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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1974 15 Cents 28 Pages Egg scramble splits cabinet By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Agriculture Minister Gene Whelan showed Wednesday that he doesn't welcome Consumer Affairs Minis- ter Andre Ouellet poaching on his responsibility for egg pricing. The Canadian Egg Marketing Agency, criticized for destroy- ing nine million eggs recently and for high egg prices, is oper- ating efficiently already, he declared. And if consumers are to be given a say in egg marketing in Canada, Whelan argued, farmers should have a say in the runn- ing of the CBC, CNR and the Canadian Radio-Television Com- mission. The agriculture minister reacted defiantly to Ouellet's an- nouncement earlier Wednesday that he (Ouellet) was siding with the Food Prices Review Board in its criticism of the CEMA. He said he didn't think much of Ouellet's statement. "We're doing all the things he's asking for and he knows he said. The newly-appointed consumer affairs minister had stated that it is clear the egg marketing system in Canada is not work- ing well, that he will urge Whelan to make the agency more ef- ficient and directly responsible to the public and to bring down egg prices for Canadian consumers. Ouellet said he will ask cabinet to force the appointment of consumer representatives to the agency. Whelan said in an interview that he and Ouellet already have been working closely together on the question and that he has acknowledged that some problems in egg marketing exist. But, he argued, the agency can't be changed overnight. He added that critics of the body, including the Food Prices Re- view Board headed by Beryl Plumptre, forget that eggs have dropped in price in the past six months. As for the destruction of nine million rotten surplus eggs by the agency, he said, this amounts to one-third of an egg per day for every Canadian whis very much." He asked newspaper reporters if their companies distribute surplus papers each day to Canadians who can't afford to buy them. "Of course you he answered himself, "you destroy them. "You he declared, "lay a chicken off and then just turn it back on again." Whelan said he stands by his earlier criticism of Mrs. Plumptre for stating that the government is bailing egg pro- ducers out to cover their losses. This was "very he said. He stated that other government boards should operate as ef- ficiently as egg marketing boards which, he said, have taken the chaos out of egg marketing in Canada. Whelan said the CEMA should be given a chance to stabilize egg prices to end the "yo-yo effect" of pricing. He demanded to know why egg producers, who don't have the benefits of unemployment insurance or other protection, should be expected to get one price for their eggs one day and another price the next. "I'm not going to let it he snapped. As for Ouellet's plan to give consumers a voice in egg mar- keting, Whelan stated that the system couldn't be more public than it already is, since egg producers across Canada are represented on the agency. It would be a good thing, he added, if fanners were put on the CBC. CNR. CRTC and other government boards. WS I Inside Classified....... 22-26 Comics............20 Comment.......... 4 District............17 Family........ 18. 19 g Local News___ 15, 16 -g: Markets...........21 Sports......... 10. 11 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 Youth.............12 LOW TONIGHT 40, HIGH FRI. 55; COOL, DRIZZLY 3 Turk government headed for fall? ANKARA (Reuter) The Turkish government today ap- peared to be in danger of col- lapse as a public row erupted between Prime Minister Bulet Ecevil and his coalition part- ners. Deputy Premier Necmettin Erbakan, head of the small National Salvation Party