Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
a THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, October Prairie grain report 'a bit of a shocker9 West sugar prices governed by East WINNIPEG (CP) The Canadian wheat board reported today that grain available for delivery from Prairie farms this crop year is reduced sharply in quality and quantity because of poor growing and harvesting weather. Only 36 per cent of available wheat is expected to qualify as Nos. 1 and 2 Canada western red spring, the two top Canadian grades sold with protein guarantees. This com- pares with 85 per cent in the last crop year. 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Vogel Mr. Vogel added discussions already are being started with overseas customers and Cana- dian millers and maltsters to determine how their require- ments can best be met. "Fortunately we had a siz- eable carryover of high- quality grain in commercial positions from last year and this will go a good part of the way to meet the normal quali- ty requirements of Canadian and overseas markets. "But it is evident that we will not be able to supply the full quantities of the grades preferred by many of our customers." The survey, carried out ear- ly this month, is based on esti- mates of this year's crop and gram remaining in farm stor- age from last year. It takes into account grain that will be retained on farms for feed and seed purposes. Historically, the board notes, "October estimates of deliverable supplies of grain have generally been somewhat higher than actual deliveries." By PAUL GESSELL MONTREAL (CP) A sugar refinery executive testified Wednesday that the price of sugar sold in Western Canada is largely set ac- cording to prices of three Eastern Canadian refineries, charged with conspiracy to fix prices and lessen competition between 1960 and 1973. William Hetherington, vice- president of British Col- umbia Sugar Refining Co. Ltd., told Mr. Justice Kenneth Mackay of Court of Queen's Bench the price of sugar his company, the only refinery in Western Canada, sells in the four western provinces and parts of northwestern Ontario is usually determined by the average lowest list price in a week of the three eastern companies. The three companies are At- lantic Sugar Refineries Ltd., Redpath Industries Ltd., along with St. Lawrence Sugar Ltd. and SLSR Holdings Ltd., which is one company. "The price then is sometimes adjusted 10 cents a 100 pounds because of the labor rate." He said wages at his refinery "are probably the highest of any sugar refinery in the world." The defence has contended that the companies had to pay Commonwealth suppliers an extra 75 cents above the London daily price on every 100 pounds of sugar purchased and were passing these costs on to Canadian consumers. The defence has argued that the three companies would have been forced to purchase raw sugar at even higher prices outside the Com- monwealth had they refused to pay the extra 75 cents. Mr. Hetherington testified that between 1960 and 1973 he was never offered Com- monwealth sugar at the London daily price without the additional 75 cents. The Crown's indictment says the three companies con- spired with each other and nine other sugar and brokerage companies in Canada, New York City, Lon- don, the West Indies, India and South Africa to raise the price of sugar in the six eastern provinces between 1960 and 1973. Mr Hetherington said he received the daily list prices of the three eastern com- panies from the brokerage firm of Czarnikow Montreal Ltd. and that during 1960-1973, he bought most of his raw sugar from Czarnikow Ltd. London. Mr. Hetherington's com- pany did not pay any commis- sion to the London brokers and assumed it was paid by sugar companies from producing countries. He did not know whether any Canadian refinery had brokers in sugar-producing countries. Following Mr. Hether- ington's testimony, Mr. Justice Mackay adjourned the case until Nov. 4. A rogatory commission re- quested by the Crown will travel to Germany Saturday and will remain a few days, a prosecution spokesman said. Canada couldn't have filled wheat order YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 Served with papers Newfoundland Premier Frank Moores, left, looks over complaint papers served to him by U.S. marshal Dennis amico in Boston Wednesday. The complaint involves Canadian Javelin Ltd. and the Province of Newfoundland. The premier was in Boston for a luncheon with New England businessmen. OTTAWA (CP) Canada probably could not have filled a Russian order for 44 million bushels of wheat that the United States claims it won away from the Canadian mar- ket, a Canadian wheat board spokesman said Wednesday. A US. agriculture depart- ment expert said in Washington Monday that Russia normally would buy most of the 1.2 million tons of wheat from Canada but "Canada has so much prob- lem shipping out of Vancouver they would prefer to take it from the United States." Canadian grain shipments were tied up until recently by a lengthy grainhandlers' contract dispute that was settled by the intervention of Parliament. 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The United States is also supplying 40 million bushels of corn to Russia, as part of a compromise grain export package worked out last week Russia originally had wanted more grain exports, but the U.S. government intervened. The Canadian wheat board suspended more sales because the prospects are for a sharply reduced quantity and quality of crop from Prairie farms this year. Existing sales com- mitments by the board carry over into 1975. The board has already started discussions with overseas customers and Cana- dian millers because it will not be able to supply all grades and quantities re- quested, a spokesman says Top wheat goes into bread and other food be sold on an allocation basis. The estimates are that only 36 per cent of this year's crop will qualify in the two top wheat grades, compared with 85 per cent of the 1973 crop. Canadian accused in plot LONDON (AP) Two Canadians and a Scot appeared in court Wednesday charged with plotting to kill a man, dump his body in a well and cover it with lime. The hearing in Old Street Court was being held to deter- mine whether the three should stand trial. It was adjourned until later this month. Those charged were George Jeremiah Duchart, 35, a To- ronto lawyer, Ronald Neil St. Germaine, 33, a Canadian ac- countant whose address was given as London's Brixton prison, and Glasgow-born David James Stuart. The prosecution charged that St. Germaine was in Brix- ton prison awaiting trial on an indictment alleging his in- volvement in a London bank fraud when he met Stuart, a fellow prisoner. St. Germaine offered Stuart to kill a man named Frank Brockley, a prospective trial witness whose testimony might damage St Germaine, the prosecution alleged. 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