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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LcinDtiiuue Opposition critics still stewing over food price board OTTAWA Exactly one year after its the controversial Food Prices Review Board is still being thrashed from pillar to post by opposition critics for failing to come to grips with increased food prices. The position is a familiar one for' board chairman Beryl Plumptre and her SO-member whose function it is to review prices and costs and to report to the public on inside details of the food industry.' with a federal election the board is being criticized for political inter- ference by Progressive Conservative consumer critic James member of Parliament for St. John's because Mrs. Plumptre says studies now being prepared will continue to be released before the July 8 election date. The board is expected to release reports on hamburger feed pork and a board spokesman said. A regular quarterly report is due in late June. The flood of material is likely to further enrage board the Conservatives in particular. From its first conception by members of a special Commons food prices the idea of a review board that would make recommendations to the consumer affairs minister was opposed by the Conservatives. STOOD ALONE They stood alone when New Democrat and Social Credit MPs joined the Liberals and voted for the board. On May the board was appointed with Mrs. a 64-year-old former president of the Consumers' Association of at its head. Also appointed to the five-member board were government and consumer representatives. The four board members now under Mrs. Plumptre are Julien vice-chairman and a newly-elected vice-president of the Canadian Labor Gordon an Alberta rancher and former federal Evelyn a consumer advocate with the Vancouver Sun and Grant a Halifax accountant. Anthony an external affairs is secretary of the board. The agency was to make public reports after checking increased food retailing looking at the effects of marketing boards and providing nutrition information. Since last the board has put out three quarterly reports analyzing food price movements and has issued special studies and recommendations on dairy products and bread. There was also a special investigation of retailing in food stores by 80 investigators who found cases of possibly unethical practices. And Mrs. Plumptre has made many public appearances explaining her mandate from Parliament. None of this has satisfied critics. One possible reason is that Mrs. Plumptre has refused to put the finger on any one sector of the food industry as the villain behind food price increases. NO FOCUS While consumers blame and others who make inputs in the food industry Mrs. Plumptre says no one sector is gouging the public. none of them really. It's all of them. It's all of us. We're all caught up in this one way or the she said in one interview. Mrs. Plumptre has advised consumers to shop more carefully and to the best they during two views that have angered critics. She also risked the wrath of the Conservatives when she came out stoutly against proposals for wage and price controls as a means of beating position she took long before the election but which she repeated recently. That recent statement was termed an in the campaign by Mr. McGrath. Mrs. Plumptre was trying to prepare the public for Liberal government he said. For the the board is a toothless tiger. They want the board able to freeze and roll back price increases. And they want Mrs. Plumptre a wish they may get if the Conservatives form the government after July 8. But in spite of the uncertainty of which party will form the Mrs. Plumptre says it will be business as usual for the board in the next six weeks. riES BROWNS SOFT DRINKS Alpine Club Canned Pop Assorted Flavors B I 10fl.oz.tin.............._._.......... I R I Deposit PALM QUALITY BIG DIPPER CREAM OALLOITPRICE Additional L-MART Features Beans Toilet Tissue Libbyi 14ft. oz. tint Scott 4 roll pkg. Orange Crystals 4-702. net wt. pkg. 49 Swlttt12oi.iMtwt.tin Prem Nabob Coffee 19 Frozen Foods... ORANGE JUICE LEMONADE LOBLAW BRAND FANCY QUALITY PEACHES Sliced or Halves oz. tin..... LOBLAW BRAND FANCY FRUIT COCKTAIL 14 fl. oz. tin BASSETT'S LICORICE ALLSORTS 9 oz. net wt. pkg. COUNTRY KIST CHOICE WHOLE KERNEL CORN KAMBLY... TOP QUALITY ASSORTED BISCUITS NABOB IDEAL FOR DESSERTS TOP WHIP DRESSING 14fl. oz. tin 12oz. netwt. pkg. 4 oz. net wt. pkg. LOBLAW BRAND FANCY GREEN PEAS or CREAM CORN 14fl.oz.tin KITTY TREAT CAT FOOD 12oz. netwt. pkg. 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