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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta -Saturday, November 27, 1971 THr icTHBRIDGE HERALD 7 Tractor importing pattern altered by protests of farm groups By GARRY FAIRBAIRN OTTAWA (CP) Prolcsls by farm organizations several years ago againsl high-priced farm tractors may have al- tered the pattern of imports, to the benefit of Ro- manian and Soviet manufac- turers. Statistics Canada figures show these countries begin- ning to move into the Cana- dian tractor market. But sales still are small. Ir. 1967, Italy sent 281 trac- tors to Canada. For 1970 the figure was and during the first eight months of this year have come in under the heading of "wheel tractors" all farm tractors. No Soviet tractors were im- ported as recently as 1969, but 52 came in during 1971) and 65 during the first eight months of 1971. A legal dispute be- tween the Soviet exporter and Canadian importer, however, has slalled further sales. Imports of the Romanian Universal tractor have shown a marked increase. None were imported in 1969 and only nine in 1970, but 50G had entered in 1971 by the end of August. 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Business and Industrial Firms! The Best Gift to Give Everyone Appreciates the Beauty and Fragrance of always sure to please! We will be pleased to prepare Special Floral Bouquets to send to clients or staff! CALL US NOW FLOWER SHOP 82? 6th STREET SOUTH Phone 327-2666 or 327-5747 PRE CHRISTMAS DRESSING GOWNS BARGAIN GROUP OF lk Price TABLE OF WHITE SHIRTS Reg. SALE PRICE SO-50 321 5th St. S, Phone 327-3730 The royal commission on (arm machinery hod reported that many of the traditional suppliers ot national corporations with (actories in several countries pursuing a discrimina- tory pricing selling in Canada for higher prices than in countries such as Britain. The major producers are In- ternational Harvester, Ford, Massey-Ferguson, J. I. Case and John Deere. "The Canadian farmer Is the one who the re- port said. It listed price dif- ferences between Canada and Britain of up to on 45- to-60-horsepower tractors and on tractors, with the Canadian buyer paying the higher price in each case. On tractors over 75 horsepower, however, Brit- ish prices were higher The report estimated that a third of the price difference was due to higher profits made on the machines sold in Canada. Only two-thirds was due to lower British costs. It said multi-national corpora- tions sought to prevent Cana- dian farm organizations buy- ing their products in Britain and shipping them here for sale at lower prices than the corporations charged in Can- ada. HARD TO COMPETE But little chance for the new importers to slice deep into the Canadian market is seen by K. R. Graydon, executive director of the Canadian Farm and Industrial Equip- ment Institute in Toronto. A major reason is lack of service and parts able to com- pete with the well-established networks of the major multi- national manufacturers, h e said. Moreover, the major sup- pliers were competitive among themselves and few C a n a d ia n farmers lacked choice from among three to five different dealers. Any permanent break- through by the newcomers has a long way to go on the basis of statistics. There were tractors imported last year and came from the U.S., from Britain, from West Germany and 30 from France. Most of the British imports were via the established big multi-national firms and farm associations accounted for a much smaller slice. In 1966, t h e traditional sources supplied a much higher U.S., British, 2.309 West German and 304 French. They were worth Hard times for grain fanners on the Prai- ries since 1966 spell the differ- the purchase of tractors is picking up again. CHECKS SPREAD One of the leaders in the revolt against the pricing poli- cies of the multi-national cor- porations was the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. In 1963 it set up an agency to import farm tractors from Britain. Today, OFA manager Jack Hale said, the price differen- tial is less. "We remain in the business just as a protective measure in case the price spread develops again. "We're just keeping a dose eye on tlie market, being very sensitive to any increases in domestic tractor prices and if it's favorable to import some, we of course publicize it widely, and it has the effect of malting the do- mestic prices slow up and re- verse their trend. If it doesn't, we go farther in our efforts." Robert Misch, manager of the Ontario Farm Machinery Agency in Elmwood. Out., said in an interview that On- tario tractor prices came down when the OFA estab- lished the agency to import tractors. His agency in 1969 was sell- ing Ford 5000 tractors for to depending on options. Now they sold for more than still less than the price for the same tractor bought through regu- lar channels, he said. Mr. Misch said he feels that "three years ago we opened up a whole new world for many importers.'1 BUYS FROM U.S.S.R. Jumping on Ihe bandwagon was Michael V. Bazilli of Oak- ville. Out., president of Twin Lakes Tractors Ltd., who in 1970 signed a contract to im- port Soviet machines. Fifty came in June, 1970, and 25 more in March, 1971. Almost all were placed with dealers and more than 40 sold relatively quickly, he said. The Soviet Union then sought to change the contract and a lawsuit has halted further sales. "The outlook was excellent and breaking into the market was a back-breaking job and now no one seems to be able to benefit from Mr. Misch said. The Romanian government has been the most vigorous pusher of tractors in the view of economist Peter Appleton of the Agricultural Economics Research Council. He said the Romanian tractor was shown at many Prairie fail's in 1970 and the Romanians were will- ing to train Canadian mechan- ics and examine methods of arranging credit for purchas- ers. CITES DRAWBACKS "But if you're a pampered North American farmer, you're not going to buy a Ro- manian Mr. Apple- ton said. They could do the job well, but were crude, rough and 30 years behind the times in style. Moreover, North American tractors had safety features missing on Romanian and So- viet tractors. Mr. Appleton said the new exporters are a constant re- minder to the traditional firms that the fanner has al- ternate means of supply. Another potential alternate Is Canadian Co-operative Im- plements Ltd. of Winnipeg, an importer of tractors and parts since well before the royal commission began its studies. "Our product is competitive with whatever is on the mar- said CCIL pricer Harold Otto. The firm imports tractor frames and motors from Swe- den and West Germany and plans to make its own tractors by 1974. It now makes har- rows and swathers and about to begin manufacturing combines. Some farm spokesmen say they arc still unsatisfied. The National Farmers Union pres- ident, Hoy Atkinson of Saska- toon, said prices set by U.S.- dominated 'multi-national cor- porations are still "unreason- able as hell." The NFU has urged the government to take measures to ease the burden on the Canadian farmei. It Is understood that offi- cials in the federal agriculture department are intensively studying the royal commis- sion report with a view to government action. CWL supper GRASSY LAKE The Grassy Lake CWL spon- sored its annual fall supper in I the community centre where a i large number of patrons en- I joyed the hot beef, buffet-style meal. i Added attractions Included a fish pond for the youngsters: bake table; a bingo table; and cards. The supper the highlight of a birthday pnrty for Mur ray Tunibull. Murray was host to his young guests at the CWL supper. SHOP JOE GREEN'S FOR THE FINEST IN SHOES FOR ALL THE FAMILY! SNOWBOOTS LADIES' SHOES by Gold Cross Heel Hugger Jose Pavel Selby CHILDREN'S SHOES by Savage Butter Brewn Classmates For Ladies' Men Children including SNOWMOBILE BOOTS MEN'S SHOES by Pedwin MACFARLANE SAVAGE RAND HARTT SLIPPERS FOR AU THE FAMnY OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY TILL 9 P.M. GREEN'S SHOES ON SIXTH STREET SOUTH PRE-CHRISTMAS CARS BARBIE AND HER FRIENDS 2.79 7.47 5.97 MAUBU BARBIE AND KEN TALKING BARBIE AND KEN LIVE ACTION BARBIE AND KEN.......... HOT WHEEL ACCESSORIES Daredevil Loop Half C Full Curve Hot Strip Track Sky Show. Reg. Price 1.80. NOW ROD RUNNER SPEEDWAY Set containi one hot wheel cor, hand shift power booster and 16 ft. of track. Orig. Price 5.95 NOW 2.98 DUAL LANE ROD RUNNER RACE SET Contains 1 hot wheel cars, dual lane and shift power booster and H ft. of track. Orig. Price T0.77 NOW 5.39 SUPER CHARGER SPEEDWAY TEST SET Contains 1 h o wheels car, supe churger a feet of tra Reg, V NOW DUAL LANE ROD RUNNER POWER BOOSTER Reg. original price 4.44 HOT WHEELS SUPER DAIIV fhtt Holds 24 can KALLT V.A5E Original price 3.77 All SIZZIERCARS....................2.49 SIZZLER LACUNA OVAL SET Contains 1 sizzler car, machine SIZZLER CAR JUICE MACHINES Original Price 1 Oft NOW I FASHION DOLLS DAWN 976 DINA 77r DINA CLOTHES 771 DAWN CLOTHES 1.39 to 1.97 KIM DOLL WITH GROWING HAIR 1.29 MICHELLE DOLL BETSY TEEN DOLL CLOTHES 996 DANCE WITH ME DOLL NOW NOW LORRIE STROLLER 30" life Size Walking Doll 10.99 WOODEN TABLE AND CHAIRS SET 10.97 TIDY DOLl 14" tall, lifelike hair and sleening eyes, 3.77 PLUS TV SEAT WITH ANIMATED FACE 4.98 Spirograph ...r Monopoly Wall Walkers Big Ride 'em Tractor....... Ride 'em Dune Buggy 3.99 1.27 9.9S BUDDY I BRUTE DOUBLE DUMPTRAIN ..NOW BUDDY L BRUTE SANITATION TRUCK Reg. 1.67 NOW HOURS Open Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MODlTHOBBY KITS All 1970 ond 1971 ear kits includes Cougors, Corveftei, Chevys, Firebirds and competition versions. PRICE All models reg. 2.64 to 3.50. Now All models regular 1.33 to 1.50. Now ;