Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD WwSnssday, Oclobtr 9, 1974 Death ride Mike Adams, in basket left, waves farewell as he and his companion, Mike Sparks, lift off in their hot-air balloon Tues- day at Saltley, England. Moments later, the ball- oon plunged feet to the ground, right, killing both men. The flight was made to advertise forklift trucks. U.S. egg producers elated, skeptical By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON (CP) United States egg producers said Tuesday they were "elated" but somewhat "puz- zled and skeptical" over the imposition by Canada of ex- port controls on egg shipments to the U.S. Announcement that such controls would be instituted was made Monday night by Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan during a visit to Boise, Idaho. James Fleming, director of government relations for the United Egg Producers, said in a telephone interview today TYNAN Delivery of your chesterfield suite in your choice of colors, in 6 to 8 weeks? 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We'd have to welcome that sort of elated." He said, however, that at, this stage, U.S. producers would have to wait to see what form the controls will take and "right now we would have to view with skepticism the possibility that it will reduce materially the flow of eggs into the U.S." The United Egg Producers, the national federation of egg- marketing co-operatives, with a complaint to the. U.S. government three months ago, touched off an investiga- tion by the U.S. treasury department into the possible dumping of eggs from Canada on the U.S. market. The investigation is to determine whether Canadian eggs have been selling in the U.S. at less than the price they bring in Canada. Both Fleming and an of- ficial of the treasury depart- ment here said that investiga- tion will continue despite the announcement of Canadian export controls and that it is expected to be completed by mid-January. Fleming said that Canada had been exporting eggs to the U.S. from her surplus stocks and selling them at prices sometimes as low as 50 per cent below that realized at home. He pointed out that the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) recently depleted the egg surplus by the destruction of 28 million eggs and said that in the light of that, he was puzzled at the need for export controls. However, he said, "it would seem to indicate that CEMA is getting its house in order." "MOOTS THE CASE" A treasury department offi- cial said of the current dump- ing investigation that if the Canadian controls mean that no more eggs will come in, "it moots the case." "There is still the question of price he said. "If we find eggs have been sold at less than fair price prevailing in we'll have to pass the case to the tariff commis- sion to determine whether the sales have have been likely to have been injurious to U.S. producers. "At that point, in the determination of injury or possible injury, Canadian ex- port controls would be a ma- jor factor in the commission's deliberations." Fleming said "it would be good news to us if Canadian eggs were to cease coming into our markets." "It will be interesting to see exactly what the program is." Egg export curbs news to Trudeau OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau said in the Commons Tuesday he is not aware of any statement by Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan that Canada plans to prohibit egg exports to the United States. He made the comment in re- ply to Jack Homer who asked if Mr. Whelan's statement Mon- day about eggs constituted government policy. The agriculture minister told reporters in Boise, Idaho, that egg export controls are planned "to stop speculators, etc., from exporting eggs to the United States at a higher price and short-circuiting the Canadian market." A spokesman in the prime minister's office could not say if Mr. Trudeau was unaware of the egg statement or if he was disclaiming any knowledge of a complete ban on egg exports to the U.S. as suggested by Mr. Horner's question. In his Boise comments, Mr. Whelan did not refer to a com- plete ban on egg exports. Restaurant owners feeling the pinch EDMONTON (CP) Restaurant owners are feeling the pinch of tight money MARTHA PINCHED FOR MONEY NEW YORK (AP) Martha Mitchell, seeking temporary sup- port payments from her husband, has been forced to do things she should not because she is pinched for money, her lawyer said Tuesday. State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Gomez reserv- ed decision on the motion for temporary alimony presented by the lawyer. Richard Creditor- Mrs. Mitchell has sued for separation from her husband, former United States at- torney-general John Mitchell, charging abandonment. Creditor said Mrs. Mitchell is facing a dire situation and is "doing things which are not in her best interest" in order to support herself. "She has made some money from public Creditor said. "She was forc- ed to do so. particularly in view of the high cost of living." The lawyer gave no other specifics. Marvin Segal representing Mitchell, told the judge that a payment will be made to Mrs. Mitchell "so that the problem of subsistence will be ade- quately covered." Segal had sought a post- ponement of the hearing on temporary alimony, pleading that Mitchell was not available to him for consulta- tion "here because of his presence at the Watergate trial in Washington. But Gomez rejected further postponement, saying the matter had been postponed six times previously and that fur- ther delay would prejudice the case of Mrs. Mitchell. The judge asked for further papers and reserved decision in the interim on the tem- porary support motion and a bid for counsel fees of policies because banks are reluctant to lend money for expansion, Tom Campanelli, Alberta president of the Cana- dian Restaurant Association, said Tuesday. Interviewed during the mid- western food services show, Mr. Campanelli said restaurant owners are forced to maintain the status quo instead of expanding their businesses. In applying for loans, restaurant owners often face the stigma of a record number of business failures in the in- dustry. The association has tried to improve that image by talks with financial ex- perts, said Mr. Campanelli. An important factor in im- proving the image of. restaurants has been the entry of larger corporations into the industry, instead of the "ma and pa operations" of the past, he added. He said that Alberta, with its booming gas and oil in- dustry, offers a more healthy picture than some parts of the United States and Canada when it comes to' getting loans. Some farmers escape tax collection EDMONTON (CP) Bob Bailey, a county of Parkland councillor, has called for changes in provincial legisla- tion that now permits some farmers to escape municipal tax collection. Mr. Bailey, who is-seeking re election in Oct. 16 municipal elections, told an election forum that current legislation exempting farm homes from taxation Is an "in- justice" to other ratepayers. He gave an example Where owners of three 40 acre parcels of land being used for country residential purposes were sent municipal tax bills of from WOO to On five adjoining 40 acre parcels, being used for farm pur- poses, the tax was so tow that the farmers were em- barrassed to come in to the county office to pay their bills.