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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHMIDOE HERALD Thursday, October Egg marketing agency attempts to get Whelan off the hook Factory Built Homes Completely finished in modular sections, delivered and set on your basement Home includes cabinets, vanities, plumbing fixtures and floor coverings 1. Sold direct from factory. 2. Built to NHA and CMHC standards 3 Show Homes open daily and weekends We extend an invitation to our customers potential customers to attend our. OPEN HOUSE Sit.. Nov. 2ri to VIP MODULAR CONSTRUCTION (CALGARY) LTD. 824-41st AvcniMN.E. Phone 276-8985 Calgary Southern Alberta Representatives PERKINSON ENTERPRISES 520-6thStS. Phom 327-7444 Lathbridga Or sea dog A minimal amount of work is needed on Julie, a three-year-old St. Bernard owned by John Courtney of Winnipeg, to dress 'her up for Halloween but it's debatable whether she appreciated all the fuss. Low-cost eggs for pensioners OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) is working on a plan to provide old age pensioners with low-cost eggs. Agency chairman Phil El- dridge of Calgary told the spe- cial Commons egg inquiry Wednesday that the egg mar- keting organization had been working on the plan since June. "But we ran into problems with the mechanics." The agency, and the National F.arm Products Marketing Council which QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC 303 Sth StfMt South Bunding PHONE 328-7084 oversees its operations, had attempted to work out a plan using redeemable coupons which could be included with old-age pension checks. "The moment adequate me- chanics are in place we will fulfill our he said. Conservative consumer af- fairs critic James Mcgrath (St. John's East) said he was pleased with the sug- gestion, but he doubted the agency's motives. "Coming at this late date, its nothing but-good public he said. The committee is studying the operations of CEMA in an effort to find out what led to the destruction of 28 million rotten eggs this fall. In this uncertain world... it's nice to know JTrBrr U J> w w we guarantee everything. We want you to feel good about coming to Firestone. That's why we guarantee everything, with written guarantees on so many products and services. And with the Firestone Customer Satisfaction Guarantee traction that stands behind everything else. See the written guarantees for full details and ask for the folder that explains how and why we guar- antee everything. 7 JS-HAJ 75 IS TRACTION AT 'A THE PRICE OF NEW TIRES We're so confident of our traction, that we guarantee traction... or we pay the tow! And like every Fire- stone passenger tire, they are also backed by our no-gimmick guarantee of tire quality. .alignment for miles Bring the guarantee certificate to any Firestone Store for an alignment inspection every miles... or whenever you think necessary. If an alignment is needed, there's no additional charge, for 40.000 miles or four years! ...starting for as long as you keep your car If you keep your car for five years.. ten years... or twenty years, this written guarantee still works for you. If your Lifetime Supreme Bat- tery doesn't hold a charge, we'll replace it... free. SPPZJfC SP24C S38 88 USE OUR CREDIT PUW OR We moke it easy atTircstone STORES Corner 3rd Avo. ft 8th St. S. Phono 327-8548 ELECTRIC HOT SERVER ItPOflu Vwffi Itefl 1m jw as tffhpt X JOFA HOCKEY STICKS OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) attempted Wednes- day to accept full responsibili- ty for the destruction of 28 million eggs it bought from farmers as surplus, then left to rot in poor storage. However, MPs on the 14- member special Commons committee studying egg marketing in the country con- tinued to press arguments that much of the blame for the waste rests on Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan. "Mr. Whelan's not off the hook by a long Progres- sive Conservative consumer affairs critic James McGrath East) said after the three-hour committee session. There had been a "deliberate determination on Mr. Whelan's part to tell CEMA to 'go in there and do penance'." Mr. McGrath commented following statements by Phil Eldridge of Calgary, chairman of CEMA, that the year-old agency was fully responsible for the de- struction of the egp. But Mr. Eldridge added that he felt the severity of the problem had "been over- emphasized to a marked degree." Further, he said that he did not feel over-production by fanners who refused to abide by quotas set by the marketing agency were to blame. "Very few farmers in this country did in fact rip us the elderly, soft-spoken chair- man said after the meeting. The agency never felt it was burdened with "un- controllable surpluses." The problems that led to the destruction of the eggs arose primarily from international market pressures. When egg prices dropped on inter- national markets, "we did not adjust to them as fluently and as rapidly as we should have' he said. Former consumer affairs minister Herb Gray said CEMA's testimony left him feeling that "consumers have a lot to be concerned about." He was commenting on statements by CEMA officials that lowering egg prices was not the way to get rid of sur- pluses. CEMA was the third group to appear before the com- mittee, and it came with a blizzard of statistics and written documents relating to the agency's operations since it was set up in June, 1973. Committee members from all parties complained that the agency had not given them the material early enough, and that CEMA would have to reappear when MPs had had more of an opportunity to study the documents. In an opening statement, Mr. Eldridge said thai CEMA "believes that the essential responsibility for the opera- tion of the plan rests on its shoulders." "CEMA has not come here to make excuses, to place blame on others." Egg producers, faced with crippling swings in the economy of the egg industry, had agreed to set up a national agency last year in an effort to "better match production with demand and gain a degree of price stability. Setting up the agency had been a strenuous job, however, and part of the problem that led to the spoilage'of eggs resulted from simple inexperience with such a unique national marketing concept. Mr. Eldridge assured the committee that steps had been taken to correct the various problems, adding that future rotten-egg incidents "should not and, we believe, will not recur." Among the documents sub- mitted by CEMA was an audi- tor's report dated Feb. 15, this year, 'which said that the auditing Ross and been unable to verify a number of financial .aspects of the agency's operations. Earlier, in the Commons, Mr. McGrath suggested that Mr. Whelan may have broken the law by alledgedly failing to carry out provisions of a federal statute. He asked Justice Minister Otto Lang if he would examine evidence presented to the committee to see if Mr. Whelan has disobeyed a federal statute. "I'm always glad to look at the reports of that interesting Mr. Lang replied. Outside .the House, Mr. McGrath said he is not serious about grounds for prosecution of Mr. Whelan, but wanted to underline the serious situation in CEMA. The agency is under the Na: tional Farm Products Market- ing Agency and the act setting up that body requires the minister to supervise and control orderly marketing, he said. Margaret christens tanker TOKYO (AP) Margaret Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister 'Pierre Trudeau, christened the tanker World Canada at Yokosuka port south of Tokyo today as about 80 guests look- ed on. Mrs. Trudeau cut the rope that dropped the curtain revealing the words World Canada painted on the ton tanker, as the national anthems of Japan and Canada were played. Mrs. Trudeau arrived in Tokyo Monday the invita- tion of Heiwa Shipping Co., the Japan agent for Worldwide Shipping based in Hong Kong. Accompanied by the prime minister's brother, Charles, and her sister, Heather will spend the week until her departure Nov. 8 touring the main island of Japan. Vice-admirai stripped of rank PARIS (Reuter) Vice- Admiral Antoine Sanguinetti was removed Wednesday from his position as major- general of the French navy, the fleets second highest post. Observers linked the decision to a series of news- paper articles written by Sanguinetti recently in which he was highly critical of military policy and called for a revamping of the high com- mand. OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. LETHBRDGE ALL Hidden PAINTS SPIED (LOSS 12M OT. SPIED SATM GALLON OT. SPIED 10 LUSTK GALLON OT. SPUD LUSTRE 11 GALLON OT. 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