If I am so ticked off with this ruling, I can't imagine how our farmers feel! I will applaud them if they stop all traffic on the QE2 until Premier Stelmach brings in emergency legislation that allows farmers to sell to whoever they want to, without fear of being thrown in jail! The Canadian Wheat Board is a non-natural monopoly, it is a dinosaur. We got rid of the phone monopoly, the gas monopoly, and even the food monopoly (Safeway, years ago)here in Edmonton, next the CWB.
Federal Court Judge Dolores Hansen said the government overstepped its authority in trying to end the monopoly through a simple cabinet order.
The decision is a victory for supporters of the wheat board, who argue that having all barley sales handled through the board gives farmers better prices.
Judge Judy, oops Dolores, might be out of her depth with this ruling. But never mind, if no farmers sell their barley or wheat to the CWB, what can happen? More Canadian farmers thrown in jail? What power do farmers have? They have the power to shut down our roads, trains and ports by simply not sending any product from their farms to the CWB. Maybe the meat producers can join in the fun.
Heck, let's all start growing corn, forget wheat and barley, corn prices are sky rocketing because of bio-fuels. Alberta can grow corn just as easily as wheat, or does the CWB have a monopoly on corn too?
This monopoly should have been declared illegal, not propped up by a judge, who obviously ignored the will of farmers to market their own product (they had a FREE vote), or she should have made all farmers in Canada sell their product to the CWB, not just western farmers. Did Dolores, nope. She made sure that western farmers were put in their place, and made them second class citizens again. Thanks to Trudeau, we have no property rights, and judges like this one can dictate how we live.
Makes me want to separate, we can start fresh, no Liberal Senate, no federal government picking my pocket to send the money to have not provinces, no CWB telling us we have to sell to them, but Ontario farmers don't have the same rules, no Liberal judges letting murderers free, no one coming to take my guns (okay I don't have any, but the issue is individual freedom), no more SSM, no more abortion at 40 weeks, no universal every child in daycare money sucking pit, no more bleating lefties who want the government to support them for life. (Okay, I know it's just a dream, but dang this ruling has ticked me off big time.)
Farmers, unite, protest, get those tractors onto major roads, if the First Nations can do it without being arrested, you can too. Take your wheat across the border, sell it to the highest bidder, get arrested and make big noise about it. Why can Ontario farmers sell to anyone they want, but western farmers are FORCED to sell to the CWB? Audit their books, what they haven't shreaded.
I hate anything that is un-democratic, this ruling might have been made in Russia, not Canada. Shame on judge Dolores.