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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Herald Alberta, Wednesday, May 24, 1972 Pages 29 40 ADOPTED Toby, a two-month-old bear cub, tussles with Mrs. Beverley Lang at her Maple Ridge home. The long family has adopted hte 10-pound youngster, found sleeping in a rope-tow hut at the Harrison Mills ski area near Vancouver, B.C. Will discuss trade problems Mexican president to visit Canada Inscitod by Iho HIRE A STUDENT CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE By KEVIN M. KELLEGHAN CP Correspondent MEXICO CITY (CP) President Luis Echcverria will be in Canada on an offi- cial visit after his trip to the United States during the last half of June, official sources have revealed here. The president is going to Canada to "discuss problems common to both countries." Those problems are probably the U.S. influence on trade with both Mexico and Canada. Earlier this year a cabinet- level mission met with gov- ernment officials in Canada to lay the groundwork for the presidential visit. They dis- cussed the possibility of direct trade between Canada and Mexico, bypassing the U.S. as intermediary for transporta- tion or brokerage. Direct trade between Can- ada's Atlantic Coast and Ve- racruz in the Gulf of Mexico would benefit Canadian pers, since Mexico's maritime fleet is undeveloped. SEEKS MARKETS President Echeverria also will be seeking markets in Canada. His administration, which took office in 1970 for six years, is seeking to ex- pand markets to reduce de- pendence on the U.S. which accounts for 70 per cent of Mexico's exports and provides CO per cent of Mexico's im- ports. Trade will he only slightly more important than tourism. Officials may be asked to en- courage travel to Mexico. "So near and yet so foreign" is the theme but the pocketbook issue will be emphasized as well. IS RIG EARNER The country's major foreign exchange earner, tourism reg- ularly earns billion. After subtracting expenses such as salaries, food und other cosl.s, the net income for Mexico is million every year. Tourism has its drawbacks, however. The very quainlnoss of travel in Mexico means inefficiency in services, roads many Canadians find too nar- row, a lack of quality road- side inns and restaurants along the way to Mexico City or Acapulco and, of course, Spanish as a national lan- guage. The department of tourism is campaigning for better service for foreign visitors and control on prices, which have helped reduce the major cause of complaints. But the battle is one-sided. j "We can't really just step in heavy-handed and d e m n n d that a small inn cleanup its sanitary facilities or take bet- ter care of the said ore tourism official. "First of all, it is essentially private en- terprise and the government doesn't want to get into tour- ism in a direct way. "Secondly, and more impor- tant, the inspection would he endless and fruitless. Person nel wouldn't have time for anything else." Besides the trade and tour ism angles, Echeverria wil probably come away with the routine agreements to in crease cultural ties, such sending students and scholars to mutual universities. Some Canadian performers prpba bly will bo invited to Mexican nightclubs and theatres There may he a film cycle Mexican musicians will trave to Canada. And so on. Essentially, however, Ech everria will be promoting hi courtry. A mnster at using media, he will be publicizinj Mexico in Canada, making Canadians aware of his coun try and what it has to offer. 7ill show impact on all parts of society Consumerism to increase in 70s ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) arold Buchwald of Manitoba, lairman of the Canadian Con- umer Council, says consumer- m in the 1970s will increase its Tipact on all parts of society. Until the 1960s there was no ermine concern for the individ- al he said during a sit here. "Now that has langed and we're off to a run- ng start with protective legis- ation and there is more to ome. The consumer crn raise rievances, have protection, "In future people arc going to o heyond this. Leaders in busi- ess are going to he called on to onduct their affairs not only or profit, but from a sense of moral posture." Mr. Buchwald said the Ccn- umer Council will he taking a ard look at regulatory bodies, uch as marketing boards and commissions. "The consumer has tradition- lly been a patsy for business. f a company can say that they must increase their profit this ear to 15 per cent from 10 per ent it has been the consumer has traditionally footed the ill." jOBBY NEEDED He said business leaders must articipate in dialogue v.'ith con umer interests to "bring bal- mce into the market place." As an example of imbalance e said there were 300 briefs r o m business spokesmen i n onnection with the proposed ederal act regulating competi- ion but only three from con- umer organizations. "A consumer lobby is criti- rally needed that can try to match that of he aid. Big business could afford law- yers, accountants and econo- mists to prepare credible briefs o government; individual con- umers could not and they acked the expertise to compete. Despite federal studies show- ng that concentration of owner- ship is a growing fad of busi- ness in Canada Mr. Buchwald said he sees encouraging signs of higher standards of corporalc morality. "Businessmen and the kids going into business realize that there is a new standard of mo- rality taking hold in the busi- ness world. Caveat Ihe buyer being re- placed with 'let the seller take care.' It is the seller who in many cases now imposes tho standards." By LOUIS UCHITEI.LE MONTEVIDEO (A P) President Juan M. Borda- berry, in office only three months, is reading the gloomi- est economic statistics Uru- guay has seen in recent years. The official figures say the treasury is empty, the budget deficit is huge, there are no foreign reserves. Inflation is running at nearly 100 per cent annually. Exports dropped 12 per cent last year. The for- eign debt of million "is choking the Fran- cisco Forteza, minister of economy and finance, told Congress. Tills year alone, SlOSi million must be paid in interest and principal on foreign loans. That's half Uruguay's total annual exports, which de- clined to million in 1971 from 5232 million in 1970. Besides the foreign debt payment, Uruguay has ?70 million in commercial ar- r e a r s. That means Uru- guayans have paid in pesos for merchandise imported from abroad, but their money is stopped at the Central Bank, which lacks dollars to complete the payments abroad. So foreign suppliers are dunning Uruguayans for overdue bills, and credit abroad is being restricted. Imports dropped to mil- b'on last year from mil- lion in 1970, and the govern- ment suspended many cate- gories of imports because of the foreign currency shortage. TURNS TO nil'' President Bordabcrry. a conservative cattle rancher, has turned to the Interna- tional Monetary Fund for help, despite stiff criticism from the Broad Front, a coali- tion of leftist parties with a strong voice in Congress. Throughout Latin America, leftists say the "IMF for- mula" leads to more indebted- ness abroad and requires do- mestic austerity policies which hurt wage earners. They argue the IMF is con- trolled by the U.S. govern- ment, so underdeveloped countries with IMF agree- ments end up subjecting their economies to "Yankee imperi- alism." Uruguay has had IMF help intermittently since 1958, when its the boom years of the Second World War and the Korean a long decline. Uruguay is blessed with a temperate climate and some of the richest, best-watered pastureland in the world. It once lived prosperously from the export of meat, wool and hides. But farming practices have remained unchanged since the early 1900s and Uru- guay has failed to attract much industrial development. There are eight million cattle and 23 million sheep, the same as in 1908. But the popu- lation which must share tho wealth from these herds has risen sevenfold to 2.11 million. An IMF team visited Uru- guay for three weeks in March to study Bordalerry's request for a million "standby" credit and a loan to cover the S30-million drop in exports last year. Besides IMF money, B o r d a b e r r y seeks IMF endorsement of his economic policies. Without this endorsement, he has slight hope of obtaining million in loans soon to be sought from U.K. and Eu- j ropean banks. The IMF wants Bordaberry to increase meat exports, cut the budget deficit and reduce inflation. The measures Bor- daberry has taken to achieve these goals have not yet pro- duced results. Meat exports continue at a low level although Bordabcrry has devalued the peso 100 pel- cent to stimulate exports. He's also ordered Uruguay's first prohibition ou cattle slaughter for domestic consumption so more cattle are available for export. Al- though fresh beef is a staple in the Uruguayan diet, none will be available from July 15 through Nov. 15. CALGARY (CP) It's tough being in the war surplus busi- ness when there are no wars creating a surplus. Even a tiny conflict would do nicely for Gordon Anton Gum- ming of Crown Surplus Stores Ltd. He's a government surplus dealer and with old soldiers fad- ing and modern armies thin- ning, the supply of battle gear is drying up fast. Only a few surplus stores, which started in Canada at the close of the Second World War, still deal exclusively in Ihe trap- pings of war. "Most of Ihe other dealers now slock mainly commercial Mr. Gumming said. "Therc'd Iw more profits for mo if I did likewise, hut I've got n real mad-on for surplus stuff and I intend to slay in it." The .19-year-old Gumming op- erates the store in southeast Calgary which can be spotted because the fail section of an old fighter trainer aircraft is embedded in the roof. The store has clothing, ar- mored suits, mine field boots, periscopes, bugles and bazoo- kas. MAY NEVER SELL Some items haven't moved In years and some don't sell at all. For example, Mr. dimming said ho got a deal of Sec- ond World War gas masks at government auction. "A dealer in Los Angeles was looking for masks and I figured I could unload all of I hem in one fell he said. "Trouble was, when I called him lalcr, he was no longer intcrcsled." Sol Lipkind, president and manager of Ribtor Manufactur- ing and Distributing Co. Ltd. of Calgary, said he used to he al- most exclusively in surplus scll- ing. 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