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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday. November 21, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Auto slump It will hit Canada eventually OTTAWA (CP) Short but regular.layoffs in the Canadian auto industry can be expected as long as the United States market con- tinues to slump, Industry Minister Alastair Gil- lespie said Wednesday. So far, a buoyant Cana- dian auto market has com- pensated for weak U.S. demand, but "I fervently hope there will be a pickup in U.S. demand he told reporters. Mr. Gillespie said the American situation has rubbed off already, with both Ford and General Motors laying off employees at plants supplying components to U.S. factories. He was questioned in the Commons about Chrysler's decision to close five of its six U.S. plants for December. There are reports that the closing will leave Americans out of work. Mr. Gillespie said he has consulted the company's executives, but so far they do not have similar plans for their Canadian produc- tion. However, the U.S. situation was serious and could be expected to overlap into Canada. His comments about a buoyant domestic market did not satisfy Ed Broadbent, New Democrat parliamentary leader. He said 75 per cent of produc- tion is exported to the U.S. where the market has fallen 30 per cent this-year. An industry department official said that in the just-completed 1974 model year. 70 per cent of the automobile production by the three major manu- facturers was shipped to the U.S. Despite heavy dependence on U.S. sales, GILLESPIE Mr. Gillespie said he ex- pects employment in the Canadian industry to hold steady at about 100.000 jobs. "But I expect short- duration, periodic layoffs while U.S. manufacturers are balancing their inven- he said outside the House. "However, present indications are the situa- tion won't get serious for Canada." Manufacturers in Ste. Therese. Que., and Oshawa. Brampton, Wind- sor. Oakville and St. Thomas in Ontario are heavily dependent on the U.S. market under the auto pact signed in 1965. The pact provides free trade on automobiles and auto parts between the two countries. It often has been the sub- ject, of political disputes, with groups in both countries calling for amendments when their respective industries ran deficits on the trans-border trade. In the first half of this year, Canada had a deficit of million, compared with million in the first half of 1973. Prior to 1973, Canada generally ran a surplus and there was pressure on the U.S. government then for modification of the pact. Officials here are concerned now that boldly optimistic statements about the domestic in- dustry might revive those demands and bring calls for a pjjpduction switch to the U.S. at a time when the American industry is un- dergoing difficulties. Mr. Gillespie said Wednesday that Canada's share of the North American market has in- creased this year from about eight per cent last year. He could not give any precise figure, but an of- ficial in his department said that the share was up to about 13 per cent of total North American vehicle production in the first 10 months of this year. Sales figures released by Canadian automakers for October, first month for the 1975 models, generally support their view that they do not face the same gloomy outlook as their American parent com- panies. Chrysler and American Motors reported increases in October sales, while Ford and General Motors were down only slightly from their October, 1973, Canadian sales. However, the U.S. situa- tion has caused some layoffs here. Ford laid off 403 production workers at its plant near St. Thomas for an indefinite period. Unfair pay decision reserved EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Labor Relations board Wednesday reserved decision on a charge on unfair labor practise filed Wednes- day by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The union filed the charge against Norwood Auxiliary Hospital and the Dr. Angus McGugan Nursing Home in Edmonton, charging that both had offered non union employees salary increases of a month as a cost of living allowance, while union members did not receive the same increase. Service employees of the two institutions Tuesday walk- ed off their jobs in protest over the action but the labor relations board ordered them back to work the same day. Hospital officials said the union members, part of Local 1158. could not be given a bonus because contract negotiations were in progress. Hall of Fame at Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) Ed- monton has been selected as the permanent home of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, directors of the hall an- nounced Wednesday at a news conference. We're making it official, said C. H. (Punch) Dickens, president of the hall of fame. Negotiations toward having the hall established here had been carried on since 1973. Mr. Dickens described Ed- monton as the centre of avia- tion for the north country since 1920. LARGEST DOME The world's largest dome is the Louisiana Superdorne in New Orleans. It has an outside diameter of 680 feet. 6 year old whisky 5 year old price. RALLISER COLONY HOUSE CANADIAN WHISKY Beautiful! Palliser Colony House GinadianWhisky; PARADE HOMES LTD. AND TO CELEBRATE YOU CAN SAVE S2.000 ON ANY ONE OF THESE HOMES "Down payments on homes under construction as low as 2004-20th NORTH OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY, NOV. 22 7-9 p.m. 2500 sq. ft. of living space. Ready for immediate possession. 10% interest rate. 1021 ELLIOT RD. 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