CANADA: Gallon A Day

A bitter criticism of Canada's Prime Minister, shrewd, stuffy W. L. Mackenzie King, has been that he seldom does anything as much as half way. A classic example was given last week when the King Government's barrel-waisted Oil Controller George Cottrelle announced hopefully his plan to cut Canada's nonessential consumption of gasoline by 50%.

Effective this week, Canadian service-station operators will sell gas and oil—for cash—only between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. On Sundays they will lock up their pumps and go walking. (Company credit cards are out, except for American tourists.) Gas prices were upped 1¢ per Imperial gallon....

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