor has no :aste. Prince Igor is vodka. Pure vodka. without a flicker of taste or color or scent. A prince of a vodka. Have the Prince over tonight APITOL FURNITURE and CARPETS _ LETHBRIOGE EXHIBITION >AWUON PI HAL 2 DAYS OPEN TONIGHT UNTIL P.M.-: AMD AIL DAY SATURDAY CARPETS ChooM from name brand carpettng such as Mrrymore. Harding, venture; Cetan- eee and many others. Our aetecMon L KTTCIMN and CAJwfTt FURNITURE AND AfPUAHCCS Oucan, Acme Chrome, i Tynan.swer. Mutdian and many, many f rf H AU. SMM CMM, on marain i I" TV -4 X, HBK wwwwt WTB MOTORS "OEATBT snow ON ;