I have blogged about this for years, the CWB needs to get it's power cut. Ontario farmers can sell their wheat and barley to anyone in the world that they want to, but not our western farmers, thanks to the opposition parties.
In a wildly UNDER-REPORTED challenge, by our biased media, we hear about another win for the Conservative government.
CWB loses gag-order challenge
OTTAWA — The Canadian Wheat Board lost its bid to have the Supreme Court hear its case against a federally-imposed gag order.
The federal government imposed a ban on the prairie grain growers crown corporation, preventing it from using money to promote the monopoly the board has on all prairie wheat and barley sales.
The Wheat Board initially won its challenge in federal court but the decision was overturned on appeal. The board pursued the case to the Supreme Court but this morning the court dismissed the request to hear the case, with costs.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged in the last two elections to eliminate the monopoly held by the Wheat Board, triggering a long-running feud with the board. An initial attempt to do so by cabinet decree was stopped by the courts and legislation introduced to open up barley sales never got debated before the 2008 election call. No legislation has been introduced since.
I wonder if the Conservative government would throw farmers in jail for trying to sell their wheat in the US, like the Liberals did. I think not. Maybe one brave farmer should try crossing the border and see what happens. If nothing does, if no-one is arrested, then the power of the CWB will be gone. What if western farmers planted anything but wheat and barley? What could the CWB do about that? They would have nothing to sell.
I don't want the CWB dissolved, I want it to be reformed so that farmers can CHOOSE to sell their grain to them or not. It's that simple. Farmers who like the CWB can still sell their grains to them, other farmers can take their product anywhere they want.
Why are "progressives" against freedom for our farmers? Why should Quebec and Ontario be able to stop our western farmers from freely selling their products to anyone they want to, while Quebec makes everyone in this country pay more for cheese and milk products because of their marketing boards.
Every opposition party supports the CWB, that is why no bill has been proposed recently. This is just another example of how eastern Canada oppresses western Canada. Eastern farmers can sell to whoever they want, western farmers get jailed for the same thing. NICE!
Set our farmers free!