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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta ft _ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Msnday, May 35, Wesl Puzzles Problem By JOSEPH MacStt'EEN Canadian Press Staff Writer A Saskatchewan wheat offi- cial who spends his days and nights puzzling the problems of Western Canada's agricul- ture peered ovci' his specta- cles and declared: "You have to look at the world, Canada, (lie Prairies and you have to look at peo- ple, because the people prob- lem underlies everything." The story of w h e a I strange on an immense screen on which global forces move with pro- found meaning for mankind. Myth and misconception cloud the march of events. A lesson comes through on the inability of Canada and other countries to solve the dilemmas raised bv their own technological advance. Just as Canada grows the best hockey players but can't win an Olympic contest under international rules, so Canada produces the best wheat but finds itself, with a billion- bushel grain glut. "Wheat is politics and poli- tics is wheat in Canada and the rest of the world." said a Winnipeg authority, exposing a raw nerve that causes per- sons big and small in the grain game to jump. LOT OF BREAD' Before the federal govern- ment announced a a lot of said Prime Minister T r u d e a u o cut Western wheat production almost to nil in 1970, a Saskatchewan ex- pert made this comment: "Everybody finally got ex- cited in 1969 simply because what had been happening for some time was dramatically demonstrated. "The situation is that for 50 or 60 years Canada assumed that wheat demand was un- exemplified by the slogan 'You grow it and we'll sell this has not been 50 for a while and now we have to admit it." Canada, before the Ottawa announcement, was on a pro- duction march that would have landed Canadians figura- tively up to their necks in bushels of wheat by next fall, by one estimate. "In other words, Canada has and will have enough wheat on hand to just about QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC 324 5th SI. S. Ph. 328-7684 Above Capitol Furniture EDDY DIETRICH, C.D.M. fill total world trade needs foi' a said A. M. Ilunci- man, president of the membcr United Grain Grow- ers Ltd., in a speech last Nov- ember. But Canada's percentage of the world trade, meanwhile, has been on a downward slide. "The big four exporters Canada, the United States, Ar- gentina and a group have one-third more wheat stocks than they had a year said Mr. Runci- man. "Canada has as much export stocks as the other three put together." CAPACITY EXPANDING The population explosion? "North America might have to feed the world in 1990 but not in the next 10 less we're talking about 50- cents-a-bushel wheat. The ca- pacity to produce is still ex- panding faster than effective demand." Changeover of plant to other crops and livestock, already in motion to a degree, appeal's almost as ponderous a task as changing the direc- tion of iceborg. It's not possible. 0" some of the prai- rie land. When a Saskatoon clothing merchant asked farmer Jim Bannister why he didn't go to cattle, the reply came fast: "Why don't you sell lawn- A Regina source said 1969 marked the vanishing point for operating profit for many farmers: "The farmer got to the point where cash revenue was less than cash expenditure in one year. He didn't make enough cash to operate. The year before, he did get enough cash to operate but he real- ized no return on his invest- ment. Mind you, this isn't true of all farmers. That is the na- ture of the thing. "Dramatic changes are tak- ing place in farm size, in kinds of operation. But no matter how dramatic, some people are a little late they'fe it the rear of change. "So we're facing too things a matter of pri- mary significance to the West as a region; second, a matter of people, and governments are being pressed to do some- thing about this second as- pect." BECKONING POSTPONED Officials, incidentally, are doubtful about the chances of Canada again encountering the combination of export and price levels of the mid-1960s when a drought across most of the southern hemisphere When you need money Sor any reason within reason, see HFC Don't misunderstand. We still urge you to "Never borrow money needlessly." But after 92 years we know that people have very good and real reasons for needing to borrow. And we'll help when it's a matter of paying bills, buying a better car, replac- ing appliances or for any reason within reason you may have. Apply for your loan by phone, We'llsupply your loati by mail. 300 550 1000 1600 2SOO 3000 4CWO soon MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS It 31. I X I! 107.53 134.41 58.11 HOUSEHOLD FINANC LETHBRIDGE 506-4th Avenue South-Telephone 327-1511 {two doori woit of Ask about our evening hours Story Of Canada's TRADE MORE MEN Zanzibar's chief export to the The last census on the island and 18th centuries was of Zanzibar showed more men 3litics And Politics Is women. ATTENTION: and Asia boosted North American sales. That combination postponed tlie (lav of reckoning and, westward after the 1867 Confederation of the first four provinces. POLITICIANS alternative product such as cattle in the way they encouraged wheat, because we may get into UKJ same to their urban cousins." Paul Babey, president of the NEST haps, fostered a Burton said of Alberta, touched grain, soinethuig-wiU-turn-up attitude in some problem was the road of agricultural diversity before "real "We talk about the need the best choieo in "Wheat, of course, is very important to the over-all Canadian economy and it Burton, president of the Western Stock Growers Association, which dales because of natural resources of land, water and climate. Just the same, Alberta's boom conditions were the number of and the number of families on farms. I have never seen how this would be a solution. HOMES sales Is starting to reach into other' said Mr. Runciman in a Winnipeg Burton, a rancher, conceded with a smile that farmers tend to Maine politicians for "even largely in minerals and petroleum. Alberta "in the long-term and fundamental is in the same position as the have any real programs for moving people out." Farmers for years had been exhorted to increase production and efficiency. "We The Famous Safeway and Bren'twood Models Up To Sq. Ft. Fully Furnished. See SKEEZ CHRISTENSEN two of this reduction of politicians do lead now. We've got of aacl Western farm income it was easy for the rest of the country to ride along and pretend it hadn't happened. I the garden path at times by encouraging us to grow wheat, and by buoyant optimism. Such a mood of 'REAL TRAGEDY' "We simply have more people in agriculture than we However, there's no market. "There's got to be MOBILE HOMES LTD. Frank, Alberta. believe the after-effects gets people o make a living com to the Turtle Mountain Hotel) starting to reach especially young afield now and can be sensed in Eastern a field which hasn't turned out to be viable. COOLING Big Savings on used 12-ft. wide mobile homes. That, in a way, is the story of Canada's life. For we can't expect any government to foresee HILL in terms and trades from Canada's largest dealer wheat was the country's biggest export money market which fluctuates so widelv. My 2nd AVE. S. PHONE and, indeed, impelled is they don't push us MAVERICK The Plain and Fancy reasons why you should... Go get a Maverick Now For a little money,'s a little gas. Here's what you get with Maverick. A simple machine. Simple to drive and park. Simple to maintain and service. And that saves you money. Comfortable room for a young family of five, and the ladies love the sharp interiors. The 105 hp Six is a hustler, and it stretches your gas dollar an average of 27 miles to the gallon in actual tests. And that's good. For extra pleasure, there's a wide range of low cost options. Power steering, a vinyl roof in solid colours, tweeds or houndstooth checks. A 250 CID Big Six engine with fully automatic 3-speed transmission. Maverick's ori- ginal low price hasn't changed. It's the pacesetter in value. simple machine. For a little more,'s a Grabber! All the good things, all the money saving features-you get with Maverick, you get with Maverick Grabber. Now look what else you get. A choice of wild Grabber colours. Black paint hood panels and grille. Racy tape stripe. No doubt about it, Maverick Grabber's a real eye catcher. But that's not all. There's dual racing mirrors, big 14 inch wheels, and the stylish touch of a rear deck spoiler. Maverick Grabber isn't a super bomb, but it is a real standout in sporty value. And, with your Ford or Mercury Dealer's big selling season here, you can get extra values on Maverick and Maverick Grabber. So, Go get a Maverick now. Canada's Biggest Selling Small Car-Maverick-See your Ford or Mercury Dealer 13th ANNUAL Y's MEN'S CLUB TV CHANNEL 7 Complete listing of items to be auctioned will appear in 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 26th, Lethbridge Herald WED., WAY 27 EVERY BID HELPS A ;