Dateline, February 28th, 2008
PEI has opted to join the Canadian Wheat Board to help them market their potatoes, welcome aboard! Ontario farmers are also rumoured to be ready to join with western farmers by selling their wheat and corn only to the CWB. This is a huge showing of support for the CWB, and how efficient they are in marketing agriculture products to the rest of the world. Quebec dairy and hog farmers are also hinting that it is time for them to support the CWB by shipping their products to only one seller, the CWB.
Reporters talked with CWB President, C. U. Lye, and he was dumbfounded by this sudden show of support, by provinces they do not control. Expressing his astonishment, he had this to say, "This outpouring of support for our repressive monopsony, seeing as we are the only buyer in the market, it unbelievable, it clearly shows the the CWB is on the right track to keep suppressing our farmers, and that if need be we can jail them without worry. If we get all agriculture producing provinces supporting us, farmers will be done for, and the cities will have won."
Joining in with support for farmers are the opposition parties in Parliament, here is what they had to say about this outbreak of support for the CWB:
MPs say time for feds to abandon barley campaign
OTTAWA -- Opposition MPs say it's time for the government to abandon its campaign to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on sales of western barley.
Liberal Wayne Easter says consecutive losses in the courts make it clear that the government can't go on.
He says the move to allow farmers the choice of selling their barley themselves or through the board threatens the existence of the marketing agency.
PEI Liberal MP Easter was dumbfounded to find out that the court losses had convinced PEI potato farmers to also support the CWB, by putting their next years crops in the capable hands of the CWB so that the existence of the marketing agency would not be threathened. He could be heard mumbling, "It's okay to keep Alberta wheat farmers down and out, but I never thought PEI potato farmers would buy my line of BS." Attempts to interview him for this article were met with the response that he was hiding out in a potato field, counting seedlings.
Alberta farmers can not believe that they will have to continue selling only to the CWB and that opposition MP's don't even feel a slight sickness in how they continue to repress democracy for farmers.