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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THf lETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday. Mny 2, 1777 Canada won't be pushed into trade war MITC'IHXI, SIIAI1P OTTAWA (CPi Acting Prime Minislor Mitchell Sharp .say.s Llic Canadian government will not if necc.s.sary, In Uke action" against tlic United Stales DISC program, but it he puslieil iiilo a tr.'ulc war u'itli the U.S. Mr. Sharp faced a series of Commons questions Monday about the effects of the Ameri- can domestic inUTiiational sales corpornlion and (he disclosure last week that U.S. firms are already shipping goods lo Can- nda under Ilia program, which j provides a tax subsidy. Canadian officials have ex-1 pressed fears that, under the program, U.S. companies could use the lax benefit to reduce their prices DJI (he Canadian market and thus eat Into domes- tic sales and jobs. Conservative Leader Stau- firld, in (jue.slioning Sharp, termed the situation "a disas- ter." Mr. Sharp said (lie Con- servative leader would like Can- ada to he pushed into a trade war with Uie U.S. ViON'TDR PUSHED We are not going lo be he said, although it was desirable that Canada pro- tect ili position. When George IIccs (PC- Prince Edward-Hastings) asked Mr. Sharp when Ihe government expects the DISC program to affect adversely employment in the Canadian auto industry, the minister replied "never." Mr. Hecs followed Ihis up by asking whether the government believes that the program will "not in any way" shift auto in- dustry employment lo Ihc U.S. from Canada and Mr. Sharp said that so far there is no evi- dence that Ihis can happen. lint should it happen, he added, the Canadian govern ment will not heslitate to take necessary measures. Mr. Sharp said there has been many Canadian-U.S. contacts over Ihe DISC program but "un- fortunately we were not able to convince them not to proceed." However, it would be desirable to look before leaping in connec- tion with the actual effects of the program. Mr. Stanfield said he hoped the government soon will lie i'ble lo distinguish between neg- ligence and prudence. Ed Hroadbent (N I) P 0 s h- awa-Whilby) asked whether Ihe DISC program is the "pattern of economic interaction" that President Nixon was talking about din-ing his visit to Oltawa. Did (he government intend to do more than write notes lo Ihii U.S., since the DISC program violated the Canada U.S. auto agreement? Mr. Sharp said Canada will take the countervailing action it felt necessary, but the auto agreement has been bringing substantial benefits to Canada's aulo makers. Max Bailsman (NDP-Waler- loo) asked about the effects of the DISC program on Ihe Can- a d a -U .S. trade negotialions which President Nixon and Prime Minister Trudcau re- cently agreed should be re- newed wilh Ihe goal of resum- ing. "I don'l see how II could help lo make them any re- plied Mr. Sharp. Oanbrook mail (ties in crash CRANDROOK (CP) Twcn- ty-five-year-old John James Sebasfion of Cranbrook was killed in a two-car collision on Highway 93 near Fernie in southeastern B.C. EATON'S Day is May 14! Check the values below on items to make her life more enjoyable! CGE Coffee Percolator A, Mrri [hn-ik of you every (Imp n c r, i ;r for h r r f n m i I y a n rj f r' n n d i. B rfc r r, m mp-, of delicious cnifcr. Herds' civocndo hanrJIu. SPECIAL, rnch GE Spray and Steam Iron D. (or mom will ho n OH- ir, .-on. rjonsti n 30